For a long time, hybrids, electric vehicles (EVs), and other “green cars” have been regarded as a niche market for buyers who are invested in being environmentally friendly. However, more and more, EVs and hybrids are gaining traction among drivers who want to save big on their gas budget. The Chevrolet Bolt EV was introduced by Chevy in an attempt to make so-called “green cars” more friendly to mainstream buyers.
One of the biggest hurdles to attracting new drivers to the segment was expanding the EV’s mileage. Many other EVs have difficulty keeping a charge for an extended length of time or distance, which caused what many industry experts called “range anxiety” among potential buyers. But when the Chevrolet Bolt came out, its big selling point was that the battery had been fine-tuned to keep drivers rolling for over 200 miles. The increased mileage of the Chevy Bolt helped alleviate “range anxiety.”
The stylish and appealing design of the Chevrolet Bolt EV helped attract the attention of customers who maybe weren’t as interested in going green before the Bolt’s debut. The Chevrolet Bolt also offers a sleek and comfortable interior. All of this comes at a more affordable price than comparable rivals, too, making the Chevy Bolt an excellent choice for buyers new to the EV segment.
To experience the amazing features of the eco-friendly Chevy Bolt, visit Dan Young GM for a test drive.
The Chevrolet Traverse got a makeover when Chevy introduced a next-gen redesign for 2018. In addition to the redesigned Traverse, the all-new Traverse RS is hitting the auto industry. It features everything from a standard turbocharged engine to more aggressive styling cues. This new trim level will give you the option of a more athletic and fun-to-drive choice among the Chevrolet Traverse’s lineup.
The all-new Traverse RS will also come with a variety of upscale tech, from convenience to safety. Systems and features include Surround Vision, a 10-speaker Bose® sound system, tri-zone automatic climate control, and remote start. Infotainment systems such as the Chevrolet MyLink system and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot will also come standard on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS.
Producing battery electric cars is an expensive business. In fact, most automakers who put one into production lose money on that model for years. This is mostly due to the high cost of the lithium-ion batteries that power the cars.
GM currently sells an electric car in the form of the Chevrolet Bolt. This small car has a lot going for it with a range of over 200 miles and a relatively affordable price tag. However, GM is currently losing money on this car. However, according to GM CEO, Mary Barra, the company plans to make a profit with electric cars by 2021.
According to insiders familiar with GM’s strategy, the key is to cut costs associated with battery production, specifically the amount of cobalt used in the batteries. Cobalt is the most expensive component in a lithium-ion battery and the price continues to rise. GM’s future battery design uses more nickel, which is both less expensive and produces more energy.
At the same time, GM engineers are working on ways to get more out of their batteries through more efficient packaging and improved energy flow.
Here at Dan Young GM, we are interested to see where this goal will take GM in the electric car industry.
Recently, Bloomberg reported some early details regarding the Cadillac XT4 production. The XT4 will be a new, smaller SUV in the lineup. According to the report, Cadillac has already begun building a preliminary version of the model at its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City.
This new model will give luxury shoppers a new option, while at the same time making better use of the Fairfax plant. The Cadillac lineup currently only has two SUV options, the XT5 and Escalade. Last year, XT5 sales surged 73 percent.
“It’s a new architecture for us, and it is up to the task,” said Johan de Nysschen, President of Cadillac. “It’s the right size, dynamics and sophistication to attain what I believe is worthy of a Cadillac in this segment.”
The Fairfax plant currently producing the Chevrolet Malibu and the new Cadillac XT4 will share a platform with the Malibu to help defray some of the costs.
We have also learned that the all-new XT4 will likely make its debut in March at the New York Auto Show. In addition, sales of the new SUV are expected to start before the end of this year.
Here at Dan Young GM, we can’t wait to get the new XT4 on our showroom floor. What features do you hope to see?
The full-size truck segment is one of the most competitive in the industry, meaning even slight changes can be a game changer. Literally sticking to the saying “Go big or go home,” General Motors (GM) is out to take the full-size pickup segment by storm. According to multiple sources, the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra will see some serious weight loss in the near future.
GM already utilizes weight-saving materials, including high-strength steel and aluminum, but engineers recognized the potential for an even lighter truck. To further reduce the weight of the new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, General Motors will offer a carbon fiber bed.
While carbon fiber isn’t dirt cheap, the difference in weight could increase fuel economy, effectively saving drivers in the long run. In addition to better fuel economy, the trucks will likely benefit from increased performance and handling as well.
Alternatively, GM could forego increased fuel economy and increase the sheer capability of both trucks instead. Considering the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado already offers a towing capacity of up to 12,500 pounds, increased capability could give it an edge over top competitors.
The new Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra are scheduled to debut at the 2018 Detroit International Auto Show next year.
We here at Dan Young GM can’t wait to see the new-and-improved pickups!
The holiday season is just getting started, but it’s never too soon to start planning for the Christmas season. Check out these great Christmas activities in Tipton, Indiana for a holiday season you won’t soon forget.
Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House
There are few better ways to enjoy the holiday season than drinking wine and shopping. The Blackhawk Winery Christmas Open House allows shoppers to do just both! Attendees will have the option to grab some gifts from local vendors, like M&S Creations and LulaRoe. The event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m.
A welcoming environment in a controlled setting make for the perfect way to allow children with special needs to experience Christmas to the fullest. Sensitive Santa features numerous adjustments that create a calming space for children. The event is held with Autism Speaks and features muted lights, music, and activity tables. Bring the kids to see Santa on Dec. 3 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Pet Photo Night
Snapping a few pictures of your pets in holiday garb is one way to make a memory, but getting a few with Santa takes the holidays to the next level. Bring your pet to Hamilton Town Center on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. for Pet Photo Night!
Did you know that dogs have been used as a tool in law enforcement since as early as the Middle Ages? Today’s K-9 units are as helpful as ever when it comes to catching the bad guys. Our K-9 unit in Tipton, Indiana, is great at catching bad guys on the job, too. But, one thing the unit is not so good at? Catching treats.
Recently, the Tipton Police Department released a fun video of their K-9 named Apachi trying hard to catch ice cubes—and missing almost every time—as an officer tossed them his way.
Fortunately, for our kids in Tipton, Indiana, Apachi can cover the bad guys while the kids catch the treats. Exact date and time for local Tipton trick-or-treating haven’t been announced just yet, but last year’s occurred on Halloween proper, and the hours are likely to run between 5 to 8 p.m.
While you’re waiting with the rest of us for more detailed information, you can take this time to talk to your kids about safe practices for trick-or-treating. For instance, be sure your kids know the importance of crossing at crosswalks, staying on sidewalks, and staying near guardians at all times. The team at Dan Young GM loves Halloween and all of the costumes involved, so if your kids are trying out their costumes before the big night, bring them to Dan Young GM to show them off!
If you’re looking for a full-size family hauler that can keep every one of your passengers safe, comfortable, and happy on the road, the 2018 Chevy Tahoe is your answer. This large SUV has always been a staple option on the SUV market. This year there are even more reasons to love it, as it sees updates to its list of features, its design, and even its price tag.
Now you’ll find standard LED daytime running lamps on the LS and LT trims of the 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe, as well as an updated Tire Pressure Monitoring System. What’s perhaps most exciting to the new Chevy Tahoe is the addition of two different packages. The first is the Tahoe RST (Rally Sport Truck), which adds things like 22-inch aluminum wheels and black design accents for a sportier version of this family hauler.
Another package, and one that will be especially attractive to those on a budget, is the Custom Edition available on the LS trim. This version of the 2018 Chevy Tahoe removes the back row seats, and adds a chrome accent grille as well as 18-inch aluminum wheels. The Custom label will drop more than $3,000 from the base trim’s price tag, but still features strong Tahoe capability like a towing maximum of 6,600 pounds.
Learn more about what’s new in this admirable family hauler when you stop by Dan Young GM.
Sometimes it’s the little things that truly take something from good to great — or, in the case of the 2018 GMC Terrain, from great to excellent.
The on-deck GMC Terrain is full of “final touches” that create an altogether refined driving experience, but one of the features our GMC-enthusiasts here at Dan Young are most excited for has to be the all-new transmission interface. Yes, “all-new transmission interface” might sound a little boring at first, but let us explain.
The transmission interface on the 2018 GMC Terrain completely does away with the old-fashioned toggle gear shifter system. Instead, GMC is introducing a simplified toggle-and-button system. That might seem crazy — it is certainly untraditional — but there are more than just a few good reasons for this innovation.
First and foremost, this new transmission interface just looks good. In the place of an awkward shifter jutting up in the middle of your pilot area, there is a simple set of cleanly designed buttons. The overall effect is a more elegant and modernized interior.
Beyond aesthetics, this new redesign frees up a lot of space around the driver for more comfort and accessibility: no shifter, no clutter.
Finally, the all-new transmission interface is just easier to use: toggle to drive, toggle to reverse, push a button to park, go neutral, or enter low gear. It’s as easy as that.
Are you curious to see the new 2018 GMC Terrain? You can catch a glimpse (and maybe a test drive) right here at Dan Young!
Sorry, everyone, but that time is sadly approaching — the final days of sweet, sweet summer. We hope you took full advantage of the fine weather and fun events of the season, but if you did, that means you must have done quite a bit of driving. If that is indeed the case, we have just a few simple end-of-summer car care tips to help you and your vehicle transition into the coming cold with ease.
Empty the trunk
Whether your cargo area is stuffed with golf clubs, boogie boards, tents, fishing poles, or any other combination of summer-fun gear, chances are all that stuff is weighing you down and adding to your fuel bill. Pack it away nicely and promise it can come back out to play in a few (hopefully short) months.
Check the tires
All that driving isn’t easy on the wheels, even if it’s easy on your peace-of-mind. Check that your tires are still street-safe; you can do so easily by inserting a quarter head-first into the tread of your tires. If you can see the top of Washington’s head, your tires probably need to be replaced.
Replace the wiper blades
Bad weather’s a-coming — don’t get stuck in a fall squall without the proper equipment. New wiper blades are inexpensive and can mean a world of difference during harsh driving conditions.