10-14-19

What Is a Differential on a Car or Truck?

A differential, when one is talking about vehicles, is a mechanical piece of the car, truck, or SUV which allows the powered-wheels to turn at different speeds. This would be the front wheels in front-wheel-drive, the rear in rear-wheel drive, and all wheels on all-wheel drive. This is necessary because when taking turns the wheels need to go different distances, and if they both always moved at the same speed you would end up damaging your tires and possibly other mechanical parts.

Read More: All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

Why Is a Locking Differential A Good Thing

While in general driving you want your wheels to be able to spin independently for comfortable turning, this can result in a loss of traction in some circumstances. If one wheel slips on ice, the differential may continue sending power to that wheel, causing it to spin, while the wheel that has not slipped may have less power.

Also if one wheel gets stuck, but the other is free (like what might happen when off-roading in mud or over rocks) then the differential might continue sending power to that wheel, making it spin wildly, while not really helping you get out of the mud.

automatic locking rear differential on a 2015 GMC CanyonWith a locking differential (whether automatic, or activated by the driver), the powered wheels can be united. This allows drivers to have better traction, and can be extremely helpful either for getting out of mud and snow, climbing rocks on the trail, or maintaining traction in a snow storm.

While a driver shouldn’t keep their differential locked in highway driving, it can be very useful when off-roading, or in some high-performance driving situations. Some vehicles that feature locking differentials include off-road models of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, and the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1.

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What’s inside the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD?

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10-11-19

How Do I Set Up RemoteLink?

The RemoteLink Key Fob system from OnStar available in Chevy, Buick and GMC vehicles can do some pretty neat things (you can learn more about what in our post on the subject) but now it’s time to get real. This is a pretty neat device but how can you set up RemoteLink? We have some step by step instructions, and a neat video on some of the cool things you can do with this system.

How Do I Set Up RemoteLink?

First of all, make sure that your vehicle and phone are compatible with the RemoteLink system. Most 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicles have this capability. Apple, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones are compatible, depending on the operating system.

Read More: Best Features of the 2016 Chevy MalibuSecond, if you are not yet registered at OnStar.com with a username and password, you will have to set that up (remember, some of these services may only be included with an internet plan, and others may not be available in some regions). You can set up your OnStar username and password here, on the top where it says “Sign Up” (you can also find a complete list of compatible cars and phones on that page).

What can you do with OnStar RemoteLink? Check out this video!

Next, download the RemoteLink App. It is available on iTunes, Google Play, Blackberry App World or the Windows app store. Be sure to have your username and password ready to go.

Once it is downloaded, you will launch the app and enter your onstar.com username and password. You will also have to enter your OnStar account number and zip code. This can be emailed to you if you don’t remember it.

In the last step you will be encouraged to create a new username and password just for RemoteLink, and then you should be good to go with your new smartphone-to-car connection!

How can I keep my car’s cabin from getting too hot?

How can I keep my car’s cabin from getting too hot?

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10-11-19

Chevy Truck Performance Capabilities

Chevy Truck Capabilities

Buying a new vehicle is a big commitment, that’s why it is important to do your research before making a purchase. One important thing to discover is a vehicle’s performance capabilities, this is particularly important when it comes to pickup trucks. People who buy trucks needs them to perform and get a lot of work done, whether it involves towing, hauling, getting through rough terrain or all of the above. Today we’re going to take a look at the unique Chevy truck capabilities.

One important feature that helps improve the performance capabilities of a truck, is traction. whether the weather is winter or summer you’re going to need a truck that can handle the various conditions you’ll encounter. Luckily, Chevy trucks come with an automatic locking rear axle that helps them move with confidence and control. This locking rear axle is referred to as the G80. The rear axle locks automatically if one wheel starts to spin, enabling both rear wheels to propel the truck. This added traction makes a two-wheel drive pickup just as capable as a 4×4 pickup.

The G80 automatic locking rear axle is available on most Silverado models, some Colorado models, and it standard on the Tahoe and Suburban. The G80 provides more traction than a conventional limited-slip axle. The limit-slip axle actually limits the amount of traction-enhancing torque that can be channeled to the faster-rotating wheel. The G80 actually engages and disengages automatically with no input from the driver. The lockup and disengagement processes happen instantly.

If you are interested in learning more about Chevy trucks and their capabilities call or visit Craig Dunn Motor City today. We will be able to answer any further questions you might have about these impressive vehicles. They can even help you schedule a test drive so you can see these vehicles in action.

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10-11-19

What Is A Differential (and Why Is It Nice For Them To Lock)?

What Is a Differential on a Car or Truck?

If you are thinking about buying a new truck or SUV for off-roading or rough country roads (like the 2017 GMC Sierra All Terrain, you may have seen phrases like “electronically locking differential” or “limited slip differential” being thrown around. But what is a differential on a car or truck, and why is locking one useful for off-road adventuring? Keep reading to find out more.

What Is a Differential on a Car or Truck?

A differential, when one is talking about vehicles, is a mechanical piece of the car, truck, or SUV which allows the powered-wheels to turn at different speeds. This would be the front wheels in front-wheel-drive, the rear in rear-wheel drive, and all wheels on all-wheel drive. This is necessary because when taking turns the wheels need to go different distances, and if they both always moved at the same speed you would end up damaging your tires and possibly other mechanical parts.

Read More: All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

Why Is a Locking Differential A Good Thing

While in general driving you want your wheels to be able to spin independently for comfortable turning, this can result in a loss of traction in some circumstances. If one wheel slips on ice, the differential may continue sending power to that wheel, causing it to spin, while the wheel that has not slipped may have less power.

Also if one wheel gets stuck, but the other is free (like what might happen when off-roading in mud or over rocks) then the differential might continue sending power to that wheel, making it spin wildly, while not really helping you get out of the mud.

automatic locking rear differential on a 2015 GMC CanyonWith a locking differential (whether automatic, or activated by the driver), the powered wheels can be united. This allows drivers to have better traction, and can be extremely helpful either for getting out of mud and snow, climbing rocks on the trail, or maintaining traction in a snow storm.

While a driver shouldn’t keep their differential locked in highway driving, it can be very useful when off-roading, or in some high-performance driving situations. Some vehicles that feature locking differentials include off-road models of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, and the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1.

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What’s inside the 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD?

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10-11-19

What are Multimatic DSSV Dampers on the Chevy Colorado ZR2?

What are Multimatic DSSV Dampers on the Colorado ZR2?

The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 off-road optimized truck looks cool and comes with premium off-roading features, but one of the newest and most exciting features of this new model are the Multimatic DSSV dampers. Produced by Multimatic Inc. (a company based in Markham, Ontario!), these elite dampers have never been applied to an off-road vehicle before, but they promise to offer even better capability. Keep reading to learn what are Multimatic DSSV dampers on the Chevy Colorado ZR2, and what performance advantages they provide.


2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Photo Gallery

2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Photo Gallery

There are plenty of off-road vehicles available from General Motors, but the new 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is going to be something completely new.  Featuring a wider track than the standard Chevy Colorado and a lifted suspension, the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 has functional rockers, modified bumpers, and front and rear locking differentials, all to increase its off-road capability. Check out the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 photo gallery here.

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Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve Technology

Along with front and rear electronically locking differentials, the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers on the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 contribute to its ability to attack the track, the trail, or the daily commute with equal aplomb. While most vehicle dampers offers deflected-disk valving,  the DSSV dampers from Multimatic Inc. offer much better precision on and off the road.

The position-sensitive DSSV dampers house two spool valves that smooth both compression and rebound damping. A third, piston-mounted spool valve can also deliver additional compression damping during intense off-roading, and the front dampers have a separate rebound valve for use in rough driving, for example over rocks.

Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve Technology from the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2
clear view of the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve Technology

Do Other Vehicles Have Multimatic DSSV Dampers?

Multimatic DSSV damper technology was first used in the 2014 model of the Chevy Camaro Z/28 to allow that performance vehicle to handle intense track conditions with confidence. Their use in the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is the first time they have been applied to an off-road optimized vehicle.

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New Changes for 2020 GMC Models!

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10-11-19

Innovation and the Connected Car by GM Canada! (Video)

Huge changes are coming to the automotive industry in the next decade and GM Canada is at the forefront. While flying cars and other basics of old science fiction may not be a reality anytime soon, we are living in a world where a host of driver assist technologies are making every moment on the road safer, less stressful, and more connected. The GM Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ontario is where innovation and the connected car by GM Canada are at the forefront, along with new green technology. Read more to find out more and view the video!

Whether your GM vehicle has features like parking assistance that will parallel park your vehicle without you needing to touch the wheel, start/stop technology which can save gas and energy, forward collision alerts on 2015 Chevy Impala, Tahoe and Suburban, or OnStar navigation and emergency assistance, new connective cars are making the roads safer every day.

Want to learn more about new General Motors innovations? Check out the video below:

From hybrid cars to radar technology, the cars of the future are on the highway today. We at Craig Dunn Motor City in Portage La Prairie are proud to be a part of the General Motors family. Check out our inventory of new Chevy, GMC and Buick vehicles or contact us to learn about some of the great features that are available.

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10-11-19

GM Puts Vehicles to the Test

GM Performance Tests

When it comes to developing high performance vehicles, there are a lot of factors that come into play. Once the vehicle is designed are created, there is still work to be done. Automotive companies must test these vehicles to make sure that they are able to handle any driving condition. It is important for car companies to ensure that their vehicles are safe and can perform in a variety of conditions. Let’s explore what kind of GM performance tests that GM vehicles go through.

One of the many tests GM vehicles go through is the Milford Road Course that was developed under the leadership of Bob Lutz, the former GM vice chairman. The course is 4.5 kilometres long and includes 17 turns, each designed to test a specific performance requirement. There is also a straightaway that lets GM test vehicles at speeds above 240 km/h. The course helps test handling, steering, braking and more. Driving these tracks is a very small but vital part of the testing process.

This year is the 90th year of the Milford Road Course. This course helps ensure that GM vehicles are the best in the world. The performance testing uses professional drivers and expert engineers to determine the results of the test drives. Engineers work hard to prove that these vehicles are ready to hit the road in the real world. While testing used to be about whether or not the vehicle could make to from one point to another, the tests now make sure that the journey is exciting as well as efficient.

If you want a first hand look at the vehicles that have passed these test with flying colors, visit us at Craig Dunn Motor City. All of our vehicles are road ready. Schedule a test drive and see which Chevy, Buick or GMC vehicle is the right choice for your driving needs.

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10-11-19

The Duramax Diesel is Available on the 2017 Sierra HD

2017 GMC Sierra HD Duramax Diesel

Remember how we wrote that the 2017 Chevy Silverado HD was getting a new turbo-diesel engine that promises to offer even more power, torque and handling? Well, we have even better news for folks who love the refined quality of the GMC brand! The new 2017 GMC Sierra HD Duramax Diesel is the same powerful engine featuring the same advantages! Keep reading for details.

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Power and Torque on the 2017 Sierra HD Diesel

The redesigned 2017 GMC Sierra Duramax diesel engine will be able to deliver even better horsepower and torque for the new year, which can mean even more confident towing with better fuel economy. This 6.6-litre diesel V8 will be able to deliver an SAE-certified 445 horsepower and a net torque of 910 pound-feet. That is a huge increase from the 397 horsepower and 765 pound-feet of torque which was available on the 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD.

We are anticipating that this increase in power and torque will lead to an increase in towing power as well. The current Sierra 2500HD can tow up to 8,165 kg with fifth-wheel towing and 6,577 kg with conventional towing.

2017 GMC Sierra Duramax Diesel in black

Segment Firsts on the Diesel 2017 Sierra HD

Features like a re-melt piston bowl rim, a Venturi Jet Drain Oil Separator, and a closed loop glow plug temperature control are all new features on the redesigned Duramax 6.6-liter diesel, and great advantages for the segment.

Duramax Diesel with the Allison transmission

New premium diesel advantages of the 2017 Duramax

In addition to the inherent advantages of diesel fuel, the new 6.6-litre V8 Duramax will offer several other benefits. It will be available with B20 bio-diesel compatibility and Digital Steering Assist, as well as a new full-length damped steel oil pan and rocker/fuel system treatments that will contribute to a huge reduction in engine noise.

If you are interested in learning about the new Duramax diesel that will be available in the 2017 GMC Sierra HD, contact a Craig Dunn Motor City representative today.

Heavy-Duty Sierra All Terrain X Announced!

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10-11-19

What’s New on the 2017 GMC Canyon?

Wondering what’s new on the 2017 GMC Canyon? We just got confirmation on an estimated 2017 GMC Canyon Canadian release date and some of the elite enhanced features that we can expect to see in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba for the coming year. Keep reading to learn more about the good news about this premium truck.

Read More: 2016 GMC Canyon Wins Best Midsize Pickup Truck of the Year 

2017 GMC Canyon Canadian Release Date

The new 2017 GMC Canyon will be available in Canada starting in the fourth quarter of this year. In addition to the standard trims that were available on the 2016 GMC Canyon, the 2017 model of this midsize truck will be available in the elite Denali trim and the off-road optimized All Terrain X model which has first appeared on the GMC Sierra.

We’ve covered more information about these two specialty models in our previous post about the 2017 GMC Canyon release date. Other new and updated features include a revised IntelliLink infotainment system with a seven-inch colour touchscreen, standard Teen Driver feature with that system, an available heated steering wheel and three new exterior colours: Dark Slate Metallic, Mineral Metallic, and Red Quartz Metallic.

2017 GMC Canyon All Terrain X
interior of the U.S. model of the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali

Powertrain Enhancements on the 2017 GMC Canyon

The 2017 GMC Canyon will also be available with a new 3.6-litre engine and advanced eight-speed automatic transmission. Featuring advanced fuel-saving technology like continuously variable valve timing, Active Fuel Management (also known as cylinder deactivation) and direct injection, this powertrain should be able to deliver excellent low fuel-consumption numbers while also delivering premium towing and hauling. This engine and transmission should be able to tow up to 3,175 kilograms, which comes second in the segment only when compared to the Duramax diesel engine also available on the 2017 GMC Canyon.

We believe that this same efficient and powerful new transmission and engine combination should also be available on the 2017 Chevy Colorado. For more information on the 2017 GMC Canyon Canadian release date and new features, contact Craig Dunn Motor City.

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New Changes for 2020 GMC Models!

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10-11-19

GM Accessories

GM Accessories in Winnipeg MB

Once you’ve had your vehicle for a while, you might realize that something is missing or you just want to add your own personal flare. The best way to do that is by getting accessories specifically for your vehicle. By adding on certain features, you can make your vehicle more organized, stylish and spacious. There are a large variety of GM accessories in Winnipeg MB here at Craig Dunn Motor City.

GM Interior Accessories

If you are looking for a way to keep the interior of your car clean and organized. You might want to try the some items such as the cargo net or cargo partition. These items are easy to attach and remove to keep your cargo space clean. The cargo partition in particular is durable, flexible, collapsible and has multiple compartments to carry lightweight items. It will help you transport items that you don’t want rolling around in your vehicle.

GM Exterior Accessories

There are also a variety of exterior accessories you can get to make your vehicle more stylish or to transport bigger items. For larger sized vehicles, there are carrier mounts, roof racks, bike racks, roof-mounted bicycle carriers and more! If you enjoy camping or taking road trips, these accessories might be just the thing you need to be able to bring everything you want along with you.

No matter what type of Buick, Chevy or GMC vehicle you have, Craig Dunn Motor City will have the GM accessories you need to help make every trip a successful one. Feel free to explore our accessories page and order whatever items you need. Once your accessories arrive, we can also install them for you right here in Winnipeg MB. Call or visit us today for more information!

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10-11-19

2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Off-Road Features

wheel and shocks of the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 offers similar maneuverable dimensions and powertrain options as compared to the standard Chevy Colorado, but it does offer some significant differences. Two main features are a wider track and a lifted suspension, which offers up to two inches more ground clearance. Other great off-roading features on the new Chevy Colorado ZR2 include:

  • Front and rear locking differentials
  • Multimatic DSSV damper technology for enhanced handling and performance
  • Steel-tube rocker protectors and modified front and rear bumpers
  • Skid plates for radiator, engine oil pan, and transfer case
  • 17-inch aluminum wheels with 31-inch Goodyear Duratrac off-road tires
  • Four-wheel drive with nine drive configurations
  • Available bed-mounted spare tire

Powertrain on the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2

Buyers of the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 with have two engine options. A new 3.6-litre V6 gas engine will be able to produce 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine will come mated to the class-exclusive Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission. The Colorado ZR2 will also be available with a Duramax diesel engine rated for 181 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, which also provides excellent fuel consumption numbers.

We’re not sure when we can expect the 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 to be released in North America, but keep watching this blog, or contact a member of our Craig Dunn Motor City sales team, for updates as we get them.

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What are Multimatic DSSV Dampers on the Chevy Colorado ZR2?

New Engine and Transmission on the 2017 Chevy Colorado

New Engine and Transmission on the 2017 Chevy Colorado

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10-11-19

2017 Chevy Bolt EV One-Pedal Driving

When some people drive, you could joke that they use only one pedal: the accelerator. However, with the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV that joke can be a reality in some situations. One-pedal driving on this electric vehicle can offer top efficiency. Keep reading to learn more about 2017 Chevy Bolt EV one-pedal driving and the fuel savings that are possible with this vehicle.

Read More: How Can the eAssist Powertrain Help Fuel Consumption? 

How Does 2017 Chevy Bolt EV One-Pedal Driving Work?

information screen in the 2017 Chevy Bolt EVUsing four different select-able modes, drivers of the 2017 Bolt EV are able to choose the optimal driving experience. When operating in Drive and simply easing off the accelerator, regenerative braking will kick in to help transfer the energy lost from deceleration into fresh battery power. Using the Regen on Demand paddle on the steering wheel can even increase this effect, and work to partially slow the vehicle without the use of the brake.

When operating in the Low driving mode, drivers can again easy off the accelerator and preserve a good amount of energy. Using the Regen on Demand paddle in this situation can greatly slow the 2017 Chevy Bolt, and even bring it to a complete stop without the use of the brake pedal (in some situations).

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV should be able to provide up to 320 kilometers of electric range when fully charged.

Will the Chevy Bolt Come to Manitoba?

While nothing exactly like these select-able modes and one-pedal braking is available on most GM vehicles, advantages like regenerative braking have been used on models like the 2016 GMC Sierra with eAssist powertrain.

We are confident that some day the premium Chevy Bolt EV (or an even better all-electric vehicle) will be available in Manitoba and at Craig Dunn Motor City in Portage La Prairie. However, we do not yet have this vehicle available in our new car inventory. If you are interested in learning more about the possibilities of electric automotive design, feel free to contact one of our sales team!

2017 Chevy Bolt EV chassis and battery

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Check Out Pricing on the 2017 Cruze Diesel

What are Multimatic DSSV Dampers on the Chevy Colorado ZR2?

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10-11-19

The Trax Cranks the Adventure to 100!

Chevy Trax Activ Concept at SEMA 2016

The Chevy Trax is a confident and engaging small SUV perfect for city maneuvering and confident commuting, but the Chevy Trax Activ Concept at SEMA 2016 brings that easy competence to the outdoor scene as well. Keep reading to check out the new style and adventuring capability showcased on this Chevy SEMA 2016 concept vehicle.


Chevy Trucks at SEMA 2016

Check Out These Chevy Trucks at SEMA 2016

We’ve just learned more about other Chevy trucks at SEMA 2016 that are nearly guaranteed to turn heads. Keep reading to learn more about the 2017 Chevy Silverado High Desert, Chevy Colorado Z71 Hurley Concept, and the Chevy Silverado 2500HD Alaskan Concept.

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Chevy Trax Activ Concept at SEMA 2016

Chevy Trax Activ Concept at SEMA 2016 seen from the rearBased on the all-wheel drive 2017 Chevy Trax, The Trax Activ concept car features a new front-end, a unique interior, and premium technology.

Structural Advantages of the Trax Active Concept

With a wider track, a unique lifted suspension, and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, this concept can perform admirably in many different driving environments. It offers more ground clearance, more traction on the highway, and improved approach and departure angles. The front and rear fascia redesign and custom fender flares provide both practical driving and off-road style.

Trax Activ Interior

The Jet Black interior of the Trax Activ Concept features Satin Graphite accents and all-weather floor liners. The interior of this Trax concept also features the standard cargo advantages of this compact SUV, which include a flat-folding front passenger seat and a 60/40 rear folding seat that allow cargo of various sizes to be fit into the vehicle.

Exterior of the Activ

The Chevy Trax Activ concept has a Satin Sandstorm exterior, with red tow hooks, tinted headlamps and taillamp lenses, and a Thule accessory roof basket and custom LED light bar mounted to the top, all of which add to both the confident appearance and the off-road and cargo capability of this unique and engaging concept.

If you’re interested in seeing more concept vehicles from SEMA 2016, check out our Malibu and Cruze Blue Line and the Chevy Silverado Carhartt blog posts!

How spacious is the new Trax?

How spacious is the new Trax?

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Check out the Chevy Trax

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10-11-19

Safety Alert Seat

Chevy Safety Alert Seat

It is always a challenge to make vehicles safer and more secure with each new model. Safety it important for every vehicle, no matter the make or model. That’s why automotive companies put so much time and energy in creating safety features that can help drivers and passengers stay safe. This year, Chevrolet is introducing an all new feature with the Chevy safety alert seat. This new technology uses vibration pulses to help alert the driver and avoid crashes.

No matter how cautious of a driver you are, accidents can still happen. That’s why GM has developed this Chevy safety alert seat. This new driver’s seat technology re-creates the sense of touch by using left and/or right “tapping” vibration pulses to direct the driver to the location of the threat. This feature is already available on select 2015 Chevy models including the Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe. This is a particularly useful feature for hearing-impaired drivers. This gives an added alert that can help prevent collisions.

This vibration technique used in the Chevy’s Safety Alert Seat is called haptics. Similar technology is actually used in space and military applications. It can help cut through visual and auditory clutter to reach the driver’s attention in a different manner. This feature works in partnership with the lane departure warning. When the camera detects a vehicle is leaving the lane without an active turn signal in that direction, small motors generate the vibration pulse. This also works with the forward collision alert technology.

This is just one of the many innovative safety features that Chevrolet and GM have developed. It is always exciting to see what the skilled engineers and experts of GM develop for new vehicles. To see what other safety features these vehicles have to offer and schedule a test drive at Craig Dunn Motor City today! We look forward to matching you with the perfect new Chevy, Buick or GMC vehicle.

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10-11-19

2017 Chevy Bolt EV Stands Out for Impressive Range and Connectivity

Chevrolet is dedicated to revolutionizing the way we take to the roads. Determined to forge a new and better path in the automotive world, Chevrolet has now unveiled the 2017 Chevy Bolt all-electric vehicle. This is a new step toward sustainable gas-free driving, as well as a high-point in Chevy vehicle connectivity. Keep reading for some of the most exciting details about range and technology on the 2017 Chevy Bolt!

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2017 Chevy Bolt release date

This electric vehicle made its debut this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and is scheduled to go into production toward the end of this year. We are likely to see it on the streets of North America sometime in 2017.

While the 2017 Bolt will first only be available in key cities with available charging stations, it opens up new possibilities for ownership. This EV is able to go more than 320 kilometres on a single full charge, and will come standard with a variety of low-energy-use technologies and smart solutions to optimize its range.

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2017 Chevy Bolt EV storage spaces
2017 Chevy Bolt EV plugged in for charging
2017 Chevy Bolt EV spacious back seat
2017 Chevy Bolt EV rear light closeup
2017 Chevy Bolt EV dashboard MyLink connectivity
2017 Chevy Bolt EV sweeping headlight

Premium Connectivity on the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV

While the sheer electric range of the brand-new Bolt is certainly impressive, the myriad of ways that it enhances connectivity options is also worth getting excited about. The 2017 Chevy Bolt with feature a 10.2-inch MyLink Colour touchscreen with a customizable display, low-energy Bluetooth for seamless smartphone connectivity, a surround vision camera. and a rearview camera view that can be seen on the rearview mirror.

Read More: 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatch Release Date

Information about the 2017 Chevy Bolt will also be very easy to access through the new myChevrolet app we wrote about in a recent post, and will feature EV mapping to maximize the potential of every charge. Future Bolt owners may even be able to compete for two is able to drive most economically with this great, revolutionary vehicle.

What Safety Features Are Available on GM Vehicles?

What Safety Features Are Available on GM Vehicles?

Android Auto Now Available for 2016 GM Vehicles in Canada

Android Auto Now Available for 2016 GM Vehicles in Canada

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10-11-19

GM Vehicles Help Prevent Collisions

Chevy Vehicles Help Prevent Collisions

Every year car companies work hard to make vehicles safer by adding new safety features and technologies. The automotive industry has come a long way in terms of safety. Now rear cameras are becoming standard features and even more innovative features are being tested. This year Chevy is helping drivers prevent rear crashes. Tailgating is one of the major causes of collisions and Chevy vehicles help prevent collisions with their recent safety technology developments in this area.

One of these specific features is the Forward Collision Alert. This is available on many 2015 Chevy vehicles including the Silverado, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. This innovative feature alerts drivers when they are seconds away from a crash or when they are following the vehicle too closely. Another key safety feature is the Front Automatic Braking which is available on the 2015 Chevy Impala, Tahoe and Suburban. This feature goes a step further than alerting and is able to automatically stop or slow down the vehicle under certain conditions if the driver does not respond quickly to an alert.

Many accidents occur when the car in front of a driver slows down or brakes suddenly. Chevy is making it possible to avoid these situations by providing alerts that assist the driver. The collision alert not only provides visual cues but also audible cues to make sure the driver is aware of any impending danger. Low speed crashes aren’t as likely to cause severe injuries, but they are responsible for millions of dollars worth the damage in repair cost. Avoiding accidents is just one of the many benefits of driving a Chevy vehicle.

To learn more about the features Chevy vehicles have to offer, schedule a test drive at Craig Dunn Motor City. We have a variety of vehicles to explore and choose from. No matter what your needs are as a driver, we know safety is at the top of the list of necessary features. Visit us today and see how your driver experience can be improved with a GMC, Buick or Chevy vehicle.

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10-11-19

2016 Chevy Silverado HD gets Digital Steering Assist and a Trailering Package!

2016 Chevy Silverado HD New Features

What we love about the Chevy Silverado HD is its compromising ability to do what you need it to do. For example for the 2016 model year the Chevy Silverado 2500HD is rated to tow up to 6,577 kg in conventional towing and 8,165 kg with a fifth-wheel configuration. Keep reading to check out more great new features of the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD that will make any towing or trailering job easier.

Read more about the 2015 Chevy Silverado HD here!

Digital Steering Assist on the Chevy Silverado HD

One of the neatest new advances to make your towing life easier is Digital Steering Assist that will be available on some double cab and crew cab models. This enhanced power steering setup will help with highway stability and road holding whether or not the truck is loaded. New Digital Steering Assist on the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD will also improve steering and responsiveness.
Digital Driver Assist 2016 Chevy Silverado

Gooseneck/Fifth-Wheel Trailering Prep Package

Have you ever been frustrated that your HD truck isn’t ready for fifth-wheel towing right out of the box? For 2016 there will be an available Gooseneck/Fifth-Wheel Trailering Prep Package which will have your truck ready to tow large loads right away. It features a bed-mounted trailer harness, spray-in bedliner, and either a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck hitch or fifth wheel mounting brackets. This package should be available in the first few months of 2016 for gas and diesel HD trucks. Other trailering accessories will be available at Craig Dunn.
New Gooseneck Towing Package on the 2016 Chevy Silverado

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Advanced Chevy MyLink

The enhanced Chevy MyLink infotainment system available in the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD will offer even more capability than in years past. The seven-inch MyLink will feature faster processing, HD radio, and both  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The eight-inch model will come with CarPlay, with Android Auto becoming available later in the model year.
2016 Chevy Silverado HD MyLink

In addition to these technological advances, and other new available features (like wireless phone charging, a remote-locking tailgate, and new exterior colors), the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD will continue to be the same reliable truck that Chevy customers have come to expect over the years. With powerful engines like the Duramax diesel designed for a minimum of 322,000 km of heavy duty service before needing a major overhaul, and GM warranties available with every purchase, folks who get a Silverado HD truck from us at Craig Dunn Motor City can know that they are getting the very best long-lasting truck around.

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10-11-19

Does Chevy Start/Stop Technology help fuel efficiency?

Benefits of Chevy Start/Stop Technology

Each year new technologies are created to make vehicles more fuel efficient.Most drivers can all agree that better fuel economy is a good thing, both for your wallet and your vehicle. One feature that is helping with this mission is Start/Stop technology. This feature is extremely helpful, but many drivers aren’t quite sure what it is and how it works. Today we’re going to take a closer look by examining the benefits of Chevy start/stop technology.

What is Start/Stop Technology?

The first thing you might be wondering is, what is it? Start/Stop technology is becoming a more common feature and is available with many vehicles, including the 2015 Chevy Malibu. This feature is designed to minimize fuel consumption by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop at a red light or in traffic. When the driver takes their foot off the brake, the engine automatically restarts and is ready to continue forward.

How effective is Start/Stop Technology?

Now you might be wondering, but does this thing really work? Chevy has discovered that the Chevrolet Malibu with 2.5L engine has more than 10 percent improvement in city fuel efficiency with this start-stop technology. Each year it is being added to more and more of the Chevy lineup and is now available on the 2016 Chevy Cruze. Other features Chevy has been developing to help improve fuel efficiency include:

  • Rack Electric Power Steering
  • Deceleration Fuel Cut-Off
  • Idle Speed Reduction
  • Optimized Tire Rolling Resistance
  • Aerodynamic Drag Reduction
  • Electronic Returnless Fuel System
  • Regulated Voltage Control

Chevrolet is constantly working hard to develop new and exciting features that drivers will love. Check back here at Craig Dunn Motor City often to learn more about new vehicles and features that are coming soon and will improve your driving experience.

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10-11-19

Chevy Builds Partnership to Optimize Trailering Technology

Chevy Partners with RVIA and NATM

There are plenty of reasons that families and individuals want premium towing power. Whether they need to haul a horse trailer to a fair around Manitoba, or enjoy moving a boat or serious cargo with ease, it is important for truck owners to have competent and easy-to-use trailering options. To make current advanced Chevy towing technology even better, Chevrolet has partnered with two other groups. With the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM), Chevrolet plans to make even better options for customer’s trailering needs.

We don’t have news about what advanced Chevy towing technology may come out of these partnerships. However, here at Craig Dunn Motor City we think that even more intuitive and driver-optimized towing technology will be on the way. There have already been some recent advances making towing and hauling much easier.

2016 Chevy Silverado 3500HD pulling a trailerAdvanced Chevy Towing Technology

Chevy truck owners can already enjoy several advnaced features when it comes to trailering with confidence. Some of them include an elite trailering camera that can show a view from up to four locations in and around a trailer; digital steering assistance first available on the 2016 Chevy Silverado HD, and a convenient 5th wheel trailering packages that allows drivers to have their trucks optimized for heavy hauling straight from the factory floor.

“Our owners are often towing something, from an RV to construction equipment, that is more valuable than their truck,” said Tim Herrick, General Motors future truck executive chief engineer, in a recent Chevy press release. “Unequivocally, they tell us that they are looking for a better towing experience. Safer, easier, with more integration between their trailer and their truck.”

Keep watching the Craig Dunn Motor City blog, or contact a member of our sales team, to learn more about advanced Chevy towing technology available now and coming in the future.

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10-11-19

2016 Chevy Camaro Engine Makes Ward’s 10 Best Engines List

We already knew that the 2016 Chevy Camaro was an excellent, powerful and engaging muscle car, but now there is even more proof that it’s not just a pretty face or an iconic nameplate. This year the all-new 3.6-litre engine in the 2016 Camaro was recognized by WardsAuto magazine as one of the ten best engines of the year for its outstanding power, feel, and fuel-saving technology.

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2016 Chevy Camaro 3.6-L V6 One of Wards 10 Best Engines

Available on the 2016 Camaro LT, the winning 3.6-litre V6 is rated for a breathless 335 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque. That is the highest specific output of any of the segment’s naturally aspirated V6. GM leaders are proud of their powertrain and research and development teams, and the engine gained praise for it’s power, but also its pricing and feel.“The 3.6 delivers the kind of power and lusty exhaust note you associate with a V-8 for the price of a V-6. Plus, it’s loaded with advanced technology, including fuel-saving cylinder deactivation,” said Drew Winter, director, Content at WardsAuto, in a recent Chevrolet press release.

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3.6-L V6 engine on the 2016 Chevy Camaro LT

Fuel Efficiency Technology on the 2016 Chevy Camaro

The winning 3.6-litre engine also features multiple fuel-saving technologies. The Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system is one which allows the engine to disable two cylinders when optimal power and accleration are not required. Direct injection and continuously variable valve timing also allow the Chevy Camaro with this engine and the eight-speed automatic transmission to get about 10.2 L/100km in city driving and about 8.4 L/100km in city driving.

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