The World of West Chevrolet

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Hot Off the Web Wire for 2017: Cruze and Malibu Consumer Praise

From James White Pkwy to Western Avenue, we'll be the first to tell you that Knoxville is one fine metro area to take a spur-of-the-moment drive through. When you are getting ready to hit the road in style, there comes a time in life when you are willing to check out just a bit more than cosmetics and performance when it comes to your choice of car, and safety issues become a major concern. There are a few different objectives that you have to meet when being at the top of the list for Consumer Reports picks, and they are all equally important. A model of car has to have an exemplary score in its category, and this single number is gleaned from four equally important root categories.

Road-test performance, predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, and safety are the names of the gam here, and they all have a heavy bearing on the reasons why you'd want to purchase a car. For the Cruze and Malibu to snag these very distinguished top honors for Consumer Reports this year, the Road Test has 50 astringent evaluations during which the car of choice is put to the test on a 327-acre track. The ever-important Owner Satisfaction category is what consumers who are turning to this resource sometimes look at in the most detail: they wonder "Just what is it about the car that is making owners happy?". A recent survey from Consumer Reports collected data on more than 300,000 vehicles, and when they rank a certain car such as the Cruze an dMalibu with high scores, they are letting the consumer world know that they would not have a problem buying the same car again. Thinking a car is great enough to purchase twice is saying quite a bit these days, and really claiming it as a diamond in the rough.

Within the realm of safety, every single employee here at West Chevrolet strives to assure that your next choice of vehicle is one that you will be happy to tote around the entire family in. All cars recommended by Consumer Reports must perform satisfactorily in accident-avoidance tests on the track, and occupant protection during a crash is looked at in grave detail. Auto models that incorporate technologies such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems tend to rank high in this domain, as they can shelter even the most aggressive and unpredictable drive from uncertain instances and crashes.

The Malibu is a car that has an insanely aggressive front end, interior with more rear-seat legroom than years past, and a 350-hp turbo 2.0-liter engine. A hybrid is also available, exciting the many environmentalists out there who want to get the biggest bang and mileage for their investment out of a car. The Chevy Cruze is already known for leading the pack when it boils right down to the standard features, and even the base-model sports a 7-inch touch screen as well as rearview camera. There are so many various reasons why owners of the new Cruze prefer it over the new model Honda Civics: Interior, cabin, and performance are all features that buyers love. We can provide the best source of knowledge and experience for you and your family as you are looking for a new car for 2017, and pride ourselves greatly on "keeping a true consumer-ranked champion" in stock on the lot.

GM Looks Towards the Best and Brightest To Construct Self-Driving Chevy Bolts

Here in Knoxville, it's fully recognized that we have prided ourselves on the traditions of southern America to add to our distinctive charm, and that doing business here doesn't feel the same as it does in Manhattan. Buying a car here doesn't feel the same as it does in Manhattan either: we pride ourselves on listening to a customer's needs, following through consistently, and still sealing things up with a handshake. With all of these mannerisms in mind, it can be a bit of a stretch sometimes to grapple with the pace of the oncoming future, but we are choosing to embrace it with excitement. GM announced recently that it is searching high and low among the best and brightest, in an attempt to complete a lofty project: the construction of a self-driving Chevy Bolt within the next three years.

Very qualified teams from Virginia Tech, the University of Waterloo, Kettering University, Michigan State University, Michigan Tech, the University of Toronto, Texas A&M, and North Carolina A&T have been selected to weigh in on how to get the job done. The current goal is to do whatever it takes to load up the Chevy Bolt EV with the fixins that it needs to take the lunge and go driverless. It was announced late last year that some of the most amazing young minds in the nation would be used to solve the problems that involved the most precision, and next Spring, the teams are going to try and meet a deadline of seeing to it that the car can do a straight line minus the driver.

Objectives such as sensor calibration and algorithm design try and pin down the most intelligent and efficient way to get the job done, and embrace future technology. Two years ago, the ride-sharing household name Uber partnered with Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, acknowledging just how valuable these young prodigies can be in the role of auto technology development. We realize that having 8 of these versatile think tanks at their fingertips is more than likely going to give them the raw talent that they need to get the job done.

With a 1.5L direct-injected high-efficiency engine, Volt is a very ingenious electric vehicle that runs with an excellent backup plan. While running on electric charge, it generates additional energy with a gas-powered generator if the battery happens to run low, which gives the driver confidence for a bit more in the distance department. The innovative Power Flow screen gives you many different ways to track your driving, and the Regen on Demand allocation system does an impeccable job of gaining motion from the vehicle itself and using it to keep the battery at optimum power. The Volt recharges itself with a 120-volt portable cord, and does the deed in just over 12 hours, while you're working on a good night's rest and winding down at home. It will be interesting to see just what advances this team of intelligent individuals will come up with, and we think that the 3-year window will fly by pretty quickly. It's already evident that plans for cars to be driverless are taking great strides, and the future will soon be pleasantly upon us.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Introducing an all –new Class 4/5 commercial trucks!

At the Work Truck Show 2017 Chevrolet announced their all –new Class 4/5 commercial trucks will be powered by Duramax engine and Allison transmission. The legendary combination by Duramax  and Allison has powered close to two million trucks.  Chevrolet has confirmed they are on track to launch in 2018.

“Our goal is to offer the best work solutions and customer care in the business,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations. “Our Low Cab Forward dealers and Upfitter Integration Group will work hand-in-hand with customers and their upfitters to spec the right truck for the job. After the sale, our dealers will be there to support customers with extended service hours and work-ready loaners.”

Allison Transmission has help drive Chevrolets heavy duty trucks since the 1950’s.  The design in their transmissions are used in a variety of applications including construction, fire, distribution, defense and more!  Duramax was introduced to Chevrolet trucks in 2001. They offer first-in-class technologies such as aluminum cylinder heads and quick-start systems, perfect for all our Knoxville commercial truck drivers.

We’ll keep you updated on the progress of the new 2018 class 4/5 commercial trucks. In the meantime, check out the business elite vehicles available at West Chevy!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

27th annual Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk!

Join us on April 9th for the 27th annual Knoxville Alzheimer’s Tennessee Walk at the University of Tennessee Gardens! Registration opens at 2 pm to participate in the walk, but there will be plenty of activities available for everyone in the family. There will be live entertainment from Ashley Campbell and an appearance by Coach Fulmer. Pets are welcome to join too! Be sure to sign your furry friends up for the pet parade and utilize the designated pet areas.

We are proud to sponsor a meaningful cause that affects so many lives within the Knoxville community. The Alzheimer’s Disease Walk has helped raise money for valuable research into the Alzheimer’s disease. We encourage everyone to enjoy entertainment, free food, door prizes, and fun contests. Donations are gladly accepted and as an incentive, we are providing the following souvenirs:
-        $50 = Alzheimer’s Walk T shirt

-        $100 = Garden flag

-        $200 = Tumbler with straw and purple lid

-        Top prize winners = appreciation lunch

For more information, or to download helpful forms, please visit We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chevrolet Owners Can Now Go Unlimited!

In 2016 Chevrolet owners used more than 4 million gigabytes of data, increasing data usage by 200% from 2015. To put into perspective 4 million gigabytes is equivalent to streaming more than 17.5 million hours of videos. Chevrolet owners have come to appreciate the ability to stream videos, send emails, or play games online using OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

Among Chevrolet owners, Tahoe and Suburban owners used three time more data than a year ago. Good news for Knoxville drivers: due to the spike in data usage Chevrolet will be offering a groundbreaking plan enabled by AT&T across its entire vehicle lineup!

“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

The unlimited pre-paid plan will be available for only $20 per month starting March 3rd. Visit West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN to learn more about how to get the unlimited data plan!

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Congratulations to Chevy!

Stand up and give Chevrolet a round of applause, because 3 of Chevrolet’s vehicles: the Camaro, Bolt and Corvette have made it onto Car and Driver’s list of 2017’s 10 Best Cars. We are very proud of what Chevrolet has accomplished for all our Knoxville Chevy enthusiasts!

For a vehicle to qualify, it must be priced less than $80,000 and must be either a returning winner or all-new vehicle that has been significantly revised. To win a spot on this list, the vehicle must offer a good value, excel at its given mission, and critically, deliver a pleasurable driving experience.

We pride ourselves in providing the best vehicles for our Knoxville drivers. Come test drive an award-winning Chevrolet today at West Chevrolet

Monday, February 20, 2017

Introducing the Chevy Colorado ZR2!

Chevrolet continues to innovate and revolutionize the midsize pick up segment, most recently with the launch of the Chevy Colorado ZR2. The high-performance, Chevy Colorado will launch this spring, with a starting price of $40,995 MSRP! We think this midsize pick up will be perfect for all the Knoxville area off-roading adventures.

“ZR2 is truly a segment of one and does everything well — from traversing heavy two-track trails to high-speed desert running and full-on rock crawling. We’re thrilled to be able to offer it for more than $2,500 less than the next closest comparable vehicles. Taken in the context of serious off-roading, $2,000 will buy you 50 years of annual passes to Arches National Park in Moab, Utah,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks marketing director.

The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 will come standard with a few key features that makes this a true off-roading midsize pickup. These key features include modified front and rear bumper for better off-road obstacle clearance, transfer case shield, aggressive grille and hood combo unique to ZR2, modified rear axle 3.42 ratio, front and rear tracks widened 3.5 inches over the standard Colorado, suspension lifted 2 inches over a standard Colorado, off-road mode technology and more!

Other standard features include:

  • Tow/haul mode
  • Trailering Package, including trailer hitch and 7-pin connector
  • Integrated trailer brake controller
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Heated driver and passenger front seats
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Rear sliding window
  • EZ Lift and Lower tailgate
  • Locking tailgate
  • Recovery hooks
  • A six-speaker audio system with Chevrolet MyLink Radio with Navigation and an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen, AM/FM stereo with seek-and-scan and a digital clock, Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones, voice-activated technology for radio and phone featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability as well as an auxiliary jack
  • All-terrain spare tire with unique ZR2 wheel
  • Four USB ports: one on the instrument panel, one in the center console and two in the rear of the center console
  • Electronic automatic cruise control
  • Rear window electric defogger
  • OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Rear Vision Camera
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Remote vehicle starter system
  • 4-way power front driver and passenger seat adjuster with power driver lumbar control
  • Rear seats with underseat storage

At West Chevrolet, we cannot wait for these to be available to all our Knoxville drivers! Until then check out our current inventory at