Archive for October, 2013

GMC Considers Adding More Hybrids and Diesels

Here at Rogers Auto Group, people in search of a new SUV or truck know they can find what they are looking for, and in a wide array of trims and options. That means different available technology or luxury if you choose the Denali option on most models. It also means different fuel options, and GMC is looking to see how expansive it can get with those offerings.

As we move into an era where the demand for capable trucks and SUVs like those found in the new GMC lineup remains high, but the desire for vehicles that provide ample fuel economy has also risen, the automaker wants to be ahead of the curve.

To prepare, GMC has already released models that use three kinds of alternatives: hybrids, diesel, and compressed natural gas. Now, they are thinking they could add more, and improve upon what’s already been done.

Currently, the collection of Sierra vehicles has either a hybrid, diesel or compressed natural gas option. It is joined by the Yukon as a hybrid, and Savana van in the diesel and compressed natural gas segments. To take things to the next level, perhaps we’ll see other vehicles get the same treatment. Maybe a new model entirely? There are plenty of possibilities, and all of them are exciting.

We’ll keep checking in on the news and let you know on our blog if there are any developments on the fuel alternative front. In the meantime, feel free to stop in and see us here in our Chicago, IL showroom. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have, and arrange test drives.

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GMC Looking to Add Smaller Crossover to Lineup

These days, people want the utility that a SUV or crossover provide, but want them in various scales and sizes. Here at Rogers Auto Group, we have two standout options: the Yukon and Terrain. Now, it appears that the range of utility vehicle options in our showroom could be set for expansion, as GMC looks to move forward and bring a new model into the mix.

The vehicle would sit below the Terrain, but sport many of the same features we’ve come to love on new GMC vehicles. That is to say it will be rugged and tough, at the very least. All this is according to GM CEO Mark Reuss, who recently spoke about adding new options to the GMC lineup.

Of course, this now opens the door to plenty of speculation. Could this new compact crossover be based on the Granite Concept that was debuted in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show? What about taking the existing Encore from GMC’s sibling brand Buick, which has been a hit, and giving it some extra flare and GMC styling? There are a lot of directions to go in.

We’ll know for sure when the vehicle arrives in our Chicago, IL showroom. Any updates between now and then can be found on our blog as we strive to keep you informed.

You’re also always welcome here in our showroom, where our team can discuss each and every new GMC option with you. We’ll go over the specs, provide additional details, answer any questions, and arrange a test drive.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu: Efficiency and Connectivity Upgrades

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet is rolling out the 2014 Malibu this fall with some noteworthy improvements in both efficiency and connectivity, two technologies considered of utmost importance by today’s consumers.  The new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu conserves fuel by automatically turning off the engine at stoplights, and it can also read and reply to text messages while you drive!

Read more about these features and what else is new for the Malibu here.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu: Efficiency and Connectivity Upgrades

Chevrolet is rolling out the 2014 Malibu this fall with some noteworthy improvements in both efficiency and connectivity, two technologies considered of utmost importance by today’s consumers.

For starters, the new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu comes standard with revolutionary stop/start technology.  This feature helps conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights, and restarting automatically when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.  In the meantime, an auxiliary 12-volt battery powers electric accessories such as heating and air conditioning, power windows and radio.

This new feature bumps up the 2014 Malibu’s fuel efficiency by 14% (or 3mpg) from the 2013 model to achieve an EPA-estimated 25 city and 26 highway mpg.  Not to mention, the Chevrolet Malibu is the first in its segment to offer stop/start technology as a standard feature, showing just how much Chevrolet values fuel economy.  If you want this feature on a Ford Fusion, for example, you’ll have to shell out an extra $250.

Chevrolet also improved the Malibu for 2014 with new technology features to keep drivers both connected and safe.  With the available Chevrolet MyLink system and a compatible smartphone, drivers can listen and respond to text messages without taking their eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel.  Text-to-Voice technology converts incoming messages to speech, reads them over the audio system speakers and allows the driver to reply with customizable preset messages.

Other improvements for the 2014 Chevy Malibu include a new front fascia, a more comfortable armrest and improved center console, more rear legroom, and improved ride and handling.

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