GM’s Small Cars to get Modular ECOTEC Engines

1.4L TurboHere at Dyer Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL we love GM’s lineup of small cars. The mix of efficiency, versatility, and comfort you can get in models like the Spark, Cruze, and the Sonic is unbeatable and the style offered by each model is unique and modern. That’s why we’re so excited to announce that GM will be offering a new lineup of modular ECOTEC engines that will be interchangeable across the small car selection.

These new engines, scheduled to be released around the world for 2015 models, will be manufactured at most GM manufacturing plants around the world, including the Flint, MI manufacturing location. The line of small ECOTEC engines will span displacements from 1.0L – 1.5L and will feature 3-cylinder, 4-cylinder, turbocharged, and even hybrid- or alternative fuel-ready versions. In total, there will be 11 new engines, with output ranging between 75 hp at the low end and 165 hp at the upper end. Each will be designed for maximum efficiency, durability, refinement, and smoothness, traits that modern drivers are valuing more and more.

“Transportation solutions vary around the world and GM is committed to developing engines matched to the needs of the regions where they’re sold,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering, in a statement. “The new engine family is designed to achieve segment-leading refinement and efficiency, and will make its way into five GM brands and 27 models by the 2017 model year.”

We think this lineup is great news, allowing drivers the ability to choose from up to 11 distinct engines with each offering different strong points. This should also allow drivers a greater amount of personalization in their vehicles, always good news in our book.

2014 Chevy Malibu Earns Top Safety Pick+ Distinction

2014 Chevy MalibuThe 2014 Chevy Malibu once again demonstrated its aptitude for safety in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, earning the Top Safety Pick+ distinction.

This is the highest honor granted by the IIHS and one not easily received. In order to obtain Top Safety Pick+ status, the 2014 Malibu had to receive the highest possible rating of “Good” in front, side, roof strength, and head restraint crash tests, as well as the second-highest possible rating of “Acceptable” in the small overlap front crash test.

The 2014 Malibu went beyond even those stringent requirements by earning a “Good” rating in the small overall front crash test.

In addition, Top Safety Pick+ vehicles must offer a frontal crash protection system meeting IIHS requirements, which separates them from regular Top Safety Picks. Thanks to its Forward Collision Alert technology and Advanced Safety Package, the 2014 Malibu had no difficulty meeting these requirements as well.

We won’t let you crash it, but you can still test drive the new Malibu at Dyer Chevy!

Chevy Colorado gets Advanced Engineering for Improved Efficiency and Capabilities

2015 Chevy ColoradoJust like all of us here at Dyer Chevy in Ft. Pierce, Chevy is getting all sorts of worked up about the new 2015 Chevy Colorado. This new midsize truck represents the re-birth of a segment for American auto makers. It’s only been a few years since there was a truly American midsize truck available on the market, but demand has been steadily growing since the last Colorado was sold as a 2012 model. In order to make sure this truck does not disappoint, Chevy engineers have injected every part with advanced engineering and technology like high-strength steel and aluminum. The end result? The new Colorado can be configured so it is up to 1,400 lbs lighter than the standard full-size pickup without sacrificing any toughness or capability.

The end product of this search for lighter and stronger materials is a truck that will return incredible fuel efficiency without skimping on power. “When it comes to building lighter pickups, there is more than one answer,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “Building on our experience with the new Silverado, we engineered the Colorado to be highly mass-efficient, while still providing the performance, capability, dependability and features that midsize truck customers are asking for.”  

For most drivers who want the convenience and versatility of a pickup, but don’t want the larger footprint or sacrifice in MPGs of a full-size model, the 2015 Colorado 4×4 crew cab is an excellent option. This model, like every new Colorado, will offer an excellent balance between efficiency, power, and versatility in a world where drivers expect a vehicle that is tailored to their needs.

GM Offers Total Climate Control with RemoteLink

2014 Chevy CruzeThe weather is starting to warm up and you know what that means. In a few short weeks, we’ll all be dealing with getting into a hot car after it’s been sitting in the sun all day (or even for just a few hours). While modern air conditioning works pretty quickly and helps make our lives a little more tolerable, wouldn’t it be nice to have you’re AC cooled off and running before you even got into your car? Well if you have a Chevy Cruze, or any GM vehicle equipped with OnStar’s RemoteLink Mobile App, you can do just that. This feature allows drivers to start their car from anywhere using their smartphone unlike more traditional remote-start systems that have to be within range of the transmitter. That means you can start your car after work from your desk and let it get comfortable for a few minutes ahead of time.

This feature is also handy when the weather gets a little chilly, and especially for our friends up to the north who are just now emerging from the Polar Vortex. During the first part of January, RemoteLink single-day and single-hour request records were both shattered by drivers trying to get their cars warmed up in the bitter cold.  “Chevrolet, paired with the RemoteLink app available through OnStar, offers one of the most winter-weather ready lineups of any manufacturer,” Philip M. Abram, GM chief infotainment officer, said.

For more information about RemoteLink or to find out which vehicles this system is available on, see us at Dyer Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL today.

Why the Camaro Z/28 is Amazing: Chassis and Suspension Upgrades

2014 Camaro Z/28 Suspension UpgradesWrapping up our blog series about the Camaro Z/28, we have one more section to go over. This week, we’ll point out a few of the chassis and suspension upgrades that make the new Camaro Z/28 more than just a muscle car. With these upgrades, the Z/28 becomes a true sports car and a track racer. Every aspect has been reviewed and customized as needed so that the entire vehicle is over-engineered and capable of running repeated hot laps and then driving home on its own power.

Zero-Preload LSD with Differential Cooler – One of the quickest ways to make up time on a track is in the corners. That’s why the Z/28 features a high-performance, zero-preload LSD which helps to maximize cornering capabilities, and exit traction. However, this differential creates a lot of heat and stress, that’s why there is a dedicated differential cooler. The integrated system helps reduce temperatures by as much as 100 degrees F, meaning longer track sessions and worry-free driving.

Performance Traction Management – Putting down all that power is great, but it means nothing if you can’t keep the wheels from slipping. That’s why GM engineered a high-performance traction management system that features five driver-selectable performance levels. With this feature, the driver can hit full throttle and let the car work out how much power to dole out.

19-Inch Wheels with Performance Tires and Brembo Brakes – The combination of lightweight, impressively wide performance wheels and sticky, Pirelli PZero Trofeo R motorsport compound tires ensures maximum performance on the track. 19 x 11-inch wheels in the front and 19 x 11.5-inch wheels in the rear give the Camaro Z/28 an impressive contact patch while forged aluminum wheels help reduce unsprung weight. Combined with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes, the cornering and stopping power of this track beast is unbelievable. Carbon ceramic brakes help to offer unmatched brake-fade resistance so you can stay out on the track longer each time.

Suspension Components – Nearly every suspension component on the Camaro Z/28 has been revised. This track-ready sports car features DSSV (Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve) technology that offers maximum response, stiffness, and tuning for consistent performance. Springs with a higher coil rate increase stiffness and allow for the use of a lighter, smaller diameter stabilizer bar and improved performance during hard cornering. A strut tower brace helps to improve chassis stiffness and reduces body roll during cornering. These are just a few of the major upgrades that have been made to the Z/28 to make it the best handling sports car possible.

Each of these modifications plays its part and together, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information, give us a call here at the Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Why the Camaro Z/28 is Amazing: LS7 Power

2014 Camaro Z28One of the most obvious reasons why the Camaro Z/28 is such a performer on the track is the LS7 power that has been crammed under the hood. That’s not, however, to say that this is some sort of Frankenstein creation. GM has gone to great efforts to make sure that the engine and the entire powertrain work together smoothly and without fault. Check out some of the updates that have been made to give the Z/28 an impressive 505 hp and 481 lb-ft of torque for a 7.6:1 power-to-weight ratio.

LS7 Engine w/ Dry-Sump Oiling – In order to make the Camaro Z/28 as powerful and track ready as possible, the racetrack-bred LS7 V8 engine has been added. This powerful engine has been designed to excel in the high-revving, highly demanding world of motorsports. Features like a forged-steel crankshaft, lightweight titanium connecting rods, high-flow cylinder heads, and lightweight intake valves make for excellent performance. A dry-sump style oiling system makes for exceptional cooling and lubrication, even during high G-force turning, acceleration, and stopping.

TREMEC TR600 Six-Speed Manual Transmission – This high-performance transmission has been engineered to work with powerful engines like those in the Camaro ZL1 and the Cadillac CTS V-Series. This transmission features smooth gear synchronization, optimized shift feel, and short throws, perfect for spirited driving. A 5.1-ratio short-throw shifter accentuates the quick, precise gear changes even further.

Air Intake System – A unique open air box intake system helps the Camaro Z/28 make the most of high-rpm airflow during enthusiastic driving. A K&N conical air filter delivers high-flow, clean air to the engine and helps reduce the chance of hot air being recirculated into the engine.

Dual Mode Exhaust – The dual-mode exhaust helps provide both civilized and high-performance sound and driving characteristics. Under heavy acceleration, valves open, allowing air to flow more freely, making more noise and more power. However, under normal driving, the valves close and the Camaro can be a great daily driver.

All of these minor upgrades make for a serious track car with some serious power. Also backed by a factory warranty and designed by a team of engineers, you know you’re getting a quality product. For more information, give us a call here at the Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Why the Camaro Z/28 is Amazing: Advanced Aerodynamics

2014 Camaro Z28Continuing our blog series about the 2014 Camaro Z/28, we’re moving along to the advanced aerodynamics that helps this track car to perform on a whole new level. While it might not seem like much, every little bit helps. From lowering the drag coefficient of the car, to increasing downforce, and even redirecting airflow to help cool the mechanicals, aerodynamics can truly make or break a track car. In the case of the Z/28, they’ve definitely made the car!

At 150 mph, the Camaro Z/28 generates and additional 150 lbs of downforce, helping to keep the car planted and confident in high-speed turns.

Front Splitter – Starting at the very front of the Z/28, the front splitter helps redirect air where it needs to go from the very start. Not only does this aero panel help produce downforce (up to 250 lbs) it also helps direct air under the engine compartment and around the front wheels.

Redesigned Front Fascia – The front fascia of the Z/28 has been modified in several ways. After a fog-light delete and the removal of an air duct support bracket, some weight has been removed. Covers help direct air where these components used to be while a flow efficient grille and “flowtie” emblem help increase airflow to the engine compartment for cooling. Ducts have also been added to help cool the front brakes.

Hood Extractor – The functional carbon fiber hood extractor helps increase engine cooling and decrease lift by directing air where it needs to go.

Wheel Wells and Fenders – The wheels can generate a good amount of turbulence at high speed, disrupting the aerodynamics of the whole car. In order to reduce this, the Z/28 features unique fender flares that deflect air away from the wider tires. A wheelhouse liner also helps to control airflow from the inside edge of the wheel.

Underbody Tray – A specially engineered belly pan helps direct air along the bottom of the Z/28 and reduces lift. By keeping air away from a lot of the drag-causing parts, air can move faster along the bottom. These underbody aerodynamics also help with cooling by directing airflow where it needs to be to cool off the exhausts created by the powerful LS7 engine.

Rear Spoiler – The rear spoiler on the Camaro Z/28 features a removable “wickerbill” for maximum daily-drivability. When on the street, drivers can remove this section for improved rear visibility and better fuel efficiency at highway speeds. On the track, drivers can quickly install the small wickerbill for vastly improved downforce at the rear of the car.

All of these minor upgrades make for a serious track car that can handle with the best of them, even in high-speed turns that might unsettle any other sports car. For more information, give us a call here at the Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Why the Camaro Z/28 is Amazing: Adding Lightness

We’re going to start a blog series about the awesome new Camaro Z/28 here. Now there’s no guessing how long (or short) it will run. We tend to get swept up with other exciting Chevy news all the time. We also don’t know how frequently we will post other stories between posts in this series. All we do know is that we love the Camaro Z/28 and if any new car deserves a series dedicated to it, this is the one!

2014 Camaro Z28To kick off our series about what makes the Z/28 so special; our first post will talk all about “Adding Lightness”. This is a term frequently heard in the racing industry but even so, it’s easy to overlook how much of a difference it can make when you cut a few grams off of every essential part of a car. With 505 horsepower and a power-to-weight ratio of 7.6 hp per pound, the new model might just surprise you. Check out some of the modifications that help the new Z/28 track racer to achieve its impressive 3,820 lb curb weight.

A/C Delete – If you live in a hot or humid climate, air conditioning is probably one of your favorite features on your current car. However, on the track it’s an unnecessary weight and one of the biggest sources of parasitic loss on the engine. The A/C Delete helps cut 12.9 kg (28.4 lbs) and also makes for one less accessory to be powered by the main belt drive.

Unsprung Weight – Weight in the spinning parts of a car is one of the most crucial areas for improvement. The loss of a few grams here can mean better responsiveness in both acceleration and turn in. Carbon Ceramic brake rotors cut 9.6 kg (21.2 lbs) while offering similar performance and less brake fade compared to traditional steel rotors. Lightweight wheels and tires also help to reduce unsprung weight. 19-inch aluminum wheels feature a back cut at the outside of the rim to reduce spin inertia by 5%. A set of track-ready tires cut 13.2 kg (29.1 lbs) also help with weight savings.

Lightweight Rear Window – By using thinner glass in the rear window of the Z/28, engineers were able to cut 400 grams (.88 lbs) of weight. The new glass is 3.2 mm thick rather than 3.5mm and offers the same performance.

Lightweight Rear Seats – Let’s face it, the back seats in this Camaro are probably just for insurance purposes anyways. That’s why engineers have cut 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs) out of seat foam and the folding/pass through feature. With a fixed back design, the extra weight of hinges and locks is no longer necessary.

If you just add up these few changes, it equates to nearly 90 lbs of weight loss with over 50 lbs of that coming from unsprung weight. That’s downright impressive for a production vehicle that still offers the safety and features expected of a modern car! For more info, stop by your local Chevy dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL. We’re always happy to talk about the new Z/28!

Chevy Sonic Jumps Its Way into the Record Books

2014 Chevy SonicWant your very own Guinness World Record-setting vehicle? Then come in to Bill Shultz Chevy and pop yourself inside one of the Chevy Sonics currently in our inventory—because it’s the new owner of the world’s Farthest Reverse Ramp Jump by a Car record. Rob Dyrdek, the star of MTV’s “Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory” and former professional skateboarder, got behind the wheel of the Sonic and launched it 89 feet and 3¼ inches before landing perfectly on the catch ramp and driving away to complete the record.

“The Sonic is a great car for firsts,” said Dyrdek. “I have always been a Chevy guy, so when we decided we wanted to set a Guinness World Record for the finale of “Fantasy Factory,” using the Sonic again just made sense.”

You can check out the video of the amazing jump on Autoblog, which was performed at Six Flags Magic Mountain, here. Or catch it on the finale of “Fantasy Factory” which airs on MTV on Thursdays.

GM Vehicles Dominate J.D. Power Dependability Awards

Chevy CamaroLeading the industry in J.D. Power Dependability Awards for 2014, GM vehicles including Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models show the quality and engineering that goes into every GM vehicle. While it is quite an honor for any single vehicle to earn one of these Dependability Awards, the fact that eight GM models earned top ranks and thirteen total models were in the top 3 of their segment is even more impressive.

These surveys by J.D. Power were given to owners of 2011 models in their third year of ownership. This means that the owners will have real-world experience with the day-to-day maintenance and reliability of their vehicles. Check below for the full list of GM vehicles that were in the top 3 for their segment:


  • Volt – Segment Leader for Compact Cars
  • Camaro – Segment Leader for Midsize Sporty Cars
  • Tahoe – Ranked 2nd for Large SUVs
  • Silverado HD – Ranked 2nd for Large Heavy Duty Pickups
  • Avalanche – Ranked 3rd for Large Light Duty Pickups


  • Escalade – Segment Leader for Large Premium CUVs
  • DTS – Segment Leader for Large Premium Cars


  • Lucerne – Segment Leader for Large Cars
  • LaCrosse – Ranked 2nd for Midsize Cars


  • Sierra LD – Segment Leader for Large Light Duty Pickups
  • Sierra HD – Segment Leader for Large Heavy Duty Pickups
  • Yukon – Segment Leader for Large CUVs
  • Canyon – Ranked 3rd for Midsize Pickups

For more information about these vehicles or the awards, stop by and visit us at the dealership in Ft. Pierce, FL today or set up a test drive to check out one of these great vehicles yourself.