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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.

Corvette Grand Sport Among Year’s 10 Best


Fierce Torque Helps Nab Award

Step on the accelerator of the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport and be whisked away to a land where powerful V-8s announce their presence with authority and a guttural roar. “Every stomp on the accelerator requires you to take in a lungful of air to counteract the shove of the V-8’s fierce torque and instant response,” wrote the editors of Car and Driver magazine in their summation of why the Grand Sport made their annual “10Best” list. “Celebrate it. Here it transform organic molecules into motion, warmth, and smooth purrs. It’s a welcome reprieve from a world turning to narcoleptic turbo fours that refuse to redline.” While its unknown if the Grand Sport development team had such a poetic reaction in mind, what is known is that the newest Chevrolet Corvette delivers unmatched power and handling while coming in at a more affordable price than last year’s Z06 model. See how poetic a true American sports car can be by taking a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet.

Naturally Aspirated Engine Has “Gobs of Power”

In order to keep the price down, Chevy has chosen to use a naturally aspirated engine in the Corvette Grand Sport. As Car and Driver says, the 6.2L motor puts out 460 horsepower and has “gobs of power.” Using the 7-speed manual transmission, test drivers were able to hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds, although Chevy says it can accomplish the feat in 3.6 seconds. It took just 12.3 seconds to run the quarter-mile while hitting a top speed of 117 mph. Special magnetic dampers and an electronic differential help maintain control, while special large brakes help you stop in a hurry. Not that gas mileage is a huge consideration when you’re looking at an iconic American muscle car, but the Corvette Grand Sport is rated at 26 mpg on the highway, assuming the highway is longer than a quarter-mile.

Grand Sport Evolved Over 44 Years

The first showing of the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport was in 1963 when five prototypes were made, also with a 6.2L engine. The Grand Sport came around again in 1996 as a limited 1,000 unit run to celebrate the final production of the fourth-generation Corvette. In 2010 the Grand Sport made another appearance, built on a wide Z06 chassis and once again with a 6.2L engine. The latest incarnation is the most powerful and fastest Grand Sport yet. Add the Z07 performance package for special suspension tuning, even larger brakes and summer-only Michelin Pilot tires. Head over to Chapman Chevrolet for more information and to set up a test drive.

Bolt EV is Motor Trend Car of Year


Great Range, Engineering Excellence Help Win Award

You know a car is great when it wins a major award without selling a single unit. The Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle (EV) will be available for sale at Chapman Chevrolet soon with the honor of being named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year under its hood. Motor Trend and Chevy have been tightly linked the last three years, with the Chevy Colorado winning truck of the year in 2015 and 2016 and the Camaro winning Car of the Year honors last season. “Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,” according to Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

Possible Tax Credits Can Add Up

Depending on your personal tax situation, you could receive a federal tax credit of as much as $7,500 when you purchase a Bolt. The Bolt has a suggested retail price of $37,495 and comes with a 10.2-inch diagonal touch screen  that not only controls your communication and audio, but also gives you real-time energy efficiency reports. The reported range of the Bolt is an astounding 238 miles on a single charge. With the average daily commute less than 40 miles, you could drive for an entire work week without worrying about a charge. A “Regen on Demand” paddle on your steering wheel lets you slow the Bolt without ever touching the brake pedal. The energy you use to decrease speed gets put back into the battery, increasing your range even farther.

Silent But Friendly Bolt a Stealthy Ride

You’ll slip quietly through neighborhoods as the quiet electric engine works together with a streamlined body to cut through the wind. Along with a sporty look to slice through the air, the Chevy Bolt has an enclosed underbody to make sure no air gets trapped in the chassis. The result is a car that can slice through the atmosphere like a hot knife through butter, offering a clean, quiet ride that lets you enjoy the quality sound system.

Charging Made Easy With 240V System

Add the optional 240-volt charging system and you can add up to 25 miles of range in just an hour. It takes just over 9 hours to recharge the system from empty. DC Fast Charging stations are strategically located in public areas and can deliver 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes. Talk to the pros at Chapman Chevrolet to get all the details on charging, or watch a helpful video at