Welcome Luke Bryan to Team Chevy!

During the 2016 Country Music Association Festival in Nashville, Chevrolet announced that Luke Bryan will team up with the auto manufacturer as a brand ambassador on several projects over the next three years. If you love Luke Bryan and Chevy, be sure to stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new model.1465482702682

Part of the Family

Just like with many of our customers, Chevy has always been a part of Luke Bryan’s family. The family used Chevy vehicles on the farm and in work life. Bryan said, “If you were a Bryan, you drove a Chevy.”

The Farm Tour

In addition, Chevrolet will be one of the sponsors of Bryan’s Farm Tour. This is the eighth year for the Farm Tour, which is a multi-city tour where Bryan stops in rural areas and performs on farmland. Some of the ticket proceeds from the Farm Tour goes to local college scholarships through the Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship. These scholarships are awarded to farming family students in the communities where the tour stops.

Country and Chevy

According to Paul Edwards, the Chevrolet U.S. vice president of marketing, the partnership between Bryan and Chevrolet is a natural fit – the auto manufacturer’s customers like country music and “Chevy has always held a special place within the genre.”

Luke Bryan

Bryan’s first album debuted in 2007; and since them, he has had 15 singles reach the No. 1 spot. He sold almost eight million albums that featured 30 million digital tracks over five studio albums. Bryan was chosen as Entertainer of the Year twice by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music. Bryan’s latest album, “Kill the Lights” was his third album to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

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Chevy Silverado’s Steel Bed Vs. the Competition

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While you might get a lighter truck and better gas mileage because of the lighter truck, an aluminum bed doesn’t allow you to use the truck for what it’s designed for. Since you can throw wood in the back or dump a bucket of rocks in the back – or even drop your toolbox in the bed by mistake without denting an aluminum bed, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a Silverado if you are looking for a truck that will take a beating.

The bed floor on the Silverado is created from roll-formed high-strength steel. Laboratory testing and 26 real-world demonstrations showed that the Silverado bed’s impact strength consistently beat out the competition’s aluminum bed. All tests were done on a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 trucks. Twelve pairs of truck beds were tested in video demonstrations; and all 24 trucks were purchased through retail dealerships. None of the trucks had bedliners.

Laboratory Testing

In lab testing at GM’s Research and Development, a Dynatup 9250HV machine with a 0.7-inch wide wedge striker that weighed 17 pounds was used to test impact strength. Technicians cut out a 6.3-inch by 6.3-inch square sample from the truck beds. The samples were affixed over a 4-inch by 4-inch opening on a support fixture. The technicians dropped the striker on the raised rib of each sample.

Starting at 20 joules, the striker deformed both samples, but did not puncture them. At 30 joules, the aluminum sample showed a hairline fracture but the steel sample just showed a bit more deflection. When technicians increased the power to 40 joules, the aluminum sample punctured while the steel sample only showed more deflection.

Twenty pairs of samples were tested in this manner to ensure consistent results. The steel sample did not show damage other than dents until the power was raised to 90 joules, and then, the damage was only a pinhole.

Real World Demonstrations

From dropping 825 pounds of landscape blocks for a height of 5 feet into the bed to dropping a hand-held toolbox from the bed rails, tests showed that the aluminum bed easily punctured. Out of 12 landscape block drops, the Silverado showed only dents in the bottom of the bed while the aluminum bed suffered 4.3 holes per drop.

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Chevy is Ready for Baseball Action!

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Chevrolet recently renewed its sponsorship of with the Major League Baseball; and has worked with the organization since 2005. With the renewed sponsorship, Chevy will be the official vehicle for the Major League Baseball; and the auto manufacturer will also be the official automotive sponsor of MLB and USA Baseball’s Play Ball initiative.

This is the second year that Chevrolet joined MLB and USA Baseball for the Play Ball initiative to encourage participation in softball and baseball activities for people of all ages, especially children. Paul Edwards, the U.S. vice president of Chevrolet Marketing said that the partnership with the Major League Baseball allows dealers to connect with people on a personal level via the support of hometown teams; and this includes Classic Chevrolet.

Chevrolet has supported baseball at the youth level in various communities across the country though its grassroots program called Chevy Youth Baseball since 2006. Edwards says that baseball helps teach sportsmanship and that it brings families and communities together.

Baseball leagues that participate get fundraising opportunities and sponsorship checks from Chevrolet. They also get instructional clinics in baseball experiences. Over the past 10 years, Chevy Youth Baseball renovated 9,400 parks and donated over 90,000 equipment kits. The money Chevrolet put into the program has benefited over 5.2 million children across the country.

And, Chevrolet will continue to present the World Series Most Valuable Player Award and the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two of baseball’s most prestigious awards.

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The 2016 Camaro Wins ‘Wards Autos 10 Best Interiors’ Award

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If you’ve decided that you want a sports car, but haven’t decided which one yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. The Camaro won the “Wards Autos 10 Best Interiors” award.

The Camaro’s design team had to revive this cherished nameplate but needed to make sure that the interior included all of the modern amenities. And, it had to be impressive. Well, the team did come up with an impressive interior.

GM gave the Camaro extensive upgraded materials and set a new standard in this segment. The cabin is filled with soft surfaces, yet it still feels like the vehicle was made for speed.

The dash has a cool retro look, but the interior is filled with new technology including a heads-up display, Apple CarPlay and wireless smart phone charger. Add the rich textures of the premium materials and tailored stitching for a luxury look and feel.

Additional styling includes rotating HVAC dials that allow quicker access to climate control, an ergonomically designed center console with tons of storage and dual cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel with a flat bottom and optional heat, 8-inch radio touch screen, a reconfigurable instrument cluster, and seats with extra support for higher g-forces.

Speaking of g-forces, the Camaro SS features a g-force gauge so that you can see just how much force it takes to keep your hand from reaching the dashboard. Add optional heated and cooled front seats and over 20 ambient lighting colors and you have a new classic.

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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the new Camaro and to learn more about this model’s features including interior features that earned it the “Wards Autos 10 Best Interiors” award. While certain features are not available in some trim levels, you’ll find the comfortable soft-touch interior across all of the trim levels.

Party Details for the Camaro’s 50th Birthday!

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Chevrolet is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Camaro with a special edition that will be called the 50th Anniversary Edition, soon to be available at Classic Chevy. It will be available as a coupe and a convertible; and will feature a nightfall gray metallic paint job. Orange and black stripes will accent the paint – they will run down the hood and trunk lid.

The Camaro will also feature 20-inch alloy wheels, a new front splitter, “Fifty” emblems on the front fenders, and the RS package including HID headlights, a trunk-mounted spoiler and LED taillights. The interior features black leather upholstery, 50th Anniversary badges on the seat backs, steering wheel and instrument panels, orange contrast stitching on the dashboard and seats and illuminated door sills.

The 50th Anniversary Edition will come in two trim levels: the 2LT and the 2SS. According to Randy Fox, a Chevrolet spokesperson, the 50th Anniversary Edition will give buyers a choice of a four-cylinder engine, six-cylinder engine and an eight-cylinder engine. All of the engines come with a standard six-speed manual transmission, though buyers can opt for the optional eight-speed automatic transmission.

Birthday Bash

Chevrolet will be organizing a birthday bash for when the Camaro blows out the 50th candle on September 26, 2016. Keep your eye on this space for more information on the Camaro as it becomes available and about the Chevrolet Camaro birthday bash that Chevy may be planning for this fall.

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Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro later this summer when it goes on sale and to learn more about this new model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. We’ll post more specs on the Camaro as they become available, so keep your eyes on this space.

Another One: 2016 Colorado Wins Daily News Auto Award

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When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new truck or two, be sure the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is on the list. This truck, which was up against some heavy-duty competition including the Silverado, the GMC Sierra and the GMC Canyon, was chosen for the Daily News Award’s Truck of the Year.

The Colorado was chosen because of its refined power options, fit and finish and extremely reasonable pricing. Choose from a single cab to a crew cab and something in between and an extended or short bed. The Colorado is available with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and three engines: the 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 3.6-liter V-6, or the optional 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine. The 2.8-liter Duramax engine makes the best-in-class towing capacity, torque and fuel economy.

The Colorado starts out at just over $20,000 and ranges up to about $45,000 for some of the higher trim levels. Keep the options you need or want. The Colorado can be a glorified luxury vehicle or a work truck for when you need it. This well-built truck was chosen for the Truck of the Year because it allows you to choose what you need, is well-built and allows you to work or play.

More About the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado

The LT trim level with a two-wheel drive drivetrain features several safety features including StabiliTrak, electronic traction control, OnStar Guidance for six months, OnStar Basic for five years, daytime running lights, a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, dual stage front and side impact airbags, driver and front passenger head curtain and seat-mounted side impact airbags for the front and rear outboard seating positions, a passenger-sensing system for the airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The interior features a four-way power driver’s seat, folding rear bench seat in the crew cab models, a front floor console, two USB charging ports, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a multi-color driver instrument information display, power express up and down windows, automatic electronic cruise control, remote keyless entry, engine immobilization, unauthorized entry theft deterrent system, overhead console and illuminated sliding vanity mirrors.

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The Camaro 1LE Performance Package Returns For 2017

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When you test drive a Camaro at Classic Chevrolet, you’ll have a choice of a 1LE package on the 2017 model year. This package, which was originally developed in 1988, made the Camaro more competitive in the Showroom Stock road racing series. Four of these models were built in 1988 and 111 models were built in 1989. The 1LE package was also available on models through 1999 and again on the 2013 fifth generation model.

The 2017 model year’s 1LE package is expected to set new benchmarks at the track. Using knowledge gained from previous 1LE packages, Chevrolet added better handling and track performance for this trim level. You’ll be able to pick up a 1LE Camaro with a V-6 or a V-8 engine. The models will feature unique wheels and a satin black hood, among other exterior features, so that others are able to tell that you are driving a 1LE.

This is the first time that the 1LE package will be offered on the 1LT and 2LT coupes with the V-6 engine. The package features standard Brembo brakes, an aggressive suspension and Goodyear Eagle F1 tires. This allows the Camaro to hit 0.97G while cornering. Optional equipment includes Recaro seats and a performance data recorder.

When you purchase the 1LE package on the 1SS model, you’ll add magnetic ride control, FE4 suspension tuning and an electronic limited slip differential. You’ll be able to achieve lateral acceleration of over 1G.

The Camaro 1LE features a stiff yet lightweight structure, more suspension damping and stiffness, better brakes, higher downforce and aggressive tires, all to help keep it on the road in fast cornering. The new 2017 V-6 models had lap times that were comparable with the previous generation’s V-8, which means the V-8 should be out of this world fast.

The SS 1LE features a 455-horse V-8 and six-speed manual transmission, a 3.73 gear ratio on a limited slip differential, forged aluminum wheels, Brembo brakes, transmission cooler, differential cooler and engine oil cooler, dual mode exhaust system, a shorter throw shifter and more.

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Chevy Wins Two Engine Awards

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle and you’d like something that looks great, gets decent gas mileage and has one of the best engines out there, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. And, if you want something great for commuting, has an engine that is great enough to win awards and gets excellent gas mileage, visit our showroom to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

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The Camaro features a brand new 3.6-liter V-6 engine; and this engine made WardsAuto’s “Ward’s 10 Best Engines” list. The company reviewed engines and compared them with data for engines that are similar to the winners. WardsAuto looked at 31 engines across 11 different auto manufacturers for new technology, fuel efficiency, power and refinement.

The V-6 features advanced technology including cylinder deactivation, which increases fuel efficiency. This engine makes 335 horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque; and these are the highest power ratings for a naturally aspirated V-6 engine in this segment. The active fuel management system cuts out two cylinders when you don’t need them to increase fuel economy. Furthermore, the Camaro features noise-reducing features including a new cam drive system.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The new Volt features a Voltec propulsion system with zero range anxiety. The system features a range-extending engine, the drive unit, a battery and power electronics. You’ll be able to drive about 53 miles on electric power only and have a total driving range of over 420 miles, giving you over 1,000 miles between the times you have to visit the gas station.

This year’s drive unit is about 12 percent more efficient and it dropped 100 pounds when compared to the first generation. Because the Volt uses both motors, it has a 19 percent improvement in acceleration when under electric power. It takes 2.6 seconds to go from zero to 30 mph; and it shows a 7 percent improvement in acceleration from zero to 60 mph, which takes 8.4 seconds.

The gas engine is a 1.5-liter engine with direct injection and it runs on regular unleaded fuel. The battery is an 18.4 kWh battery with revised cell chemistry; and it features 192 cells instead of the 288 cells in the previous year’s model. Though the cells were decreased, saving 21 pounds, storage capacity increased.

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10 Reasons Why the New Chevy Silverado Trounces the Competition

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Chevrolet manufacturers some of the highest ranked vehicles in the industry. The Silverado is no different. According to J.D. Power and Associates, this responsive, heavy duty truck is the highest ranked heavy duty pickup in initial quality. That means you get more bang for your buck when choosing Silverado.

If you’re still up in the air about finding the perfect pickup for your needs, these 10 reasons why the Silverado is superior to its competitors will make you want to cruise over to Classic Chevrolet and purchase your new heavy duty truck today.

1. They’re built just right.

According to J.D. Power and Associates, the Chevy Silverado HD received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among large, heavy-duty pickups in the 2013 Initial Quality Study.

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2. The 2015 Silverado 1500 is the fastest growing pickup brand of 2015.

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3. The 2015 Silverado tows better than its competitors.

Drivers can choose an available 12,000-pounds of V8 towing capacity — the best in the Silverado’s class.

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4. It’s a super safe truck.

The new Silverado 1500 received the 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety in 2015.

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5. The Silverado has unrivaled fuel economy.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 crew cab short box pickup gets superior V8 fuel economy to the 2015 Ram 1500 crew cab short box and the 2015 Ford F-150 super crew short box.

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6. You can take all of your toys with you.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 can tow nearly 1,000 pounds more than the Ram 1500 and Ford F-150.

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7. Want to take the internet with you? Now you can.

The 2015 Silverado 1500 is equipped with available built-in 4G LTE WiFi, a feature that is not available in the 2015 Ford F-150 or the 2015 Ram 1500.

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8. Go green while going big.

The new Silverado 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 engine is the most fuel-efficient Gas V8 pickup engine ever.

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9. Handles like a dream.

The 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V-6 engine offers the most torque of any standard V6 in the Silverado’s class.

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10. It has a killer sound system.

The 2015 Silverado offers one of the quietest interiors in the industry, so you can hear the Bose premium audio system more clearly and enjoy every riding experience more than ever.

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Find the Chevy Silverado of your dreams right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas.

New 2016 Camaro Lost Weight, Gained Performance

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The new 2016 Camaro, soon to be available at Classic Chevrolet, went on a diet and gained some horsepower. Chevrolet shaved up to 390 pounds of the Camaro, which makes the coupe quite a bit quicker. The new 455-horsepower engine in the SS coupe reaches 60 mph in 4 seconds and has a 12.3 quarter mile when it is backed by the new eight-speed paddle shifted automatic transmission.

Additional Models Are Also Faster

The 2.0L Turbo model features a 275-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This setup gives you a 14-second quarter mile; and it hits 60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Choose the 3.6-liter V-6, which puts out 335 horsepower, and back it with an eight-speed automatic transmission to get a 13.5-second quarter mile. This combination gets to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Agility and Braking

With the weight loss, not only is the Camaro faster, but it handles a lot better. The SS features .97 g cornering; and according to Camaro chief engineer Al Oppenheiser, the SS model is “one of the most capable 2+2 coupes on the market.” And, the lighter weight means faster stopping times and faster acceleration. No matter which trim level and engine/transmission combination you choose, you’ll find that the vehicle is lighter, has more power and handles much better.

Stronger Body

You may be worried that with pounds shaved, the Camaro is not as strong and sturdy as previous models. However, Chevrolet used computer-aided engineering to determine the best design with the best materials to decrease weight and increase performance while keeping the Camaro solid as a rock. The 1SS model is 223 pounds lighter and it gained 29 horsepower, giving it a 14 percent power-to-weight ratio improvement.

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