GM Plans to Hire 3,000 New Employees to Build Electric and Autonomous Cars

2017 Chevy Sedan Lineup | Victoria, TX

General Motors is a company that is constantly looking toward the future when making financial decisions. Therefore, it was hardly shocking when GM committed to an upcoming vehicle lineup populated by electric and autonomous models.

GM recently announced the latest step in this initiative involves hiring approximately 3,000 new employees to bolster its tech-centered departments.

Said jobs will span a wide array of different categories, from IT to design and engineering. The one thing that they will all have in common is their central role in accelerating the electrification and autonomous capabilities of the GM family of vehicles.

“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” explained GM President Mark Reuss.

This initiative isn’t just about making the GM vehicle library more advanced. It’s also designed to help the company produce a much smaller carbon footprint and create a more eco-friendly environment.

GM recently showcased its efforts up to this point with the unveiling of the new GMC Hummer. While the previous iteration of the Hummer was a gas-guzzling model, this new Hummer is actually an electric vehicle that maintains the performance the Hummer is famous for while simultaneously providing unmatched levels of fuel economy.

With this new wave of talent on its way to join the ranks at GM, we here at the Atzenhoffer family of dealerships are excited to see what the company introduces next.

Get the Lowdown on GM’s Air Ride Adaptive Suspension

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier | Victoria, TX

It’s not exactly a secret that General Motors is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of high-quality vehicles anywhere in the world. What sets the automaker apart, though, is its relentless dedication to improvement, even when competitors would have considered a model “good enough.” One recent example is the innovative Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system. Here’s what makes it so special.

 Intelligent engineering

GM Air Ride Adaptive Air Suspension is a masterpiece of creative design that combines intelligent software and standard hardware. An onboard computer reads weight distribution within the cabin and sends that information to all four corners of your vehicle, each of which is equipped with an air-powered shock absorber. Whether you’re on a smooth highway or a pothole-filled city road, the system can dynamically compensate for unevenness by lowering the body by up to 4 inches.

 Save money, drive smoother

The most obvious result is that Air Ride Adaptive Suspension will make virtually every drive more comfortable for both you and your passengers. But the benefits don’t stop there. First, you can take direct control of the system to lower your vehicle’s height by up to 2 inches when parked, making disembarking easier than ever. Plus, your properly-equipped GM will automatically bring itself three-quarters of an inch closer to the road when you’re moving at highway speeds, becoming more aerodynamic and increasing efficiency.

GM Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is currently available on exceptional GM vehicles like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade. To learn more, check out our extensive online inventory or give us a call at Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac.

How to Minimize Your C8 Corvette’s Wheel Gaps

If you’re crazy about your stylish, powerful, and innovative new Chevy Corvette C8 but you’re looking to reduce the size of its wheel gaps, you’re in luck. A new aftermarket part is now available which can reduce the gap that many Corvette owners would rather be without.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Corvette’s ride-height controversy, note that it is present in certain configurations of the mode, like the C8 outfitted with the Z51 Performance Suspension and Front Lift Suspension.

 

The product is a front lift lowering collar from Paragon Performance, a manufacturer of high-end vehicle-performance equipment. Per Paragon, the device will allow you to manually adjust your Corvette’s ride height. It has the ability to lower the front end by 0.75 inches, a match to the factory rear max adjustment setting.

 

Paragon Performance developed the accessory with the use of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The company tested models that came from 3D printers before perfecting the design and going into production mode.

 

The lowering collar is built from 6061 Aluminum. It sports an anodized black color with a laser logo. Opt for the available Mag Ride socket and de-pin tools, which will simplify do-it-yourself installations. Paragon’s progressive new part also comes with a lifetime warranty, truly staking its reputation on the product.

 

Find out more about the C8 Corvette or how you can customize it when you call us at Atzenhoffer in Victoria, Texas

GM and EVgo Roll Out New Fast-Charging Stations

2019 Chevy Bolt EV Premier Charging Port | Victoria, TX

General Motors and EVgo are teaming up to add 2,700 new fast-charging stations across the United States. These will not only give more drivers access to stations but may also persuade drivers to buy electric vehicles for the first time.

No small feat, this project will take place during the next five years, gradually expanding the EVgo network. Popular suburban and urban locations, such as retail stores, restaurants, grocery shops and entertainment centers, will gain the charging stations. As such, when driving your EV in Victoria, Texas, you may be able to more easily find a station.

The first stations will arrive at the beginning of 2021 and will be able to charge a maximum of four vehicles at once. They utilize 100 percent renewable energy and can charge your EV in as fast as 15 to 30 minutes. This means that you won’t have to take a break from exploring Port Lavaca for long if your vehicle is due for a charge.

General Motors also has announced plans to introduce at least 12 new EV models by 2023. With the increasing availability of charging stations, more drivers may be interested in purchasing these new vehicles.

If you’re interested in buying an EV or learning about the different models available, give us a call at Atzenhoffer, or view our inventory online.

Chevrolet’s Diverse Engines Suit Different Preferences

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Duramax | Victoria, TX

Whether you’re looking for power, efficiency, or a mix of both, Chevrolet’s diverse engines means that you can find just the right one to suit your lifestyle and needs.

Rewarding muscle

If you’re planning on towing with a gas engine, the Silverado 1500’s 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine is your best bet. With a best-in-class 420 horsepower, best-in-class 460 lb-ft of torque and best-in-class 13,400-pound towing capacity, you’ll have exceptional power at your fingers.

For larger vehicles, the Silverado 3500 HD’s Duramax® 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine takes the crown. Its 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque grant it an astonishing 35,500-pound towing capacity.

The 6500 XD Low Cab Forward’s diesel-powered 5.2-liter inline-four engine and Silverado 6500 HD’s 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine lead Chevrolet’s commercial segment, allowing for GWVR’s of 25,950 and 23,500 pounds respectively.

Overall, however, Chevrolet’s most powerful production engine is the supercharged 6.2-liter LT5 in the 2019 Corvette ZR1, which provides 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. This power allows the Corvette ZR1 to reach an incredible 212 mph.

Excellent efficiency

The 2020 Chevrolet Spark redefines gas efficiency with its 1.4-liter EcoTec engine, which achieves 38 mpg on highways.*

Looking for power and efficiency? The 2020 Silverado 1500 model’s Duramax® 3.0-liter Turbo-Diesel engine gets 33 mpg on the highway, making it the most fuel-efficient truck in America.** It still retains much of its maximum power with this engine, getting 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to power its 9,300-pound towing capacity.

Stop by Atzenhoffer Chevrolet to speak with one of our sales reps in person. We’ll help you find the perfect engine to suit your performance goals.

*EPA-estimated 30 MPG city/38 highway with 5-speed manual transmission or available CVT.

**EPA-estimated with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel engine.