2014 Chevrolet Impala Debuts at the New York Auto Show

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Hey Grapevine, Dallas and Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts, say hello to the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Unveiled at this year’s New York Auto Show, the 2014 Impala comes with standard and available new safety firsts for Chevrolet, including special radar to help avoid crashes, visual and audible alerts help drivers identify potential crash situations and even intervene when a crash threat appears more imminent.

In a GM press release, these new, first-time safety features were described in more detail. I can’t wait to see what rating the IIHS give the Impala.

  • Full-speed-range adaptive cruise control – Using radar technology, this feature senses traffic in front of the Impala to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again. It is the first application in a Chevrolet.
  • 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 and applies the brakes in an effort to avoid the crash.
  • Forward collision alert – Camera technology detects a possible crash threat and alerts the driver, giving him or her time to stop and/or change course.
  • Lane departure warning – A camera-based lane detection system that warns the driver of impending lane changes. The camera, mounted near the inside rearview mirror, identifies traffic lane markings and provides audible alerts.
  • 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.
  • 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.

So what do you think, DFW? Do the Impala’s safety features sound appealing to you? Let’s not forget that the Impala is also extremely easy on the eyes. The 2014 model looks more like the Camaro in my opinion. Check out this video GM also released, and stick around for more news on the newest Chevrolet models.

[Source: Media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

The 2012 Camaro ZL1 Has Finally Arrived in Grapevine

Well Dallas Ft. Worth, the time has finally come. Classic Chevrolet has its first 2012 Camaro ZL1, and this is one beauty you are going to want to see in person. Trust me.

Seems like we’ve been talking about the new ZL1 for ages, doesn’t it?  It all started back in October 2011 when GM told the world about the ZL1’s 7:41.27-minute lap time at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. For an in-depth look at the ZL1’s German trip, check out the video below.

The world really shouldn’t have been too surprised with that lap time given that the ZL1 is powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 and puts out 580 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 556 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. In case you’ve forgotten or are unfamiliar with Nordschleife, all you need to know is that the Porsche 911 Turbo S, Lamborghini Murcielago LP640,  Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and the Ferrari 430 Scuderia have all been timed at around seven minutes and forty seconds at this German track.

To put it plainly, the ZL1 is fast. Not to mention it has more than 100 development hours in the wind tunnel under its belt. Whatever you had planned this weekend, make sure you pencil in some time to swing by the Classic Chevrolet dealership and see this beautifully engineered masterpiece for yourself.  In the meantime, check out the fifth installment video from the engineers of the Camaro ZL1.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Chevy Sonic Turbos with Six-Speed Automatic Transmissions Are On Their Way!

On March 22nd, General Motors announced some good news for those of you who live for speed but prefer an automatic transmission instead of the classic stick-shift. That’s right Dallas Ft Worth, the Chevrolet Sonic’s fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L turbo engine will now be available in either manual or automatic transmission. Excited yet?

“Providing the option of a turbocharged engine to our non-stick driving Chevy customers allows us to offer everyone the thrill and power of a fuel-efficient Ecotec 1.4L powerplant,” said Jim Danahy, vehicle line director and vehicle chief engineer for North American small cars. “Both in the Sonic and Cruze, the engine enables better fuel economy without sacrificing power or performance. It’s really a winning combination.”

According to AMCI Testing, the Sonic’s Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine and six-speed manual transmission hit zero to 60 in 7.8 seconds which is faster than both it’s competitors – the Honda Fit and the Hyundai Accent. With the six-speed automatic, you won’t lose too much time. The Sonic with the turbo-automatic combination hit zero to 60 in about eight seconds.

“Traditionally, turbocharging was used to enhance the performance of engines, but today it is as much about fuel economy as a 0-to-60 time,” said Bob Benedict, assistant chief engineer for the Ecotec 1.4L engine. “The turbocharger provides high-pressure airflow for high torque to boost the vehicle and give the driver a fun driving experience with improved fuel efficiency.”

As if that wasn’t enough, we’re looking at EPA-estimated 37 mpg highway and 27 mpg around the metroplex. I told you this was good news. Stay tuned and check in with Classic Chevrolet to find out when you can get behind the wheel of one. In the meantime, check out this video from GM.

[Source: media.gm.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Jay Leno Takes Delivery of His Special-Edition Chevrolet Camaro

Hey Chevrolet Camaro enthusiasts in the greater Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex, do you remember a few years ago when General Motors built Jay Leno a special-edition Camaro? In 2009, he went out to SEMA to reveal his beautiful collaboration with GM. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of his specially-made Chevrolet Camaro. The special-edition Camaro was designed to be a modern interpretation of the Z28 and was stocked with a twin-turbocharged, 3.6-liter V6 engine, unique aerodynamic and cooling work, Brembo brakes on all four corners and a Pedders coil-over suspension kit.  Did I forget to mention the 420 horsepower? Talk about a well-equipped machine.

Now that the vehicle has finally arrived at it’s permanent home – Jay Leno’s Garage – we have the pleasure of getting a first-hand look in the video below. I know all of you Chevrolet enthusiasts in Dallas/Ft Worth will not be disappointed. If you want to check out the latest from the GM factory, swing by Classic Chevrolet Texas dealership and see the new Camaros up close.

 

[Source: AutoBlog.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Consumer Reports Reviews the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu with Video

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Hey Grapevine, Arlington, Dallas and Ft Worth Chevrolet fans, are you ready for the new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco? General Motors recently loaned the Malibu to the folks over at Consumer Reports and their reviews are in. Their initial impression is good. But did we honestly expect anything less from Chevrolet? Consumer Reports’ summed up their review by saying that the Malibu’s redesign represents a major step forward in ride, handling, refinement, and interior quality. Here’s a snippet of what else they had to say.

The “Eco” designation indicates a mild hybrid with a small electric motor augmenting the gasoline-fueled engine. It works well, with smooth transmission shifts and decent acceleration. As in full hybrids, the engine shuts off when you stop and then instantly restarts when you let go of the brake pedal. The stop/start is so unobtrusive that most people won’t even notice it. Following the Malibu Eco, the base Malibu will debut with a new 190-hp, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. A range-topping version will be introduced even later in the year, with a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine instead of a traditional V6.

With its quiet, nicely appointed cabin and absorbent, steady ride, the new Malibu feels almost like a luxury car. Handling is fairly agile with precise and responsive steering. Such driving dynamics are not entirely surprising given the car’s European donor, the sophisticated Opel Insignia from Germany. The Malibu is not as Euro-centric as the Regal, though: It has a more relaxed demeanor that may have broader appeal.

[Source: Consumer Reports]

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait to jump in a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and take it on my own test drive. Keep your eyes open for this beauty to hit your Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet dealership this March. Until then, check out this video from Consumer Reports and get a first-hand look.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

What Was Your Favorite Superbowl Commercial, Grapevine Chevrolet Drivers?

Even though you might not like football, I’ll bet there are a few of you out there who watched the Super Bowl anyway just to see the commercials. Am I right? Chevy had some really great ones this year in case you happened to miss them.

Happy Grad

For those of you who don’t know, this ad actually came from Zach Borst, who beat out almost 200 other submissions by independent filmmakers around the world as part of the brand’s Route 66 Super Bowl XLVI ad contest!

Synopsis: One lucky college grad receives the best graduation gift ever — or does he?

 

Chevy Sonic “Stunt Anthem”

Synopsis: The all-new Chevy Sonic is up for adventure. Get a load of this montage of its previous adventures. If you’ve been following this blog for awhile now, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the Sonic and Chevy’s “Let’s Do This Campaign”. If you’ve missed any of the Chevy Sonic’s stunts in the past, click here to watch them all, or check out Chevy’s montage from the Super Bowl.

 

Chevy Silverado Apocalypse

Synopsis: A man drives his Chevy Silverado through an apocalyptic world predicted by the Mayan calendar. Unfortunately, not everyone makes it to the meeting point. No wonder the Silverado is known as the most dependable and longest lasting full size truck on the planet. However, the folks over at Ford weren’t too pleased with this commercial… watch it below to find out why.

So which Chevrolet Super Bowl ad was your favorite? Let you favorite Grapevine car dealer know by answering below!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Chevy Brings the MyLink to the 2013 Spark and 2013 Sonic

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Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts, have you heard about Chevy’s latest in-car technology yet? At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, we learned that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS and the higher-end model of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will host the MyLink infotainment system that allows your iPhone, Android and other smartphones’ capabilities into the vehicles.

So what exactly is the MyLink? A seven-inch, touch screen display (produced by LG Electronics) that incorporates your audio, phone, telephone and more. As you know, these type of systems are generally considered expensive. Autoblog summed it up pretty well by saying that buyers that spend that kind of money usually don’t care about deep smartphone integration, but young people do. This is exactly why the MyLink is coming to the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Spark.

In a GM press release, GM Global Infotainment Program Manager, Sara LeBlanc, said “The whole philosophy of MyLink is about letting our customers personalize how they bring information and music into their vehicles. Customers all over the world told us they’ve set up their smartphones exactly how they want them, and the ideal car radio should extend the capabilities of their smartphone rather than try to duplicate them.

According to Sara, Chevrolet listened to their customers and created a safe, simple and connected system. This is exactly why I love the Chevrolet brand.

Those who attended CES were able to test drive the MyLink system for Sonic RS and Spark at a special display. One of these days I’m actually going to make it to this show, I swear. But for now, I’ll just have to rely on the videos and coverage from those fortunate enough to attend. And of course, I’ll continue to share these videos with all of you in Dallas and Ft Worth! Up first, is Chevy’s official video that played during the show followed by a more detailed video showing the functionality of the MyLink. Enjoy Chevy lovers and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for updates on the MyLink and all things Chevrolet.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

GM’s Window of Opportunity Project Gives Backseat Chevrolet Passengers a Whole New Experience

Over the past decade, road trips have become much less painful for backseat passengers  due to all of the handheld technology (Gameboys, iPhones, DVD players, etc.) we now have, but according to GM, psychological studies have indicated that car passengers often feel disconnected from their environment.

In response to these studies, the GM Research and Development department challenged researchers and students from the FUTURE LAB at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel to conceptualize new ways to help rear seat passengers, particularly children, have a richer experience on the road. Thus, the Windows of Opportunity (WOO) Project was born. And believe me, Texas Chevrolet owners, you’re going to be blown away with what they came up with… interactive car window displays.

In a GM press release, Tom Seder, GM R&D lab group manager for human-machine interface said, “Traditionally, the use of interactive displays in cars has been limited to the driver and front passenger, but we see an opportunity to provide a technology interface designed specifically for rear seat passengers. Advanced windows that are capable of responding to vehicle speed and location could augment real world views with interactive enhancements to provide entertainment and educational value.”chevrolet dealership texas

Before you get too excited, I must tell you that GM currently doesn’t have any plans to put this into production. The Bezalel students were given free reign to create applications for this interactive window without having to worry about whether it could be mass produced or not. So it’s uncertain whether this idea will ever come to light. Still, the design and idea is pretty incredible.

The apps the Bezalel students developed include:

  • Otto, an animated character projected over passing scenery that responds to real-time car performance, weather and landscape. With Otto, passengers can learn about their environment in fun, playful ways.
  • Foofu, an app that allows passengers to create, explore and discover through finger drawing on window steam.
  • Spindow, an app that provides its users a peek into other users’ windows around the globe in real time.
  • Pond, an app that allows passengers to stream and share music with other cars on the road, download favorite tracks, and share messages with other passengers on the road.

GM released this awesome video detailing the project and showing us how the students simulated a vehicle environment. Check it out, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy lovers.

[Source: General Motors]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Consumer Reports Reviews the 2013 Chevy Spark at the Detroit Auto Show

chevrolet dealership dallas ft worthFor more than 100 years, the North American International Auto Show (known by most as the Detroit Auto Show) has taken place every year in the beginning of January. For many automobile makers and car enthusiasts alike, the Detroit Auto Show is the premiere car show in the world. Why, you might ask? Because as many as 50 new production and concept cars make their debut at this show.

This show is also a good way to generate publicity and inform people of what’s to come. All types of popular and creditworthy magazines write articles and reviews about the cars on display. Some even shoot videos to give their audience a first hand look. And that’s exactly what Consumer Reports has done with the innovative, best-in-its-class 2013 Chevrolet Spark.

The Chevy Spark falls into the “mini car” class. Most popular over seas, mini cars are desperately trying to make their way into the hearts of us Americans who haven’t been known for typically liking “small” vehicles. Especially in Texas… where we like everything bigger including our Chevys. With that being said, it’s not surprising that other mini cars, like the Fiat 500 and SmartCar, have not had a whole lot of success in the states. I strongly believe that that is all about to change, though, because the Chevy Spark is not your typical mini car. Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so. Check out what Consumer Reports had to say about the Spark at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this month and get a great, up-close look at the Spark.

The Spark is aimed at those of you Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet city dwellers and young buyers on a budget. Thoughts? In my personal opinion,  the Spark has a bright future ahead of it. Pun intended.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

 

A Chevy Silverado with 510 Horsepower and 504lb-ft of Torque?

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Back in 2009, General Motors announced at the SEMA show that the famed LS9 engine – which was designed to live in the tight confines of the Corvette ZR1 engine bay – would be offered as a crate motor. Crate engines are ones you can purchase and place in any vehicle. However, they can be pretty pricey… which is why we haven’t heard of too many concoctions like the one I’m about to share with you.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d get when you crossed a Chevy Silverado and an LS9 engine… wonder no more. A Houston-based tuner shop called Fastlane, managed to stuff this supercharged engine under the hood of a four-wheel drive Chevy Silverado. Though no one’s quite sure why, critics of all sorts agree that it doesn’t matter.

With at least 205 more horsepower and 169 lb-ft more torque that any factory engine you’ll be able to buy with the Silverado, this is bound to be one for the records.  Fastlane recently revealed a video of exactly what this pickup can do. Enjoy Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts. I sure did.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.