Edmunds.com awards given to 7 Chevrolet models

2014 edmunds.com awardWhat kind of award show gives nine awards and the winners don’t give speeches?  One of the best awards shows ever, especially for Chevrolet.

The Edmunds.com awards were presented during the 2014 New York International Auto Show.  Chevrolet received 9 Edmunds.com awards for 7 different models.

“Today’s Chevrolet lineup is the best in the brand’s history and these awards from Edmunds.com are further proof that we are delivering the expressive designs, easy-to-use technologies, safety and performance that consumers want,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet.

Two Edmunds.com awards for Top Rated

The coveted Top Rated Vehicles Awards were given to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Chevrolet Traverse during the
2014 New York International Auto Show.

Of course the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is known for its V8 performance engine and power on the road.  The Top Rated Award for the coupe also took into account its spacious cargo area, upgraded electronic features and impressive handling.

2014 Corvette Edmunds.com Awards for Corvette - Top Rated

The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse was recognized as a Top Rated SUV for meeting nearly all of the ‘wants’ a large family is looking for in a large crossover SUV.  Its spacious interior is assumed – plenty of cargo room and seating for 8.  The interior isn’t just big, its also attractive and comfortable with plenty of technological features.

2014 Chevrolet Traverse Edmunds.com Awards for Traverse - TopRated

Both the Traverse and Corvette Stingray also won in their Most Popular categories.

7 Most Popular Edmunds.com Awards presented to Chevrolet

Chevrolet vehicles won Most Popular Awards across 7 vehicle classes:

 

See why the 2014 Chevrolet Impala is known as #TheNew Sanctuary:

 

How does Edmunds.com choose the winners?

Apparently, Edmunds.com has a lot of time on their hands.

Edmunds.com recently tested 200 cars to find the Top Rated Vehicles being sold today.  Using their standardized road-test loop and test track, the cars are subjected to controlled conditions and each vehicle is assessed against its rivals.  Once the rankings are decided, a grade is assigned in relation to other vehicles in its class and price range.  The cars that perform the best are given an “A” rating and awarded the Top Rated Vehicle Award.

Another honor – the Most Popular Award – is related to the number of unique visitors that visit the model’s pages and reviews at Edmunds.com. The three models in each segment with the most number of distinct visitors win the Most Popular Award.

Chevy releases 3 new models at 2014 NYIAS

Chevrolet introduced 3 new models – including one model new to the US – during the 2014 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this week.

Updated version of Chevrolet Cruze compact car

The Chevrolet Cruze was one of the best selling cars in March 2013 as well as Chevrolet’s best-selling car worldwide.

The 2015 Cruze will include new exterior styling, but the updated cabin technology is exciting:

  • 7-inch touchscreen with USB ports
  • A text message alerts feature that reads incoming texts to you through the car speakers
  • Remember Siri, the disembodied voice of your iPhone?  She’s in your car now; the Cruze has Siri voice-controlled connectivity for iPhone
  • Option OnStar compatibility with in-car Wi-Fi hotspot

“We’ve simply made a great, versatile car even better,” Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s director of passenger car and crossover marketing, said in a statement. “Along with Spark, Spark EV, Sonic and Volt, Chevy’s lineup of efficient, technologically advanced small cars is one of the industry’s most compelling.”

Pictures of the new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze are available via Autoblog.

2015 Chevrolet Trax is new for US, announced at 2014 NYIAS

2015 Chevrolet Trax compact SUV finally comes to the US late this year. The compact SUV market continues to grow in the US (spurred by rising gas prices) prompting the Chevy Trax’s debut here.

Its interior technology includes in-car Wi-Fi hotspot to which up to seven devices can connect – handy when you have a car full of family or friends and all their devices.

There’s plenty of cargo space, and the four-cylinder turbocharged motor generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque.

New ZO6 edition of the Corvette

Not a dream!  Not an imaginary story!  Chevrolet has announced a new edition of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6.

Available in either coupe or convertible trim, Chevy will begin taking orders for the coupe Fall 2014 and for the convertible Winter 2015.

With its wide backend and aggressive front end, this latest supercar is designed to bridge the gap between competition and the street with a focus on the driver’s experience.  Its V8 engine is expected to generate 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque.

The coolest feature?  The optional Performance Data Recorder which documents your drives with high-def video overlaid with telemetry.  See an example in the video below.

 

While these cars are only available viewing at NYIAS for now, check with Gjovik Auto about when the 2015 models will be available.  And why not come in and test drive the 2014 models while you’re waiting?  Gjovik customers are always welcome!

 

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain receive Top Safety Pick+ rating

Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’
Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently wrecked a Chevrolet Equinox and really liked what happened.

14 mid-size utility vehicles were put through IIHS’s small-overlap frontal crash test.  Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received the highest rating of ‘Good’.  (While the Chevrolet Equinox was the only vehicle tested, it and the Terrain share the same design features.)  For the 2014 models, the front structure and door-hinge pillars were modified.

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received IIHS’s highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+.  The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is given if a car receives:

  • Good (or Acceptable) rating in small overlap crash test
  • Good ratings in four other occupant protection tests
  • Basic or higher rating for front crash prevention.

Of the other tested models in the small overlap test, one received an ‘Acceptable’ rating and all others received ‘Marginal’ or ‘Poor’ ratings.  That’s a little scary to us.

GMC Terrain 2014 model
The GMC Terrain is the Equinox’s twin.

A frontal crash is the most common collision resulting in fatalities so the small-overlap test is designed to be difficult to pass.  It replicates what happens when the front driver’s side of a vehicle collides with another car or with a stationary object.  Like when your teenager hits a light pole in the mall parking lot or a tree jumps out in front of them.

IIHS’s front crash test is designed to avoid the crumple zone which typically absorbs the crash impact.  Since its not absorbed by the front end crumple zone, the energy from the crash reaches the passenger cabin, resulting in injuries to the occupants.

During the small-overlap test, the car travels at 40 mph toward a five foot tall barrier. 25% of the car’s width strikes the barrier on the driver side.  A dummy sits in for the driver to replicate an average size man.  Since passengers move both forward and sideways in a crash, some airbags and seatbelts find the test challenging.

Got 9 seconds? 
See what happens during a small-overlap crash test.

Got 120 seconds?
Hear from directly from IIHS why the Equinox and Terrain got the highest rating. Includes lots more crashing!

Needless to say, Gjovik Auto does not recommend anyone perform their own crash tests. We’re just happy to know that our customers will be safer should a traffic accident happen.

But the mall’s light pole may not fare as well.

2014 Buick Encore Rainsense: Even the windshied wipers are smart

When it starts to rain, the first question asked is always: ‘Is it raining?”  The drops of water falling from the darkly clouded sky are never enough evidence.  The 2014 Buick Encore, though, can be equipped with new Rainsense wipers which not only know when rain hits the windshield but also automatically turns on windshield wipers.

And it does all this without asking any stupid questions.

How is this technology any better than Chicken Little?

Rainsense sensor for Encore
Not as cute as a chicken

The rain sensor has the ability to detect light that the human eye cannot.  As rain hits the windshield, the water refracts light at a small wavelength.  The Rainsense light sensor can detect it by using infrared light beams.

It even works at night.  While the human eye ‘sees’ darkness, a raindrop will still refract some infrared light that the sensor can detect.

I bet this involves science.

A sensor is placed behind the rearview mirror, a great location for other safety features like the Encore’s Lane Departure Sensor.  Software in the Rainsense sensor understands different environmental conditions thanks to input from other systems in the car.

The speed at which the 2014 Buick Encore is traveling will affect the wipe frequency as will low light levels – the sensor automatically adjusts to nighttime condition.  The sensor takes a reading every 40 milliseconds, about the time it takes a hummingbird to flap its wings once.

How the 2014 Buick Encore Rainsense works

Sounds simple enough.

So why don’t all Buick cars have Rainsense wipers?  Each car requires a multi-stage process and an enormous amount of testing hours, explains Matt Piazza, General Motors’ global design engineer for rain sensor technology.   “Each vehicle is unique and there are a lot of factors like windshield pitch, rain intensity, vehicle speed, and light conditions, that all have to be accounted for and validated.”

Buick’s website contains more in-depth details about the 2014 Buick Encore Rainsense feature and the testing process.

 

What else can the 2014 Buick Encore do for you?  Contact Gjovik Auto today.