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Volt owners exceeding 98 miles per gallon and 900 miles between fill ups

Owners of Chevrolet Volts have led the industry in highest customer satisfaction for two years running, and it’s easy to see why.  Recent reports have verified that Volt owners are consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage of 98 MPGe gasoline-free miles, with many even exceeding it.  MPGe is the measure of average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed, and is used to compare fuel economy of electric and alternative fuel vehicles with conventional internal combustion vehicles.

No matter how you calculate it, the results are impressive.  Chevrolet Volt owners worldwide have driven a staggering 150 million electric-powered miles, roughly the distance from Earth to Mars.  All these electric miles means less pollution of the environment and less money spent at the gas station.

The typical Volt owner drives 900 miles between fill-ups at the gas station, with many owners exceeding this average by far.  The Volt’s advanced lithium-ion battery works in tandem with an onboard gas generator that produces electricity, so depending on your trip lengths and how often you’re able to charge, you may barely use any gas at all.  This has been a reality for increasing numbers of Volt owners across the country.  Volt owner Brent Waldrep from Auburn Hills, Mich. has only filled his tank twice in almost 24,000 miles of driving.  Larry Read from Canyon Lake, Texas has driven 5,000 miles on a single tank.  Paul Friday of San Jose, Calif. fills up every 7,000 miles.

While the savings at the gas pump are significant, it’s not the only way the Volt can save you money.  Be sure to check out the Volt tax credit of up to $7500, not to mention the Volt leasing offers here at Rogers Auto Group, one of the premier Chevrolet Dealers in Chicago.

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Hyundai and Chevrolet Win Big in Kelley Blue Book’s 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards

While initial price is always a prime issue when purchasing a new vehicle, the ultimate “best deal” also entails considering a number of other significant factors that can have an equally meaningful impact on long-term out-of-pocket expenses.

Thanks to a study done by Kelley Blue Book, the world’s most experienced and trusted automotive pricing organization, we can compare beyond a car’s price tag and see the big picture cost of a vehicle over five years of ownership.  KBB’s annual comprehensive review factors in the following valuation criteria:  Fair purchase price (FPP), projected depreciation, financing costs, Insurance costs and state fees as well as the anticipated total cost of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs.

While this study is nothing new for KBB, this year they took it one step further and formally recognized the best-in-class entries with the inaugural Kelley Blue Book 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards, in conjunction with the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Among the esteemed winners were multiple models each from both Hyundai and Chevrolet.  The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was named best midsize car, with a 5-year ownership cost of $38,476.  Factors like its low insurance costs and supreme fuel economy helped the Sonata edge out the Kia Optima in second place.   Another win for the Korean automaker was the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, which took the ribbon in the crossover segment, with a 5-year ownership cost of just $42,628.  Thanks to the Santa Fe‘s low purchase price, low long-term depreciation, and low maintenance and insurance cost, it easily outpaced the Kia Sorento in this class.


 
2012 Hyundai Sonata
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Mid Size Car Category
 
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Crossover Category



American-made Chevrolet vehicles also topped KBB’s awards list.  The 2012 Chevrolet Impala won in the category of full-size car, with a 5-year ownership cost of $47,957.  KBB cited its low purchase price and high fuel economy in gaining an advantage over the Ford Taurus competitor.  Also weighing in on the Chevy side was the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in the full-size pickup truck category, with a 5-year ownership cost of $49,371.  The Silverado edged out the second place GMC Sierra 1500 with its fair purchase price, financing and insurance costs and state fees. Chevrolet made it a hat-trick with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, which took the award in the electric car segment, with a 5-year ownership cost of $40,629.  The Volt‘s lower maintenance and insurance costs easily surpassed competitor Nissan LEAF to score the win.


 
2012 Chevrolet Impala
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Full Size Car Category

 
2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Full Size Pickup Truck Category

 
2012 Chevrolet Volt
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Electric Car Category



To see the full list of Kelley Blue Book’s winners, click here.

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Hyundai and Chevrolet Among Most Appealing Cars

Each year since 1996, J.D. Power and Associates has conducted a unique survey on how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive. The APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study is based on owner evaluations of 90 different vehicle attributes in the following 10 categories:

  • Fuel Economy
  • Audio/Entertainment/Navigation
  • Vehicle Interior
  • Seats
  • Engine
  • HVAC
  • Storage
  • Visibility
  • Driving Experience
  • Vehicle Exterior

The results of the 2011 study were gleaned from survey results of about 73,000 participants who responded after the first 90 days of ownership, naming the most appealing vehicles in 20 different classes.

Two vehicles on the list in particular caught our eye.  First, the Hyundai Equus not only took top honors in the Large Premium Car segment, but it also achieved the highest APEAL score of any model in the industry in 2011. This marks the first time since since the survey’s inception in 1996 that a car other than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series or Lexus LS has led the overall model ranking.  With the Equus already pulling in a 5% share of the luxury market in its first year, this win even more firmly positions Hyundai’s new vehicle as a serious contender in the large luxury sedan market.

A second notable chart-topper on the APEAL list was the Chevrolet Volt, which was highest ranked in the Compact Car segment. The Volt has already been making waves as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, but its scoring in this study shows just how much Volt owners love this vehicle.  The results are even more poignant when you consider the small pool of owners from which to survey, given than only 4,000 Volts were produced in 2011.

The overall survey results are not just good news for Hyundai, Chevrolet, and the other brands to top the list. The study finds that overall vehicle appeal has reached an all-time high since the study’s first year, with the industry average increasing to 781 on a 1,000-point scale (up from 778 in 2010).  Despite the challenging factors of the auto industry and overall market conditions, auto manufacturers are managing to design and build vehicles that owners find appealing.

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GM Adds Two Shifts and 2,500 Jobs To Produce Chevrolet Malibu and Impala

General Motors announced last Wednesday that it is adding two shifts and about 2,500 hourly and salaried jobs at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant to build the new Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan and the next-generation Chevrolet Impala large sedan alongside the Chevrolet Volt and Opel Ampera electric cars.  This is in addition to a $69 million investment in tooling and equipment to support the Impala, along with a $121 million investment back in April 2010 to support Malibu production.

GM North America President Mark Reuss said of this recent announcement: “Filling this plant with new work is very satisfying because GM is dedicated to helping rebuild this city.  We are confident in the flexibility of the plant, the excellence of our workers and the great cars assembled here.”

This announcement is part of GM’s plan to create or retain about 4,000 jobs and invest $2 billion in 17 manufacturing facilities in eight states. Other GM plants positively impacted recently include locations in Bowling Green, Ky., home of the Chevrolet Corvette, Toledo, Ohio, and Flint and Bay City, Mich. These moves are on top of 9,000 jobs saved or added and $3.4 billion invested in U.S. operations since mid-2009.

The jobs will mostly be filled by members of UAW (United Auto Workers) Local 22 in Detroit.  Joe Ashton, UAW vice president-GM Department, says that this workforce understands the important tasks at hand in this job field. “The members of UAW Local 22 soar over the bar every day by demonstrating their flexibility, hard work, and their intense focus on the customer.”

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Rogers Announces Arrival of Chevrolet Volt

Rogers Auto Group is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2011 Chevrolet Volt.  Named the 2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year, this revolutionary new hybrid is the most fuel efficient car sold with a combustion engine in the United States.  The Volt charges on a standard household outlet and can run up to 40 miles on electricity alone before the gasoline-powered combustion engine kicks in as a backup.  The Volt will take you wherever you need to go, whether it’s a short daily commute to work or a longer road trip, and you will be amazed by the smooth quietness of this electric car.

Click here to schedule your test drive of the Chevrolet Volt at Rogers Auto Group today!

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Breaking: Chevy Volt Wins North American Car of the Year Award!

Breaking News: Chevy Volt Wins North American Car of the Year Award!

It was only a matter of time before the Chevy Volt would win another Award.

After sweeping 3 smaller awards including Motor Trend car of the year, the little car that could has taken the grand prize of them all.

Today at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt was named 2011 North American Car of the Year.

The two other finalists were the Hyundai Sonata and the Nissan LEAF. Voted on by a feild of 49 automotive journalists, the Volt gathered the most votes and took the top prize.

“It’s a great honor to be recognized as the North American Car of the Year,” said GM CEO Dan Akerson. “Since development began, we believed the Volt had the potential to transform the automotive industry. Today, the Volt is the first electric vehicle to win the prestigious North American Car of the Year award, and the first vehicle ever to receive the industry’s highest automotive, technology, and environmental recognitions.”

Here are the other prizes the Volt has taken home:

  • Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
  • Green Car Journal 2011 Green Car of the Year
  • Car and Driver 10Best for 2011
  • Ward’s AutoWorld 10 Best Engines for 2011
  • AUTOMOBILE Magazine 2011 Automobile of the Year
  • 2010 Breakthrough Technology, by Popular Mechanic

“Such recognition provides customers with credible, expert endorsement of new models,” said Akerson. “This is particularly important for vehicles like the Volt that feature significant new technologies. Being named the North American Car of the Year will help convince customers that the Volt is truly a breakthrough vehicle, delivering the benefits of electric driving without the range anxiety associated with pure electric vehicles.”

Rogers Auto Group would like to offer our sincere congratulations to the entire GM Volt team who took a concept that inspired a nation from simple sketches to a masterpiece vehicle now sitting in the driveways of over 300 people in America, with many tens, if not hundreds of thousands more to come. Great Job!

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America is back in the Game

 

The future is here, and America is back in the game.

It’s just one of the many good things Motor Trend magazine had to say about the all-new Chevrolet Volt as it named the car the “2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year®.” The annual award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed in the auto industry and further proof that it’s a new day for Chevrolet, not to mention the entire auto industry. Powered by electricity without being tethered to electrical outlets, the Volt does everything a great car does and, according to Motor Trend, better than any other. It’s further proof that today, tomorrow and on into the future, Chevy Runs Deep.

Volt Mobile App

OnStar MyLink mobile app:

Starting this fall, anywhere you get a signal on your smartphone, you can have total control of your Volt. Tap away and, with the OnStar MyLink, you’ll be able to check the battery charge level, available range, tire pressure, remote lock and unlock and even activate the remote start to heat or cool the interior to your preferred temperature. Navigate the interactive screens of the app, and you can change how and when you want your Volt to charge. You can even set up Alerts via text or email to remind you to plug in your Volt, when charging is complete or if charging has been interrupted. The app also provides a single button to access a Volt Customer Advisor who can answer vehicle specific questions.  Read the rest of this entry »

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