What You Need to Know About the Pure Electric Chevy Bolt

Chevy is shaking things up for 2017, and the introduction of the all-electric 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV is guaranteed to change the auto industry forever. The Chevy Bolt is a seriously convenient car, especially if you live in the city. Whether you’re a daily commuter or just need a vehicle to run errands with, the Chevy Bolt may just be the ultimate urban vehicle.

Here’s what you should know about the purely electric Chevy Bolt.

1. It’s All Electric

Chevrolet obsessed over creating the 2017 Bolt EV, and it shows. This all-electric vehicle can travel an estimated 200 miles per charge, so you don’t have to worry about recharging while you’re at work or out running errands.

2. You Can Charge At Home

Skeptics have been steering clear of electric vehicles for years, but that’s because charging hasn’t been made as simple as it is with the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. A 240-volt charging unit can be purchased and professionally installed at your home, so charging your vehicle is as simple as charging your smartphone. The available unit will charge your Bolt EV faster than the competition and makes customizing your charge settings easy. Best of all, you can still use public charging stations while you’re away.

A full charge on the available 240-volt unit requires just 9 hours, and you can reach up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.

3. You Can Stay Connected Everywhere You Go

The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV offers technology in every nook and cranny. The standard 10.2-inch center display screen provides important information, including your battery levels, estimated range, climate controls, charge settings, music, calls and text messages. The interactive screen looks and operates like a tablet, so you can easily access all of your phone and battery’s information.

4. Safety Comes First

Technology isn’t worth anything if you and your fellow travelers aren’t safe inside your vehicle. The 2017 Chevy Bolt EV provides peace of mind with 10 air bags, a high-strength steel frame, available forward, side and rear alerts, OnStar advisors and automatic crash response. Chevy’s available Surround Vision camera system utilize four optimally-placed cameras to help you see what’s happening on all sides of your vehicle at all times. Whether you’re taking the kids to school, dropping your pet at the groomer or driving solo to work, you can rest assured that your Chevy is constantly working to keep you and your cargo safe.

5. Your Vehicle Will Turn Heads

Unlike other electric vehicles, the Chevy Bolt EV doesn’t turn heads because it looks funny. This all-electric hatch back vehicle features expressive proportions, stylish curves and an enclosed, flat underbelly that will turn heads — in a good way.

Find it at Classic Chevrolet

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV will undoubtedly be ahead of the curve. Reach out to our Classic Chevrolet sales team to find out how you can be one of the first to own it.

 

Classic Chevrolet’s “Electric Avenue” Hosts the Arrival of the First 2017 Chevy Bolt EVs in Texas

Pictured, Craig Boland taking delivery of the 2017 Bolt EV from Richard D. “Buzz” Smith of Classic Chevrolet.

Classic Chevrolet, the largest volume Chevrolet dealer in the country for over a decade is leading the market with the newest all-electric vehicle to be offered by Chevrolet. The first 13 of 47 total 2017 Bolt EV’s on order arrived late last week and eager customers were ready to take delivery at Classic Chevrolet’s “Electric Avenue,” a building dedicated solely to hybrid and electric vehicle sales and service. “Richard D. “Buzz” Smith, self-proclaimed “EVangelist” and supervisor of Electric Avenue explains, “we built Electric Avenue exactly for days like this. We designed this building to give our customers a place to explain the technology with videos and experts on hand, more like an Apple store than a car dealership. These cars are loaded with technology that requires more than just handing someone the keys. This interactive environment allows for group discussions, informative videos and one-on-one tutorials.” A very early adopter of hybrid and plug-in technology himself, Buzz and his team are keenly aware of their fellow EV enthusiasts. “Our customers are uniquely linked together with a common desire to be more environmentally friendly and reduce their carbon footprint. Having a place for like-minded individuals to gather information and share their experiences is what Electric Avenue is all about. And with the first cars now arriving, today is an exciting day for all of us.”

One of Classic’s first customers to take delivery of his Bolt was Craig Boland of Arlington, who had been driving a Toyota Prius for 13 years, but was ready to make the leap to the all electric Chevrolet Bolt, impressed with it’s 238-mile range, affordable price and cargo space. “I was surprised that I couldn’t just go to any Chevrolet dealership and buy one,” explains Mr. Boland. “I went to my local Arlington Chevy dealer first and they explained that only dealerships with technicians certified to service the Bolt are allowed to sell them, and they immediately recommended Classic as the place to go.” Boland and fellow Bolt customer Michael Malone were impressed with Classic’s commitment to hybrid and plug-in technology. “They show far more than a passing interest in the future of electric vehicles,” said Malone, “this Electric Avenue building shows that Classic Chevrolet is all-in.”

The Bolt EV, 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year, starts at just $29,995 after allowing for a $7500 federal tax rebate, and with a 238-mile range, Chevrolet is making affordable long-range transportation available to the masses with Classic leading the way with sales, service and Electric Avenue.

4 Things You Should Know About the 2018 Camaro

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The 2018 Camaro was debuted at the Daytona 500 recently and it’s easily the most hardcore Camaro ever conceived.  Here’s what you should know about the upcoming sports car.

1. It has quite an engine.

The 2018 Chevy Camaro carries Chevy’s most powerful engine and its best suspension components in one package. The 2018 Camaro will come with the 650-hp LT4 coupled with a six-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match.

2. It’s built for speed.

With wider air intakes, numerous aerodynamic add-ons, and wider tires, the 2018 Camaro is built for speed, from racetracks to highways. The Camaro is designed to stay planted and cool while it achieves ridiculous speeds.

3. It will be available later this year.

While there’s no firm date set or pricing announced, the 2018 Camaro is coming this year. Keep your eyes peeled for more information as it becomes available.

4. You can find it at Classic Chevy when it becomes available.

When it does come out, you can find it at Classic Chevrolet. Until then, come and test drive the current model year of the Camaro if you can’t wait to give a Camaro a spin. Classic Chevy can also help you with service, parts, and accessories for your current vehicle. Stop and see us today!

Chevy Cruze & Impala Top Consumer Reports for 2017

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Two Chevrolets – the Cruze and Impala – were named tops in their class in the Consumer Reports 2017 Annual Top Picks list, an influential designation for shoppers looking for new cars.

The magazine said the redesigned Chevy Cruze earned top marks in the highly competitive compact car category, beating out the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, which historically have dominated the top picks list.

“The best way to describe (the Cruze) is they took the Impala and they shrunk it down and have many of the same virtues in a smaller package,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, said.

“If you look at the competitors, you look at Corollas or any other compact cars, there’s a lot that they could learn from the Cruze in terms of ride, quietness and just a substantial-feeling vehicle, along with having the latest infotainment, which again you can navigate,” Fisher continued. “It’s not overwhelming. It’s well-laid out.”

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The Chevrolet Impala was named top large sedan for the third year in row.

“I know when we first said the Chevy Impala was a top pick, there was a lot of confused faces,” Fisher said. “This is not the rental car version. This is the new version that they have which drives like a luxury vehicle, continues to be reliable and it’s just good owner satisfaction. It drives terrific.”

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Stop by Classic Chevy to check out the Chevy Cruze and Impala in person and to take them for a spin with a test drive.

Chevy Bolt EV: Charge at Home or On-The-Go

While plug-in hybrids and EVs are quickly gaining in popularity, they’re still unfamiliar territory for many consumers. If you don’t know as much about these ultra fuel efficient vehicles as you’d like, Chevy has got your covered with this convenient educational video that helps to explain your options when you need to refuel your electric car.

For instance, you don’t have to be at home to charge you vehicle. When you’re out on the road, simply use your Chevrolet My Mobile app to locate a quick charge station near you. A quick charge station allows you to charge your battery while you’re traveling and get back on the road in a timely manner. Pretty convenient, huh?

If you really want to commit fully to the electric lifestyle, you even have the option of installing a professional charging station right in your own garage. This combines the convenience of charging at home with the quick efficiency of a station, giving you more flexibility on when and where you can drive.

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If you’re excited to check out the Chevy Bolt EV, stop by Classic Chevy today to give it a test drive and learn more about it from a knowledgeable associate.

More Midnight Fun for 2017

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The Tahoe and Suburban are the latest Chevrolet vehicles to receive the Midnight Edition treatment for 2017.

Chevrolet announced that it is expanding its popular specialty models to include Midnight Editions of its segment-defining Tahoe and Suburban full-size SUVs.

With years of heritage to build on, Chevrolet continues to forge ahead in sales and share with these two storied full-size SUV entries. Tahoe retail sales are currently up 18 percent compared to 2015, while Suburban sales are up 30 percent compared to 2015. Market share for Suburban and Tahoe has risen a combined 3.6 percent this year, and Chevrolet continues to lead the segment.

Together, these two vehicles represent about 50 percent of all full-size SUVs sold in the U.S.

The Suburban and Tahoe join the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax as part of the growing portfolio of Chevrolet Midnight Edition vehicles, among the fastest-selling of Chevrolet’s special editions.

These two iconic vehicles were natural candidates for the special edition treatment due to their lineage and importance to the Chevrolet brand Tahoe is the best-selling full-size SUV in America and Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history since the vehicle’s inception in 1935.

The Midnight Edition Suburban and Tahoe full-size SUVs are offered in two distinct variants, the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package. All Midnight Edition vehicles are finished exclusively in black.

The Z71 Midnight includes all of the features found on the Z71 Package including off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, skid plates, off-road tubular assist steps, fog lamps, tow hooks, sill plates, 3.42 axle, 2-speed transfer case, floor mats, hill descent control, high capacity air cleaner, Z71 badging and more. The Midnight Edition adds 18” black-painted Z71 wheels, roof rack cross rails, black grille insert, and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos. The Z71 Midnight Tahoe also comes equipped with aggressive Goodyear DuraTrac off-road tires.

The LT Midnight includes all of the features found on both the LT trim levels of Suburban and Tahoe and adds 20” black wheels, all-season tires, roof rack cross rails, black assist steps and black Chevrolet “bow tie” logos.

“Our SUV customers have shown a considerable appetite for specialty vehicles,” said Mike Weidman, marketing and advertising manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. “The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.”

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Stop in at Classic Chevy this October to check out the Tahoe and Suburban, maybe even for a test drive. Ask your Classic Chevrolet sales professional about the upcoming Midnight special editions and keep your eyes on this space for more information as it becomes available.

The 2016 Chevrolet Trucks Stun Critics

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The Chevrolet Silverado continues to impress the critics because of its versatility and brawn, along with the many trim packages that are available. You can see the new 2016 model year at Classic Chevrolet. This year, the Chevy Silverado has some new design features and interior features.

New This Year

The whole lineup got a new front grille design and accent LED lighting on the outside. The interior got two touch screens so that you can more easily navigate the infotainment system. Plus, you can opt to add the enhanced driver alert package with high-tech safety features.

Trim Levels

The top three trims are the WT, LTZ and the High Country. If you want complete comfort in a truck, choose the High Country with its luxury features, 20-inch wheels, a premium Bose audio system, custom grille, navigation, parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats and the optional 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

The LTZ features 18-inch alloy wheels, tow hooks, LED fog lights, LED headlights, LED taillights, remote start, power folding mirrors, heated power seats, dual zone automatic climate control, leather interior and more. This trim level does not come with a regular cab.

The WT is the work truck option. You can get this trim level in all three cabs and it features 17-inch steel wheels, power locks, cruise control, a bed light, vinyl seating and more. The floors feature vinyl instead of carpet so it’s easier to keep clean.

Cab Options

The Silverado features three cab options: regular, extended and crew cabs. The WT, LS and LT trim levels are available with the regular cab. You can get an extended cab or a crew cab on the WT, LT, LS and LTZ trims. And for the High Country and the Silverado Custom, you can order crew cabs.

Engine Options

The Silverado offers two standard engines: the 4.3-liter V-6 that makes 285 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of toque and the 5.3-liter V-8 that makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. The WT, LS and LT trim levels feature the base 4.3-liter engine while the LTZ and the High Country trim levels come standard with the 5.3-liter engine. You can also upgrade the LTZ and the High Country to a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.

Standard Safety Features

You’ll find many standard safety features on the Silverado including stability control, traction control, ABS disc brakes, four-wheel disc brakes, and several airbags including dual front impact airbags and side impact airbags. Higher trim levels may include curtain airbags, overhead airbags and knee airbags. All of the trim levels except the WT feature OnStar, which includes stolen vehicle assistance, roadside assistance and more. Optional features include parking sensors, rearview cameras, collision warnings, lane departure warnings and more.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and to learn more about your favorite trim level and to learn why the Silverado impresses the critics. If you are not sure which trim level is right for you, ask your salesperson to outline standard features in the higher trim levels.

 

Chevy to Bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to their Lineup!

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When you test drive a new 2016 model at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll see that some models will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Since the auto manufacturer wants to appeal to tech fans, 14 vehicles in its 2016 model year lineup will have these features.

You’ll be able to synch your iPhone or Android smart phone to the vehicle through Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system. Depending on the model vehicle, the infotainment screen is 7 or 8 inches wide and very easy to use.

Because you can burn through your data plan quite easily, Chevrolet offers the OnStar 4G LET plan so you can access the connectivity via the vehicle’s in-car WiFi network. Android Auto is centered around Google Now, Google Maps, WhatsApp,Google Play Music, Skype, podcasts, Spotify and the ability to talk to Google.

Apple CarPlay allows drivers to send and receive text messages, make calls and listen to music. Other apps supported include messages, phone, maps, music and some “compatible” apps from third parties.

You won’t be able to use the system do thinks such as Instagram and Facebook, as the system is designed to reduce distractions, not create them.

Visit Classic Chevrolet

Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive your next new vehicle. While some of the 2016 model years are not available yet, they soon will be. Models that will feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto include the Camaro, Camaro convertible, Corvette, Corvette convertible, Colorado, Impala, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado and Silverado HD, Suburban, Spark, Volt and Tahoe.

Keep your eye on this space for availability of these models. If you plan on waiting for one of these new models, you still have to service and maintain your current vehicle so give us a call to set up a service appointment.

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.