Meet the Chevrolet Bolt Concept

This week Chevrolet not only released the 2nd generation Volt but the bowtie brand also revealed the future of electric vehicles,  the Bolt. The vision for the vehicle is an affordable, long-range, all electric vehicle designed to offer more than 200 miles of range starting at around $30,000!

Bolt owners will be able to select operating modes designed around preferred driving styles. These drive styles will adjust accelerator pedal mapping, vehicle ride height and suspension tuning. Modes such as daily commuting, spirited weekend cruising and more will allow for uncompromising electric driving.

The unique proportion of the vehicle makes the most of interior space and was designed to create a roomy environment for four that feels expansive. The lightweight materials the vehicle will be made of drive down the curb weight and maximize range. The Bolt is also complete with aero-optimized features like rear fenders which will contribute to its range.

Inside of the Bolt, owners will find generous headroom and legroom. Obviously, a high tech vehicle requires high tech interior. Drivers will find Chevrolet’s signature dual cockpit layout with features that are designed to make the experience easier and more enjoyable.

We don’t know a ton about all of the features that will be included with the Bolt, but Chevy did release some of the features of the Bolt EV Connect App:

  • Allow a smartphone to perform as the key fb
  • Allow for ride-sharing management, including reservations, vehicle location, digital key and even payment processing.
  • Incorporate the concept automatic park-and-retrieval technology, which enables the driver to exit the vehicle and tell the Bolt EV concept to park itself and when errands are completed, the Bolt EV can be summoned to return to the owner’s location.

Additionally, the Bolt will feature a large, color 10-inch-diagonal touch screen with interface features and will allow for the projection of smartphone data onto the screen!

We will keep you posted as we learn more about the future of electric cars, but in the mean time check out the photos:

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Preparing for the Winter: Best Snow Tires

It’s not secret that snow tires on your vehicle will help you make the winter much more bearable! Though no tire will overcome the laws of physics, snow tires will do wonders in slush, ice, freezing rain, etc! We researched the top performing snow tires for various vehicles and have put together this list. The best part? All of these tires are available in our dealership! To find out more about getting snow tires put on your vehicle, give our service department a call at 877-360-5809!

The Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Snow Tires: Bridgestone Blizzak WS70

Aside from the usual tricks like grippier cold-weather rubber compounds, interlocking tread patterns and complex grooves and cuts to slick water away, the Blizzaks incorporate an outer layer of rubber pocked with thousands of microscopic tubes and cells. This system keeps water away while biting into the snow and ice. Think of it like a studded tire!

BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

Snow Tires: BFGoodrich Winter Slalom KSI

This tire was chosen as one of GearPatrol as the best bang for your buck winter tire! This is actually an all season tire with a carefully engineered tread pattern which has a high density of extra-long sipes to provide maximum bite in icy conditions! It also features tiny pores that will give you extra grip at the microscopic level.

Continental ExtremeWinterContact

Snow Tires: Continental ExtremeWinterContact

The ExtremeWinterContact is a great all around choice for any cold weather conditions. The designers recognize that that many winter miles are driven on completely dry roads and made sure that the tire’s shoulder design allowed it to be as agile in dry conditions and wet conditions.

Cooper Discoverer M+S Sport

Snow Tires: Discoverer Cooper M+S Sport

What good is your vehicles AWD or FWD if your tires just spin? This tire is specifically designed for your SUV or CUV and is meant to be driven in serious winter conditions. The M+S features deep grooves and a special compound which provides for maximum performance. Aside from that, they provide a very rugged look.

Dunlop Winter Maxx

Snow Tires: Dunlop Winter Maxx

Launched in 2013, the Winter Maxx is one of the newest snow tires on the market. It’s designed with enhanced rubber and holds its contact in both dry and wet conditions. An added cool feature is that it wears bars into the tread grooves which indicate ice and snow traction rather than the tire just being too worn.

General Altimax Artic

Snow Tires: General Altimax Artic

If you’re in an area that permits studded tires then the Altimax Artic may be just the snow tire for you! It’s built for serious cold weather duty yet still manages to stay flexible. The pattern of the tire improves traction while the directional pattern grooves aid in stability and water evacuation.

Michelin X-Ice XI3

Snow Tires: Michelin X-ICE XI3

The X-Ice XI3 offers impressive ice and snow traction along with very good handling and traction when the roads are just cold, even if they’re dry. They also have snow wear indicator bars to show when deep snow traction will be compromised.

Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

Snow Tires: Pirelli Winter Sottozero 3

The Winter Sottozero 3 is designed for your sports car and is meant for mild winter climates. It offers plenty of traction in snow and ice and doesn’t sacrifice handling and ride when the roads are dry and conditions are good. The inner angled treads grab the corners while its longitudinal center and its grooves channel away water and snow to reduce any hydroplaning.

Put the Chevy Equinox to work for your and keep your pet safe during travel!

Did you know that more than 50 percent of all Americans have a pet that they will travel with? With that many pets on the road Chevrolet recently partnered with Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS) of Chicago to put together a comprehensive guide to keeping pets safe during travel.

Ensuring a great trip start with preparation! Make sure that your pet is current on vaccinations and protects against diseases like canine Lyme disease. It’s also very important to ensure that you know the phone number of an emergency vet in the area you will be going. Other important preparations include carrying a photo of a your pet in case you’re separated.

Now that the prep work is done, how do you keep your pet safe during the actual travel? Chevy makes it very easy!

  • Restrain/confine your dog during travel. This is actually a requirement in some states! The Chevy Equinox’s cargo area can accommodate good sized pet carriers and you can even find seat belt restraints if your dog would rather sit in the back seat you can find seat belts for your pet. The Chevrolet Equinox makes it safer to travel with your pet than ever
  • If your dog barks a lot or has anxiety issues, make sure to bring chew toys and treats to to keep them occupied.
  • Use OnStar to find pet friend restaurants so that you never have to leave your dog or cat in the car alone. Leaving your pet alone in a car, regardless of the weather is dangerous. Unattended pets can also be stolen. If you see a distressed pet you can use your OnStar to alert the authorities.
  • On long trips where you will be bringing snacks, remember that some human foods can be fatal to dogs.
  • When traveling with cats remember to use a carrier, this will ensure their safety, especially in the event of an accident.
  • Remember that like dogs, cats also need space for their travel essentials. Pack a portable litter box and collapsible food and water bowls.
  • A helpful travel hack is to freeze a bowl of water and let your cat lick it to stay cool, occupied and neat.

If where you’re going doesn’t allow pets, don’t worry. Using built in 4G LTE Wi-Fi you can video chat with your pet when you’re stopped at rest areas! The ability to connect up to seven devices at one time means the whole family can keep tabs on your pet!

Look at all the room your pet will have in the back of the Equinox!

 

Panerathon 2014 Photos – Pictures from Team Sweeney

We were proud to once again have the largest team in the Mahoning Valley for Panerathon 2014!  Take a look at some of these great photos! If you have photos that you would like to add, send us an email at [email protected]!

Here is this year’s official team photo from Panerathon 2014:

Panerathon 2014 Photos - Pictures from Team Sweeney

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Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program

Shifting Gears: Automotive Technician Training Program

General Motors has always had a strong commitment to our Veterans from having the most generous military discount in the automotive industry to the charitable giving to organizations through the GM Foundations. Recently, that commitment was expanded through a new partnership between General Motors and Raytheon Company. This new program is known as Shifting Gears.

The multi-year partnership will provide a way to transition Army Soldiers who have technical skills to GM Certified Technicians. It will consist of a 12 week course done on base at Fort Hood, Texas and will include classroom, online and hands-on training from Raytheon Professional Services. The General Motors Service Technical College will be providing free access to their online training programs as well.

Once the program is successfully completed the veterans will receive career counseling, job placement recommendations and access to GM technician employment opportunities.

More details about the program can be found here: http://www.army.mil/article/130800/Army_signs__Shifting_Gears__training_partnership_with_GM__Raytheon/

Win Prizes and Get Ready for Panerathon 2014!

Learn how you can win great prizes and get ready for Panerathon!

Just in time for Panerthon 2014, Buick has announced a partnership with MapMyFitness and Under Armour to create the “Runs Worth the Drive Challenge”. The contest is aimed to help runners find, record and share their favorite routes! MapMyFitness is a free app that’s available for almost any SmartPhone! They also have a great website, which can be found here!

Contestants who take part in the challenge must run five miles of running per week for six weeks. Their routes will be tracked on a virtual leaderboard on MapMyFitness.com where progress is measured in real-time and weekly prizes will be awarded. Using MapMyFitness, runs of five minutes are automatically logged into a participant’s account and added towards the ultimate goal of running 30 miles in six weeks. If you complete this challenge, you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for an all-expense paid trip to the Rock ‘N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon in Phoenix!

In addition to the potential of winning great prizes, this is an awesome tool to help you train for Panerathon! Using MapMyFitness you can choose routes from all around our Valley, follow them and track your results and progress!

During the Runs Worth The Drive contest you can win great prizes and train for Panerathon 2014!

Did you know that the 2014 Buick Verano Turbo is perfect for runners? In addition to its 250 Horsepower, 2.0L engine the interior has been tested for resistance against the effects of sweat, sun, sunscreen, bug sprays, etc. Not only is this more powerful that its competitors, the Lexus IS250, Acura ILX and Audi A3.  Its compact size also makes it easy to park in small spaces, but its a comfortable, yet quick drive to and from the trail!

To learn more about Panerathon and how you can join our team, click here: http://www.sweeneycars.com/panerathon-youngstown-ohio/

Military Appreciation Month – Put Your Military Discount to work!

The GM Military Discount is expanded for a limited time.

General Motors has always had the biggest Military Discount in the auto industry and during Military Appreciation Month, it’s even better.

Let’s take a look at how the military discount has changed:

  1. Until Military Appreciation month is over, the following military statuses will be able to receive the discount: Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists.
  2. Service members will now receive GM Supplier Pricing to give them an even bigger discount on new Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models!

This offer is good for a limited time, so don’t hesitate on setting your appointment! To learn more about how you can put your military discount to work, give us a call at 330-SWEENEY or visit us online at: www.sweeneycars.com!

We’d like to again thank all of our brave servicemen and women for their service!

Meet the future of police vehicles, the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV!

Chevrolet already has a very impressive portfolio of police vehicles and we’re excited to announce the most recent addition: The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV Crew Cab. It will go on sale this summer and will feature the same capabilities, efficiency and durability that owners of the Take your first look at the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV (Special Service Vehicle):

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle

 

 

Take a look at what the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV is going to offer:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8
  • Auxillary transmission oil cooler
  • High-capacity air cleaner
  • 170-amp high-output alternator
  • 730-CCA auxiliary battery
  • 110-volt outlet
  • Four upfitter switches with electrical power supplies

Upfitted options will also include:

  • Spotlamp – driver only or driver and passenger
  • Wiring for grille, lamp and sirens
  • Flasher system for headlamps and taillamps
  • Common key package
  • Vinyl rear seats
  • Front center seat delete
  • Auxiliary dome lamp
  • Electronic 4WD switch
  • Daytime running lamps delete
  • Rear vision camera

Police vehicles demand reliability and that’x exactly what the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV is going to deliver. It has a long history of proven capabilities and will provide officers with unparalleled comfort. The 5.3L V8 Engine is certified at 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, by combining direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing to achieve EPA-estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway. Hands down the best economy of any V8 on the market. On the subject of efficiency, it is also equipped with Duralife brake rotors that offer up to double the service life which will result in maintenance cost savings.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV has the same functionality as consumer models, including CornerStep bumpers, built-in handholds and upper tie down hooks, etc. Nearly two-thirds of the Silverado SSV’s cab is made of high strength steel and inlaid triple-sealed doors. This creates a quiet, mobile work space to conduct an officer’s daily business.

In addition to the cost efficiency and comfort that comes with the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado SSV, municipalities will also get the peace of mind that comes with America’s best pickup coverage. This includes a 2 year/24,000 mile recommended maintenance, 3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty and a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty plus courtesy roadside assistance and courtesy transportation.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Special Service Vehicle (SSV) offers durability and features throughout that are designed specifically for police use. The Special Service package is available on 1WT and 1LS trim levels and comes standard with a 5.3L V-8 engine and is available with E-85 capability.

Meet the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze

Today Chevrolet Announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will make its official debut at the New York International Auto Show, but they couldn’t keep all the changes entirely a secret. The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will feature a revised exterior styling, enhanced interior convenience and greater connectivity. These new features include Text Message Alerts, Apple Siri Integration as well as OnStar 4G LTE with the availability of your Cruze being a WiFi hotspot!

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will receive a face lift, refreshing the appearance for all trim levels from LS to LTZ. You’ll also notice a prominent dual-port front fascia take styling cues from the Impala and Malibu contributing to a more cohesive look across our sedans. In addition to several new exterior and interior colors, the updates will include:

  • Prominent dual-port front fascia
  • Revised cupholders
  • Trunk release relocated to center console
  • Door lock switches relocated from the center console to the doors.

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will also be available in the Eco Model – getting an EPA rated 42 MPG and the Diesel model getting an EPA rated 46 MPG. Did you know that the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel is going to be the most efficient non-hybrid passenger car in America. Did you know you can drive the Cruze Diesel about 717 miles to ONE tank of gas?

In addition to refreshed looks and upgraded conveniences, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze offers more standard safety features than any other car in its class including the 2014 Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. The Cruze has 10 standard air bags – including side-impact and knee air bags for front passengers. You also have the ability to add on such features as side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear park assist and a rearview camera.

In addition to everything we’ve already told you about, the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will be a mobile hub with greater connectivity! These features include Text Message Alerts which will read you your text messages through the speakers. It will also feature Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users which will make sure your phone stays in your pocket where it belongs.

Additional standard and optional features on the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze include:

  • 7-Inch diagonal color touch screen
  • Additional USB ports
  • Next-Generation OnStar and MyLink enhancements with voice recognition
  • Navigation
  • Chevrolet AppShop

OnStar 4g LTE provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers with easy access to apps and services that require a high speed data connection. If the vehicle is on, the connection is on. Plain and simple. Every 2015 Chevrolet Cruze will accommodate seven devices at one time.  The AppShop allows owners to view apps and download them directly to their vehicle then organize, update and delete them as needed.

Check out these great photos of the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze:

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze leaked photos

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze photos

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze leaked photos

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze leaked photos

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze leaked photos

The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze leaked photos

For more information about the 2015 Chevrolet Cruze, give us a call at 330-SWEENEY or email us at [email protected]

And the Awards Keep Coming! 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks & KBB 5 year Cost of Ownership Awards!

The awards keep rolling in for Chevrolet cars, including the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks AND KBB Cost to Own Awards! Over the past week 5 of our Chevy name plates and one of our GMC vehicles have had big time honors bestowed on them. Let’s start with our SUVs:

On Monday the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced their Top Safety Picks. Traditionally, the 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks never go to a midsize SUV. However, for the first time BOTH the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2014 GMC Terrain have been chosen as 2014 IIHS Top Safety Picks! Both SUVs beat out competitors like the 2014 Honda Pilot and the 2014 Toyota Highlander

2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick - 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick – 2014 Chevrolet Equinox

 

2014 IIHS Awards - 2014 GMC Terrain

2014 IIHS Awards – 2014 GMC Terrain

 

Today KBB released their 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards and Chevrolet cars won 4 awards! This award signifies that these vehicles are less expensive to keep in operation than comparable vehicles. Take a look at the vehicles that won awards:

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards - 2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards – 2014 Chevrolet Impala

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards - 2014 Chevrolet Spark

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards – 2014 Chevrolet Spark

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards - 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards – 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards - 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1

2014 KBB 5 Year Cost of Ownership Awards – 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS/ZL1

To learn more about these vehicles or any of the other awards that Chevrolet, Buick or GMC cars have won, shoot us an email at [email protected] or give us a call at 330-SWEENEY!