Chevrolet Volt Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award

Only small car of 12 in recent testing to earn distinction

DETROIT – The 2014 Chevrolet Volt with available Forward Collision Alert was the only vehicle out of 12 small cars tested to earn the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s 2014 Top Safety Pick + award. It also received an acceptable overall score in IIHS’ challenging small overlap front crash test.

The results in the most recent round of testing put it ahead of its competitors, both in the electric and small car segments.

“The Volt’s crashworthiness performance puts it in the top tier for small car safety,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS senior vice president for vehicle research. “GM should be commended for the Volt’s performance in the small overlap front test because this car was designed before that challenging test was introduced.”

The Volt earned a “good” rating – the highest the IIHS awards in its tests – in four of the six categories monitored during the small overlap front test. In the Structure category and the Restraints & Kinematics category, the Volt earned an “acceptable” rating. Altogether, the scores gave the Volt an overall acceptable rating in the test.

“These outstanding results demonstrate our commitment to the highest levels of safety performance in our vehicles,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. ”Achieving the IIHS Top Safety Pick + is a key endorsement which is valued by our customers.”

According to IIHS, the small overlap front crash test is considered the most difficult of any of the head-on tests performed by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the IIHS. It was introduced in 2012, and replicates a collision with another object, such as a tree, on the very front corner of the vehicle at 40 mph.

This means the vehicle’s front bumpers and crumple zones are avoided, making the rest of the car distribute crash energy.

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Chevrolet Malibu Earns IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick+ Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety today named the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu with available Forward Collision Alert a Top Safety Pick+. The distinction requires cars to receive high marks in crash worthiness and achieve a basic, advanced or superior rating for frontal crash prevention.

The crash tests consist of front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. In order to receive 2014 Top Safety Pick+ status, the 2014 Malibu had to offer a frontal crash protection system meeting IIHS requirements as well as receive a “Good” rating – the highest classification used by IIHS – in four of the five crash tests and no less than an “Acceptable” – the second highest classification – rating in the fifth test.

This differs from the 2014 Top Safety Pick Rating that required a car to receive a “Good” rating in four of the five crash tests and no less than an “Acceptable” rating on the fifth test – without offering a frontal crash protection system meeting IIHS requirements.

The 2014 Malibu exceeded those requirements, achieving a “Good” rating in all five tests. It also achieved a “Basic” assessment for the frontal crash prevention system when outfitted with the optional Advanced Safety Package available on 2LT and above trim packages, meeting the requirements for the Top Safety Pick+ consideration. The system uses camera and radar systems to monitor the distance to the car in front of the Malibu, and will sound an alert if it senses a possible collision.

The IIHS designs its tests to replicate certain types of crashes that can occur on the road, with evaluation focusing on key points in the vehicle’s body structure and the risk of occupant injury.

For instance, the Side Impact Crashworthiness Evaluation Crash Test consists of rolling a 3,300-pound sled into the side of a test vehicle at 31.1 mph. The IIHS specifically aligns the sled with the driver’s head.

Similarly, in the Moderate Overlap Frontal Crashworthiness Evaluation Crash Test, the test vehicle runs into a wall offset from the vehicle’s centerline.

“We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized the safety of the Malibu with this prestigious rating,” said Gay Kent, general director of General Motors Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Customer safety is our guiding compass; this serves as a testament to that.”

The Chevrolet Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but 2014 is the first time it is a Top Safety Pick+. It is the second Chevrolet car this model year to receive recognition by IIHS following the Spark mini car, which was named a IIHS 2014 Top Safety Pick.

The 2014 Chevy Malibu is now available at Crain Chevrolet in Little Rock. Visit us online at, or give us a call, 501-542-6043, to schedule an appointment.

Siri Eyes-Free Navigation Gives Chevy Equinox An Edge Over Competition

The advanced driving aids in new cars are designed to lend a hand in navigation, driver awareness and overall convenience. With so many devices and features easily accessible behind the wheel, those useful amenities might also serve as dangerous distractions when not used carefully or properly.

Chevy is setting out to help eliminate some of those dangers by integrating Siri Eyes Free features in the 2014 Chevy Equinox, the 2014 Chevy Malibu and a number of other vehicles. Highlighted by a new ad that aired during the Olympics, Siri Eyes Free helps drivers focus on driving while still being able to use many of the connectivity features of the Chevy MyLink interface. With the push of a button on the steering wheel and voice activation, drivers can have Siri read text messages, change music, handle phone calls, and provide navigation among several other features.

Those useful, safety-focused features are only practical if Chevy owners fully understand how to use the technology, as fumbling around with the steering wheel controls and touchscreen interface only creates more distractions.

These vehicles are now available at Crain Chevrolet in Little Rock! Visit us online here, or give us a call at (501) 255-5300 to schedule an appointment today. Awards the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 “Best Pickup Truck of 2014″, the premier online resource for buying and selling new and used cars, announced tonight that the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is the winner of the first-ever “Best Pickup Truck of 2014″ award, powered by The “Best Pickup Truck” award winner embodies the utmost in power, capability and value.

“The new Silverado is packed with structural upgrades, new technology and more safety features than ever before, and when it comes to power, capability and value, the Silverado truly has it all,” said Patrick Olsen,’s Editor-in-Chief. “We’ve driven this truck over many rugged miles, and it doesn’t simply do what it says it can do, but it does it with style, comfort, and margin of safety that is almost unparalleled.”

Other nominees for the “Best Pickup Truck of 2014″ award included the Ford F-150, GMC Sierra 1500, Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, Ram 2500/3500 and the Toyota Tundra.

“Three of the top five bestselling vehicles in the U.S. in 2013 were pickup trucks,” said Mark Williams, editor.  “It’s become clear that pickups are not just a construction tool any longer; truck makers have figured out that truck buyers come in all shapes and sizes and they want their vehicles to fit all of their needs. That means pickup trucks now come in all shapes and sizes, as well, packed with a huge variety of features and options–there’s truly a truck for every shopper nowadays. While the Silverado is our top pick for 2014, we believe all of our nominees are great options.”

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Chevrolet Accelerates to 4G LTE Speeds in 2014

Starting this summer, Chevrolet will have some of the fastest vehicles on the roads, and that has nothing to do with horsepower. Chevrolet drivers will be enjoying high-speed data – made possible by a new OnStar 4G LTE connection in the vehicle, running on AT&T’s network, the nation’s fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

“Chevrolet is expected to implement the broadest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. “The fact that OnStar with 4G LTE will be available in models that range from the Chevrolet Spark to the Silverado to the Corvette, is indicative of our broad commitment to deliver more value and convenience through smart technology applications. This new, purposeful technology solution will make our consumers lives easier to connect.”

Vehicles Equipped with Built-in Wi-Fi Hotspot

The 4G LTE rollout will bring a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to most Chevrolet vehicles, which allows passengers to connect their personal devices, such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless internet. Each vehicle can accommodate multiple devices at one time.

“We know that our customers rely on being connected on a daily, if not hourly basis, and they expect to be provided with the information and content they desire with no interruptions,” said Mary Chan, president, GM’s Global Connected Consumer. “A 4G LTE hotspot that’s built into a car’s architecture will provide a more consistent and powerful Wi-Fi connection than a smartphone.”

With OnStar’s 4G LTE connection, the vehicle acts as a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high-speed cellular or data connection. The vehicle will employ a wireless connection that does not rely on a brought-in mobile device.

In collaboration with AT&T, the data connection in the car will be fast – and flexible. Current AT&T customers will be able to add their vehicle to a shareable bucket of data through AT&T Mobile Share plans. All drivers can also pay for data as a standalone option. Additional pricing and data packages for OnStar 4G LTE will be announced later in 2014.

Chevrolet AppShop Offers Connected Car Personalization

Chevrolet MyLink will offer consumers an enhancement with the built in AppShop, available on select 2015 Chevrolet models in the U.S. and Canada. AppShop will benefit from the embedded 4G LTE connection.

Chevrolet AppShop is accessible through an icon on the MyLink screen that allows owners to view all available apps and download them directly to the vehicle, then organize, update or delete them as needed. Available apps will connect drivers to vehicle data, music, news, weather, travel information and more.

“The built-in 4G LTE connection will allow our vehicles to be updated with the latest software and apps,” said Chan. “This means that the driver’s vehicle infotainment systems can keep getting better after purchase as customers can continue to add on and customize their features.”

An initial list of planned apps announced today includes Vehicle Health, iHeartRadio,, The Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, TuneIn Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse and Kaliki.

OnStar’s 10th Generation to Debut

Chevrolet’s 4G LTE launch coincides with the 10th hardware generation of OnStar, a service that debuted in GM vehicles in 1996. The upgrade will allow for voice and high speed data services.

“We are focused on constantly improving the OnStar service so that the system continues to remain a trusted value-add for GM drivers,” said Terry Inch, chief operating officer, OnStar. “4G LTE will enable the most powerful OnStar connection ever.”

OnStar Advisors currently respond to approximately 185,000 calls every day or more than two calls every second. OnStar is standard across the 2014 Chevrolet lineup. The OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob Services smartphone app, which allows owners to lock or unlock doors, activate the horn and lights, and remotely start a properly-equipped vehicle, is included for five years for properly equipped Chevrolet vehicles in the U.S.

AutoGuide’s 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible Review

The 2014 Stingray Corvette is an incredible piece of vehicular mastery. Ok, that may be a bit much as the car isn’t perfect, but for under $60,000, it is one hell of a fast and refined sports car. To merely say Chevrolet upped the game with this new ‘Vette would be an understatement. And now there is a second Corvette coming to the market: the Stingray Convertible.


1. 6.2-liter LT1 V8 makes 455 hp, 460 lb-ft of torque.2. Optional performance exhaust adds 5 hp.3. Seven-speed manual and six-speed automatic both offered.4. Chevrolet advertises 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the manual.5. Pricing starts at $56,995 including destination charges.

Unlike most cars, the 2014 Corvette’s aluminum frame does not include any structurally beams connecting the roof. This enables all Stingray coupes to have a removable targa panel while still retaining high levels of chassis rigidity. It also allows for minimal structural changes to transform the ‘Vette from coupe to convertible. There is an additional compartment behind the seats to store the soft top and the seat belt mounts are relocated. That’s it; no extra ‘strengthening’ beams are stuffed into the doors or the floor.

Just as Fast as the Coupe

This keeps the convertible’s curb weight at a hair over 3,300 lbs.; roughly the same as the coupe. That means Z51-equipped convertibles can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, run the quarter-mile in 12 seconds and achieve over 1g of cornering grip; all with the wind in your hair.

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 And these numbers aren’t just paper racing hyperbole; the Corvette is the real deal. The cornerstone to this impressive performance is the 455 hp LT1 6.2 liter V8 that gains an extra five hp with the optional performance exhaust on our test vehicle. In today’s crazy high horsepower era, 460 may not sound like much, but the Stingray is deceivingly quick. Throttle down, the ‘Vette gobbles up mile after mile of asphalt while belting out a raucous V8 eruption at high rpm; especially with that performance exhaust set wide open. Torque is instantly available and the engine is flexible to the point where it’s easy to forget this is a big pushrod monster.

Transmission choices remain a seven-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Not only is this car lightning fast, but with the seven-speed manual, combined with a gentle foot, Chevrolet claims the new Corvette can achieve an impressive 17 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with the seven-speed.

Z51 Makes the Car


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But who cares about fuel economy? The Corvette is all about performance. Choose the aptly named Z51 Performance Package and the convertible receives a drive mode selector that will adjust twelve functions including the electronic differential, throttle, steering, magnetic ride control and performance traction management.

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Driving on the mountain roads outside of Palm Springs, the Corvette’s limits are immense. At first, it is hard to grasp just how quickly the Stingray can be hustled through corners. The potential of the car is felt, but my internal senses tell me there is no way I’m going to get a car to go around that corner at this speed. However, with more time spent behind the wheel, pushing the car harder and harder, the closer the true abilities of the Stingray became realized; massive, yet fairly manageable. Best of all, the convertible truly does feel just as solid structurally as the coupe. No limp-noodle chassis, no cowl-shake.

Rev Match Like a Pro

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Another great feature of the Z51 package is the Active Rev Matching for the seven-speed manual. It automatically blips the throttle to the appropriate rpm when selecting a gear for downshift. This allows for perfect gear changes every time. Similar systems are available from both Nissan and Porsche and although Chevrolet’s system works well enough, we found the throttle blip to be a bit delayed compared to the other manufacturer’s systems.

In case I haven’t pressed the point hard enough yet, the Z51 option is a must for the Stingray; it makes this car the total package. With it, the Stingray seamlessly transforms from top-down cruiser to track terror with the push of a few buttons.

Quick Folding Top


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On the outside, the Convertible Corvette features all of the same design elements as the coupe, expect for the fact it can go topless. The fabric roof can be opened and closed at speeds up to 30 mph and takes just 21 seconds to lower. For the first time, the electronic top can also be lowered from the outside using the key fob. The convertible trunk does give up five cubic feet of trunk space however, now limiting it to just 10.

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Since we first drove the 2014 Corvette, we have really appreciated Chevrolet’s efforts on the interior design. Not only do the materials finally look and feel like they belong in a $60,000 sports car, but the layout is both modern and unique. The Corvette finally looks like more than just another Chevrolet inside, although some aspects are highly familiar.

It’s All About the Driver


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All 2014 Corvette’s feature a driver focused dashboard and the convertible is no different. All of the controls and screens are angled towards the driver, so all necessary information can be received ASAP. Since the center console and controls are completely driver focused, the passenger is given just two controls, climate and seat heat/ventilation, located all the way over on the right-most portion of the dashboard.

And that brings us to price. Since little has to be added in a materials or process stand-point of the 2014 Stingray Convertible compared to the coupe, there isn’t a massive leap in pricing like can be found with a lot of drop tops. The Corvette convertible begins at $56,995 including destination charges, just $5,000 more than the coupe. If this price alone doesn’t make the convertible seem like enough of a performance bargain, remember the superior-in-every-way 2014 Stingray convertible is only $1,600 more than the 2013 Corvette Convertible.

The Verdict

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One drive in the new Corvette is all it took for us to know the car is something special. With no penalties other than a minor loss in trunk space, the 2014 Corvette Convertible adds an equally appealing model to the Corvette range. It’s a tossup as to which model to choose, that is, until the 2015 Corvette Z06 arrives and once again, changes everything.

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Chevrolet Eyes Summer 2014 for Natural-Gas Impala


In the ongoing trend toward vehicles that get better mileage on cleaner fuels, GM thinks natural gas is a natural progression. The automaker today announced plans for a bi-fuel-powered car that can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas. First reported by, GM later released a statement about the plans.

A Chevrolet Impala will house the bi-fuel system but no price was announced. The company says the vehicle is slated to go on sale next summer to both fleet customers and regular consumers. The car has a compressed-natural-gas, or CNG, range of 150 miles and a gasoline range of an additional 350 miles, with the ability to switch between the two while driving, according to

Cngimpala2In addition to higher sticker prices — likely many thousands of dollars more than regular-gas models — availability of CNG refueling stations has been an impediment to the technology’s adoption. Only 650 CNG stations exist nationwide compared with more than 168,000 gas stations, reported.

CNGs aren’t popular, but they’re sure hard to find. Besides a handful of pickup trucks only one CNG-powered model is available to consumers, the Honda Civic CNG. Of the 46,000 Honda Civics available in’s new-car inventory, only 194 (less than a half percent) are the CNG model. The Civic has no backup reservoir — so if you run out of natural gas, you’re stranded. The Impala’s ability to switch between the two fuels alleviates this concern. It is a similar strategy to the one GM took toward electric cars, rolling out a range-extender in the Chevy Volt.

The benefits of CNG could be significant upon wide adoption. CNGs are said to reduce emissions by 80 percent compared with gas, and the fuel now costs $2.14 a gallon compared with the current national average of about $3.35 a gallon for regular gas.



Top 10 Most-Improved Cars from the Past 15 Years has named the Chevrolet Cruze, Impala, and Sonic three of the top ten most-improved cars from the past 15 years. Here’s why:


3. 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

GM’s product renaissance tackled compact cars with the global Chevrolet Cruze, which got impressive quietness, a roomy cabin and nimble steering, all qualities lacked by its predecessor, the 2005-2010 Chevy Cobalt. When it came to small cars, the Cobalt extended GM’s butt-of-all-jokes status past the Cavalier, a car of equal ineptitude. The Cobalt was barely competitive in 2005; its successor is still compelling, more than three years after it arrived. Not since its now-shuttered Saturn division has GM made competitive small cars, and that was in the early 1990s.


4. 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Destined for fleet sales as soon as it arrived, the old Impala had “rental-car personality,” editor Mike Hanley quipped in his review of GM’s full-size sedan. What a difference an overhaul makes: Its successor walked away from the competition in our $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge. The new Impala hits the sweet spot between ride and handling, with the balance of a smaller car but the comfort of a big sedan. The two cars share the Cadillac-derived 3.6-liter V-6, which gave even the last Impala potent acceleration. Cabbies and cops appreciate it, but there’s little else to like about the old car. Thanks to its successor, a storied nameplate has roared back.


6. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic

If the Sonic exceeded expectations, it’s because GM’s reputation for quality subcompacts was somewhere between bad and awful. For that you can blame the Aveo, a subcompact high on frills but low on crash-test ratings, drivability, interior quality and fuel efficiency. The Sonic improved on the Aveo’s problematic crash-test ratings. It competed on fuel efficiency. Most importantly, it met a key tenet for any good subcompact: Drive like a bigger car. Refinement doesn’t come easily among entry-level cars, but the Sonic hits the nail on the head — and it’s a seismic improvement over the Aveo.

Click here to see who else made the list

Chevrolet Marks 50th Anniversary of First Malibu

In 1964, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents and a movie ticket cost $1.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 874 and The Beatles made their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. It was also the year Chevrolet introduced the Malibu.

What a difference half a century makes.

The 2014 Malibu is a technologically advanced midsize sedan delivering efficiency, comfort and connectivity unimagined in 1964. Compared with the 2013 model, a new, standard 2.5L engine with stop/start technology contributes to 14 percent greater fuel economy in the city (25 mpg) and 6 percent improved mileage on the highway (36 mpg).

Stylish for its day, Malibu made its mid-1960s debut as Chevrolet’s first “intermediate” car – and one of the first midsize cars in America. Before then, Chevrolet’s passenger car lineup consisted of a range of full-size models, headlined by Impala, along with the compact Chevy II (Nova), Corvair and Corvette.

Named for the Los Angeles-area enclave that was center of the beach culture in the 1960s, the Malibu was the top trim line for the intermediate platform, which also included the Chevelle as an entry-level model, and the El Camino truck. It was lauded for its robust, body-on-frame construction and responsive coil-spring front suspension.

The 2014 Malibu is the eighth generation of the nameplate and its standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine delivers 65 percent more horsepower than the original Malibu’s standard 3.2L six-cylinder. The technological progress extends to safety, comfort and connectivity features. What has not changed is Malibu’s mission as a midsize car with styling that stands the test of time.

Come help the Malibu celebrate its 50th birthday and take a test drive at Crain Chevrolet in Little Rock. Give us a call at (501) 542-6043, or visit us online at, and set up an appointment.


Impala Leads The Race For Best Full-Size Sedan

The battle for the best full-size sedan just got a lot more difficult for those that are not in first place. The 2014 Chevy Impala, which is now currently available at Crain Chevrolet, is receiving award after award from the top automotive critics from the top consumer information outlets in the United States. The totally redesigned 2014 Impala is almost totally unrecognizable from previous iterations of the Chevy flagship sedan. Almost every square inch of the Impala has been redesigned and upgraded to give the 2014 version an ultra-contemporary look that will place all other competitors on notice.

Leading product rating publication, Consumer Reports was the first to lend their weight to the independent evaluation process of the new 2014 Chevy Impala. The staff at Consumer Reports raved about the totally new interior of the Impala. Almost every surface is covered in premium and comfortable materials. There is absolutely no lack of space in the passenger cabin of the new Impala. The traditional front bench may be gone, but the new seats are supportive and comfortable enough to take the edge off during long rides. Those sitting in the back seats will be just as comfortable.

Next on the hit parade for the new Chevy Impala was a panel made up of judges from USAToday, MotorWeek and The representatives of those three prestigious outlets also were quick to praise the excellent interior elements. They also were very happy with the power and handling capabilities of the 2014 Chevy Impala. There is a four-cylinder option for Impala owners who place a higher value on fuel-economy over performance; but it is really the 305-horsepower V-6 engine that steals the show. Even with the increased engine output, the 2014 Impala will come frighteningly close to recording 20 miles per gallon and 30 miles per gallon; in the city and on the highway, respectively.

Give us a call at (501) 542-6043, or visit us online at, and set up your own test drive today!

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