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Hydra-Matic 9T50 Balances Performance and Efficiency

When you test drive the 2017 Chevy Malibu at Chapman Chevrolet, pay particular attention to the automatic transmission’s ability to provide plenty of power while shifting easily through the gears. That quiet refinement you might otherwise not notice is the result of hundreds of hours of engineering with a goal of providing maximum benefits to the customer. “In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 offers a strong balance of performance and refinement that customers will feel at all driving speeds,” according to VP of Global Propulsion Systems Dan Nicholson. “By the end of 2017, Chevrolet will offer four models with the new nine-speed.”

No Matter Speed, Transmission ‘Always in Perfect Gear’

The nine-speed transmission, also soon to be available in the Cruze Diesel and 2018 Equinox, has a powerful first gear that provides excellent acceleration, then smaller increments as you move through all the progressions. “The smaller steps between the gears, compared to the eight-speed, enable smooth, almost imperceptible upshifts, for excellent refinement,” Nicholson said. “No matter the engine torque or vehicle speed, the 9T50 is always in the perfect gear.” The new 9T50 is also set up to accept start/stop technology, which shuts down the engine in stop and go traffic to improve efficiency. “Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximize the benefits for the customer,” according to Chevy Marketing Director Steve Majoros. “It helps offer greater fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway, with all the world-class refinement that makes the drive quiet and smooth.” The new nine-speed transmission results in a 3 percent increase in fuel efficiency for the Malibu, boosting the highway estimate to 33 mpg.

Grade Braking Helps Control Descent

The Hydra-Matic 9T50 includes a set of shift controls with automatic grade braking that helps you keep your vehicle under control without using the brakes on long descents. A control module automatically monitors the speed of the vehicle, position of the throttle, brake usage and whether or not you’re pulling a trailer. This technology is part of a transmission control module that is in charge of all shifting events, as well as monitoring transmission performance. The Chevy Malibu is just another star in the automaker’s new lineup, which you can inspect and drive by taking a trip to Chapman Chevrolet. Along with the new transmission, the Chevy Malibu offers Teen Driver technology, which makes sure certain safety procedures are followed and can even provide a report on your teen’s driving habits.

Start off New Year Strong

With manufacturer discounts totaling an average of $11,140, this is the time to start the New Year strong with a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado HD. It’s time to clear the remaining 2016 trucks off the lot at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe. The discounts vary depending on the model, but for the highest discount you need to select the 2016 Silverado 2500 HD Crew Cab LT All Star four-wheel-drive. Other incentives range from $2,000 customer cash to 0 percent APR financing for 60 months.

2017 Rings in More Powerful Duramax Diesel

If you’d rather spend a few more dollars on this model year, Chevy has introduced the most powerful Duramax Diesel engine ever produced. The diesel provides a stunning 910 pound-feet of torque to allow you to tow more than nine tons or haul a payload of 3,534 pounds. The power isn’t the only good thing about the diesel, you’ll also get great fuel efficiency and a newly-designed hood with functional vents to help keep your engine operating at optimal temperatures. The diesel engine has been reimagined from the oil pan up, with stronger cylinder heads and a taller engine block to allow for more robust pistons. Bigger connecting rods and a proactive oil separator keep you running at top speed even when the going gets tough. Lest the thought of listening to a rumbling diesel engine turn you off from the new Chevy Silverado HD, the new Duramax Diesel has greatly reduced noise and engine vibration by using acoustic rocker covers, a lower oil pan and an all-new fuel system. Of course, the Silverado HD always has the option of a powerful 6.0L V8 gas engine.

Built in Gooseneck Great for Trailering

If you have a large fifth wheel travel or horse trailer, the Chevrolet Silverado HD with the available fifth wheel/gooseneck package is designed for you. With this package you can hook right up to your trailer and tow with the confidence you have the horsepower and handling to overcome any obstacle. Trailer sway control automatically detects when your trailer starts to drift and applies the brakes to bring it back in concert with the truck. An available diesel brake helps reduce the strain on your wheel brakes when descending from steep mountains, while a trailering camera system lets you keep an eye on your load, as well as eliminating blind spots. It’s also very handy to help you line up and connect when it’s time to go. See all the wonders that make the Silverado HD the perfect truck for towing and hauling by visiting Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Bolt EV is North American Car of Year

Newest Electric Vehicle a ‘Game Changer’

Unlike other companies’ entries into the Electric Vehicle (EV) market, the 2017 Chevy Bolt is an affordable commuter with tons of technology and a range that doesn’t require charging every day. Those are just some of the reasons the North American Car of the Year (NACTOY) organization picked the Bolt for its top prize. “The Bolt EV fulfills Chevrolet’s promise to offer an affordable, long-range electric,” according to VP of GM product development, Mark Reuss. “It is a game-changer that is not only a great electric vehicle; it’s a great vehicle – period.” Check in with the pros at Chapman Chevrolet to see when the new Bolt will be available for a test drive.

Bolt Offers Range, Range and More Range

With an estimated 238 miles of range, Bolt has the ability to get the average commuter through an entire week’s worth of driving without needing a charge. That solves one of the issues that has kept EVs from becoming more popular – the worry that a driver will be stranded with no way to get a charge. Starting at just $37,495 with available Federal tax credits of up to $7,500 depending on your tax situation, the Bolt is an incredibly affordable option for the average urban commuter who enjoys the thought of never stopping at a gas station again. The Bolt was also named the Motor Trend Car of the Year, as well as earning a spot on Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best Car list. Green Car Journal and Green Car reports also named it the best buy for the environment.

Learn the Advantages of EV Living

Head over to to learn about all the advantages of owning an EV. For Instance, did you know that if you currently get 20 mpg, travel 40 miles a day five times a week, you’d save more than $850 a year in fuel costs? You’ll also learn important facts about your new Bolt EV, such as the different charging options, whether or not the Bolt is the best fit for your needs, and what type of maintenance is required.

Bolt Comes in Two Trim Levels

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV will be available soon at Chapman Chevrolet in two different trim packages. The Base LT is loaded with features, such as a 10.2-inch diagonal color touch screen infotainment system and a rear view camera. Step up in price a bit to the Premier for Surround Vision, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and more. Do your homework and determine if a switch to EV living suits your lifestyle, then head over to Chapman Chevrolet and test drive the all-new Bolt.

New Traverse Debuting at Detroit Auto Show

Wraps Come Off New Design January 9

If you can’t make it to the Detroit Auto Show, keep your eyes on the Internet on January 29 as the new Chevy Traverse makes its debut. With an exciting and athletic style, the midsize SUV seats up to 8 people with tons of second and third-row legroom along with ample cargo space. The Traverse will feature the new D-Optic headlights, a technology that delivers the same effect as natural daylight with a light quality that’s seamless. The 2018 Traverse joins the Chevy crossover/SUV club that includes the new Bolt EV, Trax, Equinox, Tahoe and Suburban. “Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” GM North America president Alan Batey said. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

Long-Awaited Bolt EV Coming Soon

Chevy’s much-anticipated, long-awaited Electric Vehicle (EV) is due to hit the showroom at Chapman Chevrolet very soon. The all-electric Bolt is the perfect urban commuter, providing up to 238 miles of range on a single charge and the ability to maneuver, and park, in a crowded city environment. With a miles per gallon equivalent of 119, the Bolt will be unaffected if gas prices decide to shoot up from record lows. The Bolt is expected to qualify for substantial Federal tax incentives.

Suburban’s Staying Power Testament to Quality

As the longest-running vehicle nameplate in the industry, the large Suburban remains a popular choice for large families or anyone who needs to transport people. First introduced in 1935, the Suburban had the lowest number of problems of any vehicle studied in last year’s JD Power Initial Quality report. With the four-wheel drive option, the full-size Suburban is a beast in the ice and snow, making it popular with those who live in the mountains or those who enjoy snowboarding and skiing. The Suburban’s little brother, the Tahoe, is also a popular choice for those who don’t need quite as much room.

Trax and Equinox Popular with Smaller Families

The Trax and Equinox offer people with smaller hauling needs a great option for commuting and weekend adventures. Both have a fresh look this year, with turbocharged engines and a host of new technology. Once the new Chevy Traverse is revealed, the automaker will have more crossovers and SUVs to choose from than any other automaker. Schedule a trip to Chapman Chevrolet so you can compare the models and choose the one that’s best for you.


Nimbleness and Maneuverability Define Newest Colorado

Expect the competition to sit up and take notice when the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 arrives at Chapman Chevrolet in the near future. The mid-size Colorado, which was Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2016, gets a wider stance and lift package for the ZR2 configuration. Rockers and modified bumpers allow the ZR2 better clearance and the ability to fend off boulders and other obstacles that live on some of America’s toughest trails. Specially designed dampers allow the ZR2 the versatility to perform well in all types of conditions. “You can go rock crawling on Saturday, desert running on Sunday and comfortably drive to work on Monday,” said Global Product Development VP Mark Reuss. “This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”

Special Dampers Used in Formula One Racing

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is the first off-road application of the innovative Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers that to this point have been used on sports cars like the Corvette and Camaro, as well as in Formula One Racing. The dampers use spool valves to control compression and wheel travel, as well as a special rebound valve on the front dampers to help reign in the vehicle’s vertical lift when the suspension is fully-extended. “A traditional, deflected disc damper only offers two force-velocity curves for tuning,” Chevy engineer Mark Dickens said. “The ZR2 offers six tuning curves for the front, four at the rear. For the driver, this translates to greater confidence and control in a wider range of driving experiences.”

Nine Driving Modes Most in Class

With electronic lockers in both the front and rear as well as Chevy’s AutoTrac transfer case, the ZR2 lets drivers choose from nine different powertrain configurations depending on road or trail conditions. You can run the ZR2 in straight 2-wheel drive for the best fuel efficiency, or in a number of different 4-wheel drive modes with the transfer case and differential either locked or unlocked. A new button also allows the anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control to enter “off-road” mode so the driver can get the best performance out of the ZR2.

Choose From Gas or Diesel

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 not only offers superior handling and control, but buyers can choose from either a 3.6L V6 gas engine or a Duramax diesel. Even with all the power and capability, the ZR2 is about a foot narrower than full-size off-road trucks, which can mean the difference between making it through a mountain pass or turning around and going home. Stay in touch with Chapman Chevrolet to see when the new Colorado ZR2 will make its first appearance on the showroom floor.