The Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” list tends to celebrate traditional engines each year, listing the most innovative, powerful engines that have been created for the past year’s line-up. However, this year there seems to be a different trend.
This year, Ward’s stretched the definition of engine by adding three hybrid models to their list, honoring the powertrains within: the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.
Of these three, the 2016 Chevy Volt is by far the most impressive, with the ability to run on electricity alone when charged. In fact, the current Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on pure electricity. That completely unheard of in the electric market!
It’s worth noting that by including these three models on their list, Ward’s is truly recognizing the power of hybrid powertrains. They may not be traditional engines, but they can still be remarkably powerful. This may also show that perhaps hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular.
If you’re interested in checking out an award-winning 2016 Chevy Volt model, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Bradshaw Automotive. We are just as excited as you for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt!
For the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Malibu will also be offered as an electric, which we at Bradshaw Chevrolet have now learned will be powered in part by technology developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.
That can only be a good thing as we’ve learned at Bradshaw Automotive, because the Volt is an exceptional vehicle when it comes to electric technology. We have high expectations for the new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid.
Some of the borrowed parts will included a modified two-motor drive unit, which will be mated to an all-new, direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as part of the Malibu Hybrid’s powertrain. That’ll give it a total output of 182 horsepower and the ability to go up to 55 mph on electricity alone!
The two vehicles also share power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system, which stores kinetic energy produced under braking into the battery system.
The Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg, which is higher than the competing hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.
Tell us what you think of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as an electric vehicle here at Bradshaw Automotive as we wait for it to come into stores!
Safety has always been a top priority for Chevrolet. Each year, the automaker strives to provide the best safety technology to make sure its drivers reach their destinations in one piece. Never has this been truer than now, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named four Chevy Top Safety Picks for their excellent performance in a variety of crash tests.
The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Equinox were all named Top Safety Picks by independent nonprofit testing agency. The four Chevy vehicles named received their designations for their performance in five separate crash tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.
Jeff Boyer, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Safety, commented, “Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement.”
This year, the IIHS named 71 models across the industry as either Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Pick+ compared to just 39 in 2014, showing how far all automakers have come in their quest to produce safer vehicles than ever before. To see the four Chevy Top Safety Picks in person, come see us at Bradshaw Chevrolet today!
There’s a new Chevrolet Volt coming, a next-generation design with updated charging and powertrain systems making it the best EV the Bowtie has ever released. Of course, the Volt won’t officially be revealed till it debuts at the Detroit Auto Show in January, but Chevrolet just gave us a free sneak peek on its Twitter feed.
The tweet said: “We just want to be up front with you. Here’s a new look at the #NextGenVolt at @LAAutoShow! Who’s ready for NAIAS?” The tweet was accompanied by a picture of the Volt, partially revealed. We’ve got our hands raised, hoping that January arrives sooner than later.
Come see us here at Bradshaw Chevrolet to learn more about the upcoming Volt and to see the current Volt as well. The new Volt will have an increased range, an improved powertrain, more interior space, and even more. We can’t wait to share it with you!