Chevrolet partnered with DoSomething.org recently to start the “Brake it Down” campaign, a project that aims to help young people learn to be better drivers. With educational resources and prizes in the form of scholarships, the “Brake it Down” campaign is geared towards educating beginner drivers to help them understand the importance of driving safety.
The two companies recruited “Gotham” star David Mazouz to help initiate and promote the campaign. Mazouz plays Batman, or Bruce Wayne, in the hit Fox television series. He filmed a short video to demonstrate the variety of bad drivers on the road. Mazouz also portrays distracting passengers, including those who talk too much or sing.
Until September 15, young drivers around the nation can take a Brake it Down quiz by texting “BRAKE” to the number 38383. This will help them learn about various driving habits, especially how you can more safely drive with friends in the car. For those who participate, they can be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for school.
This is just one more way that Chevy gives back to the community. Contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to learn more about the brand’s other charitable initiatives. We can also set you up with a test-drive of your favorite Chevy.
There’s no doubt about it — plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are growing in popularity quicker than ever before. Already one of the most popular PHEV on the road, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt adds a number of impressive improvements that elaborate on the vehicle’s current amenities. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get a more efficient car, the 2019 Volt makes it harder to wait any longer.
Upgraded regenerative braking
The 2019 Volt will also see significant improvements to the brake regeneration system. The result will be stronger deceleration using either the Low or Regen on Demand modes.
Enhanced infotainment display
The 2019 Chevrolet Volt features an improved 8-inch touch screen infotainment display. Most notably, this advanced system will not include a new Energy app, allowing drivers to more closely monitor fuel efficiency.
Faster charging time
The Volt already has the best all-electric range of any PHEV in the U.S. market. The 2019 Volt will make all-electric driving even more viable by cutting charging time in half from previous model years. Equipped with an improved 7.2-kW onboard charger, the 2019 Volt will achieve a full charge in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hurricane Irma took quite the toll on the Florida coast, particularly the Treasure Coast region. Natural disasters tend to bring out the best in people of all ages and backgrounds. That rings true for Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD owner Justin Drawdy. He and his heavy duty truck are doing their part to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.
Drawdy and his Silverado 2500 HD started their adventure helping out Texans who were hit by Hurricane Harvey. Upon returning to his Florida home, he put boards on his own home and then helped his neighbors do the same.
Soon after, Hurricane Irma struck in full force.
On Sunday, September 10th, Drawdy took his Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD to check on one of his offices. The 35-inch tires and six-inch lift were more than enough to forge his way through the flooded areas. From there, he went on to help a woman rescue her beloved dog from her apartment. He loaded both the dog and the cage into the truck bed and, as it turns out, Drawdy was just getting started.
The man and his tough truck went on to haul eight cars from the floodwaters of a nearby area before taking the woman and her dog to her office.
For years, Chevrolet has used the SS as its go-to NASCAR vehicle. However, with production of the SS ending, it was time for a new choice. Recently, Chevrolet unveiled its 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup car to a gathering of NASCAR fans and drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, who drives the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet.
“The new Camaro ZL1 is a great-looking race car with a lot of heritage behind it, which will make it a big hit with fans,” said Johnson. “And as someone who’s enjoyed the ZL1 on the street, I’m really looking forward to getting this new race car on the track.”
The Camaro ZL1 will make its NASCAR debut in February 2018 during the Daytona Speedweeks at the start of the 2018 NASCAR season.
This won’t be the first NASCAR Camaro, as Chevrolet currently uses a Camaro SS for the NASCAR XFINITY Series. In addition, early ZL1 models was a powerhouse in street racing competitions. This new model will hopefully send drivers to the podium with its supercharged 650-horsepower engine.
We are excited to see what the Camaro ZL1 can accomplish on the NASCAR track. You can drive away in your own Camaro, available now at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.