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Three Reasons Why You Should Buy General Motors

Over the past couple years, General Motors has been taking some heat when it comes to their reputation. As Mary Barra has taken the helm of this automotive group, though, it appears that its brands are shaping up. Here is why you should buy General Motors vehicles, in three easy bullets:

  • Plenty of options to choose from. In the General Motors lineup, variety is key. Whether you are looking for a dependable pickup truck—enter the Chevrolet Silverado—or a fuel-efficient subcompact, the options are endless. General Motors even offers a variety of luxury, from the entry-level brands to the more premium models you would see in the Buick or Cadillac lineup. There is really no reason why you can’t find what you are looking for in the
  • Top-notch technology. When it comes to technology, General Motors is where to look. In the Buick brand, technology has become such a focal point that the American carmaker has recently announced that they will be offering WiFi hotspots in select 2015 models, making it easier to stay connected than ever before. Whether its technology that will help you stream music or the kind that will keep you from stopping at the gas pump frequently, GM has plenty of innovative ideas.
  • Still award-winning, despite recall difficulties. Regardless of the brand under GM’s name, you are going to find a variety of awards. Whether they are safety awards from institutions like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or awards based on overall performance, like those from J.D. Power and Associates, General Motors’ trophy shelves are lined with them, and for good reason, too. While the company is getting a lot of flack for numerous recalls, many of its newer models offer superior quality for a low price, making it an easy decision to buy.

With top-notch technology and terrific options, there’s nothing barring you from buying a General Motors’ vehicle. Make sure to stop in to Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac today and see what options are available to you!

2014 Chevrolet Volt Receives 2014 Top Safety Pick+ Award

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt has received a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is the only vehicle among 12 small cars tested to have earned the recognition, making it one of the safest small cars—whether gas-powered or electric—on the road.

To earn a Top Safety Pick+ award, the 2014 Volt scored the highest possible rating of “Good” in multiple IIHS crash tests, including moderate front overlap, side, roof strength, head restraints, and seats.

2014 Chevrolet Volt
The IIHS recently named the 2014 Chevrolet Volt a Top Safety Pick+.

It also scored the 2nd highest possible rating of “Acceptable” in the small overlap front test, the most difficult of any head-on tests performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

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IIHS Names 2014 Chevrolet Spark Top Safety Pick

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark remains a pioneer for the minicar segment, becoming the first of its class to be named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) after only being eligible for the award for one year.

In order to be considered a Top Safety Pick, the 2014 Spark needed to achieve the highest possible “good” score on the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints tests, while also scoring an “acceptable” score on the new small overlap test.

2014 Chevrolet Spark
The 2014 Chevrolet Spark was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS.

“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard airbags.”

With a short wheelbase of only 93.5 inches, the Spark design team resorted to using a stronger front-end structure than ever before, allowing it to better absorb the impact when a crash occurs. Over 62% of the car’s under body is lightweight, high-strength steels, while 42% of its upper body is made of the material.

Along with this high-strength body, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark has a rollover sensing system, driver and passenger front knee airbags, and a multitude of other safety technologies, making it no surprise that the Spark was the first minicar to receive the IIHS Top Safety Pick rating.

Chevrolet Offers Most Top NHTSA Safety Vehicles

Chevrolet’s commitment to safety shows in the ratings for its 2014 vehicle line: the automaker offers seven total vehicles with National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores, more than any other car manufacturer!

Bradshaw Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Greer, SCBeating out the safety ratings for both Toyota’s and Ford’s 2014 vehicle lines combined, The Chevrolet Cruze, Impala, Silverado 1500, Sonic, Volt, Camaro Coupe and Traverse each received the top score in NHTSA safety testing. A variety of factors led to Chevrolet’s top ratings, including innovative technologies like Forward Collision Warning, Safety Alert Seat and Lane Departure Warning.

“We design safety and crashworthiness into our vehicles very early in development,” said Gay Kent, a GM spokesperson. “All of our vehicles are designed to provide continuous protection for customers before, during and after a crash.”

One of the primary organizations for determining auto industry safety standards, the NHTSA tests vehicles each year for a various safety aspects, including stability, collision performance and air bag effectiveness and placement.

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