2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel Pricing

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
Chevrolet hasn’t done a great job keeping the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze diesel sedan a secret. Bits of information have been leaking over the past few months.

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!

2016 Chevy Cruze is the Most Fuel-Efficient Car in Its Class

Most Fuel-Efficient Car
The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, which has earned an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway rating, is the most fuel-efficient car in its class.

The numbers are in and they are looking good for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, which has earned an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway rating, putting it ahead of the competition.

The EPA tested all configurations of the Chevy Cruze, including the L, LS, LT, and Premiere trims, as well as models with a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Thanks to the direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder, every model with the automatic transmission other than the Premiere was rated at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. The manual was rated at 30 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined.

That’s better than any of the competition was able to achieve with a four-cylinder engine, including the Ford Focus (40 mpg highway), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg highway), and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg highway).

Part of the reason the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the most fuel-efficient car in its class is its leaner architecture, which has helped it lose nearly 250 pounds of weight. In addition, its stop/start technology has bolstered its city fuel economy by about 7%. You won’t want to miss it at Gjovik Auto!

GM Engineer Discovers Diapers Can Help Warm Your Car Faster

If you ever heard Mom say, “Waste not; want not,” the chances you rolled your eyes or had a similar response are pretty large. However, General Motors’ Vehicle Thermal Systems engineer, Nicholas Jahn, must have taken the saying to heart because, the next thing we know, diapers are helping to warm your car faster, and all thanks to Jahn.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Plowing Snow
2015 Chevrolet Silverado

Snow, when it gets packed into the inlet at the bottom of the windshield, can block the flow of air to and from the vehicle. This makes heating the cabin less efficient and leaves you in the cold for longer than necessary.

In order to combat snow’s effects and improve the efficiency of the car’s heater, Jahn needed to conduct tests. He wanted a substance that would behave like snow in order to make testing more feasible – otherwise he would have to wait for it to actually snow or find an open time slot to conduct tests in GM’s climatic wind tunnels.

So, Jahn decided not to waste the observations he made as his daughter swam in her diapers.

When wet, her diapers expanded. Not exactly a shocking revelation, but upon further research, Jahn found the diapers were partially made of a substance called sodium polyacrylate that behaves like snow when saturated. Conveniently, the sodium polyacrylate can be used in testing at any location and is reusable.

2015 Chevy Cruze: GM Engineer Discovers Diapers Can Help Warm Your Car Faster
2015 Chevy Cruze

Now that Jahn and his team have been able to improve testing procedures, they’ve also been able to develop a more efficient heating system in vehicles like the Chevy Cruze.

“The last thing anyone wants to do when it’s freezing cold out is scrape their windshield,” Jahn said. “The testing we perform on the Chevrolet Cruze with the diaper material allows us to maximize the car’s heating capabilities.”

So yes, waste not; want not; and stay warm. We at Gjovik Auto guess Mom was right after all.

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’s RemoteLink App Keeps Drivers Warm This Winter

RemoteLink AppIf you own a Chevrolet, maybe this has been your story this winter: Locate phone; pull up OnStar RemoteLink app; start vehicle remotely; blast heat; proceed to brave the Polar Vortex on the way to the now-warm car. Sound familiar? Chevy reports that you were one of millions to do the same.

Throughout January, over 55 percent of Chevy Cruze owners used the RemoteLink app to start their cars remotely. That’s over 1.6 million people who took advantage of a vehicle whose purpose is to meet the needs of its owners.

On Jan. 7 alone, a record-breaking 200,000 requests were made through the app.

If you haven’t started using RemoteLink, there’s no time like the present! Don’t worry about leaving your car unlocked as the vehicle starts; the app keeps the car doors locked, so you can take your time getting up the courage to step outside.

If you don’t have a RemoteLink-enabled vehicle, that’s where we can help. Stop by Gjovik Auto today for your new Chevy and keep the cold outdoors where it belongs.

Buick Plans Beautiful New Flagship Sedan

In a recent interview with Forbes, General Motors’ President, Mark Reuss, discussed the future of Buick. One thing that he hinted at was a new flagship sedan, which he described as “a much more beautiful [Porsche] Panamera.” Since the production version of GM’s new Cadillac concept, the Elmiraj, is set to arrive in 2015, we suspect this may be when the Buick version arrives as well.

New Flagship Sedan
The GM President hinted at some big changes, including a new flagship sedan and a Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

In the same interview, Reuss also talked about a future hatchback version of the popular Chevrolet Cruze. He called its current absence, a “pre-bankruptcy planning mistake.” We would love to see a hatchback version of the Cruze and think it would be extremely popular.

Other new models for GM include one that will effectively fill a “black hole” in the truck lineup with a middle-of-the-road truck between a heavy-duty pickup and a medium-duty commercial truck. This would be a great addition to the wonderful Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.

Which new GM model are you most excited for?