Vehicle Details: 2014 Chevrolet Spark


Small car, big impression
Good things do indeed come in small packages, as evidenced by the intelligently engineered city car known as the Chevrolet Spark that’s available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. For 2014, this compact, front-wheel drive ride offers a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) option, improved fuel efficiency, additional features, and a fully electric Spark EV variant boasting an 82-mile range.

MSRPs Starting at Just $12,170
As put it, “Based on pricing and practicality, the four-door Chevrolet Spark is one of the best subcompact cars available for 2014.” That’s generous praise, and certainly well-earned by this four-passenger vehicle that stickers for a tick over $12,000 and also happens to be the winner of Kelley Blue Book’s “2014 5-year Cost to Own Award.” This Chevy is as affordable to drive as it is to buy.

The 2014 Spark offers a choice of trims, starting with the gasoline-powered LS, which is nicely equipped with 10 airbags; a four-speaker stereo; automatic headlamps; OnStar, including a complimentary six-month Directions and Connections subscription; 15-inch alloy wheels; power windows; and a two-year/24,000-mile factory-scheduled free maintenance plan.

For some extra amenities, check out the Spark 1LT, offered in gasoline and electric (EV) versions and home to the seven-inch touch-screen MyLink® hands-free infotainment system, SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Service, steering wheel Bluetooth controls, power mirrors, a USB port and more. An available 2LT model contributes leatherette upholstery, sportier exterior styling, chrome exterior accents, foglamps and heated front seats. Smartphone users can enjoy the BringGo navigation app that integrates with the Chevrolet MyLink® system, and iPhone users will appreciate the benefits of Siri Eyes Free voice-recognition software.

Two Paths to Efficiency

 As was the case last year, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark offers a 16-valve 1.2-liter ECOTEC® four-cylinder engine that features variable valve timing technology. Output of 84 hp and 83 lb/ft of torque remains unchanged; with the new Continuously Variable Transmission, the four-cylinder returns EPA-estimated fuel economy of 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway (an increase over the previous automatic transmission). Drivers who stick with the standard 5-speed manual transmission gearbox can expect to see an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city and 39 mpg highway.

In keeping with the efficiency theme, engineers also developed the all-new 2014 Spark EV plug-in model, which is capable of traveling up to 82 miles between charges. Replacing the four-banger under the hood is 140-hp electric motor joined by a 120 kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack and regenerative brakes. The car can be recharged in less than 17 hours using a 120-volt household outlet, or in fewer than seven hours when plugged into a 240-volt charging station. Another option is the SAE Combo Fast Charging System, which gets the Spark EV to 80-percent charge in just 20 minutes.

For more details about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, and to test one out for yourself, stop in today.

Corvette museum may keep some damaged ‘Vettes, sinkhole on permanent display

Blue Corvette
General Motors and National Corvette Museum officials will meet next month to determine which of eight Corvettes damaged after plunging into a major sinkhole on Feb 12 are fit to be restored.

The museum, which plans to keep the damaged Corvettes on display through the summer, may decide to leave some unrepaired as part of a permanent display, GM spokesman Monte Doran said.

“That’s something that we need to discuss further with the museum,” Doran said.

The museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., removed the last Corvette, a 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06, from the sinkhole on April 9. “It is, by far, the most heavily damaged of all eight,” the museum said in a statement.

Two of the damaged vehicles — a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder and a 2009 ZR1 Blue Devil — were on loan from General Motors. The other vehicles, owned by the museum, included a 1962 black Corvette; 1984 PPG Pace Car; 1992 white 1-millionth Corvette; 1993 40th anniversary Corvette; 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06; and the 2009 1.5-millionth Corvette The original plan was to restore all eight vehicles, Doran said. But because of severe damage to some of the Corvettes, and feedback received from Corvette enthusiasts, the museum is exploring other options, such as preserving a portion of the sinkhole.

A display focusing on the Sinkhole event is now open in the building’s exhibit hall.

“Current plans are to keep the cars on display as they are so that guests through the summer and especially the thousands attending our 20th Anniversary Celebration will have a chance to see the cars and witness the sinkhole,” Wendell Strode, executive director of the museum, said in a statement.

Doran said representatives from GM design, marketing and engineering who have built show cars are expected to attend the meeting and determine the “best way to fix” the cars.

“Our ultimate goal is to help the museum in any we can because they are a charitable nonprofit organization that is not owned by Chevrolet or GM,” Doran said.

The museum’s sinkhole recovery and remediation team, along with a group of architects and geologists from Western Kentucky University, met last week to discuss construction plans to rebuild the floor where the sinkhole occurred.

The team is still compiling data but early findings indicate the sinkhole was caused by the collapse of a portion of a cave roof. “Several things could have caused this, including the extra weight from clay soils above the roof becoming saturated from heavy rain,” the museum said in a statement.

After the accident, the museum has received $75,000 in donations, said Katie Frassinelli, marketing and communications manager at the museum.

“We even have a jar of dirt that fell off of the 1992 1-millionth Corvette when it was pulled out,” she said. It’s being auctioned to raise funds, she said, and “it’s up to $540.”


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Chevrolet Returns to the Big Screen This Summer in Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

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Chevrolet and a Camaro that converts into the iconic Bumblebee will once again turn heads when the Transformers movie franchise returns to screens around the globe in the upcoming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” from director Michael Bay, in theaters June 27.

The latest film also features Chevrolets sold around the world including a Corvette Stingray that converts to Autobot Crosshairs, a Trax and a Sonic outfitted as a Rally Car.

The fifth-generation Camaro converted into Bumblebee in the 2007 film “Transformers,” the 2009 film “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and the 2011 film “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.” The latest edition features two Camaros specifically built for the film, one a heavily modified vintage 1967 Camaro SS and the other a futuristic concept Camaro.

“The Transformers movies have been a great partnership for Chevrolet by allowing us to introduce our vehicles to new fans, young and old, around the world,” said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. “Now for the fourth time, you’ll see a Camaro as a heroic Autobot, a fitting role for one of the stars of Chevrolet’s lineup.”

Said LeeAnne Stables, executive vice president of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships for Paramount Pictures: “The Chevrolet partnership with this iconic Michael Bay movie franchise has become one of the longest-running and most innovative movie-brand relationships in film history. This new Chevy campaign will definitely bring new and exciting elements to a global audience of Transformers movie fans around the world.”

In addition to providing vehicles for the production, General Motors’ locations for filming included GM Design at the Warren Technical Center, the Milford Proving Ground and the Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
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Take a drive in your Chevrolet – Beautiful Flowers in Ohio

Spring has sprung in the Midwest

Spring has sprung in Ohio. Tulips are blooming, and daffodils are peeking their yellow heads around every corner. Take advantage of the thawing landscape and warmer temperatures, and visit one of Ohio’s bountiful indoor and outdoor gardens.

Schoepfle Garden, Birmingham

Flowering arrays mark the Schoepfle Garden in the little hamlet of Birmingham. With more than 70 acres of manicured gardens, this Lorain County Metro Park is divided into four distinct sections: the Formal Garden, Shade Garden, Natural Woodland and Children’s Schoepfle Garden. Take time to stroll through the garden’s newest and most unique interactive section, the children’s garden. Climb the Flute-A-Pillar, take a spin on the carousel or ascend the Rocky “G” Clef. Located on Market St., the garden is open daily from April through October. To learn more, visit

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus

A trip to the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens involves more than a 15-minute walk through the park. With both indoor and outdoor gardens, numerous exhibitions and many noteworthy art displays, Franklin Park is a season-changing adventure every member of the family will enjoy. Be sure to visit the Rainforest, Desert and Himalayan Mountain Biomes for a glimpse into life around the world. Located in the Franklin Park neighborhood of Columbus, the conservatory is open daily. Visit for more information.

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Cincinnati

This view changes each year as the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens updates its landscape of annual flower displays. With an arrangement of more than 3,000 different types of plants, the zoo offers one of the most expansive botanical gardens in the area. Unique to the zoo is a Food Garden, which showcases a number of fruits and vegetables, served on-site in the zoo’s eating establishments. Visit to learn more.

Gardenview Horticultural Park, Strongsville

Developed by one man with a wheelbarrow, Gardenview Horticultural Park is a marvel among a modern maze of retail establishments. In 1949, Henry Ross, a local man with a vision, purchased 16 acres of barren and unusable land. Slowly, he added unusual and vibrant plants, turning the empty fields into one of the most spectacular displays in Ohio. Located on Pearl Road in Strongsville, the park is open to the public from April through October. To learn more, visit

Cleveland Botanical Gardens, Cleveland

The Cleveland Botanical Gardens serve the Cleveland area by providing a year-round haven of indoor and outdoor gardens in the University Circle neighborhood. In addition to serving the community with educational experiences, the Cleveland Botanical Gardens is also the home to the Green Corps, a nonprofit organization that helps urban youth learn and work in six urban food farms located on deserted city lots throughout the Cleveland area. Visit to learn more about the gardens or the Green Corps program.

The budding Ohio landscape comes alive with color and flora in the spring months. Take advantage of the warmer weather and relish the beauty, artistry and elegance of Ohio’s spring.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio 

2015 Chevy Tahoe LTZ


This pickup-based, 5,700-pound family-sized assault vehicle has it all: Four-wheel-drive. A 355-horsepower, 5.3-liter V-8 engine. Magnetorheological shocks. Six USBs. Rain-sensing wipers. Auto fold-flat seats. Adaptive cruise control. Blind-spot monitoring system. Eight-inch nav screen. Front spoiler. Towing capability of 8,400 pounds. An automatic rear liftgate.

In 2013, the Tahoe and its bigger brother Suburban captured more than 50 percent of the large SUV market (the Tahoe alone more than doubled the sales of the Ford Expedition). The Chevy twins are part of a GM stable that dominates the large truck market. Built on GM’s proven, body-on-frame pickup architecture, they are only getting better.

The LTZ is the Tahoe nameplate’s flagship. The whole enchilada. The showcase for everything Chevy is capable of putting in a truck. Its power and size make it wildly versatile.

Has GM thought about selling it as commercial living space? The LTZ’s interior is bigger than most Manhattan apartments. Its leather seats and climate control amenities are more comfortable than most living rooms.

Approach the driver door — and the LTZ unlocks, sensing the key in your pocket. Open the latch and an automatic step swings out to ease entry. Step out of the vehicle at night and the door-mounted mirrors instantly fill the ground below with perimeter lighting to aid your step.

Gorgeous interior

Plush is the new language of truck interiors and the LTZ is no exception.

Once inside, acres of gorgeous upholstery accented with wood and chrome stretch to the horizon. Front and second row heated bucket seats beckon. The transmission selector is located — pickup-like — on the steering column, opening the center console to a variety of useful spaces from cup holders to an arm rest compartment that could hide a file cabinet.

The Ride

As big as this truck looks, it feels much smaller on the road thanks to some impressive engineering under the skin. The Tahoe’s athleticism defies the ocean liner stereotype.

Where pickups ride like bucking broncos on rear leaf springs, the Tahoe gets a multi-link suspension with coil springs and shocks. And not just any shocks — but the same magnetic system that undergirds the ferocious Stingray. Controlled by a CPU, twin electromagnetic coils at the end of each shock piston can change the viscosity of the magnetorheological fluid within. When the LTZ leans hard, the system instantly stiffens the suspension.

2015 Chevy Tahoe

Vehicle type: Front-engine, four-wheel-drive, seven-passenger sport utility vehicle
Price: $45,890 base (LTZ trim: $71,375 as tested)
Power plant: 5.3-liter, direct-injection V-8 engine
Power: 355 horsepower, 383 pound-feet of torque
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Performance: 0-60 mph: 6.9-7.1 seconds (Car & Driver est.); towing capacity: 8,400 lbs.
Weight: 5,683 pounds
Fuel economy: EPA 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway/18 mpg combined
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Highs: Comfortably seats your entire offensive line; sure-footed handling Information provided by General Motors and

Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax


Chevrolet is adding the Trax to its U.S. lineup, making it the latest brand to enter the budding market for petite crossovers.

Chevrolet unveiled the 2015 Trax at an event tonight on the eve of the New York auto show. It is about 19 inches shorter than the Equinox and 7 inches shorter than the phased-out HHR and is expected to arrive in dealerships early next year.

Sporty and modern, Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV, including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent.

Trax technologies also enhance passenger safety, with more standard air bags than its competitors, a standard rearview camera and available rear park assist.

Additional vehicle highlights include:

  • Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that delivers the efficiency of a small-displacement engine with the power of a larger engine on demand
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Electric power steering
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags – and the segment’s only rear seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Clever and convenient storage areas, including upper and lower glove boxes – with a USB port and auxiliary jack in the upper glove box for plug-in media
  • 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seatback for storing and transporting items up to eight feet long
  • Standard remote keyless entry and available remote start.

Trax will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

Connectivity and infotainment details

Available Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep phones stored and their hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:

  • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
  • Available Chevrolet connected by OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
  • Available BringGo navigation app
  • Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of trial service), SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Tune Select (requires XM subscription)
  • Supports playback of MP3 files stored on USB flash memory drives.

With Chevrolet’s connected by OnStar 4G LTE connection, Trax provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect multiple personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.

Turbocharged performance

Trax is powered by a power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is expected to be rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.

The wide rpm range for the maximum torque – a specific trait of turbocharged engines – helps it deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling of power across the rpm band. The turbocharger’s on-demand performance also contributes to efficiency because it enables greater power when needed with the lower fuel consumption of a small-displacement engine when it’s not.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control is matched with the 1.4L turbo engine. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.

A “steep” first gear and a “tall” overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows Trax to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.

Refined ride and handling

Trax is built on a robust global platform and engineered with precise suspension tuning to deliver one of the segment’s quietest and most refined driving experiences. Available all-wheel drive seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling.

A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance – 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front and rear tracks – contribute to a confident driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quiet ride.

A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules.

The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators improve ride isolation and dampen noise.

Trax also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system that saves fuel compared to a conventional engine-driven power steering pump.

Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT (aluminum wheels on LT). LTZ has standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Built to protect

Trax incorporates technologies that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Crash-avoidance technologies include:

  • Standard rearview camera
  • Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating traction control and rollover mitigation features
  • ABS and electronic brake force distribution
  • Cornering brake control and brake assist

The body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment, with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That structural protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags:

  • Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
  • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
  • Front and rear thorax air bags for all outboard positions – including the segment’s only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags
  • Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.

Trax’s safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.

Tom Peters of GM Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom Peters of GM Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

GM Design’s Tom Peters honored by Art Center College of Design

Tom Peter’s history at GM Design comprises more than 30 years spent creating some of General Motors’ most iconic vehicles. This year, Peters was the lead of the exterior studio teams behind two of GM’s most important vehicle introductions: the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup and the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Last October, Peters was presented with a lifetime achievement award from his alma mater, the Art Center College of Design, a school that has build a reputation for itself at the international forefront of design and art education for over 80 years. This lifetime achievement award honors Peters for his outstanding history with GM.

Peters, currently the director of exterior design for performance cars, accepted the award from the chair of the college’s Transportation Design Department, Stewart Reed. “Tonight Show” host and prodigious car collector Jay Leno was also at the ceremony to help present the award.

“Through your efforts to promote the very best in automotive design as seen in examples like the 2014 Corvette Stingray, you continue to represent Art Center in the best way possible and serve as an inspiration for our graduates following in your footsteps,” said Stewart Reed.

After Peters graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1980, he worked briefly at GM before spending two years working with Texas Instruments. After the stint at Texas Instruments, he again returned to GM in 1982. Throughout his long and successful career at GM, he has added many memorable concepts to his portfolio, including the Buick Velite, the Cadillac Sixteen, the Corvette Indy show car, and the Pontiac Banshee. He was also involved with production vehicles like the current-generation Camaro, the Corvette C6 and C7, as well as GMC and Chevrolet’s new full-size SUVs and pickup trucks.

“The list of Art Center alumni at GM is long, but Tom Peters is without a doubt the most visionary designer I have ever known or worked with in my more than 40 years at GM,” vice president of GM Global Design Ed Welburn wrote in a letter that was read at the event celebrating the award. “The men and women who work for Tom share his desire and thirst for winning, and they create incredibly spirited designs.”


Welburn did not only have complimentary things to say about Tom Peters’ history at GM, he also expressed his high hopes for the designer’s future. “Tom has had an impressive career…let’s not forget that he has plenty more to do in the years to come as a valued member of the GM Global Design team,” wrote Welburn.

For more than a decade, Peters had dreamed of bringing back the Corvette Stingray as one of his personal career goals. When he had the chance to do so, he acknowledged the intense scrutiny that came with the task of working on an icon like the Corvette. He found inspiration from looking back into his childhood infatuation with the 1963 Corvettes that a schoolmate’s father owned.

“My focus customer was going to be that 9-, 11-, 12-year-old kid,” Peters told an interviewer earlier this year. “Kids don’t know and don’t care about what’s traditional. When I see kids look at it and point, stop what they’re doing and they go ‘Stingraaaay,’ that’s when I know we got it.”

With his true love of GM vehicles and talent for design, Peters will surely add many more success stories to his portfolio in the years to come.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.