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New 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy-Duty Trucks Prove They’re Ready For Any Job or Competitor

Logan, OH — On a recent validation drive of the new, 2011 Chevrolet Silverado Heavy–Duty Trucks, engineer Brent Deep towed a 20,000–pound trailer(1) for 245 miles along I–70 between Denver and Grand Junction, Colorado.

Deep relied on the Silverado’s new, smart exhaust brake system to slow the truck/trailer combination on descents, helping prove the new system is suitable for the most demanding conditions. It was a drive across the heart of the Rocky Mountains and some of the interstate system’s steepest grades, with altitudes ranging from Denver’s approximately 5,000 feet to more than 11,100 feet at the Eisenhower Tunnel.

“It takes some courage to leave your foot off the brake, but the Silverado’s Duramax engine and Allison transmission perform the task with smoothness and confidence that really impresses,” said Deep. “Better still, the exhaust brake system can help extend brake pad life and help avoid overheating the brakes on long descents.” The available new Exhaust Brake System’ works with the Allison transmission’s Tow Haul Mode and Automatic Grade Braking features, reducing the amount of conventional braking needed while towing or traveling downhill. They go on sale this summer.

The new 2011 Chevy Silverado HD 6.6L Duramax turbo–diesel V8 delivers 397 horsepower and 765 lb–ft. of torque making it the most powerful heavy–duty on the planet, better than Ford or Dodge. It delivers more power and even better fuel economy.

The Silverado heavy–duty lineup is broader than ever, with 10 2500HD models and 14 single and dual–rear–wheel 3500HD models – including a new 3500HD Crew Cab with a 6.5 foot cargo box. WT, LT and LTZ trim levels are offered. All models bring greater capability, improved ride and a greater feeling of driver control.

Features for some models include:

  • New, available 6.6L Duramax turbo diesel V8 rated at 397 hp (296kW) and 765 lb.–ft. of torque (1,032 Nm).
  • Standard small–block 6.0L gas V8 delivers 360 hp.
  • Diesel power complemented by up to 11 percent improved highway fuel economy and up to 63 percent reduced NOx emissions. (Based on GM testing.)
  • Up to 680 mile range in highway driving with the available Duramax Diesel engine.
  • Fifth–wheel towing capacity of 20,000 pounds
  • Gross Combined Weight Rating increases to 27,500 pounds
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings increases up to 17 percent to 13,000 pounds
  • Front Gross Axle Weight Rating increases by up to 25 percent to 6,000 pounds
  • Snow plow capability is now enabled for all 4WD cab configurations

There are also enhanced powertrains, including the new Duramax 6.6L diesel/Allison® 1000 six–speed transmission that includes the exhaust brake system, new front and rear suspensions, an improved brake system, hill start assist (single rear wheel model only), trailer sway control system assist (single rear wheel model only) and more.

“The new Chevy trucks are built to take on a tough job, but they’re also designed for comfort, good looks and great handling,” said Jeff Wood, President of Don Wood Automotive (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac), Logan, Ohio.

Outside, the 2011 Silverado 2500HD and 3500HD models are distinguished by a power dome–style hood as well as a new grille and full–width chrome steel front bumper. A new lineup of 17, 18 and 20–inch wheel/tire combinations is featured too (20–inch polished forged aluminum wheels are available on 2500HD).

Designers and engineers left almost no bolt unturned during the comprehensive redesign of the trucks.

1 Requires fifth–wheel hitch and Regular Cab Model. Maximum trailer weight ratings are calculated assuming a base vehicle, except for any options necessary to achieve the rating, plus driver. The weight of other optional equipment, passengers and cargo will reduce the maximum trailer weight your vehicle can tow.

Chevrolet Cruze Sales Pass 270,000 as U.S. Introduction Nears

China, Russia Among 60 Countries to Embrace New Compact Chevy Cruze

Athens, OH – Even before the first models reach U.S. dealers, the Chevrolet Cruze is among the fastest-growing nameplates in the world with sales rising an average of 18 percent per month.

Internationally, customers have purchased 140,000 Cruze in the first six months of 2010 and a total of 270,000 since Cruze launched in the spring of 2009 in Europe, followed by other major markets, such as China in summer of 2009.

Cruze is currently available in more than 60 countries, with China, Russia, Mexico, India and Spain as the top five sales markets. Including Holden and Daewoo versions sold in Australia and South Korea, total sales exceed 340,000 vehicles across five continents.

Cruze will begin arriving at U.S. dealerships in September. With U.S. models produced in Lordstown, Ohio, Cruze will be one of the few compact car built in the U.S. for 2011 model year. Production at the Lordstown complex will begin with three shifts, assembling Cruze models around the clock to meet expected customer demand.

“The new Chevy Cruze will soon be at our Don Wood Automotive (Chevy, Buick, Cadillac), location in Logan, Ohio,” said Jeff Wood, President of Don Wood Automotive. “The Cruze is priced to compete with compact cars but offers more interior room, more miles per gllon in the Eco model, and more standard safety features.”

In the U.S., Cruze models will start at $16,995 for the LS model, equipped with the most standard safety features in its segment, including 10 air bags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control with rollover sensing, traction control and anti-lock brakes.

The Cruze Eco model starts at $18,895, featuring a standard 1.4L Ecotec turbo and six-speed manual transmission. With ultra low-rolling resistance tires, and an enhanced aerodynamic-performance package, Cruze Eco is expected to deliver 40 miles per gallon on the highway.

The top of the line Cruze LTZ model starts at $22,695 and features a standard six-way power driver seat, leather seating surfaces, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, USB port with audio interface, ultrasonic rear-parking assist, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Chevrolet Stands Behind Volt With Standard Eight-Year, 100,000-Mile Battery

Eight-Year, 100,000-Mile Warranty Announced for New Chevy Volt Electric Vehicle

BROWNSTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range will provide customers with an unprecedented, standard, eight-year/100,000-mile warranty on its advanced, lithium-ion battery. It is the automotive industry’s longest, most comprehensive battery warranty for an electric vehicle, and is transferable at no cost to other vehicle owners.

“The Chevrolet Volt’s batteries have exceeded our performance targets and are ready to hit the road,” said Micky Bly, GM executive director, global electrical systems. “Our customers are making a commitment to technology that will help reduce our dependence on petroleum. In turn, we are making a commitment to our customers to deliver the highest standards for value, safety, quality, performance and reliability for an unprecedented eight years/100,000 miles.”

” General Motors will be rolling out a lot of new hybrid-electric and electric models in the next few years,” said Jeff Wood, President of Don Wood Automotive, Ltd. (Chevy, Buick, Pontiac), Logan, Ohio. “They are becoming an increasingly important part of the automotive business.”

The Volt’s comprehensive battery warranty covers all 161 battery components, 95 percent of which are designed and engineered by GM, in addition to the thermal management system, charging system and electric drive components. The Volt is the only electric vehicle that can operate under a full range of climates and driving conditions without limitations or concern about being stranded by a depleted battery.

It has a range of about 340 miles and is powered with electricity at all times. For up to the first 40 miles, the Volt is powered solely by electricity stored in its 16-kWh lithium-ion battery, using no fuel and producing no emissions.

When the Volt’s lithium-ion battery runs low, an engine/generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range another 300 miles on a full tank of fuel. Volt Freedom Drive The Volt’s advanced, lithium-ion battery is designed to deliver the value, safety, quality, performance, durability and reliability Chevrolet customers expect. More than 500 diagnostics run at 10 times per second, keeping track of the Volt’s battery pack; 85 percent of the diagnostics ensure the battery pack is operating safely, while the remaining 15 percent keep track of battery performance and life.

GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation testing of Volt battery packs since 2007, as well as each pack’s nine modules and 288 cells. The development, validation and test teams have met thousands of specifications and validated each of the Volt battery’s components.

Tests include short circuit, corrosion, dust, impact, water submersion, crush and penetration, and extreme temperature swings combined with aggressive drive cycles, also known as “Shake, Bake and Roll.”

Chevy Camaro Wins Edmunds.com 2010 Launch Breakthrough Award

New Chevy Camero Adds a New Award to its Credentials

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — June 29, 2010 — Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, today announced that winner of the first annual Edmunds.com Launch Breakthrough Award is the Chevy Camaro.

The Edmunds.com Launch Breakthrough Award is provided annually to a vehicle that earns the highest overall score in a thorough analysis of 18 factors associated with the launch of a new vehicle, including pricing, sales, market share, dealer profit margins, incentives, consumer consideration, consumer ratings, inventory levels and residual values for all eligible vehicles. A total of 54 vehicles were eligible for the 2010 award. To be eligible, an all-new or totally redesigned vehicle had to be launched between January 1 and December 1, 2009 and must sell at a rate of at least 100 vehicles per month.

“The Launch Breakthrough Award recognizes the vehicle that had the most successful introduction of the past year,” stated Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Ray Zhou, PhD.

“Our area quickly responded to the new Chevy Camero,” said Jeff Wood, President of Don Wood Automotive, Ltd. (Chevy, Buick Cadillac), Logan, Ohio. “They draw young and old to take a look, and it doesn’t take very long until someone takes home the new Camero.”

“With its highly anticipated launch, the Camaro was the clear winner, commanding premium prices, spending little time on the dealership lots and becoming one of the bestselling vehicles in its segment,” asserted Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Jessica Caldwell.

Starting at $16,995, Chevrolet Cruze Offers Midsize-car Presence at Compact-car Price

Logan OH. The new 2011 Chevy Cruze is on schedule to be at Don Wood Chevrolet, Logan, Ohio, in September. Starting at $16,995, including destination fee, the Cruze combines mid-size appeal with a compact car price. Designed as a replacement for the Chevy Cobalt , the Cruze mirrors the styling of the popular Chevy Malibu.

Priced to compete in the compact-car segment, the Cruze offers more interior room, more miles per gallon in the Eco model, and more standard safety features than any of its competitors.

Two engine sizes are available, including a normally aspirated 4-cylinder, and a performance-minded turbo-charged entry. Either choice delivers outstanding fuel economy. Four trim levels let buyers chose the equipment packages and trim just right for them.

2010 Chevrolet Equinox Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick Award

DETROIT – The Chevy Equinox is one the the most popular vehicles in years because of its appealing combination of great styling, excellent gas mileage and plenty of room. Now you can add “safety” to the list of reasons the Equinox is so popular.

The 2010 Chevrolet Equinox received the highest possible rollover protection rating of “Good” in the first Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rollover tests of midsize SUVs and crossovers, one of four tests leading to the Institute’s Top Safety Pick award.

“It’s rare to find so many appealing features in one vehicle, but Chevrolet hit the target with the new Chevy Equinox,” said Jeff Wood, President of Don Wood Automotive (Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac) in Logan, Ohio.

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Jeff Wood is commonly refered to as an "Automotive & Powersports Expert". Jeff lives in Athens, Oh with his wife Stephanie and their three children. Jeff has spent the last 25 years improving the way Automotive and Powersport dealerships serve their customers needs. He is owner of Don Wood Automotive and it's holdings which include Don Wood Toyota & Scion, Don Wood Ford Lincoln & Mercury, Don Wood Chevrolet & Buick, Don Wood Hyundai, Don Wood Polaris & The Athens Scooter Company. Jeff also is responsible for a new online parts franchise http://www.OEMParts123.com which offers original "equipment parts" at wholesale prices to all of the Internet community. Visit Don Wood Automotive online at http://www.DonWood.com

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