Category Archives: GM News

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.

Chevy Awards MLB All-Star Vehicle to Eric Hosmer

Chevy has been the Official Vehicle Sponsor of Major League Baseball® since 2005, frequently supporting the league and its various charitable programs. The automaker recently awarded the MLB All-Star vehicle to Eric Hosmer—a Chevrolet Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition—during the award ceremony.

Hosmer went two-for-three with a home run during the All-Star Game, helping to score a total of three runs. According to Chevy, he was able to choose between a 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro Convertible or the Colorado Diesel Midnight Edition. He chose the rugged pickup, which was better suited for his taste.

“Hosmer’s spectacular on-field performance tonight demonstrates to all baseball fans and especially our kids that hard work, determination and teamwork is what wins, and that is why Chevrolet is proud to present the MVP award,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet.

This is just one of the ways Chevy supports the MLB. The brand has also helped to raise more than $28 million for youth programs associated with the MLB, helping more than 5.2 million young people. More than 1,500 Chevrolet dealers are involved in programs like Chevrolet Youth Baseball, helping kids to see the value of hard work. Hosmer’s hard work serves as a great example to aspiring kids, one of the major reasons Chevy was thrilled to award him a brand-new Colorado.

New GM Safety Technologies Get New Testing Ground

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

Unlike consumers, automakers often don’t have instruction manuals when it comes to figuring out their new technologies. Instead, they have to rely on their own innovative thinking. When an automaker is developing advanced safety features, like General Motors, then you need plenty of room and resources to ensure everything works perfectly.

To ensure that GM safety technology is the best, the American carmaker has made a $14 million investment on a new 52-acre research facility. In this facility, they will test their new, cool safety gadgets. The new testing ground is an addition to GM’s Milford Proving Ground. This testing ground will provide plenty of space and resources to significantly change the way safety technology is tested.

An observation building is outfitted with technology allowing engineers to remotely control vehicles as they maneuver around a 16-acre testing area, allowing GM engineers to basically turn real cars into the remote-controlled toys of your childhood dreams. There is also a tunnel simulator and areas designated to test parking and pedestrian technologies.

The new GM safety technologies that will be tested at the new GM testing grounds include automated braking and pedestrian recognition. Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what you think of GM’s new investment in the testing of safety technologies below in the comments!

GM Announces 2016 GMC Sierra Updates

2016 GMC Sierra

It wasn’t long ago that General Motors unveiled what updates the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado would see. Now, the American automaker is unveiling updates for the Silverado’s sibling—the 2016 GMC Sierra. These GMC Sierra updates are subtle throughout the model, but come together to make yet another fantastic pickup truck.

Most of the changes subtly make the Sierra more attractive in terms of its exterior design. Small improvements to its already sleek design can increase sales even more. The most noticeable changes include redesigned bumpers, grille, and front fascia. LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, and LED taillights now come standard, while the Sierra SLT and Denali will pack on more chrome.

Inside, the pickup will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities by the end of 2015. Both systems operate through GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Models with a seven-inch touchscreen will see the options first.  These technological features will make the 2016 GMC Sierra even more appealing!

The 2016 GMC Sierra is sure to make a lasting impression, thanks to these interior and exterior updates. Make sure you check back to the Bradshaw Automotive Group soon to learn more information about the newly redesigned pickup truck!  We will anxiously be awaiting its arrival!

Prepare to See Cadillac Advertisements during the Oscars

OscarsWhat better place to put on a dazzling performance than during the Oscars? That is Cadillac’s plan, anyway.

The automaker signed a five-year deal about two years ago to be the Academy Awards’ exclusive automotive sponsor. This time around, Cadillac “will introduce its new brand identity, tag line and advertising campaign,” according to GM Authority. It’s a good time to do it too because many people still like to watch the Oscars live. This means they will be much more likely to see the Cadillac advertisements as opposed to recording the show and skipping through the commercials.

The brand sees airing Cadillac advertisements during the Oscars as a real opportunity to attract new customers. Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus said the “people that are interested in Hollywood and everything that the lifestyle Hollywood stands for” might find that they like Cadillac as a brand.

The 87th Oscars will air on February 22nd on ABC, and we at Bradshaw Chevrolet Cadillac will be watching. The Cadillac spots to air will ramp up interest for the upcoming New York International Auto Show where Cadillac will present a brand-new display for the new CT6.

Silverado Midnight Edition Will Cast Its Shadow at Chicago Auto Show

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition will cast its shadow at the Chicago Auto Show, where it will show off one of the darker and more sinister-looking packages we’ve seen from a Chevy truck.

The Midnight Edition starts off with a black Silverado Z71 and adds the following:

  • An all-black front end with body-colored grille, bumper, headlamp bezels, tow hooks, and fog lamps
  • Black side moldings and beltline moldings
  • 18-inch black painted alloy wheels with Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac all-terrain tires
  • Special Z71 badges on the doors
  • A black spray-in bedliner
  • Black Chevrolet bowties at the front and rear

It’ll also come with the off-road suspension, locking rear diff, Hill Descent Control, and trailering package featured on all 2015 Silverado 1500 Z71s at Bradshaw Chevrolet.

The Silverado Midnight Edition will make its public debut on February 14th at the Chicago Auto Show, so make sure to keep an eye out for it—you might miss it!

2015 Chevy Silverado
Current Chevy Silverado Available at Bradshaw Chevrolet!

Bolting Ahead in 2017: The Extended-Range Electric Chevrolet Bolt

extended-range electric Chevrolet BoltThe buzz from the Detroit Auto Show is rising to a crescendo, even after the event has closed, about one car in particular. The clamor is coming from the extended-range electric Chevrolet Bolt, the most talked about car at the show. With an estimated 200-mile electric range, double the Nissan Leaf, this new concept-in-name-only car can outpace any EV currently available! Couple that with the configuration allowing for four-passenger room and a spacious trunk, and you have a mass-market contender.

Chevrolet has leveraged all its expertise on zero-emission technology into this car, making it production-ready as early as 2017. The smaller and more efficient fuel cells sit completely beneath the floorboards to make the interior as spacious as a crossover, seating four and still leaving room for trunk storage.

Perhaps the most appealing feature is the price. Though not official, the Bolt will find its way into the market at around $30,000-$35,000, after a federal tax credit. That low price—and the 2017 Bolt’s high capabilities—will make this Chevy a great car for almost anyone. “For most people, this car can be their daily drive,” stated Chevrolet CEO Mary Barra.

Keep an eye on Chevrolet and its goal of bringing advancing technologies right to your driveway—and to Bradshaw Chevrolet!

2015 Corvette Stingray Named First-Ever Business Insider Car of the Year

With 2014 all sewn up and in the books, 2015 kicks off with the usual glut of best-of lists and year-end awards. Business Insider is getting in on the automotive action by naming its first Car of the Year, and it shouldn’t come as too terrible a surprise that the winner is the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

first-ever business insider car of the year
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

So what led to the 2015 Stingray being named the first-ever Business Insider Car of the Year? As could be expected, it’s the Corvette’s harmonious balance between form and function.

Of the inside, editors Matthew Debord and Benjamin Zhang say the following:

“The interior is modern, fairly luxurious, and yet purposeful. You feel the lure of the racetrack in this Vette in the same way that you do in a Ferrari 458, but at a much, much lower price. Soft, high-quality leather blends with LCD instruments and controls. Heck, there’s even 4G LTE connectivity embedded in the car. What was once seen by many as the dinosaur of the sports car world is now a rolling, wireless hotspot that can do 0-60 mph in less than four seconds. Amazing.”

Adding to that the exterior’s sharp styling that combines the best of what made the old Stingrays so fetching with so much of what will make Chevrolet’s lineup so irresistible in the future, and of course the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 that only cranks out 460 horsepower and produces a 180 mph top speed, and the 2015 Corvette Stingray is about as close to a sure thing as you’re ever going to fine.

The first-ever Business Insider Car of the Year is in stock now at Bradshaw Chevrolet, so kick off your year on the right foot by putting it to the pedal and pushing that pedal to the metal!

Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder Catches Valet in the Act

When you’re a valet, it’s assumed that you’ll sometimes get to park awesome vehicles like the Corvette Stingray. But it’s also assumed that you will take good care of these cars while they are in your hands. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as a recent video posted by one Stingray driver on YouTube reveals.

What this valet wasn’t counting on was the Corvette Stingray Performance Data Recorder (PDR). This neat device comprises a high-definition camera and a telemetry recorder, allowing it to log data about your speed, braking force, steering wheel angle, transmission-gear selection, and more. Unfortunately for the valet, the Stingray’s PDR recorded his journey from the entrance to the Segerstorm Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, into the garage where he took the car for a bit of a joyride before eventually parking it.

In the video, we see the valet driving normally, when he comes across an empty strip of garage. He stops, then accelerates quickly down the strip, braking and turning the corner before parking it. His speed reaches 50 mph in this short period, and although he is perfectly in control of the car, it’s not his car to race around garages.

Check out the video below, and let us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet know what you think in the comments!

2015 Chevrolet Trax Selling Even Better than Expected

2015 Chevrolet Trax
2015 Chevrolet Trax

The all-new Trax, Chevy’s compact crossover, was certainly brought to the automotive market at just the right time—the crossover segment is in serious takeover mode, with its mixture of size and efficiency making it more interesting to new car customers than sedans. However, the Trax is outperforming even really high expectations, bringing 180,000 units to the US and forcing competitors to be late to the party.

The Trax features EcoTec engine technology, like many of the current offerings in the Chevy lineup. Specifically, there’s a 1.4-liter EcoTec engine under the hood, giving you plenty of power and efficiency. Of course, there are many more features that will push you further and further in love with the new Trax.

Come see us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet to learn about it today. Plus, you can check out all the rest of the great Chevrolet inventory, especially with all these awesome holiday and end-of-year deals coming down the pike. We’ll be waiting to help you!