General Motors is entering the next-generation small van competition with a new version of a commercial vehicle made by Nissan, both companies announced Tuesday.
The Chevrolet City Express, as it will be called, will be a revised Nissan NV200 and will come to market in fall, 2014. Nissan has been trying to aggressively find new uses for its small NV200 van, including adapting it as the “taxi of tomorrow,” the mainstay of New York’s cab fleet.
In creating a Chevrolet version, Nissan solves a problem for GM. With the success of Ford’s small Transit Connect, the pressure has been on GM to find a match. By partnering with Nissan, GM cuts years of development time and expense.
GM officials know exactly what they want the van to accomplish.
“It’s designed to go head-to-head against Transit Connect — and win,” Ed Peper, GM’s fleet sales chief tells USA TODAY. “Speed (to market) was a very important asset we had to have here.”
The van will be for sale to individual customers as well as fleet buyers, the businesses that buy their vans in bunches for flower deliverers, plumbers and myriad other enterprises.
The small van segment is new to GM. Ford basically created the segment in the U.S. with its Transit Connect, which sort of a combination car and truck. Now, Peper says GM’s vehicle will stand out from the Nissan with an entirely new front-end design that looks distinctively like a Chevrolet and a five-year, 100,000-miles powertrain warranty.
The van, to be built at a Nissan plant in Mexico, is yet another example of how Nissan partners with other automakers to try to get enough production volume at its plants to make vehicles successful.
“Working with partners to expand markets for our innovative products enhances Nissan’s growth and manufacturing efficiency by leveraging our capacity to meet growing demand in this space,” says Joe Castelli, a Nissan vice president, in a statement.
Now it yet to be seen whether GM will try to enter the large, new-generation van market. It is dominated by Mercedes-Benz’ large Sprinter, and both Ford and Chrysler have their own large vans planned based on European designs.
Bob Maguire Chevrolet Is Ready to Play Ball with Bordentown Little League as Part of National Chevrolet Youth Baseball Program
Bob Maguire Chevroletis partnering with the Bordentown Little League in Bordentown, NJ. Bob Maguire Chevrolethas joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to providenew equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes. The program kicks off March 1 and runs through July 15, 2012.
“Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families. Bob Maguire Chevrolet is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball,”said Michael Maguire, Presidentfor Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
“There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Bob Maguire Chevrolet wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Bordentown to enjoy,” added Michael Maguire.
The Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is beginning its seventh year, and has helped raise more than $13 million to aid local teams, affecting more than 2.7 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. This year, about 1,600 Chevrolet dealers are participating.
Bob Maguire Chevrolet will present the Bordentown Little League with 10 new equipment kits complete with equipment bags, baseball buckets, whiffle balls, hitting net, batting tees and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The opening ceremony and kick-off to the Bordentown Little League season will be Saturday, April 14, 2012. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring former MLB/MiLB players and coaches and instructors from Ripken Baseball.
In addition, Bob Maguire Chevroletwill present a check representing a one-time monetary donation to Bordentown Little League. The team also will have an opportunity to raise additional funds through a Chevrolet Youth Baseball Fund-raiser. Sponsored leagues across the country will each receive 2,000 fund-raiser entry tickets to distribute for a suggested donation, and each league will keep 100 percent of the proceeds it raises. At the end of the fund-raiser, five winners – one from each region – will win the Chevrolet Equinox or Chevrolet Cruze vehicle of their choice. Each participating market will award a secondary prize of a television and Blu-Ray player.
In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.
“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, so we hope young people and their parents will consider a Chevrolet as an official vehicle of their household,” said Michael Maguire.
As part of Chevrolet’s continued support of communities and youth baseball, Chevrolet is also bringing back Diamonds & Dreams for its third year.
Participants can enter to win a baseball field makeover for their community. Chevrolet will award 12 weekly field makeover prizes and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize of an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The sweepstakes will begin in mid-April; visit chevybaseball.com for more information.
For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released the following statement today regarding the conclusion of its safety defect investigation into the post-crash fire risk of Chevy Volts (PE11037):
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration closed its safety defect investigation into the potential risk of fire in Chevy Volts that have been involved in a serious crash. Opened on November 25, the agency’s investigation has concluded that no discernible defect trend exists and that the vehicle modifications recently developed by General Motors reduce the potential for battery intrusion resulting from side impacts.
NHTSA remains unaware of any real-world crashes that have resulted in a battery-related fire involving the Chevy Volt or any other electric vehicle. NHTSA continues to believe that electric vehicles show great promise as a safe and fuel-efficient option for American drivers. However, as the reports released in conjunction with the closure of the investigation today indicate, fires following NHTSA crash tests of the vehicle and its battery components—and the innovative nature of this emerging technology—led the agency to take the unusual step of opening a safety defect investigation in the absence of data from real-world incidents.
Based on the available data, NHTSA does not believe that Chevy Volts or other electric vehicles pose a greater risk of fire than gasoline-powered vehicles. Generally all vehicles have some risk of fire in the event of a serious crash. However, electric vehicles have specific attributes that should be made clear to consumers, the emergency response community, and tow truck operators and storage facilities. Recognizing these considerations, NHTSA has developed interim guidance—with the assistance of the National Fire Protection Association, the Department of Energy, and others—to increase awareness and identify appropriate safety measures for these groups. The agency expects this guidance will help inform the ongoing work by NFPA, DOE, and vehicle manufacturers to educate the emergency response community, law enforcement officers, and others about electric vehicles.
**A special thank you to the NFTSA with this press release!
Chevrolet received Kelley Blue Book kbb.com Best Resale Value awards in five categories for the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, Chevrolet Camaro and Chevrolet Traverse – each expected to retain the greatest percentage of its original list price after five years.
The awards are based on projections from the Kelley Blue Book® Official Residual Value Guide and determined by a panel of automotive analysts. Factors include vehicle and sales data, market conditions, competition within the segment, regional preferences and expectations of the future economy.
“For our customers, a vehicle purchase represents one of their greatest investments, so awards such as these continue to help us tell our great Chevrolet quality and value story,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing and Strategy.
Chevrolet’s Kelley Blue Book 2012 Best Resale Value Awards are:
- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro V-6 – Best Resale Value: Sports Car
- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro SS – Best Resale Value: High-Performance Car
- 2012 Chevrolet Traverse – Best Resale Value: Full-Size Utility Vehicle
- 2012 Chevrolet Volt – Best Resale Value: Electric Car
- 2012 Chevrolet Camaro – Best Resale Value: Top 10
The Volt is unique among electric vehicles because you have two sources of energy. You have an electric source–a battery–that allows you to drive gas–free for an EPA–estimated 35 miles. And there’s also an onboard gas generator that produces electricity so you can go up to a total of 375 additional miles on a full tank of gas4. So if you want to drive using only electricity, you can. If you want to drive using electricity and gas, you can do that too. Volt is first for two very good reasons.
The Chevrolet Volt becomes available across the United States. for the 2012 model year. It is the world’s first extended-range electric vehicle, using a 16-kWh lithium-ion battery to travel an EPA-estimated 35 miles on electricity. Then, a gas generator produces electricity to extend the Volt’s range to a total of 375 miles on a single tank of fuel. Suggested pricing begins at $39,995. including an$850 destination charge. A federal tax credit of $7,500 may be available. across the U.S. for 2012. It is the world’s first extended-range electric vehicle: A lithium-ion battery allows the Volt to operate gas-free for an EPA-estimated 35 miles. An onboard gas generator produces electricity so owners can travel up to a total of 375 additional miles on a full tank of gas. Suggested MSRP begins at $39,145; a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available.
The Chevrolet Camaro is America’s most popular sports car, and the Camaro family includes V-6 and V-8-powered coupes and convertibles. For 2012 Camaro adds an enhanced version of its standard 3.6L Direct Injection V-6 engine, and the V-8 powered Camaro SS coupe gets a new FE4 performance suspension package. Starting suggested retail for the Camaro family begins at $24,100, including a $900 destination charge.
The Chevrolet Traverse is an eight-passenger utility vehicle that offers segment-leading storage capacity. At an EPA-rated 24 mpg highway, it is among the segment’s fuel economy leaders. Traverse also received a federal 5-Star overall vehicle score for safety and is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2011 Top Safety Pick. Traverse is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. Suggested retail price starts at $30,240 including an $810 destination fee.
Thank you to http://media.gm.com for this article!
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Chevy Equinox is the crossover designed with you in mind. From the daily commute to the activity filled weekend, see how this sleek and versatile vehicle makes any trip you take it on more of an adventure.
From the trip to the cider mill or to a weekend filled with hiking and camping, Equinox is the versatile vehicle ideal for lifestyles on the go. This crossover also has the flexibility and functionality that has become synonymous with Chevy.
The available AWD makes this crossover great for long drives to see the fall color change, or traveling to that remote camping location with the assistance of OnStar turn-by-turn navigation.1 The Chevy Equinox is the traveling companion you’ve waiting for.
With eighteen (18) storage areas, Equinox gives you the space to store your gear in anticipation for that spontaneous after work hike and cargo bins to store your reusable grocery bags. The deep center console is a convenient location to hide your valuables, such as your laptop or purse while you are out experiencing your world.
Its the Season of Doing Event at Bob Maguire Chevrolet, and what better a way to get your doing DONE than with a Silverado HD? Bob Maguire Chevy of Bordentown has a HUGE selection of Silverado trucks to choose from. And, as always: if you bring us a deal from another dealer, we will BETTER that deal! Stop in today before the savings are gone!
Help Bob Maguire Chevrolet raise money for the American Cancer Society!
Bob Maguire Chevrolet is participating in the Pennsauken walk on October 23rd.
Go to our team page on: http://main.acsevents.org/goto/bobmaguirechevy
Sign up to walk with us on October 23rd or donate to the cause !!
We are also creating a WALL OF HOPE at our cashier station in our dealership at: 237 US Highway 130 Bordentown, NJ 08505.
You may donate as little as $1 or as much as your want! Write down the name of the person you are donating for and then tape up your card on our WALL OF HOPE!
Also, during the month of October, Chevy is offering $10 OFF an Oil Change, Tire Rotation and Multi-Point Inspection. If you stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet‘s service department and get an oil change, you may donate that $10 to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer!
Call us at: 609-291-1000 to find out more information on our WALK or to schedule an oil change.
Every dollar counts!!
About the Event/American Cancer Society:
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s premier event to raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer. But it’s more than just the name of a walk – it describes the amazing progress we’re making together to defeat this disease. Since 1993, 4 million walkers have raised more than $280 million through Making Strides. In 2007 alone, nearly 500,000 walkers across the country collected more than $50 million to help fight breast cancer.
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As part of their 100 year celebration Chevrolet set up a voting system to pick the best car Chevy ever produced.
124,368 votes were cast and the 1969 Camaro came out on top!
Second place went to the 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.
Chevrolet confirmed today it will add a diesel variant to the Cruze lineup in North America in calendar year 2013. Diesel versions of the Cruze are currently being sold in Europe. Additional details on the Cruze diesel for North American markets will be released at a later date.
The diesel will bolster the already fuel-efficient Cruze lineup. Cruze Eco with a standard six-speed manual transmission, is the most fuel-efficient gas-powered/non-hybrid vehicle in America, with an EPA-rated 42 mpg on the highway.
Cruze recorded a total of 24,896 sales in the United States in June, the fifth consecutive month sales have exceeded 20,000. The success of the Cruze has increased Chevrolet’s total share of the compact-car segment from 9.5 percent a year ago to 11.9 percent for the first five months of 2011, even as the segment size grew 19 percent.