Sunday, April 28, 2013

2013 Chev Tahoe PPV - Durable, Roomy, Comfortable and Roomy for Cargo

Tested at the Michigan State Police Test, the 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe Patrol Vehicle (PPV )offers a V8, with a rear wheel drive and all wheel drive package. The Tahoe is the only body on frame vehicle that offers the best of durability, room, comfort and cargo. This vehicle also offers 6 standard airbags for add safety and security and boasts an added 3 feet of improved braking.

Michigan Police have fit more than 2 K9 units in the back, with room 4 people in the passenger department of this vehicle.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Hybrid

New for 2013

  • Exterior colors: Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic


Chevrolet Silverado1500 Hybrid is the most fuel efficient full-size pickup. Compared with similar non-hybrid models, it delivers 33-percent greater city fuel economy and a 23.5-percent improvement in overall fuel economy, all with the capability customers want in full-size truck – including a 6,100-pound (2,767 kg) trailering capacity.

EPA Estimated fuel economy for both 2WD and 4WD models is 20 mpg in the city, 23 on the highway and 21 combined. The 20 city and 21 combined ratings are the highest of any full-size pickup, including competitors’ V-6 engines.

The Silverado 1500 Hybrid’s propulsion comes from General Motors’ patented two-mode hybrid system and a powerful 6.0L gas V-8, which combine to deliver all-electric driving up to 30 mph (48 km/h). The system saves fuel using electric propulsion, even when towing a trailer.

The Silverado Hybrid is offered in the crew cab body style on both 2WD and 4WD models, with 1HY and 2HY trim levels. All models are equipped with StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, a locking rear axle and a trailering package. It also includes dual-stage frontal air bags, head curtain side air bags and seat-mounted side-impact air bags.

New for 2013 is a pair of exterior colors: Deep Ruby Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Hybrid system details

GM’s advanced Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT) and 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS) work in concert with the standard 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC) technology to enable the Silverado Hybrid’s efficient performance. This hybrid system not only enables the Silverado to launch and drive up to 30 mph on electricity alone, it also allows the 6.0L V-8 engine to operate in its more economical V-4 mode for longer periods.

GM designed the EVT to provide the best combination of city and highway fuel economy. Used with the Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management, it is an all-purpose system well-suited to providing excellent economy and full-size pickup passenger-carrying, cargo-hauling and trailer-towing capabilities.

The EVT is designed to bolt directly to the standard four-wheel-drive transfer case found on the gasoline-only models for true four-wheel-drive capability. The Silverado Hybrid’s unique powertrain system comprises these major components: 
·         Electrically Variable Transmission (EVT)
·         Energy Storage System (ESS)
·         Vortec 6.0L V-8 with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and late intake valve closing (LIVC).

Electrically variable transmission (EVT): The key to GM’s EVT is its unique assemblage of two 60 kW electric motors, three planetary gearsets and four traditional hydraulic wet clutches. This arrangement allows continuously variable operation, and provides four fixed gear ratios (with operation comparable to that of a standard electronically controlled automatic transmission).

A sophisticated Hybrid Optimizing System constantly receives torque-based data from the powertrain and other vehicle systems, and then determines the most efficient means of propelling the vehicle — either via electric power, gasoline engine power or a combination of the two. The EVT is like having two transmissions in one — continuously variable drive for light-load conditions and fixed-ratio drive for high-load situations.

Energy storage system (ESS): A 300-volt nickel-metal hydride Energy Storage System (ESS) provides power to the EVT’s two electric motors. This battery pack is located under the second-row seat.

In addition to supplying power to the EVT, the ESS also provides power to the air conditioning compressor and the Accessory Power Module (APM), which converts the high-voltage supply to 42 volts for the electric power steering system, and 12 volts for the vehicle battery and other 12-volt electrical accessories.

Battery pack durability and reliability are maintained via optimized charge and discharge cycles, as well as a dedicated cooling system that draws air from the passenger compartment. As part of the vehicle’s emission control system, the ESS is warranted for eight years/100,000 miles.

Vortec 6.0L V-8 engine: Engineers chose the Vortec 6.0L V-8 gasoline engine for the Silverado Hybrid because of its favorable torque characteristics. This is especially important because GM engineers adapted the 6.0L V-8 to operate with late intake valve closing (Atkinson-cycle combustion process) for reduced pumping losses and better overall fuel economy.

Using flat-top pistons, cylinder heads borrowed from GM’s 5.3L high-output V-8 and a 10.8:1 compression ratio, the Vortec 6.0L V-8 produces 332 horsepower (248 kW) at 5100 rpm and 367 lb.-ft. of torque (495 Nm) at 4100 rpm, yet requires only regular unleaded fuel.

The Vortec 6.0L also features variable valve timing to control late intake closing, as well as Active Fuel Management, which allows four of the eight cylinders to be shut off during periods of light load. With the benefit of electric boost, the engine is able to stay in V-4 mode for longer periods in the Silverado Hybrid.

Auto Stop mode and regenerative braking

A key contributor to fuel economy is the gasoline engine’s Auto Stop mode. At vehicle speeds between 0 and 30 mph, the gasoline engine may be automatically shut down. By leaving the engine off and allowing the vehicle to move only under electric power up to 30 mph, such as during heavy stop-and-go traffic, fuel consumption is greatly reduced.

The regenerative braking system works in concert with the hydraulic braking system. The system uses a brake pedal emulator, which provides progressive resistance as the pedal is depressed. This consistent pedal feel is very much like that of a standard hydraulic braking system in operation.

Quiet performance

Silverado Hybrid matches its gasoline-only siblings in comfort and convenience, with special attention paid to acoustic details that makes for a very quiet driving experience. Examples include:
·         Exhaust system and resonator specially tuned for the 6.0L LIVC engine’s Active Fuel Management operation. It ensures comfortable interior acoustics and a pleasant exhaust note during both V-4 and V-8 operation
·         Additional engine intake induction tuning for reduced interior noise and pleasing sound quality
·         Low-rolling resistance, “quiet-tuned” P265/65R18 tires for reduced road noise
·         Electrically driven, 300-volt air conditioning compressor reduces vibration and allows the HVAC system to cool the passenger compartment even when the gasoline engine is shut off
·         Electrically driven, 42-volt variable-assist power steering reduces vibration and provides up to a 0.5-mpg fuel economy improvement by reducing parasitic losses common in belt-driven hydraulic systems
·         Energy Storage System (ESS) cooling system internal fan is tuned to be quiet at low vehicle speeds when the fan could more easily be heard by the occupants.

Silverado Hybrid exterior features

·         Grille with chrome surround is standard on all models
·         Heated, power-operated outside mirrors including auto-dimming, integrated signal indicators, ground lights and curb-tilt feature are standard on 2HY. Heated and power-adjustable mirrors are standard on 1HY
·         Spring-loaded “EZ-Lift” locking tailgate feature is standard on all models
·         Body-color side moldings are standard on all models
·         Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels and P265/65R18 all-season tires
·         Exterior colors: Graystone Metallic, Black, Blue Granite Metallic, Summit White, Deep Ruby Metallic, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic, Mocha Steel Metallic and Blue Topaz Metallic.

Silverado Hybrid interior features

A unique hybrid gauge cluster includes a special tachometer incorporating an Auto Stop position just above the 0 rpm mark that indicates when the gasoline engine is in shut-down mode. An analog economy gauge, to the left of the tachometer, helps the driver maintain the most efficient driving style.

Located midway down the center stack, the navigation system’s 6.5-inch full-color VGA display (2HY models) doubles as a monitor that shows a graphic representation of the hybrid drivetrain’s power flow. This display continuously informs the occupants how the system is sending power to the wheels from the ESS/electric motors, the gasoline engine or both. The screen also displays reverse electrical flow during regenerative braking and whether the vehicle is in two- or four-wheel-drive mode.

Additional interior features include:
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard on all models
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio standard on all models
  • AM/FM stereo with MP3-compatible CD player is standard on 1HY
  • Navigation radio with MP3-compatible CD player and USB port is standard on 2HY and includes SiriusXM NavTraffic compatibility
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity is standard
  • Power-adjustable pedals are standard on 2HY
  • Two auxiliary 12-volt power outlets are standard on all models
  • Leather-appointed front seating is standard on 2HY
  • Front 40/20/40-split bench seat is standard on 1HY
  • Front bucket seats are standard on 2HY and include six-way power driver and passenger seat adjusters and floor console
  • Three-passenger rear bench seat is standard on all models
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls is standard on all models
  • Power-operated sunroof is available on 2HY.

Three interior color/trim combinations are offered: Ebony, Dark Cashmere/Light Cashmere and Light Titanium/Dark Titanium.

Silverado Hybrid chassis and suspension

The Silverado Hybrid is built on GM’s full-size truck platform, incorporating a fully boxed frame, coil-over-shock front suspension, leaf-spring rear suspension and rack-and-pinion steering. A stiff frame reduces vibrations transmitted to the passenger cabin, while the strength and accuracy of the fully boxed frame also enable precise mounting and tuning of chassis and suspension components.

Wide front and rear tracks – 68.1 inches (1,732 mm) front/67 inches (1,702 mm) rear – enhance handling and vehicle stability for a more confident road feel. Additional features include:
  • Autotrac electronic transfer case with rotary controls is standard on 4WD models
  • The standard axle ratio is 3.08
  • A locking rear differential is standard
  • 7,100 GVWR on 2WD models
  • 7,300 GVWR on 4WD models
  • A trailering package is standard on all models.

Silverado Hybrid safety and crash-avoidance features

Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid has strong body structure designed to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. Head curtain side air bags with rollover protection for both seating rows are standard, and seat-mounted side-impact air bags for driver and right-front passenger provide thorax and pelvic protection. The roof-mounted head curtain air bags include design features that provide increased rollover protection and occupant containment.

Additional safety features include:
·         StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both
  • Rear vision camera system designed to provide the driver with a view of people or objects in the rearward path of the vehicle
·         Standard four-wheel-disc brake system with ABS featuring smooth, quiet operation, longer pad life and more resistance to brake pulsation
·         Pretensioners that minimize forward movement during a collision are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly
·         Tire pressure monitoring system is standard
·         Standard remote keyless entry (RKE) system provides a second function for the red panic button. Drivers can use it to locate their cars without sounding the panic alarm.

OnStar details

Six months of OnStar Directions and Connections service is standard on Silverado Hybrid. OnStar is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology.

OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App allows smartphone users to control vehicle functions, access vehicle information and send directions directly to the vehicle. A new, opt-in service called FamilyLink allows subscribers to stay connected to loved ones by checking the location of their vehicle online or by signing up for vehicle location alerts.

Silverado Hybrid also features new OnStar button icons. Drivers will notice an updated look for the Hands-Free Calling button, blue OnStar button and red Emergency button.

More information about OnStar can be found at

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Chevrolet Fleet and Commercial Business Elite Program

Chevrolet Fleet and Commercial Business Elite Program

 To find out more, you may call Platinum Commercial Truck at 877-221-6097.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Platinum Chevrolet Cargo Van Inventory

Cargo vans are among the most popular commercial vehicles on the road. They are popular because they are inexpensive, have a lot of empty space inside out of the weather, they are low to the ground so they are easy to get in and out of, and they can be outfitted with a wide variety of bins, shelves, drawers, bulkhead, sliders, and such to get the work done more efficiently.

The cargo van is light duty, and comes in a mini size like the Transit Connect, or the full size Econoline which is available in a 1/2-ton, 3/4-ton and 1-ton capacity as well as varied lengths to give maximum flexibility. The drawback to the cargo van is that all of your gear, tools, cargo is inside the van with you. As a result, they have a tendency to be a little noisier inside and any odors from the cargo will be with you as well. However, all in all, the cargo van is a very effective commercial use vehicle and because of that and its typically lower cost, the cargo van is easily one of the strongest sellers year in and year out. 

2012 Chevy Express 2500HD Work Van

Chevy 2500HD 3/4-ton Cargo Van with 4.8 liter Gas V8, 6-sp Auto, AC, AMFM Stereo, Sliding Side Door, Fixed Rear Glass, HD Cloth Seats. This unit has also been upfitted with a bulkhead and special rack. Stock #2573, VIN #C1139287. MSRP $28,630. Call Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at 877-221-6097 for your best price after the most current factory incentives.
This unit has been sold. More like this one are on the way or available locally. Please call Greg for details. Thank you.

2012 Chevy Express 2500HD Cargo Van

2012 Chevy 3/4-Ton 2500HD Cargo Van with 4.8 Liter Gas V8, 6sp Auto, AC, AMFM Stereo, Sliding Side Door, Fixed Rear Glass, HD Cloth Seats, plus HD Bulkhead and shelving package has been installed on the interior. Stock #2574, VIN #C1138011. $27,863.00 MSRP. Call Greg Martin, Commercial Truck Manager at 877-221-6097 for your best price after the latest factory incentives.

To find out more, you may call Platinum Commercial Truck at 877-221-6097.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chevrolet Silverado, Impala Move In Above Comerica Park

Brand’s newest products adorn Chevrolet Fountain for 2013 baseball season

A 2014 Chevrolet Silverado is placed by crane on its centerfield platform in the Chevrolet Fountain at Comerica Park Monday, April 1, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. A 2014 Chevrolet Impala was also placed on a platform - in time for the start of the Detroit Tigers' 2013 season. Opening Day at Comerica Park in Detroit is Friday, when the Tigers host the New York Yankees. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Chevrolet)

DETROIT – When the American League Champion Detroit Tigers take the field for their home opener on Friday, two of Chevrolet’s newest players – the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup truck and the 2014 Impala full-size sedan – will overlook the action.
The two vehicles were hoisted into place on Monday, an annual rite of spring in Detroit where Chevrolet has been the Tigers automotive sponsor since 2010.
Each vehicle made news Monday apart from the thrill of finding their seats above the stadium.  
The Silverado with a V6 engine will debut later this spring at the same suggested retail price as the outgoing model.  Chevrolet also announced, the V8 variant of the 2014 Silverado will offer the best V8 fuel economy in the segment and more miles per gallon than the Ford EcoBoost V6.
The Impala, meanwhile, began regular production Monday in Oshawa, Ontario, and will go into product at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant later this month.

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

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dan Describes Features of the 2014 Siverado at the 2013 Work Truck Show

Dan Tigges of General Motors describes new features in the 2014 Silverado at the 2013 Work Truck Show.  (c)  Credits to MechanicalhubTV 2013

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sortimo Saves You Time!

Sortimo Outfitted Chevy Van as Displayed at the 2013 Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, IN

Globelyst M brings order to your vehicle. With lots of extras and new functions the in-vehicle equipment helps reduce time spent searching and contributes towards efficient work - in every branch. Sortimo provides the highest quality with Globelyst M due to the special material combination of high strength steel, light aluminium and sturdy plastic.

Discover more about all the functions of Globelyst M and find out which extras are personally more important for you. See more at

Monday, April 1, 2013

A Competitive Comparison of the 2013 Bi-Fuel CNG Silverado

All major components will have GM service part numbers for broad availability, providing you with peace of mind that parts will be available to keep your vehicles on the road.