Captain America Rolls in a Chevy

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While Audi has Iron Man, Chevy has gone one up – Captain America, the poster boy for “Made in the U.S.A.,” has Chevy models in his movie, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As of April 11, 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune, the movie had already brought in a whopping $96 million. That’s a lot of eyes on vehicles that are as American as baseball and apple pie.

And the movie doesn’t feature only one Chevy – you’ll see the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, driven by Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), the Chevrolet Tahoe, the Impala, and the Silverado pickup truck.

You can find the Silverado and Impala at Classic Chevrolet – or at least models just like the models used in the movie. However, you won’t be able to get the same Tahoe – this vehicle was outfitted with some options and a unique safety package that doesn’t normally come with street cars.

Even the Chevy Traverse made an appearance – not in the movie, but in tongue-in-cheek trailer reenactments for the movie.

For more information about any of these models or other Chevrolet models, visit Classic Chevy. You’ll learn more about convenience, entertainment, safety and security features. Most models feature ABS brakes, brake assist, disc brakes, traction control, electronic stability control, SiriusXM radio, a CD player, MP3 decoder, a great audio system, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, power windows and more.

Your choice depends on your reasons for purchasing or leasing a vehicle. You may want a sports car as a second car: The Corvette would be a great choice. You may need a new work truck – check into the Silverado 1500, 2500 or 3500. The Tahoe will carry an entire family in comfort. If you prefer a sedan that is large enough for the entire family or would make a good carpool vehicle, check out the Impala.

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Could Chevy be Giving Some Extra LUV to the US?

One of the things you may want or need is a new pickup truck, but the cost of ownership over and above the price of the vehicle might be a bit much to swing. Insurance costs, rising fuel prices and maintenance of a truck all add up over time. Chevrolet has been thinking about those that would be in the market for a pickup truck if it weren’t for a less than stellar paycheck.

The auto manufacturer is considering releasing the Chevrolet LUV in the United States, including at dealerships such as Classic Chevrolet. A blogger at Gas2 heard a rumor about the LUV being released in the U.S., and pulled that string hard enough to learn that Chevrolet is definitely going to be released the compact pickup truck here.

The new Chevy LUV will look like the Chevrolet Montana LUV that is currently made in Brazil. Small trucks like the LUV and the S10, which is still in production, will open the market for customers who need or want a pickup truck that is good on gas. Furthermore, it will allow urban millennials – those who have an issue with large vehicles – to have a vehicle that is more utilitarian than a sedan or sport coupe.

The urban millenials take issue with the larger trucks and SUVs as they are known to be gas guzzlers, however, auto manufacturers are finding new technology that increases fuel economy every year. A pickup truck that may have gotten 12 to 13 mpg in the past now gets upwards of 18 mpg in the city. Because of the Chevy LUV’s size and the fact that it probably won’t have a powerful V8 engine, it will allow those who are concerned with fuel economy to own a vehicle that will have the ability to haul considerably more cargo than a sedan.

And, if Chevrolet gives the LUV a 1,500-pound tow package; that would be even better. You could definitely haul lawn equipment, a motorcycle, a jet ski and other small “toys.” Keep your eye on this space or stop by Classic Chevy for more information on the Chevrolet LUV as it becomes available.

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Chevrolet Awarded Best Value Truck Brand in America

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If you are in the market for a new truck and are undecided between a couple of models, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Vincentric just awarded Chevrolet the Best Value Truck Brand in America for the 2014 Silverado. This includes the outgoing 2014 HD trucks. Vincentric is a research firm that analyses a vehicle’s cost of ownership using by comparing fees, taxes, depreciation, financing, fuel costs, maintenance costs, insurance costs, repairs and opportunity costs.

When you add those costs – the costs of ownership – to the price, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado comes out above the rest of the full size trucks. Vincentric analyzed over 1,000 pickup truck configurations in this study.

Safety features in the Silverado include daytime running lamps, automatic exterior lamp control, several air bags, OnStar, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Convenience and entertainment features include Chevrolet MyLink, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio, USB ports, Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD player and MP3 player and a Bose six-speaker sound system.

Additional features include leather-appointed bucket seats in the front, heated seat cushions and seat backs, 10-way power driver and front passenger seats, a 60/40 split rear bench seat that folds up, leather-wrapped tilt and telescopic steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, a floor console with movable cup holders and space for your cell phone, driver information center, remote keyless entry, remote vehicle start, a universal home remote, theft deterrent system, dual-zone automatic climate control air conditioning, a rear window defroster and power sliding rear window.

The powertrain features a 5.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V8 engine with active fuel management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with electronically controlled overdrive and a tow/haul mode. The transmission also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking. This combination makes 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Silverado 1500 or any of the other Silverado models on the lot. According to GMAuthority.com, all of the Silverado models won the Vincentric award for Best Value Truck Brand in America.

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Chevy Plays Cupid

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In 2013, Lambracht Chevrolet had an auction and that auction included 50 “ancient” cars. Many of them are the same models that might have been sold at one time at Classic Chevy.

One buyer bought a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and towed it 800 miles to his home in Indiana where he started restoring it. The ’59 had been sitting in a field in Nebraska and was very rusty. The seats were torn and it needed a ton of work.

Inside, among the rust and torn seats, he found a love letter dated Feb. 7, 1965. It was from a woman to a man – and the last line, along with the names of the couple, was still visible on the faded and mouse-eaten letter. The last line said, “Let’s get married.” The new owner of this very old car tracked down the son of the man mentioned in the letter. The new owner thought that the letter should be reunited with its rightful owners.

It turns out that the man in the letter worked at Lambrecht Chevrolet as a mechanic and the ’59 Bel Air was his personal vehicle. He and the woman who wrote the letter eloped and later had two children. The new owner found one of the children and turned the letter over to him.

When you buy a Chevy from Classic Chevrolet you never know who might find it later. You might even buy a used Chevy and find a treasure that someone missed over the years. Some of the popular older models include the Bel Air, Chevelle, Impala, Nova and Camaro. The newer models include the Impala, Camaro, Corvette, Traverse and more. Though you can only assume some of these cars will be around in 50 years, you can probably bet that the Impala and Camaro – or even the Corvette – will be around much later.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet to look at a new vehicle or to look at their used vehicles. You may just find yourself an old love story or missed treasure in an older vehicle.

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Classic Clean Fuels Outlet Opens at Classic Chevy

Classic Chevy is the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in the nation, and this past Tuesday, April 1, we celebrated the grand opening of our natural gas fueling station, the first one to be owned by a dealership anywhere in the country.

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The new station, Classic Clean Fuels CNG, has an ANGI Energy compressor system and one two-hose dispenser. Zeit Energy built the new public access station. The ANGI energy compressor at the station is designed for light- to medium-duty vehicles.

As reported in Fleets and Fuels, “As more and more Americans realize that freedom from dependence on foreign oil is a national priority, the viability of American produced natural gas has become forefront.” Furthermore, natural gas produced in America is not subject to the fluctuating oil and gas prices, world politics and OPEC.

You can expect to see the 2015 bi-fuel Chevrolet Impala sometime this summer. Currently, we promote the Silverado 2500 and 3500HD bi-fuel pickup trucks. We also have three-quarter-ton CNG vans. The pickup trucks have a range of over 650 miles.

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According to Ken Thompson, founder of the Thompson Group, the Group has been committed to finding ways to help their business customers since 1978. He stated that one of the benefits of opening a bi-fuel station is that it allows its customers to be more competitive. Many of the Group’s customers are already planning to convert their fleets to vehicles that use natural gas throughout the next year. Not only will using natural gas give of fewer emissions, but it saves the businesses money.

Classic Chevrolet already uses six bi-fuel Silverado models to deliver parts in three states. Fourteen other CNG fuel outlets exist in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but this newest is the first dealership-owned station. Classic Clean Fuels also provides ethanol, biodiesel, and regular unleaded gasoline. Plans are underway to add a charging station for electric vehicles.

The new station is located next to the Thompson Group Commercial & Fleet building, just north of the Stone Myers Parkway exist on Highway 121.

April Showers Bring May Flowers

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With spring comes rain – much needed rain. However, no one wants to stay inside throughout the spring, so the best thing you can do is to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out for some indoor spring events.

For those sporting types, the Dallas Gun Show will be held at the Market Hall, 2200 North Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, on April 12 and 13, 2014. The doors open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday; and close at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

This is the best firearms collectors show in the Southwest. If you do bring your guns, they have to be unloaded outside the building. The safety committee will inspect the gun and magazine, then tie the firearm so that it is inoperable. It must remain in that condition while you are at the gun show. Even if you have a CHL, you cannot bring a loaded gun into the building.

You can bring as many guns as you want to sell or trade, though all local, state and federal laws must be followed. Also, be sure to leave your camera at home – the show does not allow photography of any kind.

If hunting and collecting guns is not your thing, you can visit the Dallas Market Hall on April 25 through 26, 2014 for the Leake Auction. Though the doors open at 9:00 a.m., the auction doesn’t begin until 1:00 p.m. on Friday and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

There will be over 400 collector cars, trucks and motorcycles. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and military personnel with a military ID, and $7 for children. If you want to auction off a vehicle, vehicle check in is Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

It is a good idea to stop by early to look at the vehicles – Saturday, there will be two lanes of vehicles being auctioned simultaneously.

If you are in the market for a new car, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a hybrid, truck, sedan or SUV! Be sure to ask your salesperson about any financing or lease deals, and about the new technology in Chevrolet vehicles.

Classic Chevy at the AltCar Expo

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The 5th Annual Texas Altcar Expo will be held from March 27-29, 2014. Classic Chevrolet will be there with a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. On Thursday, March 27, the Propane Engine Fuel Summit will be held. Admission is $25 and includes the program, breakfast, and lunch.

On Friday, March 28, the topic is Focus on Fleets. This includes the conference, Ride and Drive – where you can check out Classic Chevy’s Volt – and the Expo Hall. Admission for this day is $35. On Saturday, March 29, admission is free – it is Public Day.

The 2014 Chevrolet Volt features a 1.4-liter internal combustion engine and a Voltec electric drive motor. The gas engine runs on premium fuel and makes 83 horsepower. The electric motor makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The electric motor charges the lithium-ion battery, which includes a liquid thermal management system with active control.

This system gets 101 MPGe* in the city and 93 MPGe on the highway. The gas engine by itself gets 35 mpg* in the city and 40 mpg* on the highway. Some of the power for the battery comes from the four-wheel antilock disc brakes that provide electro-hydraulic power and includes StabiliTrak and a regenerative system.

Safety features include the StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist and traction control, several airbags, OnStar, a theft deterrent system including an engine immobilizer, the LATCH system for child seats, a lockout switch for the rear doors, a tire inflation kit and daytime running lamps.

Convenience features include a center console with a covered storage bin and dual cup holders, additional storage in the upper instrument panel and in front of the shifter, three auxiliary powr outlets, and a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls.

Additionally, the Volt features a 7-inch diagonal digital reconfigurable LCD screen with the Driver Information Center, selectable efficiency gauge and a compass. The efficiency display shows programmable charge times. The driver can also switch between Normal, Sport, Mountain and Hold driving modes.

The Volt also features keyless ignition, keyless access and remote keyless entry. You can even remotely start the Volt. For more information on the Volt, stop by the AltCar Expo or stop by Classic Chevy.

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.

Truck Month In Full Swing at Classic Chevrolet

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It’s Truck Month at Classic Chevrolet and this special** is in full swing! If you are in the market for a new truck, this is the time to visit this Dallas/Fort Worth dealership to pick up a new truck at great prices.

Get a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD regular cab with a long bed and two-wheel drive for 0 percent APR for 72 months**. This truck features a Vortec 6.0-liter V8 engine with variable valve timing backed by a six-speed automatic heavy-duty transmission. The engine is FlexFuel and gets 360 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm on E85. It gets 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm on gas. If choose the ZW9 pickup box, this truck is not E85 compatible.

The transmission is electronically controlled and features overdrive with a tow/haul mode. It also features cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking. The suspension package is designed for handling and trailering; and features heavy-duty 35 mm twin tube shock absorbers and a 36 mm front stability bar.

Safety features include StabiliTrak with proactive roll avoidance, traction control, electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist. This 2013 model also features daytime running lamps, several airbags, automatic crash response if purchased without OnStar, stolen vehicle assistance if purchased without OnStar, tire pressure monitor system and several airbags.

If you order this truck with OnStar, you get Directions and Connections, automatic crash response, emergency services, first assist, crisis assist, stolen vehicle assistance, injury severity predictor, stolen vehicle slowdown, remote door unlock, remote ignition block and more.

Interior features include a 40/20/40 split bench seat that seats three passengers, manual lumbar control for the driver, a leather-wrapped tilt steering column with adjustable brake/transmission shift interlock and a theft-deterrent locking feature, driver information center, express down driver’s window, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a panic button on the key fobs, two auxiliary power outlets with covers and illuminated entry.

Entertainment features include an AM/FM stereo, MP3 compatible CD player, digital click, radio data system, speed-compensated volume, theft lock, SiriusXM satellite radio and four speakers.

Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2013 Silverado 2500HD today and learn more about its security, safety, entertainment and convenience features. You can also ask your sales person about deals on additional trucks.

** Check website for full details, as incentives change quickly

#1 Automotive Lender in the Nation Names Classic Chevrolet as Top Customer

Pictured left to right Mike Kimmel, Ally Financial; Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director; Rick Fisher, Ally Financial; Tom Durant, owner Classic Chevrolet; Dan Antonelli, Ally Financial

Despite the fact that the Department of Transportation built a major freeway right through the dealership property, 2013 was a year of remarkable accomplishments for Classic Chevrolet.  Classic was named the #1 volume Chevy dealer in the nation for the 8th year, and the #1 volume GM parts dealer in the nation.

And now, for the fourth consecutive year, Classic Chevrolet has been recognized by Ally Financial as their #1 automotive customer in the nation.  And when you consider that Ally is the largest lender in the U.S. in retail automotive finance, that packs some serious clout when it comes to financing customers.

In 2013, Classic contracted 3238 transactions with Ally, which is more than any other automotive dealer in the country.  Said Robert Gault, Classic Chevrolet Finance Director, “when you have a great financial partner like Ally, it makes our job easier when it comes to getting our customers financed quickly and smoothly.  No one wants to wait for hours in a car dealer’s finance office while they struggle to get the correct paperwork in order. Here at Classic, we know exactly what they need from us, and they know that our professional finance managers will dot every “i” and cross every “t”.  Everyone wins, especially the customer.