Cruze key facts, making it a winner

•  Two fuel-efficient* engines: 1.8L Ecotec or a 1.4L Ecotec Turbo
•  One of the only compacts to offer either a 6-Speed Manual or Automatic Transmission
•  Eco model (estimated 40 MPG highway*; about a 570-mile highway* range)
* Based on GM testing. Official EPA estimates not yet available.
•  10 standard airbags
•  OnStar Directions & Connections (6 months standard)
StabiliTrak Stability Control System
•  Antilock Brakes with Traction Control
•  Tire Pressure Monitoring System (excludes spare tire)
•  Power Child Security Locks
•  1.4L Ecotec Turbo enhances fun-to-drive performance
•  Responsive, rack-mounted electric power steering
•  Independent front and semi-independent Z-link rear suspension (Eco excludes Z-link)

• One of the largest compact cars in segment
•  More passenger and trunk room than Civic, Corolla and Focus

•  Long fore/aft seat travel and comfortable seats
•  Uncommon standard features not usually found on compacts:
3 Driver Information Center
3 Oil Life Monitor
3 Remote Keyless Entry
3 Split-folding Rear Seat
3 Stereo with CD player, Auxiliary Input Jack and Six Speakers
3 Tilt/Telescopic Steering Wheel
3 XM Satellite Radio (3-month trial of XM service)


•  Over 30 acoustic treatments help make Cruze amazingly quiet

•  Refined, stylish interior (generous use of chrome and premium materials)
•  Tight French seat stitching adds high-end appearance and durability
•  Upscale features not usually found in segment (as equipped): Heated Seats; Map Navigation; Bluetooth®/USB; Remote Start; Pioneer® 9-speaker Audio System
•  4 million+ miles of durability testing and 5yr/100k powertrain warranty (whichever comes first)


Chevrolet Volt Rollout Speeds Up: Available Across U.S. – Press Release

For release: Jan. 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

Chevrolet Volt Rollout Speeds Up: Available Across U.S. By End of 2011

DETROIT – Chevrolet is accelerating the national rollout of the Volt to match customer interest.

“We’re accelerating our launch plan to have Volts in all participating Chevrolet dealerships, in every single state in the union, by the end of this year,” said Rick Scheidt, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. “This is the right thing to do for our customers and our dealers who are seeing increased traffic onto their showroom floors.”

Chevrolet Volts have been delivered to customers in the Washington D.C. area, as well as California, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas.  Customer deliveries in Michigan begin this spring.

Customers nationwide will be able to order Volts with participating dealers beginning in the second quarter.  Deliveries will begin in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii in the third quarter.

During the fourth quarter, Chevrolet expects to deliver Volts in all 50 states.

The decision to accelerate the national rollout was influenced by Chevrolet dealers like Criswell Chevrolet in Gaithersburg, MD, who have seen a surge of consumers interested in the Volt:

“The Volt is clearly bringing new customers to Chevrolet,” said Harry E. Criswell III, president and owner of Criswell Chevrolet “We are seeing 10 to 15 customers a week who are seriously considering buying a Volt. Many of them own competitive brands who now have a Chevy on their shopping list because of the Volt.” Some of that consumer interest has been fueled by prestigious industry awards and recognitions for the Volt, including:
• 2011 North American Car of the Year
• Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
• Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
• Car and Driver 10Best for 2011
• Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
• AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
• 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanics
“Such recognition provides customers with credible, expert endorsement of new models, which is important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies,” said Scheidt. “Based on the awards the Volt has received, and the number of consumers expressing interest in the technology, we believe the Volt is the right car at the right time.”  The Volt is an electric vehicle that offers a total driving range of up to 379 miles, based on EPA estimates. For the first 35 miles, the Volt can drive gas- and tailpipe-emissions-free using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas powered engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 344 miles on a full tank.

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10 Ways to make that tank of gas last longer – from the GM Certifed Service Department

1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control.
Speed limits are calculated for maximum safety – they’ll also reward you with maximum gas mileage. You can get up to 20 percent more mileage traveling 55 mph than 70 mph. Using cruise control provides additional gas savings.

2. Drive evenly. Avoid hard stops.
Quick starts burn gas while hard stops also cost you. Take your foot off the accelerator and coast a bit before stopping for a traffic light or a stop sign.

3. Avoid idling and rush hour traffic.
You’re burning fuel while idling – up to a gallon every hour. So, avoid rush hour traffic when possible.

4. Open windows at slow speeds. Use A/C on highways.
Around town, turn your air conditioning off and roll down the windows. On the highway, open windows create drag at speeds of 40 mph or more, so roll them up and use the air.

5. Remove junk from the trunk.
Added weight in your vehicle affects fuel economy, so take unnecessary items out of your trunk.

6. Fill up when it’s cool and before holidays.
Cooler temperatures in the early morning or late evening create less vapor. Also, getting a fill-up three days before a holiday will help you save on the per-gallon price at the pump.

7. Don’t top off gas and tighten the cap.
When buying gas, stop when the pump shuts off automatically. And remember, your tank needs both fuel and fumes, so tighten the gas cap after every fill-up.

8. Use the correct fuel grade.
Use the fuel grade recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. In addition, TOP TIER Detergent Gasoline is even better for your vehicle. It is a class of gasoline with enhanced detergency, that exceed detergent requirements imposed by the EPA. It meets voluntary deposit control standards developed by four automotive companies, including General Motors. TOP TIER gasoline retailers include:
Entec Stations
MFA Oil Company
Kwik Trip/Kwik Star
The Somerset Refinery, Inc.
Aloha Petroleum
Tri-Par Oil Company
Turkey Hill
Mileage (Severson Oil Co.)

9. Don’t accelerate up hill.
Build up speed before an incline, and then maintain it on the way up. Coast on the way down for additional fuel economy.

10. Avoid rooftop carriers.
Approximately one quarter of each gallon of gas is needed to overcome wind resistance, so avoid carrying things on your roof. If necessary, use an aerodynamic carrier to help minimize drag.

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Chevy Volt Coming to Rapid Chevy Soon

The best way to experience a Volt is go kick the tires, grip the steering wheel and take the Volt for a spin. Many people have asked us when they can take these test drives and starting in June, their wish will be granted.

These vehicles will be just like the production models you can buy and we will be offering test drives and demonstrations.


Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 7 of 7

It’s good to use your cruise control in all conditions because it keeps your speed consistent – MYTH

It is very dangerous to drive on wet roads with your cruise on. If your vehicle hits a patch of water and starts to hyroplane, your tires will accelerate to a high rate of speed causing you to lose control of the vehicle once it picks up traction again.

Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 6 of 7

Keep extra weight in your vehicle during the winter months, the weight gives you more traction – MYTH

Because most cars these days are either front or rear wheel drive, this advice wont help you at all. The extra weight on the non-driving wheels could work against you because you are more inclined to lose control of the vehicle.

Winter Driving Safety: Fact from Myth 5 of 7

When your stuck in ice and snow, salt works best to get you traction – MYTH

What is recommended is an abrasive or clumping material like sand or kitty litter. It’s also good to have a small shovel with you to help dig out around the tires.