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Bolt EV Safety Features Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

2017 Chevy Bolt EV - McKinney, TexasThe Bolt EV safety features allow you to feel more comfortable behind the wheel in fact, many of these can be found on the entire 2017 model lineup. In addition to its impressive all-electric powertrain design that saves you money at the pump and eliminates emissions, the Bolt EV also recently earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With the Bolt’s high-quality design and the latest technologies on the market, you can rest assured you’re safe when you’re driving the new Bolt EV.

The Bolt EV is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to earn the IIHS rating, which marks a landmark for this Chevy model. According to The Car Connection, the Bolt EV scored “good” on all crash tests and a “Superior” in the category of front crash prevention. The five tests the IIHS uses are the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.

The Bolt EV’s optional front crash prevention system will reduce the risk of and possibly prevent collisions at speeds of 12 to 25 mph. This is just one of many great aspects on the latest electric vehicle to come from the 2017 model lineup. To learn more about Chevy safety features for the latest model year, visit El Dorado Chevrolet today.

More Chevy Drivers Requesting OnStar in Spanish

OnStar in Spanish

As the number of Spanish speakers in the United States increases so does the number of Chevy owners requesting OnStar in Spanish. OnStar has had Spanish-speaker advisors for years, but the numbers of Spanish calls coming in is increasing.

In fact, Chevrolet says more than 1,000 Spanish speakers press the OnStar button every day, which is 30% more than in 2013.

“We understand that not all Chevrolet owners speak English fluently or at all…” said Terry Inch, executive director of GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience. “As a result, OnStar has a dedicated team of advisors who can help Spanish-speaking customers keep safe, connected and ready for the road ahead.”

Chevrolet owners can have their OnStar requests automatically routed to the Spanish team if they want. They can either set this up at the dealership with an OnStar welcome call or request the feature themselves at any time by pressing the blue OnStar button in their Chevrolet vehicle.

Every new Chevrolet vehicle includes the OnStar Basic Plan for five years at no charge. The Basic Plan includes great features like Dealer Maintenance Notification, Advanced Diagnostics, and access to the myChevrolet mobile app.

Here at El Dorado Chevrolet, we are here to help any of our customers with any of their OnStar needs.

New Chevrolet Camaro Race Car Ready to Roll

Chevrolet Camaro Race Car - El Dorado Chevrolet
Pictured: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a monster on the track, but it pales in comparison to the latest creation to roll out of the production facility. The new Chevrolet Camaro race car is a proven monster with a literal track-ready design. The Camaro GT4.R is ready to take the track by storm thanks to a whole host of equipment that optimizes performance.

Chevrolet released the first photos of the real race car just a few weeks ago and there are few words that properly describe it. Astounding doesn’t quite do the car justice. Based on the 2017 Camaro ZL1 production muscle car, the race model packs a powerful engine and plenty of track-oriented features.

A new aero kit keeps all four tires on the ground while special Ohlins coil-overs and Brembo brakes do the heavy lifting. The 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine comes mated to a six-speed transmission. Paddle shifters the transmission which also features adjustable traction control to avoid any accidental impacts with the wall.

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R saw some time in a wind tunnel to help improve aerodynamics. The end result was the addition of a new front splitter, diveplanes, and rear wing.

We at El Dorado Chevrolet are excited to see how well the new Chevrolet Camaro race car performs on the track!

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 to Feature All-New 700-Horsepower Engine

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Anticipation for the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 has grown to a fever pitch. Fans thought they might get a taste at the recent Detroit Auto Show. But alas, Chevy chose to keep the ZR1 under wraps. CarScoops theorizes this may have been a strategic move to focus attention on the all-new design of the Chevrolet Traverse, which admittedly is also big news, but more on the family-friendly side of things.

 

On the track-worthy side of things, the upcoming ZR1 is indeed good reason for excitement. A big reason is what we’ll find under the hood. Details are scant on the new LT5 engine. What we do know is that it is a twin-turbo V8 capable of an excess of 700 horsepower (at least one source puts it at 750 horsepower). It will replace the current GM powerhouse, a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 that powers the Z06 model.

 

The overall design of the ZR1 will have to be altered to support the new engine. Exchanging a supercharger for two turbochargers means that the engine will feature a new cooling scheme. This also means you’ll see air intakes on the front fascia of the ZR1.

 

Word on the street is that we won’t lay eyes on the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 until the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Silent but Deadly: The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2

It makes sense that the US Army is the only party who has access to the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2. Whoever is behind the wheel of this super-truck is the veritable king of the road—an important title when you are engaged in desert warfare.

Specs

The ZH2 is very big, as any proper war machine should. At six-and-a-half feet tall and seven feet wide, this is one intimidating truck. And sitting on 37-inch tires with a “specially modified suspension,” it’s able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! …Well, not really. But it has no trouble negotiating difficult desert terrain.

Design

Despite the belittling effect its size might have on the enemy, the ZH2 is designed for stealth. This is where its unique powertrain comes into play.

Power

A state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell powers the ZH2. The Army has employed the truck to study whether hydrogen fuel-cell technology can provide “near-silent operation” and “reduced thermal signatures” — two qualities essential for stealth. Fuel cells also provide high torque, important for off-road operation. The Army is even studying how to use the H2O by-product in the field.

 

Charlie Freese, the man who oversees all things fuel cell at GM, said the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 is “a terrific example of GM’s engineering and design skill.” It’s hard not to agree.