Get a Grip No Matter What the Weather

2014 Buick Regal GS AWD

2014 Buick Regal offers all-weather all-wheel-drive

Along with the technology, safety, and styling enhancements offered on the redesigned Buick Regal and Regal GS, is the newly available advanced all-wheel-drive.

“Living in the Snowbelt, Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY drivers, associate all-wheel-drive vehicles with wintery weather, the Regal’s on-demand automatic AWD system is designed to help provide better control in all weather and road conditions, including dry surfaces” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick.

Using a system that can distribute power both front to rear and side to side, the Regal is able to shift torque to the wheels based on vehicle data and driver input. When trekking through snow and icy conditions better control is achieved through improved traction and stability with drive to all four wheels.

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Chevrolet’s Small Cars Gain Traction, Sales in All Weather

With increasing numbers of Chevrolet’s small cars on the road as the weather turns for the worse, Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown NY owners can drive confidently in conditions from summer thunderstorms to winter snow covered icy streets.

“Stereotypes abound like smaller vehicles can’t handle bad weather safely and smoothly” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA. “Chevrolet is disproving these beliefs by testing Cruze, Sonic and Spark in conditions beyond snow and ice, enabling class-competitive safety, and equipping the line-up with more advanced technologies than ever before.”

“We’ve seen an 11 percent sales increase of Chevrolet small cars since last year,” said Jim Federico, executive chief engineer, General Motors Small Cars. “These small cars are designed for consumers, climates and terrains around the country. Coupled with a number of advanced technologies, people can rest assured that our smallest cars will perform well when any inclement weather rolls in.” [Read more…]

All-New Malibu Put to the Test Against Winter Weather

Indoor torture testing simulates extreme weather conditions for improved quality and durability for Corry, Erie, Warren and Titusville area drivers
2013 Malibu

In order to ensure improved quality and durability for Corry, Erie, Warren and Titusville area drivers, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu engineers have taken vehicle development and validation testing to the extremes. The location for all of this torture testing? General Motors’ Climatic Wind Tunnel in Warren, Mich., where all Chevrolet vehicles take on the elements.

The Malibu went on sale at Crotty Chevrolet Buick this past fall, but prior to arrival, on the hottest days of summer, Malibu, which starts at $27,710, withstood blizzard and hurricane conditions inside the wind tunnel. Inside this tunnel, the temperature can replicate 40 below zero and the wind can blow 150 mph. Even on the coldest nights of winter, the tunnel’s temperature can easily climb to 140 degrees under 1,155 watts per square meter of simulated sunshine.

At this state-of-the-art facility, engineers take vehicle development and validation testing to the extremes, subjecting powertrain cooling, cabin heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to the harshest weather conditions found in Death Valley, Calif., and Denali, Alaska.

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