04-13-12

The Chevy Volt Takes Top Honors for Total Value

Chevrolet has always been associated with quality, but until recent years, not so much with value.  As the automotive industry has evolved on the fronts of both technology and efficiency, Chevy’s remained ahead of the curve and is reaping the rewards – literally. 2012 Chevrolet Volt

According to Strategic Vision, the Chevrolet Volt posted the highest overall scores in the Total Value Index, “a calculation of explicit owner statements on 442 attributes and focuses on immediate and expected (long term) economic factors such as warranty, technical innovation, standard equipment, MPG, etc., and each is weighted appropriately as the data dictates,” as defined by Chris Chaney, Strategic Vision’s VP and Head of Automotive Research.2012 Chevrolet Volt Interior

The Chevy Volt garnered the most points of any vehicle of any kind in the TVI, and it won the Strategic Value Total Value Index for the Mid-Size Car class.  Bolstering the validity of the award(s) is the fact that the study was conducted during a time when gas prices were lower; at approximately $4/gallon, the value index only would have been higher.  The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the first “extended range” electric vehicle to be offered on U.S. soil.

A “real” driving experience is promised by the Volt, with nothing sacrificed to go green.  In fact, according to Autobytel, “the Chevrolet Volt’s futuristic technology is largely masked by the fact that it drives almost exactly like a real car – minus the engine noise, of course:”

  • The 2012 Chevy Volt offers a completely unique hybrid drivetrain; a gas generator allows the Volt to keep driving after it’s been drained of its charge.  The car can be recharged by being plugged in, of course, but also via regenerative braking.
  • In good driving conditions, the Volt offers about 40 miles of all-electric travel
  • For days that involve more than the daily commute, the gas generator provides another 300 miles per tank – making the Volt more practical in the realm of electric vehicles
  • The Volt qualifies for a federal income tax credit of up to $7,500; additional credits may be available at the state level
  • Standard features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth capability, a touchscreen navigation system and satellite radio.  Available options range from leather seats to rear parking assist.
  • The 4-passenger Chevrolet Volt comes with StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control and a full spread of airbags to keep all occupants safe in the event of a collision.

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04-06-12

The Chevy Spark brings New Light to Efficiency

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.

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03-31-12

Chevrolet Sweeps Vincentric’s Red Carpet for 5 Best Value Awards

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:

  • Depreciation
  • Fees & taxes
  • Financing
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Opportunity cost
  • Repairs

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!

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