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Chevy Volt Sales Hit 100,000 Units in US Market

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2016 Chevrolet Volt, Silver

The Chevrolet Volt hasn’t been selling like hotcakes, but its sales performance has been such that it’s reached the 100,000 unit milestone in the United States.

According to General Motors, the Volt has accumulated almost 1.5 billion miles in EV mode out of a total 2.5 billion cumulative miles ever since it went on sale back in 2010. That figure can be translated to nearly 58 million gallons of gasoline saved, enough to fill more than 87 competition-size swimming pools.

Chevrolet expects 2017 Volt drivers to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill ups if they fully charge the car regularly.

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is off to a strong start, with 9,800 units sold in the US through in the first half of 2016, an increase of 75 percent compared to the same period in 2015. It offers buyers a longer electric-only driving range, more power, and better fuel efficiency when running on its gasoline engine.

It is also available with an onboard OnStar 4G LTE connection, as well as industry-leading smartphone integration, namely Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Despite the strong performance in 2016, overall Volt sales have fallen short of GM’s rather optimistic predictions even before the first-generation model was unveiled, with one executive in 2010 going as far as to say the company was preparing to build 60,000 units annually by 2012.

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New, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse Gets RS Treatment, Turbo Engine

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New, 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS SUV

The Chevrolet Traverse lineup has received a sportier touch in the form of the new Traverse RS.

Unveiled at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the Traverse RS is the first Traverse to get a turbocharged engine, one that makes 257 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission that helps the three-row, seven-passenger crossover deliver an expected EPA fuel economy rating of 20 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway.

The RS treatment appears to be more of an appearance and comfort package than it is a performance-focused one, adding blacked-out exterior trim and such standard equipment as HID headlamps, active shutters, an eight-inch infotainment system, heated seats, Bose audio, and unique 20-inch dark wheels. It doesn’t come with all-wheel drive, nor does it have it as an option.

The Chevrolet Traverse RS is currently available in the United States with a $43,095 MSRP (including freight).

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New, 2019 Chevy Corvette ZR1 Sets Lap Record At VIR, Crushes Ford GT

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New, 2019-Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 Lap Record

The all-new, 2019 Corvette ZR1 coupe, with its ridiculous performance figures, screams “record-beater,” so it comes as no surprise that it set a production-car lap record on the 4.1-mile Grand Course West at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with a time of 2:37.25.

VIR is a technical and challenging circuit that’s often dubbed the Nürburgring of America. The previous record-holder, the Ford GT (2:40.02), unseated the Dodge Viper ACR (2:38.62) to become king of the track, a title it didn’t hold on to for long.

The only updates to the record-setting Corvette ZR1 were the addition of a harness bar and track seats with five-point harnesses. Everything else, including the eight-speed automatic transmission and the ZTK Performance Package that adds the adjustable carbon-fiber High Wing, a front splitter with carbon-fiber end caps, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and specific chassis and Magnetic Ride Control tuning, either come standard or are part of the production car’s options list.

Of course, we would be remiss not to mention what powers the 2019 edition of this beast — a supercharged LT5 6.2L V8 that produces 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft. of torque. Paired with the aforementioned eight-speed, it allows the American supercar to teleport from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in approximately 2.8 seconds before hitting a top speed of over 210 mph (338 km/h)!

Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain, stated:

“The Corvette ZR1’s lap record at VIR, arguably America’s most challenging road course, is a testament to its supercar status. On the racetrack, the ZR1 can compete with any supercar — at any price.”

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe starts at $119,995 in the United States, while the ZR1 convertible kicks off at $123,995.

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New, 2019 Chevy Silverado Debuts With Diesel Engine, 450-lbs Lighter

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New, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

It’s hard to believe Chevrolet has been making trucks for over 100 years. To celebrate the centennial of Chevy Trucks, General Motors made the public unveiling of the all-new, 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show.

This is a clean-sheet design for the new Silverado, and GM brought its A-game. Compared to its predecessor, the truck is notably lighter; roomier all around and more comfortable; more practical and versatile; more fuel-efficient; safer; and, to our eyes, more attractive inside and out.

When Ford went mostly all-aluminum for its latest F-150, many expected GM to do the same for its next half-tonne. It didn’t, choosing instead to stick with old-fashioned steel for its fixed panels and frame. Only “Swing” panels — anything on a hinge, such as the doors, hood and tailgate — are all-aluminum.

The new Silverado is slightly bigger than the old model, boasting a longer wheelbase and slightly increased overall length. Some of that extra room went to the bed, which is now a multi-piece configuration that opens up more than six inches of lateral bed space wall-to-wall, giving the Silverado’s short box more raw volume (63 cubic feet) than even the standard-length beds of the F-150 and Ram 1500 — up to 20 percent more, in fact.

Larger cutouts in the class-exclusive CornerStep bumpers provide better accommodation for steel-toed boots, while an available 120-volt power outlet and LED task lighting make the cargo bed even more useful. As a first, there is also an available a power up / down tailgate that can be operated from the key fob, interior button or by hand.

Despite the larger size, the 2019 Silverado manages to be 450 pounds (204 kg) lighter, an impressive weight reduction considering its still mostly made out of steel. Buyers will have the choice of six engine and transmission combinations, including a new 5.3L and 6.2L V8, as well as a new 3.0L six-cylinder turbo-diesel.

The 3.0L diesel and 6.2L V8 are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission that GM co-developed with Ford, while the 5.3L V8 and base engine (likely a V6) will make due with the existing six-speed auto.

Inside the cab, the redesigned Silverado offers more interior volume thanks to the increased length, with crew-cab models now having 3 inches more rear-seat legroom than before. Chevrolet promises improved refinement, higher quality materials and, of course, the latest safety and convenience tech, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi connections.

General Motors will release full specs, pricing and sales date at a later date. Until then, what do you think about the all-new, 2019 Chevrolet Silverado?

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