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New Chevrolet Captiva SUV to Debut in Geneva

New Chevrolet Captiva SUV to Debut in Geneva

Chevrolet will present the restyled Chevrolet Captiva compact SUV at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

The new Captiva introduces several changes to the rear and front of the vehicle, including new LED tail lamps, angular chrome exhaust tips and a remodeled bumper. Up front, it sports a lower bumper, a new grill mesh as well as restyled fog lamps. New 18-inch alloy wheels further enhance Captiva’s road presence.

The Captiva will now feature keyless entry and start as standard on upper trims. Inside, the vehicle will boast fresh seat colours, new fabrics (upper specifications: leather seats), and restyled trims in the instrument panel. A dual-zone climate system, an ambient lighting package and heated rear seats provide even more comfort on select specifications.

The Chevrolet Captiva and the new Trax are in all likelihood to be introduced in South Africa, the most anticipated of the two being the new Trax. Sales of the Trax are set to start in Spring for Europe and thereafter hopefully South Africa.

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2011 Chevy Corsa Utility 1.4 Club [Review]

2011 Chevy Corsa Utility 1.4 Club [Review]

Here comes some excitement, the Chevrolet Corsa Utility Club sub- one tonne pick-up, white in colour, canopy in place and powered by a 1.4 litre fuel injected petrol engine that is transversely mounted and it’s got a Chevy badge.

Simply put, my right foot and toes have had a delight. No noticeable travel with the accelerator pedal but a pretty decent throttle response. The Corsa Utility has 115Nm of torque at a rather low 3200rpm for a non-turbo charged car and a meagre 66kw of power at 6200rpm on tap.

The first TATA we wrote about had a similar 115 Nm of torque but nowhere near the response of this unit. Because all the torque is available from such a low engine speed I didn’t notice the serious deficiency in power.

Perhaps this is how driving a diesel engined car feels. Anyway all that torque on the Corsa Utility is good for towing up to 670 Kg of…whatever, kids in the back or hay stacks if you are in Christian Ministry or are the farmer type. I never seem to run out of grunt and second gear is ideal for most hill climbs. It’s not rear wheel driven so no figure eights on the complicated streets of Vredehoek, Cape Town but lots of elevens (sort of) as the front wheels struggle for grip as I corner with a lead foot and the steering wheel locked on target. It’s astonishing how light the steering wheel is. I am in first gear but I have to be gentle with the throttle lest I end up at the end of the uphill driveway with a ruined front bumper and some poor fellow pasted on the windscreen.

The transmission on the Corsa Utility is obviously manual (5 speed) and so easy to move about. Not the clunky unit in the Honda Civic I tested a while back. The gear knob is small enough to fit in my hand and every time I shift it so willingly moves into position that I sometimes feel that I probably didn’t move it to the correct spot. The only thing that I can perhaps fault on the Corsa Utility is the gear lever with is that the throw is rather short so shifting to neutral was a bit daunting at first.

The interior of the Corsa Utility is no quality affair by any means. It’s as boring and as plain as any cheap Chevy your money can buy but as a consolation, its way better than a TATA. It is obviously a two-seater, the seats are made of clothe and are relatively comfortable. No parcel shelf behind the seats like in your favourite performance coupé but enough storage room for a guitar, a church banner and a traditional Afrikaner box drum. The side mirrors have to be manually adjusted which sucks if you don’t have long arms to adjust the passenger side mirrors. The rear view mirror is excellently positioned and rear visibility is brilliant even though the canopy is still on. There is a sliding window fitted into the back window so you can speak to any passengers you are carrying on your utility mini truck in the back. Trust me it works. I’ve been both a front passenger and a cargo passenger in the Corsa Utility.

It’s also fuel-efficient; the owner has achieved about 400 km on about half a tank. More precisely the fuel consumption ranges from 6.39 l/100km to 11 l/100km from a generous 50 litre petrol tank.

This is the first car that I’ve genuinely enjoyed driving from the very start. The only downside to this car is that at around R132000 the interior is extremely basic. Air conditioning comes as standard and that’s about it. For a 2011 car that’s not much considering that a 1.4 Volkswagen Polo Vivo comes with a pretty decent music system. No central locking also and the petrol cap cover has to be opened with a key.

All this aside my passion for driving has only been kindled and I genuinely believe that the Chevrolet Corsa Utility is a driver’s car. Sadly I can’t keep it and have since had to return it to the owner (after less than 15 min of driving). Nonetheless as I finish typing this up I’ve had several stints in it. Next time, I’ll attempt a great escape and be found days later driving rather precariously on Chapman’s peak drive.

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The Premier of the Chevrolet Trax Small SUV - [with video]

The Premier of the Chevrolet Trax Small SUV – [with video]

Taking charge at the small SUV market, Chevrolet used the 2012 Paris Motor Show to premier the new Chevrolet Trax. As part of the premier a Chevrolet Trax with the Manchester United insignia was also showcased. The Chevrolet Trax will slot in below the Chevrolet Captiva and is to be introduced in late 2013.

According to Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe, “Trax is the modern expression of one of Chevrolet’s core competencies, which is building and selling great SUVs,”

Measuring in at 4,248 mm in length, 1,776 mm in width and 1,674 mm in height, the Chevrolet Trax will accommodate five people comfortably. Chevrolet hopes to energise the small SUV segment with the Chevrolet Trax which it pegs as being stylish, sporty, fuel efficient and responsive.

The front grille is embellished by the recognisable golden bowtie, that we have come to associate with Chevrolet. The golden bowtie separates the upper from the lower port of its prominent front grille. The other prominent features at the front are the detailed halogen headlamps and the crease lines on the hood.

The side incorporates a rearward swept roofline and an integrated roof spoiler which are said to contribute to the aerodynamic efficiency of the Chevrolet Trax. Contributing to the sporty stance of the Chevrolet Trax are the wheels which will be available as 16 or 18-inches in size.

 Three engine options will be available for the Chevrolet Trax, a 1.4L 103kW and 200Nm turbocharged petrol engine, a 1.6 L 85kW and 155Nm petrol engine and a 1.7L 96kW and 300Nm diesel engine. All engines come standard with a manual transmission with start/stop functionality with an optional six-speed automatic available on the 1.4L turbo engine and the 1.7L diesel engine.

Whereas the 1.7L diesel engine will require 4.5L/100 km when mated to a manual transmission, fuel consumption of the 1.6L petrol engine will average 6.5L/100km and the 1.4L turbo with the manual transmission will average 6.4L/100km. CO2 emissions are 120, 153 and 149 g/km, respectively.

An AWD system will be available on variants equipped with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine.

The design of the Chevrolet Trax interior is simple and clean incorporating useful convenience features such as a cluster combining digital readouts with analog displays. Storage amenities in the new Trax are alsdo said to be plentiful, featuring storage on the dash and below the seats.

In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. Up to eight seating combinations are possible.

Not to shy out from the fancy infotainment systems which have become such a selling point for cars, upper spec Chevrolet Trax models will come equipped with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system which will aggregate information from smartphones onto a 7-inch, highe resolution, full colour touchscreen display.

From a safety perspective the Chevrolet Trax will come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are standard on LT trim vehicles.

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The Revitalised Chevrolet Spark

The Revitalised Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet used the 2012 Paris Motor Show to introduce the revitalised Chevrolet Spark.

It took us a couple of minutes to spot the differences on the exterior but there are differences.

At the front the Chevrolet Spark sports a redesigned dual-port-grille and front bumper as well as restyled head lamp covers and fog lamps. At the rear the centre high mounted LED brake light has been integrated to the rear spoiler. Other than that the alloy wheels have also been redesigned to accentuate the sportier, more grown up stance of the Chevrolet Spark.

The interior also receives some attention, with new décor elements incorporated to the interior and a remodelled centre console with enhanced storage.

The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.0L 50kW and 93Nm engine or 1.2L 60kW and 111Nm petrol engine. Both engines require 5l/100km on a combined cycle, while CO2 emissions average 118 g/km.

Locally the Chevrolet Spark is available is available in three models; The Chevrolet Spark Campus, Spark 1.2 L and Spark 1.2 LS, all of which are powered by the same 1.2L 60kW engine. So it is our assumption that with the introduction of the revitalised Chevrolet Spark this model line-up will most likely remain the same, with regards to the engine options.

However, locally we have no word on when these changes will be introduced in South Africa.


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