2019 Chevrolet Volt Charging is Faster Than Ever Before

2019 Chevrolet Volt charging

Charging your Chevy Volt electric car just got a whole lot easier. For the 2019 model year, Chevrolet has introduced a new charging system to cut recharging times in nearly half, making it easier to get out on the road in your eco-friendly ride.

The new system, which is 7.2 kW, doesn’t just double the all-electric driving range of your Volt per hour of charge, but it also increases its all-electric utility for owners who take advantage of plugging their Volt in around town to top off the batter.

“With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt’s 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile,” said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. “It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.”

2019 Chevrolet Volt charging can be completed in as little as 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet and supporting hardware. That means you can easily take advantage of your Volt’s full-charge capabilities of 53 miles of EV range and 106 MPGe.

This new charging system is available on the Volt LT trim level and comes standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model. Celebrate this new offering from Chevy by stopping by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to browse our current inventory of Volt models.

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Gets More Powerful with RST Performance Package

RST Performance Package
2018 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban has never before offered a V8 engine in its lineup—until now. For the 2019 model year, Chevy has decided to add a 420-horsepower V8 to the Suburban thanks to its all-new RST Performance Package.

This package, which originally made its debut last spring on the Tahoe RST, will give you the option to add a 6.5-liter V8 engine to your Suburban. This will come paired to a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, putting out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this engine will give your Suburban a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds.

“When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking, and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, Chevrolet’s chief engineer for full-size trucks. “When you want to relax, it is very refined with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”

Other features for the RST Performance Package include Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration, 22-inch wheels, a body-color grille, and gloss-black accessories, including Chevy bowties, window trim, and roof rails.

You’re even able to customize the package with other features like a Performance Dual-Side Exit exhaust system and a performance brake package. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban and this performance package will be available in dealerships later this summer. Test drive it for yourself when it arrives at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights MI

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the expanded Traverse lineup, which includes the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS. Already in 2018, the Traverse has become a standout vehicle in its class, offering best-in-class max cargo volume (up to 98.2 cubic feet), new advanced safety features, and more technologies than the outgoing model. The new Traverse RS builds on the Traverse’s momentum going into this year.

The big distinction for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS is its bold, black styling. The new Traverse RS wears a black grille, black roof rails, black bowtie emblems, and black window trim and sits on 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Dark Android finish, to match the overall darkening effect.

A turbocharged engine gives the Traverse RS a spirited performance. Motivated by the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo engine, the Traverse RS delivers 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an efficient nine-speed automatic transmission that helps the RS achieve its fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.*

Other standard features for the Traverse RS include an array of safety amenities to boost your confidence on the road. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Teen Driver, a power liftgate, and tri-zone automatic climate control come on each trim level.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the 2018 Traverse RS for yourself and take one for a test drive.

*EPA estimated.

Chevrolet 48-State Road Trip Hits Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Chevrolet 48-State Road Trip - Buff Whelan Chevrolet Sterling Heights MI

Are you thinking of going on a road trip that allows you to hit 48 states at once? Well, Chevrolet has already mapped out the perfect trip plan for you. The American carmaker recently released a road trip itinerary that allows you to see 48 of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions—all in a single trip.

The Chevrolet 48-state road trip itinerary was created alongside data scientist Randy Olson. The partnership came up with a route that covers the most famous family attractions in the United States, usually with a single stop in each state. For instance, you can hit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Graceland in Tennessee, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon. You can even hit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore in our great state of Michigan.

This itinerary was created after Chevrolet completed a survey which indicated that families’ two favorite aspects of road trips are spending time with family and getting the opportunity to explore new places. It was assembled to create the least amount of backtracking throughout the journey, giving the most efficient routes to each destination.

Overall, the route itself would take an estimated nine days of driving. With the need to sleep, get snacks, and fuel up, it’s likely this trip could stretch into three weeks, which makes it perfect for your next summer family adventure.

For even more suggestions on where to travel this summer, contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorite destinations.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Sales Pulls Ahead of the Competition

2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

For a long time, it was typical to see the Ford Mustang on top in terms of monthly sales, and not far behind that was the Dodge Challenger. Due to its killer combination of incredible performance, stunning style, and overall value, however, the new Chevrolet Camaro is causing quite a stir as it disrupts this familiar sales trend. Outselling both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger toward the end of 2017, the success of the new Chevrolet Camaro shows no signs of slowing down as 2018 rolls on.

In the face of overall muscle car sales declining toward the end of last year, and a huge 27.24% decline in the usually-popular Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales are still going strong. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chevrolet Camaro delivers more of what is most important to modern drivers, including exhilarating performance, premium safety features, and more standard advanced technology features.

The Ford Mustang might have a legendary past, but it’s current offering are falling a little flat when compared to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts standard Drive Mode Selector, a 7-inch infotainment display, standard automatic climate control technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, all of which are absent in the 2018 Ford Mustang.

The Camaro is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. To see other reasons why Camaro is surging in popularity, visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to get behind the wheel for a test drive.

Highlights in the History of the Chevrolet Corvette

History of the Chevrolet Corvette - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

The iconic Chevrolet Corvette is officially celebrating its 65th birthday in 2018. This sports car is considered one of the most recognizable vehicles on the road, and it’s easy to see why. Throughout the course of its history, though, it’s undergone some significant changes.

Let’s looks at the history of the Chevrolet Corvette and what, exactly, made it the legend it is today.

Chevrolet first introduced the Corvette in 1953 during the New York Auto Show. The car’s display received so much attention that General Motors decided to make a production version available to the public. Only 300 were built in the first model year, but this number quickly increased to 3,640 for the 1954 version. Needless to say, demand for this sports car was high.

For the second generation, Chevy brought out the Stingray coupe, setting the stage for the current branding. As the Corvette continued to grow in popularity, Chevrolet saw no reason to make any major changes, keeping the styling relatively the same during the third generation.

Big changes came during the fourth generation, though, with the first complete redesign for the vehicle in over 20 years. In 1993, the Corvette celebrated its 40th birthday with a Ruby Red edition.

For the fifth generation, drastic changes came for the Corvette with new features and components that you will recognize in today’s models. The Z06 was re-introduced, staking a claim as the highest performance Corvette model ever. For the sixth generation, drivers revelled in a larger interior and a new engine.

This leads us to the latest generation –the current Chevrolet Corvette. This svelte sports car has a sculpted, muscular physique that is the complete opposite of its design in the 1990s. For 2018, Chevy is even adding a new Carbon 65 Edition, which will have only 650 models made.

If you want to see the latest Corvette and understand why it’s become such a legend, contact us as Buff Whelan Chevrolet to make an appointment. We’d be glad to show you all the Corvette has to offer.

How to Drive Your Chevy in the Snow

How to drive your Chevy in the snow - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

Winter weather can be beautiful, but it can also make it dangerous to travel on the road. To make sure you’re practicing the best bad-weather driving habits possible, we at Buff Whelan Chevrolet have put together a quick guide on how to drive your Chevy in the snow.

Don’t drive when you’re tired

Driving when tired can reduce your reaction time, so make sure you get plenty of rest before heading out the road – especially if the roads are covered in snow and ice.

Keep the tires properly inflated

Lower tire pressure means the tires’ treads don’t get traction as well as they should. Keep track of the tire pressure, and fill it up if it dips below your owner’s manual’s recommended levels.

Make sure your gas tank is at least half full

When the gas tank dips below a certain level, the gas line can freeze-up, which means your car won’t work. Keep it half full at all times to ensure this doesn’t happen.

Don’t use cruise control on slippery roads

Cruise control is great on long distance drives, but it doesn’t allow you the control you need when driving on slippery surfaces. This means you shouldn’t use it if there’s rain, ice, or snow out on the road.

Turn into a skid

Hopefully this doesn’t happen, but if you find yourself in a skid, make sure you steer in the direction that the rear of the vehicle is sliding – and don’t panic and over-correct. This will help the vehicle correct itself and get back on the road.

If you want a reliable, safe vehicle that you can operate in the winter, check out our selection of cars, trucks, and SUVs at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

The Driverless Chevy Bolt: Look Ma, No Hands!

Driverless Chevy Bolt

Peeking inside the newest version of the Chevy Bolt and noticing that there is in fact neither steering wheel nor pedals, you might be inclined to wonder, “How am I supposed to drive this thing?”

The simple answer is: you’re not supposed to drive it, because it drives itself.

Chevrolet recently sought approval from the government to test a batch of autonomous (driverless) vehicles. These driverless Chevy Bolts have been designed with no steering wheel, no gas pedal, and no brake pedal. In order to meet NHTSA safety standards, a new autonomous vehicle must be tested with and without a driver—a hard requirement to meet when there’s no steering wheel inside.

This recent development coincides with GM’s announcement that it intends to have driverless vehicles transporting people and cargo in certain cities as soon as 2019.

GM purchased the start-up autonomous driving company Cruise Automation in the spring of 2016 and has since worked with them to develop four iterations of a driverless Chevy Bolt EV. The newest generation, in addition to lacking the once-essential pedals and wheel, will also feature automatically opening doors.

While don’t have any driverless Chevy Bolts for sale here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we do have a selection of brand-new Bolt EVs that are ready for you to drive home.

Giving Back: Community Blood Drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet

Successful blood drive at Buff Whelan

We would like to thank to the community for helping us to have such a successful blood drive at Buff Whelan Chevrolet on December 1st of 2017.

We want to express a huge “THANK YOU” to everyone who came out to our blood drive— it was a tremendous success! We collected 172 pints of blood. With each pint being capable of helping three people, that is 516 lives saved!

That brings our grand total since starting our series of seasonal blood drives 14 years ago to — drumroll, please — 10,220 pints. We’ve done the math; this means 30,660 lives saved!

From the bottom of our hearts, we cannot thank you enough for the kindness and generosity of all our friends and neighbors who came out on December 1st to make a difference with us.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next blood drive on March 2nd.

If you’re interested in donating blood at this upcoming event but haven’t before, make sure you follow these guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy meal and avoid fatty foods
  • Wear a shirt that exposes your elbows or can be easily folded up past your elbows
  • Bring a valid form of ID that verifies your age, such as a driver’s license; you must be at least 17 years of age
  • Don’t come if you’re feeling ill

Together, WE CAN make a difference!

The 2019 Corvette ZR1: The Fastest Production Corvette Ever

2019 Corvette ZR1

Chevrolet engineers are always setting new standards in the industry. In fact, the brand recently announced the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which will be the fastest production car ever made. This impressive and unparalleled sports car comes with an exclusive engine, the latest technologies, and a distinct look. For true car lovers, the Corvette ZR1 may just be the perfect car.

This special Corvette has a LT5 supercharged engine that gets up to 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Chevy notes that there’s also a seven-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed paddle-shift automatic, while the new High Wing option creates up to 950 pounds of downforce. Every inch of the new ZR1 is designed with speed in mind.

“I’ve never driven a Corvette like this before, and nobody else has either, because there’s never been one like this before,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of Global Product Development. “Its unprecedented performance puts all other global supercars on notice that the ZR1 is back.”

The ZR1 also comes with a distinct carbon-fiber “halo” hood that’s built to be lightweight, as well as a specially tuned suspension. With the proper equipment, the new ZR1 will go over 210 mph on the track. Plus, there’s a special Sebring Orange Design Package for those who want a truly unique Corvette.

We at Buff Whelan Chevrolet can’t wait to drive the new Corvette in the spring when it’s released.