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Chevy Cruze from Bob Maguire Chevrolet is changing the expectations of what a compact car should be by giving you more, not less.
More of everything like better fuel economy, higher safety standards and the latest in mobile technology – all wrapped up in a sleek, luxurious design.
With an EPA estimated 42 MPG, Cruze offers the best highway mileage of any gas engine in America and gives drivers peace-of-mind with best-in-class 10 standard airbags1. Plus more mobile technology like Bluetooth Wireless, available USB port and turn-by-turn navigation from Onstar2.
Cruze is a driving experience you won’t expect from a compact. But represents everything you should expect from Bob Maguire Chevrolet.
The following are a dozen fuel savings tips from Chevrolet Certified Service at Bob Maguire Chevrolet:
1. Engine Maintenance – A properly maintained engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Fixing a serious issue – such as faulty oxygen sensor – can boost mileage up
to 40 percent. Never ignore a service-engine-soon light.
2. Pump Up – Properly inflated tires improve gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent. Properly inflated tires are safer and
last longer. Under-inflated tires can lower fuel economy by 0.3 percent for every one pound-per-square-inch
drop in the pressure of all four tires. Do not rely solely on the tire pressure monitoring system to detect an underinflated
tire – it’s best to check tires with a good gauge once a month and check your owner’s manual for more
3. Unpack – Carrying unneeded cargo makes your vehicle work harder and use more gas. The EPA says an extra
100 pounds reduces fuel economy up to 2 percent – even more in smaller vehicles. A loaded roof rack cuts fuel
economy by up to 5 percent. About a quarter of each gallon of gas goes toward overcoming wind resistance, so
when cargo rides on top of the vehicle, fuel economy is reduced. Even empty ski/snowboard and bike racks can
affect aerodynamics, so remove them when the seasons are over.
4. Slow Down – While each vehicle reaches its optimal fuel economy at a different speed (or range of speeds), gas
mileage usually decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 mph, according to the EPA. Every 5 mph over 60 mph is like
adding an additional 24 cents per gallon for gas.
5. Avoid Idling – A car gets 0 mpg when the engine is idling: While it does take a small amount of fuel to restart a
vehicle, 15 minutes in the drive-through can burn through a quarter of a gallon of fuel. So that dollar menu is more
like a $2 menu.
6. Chill Out – Speeding, rapid acceleration and braking can lower gas mileage by 33 percent on the highway and 5
percent in city driving.
7. Put it in Overdrive – Using an overdrive gear on the highway reduces engine speed, saving both fuel and engine
8. Roll ‘Em Down Around Town – Air conditioning reduces fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent. Avoid using the air
conditioner by rolling down the windows at speeds below 40 mph. At speeds above 45 mph, wind drag uses more
fuel than running the A/C.
9. Unclog – It’s hard to run if you can’t breathe. Older cars without fuel injection and computer-controlled technology
can lose 14 percent of their fuel economy because of a dirt-clogged air filter, which also can damage the engine.
A clean air filter improves acceleration. An air filter full of dirt makes the engine work harder and can let in
impurities that damage the engine. Replacing a severely plugged filter improves fuel economy by up to 14 percent,
according to the EPA. In modern cars, replacing a dirty or clogged air filter improves acceleration performance.
10. Use the Right Oil – Because oil reduces engine friction and friction makes an engine work harder, using the
manufacturer’s recommended grade of oil improves fuel economy by 1 percent to 2 percent.
11. Plan your Trips – Taking your kids to soccer or swim classes? Grocery shopping? Plan routes and timing to avoid
heavy periods of traffic congestion.
12. Cap Check – Loose or poorly fitting gas gaps not only can trigger a “check engine light” warning; they send 147
million gallons of gasoline into the air as vapor every year, according to a report by the Discovery Channel. A
missing or poorly fitting cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
Okay, as promised, here is reason #2 for why I think the new 2011 Silverado Heavy Duty truck will crush any other heavy duty truck on the market!
Reason #2: New & Strong Independent Front Suspension
The 2010 Silverado Heavy Duty has a completely redesigned front suspension system! It offers up to 6,000 pounds front gross axle weight rating (a 25-percent greater front axle weight rating than before) – great for a snow plow to be used on all 4WD cab configurations with the snow prep package.
Silverado’s signature short-long arm/torsion bar front suspension design features new, forged steel upper control arms that are stronger and lighter than their predecessors. The new lower control arms are made of precision-machined cast iron to handle the greater loads. Five different torsion bar rates support five different front gross axle weight ratings – this helps stabilize the range of trim heights of various models under load, while enhancing appearance, handling, durability, tire wear and alignment. The trim height is adjusted on each bar via a single bolt, easily allowing the height to be changed to account for the weight of a snow plow or other accessories.
The Silverado HD’s new design eliminates squeaks and clunks, while supporting higher load capability and increased durability. The front suspension now uses a pair of urethane jounce bumpers on each side, instead of one, for improved load management; and there’s a new upper shock mount attachment design that’s positively connected to the frame with two fasteners.
The Silverado’s independent front suspension provides a better ride, more accurate trim height control and greater flexibility to adjust the alignment for weight and tire sensitivity!
Over the next few weeks I will be outlining 11 reasons why the new 2011 Silverado Heavy Duty truck will crush any other heavy duty truck on the market. I have studied this truck…and have studied this truck…and for a change of pace, I have studied it some more…and I can not find a single job that this truck can not do – and I want nothing more than to share all of its glory with you!
For a little background on the 2011 HD:
Comprised of the broadest lineup of Silverado Heavy Duty trucks Chevrolet has ever provided, the new 2011 Silverado HD has something for everyone – literally. There are 19 models available, with 3 different trims to choose from, and a ‘Silverado-Extended-Cab-full’ of features for you to think about. Jim Campbell, Chevrolet’s General Manager, made sure that Chevy “…sought the input of [its] customers during the development of the 2011 Silverado HD to deliver a truck that meets or exceeds [the customers’] every need”, and, “…offers greater strength and capability – including class leading fuel economy, trailering and payload ratings – and has more power, accelerates quicker and has lower emissions” to those customers.
Reason #1: New Frames
The engineers determining the design of the HD’s frames were extremely attentive to its common customer and after uses. So much that they added access holes to the rear frame section for easier installation of 5th wheel or gooseneck style hitches and made sure that the frame mounted hitch for conventional trailering was stronger (made with a box-tube design), supporting up to 16,000 pounds.
Eleven all-new, fully boxed, frames have been engineered to improve durability and ride, while also supporting increased capability. The engineers added hydroformed front sections, increased cross sections and used high-strength steel for greater durability, higher towing capacity and improved ride and handling. The frames can bend up to 92% and 20% more, respectively, with the fully boxed sections enhancing torsional stiffness by a factor of 5.
Be on the look out for reason #2!