48 years ago, in July of 1969, astronauts took their first steps out of the Apollo 11 and onto the surface of the moon. This was a momentous occasion not only for all of humankind, but also for General Motors in particular, who would later have the opportunity to watch their technology – in the form of the Lunar Rover – be used to explore an alien environment no human had previously seen in person. This year, in honor of the moon landing, Chevrolet celebrated that time-honored achievement by honoring one of their modern innovations: the Chevrolet Bolt.
Why? The Lunar Rover, unlike any mainstream vehicles on the road at the time, was electric. With a 57-mile range, a top speed of 8.7 mph, and the use of antennas for communication, the Lunar Rover was a far cry from the Bolt, which gets up to 238 miles on a single charge, and offers a top speed of 92 mph along with connectivity tech over its OnStar 4G LTE hot spot. That’s quite a leap from the Rover’s capabilities nearly five decades ago.
The chief engineer of the Lunar Rover, Ferenc Pavlics, still remembers how his team broke ground to tackle a project never previously imagined and sees how it paved the way for EVs like the Bolt. “We pushed the boundaries of automotive technology,” says Pavlics, “and worked hand in hand with the astronauts on the vehicle’s design.”
The manual transmission versus automatic transmission debate has been ongoing since the invention of the automatic. Fans of manual transmissions like the way they have more control over their vehicle, allowing them to get better gas mileage and get the most out of the performance of their car. This has lead to various automakers attempting to recreate the gear-shifting dynamic of a manual while creating more space and being more safe and convenient. The next-generation GMC Terrain seems to have solved this dilemma.
The new 2018 GMC Terrain will feature push-button gear shifters. Called the Electronic Precision Shifter, the system consists of three buttons and two switches located below the audio system. The new shifter is the only one available on the GMC Terrain, but it is offered on all three engine options – two gasoline and one diesel. GMC representatives are eager to see how the experimental shifter functions in the real world, rather than just on the test tracks.
The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes, according to IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley.
There aren’t many midsize pickup trucks that offer an abundance of off-road features, making the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 a much-loved anomaly in the industry. Starting at $2,000 less than the nearest competitor, the new Colorado ZR2 packs in a vast array of standard off-roading features designed to take the avenger weekend and make it spectacular.
There’s a lot to love in the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, like the standard V6 engine that delivers a thrilling 306 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.
There’s also an available 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that produces an impressive 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That powertrain comes complete with a six-speed automatic transmission.
No matter the powertrain, the new 2017 Colorado ZR2 features standard four-wheel drive, 31-inch off-road tires, a two-inch lifted suspension, and much more.
Drivers will enjoy advanced safety features, including a rear vision camera and electronic automatic cruise control. A standard aluminum skidplate protects critical components from rough terrain.
As for entertainment, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 features a standard six-speed audio system, eight-inch touchscreen, and access to Chevrolet MyLink.
We here at Gjovik Chevrolet are ready to roll in the new Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup!
The Verizon IndyCar Series largely revolves around high speeds and insane acceleration. One factor that makes a major difference is the aerodynamic kits and engines the cars are outfitted with, and Chevrolet recently signed a contract that extended its partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series as a major parts provider.
Chevrolet’s signing of a contract extension comes at the same time as many other major brands. Honda signed a deal as well; meanwhile, Dallara signed on to continue to be the chassis supplier and Firestone signed on as the tire supplier.
The IndyCar Series plans to revise the rulebook to allow for an all-new chassis designed to bear a much more attractive look. The new chassis will also change air flow, allowing for closer racing.
“It’s another sign of the positive momentum we continue to build as we grow this sport into the next decade,” said Jay Frye, IndyCar president of operations.
While Chevrolet and Honda may be competing automakers, they do share something in common. Both Chevrolet’s director of motorsports and Honda’s president of performance development want to see more automakers join the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Chevrolet’s signing of a multi-year contract solidifies the brand’s involvement in the IndyCar Series for the foreseeable future.
We here at Gjovik Chevrolet are happy to see Chevrolet extending its affiliation with the Indy Car Series!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most iconic holidays in the US, especially in the Chicago area. That’s why we here at Gjovik Chevrolet have decided to put together a post on the famous celebration. From dying the river to the famous cuisine, there’s something that everyone can enjoy on this Irish holiday. Read on to learn more about St. Patty’s Day.
According to Choose Chicago, one of the most well-known aspects of the Chicago celebration is the dying of the river. The sparkling emerald green represents the rolling hills of the homeland, something many Irish descendants can identify with. Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle thanks to its beautiful grassy areas. Many buildings on the Chicago Skyline are also lit up in green for the holiday as well.
Other famous traditions include the parade. Many Celtic performances are held along the main roads in Chicago, including dances, music, and more. The Loop parade is among the most popular, though you can also see the parade in other areas of the city.
Finally, St. Patrick’s Day is known for the food and drink. You can grab a green beer, though the most popular drink by far is a dark Irish stout. The best dish for the holiday is corned beef and cabbage—a salt-cured dish that’s ideal with Irish beer and whiskey. There’s no better way to celebrate than to have an Irish meal, watch the parade, and visit the green river.
The harshest season of the year has arrived and if you haven’t been hit with freezing cold winds, ice, and snow yet, there’s still time left to freshen up on proper winter driving etiquette. Driving during winter is unlike any other season and taking to the road unprepared poses more dangers than ever. Here are a few winter driving tips and tricks from us here at Gjovik Chevrolet. Stay safe this winter!
Service – One of the best ways to avoid any mishaps on the road is to keep your car in peak operating condition. That means getting all of the regular maintenance, like oil changes and battery checks, out of the way. Make sure to have your tires inspected for any defects or potential problems. The last thing any driver wants is to be is stranded in the snow!
Slow Down – Driving in winter is unlike hitting the road in any other season. Everything takes longer, which can make speeding around turns a major hazard. Make sure to leave early and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.
Fuel Level – Experts suggest keeping your fuel tank at least one-third to halfway full to avoid any problems with the fuel pump or lines. While it may seem like a hassle, more gas means there’s a greater chance your car will start in the icy cold weather!
Some automakers are turning a blind eye to diesel sedans following recent events, but Chevrolet is doing the opposite. The American automaker hasn’t done a great job keeping the new 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan a secret. Small bits of information have been leaking over the past few months and now the automaker has confirmed the new model via a pricing announcements.
The new Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan will start at $24,670 with a six-speed manual transmission. Drivers have the option to choose a nine-speed automatic transmission instead for a higher price.
The second-generation diesel-powered Cruze will boast a 1.6-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder engine that produces an estimated 136 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. While Chevrolet hasn’t released official specifications, the same engine is used in a similar vehicle in Europe. Expect the engine to earn somewhere in the realm of 40 mpg on the highway as well.
The American automaker hasn’t released any pricing details on the Cruze hatchback diesel variant just yet. Expect that announcement sometime in the near future. For now, relish the fact that we’re officially getting a new Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan for the 2017 model year.
Here at Gjovik Auto, we’re pumped for the official release of the new Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan!
While many people out on the road are excellent drivers, there are plenty of people who motor around like they never went to driving school. Unfortunately, no matter how safe you drive, you have to be thinking about everyone else on the road too. Here are a few tips for driving safely.
Use Your Turn Signals
It may seem a bit elementary, but there are a lot of people out there who simply do not use their turn signals. Just like there are communication breakdowns when talking with people, there are communication breakdowns on the road which can lead to accidents.
Driving over the speed limit on the highway can be tempting, but speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents. In reality, going over the speed limit might only get you to where you’re going a few minutes early, so don’t risk your life and the lives of those around you for those few extra minutes.
Don’t Text and Drive
This one can’t be stressed enough. There is no text worth taking your eyes off of the road to read, so just wait until you get to your destination to read your texts and respond. If it really can’t wait, invest in a car that has Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.
As technology improves, we get safer and safer. However, it’s still important that you follow these few simple rules on the road.
General Motors has announced that a prototype military vehicle was development one year ago and now we’re about to see the results. The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is a new kind of military vehicle, one that looks to revolutionize the battlefield by being more than just a method of transportation. Chevrolet’s military truck is about to undergo field testing to prove its metal to protect, provide, and persevere under the toughest conditions imaginable.
The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is essentially a stretched version of the standard Colorado pickup with bodywork and major modifications inside and out. The truck is powered by hydrogen fuel cells and will effectively be the first military vehicle of its kind. Neither the automaker nor the Army is releasing the specifications for the powertrain, but they did reveal the truck rides on 37-inch tires and a tough suspension.
An Exportable Power Take-Off unit is capable of powering equipment without any need for electrical infrastructure. That’s a major plus on any battlefield.
In order to prepare for the Colorado ZH2, General Motors sent 100 hydrogen fuel-cell Chevrolet Equinoxes out for field testing. Approximately 3.1 million miles later, the automaker is prepared to send the hydrogen-powered Colorado ZH2 to the United States Army to undergo field testing.
Here at Gjovik Auto, we’re proud to see a Chevrolet producing top military equipment for those who defend our country!
Numbers don’t lie, and if the GMC Canyon’s sales boost of 20% over last year is anything to go by, it’s easy to see that drivers love the Canyon. As the smallest truck in GMC’s lineup, the Canyon combines the maneuverability of a light-duty truck without sacrificing power. The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models, packages, and powertrain options.
The most notable addition to the lineup is a luxurious Denali trim. Common on GMC trucks, the Denali name is usually reserved for range-topping trucks with premium features, comforts, and amenities.There’s also a special edition All-Terrain Package that gives the Canyon a bit of off-roading prowess, for drivers who are interested in that sort of thing.
The newest engine in the GMC Canyon lineup is a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 motor, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission. With a performance rating of 308 horsepower and up to 275 lb-ft of torque, the new engine is expected to provide improved fuel efficiency and better towing capacity as well. The new 2017 GMC Canyon with the new trim packages and powertrain options will go on sale sometime later this year.