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2011 Chevy Volt Review: repost by Rogers Auto Group Chicago

2011 Chevy Volt: Repost by Rogers Auto Group

 

What Edmunds.com says

The 2011 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid is arguably the most fuel-efficient car on the market, but it’s pricey for what you get.

Pros

Low monthly fuel cost in normal driving; useful 300-mile maximum range; appealing standard features; high-tech cabin.

What’s New for 2011

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is Chevy’s much-anticipated new plug-in battery/gasoline hybrid, featuring an electric-only mode with a range of up to 40 miles.

2011 Chevrolet Volt Vehicle Overview

Introduction

So what exactly is the 2011 Chevrolet Volt? It’s a question we get all the time. A confusing array of claims and rumors have been swirling around this car since it debuted as a concept a few years back, so we’re not surprised that people aren’t clear on what the Volt is all about.Here’s the long and short of it: The Volt is a four-seat, four-door “series plug-in hybrid” hatchback with a lithium-ion battery pack that can power the car’s 149-horsepower (111-kilowatt) electric motor by itself for an estimated 40 miles in the city. After that, the gasoline- or E85-powered inline-4 engine is used to supply electricity to the motor for as many as 300 additional miles. All told, the Volt is quite possibly the most fuel-efficient car you will be able to buy.

We say “quite possibly” because you can’t measure the Volt’s fuel economy in any standard fashion. It all depends on how you drive. Suppose you have a 20-mile round-trip commute, and you plug in your Volt every night when you get home (a full charge requires as few as 3 hours). Congratulations! Your fuel economy is infinity, because you’ll never run the battery pack down all the way. But if you have a 100-mile commute, you’ll be driving at least 60 miles a day under gasoline power, so you’ll have to refuel on a regular basis.

To help consumers understand the energy costs of complicated vehicles like the Volt as they compare to traditional vehicles, Edmunds has created a Monthly Fuel Cost Calculator, or MFC, which is based on a standard monthly accumulation of 1,250 miles. In the Volt’s case, both electricity and gasoline prices must be taken into account, as well as the estimated 40 mpg returned by its gasoline generator when the battery pack is depleted. After all the numbers have been crunched, the Volt ends up with the equivalent of 230 mpg, which translates into an industry-leading $54 MFC. By comparison, the next-best MFC belongs to the Toyota Prius, which comes in at $67.

So the Volt will almost certainly save you some money at the pump. What’s not clear is whether those savings are worth what you’ll have to pay at the dealership. Even with a $7,500 federal tax credit, a base Volt will still cost $33,500 — all for a four-seat hatchback that’s smaller than a Prius. There’s also a strong likelihood that dealers will try to gouge early customers with sky-high markups. Still, there is no denying the Volt’s technological promise. Most importantly, it has the ability to keep on going when its battery runs down (say, on a road trip), whereas an all-electric vehicle like Nissan’s Leaf does not. If you want an intriguing yet practical taste of a greener automotive future, the 2011 Chevy Volt might be just what the General ordered.

For Pricing information, see our Pricing page.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is a midsize five-door hatchback sedan with seating for four.Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, keyless ignition, remote ignition, automatic climate control, cruise control, auto-dimming rearview mirror, six-way manual front seats, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth upholstery, Bluetooth, OnStar, a navigation system with touchscreen, voice controls and real-time traffic, and a six-speaker Bose stereo with CD/DVD player, auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB interface and 30GB of digital music storage.

The Premium Trim package adds leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and heated front seats. The Rear Camera and Park Assist package adds a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors.

For more Style information, see our Compare Styles page.

Powertrains and Performance

The front-wheel-drive 2011 Volt is powered by an electric motor rated at 149 hp (111 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet of torque. This motor draws power from a lithium-ion battery pack until the battery charge is 70 percent depleted. At that point, the Volt’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder internal combustion engine, which runs on either gasoline or E85, comes to life as a replacement power source for the electric motor.The battery can only be completely recharged through either a 120-volt or 240-volt outlet, but regenerative braking and the engine generator can replenish it slightly.

There is no transmission in the traditional sense; rather, the Volt employs a single reduction gear to send the electric motor’s power to the front wheels. GM projects a sprint to 60 mph in 8.5-9 seconds with full battery power.

For more Performance Data, see our Specifications page.

Safety

Safety features on the 2011 Chevy Volt include antilock brakes, stability control, front side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

For more Safety information, see our Safety page.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt’s distinctive center stack appears to have been modeled after various personal electronic devices with touch-sensitive buttons. It looks less like an automotive control panel than an oversized iPod, which we applaud; after all, people spending this much money on a vehicle will likely expect a little something special inside.There’s plenty of technology involved, too, including a standard color display with a built-in hard drive. In terms of functionality, the Volt’s main controls are fairly intuitive, and the futuristic gauge readout is easy enough to read at a glance. There’s also a nice little ball — sort of like the bubble in a water level — that helps you stay in the most fuel-efficient driving range. It’s big and green when you are conserving fuel or battery energy and smaller and angry orange-yellow when you’re not. Unfortunately, there are some standard features we’d expect to see on a car with a $41,000 price tag that are missing on the Volt, such as a power driver seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Rear passenger space is adequate for two adults, though some families may miss the middle seat. The Volt’s hatchback design is convenient for loading cargo, but maximum capacity (10.6 cubic feet) is limited by the swooping rear roof line and the 396-pound T-shaped battery pack that resides in the trunk and between the rear seats. A Prius is indeed far more functional. We have yet to experience a final production Volt interior, so its materials quality and construction will have to be critiqued at a later date.

For more Interior Features information, see our Specifications page.

Driving Impressions

The 2011 Chevrolet Volt has good acceleration from a standstill and proves very responsive at moderate speeds as well, the kind of performance that’s typical of electric vehicles. Its 273 lb-ft of torque is available any old time you plant the throttle.It is a competitive electric vehicle when driving in all-electric mode — it’s as quiet and smooth as any EV we’ve driven — and it seems a competent vehicle when the engine-generator kicks in. The change-over from battery charge to generator power can be difficult to notice, though the pre-production Volts we’ve driven do have a disconcerting generator noise level; the engine revs regardless of engine speed. But GM promises production models will be less noticeable in this regard.

The Chevy Volt feels slightly nose-heavy when you bend it around a corner, but it makes its moves with little body roll. The brake pedal operates seamlessly as it modulates regenerative and conventional braking, which is a real accomplishment. Indeed, from the compliance of its ride quality to the weight and response of the steering, this Chevy Volt drives more naturally and feels more substantial than hybrids like the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius.

For more Driving Impressions, Recent Articles and Car Awards from our Editors, see our Road Tests page.

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Hyundai 2011 Sonata Hybrid: Rogers Auto Group Chicago

 Repost from Wired / Reviewed by Keith Buglewicz   ·  October 17, 2010

 The Sonata Hybrid will deliver a devastating blow to its opponents when it rolls into showrooms later this year. It’s roomier, more comfortable and much more handsome, with a hybrid system that cleverly balances fuel economy and cost.

Hyundai’s awkwardly named Direct Hybrid Blue Drive system can run on battery power alone up to 62 mph — an impressive feat that tops its competitors by wide margins. Once the engine takes over, it delivers 36 mpg in the city and 40 on the highway, beating the Camry Hybrid and giving the Fusion Hybrid a run for the money. Surprisingly, Hyundai accomplishes this with a lot of off-the-shelf components, keeping the cost down. Best of all, the Sonata hybrid’s sweeping lines, tasteful chrome accents and slick LED lights sets it apart from the field.

Direct Hybrid Blue Drive offers the compact packaging of Honda’s Insight, but the all-electric operation of the Toyota and Ford hybrids. Like Honda, Hyundai sandwiches an electric motor – 30-kilowatts (40 horsepower) in this case—between the engine and the six-speed automatic. But unlike the Insight, Hyundai added a computer-controlled clutch between the engine and motor, allowing them to disengage so the Sonata hybrid can run on battery power alone.

The 166-horsepower four-banger is similar to the engine in the rest of the Sonata lineup, but it runs on what’s called the Atkinson cycle, which basically leaves the intake valves open longer than usual. That increases fuel efficiency, but reduces torque. You won’t miss it, though. The electric motor puts down 151 pound-feet of torque as soon as you hit the accelerator, so the Sonata hybrid has good off-the-line punch.

Hyundai is the first automaker to use a lithium-polymer battery in a hybrid. It’s smaller and lighter than the nickel-metal hydride packs Toyota and Ford use, and it packs more energy into a smaller package. That means it can hold its charge longer while leaving a decent amount of space in the trunk. It’s also more thermally efficient, so it doesn’t need an elaborate — and expensive — cooling system.

Sedate drivers will easily see fuel economy in the 40-mpg range; hypermiliers can get more than 50 mpg. Even on hilly terrain — and with a few full-throttle starts — we managed a very respectable 38.5 mpg. You can thank the Sonata hybrid’s eagerness to drive electrically. With a full charge, you’ll go a good mile or so before the gas engine quietly kicks in to help. You can put it back in electric mode by coasting, or popping it into neutral briefly to shut off the engine. Moreover, the Sonata will stay electric at freeway speeds, a feat no other hybrid can match.

Like the Fusion Hybrid, the Sonata has a handy display that, among other things, encourages efficient driving by turning it into a game. Show some restraint and drive with a measure of eco-friendliness and you’ll earn points while watching a little globe turn green and blue. Mash the accelerator like a lunatic and it’ll turn brown. You also earn points that accumulate as long as you own the car. You won’t win any prizes, but you can brag to your Prius-driving friends about it.

With 206 horsepower from the engine-motor combo, acceleration is about the same as a regular Sonatas. Pay close attention and you’ll feel, and hear, the engine take over from the electric motor, but it isn’t terribly noticeable. The Sonata hybrid has the grabby, regenerative brakes common to hybrids, but you quickly get used to it.

Like its siblings, the hybrid is quiet at speed, and the firm ride is comfortable and controlled. It’s no sport sedan, but handling is safe and predictable, which, really is what most folks shopping for a mid-sized sedan want.

The interior features the same low-gloss plastics, soft-touch dash, plentiful storage nooks and comfortable seating as the rest of the Sonata line. There’s a standard USB port and Bluetooth, as well as power windows and doors, push-button ignition and a six-speaker audio system. The “premium package” adds leather, navi, a sunroof, a better stereo system and heated front and rear seats. This is a car you can live with daily and with all the gadgets and excellent fuel economy, it actually makes a good road-trip vehicle.

Hyundai hasn’t released pricing, if Hyundai stays true to form it’ll undercut the Camry and Fusion hybrids — both of which play in the $28,000 ballpark — by a couple thousand dollars. And that might be the final knockout punch that puts Hyundai’s competitors down for the count.

Keith Buglewicz is an occasional contributor to Wired.com and editor in chief of Family Car Review 

Since introducing its excellent Genesis sedan in 2008, Hyundai has been hitting its competition hard. The sedan was followed by two more haymakers: the sporty Genesis coupe and then the ultra-luxe Equus. Now Hyundai’s added a battery and electric motor to the already impressive Sonata. The result is a vehicle that puts the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion hybrids in a world of hurt.

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2011 Chevy Cruze by Rogers Auto Group

Get ready to Shift into Cruze Control: 2011 Chevy Cruze

The all New Chevy Cruze seeks to out do competitors in power, space and affordability. Take a peak inside.

 

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Second Chance Auto loans: Rogers Auto Group

A Bad Credit Car Dealer Chicago | Second Chance Auto loan

Having bad credit shouldn’t stop you from getting the New or Used vehicle of your dreams. Rogers Auto Group in Chicago has been helping people in the Chicago Area since 1943 and plan on doing so for plenty of years to come. As an authorized bad credit car dealer, Rogers Auto Group in Chicago is one of the last car dealers accepting bad credit in Chicago, Illinois.

When poor credit auto financing was easier, car dealers and bad credit used to go hand in hand. Now it takes work to get a loan with bad credit and Rogers in Chicago is willing to work for you. Our relationships with over 20 bad credit lenders give us the upper hand in negotiating a deal to help those whose credit is challenged, get into a car or truck that fits their needs. Rogers in Chicago usually stocks more than 500 New and Pre-Owned vehicles with access to thousands through dealer networks. Poor credit auto dealers are hard to come by and some car dealers treat customers with second class customer service. At Rogers Auto Group in Chicago, we’re different and we’ll prove it!

Getting a Car Loan With Poor Credit is Easier Than You Think
Bad credit car loans are quite common as nearly a quarter of Chicago Residents are credit-challenged. If you have imperfect credit, you will have little problem of getting the car you’re interested in, as several thousand bad credit car loans are issued everyday in the United States and most are done here at Rogers Auto Group in Chicago.

Ask about our Guaranteed Credit Approval.
Rogers bad credit car dealer in Chicago offers a better way to get a bad credit auto loan for a new or used car. Chicago, apply for car credit financing online.

Before applying for any car loan there are a couple of things you can do to ensure that the process goes smoothly for this specialized area of car finance:

Review your Credit History – Experts in Chicago believe you should review your credit report at least once a year to make sure there are no errors, and this is especially important if you are applying for a poor credit car loan.

Determine How Much You Want to Pay (Payments and Price) – You should have in mind how much you can comfortably afford for your vehicle, for both a down payment and monthly payments. For your bad credit car loan, you can use our car loan calculator to help you crunch the numbers.

Prepare Documentation – To get a bad credit car loan you may need to provide proof of employment and income. It’s helpful to have documentation in hand, such as pay stubs, in case you’re asked for it. You may not need this documentation, but this will speed up the process of getting your bad credit car loan.Rogers Auto Group, a bad credit car dealership, specializes in helping people who have been previously turned down. Each of our special finance specialists have superior knowledge about bad credit car loans for people with charge offs, no credit , bankruptcy, and everything in between.

 

Common Questions about Bad Credit Auto Financing  

Can I finance a car if I have a bankruptcy? The answer is a definite YES. Bankruptcy is not the end of the world. You can definitely buy a car after your Bankruptcy. One of the best ways to restore your credit is an auto loan. There are more and more loan companies that have new programs to help finance people with bad credit. An auto loan is acquired easier than a personal loan or an unsecured loan because the lender can use the car as collateral against the loan, in case the borrower ever defaults or doesn’t make the loan payments. 

Can I finance a car if my credit score is below 500? Some sub-prime lenders will accept credit scores below 500. These new bank programs look more at the person looking for the loan as opposed solely to a credit score. Things like job and residence stability will play a factor in gaining an approval.

Can I finance a car if I had a Repossession? Although a car repossession can damage your credit score. Finance companies have programs tailored for your situation. Finance companies understand that non-payment is not always your fault. They understand issues like job loss, mechanical failures and non-payment from an insurance loss.  

How can I Get an Auto Loan during the Credit Crunch? You want to buy a new vehicle. You’ve determined that you can handle the monthly payments because your job and personal finances are going to be OK. But one concern is holding you back: Can you really get the auto loan you need to complete a purchase? The answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!”


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Our Mission: Rogers Auto Group Chicago

Rogers Auto Group: Our Mission

The goal of Rogers Auto Group is to continue to be an industry leader in providing unmatched Automotive Sales and Service in Chicago and the metropolitan area.

·         We will constantly strive to meet the changing needs of our customers and the market.

·         Our aim is to provide an atmosphere that encourages employee teamwork, integrity and excellence.

·         Together we will continually improve sales, service and operational standards to ensure long term market leadership.

·         It is our mission to exceed our customers’ and employees’ expectations and maintain their loyalty for a lifetime.

 

Our Philosophy at Rogers Auto Group Chicago

Rogers Auto Group’s philosophy is based on five areas that have been critical to our business success.

Those areas are:

1. Customer Enthusiasm
We believe in completely satisfied customers whom will proudly recommend us to family and friends.

2. Employee Satisfaction
We attract the best and they stay with us long term.

3. Financial Performance
We are profitable and we use our capital wisely to ensure a positive atmosphere for our employees and our clients.

4. Market Penetration
We simply sell a lot of everything and we do it while providing a great value to our customers.

5. Ongoing Improvement
Every day is a starting point from which we will improve on.

Each area of our philosophy is of equal importance to us and is dependant upon each other. We will continually strive to reach a level of excellence in each of them. However, in any planning or decision making process, or in any situation of seeming conflict or contradiction among the five critical areas, customer enthusiasm is our top priority.

Rogers Auto Group proudly serves the customers in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and in the following cities across the Chicago metropolitan area:

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