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The Chicago Auto Show concluded earlier this week. If you didn’t get a chance to make it this year, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down and take stroll through the show with our recap.   -Chevrolet –   Lego® Batmobile from Chevrolet Perhaps the most interesting display in the entire show belongs to the Lego® Batmobile from Chevrolet. It’s 17-foot long, nearly 7-foot high and a little over nine feet wide. It weighs over 1,695.5lbs with each tire weighing over 100lbs! It took 344,187 Lego® bricks to create, using a total of 17 different colors. The interior frame weighs over 282lbs and is made of more than 86sq-ft of square-tube aluminum! The “vehicle” is featured in the upcoming Warner Bros. movie “The LEGO® Batman Movie”. Chevrolet created a hilarious webpage dedicated to the Batmobile complete with “features” and “stats” such as the 60.2L [...]
The all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt it taking away worries of distance and making it much more convenient for consumers to own an electric vehicle! The vehicle gets an EPA-estimated 238 miles per charge, five times the amount needed for the average daily commute of 40 miles! Available later this year, the vehicle will be available in two trim levels, LT and Premier. Compare trim levels here. “While range is important, we knew Bolt EV owners would want more — more space and more power — and the Bolt EV delivers,” said Bolt EV Chief Engineer Josh Tavel, in a press release. “Our team took special pride in optimizing every aspect of this vehicle, especially its impressive range [...]
  The OnStar RemoteLink mobile app lets you control your vehicle’s features from your phone. With the app, you can check the status of your fuel level, check your tire pressure, lock and unlock you car, start the engine, and trigger the horn and lights — all with your smart phone, no matter how far away you are! It is currently available on iOS and Android devices and on select 2010 model year and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles. Features vary by mobile device, vehicle model, options, model year, service plan, and hardware. To get the app, make sure you have: Active OnStar service and online account. Sign up now [...]
  OnStar is keeping the Christmas spirit alive in General Motors vehicles with its annual Santa Update! Subscribers to the service will once again be able to press the blue button in their vehicle to receive a GPS location of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve. With support from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and their 60 years of experience following Santa, OnStar subscribers can press their blue OnStar button to learn Santa’s progress. If you and the kids are in the car between 6 a.m. on Dec. 24 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 25, OnStar advisors will be able to tell you where Santa is based on NORAD’s official “Santa Tracker” map. And don’t worry: OnStar will not be too busy tracking St. Nick to help you unlock the keys from your car or [...]
Combining Military Strength Aluminum Alloy and High Strength Steel is the winning formula behind Ford’s New 2015 Ford F-150. The bold new approach to truck production promises to be stronger than previous F-150 models resulting in a truck that produces efficiency without compromise. So where’s all the aluminum located in the truck you might ask? According to ford, the body panels and cab walls, one unstressed cross-member in the frame and various internal parts. The rest of the frame is steel, mostly high-strength steel. The truck is currently offering 3 engine variations: New 3.5L V6 Ti-VCT FFV Delivers 283 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque for a max payload of 1,910 lbs. and [...]
If you are thinking about buying a 2014 Chevy Sonic, you are in the right place. We took the vehicle for a test drive and were very impressed! Check out this video walkaround on a 2014 Chevy Sonic LT Sedan to get an idea of all its features. Then stop in to Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, IL, or Runde Chevrolet-Buick-GMC in Platteville, WI, and take one for a spin!
Get in your car, drive to the gas station, fill up, then come home. Easy, no problem… right? This is what an elderly person would hear: 1. Take a walk to your car on your growingly painful arthritis stricken joints. 2. Open the door and try to balance as you worry about how your going to adjust yourself to sit. 3. Pivot your painful hips in such a way that they won’t cause to much pain as you elevate yourself down to the seat and twist into an upright position. 4. Buckle in and drive. After arriving at the gas station and do the inverse of steps 2-3, take a painful walk to the pump, fill up, repeat steps 2-4, arrive home, repeat the inverse of 2-3, walk back to your home and hope you didn’t cause yourself to much damage and pain from your excessive movements… that wasn’t so “easy” [...]
The king of late-night talk show hosts is adding yet another vehicle to his QUITE expansive car collection. You guessed it! (or read the title) it’s the Chevrolet Volt. Jay is so impressed by the Volt that he is putting aside his 55 Buick Roadmaster to make the Volt his daily driver. Jay Comments on how he thinks the Volt is part of the future and that the Toyota Prius, while having had a head start (in the fuel economy race) is old technology. Another thing he mentions, which I believe is the biggest benefit of the Volt over the competition is that it uses gasoline when the electric juice runs out. So you picked up a Nissan Leaf, an all-electric car which the EPA just announced will last you a 73 mile range, under normal conditions, until you are out of juice and stop moving. I never quite understood how this would be a [...]
If you haven’t been in the know, then you’d be excited to know that Motor Trend has placed its highest honor to none other than the Chevrolet Volt. Winning the Motor Trend Car of the Year (COTY) is no easy task. With 21 vehicles to compete with and a week of intensive testing on various roads and conditions the Volt proved, time and again, that it was the leader of the group. The following video shows the testing they put these vehicles through and what they look for in their pick for Car of the Year . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEKaSaIEZNg&feature=channel] With most COTY winners Motor Trend generally has something nice to say about their pick as [...]
Ford is, no doubt, the leader when it comes to implementing technological features in its vehicles. With Ford Sync ever-expanding and the release of MyFord Touch, techheads and gearheads can finally walk hand-in-hand. With its voice recognition technology, you never have to take your eyes or hands off the steering wheel or your eyes off the road. This also means that you will talking to your vehicle… a lot (just be sure to laugh it off it someone stares at you in confusion). The next batch of upgrades include: increased command recognition, alias implementation (can recognize more words for the same command such as “temp up”, “hotter”, “heat up”) and voice navigation will map your command to a GPS via MyFord Touch. For further explanation and demonstrations check out the video’s below: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNwU4-lxgRU&NR=1] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPeIy5ccqO0]
Am I the only one who thinks “holy cow, there must be a whole lot of complicated things going on when they built that engine!” This is what I think almost every time I pop open my hood to look at the engine? How would one go about building an engine?  What all goes into the design?  Is displacement really king when it comes to sheer power?  Was GM’s 3800 V-6 really the best car engine of the 20th century?  Or what about Jeep’s 4.0L inline 6-cylinder?  I later go on to wonder if I were to ever take one apart, what would I see, would I know how it all worked, and could I put it all back together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle? If only I could see one being built from scratch and have an explanation of what’s going on… what’s that? I can!?? That’s right, Chevrolet is now giving you the option to [...]
Here’s a little follow-up on how the “Extended Range” mode works in the Volt. Also enjoy the video of a fire team testing out how the Volt will bend, break, and tear apart if it happens to get into an accident. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CnzLBlwlk8] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xn_Qtll4ruU]
The Volt is just about here and Earth is anxiously waiting for its eco-friendly arrival. Why not help out the environment while experiencing one of the most high-tech rides of all-time.  And at the same time, you can save some green in gas $$$ for driving green? It all seems like a win-win to me. You know what else, though? The fact that if you buy the Volt you could be going home to a professionally installed 240-volt charge station. The Volt runs in one of three ways. 1. All electric – up to 40 miles on a single charge. 2. Extended range capability (gas/electric mixed) – designed to drive up to 350 miles without stopping to recharge or refuel. 3. Gasoline – will last another 300 miles. Needless to say, the Volt won’t be seen filling up too frequently [...]
Who could have ever guessed just how big Google would become? And who knows how much more they will grow in the future?  Not me.  All I know is that Google does, almost everything, right.  OnStar must know this too as they recently took advantage of Google’s wealth of knowledge and voila (minus the accent): OnStar now comes Google Maps as an app. Later this month all GM vehicles  (from 2006, up) that are equipped with Turn-by-Turn Navigation will be able to use the Google Map feature.  This feature will be available through OnStar eNav Technology and will enable users to effortlessly receive directions and turn by turn visual signals to get to their destinations without any hassle. The best part of all of this (((besides the point that you don’t have [...]
If the toppings are free, the more the merrier, right? I’d like to think so, especially with Ford’s already impressive “topping” list of features such as Turn by Turn Directions, Traffic Alerts, Hands Free Calling, Voice Activated Music, and 911 Assist, just to name a few. But now there’s even more to look FORwarD to as the SYNC will be capable of pulling up Movie Listings, Stock Quotes, Airline and Rentals and even your Horoscope! In a tech world, Ford keeps our appetites in check with all of these great features that keep getting packed on top of their already great SYNC technology.  Check out the video below for more information and demonstrations of the new features. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYUiQb3lXrQ&feature=player_embedded]
When it comes to vehicle safety, there really is no room for shortcuts and compromise. If you are in the process of purchasing a vehicle, then you’re trusting that it will unquestionably keep you, your significant other, family, friends, Fido and whoever might be riding along with you … safe. It is probably something most people don’t think about too much (as long as it has one of those nifty “five-star crash rating” tags on it),  but wouldn’t you want to know how the manufacturer goes about their safety tests to help ensure that they are protecting you from situations that you can’t even fathom?  To get a little inside look, here are a few behind-the-scenes videos of what Chevy is doing with the new electric Volt at their crash test sites. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcxPMnhz988&feature=player_embedded#at=149] [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3FUlqToriE&feature=player_embedded]
What’s not to love about the Fiesta?  The fact that it demolishes its competition, such as the Honda FIT and the Toyota Yaris, in nearly every category out there is probably an understatement.  And now there’s more!  The Fiesta, in addition to beating the competition  in terms of 1)Horsepower (competition ranges from 106 to 117 hp vs. the Fiesta at 120 HP) , 2)Safety, and 3)Features … we just learned that the Fiesta also takes the top prize in terms of fuel economy. While the FIT offers an impressive 28/35 MPG it falls short of the Fiesta’s recently announced and officially official 29/40 MPG. Need I remind you that in addition to all of these class superior specs, the Fiesta starts at $13,320 while the FIT starts at $14,900 – why pay more to get less? Try one for yourself this summer when they start rolling off the assembly line, you’ll see why so many people are excited to [...]
Want a good indication that the future is here? How about the fact that the products currently in the works make the things that we could have only imagined “to be the future” look primitive and obsolete?   The EN-V (Electric Networked-Vehicle) manufactured by G.M. plans to be hitting the streets as the new “Urban Mobility Vehicle” (think along the lines of a Segway, but not nearly as basic and lame). Tired? Drunk? Hurt or just lazy? The EN-V has you covered as it works autonomously, meaning that it can drive itself with the integrated GPS. In addition to an array of safety features and smart programming for heavy traffic, sudden reaction sensing, and the like,  the EN-V is an electric vehicle. It will plug into a conventional wall outlet and will give out around 40 [...]
Suffering from unintended acceleration? Afraid of “what’s next” in terms of recalls on your vehicle? Now is the perfect time to swap that lemon for some grade-A lemonade with the umbrella and all. With the Ford Swap program you can get some unbelievable deals on top of your trade for a vehicle that is sure to take your breath away. This is how it works: 1. You are finding that your current vehicle is a bit sub-par for your liking. 2. You trade in your vehicle. 3. You get an additional 0% APR PLUS $1,000 Cash Back for trading in your old vehicle. There are some vehicles excluded from the list of eligible cars that you can get with the incentive, but nowhere on that list is the Mustang (excluding  the Shelby Mustang). [...]
If you’re a parent, you’re naturally going to worry about your kids when they start to drive. Who doesn’t get discouraged when they see another fatality on the news involving teens, beer, and speeding? It’s enough to make any parent want to keep their kid’s vehicle options limited to a bike or the bus … God forbid they ever walk anywhere. But alas, we must face the reality that our kids need to drive — ask any parent who has ever played the chauffeur role. (Note to audience:  In tonight’s performance, the role of the chauffeur will be played by the gal who writes those clever little blog posts.  The role of the kids will be played by the same demanding kids who played the parts last week and the week before and the week before that, etc.)  Enter Stage Right:  My Key. Not the cute little [...]
Ever wish someone would walk up to you and hand you the keys to a new vehicle? The closest I’ve ever come to hearing about something like this, I previously mentioned when I wrote the annecdote about Doug in our Field of Dreams blog post last year. There’s also that scene from Pay it Forward, where some guy hands Jay Mohr the keys to his new Jaguar S-Type car in an effort to … you guessed it … pay it forward. I was looking at GM’s Project Driveway a little today and I checked it out to see if I might qualify to drive a new state-of-the-art Chevy Equinox fuel cell vehicle. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaZtM2rCozY&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0] Project Driveway is the first large-scale market test of fuel cell vehicles with real drivers in the real world. Because hydrogen fuel cells use zero gasoline and produce zero emissions other than water vapor, they’re definitely much better for our environment in the long run. [...]
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