New Front Automatic Braking System Protects Chevy Owners

front automatic braking systemIn order to help drivers avoid rear-end collisions, Chevy has put together some innovative new technologies. The newest feature is built on Forward Collision Alert technology to prevent accidents, and is available in most new models.

According to Chevy, the Front Automatic Braking system utilizes radar technology to automatically brake in an imminent crash situation. Since one in every four accidents is a rear-end crash, we at MY Chevrolet think this safety technology could revolutionize the industry.

“Many of us have been in driving situations where the car ahead of us suddenly slows–or we momentarily look away at the wrong time–and we have to slam on the brakes to avoid a collision,” said General Motors Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond J. Kiefer. “Front Automatic Braking provides a layer of driver assistance beyond Forward Collision Alert systems to help prevent this common crash situation.”

Located below the front grille or inside of the rearview mirror, the radar sensors detect when you’re too close to another vehicle and when someone is too close to you. The new technology will also apply the brakes in imminent crash scenarios, reducing around 879 fatal crashes per year, predicts Chevy.

Chevrolet Reveals Ambitious Bolt EV Concept at 2015 Detroit Auto Show

Bolt EV ConceptChevrolet has revealed an ambitious new vehicle called the “Bolt EV Concept” at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, which hints at the company’s future in electric vehicle technology.

The Bolt EV Concept is a funky-looking orange crossover with an airy, high-tech interior that offers generous headroom and legroom, easy-to-use technology, and pleasant lines. It intends to meld function and form in a way never done before by combining unique proportions and sleek shapes with an alleged 200 mile range. Best of all, it includes a mere $30,000 starting price.

The new car would join the Volt and Spark EV in offering a variety of experiences for shoppers seeking an electric vehicle in the Chevrolet lineup. The automaker hasn’t revealed when we can expect production version of the Bolt EV Concept at MY Chevrolet, but if it keeps the range and price the company is claiming, it could never be too soon!

First Chevy Corvette Race Car Up for Grabs!

first Chevy Corvette race car

Current Chevy Corvette!

That title may be a bit misleading. Before you jump out of your seat, you should know it’s not exactly available for the taking. In fact, according to the Dupont Registry, the first Chevy Corvette race car will cost you upwards of $6.8 million. But, if you’ve got that kind of money burning a hole in your pocket, General Motors’ very first purpose-built Corvette racer could be yours for the taking. If you do get it, bring it by My Chevrolet to show off.

This “purpose built” Corvette racer was designed and built specifically to take on the Ferraris, Jaguars, Porsches, and Maseratis of the 1950s racetrack. Harley Earl, one of GM’s engineers, envisioned and built the Corvette race car for his son, who at the time was driving a Ferrari. Earl knew he could do better, and the SR-2 was born.

Earl started with a stock Corvette, which was then modified with racing brakes, suspension, covered headlamps, twin chopped wind screens, cooling scoops, and a small stabilizer fin down the center of the trunk. One year later, the fin was upgraded to the much larger fin we see today. Under the hood, the car’s V8 engine was upgraded with fuel injection, at which time the SR-2 could pump out 331 horsepower and manage a top speed of more than 150 mph.

The Corvette SR-2 Sebring Racer has been fully restored and is for sale by Corvette Mike of Southern California. The one-of-a-kind race car can be seen on display at the Scottsdale Sport & Classic Autocars from January 12th-14th.

3D-Printed Cars Inspire Creativity, Engineering

3D-printed carsHere’s a heartwarming story we hope will brighten your day. Japanese company t-o-f-u design is dedicated to empowering youth, and figured out a way to put its 3D-printing technology to good use. Bringing handmade toy design to a whole new level, the company created 3D-printed cars based on children’s drawings.

t-o-f-u design asked 11 children between the ages of four and eight to design a side view of a car that they would like to have created on a 3D printer. Once they had the drawing of one side of the car, t-o-f-u design did the rest, creating 3D models of each child’s drawing.

The end result was 11 unique cars that each had moving wheels. The children were invited to push their model cars around a track to see just how fast they could go. This project allowed these children to see the relationship between 2D and 3D modeling, and gain a unique perspective into 3D printing.

According to 3dprint.com, “It will be today’s school-aged children who grow up understanding the concepts behind 3D modeling and 3D printing better than most of us who are currently employed in the workforce. Hopefully with 3D printing curricula in schools, and a growing understanding that the technology holds tremendous potential, our children will be the ones to really reap the rewards of the technology.”

Here at MY Chevrolet, we are excited to see the long-term possibilities 3D printing will present. Involving kids at a young age in the advancement of new technology? Even better.

2016 Chevy Volt Brake System Will Offer Regeneration Function

2016 Chevy Volt Brake System

Current Chevy Volt Available at MY Chevrolet

Although the 2016 Chevy Volt is still a few weeks away from being revealed, Chevy keeps announcing new details about the model. Most recently, we learned that the automaker plans to add on-demand regenerative braking. Here at MY Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see the new model in action.

According to Green Car Reports, Chevy would only add this advanced feature on vehicles if the customer asks for it. The new feature allows drivers to change the degree of regenerative braking, from lower on the highway to higher in the city. This feature would allow you to store the energy typically lost during the deceleration process.

The 2016 Chevy Volt brake system is highly advanced, and therefore more expensive; however, in the long-run it would end up making the new model more efficient. While this brake technology is found on some other models, Chevy has refined it considerably.

Although few other details have been released, we do know that the new Volt is expected to offer a longer range, higher fuel efficiency, a smoother drive, and maybe even some accommodations for a fifth seat. It will also use a more powerful 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, just one more improvement we’re excited about.

Chevy Trax Comes Ahead of a Subcompact SUV Explosion

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2015 Chevy Trax

The Chevrolet Trax is an interesting vehicle. A year ago, we might have looked at the thing and asked, “Why?” Now, we’re thinking, “More, please!”

The Trax is part of a vehicle segment that has almost entirely materialized out of thin air—the subcompact SUV segment, which, we have to say, it incredibly American. We love our SUVs in the United States, but over the years their cumbersome size and poor fuel efficiency have made them less appealing. In a way, this new segment is no more than a funny yet totally smart solution to that problem: just make the SUVs smaller!

Over the next five months, the subcompact SUV segment will explode from only three entries to a whopping eight, at an unprecedented rate of one new model a month—and the Trax is already ahead of the curve. It does a bit of everything, combining a practical size with flexibility, fuel efficiency, and a lower price. Come check it out at MY Chevrolet!

MOTOR TREND Gives Chevrolet Colorado the Truck of the Year Award

If you need a new truck, you have a lot of options and a wide range of models to choose from. But, if you want the best new truck on the market, you need the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. It recently won the 2015 Truck of the Year award from MOTOR TREND magazine.

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2015 Chevy Colorado

This award is significant because not only did the Colorado beat out nine competitors, like the Ford F-150, but the MOTOR TREND editors unanimously decided that the Colorado was the best.

The Colorado impressed with its “right-sized” package, impressive handling, and overall capabilities. It also earned high marks for its powerful and efficient powertrain options.

“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, MOTOR TREND’s editor-in-chief, in a statement. “Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

If you’ve been looking for a new truck, come see if the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the perfect fit for you at MY Chevrolet today.

List: Five Reasons to Get the 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Five Reasons to Get the 2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevy Trax

As smaller SUVs slowly become the most popular American vehicles—especially as the economy continues to grow—many mini-SUVs are rolling their way into the public eye. Thankfully, we’re here to advise you on which are the best. Here are five reasons to get the 2015 Chevrolet Trax:

  1. Models for the Trax start at $21,875—a completely affordable number, as far as new cars go.
  2. For such a little guy, the Trax actually has a ton of space. There’s 48.4 cubic feet of cargo room when the seats are folded down.
  3. Like most Chevys at this point, the 2015 Trax has a 4G that can be turned into a Wi-Fi Hotspot when necessary.
  4. It’s nice and quiet. When you’re cruising in your Chevy Trax, road and wind noise will not distract you from your jams.
  5. And lastly – it’s just small enough. Sure, the Chevy Trax is a smaller car, enabling you to park in tight spaces, etc., but you don’t feel like you’re going to be run over while in it.

We encourage you to head to My Chevrolet, where you can check out all of the models we have in stock.

Chevrolet Lowers Carbon Footprints Together with Eleven Colleges

Chevrolet Lowers Carbon FootprintsChevrolet knows that green technology is no longer the wave of the future—it is the wave of right now. That’s why the automaker has been pouring time, effort, and money into green technology programs. For example, Chevrolet has teamed up with 11 colleges around the nation to help them post a lower carbon footprint, hoping to reduce that footprint by as much as 8 million metric tons.

“As we kept inching closer to our carbon-reduction goal, we wanted to support colleges going above and beyond to help combat climate change, and open the door for other companies to contribute to such campus clean energy projects,” said Greg Martin, executive director of sustainability, General Motors. “This helps ensure campuses can continue to receive funding from companies’ carbon purchases long after Chevrolet completes its carbon-reduction initiative next year.”

Chevrolet has helped the colleges post the cash and resources necessary to get these green programs off the ground. Of course, Chevy also makes some great green vehicles of their own, so come see us here at MY Chevrolet to learn more about how Chevrolet lowers carbon footprints with its incredible technology!

#TechnologyAndStuff: Turning the Beat Around

The marketing department at Chevrolet is working like they need the money. They recently turned what could have been a PR catastrophe into something that has really worked for them.

It all began after the final game in this year’s World Series. During the post-game ceremony, the MVP was to be awarded with the keys to a brand new Chevrolet Colorado. Rikk Wilde, regional zone manager at Chevrolet, was trusted with saying a few words before handing the keys over to MVP Madison Bumgarner.

#TechnologyandStuff

2015 Chevy Colorado

Those few words slowly turned into what became a very, very awkward moment for Mr. Wilde, as well as everyone at the ceremony, and millions of viewers. The man was unprepared, uncomfortable, and grew more and more flustered as he went on, eventually uttering the phrase “technology and stuff” when referring to the features on the Colorado.

Instead of distancing themselves from Wilde’s mistake or ignoring it, Chevrolet embraced it, creating the hashtag #technologyandstuff and using it as a promotional tool.

After all, Wilde was guilty of something that we can all relate to. And he may have been asked to do something that he wasn’t trained to do.

Come out to My Chevrolet to check out a Colorado and all of its #technologyandstuff.