Tired of making little budget cutbacks because the cost of filling your gas tank just went up again? Not everyone is. Chevrolet Malibu ECO owners are well-protected against fluctuations in fuel prices because the car features fuel-saving technologies that could help pay for those little extras again.
One such solution is literally at their fingertips. Chevy’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan ever features electric power assist steering, which helps to improve fuel economy by up to 2.5 percent compared to conventional hydraulic steering systems. This little change alone can help customers save approximately 12 gallons annually, or about 120 gallons in a 10-year life. At $4 per gallon, that saves about $50 per year or $500 in 10 years.
The system constantly measures the driver’s steering input, adapts to changing road conditions, and helps compensate for slight directional shifts caused by factors such as uneven road surfaces or crosswinds. It also makes low-speed parking maneuvers feel practically effortless, delivers a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds, and can be tuned to various driving modes, such as “comfort” and “sport” in some models. It even helps reduce vibrations that transfer through the steering wheel.
“Electric power assist steering is just one example of how a system improvement can deliver not one but several benefits for customers,” said Mark Meyers, General Motors global vehicle performance manager. “By the end of the 2013 model year, more than half of all Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles will have electric power assist steering.” Chevrolet Malibu ECO achieves an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy.
It features GM’s fuel-saving eAssist technology that shuts down fuel delivery in certain deceleration conditions, further improving fuel economy. While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the motor-generator unit positions it properly for a smooth restart when the brake is released. The system also captures up to 15kW of energy that would be normally lost during braking and uses it to recharge the lithium-ion battery.
Because of electric power assist steering, eAssist, and other fuel-saving technologies, the Chevy Malibu ECO can travel up to 580 highway miles (965 km) between fill-ups with a 15.8-gallon (59.9 liters) fuel tank. eAssist saves customers an estimated $1,950 in annual fuel costs or about $19,500 over 10 years.
Malibu ECO is on sale now and is priced less than competitors’ full-hybrid vehicles. Chevrolet is scheduled to roll-out an all-new fuel-efficient 2.5L Ecotec engine on the full Malibu lineup this summer. A new turbo model will be available this fall. All Malibu models will come with electric power steering standard. “There is no silver bullet for improving fuel efficiency,” Meyers said. “It’s the many small improvements like electric power assist steering, as seen on the new Malibu that contribute to significant savings for our customers.”
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Minicars are new in the U.S., so the actual target market hasn’t yet been identified. What has been established for sure is that the Chevrolet Spark is the newest contender in sub-compact cars like the Fiat. Starting at under $15K, the Chevy Spark is hard to be ignored; two upgraded trim levels are available, it has 10 airbags and 60/40 split rear seats, and more passenger and cargo space than the Fiat, the Smart fortwo and the Scion IQ. What’s even more attention-grabbing are the Spark’s looks – it looks more like a luxury sedan shrunken down, with its bold styling, alloy wheels and style from bumper to bumper.
Chevy realized that “About 90% of expected Spark and Sonic buyers own smartphones,”said Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevrolet small cars. “This technology is typically found on cars costing far more, but next-gen customers are accustomed to being connected. By using a smartphone app, Chevrolet found a smart and safe way to provide navigation.” $50 for a nav system is pretty smart…
The Gogolink app brings all the maps from your phone to the 7″ screen – for about $50, whereas nav systems on most vehicles cost in the upwards of $1000. Since Chevy was smart enough to use the driver’s phone to drive the Gogolink app, the only limits are what you download… even at under $15K, you can still stream movies to the dash screen. You’ve got compatibility for any device with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and the OnStar RemoteLink app.
It’s obviously an ideal city car, but the spark doesn’t fizzle as it drives away from the lights. “Bigger on the inside than it is on the outside,” the Chevy Spark will deliver over 40mpg combined on average, and that’s a conservative estimate. That means that even with family and equipment in-tow, you’ve got enough room to fit everyone and you won’t be stopping to refuel along the way.
This March, Chevrolet cars proudly brought home a handful of awards for “best value” from Vincentric, including four truck categories and even the “Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Car” spot. This is the second year the Chevy Volt won that particular award, which is “2 for 2” as the Volt has only been in production for two years.
Chevrolet trucks won “best value” in the following categories:
Vincentric has been bestowing awards of value for 8 years now, based on the following factors:
The award gets special backing from Edmunds, who gave the Silverado some awards of its own:
Whether it’s from 9 to 5 or 5 to 9, Silverado keeps you ready. Edmunds.com took notice, declaring Silverado 1500 as a Lowest Cost to Own® Large Light Duty Truck and Silverado 2500 as a Lowest Cost to Own® Heavy Duty Truck for February 2012.
The 5 awards bestowed to Chevrolet and its models are a result of their lower-than-expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. The only way to find even better values on these award-winning Chevrolet cars and trucks would be if you were in the areas of Santa Ana, Long Beach, Anaheim and Los Angeles – Mountain View Chevrolet in Upland has special deals on Chevy’s best, and you can get pre-approved online in seconds. To see these award-winning Chevys for yourself, check out our new inventory to see this year’s blue ribbon winners; but don’t forget that Chevy’s been winning for years, and there’s just as much value to be found in these pre-owned car and truck prices you won’t find anywhere else!