The 2014 Chevy Volt is ranked 9th in Hybrid cars
If you love looking at stars for your 2014 New Years resolution, you won’t need a telescope to inspect this beauty. We’re talking about the debut of the 2014 Chevy Volt gas and electric Hybrid, folks. That “winning quinella” has come together forming the perfect 4-Star marriage that tells you its electric when you want it, and gas when you need it. With Volt drivers averaging about 900 miles between plug-ins, drivers can pretty much thumb their nose at the gas pumps passing by. So is it any wonder that the 2014 Chevy Volt is ranked 9th in Hybrid cars, and gets an overdose of “oohs and aahs” from those who have had the opportunity to view the Volt?
There is no doubt that 2014 Volt owners will be some of the happiest drivers in the world. And if you’re a newbee in the world of hybrid/electric cars and the word “Hybrid” scares you because you may be a tad short on how the electric and lithium-ion battery works, just ask the specialists at SW Engines for your own personal how-to primer. These guys pretty much wrote the book on new and used engines, so you’ll be able to get plugged in on how everything works in no time.
The fact is if you can drive and have at least one finger that works, you can drive a 2014 Chevy Volt. Why you may ask? Well first you don’t need a key. You simply push a button. We knew you ladies would like that! Another error-free plus is you are not required to look at any dials or speedometer needles. With the 2014 Chevy Volt Hybrid, those two items have now become “persona non grata.” Your only driving chore is to check two interactive LCD screens that deploy feedback on four driving modes where you can easily switch back and forth to suit your personal driving style.
By now you may be thinking about costs and EPA estimates involved in buying a 2014 Chevy Volt Hybrid. Well the Chevy Volt has a pair of electric motors plus a gasoline engine that serves as a “backup” generator for the motors when the battery is depleted. And every reviewer checking the veracity of that statement agreed that the powertrain does provide the necessary power in all situations. Running on only electricity, the Volt comes in at approximately 98 mpg which is equal to other plug-in hybrids. But when the gas engine kicks in, the rating ranges between 35/40 mpg city and highway. So investigate and deliberate. But remember, for the cost of that Latte drink you love you can fully charge your Volt, and still get 38 mpg.
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The Chevrolet Venture was a minivan produced from 1997 to 2005. The Venture was replaced by the Chevrolet Uplander in 2005.
In 1996, the Chevy Venture was introduced as a replacement for the Chevrolet Lumina APV. The Venture had a 3.4L V6 engine and all Ventures were offered with automatic transmissions only. A Warner Brothers edition was also offered from 2001 to 2005 and featured a DVD entertainment center. The Warner Brothers Edition also had a Bugs Bunny leaning against the Warner Brothers Logo.
The 1997 Chevy Venture received a rating of four stars out five in a head on collision from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and test on subsequent model years yielded 4 stars in most categories.
The Venture has also been marketed in Europe under the name Opel Sintra and in the United Kingdom as a Vauxhall. Chevrolet Europe sold a few models, mostly United States dometic market models which had been modified to European specification. Among them were the Chevrolet Trans Sport which was a cross bodywise between a Chevrolet Venture and a Pontiac Trans Sport.
Both the Chevrolet Venture and the Chevrolet Astro were replaced by the similar new 2005 Chevrolet Uplander. The Chevrolet Venture was manufactured in at the assembly plant in Doraville, GA.
The minivan introduced to replace the Venture and Astro is the Chevrolet Uplander. Brought in for the 2005 model year, the minivan is assembled in Doraville, GA. General Motors has announced that it will close the assembly plant in late 2008. No plans have been released as to where the Uplander will now be built.
The Chevy Uplander is built heavily on its predecessor, the Venture and is one of the first crossovers between the minivan and suv. The Uplander offers an integrated child seat and is made in two wheelbases and a cargo version. and sales for between $21,250 and $33,795 in the United States market.
The van is sold in 4 other markets besides the United States which include Canada, Chile, Mexico and the Middle East. It has been offered with a 3.5 Liter V6 engine. For 2006, a larger engine was added, the 3.9 Liter V6 engine and in 2007 the 3.5 Liter was dropped altogether.
General Motors did not intend to end production of the Chevy Uplander so abruptly however when General Motors decided to close the assembly plant where it was built, the decision was made to continue producduction in Canada and Mexico for the 2009 model year. The last vehicle produced was a Canadian version of a 2009 Pontiac Montana SV6 short-wheel base.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer was introduced in 1999 and was intended as an upscale trimline of the Chevrolet Blazer. The TrailBlazer is based on a truck platform and all models came with an optional four wheel drive package with the traditional 4 high and 4 low gearings. Originally the two door models were the only type offered at dealerships while the four door models were reserved only for fleet sales. This changed in 2005 when both the two door and four door models were finally made available to the general population.
The 4.2 Liter I6 engine was awarded best engine at the 2002 North American Car show. The Trailblazer also took Truck of the Year at the same show.
The Trailblazer facade was streamlined for the 2006 model year and given a more aerodynamic look. It also received an upgrade to its trim and the front and rear fascias were updated as well. The Trailblazer SS received a trim specific from and rear fascias plus color matched side skirts.
The Super Sport medel TrailBlazer came standard with a 6.0 Liter engine which is the same engine that comes standard in the 2005-2006 Pontiac GT.
The Trailblazer and the Uplander will be replaced by the Chevrolet Traverse and General Motors closed the Moraine plant on December 23, 2008 where the Trailblazer was built.
The Geo Tracker was produced through a joint venture between General Motors and Suzuki which produced the Suzuki SideKick. Built for the North American market in Ingersoll, Cananda along with the Sidekick, some were imported from Japan due to a delay at the Canadian factory.
Originally the Chevrolet Tracker was produced exclusively for the Canadian market however in 1992 the Geo name was brought to Canada and all Trackers were now Geo Trackers.
Suzuki began importing four door Sidekicks from Japan in 1991. These were powered by a sixteen valve 1.6 Liter engine. In 1996, the Ingersoll, Canada plant began assembling the four door trackers also and the Geo and Suzuki models were rebadged and all North American models became Chevrolet Trackers once again.
The Tracker was intended to be a rugged light mini suv and a comfortable passenger vehicle at the same time. It was given a light truck engine and transmission coupled with an off road four wheel drive package. The Tracker was given strong front suspension with a tough recirculating ball steering box and a front differential mounted ahead of the engine made the vehicle sturdy enough for off road use. The U jointed drive shafts and the rear axle that was a light truck unit on coil springs gave the Tracker a truck like ride that could withstand harsh off road usage.
The Tracker was replaced by the 4 cylinder Chevrolet Sport Captiva and the Saturn Vue in the summer of 2008 after a rapid decline in sales. Many believe the sudden disinterest by the public was caused when General Motors replaced the rugged steering box with lightweight rack and Pinon steering which is much more easily damaged and more expensive to repair, eliminating the ability to use the vehicle for the very thing that had made it so popular.
The Chevy Tahoe was introduced in 1994 as the rebadged full sized Chevy Blazer. In 1995, the Tahoe received an overhaul and was reintroduced with a 4 door version.
The Tahoe/Yukons were based on the Suburban and shared the GMT400 platform but were shorter in length than the Suburban. Built on a true truck chassis, the Tahoe is based on the full size pickup truck, the Silverado. Both two-door and four-door models were produced as well as rear wheel and four wheel drive. Autotrac and Onstar were added as options in 1998.
A Chevrolet Tahoe Limited Edition was introduced in the year 2000 but was only produced for one year. Two new engines were also offered for the 2000 model year. One was the 4.8 Liter Vortec small block V8. Although smaller the the 5.7 Liter it replaced, it produced more power.
To promote the Tahoe in 2007, the suv was featured on The Apprentice. A contest was held that allowed entrants to put together their own commercial for the New Tahoe.
The Chevrolet Hybrid Tahoe made its debut in fall of 2007 with a base package price of around $50,000. The hybrid uses a 6.0 liter v8 engine and two electric motors that charge a 300-volt nickel-metal hydride battery and the vehicle can run either on gasoline alone, battery alone or a combination of the two. The starting price for the 2009 model has increased to $51,405 for the base package.
Chevrolet has decided to bring the SSR Pickup back for the 2009 model year. Having given less than a stellar performance when it was first introduced in 2003, the new SSR Pickup received a facelift and a complete redesign before being put back into production.
The 2009 SSR Pickup comes equiped with a 6.0-liter LS2 V8 engine that generates 390 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. The new Chevy SSR engine is much more powerful than its predecessor and is the high performance vehicle that many people expected from the first model.
The retro design pick up truck will seat five passengers comfortably this time around as opposed to the first one offered, which only came as two seaters.
The look was taken from Chevy trucks of the 1940′s and features a symmetrical dash and body-color trim that are reminiscent of the good old days with an elegant modern touch. What’s more the exterior colors come with cool names such as Aqua Blue Metallic, Redline Red, Ricochet Silver Metallic, Slingshot Yellow, and Smokin’ Asphalt.
Designed to be a high performance vehicle and as such it provides an exhilarating ride fee of all the squeaks and rattles that plagued the earlier models. The designers retained the retractable hardtop but added a locable pickup box that offers a cargo capacity of 22.5 cubic feet.
The Chevrolet Suburban has been in continuous production longer than in other model vehicle in history. Production began in 1935 and considering the extreme ongoing popularity of the vehicle, the Suburban name plate will continue long into the future.
Built on the Chevrolet pickup truck platform, the Suburban is an station wagon/sport utility combination and has proven to be one of General Motor’s most profitable vehicles.
The GMC Suburban built from 1973 through 1991 was 4 door vehicle (all previous versions having 1 drivers door and 2 passenger doors) and the GMC Suburban engine was offered in diesel and gasoline. The base engine was small block 350 cubick inch V8 with a 400 cubic inch offered as an upgrade. The big block V8 was offered for the first time in these models.
The mid 1990′s saw a revised interior that offered all bench seating which could accomodate up to 9 passengers comfortably and still had plenty of space behind the last row of seats to haul a considerable amount of cargo.
For the 21st century, Chevrolet began offering both a 1/2 ton version and a 3/4 ton version with two types of trim packages: the LS or the LT. The LT trim package included OnStar as a standard feature as well as a 6.0 Liter engine.
The Chevrolet Suburban LT engine would include Vortec technology along with an 8.1 Liter engine for the 3/4 ton model.
The latest models have redesigned interiors and stability control will be standard for all models for the first time. The towing package included with these newest Suburbans is the best offered on any 4×4 SUV passenger vehicle sold in the United States today. They have the ability to tow up to 9,600 pound for the 3/4 ton models.
Manufactured from 2003 to 2006, the Cherolet SSR was based on the Chevrolet TrailBlaxerEXT’s Platform. Chevy gave the SSR a retro design with a retractable steel hardtop, in all actuality, a convertible pickup truck. It was first introduced to the American public in a 60 second TV spot featuring the song “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf.
The concept car was introduced at the 2000 Detroit Auto Show and a prototype was featured as the pace car for the 2003 Inidianapolis 500 auto race.
The Vortec 5300 engine, a 5.3 Liter 300 horsepower V8 was used in both the 2003 and 2004 models but the performance was less than desirable. To correct this issue, General Motors opted to switch to the same engine being used for the C6 Corvette and the Pontiac GTO for the 2005 models. An optional six speed manual transmission was also included in 2005.
Sales of the Chevy SSR were below expectations from the outset and only 9000 units were moved in the first year of production. Because of the the lackluster sales in that first year, General Motors scaled back production and in November of 2005 announced that it would permanently close the Lansing factory where the SSR was made and the model was retired.
The SSR was a classically designed vehicle that GM hoped would be one of its best movers. Unfortunately, for reasons never clearly understood, the convertible pickup never performed up to expectations. However, GM took the SSR back to the design table and has made significant changes to the engine and interior “extras” and plans to bring the retro truck back in time for the 2009 model year.
The Chevrolet Sprint was marketed in the United States and Canada beginning in 1985. The Sprint was created in a joint venture with Suzuki. General Motors has used the same model platform and marketed the vehicle under several different badges.
In fact this model has had 4 different monikers in North America alone. These include Suzuki Swift, Geo Metro, Pontiac Firefly and Chevrolet Metro.
General Motors originally offered all of these models as a 3 door hatchback. Due to the popularity of inexpensive subcompact, a 5 door hatchback option was brought out in 1986 named the Chevy Sprint Plus.
A Turbo Sprintwas introduced in 1987 and this one remained in production through 1990. Turbo charged versions of the 1.0 Liter 3 cylinder were limited in the colors they were offered in. The available colors included red, white and blue.
Frome 1985 through 1988 the Chevy Sprint and the Chevy Sprint Metro both employed a computer controlled carbureted 1.0 liter 3 cylinder engine that employed a hemispherical head design. Adding fuel injection required that the cylinder head be redesigned in order to add the additional cooling the engine required. This had the added effect of reducing the gase mileage.
Finally the Sprint was rebadged as the Geo Metro. The popularity of the vehicle has been attributed to the economical base sticker price. For $5000 this vehicle came with AM/FM radio plus a cassette tape player and a digital clock as the only “extras”. Parents of college students where the average customer for these stripped down base models.
The Chevrolet Van was one of several vans made by General Motors for North America. The term “Chevrolet van” also refers to the entire series of vans sold by Chevrolet. The first Chevrolet van was released in 1961 on the Corvair platform, and the latest Chevrolet van in production is the Chevrolet Express.
The Chevy Greenbrier van was brought on line in the early 60′s and used a flat 6 opposed rear engine with air cooling.
The first forward engine design was the 1971 ChevyVan/Vandura.The Handivan was the original classic flat windshield van. It included as options a four and six cylinder inline engine. It had a boxy design which was perfect for hauling cargo. The base model for this was the Handivan and came with or without windows and had side doors in the rear. Consistent with its original design to be a cargo van, even the heater and front passenger seats came as options.
An all new body style was introduced the next year and this was continued through 1995. Small changes were made and interior components were updated. It was also manufactured under the name GMC Rally but the essential components of the vehicle remained the same.
By 1986 Chevrolet had may all the engine fuel injected a was upgraded to a 4.3 liter V6. Chevrolet also made the Sportvan available with a diesel engine.
By 1995, its last year of production the Sportvan had all the features of a full conversion van but the rearseats were left out, keeping with the original design premise of work/utility vehicle.
The Chevy Spectrum was released in the us in 1985 as a compact car. The Spectrum was a really a rebadged version of the Isuzu I- Mark. and very similar in styling to the Geo Storm. GM differentiated between the tow by styling the Spectrum with a wide front grille wil square grid openings and sealed beam headlights with front side marker lights that were located on the sides of the front bumper.
The Spectrum was offered in 2 body styles: the 2 door hatchback and the 4 door sedan. Bother were powered with a 1.5 Liter inline 4 cylinder engine.In 1989 the Spectrum received a light facelift when the gille was widened to alarge rectangle with two cross bars. Slight updates to the interior were effected as well and the transmission and engine remained the same.
1989 was also the last year the Spectrum would carry the Chevy name plate, passing for a short period as a Geo Spectrum before being dropped completely in 1990.