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The 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Hits the Lebanese Market

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IMPEX, the exclusive Chevrolet dealer in Lebanon, has announced the arrival of the brand’s award-winning electric car to the Lebanese market: the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV, during an event in its main showroom in Badaro on January 23rd 2019.

With its future-forward powertrain, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is smoother mechanically than a regular petrol car, with only about a tenth of the moving parts of a conventional automobile. This translates to less wear and tear, fewer trips to the service center and greater ease of maintenance, which means plenty of savings for the customer. It is also powered by a 60-kWh battery pack delivering 204 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque, which could be easily charged at home overnight.

Mounted along the vehicle’s entire floor, the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s battery pack contributes to a low center of gravity, vehicle stability and interior spaciousness. Tackling real-world conditions of city driving as well as long highway cruises, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is accomplishing the once conceptual idea of long-range, affordable electric mobility.

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“Recently, the Chevrolet Bolt EV demonstrated its incredible 500+ km range as part of the 2018 Global Electric Vehicle Road Trip in the Middle East, on a single charge. With its fully electric and affordable capabilities, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is a key step on our journey to a future of zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. With the vehicle, Chevrolet gives consumers the chance to choose sustainable without sacrifice” quoted by General Motors executives.

Farid Homsi General Manager of Impex concluded: “It is with huge excitement and big expectations that we are launching today the new 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV which shows General Motors and Impex’s commitment for a brighter, cleaner future with zero emissions.”

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2018 MALIBU ARRIVES IN THE REGION

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Chevrolet dials up the appeal of the popular mid-size sedan with the potently styled new Malibu Sport

Continuing its new-product charge, Chevrolet Middle East has announced the introduction of a new Malibu Sport variant of its award-winning mid-size sedan in the Middle East. Available as an optional design accessory package on the 2.0T engine variant on both the LT and LTZ trims, the Malibu Sport will go on sale across the region this March.

Loaded with class-leading connectivity, technology and safety features, as well as a sculpted modern design and a powerful engine, the new Malibu Sport, enhances the aesthetic appeal of the model further with performance-inspired styling.

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Ahmed Soudodi, Head of Brand at Chevrolet Middle East said: “For 2018, we are added a new Malibu Sport Accessory Package to the lineup for buyers who look for a more distinct and expressive styling in their family sedan. This is part of our commitment to deliver the best in design and technology trends in the segment. The 2018 Malibu is the most advanced vehicle to wear the nameplate yet, and the addition of the Sport model further boosts its appeal as it’s designed to set its driver apart.”

He added: “With its recognized engaging driving dynamics, efficiency, technology features and expressive styling, the Malibu has already garnered acclaim from our customers as well as industry experts in the region, and we are confident the Sport variant will further enhance its desirability.”

The 2018 Malibu Sport’s exterior styling complements the gutsy performance of the power-dense 2.0L turbocharged engine developing 250 hp and 353Nm of torque with a host of design enhancements. The 2018 Malibu Sport gets black Chevy bow-ties, a ‘Sport’ badge, black wing mirrors and a Dark chrome grille to differentiate itself from the rest of the lineup. To mark the sporting intentions of the model, the aggressive look is rounded off with an aerodynamically-honed blacked out new body kit, a rear spoiler as well as exclusive 5-Split Spoke Black wheels.

As part of Chevrolet’s comprehensive accessories offering, customers can opt to purchase and install individual elements from the Sport Appearance Package on other 2018 Malibu trims as well as on older 2017 Malibu models.

On the performance front, the 2018 Malibu Sport is equally impressive and dispatches the benchmark 0 to 100 km/h sprint in under seven seconds. The exciting dynamics do not come at the cost of fuel efficiency either. Despite delivering abundantly on power and torque, the Malibu Sport’s 2.0-L turbo engine returns a frugal 14.2 Km/l.

The cabin, meanwhile, is brimming with connectivity and safety technologies that make the 2018 Malibu Sport one of the most advanced cars in its class. It is equipped with the award-winning Chevrolet MyLink system with 8-inch color touch screen and Apple CarPlay compatibility for hands-free calling, messaging, music streaming and more. On the safety front, the Malibu Sport offers a suite of active safety features including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert to keep its occupants protected at all times. Customers will also enjoy best in class cost of maintenance and exceptional aftersales service through Chevrolet Complete Care.

With a stunning new exterior design package, impressive performance and class-leading technology, the 2018 Malibu Sport is a compelling example of form blending harmoniously with function.

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The Power of Air: Equinox’s Design Enhances Aerodynamics

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It’s no secret the compact SUV segment is one of the fastest growing in the world. Customers want passenger and cargo space that fits their lifestyle without compromising on fuel efficiency or safety.

However, the larger the dimensions of a vehicle, the bigger the challenges of making it aerodynamically efficient. On the move, a vehicle has to forge a path of least resistance, and the smoother it slices through the air the more fuel efficient and refined it is.

That was the task for the Design and Aerodynamic teams working on the shape of the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox: to create an all-new compact SUV that is a perfect balance of style, function and efficiency.

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And with the segment leading 15.1 Km/L on the highway (1.5L FWD models), the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox certainly achieves that goal. However, it wasn’t a task that was trivially accomplished.

Size matters

Vehicle aerodynamics are a carefully considered science; styling flourishes cannot be added at whim without evaluating their effect on airflow around the vehicle. For the 2018 Equinox, the design teams took great care in creating a refined new vehicle shape that maintains the key proportions of a small crossover/SUV, without adversely affecting aerodynamic efficiency. In addition to delivering the utility and functionality customers look for in the segment, the Equinox’s expressive exterior has a lean, sculpted form sporting Chevrolet’s signature design cues.

“Aerodynamic performance is a big contributor to fuel economy, but the box-like shapes of crossovers and SUVs are not conducive to aero efficiency,” said Nick Lico, Global Aerodynamics development lead. “Working with Design, we were able to craft an athletic shape that is both attractive and segment-leading in aero efficiency.”

Tunnel vision

Balancing every-day usability of the new Equinox with aero needs was not an easy task and it was something Chevrolet engineers focused on single-mindedly. Picking the right dimensions, for instance, was crucial. The Equinox had to be the right size, to make it easier to park and maneuver, but without compromising on efficiency or even interior space. As a result, the overall length was reduced by 119 millimeters but despite the smaller exterior dimensions than the older model, interior volume was increased.

The reduced length, however, posed another hurdle to aero efficiency, because it is tougher to push a shorter shape cleanly through the air.

The exterior styling of the all-new Equinox was honed after more than 500 hours in General Motor’s full-scale wind tunnel. The final design not only maintains the essence of the intended design, but reduces wind resistance by 10 percent over the previous model.

The Equinox’s cutting-edge approach to efficiency also sees the addition of a new active aerodynamics element. Much like features found on high-end super cars, the Equinox can literally alter its aerodynamic performance depending on the situation. It boasts available electronically controlled upper and lower grille shutters which account for improved aerodynamics. They close in certain conditions on the highway, when engine cooling needs are reduced, pushing more air around the vehicle to reduce drag.

It’s all in the detail

An aero-efficient body is the sum of several small, but significant, design details. These styling elements not only contribute to the aesthetics, they address drag around various areas of the vehicle, making the Equinox’s design a harmonious blend of form and function.

  • The larger rear spoiler was designed to help reduce turbulence at the rear of the vehicle for less wind resistance.
  • The rear corner incorporates a series of cleverly incorporated “air trips,” as the designers call them, for optimal air separation at the edges of the taillamps and corners at the D-pillars.
  • New tire deflectors help achieve the same aerodynamic advantage as a traditional air dam, but without compromising the Equinox’s sculpted design.
  • Underbody panels on FWD models improve airflow beneath the vehicle.

About the 2018 Equinox

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is a fresh and modern compact SUV, featuring an expressive design, increased cargo space, the latest connectivity, expanded roster of available safety features and all-new range of turbocharged engines.

Cargo area has increased, with new storage features such as a large, hidden underfloor storage space and a flat cargo floor that makes loading and unloading easier.

Purposeful technologies are designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected. New safety features include Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collison Alert with Following Distance Indicator and more.

The 2018 Equinox is on sale now in Chevrolet showrooms across the Middle East.

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