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As gas prices continue to climb, automakers are touting their fuel efficient offerings. Chevrolet in particular has been touting their lineup of high-mileage models, but the automaker also points out that drivers can adopt helpful habits for saving money at the pump.

“Although Chevrolet vehicles are engineered with efficient, fuel-saving technologies, it still takes maintenance to ensure your vehicle performs as efficiently as it did when it left the factory,” said Roger Clark, General Motors Energy Center senior manager. “Drivers can improve their own fuel economy for free by making some very minor behavior changes.”
 
 
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Just a week ago, GM teased the next-generation Chevrolet Colorado ahead of its debut at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Eager to show off the new truck, it has been officially unveiling ahead of its debut.

Although this vehicle is technically a concept vehicle, it will go on sale in Thailand later this year with a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine under the hood. GM promises that the mid-size truck will boast competitive towing capacity, power, and fuel-efficiency.

“Although this is a show vehicle, the basic proportions and form convey the vision for the next-generation Colorado that we will bring to market,” said Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive. “It reflects a stylized version of the new truck, one that takes into account rugged dependable truck capabilities for commercial use as well as sophisticated refinement for personal-use needs.”

 
 
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In today’s highly competitive U.S. auto market, says the editors at U.S. News & World Report,  “Shoppers want value, which means giving buyers more bang for their buck” in vehicles that “add value to their owner’s lives” throughout the entire ownership experience. That’s clearly an excellent description of the Chevrolet lineup, as proven by the fact that Chevy recently had four vehicles named to the publication’s Best Car for the Money Awards 2011—more than any other brand.

The Chevrolet Malibu was the top-rated entry in the Midsize Car class, noted for its well-balanced ride, bold style, and roomy and supportive front seats. The bottom line here: The Malibu “is an excellent family car” that “stands out for its two-tone interior design.”

 
 
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How popular are the completely redesigned 2011 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups? General Motors recently announced it would add a third shift at its Flint (Mich.) Assembly plant just to keep up with demand. And not only will this boost availability for two of the toughest trucks on the market, but it also means an additional 750 jobs for the state of Michigan.

“Adding a third shift is a response to customer demand for heavy-duty pickups, which most people use to tow, haul and plow,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, and customers can do plenty of each with GM’s HD trucks. The heavy-duty Silverado (Motor Trend’s 2011 Truck of the Year) and Sierra offer:

 
 
If you've been following the hype online over the next Camaro, you know we've been brewing up something special for a while now. And if you haven't been, then boy are you in for a surprise. We've taken Camaro to a new level -- enough to rival the road course performance of any other world-class sports car. Introducing Camaro ZL1 -- the most powerful, high performance Camaro ever built. Coming early 2012.
 
 
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As gas prices hit an average $3.51 a gallon nationwide on Monday, automakers and dealers are starting to see an uptick in sales of their most-fuel-efficient vehicles, including hybrids and electrics.

Toyota's Prius, which has a commanding lead in market share among hybrids, saw a 69.9% sales increase in February compared with February last year, Autodata reported.

Dealers say they believe customers are starting to take notice of gas prices in making their buying decisions, though numbers still are small.

"It's just starting," says Adam Lee, chairman of 20-dealership Lee Auto Malls in Maine. "We are not seeing a dramatic increase in sales (of hybrids and small cars), but we will."

The number of potential car buyers researching hybrids at the Edmunds.com information site nearly doubled to 400,000 from November to the end of January, in tandem with the gas price run-up.

 
 
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The oldest running auto dealership in Los Angeles recently announced plans to become California's first dealer to reach a Zero Net Energy status. For its 90th anniversary, Felix Chevrolet is getting its own tune-up with a servicing by Alpine Green Solutions, which scrutinized the facility with an energy audit. The iconic vintage sign may be a historic-cultural monument that can't be touched but just like its cartoon cat namesake: "whenever he gets in a fix/ he reaches into his bag of tricks," there's a batch of simple and complex ways to improve the energy efficiency of the site and make it more sustainable.

I took a tour with new General Manager Robert Mansfield and Alpine's Robert Orfino, who revealed the planned upgrades - everything from switching out old fluorescent lighting and simply painting walls and roofs white to bounce the existing light, to turning off equipment when not in-use and perhaps the biggest trick of all -- changing behavior. Students from the adjacent University of Southern California will get involved to monitor that process.

Felix Chevrolet spends more than $200,000 annually on energy-related expenses, and Alpine figures the solutions can decrease consumption by 75 percent. The property's conversion fits with General Motors' guidelines for energy-efficiency, said Mansfield, pointing out the new electric Chevy Volt plugged into a wall socket ready for a test drive near the downtown LA location.
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Via: Tree Hugger
 
 
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TRUCK MONTH
0% APR financing for 72 months

Get your keys now during Chevy Truck Month, qualified buyers get 0% APR financing for 72 months on '11 Silverado 1500 & Avalanche. Or get 0% APR financing for 60 months for qualified buyers on '11 Silverado 2500/3500, Tahoe, Suburban and Colorado Extended Cab. All are backed by a 100,000/5-year transferable Powertrain warranty. 

 
 
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The demand to test drive the new Volt has been incredible, so Felix has committed to having this Volt in stock for six months to use exclusively as a test drive vehicle for Southern California car enthusiasts. As soon as the Volt arrives and is available for test drives we will let our friends know.
Click here for more information on the Chevrolet Volt.
 
 
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2011 Chevy Equinox
As reported in USA TODAY, the new "family car" star of the auto showroom is technically not a car. It's a compact crossover SUV.

Sales are booming for small-to-midsize vehicles that have the space of a truck but the driving ease and lighter weight of a car. They are roomy but not gargantuan. Engines are peppy but not guzzlers.

"Small crossovers are becoming the new family car," says Alexander Edwards, president of consulting firm Strategic Vision. "With strong styling cues and added innovative features ... it is definitely a segment of vehicles here to stay and one that will continue to grow."

That's why we picked the segment for our latest family-focused vehicle showdown: the $29,000 SUV Shootout, sponsored by auto information site Cars.com, USA TODAY and PBS' MotorWeek automotive magazine program.

The testing by experts and a family aimed to see which compact crossover offers the best value — the best package of convenience, features and performance at a price within reach of middle-class families of no more than $29,000.

That's a higher window sticker than a typical midsize sedan, but families seem to be voting with their wallets for the added space and features.

The scoring was tight, but the top scorer was the 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, followed by the Dodge Journey, Kia Sportage, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Ford Escape and Toyota RAV4.