Monday, February 23, 2015

AMSOIL Synthetic Lubricants Protect Hardworking Diesels

The term “diesel” still conjures a host of negative connotations to some: loud, smelly, smoky, dirty. Such unflattering descriptions may have been apt years ago, but those in the know realize today’s diesels no longer fit the stereotype. And judging by the numbers, increasingly more drivers are discovering the truth about diesels.

Data compiled by and Baum and Associates reveal that U.S. clean-diesel car sales jumped 25 percent during the first six months of 2014. An impressive increase, but even more so when considering the overall car market increased just 4.2 percent during the same time. Even more remarkable, increased sales have come during an economic recessionary period during which, until recently, diesel fuel prices have trended upward. 

“Clean diesel” is a term automakers use to distinguish today’s cleaner, quieter diesels from their loud and smoky predecessors. Technically, a clean-diesel engine is no different from any other diesel engine. The differences lie in the fuel they use and their sophisticated exhaust-treatment devices. 

In 1993, the United States government limited diesel fuel sulfur content to 500 ppm – known as low-sulfur diesel. In 2006, ultra-low-sulfur diesel became available, which has a maximum sulfur level of 15 ppm. By 2010, the EPA required that 100 percent of highway diesel fuel be ULSD. 

More changes to the diesel fleet came in 2007. To meet EPA emissions standards, on-road diesel vehicles model-year 2007 and later come with exhaust-treatment systems designed to reduce harmful emissions. These systems range from exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), diesel particulate filters (DPF), in-line regeneration and others. Though they all function differently, their purpose is the same. They, along with ULSD, are expected to decrease emissions from these engines by more than 90 percent. 

Turbocharged diesels already place enormous stress on motor oil. Elevated heat and shearing forces can thin the oil until it fails to provide adequate protection, leaving components susceptible to wear and failure. Sophisticated emissions-control devices on 2007-and-newer diesels make things worse. Fuel dilution from DPF regeneration or excessive idling further thins the oil, while excess soot from EGR and blow-by leads to harmful sludge formation and abrasive wear.

AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils are designed to withstand the punishment doled out by diesel engines. The complete line of AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils delivers superior protection for older and modern diesels equipped with exhaust treatment devices. They resist wear, withstand extreme heat and guard against the harmful effects of soot, such as oil thickening and sludge formation. 

AMSOIL synthetic diesel oils have you covered during heavy use and even abuse.

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Bob Bruton

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Power Play: Camaro Engines through the Years

Five generations represent evolution of American performance 

DETROIT – Chevrolet Camaro has tracked the rise, fall and resurgence of American performance for nearly 50 years, making it a bellwether of horsepower.

Since its 1967 introduction, the Camaro’s engine output has ranged from a low of 88 horsepower to a peak of 580, as the pony car rode the highs of the muscle car era in the late-1960s and the lows of the oil embargo-influenced 1970s to the emergence of modern technologies in the 1980s and the unprecedented power and efficiency offered today.

“From the day it was introduced, the Camaro has been part of American culture and a reflection of the state of the American performance industry,” said Dean Guard, General Motors executive director global gasoline engine engineering, whose first car was a 1982 Camaro with a 5.0L V-8.

“What has never changed was the Camaro’s fun, attainable performance for a broad spectrum of customers, and the personal connection it inspired with generations of owners.”

In the 48 years since Camaro’s arrival, the engine families and the technologies supporting them have evolved dramatically, from the carbureted inline-six base engines and brawny range-topping big-block V-8s in the early years, to the sophisticated V-6 and V-8 engines of today that use advanced technologies to deliver a balance of power and efficiency undreamt of in 1967.

Technologies including direct injection and continuously variable valve timing in the 2015 Camaro’s base 3.6L V-6 help generate 323 horsepower. That’s more than any Camaro V-8 engine offered between 1971 and 2000 – and it enables up to 30 mpg on the highway.

As the Camaro closes out the final year of its fifth generation, Chevrolet has compiled a historic overview of the engines that have contributed to its icon status for enthusiasts around the globe.

First Generation – 1967-69
The Camaro debuted in the burgeoning personal coupe market and at the height of the muscle car era. Entry-level models offered two versions of Chevrolet’s stalwart inline-six engine, with a minimum of 140 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque.

Higher-performing models were available with a smorgasbord of V-8 engines, ranging from 200 horsepower in the 307-cubic-inch Small Block to the 375-horsepower 396 Big Block. Sixty-nine special-option COPO Camaros were built with 427-cubic-inch engines. Intended for Stock and Super Stock drag racing classes, their respective 425- and 430-horsepower ratings were widely believed to be underestimated.

Second Generation – 1970-81
The Camaro’s second generation occurred during a tumultuous time in the auto industry as regulatory changes, including the change to unleaded fuel for lower emissions and an increased focus on fuel economy in response to Arab oil embargoes that led to lines at gasoline stations. As engineers worked to meet these new requirements, the industry saw dramatic reductions in engine compression, horsepower and torque.

Camaro output peaked in 1970, with 375 hp and 415 lb-ft, but by 1975 the most powerful V-8 model offered only 155 hp. The Camaro wouldn’t see more than 200 horsepower again until the mid-1980s.

The Big Block engine family was dropped after 1972, while the venerable inline-six engine was replaced by more modern V-6 designs in 1980. The Small Block was the only engine family to last through the entire second generation, ranging from a high of 360 horsepower for the 1970 Z28 to 115 horsepower by the mid- and late-1970s.  

Third Generation – 1982-92
The third generation of the Camaro saw the introduction of new technologies, each progressively improving output and performance.

For the first time, the Camaro was offered with a four-cylinder engine. Between 1982 and 1986, the 2.5L inline-4 produced 88 to 92 horsepower, depending on whether it was fitted with a carburetor or a new electronically controlled fuel injection system.

Fuel injection also spread to the V-6 and V-8 engine families, enabling engineers to balance efficiency with greater performance. Early editions used Throttle Body Injection (TBI) and, later, the highest-performing models of the 305 and 350 engines featured Tuned Port Injection (TPI).

In 1990, the Camaro 350 TPI engine peaked at 245 hp and 345 lb-ft of torque – making it the most potent Camaro since 1973.

Fourth Generation – 1993-2002
A streamlined powertrain lineup greeted the Camaro’s fourth generation, with a single V-6 and Small Block V-8 offered in each model year.

The base engine evolved from a 160-horsepower version of the 3.4L V-6 to a 200-horsepower version of the renowned 3.8L V-6. The lightweight, compact powerhouse offered performance comparable to most of the Third Generation Camaro V-8 models.

The Small Block V-8 was available with up to 305 horsepower in the 1996-97 Camaro SS.

An all-new, Gen III “LS1” Small Block V-8 was available in the 1998 Camaro, delivering 305 hp and 335 lb-ft of torque, making the Camaro SS and Z28 models worthy rivals for anything from the muscle car era.

Fifth Generation – 2010-2015
After an eight-year hiatus, the Camaro roared back with more standard horsepower than ever – more than 300 horsepower from a sophisticated DOHC V-6. By 2012, the Camaro V-6 had increased to 323 hp, and 278 lb-ft of torque, while enabling up to 30 guilt-free miles per gallon on the highway.

The Camaro’s new, 6.2L Gen IV Small Block V-8 was rated at 426 horsepower in SS models with the manual transmission – more than any regular-production Small Block or Big Block engine from muscle car era and rivaling the advertised output of the special-order COPO 427 engines from 1969.

The Camaro ZL1’s introduction in 2012 reset the bar for horsepower and torque, delivering a staggering 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft from a supercharged version of the 6.2L Gen III Small Block. It remains the most powerful production engine in Camaro history.

In 2014, the Camaro Z/28 delivered the first factory-installed 427-cubic-inch engine since the legendary COPO models. The naturally aspirated 7.0L engine was rated at 505 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque, helping the Camaro Z/28 power its way to Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car award – the first American-brand car to receive it.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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Chevrolet Debuts All-New 2015 IndyCar Aero Package

Chevy-developed bodywork delivers improved aerodynamics

INDIANAPOLIS – Chevrolet-powered racecars in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series will feature Chevrolet-developed aero packages.

Chevrolet introduced the road course/short oval body design today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is distinguished from the previous racecar with new front wing elements, sculpted side pods and a new rear wing.

A speedway configuration for the aero kit, designed for high-speed ovals, will be introduced ahead of its competitive debut at Indianapolis in May.

“This is an important milestone in Chevrolet’s involvement in IndyCar racing,” said Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We focused on developing an aerodynamic package that delivers an balanced combination of downforce and drag, along with integrated engine performance. It’s a total performance package.”

The new Chevy road course aero configuration delivers greater aerodynamic performance than the previous design.

“This new aero kit provides Chevrolet drivers the capability to enter and exit corners faster, while maintaining high speeds on the straights,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet IndyCar program manager.

Development of Chevrolet’s new IndyCar aero package consisted of nine key phases:

Conducted baseline analysis of the “DW12” racecar aerodynamics
Established clear design goals for the new aero kit, which included making the most of downforce, drag and engine performance
Developed design concepts using computer-aided design (CAD)
Analyzed structural properties, using finite element analysis (FEA)
Simulated aerodynamic properties using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
Produced test parts using rapid prototyping processes, such as 3D printing
Conducted testing of a 50-percent scale model in a rolling–road wind tunnel
Conducted testing of a full-scale racecar in a rolling-road wind tunnel
Conducted track testing of prototype aero kit on select race tracks, including Homestead-Miami

Speedway, Circuit of The Americas (Austin, Texas), Texas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.

“We took a clean-sheet approach to the aero kit, delivering an optimized and efficient design that should really give our Chevrolet teams an edge,” said Berube.

The road course configuration’s changes over the 2014 DW12 aero package are easily identified by major components, including:

Front wing that features new pedestal-mounted “front uppers” toward the outer edges
New sculpted “wheel wedges” in front of the rear tires
An engine cover and side pods that have more compact shapes, achieved through a revised turbocharger and exhaust system layout
New larger rear bumper pods
A multi-element upper rear wing, along with louvered end plates.

The all-new Chevrolet racecars will compete for the first time on March 29 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Fast fact:
Will Power drove his Team Penske Chevrolet to the Verizon IndyCar Championship in 2014, while teammates Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and fourth in points, respectively. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, from Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, finished third and seventh in points, respectively, giving Chevrolet five of the top seven places. Chevrolet claimed its third straight manufacturer title 2014 and has won it each year since re-entering IndyCar racing in 2012.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at

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Monday, February 16, 2015

How to Choose the Right GPS System

Navigating through crowded city streets is just as tricky as locating a lonely highway amidst miles of corn fields. Global positioning systems, also known as GPS units, use satellites to pinpoint your current location and regularly updated maps to give you the best directions. Only some of the many GPS units available work well in RVs. Some models offer special features to RV drivers, and one in particular stands out above the rest.
Best Dual System – The Co-Pilot SD Card or PC/Laptop Version
While other GPS units require mounting to the dashboard of your new or used RV, the Co-Pilot software is delivered on a small SD card or disc. You can install it on any satellite-enabled cell phone or computer with wi-fi access. It is designed for large vehicles like RVs and semi-trucks. The maps contain detailed information on height restrictions and traffic patterns, and the unit will warn you if your route contains hazards that you may have trouble passing in a 11 foot tall vehicle.
Best Customizable System – Garmin Nuvi 660
The 6 inch wide screen mounts on your dashboard and allows you to choose from dozens of different map options. Some maps are pre-loaded with destinations relevant to RV travelers, while others contain information on road hazards and weight restrictions. Many full-time RVers request this model from their Texas RV dealer because it allows you to program custom points of interest. If you travel a regular route, you can add in your favorite campgrounds, restaurants and other stops. This speeds up the process of requesting directions to the push of a button.
Best Overall System For RVs – Rand McNally TripMaker RVND 7710
A big 7 inch touchscreen is just one of the benefits offered by this model. This unit asks you to enter details about your RV and your driving preferences, including height, weight, length and your favored turning pattern. It creates completely customized routes based on this information. It also has thousands of sights and stops programmed in to help you create a trip you will never forget.
While all three of these GPS models will help you get to your destination, the TripMaker is the top model for its extra RV-specific features. Any RV you choose from your Corpus Christi RV dealer will work will this model due to its high level of customization.
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Reduce Engine Warm Up Time

Dominator® Coolant Boost Reduces Engine Warm-Up Times In Cold Weather

Bob Bruton / AMSOIL Dealer / 888-658-6669

AMSOIL Dominator® Coolant Boost is designed to reduce corrosion and significantly enhance heat transfer in cooling systems. One of the overlooked benefits of better heat transfer is much quicker engine warm-up in winter conditions, which is noticed when the vehicle’s defroster works much sooner.
To understand how Dominator Coolant Boost reduces engine warm-up times in cold weather, it is imperative to understand the fundamentals of an engine’s cooling system and how Coolant Boost’s proprietary tiered-surfactant technology works. The same tiered-surfactant technology that aids in reducing engine operating temperatures also decreases engine warm-up times.

In a vehicle’s cooling system, the ultimate goal is to quickly and effectively move heat away from engine components, permitting the engine to run at a safe, controlled temperature. An effective cooling system reduces stress on all aspects of the engine, including the lubricating oil. Alternatively, a corroded cooling system that transfers heat ineffectively will eventually lead to engine overheating, breakdown of engine oil and catastrophic failure.

Before studying tiered surfactants, it is important to understand what a surfactant does in a cooling system. A surfactant reduces the surface tension of water and antifreeze, allowing closer contact with metal parts. This closer contact increases the coolant’s efficiency in transferring heat away from hot engine parts and out through the radiator and fan.

Many leading coolant additives contain only one surfactant, limiting their temperature ranges and ultimate effectiveness. AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost uses three surfactants, each designed to operate in a different temperature range to increase liquid-to-metal contact from the time the vehicle starts to the time it reaches operating temperature.

Graphic A illustrates how each surfactant in Coolant Boost’s tiered surfactant technology is designed to provide optimal performance over a wide temperature range, while competing products with only one surfactant are limited to performance in a single temperature range.

Graphic B outlines controlled testing of AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost with a 50/50 antifreeze/water mix. When a cooling system reaches 120°F, the operator typically feels warm air coming out of the defroster. The time it takes to reach this temperature with Coolant Boost is reduced by 45 percent compared to the 50/50 antifreeze/water mix alone.

Through the use of tiered surfactants, AMSOIL Dominator Coolant Boost delivers quicker warm-up times in the winter and reduced engine temperatures in the summer, making it an excellent choice for year-round use.
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Presidents Day

The President’s Day three-day weekend is an ideal time to fire up your RV for a winter road trip. Make your President’s Day getaway even more special this year by visiting an exciting and educational presidential site. The U.S. National Park Service offers tons of historical sites dedicated to our nation’s leaders, so start planning your President’s Day getaway to one of these great destinations today.

Washington Monument National Memorial – District of Columbia

There’s no better place to be on George Washington’s birthday than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. This site serves as the country’s best known memorial to George Washington, and since it stands over 555-feet tall, you won’t be able to miss it. The site’s mesmerizing reflecting pool connects the monument to the Lincoln Memorial, so you’ll be able to visit multiple presidential sites on your getaway.

Little White House — Florida

The Little White House, also known as the Harry S. Truman Little White House, served as Truman’s winter house in the 1940s and 1950s. President Truman stated that this winter escape in Key West offered a rejuvenating atmosphere, where he could deal with major issues like the beginning of the Cold War. Five other presidents have also used the Key West home as a temporary winter White House during their presidency.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park — Texas

You don’t have to leave the warmth of Texas this winter to visit a historic site for President’s Day. The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is in place to preserve Johnson’s grandfather’s ranch house and a portion of Johnson City, a city that his family founded. The historical park is open seven days a week with guided and self-guided tours available for visitors.

Start Your Travels at CCRV

Whether President’s Day will be your first getaway of 2015 or you’ve been cruising in your RV all winter, there’s no better time to ensure your RV is ready for the roads than now. Our certified RV technicians are here at CCRV in Corpus Christi six days a week to make sure your RV is in top condition for another season on the road.

Contact Bob

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

A Drive-By Lesson on What Turns Your Wheels

DETROIT – Vehicles act differently on snow and ice depending on whether they have front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. You may know which drive system your vehicle has, but do you understand how it works?
Here’s a brief spin through the options. Remember, almost every new vehicle includes an electronic traction control system that intervenes automatically to improve performance in slippery conditions.

Front-wheel drive (FWD): Simply put, engine power is channeled to the front wheels to propel the vehicle. Standard on all Buicks, FWD is the most popular and prevalent system in the market because its compact setup enhances fuel efficiency and frees up more room inside the vehicle. Plus, the weight of the powertrain is concentrated over the driving wheels, so it offers good traction when it’s slippery.

Rear-wheel drive (RWD): As the name implies, engine power is sent to the rear wheels to propel the vehicle. In passenger cars, RWD reigned until the advent of FWD in the early 1980s. But RWD can more effectively handle higher engine power and higher vehicle weights, which is why it’s still favored in large trucks, larger performance vehicles, purpose-built race cars and law-enforcement pursuit use. 

All-wheel drive (AWD): Don’t confuse all-wheel drive with four-wheel drive (below). Both engage all four wheels, but they’re designed and operate differently.
Generally, an AWD drivetrain operates as a FWD or RWD system – most are FWD. Buick’s AWD system pre-emptively sends power to front and rear axles on every launch to prevent wheel slip, then backs down if no slip occurs. Power is transferred automatically via a single-speed transfer case. (A transfer case connects to the transmission to split power between the front and rear wheels.) The beauty of AWD is no driver effort is needed to activate the system.

AWD scores high with buyers who want excellent on-road capabilities with the added traction on grass, mud, sand or gravel in light, off-road conditions where a front- or rear-wheel-drive vehicle may get stuck. Buick offers all-wheel drive on the Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave.

Four-wheel drive (4WD or 4x4): Four-wheel drive typically features a two-speed transfer case with high and low ranges for maximum traction. 4WD vehicles typically operate in RWD until four-wheel traction is required; and while most systems are driver-activated, many offer a setting that automatically engages the high range when it’s slippery. The driver must still engage the low range.

Found in large, rear-wheel-drive trucks and larger SUVs with additional ground clearance compared to passenger cars and crossovers, 4x4 still provides the best traction and capability in off-road conditions.

Buick is an international modern luxury brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs, luxurious interiors and thoughtful personal technologies, along with responsive-yet-efficient performance. Buick is attracting new customers with its portfolio of award-winning luxury models in North America and China. Learn more about Buick cars and crossovers at, on Twitter @buick, on Instragram, on Pinterest or

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Friday, February 6, 2015

Chevrolet Introduces All-New 2016 Volt

Chevrolet announces the all new 2016 Chevrolet Volt. Check out GM's official press release:

New model features expressive, sleek design and delivers 50 miles of EV range

DETROIT – Chevrolet today unveiled the all-new 2016 Volt electric car with extended range, showcasing a sleeker, sportier design that offers 50 miles of EV range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration.

The Volt’s new, efficient propulsion system will offer a General Motors’-estimated total driving range of more than 400 miles and with regular charging, owners are expected to travel more than 1,000 miles on average between gas fill-ups. 

“The 2016 Chevrolet Volt provides our owners with a no-compromise electric driving experience,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America. “We believe our engineering prowess combined with data from thousands of customers allows us to deliver the most capable plug-in vehicle in the industry.”

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s technology and range advancements are complemented by a design that blends sculpted, muscular proportions with aerodynamic efficiency, and an all-new interior with seating for five and improved functionality.

Everything from charging the battery and checking the charge status, to the intuitiveness of instrument panel controls were designed for easier use.

“According to independent surveyors, Volt owners are the most satisfied in the industry and they were our compass for developing the next-generation model,” said Batey.  

2016 Volt highlights:
  • New two-motor drive unit is up to 12 percent more efficient and 100 pounds lighter (45 kg) than the first-generation drive unit
  • Two-motor design enables 19 percent stronger zero-to-30 mph acceleration
  • Battery capacity has increased to 18.4 kWh using 192 cells (96 fewer than current generation) with weight reduced by more than 20 pounds
  • Regen on Demand™ feature enables driver control of energy regeneration via a convenient paddle on the back of the steering wheel  
  • New 1.5L range extender, designed to use regular unleaded fuel, offers a combined GM-estimated fuel efficiency of 41 mpg (EPA estimate pending)
  • Stronger body structure and quieter ride
  • New braking system with improved capability and blended Regen feel
  • New, five-passenger seating with available rear heated seats
  • Location-based charging capability
  • 120V portable cord set has a simpler, compact design with more convenient storage location
  • Available illuminated charge port

The 2016 Volt goes on sale in the second half of 2015.

Sleeker, sportier design
The 2016 Volt has an all-new, muscular design that incorporates Chevrolet performance vehicle DNA inspired cues refined in the wind tunnel.

New features, including active grille shutters, help balance design with efficiency.

Volt’s flowing, dynamic shape is inspired by the toned physiques of athletes and even the natural shapes of wind-swept sands, with carved body sides and fenders that blend into the hood. The front-end appearance retains the iconic Volt identity, with bright upper and lower grille pads.

Greater attention to detail in the design cues, materials and colors also lends a more premium, contemporary aura to its appearance. It also retains the distinctive Volt signature on the upper front doors, carrying over one of the first-generation model’s identifiers.

Inside, the new Volt includes seating for five. Fresh colors exude an inviting upscale aura – complemented by blue ambient lighting – while the controls are more intuitively placed and simpler to operate.

The Volt retains its signature dual digital color displays with an eight-inch-diagonal reconfigurable screen in the instrument cluster to relay driver information. An additional eight-inch-diagonal touch screen in the center of the instrument panel controls the Chevrolet MyLink system.

Fewer icons on the center dash make it easier to operate. Separate climate control knobs and buttons below the center display offer clear, convenient operation.

New Voltec propulsion system
An all-new, second-generation Voltec extended range electric vehicle (EREV) propulsion system is the power behind the 2016 Volt’s increased all-electric driving range, greater efficiency and stronger acceleration. It was engineered based on the driving behaviors of first-gen Volt owners. 

“Volt owners complete more than 80 percent of their trips without using a drop of gasoline and they tell us they love the electric driving experience. Putting that experience at the center of the new Voltec system’s development helped us improve range, while also making the new Volt more fun to drive,” said Andrew Farah, vehicle chief engineer. “We established a precedent when the original Voltec propulsion system debuted and this newest iteration sets the EV technology bar even higher.”

The Voltec system includes the battery, drive unit, range-extending engine and power electronics.

GM’s industry-leading battery technology has been reengineered for the next-generation Volt. The 2016 Volt will use an 18.4 kWh battery system featuring revised cell chemistry developed in conjunction with LG Chem. While overall system storage capacity has increased, the number of cells have decreased from 288 to 192 as the result of a revised chemistry. The cells are positioned lower in the pack for an improved (lower) center of gravity and the overall mass of the pack is 21 pounds (9.8 kg) lighter.

Like the battery system, the next-generation Volt’s two-motor drive unit delivers increased efficiency and performance along with reduced noise and vibration. The drive unit operates up to 12 percent more efficiently and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg) less than the current system. 

Both motors operate together in more driving scenarios, in both EV and extended-range operation. The ability to use both motors helps deliver a 19 percent   improvement in electric acceleration from zero to 30 mph (2.6 seconds) and a 7 percent improvement from zero to 60 mph (8.4 seconds).  GM engineers designed the Voltec electric motors to use significantly less rare earth materials. One motor uses no rare earth-type magnets. 

More convenient location-based charging
Using real-world experiences of today’s Volt owners, Chevrolet made the charging system in the next-generation Volt more convenient for customers to recharge the battery – and to check the charge status.

The new and enhanced features include:
GPS location-based charging        
“Owners will now be able to set their charging preferences exclusively for “home” charging and the vehicle will automatically adjust to that setting when it is at “home” based on GPS data,” said Farah, the chief engineer. “The new Volt will give owners greater flexibility for charging on their terms and make public charging easier.”

This will allow owners to pre-set their 120V charging level (eight amps or 12 amps) and whether they wish to charge immediately, set a departure time for each day of the week, or set a departure time and a utility rate schedule to charge only at off-peak rates. These setting will only have to be programmed once and the Volt will default to them when the vehicle return to its home location.

New, more intuitive charge status indicators
The next-generation Volt makes it easier for owners to confirm their Volt is charging and gauge charge status. The new status system features a specially designed tone that indicates when charging has begun, with additional tones for delayed charging. It will even indicate if the charge port door was left open after unplugging but before entering the vehicle.

With a glance through the windshield, an updated charge status indicator light on the on the top of the instrument panel will show the approximate charge level through a series of flashes. An available illuminated charge port makes it easier to plug in after dark.

Portable cord set enhancements
A new 120V portable cord set has a simpler, compact design with more convenient storage location. The storage bin for the cord is now located on the left side of the Volt’s rear cargo area, above the load floor, for improved accessibility.

Safety features
The new Chevrolet Volt offers new standard and available safety features that work with an all-new body structure to provide crash-avoidance and passenger protection capability. Highlights include:
  • Standard rear-vision camera
  • Ten standard air bags, including driver and front-passenger knee air bags
  • Available active safety features offering lane keep assist with lane departure warning, side blind zone alert with lane change alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert with following distance indicator, front automatic braking, and advanced park assist with front and rear park assist (semi-automatic parallel parking)
  • Expanded use of high-strength steel throughout the body structure improves strength and reduces weight
  • More effective structural load paths in the frame, along with reinforced rocker panel structures and side structure reinforcements

The new, active safety technologies and structural enhancements build on the Volt’s legacy of top safety performance, which include a 5-Star overall New Car Assessment Program rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the current model.

GM is investing $435 million in the production of the next-generation Chevrolet Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant and at the Brownstown, (Mich.) Battery Assembly Plant, where its lithium-ion battery pack is produced.

The new drive unit will be manufactured at GM’s Powertrain plant in Warren, Mich., and the 1.5L engine will be manufactured at GM’s Toluca, Mexico engine plant for the first year of production, then shift to the Flint, Mich. engine plant.

Since its introduction in late 2010, the Volt has established southeast Michigan as the hub of vehicle electrification development and manufacturing. The next-generation Volt will feature approximately 70 percent U.S. and Canadian components within its first year of production, a nearly 20-percent increase from the first generation.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at



Chevrolet Volt
Body style / driveline:
front-wheel-drive, five-door/five-passenger hatchback extended-range electric vehicle
single body-frame-integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders; hood, roof, door panels; one-piece bodyside outer panel; thermal plastic olefin (TPO) bumper fascias
EPA vehicle class:
compact car
Key competitors:
Toyota Prius Plug-in, Ford C-Max energi, diesel and mid-luxury sport sedans
Vehicle manufacturing location:
Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Hamtramck, Mich.
Battery manufacturing location:
Brownstown Township, Mich.


Battery system

rechargeable energy storage system comprising multiple-linked modules 
5.5-foot-long T-shaped; steel base (tray) and glass-filled polyester structural composite cover
Mass (lb / kg):
403 / 183
Battery chemistry:
Thermal system:
liquid active thermal control
192 prismatic pouches
eight years / 100,000 miles (10 years / 150,000 miles in ARB states)
18.4 kWh



1.5L DOHC I-4  
Displacement (cu in / cc):
91 / 1490
Bore & stroke (in / mm):
2.90 x 3.40 / 74 x 86.6
Block material:
cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
cast aluminum
overhead camshafts; four valves per cylinder, double continuous variable cam phasing (DCVCP)
Ignition system:
individual coil-on-plug
Fuel delivery:
Direct fuel injection
Compression ratio:
Output (kW / hp @ rpm):
75/101@5600 RPM
Max engine speed (rpm):
Emissions controls:
Split Volume Common Can (SVCC) catalyst; fast light-off Oxygen sensor
Fuel type:
regular unleaded (87 Octane)


Electric drive

electric, two-wheel, front-drive 
two-motor arrangement
Two-motor continuously variable, integrated controls
Motoring Power (kW / hp)
Generating Power (kW / hp)
Torque: (lb-ft / Nm):


Charging times

120 V:
about 13 hours @ 12 amps
240 V:
about 4.5 hours



Top speed (mph):
EV range (city):
50 miles / 80 km (estimate, combined city/highway) 
EV + extended range:
420 miles / 676 km (estimate including EV on fully charged battery and full tank of fuel
Fuel Economy (mpg)
Electric Efficiency (mpg-e)
41 mpg
102 mpg-e
0-60mph                 8.4sec
0-30mph                 2.6sec


Chassis /Suspension

independent MacPherson strut-type with side-loaded strut modules, specially tuned coil springs, direct-acting hollow stabilizer bar; hydraulic ride bushings
specially adapted compound crank (torsion beam) with double-walled, U-shaped profile at the rear; specifically tuned coil springs, hydraulic bushings
Chassis control:
four-channel ABS; all-speed traction control; StabiliTrak; drag control
Steering type:
rack-mounted electric power steering with TRW steering gear
Steering wheel turns, lock-to-lock:
Turning circle, curb-to-curb (ft / m):
36.4 / 11.1
Steering ratio:



power four-wheel disc with ABS; electro-hydraulic; fully regenerative to maximize energy capture; dynamic rear brake proportioning
Brake rotor diameter front  (in / mm):
26 / 276; vented, single 60-mm piston w/ steel body caliper

Brake rotor diameter rear (in / mm):
10/ 264; solid; steel body caliper with single 38-mm piston with park brake motor on caliper
Total swept area (cu cm):
front: 350
rear: 277


Wheels / Tires

Wheel size and type:
17" 5-spoke painted aluminum wheels
17" Split-Y Ultra Bright Machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets
Michelin Energy Saver A/S 215/50R17 all-season



  Wheelbase (in / mm):
106.1 / 2694
  Overall length (in / mm):
180.4 / 1481
  Overall width (in / mm):
71.2 / 1809
  Height (in / mm):
56.4 / 1432
  Track front (in / mm):
60.6 / 1540 (front)            
61.8 / 1570 (rear)            



Seating capacity
(front / rear):
2 / 3
Headroom (in  / mm):
37.8 / 961 (front)
35.8 / 909 (rear)
Shoulder room (in / mm):
56.5 / 1434 (front)
53.2 / 1351 (rear)
Hip room (in / mm):
53.7 / 1365 (front)
51.3 / 1304 (rear)
Legroom (in / mm):
42.1 / 1068 (front)
34.7 / 882 (rear)
Cargo volume (cu ft / L):
10.6 / 301



Curb weight (lb / kg);
3543 / 1607
Engine cooling (qt / L):
7.4 / 7.0
Battery pack cooling        (qt / L):
4.5 / 4.25
Power electronics cooling (qt / L):
5.1 / 4.8
Fuel tank (gal / L):
8.9 / 33.7
Engine oil w/ filter (qt / L):
4.2 / 4.0
Drive unit fluid (qt / L):
7.1 / 6.7 (Including cooling loop)

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