Chevy Volt Improvements Make a Great Car Even Better

New Chevy Volt improvements are making this car better than ever before!

New Chevy Volt improvements are making this car better than ever before!

The Chevrolet Volt keeps getting better and better. Since its arrival in 2011, many improvements have been made which make the car a better vehicle for a better value. The 2016 Volt is the best one yet. The overall design is improved, as well as the technology.

Shad Balch, a spokesperson for Chevrolet says that “everything about the new Volt is better than the Volt it replaces.” The Volt has a great history, so how did the brand make the best even better?

First, and perhaps most importantly, the range of the vehicle has increased. The estimated driving range was 38 miles, but is now 53. In addition, the gas engine now runs on regular gas instead of premium.

Seating capacity has increased to five people, one more person than the previous model. The interior has become roomier, and the exterior has become more mainstream and trendy. There is even a hatchback design which has increased the cargo capacity.

Technology has also improved. Now, drivers have a “hold” mode which allows the driver to save the battery power for later usage.

With all these Chevy Volt improvements, it is surprising to hear that the price has actually decreased! The Volt is a money saver in both short-term and long-term capacities.  Learn more at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

Chevrolet Confirms Chevrolet Bolt Model Name

Chevrolet Bolt model name is here to stay!

Chevrolet Bolt model name is here to stay!

Chevrolet is looking to light up the electric vehicle segment like a lightning bolt. The American carmaker recently confirmed that it is calling its first-ever all-electric vehicle the Chevrolet Bolt. Though Chevy was hesitant in the beginning about the Chevrolet Bolt model name, after conducting two consumer studies, the carmaker has decided it is here to stay.

“The decision is made. The name won’t be changed,” said Tim Mahoney, head of marketing for Chevrolet. This confirmation highlights Chevrolet’s plan to make it easy for consumers to associate the Bolt name with Chevrolet. The Bolt will be joining Chevrolet’s popular Volt plug-in hybrid, using the similar nomenclature to increase brand awareness.

The American carmaker’s electric car is sure to shake things up in the EV segment, offering an estimated 200-mile range. The production for the Bolt will begin sometime in 2017 at Chevrolet’s Orion Assembly plant in Michigan.

To learn more about the Chevrolet Bolt—and other fuel-efficient Chevrolet vehicles—come into Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY today.

New Hybrid Malibu Joins Chevy’s Electric Lineup

We cannot wait to go for a ride in the new hybrid Malibu.

We cannot wait to go for a ride in the new hybrid Malibu.

Chevrolet’s electric lineup is filling out quite nicely. There was first the Chevrolet Volt, which just received an overhaul for the 2016 year. It’ll have a longer range as well as greater acceleration, among other improvements.

Then we heard about the Chevrolet Bolt concept, an electric crossover that was heading to production almost as quickly as it hit the auto show circuit.

Now it may not rhyme with Volt or Bolt but the brand new Chevrolet Malibu is also joining Chevy’s exciting electric lineup. The sedan will be available as a hybrid when it comes out this year. The Detroit Free Press reports that the new hybrid Malibu will “use the same technology as the new Volt for fuel efficiency.”

This technology will help the Malibu achieve 45 mpg. Those kind of numbers make the new hybrid Malibu “one of the most fuel-efficient mid-size sedans” in the market. In addition to the hybrid option, every model will be both bigger and lighter this time around.

2016 Chevrolet Volt Improvements

Owner feedback is inspiring 2016 Chevrolet Volt improvements.

Owner feedback is inspiring 2016 Chevrolet Volt improvements.

When Chevrolet’s engineers began designing and building the next generation Volt, they didn’t just default to the improvements they thought were necessary. Instead, they took into account years of input from the people that actually drive the car day after day –current Volt owners.

After the launch of the very first Volt, Chevy began to host meetings with a customer advisory board of 12 loyal Volt owners from across the country in an effort to better understand how consumers interact with their Volts daily. Additionally, the automaker communicated with Volt owners through events, social media, and internet panels.

“We began asking simple questions like how and when the owners plugged in their Volt, which directly impacted the development of the next generation,” said Darin Gesse, Volt product manager.

The input from those monthly meetings and online interactions have directly impacted the design of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Chevy hopes that by understanding the needs of the drivers themselves, the newest Volt will be more streamlined and comfortable, and offer more intuitive and convenient features.

Some of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt improvements include an extended EV range and improved fuel economy when the gas engine does kick in, a fifth seat, and a more intuitive, easy-to-use infotainment system.

Additionally, Volt buyers can expect a quieter engine at lower speeds, a heated steering wheel, LED headlights, customization of vehicle information display, discrete charging notifications, charge door open reminder, locations-based charging selection, illuminated charge port, and a spare tire.

Here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY, we can’t wait to get our hands on the new and improved Volt later this year!

Camouflage Techniques Revealed by Chevy Volt Engineers

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet's camouflage techniques.

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet’s camouflage techniques.

How much work goes into keeping a car’s design secret? As we learned at Hutch Chevrolet, quite a good amount! Before launching a new model, automakers need to validate it and its systems in public—but how to do that without prematurely revealing its appearance?

The engineers behind the 2016 Chevrolet Volt have revealed a few of the camouflage techniques they use to cover the car:

  • Bubble wrap. Many materials can be used as camouflage, like plastics, vinyl, and foam, but bubble wrap is the only one that is light, easily-attachable, and three-dimensional—important for confusing prying eyes.
  • 3D. Speaking of three-dimensional—engineers will also layer the camouflage, which throws off onlookers. However, they also have to be careful not to interrupt airflow.
  • Swirls. Old car camouflages relied on grid patterns, but they were too difficult to realign if a piece was removed to make a change to the car. Swirls do a much better job at hiding changes throughout the car’s development.
  • Black and white. The contrast between the shades creates shadows in places you wouldn’t expect on a car and hides design elements.

Now we are more excited than ever to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

2014 Chevrolet Volt Earned a Top Safety Pick+

2014 Chevrolet Volt

In a recent round of crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2014 Chevrolet Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+, and was the only small car out of 12 tested to earn the award.

Most of the small cars performed poorly in the small overlap front crash test; however, the Volt earned a Top Safety Pick+ by receiving an acceptable score in the challenging test.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research, in a statement. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

In the small overlap front crash test, the IIHS monitors six categories. The Volt earned the top “good” rating in four of the six categories, with an “acceptable” rating in the Structure and Restraints & Kinematics categories. This gave the Volt an overall “acceptable” rating for the test.

In the four other tests, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints & seats, the Volt scored the top “good” rating.

If you’re looking for a small car that will not only keep you safe, but will save you cash at the pump, then the 2014 Chevrolet Volt is the car for you. It is available today at Hutch Chevrolet.