Have you taken a look at the 2013 Chevy Volt yet? For those of you who are not familiar with this remarkable car, let us start of by saying it is a full-performance electric vehicle with extended range. The first of its kind, it operates from both battery and gasoline. Running off electricity alone, you can expect to get around 38 miles. After the gas kicks in, you can get up to 380 miles to the tank before either filling up or charging the battery.
The Volt uses a standard 120V household outlet to charge the 16.5kWh lithium-ion battery. The charging port is in a very interesting place; the front driver-side fender near the door. The battery takes anywhere between 10 to 16 hours to fully charge on a 120V outlet. You can have a professional electrician install a 240V outlet in your home to reduce this time to about 4 hours.
Your DFW Chevy dealer has this amazing vehicle in a 5 door hatchback starting from $39,081. It comes with standard features such as the Chevy MyLink infotainment system on a 7” color touch-screen display, Bluetooth, voice recognition, Sirius XM satellite radio and solar absorbing glass. It also comes equipped with keyless ignition with push button start, keyless entry and even Stolen Vehicle Assistance. The Volt comes in a range of color options; gray, red, viridian, white, silver, blue and black.
There are also a variety of trim packages so you can get just the right look that you’re seeking. We have Chevy Volts with jet black seats with ceramic white accents, automatic heated driver and front passenger seats, rear park assist, forward collision alert and many more options to personalize your vehicle. So stop by Classic Chevrolet today and test drive one of these innovative cars.
Chevy has kept a lot of us in the dark waiting for this truck. Your Grapevine Chevy Dealer unveils the 2014 Silverado truck this weekend at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. So what is all the hype about this Silverado? Well, this is the beginning of the next generation of trucks from Chevy. That in and of itself is exciting, but this truck is a blend of all that is good in Chevy cars and trucks. Here’s a little of what you can expect.
The grill is huge, it is almost transformer huge, and frankly that rocks! It is an imposing truck that is easy to drive, comfortable to ride in and built Chevy tough. A key feature for the extended cab is an extended bed that stretch out to 6.5 feet. What you have here is a truck that blends past Silverado’s styling into a modern approach to aerodynamics and function. It is a bold approach to a practical idea that works as hard as you do. What’s all this mean? It means that, before 2014, the Silverado used raw engine power to push its way down the highway, but after 2014, the Silverado uses technology to part the air and glide through the elements. It means a quieter ride, better fuel efficiency, and a tough looking truck that wont bite the kids.
What’s Under the Hood:
The 2014 Silvarado sports the new family of EcoTec2 Engines, which offer customers a choice between the standard V6 and two V8′s. They feature Corvette Technology that includes full size truck engineering, direct fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing, along with other technically advanced performance that you wont find under the hoods of competitors.
Inside The Truck:
Expect comfort and practicality from this truck. It is designed to be safer and stronger, than past models. This truck brings back the idea of high grade steel to boost passenger safety. The cab sits atop Hydraulic body mounts which help to eliminate cab movement to bring a quiet and steady as you go feeling to riders.
Work hard, play harder, be safer! Expect top of the line safety features that are built into this truck. Features include Forward Collision Alert, Land departure warnings, and front and rear parking assistance. The truck also features improved StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control. Hill Start Assist is also a standard feature for 2014.
Overall, this is a truck. It uses technology to improve safety, ride, and performance without subtracting out all the cool truck features. The imposing design is a plus. It looks tough, plays rough, and still makes a decent impression wherever you go.
The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette was officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Motor City Detroit, MI. Judging by how feature-packed the new Chevy hot rod is, you’re certainly going to want to have it on your wish list when it drops.
Known as the C7 (for seventh generation), the 2014 Corvette is a notable vehicle in a day and age where environmental concerns and fuel efficiency are somewhat giving a black eye to the development of sports cars (more on this later). It’s also a notable effort on Chevy’s part, being that it’s the first Corvette model released in a post-GM bankruptcy era and has design roots dating back to the automaker’s pre-bankruptcy days of 2006.
Here’s what you should know about the C7:
It’s “green”: We put green in parenthesis because it’s still a gas-guzzling sports car, powered by a V8 engine, to some extent. Even so, certain features make it more eco-friendly. For starters, it’s made with a lot of space-age metal, helping to reduce its curb weight to around 3,000 pounds – and thereby save on fuel mileage – compared to previous models. It also includes an active fuel management feature that essentially takes the V8 engine down to the power of a V4 engine, thereby saving even more fuel. Materials with a high weight-to-strength ratio? A greener engine? Yeah, the C7 was engineered with the environment in mind.
Same basic design: While much of the C7’s design is an update from its C6 predecessor, its roots still trace back to the very first model in the 60-year history of the Corvette vehicle. That’s honoring the past while designing and engineering for the future.
Price point: While the C7 will be expensive (it is a sports car after all), its MSRP isn’t going to exactly break the bank. Although the vehicle won’t go into production until the summer of 2013, so we don’t really know what the price will be until it hits the lot, it’s not expected to cost more than $55,000.
As we mentioned in the opening, the C7 is currently on display at the Auto Show in Detroit – but the vehicle will be coming to your DFW Chevy Dealer soon. A 2014 Corvette C7, how does that car sound for a nice New Year’s 2014 gift?
If you are visiting your favorite Dallas Chevy dealer sometime soon, keep in mind that this innovative company has done it again. Chevy has continued research toward technological advances that make it possible to have the best on a more affordable budget with better technology.
Take, for instance, the flexible venting driver side airbag co-developed by General Motors and safety restraint distributor Takata. The new airbag costs less than traditional airbags yet has the same protection power as a traditional airbag. It works with a special venting technology, which allows the airbag to deploy in a more efficient manner.
Receiving positive reviews and a 5 star overall rating, this new airbag technology was recently tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Chevy’s 2013 Cruze. It is easy to see how the car would receive this review, considering the new airbags are included with the same safety equipment as past models. So far, it seems to work well and work safely.
Though the venting airbags work similarly to the traditional ones and provide just as much protection, they may be safer than the traditional ones. They are lighter, more compact, and flexible. Therefore, the risk of injury upon deployment is lesser.
Other airbags rely upon one inflator that deploys if there is a low speed crash, then there is another used in the event of a high speed crash. However, the venting airbag uses only one inflator that can provide the right amount of protection in either case. In addition, the force of the driver’s impact with the airbag is deflected as the air in the bag is able to be moved out and away from the driver.
The Chevy Cruze received the same 5 star overall rating the previous two years with the old two stage airbags as it has for the 2013 model. It is continuing that same standard of safety even as Chevy continues to innovate.
According to the GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, Gay Kent, the new technology has become an important part of Cruze’s consistent success in the safety testing. This particular airbag technology is an excellent way to manage the forces applied by a crash incident. And the safety ratings only mirror the confidence of the new safety technology being implemented as well as the old technology still in use.
If you knew you only had a few days left before the end of the world what would you do? Eat all the food you have ever loved? Fly to Rome? Lock yourself in your house with your family? Throw a huge party? Here at our DFW Chevy Dealership, we would want to spend some of our last days driving around in a Chevy. We have a feeling that most Chevy fans would want to take one last joy ride in a new Silverado or a new Camaro Coup.
Just in case the Mayan prophecy does come true, we want to help you make your last days on earth great, so come by our Grapevine dealership today, and buy yourself a new Chevrolet. If the world does happen to end on Friday, we will waive the rest of your payments on your new car or truck, and if the world keeps turning you have a brand new Chevrolet to celebrate with.
Besides, who would want to spend their last day on Earth in anything that’s not a Chevy?
Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevroletdrivers, traffic deaths have been on the rise lately, which means the odds of getting killed in a car crash have gotten higher, too. But why? According to ConsumerReports.org, factors like economic recovery, hard partying, warm weather, and even motorcycles may take a share in the blame.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new estimates recently that showed a nine percent increase in traffic fatalities in the first half of 2012 compared with the first half of 2011. While nine percent may not seem like a high increase, it’s the worse percentage increase in decades. To put it in numbers, it means that 1,340 more people died on the road from January through June of 2012 than in the same period during the prior year.
While GM and other automakers are doing everything they can to make our new Chevrolets safer and safer, we are still in control behind the wheel and ultimately, we have to be responsible for our driving habits and ensuring the safety of ourselves, our passengers and those passengers in other vehicles. Let’s take a look at the factors ConsumerReports.org says are contributing to these increases.
An Improving Economy. I know it may seem like we blame everything on the economy – whether good or bad – there is some speculation that an improving economy means more driving. More driving equals more exposure to risk. Here’s an excerpt from the Consumer Reports article you might find interesting:
In explaining potential causes for the increase, Russ Rader, spokesman for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), points out that “all miles aren’t the same.” Leisure driving, which includes nighttime partying, is inherently more hazardous, and people do more of that when they have more money in their pockets.
Here are a few of the other potential causes to the increase, according to Consumer Reports.
Driver distraction may also play a role, as society embraces smart-phones and the constant interaction that the gadgets inspire. Also, our experts wonder if the trend toward complex and distracting controls may become a statistical factor, as well. Even when the body count is official it remains exceedingly difficult to estimate how many crashes were caused by inattentive drivers and what the source of their distraction was. But it is clear, doing anything in the car (e.g., eating, calling, texting) increases crash risks.
Maybe it’s the Harleys…
Another factor Rader points to is the unusually mild winter and spring in many parts of the country that brought out more motorcycles, which have a much higher death rate than passenger vehicles. Since this NHTSA analysis doesn’t break out motorcycle fatalities from car-occupant fatalities, it’s impossible to tell what role bikes may have played.
There may be a little light at the end of the tunnel though, DFW… check out these statistics.
Annual fatalities dropped 25 percent from a recent peak of 43,510 in 2005 to 32,310 in 2011—a huge improvement. In fact, one reason the nine-percent figure appears so shocking is that 2011 was a year of record low deaths—the best showing in 60 years. It may be small comfort, but the disturbing fatality number for the first half of 2012 is still modestly better than the figure for the same period of 2009.
Hey Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine Chevrolet owners, isn’t it great to know that you’re automobile manufacturer truly cares about you and your families safety? For a while now, I’ve been trying to share as much info as possible about the General Motors Foundation and their efforts to make a difference and here’s another one.
In mid September, the General Motors Foundation and Safe Kids Worldwide celebrated 15 years of the Buckle Up program that has helped reached millions of parents and their teens during this rapid evolution of auto safety technology.
Originally, the program was focused on child safety seat checks at local GM dealerships, but has grown over the past 15 years to address child safety in and around vehicles all together. According to a GM press release, certified experts at nearly 80,000 car seat checks have inspected more than 1.5 million car seats for proper installation and more than 550,000 car seats have gone to at-risk families, many at no cost through the NAACP and the National Council of La Raza. Overall, more than 22 million people have been exposed to the program’s events and outreach activities.
The Buckle Up program also includes:
118 mobile child safety vans, completely equipped to conduct child passenger safety events;
500 permanent child safety seat inspection stations, including at GM dealerships;
Spot the Tot and Never Leave Your Child Alone, programs aimed at preventing fatalities and injuries to children in and around vehicles;
Safest Generation (for kids 11 and 12) and Countdown2Drive (ages 13 and 14) to address the needs of older children and their families; and
Activities that advocate for stronger state child passenger safety laws.
Kate Carr, Safe Kids President and CEO, said “The GM Foundation’s 15-year commitment to Safe Kids Buckle Up is a sterling example of corporate social responsibility at its best. There is no doubt that countless child fatalities and injuries have been prevented as a result of this partnership and the GM Foundation’s long-term dedication to it.”
During this year’s Child Passenger Safety Week, the GM Foundation and GM asked every parent to take 15 minutes for an at-home child safety seat checkup using the Safe Kids downloadable checklist. Even though Child Passenger Safety Week has already passed, you can still do your part and download this checklist if you are driving around the DFW metroplex with a young one in your new or used Chevrolet.
Stay tuned for more information about the General Motors Foundation and it’s attempts to make our lives safer.
Hey North Texas Chevroletdrivers, did you know that General Motors is continuously working on delivering the latest and greatest safety technology features in the vehicle line up? It honestly amazes me how often I find myself reading about these new features, and here’s another example I had to share with you.
Earlier this year, the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala was revealed at the New York Auto Show sporting a pretty amazing suite of 10 active safety features designed to help Chevrolet drivers avoid crashes. is the latest addition to Chevrolet’s passenger car lineup and provides first-ever safety technologies for the global brand.
Here’s a breakdown from GM themselves on the 10 active safety features you’ll see on the 2014 Impala:
Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control – Radar technology senses ahead and adjusts the Impala’s speed from a complete stop to full acceleration. It is the first application in a Chevrolet.
Collision mitigation braking – Another Chevy first: Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver. If the driver does not appear to react quickly enough or doesn’t react at all, this feature intervenes to apply the brakes in an effort to avoid the crash.
Forward collision alert – Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver visually and audibly, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course. If a crash occurs, the Impala is equipped with OnStar, and a specially trained advisor is connected to the vehicle. If the driver requests help or can’t answer, emergency responders are sent to the precise GPS location.
Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane-detection system identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts in cases of unintended lane changes.
Side blind zone alert – Using radar sensors on both sides of the vehicle, the system “looks” for other vehicles in the blind zone areas of the Impala and indicates their presence with LED-lit symbols in the outside mirrors.
· Rear cross traffic alert – Based on the radar sensors of side blind zone alert, it warns the driver of vehicles in traffic when backing out of a parking spot – including angled parking. Visual and audible alerts are triggered if moving vehicles are detected.
Rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines – With a display in the center stack infotainment system, the camera provides a view of objects directly behind the Impala, while the dynamic guidelines provide a reference that helps make parking and other maneuvers easier.
Rear park assist – Uses sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects directly behind the vehicle and provides an alert for the driver.
Brake pre-fill feature – Another Chevy first: Radar technology detects a possible crash threat and the system increases the hydraulic pressure in the brake lines, anticipating a driver’s hard braking. This quickens the response time and shortens stopping distances (included with 20-inch wheels on uplevel models).
Hill hold/start assist – On hills, applies the brakes for about 1.5 seconds to prevent the car from rolling when the driver moves his or her foot from the brake to the accelerator pedal.
Impressed yet, Dallas Ft Worth? You should be since the Impala currently leads the full-size car segment with 10 standard air bags. While passive safety systems, such as air bags and seat belts, do protect us in the event of a crash, these active safety systems are designed to prevent us from crashing our new Chevrolets all together using sounds, visual warnings and automated actions.
Be on the lookout for the all-new Impala to arrive at your number one North Texas Classic Chevrolet dealership in early 2013. In the meantime, check out the image below detailing some of these features.
It’s time again for one of your favorite segments, North Texas Chevy lovers. Myth busting! In this edition, we’ll examine a growing trend in cities around the world: mini-cars. For awhile now, I’ve been talking about the2013 Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet’s four-passenger, five-door hatchback, that was designed to challenge what’s possible in the mini-car segment.
But of course, with all new technologies and creations, there are common misconceptions and myths. Most of the time, these myths are complete bologna and I take a special joy in helping educate those who are willing to listen on the truths!
So here you have it, Dallas Ft Worth and Grapevine – myths about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark debunked straight from the horse’s (or automanufactuer’s in this case) mouth.
Myth No. 1 – Mini cars aren’t Safe.
False. The Spark features the same advanced safety technologies available on the rest of the Chevrolet passenger car lineup. In fact, the Spark protects both driver and passengers with 10 standard air bags, including dual-stage frontal air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags that extend over the front and rear seating rows. A strong body frame made of high strength steel makes up more than 62 percent of the Spark’s underbody and 42 percent of its upper body.
Myth No. 2 – Mini cars are cramped and uncomfortable.
False. The Spark’s interior is spacious with room to fit four adults comfortably and actually offers more space for people and stuff than its competitors in the mini car segment. Its cargo area of 11.4 cubic feet behind the rear seat is 20 percent more spacious than the Fiat 500 and 225 percent more than the Scion IQ. With the rear seats folded down, drivers have 31.2 cubic feet of space. That is enough space to hold aSamsonite laptop backpack, a 25” rolling luggage bag, 30″ suitecase upright and even a golf bag!
Myth No. 3 – Mini cars handling and vehicle performance leaves something to be desired.
In reality, the Spark not only looks fun to drive, it is fun to drive. Electric power steering and MacPherson strut front suspension are designed to deliver taut, tight handling characteristics that better connect the driver with the road and provide outstanding overall stability. Spark also has a tight turning circle of only 32.5 feet (9.9 meters), which enhances its maneuverability in urban areas.
So there you have it, DFW. Three of the most common mini car myths debunked! What other things have you heard about the Chevrolet Spark? Let us know, and Classic Chevroletwill be more than happy to help change your perception.
Swing by the Classic Chevrolet dealership today and test drive a 2013 Chevy Spark for yourself!
“Going Green” has become a part of many of our lives. From using more energy-efficient light bulbs to driving hybrid or electric vehicles, it’s clear to see that we as a population are becoming more and more green. But we aren’t the only ones… your very own automobile manufacturer, GM, has been named a Green Corporate Citizen in the large company category by the Waste & Recycling News and Republic Services in September.
So what exactly made General Motors a nominee in this category? How about the fact that all of GM’s global facilities recycle or reuse more than 90 percent of the waste they generate and 102 of them are landfill-free. In fact, GM recycled or reused 2.5 million metric tons at its facilities worldwide – equivalent to the contents of more than 38 million trash bags – in 2011, the company recycles more waste from its worldwide facilities than any automaker. Last year alone, the company’s recycling and reuse efforts avoided 10 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent emissions. Staggering, wouldn’t you say?
In a GM press release, John Bradburn, manager of waste-reduction efforts at GM, said, “We look at how we can effectively design out waste first, and then seek out direct reuses and innovative recycling projects. Whether it’s repurposing shipping crates into urban garden beds or generating revenue from recycling our scrap, our efforts often result in significant community and bottom-line impact.”
Check out these other ways GM is demonstrating environmental progress and energy efficiency:
Received ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for energy management.
Earned ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency at two facilities.
Developed 21 habitat programs around the world certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council — more than any other automaker.
Matches 8,500 students each year with mentors from all U.S. GM manufacturing facilities in its GM GREEN watershed education program, now in its 23rd year.
Hosts nearly 30 megawatts of solar power, with plans to double it by 2015 and further increase renewable energy use to 125MW by 2020.
If you aren’t already driving around in a new Chevrolet, maybe you should swing by the number one North Texas Classic Chevrolet dealership and start reducing your carbon footprint. Chevrolet has numerous energy efficient carsand even SUV and trucks. So what are you waiting for? Head on over!
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