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Designed to Make Teens Safer Drivers

When the 2016 Chevy Malibu hits the showroom floor at Chapman Chevrolet and other U.S. auto dealers, it will have a new feature that will make some parents sleep better at night. Called “Teen Driver,” the new technology will allow parents to preset maximum speeds, ensure front seat belts are fastened and receive a report with data that includes how far the vehicle was driven, maximum speed, how many speed warning were issued and how many times the anti-lock brakes were engaged. Once parents set a maximum speed, the vehicle will sound an alarm and flash dash lights if the teen exceeds that speed. The new Malibu will also not allow the radio to play until all the front seat belts are fastened.

System Works Off Key Fob

Parents will control the system with a special PIN number coded to their MyLink system. The controls are based on specific key fobs, so it’s important that the teen driver use the same key fob each time. Teen Driver is a permanent feature of the vehicle, not a subscription-based option. It is expected to be standard on Chevy Malibus with the Premier package, although it will be an option on LT models. It will debut with the Malibu at the New York Auto Show in early April. The new Malibu will be available at Chapman Chevrolet later this year.

Teens Subject to Higher Fatal Crash Rate

While some teens may look upon this technology as an invasion of privacy, the truth is that the fatality rate per mile for teens is almost triple that of drivers 20 and over. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the discrepancy is due to inexperience and the likelihood a teen driver will become distracted. “We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids,” said MaryAnn Beebe, GM safety engineer. “As a mother of two I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safe is of great value to parents.

Malibu Already a Top Safety Pick

The 2015 Chevy Malibu has already been tabbed as a top safety pick by the IIHS, citing good test results in front, side and rear crash tests. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scores the Malibu with five out of a possible five stars. Along with driver and passenger safety air bags, the Malibu has side air bags, a rear body air bag, four-wheel disc anti-lock brakes, stability control and traction control. It is a great choice for a young driver who wants a sporty vehicle filled with plenty of protection.


Collecting Test Results Since 1972

No one can say Chevrolet doesn’t believe in being thorough when it comes to recording how people in the real world put cars through their paces. Since 1972, the company has placed “black boxes” in cars all over the world, recording every bump, pothole and fender bender that make up a typical driving experience. This includes harsh weather conditions (both hot and cold), brutal paths that can barely be described as roads, and a wide variety of drivers.

Data Used to Construct 2016 Malibu

All the data gathered from these tests are going into the engineering and design of the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu. By analyzing the data, Chevrolet engineers were able to construct three different courses at the Milford Proving Ground that replicates the abuse an average car endures over 150,000 miles. Preproduction cars were run through the courses hundreds of times, looking for weak points and ways to improve the mid-size car’s design. Chapman Chevrolet offers a chance for you to put the new Malibu through its paces when it shows up on the showroom floor later this year.

Climate Tests Run From Arizona to Canada

Along with testing on the brutal Detroit courses, the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu endured testing in temperatures nearing 110 degrees in Yuma, AZ. Once that was done, the testing moved to northern Canada in the winter, where temps averaged 13 below zero. Wind tunnel testing followed in the GM lab, creating harsh conditions that included temperatures as high as 140 and as low as 40 below. Other tests include a high-frequency suspension barrage and door and hood slams designed to ensure all components will stand up to years of wear. The result of all this testing is a dependable car that will go on sale later this year at Chapman Chevrolet.

Malibu Hybrid Rumored to Get 45 MPG

Although the company isn’t releasing much information yet, rumor has it that the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will have a hybrid option that gets 45 miles per gallon. The car is expected to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in early April. The high mpg puts the midsize car in the same category as hybrids that include the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Sonata. The new Malibu is also expected to be 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, which will translate into fuel savings on all models. A stretched roofline and lower stance provides improved aerodynamics, which also means improved energy efficiency.


All-new Camaro Revealed at Belle Isle Park

Camaro lovers are holding their breath with anticipation of the totally redesigned sports car, slated to be revealed on May 16 at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. This is the sixth-generation of the popular fun machine, and although the Internet is rife with rumor and supposed pictures of the new vehicle, Chevrolet is keeping details about the 2016 Camaro under wraps. The reveal will be part of an all-day event that features hot lap rides in the 2015 Z/28 on the park’s Grand Prix course, a Chevrolet Camaro museum and special parking for people who drive their Camaros to the festivities. The event is so popular that registration is already closed. To see the current version of the affordable Camaro, visit Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Expect Lighter Car for Better Fuel Efficiency

Industry experts are saying the new Camaro will be built on the same chassis as the Cadillac CTS and ATS, which not only provides for better handling, but also cuts a significant amount of weight. The loss of weight is a good thing, as experts predict Chevy will offer a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine in the base model, putting out just under 300 horsepower. Larger engines will undoubtedly be available to provide competition to the new Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Chevrolet is providing a slow tease for its customers on the official Chevy website, releasing component pictures every few days. The new Chevrolet Camaro is also taking advantage of social media, utilizing the hashtag #camarosix, indicative of the sixth generation of the vehicle.

Battle of the Pony Cars Continues

The Camaro was first introduced in 1967 as Chevy’s answer to the popular Ford Mustang. With the rivalry now going on 50 years, the competition has never been stronger. Both vehicles evolved from sporty compacts to legitimate street racers over the years. Racing icon Carroll Shelby lent his name to special versions of the Mustang, while Chevrolet kept up with the Camaro SS and Z/28. Whether you were a Chevy person or a Ford person determined which car you’d own. Both vehicles went through unfortunate design changes in the 1970s and 80s, but are back with a vengeance now as Ford recently announced the release of the GT350R and millions await Chevy’s response. Keep up on Chevy news and view the entire new lineup of cars and trucks at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.


Fifth Generation Camaro Nearing Milestone

When Chevrolet brought back a fifth iteration of the Camaro in 2009, it hoped the affordable sports car would be able to recapture the magic of earlier versions. The inaugural 1967 Chevrolet Camaro was designed to compete with the mighty Mustang and it gave Ford all it could handle as the two battled for the lead in sales. If that fight was a split decision, the latest version of the Camaro delivered a knockout. It overtook the Mustang in sales in just under a year and has maintained that lead through the present day. Sometime this month Chevy will be delivering the 500,000th fifth generation Camaro to some lucky individual.

Final Year for this Model

2015 will be the last year for this model Camaro, as the vehicle goes under the designer’s knife for a total redesign for 2016. Although details on the new model haven’t been released yet, buyers who love the current body style should hurry into Chapman Chevrolet to get the best pick of the remaining models. The current Camaro comes in several trim levels, including a V-6 powered coupe and convertible that still delivers an impressive 323 horsepower. For those who want a little more oomph when they hit the gas, the SS comes with a huge 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 426 horsepower. Even faster versions of the car are available in the 1LE, ZL1 and Z/28 packages.

Consistent Sales Throughout Five Years

The current edition of the Camaro has delivered very consistent sales throughout its impressive run. It has cracked 80,000 units in all five full years of production, with the 2014 model selling an impressive 86,000 vehicles. The Camaro is popular because of its performance, sporty exterior and relatively inexpensive price tag. It has proven successful both with newer drivers and baby boomers with disposable income trying to recapture a bit of their youth. More than 60 percent of first-time General Motors buyers are there because of the Camaro.

Camaro Most Popular Facebook Vehicle

If social media is any indication, the Camaro has plenty of people who want to be its friend. The Camaro has 1.8 million Facebook fans, which is more than the number of fans combined for both the Chevrolet and Ford motor companies. Chevy says most of the fans are within the key 18 to 34-year-old demographic, which bodes well for the new Camaro that is due to be unveiled in May. Test-drive the Chevrolet Camaro at Chapman Chevrolet.


Redesigned Malibu Targets Midsize Car Market

When Chevrolet unveils the 2016 Malibu at the New York Auto Show next month, it’s hoping to renew consumer interest in a vehicle that’s an important entry in a competitive market. Chevy says the all-new Malibu will be exactly what you’d expect from Chevrolet; an affordable mid-size car with sporty styling and plenty of interior space. “When you look at the Malibu’s taillights you can see a hint of Corvette Stingray,” GM VP Ed Welburn told the popular auto consumer site “It has spirit. It has flare. It has tension.”

Look for Longer Wheelbase and Lighter Weight

A totally new design includes adding four inches in length to the car and dropping 300 pounds from the curb weight. The added length provides more legroom in the front and rear. Overall interior space is also increased. Front and rear overhangs have been cut to give a more dynamic appearance to the car, which is helped by a roofline that has been stretched farther towards the back bumper. The redesign is important in the United States, but critical in the emerging Chinese market where Chevy is trying to make inroads. Chinese elders always ride in the back seat, making leg and headroom an important consideration for new car buyers.

Current Generation of Malibu Began in 2013

The current Malibu hit showroom floors in 2013 and went through a significant refreshing in 2014 in an attempt to boost sales. Chevy recognized that the vehicle had the potential to do much better in sales, which was the impetus for the totally new design for 2016. The midsize car market is huge around the world, with competitors like the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry proving to be worthy adversaries. Check out the new Malibu when it hits Chapman Chevrolet later this year and see for yourself if the new Chevy fills all your needs.

Watch for Current Model Incentives

When any automaker releases a new design, chances are good that they’ll offer incentives on the current model. The 2015 Chevy Malibu is an excellent car, offering impressive performance along with fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Reviewers like the current Malibu for it’s quiet ride and elegant interior design. If you’re in the market for a midsize car now, it’s a great time to look at the current Malibu at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Chapman Chevrolet.