Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chevrolet City Express Powers Small Business





DETROIT – Small businesses across the country are beginning to add Chevrolet’s all-new 2015 City Express cargo van to their fleets.

According to the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, U.S. small businesses account for 99.7 percent of employer firms. According to IHS Automotive, total small business registrations have increased each year since 2009 with a cumulative 41 percent increase when comparing 2009 to 2013.

“Small businesses constitute key innovators in the U.S. economy,” said Peter Adriaens, professor of entrepreneurship at U of M’s Ross School of Business. “With 28 million small businesses already active in the United States, of which 98 percent export goods, there is a ripe market to be had for a product like this.”

With an EPA-estimated 24 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, as well as 122.7 cubic feet of customizable cargo space, the City Express was designed to capably provide products and services without fear of breaking the bank or running out of space.

“Small business is an important segment of growth for fleet vehicles,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet and Commercial. “The City Express gives these hard-working entrepreneurs one less thing to worry about when it comes to boosting their business.”

In Des Moines, Iowa, Smokey D’s BBQ, a company that started in a trailer in a driveway and has grown to three area locations, recently took delivery of four City Expresses to keep up with demand for its award-winning product.

“We need a nimble vehicle to deliver our BBQ catering to our customers in a timely manner,” said Darren Warth, owner, Smokey D’s BBQ. “The City Express allows us to retain a smaller physical footprint while still giving us the cargo space we need to keep our customers happy.”

Vital Media Security, a Dallas-based company that couriers sensitive data to offsite locations, recently added two Chevrolet City Expresses to its fleet and has ordered three more.

“The Chevrolet City Express is the perfect representation of our company as it shows our customers that we can do more with less,” said Vital Media Security President and CEO Jerry Judkins. “With great fuel economy and right-sized cargo room, it fits perfectly into our business.”

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 heartbeat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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