200 Mile Electric Chevy Sonic Rumored for 2016

Automotive blogs are buzzing today with rumors that General Motors may be developing an all-electric Chevrolet Sonic with a 200 mile range to debut in 2016. We do know that LG Chem, the supplier of the Chevy Volt’s battery, has announced that they have developed a battery capable of a 200 mile range. And we also know that GM’s European division will be looking for an electric replacement for the recently discontinued Opel Ampera. Could that replacement be an electric version of Chevy’s popular compact Sonic, and if so, will it also be offered in the US? Increasing vehicle emission regulations here in the states make a growing Chevrolet electric vehicle portfolio likely, but we’ll have to wait and see what forms those new vehicles may take. It’s an exciting time to be an electric vehicle enthusiast and here at Phillips Chevrolet, we’re excited to share EV news whenever we hear it!

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Five Chevrolets Make J.D. Power’s List of Top Vehicles

We are proud to report that five Chevrolet vehicles have made the list in J.D. Power’s U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout study, or APEAL, for the most appealing cars and trucks. A wide variety of Chevrolet vehicle styles and sizes are represented, with the Chevrolet Sonic ranking in the small car category, the Corvette Stingray in the midsize premium sporty car, Chevy SS in the large car segment, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 ranking in the large light duty pickup and the Silverado HD ranking in the large heavy duty pickup category. The APEAL study judges which models and brands buyers find most gratifying and appealing in 77 different categories. Having five Chevy models make the grade is something that Chevrolet is proud of and strives toward each year.

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Manchester United Wear New Chevy-Branded Shirt for First Time

Manchester United will wear its new Chevrolet-branded shirt for the first time during the club’s Chevrolet Cup match against the L.A. Galaxy this afternoon at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The team arrived in California and were given Chevrolet cars to drive around Beverly Hills. Manchester United FC players Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney were even spotted cruising around in a Chevrolet Camaro Convertible! Chevrolet is celebrating the debut of the Manchester United shirts and  even offering a free livestream of the match at www.ChevroletFC.com.  Paul Edward, U.S. vice president of Marketing for Chevrolet said, “Seeing our partnership with Manchester United come to life in a match is a huge moment for the brand and we want to share it with the club’s 659 million followers around the world.” Chevrolet also launched their global campaign, “What Do You #PlayFor?” earlier this year inspiring football fans to make lasting impacts in places where play is needed.  Chevrolet and Manchester United don’t stop here - on August 2nd, Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor of Manchester United’s match against Real Madrid at the University of Michigan, which has the largest stadium in the United States.

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Malibu Brings Stop/Start Technology to the Mainstream

The Chevrolet Malibu is leading the way in bringing fuel-saving standard start/stop technology to the mainstream sedan market. The 2014 Malibu became the first vehicle for Chevy with stop/start technology and since then 97% of customers who purchased a 2014 or 2015 Malibu opted for the 2.5 liter, 4-cylinder base engine equipped with standard stop/start technology. Stop/start reduces fuel consumption and wasteful idling by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop like a traffic light and then the engine automatically restarts within 337 milliseconds, about the speed of the blink of an eye. The average American driver spends about 16 minutes each day idling in his or her vehicle, with Americans wasting approximately 3.8 million gallons of gas each day! Chevrolet is proud of this advancement and it is predicted that worldwide sales of vehicles with stop/start technology will grow from 8.8 million in 2013 to 55.4 million in 2022.

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Actor Chris Pratt Will Drive Chevy SS Pace Car

On Sunday, July 27th, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have a special guest as an honorary pace car driver. Actor Chris Pratt, star of the soon-to-be-released movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” will drive the 2014 red and silver Chevrolet SS pace car around the track at the John Wayne Walding 400. Pratt said he is excited to be a part of NASCAR for the day: “It’s a dream come true to drive the pace car for the John Wayne Walding 400,” he said. The SS is Chevrolet’s first V-8 rear-wheel-drive performance sedan since 1996, and has been campaigned as Chevrolet’s race car in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition since 2013. In other Chevy SS news, details for the 2015 model year have been released and the performance sedan is slated to add GM’s Magnetic Ride Control, featured on other sports cars like the Corvette Stingray and Camaro ZL1, as well as the option of a manual transmission.  New paint colors are also projected for 2015, like Regal Peacock Green, Some Like It Hot Red, Alchemy Purple, Perfect Blue, and Jungle Green Metallic. Chevrolet has a long history of pacing races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and we can’t wait to see the Red Chevy SS start the race on Sunday!

2015 Silverado Will Offer Eight-Speed Transmission

When the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 arrives in our showroom later this year, the 6.2L EcoTec3 V-8 engine will be paired with a standard Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed transmission. With an overall wider gear ratio spread, drivers carrying a heavy load or towing a trailer will be able to start off more confidently. The Silverado’s EcoTec3 V-8 offers 420 horsepower and 460 lb.-ft. of torque, and a maximum available trailer rating of 12,000 pounds, making it the most powerful engine offered in any light duty pickup truck. Though official EPA testing is yet to be conducted, the new Hydra-Matic transmission is expected to boost the Chevy Silverado’s fuel economy numbers, as well.

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MLB MVP Wins a 2014 Corvette Stingray

The MLB All-Star game took place earlier this week and Angels outfielder Mike Trout took home the honors of being the MVP, but that wasn’t all he took with him. After a noteworthy night of helping the American League to a 5-2 victory, Trout was given the choice of owning a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 convertible or a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. He quickly chose the Corvette, but would have picked either vehicle. “When they came out and told me I’ve got a choice, I was pretty pumped. I got my dad a truck a couple weeks ago. So I probably would have chosen a truck if I hadn’t done that. But you gotta go with the sports car,” Trout told MLB.com. Bench coach, Dino Ebel and Trout often joked about buying a Corvette so now that he has one he said he won’t be afraid to flaunt it! Chevrolet is also auctioning off a Corvette Stingray Z51 with the signatures of all 2014 MLB All-Star players on the hood with proceeds going to the United Way, MLB Charities and the MLB Players Trust.

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Three Chevrolets Top List of Recommended Vehicles for Teens

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently announced that recent models of Chevrolet’s Malibu, Equinox, and Traverse were named to their first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers. All three models earned good ratings in IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, and all offer standard stability control which helps drivers avoid rollover crashes. “When kids graduate from the safety seat to the driver’s seat, the Malibu, Equinox and Traverse models recommended by IIHS are affordable while offering parents the safety features they want,” U.S. vice president of Chevrolet marketing, Paul Edwards said. A survey of 500 parents showed that many teens drive older vehicles that lack important safety technologies such as electronic stability control and side-impact air bags. Chevrolet knows how important safety is for young drivers and that’s why General Motors and the GM Foundation are working hard to reduce injuries and fatalities to new drivers by promoting the use of seatbelts and overall traffic safety.

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Chevrolet Silverado Will Feature New Appearance Package

Redesigned for the 2014 model year, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 got a new look, but it doesn’t stop there. The 2015 Silverado 1500 will have something new to offer, too! Just confirmed with dealer sources, General Motors will be gracing its trucks with a new, black-out appearance package. The package will be called “Rally” and is expected to include a blackened grill frame, blackened mirror plates, black running boards, black wheels, and of course a black Bowtie logo. This package will also feature carbon fiber “appearance” decals. The Rally package is unlike anything you have seen and will make your Silverado look bigger and bolder than ever before. Here at Phillips Chevrolet we can’t wait to see this exclusive 2015 black-out package up close!

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0% for 72 Months Ends Today!

Phillips Chevrolet has been hopping for the last two weeks, helping folks get amazing deals on great new 2014 Chevrolet cars* and trucks thanks to the offer of 0% APR financing for 72 months. Not only that, but the first payment is deferred for 90 days, so drivers can enjoy their new vehicles for the rest of the summer before their first payment is due! There’s still time to take advantage of this offer, but you have to act fast – when Phillips Chevrolet closes tonight at 9pm, the offer ends. Come see us at 9700 West Lincoln Highway in Frankfort or 17730 Torrence Avenue in Lansing to get this great deal before it’s gone!

*offer excludes Corvette Stingray

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