Chevrolet FNR-X Concept

 

Chevrolet abandoned the original FNR concept shortly after the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show, but it wasn’t gone for long. The American brand brought the new and improved FNR-X concept to the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show not long ago. Featuring a hybrid powertrain, the sport-inspired crossover truly is the vehicle of the future.

 

 

The “all-purpose sports concept” offers an adjustable ride height and wheel blades designed to automatically adjust to reduce drag at high speeds. Not all of the technologies are futuristic though; active grille shutters are available on numerous vehicles, just like the Chevrolet Colorado mid-size pickup.

 

The Chevrolet FNR-X concept features two driving modes, Versatility and Sport, which are capable of adjusting the ride height and performance of the hybrid powertrain. Optical and acoustic recognition sensors are littered around the vehicle to optimize the autonomous driver suite’s performance.

 

Inside, the FNR-X concept features plenty of advanced technologies, like an augmented reality heads-up display. Ambient lighting changes according to which driving mode is selected and a graphene-inspired trim sets the tone for the future of the industry as a whole.

 

While there’s no official word on a production schedule or release date, the updated FNR-X concept seems ready to roll. We here at DeLillo Chevrolet are looking forward to see what the future has in store for the FNR-X concept!

Chicago Auto Show Highlights From Chevy’s Lineup

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Staring Into The Future of the Traverse

 

The 2017 Chicago Auto Show ended not too long ago and is commonly known as a place where auto enthusiasts all over the world can expect to find some exciting new reveals when it comes to the model lineups of their favorite brands. Chevrolet, as one of the industry’s major giants, brought some of its own fun to the party.

Chevrolet brought some unexpected concept gimmicks to Chicago by partnering with Lego to build a life-size, functional Lego Batmobile, to promote the Lego Batman movie that is currently in theaters. In addition, Chevy showed up with ten different models dressed in the brand’s new Redline cosmetic package, which adds blacked-out features with red accents and will be available to customers as an option sometime this year.

The company also chose to debut two brand-new models – the 2018 Traverse and the 2018 Equinox – at the Chicago Auto Show this year.

Just glancing at any of the auto show highlights reel from the event in Chicago will tell you that Chevrolet knows how to work a crowd. From just-for-fun concepts to a sneak-peek at upcoming production models and packages, there’s something in Chevy’s auto show lineup to please everybody.

Stop by and see us at DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington, CA for all of your Chevrolet needs!

Hurley and Chevy’s Surfer-Friendly Truck

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The 2017 Colorado Z71 Which Is The Model The Concept Was Based On

 

There aren’t many jobs that a Chevy can’t handle. That’s especially true when you allow an expert to design a concept vehicle that caters to their niche’s specific needs. That’s how Hurley and Chevy’s surfer-friendly truck was born.

The Partnership

Hurley, an innovative surfing brand, partnered with Chevy in 2016 to release the Colorado Z71 Hurley concept truck. Like all Chevy pickups, this truck is capable and innovative, but in all of the right ways for surfers specifically. The Colorado Z71 concept was designed to meet a surfer’s every need when out catching waves. Features like a custom surfboard roof rack and water-resistant seat covers alone make the day’s surfing session even simpler.

In addition to these highly functional features, there are other conveniences too, like a Bimini-style bed cover that provides a shady break on a sunny beach. There’s a bed-mounted rack that functions as a place to dry your wetsuit plus plenty of handy storage as well.

The Performance

Performance-wise, the Colorado Z71 concept was designed with lifted suspension, 17-inch wheels and Goodyear DuraTrac all-terrain tires. With this setup, surfers will have no problem exploring hard-to-reach beaches when hunting for the perfect wave. As a finishing touch, the Colorado Z71 concept includes built-in Wi-Fi to help with weather updates and staying connected with friends. Based on this impressive description, Hurley’s concept pickup seems to have everything a surfer could ever dream of in a vehicle.

Chevy Bolt Wins Car of the Year Title

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The North American International Auto Show is held every year in Detroit and could easily be classified as the largest auto show in the United States. Each year, automakers all over the world flock to Detroit to show off their new wares in January, and NAIAS recognizes individual nameplates with awards like Car and Truck of the Year. This year, the Chevrolet Bolt EV took home the award for Detroit’s Car of the Year.

The Chevy Bolt has already won a few other honors, including Motor Trend’s Car of the Year back in November and the Green Car of the Year award given to the vehicle at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The Bolt seems to be collecting a heavy collection of awards, though it’s not unwarranted; with a sticker price below $30,000 and an electric range of around 238 miles on a single charge, the Chevy Bolt costs about half the price as the competition, including the Tesla Model S.

Kicking off 2017 with the Car of the Year award from the Detroit Auto Show isn’t anything to turn up your nose at, either. The Chevy Bolt has already started the New Year with a big win, an omen of its success as a highly-anticipated and much-needed member of the electric car segment.

Motor Trend Car of the Year is the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Motor Trend Car of the Year

In the past three years, Chevrolet has earned four awards from Motor Trend. The latest is the Motor Trend Car of the Year award.

In the past three years, Chevrolet has earned four awards from Motor Trend. The latest is the Motor Trend Car of the Year award for the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The other three awards were for Car of the Year in 2016 for the Camaro and Truck of the Year in 2015, and 2016 for the Colorado.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

The Bolt EV earned this year’s award because it performed exceptionally well in six evaluation categories: engineering excellence, advancement in design, value, efficiency, safety, and performance of intended function.

With the Bolt EV, the electric car segment will get a great, game-changing addition. It will deliver an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge. In addition, it will be available across the country and has an affordable starting price of $37,495. Many customers may qualify for a federal tax credit of up to $7,500, making it even more affordable.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will be available here at DeLillo Chevrolet by the end of this year.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is Changing the Way We Think About Electric Cars

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At one point in time, a car getting 20 MPG was impressive, and it would be insanity to think that we could possibly have a car that runs purely on electricity. However, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is changing the way that we think about how cars function in the world.

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV is a purely electric car that is going to get up to an estimated 238 miles of range per full charge. As the average daily commute for a worker is approximately 40 miles, this means that people could potentially go a few days before having to charge their vehicle.

As for charging the battery, there are a few features that help save battery life. One is called the “regen effect”, which essentially allows drivers to slow down without using the brake pedal. As drivers let off the gas, the vehicle slows down, which transfers energy back to the battery.

The traditional way of charging the Bolt EV is with a special charger at home that gives you about 25 miles per hour of charge. It takes about 9.5 hours to completely recharge the battery.

50th Anniversary Chevy Camaro Celebrations

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2017 marks 50 years since the first Camaro, and to celebrate Chevy is hosting some events as well as releasing an anniversary edition of the 2017 Camaro. The 50th anniversary Chevy Camaro celebrations will take place in the Detroit area in from August 18 to 20.

The Camaro celebrations in Detroit will include a Camaro factory tour on the 18th in Lansing. In addition to being able to see a Camaro assembled, there will also be a car show at the factory. On August 19 in Detroit there will be a Camaro Fifty Rally, where Camaro drivers will drive together up Woodward Ave. The 20th is the Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual auto event in Birmingham that will also feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Camaro.

The 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro is available in Nightfall Gray Metallic paint, with special wheels and center caps, an RS Appearance Package, orange brake calipers, and a few other exterior tweaks. The interior has a unique black leather interior with orange accent stitching and suede inserts, as well as 50th Anniversary treatments on various parts of the vehicle.

The Anniversary Edition will be available in the 2LT Coupe and Convertible and the 2SS Coupe and Convertible models.

Automotive EV Technology: Chevy Changes the Way We Drive

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Automotive EV technology is the future of vehicle engineering, offering better fuel economy, lower emissions, and, in some cases, optimal performance. Models like the Chevrolet Volt provide eco-friendly mobility options for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.

According to the Orange County Breeze, the local community is already ramping up efforts to improve the nature of power and energy in the area. An advanced team from prestigious organizations around the state are teaming up in Huntington beach, along with nearly $2 million in donations, to help design high-efficiency and sustainable energy technologies in the area.

Similarly, automakers like Chevy are working on a much larger scale to change the way we think about driving. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt, for example, has a high-efficiency hybrid-electric powertrain that gets up to 420 miles in range. You can go up to 53 miles on pure electricity, and you can go 1,000 miles between fill-ups.

The Chevrolet Volt was recently named the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal, proving just how great this new model is. Hybrid-electric models drastically reduce harmful CO2 emissions by relying on electric power, and they also save you tons of money at the pump. Refined charging systems limit the time you spend recharging the battery, and great new features like a Power Flow screen show you where energy is going as you drive.

2017 Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF: Volt Killing LEAF in Sales

2017 Chevrolet Volt

When the new 2017 Volt was released April of this year, the auto world waited to see what its release would do to the leader of the electric class, the LEAF. The Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF debate is settling now that the Volt has had a couple months to sell, and it looks like the Volt is crushing the LEAF.

In April of 2016 alone, the Volt sold 1,983 units, doubled from its April sales last year, when it sold just 905. In contrast, the LEAF’s sales have dropped dramatically. Only 787 LEAFs sold this April, down from the 1,553 of last year. That’s less than the Volt’s low sales from 2015.

It’s no wonder the LEAF isn’t doing so well against the Volt—its battery life is still limited at 84 miles at the base level, and as a PHEV the Volt has gasoline-power that makes up for its small 53-mile range. Unless Nissan can dramatically increase the LEAF’s battery life, it won’t be able to compete with PHEVs or even all-electrics like the Bolt, whose estimated range is upwards of 200 miles.

To check out the new Volt, visit us at DeLillo Chevrolet!

EPA Gives Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Rating of 42 MPG

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The Chevrolet Cruze was totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, and great fuel economy is among the many improvements made to the slick, fun compact car. When equipped with the 1.4-liter engine paired with the standard transmission, the Cruze fuel rating reaches the astonishing number of 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Other variations of the Chevrolet Cruze may differ from the entry-level Cruze’s 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway rating, though, depending on the model and transmission. If drivers choose to opt for the available six-speed manual transmission instead, the fuel ratings drop to 29/41 mpg city/highway, and the upper-range trim level known as the Cruze Premier gets a fuel economy of 30/40 mpg city/highway. However, either way, none of those ratings are bad for the compact car segment, and in fact allow the Chevy Cruze to compete effectively with class-leading rivals.

The previous iteration of the Chevrolet Cruze is continuing to be sold on the market under the name of the Cruze Limited. However, this older model of the car gets significantly less mileage. The standard model with the automatic transmission gets 26 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway, while the more efficiency-minded Eco trim level still fell short of the 2016 model, with a rating of 28/42 mpg city/highway when paired with a manual transmission.

The 2016 Cruze fuel rating shows a seven-percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous generation. The efficiency of the upcoming Cruze Hatchback variant is not yet known, though sources expect the hatchback’s numbers to be somewhat lower. There is, however, an even more conservative diesel variant coming with the 2017 model as well.

Be sure to stop by DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA to test drive the new, redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and experience the differences for yourself!