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13 Better Fuel Economy Tips from Bob Maguire Chevrolet

At Bob Maguire Chevrolet, we want to make sure you are getting the most out of your new Chevy or quality pre-owned. That is why Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s Service Department is more than happy to share its top secrets to better gas mileage! Read through Bob Maguire Chevy’s Top 13 Tips for Better Fuel Economy below. You can stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet’s dealership at 237 US Highway 130, Bordentown, NJ 08505, call at: 609-291-1000, or go to: BobMaguireChevrolet.com at any time to hear the best advice for getting the most out of your new Chevy or quality pre-owned vehicle from Bob Maguire Chevrolet.

  1. Tune Up: A properly tuned engine can improve fuel economy about 4 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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 wear.
  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: 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.
  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 logical routes and timing to avoid heavy periods of traffic congestion.
  12. Cap Check: A missing or poorly fitting gas cap can reduce fuel economy by 1 to 2 percent.
  13. OnStar Diagnostics: OnStar provides regular Diagnostics on a monthly and now on a remote immediate basis (with the OnStar App). You have an accurate reading of all of the technical information you need to take simple pre-cautions to reduce the fuel consumption of your car.
13 Fuel Economy Tips from Bob Maguire Chevrolet

13 Fuel Economy Tips from Bob Maguire Chevrolet

Fuel Solutions from Bob Maguire Chevrolet

Fuel Solutions from Bob Maguire Chevrolet

Biofuels
For the last eight years, Chevy has been producing vehicles capable of running on a fuel that grows primarily from the good earth and remembers its roots. That fuel is E85 ethanol.(1) E85 is a mostly renewable fuel source made from U.S.-grown biomaterial, such as corn and other grain products. It’s a fuel that can help decrease our dependence on petroleum and burns cleaner than gasoline.E85 fuel generally has a higher octane rating than gasoline, which can result in slightly higher horsepower and torque levels. Chevy has over 2 million E85 FlexFuel vehicles on the road today. And we offer more E85 ethanol-capable vehicle choices than any other brand.
Here’s our lineup: select models of Avalanche, Impala, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Express, and Uplander.(2) Availability of E85 ethanol varies by state. That’s why we have been instrumental in bringing an additional 250 E85 pumps across the nation. But don’t worry if there isn’t an E85 station near you. These FlexFuel vehicles can run on either gasoline or E85 or a combination of both.
Hybrids
The 2011 Tahoe Hybrid is available with better fuel economy then any of his competitors.(1) So why mess with a good thing? To make it better, of course. Seems the Green Car Journal agrees – they’ve named the 2008 Chevy Tahoe Hybrid(2) the Green Car of the YearR.(3)America’s first full-size hybrid SUV(4) is available in two- or four-wheel drive and provides the power and capability you expect from a utility vehicle while delivering efficiency you never imagined. Its hybrid propulsion system is designed to operate in three ways: electric power, engine power, or any combination of electric and engine power. When you need the extra muscle of Tahoe’s Vortec V8, it kicks in seamlessly. When you need to conserve, two small and lightweight 60 kW motors get the job done.
And here’s the big finish: When you pair the two-mode technology with our Active Fuel Management system, the Tahoe Hybrid offers up to 50% better city fuel economy over the non-hybrid Tahoe.(5) That’s one hardworking hybrid.
Electric
The extended-range electric vehicle is no longer just a rumor. We have put tremendous design and engineering resources in place to make this vehicle a reality.The Chevy Volt, with its revolutionary E-Flex Propulsion System, will be different than any previous electric vehicle because it will use a lithium-ion battery with a variety of range-extending onboard power sources, including gas and, in some vehicles, E85 ethanol(1) to recharge the battery while driving.
When it comes to plugging in, the Volt will be designed to use a common 110-volt household plug. For someone who drives less than 40 miles a day, Chevy Volt will use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions.(2) For longer trips, Chevy Volt’s range-extending power source kicks in to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack as required.
Fuel Cell
Chevy has launched a test fleet of hydrogen-powered Equinox Fuel Cell SUVs. This fleet hit the streets of New York City, Washington, D.C., and Southern California.”Project Driveway” is the first large-scale market test of fuel cell vehicles with real drivers in the real world. Why? Because hydrogen fuel cells use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions other than water vapor. They’re a sustainable technology for a better environment. And they ultimately reduce our dependence on petroleum. Equinox Fuel Cell is an electric vehicle powered by the GM fourth-generation fuel cell system, our most advanced fuel cell propulsion system to date. The electric motor traction system will provide the vehicle with instantaneous torque, smooth acceleration, and quiet performance.
The Equinox Fuel Cell will go nearly 150 miles per fill-up,(2) and reach a top speed of 100 mph. Green Car Journal has given the Chevy Equinox Fuel Cell its Green Car Vision AwardR.(3) The Equinox Fuel Cell won the award over several nominees, including the Honda FCX Clarity and Toyota Prius Plug-In.
* Source: www.eia.doe.gov
1 Water vapor is emitted from the Equinox Fuel Cell vehicle.
2 150 per above miles of driving range based on 2011 EPA procedures.
3 Go to GreenCar.com for more information.

Nissan’s Bringing in the Diesel Engine!

To the UK, that is…

Nissan Murano Diesel

The Nissan Murano has been on sale in the UK since 2004, which isn’t anything new, but for the first time this year the Nissan Murano will have a Diesel Engine option!

Nissan Murano Diesel V6 Engine

We all know about the EU’s intense Euro5 emissions standards, and Nissan’s diesel engine will help the Murano keep its act in-line with them. The new Diesel Engine will get the Murano around 35.3 miles to the gallon and 210g/km CO2 emissions, which is much better than the gasoline engine.

Nissan Murano Diesel - Interior View

The UK’s Nissan Murano – Diesel, will go on sale for about $57,781.

2010 Chevrolet Aveo Review

The 2010 Chevy Aveo is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback known as the Aveo5. Both styles are available in three trims: the base LS, the mid-range LT1 and well-equipped LT2.

4 Door Chevy Aveo

Just as in 2009, the 2010 Aveo comes with a 1.6L Ecotec DOHC 4-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, which helps it make 108 horsepower and 105 pounds-feet of torque. It is mated to a standard 5-speed manual gearbox, while an optional 4-speed automatic transmission is available on the LT trims. The automatic transmission features a hold-control mode to hold a higher gear and to aid traction on slippery roads. All trims are front wheel drive.

All Aveos utilize a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil beams and a stabilizer bar and a compound-link independent suspension with torsion beam and gas-charged shocks in the rear.

HB Chevy Aveo

On the base LS trim, standard features include a tilt steering wheel, rear defogger, air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo with auxiliary input. The LT1 trim comes standard front and rear floor mats, heated outside mirrors and a 6-speaker CD/MP3 sound system. The LT2 gets cruise control, alarm, keyless entry, power doors and windows, power heated mirrors, fog lamps and performance tires.

Chevy Aveo AUX HookUp

Available options on all trims include anti-lock brakes (ABS), leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel controls, an anti-theft system, woodgrain interior trim, trip computer, aluminum wheels, vinyl seats, sunroof and wireless cell phone integration.

Chevy Aveo Engine

Standard safety features include front driver and passenger airbags with dual-stage deployment, and seat-mounted side airbags for front row occupants. A tire pressure monitoring system is also standard. One year of GM’s OnStar Safe and Sound plan is standard all Aveos.

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