Year-End Roundup: See How Chevy Evolved in 2016
2016 was a busy year for our favorite bowtie brand. Chevrolet accomplished a lot in the past twelve months, with the company expanding into the future with the new all-electric Bolt, and an entry into the world of autonomous driving technology. Yes, it is true that General Motors has big plans for Chevrolet in the coming months and years, but as we bid farewell to 2016, let’s reflect on everything that the American-made car brand managed to accomplish last year alone. While you may not be able to see it all at Chevy car dealerships across the nation, you will certainly be able to benefit from Chevrolet’s 2016 evolution sooner than you might think.
A Busy Year for Chevrolet
The automotive industry as a whole has been making big strides toward future safety innovation, technology, and efficiency. Chevrolet was plenty busy in 2016 delivering the best of what the automotive industry has to offer. With the past twelve months packed full of evolutionary changes, Chevrolet is entering 2017 as one of the strongest automotive brands in America.
In case you missed it, check out everything that Chevrolet managed to accomplish in 2016, and catch a glimpse as to where the brand is headed in the (very near) future.
- J.D. Power’s Most Awarded Brand: One of Chevy’s greatest accomplishments in 2016 was earning the title of J.D. Power’s Most Awarded Brand. The global marketing information services firm is based in America, and is committed to researching and reporting consumer trends and customer satisfaction with new products. J.D. Power is most known for its work in the automotive industry, and is globally recognized as the foremost authority when it comes to determining quality and dependability of new cars, trucks, and SUVs. In 2016, Chevrolet managed to earn more awards in initial quality than any other automotive brand. Among this year’s winners are the 2016 Spark, Tahoe, Equinox, Silverado HD, and Silverado LD. Each one ranked as the highest in initial quality in their respective segments, solidifying their reputation as the best of the best in the automotive industry for 2016. Chevrolet also earned the title of Most Dependable brand, with the Malibu, Equinox, Silverado HD, and Camaro all named as the Most Dependable model in their respective segments.
- All-Electric Long-Range Chevy Bolt: One of the most notable milestones for Chevy in 2016 was the introduction of the all-electric, long-range Bolt model. Capable of driving up to 238 miles on a single charge of pure electricity, the 2017 Bolt is also saving drivers money at the point of purchase with a sticker price of just $37,500. This makes the new Bolt the most affordable long-range electric car ever produced. Competing with high-end brands like Tesla, Chevrolet has managed to produce a quality electric car for consumers across a wide budget range. The first deliveries of the Spark took place in California in the middle of December, with a nationwide release expected this spring.
- Chevy Cruze Hatchback: The Chevy Cruze has been a popular option in the brand’s lineup since it was first introduced back in 2008. For the 2016 model year of the Cruze, Chevrolet introduced a whole new body variant that has appealed to younger and sportier drivers. The 2017 Cruze Hatchback was unveiled in January of 2016, and went on sale later in the same year. The subcompact Cruze is still offered as the traditional four-door sedan, but now buyers have more options than ever before with the introduction of the five-door hatchback version.
- Chevy Volt Reaches Sales Milestone: In August of 2016, Chevrolet celebrated the sale of 100,000 Volts in the United States. Not only is this number an impressive one for any model, but it represented so much more for the bowtie brand. As the first and only plug-in model to reach this monumental milestone, more Chevy Volts have been sold here in the United States than any other plug-in model on the market. The Volt is estimated to have a total combined range of 420 miles between fill-ups and full recharges. The 100,000 sales mark for the Volt means that drivers of this particular model alone have saved over 58 million gallons of gasoline since the car was first introduced. Saving money at the pump, as well as protecting the fragile state of the Earth’s atmosphere, this is one 2016 milestone that should be celebrated.
- Camaro Celebrates 50th Birthday: It’s been fifty years since the first Camaro arrived at Chevy dealerships back in 1966, and after six successful generations of the sports car, Chevrolet celebrated this impressive milestone with a 50th Anniversary party in August of last year. The sixth generation of the Camaro was introduced for the 2016 model year, and earned the title of 2016 Motor Trend Car of the Year. The 2017 Camaro was released in 2016, and gained two new model options, the track-ready 1LE and ZL1, both capable of 640 horsepower and mated with a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission. To say that 2016 was a good year for the Camaro might just be the biggest understatement of the year.
- Teen Driver Technology Unveiled: Having a teen driver is one of the top listed concerns of parents in the United States, which is why Chevrolet introduced its new Teen Driver Technology on its new 2017 models. The innovative system is meant to help teen drivers make smart decisions behind the wheel, and promotes safe driving habits meant to last a lifetime. Seat belt reminders, speed limit settings, radio volume controls, and other components make Chevy’s Teen Driver Technology a great way for concerned parents to rest easy as their teenagers begin to head out on the open road without parental supervision.
- 2017 Chevy Bolt Named Motor Trend Car of the Year: The 2017 Chevy Bolt has done more in the past few months than save drivers money at the pump. The affordably priced all-electric car has captured the attention of industry experts, and was named Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2017. The long-range all-electric car is competing with Tesla to deliver alternative fuel options to the masses, and beat out the luxury brand’s Model S to become the 2017 Car of the Year.
As you can see, 2016 was a very busy year for Chevrolet. As extensive as this list is, Chevrolet’s list of accomplishments from 2016 is even longer, and more impressive. What was your favorite Chevy moment from the past year? Whatever it happens to be, we are excited to what else the bowtie brand has in store for 2017…