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Friday, December 30, 2016

Is A New Engine In The Corvette's Future?

Corvette fanatics! Though the current Corvette sports the original Corvette formula, many changes are in store for the beloved sports car.

According to leaked General Motors service documents, a new engine will appear in the 2018 Corvette. Though similar to the 6.2-liter V8 used in the current Corvette, this codenamed LT5 engine will drop the pushrod valve actuation, which has been used since the ‘Vette’s birth over 60 years ago and switch to a dual-overhead camshaft, or DOHC layout.

General Motors has done some impressive things with the current V8 engines used in the Corvette, but DOHC will allow the engines to rev more freely and give engineers a wider powerband to work with when trying to extract horsepower from an engine. The LT5 will likely provide a greater eagerness to rev and produce less low-end grunt than other Corvette engines.

The LT5 engine is expected to appear in 2018 (around the same time the mid-engined Corvette that we’ve mentioned) so we’ll keep you posted over the next 12 months! In the meantime, be sure to stop in and see us at West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Get Ready For The All-New 2018 Chevy Traverse

According to recent Chevrolet news, the brand is continuing on with the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup with the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, which will debut Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show.

This all-new Traverse will feature a sleek, bold design and will seat up to eight passengers. Chevy expects it to offer the best third-row legroom and cargo space when compared to other vehicles in its class. The Traverse will be joining the 2017 Bolt EV and Trax, the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban, and the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, which was revealed in September.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

If you’re in the market for a new SUV or crossover, you’ve come to the right place. Be sure to stop in and see us at West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Stay Safe This Season With These 6 Tips For Driving In Winter Weather

Winter is making its swift approach and we all know that with the colder temperatures often comes the dreaded snow. Sure, snow is great if you don’t have anywhere to go but unfortunately, we all end up having to drive in it at some point. Driving in snow is dangerous and our team at West Chevrolet is Knoxville, TN wants you to get to your destination safely. Check out our tips for driving in the winter weather:

Clear snow and ice off of your car before driving

Snow left on your car causes problems for you and the drivers around you,
so it is essential to de-ice your vehicle before you hit the road. If snow is left on your windshield, it blocks your view while creating tons of blind spots. If snow is on the roof of your car, it may slide down while driving, completely blocking your view or fly back and create trouble for the cars behind you.

Reduce speed

Tires have
severely reduced grip of the road in icy and snowy conditions. Reducing your speed gives you more control and time to react if slippage occurs. Should things go wrong, slower speeds also lead to a lessened impact.

Accelerating, braking and turning should all be separate actions

Attempting to brake while turning or accelerate while turning is the recipe for disaster in snowy conditions. Always be sure to slowly apply the brakes while the vehicle is still going straight and gently (very gently!) accelerate when making the turn.

Longer braking distance

Keeping a good distance from the vehicle ahead of you, and be sure to apply the brakes earlier than you would in dry conditions. Also, use much less pressure on the brakes than you normally would. Locking your wheels will cause the vehicle to slide or skid.

Steer into a skid

Should the rear of your vehicle begin to slide while you’re making a turn, do not panic! Stay calm, let your foot off of the accelerator and steer your vehicle in the direction of the slide. This will keep you in control.

Just because the road looks clear, doesn’t mean it is safe

Just because a road looks clear of snow does not mean that is clear of danger. Black ice, a layer of ice on the road typically mistaken for wet pavement, is often found on bridges, overpasses and shaded parts of the road. According to one study, trying to stop on black ice takes nine times longer than normal, leaving no room for error if you happen to come across it. Keep in mind that if the road is wet and temperatures are below 32 degrees, freezing will occur.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Chevy's First-Ever Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission Debuts In 2017 Malibu

Chevy’s first-ever nine-speed automatic transmission, also known as the Hydra-Matic 9T50, has made its official debut in the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder 2017 Malibu and brought with it some impressive changes, like an EPA estimated 33 mpg highway and improved performance.

“In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 offers a strong overall balance of performance and refinement that customers will feel at all driving speeds,” stated Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “By the end of 2017, Chevrolet will offer four models with the new nine-speed.”

The nine-speed transmission will also be available in the 2017 Cruze Diesel and 2018 Equinox by the end of 2017. In an effort to be even more fuel efficient, the transmission will support stop/start technology on all models.

“Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximize benefits for the customer,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing. “It helps offer greater fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway, all with the world-class refinement that makes the drive quiet and smooth.”

After selling roughly 205,117 Malibus in the United States so far this year, the brand is well on its way to a record sales year with this vehicle. To test drive yours, stop by and see us at West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Spy Shots Of The 2018 Corvette ZR1 Give Us The Best Look Yet

The arrival of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is near and new spy photos prove to us that the barely-covered road car is going to be one of the baddest the brand has yet to build.

So far, every test ZR-1 we’ve gotten a look at has been heavily camouflaged, making it difficult to grasp the contour of the of the vehicle… but not this time. In the new photos, we are able to see the bulging hood and revamped front end, which features three large intakes and a massive splitter. The rear is equipped with a huge wing and spoiler.

Taking the larger hood into consideration, a supercharger larger than the current Z06’s 1.7-liter version is likely. There’s also a good chance that this bad boy will bust out more than 700 horsepower. We’re hoping to find out the exact numbers when the Detroit Auto Show rolls around in January.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 ‘Vette! We’re just as excited as you are. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to treat yourself for the holidays... Stop by West Chevy in Knoxville, TN to check out the current Chevrolet lineup!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chevy Took Home A Record 18 Awards In Just One Week

It has been a pretty good week for Chevy! According to recent news, the brand has taken home a record 18 awards in the automotive and consumer media rankings this past week. The all-new Bolt EV contributed to this feat, winning five awards of its own.

Offering 238 miles of range on a full charge, the Bolt EV earned a spot on the 2017 Car and driver 10Best Cars list and was also named “Best New Car to Buy” by Green Car Reports, “Green Car of the Year” by Green Car Journal and “Best EV” by Car Connection.

“The Bolt EV is the newest example of how Chevrolet is driving the industry with leading technology matched with great design and the connectivity that makes customers’ lives easier,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “We’re innovating like never before with more choices for every need and these awards affirm the depth, breadth and value offered by Chevrolet’s lineup.”

Also contributing to these awards is the Camaro 1LE and the Corvette, which were each positioned on the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. This is the second consecutive year the Camaro has earned a spot on the list and the third time in four years that the Corvette has made the list.

Lastly, six Chevy vehicles earned Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy” honors, while the Impala and Tahoe each received back-to-back Kelley Blue Book “Best Buy” award recognition in their respective categories.

Ready to check out an award-winning vehicle for yourself? Come visit us at West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The All-New Colorado ZR2 Is Ready To Hit The Trails

Good news for Knoxville off-roading fanatics… the Colorado ZR2 will be here soon and we are more than ready to get behind the wheel! Featuring more technology than any other midsize pickup in its segment, this desert-ready performance truck will undoubtedly reset the bar for off-road trucks.

The ZR2 sports a much wider track and lifted suspension than the standard Colorado for better performance over rocks and other obstacles off-roaders are familiar with. The front and rear bumpers have been altered for better off-road clearance. Other exclusive features include an available diesel engine, front and rear locking differentials, and the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) damper technology.

Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain states, “Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes. The ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance. You can go rock crawling Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”

Ready to put it to the test on the trails? Us too. It’ll be rolling into West Chevy soon, so be on the lookout!