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Chevy Traverse Safety Technology Utilizes Video Games

In order to make your car as safe as possible, designers and engineers are using video games. You heard right. GM recently released info about its partnership with the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies, where researchers have been using the Xbox360 Kinect motion sensor to fit child seats.

Chevy Traverse Safety Technology is helping improve child car seat safety

Chevy Traverse Safety Technology is helping improve child car seat safety

Chevy Traverse Safety Technology

According to GM, the Kinect sensor has the capability to be modified in order to overlay child safety seats over existing models, telling engineers which seats are the best for each. This is an incredible boost for Chevy Traverse safety technology, where engineers were first testing the system.

“There are over 250 different makes and models of child safety seats on the market, and new or revised models are introduced every year,” said Julie Kleinert, GM’s Global Child Safety Technical Lead,  “and the lack of an industry standard for the size and shape of child seats makes it quite challenging for vehicle engineers.”

The use of the Kinect controller makes testing considerably cheaper, especially considering the fact the Microsoft product is a fraction of the cost of an industrial scanner. Some engineers even think it does a better job. More bang for your buck – that’s what Chevy is all about.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Chevrolet Malibu Earns 5-Star Safety Rating

2014 Chevrolet MalibuIf you are looking for a vehicle that will help keep you and your family safe, then look no further than the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The 2014 Malibu was recently awarded a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

According to the NHTSA, five-star ratings were earned by the 2014 Malibu in both the frontal crash and side crash tests, while a four-star rating was earned in the rollover test.

The 2014 Malibu has a variety of standard safety features, including 10 airbags, electronic stability control, an ultra-high strength steel safety cage, rollover protection, anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, and OnStar automatic crash response, which is free for the first six months.

It also has available safety features and technology such as Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Forward Collision Alert. Also available is a rearview camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

If you would like to learn more about the 5-star safety rated 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, visit us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet today.

2014 Chevrolet Spark – A Top Safety Pick

Top Safety PickIn only its first year of eligibility, the 2014 Chevrolet Spark has been named a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It is the only vehicle in the IIHS minicar segment to earn the rating in 2014 model year testing.

To earn the designation of a 2014 Top Safety Pick, the Spark received the highest possible “good” scores in the IIHS’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints tests. In the IIHS’s new small overlap test, the Spark earned a score of “acceptable.”

“Spark’s impressive performance in IIHS’s most stringent test yet demonstrates the intensive efforts of our global safety team to deliver big safety in a small package,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, in a press release. “Spark’s safety structure makes extensive use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels and its robust passenger protection package includes 10 standard air bags.”

To learn more about all of the safety features offered on the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, visit Tom Naquin Chevrolet today.

Chevrolet Offers Seven Models with 5-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for Safety

Chevrolet offers seven 2014 model year vehicles that have earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s more than any other automotive brand can claim.

The seven vehicles to earn a 5-Star Overall Score in the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program were the Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Impala, Traverse, Camaro Coupe, and the Silverado 1500 Crew Cab. Even more impressive is the fact that the Sonic is the first and only car in the subcompact class to earn a 5-Star Overall Score.

GM research found that safety ranks in the top 10 reasons for purchasing a certain vehicle, so they make sure to put an emphasis on it.

“We design safety and crashworthiness into our vehicles very early in development,” said Gay Kent, GM’s general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “We are committed to offering advanced safety technologies on a broad range of models, not just on the most expensive vehicles. All of our vehicles are designed to provide continuous protection for customers before, during and after a crash.”

You can learn more about the safety technologies that go into each of these vehicles by visiting Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, Indiana today!

Advanced-Safety Features Help 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Earn 5-Star Safety Rating

If you are like most people, knowing that a vehicle has earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety brings a sense of relief. As a buyer it makes you feel comfortable knowing that you are getting a vehicle that has proved to be safe throughout many rigorous tests. The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is one such vehicle that adds that sense of relief as it has recently earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Customer safety is our top priority,” said Dongseok Kim, General Motors Korea managing director of safety, regulations and product investigations. “Advanced safety technologies enable customers to feel confident when buying a small car like the Chevy Sonic.”

Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and a rear-vision camera are just some of the advanced-safety features included on the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.

When it is active, Forward Collision Alert will warn a driver if they are approaching another vehicle too quickly. The rear-vision camera gives a clear view of objects behind the vehicle. Lastly, Lane Departure Warning lets the driver know when the vehicle has veered from the lane they are in.

The 5-star safety rating that the 2014 Sonic has earned is quite the accomplishment, especially since it is the only car in its class to receive such a rating.

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The Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic and Volt: Small, but Safe

After receiving Five-Star Overall Vehicle Scores for Safety and named 2012 Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Chevrolet Cruze and the Chevrolet Volt have made Forbes’ List of Ten Safest Small Cars.

Oh, and go ahead and add the Chevrolet Sonic to the list as well.

All three Chevys come standard with OnStar –the first six months for the Cruze and Sonic and the first three years for the Volt.

The OnStar system in all three vehicles includes Automatic Crash Response, a feature with the ability to connect to a specially-trained Emergency Advisor upon impact, automatically request emergency responders to a precise GPS location and, even, transmit important crash data like rollover status or maximum velocity at impact.

The Cruze, Sonic and Volt also feature frontal-side impact airbags as well as front knee air bags for the driver and front passenger.

The Chevrolet Cruze is a compact car with a crush resistance roof, a high-strength steel safety cage, Rear Park Assist and ten standard airbags. Now that is compact.

And, the Chevrolet Sonic – it is the first and only subcompact car to feature ten standard airbags.

Known for its efficiency and innovation, the Chevrolet Volt features eight standard airbags, including head and curtain side-impact airbags for outboard front and rear passengers.

There is nothing to fear when it comes to the Cruze, Sonic and Volt.

Stop by your local Elkhart Indiana dealership, Tom Naquin, to preview or test drive any of these safe models.