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GM Expands Landfill-Free Efforts in Asia

 

GM 106 Landfill-Free Facilities

 

General Motors around the globe is always looking for ways and means to reduce its carbon footprint and give back to the environment more than it takes. Going by these high standards, the Landfill-free initiative helps recycle, reuse or convert daily waste to energy.

With the two new proving grounds in Thailand and Cheong-na, the overall total for GM plants that are landfill-free in Asia has risen to 33 and 106 worldwide. And our two manufacturing plants in India are also part of this group.

Our plant in Talegaon, recently swapped wood pallets for reusable, recycled-content plastic containers that weigh and cost less. The facility reduced wood pallet waste by a significant amount last year, and now has GM’s North American operations looking into the use of these plastic containers in their operations. The Talegaon plant was able to reduce 10 tons of litter in one year alone with it waste-reduction practices like wastewater treatment, painting or grinding, and locally sourcing and sanitizing gloves for reuse.

Speaking about this, Mr. John Bradburn, GM Manager of Waste-reduction Efforts said, “Wood pallets oftentimes aren’t built to be reused after one overseas shipment. Our most common recycling method is to grind them for mulch, and our South Africa plant is even taking them apart to make furniture. But our teams in Asia employed a more sustainable solution. By using plastic, they cut weight by more than half and we can continue using them after the initial load.”

Mr. Tim Lee, GM Vice President, Global Manufacturing and President of International Operations said, “Regardless of where our teams are building cars for our customers around the world, we all share a commitment to the environment. We work with all of our plants to ensure they have a roadmap to get to landfill-free, which is important considering our commitment of 125 landfill-free facilities by 2020.”

At GM, it isn’t just about using the environment and its abundance of natural resources. Along with producing fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly cars, we understand that a balance has to be kept between giving and taking, and we are committed to doing just that!

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GMI HQ CSR Team Offers Contribution to NGO ‘Goonj’

CSR HQ team visited NGO ‘Goonj’ GM India continues to sustain its efforts in serving the underprivileged and underdeveloped. On 19 July, 2013, the CSR HQ team visited NGO ‘Goonj’ and contributed clothes, books, stationery, toys, school bags, woolens and blankets. The contributions also included relief materials for victims affected by the floods and landslides in Uttarakhand.

The contributions at ‘Goonj’ goes beyond the realm of charity and plays a crucial role in the community development process as every contribution is turned into a dignified giving.

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Chevrolet Mileage Rally – Hyderabad Enjoys

Chevrolet Mileage RallyThe Chevrolet Mileage Rally, organized by Chevrolet on 14th July, 2013, was a roaring success. The enthusiasm shown by our customers was simply spectacular and created a buzz that kept the level of enjoyment high through the night.

There were 37 cars consisting of Spark, Beat Petrol and Beat Diesel that participated in the rally. The drive from the BPCL Petrol Station, Punjagutta to the BPCL Petrol Station at Keesara was a short and pleasant 50 kms. Participants were particularly impressed with the mileage given by each car with winner in Beat Diesel category clocking an incredible mileage of 38.90 kmpl.

The winners in each category of Spark, Beat Petrol and Beat Diesel in the rally were given handsome cash reward of Rs. 10,000 each while the runners up received Rs. 8,000 each besides trophies and certificates as well. The other participants were also given recognition for making the event a success with goodies sponsored by Gandour Chocolates, Cavin Milkshake and Cookie Man.

After the rally, nearly 250 customers and their families graced the evening function at Alankrita Resort, Shameerpet. With magic acts, tattoo artists, face painting and other games, everyone present was more than thrilled to be part of the celebrations.

Chevrolet and their dealers – Orange and KUN poured their heart not only into making this event come alive, but ensured its success as well. The 80 referrals received shows what can be achieved through hard work. Chevrolet is proud of this effort and is grateful to have such dealerships. And on behalf of our dealership, we would like to thank BPCL and Hyderabad Times for their sponsorship.

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Chevrolet’s Bowtie Celebrates 100th Anniversary

Chevrolet Bowtie LogoChevrolet’s legendary and iconic bowtie celebrated its 100th anniversary this year.

In 1913, Chevrolet co-founder William Durant introduced the signature Chevy bowtie on the 1914 Chevrolet H-2 Royal Mail and the H-4 Baby Grand, centered at the front of both models. But one question has bugged fans around the world since then – “What on earth is the inspiration behind the logo?

While the bowtie has been present for 100 years, the details surrounding its origin are still uncertain. Stories range from Durant being inspired by the wallpaper design in a Parisian hotel to a newspaper advertisement he saw while vacationing in Hot Springs, Va.  However, Durant’s widow and daughter have offered alternative explanations.

According to Margery Durant, in her 1929 book “My Father”, Durant sometimes drew nameplate designs on pieces of paper at the dinner table. “I think it was between the soup and the fried chicken one night that he sketched out the design that is used on the Chevrolet car to this day,” she wrote.

But in a 1968 interview, Durant’s widow, Catherine, said the bowtie design originated from a Hot Springs vacation in 1912. While reading a newspaper in their hotel room, Durant spotted a design and exclaimed, “I think this would be a very good emblem for the Chevrolet.” Unfortunately, Mrs. Durant never clarified what the motif was or how it was used.


That little information inspired Ken Kaufmann, historian and editor of The Chevrolet Review, to search out its validity. In a Nov. 12, 1911 edition of The Constitution newspaper, published in Atlanta, an advertisement appeared from by the Southern Compressed Coal Company for “Coalettes,” a refined fuel product for fires. The Coalettes logo, as published in the ad, had a slanted bowtie form, very similar to the shape that would soon become the Chevrolet icon.


Did Durant and his wife see the same ad – or one similar – the following year a few states to the north? The date of the paper Kaufmann found was just nine days after the incorporation of the Chevrolet Motor Co. The first use of the bowtie by Chevrolet appeared in the Oct. 2, 1913 edition of The Washington Post with the words “Look for this nameplate” above the symbol.


Whatever you choose to believe is your decision.

Nonetheless, we can tell you proudly today that sixty million Chevrolets are on the roads worldwide today and the bowtie has adorned 215 million Chevrolets over the last century. A Chevrolet car, crossover or truck is sold every 6.39 seconds in one of 140 countries, and the brand set a sales record of 2.5 million in the first six months of the year. The bowtie’s centennial is marked by new entries, such as the Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel compact sedan in the U.S. and the Trax small SUV in 40 international markets.

 

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Tips to make traveling safe for your pets

Dog[7]For some, family trips aren’t complete without their pets being part of the fun. But travelling with your pets can get rather stressful at times, for you and your furry companions. There are a few things you can do to assure safe travel for your dear pets.

  • Keep a blanket in the boot and make a place for them to sleep comfortably on the journey. Sleeping is an easy way for dogs to cope with motion sickness.
  • Let them become accustomed to rides in a car. Drive slowly when you start the car. Start with short trips and gradually take them on longer ones.
  • Make sure they don’t jump around the vehicle. Don’t roll down the window all the way and consider buying a pet safety belt. It ensures that in case of an accident, they aren’t displaced around the car.
  • Take regular stops in between and let your pet out for a while. This will keep them relaxed. Try stopping somewhere relatively quiet and away from the road if possible.
  • If you’re taking a long distance trip, you may consider buying a crate and make sure to fasten it either between seats or on the floor.
  • If you stop for food, park in the shade and let the windows down a little to let some cool air in. Keep giving your pet a bowl of water regularly to rehydrate.
  • Feed your pet with a light meal three to four hours before the journey begins. Do not feed them in a moving vehicle – even if it is a long drive.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a car can become a furnace, and your pet can get heatstroke. In winters, a car can act as a refrigerator, holding in the cold and causing them to freeze.
  • Pet travelling kit: Carry food, a waste scoop, bowl, plastic bags, leash, medication, a pet first-aid kit and their favourite toy or pillow to make them feel comfortable.

So here you go! All the essential know how’s for you when travelling with your pets. Your vacations will be even more enjoyable now.

 

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Deliveries in Style

Blog-Creative[2]Chevrolet India is on a roll these days! We are pleased to announce that three of our dealerships, namely, Aryaman Chevrolet – Karnal, Regent Chevrolet – Faridabad and Triumph Chevrolet – Jaipur, recorded mass deliveries of more than 400 cars from 27th – 30th June, 2013. At Chevrolet, we remain committed to providing the ultimate buying and ownership experience for customers across the country. We are jubilant about this achievement.

At Aryaman Chevrolet, around 100 cars were satisfactorily delivered to their enthusiastic owners. Not only that, Chevy awarded special gifts to customers and congratulated the dealership and the sales team for their monumental effort. The celebrations didn’t stop here. After delivering brand new vehicles to customers, they, along with their families, enjoyed refreshments and the ladies got special Chevrolet mehendis tattooed too!

Managing Director of Chevrolet India, Mr. Lowell Paddock, gratified the customers of Regent Chevrolet by personally handing over the car keys to them. He also addressed the sales team and customers reasserting the Chevrolet promise and guaranteeing a pleasant experience at all times. In all, there were 111 successful deliveries celebrated at the dealership.

But with 200 deliveries in a single day, Triumph Chevrolet in Jaipur takes the cake for its unbelievable effort and commitment to the brand. It takes a very dedicated team of employees to carry something out so grand and we, at Chevrolet, are extremely proud of the work being done by them.

Chevrolet India works round the clock to ensure customers receive high quality sales, services and after sales support and that is reflected in these 400 plus deliveries. We resolve to carry on this celebratory mood by tirelessly keeping up our high standards and look forward to a long and fulfilling relationship.

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Chevrolet Beat Diesel – Drive with InteliDrive!

Beat Diesel with InteliDriveThe Chevrolet Beat has been a winner all along, thanks to its fantastic styling, comfortable interiors and fuel efficiency. What makes the Beat even better is the fact that it comes loaded with technology that is not only aimed at improving its performance, but also the owner’s driving experience. The Chevrolet Beat Diesel has a set of unique features, clubbed as ‘InteliDrive Technology’, which make the Beat a truly unbeatable product!

Pro-Vario Assist Featherlite EPS

Pro-Vario Assist Electrical Featherlite Power Steering is designed to make maneuvering your Beat Diesel a breeze. While driving at a low speed or parking, maneuvering your car will require minimal effort. The assist levels on the steering vary at higher speeds for increased road feel and optimum vehicle control.

Advanced Insta-Torque Boost (AIB)

For faster torque build-up, the Beat Diesel comes equipped with Smart Turbocharger with vacuum activated wastegate. It gives the highest torque per liter in its segment and helps during overtaking maneuvers with quick engine RPM increase, hence providing torque on demand. This is aimed to make driving effortless with minimal downshifts while overtaking.

Intelligent Launch Support System (ILSS)

To ensure an effortless launch, especially on slopes, ILSS with Advanced Insta-Torque Boost (AIB) & Electronic Throttle has been fitted in the Beat. The Electronic Clutch Switch detects the pedal position to deliver optimum torque when starting from zero.

Smart Engine & Clutch Protection Mode (SECP)

Another feature that’s loaded on to the Beat Diesel is the Engine Protection Mode which manages engine torque and power output based on the input provided by coolant temperature and engine oil pressure sensors. High RPMs can be dangerous if they regularly exceed recommended limits, Smart Electronically Controlled Logic ensures the RPMs are maintained within the safe range in the Chevrolet Beat Diesel. The system ensures launch RPMs do not cross the 3000RPM mark. The Clutch Assembly Protection provides a smooth start to the engine and is specially designed for Indian driving conditions. It also helps improve mileage and minimizes the wear and tear on the clutch system, thus reducing maintenance costs as well.

Gas Charged Rebound Tuned Suspension (GRTS)

The Beat Diesel also features a GRT suspension which has been tuned to maximize your ride comfort and dynamic vehicle handling. The suspension has been tuned specifically for Indian roads. The wider tires give you better road grip while driving, turning and braking, ensuring safety and comfort on every drive.

And these aren’t the only features that can be found in the Chevrolet Beat. You can check out the rest here. So now tell us – Are you ready to turn on the Beat life?

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Chevrolet Mileage Rally Hyderabad

Chevrolet Mileage Rally

Chevrolet Mileage Rally Hyderabad

At Chevrolet, we are always looking to give our customers the most complete experience when it comes to after sales service. And with our dedicated dealers, there’s always something to look forward to. So this Sunday, if you own a Chevrolet Beat – petrol or diesel, or Chevrolet Spark, then get ready for a day filled with fun, frolic and excitement.

Chevrolet along with its dealer partners in Hyderabad, will be hosting the Chevrolet Mileage Rally on 14th July, 2013. And we urge you to be part of it. What’s more, the rally isn’t the only activity happening on the day! There’s plenty of entertainment planned for your family as well. Plus, this is followed by a lovely dinner for family hosted at Aalankrita Resort. If this isn’t reason enough to come, some fantastic prizes and awards are up for grabs too!

Get in touch with your Chevrolet dealer and register yourself for this existing event.

So mark your calendar and get ready for a day to remember. After all, with Chevrolet, you’re always part of the family!

Details

Time:

3.00 pm – 6.30 pm

Start point:

Bharat Petroleum -Moshni Motors,
Punjagutta,
Hyderabad

(Near Miims Hospital, Punjagutta)

End Point:

Bharat Petroleum – Farhan Filling Station,
Thumkunta Village,
Keesara (main road),
R.R. District,
Hyderabad 
(Near Aalankrita Resort)

Post Rally Dinner:

Aalankrita Resort,
Thumkunta village,

Karimnagar main road,
Shameerpet Manadal,

R.R.Dist-500078

 

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Chevrolet Cruze – A car you can depend on

Chevrolet Cruze - The “Most Dependable Car” of 2013 The almighty Chevrolet Cruze recently powered away with the award for the “Most Dependable Car” of 2013 presented by JD Power Asia Pacific. In other words, it is the premium midsize car with the least number of issues.

According to the India Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), conducted by JD Power Asia Pacific, the Cruze stood out in its segment with a score of 191 problems per 100 vehicles compared to the segment average of 250 problems per 100 vehicles. That’s way ahead of its nearest rival Honda Civic that had 228 problems per 100 vehicles.

It’s quite remarkable to think that the Chevrolet Cruze was able to score so well considering the overall vehicle dependability averages in India increased to 280 problems per 100 vehicles from 225 problems per 100 vehicles in 2012.

So how exactly is this test conducted? Well, overall dependability is based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles, with a lower score reflecting higher long-term vehicle quality, according to JD Power. The study measures problems across nine vehicle categories:

  1. Vehicle exterior
  2. Driving experience
  3. Features, controls and displays
  4. Audio and entertainment
  5. Seats
  6. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  7. Vehicle interior
  8. Engine
  9. Transmission

What this means is the Chevrolet Cruze, with 166 PS of undulated power, is a sheer pleasure to drive – both on the highway and in the city. So, what do you think? Will you choose to Cruze with the most dependable vehicle in its segment?

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How to burn rubber and not your pockets

milageYour car burned a rather big hole in your bank account when you decided to buy it. And now you have another headache – mileage issues. It’s probably got you wishing cars were never invented. But you needn’t worry about it that much. There’s no need to resort to cycling to work, which isn’t a bad idea actually. Here are some tips and suggestion to improve your vehicles mileage.

  • Keep your tyre pressure at optimal level. It makes a huge difference to your car’s fuel efficiency. Tyres low on pressure cause friction between the rubber and the road and results in higher fuel consumption. You don’t want something so basic to cause you so much trouble!
  • Be smooth with the controls. Caress them and treat the accelerator and brake pedals like you’re giving them a massage.
  • Useless acceleration and sudden braking can cause harm to your vehicle’s fuel efficiency. Not that fun anymore is it!
  • Your car drinks more fuel in a lower gear when you accelerate. So, if the engine’s not pulling, shift down a gear rather than punching down on the throttle.
  • Idling – The act of burning fuel without really going anywhere. Turn your engine off if you’re stationary!
  • Lose weight! No, you don’t need to diet for this tip to work. Throw out any unnecessary junk lying around in your car.
  • And if none of these work – Walk!These are just some useful tips that can help you improve the mileage of your car. Whether you use them is up to you. And if you’re looking around for a fuel efficient car, Chevrolet has an exciting range of carlines which will surely impress you. As always – safe driving!
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