Wi-Fi Hot Spot Feature

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Ever go on a trip and find yourself using more data than usual? Or even, using up your entire data package? Chevrolet has a solution for that. When you test drive most 2015 models at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll find that many models will have a Wi-Fi hot spot built in. Now, when you or your kids get bored with the countryside and decide to stream videos or movies, you won’t blow through your data package, which can get pretty expensive depending on your plan.

Even setting up your phone to work as a hot spot is often a hassle. And when you do, you end up with strained eyes from constantly watching something on such a small screen. Instead, thanks to Chevrolet and AT&T, models such as the Chevy Malibu will offer 4G LTE wireless access in most of its vehicles. The other GM vehicles – Buick, Cadillac and GMC – will have the 4G LTE wireless access. A total of 30 different models from GM will get this feature.

The Wi-Fi access will be provided via GM’s Onstar subsidiary. The hot spot is embedded into the high-powered antenna that Onstar uses and will come on any time the vehicle is on, thus giving you a great connection when you are in or near your vehicle. And, you won’t waste your phone’s battery while you’re on the way to your destination.

The new service allows you to connect up to seven devices. Additionally, this gives you improved access to Onstar services, including remote vehicle access and vehicle diagnostics. For the first three months, the 4G LTE service is free – or until you blow through 3 gigs of data, whichever comes first. If you have AT&T, you can add another device for $10 per month after the free trial. If you’re not an AT&T customer you can buy plans for as little as $5 per month for 200 megabytes (or $10 if you’re not already subscribed to Onstar). Five gigabytes of data will run you only $50 – and that’s about five hours of streaming video. Five gigabytes will let you send or receive up to 2,000 emails and attachments, plus gives you 200 web-surfing hours.

Additional plans include buying a one-day purchase of 250 megabytes for $5 or 10 gigabytes per year for $150 (this option is $200 for those who do not have Onstar).

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive your next new vehicle – and be sure to ask your salesperson if the model – or models – you are interested in will have 4G LTE capability.

The 2015 Silverado

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The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado isn’t at Classic Chevrolet yet, but it will be soon – and those who are waiting for the new model year don’t have long to wait as the trucks are in transit. Those who are just starting to think about a new truck might want to wait a couple of days to come in and test drive the new model year.

The new Silverado features a 5.3-liter EctTec3 V-8 engine with direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing. The aluminum block makes 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode and overdrive. It also includes powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking.

The engine and transmission are protected by an external engine oil cooler and auxiliary external transmission oil cooler, respectively. The battery provides 720 cold cranking amps, rundown protection and retained accessory power.

Additional mechanical features include a suspension package, electric power steering assisted rack and pinion steering, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and an aluminized stainless steel muffler and tailpipe.

Security features include StabiliTrak, Chevy’s stability control system, proactive roll avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and electronic trailer sway control. Daytime running lamps feature automatic exterior lamp control. Onstar with automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance, turn-by-turn navigation is also included for six months.

Additional safety features include a rear vision camera, tire pressure monitoring system, and several airbags, including driver and front passenger airbags, head curtain and seat-mounted side impact airbags, dual-stage frontal and side impact airbags, and front and rear outboard seating position airbags with a passenger-sensing system.

Convenience features include heated front seats, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, power lumbar and two memory positions for the driver’s seat. Additional features include a leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted cruise and audio controls, 4.2-inch diagonal color display with driver information center, power windows with express up on the driver’s window and express down on all four, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, theft-deterrent system, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear window defogger, auto-dimming rearview mirror and illuminated vanity mirrors.

For a complete list of entertainment, convenience, safety and security features, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the new 2015 Silverado.

Chevrolet Trax Preview

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle but don’t plan on buying until early next year, consider making Classic Chevy your first stop so you can test drive the new Chevrolet Trax. Chevy already has lots of small cars, but it’s now adding a small crossover SUV. Of course, if you can’t wait, stop by today to get that car-buying bug out of your system!

The Trax isn’t entirely new to the U.S. market – it was sold in Canada and Mexico in 2013, plus it’s sold in over 60 additional markets. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax features a stubby version of the Chevrolet corporate grille, a high hood line and a tall hatchback profile. The arched-back roofline gives the Trax a streamlined look. The interior features a sporty look to the dash and trim.

All models of the Trax will feature Chevrolet’s 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine. The engine makes 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. The peak torque comes in at 1,850 rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with gear ratios designed for a quick takeoff and excellent fuel economy on the top end (overdrive).

The front-wheel drive Trax is expected to get about 26 mpg* in the city and 34 mpg* on the highway. All-wheel drive will also be available. The suspension will feature MacPherson struts, a torsion beam rear suspension and twin-tube gas shocks. All models will also feature four-wheel disc brakes.

The 169-inch Trax can seat four people comfortably, and will seat five if the three rear adult passengers are on the smaller side. The rear 60/40 split bench seat folds forward so you have more cargo space if you are not carrying passengers. The Trax also features additional storage in the doors and cubbies throughout the vehicle. With the seat up, the cargo space measures 18.7 cubic feet; and with the seat down, you get 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space.

Standard equipment includes a rearview camera system, electronic stability control, rollover mitigation, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution and 10 standard airbags. Options will include OnStar, MyLink, a 7-inch color touch screen, additional USB ports, SiriusXM satellite radio, Siri Eyes Free and BringGo navigation.

Chevrolet plans on releasing three trim levels: the LS, LT and LTZ. All models will also include keyless entry.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive a vehicle if you need something now; or stop by to learn more about the 2015 Chevrolet Trax.

All-New Corvette is Revealed

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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.

Chevy Rolls into SXSW

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The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festivals are held in Austin and are the places to meet with others in the industry to exchange ideas. The music festival is for creative people and companies. This year is Chevrolet’s fifth year as a Super Sponsor for the festivals. If you are considering purchasing a Chevy at Classic Chevrolet with 4G LTE technology, you’ll be able to experience the technology at the festival. The festival will be held from March 7 through March 16.

The SXSW will feature advanced technologies, speakers and music showcases. The 4G LTE technology will be available in Chevrolet vehicles this summer. The technology will be available to demo until March 12, 2014.

Since the SXSW festival is all about technology, Chevrolet will fit right in. The company is looking forward to participating in conversations that help it choose what technology to add to its vehicles in future years, according to Paul Edwards, the U.S. vice president at Chevrolet Marketing.

General Motors and Chevrolet will be fueling conversations centered around new technologies including social media listening, in-vehicle technology and augmented reality. On March 9, 2014, Mary Henige, the director of Social Media and Digital Communications for GM held mentor sessions on “Making and Keeping Friends.”

On March 10, Andrew Dinsdale, the lead for the Digital, Social and CRM for Chevrolet; and Rebecca Harris, for Social Media Center of Excellence at GM held conversations centered around “Know Your Customers – from Stalker to Soulmate.” And on March 11, Steve Schwinke, the director of Application Development, Global Connected Consumer at GM held a panel centered on “DIY Everything with In-Car Augmented Reality.”

As participants move from panel to panel, they can break at the Find New Roads Lounge in the Austin Convention Center to recharge electronics and get a bite to eat.

Furthermore, a festival favorite will be back: Catch a Chevy. Chevrolet is offering rides from March 12 through 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. so that participants can easily navigate Austin’s busy streets and so they can get a ride from place to place at a comfortable temperature.

The Chevrolet vehicles are Impalas and Volts and they will be wrapped with Chevy logos and information. While the passengers are riding, they can test audio streaming and voice-to-text technologies via Chevrolet MyLink.

The Drive-A-Chevy Program will also be at the festival: Attendees can drive the Cruze Diesel, Spark EV and the 2015 Tahoe. This program will be available March 12 through 15 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Stop by the festival or Classic Chevy for more information about Chevrolet’s involvement in the festival. While you’re at the dealership, you can get more information about the new lineup and test drive your next new vehicle.

Classic Chevrolet Adds #1 Volume GM Parts Dealer to the Win Column

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When you need a part for your Chevrolet, you don’t want to wait for someone to order it for you – you need it right now. This is where Classic Chevy comes in. We stock over 7 million dollars in inventory and have about 50 employees to handle the parts and customer requests. In 2003, our parts department was number 76 in the nation. From there, we reached number 2 in 2012. Today – in early 2014 – we are the number 1 volume GM parts dealer out of approximately 4,000 GM dealers in the United States.

Classic Chevrolet, whether its auto sales department, service department, or parts department, is a solid, customer-oriented business that is well-organized and has a monitored action plan. This means that you get what you need in record time with excellent service.

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Our vision statement, be the best at everything we do, is what made us sell more Chevrolet vehicles than any other Chevy dealer in the country for the last eight consecutive years – and it is what made us the largest volume Chevrolet parts department. And, according to Tom Cross, our parts manager, we plan on keeping that #1 spot for the foreseeable futures.

On February 18, 2014, a delegation of GM executives gathered at Classic Chevrolet to formally present us with the honor of being the largest parts department in the nation. Not only are we the largest, but we also outsold everyone else.

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“There are more than 4000 GM dealers in the country, and you are the largest by far,” said John Bolton, GM Customer Care & Aftersales Wholesale Zone Manager.  “You handedly outsold every one of them.” Bolton went on to say “And here’s something that you may not realize.  I looked back on the records and this is the first time ever that the nation’s #1 Volume Chevy Dealer for Sales is also the nation’s #1 GM Dealer for Parts!  For as long as GM has been keeping records, I can honestly tell you that this has never happened before.  It is a testament to the team that  [owner] Tom Durant has built and the culture that everyone at Classic has created.”

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Classic Chevy broke a GM record this year – we are the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for sales and the #1 GM dealer for parts. This has never happened since GM has been keeping records.

On top of being the best at car sales and parts sales, we rank in the highest 2 percent for customer satisfaction – and have done so for 11 consecutive years.

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To see what all the hullabaloo is about, stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next dream vehicle. Our sales persons can tell you all you want to know about each vehicle, including installed options, and additional options. And next time you need a part for your Chevrolet, whether it’s something as simple as an oil filter or you want to drop a crate motor in your classic Camaro, stop by Classic Chevy’s parts department.

 

2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.

Chevy Volt

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.

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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.

2014 Silverado

2014 SilveradoChevy 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 outside:

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.

Safety:

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.

 

2014 Corvette

2014 CorvetteThe 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?