Chevy Cruze, Impala Top Consumer Reports Picks

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Two Chevrolets – the Cruze and Impala – were named tops in their class in the Consumer Reports 2017 Annual Top Picks list, an influential designation for shoppers looking for new cars.

The magazine said the redesigned Chevy Cruze earned top marks in the highly competitive compact car category, beating out the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, which historically have dominated the top picks list.

“The best way to describe (the Cruze) is they took the Impala and they shrunk it down and have many of the same virtues in a smaller package,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, said.

“If you look at the competitors, you look at Corollas or any other compact cars, there’s a lot that they could learn from the Cruze in terms of ride, quietness and just a substantial-feeling vehicle, along with having the latest infotainment, which again you can navigate,” Fisher continued. “It’s not overwhelming. It’s well-laid out.”

The Chevrolet Impala was named top large sedan for the third year in row.

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“I know when we first said the Chevy Impala was a top pick, there was a lot of confused faces,” Fisher said. “This is not the rental car version. This is the new version that they have which drives like a luxury vehicle, continues to be reliable and it’s just good owner satisfaction. It drives terrific.”

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Chevy Delivers First Bolt EVs to Customers

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In the San Francisco Bay this past December, Chevrolet delivered the first three Bolt EVs to customers, fulfilling the brand’s promise to offer a long-range electric vehicle at an affordable price.

“All of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering and building the Bolt EV brings us to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time, as planned,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Chevrolet is proud to offer a vehicle like the Bolt EV, with ground-breaking technology wrapped in a modern design that is also fun-to-drive at an affordable price.”

The first three customers to receive the highly anticipated Bolt EV are excited to take delivery and include:

  • William “Bill” Mattos, a retired law enforcement officer from Fremont, California, whose new Bolt EV becomes his third Chevrolet electric, after previously owning a Spark EV and second-generation Volt
  • Bobby Edmonds, a software developer with a family of four from Castro Valley, California, who replaces a BMW i3 with the Bolt EV
  • Steve Henry, a commercial real estate broker with a family of five from Portola Valley, California, whose new Bolt EV replaces a Toyota Prius

“The range and technology attracted me to the Bolt EV,” says Bobby Edmonds. “It’s also a great-looking, roomy vehicle and I love the fact it’s from an American brand. I look forward to the longer drives I can make compared to the i3 that I owned.”

Named the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year®, the Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge, enabling owners to go beyond average daily driving needs with range to spare.

The Bolt EV begins at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $37,495, which includes destination and freight charges, but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees. Depending on individual tax situations, customers may receive an available federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

Standard features include electronic precision shift, Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle and 10.2-inch-diagonal color touch screen. The top-trim Premier model adds leather-appointed seats, front and rear heated seats, surround camera, rear camera mirror and more.

Bolt EVs are currently in transit to California and Oregon markets and are arriving this month. A national rollout begins in 2017, and a number of Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States including New York, Massachusetts and Virginia will see first deliveries this winter. Bolt EVs will arrive to more dealerships in additional major metro markets throughout the first half of 2017. The Bolt EV will be available at Bolt EV-certified dealerships across the United States in mid-2017.

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Excited as we are about the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV? Stay tuned to this space for the latest news. Remember to stop by SouthTowne Motors when the Chevy Bolt becomes available to give it a test drive and learn more about it during your hands-on experience.

The Buick Cascada

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Buick has come out with a sports car. Built in Buick’s Opal division in Poland, the Cascada still feels quite American. But, the Cascada is filling a gap of performance luxury vehicles. According to Buick, sales are doing well and 64 percent of the buyers were loyal to other brands. The Cascada has only been available for a few months as of June 2016. You can see what all the hype is about by test driving one of these models at SouthTowne Motors.

Mechanical Features

The 2016 Buick Cascada convertible is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features overdrive. The engine features variable valve timing and makes 200 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque.

This front-wheel drive sports car features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, sport-tuned suspension, electric power steering and a maintenance free battery with rundown protection. The battery features 801 cold cranking amps.

One of the best things about the Cascada is that you can put the convertible roof up and down at speeds up to 31 miles per hour. Additional features include heated seats, remote start and a heated steering wheel.

Another nifty feature is should you have to pull over an open the trunk on the highway, a second set of taillights appears under the trunk so that other drivers can still see you.

Trim Levels

Two trim levels are available: the base model and higher trim level that features lane departure warning, forward collision alert, parking assist and more safety features.

Convenience Features

Some of the convenience features you’ll find in the 2016 Buick Cascada Premium include sport bucket seats in the front with eight-way power adjustments, power lumbar for both front seats, a heated leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel with mounted phone interface and audio controls, a driver information center that shows fuel range, fuel economy, tire pressure, average vehicle speed and oil life remaining, remote vehicle start, a theft deterrent system, express up and down front windows, dual zone automatic climate control and illuminated vanity mirrors.

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Buick News: Buick to Release Envision in 2016

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Buick is releasing a new crossover SUV, the 2016 Buick Envision. This model was created to compete with the Audi Q5, the Acura RDX and the Lincoln MKC. This model, designed and engineered in Michigan, won Motor Trend SUV of the Year in China. As of early December 2015, it’s already sold over 127,000 units, though not in the United States. The Envision will be released to North American dealerships in 2016, including SouthTowne Motors.

Top Features

The Envision will feature a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 252 horsepower and has Buick’s stop/start technology. This already-efficient engine is made more efficient by adding upper grille shutters to enhance aerodynamics and using a body structure that incorporates high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel that is extremely light.

Additional top features include LED daytime running light and rear accent lights, standard lane keeping assist and safety alert seat, an 8-inch color touch screen with IntelliLink, a programmable power lift gate, passive entry and remote start, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, tri-zone climate control with separate controls for the rear, a Bose premium sound system and a panoramic moon roof.

Engine and Transmission

The cast aluminum engine features continuously variable valve timing, hydraulic roller finger follower lifters and a coil-on-plug ignition system. The engine makes 260 pound-feet of torque and is backed by the Hydra-Matic 6T70 electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with automatic overdrive.

Additional Features

The Envision features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, a specifically tuned coil-spring front suspension with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and hydraulic ride bushings, a four-link independent rear suspension with a hollow stabilizer bar, electric rack and pinion power steering with road-shake stabilization and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

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New Look For GMC in 2016

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When you stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the new 2016 GMC Sierra, you’ll notice that this truck has a new look. Right away, you’ll notice some tailgate and front-end upgrades. Changes are taking place across most trim levels – and though it hasn’t been announced yet, you might see some powertrain changes when GMC releases the 2016 model year.

Bolder Grilles

The SLT, Denali and the All Terrain trim levels will each have a new, unique and bolder grille design – and that is going to be one of the first things you’ll notice when you walk up to the 2016 model year versions of this popular half-ton truck.

The Trim Levels

As in the past, the Denali trim level will be in the forefront with the flattest grille surface and will have the most chrome. The All Terrain is the new entry level trim level and it features a unique color coded grille and bumper. And the ever popular SLT model is expected to be the most popular model again this year.

Grille Differences

The grilles on all trim levels will features a deeper trapezoidal cut in the lower bumper, new LED projector headlights and a bigger GMC logo. Plus, the rear taillight designs on all trim levels will features a C-shaped LED look which matches the truck’s front daytime running lights.

Additional Changes

Since Chevy made some changes to its powertrain for the 2016 Silverado, it is expected that GMC will follow suit by making its eight-speed transmission more available for the 5.3-liter option. It is expected that the 6.2-liter V-8 and the V-6 options will stay the same as those on the 2015 model years.

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Keep your eyes on this spot for more information about the 2016 GMC Sierra and its trim levels as information is released, and for the release date. You can also stop by SouthTowne Motors for more information as it becomes available.

Chevy SEMA

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All of the Chevy Atlanta dealers were excited about the 2015 Camaro Commemorative Edition Debut at SEMA, including us at Southtowne. This concept vehicle celebrates the success of the fifth-generation Camaro.

This standout car attracted the attention of car dealers in Newnan GA, Camaro fans and new buyers who have never even owned a Chevy. The unique features of the Camaro Commemorative Special Edition featured commemorative fender emblems, a unique stripe, 20-inch wheels, body-color front splitter and a ZL1 rear spoiler. Chevy is now offering this slick-looking car in five exterior color combinations, including red hot with black stripe, ashen gray metallic with silver stripe, black with cyber gray stripe, summit white silver stripe and red hot with black stripe. Its new adrenaline red interior is only offered in this commemorative edition. With this option, there’s plenty of bold red with red stitching on the seats, door trim armrest, center console and instrument panel.

Other Chevy concept cars at the 2015 SEMA included a Stingray styled with KISS front man Paul Stanley and a vintage third-generation Corvette built in collaboration with NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.

The godfather of the Camaro Special Editions is the 1969 Camaro Indy Pace car. While it was born on the track, the follow-up special editions have evolved into aggressiveness and sportiness for the road. All around, the Camaro special editions are a grand tradition that continues today. It’s a reflection of traditional heritage.

The 2015 Camaro Commemorative Special Edition is available 2SS and 2LT coupes and convertibles. An added perk is that it includes the RS package. With the 2015 Camaro Commemorative Edition, the Camaro is on track to be America’s favorite performance car for the fifth year in a row. Find it this spring at Southtown Newnan.

 

Built-in 4G LTE in Chevrolet

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When you decide on a vehicle, you have a list of things to check off. Decisions include leasing or buying, which trim level you want, if you want a lower trim level, whether you should add some options, the color of the exterior and interior and so much more. Safety features and entertainment features may also play a part in your decision. Depending on you, not having certain entertainment features may be a deal-breaker.

Several vehicles available at SouthTowne Motors feature built-in 4G LTE so that you have a Wi-Fi hot spot so you can connect your smart phone to your vehicle and to the Internet. Yep, we said that: Internet in the car.

The Best OnStar Wi-Fi Hotspot

Whenever you turn your vehicle on, the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi is on, too. You’ll have excellent signal quality plus bandwidth for up to seven devices. Certain restrictions may apply including type of device, particularly those manufactured prior to 2006. 4G LTE is available only in select markets. Some services may require a data plan.

The 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot has a stronger signal then your smart phone; and it gives you a fast and reliable connection. Once you set it up, it comes on automatically when you start the vehicle or have the ignition in accessory mode.

4G-Equipped Vehicles

Chevrolet vehicles that include 4G LTE include the 2015 Spark, 2015 Spark EV, 2015 Sonic, 2015 Cruze, 2015 Cruze Diesel, 2015 Volt, 2015 Malibu, 2015 Impala, 2015 SS, 2015 Corvette, 2015 Trax, 2015 Equinox, select models of the 2015 Tahoe, select models of the 2015 Suburban, 2015 Colorado, and select models of the 2015 Silverado.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive one of the models that include 4G LTE to learn more about that model’s convenience, entertainment, security and safety features. Be sure to ask your salesperson whether we are running any finance or lease specials, or whether we are running any deals on these models.

Chevrolet Cruze Named 2014 Fleet Car of the Year

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Automotive Fleet and Business Fleet magazines named the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Fleet Car of the Year – and this Chevy beat out 48 other vehicles. You can find the 2015 Cruze at SouthTowne Motors: take a test drive and see for yourself why so many businesses like this economical car.

Laura Beitler, the vice president of Mary Kay, Inc., said that it chose the Cruze for its independent sales force members for its stylish looks, affordability and awesome fuel economy. And, because the Cruze has excellent technology and safety features.

Through October 2014, fleet sales of the Cruze increased by 41 percent; and this economical car is Chevrolet’s best-selling. The auto manufacturer sold more than 3 million units worldwide since the Cruze launched in 2009.

When you stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a Cruze, you’ll find that it has the most standard safety features for vehicles in its class; and has a very low cost of ownership. According to Ed Peper, the U.S. vice president of GM Fleet and Commercial Sales, businesses are buying the Cruze for a mix of fleet applications, which means that many fleet managers put the Cruze at the top of their lists.

The 2015 model year has a revised exterior styling, it now has OnStar 4G LTE and has greater connectivity. That’s perfect for anyone using the Cruze for business or for individuals who need to stay connected or use their personal vehicle for work.

Additional features new to the 2015 model year include LED daytime running lights on the LTZ, LT, Eco and diesel models; revised cup holders; a relocated trunk release; relocated door lock switches; text message alerts and Apple Siri integration.

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For more information on the Cruze and its different trim levels, stop by SouthTowne Motors to take a test drive today. You’ll learn more about the standard features for each trim level, including convenience, entertainment, security and safety features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any additional options that may be available, and whether we are running any specials on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

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If you are looking for a vehicle that uses alternative fuel, stop by SouthTowne Motors to choose one of the many vehicles that run on diesel, hybrid power or electric power. The type you choose depends on how much you drive and why you need the vehicle, whether for hauling a trailer, commuting or frequent road trips.

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This hybrid model features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor. It gets 36 mpg* on the highway. Features include remote engine start, four-wheel ABS brakes, ABS and driveline traction control and power heated mirrors.

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The 2015 model year also features a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor; and it is also gets 36 mpg* on the highway. Features include Bluetooth, four one-touch power windows, a 15-horsepower electric motor, transmission hill holder and remote power door locks.

2014 Cadillac ELR

The Cadillac ELR features a 181-horsepower gas hybrid engine, interior air filtration, a heated steering wheel, power heated mirrors, navigation, rain sensing wipers, heated front seats and door mirrors, keyless ignition, remote engine start and a tire pressure monitoring system. The ELR also features the Y40 Luxury Package which includes IntelliBeam headlights, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, and 20-inch by 8.5-inch aluminum with midnight silver pockets.

How Hybrid Engines Work

A hybrid engine combines the best of electric motors and gas engines. Depending on the configuration, the hybrid could increase power, improve fuel economy, or even add additional auxiliary power for electronics.

The three types of hybrid vehicle are automatic start/shutoff, regenerative braking and electric motor/drive assist. With the automatic start/shutoff version, the system turns off the gas engine when the vehicle comes to a stop, then automatically starts it again when you press the accelerator. Fuel economy increases because you prevent wasted energy while your vehicle idles.

Regenerative braking uses an electric motor to apply resistance to the drivetrain, which makes the wheels slow down. As the wheels slow, they create energy; and that energy turns the electric motors. The motor acts as a generator to convert energy into electricity. The electricity is stored in battery until it’s needed.

The electric motor/drive assist version uses an electric motor to provide more power to help the engine make the extra power needed during acceleration, hill climbing and passing. Since the electric motor provides a ton of “help,” a smaller engine may be used, thus saving gas.

Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive one of our hybrid models or any of the other models on the lot.

Chevy Truck Month

It’s that time of year again. When fall arrives, it brings with it one of the most anticipated events of the year, Chevy Truck Month. This is when some of the best deals on the newest trucks come out. So if you’re looking for a new truck, now is the time buy. Chevrolet has a long-running history of offering the most dependable, longest-lasting trucks on the road today. Here are some of the purchase options available during this special time of year.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab LT All Star is a beast of a truck. Right now, you can drive away after saving up to $8,500 off of this truck. This is how it breaks down. Chevy is offering $1,500 in trade assistance, $3,000 cash allowance, $3,250 Truck Month Discount and also a $750 package option discount. You get all of this during the event with an eligible vehicle to trade in. The Chevy Silverado exceeds all standards. It is available with either an upgraded 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine or the standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine. The first option is the most fuel-efficient gasoline V8 engine on the market. Even the towing capacity is the best in the class with up to 12,000 pounds. Other technology options include Hill Start Assist and StabiliTrak.

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One of the other available discounts during Chevy Truck Month is for the 2014 Silverado 1500 4-door Double Cab LT All Star. This ups the cash allowance to $4,250 while keeping the Truck Month Discount to $3,000. The grand total value you save is still quite substantial at $9,500. This truck has been named the North American Truck of the Year and has some quite impressive features. It includes a lot of the same technologies and conveniences that the Crew Cab has but also includes the quiet cabin feature, which is possible due to the triple-sealed doors and a tuned exhaust system.

The 2014 Silverado 1500 with available V8 engine receives 16mpg city and 23mpg highway. These numbers beat other leading truck manufacturers. The warranties offered on this truck include a 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper, 2-year/24,000 mile Scheduled Maintenance and a 5-year/100,000 mile Powertrain.

If you’re interested in either of these offers, stop by your SouthTowne Chevy dealer today.