Women Who Made a Difference in the Auto Industry

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The automotive industry isn’t known as a woman’s domain. Men are typically the ones associated with automotives, whether they’re designing vehicles, racing them or repairing them. However, women have had a greater affect on the automotive industry than most people know, and these 8 are just a few of the many who have changed the stereotypes associated with automobiles entirely.

1. Denise McCluggage

McCluggage shattered stereotypes during the ’50s and ’60s when she served as a sports journalist, reporting on auto racing, for the New York Herald Tribune in 1954. She began racing vehicles professionally shortly after that. After winning a couple of big-time races, McCluggage returned to journalism and founded the magazine AutoWeek. She remains the only journalist in the Automotive Hall of Fame.

2. Michelle Christensen

Christensen may not be a household name, but it could be someday. This bright-minded car enthusiast recently designed Honda/Acura’s latest NSX model. She is now the first woman ever to lead a supercar design team.

3. Danica Patrick

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Danica Patrick is one of the most famous women in the auto industry. This model and renowned auto racer is known for her success in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as well as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Patrick became the first female to win the NASCAR Spring Cup Series pole in 2013.

4. Mary Barra

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Mary Barra is the CEO of General Motors, and at 53-years-old, she has already been featured on the cover of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” issue. Even more, Forbes recently listed her as the 65th most powerful person in the world.

5. Elena Ford

The name may ring a bell, and that’s because Elena Ford is Henry Ford’s great-great-granddaughter.  She is now the Vice President of the Ford Company and the first female in her family to hold such a high position at the company.

6. Trudy Hardy

Hardy became the vice president of marketing for BMW of North America in 2013, and just a year later, she was named AdWeek’s Brand Genius Winner for Automotive. You probably saw her work during the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, as BMW designed the sled used by the U.S. bobsled team.

7. Jean Jennings

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Most readers assume men are behind their favorite automobile magazines, but Jean Jennings proves that’s not always true. Jennings is a former editor for Automotive News and the former editor-in-chief and president of Automobile Magazine.

8. Bertha Benz

Many automobile enthusiasts have never heard of the first person to complete a long-distance road trip, but her name was Bertha Benz. Benz was also a key player in the production of the first automobile, as she helped the world-changing invention gain marketing momentum.

Here at Classic Chevrolet, we’re grateful for all of the women who shaped the auto industry’s past as well as its future. Stop in and see us to view our selection of the latest and greatest vehicles designed and produced by the influential men and women of the auto industry.

Here’s Why You Should Consider the Chevy Sonic

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When you stop by Classic Chevrolet, you’ll most likely test drive more than one vehicle to see what you like the best. Add the Chevy Sonic to your list if you are looking for something that has tons of features and that has excellent gas mileage.

Entertainment Features

The Sonic features a premium audio system with six speakers so you’ll be able to commute or take a road trip with your favorite tunes. Additional features include a USB port, auxiliary input jack, SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth, Siri Eyes Free, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, and OnStar with 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot.

Convenience Features

The Sonic has tons of features to make your drive comfortable, whether it’s a short commute or a long road trip. Convenience features include a tilt and telescopic steering column with a three-spoke sport steering wheel, an oil life monitoring system, driver information center, express up and down driver’s window, power door locks, remote keyless entry and remote vehicle start, electronic cruise control, air conditioning, an air filtration system, front and rear cup holders, front bottle holders and driver and passenger vanity mirrors.

Engine and Transmission

The Chevrolet Sonic features a 1.8-liter EcoTec engine with variable valve timing backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 138 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 125 pound-feet of torque at 3,800 rpm.

Safety and Security Features

You’ll find that the Sonic has plenty of safety and security features including four-wheel ABS brakes, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, traction control, StabiliTrak stability control, hill start assist, daytime running lights, 10 airbags including knee airbags for the driver and front passenger, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, rear child security door locks, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Additional features include automatic on and off headlights, heated power door mirrors, variably intermittent wipers, a rear wiper and defroster, an engine immobilizer and a theft deterrent system.

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Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Sonic and to learn more about this model’s features.

July Service Specials From Your Grapevine Chevy Dealer

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Everyone likes to save a buck or two. Deals for cheap car services are everywhere. But just because they are cheap, does not mean they are good. The deals we have in our service department at your Grapevine Chevy dealer are superior in both quality and value. We hold specials routinely to always give you the best deals we can in service. We have a great Gas Saver Bundle that includes an oil change, tire rotation and a 27-point vehicle inspection. You can get it as standard for $29.95 or synthetic, which is great for vehicles with lots of mileage, for $49.95.

Brakes that are old or worn out pose a potential hazard. Get this possible nightmare fixed with our coupon for brake pads. We even install them and check your rotors or drums or any other potential issues. Right now, this service is just $79.95 with coupon.

Buy tires from us. A whole set. If you find a retailer or installer with a better price on the exact same tires within 30 days, we will refund the difference. This is our 30-day Tire Price Guarantee to you. There is a list of eligible tire brands though. Included are Firestone, Bridgestone, Dunlop, BFGoodrich and others. Check our website for coupon details.

Also take advantage of our Limited Lifetime Part Warranty. Under this warranty, select parts are covered if the dealer installed them and they need to be replaced. This warranty only replaces the cost of the part; not the installation labor.

For questions or to schedule service, call us at (682) 223-9519. Or go online to http://www.classicchevrolet.com/ and click on the service tab. Remember to come to the best in service and sales. Classic Chevrolet is the go-to place for all of your Chevy car or truck needs.

May Events

May has arrived which means that spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. The Dallas-Fort Worth area teems back to life this time each year, which means that you can get our your Chevy and hit the open road. After you’ve made a stop at your Grapevine Chevy dealer, you can head out to one of these events.

May Events in Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Jimmy Buffett Concert — Jimmy Buffett himself will be playing live in the Dallas area this month. Parrotheads across the region will be thrilled to know that they can take their favorite Chevy vehicle and head to FC Dallas Stadium on May 4. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m., with Jackson Browne as an opening act and Jimmy Buffett headlining. Spend the evening joining in with some of Buffett’s most famous tunes, including “Fins,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and of course, “Margaritaville.”
  • hcEQpADallas Flamenco Festival — This unique festival takes place each year in Dallas, allowing people to experience the beauty and art of flamenco dancing. The festival takes place from May 4 through May 5 this year at the Ochre House Theater. The festival was founded by flamenca Delilah Buitron, who is from the Dallas area. She wanted to share her love of flamenco dancing with the community at large, and invented the Dallas Flamenco Festival along the way. People in the area can catch two flamenco performances at this festival — one at 7:00 p.m. May 4 and another at 2:00 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $15 for this unique event, which you are sure to enjoy. You might find yourself joining along with the amazing dances.
  • Dallas Fort Worth Women’s Expo — The Dallas Fort Worth Women’s Expo is coming to town again, providing women with the opportunity to pamper themselves, do a little shopping and explore a new interest. The women’s expo takes place this year from May 18 through May 19 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Tickets are only $5, and it promises to be a great day out for women of all ages. The event highlights all of the great things that are available to women in the area. Women have an opportunity to check out new cosmetic products, get a little pampering done and eat some delicious food along the way.

Whether you are hoping to spend the month of May enjoying concert after concert, or you want to indulge a little bit in yourself, you will find something fun to do this month in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Of course, don’t forget to make it a point to stop by and check out our great deals this month on the lot as well.

Every Child Deserves A Toy At Christmas

The employees of our Grapevine Chevy Dealership love the holidays, and one of our favorite part of the holidays is spreading joy by giving back to the community.  This holiday season Classic Chevrolet is collecting toys to donate to DFW’s Toys for Tots organization.

For over 20 years Toys for Tots has strived to deliver, through a shiny new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.  Throughout the months of October, November, and December Toys for Tots collects new unwrapped toys to be given to a needy child in our community.

Our employees, and our community have pitched in to help us collect 100s of toys for the Toys for Tots program.  Two of our employees even braved Black Friday shopping to get some great deals on a variety of toys to add to the bed of our “donation truck.”

If you would like to help us provide joy for a child in need this Christmas please stop by our Chevrolet Dealership, and drop off a new unwrapped toy.  Who knows…you might even run into one of our new salesmen:

 

School’s in Session and the Buses are Out and About

School buses strike up different feelings for different people. If you have children and they ride the big yellow to work, you love them. On the other hand, those of you without kiddos probably hate them. Speaking of someone without children, I can completely understand why some of you have a strong dislike for the big yellow, but that doesn’t mean we can break those safety rules encompassing them.

Did you know that there is an average of 139 fatalities per year involving school transportation-related crashes? That’s right, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), most of these fatalities aren’t to the children on the buses, but rather to occupants of other vehicles involved in the crashes (72 percent) or to other non-occupants of the buses, such as those who are walking and biking to school (20 percent). If that right there isn’t enough to grab your attention, I’m not sure what will.

In order to lower these statistics and educate motorists, ConsumerReports.com has shared a list of rules we all need to follow. Read them, learn them, use them!

  • Never pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. It is illegal in all 50 states. Also, never pass a school bus on the right — it is illegal and dangerous.
  • If you are traveling in the same direction as a stopped school bus, you must stop as well.
  • Yellow flashing lights indicate that the bus is preparing to stop to pickup or drop off children. If you are driving, slow down and prepare to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate that the bus is stopped, and that children are getting on or off. This, of course, means that you have to stop as well.
  • When waiting with your own child, teach them to wait until the stop arm is fully extended and the bus door opens before moving toward the bus.
  • The area ten feet around a school bus is at the highest risk for child being hit, so stop your car further than that to allow space for children to enter or exit. Most states have distance requirements, and they may be much further away than you may think.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch out for children walking or bicycling to school. Better yet, walk around your car or out to the sidewalk to check for any children walking in your path before you get in.
  • Be aware that roads that pass close schools may have slower speed limits during arrival and dismissal times than during non-school hours and that those limits are often more strictly enforced.
  • Drive slowly and watch for children walking in the street, especially if there are no sidewalks. Also be aware of children playing or waiting around bus stops.
  • Be alert and aware on the road. While children are typically taught about looking both ways, they could dart into the street without looking if they are late or distracted.

On a final note, I think it’s important to mention that the majority of school-bus related auto injuries happen in the afternoon rather than the morning. So be wary during both times. Safe travels, Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers!

[Source: ConsumerReports]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Tommy Milner Helps Introduce the Fastest, Most-Capable Convertible in Corvette’s History

The all-new 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible – the fastest, most-capable convertible in the history of Corvettes. Need I say more? Not really… but I’m going to anyway. With combined technology found in both the Z06 and ZR1 including carbon fiber elements and the handcrafted 7.0 LS7 small block engine with the Corvette convertible experience, this beauty is truly the first and only of its kind. Let’s break down a few of it’s remarkable qualities and hear from none other than the 2011 24-Hours of Le Mans Class Winner, Tommy Milner. I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t quit watching these videos… let’s start off with an overall introduction.

Amazing, isn’t it? Now let’s delve a little more into the 427’s performance straight from Chevy:

Power

Calling back legends of the big block 427 convertibles of the mid 1960s, the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible brings the supercar performance to the “top down” experience. That’s 0-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph on the test track and 505 horsepower with the wind in your hair. Remember to breathe. At the heart of 427 Convertible is the 7.0-liter (427 ci) LS7 aluminum-block V8, handcrafted by our own skilled engine craftsmen at the GM Performance Build Center where owners are invited to play a part with the optional Corvette Engine Build Experience.

The engine incorporates lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions. It’s track-ready power tucked within the classic Corvette convertible body for the first time in 60 years.

Handling

Everything on the 427 Convertible works together to create stability during high-speed handling. The optional Carbon Fiber front splitter and side rockers from the ZR1 and Z06 help reduce lift, which helps keep the 427 grounded while maneuvering at high speeds. Standard Magnetic Selective Ride Control™, which provides increased wheel control by dramatically reducing heave, pitch and roll even on the roughest of roads or during difficult maneuvers at high speeds. Then there’s its optimized suspension, which was fully enhanced with a unique calibration specifically for the 427 Convertible. Consider all of that with launch control, standard with the short-throw 6-speed manual gearbox, which modulates engine rpm to lay the power down smoothly while providing consistent acceleration times on the track. All of this together means refined control no matter if you’re on a track or on the highway.

 

 What do you think, Dallas Ft Worth? Are we ready for this beauty to hit the metroplex’s roads? I know I sure am. I’ll leave you with one more video in the meantime. Enjoy and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for the latest on the 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible.

 

 

[Source: Chevrolet]
Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

 

The Chevy Silverado’s Cylinder Switch Saves Fuel Without Sacrificing the Power of a V8

Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet owners, did you know that more than half of all full-size Chevy pickups sold 20 years ago are still on the road today? I’m not surprised seeing how the Silverado has a reputation of being the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup in the world. Not to mention, it’s V-8 engine has a track record that is practically untouchable.

In a GM press release, GM said that more than 85 percent of Silverado customers use their pickups to tow or haul and that these customers expect their trucks to be economical and they expect them to last. Until now, the only real draw back to driving a full-size pickup has been the fuel economy.This is no longer the case as GM engineers are improving the fuel efficiency of its mainstream 5.3-liter V-8 engine by switching off four of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.

Jordan Lee, Chevrolet’s global chief engineer for small block engines, said “Rather than adding turbochargers or multi-valve cylinder heads to increase the power of smaller engines, we chose to keep the proven capability of our larger V-8 truck engines, and save fuel by switching off half of the cylinders when they aren’t needed.”

By giving customers V-8 power and capability when they need it, with enhanced fuel efficiency when they don’t, Silverado offers the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any V-8 pickup, said Lee. “In fact, our 5.3-liter V-8 delivers EPA fuel economy estimates comparable to some competitors’ V6 engines.”

So all-in-all, what does this mean for future Silverado drivers in Grapevine and the rest of the DFW metroplex? It means better fuel economy without sacrificing the power of that famous Chevrolet V-8. Sound pretty good to me… what do you guys think? Check out this video from Chevrolet below.


[Source: media.GM.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Understanding the Difference Between an Automatic and Manual Transmission

When it comes to getting a new car in Dallas, we have a lot of decisions to make. Obviously, we have to select a make and model first. But beyond that, we will have to decide on other options such as color, interior, engine size, features and sometimes transmission.

For quite some time, we’ve had the option to choose between driving a vehicle with an automatic transmission or a manual transmission. It seems that these days, this option is much less of an issue. In fact, I don’t think my younger sisters are even aware of or know the difference between the two. For this reason, I decided to share a little bit of basic knowledge for those of you out there who are unaware, as well.

Let’s start out by putting it plainly: in a manual transmission, the driver is responsible for shifting the gears as speed changes, and in an automatic transmission, the car is responsible for shifting the gears. Obviously, there are advantages and disadvantages to both transmissions and the one that’s best for you all depends on your personal preferences and your driving habits.

Overall, the automatic transmission is considered the easier of the two because you’ll have to learn how to coordinate the clutch and the throttle in a manual. Speaking as someone who learned how to drive in a vehicle with a manual transmission, I will admit that it can be a bit challenging. The learning curve will be different for everyone.

Now let’s take a look at some of the major differences.  A manual transmission out the gate will typically be about $1000 cheaper and will require fewer repairs. They also tend to get better mileage. An automatic transmission on the other hand,  requires less stress and less concentration. They are also much easier to drive in traffic compared to a stick shift. Though they have higher repair costs, this may be worth it to some considering you have an extra free hand and free leg.

Like I said before, the choice is strictly up to the driver and the driver’s preferences. If you haven’t made up your mind yet, you can always head down to your number one North Texas Chevrolet dealership and try out both.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing. 

[Source: DriveSteady.com]

 

 

Don’t Be An Easy Target for Car Theft

While driving in to work this morning, I heard a news snippet that caught my attention. Apparently, a cat burglar who had been targeting homes around White Rock Lake since March has struck again! Not only is this person breaking in to homes, they’re also breaking into and stealing cars! So I thought what better time than now to discuss two things – that should be common knowledge – owners of new and used Chevrolet’s can do to stay off of a car thief’s radar.

1. Don’t be an easy target. Avoid parking in dark, isolated, or otherwise concealed areas. This areas are excellent choices for the aspiring car thief. Planning on parking your vehicle for an extended amount of time? Then you need to either disable the battery or leave it somewhere attended so it doesn’t collect parking tickets, an excessive amount of dirt, etc.

2. Hide those electronics and their cords! I don’t know about you guys, but I have a terrible habit of leaving my iPod cables and chargers out in the open. I’ve even left my lap top in my car on several occasions. Regardless of whether you locked your vehicle or not, mp3 players, laptops, tablets, even radar detectors are all easily and quickly lifted from exposed vehicles and can be easily wiped of identifying information and resold. Even the presence of charging cables may be enough to tell a casual vandal that it’s worth getting into your car to go through the glovebox and armrest to see if you’ve stashed a phone or an iPod there.

Even though advanced technology is steadily lowering the auto theft percentage in the U.S., it’s still happening. The new break-ins in Dallas prove it. So hide your belongings Dallas Ft Worth! And don’t let your new or used Chevrolet fall victim to car theft.

[Source: TheCarConnection.com]

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.