Even with a mild winter in Bordentown, potholes are a rite of spring. But it is simulated cracks and craters in the pavement developed by General Motors’ engineers that help develop the ride quality of vehicles like the global Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan, available at Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
The buildup of moisture in the small holes and cracks in the road during the winter months alternates between freezing and thawing as temperatures fall and rise, causing expansion and contraction of the road surface. The result can be significant breaks in the pavement under the weight of normal vehicle traffic.
The potholes at GM’s Milford Proving Ground don’t look like the ones drivers encounter on daily commutes. These are specially designed, fabricated in metal and planted into the ground with concrete surface around them. The downslope and the ramp up in these engineered potholes vary to simulate severity of road damage and recreate varied load conditions that occur in a vehicle when it is driven through one.
The designer potholes allow for controlled, repetitive testing, necessary to assess durability and help determine the fine tuning that contributes to a comfortable ride.
“With spring sunshine, comes potholes, which can be a drivers worst enemy,” said Michael Maguire, President of Bob Maguire Chevrolet. “Chevy has gone above and beyond with testing of the Cruze, and we’re more than confident drivers in the area will be satisfied with the vehicle.”
The Cruze, which has sold more than 1.13 million units in more than 100 markets around the world since its launch in late 2009, underwent extensive road testing around the world to ensure consistent ride quality and comfort from Korea to Bordentown and points between.
“We’ve got a wide variety of road surfaces that simulate real-world road conditions around the globe,” says Frank Barhorst, who supervises the Product Usage Measurements and Applications group in Milford. “The range of road surfaces that we test on goes from good to bad, in order to find the most-balanced condition for each vehicle we develop.”
“For durability, we might want roads with potholes or twist events. For noise, it could be chatter bumps on a dirt road, or concrete that is getting old and bald. Then there are considerations such as loose gravel for handling,” said Barhorst.
The Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling nameplate and helped the brand sell more passenger cars than any automaker in the United States in 2011.
OnStar will soon offer customers Family Link, a new service that will allow subscribers to stay connected to their loved ones when driving an OnStar-equipped vehicle.
Family Link is an optional service that includes two key features:
- Vehicle Locate: Subscribers can log onto the Family Link website to view a map with the vehicle’s location at any time.
- Vehicle Location Alert: Subscribers can set up email or text message notifications to let them know the location of their vehicle. They can choose the day, time and frequency of the alerts.
Family Link is OnStar’s first a la carte service. Subscribers can add it to any existing OnStar package for $3.99 per month.
“We’re very excited that OnStar is offering this service to families in our community,” said Michael Maguire, President for Bob Maguire Chevrolet. “OnStar has been offering our customers peace of mind on the road for years, and Family Link will only help strengthen that feeling of security.”
Family Link begins a phased launch in mid-April with select subscribers invited to sign up. More subscribers will receive an invitation in June. The service will roll out to all U.S. subscribers – including those in New Jersey – throughout the year.
“For more than 16 years, OnStar has developed and enhanced our service by listening to our customers,” said OnStar Vice President of Subscriber Services Joanne Finnorn. “They tell us how they use technology and what they want it to do. Last year, we had more than 4,500 subscribers test the Family Link service and they told us it provides them peace of mind by staying connected to their family when they’re on the road.”
Access to the Family Link website requires an OnStar user name and password. Only the subscriber with access can locate a vehicle or request alerts.
To use Vehicle Locate, subscribers log onto the Family Link website and navigate to the Vehicles tab and click on Locate. Once the vehicle has been located, the vehicle’s icon will be shown on the map. Additional location details can be seen by hovering over the vehicle.
To set up a Location Alert, subscribers log on to the Family Link website and navigate to the Alerts tab and click on Add Alert. The subscriber can request the day of week and time to receive an alert, as well as notification preference: text, email or both. Location Alerts will include the address the vehicle is near as well as the date and time.
Most people don’t feel like dancing when they hear about the predicted surge in gas prices. But in a Chevy Volt, you’ll be able to boogie past more fuel stations than you think.
With the possibility of gas prices rising dramatically, you can literally burn through money in seconds. To help ease the pain at the pump, check out the fuel-efficient Volt, one of ten Chevy models offering 30 MPG highway or better.
Chevy Volt is the first electric car that runs on more than electricity. For less than the cost of a latte, you can fully charge your Volt and drive an EPA-estimated 35 miles gas–free. On a full charge and full tank of gas you’ll be able to drive up to 375 total miles.
How is this possible? Volt has two sources of energy to tap into. There’s the electrical system that includes the rechargeable battery and a backup generating system that uses gas to generate electricity.
Volt was engineered to be as efficient as possible. With everything from a gauge that helps you to optimize your battery efficiency to low-rolling resistance Goodyear® Assurance Fuel Max tires that allow Volt to get up to one more all-electric mile when compared to ordinary tires.
Stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet and test drive the revolutionary Volt.
Spend less time at the pump and more time on the road.
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 full-size pickup receives few notable changes for 2012. Several small styling tweaks have been made, including a new split grille and a new aerodynamic front bumper for LS and LT models without tow hooks. Two new trim packages are available: White Diamonds and Custom Sport Truck. New 20-inch chrome wheels are also available.
Full-size trucks are used in such a wide range of situations–from construction fleets to long-distance driving–and the two different interiors offered in the Silverado and the nearly identical GMC Sierra help satisfy shoppers better than most other competing models. LS and LT models are probably the best fit for buyers who need the sturdy, get-messy capability of a pickup at least some of the time, but the LTZ is the choice for those who need a pickup that doesn’t compromise luxury. And for those who need a pickup but want to make a greener choice, with even lower operating costs, the Silverado Hybrid has 25% better fuel economy without sacrificing much towing or hauling ability.
Chevrolet continues to offer two completely different interiors for its Silverado 1500 family of pickups: Work Truck, LS and LT trims get a so-called “pure pickup interior” that includes larger door handles and controls that are designed to be used with gloves on, while the LTZ trim gets a luxurious, softer and car-like interior. The LTZ instrument panel is a bit lower to afford a better outward view, and several special color and trim themes are offered with the LTZ exclusively. LTZ models boast many more exclusive features in addition to the instrument panel; different door panels, a divided center console, heated power leather front seats and an upgraded Bose sound system are included, while the top crew cab LTZ models get a rear-seat audio system, larger glovebox and rain-sensing wipers. In most Silverado 1500 models, a stadium-style back seat is split 60/40, including a folding center armrest and can be folded forward easily. The extended-cab versions have enough legroom for occasional use and access is aided by 170-degree back doors.
Regular cab, crew cab and extended cab versions of the Silverado are available, while cargo bed lengths are 5′ 8″ for the short bed, 6′ 6″ for the standard bed, or 8 feet for the long bed. The maximum payload rating runs as high as 1,909 pounds. Across most of the model line, the Silverado has a very good ride and handles well compared to the full-size trucks of the past, with a well-tuned coil-over-shock front suspension, Hotchkiss-type rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. Actually, five different suspension packages are offered, each tuned for particular types of use: Z83 is for a smooth ride; Z85 is oriented for better handling and trailer towing; Z71 yields better off-road capability; Z60 is for top street performance; and NHT is for top towing capacity. Towing numbers range up to 10,700 pounds when configured with the extended cab, 6.0L engine and Enhanced Trailering Package. The 2012 Silverado offers four different engines–a 195-horsepower, 4.3L V6, a 302-hp, 4.8L V8, a 315-hp, 5.3L V8 and a 403-hp, 6.2L V8. The V6 comes with a 4-speed automatic, while all others get a 6-speed automatic. Fuel economy ratings are as high was 22 mpg on the highway. The Silverado Hybrid is a good option for green shoppers who still need pickup capability. The 2-mode hybrid system incorporates a 6.0L gasoline V8, electric motor system, variable automatic transmission and nickel-metal hydride battery pack, all of which enable a 6,100-pound tow rating while allowing especially good fuel economy in city driving, with EPA ratings of 21 mpg city, 22 highway.
Top options on the Silverado include Bluetooth phone connectivity, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a navigation system with XM Nav Traffic, plus a rearview camera system that aids visibility while parking this tall vehicle. A new Custom Sport Truck package features the 5.3L engine, heavy-duty trailering, 20-inch wheels, special body moldings with chrome accents, and more. The White Diamond Edition, available on LT and LTZ models, features White Diamond Tricoat paint, chrome mirrors and door handles, and the Z60 suspension system when combined with the LTZ trim
Yes, we have a case of the blues. And we couldn’t be happier. Why? The 2012 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards were just announced.
When people are in the market for a new vehicle, high resale value is often a major consideration. After all, depreciation is a new car owner’s biggest expense and choosing a vehicle with better resale value will leave you money ahead at trade-in time.
If this is something you consider, consider this: Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com just recognized Chevy’s outstanding achievements in producing vehicles that best retain their value over the first five years of new-vehicle ownership with their Best Resale Value Awards1. And the winners are:
- 2012 Camaro V6 (Sports Car)
- 2012 Camaro SS (High-Performance Car)
- 2012 Traverse (Full-Size Utility Vehicle)
- 2012 Volt (Electric Car)
- 2012 Camaro (Top 10 Overall)
As you can see Camaro, in any form, is a high performance sports machine offering a great dollar-to-horsepower ratio during its first five years on the road. Traverse’s superb combination of comfort, capability and eight-passenger seating2 adds up to an incredible residual value rating and the best full-size utility vehicle winner. The eco-friendly Volt takes the electric car category thanks in part to its Voltec propulsion system, a unique technology combining an electric motor with an internal-combustion engine/generator. This innovation allows for driving on electricity only or using both electricity and gas.
Stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet today and check out our Kelley Blue Book kbb.com Best Resale Value Award winners. Your wallet will thank you come trade-in time.
Most Fuel-Efficient Chevrolet Malibu Ever Now Available
37-mpg Malibu Eco heads for Bob Maguire Chevrolet
driven by exclusive eAssist™ technology
BORDENTOWN – Chevrolet continued its global rollout of the all-new 2013 Malibu midsize sedan with the first shipment of its most fuel-efficient Malibu ever – the Malibu Eco – we have 2 cars on the lot, ready to drive and ready for delivery at Bob Maguire Chevrolet in Bordentown, NJ.
The Malibu Eco is the first model of the all-new 2013 Malibu lineup to reach Bob Maguire Chevrolet, bringing with it:
- A sporty exterior shaped to save fuel
- An all-new interior with more room, comfort and premium materials
- Sound-reducing and sound-absorbing components to make it the quietest Chevrolet in history
- All-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system that enhances customer connectivity
- All-new ride-and-handling package
- Engineering to meet top safety results around the world.
The heart of the Malibu Eco is its segment-exclusive, fuel-saving eAssist™ technology, which provides GM-estimated 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy. It combines start-stop technology with regenerative braking and a lightweight lithium-ion battery to provide an electric boost in certain conditions, improving fuel economy by 12 percent over today’s four-cylinder engine – and delivering better fuel economy than any non-hybrid midsize sedan currently available.
“Chevrolet made the new Malibu even better with more room inside, a premium interior and new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment technology. It’s also the quietest Chevrolet ever built with the ride and handling characteristics of a premium sports sedan. said Michael Maguire, President of Bob Maguire Chevrolet. “Add in the fuel economy of a compact sedan priced below a full hybrid and we believe the Malibu Eco offers an incredible value.
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L engine debuts in the Malibu later this summer, followed by an all-new Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine.
The new Malibu Eco has a suggested retail price of $25,995, including a $760 destination charge. The 2013 Malibu is Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan and will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents. Last year, the Malibu was GM’s second-best selling car in the United States behind the Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan.
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The very first ALL-NEW 2013 Chevy Malibu has arrived at Bob Maguire Chevrolet! With its sleek new design, sophisticated advancements in technology and fuel efficiency, and its quiet confidence, the new 2013 Malibu will surely please and impress everyone in its path.
The 2013 Malibu’s refinement and responsive driving characteristics bring a quiet confidence to the next generation of the Chevy Malibu at Bob Maguire Chevrolet. The all-new Malibu has been designed with a wider track than its previous generation – giving it a new presence on the road ahead and a lasting impression behind.
The Malibu’s refined ride and handling responds to the driver’s every instinct with a seamless intuition, and it will definitely set a new standard for premium style and assertive performance. PLUS: you can be confident that the 2013 Malibu Eco version will optimize every drop of fuel with its 2.4L Ecotec direct injection Variable Valve Timing, 4-cylinder engine. For the first time ever with a Chevy vehicle, eAssist technology will be used in the 2013 Malibu ECO. eAssist is a state-of-the-art system that uses power stored in an advanced 115V lithium-ion battery ,along with a 14kW motor-generator, to provide an electrical boost in various driving scenarios, which allows for increased fuel economy.
The all-new 2013 Malibu not only performs above its class, its intricate and worldly design introduces a new level of style among midsize sedans. Taking design cues from the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, the 2013 Malibu boasts an assured and strong stance with dynamic lines that both please your senses and improve efficiency.
Malibu will not only surprise you, it will surprise owners of the world’s finest midsize sedans — and rightfully so. You’ll hear it in the interior designed with acoustic laminated glass and triple door seals to help keep outside noise outside. This, with the delicate craftsmanship of its interior, creates an intimate atmosphere that is authentically Malibu.
Beautiful on the outside. Bursting with intelligence on the inside. That’s the 2012 Equinox. This crossover also has the flexibility and functionality that has become synonymous with Chevy.
The Chevy Equinox is the traveling companion you’ve been waiting for. From the daily commute to the activity filled weekend, this sleek and versatile crossover makes any trip an adventure.
The available AWD is great for trekking on any path you choose and with the assistance of OnStar turn-by-turn navigation, standard for six months, you are sure to arrive on time.
With eighteen storage areas, Equinox gives you the space to store a variety of differently shaped and sized cargo. And the deep center console is a convenient location to hide your valuables, such as your laptop or purse while you are out experiencing the world.
The 2012 Equinox has an available roof rack and Hitch Trailering package, giving you all the conveniences for life’s outdoor adventures.
For indoor endeavors, it will also feature an all-new Chevrolet MyLink5, an in-car infotainment and connectivity system, available on select uplevel trims, planned for the spring of 2012, MyLink on Equinox will provide both touchscreen and advanced voice recognition to access online services like Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio7.
So if you’re looking for a smart and attractive crossover with flexibility and functionality too, check out the 2012 Equinox. Stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet for a test drive today!