New Silverado

 The Silverado 1500, Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle, is getting a complete redesign for 2019. The all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 will be available with eight different trim packages, which Chevrolet managers say translates into a truck for every buyer. The trucks will range from the most basic “Work Truck” trim all the way up to the feature-rich “High Country” model.

Powering the trucks will be a 5.3-liter or 6.2-liter V8 gasoline engine, or an all-new 3-liter inline 6-cylinder diesel engine. The 3-liter and 6.2-liter engines can be paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission. In all, there will be six different engine and transmission combinations.

The V8 engine options will include a cylinder deactivation system that can go all the way down to just one cylinder of power under very light loads to improve fuel economy.

Other improvements include a steel frame that Chevy managers say is 88 pounds lighter than the previous version, but 10 percent stiffer. All those little changes add up to a truck that is up to 450 pounds lighter than the current model.

More improvements have been made to the truck’s aerodynamics. The shape of the front end has been improved to duct air around the tires, while the shape of the roof and the shape of the tailgate have been designed to move air smoothly over the bed. All of this results in a seven-percent improvement in aerodynamics, according to Chevrolet.

As for size, the truck is also bigger than the current version. Its wheelbase is nearly four inches longer, while the overall length is up 1.6 inches and height is up by about an inch. Chevrolet managers say the passenger volume has increased, and so has the cargo volume in the bed of the truck.

In that bed, customers can opt for a series of storage compartments over the wheel arches that, when installed, will still accommodate a full four-by-eight-foot sheet of plywood. There are also now 12 tie-down points, each capable of supporting up to 500 pounds — twice as strong as those in the previous model. There’s even an optional power tailgate that can be operated from a button on the key fob, a button in the cab, or a button on the tailgate itself.

Inside, Chevy leaders say they focused on comfort, storage and easy-to-use controls. To that end, rear-seat legroom has increased three inches and new storage compartments are available in the rear seatbacks (yes, behind the cushion) and under the rear seats.

The Silverado is critical to Chevrolet’s business. The company sold more than 580,000 of the trucks in 2017, accounting for more than a quarter of Chevrolet’s sales. For comparison, GM sold more Silverados in 2017 than all the Buicks and Cadillacs combined for the year.

The 2019 truck was first shown at a centennial truck event in Dallas last month, marking 100 years of Chevrolet trucks. At that reveal, Chevrolet said they gathered feedback from 7,000 people when designing the new truck, which the company says is the most research it has ever done ahead of a new model.

The Silverado shares a platform with the GMC Sierra and Chevy managers said more info about the updated version of that truck will be released later.

Auto Insurance

The auto insurance industry is not easy to navigate. There are so many factors to consider when shopping for a provider that car owners often get lost in (or cheated by) the fine print.

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On behalf of consumers, a team of researchers at Reviews.com set out to identify the auto insurance providers that rise to the top, “based on their ability to serve customers and actually pay out claims; not just on premium cost.” Take a look at their helpful guide here: https://www.reviews.com/auto-insurance/. If you are actually looking for a car to buy, this Used Jaguar F-Type is one of the best available. But if you are looking for more of a family car, then the Vauxhall Insignia is the perfect choice for you. You will find a lease insurance explained here.

They started with 41 of the nation’s top auto insurance companies. These are the factors they considered in their comprehensive review:

  1. Financial solvency
  2. Claims processing
  3. Coverage options
    1. New car replacement
    2. GAP insurance
    3. Uninsured motorist coverages
  4. Discounts
  5. Customer support

Their guide not only provides their overall favorite auto insurance providers based on the above considerations, but also offers recommendations tailored to your personal needs – whether you’re a pet owner, veteran, on a budget, or…a classic car owner! (They recommend Grundy) Find their research process, recommendations, and purchasing tips here.

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

 

Chevrolet’s compact Cruze returns for 2017 with an addition to the Cruse lineup: the first hatchback version.

Prices begin at $20,965 (plus $875 freight) for the base LT model with a six-speed manual transmission, and $21,920 for the LT with a six-speed automatic. There are also other used cars available for cheaper prices like this Used Honda Jazz for Sale Windsor.

The uplevel Premier model is $23,945, and comes only with the automatic. If you can afford this but need the car to be shipped we recommend checking out a car shipping calculator.

Under the hood of the Cruze Hatch is the same turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine from the sedan, rated at 153 horsepower and 177 foot-pounds of torque. It’s connected to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. EPA ratings are 28 mpg city/37 highway with the LT manual or Premier automatic, and 29/38 with the LT automatic.

Silverado High Desert and Avalanche

from FoxNews.com

Chevrolet has brought back the Avalanche…at least some of it.

The new Silverado High Desert features a cargo management system it its bed that’s reminiscent of the one featured on the unique, multi-configuration Avalanche, which was discontinued in 2013.

It can’t extend the load floor into the cabin, like the Avalanche’s did, but has a moveable cargo divider, compartments in the bed sides, and a rigid tonneau cover. It can all be locked up, and is water-resistant, if not 100 percent waterproof.

A buttress-style sport bar completes the homage to the Avalanche, but the High Desert is also the first and, for now, only Silverado available with GM’s magnetic ride control suspension system, currently standard on the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali. To get it, you’ll have to opt for a redundant-sounding top of the line Silverado 1500 High Country with the High Desert package, which is also available on the LT and LTZ trim levels in Crew Cab trucks.

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Prices for the High Desert Silverados will be revealed closer to its on sale date this fall.

Meet the New Members!

New members that have joined since the last issue.  More recent members may appear in the next issue.

Roger D Sowers, Sugar Land, Texas

Martin Haller, Lansing, Michigan

Grenny Diaz-Ayala, Lansing, Michigan

Robert Brown, Marshall, Wisconsin

Robert has a ”71 red Nova.

David Prior, Shelburne, Vermont
He has a 1933 tan Chevy Coupe.

Jimmy Holmes, Lansing, Michigan

Monica Gordon, Davison, Michigan

Shahem Yaquob, Lansing, Michigan

Charles Woodward, Victor, Idaho

Matthew Smith, Odessa, Michigan

William Roy Hall, Fayetteville, NC
He has a ’57 Bel Air.

William Cranmore, Hastings, Michigan

Claudina Hilario-Sainz, Lansing, Michigan

Melissa Baldwin, Onondaga, Michigan

Shannon Hallam, Lansing, Michigan

Tom Slee, Olivet, Michigan

James Garrison, Belleville, Michigan
James has a 2015 gray Silverado and a white 2012 white Malibu.

Shpend Shefkiu, Mason, Michigan

New Colorado

All this comes with the impressive capability of a Colorado truck that has up to 305 horsepower and a maximum towing capacity of 7,000 pounds. Both horsepower and towing capacity are better than the major competitors’. Plus, unlike competitors, the Colorado offers an easy-lift-and-lower tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar so the tailgate feels light enough to lift with one hand. This special tailgate also has a damper to control the tailgate’s downward movement so it doesn’t bang abruptly, still doesn’t have enough strength to move just anything, that’s why people depending of the case prefer to trust in tows and cranes, and there are many business specialized in this, if this happen to be your case you could go online to learn how to grow your crane company and get more clients fast.

2015 Chevy Colorado Available in extended and crew cab with short and long pickup beds and with rear- and four-wheel drive, the Colorado is competitively priced, particularly when its higher horsepower is factored in.
The V-6 is available on Crew Cab models that include a full-size back seat and two rear doors, not on base, Extended Cabs that don’t have rear doors and full-size back seat.

By comparison, the competing 2015 Nissan Frontier carries a starting MSRP, including destination charge, of $18,875 with 152-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission, rear-wheel drive and two-door King Cab. A base, 2015 Frontier King Cab with five-speed automatic has a starting retail price of $21,545. And a base, 2015 Frontier King Cab with four-wheel drive and automatic transmission starts at $27,195, or $565 less than the Colorado.

Another competitor, the 2015 Toyota Tacoma, has a starting retail price of $21,650 for a base, Access Cab model with two doors, 159-horsepower, four-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.

Both the Frontier and Tacoma are available with V-6 engines, too. But the Colorado’s direct-injection V-6 produces 305 horses, more than the 261 horsepower and 236 horsepower, respectively, in the Frontier and Tacoma.

To be sure, the Colorado and its sibling, the GMC Canyon, are overshadowed — in size and U.S. sales — by the full-size Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.

The federal government’s best fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Colorado are 20 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 mpg on the highway for a two-wheel drive, four-cylinder model with automatic transmission. The highest fuel economy rating for a 2015 Chevy Silverado is 18/24 mpg with V-6, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive.

Still, the 2015 Colorado Crew Cab Short Box 4WD tester in Z71 trim showed the benefits of using a more maneuverable, more city-sized truck for regular travel and intermittent home projects.
The tester, which stretched nearly 18 feet in length from bumper to bumper, fit easily into a 1970s-era, two-car home garage and into downtown parking garages; a Silverado required some moving of storage items in the home garage to fit its length, and the Silverado’s wider proportions caused it to edge closely to other vehicles in parking spots.

The Colorado’s upgraded interior for 2015 brings an SUV quality and appearance to the controls, seats and plentiful storage areas. Controls and gauges were well arranged.

The storage area at the bottom of the dashboard’s center stack was especially appreciated for cell phone storage and charging.

Everyone rode high off the pavement in the 4WD Colorado — about on the same level as passengers in bigger trucks — and had good views out.

Just because the Colorado is mid-sized doesn’t mean it scrimps on passenger room, particularly in the front seats. Legroom is a huge 45 inches there, and headroom is a generous 41.4 inches. Both measurements are more than the Tacoma’s. The Colorado Crew Cab’s back seat was surprisingly comfortable, too, with nearly 36 inches of legroom.

The new Colorado 3.6-liter V-6 in the test truck was responsive and ran smoothly and strongly. Torque peaks at 269 foot-pounds at 4,000 rpm.

Is General Motors Company’s 2016 Chevy Volt The New Prius?

by George Zack, Business ETC

2016 Chevy Volt With upgraded features and major enhancements, the 2016 Chevrolet Volt was revealed this week by General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) at the Detroit Auto Show. Despite the record-low gasoline prices, the largest North American automaker is still betting high on fuel-efficient vehicles for future. The 2016 Chevrolet Volt brings a major upgrade to its plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) model, which has improved battery power 32%. GM said the new Volt can cover 50 miles on a single lithium ion battery charge. The previous version of Volt could go up to only 38 miles.

Engineers have extended 12 miles of drive range by adding two motor drivetrains, which reduce around 100 pounds of vehicle weight.

Including gasoline, the combined fuel efficiency can go up to 41 miles per gallon (mpg), with the total drive range extended to 400 miles. The vehicle can also go from zero to 60 miles per hour (mph) in less than 8.4 seconds.

The head of General Motors North America division, Alan Batey said, “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allow us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry,” according to International Business Times.
More specifications for 2016 Chevrolet Volt have not yet been disclosed by the automaker. However, the new Volt is expected to have an 18 kilowatt hour lithium ion battery with fewer cells, further saving 20 pounds of weight. But the Chevy Volt’s most famous feature is its amazing timing to switch to a new 1.5 liter, four-cylinder gas engine once the electric battery is exhausted. The four cylinders can boost the power up to 101 horsepower, according to Digital Trends.

The new Volt is spacious enough to comfortably seat five people by adding a middle seat.

The add-on features were even highlighted by Mr. Brauer, who said the previous version had limited electric drive range, a hefty price tag, and didn’t have an appealing exterior. But the latest Volt has gone through major improvements on all these issues, according to International Business Times.

One major factor for the new Volt to watch out for is the falling gasoline prices, which are making fuel-efficient vehicles less attractive and SUVs more popular. Over the last year, the successful plug-in hybrid Prius, along with other hybrids, saw a 15% decline in sales. Chevrolet recorded its annual sales of 18,805 units of Chevy Volt for 2014 – a 19% drop compared to 2013, according to Bloomberg.

But just like Ford Motor Company is planning its fuel-efficiency game by launching its all-aluminum F-150 pick-up truck, GM is also convinced that low gasoline prices will not remain low forever.

The new Volt will hit dealerships by the second half of this year. However, GM’s fuel-efficient car won’t be alone; it is expected that Toyota could possibly start production of its new 2016 Prius by the end of this year, after delaying it for six months.

Rendering of the 2016 Chevy Camaro

It does resemble the current generation of the breed, but the devil is in the details

2016 Camaro Rendering  More specifically, the 2016 model year Chevrolet Camaro borrows some exterior styling cues from a wacky Autobot we refer to as Bumblebee, the one from the fourth movie in the Transformers saga.

We expect the headlights and taillights to not make it into production, but as far as panels, creases and everything in between is concerned, this is 90 percent of how the long-awaited 2016 Camaro will be like.

Proper information on the 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Ford Mustang’s rival is still scarce at the present moment, but expect its GM Alpha platform to keep the Camaro’s weight in check.