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.

2013 Chevrolet 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.

Classic Chevrolet

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.

GM and Safe Kids Worldwide Celebrate 15 Years of the Buckle Up Program

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.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Child Passenger Safety Week

10 Active Safety Features on the 2014 Chevrolet Impala Help Drivers Avoid Crashes

Hey North Texas Chevrolet drivers, 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane-detection system identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts in cases of unintended lane changes.
  5. 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.
  6. · 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Rear park assist – Uses sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects directly behind the vehicle and provides an alert for the driver.
  9. 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).
  10. 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.

© General Motors

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Chevrolet Debunks the Most Common Mini-Car Myths

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 the 2013 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 a  Samsonite 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.

Don’t believe this one? Swing by the Classic Chevrolet dealership in Grapevine and test drive one for yourself. I’m sure you’ll change your mind.

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 Chevrolet will 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!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

General Motors Named a Green Corporate Citizen

“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.”

This is yet another example, DFW Chevy lovers, of how GM is continuously striving for improvement and reducing its carbon footprint, and has committed to achieve 25 more landfill-free sites and reduce total waste another 10 percent by 2020. Kind of makes you proud to be driving around Dallas, Ft Worth, Grapevine and other North Texas cities in that new Chevrolet, doesn’t it?

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!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Chevrolet Equinox Makes Edmunds Top 10 Most Comfortable Ride List

Did you know that when SUVs first came out, they were truck-based? That meant that the “ride quality” was fairly poor in terms of smoothness. But things have changed a lot since then. Now, SUVs and crossovers are based more on passenger vehicles which has made them much more comfortable to ride in and a provide a much smoother trip.

Edmunds.com compiled a list of their top 10 SUVs and crossovers with the Most Comfortable Ride for 2012. According to the article on Edmunds.com, arthritis or back problems can make a smooth ride an essential feature for some drivers which is why they decided to vote on the vehicles with the most comfortable suspensions. And guess what, Dallas Ft Worth? The Chevrolet Equinox made the list.

The Equinox has been highly rated on Edmunds.com for quite some time now. The Edumnds editors have been quite impressed with the current Chevy Equinox calling it one of the strongest entries in the compact crossover segment. Here’s a little clip of what they had to say in a recent review:

In addition to its handsome styling, the Equinox boasts a supple, composed ride and a quiet, comfortable cabin that benefits in particular from stylish design and a sliding rear seat. Many other crossovers come with this latter feature, but the travel of the Equinox’s is greater, allowing for limolike legroom. Cargo capacity is less than in some rivals (especially with the backseat in its rearmost position), but the well-equipped and well-rounded Equinox is one of the strongest entries in the compact crossover segment.

Edmunds isn’t the only site giving the Equinox a great rating, though. U.S. News and World Report ranked the Equinox number one on their “Affordable Compact SUVs” list. The ranking is based on U.S. News’ analysis of 27 published reviews and test drives of the Chevrolet Equinox, and their analysis of reliability and safety data. Here’s an except from their online review:

With high fuel economy ratings and plenty of passenger space, reviewers say that the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox is a great choice for shoppers looking for a practical family SUV.

So DFW, if you’re in the market for a roomy, reliable and safe SUV, the Equinox is right up your ally. Head on over to your number one North Texas Classic Chevrolet dealership and take a little test drive to review the car for yourself!

[Source: Edmunds.com, U.S. News]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

GM Adding 500 New I.T. Jobs in Austin, Texas

Attention all Chevrolet lovers in Texas! Our very own state capital has been chosen to host the first of several new GM IT Innovation Centers in the U.S., and they are looking to hire software developers, project managers, database experts, business analysts and other information technology professionals!

According to the May 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Report, Austin already has roughly 46,000 people with the skills GM is seeking, which is why our state capital was chosen.

In a GM press release, GM Chief Information Officer, Randy Mott, said, “We want IT to keep up with the imagination of our GM business partners, and to do that, we plan to re-balance the employment model over the next three years so that the majority of our IT work is done by GM employees focused on extending new capabilities that further enable our business.”

“We anticipate hiring as many as 500 new GM employees in Austin,” Mott said. “We look to the Innovation Centers to design and deliver IT that drives down the cost of ongoing operations while continuously increasing the level and speed at which innovative products and services are available to GM customers.”

“The next generation of IT workers, the talented visionaries we want contributing at the Innovation Center, are being trained at top computer science schools in Texas and surrounding states,” Mott said. “The IT Innovation Centers are critical to our overall IT business strategy and transformation.”

Did you know that there are already more than 4,500 GM employees in Texas including approximately 2,500 people in Arlington that build Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac SUVs.  In fact, it was recently announced that a third shift will start in the first quarter of 2013, and a new $200 million stamping plant is under construction that will create or retain approximately 180 jobs in Arlington.

So Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth Chevrolet lovers, if it has been your dream to work for this amazing company, it could very well come true! Stay tuned to your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership for the latest on all-things GM.

[Source: GM Media]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Chevy Racing Goes Pink to Support the Breast Cancer Fight

© General Motors

 

Last weekend, Chevrolet Racing renewed the brand’s fight against breast cancer at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. For each lap the pink Camaro ran under caution,  Chevrolet donated $200 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative.  In 2011, 64 caution laps at Atlanta generated $12,800 for the American Cancer Society and this year, six caution flags produced 31 laps totaling a $6200 donation after the race on September race.

In GM’s official press release, Vice president of Chevrolet Sales and Service, Don Johnson, said “For our 100th birthday in 2011, Chevrolet began its support of the American Cancer Society, and the generous response from our dealers, employees and customers told us we needed to help the Society fight for more birthdays. At Chevy, we believe everyday heroes can accomplish extraordinary things, and it is in this spirit that we work to achieve a world without breast cancer.”

The weekend kicked off with 30 breast cancer survivors and their guests spending the day at Atlanta Motor Speedway and got to partake in Chevrolet Camaro SS pace car rides around the historic track with Jamie McMurray, the Team Chevy NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, and Ron Hornaday Jr., four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion.  Danica Patrick also will visited with survivors for photos and autographs.

Jeff Chew, Chevy Racing Marketing Manager, said, “We are very proud to partner with the American Cancer Society, and carry the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer logo on the pace car. “Hopefully, the pink Camaro SS helps to remind race fans of all of the upcoming events in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We all can do our part in helping in the fight against cancer.”

Chevrolet and its dealers support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, and by finding cures and fighting back against breast cancer. Isn’t it great to know that you’re driving a vehicle whose manufacturer supports a cause?

[Source: GM Media]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

IndyCar Driver Marco Andretti Gives the Chevy Volt Two Thumbs Up

2013 Chevrolet Volt Vehicle Photo in Grapevine, TX 76051

Get behind the wheel of a 2013 Chevy Volt today at the Classic Chevrolet Grapevine dealership.

You know it says something when the son of one of the most famous race car drivers of our time, and a current IndyCar driver himself, declares the 2013 Chevy Volt “the future”. Marco Andretti, 2006 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, and the Detroit News recently borrowed a 2013 Volt and IndyCar driver Marco Andretti to test the machine’s Woodward performance. However, it wasn’t the horsepower they were testing… it was the efficiency. And boy did the Volt not come up short.

Andretti proved the plug-in electric car with a gasoline engine generator that takes over when the battery is depleted could make an entire 40-mile lap of the traditional Dream Cruise route — from Eight Mile to Pontiac and back — entirely on electric power.  In fact, the four cylinder gasoline engine didn’t even kick in until seven miles after the eco drive. Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

After Andretti finished his drive in the Volt, he was quoted as saying that “this is the future” and that he expects IndyCars also soon will be powered by combination gas/electric drive systems.

“This car’s performance isn’t measured by horsepower, but it is so smooth and has so much torque at the bottom that it really accelerates,” said Andretti. “I am looking forward to this in my racing future.”

So Dallas Ft Worth, we’ve heard it straight from the mouth of consumers and now a renowned race car driver that the Volt is truly the future. Check out this video coverage from the Detroit News, and if you’re ready to check out the 2013 Volt for yourself, head on over to your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership and get behind the wheel of one yourself.

[Source: Detroit News]
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.