Chevrolet Cruze Bumblebee Edition

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Looks like Chevrolet’s ties with Transformers movie is not restricted to Camaro only! In cooperation with tuner Irmsher, Chevrolet has prepared a Bumblebee edition of the its mid-size saloon, the Cruze. It does not come with the original color scheme of the Camaro bumblebee, but if you are a die hard fan who cannot afford the muscle car, here’s an alternative for you!
Unlike the special edition Transformers Camaro which GM itself has unveiled a while ago, Cruze Bumblebee won’t be available at Chevy dealers. It’ll be offered exclusively by Irmsher. Instead of yellow and black theme,this Cruze features a black body with orange parts!  It is also 30mm lower than the standard car and is fitted with 18 inch orange wheels

Looks like Chevrolet’s ties with Transformers movie is not restricted to Camaro only! In cooperation with tuner Irmsher, Chevrolet has prepared a Bumblebee edition of the its mid-size saloon, the Cruze. It does not come with the original color scheme of the Camaro bumblebee, but if you are a die hard fan who cannot afford the muscle car, here’s an alternative for you!

Unlike the special edition Transformers Camaro which GM itself has unveiled a while ago, Cruze Bumblebee won’t be available at Chevy dealers. It’ll be offered exclusively by Irmsher. Instead of yellow and black theme,this Cruze features a black body with orange parts!  It is also 30mm lower than the standard car and is fitted with 18 inch orange wheels

Chevrolet Camaro Transformers

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Fans of the new Chevrolet Camaro and the blockbuster Transformers movies can now combine their love of the car and the films with the Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition announced today at Comic-Con in San Diego.

“When the first Transformers movie was setting box office records, we had countless customers asking to purchase the ‘Bumblebee’ Camaro,” said Karen Rafferty, product marketing director, Chevrolet. “Now, they can buy one with the new Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition. Streets all over North America will be buzzing in no time.”

Features such as an EPA-rated 29 highway mpg on the V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB connectivity, XM Satellite Radio and OnStar combined with Transformers design cues add to the car’s status as a 21st century sports car.

“Hasbro is thrilled to team up with Chevrolet and excited to see the Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition come to market for our fans to enjoy,” said Samantha Lomow, Global Brand Leader for Transformers at Hasbro. “The yellow Chevrolet Camaro with the black stripes has become so iconic and closely associated with the Bumblebee character that this edition was a natural fit for both companies.”

// // While the aggressive styling of the Chevrolet Camaro is unmistakable, true Transformers fans will notice some of the unique, but subtle features of the Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition.

The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Special Edition includes the following:

  • Autobot® shield on the driver and passenger side panels
  • Autobot® shield on each of the four wheel’s center cap
  • Autobot® shield embroidered on interior center console
  • “Transformers” logo on driver and passenger doors’ sill plates
  • “Transformers” logo embedded into the hood rally stripes
  • High-gloss black center rally stripe package
  • Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of package: $995

Dealers are now taking orders for this car. Customers can order the Transformers Special Edition as either a Rally Yellow LT or SS model. The optional RS appearance package can also be added.

The V6-powered Chevrolet Camaro uses a 3.6L engine with variable valve timing to optimize performance and fuel economy. It is SAE-certified at 304 horsepower (227 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (370 Nm). A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6L engine; a Hydra-Matic 6L50 electronically controlled six-speed automatic, with TAPshift control, is available.

The high-performance Chevrolet Camaro SS is equipped with a powerful 6.2L V-8, with a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Manual transmission-equipped models receive the LS3 engine, SAE-certified at 426 horsepower (318 kW) and 420 lb.-ft. of torque (569 Nm). It is paired with a TR6060 six-speed transmission.

A new, L99 V-8 engine is used on automatic transmission-equipped SS models. It is based on the LS3, but also includes GM’s fuel-saving Active Fuel Management feature. It is SAE-certified at 400 horsepower (298 kW) and 410 lb.-ft. of torque (556 Nm). It is matched with a Hydra-Matic 6L80 six-speed transmission that helps delivers an EPA-estimated 25 mpg on the highway.

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2010 Chevrolet Camaro by Fesler

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You might remember back in April we featured some early sketches of the Fesler-Moss tuning package for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro which were very handsome and promising. Now this one is the creation of Chris Fesler himself, let’s see what he’s come up with…
While the Fesler-Moss version has a nice bodykit and flared wheelarches and the front of the car is covered with billet which is very cool, Fesler’s car looks like a normal Camaro with aftermarket rims. Of course with 22 inch wheels and modified suspension it looks pretty evil, but a kit would be great!
Apart from the visual changes, Fesler Camaro features many mechanical upgrades available in different stages for different price. Again with the Fesler-Moss edition, with the help of a modified Magnuson Supercharger, you can get different levels of power: LS3 (430 hp), LS7 (505 hp), LS9 (620 hp). For this car too you can order the 600hp package. A fully loaded mdel can set you back $150,000.

You might remember back in April we featured some early sketches of the Fesler-Moss tuning package for the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro which were very handsome and promising. Now this one is the creation of Chris Fesler himself, let’s see what he’s come up with…

While the Fesler-Moss version has a nice bodykit and flared wheelarches and the front of the car is covered with billet which is very cool, Fesler’s car looks like a normal Camaro with aftermarket rims. Of course with 22 inch wheels and modified suspension it looks pretty evil, but a kit would be great!

Apart from the visual changes, Fesler Camaro features many mechanical upgrades available in different stages for different price. Again with the Fesler-Moss edition, with the help of a modified Magnuson Supercharger, you can get different levels of power: LS3 (430 hp), LS7 (505 hp), LS9 (620 hp). For this car too you can order the 600hp package. A fully loaded mdel can set you back $150,000.

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet Traverse

The 2009 Chevrolet Traverse delivers a robust and satisfying combination of power, efficiency, ride and safety. The driving experience is supported by a sophisticated, 3.6L DOHC V-6 that features variable valve timing and gasoline direct-injection technology. It is designed to provide excellent power and efficiency that translates to usable, power-on-demand performance and what is expected to be the best highway fuel economy in the segment.

The engine is backed by a fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission that channels power to a responsive, four-wheel independent suspension.

“Traverse delivers a win-win for customers: It is expected to have the best fuel economy in the segment, along with the most power,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “With its great looks and excellent driving characteristics, it’s a vehicle that customers will love to drive.”

Great power and fuel economy

The 3.6L engine’s direct-injection technology helps produce power similar to many V-8 engines and uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Chevrolet Traverse is rated at an estimated 286 horsepower (213 kW) and 255 lb.-ft. of torque (345 Nm) with dual exhaust (281 hp/210 kW and 253 lb.-ft./343 Nm with single exhaust) – but delivers better-than-expected fuel economy. Ninety percent of the engine’s peak torque is available from approximately 2,500 rpm to more than 6,000 rpm.

// // With direct injection, fuel is sprayed directly into the engine cylinder, where it is mixed with air. As the fuel vaporizes in the cylinder, the air and fuel mixture is cooled. This enables the use of a higher compression ratio in the combustion chamber, which improves engine performance and efficiency. Less fuel is required to produce the equivalent horsepower – particularly at normal cruising speeds – of a conventional, port-injection system. Also, the use of unique pistons with the direct-injection system helps reduce cold-start emissions by 25 percent.

Advanced, high-pressure fuel injectors are used to reduce noise and comprise only one of numerous underhood features designed to minimize or eliminate noise, vibration and harshness. Other elements include an acoustically tuned engine cover and intake manifold and center-feed fuel lines. Also, a new engine mount system reduces vibration at idle.

The 3.6L engine is mated to the Hydra-Matic 6T75 six-speed automatic transmission, an advanced transmission with clutch-to-clutch shift operation for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles. The transmission’s six-gear configuration allows for a “steep” 4.48:1 first gear, which helps deliver exceptional launch feel, and a 0.74:1 overdrive sixth gear – the “tall” overdrive gear lowers rpm at high speeds, reducing noise and vibration. Also, the 6T75 offers automatic grade braking, shift stabilization and precise shift control.

The available intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system provides increased traction on slippery roads by actively managing the torque distribution between the front and rear axles, based on factors such as wheel speed, throttle and surface conditions. There is no driver intervention; the system automatically decides how much torque to apply and delivers it to the wheels that have the best traction.

Robust chassis, responsive suspension

Chevrolet Traverse rides on a long 118.9-inch (3,019 mm) wheelbase, with a wide 67.8-inch (1,721 mm) front track and 67.4-inch (1,712 mm) rear track – a combination that lowers the center of gravity and enables smooth, stable ride and handling. Sharp reflexes are also supported by independent front and rear suspensions. The front suspension features a MacPherson strut design, with a direct-acting stabilizer bar and aluminum knuckles. Isolated mounting points help reduce noise and vibration.

The rear suspension uses a compact, state-of-the-art linked “H” design, which uses an isolated mounting system to reduce noise and vibration transmitted to the passenger compartment. This design enables the handling prowess that comes with an independent suspension, but with minimal floor pan intrusion – a feature that helps the Traverse offer generous passenger and cargo space.

Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering is standard, with variable-effort steering available. The suspension and steering systems meet the road via 17-, 18- or 20-inch wheels, depending on the model, while four-wheel disc brakes with ABS are standard on all models.

Additional standard electronic braking features include Dynamic Rear Proportioning (DRP), Hydraulic Brake Boost (HBB) and Panic Brake Assist (PBA). DRP optimizes front to rear brake balance by dynamically adjusting the rear brake bias based on driving conditions and vehicle loading. HBB amplifies the hydraulic brake force to assist the driver under low or temporarily low engine vacuum conditions to reduce stopping distance. PBA optimizes stopping by adding or maintaining brake pressure even if the driver unconsciously or involuntarily backs off braking during a panic or emergency situation.

Also standard are several features that enhance ride and handling, as well as safety:

  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology
  • Traction control system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

Comprehensive safety

The Chevrolet Traverse has 360-degree safety system that helps protect passengers before, during and after a crash, including new anchor pretensioners for outboard occupants and pelvic-thorax seat-mounted side air bags.

A strong structure is the foundation, and it is augmented by a wide stance and low center of gravity that reduce the likelihood of a rollover. Traverse’s responsive four-wheel independent suspension also enhances safety by providing stable ride and handling characteristics.

The Traverse’s structure is reinforced in numerous areas with high-strength steel, including a stiff steel cross-car beam welded across the floor between the B-pillars. It also uses dual-phase steel in select areas, such as the lower engine compartment rails. Dual-phase steel is strengthened in the paint oven and offers easier formability, reduced mass, greater strength and better crash energy absorption than most high-strength steels.

2009 Chevrolet Traverse is equipped with six standard air bags: two dual-stage frontal air bags, for the driver and front passenger, two seat-mounted pelvic-thorax side-impact air bags in the first row, which provide improved occupant coverage when compared against previous thorax side air bags, and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. The head curtain side air bags are among the longest air bags in any production vehicle.

Complementing the air bags is GM’s rollover sensing system, which can pre-emptively activate the side-impact air bags if sensors determine a rollover is imminent. In the event of a rollover, the air bags stay inflated longer to provide increased occupant containment. Dual front-seat safety belt pretensioners (anchor and retractor) also are part of the Traverse’s standard safety equipment.

The Chevrolet Traverse comes standard with OnStar Generation 7 (with a one-year Directions & Connections plan), which features Turn by Turn Navigation and the Advanced Automatic Crash Notification system. If the crash activates an air bag, the OnStar system automatically notifies an OnStar advisor, who immediately calls the vehicle and/or summons emergency help.

Also, on vehicles equipped with the available navigation system, the OnStar package includes OnStar Direction Download. With it, the customer can call OnStar with an address and the advisor will send the information directly to the navigation system, proving quick, hands-free guidance.

Chevrolet Spark 2010

Chevrolet Spark (2010)

Chevrolet Spark (2010)

The all-new Chevrolet Spark, makes its world premiere at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, is a small car designed to make a big statement. It’s big on style, big on fuel economy and, like all products carrying the gold bowtie, big on value.

Distinctive, edgy styling conveys energy and spirit because this is a mini-car that’s as fun to drive as it is economical to own.

With punchy 1.0 and 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline engines and a five-door hatchback body format offering surprising versatility, the Chevy Spark is set to light up Europe’s mini-car segment.

Due on sale early next year, it is a production-ready version of the Chevrolet Beat concept car, the most popular of a trio of Chevy mini concepts that toured international motor shows in 2007. A clear majority among 1.9 million internet voters said it was the car they preferred.

“Chevrolet Spark will bring a fresh dimension to Europe’s growing mini-car segment,” says Wayne Brannon, GM Europe Vice President, Chevrolet. “It offers fuel efficiency, functionality and eye-catching design combined with excellent value.”

Size matters

For ‘cute and cuddly’, read ‘strong and sharp’ – that’s the message behind Chevrolet Spark’s head-turning looks. Its edgy styling breaks the usual mold for city car design by making no soft, visual concessions about lack of size. Spark continues Chevrolet’s design revolution by bringing exciting looks to products in the value segment.

The crisp lines of the mono-cab body express a wedge-like profile, with the deep glasshouse balanced by prominent side body scallops, sculptured fenders and slim, teardrop headlamp units. The ‘active’ contours of the bodywork are free from rubbing strips or exterior trim.

At the front, the bold twin-port grille leads up to a hood that’s heavily sculpted above the headlamps. Below the grille, the lines of the fog lamp housings and the ‘floating’ lower air intake extend the sense of forward movement. Muscular rear wheel-arches, well filled with a choice of 13, 14 or 15-inch wheels, give the car a crouched, ready-to-go stance.

Rear door handles, disguised to preserve the clean look of those wheel-aches, an integrated rear tailgate spoiler and signature Chevy tail lights with round elements are other design details that add to Chevrolet Spark’s ‘must-have’ appeal.

Purposeful and poised, the Chevy Spark is a city car with ‘attitude’, small yet proud of its size.

Inspired cabin

The progressive design of Chevrolet Spark’s surprisingly spacious cabin has the flair to match its exterior looks. The use of quality materials and an uplevel execution were key interior design requirements, demonstrating that small cars offering big value need not look utilitarian or spartan inside.

Bright and engaging, the interior features an evolution of Chevrolet’s signature ‘dual cockpit’ design. The textured front fascia moldings flow each side of the cabin into the doors, creating a feeling of space that belies Chevrolet Spark’s diminutive size.

Exterior bodywork colors are carried through into the lower fascia and door panels. And the main controls are all highlighted in signature Chevy ice-blue, adding to the cabin’s youthful looks.

A unique, motorcycle-inspired main instrument pod, incorporating a large speedometer and digital tachometer display, is another striking design feature.

The audio, heating, ventilation and navigation displays are all neatly presented in an integrated center stack. A small floor console includes twin cup-holders, ample storage cubbyholes and a gearshift molding finished in aluminum to match the spokes of the steering wheel.

Chevrolet Spark packs a generous 2,375 mm wheelbase into its 3,640 mm long body, which helps to deliver a cabin with class-leading passenger leg and hip room, front and rear. The seats are upholstered in a range of bright, contrasting fabrics, with top-of-line variants even including uplevel French seam stitching.

Despite its minimal rear overhang for ease of parking, Chevrolet Spark offers an above average 170-liter trunk volume, easily increased to 994 liters by lowering the 60/40 split-fold rear seat-back. All four door pockets are large enough to provide useful onboard storage for oddments. Chevrolet Spark’s versatility can be taken a step further by specifying roof rails, a rare option in the segment.

The extensive equipment roster includes: a height-adjustable driver’s seat, tilting steering wheel, electrically-powered front windows, heated front seats, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, electrically-powered and heated door mirrors, a trip computer and ‘anti-freeze’ windshield wipers.

On the move

Newly-developed, all-aluminum 1.0 and 1.2-liter gasoline engines, generating 66 hp/49 kW and 78 hp/58 kW respectively, are expected to offer combined cycle fuel economy of below 5.0L/100 km, together with CO2 emissions of less than 120 g.

These efficient, Euro 5 compliant, 16-valve motors are mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The 1.2-liter engine is expected to deliver zero to 100 km/h acceleration in a brisk 12.4 seconds.

Apart from fewer visits to the filling station, Chevrolet Spark also delivers a level of running refinement and NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) typical of a larger car. A three-level noise suppression program focused on effective insulation in the floor, the front bulkhead and inner body panels. The chassis is based on McPherson strut front suspension, with a space-saving torsion beam set-up at the rear. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) will be offered as an option.

Standard safety equipment includes driver, front passenger, side and curtain airbags. The front seatbelts are equipped with pre-tensioners and there are three, three-point belts for rear passengers. Chevrolet Spark is expected to achieve a high EuroNCAP crash test rating.

Chevrolet Volt 2011

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Making its European debut at 2008 Paris Motor Show, the much-anticipated production version of the Chevrolet Volt delivers up to 60 kilometers of gasoline and emissions-free electric driving, with the extended-range capability of hundreds of additional kilometers.

“The Chevrolet Volt is symbolic of GM’s strong commitment to the future,” says Rick Wagoner, GM Chairman and CEO. “It features just the kind of technology innovation that our industry needs to respond to today’s and tomorrow’s energy and environmental challenges.”

Form follows function

The design of the Chevrolet Volt production car has evolved from the original concept that was unveiled at the 2007 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Because aerodynamics plays a key role in maximizing driving range, GM designers have created an aerodynamically efficient design for the production vehicle. Many of the design cues from the concept vehicle endure in the production Chevrolet Volt, including the closed front grille, athletic stance, rear design graphics, outside rearview mirrors and more. The Chevrolet Volt’s rounded and flush front fascia, tapered corners and grille are functional, enabling air to move easily around the car. At the rear, sharp edges and a carefully designed spoiler allow the air to flow off and away quickly. An aggressive rake on the windshield and rear screen help reduce turbulence and drag.

// // Working closely with GM aerodynamicists to shape the Chevrolet Volt, design and engineering teams have developed one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in GM’s history. They spent hundreds of hours with the Chevrolet Volt in GM’s wind tunnel, testing and re-testing parts such as the front and rear quarter panels, rear spoiler, side sills and side mirrors. Aerodynamic improvements enabled GM to reach the Volt’s target of driving up to 60 km (MVEG cycle) without using gasoline or producing emissions.

Inside, the Chevrolet Volt offers the space, comfort, convenience and safety features that customers expect in a four-passenger sedan, and it delivers them in a variety of interior color, lighting and trim options unlike any offered before on a Chevrolet sedan. Modern controls and attractive materials, two informational displays, and a touch-sensitive infotainment center with integrated shifter distinguish the Volt’s interior from other vehicles on the market.

Some of Chevrolet Volt’s interior technological features include:

  • Driver-configurable, liquid crystal instrument display
  • Standard seven-inch touch screen vehicle information display
  • Touch screen-style climate and infotainment controls
  • Optional navigation system with onboard hard drive for maps and music storage
  • Standard Bluetooth for cellular phone and USB/Bluetooth for music streaming

New era in automotive transportation

The Chevrolet Volt heralds a new era in the electrification of the automobile by creating a new class of vehicle known as the Extended-Range Electric Vehicle, or E-REV.

The Volt uses electricity to move the wheels at all times and speeds. For trips up to 60 km, the Chevrolet Volt is powered only by electricity stored in its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery. When the battery’s energy is depleted, a gasoline/E85-powered engine generator seamlessly provides electricity to power the Volt’s electric drive unit while simultaneously sustaining the charge of the battery. This mode of operation extends the range of the Volt for several hundred additional kilometers, until the vehicle’s battery can be charged. Unlike a conventional battery-electric vehicle, the Volt eliminates “range anxiety,” giving the confidence and peace of mind that the driver will not be stranded by a depleted battery.

The Chevrolet Volt can be plugged into a standard household 230v outlet for charging. The vehicle’s intelligent charging technology enables the Volt’s battery to be charged in less than three hours. Charge times are reduced if the battery has not been fully depleted. GM estimates that it will cost less than one euro at night for a full charge that will deliver up to 60 km of electric driving.

Charged up for performance

On the road, the Chevrolet Volt offers spirited driving performance in a remarkably quiet interior. More than 220 lithium-ion cells contained within the Volt’s battery pack provide ample power. The Volt’s electric drive unit delivers the equivalent of 150 hp/110 kW, 370 Nm of instant torque, and a top speed of 161 km/h. The lack of engine noise, combined with special sound-deadening materials, makes the Chevrolet Volt an extremely quiet vehicle to drive.

GM estimates that the Chevrolet Volt will cost about two euro cents per km to drive while under battery power, compared to 12 euro cents per km using gasoline priced at €1.50 per liter. For an average driver who drives 60 km per day (or 22,000 km per year), this amounts to cost savings of €2,200 annually. Using night-time electricity rates, GM estimates that an electrically driven kilometer in a Volt will be about one-sixth of the cost of a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle.

The Chevrolet Volt is expected to be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing facility, subject to GM successfully negotiating satisfactory government incentives. Production is scheduled to begin late 2010 for models in the United States. Pricing has not been announced.

Chevrolet Volt: What is an E-REV?

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a front-wheel-drive, four-passenger Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) that uses electricity as its primary power source and gasoline as its secondary power source to propel the vehicle.

An E-REV like the Chevrolet Volt represents a significant departure from conventional hybrids. In a E-REV, the wheels are turned by an electric drive unit, whereas in conventional hybrids the wheels are turned by an electric motor, a gasoline engine, or both. For short trips, E-REVs will run on battery power alone.

For longer trips, additional electricity can be supplied by an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell. The battery and propulsion systems are sized so that when sufficient energy is available from the battery, the engine (or fuel cell) is not required for operation. During this electric only phase of driving, the battery, motor, and power electronics are designed to deliver full performance, acceleration, top speed, hill climbing on electric power alone.

How Chevrolet Volt works

Energy is stored on board in a 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for up to 60 kilometers (based on MVEG city cycle) without using a drop of gas. For longer trips, the Chevrolet Volt’s on-board range-extending engine is used to drive an electric generator when the battery’s energy has been depleted. The range extender, which can be powered by gas/E85 Ethanol, is able to generate additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of miles.

Chevrolet Volt: Fast Facts

  • The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a front-wheel-drive, four-passenger Extended-Range Electric Vehicle (E-REV) that uses electricity as its primary energy source and gasoline as its secondary energy source to propel the vehicle. Energy is stored on board in a 16-kWh, “T”-shaped lithium-ion battery pack. The battery pack powers the electric drive unit, which is capable of meeting full vehicle speed and acceleration performance while driving the car electrically for up to 60 kilometers (based on MVEG city cycle) without a drop of gas. For longer trips, the Volt’s on-board range-extending engine is used to drive an electric generator when the battery’s energy has been depleted. The range extender, which can be powered by gas/E85 Ethanol, is able to generate additional electricity to power the car for hundreds of miles.
  • The Chevy Volt will use no gasoline and produce no emissions for up to 60 kilometers of daily driving, helping to save approximately 1,900 liters of gasoline a year (compared to a similar sized vehicle that averages 7.8 l/100 km).
  • GM estimates that drivers who travel 100 kilometers a day (more than 33,500 kilometers miles per year) could save about 2,100 liters of gasoline annually (compared to a similar size vehicle that averages 7.8 l/100 km).
  • The Chevrolet Volt operates differently from all other propulsion systems. An electric drive unit (electric motor) drives the wheels at all times and at all speeds. The Volt’s range-extending engine serves only to create electricity to power the vehicle beyond 60 kilometers.
  • Depending on the drive cycle, an E-REV like the Chevrolet Volt will eliminate most initial engine starts and substantially reduce associated vehicle emissions.
  • Thanks to instantaneous torque, the Chevy Volt will be a fun-to-drive car with quick acceleration.
  • At current prices per kilowatt hour, GM estimates that an electrically driven kilometer in a Chevrolet Volt will cost about one-sixth compared to a conventional gasoline vehicle. It is estimated that it will cost about 0.02 euro per kilometer to drive electrically vs. 0.12 euro using gasoline at current prices.
  • Most Chevy Volts are likely to be charged off-peak in the evening or overnight when consumption is lower, potentially further reducing the cost of recharging.
  • Charging the Chevrolet Volt about once daily will consume less electric energy annually than the average home’s refrigerator and freezer units.
  • At a cost of about 1 euro a day for a full charge that will deliver up to 60 kilometers of electric driving, for most owners the Volt will be less expensive to recharge than purchasing a daily cup of your favorite branded coffee.
  • The beautiful aerodynamic design of the Chevrolet Volt production car helps to improve both fuel economy and driving performance.
  • GM’s Board of Directors approved the production of the Chevrolet Volt. The targeted launch date is late 2010 as a 2011 model.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox

2010-Chevrolet-EquinoxThe Equinox has done very well for General Motors’ core brand Chevrolet, selling well and helping it maintain its customer base while so many consumers are switching from minivans and cars to crossovers. It’s a trend, for sure, although if you don’t stay on top of trends in the car business, you won’t be keeping the doors open very long.

Just what made and still makes the Equinox attractive when compared to others in its class is a question GM made sure was studied and answered before redesigning the new model.Pulling design cues from the new Traverse, a good thing, the new Equinox adds a slightly more rugged appearance with taller, rounder headlight clusters, beefier fender swells and taller more truck-like taillight assemblies. The lower front valance incorporates nice large fog lights in the LTZ example shown, while aluminum-like mock skid plates add a visual toughness front and rear. Chevy has also improved aerodynamic performance by moving the base of the windshield forward 75 mm (about three inches), which adds to the sporty look.

“The new Equinox blends function and style into a very sporty, yet upscale compact crossover,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of GM Global Design. “Both the exterior and interior surprise and delight with careful attention to detail.”

Inside, Chevy has given the reveal car a two-tone motif in a milk chocolate hue complemented by dark gray tones. The look, along with tastefully applied aluminum brightwork, is very upscale, giving the Equinox the kind of premium appearance that comes from good, simple, clean design. From a more functional perspective, the crossover is filled with storage bins including an oversized glove box, a lidded compartment atop the dash just above the centre stack, and the  usual bin under the armrest, this one large enough for a laptop computer.

Pulling a term we first saw put into production by Volvo, the Equinox features a “floating” centre stack, and it looks pretty sweet with the aforementioned aluminum trim and ice-blue ambient lighting. Additional ice-blue lighting surround the door pull indentations and the cupholders so you won’t accidentally spill while trying to find them at night. Front and rear seats come standard in a high-quality fabric but can alternatively be covered in perforated leather. More importantly, Chevy feels bold enough to tell us they’ll “deliver best-in-class comfort,” so we’ll have to report back on this after we have driven the car.

The rear seats continue with their MultiFlex designation, which means that they can be moved back and forth a total of 203 mm (8.0 inches) for the best rear legroom in the segment. Also critical in this class, the Equinox’s 60/40 split rear seatback folds flat into the floor to reveal 1,803 litres (63.7 cubic feet) of usable cargo space; 889 litres (31.4 cubic feet) is available when the rear seat is upright.
From what Chevy says, the Equinox should be quiet, with multiple noise-absorbing elements built into the chassis, engine compartment and interior. This should make for a more enjoyable audio/video experience, the former, if optioned out, being a 250-watt, eight-speaker system that should rock the house. It gets USB connectivity and an internal memory hard drive for storing audio, plus Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity is integrated into the system.

It’s all available via a large seven-inch touch-screen monitor that also incorporates a navigation system and backup camera, the latter visible in the rearview mirror too. A DVD-based rear-seat entertainment system can be had as well, with twin screens so that one child can watch a movie while the others play video games, or vice versa.

Once again the base Equinox will get the LS designation, while an LT will offer more luxury and convenience features and the top-line LTZ will feel almost premium-grade. A great feature that is especially appreciated in colder or warmer than average climes is a new “smart” remote starter that now works the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and optional heated seats so that your Equinox is the right temperature when stepping inside. Also, an optional powered and programmable rear liftgate can be had, increasing convenience in inclement weather.

“With the 2010 Equinox, we focused on appealing to the senses – from the overall design to the feel of the interior,” commented Ed Peper, GM North America vice president, Chevrolet.

Like GM does with all of its crossovers, the new Equinox comes standard with four-wheel disc brakes, ABS and StabiliTrak electronic traction and stability control for optimizing safety in slippery conditions, while six standard airbags protect from the front, thorax area and head via dual frontal airbags, seat-mounted side airbags and curtain-type side airbags from front to back. OnStar is also standard, for safety or getting turn-by-turn directions, as is XM satellite radio.

The current Equinox has been lauded by some and criticized by others for not fitting into the compact mold it is priced to compete in. The fact is that it’s a fairly large crossover, even when compared to midsize rivals. When it debuted we were all shocked that it measured longer than the eight-occupant Honda Pilot and many others in the class, although after living with it for numerous weeks at a time it certainly never felt cumbersome or unwieldy like some large SUVs get.For parking and dawdling along in slow city traffic the new model should feel much like the old in that it’s wheelbase is identical at 2,857 mm (112.5 inches) long, while 24 mm (just under an inch) shorter from end to end for an overall length of 4,771 mm (187.8 inches). The new Equinox is wider though, by 28 mm (just over  an inch), which may help a bit in handling and high-speed stability, plus add a little more hip, shoulder and elbow room. Overall height has been reduced by 19 mm (three quarters of an inch) too, for a sportier profile and a lower centre of gravity to benefit handling and ingress/egress. Due to its similarity in size the new model doesn’t weigh significantly more than the outgoing one either, now tipping the scales at 1,710 kilos (3,770 lbs) in base trim compared to 1,697 kg (3,741  lbs) for the old one. So, all-round the 2010 Equinox won’t be a radical departure from the current model. That is, until you put your foot into the throttle.

A new 2.4-litre Ecotec four will make up to 182-horsepower while returning an EPA (certification pending) estimated 11.2 L/100 km (21 mpg) in the city and 7.8 (30) on the highway. It’s the first four-cylinder offered in the Equinox, and effectively replaces the 185-horsepower 3.4-litre OHV V6. The old base engine certainly offered more torque at 210 lb-ft compared to the new four-cylinder’s 174 lb-ft, but truly this is a fuel efficiency choice. Those wanting more power will be able to move up to a totally new V6. Gone is the rather expensive 3.6-litre V6 that started life off in the Cadillac CTS, replaced by a direct-injection 3.0-litre V6 that makes a seriously motivating 255-horsepower and 214 lb-ft of torque while maintaining an EPA rating of 13.1 L/100 km (18 mpg) in the city and 9.4 (25) on the highway. Yes, the larger displacement engine was a touch more powerful and offered 36 lb-ft of additional torque, but the efficiency gains made by the new V6 make it the better choice for  today’s market.

As you may have heard, the only negative to direct injection engines is noise, vibration and harshness levels that are often higher than their convention counterparts. GM has worked to counter such inherent problems by adding rubber isolators to minimize fuel rail noise, while variable valve timing improves greater power and fuel efficiency throughout a wider rev range. Adding to the efficiency, both the four- and the six-cylinder engines will be enhanced by GM’s state-of-the-art six-speed transmission, maximizing performance and fuel economy for a range of more than 800 km (500 miles) with either engine.

“At a time when customers are so concerned about the fuel efficiency of their vehicle, the Equinox delivers,” added Peper. “It offers the roominess and capability of a crossover with great fuel economy. Equinox will provide customers a vehicle filled with refinement, comfort and great value.”

The old Equinox is still a pretty good driver, but I’m sure most owners wouldn’t mind a few upgrades to the body and suspension. First off, the body gets stiffened with single-piece side stampings plus high-strength steel used in critical areas. Solidity benefits rigidity, for improved handling, quietness inside and safety, so strengthening the body structure is always one of the best ways to improve a vehicle overall. According to GM, the stiffer structure has helped them tune the four-wheel independent suspension for better control and more engaging feedback.

The steering system on the four-cylinder model is rack-mounted but electrically power assisted, helping with fuel efficiency. No really, according to Chevy it makes a difference of about 18 km (11 miles) per tank of fuel, or approximately 920 km (572 miles) per year if you were to fill up once per week. A conventional hydraulic power rack-and-pinion steering system comes with the V6. It’ll make a difference to fuel economy if you opt for the optional all-wheel drive system no matter the engine, of course, although wheel size shouldn’t be an issue; the Equinox comes with standard 17-inch aluminum rims while optional 18- and 19-inch alloys can be had.

“With the outstanding interior execution and comfort, the stunning exterior design, numerous chassis improvements, and the connectivity to the outside world, the new Equinox is the favorite ride among our engineers,” offered Tim Herrick, chief engineer. “I have to pull the keys out of their hands in order to take it for a spin myself.”

The 2010 Chevy Equinox goes on sale in mid-2009 and should be priced similarly to the outgoing model that starts at $27,340.

Specifications (2010 Chevrolet Equinox):

Price Range (est. MSRP): $27,000 – $42,000
Body Type: 5-door compact SUV
Layout: front engine, FWD (opt. AWD)
Base Engine: 182 hp, 174 lb-ft of torque, 2.4L, DOHC, 16-valve, I-4
Opt. Engine: 255-hp, 214 lb-ft of torque, 3.0L, 24-valve, DOHC DI V6
Transmission: 6-spd auto
Brakes (front/rear): disc/disc, ABS
Curb Weight (FWD): 1,710 kilos (3,770 lbs)
Weight Distribution (f/r): 52 / 48
Seating Capacity: 5
Cargo Volume (behind rear seat/front seat): 889 / 1,803 L (31.4 / 63.7 cu ft)
Payload: 540 kg (1,190 lbs)
Towing Capacity (2.4L/3.0L): 680 / 1,588 kg (1,500 / 3,500 lbs)
External Dimensions (L/W/H/WB): 4,771 / 1,842 / 1,684 / 2857 mm (187.8 / 72.5 / 66.3 / 112.5 in)
Tires: 225/65R17 (opt. 235/55R18; P235/55R19)
Ground Clearance: 198 mm (7.8 in)
Fuel Economy (EPA est. FWD 2.4L city/hwy): 11.2 / 7.8 L/100 km (21 / 30 mpg)
Range (on one tank of gas): 800 km (500 mi)