While Audi has Iron Man, Chevy has gone one up – Captain America, the poster boy for “Made in the U.S.A.,” has Chevy models in his movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As of April 11, 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune, the movie had already brought in a whopping $96 million. That’s a lot of eyes on vehicles that are as American as baseball and apple pie.
And the movie doesn’t feature only one Chevy – you’ll see the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, driven by Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Impala, and the Silverado pickup truck.
You can find the Silverado and Impala at Classic Chevrolet – or at least models just like the models used in the movie. However, you won’t be able to get the same Tahoe – this vehicle was outfitted with some options and a unique safety package that doesn’t normally come with street cars.
Even the Chevy Traverse made an appearance – not in the movie, but in tongue-in-cheek trailer reenactments for the movie.
For more information about any of these models or other Chevrolet models, visit Classic Chevy. You’ll learn more about convenience, entertainment, safety and security features. Most models feature ABS brakes, brake assist, disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, SiriusXM radio, a CD player, MP3 decoder, a great audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows and more.
Your choice depends on your reasons for purchasing or leasing a vehicle. You may want a sports car as a second car: The Corvette would be a great choice. You may need a new work truck – check into the Silverado 1500, 2500 or 3500. The Tahoe will carry an entire family in comfort. If you prefer a sedan that is large enough for the entire family or would make a good carpool vehicle, check out the Impala.
The Chevrolet Impala was first available as a 1958 model year. It was a full-size sedan and Chevrolet’s most expensive car through 1965. Despite the expense, the Impala was the best-selling automobile in the United States. It easily beat out its competition: the Plymouth Fury and the Ford Galaxie 500. Even through the 1980s, the Impala was Chevrolet’s most popular full-size model.
Currently, US News lists the 2014 Impala as the number one affordable large car. The Impala is sold in the United States, including at Classic Chevy, the Middle East, Mexico and Canada.
The first generation ran for one year only: 1958. The second generation of the Impala ran from 1959 through 1960. The third generation ran from 1961 through 1964; and the fourth generation fan from 1965 through 1970. Also, the Impala SS, which ran from 1961 through 1969 is considered a fourth generation Impala.
The fifth generation ran from 1971 through 1976 and the sixth from 1977 through 1985. Starting in 1994 and running through 1996, the seventh generation was available when the Impala was discontinued. Consumers didn’t see the Impala from 1997 through 1999, when the eighth generation went on sale. The eighth generation ran until 2005. The ninth generation Impala was sold from 2006 through 2013. This year – 2014 – marks the start of the Impala’s tenth generation.
New features for the 2014 model year include 18-inch wheels or optional 19- or 20-inch wheels on higher trims; LED daytime running lights on the LTZ trim and low profile HID headlights on other trims; and a 4.2-inch color display on the LT and LTZ trims.
The Impala offers three engines: a 2.5-liter , a 2.4-liter with hybrid assist technology and the 3.6-liter engine.
Additional new features include HD radio on all trims, Pandora on the LT and LTZ trims and active noise cancelation on all trims with a four-cylinder engine. New safety features include an increase to 10 standard airbags and OnStar.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about its safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features.
April 15, 2014, will be the date of the release of a new variant of the seventh generation Corvette. You may have already seen the Z06 and the C7.R at the Detroit Auto show in January, but this isn’t either of those models. While Chevrolet has confirmed the revealing, it has revealed little about the new variant. It is unknown at this time when the new model will be available at Classic Chevrolet.
Corvette fans may see a fixed-roof model or a special edition to help launch the 2015 model year. If it is the coupe, that model could be the new point of entry for those in the market for a new Corvette.
The 2014 model year started the seventh generation for the popular sports car. GM considered mid-engine and rear engine layouts for this model year, but stuck with the front-engine, rear-wheel drive version so production costs would not be too high. The LT1 engine featured in the 2014 model is a 376 cubic-inch V8 engine that puts out 455 base horsepower. If buyers add the optional performance exhaust, the base horsepower jumps up to 460. This is not the first generation to see the LT1 and may not be the last. The LT1 made its first appearance in the fifth generation.
Unlike the older version, this version of the LT1 features direct injection, an active fuel management system and variable valve timing. The engine is backed by a seven-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Additional new features that you will probably see on future model years include a carbon fiber hood, a removable roof panel, different tail lights, and carbon-nano composite underbody panels. You may also see more aluminum instead of composite material in the body.
The 2015 Corvette is expected to have at least 625 base horsepower in a supercharged LT4 aluminum 6.2-liter engine.
For more information about the upcoming models, keep your eye on this space. For more information including safety, security, entertainment, and convenience features of the 2014 models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new Corvette.
One of the things you may want or need is a new pickup truck, but the cost of ownership over and above the price of the vehicle might be a bit much to swing. Insurance costs, rising fuel prices and maintenance of a truck all add up over time. Chevrolet has been thinking about those that would be in the market for a pickup truck if it weren’t for a less than stellar paycheck.
The auto manufacturer is considering releasing the Chevrolet LUV in the United States, including at dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet. A blogger at Gas2 heard a rumor about the LUV being released in the U.S., and pulled that string hard enough to learn that Chevrolet is definitely going to be released the compact pickup truck here.
The new Chevy LUV will look like the Chevrolet Montana LUV that is currently made in Brazil. Small trucks like the LUV and the S10, which is still in production, will open the market for customers who need or want a pickup truck that is good on gas. Furthermore, it will allow urban millennials – those who have an issue with large vehicles – to have a vehicle that is more utilitarian than a sedan or sport coupe.
The urban millenials take issue with the larger trucks and SUVs as they are known to be gas guzzlers, however, auto manufacturers are finding new technology that increases fuel economy every year. A pickup truck that may have gotten 12 to 13 mpg in the past now gets upwards of 18 mpg in the city. Because of the Chevy LUV’s size and the fact that it probably won’t have a powerful V8 engine, it will allow those who are concerned with fuel economy to own a vehicle that will have the ability to haul considerably more cargo than a sedan.
And, if Chevrolet gives the LUV a 1,500-pound tow package; that would be even better. You could definitely haul lawn equipment, a motorcycle, a jet ski and other small “toys.” Keep your eye on this space or stop by Classic Chevy for more information on the Chevrolet LUV as it becomes available.
If you are in the market for a new truck and are undecided between a couple of models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Vincentric just awarded Chevrolet the Best Value Truck Brand in America for the 2014 Silverado. This includes the outgoing 2014 HD trucks. Vincentric is a research firm that analyses a vehicle’s cost of ownership using by comparing fees, taxes, depreciation, financing, fuel costs, maintenance costs, insurance costs, repairs and opportunity costs.
When you add those costs – the costs of ownership – to the price, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado comes out above the rest of the full size trucks. Vincentric analyzed over 1,000 pickup truck configurations in this study.
Safety features in the Silverado include daytime running lamps, automatic exterior lamp control, several air bags, OnStar, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Convenience and entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD player and MP3 player and a Bose six-speaker sound system.
Additional features include leather-appointed bucket seats in the front, heated seat cushions and seat backs, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, a 60/40 split rear bench seat that folds up, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a floor console with movable cup holders and space for your cell phone, driver information center, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, a universal home remote, theft deterrent system, dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning, a rear window defroster and power sliding rear window.
The powertrain features a 5.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V8 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking. This combination makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Silverado 1500 or any of the other Silverado models on the lot. According to GMAuthority.com, all of the Silverado models won the Vincentric award for Best Value Truck Brand in America.
In 2013, Lambracht Chevrolet had an auction and that auction included 50 “ancient” cars. Many of them are the same models that might have been sold at one time at Classic Chevy.
One buyer bought a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and towed it 800 miles to his home in Indiana where he started restoring it. The ’59 had been sitting in a field in Nebraska and was very rusty. The seats were torn and it needed a ton of work.
Inside, among the rust and torn seats, he found a love letter dated Feb. 7, 1965. It was from a woman to a man – and the last line, along with the names of the couple, was still visible on the faded and mouse-eaten letter. The last line said, “Let’s get married.” The new owner of this very old car tracked down the son of the man mentioned in the letter. The new owner thought that the letter should be reunited with its rightful owners.
It turns out that the man in the letter worked at Lambrecht Chevrolet as a mechanic and the ’59 Bel Air was his personal vehicle. He and the woman who wrote the letter eloped and later had two children. The new owner found one of the children and turned the letter over to him.
When you buy a Chevy from Classic Chevrolet you never know who might find it later. You might even buy a used Chevy and find a treasure that someone missed over the years. Some of the popular older models include the Bel Air, Chevelle, Impala, Nova and Camaro. The newer models include the Impala, Camaro, Corvette, Traverse and more. Though you can only assume some of these cars will be around in 50 years, you can probably bet that the Impala and Camaro – or even the Corvette – will be around much later.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet to look at a new vehicle or to look at their used vehicles. You may just find yourself an old love story or missed treasure in an older vehicle.
Classic Chevy is the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in the nation, and this past Tuesday, April 1, we celebrated the grand opening of our natural gas fueling station, the first one to be owned by a dealership anywhere in the country.
The new station, Classic Clean Fuels CNG, has an ANGI Energy compressor system and one two-hose dispenser. Zeit Energy built the new public access station. The ANGI energy compressor at the station is designed for light- to medium-duty vehicles.
As reported in Fleets and Fuels, “As more and more Americans realize that freedom from dependence on foreign oil is a national priority, the viability of American produced natural gas has become forefront.” Furthermore, natural gas produced in America is not subject to the fluctuating oil and gas prices, world politics and OPEC.
You can expect to see the 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sometime this summer. Currently, we promote the Silverado 2500 and 3500HD bi-fuel pickup trucks. We also have three-quarter-ton CNG vans. The pickup trucks have a range of over 650 miles.
According to Ken Thompson, founder of the Thompson Group, the Group has been committed to finding ways to help their business customers since 1978. He stated that one of the benefits of opening a bi-fuel station is that it allows its customers to be more competitive. Many of the Group’s customers are already planning to convert their fleets to vehicles that use natural gas throughout the next year. Not only will using natural gas give of fewer emissions, but it saves the businesses money.
Classic Chevrolet already uses six bi-fuel Silverado models to deliver parts in three states. Fourteen other CNG fuel outlets exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but this newest is the first dealership-owned station. Classic Clean Fuels also provides ethanol, biodiesel, and regular unleaded gasoline. Plans are underway to add a charging station for electric vehicles.
The new station is located next to the Thompson Group Commercial & Fleet building, just north of the Stone Myers Parkway exist on Highway 121.
Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevy Traverse if you are in the market for the perfect family vehicle that gets good gas mileage and has plenty of horsepower and torque. The Traverse features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 281 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and gets 17 mpg* in the city and 24 mpg* on the highway.
Entertainment features include the Chevrolet MyLink system, a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD radio, Bluetooth, a CD player, smartphone integration, Pandora/Stitcher, and voice activation. The audio system features a Bose 10-speaker system and Bose 5.1 Surround Sound with the optional U42 rear seat entertainment system.
Additional features include an auxiliary input jack, USB ports, rear system controls and headphone jacks.
Convenience features include reclining front bucket seats, flat-folding Captain’s chairs in the second row and a 60/40 split flat-folding bench for the third row. The seats feature leather appointed seat trim. The front seats are heated and cooled and eight power settings. The driver’s seat features lumbar control and memory.
The front center console features cup holders, a covered storage bin and a sliding arm rest with additional storage. The tilt and telescopic steering wheel is heated and leather wrapped, and it features mounted audio and cruise controls.
The remote keyless entry features is programmable and features a panic button and two transmitters with an extended range. The Traverse also features remote vehicle start. A universal home remote features a garage door opener and has three programmable channels.
The tri-zone air conditioning features climate control and individual climate settings for the driver and front passenger. The system also features separate controls for the second and third rows.
The interior rearview mirror auto dims. The interior features a total of 10 cup holders with the seven-passenger seating configuration and 12 cup holders with the eight-passenger seating configuration.
Safety and security features include a rear vision camera with a display that is integrated into the color touch radio, a rear window defogger, rear parking assist, front fog lights, heated door mirrors that are power adjustable, power folding and, on the driver’s side, auto dimming.
To learn more about the numerous safety and security features, and convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Traverse.
Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more.
Cooper Lake State Park is about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at Doctors Creek Unit, 1664 F.M. 1529 South, Cooper, Texas, 75432. Cooper Lake State Park is a newer park and it features a large lake, hiking trails, nature trails, biking trials, horseback riding trails, a fishing pier, boat rental, water skiing, swimming and shelters.
If you want to camp overnight, you can rent a cabin or bring your tent. Be prepared to see wild turkey, bald eagles, deer, raccoons, waterfowl and more while you enjoy your stay at the park. For more information contact the park at (903) 395-3100 or visit the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cooper_lake.
Cedar Hill State Park is another park you can visit – you can visit for the day or make a weekend of it. Cedar Hill State Park is located at 1570 West F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, Texas, 75104. The park land used to be the old Penn Farm. It features a lake and some original farm buildings. The park also features nature trails, hiking trails, fishing, swimming, a boat ramp and more. For more information about the park, contact (972) 291-3900 or visit the web page at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/cedar_hill.
Eisenhower State Park is another destination that’s not too far – about an hour and a half from Dallas. It is located at 50 Park Road 20, Denision, Texas, 75020. You can reach the park at (903) 465-1956 or by visiting the park’s web site at tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/eisehower. This park features camping spaces for tents or RVs, water skiing, nature trails, hiking trails, biking trails, fishing, a fishing pier, swimming and more.
Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of all the fun – and include your Classic Chevrolet in the pictures. Stop by our dealership to test drive a new vehicle, make a service appointment or to just show us pictures of you having fun in your Chevrolet.
Now that Spring has sprung in DFW, it’s time to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out to some events. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is full of things to do for adults when they want to head out on a date night. Line up a sitter and have some fun.
The 2014 Spring Thoroughbred season starts April 10, 2014 at Lone Star Park. The venue is located at 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas, 75050 and is handicapped accessible. The grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Live racing starts at 6:35 p.m. On Sundays, the gates open at 11:30 a.m. and live racing starts at 1:35 p.m. Visit, bet and eat to earn rewards from the venue – the more you do, the more rewards you get.
If you want to hear some David Allen Coe, stop by Billy Bob’s Texas on April 4, 2014 at 10:30 p.m. You may hear such hits as Take This Job and Shove It, Willie, Waylon and Me, Jack Daniels If You Please and more. Billy Bob’s Texas is located at 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, Texas, 76164 and is handicapped accessible.
For those who are carefully watching their brackets, the Fox and Hound Restaurant has a March Madness Watch Party from March 18 through April 7, 2014. The Fox and Hound Restaurant is located at 603 Houston Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102. The watch party runs all day so stop by with your friends – it’s more fun watching with people!
While you’re having fun, take some pictures with you and your Classic Chevrolet and tag us on our Facebook page. While you’re there, browse through the posts – you’ll learn more about the new 2015 Tahoe, where to create your own unique Chevy, and how to custom order your Corvette!