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Chevy Spark Live @ LA Auto Show

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The Chevrolet Spark is only 144.7 inches long – nearly two feet shorter than the subcompact Sonic. But while the Spark is small in size, designers have made a real effort to make sure that it can still stand out in a … Continue reading

Fed Proposes New Fuel Economy Standard – 54.5 MPG by 2025

The U.S. Department of TransportationEnvironmental Protection Agency and the White House have announced new fuel economy standards for model year 2017-2025 vehicles that will require cars and light trucks to yield a combined 54.5 mpg, as was proposed back in July.

According to the government, these new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards will help save as much as 2.2 million barrels of oil per day by 2025, reducing our dependence on foreign oil and saving vehicle owners plenty of money at the pump. In fact, the fed says that a consumer purchasing a new car in 2025 will save $6,600 in fuel costs over the lifetime of that vehicle. Of course, the technologies required to achieve these new targets will make vehicles more expensive too, but the agencies claim that consumers will still save $4,400 over the life of a vehicle after factoring in those extra costs.

The new CAFE rules will follow current 2011-2016 standards that call for cars and light trucks to hit 34.1 mpg combined by 2016. The rule is backed by over 100 members of Congress, and if adopted will undergo a 90-day comment period before becoming official.

Some members of Congress believe that the rules haven’t been evaluated thoroughly enough, however. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California) has expressed concerns about the technical feasibility of the new standards. While most automakers have backed the 54.5 mpg goal, Volkswagen has been vocally against the plan in the past. While the new standards are strict, the plan does provide one single national standard for the industry to follow, unlike before where automakers met a minimum national standard as well as separate, tougher standards adopted by individual states led by California (the dreaded “patchwork” of regulation).

We’re all for better fuel economy, though the tight time frame likely means that automakers will resort to costly hybrid and alt-fuel options over the next 18 years to boost their fuel economy figures, and those substantial research, development and production costs are sure to get passed on to car buyers. It will be interesting to watch how eager shoppers are to hop onto this new, greener bandwagon.

Article written by Zach Bowman

Chevrolet to Produce Spark EV All-Electric Vehicle

DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced it will produce an all-electric version of the Chevrolet Spark mini-car – the Spark EV. It will be sold in limited quantities in select U.S. and global markets starting in 2013, including California.

“The Spark EV offers customers living in urban areas who have predictable driving patterns or short commutes an all-electric option,” said Jim Federico, global vehicle chief engineer for electric vehicles at Chevrolet. “It complements Chevrolet’s growing range of electrified vehicles, including the Volt extended-range EV and the 2013 Malibu Eco with eAssist technology.”

Feedback from participants in Chevrolet’s electric vehicle demonstration fleets in Shanghai (Sail EV), Korea (Cruze EV) and India (Beat EV) are being incorporated into the Spark EV.

“Our global demo fleets continue to provide insight into the needs of electric vehicle customers living in urban environments,” said Federico. “The Spark EV is another step in Chevrolet’s plan to provide customers with a variety of electrification solutions to address the lifestyle and transportation needs of people around the world.”

A123 Systems will supply the advanced nanophosphate lithium-ion battery packs that will power the Spark EV. Details on specific markets, range, quantities and pricing will be announced later.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers “gas-friendly solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Pine Belt Chevrolet – Eatontown: The Chevy Cruze

Pine Belt Chevrolet of Eatontown

THE ALL NEW 2011 CRUZE
Cruze challenges conventional compact wisdom with one simple word: more. Its cavernous, quiet interior and beautifully sculpted exterior feel like luxury. Cruze is filled with performance, safety and technology features you won’t believe come in a compact.
Cruze Eco Has the Best Highway Mileage of Any Gas Engine in America
Introducing Cruze Eco with amazing highway fuel economy at 42 MPG that doesn’t sacrifice the sculpted exterior design that sets Cruze apart from the competition. Learn more about America’s best conventional gasoline car.

'11 Chevy Cruze w/: Leather, Heated & Power Seating, Power Sun & Moon Roof

Get Used to More: Cruze offers upscale presence with the fuel economy and price tag of a compact. And with its sculpted exterior and refined interior, it feels more like a sanctuary than a car when you’re behind the wheel. Looks like you’ll have to get used to more. More Safety: The Cruze is designed to offer continuous protection to you and your precious cargo. It’s more safety than you’re used to, but you’ll adjust. More Performance: With the fuel economy of a compact car and the amenities of a midsize, Cruze gives you the best of two worlds. Making a choice can be difficult, so don’t. More Features: With all its upscale amenities and features like available navigation and refined interior finishes, Cruze offers a premium driving experience.

EXTERIOR: Raising the Bar and Turning Heads: Cruze has a distinct look — one you won’t see in other cars in its class. Its beveled hood, sharp angles and sculpted fenders are details generally reserved for luxury vehicles — but not anymore.

INTERIOR: Cruze only seems like a compact from the outside. Inside, it’s a different story. The cavernous interior of Cruze not only has more passenger room than Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, but it also has more cargo space too. That’s something to brag about, but Cruze chooses to go about things quietly in the interior. It’s designed with 30 distinct acoustical treatments — including a triple-sealed, acoustic-laminated glass windshield — to create a serene interior. With a package so complete, it’s easy to see why Cruze is Vincentric’s Best Value in America as well as one of Ward’s 10 Best Interiors of 2011.

Cruze Eco offers 42 MPG Highway
Cruze is very efficient already, offering 36 MPG highway. Introducing the newest member of the lineup — Cruze Eco — that offers an incredible 28 MPG city/42 MPG highway. That’s better highway fuel economy than 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Toyota Corolla or a comparable 2012 Honda Civic. Cruze Eco is equipped with the powerful and efficient 1.4L turbocharged engine. Engineers then added new components to help reduce drag and improve aerodynamics.
Sophisticated Performance, Ride and Handling
“This is a pretty darn good little car that’s suitable for most of the occasions of everyday life. It’s decent-looking, has a nice interior, generally sips fuel yet still has a hint of punch from the turbo and is a significant step forward for Chevrolet.” – Auto Week

Cruze has solutions most compacts don’t offer. Its standard 6-speed transmissions, like the manual in Cruze LS, help offer 26 MPG city and 36 MPG highway(2). Cruze LT and LTZ have a 6-speed automatic transmission and the 1.4L turbocharged engine – a performance increase that helps Cruze offer 36 MPG highway. And Cruze Eco offers 42 MPG highway – that’s better standard highway fuel economy than what a comparably equipped 2012 Ford Focus, 2011 Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla offer.

Miles of Testing

When we wanted to test handling and braking, where better than on the ice and snow of Scandinavia? Cruze proved itself in some hostile environments: continuous driving in the heat of the Arabian Desert, high-altitude in the Alps, intense moisture in Thailand and more. Then it was put through the paces on some of the best test tracks in the world, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany. Cruze is one of the most tested vehicles in Chevrolet history, and that’s why we guarantee the quality with a 100,000 mile/5-year Powertrain Warranty.

The ‘More’ Approach to Safety

Cruze engineers applied the same philosophy to safety that they did to everything else — more. And when you add more safety features, you’d better make room on the mantle for more accolades.

The Cruze is an IIHS “2011 Top Safety Pick” and received a 5-star overall vehicle score for safety from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)(17). And not to toot our own horn, but we earned that 5-star rating even after NHTSA instituted a stricter grading scale and more challenging evaluations.

It comes as no surprise when you think of all the safety features packed into Cruze. There are 10 standard air bags(18) to help protect heads, chests and knees, and it’s designed with a high-strength steel safety cage and roof-crush resistance that outperforms the requirements. Even better, every Cruze comes protected and connected by OnStar(11) with Directions & Connections® Plan — including Automatic Crash Response — standard for the first six months.

You can find the largest collection of 2011 and 2012 Chevrolet Cruze’s at Pine Belt Chevrolet of Eatontown. Give us a call direct @ 732.542.1000

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Pine Belt Automotive: Meet The Dealer

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Pine Belt Automotive is one of the most premier auto groups in the tri-state area. For them, their customers are a point of paramount significance and it is their distinct honor to serve them in all their automobile needs. Pine … Continue reading