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7 Car Trends for 2015

February 24, 2015
I recently have come across several different articles spotlighting the car trends that came about in 2014, as well as the predictions for 2015. I’m always interested in reading about trends, from fashion to food to cars, so of course this kind of thing is right up my alley! I’ve rounded up the most interested predictions I read about, and also added a few of my own. I’d love to hear what you think about these predictions and whether or not they will affect your life in any way. So read on and then leave a comment with your thoughts! 1. Hybrid sales will go down. This is a fairly certain prediction, since hybrid car sales have already been declining since 2014. And now that gas is at a record low price, it’s even more of a sure thing! Though hybrid cars are a great idea in theory, so many of your “normal” cars are becoming more fuel efficient, so there just isn’t the demand. 2. Trucks and SUVs continue to gain popularity. As all types of cars become more fuel-efficient, people can more realistically justify buying a truck or SUV, since the gas mileage is much better than it used to be. Trucks have hauling power and durability, while SUVs have cargo space and passenger room — something that small, compact vehicles just can’t compete with! 3. Autonomous cars quickly become more of a reality. Autonomous cars are no longer a mystical, futuristic idea. I’ve talked about them before on my blog, but 2015 will be the year that we get that much closer to autonomous cars being a standard part of our driving culture. Exciting stuff, right?! 4. Auto sales reach a record high. Okay, I had some help from CNBC on this one. This article reports that after six years of sales suffering from the recession, automotive sales are skyrocketing! They will reach a record high this year, as the economy improves and people get more anxious for new, fuel-efficient cars. 5. More online car shopping. Last year, about 17 percent of car buyers bought their car online. While that number seems low, I think it’s pretty amazing! That 17 percent represents millions of people trusting the internet with one of the biggest purchases they’ll ever make in their life. Obviously, buying a car online means you can’t even take a test drive! Though it’s shocking now, more and more people will rely upon online reviews and research rather than in-person test drives in 2015. 6. Infotainment systems will become standard. As car sales increase and people purchase cars with the latest and greatest features, car infotainment systems will become even more popular. People will have access to easy-to-use, amazing products that will make driving safer, more convenient and more fun! Sounds pretty good to me 🙂 7. Cars will be more eco-friendly. I’ve already mentioned the increase in fuel-efficient cars, but cars will become more green in other ways too. Cars will be built in a more efficient process and produce lower emissions in our environment. That’s something everyone can support!
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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Offers Hands-Free Texting

October 9, 2013
Check out the latest news from our friends at Chevrolet!
  • Segment-first standard stop/start technology drives 14-percent improved city mileage
  • New variable intake valve actuation and transmission enhancements also contribute to greater efficiency
  • New Text-to-Voice feature ‘read’ text messages over the audio system; allow hands-free responses via MyLink
DETROIT  New technologies help the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu deliver greater efficiency and connectivity, two of the most important considerations for customers of midsize sedans. “The midsize sedan segment is one of the most competitive in the industry and by improving the Malibu so quickly, we’re proving to our customers that we’re listening and acting on their needs,” said Chevrolet Global Chief Marketing Officer Tim Mahoney. “The new and enhanced features make the 2014 Malibu a smarter choice, putting it at the heart of the strongest Chevrolet passenger car lineup in our history.” A new Ecotec 2.5L four-cylinder engine is the first standard engine in the segment with stop/start technology. It helps owners conserve fuel by automatically shutting off the engine when the car comes to a stop, such as at stoplights, contributing to EPA-estimated fuel economy of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway – a 14-percent improvement in city mileage and 6 percent greater highway efficiency. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake. It’s the industry’s most refined and simplest stop/start system, with no buttons to push or procedures to learn, for a seamless driving experience. Additionally, the 196-horsepower (146 kW) dual overhead cam, or DOHC, engine features variable intake valve lift control, or iVLC, which enhances fuel efficiency, while also enhancing low-rpm torque, for a greater feeling of power at lower speeds. It is matched with a six-speed transmission with improvements that enable additional fuel economy savings – and a more refined driving experience – compared to the previous model. New connectivity features support safer driving The available Chevrolet MyLink for the 2014 Malibu delivers enhanced connectivity and convenience, with the new Text-to-Voice feature for smartphone users and Siri for iPhone users. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity. Text-to-Voice converts incoming messages to speech, reads them over the audio system speakers and allows the driver to reply with preset messages such as, “I’m driving and will contact you later.” Users can create and save their own preset messages when the vehicle is in Park. The feature requires a compatible smartphone with Bluetooth profile and applicable text messaging features. Visit www.gmtotalconnect.comfor further information on phone and radio capability. Driver safety is General Motors’ first priority. A driver’s focus should remain on driving and texting can usually wait. So, only text and drive with this voice system and never text using a handheld device while driving. The 2014 Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models, with pricing starting at $22,965 including destination, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional features. All models include a two-year/24-month scheduled maintenance program, which covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. About Chevrolet 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 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at