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2020 Chevy Blazer Named Best New Midsize SUV by Good Housekeeping

We all want what is best for our families. If you are shopping for a new midsize SUV, you should consider the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. It was recently named the Best New Midsize SUV by Good Housekeeping Institute and Car and Driver magazine.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Greer, SC

“A stylish exterior and an appealing aesthetic wraps this practical, fun-to-drive crossover,” writes Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist and Head Engineer. “You’ll enjoy a confident, responsive drive that stands out on city streets and highways alike.”

To determine the winners for the Best New Family Car Awards, testers took each vehicle through 5,000 miles of tests, this included highways, city driving, and test tracks. Each vehicle was evaluated for its design, technology, handling, safety, and overall value.

Another important consideration was convenience features like cargo space. The Blazer boasts a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet with the second row of seats folded. With the seats in place, you can use up to 30.5 cubic feet for your cargo needs.

If your family loves to take a boat or trailer out for some outdoor fun, the Blazer has a maximum towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds. You can also choose from among three engine options so you can get the right amount of performance to meet your family’s needs.

Want a better family vehicle? You can find the 2020 Chevy Blazer at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC.

GM Pitches in to Create Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Heroes

GM PPE for Healthcare Heroes | Greer, SC

During this global pandemic, many companies are stepping up to help our essential healthcare workers. Earlier in the year, General Motors started producing face masks and ventilators. Now, it is expanding its work even further by producing a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) like aerosol boxes, protective gowns, and face shields.

Initially, volunteer employees put their manufacturing skills to good use and made handmade samples of face masks. They took these samples to a local hospital for evaluation and adjusted their design based on feedback. Now, GM makes 50,000 masks each week.

Steve Hart, GM director of design fabrication operations, said, “The dedication, abilities, and spirit of collaboration from our skilled tradespeople has been humbling. They are working longer hours than ever on a voluntary basis to fulfill urgent requests from doctors, nurses, and other professionals on the front lines.”

GM’s fabrication team is now working to assemble protective gowns and aerosol boxes. They will distribute these necessary items to hospitals in the area including the Henry Ford Health System. For the face shields, GM is using its 3D printing technology and a collaboration with Summit Polymers to produce 50,000 shields a week.

All materials are being produced using medical guidelines and feedback to make sure they work the way doctors and nurses need them to.

At Bradshaw Automotive we’re proud of the essential workers and healthcare heroes in our community of Greer, SC.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Gets a Diesel Engine

2021 Cadillac Escalade Greer, SC

The completely redesigned fifth generation of the Cadillac Escalade will make its debut later this year for the 2021 model year. Along with a sophisticated design, a more spacious interior, and stunning advanced technology, the Escalade will offer a new diesel engine for the first time.

The available diesel engine will be a Duramax® 3.0-liter inline-six that is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine will give people new options in the luxury SUV segment, especially for those concerned about their fuel economy. Official EPA estimates for the new diesel engine have yet to be released.

Dave Schiavone, Escalade Marketing Manager, said, “If you love Escalade, you love Escalade. But for those people that also love fuel efficiency, they can get it in the diesel. We’re expecting some pretty good improvements in fuel economy on the diesel over the V8 gasoline.”

Along with its expected jump in fuel economy, Schiavone says the diesel engine will give the Escalade good acceleration thanks to its wide availability of torque.

If you still want the traditional V8, it will still be the standard engine on the 2021 Escalade. Like previous years, it will produce 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

For the latest Cadillac news, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive.

Trim Level Updates Coming to the Chevy Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Greer, SCThe 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is getting some significant updates that will make this midsize truck even more exciting. All trim levels will receive new styling on the front and back ends and Chevrolet is paring down the trim level offerings.

In 2021, the base trim level on the Colorado will be the Work Truck model, which means you will get more standard features right from the start. Chevrolet says that with the new front-end design, each trim level will have a more distinct look. On the back end of the Colorado, the rear bowtie on the tailgate has been replaced with the word “Chevrolet” embossed into the metal.

Another addition to the Colorado’s looks will be a new available Sand Dune Metallic exterior color. This will be an option on the Colorado Z71 and ZR2. The off-road-oriented ZR2 model will also feature a wide grille design with an open “Chevrolet” badge across the front. This model will come standard with stylish red row hooks.

Like previous model years, the 2021 Colorado will offer three impressive engine options. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel that delivers 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Finally, a 3.6-liter V6 offers 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

You can learn more about the smart, capable Chevrolet Colorado by contacting us at Bradshaw Automotive.

IIHS Gives the 2020 Cadillac XT6 a Top Safety Pick Rating

2020 Cadillac XT6 Greer, SC

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards safety ratings to vehicles every year, and the 2020 Cadillac XT6 has been singled out for a Top Safety Pick + Rating. This recognition means the XT6 has been through many safety tests and collected high marks, making it one of the safest vehicles around.

A Battery Of Tests

Many tests are done by the IIHS to determine how a vehicle will endure a crash. Checks on driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, as well as roof strength, moderate overlap front, head restraint, and side crash tests were some of the many tests performed. IIHS also looks at the driver assistance features offered by the various automakers, and Cadillac earned a Superior Rating in this category. It’s particularly impressive since the 2020 model year of vehicles were the first to have their driver-safety technology evaluated by the institute.

Protecting What Matters Most

The rigorous IIHS tests prove that the 2020 Cadillac XT6 is one of the best choices for a family vehicle. The XT6 is one of the only luxury SUVs to receive the honor, and as a Cadillac owner, you can rest easy knowing that you’re driving one of the safest midsize SUVs available.

You can learn more about the Cadillac XT6 by contacting us at Bradshaw Cadillac.

iSeeCars Study Reveals GMC as One of the Longest-Lasting Brands

2020 GMC Yukon XL, Greer, SC

The automotive search engine and research website iSeeCars.com recently conducted a survey to determine which makes of automobiles are on the road the longest. GMC came in as one of the longest-lasting brands available.

Long-Lasting Vehicles

The study looked at the percentage of vehicles by particular automakers that reached 200,000 miles or more and included nearly 16 million cars, trucks and SUVs. Vehicles made by GMC ranked third among the major automakers. As a matter of fact, the GMC Yukon XL got especially high marks. The Yukon is likely to surpass 200,000 miles, and even last up to 300,000 in some cases.

GMC Yukon

The GMC Yukon seats seven passengers very comfortably with 34.5 inches of legroom in the third row of seating. The cargo space is an ample 39.3 cubic feet and offers a powerful 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine. Not only will your Yukon last for years, it can stand up to whatever you want it to do.

GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Canyon

As far as long-lasting trucks, the GMC Sierra and Canyon ranked well among light-duty trucks. The Sierra comes in five different trim levels and is available with a V8 or a turbo diesel engine. Among small pickups, the Canyon is rated at 30 mpg, making it one of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in its class.

Want to learn more about these reliable models? Contact us at Bradshaw Automotive!

Cadillac and Spike Lee Unveil the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Cadillac Escalade Greer, SC

Working with renowned filmmaker Spike Lee, Cadillac recently debuted the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. Featured in a short film titled “Anthem,” the Escalade took front and center to showcase its high-end refinement, exceptional capabilities, and durability. This includes the industry-first curved OLED screen, which is part of the customizable touch-screen infotainment system.

Spike Lee is perhaps best known for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing, which is commonly listed among the greatest films of all time and has been since been preserved in the National Film Registry. He has also earned recognition for films such as Malcolm X, Chi-Raq, and BlacKkKlansman. In the new Cadillac “Anthem” film, you can see Lee’s signature style in action, including the use of his famous double-dolly shot in the opening sequence.

“As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee’s unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade,” said Steve Carlisle, the president of Cadillac.

Lee offers a unique take on the 2021 Escalade, illustrating the various ways the new SUV stands apart from the competition. In addition to the OLED instrument cluster and infotainment screens, you’ll find a 6.2-liter V8, an AKG 19-speaker audio system, 22-inch alloy wheels, and a suite of driver-assist technologies.

Want to know more about the 2021 Escalade? We can answer all of your questions at Bradshaw Automotive.

Chevy Trucks Earn Recognition for Efficient Gas Mileage

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Greer, SC

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Colorado recently earned top spots on U.S. News & World Report list of the 16 Trucks with the Best Gas Mileage. The turbodiesel powertrain on the Silverado 1500 scored especially high, though the turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine also earned a place. The Colorado turbodiesel and four-cylinder engines also made the list.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine offered on the 2020 Silverado 1500 scored number one of the U.S. News list thanks to its impressive rating of 33 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.1 This powertrain is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and it generates 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

“Its huge boost in torque helps the Silverado return the best fuel economy estimates in the full-size pickup truck segment,” according to U.S. News & World Report writers Steven Loveday and Liana Madrid. “In addition, when properly equipped, the Silverado with the turbodiesel engine can tow up to 9,300 pounds.”

The 2020 Colorado also scored high marks on the U.S. News report, thanks to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel. The four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed transmission, getting 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.2 The turbodiesel has an impressive 30 mpg on the highway.3

At Bradshaw Automotive, we can help you find the perfect Chevy truck for your lifestyle.

1Silverado 1500 2WD with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine EPA-estimated 23 MPG city/33 highway.

2EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/26 highway: Colorado 2WD with 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

3EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/30 highway for Colorado 2WD with available 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Based on segment-exclusive features. Excludes other GM models.

Save Big on Fuel with the New Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer Three-Cylinder Engine

2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Greer, Sc

It’s been almost 20 years since General Motors released a vehicle with a three-cylinder gas engine, but the fuel-efficient motor is making a comeback in 2020 (and 2021) in the form of the Buick Encore GX and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, respectively.

Both the Buick and the Chevy will offer subcompact SUV buyers a choice between a standard 1.2-liter three-cylinder and an available 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine. Both options come equipped with a continuously variable transmission. Any model equipped with both the 1.3-liter motor and AWD will be matched with a nine-speed automatic transmission. GM states that drivers of the new three-cylinder models can expect up to 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque, along with impressive fuel efficiency.

Three-cylinder motors offer drivers better fuel-efficiency and lower carbon emissions than their four-cylinder counterparts. The three-cylinders will include additional technologies like turbochargers, an electric wastegate, and an electric water pump to make up for the power loss of one less cylinder.

While three-cylinder engines are popular in foreign auto-markets, they are a rarity in the US. The last time GM offered a three-cylinder engine option was in its Chevy Metro, back in 2000. Both the Encore GX and the Trailblazer are likely to be built in GM’s Mexico plant that produces the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain.

Check out the latest GM innovations at Bradshaw Automotive.

2020 Chevy Corvette Stingray Named MotorTrend Car of the Year

2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Greer, SC

The 2020 model year marks a momentous occasion for the Chevy Corvette line — for the first time, the Corvette Stingray is being built as a mid-engine production model, making it the fastest and most potent entry-level Corvette since the sports car launched over 65 years ago.

To add to the celebration, the new Corvette Stingray was recently named the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year.

“It’s an honor for the Corvette team to receive this coveted award from MotorTrend against the best the industry has to offer,” commented Tadge Juechter, the Corvette executive chief engineer. “Our design and engineering teams spent several years sweating the details to deliver the first mid-engine Corvette. To have a third party validate our hard work makes it all worthwhile.”

The new impressive Chevy Corvette Stingray can sprint from 0 to 60 in just 2.9 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. Its 6.2-liter Small Block V8 LT2 engine unleashes 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.

Ready to drive home in your own 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray from Bradshaw Automotive? You’ll have to wait a little bit longer. Production is slated to begin in February 2020 at the General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky.