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2019 Chevrolet Bolt

2019 Chevrolet Bolt

A cool electric car without the hipster tax.

The Chevy Bolt tends to have a bad rap because of the bow-tie emblem; it’s quirky DNA mashup between MPV and hatchback, and the fact that it’s not a Tesla. But, we managed to spend some one-on-one time with the Chevy Bolt and, well, let’s just say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Despite the general consensus surrounding GM’s compact EV, and all the hype generated by Tesla, the Bolt has found a place in our hearts. Here’s our story of a simple yet enjoyable getaway with none other than the 2019 Chevy Bolt.

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2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Sport6 SS Concept

Chevy’s first hot compact since the Cobalt SS

Introduced in 2008 as a replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt (and its Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion doppelgangers), the Cruze is two years into its second-generation as of 2018. Available in both sedan and hatchback body styles, it’s offered with two gasoline engines and a diesel engine in other markets. But, unlike its predecessor, it isn’t offered in performance-oriented guise yet. This could change soon, as Chevy unveiled a beefed-up concept car at the 2018 Sao Paolo Motor Show.

Powered by an engine that generates almost 300 horsepower, the concept goes by the name Cruze Sport6 SS. The "SS" badge, most famous for adorning the Camaro, is not new to compact GM cars, having been used on the Cobalt SS, a 260-horsepower coupe sold until 2010. On top of the beefed-up engine, the Cruze SS also features more aggressive exterior features and a sportier interior. It actually looks ready to go into production, but the fact that Chevy chose to unveil it in Brazil without much fuss on social media may be a sign that it’s not going into production anytime soon.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Driven

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback – Driven

Just like the Cruze sedan, only better

The Chevrolet Cruze has undergone some big changes in the last two years. For 2016, the sedan moved into its second generation by hitting the gym for weight reduction and added muscle. Now for 2017, Chevy has added a hatchback version complete with all the upgrades introduced a year before. I got the chance to spend a week behind the wheel of Chevy’s new hatch, surmising the little bowtie is darn good at hauling people and their stuff.

Admittedly smitten, I’d venture to say the Cruze Hatchback is a better choice than most compact crossovers. The data proves it, at lease objectively in regards to fuel economy and interior volume. Subjectively, the Cruze Hatch feels light on its feet and doesn’t mind being thrown into a turn. No, the Cruze Hatch’s 1.4-liter turbo-four is hardly a monster, but it appropriately balances power with efficiency. It’s hard to complain about 38 mpg highway, even when the sprint to 60 mph takes nearly eight seconds. So, what’s it like to live with? Find out below.

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2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV

2017 Chevrolet Spark ACTIV

A city car designed with off-road trails in mind? Yup, Chevy did it.

The Chevy Spark is one of those funky little city cars that has seen surprising success over the years. The third-gen model, for instance, managed to sell 1.1 million units globally in its time on the market. For 2015, the four-gen model debuted with a more aerodynamic body, slightly more powerful engine, and some pretty extensive updates on the inside, making it one of the most comfortable city cars you can get your hands on here in the U.S. It was also the model GM used as a basis for its first all-electric model since 1999 when the EV1 was put to death.

With the new-gen model two years into production, GM saw fit to create a special edition of sorts that is being called the Spark Activ. Joining the Chevy Beat Activ Concept from earlier this year, and the Chevy Trax Activ Concept that debuted at the SEMA show in November 2016, this model follows suit with a few off-road bits because you never know when you’ll have to take a city car off-road, right? Jokes aside, this thing really is about as boring as the Activ concepts that we’ve seen in the days passed, but it might just be someone’s cup of tea.

“The new Spark ACTIV is all about adventurous fun and style,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of Car and Crossover Marketing. “It has an attitude, while still offering the sophisticated, efficient and connected driving experience customers have come to love.”

So, with that said, let’s dive on in and look at this special edition to see what it really brings to the table.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line

2017 Chevrolet Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line

A mild interpretation of the Cruze’s customized potential

The annual SEMA show is just around the corner, and with its imminent arrival comes a long lineup of spruced-up, tricked-out, customized automobiles to ogle and lust after. The latest batch comes from Chevrolet, which just announced plans to drop cover on more than 20 individual models at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Among them are two new examples from the Blue Line series, including the 2017 Cruze RS five-door you see here. Bearing both concept-exclusive and production-ready accessories, the Cruze RS Hatch Blue Line is a mild upgrade over the stock vehicle, and will arrive in Vegas with new exterior styling components, a snazzier interior, a few extra horses under the hood, and crisper handling.

All in all, the hatch is pretty unremarkable compared to the average SEMA car, but it does do a decent job in showing off the Bowtie’s catalogue of accessories. If you’re a Chevy Cruze hatchback owner, then this thing might provide the inspiration needed to start modding.

Either way, Chevy says it’ll debut the Blue Line’d Cruze as a means to test the waters and see how the public reacts. You’ll have to wait until November 1st for the full public reveal, but for now, check out our review for the details.

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

A more powerful and efficient alternative to the Nissan Leaf? You got it!

How do you build the car of the future? Just ask Chevrolet. According to the bowtie, the masses yearn for something that combines connectivity, electrification, and practicality. It has to be upgradeable. It has to be ahead of the status quo. Most importantly, though, it has to be affordable. Enter the 2017 Bolt EV. Offering a plethora of electronic features, 200 miles of range per charge, and a $30,000 price tag, the Bolt appears to tick all the right boxes.

Chevy went to extremes to tie the Bolt to the cutting edge of technology, streaming the debut at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show via Facebook Live and following it up with an interactive 3D tour of the interior. I wouldn’t have been surprised if there was a hologram of Steve Jobs in a Tron outfit at the end of it. Dead gadget tycoons aside, the 2017 Bolt looks to be a real watershed moment, not just for Chevy, but EVs as a whole. But is it?

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback

The Cruze for the carry-all crowd

Chevrolet has announced its newest model ahead of the 2016 North American International Auto show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback. Technically already roaming other parts of the globe, the Cruze Hatchback is making its first appearance in the U.S. thanks to spreading acceptance and growing sales of hatchbacks in the States.

“With nine percent market growth in small hatchbacks last year, it’s the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to America,” said Alan Batey, president of General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “As Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling.”

The hatchback version of Chevy’s best-selling global car rides on the same all-new platform found under the 2016 Cruze. It also features the same vastly improved interior, updated powertrain, and continues undercutting the previous Cruze’s curb weight.

The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will offer all the same high-tech features as its sedan brother, as well, including MyLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, heated seats front and rear, a heated steering wheel, projector-beam headlights with LED accents, and an interior that features French stitching and available leather surfaces.

In the safety department, the Cruze Hatchback offers Lane Keep Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Park Assist. Parents can even keen an eye their teen driver with the available Teen Driver feature, which provides driving statistics.

Update 06/16/2016: Chevrolet has announced prices for the 2017 Cruze Hatchback will start at $22,190, making it $195 more expensive than the Cruze LT sedan. The 2017 Cruze Hatchback will go on sale in the fall of 2016.

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2016 Chevrolet Volt – Driven

2016 Chevrolet Volt – Driven

Chevy’s second-gen Prius killer

The first-generation Volt came thundering into Chevrolet dealerships for the 2011 model year. Not only was it an all-new model for Chevy that competed with hybrid stalwarts like the Toyota Prius, the Volt helped carry GM through the desperate rough patch of 2008 and 2009. GM executives already had the Volt on the books at the time, and were able to convince the right people in Washington to extend a helping hand. Those loans, or what everybody called the GM bailout, helped the struggling automaker get back on its feet.

Fast forward to the 2016 model year, and Chevy has an all-new Volt rolling off the assembly line. Not one part number carries over to the new car, making it a ground-up re-think of the range-extended electric vehicle. New, bolder looks with a more conventional yet modern interior pushes the Volt into the mainstream while keeping its standout qualities. It might not be the prettiest thing on four wheels, but it looks better than its predecessor.

Looks aside, the 2016 Volt has a slew of upgrades, namely with the powertrain. An all-new 1.5-liter four-cylinder uses direct injection, an Atkinson combustion cycle, and an aluminum design to increase efficiency and cut weight. A larger battery pack now offers a longer range, with the total gasoline-electric range pegged at 420 miles – a marked improvement from the first-gen’s 379-mile range.

What’s more, GM has made the Volt more accessible. Its base MSRP drops by roughly $1,000 to $33,170. Federal tax credits can drop the price another $7,500, making the Volt as inexpensive as $25,670.

So what’s the Volt like to live with? Well keep reading for the full run-down.

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2016 Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept

2016 Chevrolet Beat Activ Concept

Chevy unveils a new Concept based on the Chevy Spark, and it looks almost ready for production.

The Chevy Beat initially debuted at the 2007 New York Auto Show along with the Chevy Trax and Chevy Groove concept. In a poll released by Chevy that year, the Beat was widely accepted, taking more than 50 percent of the votes between it and the other two concepts. With that kind of acceptance, Chevy moved the Beat into production. It is known as the Chevy Spark here in the U.S. and other markets, but still goes by the Beat nomenclature in the Indian Market.

With the Indian market loving small cars, Chevy decided to bring a new concept of the beat to the 2016 New Delhi Auto show, calling it the Beat Activ. The interesting thing about the Beat Activ Concept is that it is also showing off a lot of the same design cues of the third generation Spark that came with the 2015 model year here in the U.S. For some reason, the Beat in India still has all of the second generation styling that Chevy put to rest with the newest iteration of the Spark.

So, with that said, this concept not only showcases some interesting design ideas for future models, but also the design cues that will surely make it when the third-generation Beat debuts in India. That, at least in part, is what makes this concept that much more interesting. According to Chevy, the Beat Activ is a “fun and spirited concept” and a “soft-roader” that has been designed to stand out from the crowd. It is a youthful car that was designed as a response to India’s maturing market.

So, does the beat active really have “adventure at its core” and ensure the driver will be “comfortable and connected” as Chevy suggests? Well, let’s take a closer look and see for ourselves. Join me, as I take a look at the specifics of this new concept.

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2016 Chevrolet Trax Red Line Series Concept

2016 Chevrolet Trax Red Line Series Concept

With the 2015 SEMA show around the corner, manufacturers are in a crunch to get their latest and greatest ready for display. For Chevy, that means they have prepared a group of concepts known as the Red Line Series that showcases some of its best production and concept accessories for the Malibu, Camaro, Silverado 1500, Colorado, and the Trax.

According to Jim Campbell – the Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for GM U.S. – “The Chevrolet Red Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices." And, he’s right – now that Chevy has previewed the group of concepts we can see that, but not all of the models are customized as much as you might think. Case in point: The Trax Redline Series Concept.

You can see a difference between the standard Trax and the Redline Series concept, but it’s nowhere near as customized and unique as the Camaro Redline Concept or the Malibu Redline Concept. We don’t have a whole lot to go on at this point, as previewing the models leaves some questions unanswered. Read on to see what we already know about the Trax Reline Series Concept and what we might see at its official debut on November 3rd.

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2015 Chevrolet Spark RS Red Line Series Concept

2015 Chevrolet Spark RS Red Line Series Concept

As a fuel efficient form of urban transportation, the Chevy Sparkdoes its job exactly as it is supposed to. The problem with this is that the Honda Fit and the Ford Fiesta also do this, but are also a lot more fun to drive and are even better looking. Spark sales have consistently lagged far behind the more popular cars in this segment, and that’s why a new Spark will be debuting in just a few months. But, before that happens, Chevy would like to send the current Spark out with a bang, and will be bringing a special version to the SEMA show next month.

The car is being called a Spark RS, although this is a fictional trim level, at least for this generation of the Spark. The car is part of the Red Line Series - a whole line of enhanced cars that Chevy is bringing to SEMA. So the Spark will be showed alongside new special versions of the Camaro, Malibu, Silverado, Colorado and Trax. The enhancements to each of these models are all essentially the same, but there are bound to be some other versions of several of these at SEMA, especially of the Camaro.

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2016 Chevrolet Spark

2016 Chevrolet Spark

In addition to the 2016 Malibu, Chevrolet also introduced a redesigned version of the Spark city car at the 2015 New York Auto Show. Updated to Chevy’s revised design language, the 2016 Spark is now more aerodynamic, more powerful and better equipped, thanks to a range of extensive updates inside and out. Production will commence in South Korea later this year, with U.S. sales to begin in the fourth quarter of 2015.

The Spark started life in 1998 as a Korean-designed city car powered by a 0.8-liter, three-pot and assembled in nine countries. Launched as the Daewoo Matiz, it was sold under different names globally, including as the Chevrolet Matiz, Chevrolet Spark or Pontiac G2. Revised in 2003, the subcompact retained most of its styling features and drivetrain components until 2007, when a brand-new model was developed on GM’s Gamma platform. The new Spark came to the U.S. for the 2010 model year, receiving an electric drivetrain later on.

The new Spark has pretty big shoes to fill, as its predecessor has been a massive success, with more than 1.1 million units sold globally since 2009. With the new model, Chevrolet hopes to draw young and first-time car buyers into its U.S. dealerships.

Updated 04/02/2015: The new generation Chevrolet Spark made its world debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

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2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

2015 Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept

General Motors appears to be interested in adding to its green car lineup with a new compact crossover called the Bolt EV. While still just a concept, the Bolt would slot in neatly alongside the new 2016 Volt and Spark EV, both of which are already humming their way up and down public roads. The Bolt is designed as a way forward in Chevy’s ambition to provide an affordable, long-range, all-electric vehicle, with a roughly $30,000 starting price and more than 200 miles stated as objectives for the first two adjectives of that description, respectively.

“Chevrolet believes electrification is a pillar of future transportation and needs to be affordable for a wider segment of customers,” said General Motors CEO Mary Barra in a press release. Price and range are two of the most important factors when it comes to widespread EV adoption, so GM clearly has the right idea going for them.

At first glance, the Bolt appears well rounded, both physically and metaphorically. The exterior body looks optimized to reduce drag, while the interior is pleasantly equipped and laid out. It’s a design that’s somewhat reminiscent of the BMW i3, albeit with a dollop of futuristic, concept-ish gloss smeared across it.

If GM wants to be a leader in the world of electrics and hybrids, this would certainly be a step in the right direction. Chevy has yet to confirm any intentions to put the Bolt into production, but rumors are circulating that it could go on sale in the U.S. and limited overseas markets in 2017.

In the meantime, we’ll just have to pick apart the new Volt hybrid for some domestic green car goodness. Maybe we’ll even see yet another foray into the world of EVs from GM. Here’s our pitch: an electric bus for new-age hippies. We’ll call it the Ohm.

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

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2015 Chevrolet Sonic Accessories Concept

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Accessories Concept

Chevrolet’s going to an all-too familiar script with its SEMA-bound offerings. Over the past few years, the Chevrolet Sonic has been a SEMA staple and this year figures to be no different. I already talked about the Sonic Performance Concept so now it’s time to dive into the other Sonic we’ll be seeing at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show. This model is called the Sonic Accessories Concept and like the Performance Concept, this one isn’t really a concept, but a showpiece of what the Sonic could look like if it was covered in Chevy’s latest lineup of accessories.

In other words, this is what Chevrolet wants you to buy in the event you’re in the market for a Sonic.

Yes, the Sonic Accessories Concept creates a nice display models for the many possibilities customers have for mixing and matching new accessories available for the hatchback. The concept should give us a look at the optional accessories we can expect to see for the Sonic. There’s a lot to choose from, covering a wide range of the hatchback’s real estate.

Whether it’s the exterior, the interior, or even upgrades to the suspension, there are plenty of new digs to go around for Chevy’s little hot hatch. The Sonic Accessories Concept shows us what’s possible. Hopefully, we’ll learn more about it when it makes its debut at the 2014 SEMA Auto Show.

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