Car touchscreens are responsible for more and more tasks nowadays, the least of which include playing music files, planning navigation routes, adjusting climate control, placing calls, and more.
Making the onboard computer handle all this is difficult enough, but at Gjovik Auto, what we’ve found is that the hardest part is making all of these tasks available to owners in a way that is intuitive and, especially, reliable to use.
Buick IntelliLink infotainment
“Car shoppers expect their in-car infotainment systems to offer not only a full range of convenience features but also complete dependability and functionally,” said Karl Brauer, senior editor of Kelley Blue Book. “That means a rapid response to user inputs and hardware components that consistently withstand consumer demands.”
To meet those demands, the Buick IntelliLink infotainment system is subjected to exhaustive testing inside and outside the car. A special stability lab can simulate 210 days of continuous in-car use within a week, during which the IntelliLink system will receive the equivalent of more than 2 million touchscreen pushes! Now that’s reliability!
Chevrolet received a lot of criticism for launching a new Corvette with squared-off headlights rather than round ones, but that hasn’t seemed to have much of an effect on sales in the long run. In fact, the new ‘vette is one of the most decorated cars of the year, and one of the most sought-after at Gjovik Auto.
And so, backlash or no, the automaker is sticking to its styling decision. According to GM design boss Ed Welburn who talked to Automotive News, future Chevrolet vehicles will feature styling influenced by the Corvette’s controversial design.
“As Malibu and Cruze and Volt come to market, you’ll be able to see a subtle link between some of the form vocabulary for all of them and Corvette,” he said. “I always look at the hood of the Corvette and the sectioning, the way it’s taut, very lean, very sporty. That will be a part of really everything we do for Chevrolet.”
Driving in wintery, freezing, wet, and slick conditions can not only be stressful, but downright terrifying. Before you hit the road this winter season, avoid stress by making sure you are prepared for anything. Here, we’ve provided a few winter driving tips that will help you (and your car) to safely navigate hazardous road conditions.
Stay home. If and when you have the luxurious option of staying off the roads altogether, that’s your best bet. Cozy up with your favorite little beings, a good book or movie, get the fireplace roaring, and stay put. Twist your arm, right?
Ok, ok. So you just have to get where you’re going.
Make sure you have good—no, great—tires. A set of good snow tires is the single most important factor on snowy roads (besides your expert control of the vehicle, of course). In rural areas, we suggest snow tires, while in the city (where roads are usually cleared), you can probably get away with all-season tires. Your tires help your car to grip the road and reduce slipping and sliding, so don’t skimp.
Don’t skimp. That brings us to our next point. When purchasing winter tires, buy all four. Snow tires installed on just the front wheels of a front-wheel-drive car can make it prone to spinning out in the snow, and snow tires on only the rear wheels of a rear-wheel-drive car can make the car especially difficult to turn.
ESC (Electronic Stability Control) is as important as airbags. ESC stabilizes your car in the event you lose control. Don’t get behind the wheel in slick or hazardous conditions unless you have it. All cars manufactured after 2012 are required to have it, and for good reason.
AWD is helpful. AWD is designed to help you get going and keep moving in deep snow, and also helps you to turn when roads are slippery. Keep in mind that AWD isn’t a miracle worker, and only offers a fraction of the performance that winter tires do. AWD is well-worth having, but drivers should be aware of its limitations.
Go slow. Take it easy out there. Being late is almost universally acceptable when it’s your safety versus punctuality. In the event you absolutely cannot be late, leave early. Don’t follow too closely, assume roads are slick, and pull over if you need to.
Head over to Edmunds.com for more winter driving tips and tricks.
If you need a reliable car to help you get through tough the winter months, stop by Gjovik Auto today!
The Chevy Volt has been lauded by owners for its accessibility to easy charging. In fact, the US Department of Energy reports that upwards of 80% of all trips by those driving Chevy Volts did not use the range extender.
The next-gen Chevy Volt charging system has been modified to allow for easier verification of the charge status as well easier charging overall. The 2016 model of the Volt is slated to debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Improvements Coming for Next-Gen Chevy Volt Charging
Chevy has improved the Volt based on real-world customers and their testimonials. One of the new features is GPS location-based charging. It allows drivers to set a charging preference for their “home” charging location. The vehicle automatically adjusts to the correct settings when it arrives at that location. This feature also allows owners to set their Volts to the local utility rate schedule so they always charge when electricity is the cheapest.
The charge indicators have also been redesigned. The Volt now emits a specially designed tone to indicate when it has started to charge and an additional tone to signify that charging is delayed.
Chevrolet has also extended the length of the charging chord to nearly 25 ft long. At Gjovik Auto, we are glad to represent a brand that takes such care to listen to the consumer, and can assure you that we operate with the same consideration.
Here at Gjovik Auto, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw Chevy’s all-new Chaparral 2X Vision GT. The new model is certainly not for the faint of heart, featuring an incredibly futuristic design. Designed for the video game series Gran Turismo, Chevy actually took the liberty of building a model and showcasing it at the LA Auto Show.
According to the BBC, the model has 900 horsepower—in theory. The Chaparral 2X Vision GT is essentially conceptual, and, in theory, is driven by a laser-powered lithium ion battery system. Supposedly, this concept has been drawn from aircraft design, but once again, still only exists on a computer screen.
“The Chaparral 2X VGT is a vision of how advanced technology may shape the look and driving experience of racing,” explains Chevy. “Chaparral’s race cars and methods were seen as outlandish four decades ago. The 2X VGT concept might just be a harbinger of motorsports in the next four decades.”
So who cares about a conceptual design, right? While it’s true you won’t be seeing this model on the highway anytime soon, it does provide a foundation for the future of auto design. By thinking outside of the box, automakers like Chevy are paving the way for vehicles that are faster and more efficient than ever before.
Until then, we will have to settle for the amped-up 2015 Chevrolet Camaro with its 426 horspower. Visit Gjovik Auto in Sandwich, IL and take a Camaro out for a test drive!