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?

Chevy’s Advanced Airbag Technology

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.
10 Airbags 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.

An End Of The World Chevrolet Deal

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.

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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.

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Besides, who would want to spend their last day on Earth in anything that’s not a Chevy?

Why Have Auto-Related Deaths Risen Lately?

Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet drivers, 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.
    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.

So whether we will continue to see an increase in the death toll is really up to you guys. Stay safe, Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet drivers.

[Source: ConsumerReports.org]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.