Chevy is Ready for Baseball Action!

6-2-2016

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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Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle and to learn more about the Play Ball initiative. If you are not ready for a new vehicle, give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for maintenance. While you are here, ask about the Play Ball initiative.

How to Get Your Chevy Summer Ready

5-26-2016

Whether you just picked up a new vehicle from Classic Chevrolet or your Chevy is older, you’ll want to get it ready for the summer. You are most likely going to put more miles on your vehicle during the summer months because of vacations and road trips. This means you’ll need to do a bit more maintenance.

Recommended Maintenance

Be sure you have the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance completed on your vehicle. Even if you are not quite at the recommended mileage, have it completed if you expect to take a road trip that could will exceed the mileage or time for maintenance.

Exterior

Wash and wax your vehicle, even if you are not planning on a road trip until the middle of the summer. The hotter sun, dust and bugs will take a toll on the paint. Let the summer take its toll on the wax instead of the paint.

Emergency Kit

Rotate bottled water and emergency food in your emergency kit. You can also remove the heavier jackets and blankets in favor of lighter jackets, umbrellas and lighter blankets. Double check the first aid kit to ensure that nothing has been used. And, rotate the batteries. Use the batteries you put in the vehicle in the fall and put new batteries in the emergency kit.

If you plan on traveling to remote areas, you may also want to add a small tent to the emergency kit. If you happen to get stranded in the middle of nowhere, you could sleep in the vehicle if it will be a day for help to get to you; however, sleeping in a tent might be more comfortable, especially if you have kids with you.

Tires

Don’t forget to check the tires. Check for uneven wear and check the tire pressure. If the tread is almost down to the tread bars, change the tires instead of waiting.

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Embraces the V6 Like No Other Muscle Car

5-24-2016

If you are in the market for a sporty vehicle but prefer a smaller engine, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro with the V-6 engine. While most people wouldn’t call a vehicle with a V-6 a muscle car, this one might have you changing your mind. The Camaro has 335 horsepower, which is only 90 less than the BMW M4. Add a six-speed manual transmission for the ultimate fun muscle-non-muscle car.

Shifting and Acceleration

One thing the Camaro will do, which is a rare find in a V-6, is spin the tires if you give it too much gas when you launch from a stop. The manual transmission is easy to shift; and shifting feels more like V-8 shifting with a tighter clutch and shifter. And, in the 1LT version, the shifter has a “short throw” feel, so you’re not moving the shifter into the back seat to get into gear.

The Camaro also features strong pulling through the mid-range and top end. Even if you are cruising in 6th gear, you don’t have to drop to 5th to pass other traffic.

Sound

You can’t hardly call a vehicle that doesn’t have a throaty roar a muscle car. But when you add the optional dual exhaust to the V-6, you do get that nice roar since GM tries to avoid high-pitched six-cylinder engines. However, GM didn’t muffle all of the sound, so the V-6 version has that V-8 sound.

Ride and Handling

Forget the bulky feel of previous V-6 models. The 2016 Camaro features a sport suspension system, and if you order the RS package, 20-inch wheels. This gives the V-6 excellent cornering with almost no body roll. And, when you’re on the highway, the suspension plants the tires for great traction, even at higher speeds. Kiss the instability of typical base model V-6 cars goodbye.

And, you get this without compromising the quality of the ride. The suspension takes road roughness in stride; and you can barely feel the small bumps and imperfections in the road.

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How to Kick Off the Summer Season in Your Chevy

Summer is the season of the road trip, and that means you need the perfect vehicle for your summer adventures. There’s no better place to look than all of the new 2016 Chevy models that have hit our Classic Chevrolet lot. The following are a few of the top Chevy models for summer, and how you can use them to get more out of your summer exploration.

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1. The 2016 Chevy Silverado 1500 Double Cab All-Star is the truck you need to spend more time off-road this summer. This four-wheel-drive double cab truck is large enough for the whole family and comes with a $9,000 Chevy Bonus Tag, so you save the minute you buy.

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2. The all-new 2016 Malibu is the summer road trip vehicle that will turn heads everywhere you go. This favorite midsize car, which achieves an EPA estimated 47 miles per gallon on the highway, has been entirely redesigned with more technology, efficiency and style.

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3. The all-new Chevy Cruze has been completely redesigned for 2016. Summer travelers enjoy an EPA estimated 42 miles per gallon on the highway, available phone integration and available 4G LTE WiFi to make road trips more affordable and entertaining for everyone in the vehicle.

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4. The 2016 Chevy Trax is the vehicle you haven’t heard of yet, but it could be your dream compact SUV. Known as a “city-smart SUV,”  this vehicle is agile, rugged, fuel efficient and spacious, so you can take it off road or to the heart of the city on your summer adventures.

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5. Despite what many travelers assume, the Chevy Volt is ready for long road trips. The vehicle has been redesigned and engineered for 2016, which includes an improved electric range and seamless transition from electric to gas power, so you can keep cruising without worrying about your battery range. Even better, you’ll spend minimal money on gas and have more to use on your favorite summer adventures and eats.

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6. Need more space for your cargo this summer? The 2016 Chevy Traverse is equipped with eight passenger seats and a cargo volume of 116.3 cubic feet. Cram your vehicle with your little ones, surfboards, beach chairs and everything you need for the perfect summer family getaway.

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7. The 2016 Chevy Colorado is the fuel-efficient truck you need for city and country based adventures. It’s the fastest-growing midsize pickup in the industry for its stylish look, impressive 31 miles per gallon on the highway, available best-in-class horsepower, innovative technology and more.

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8. Don’t miss the Chevy Memorial Day Sales Event. Kick the summer season off right with more bonus cash and unbelievably affordable pricing on all new 2016 Chevy models right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas. Stop in and see us to find your dream vehicle for the summer season today.

Get the Perfect Burger Just Right for Your Next Cookout

5-19-2016

Grilling burgers is easy. Although, cooking the perfect burger every time isn’t. It takes a special recipe and plenty of practice to master your perfect burger cooking technique.

This guide to cooking the ideal hamburger that all of your friends and family will love is extremely simple and very easy to tweak to suit your specific flavor wants and needs. It is recommended that you use medium ground beef, as opposed to leaner varieties, to pack more flavor and moisture into ever single burger patty. It’s also important not to use frozen meat or to prepare your burgers and freeze them for future use. If you intend to store your burgers before cooking, wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in the refrigerator for no longer than one day.

This simple recipe creates four mouthwatering servings.

The Perfect Burger

What you’ll need:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (Dijon if desired)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 small onion (finely grated)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound medium ground beef

Unique flavor perk stir-ins:

Any of these stir-ins can be added to your patties to create even more flavor or to help your burgers fit a certain theme. Even better, you can use the standard recipe and add new stir-ins each time to get the feel and taste of a new recipe without having to learn new tricks.

  • 1 tablespoon creamy Caesar salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon Greek salad dressing
  • 1 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomato
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon grated gingerroot
  • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh herbs
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 fresh chopped jalapeno pepper

Cooking instructions:

  1. Lightly oil the grate of your grill and preheat it to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, whisk an egg and add the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
  3. Add in any of the additional stir-in options that appeal to you and your family.
  4. Crumble the beef into the bowl using your hands and gently mix it all together. Be careful to handle the meat as little as possible to keep it tender, not tough.
  5. Gently shape the mixture into four burgers about 3/4-inch thick.
  6. With your thumb, make a shallow indent into the center of each burger.
  7. Place the burgers on the grill and close the lid. Grill the burgers for 6 to 8 minutes on each side. A thermometer should read 160 degrees.
  8. Serve the burgers on buns with your favorite burger toppings.

This perfect burger grilling technique is ideal for all of your summer get-togethers. Don’t forget to stop and see us right here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, Texas, to find your dream summer road trip vehicle today.

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

5-17-2016

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.

The Chevy Volt May Be the Most Innovative Vehicle for 2016

The Chevy Volt is unlike any other vehicle on the road. If the vehicle is charged regularly, Chevrolet claims that owners can travel up to 1,000 miles without having to return to the gas pump. That’s a lot of money saved. However, it’s not just the gas mileage that makes this electric or gas-powered vehicle so special. It’s loaded with the industry’s greatest technologies and comforts to change your experience behind the wheel for the better. The following are a few reasons why you should pull the trigger and purchase the 2016 Volt.

1. The Volt’s CarPlay screen is the best ever.

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According to MacWorld.com, this year’s Chevy Volt offers a more vivid and responsive touch screen system that’s designed to work perfectly every time.

2. Apple has made some major improvements.

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Apple just added a number of new features to the CarPlay system with the iOS 9.3 update. The “New” and “For You” Apple Music features as well as the useful “Nearby” addition in Apple Maps make traveling easier and more enjoyable.

3. The Volt doesn’t let you run out of battery or gas.

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One of the biggest concerns with purchasing a vehicle with a rechargeable battery and gas tank is that you won’t know when you’re vehicle is running out of either one. The Volt always keeps you up-to-date with a dashboard that shows you exactly how much range is left in your battery and how much farther you can go before filling up with gas.

4. The Volt eliminates the worry with long-distance travel.

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Many drivers are convinced that electric vehicles aren’t ideal for long road trips. However, the Volt seamlessly switches from electrical power to gas power when your battery runs out. You just keep cruising, and the Volt does the work for you.

5. The Volt doesn’t let you forget anything.

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One of the biggest perks of owning an intelligent vehicle is that you can forget about pesky mistakes like locking your keys in the car or draining your vehicle’s battery. Your Volt can tell if the keys have been left in the vehicle and will let you know with a beep. The headlights are automatic and a dashboard light will let you know if you’re tailgating the person ahead of you.

6. You can control many parts of your vehicle with an iOS app.

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Not only do you enjoy the soothing voice of Apple’s Siri on the road, you can also lock or unlock your vehicle, start it or run diagnostics through an easy-to-use iOS app.

7. The Volt looks and feels mainstream.

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You don’t have to drive a futuristic or often funny-looking vehicle to enjoy the perks of an electric car. The Volt is now designed to look innovative and stylish yet more mainstream, so your vehicle stands out for all the right reasons.

What are you waiting for? Test drive the new Chevy Volt at Classic Chevrolet today.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Leads Segment In Efficiency

5-12-2016

When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu hybrid, keep in mind that this vehicle leads the segment in efficiency. The Malibu gets an EPA-estimated 46 mpg combined rating.

According to a press release by Chevrolet, no other vehicle offers a higher EPA-estimated mileage in the city than the Malibu, which gets 47 mpg. The Malibu uses the best and newest technology to get such high fuel economy. Plus, the new Malibu is almost 300 pounds lighter than the previous year’s model.

The Malibu enjoys standard features such as Chevrolet MyLink, a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, 10 standard airbags, cruise control, a rear vision camera and push button start. Available optional features include front pedestrian braking, lane keeping assist and low speed automatic braking.

You can also order the Malibu with Teen Driver, which allows parents to activate certain safety features and to watch their teen’s driving habits. Teen Driver also allows parents to set radio volume limits, speed warnings and more.

The hybrid is powered by a 1.8-liter engine and two electric motors. The combined engine and motors give you up to 182 horsepower. And, this system features Chevrolet’s first application of exhaust gas heat recovery. The system uses exhaust heat to warm the cabin and the engine; and it improves fuel economy in colder weather.

The 80-cell 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery gives the Malibu its electric power. When the Malibu is running on electric only, it can achieve up to 53 miles per hour. When you need more power, the gas engine automatically comes on so that your speed is not limited.

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Car Safety Tips for Your Furry Friend

It’s National Pet Month, and if you’re like many pet owners, you probably want to take your pet everywhere you go. There’s no denying that road trips can be fun for you and your furry friend, but there are a number of steps you should take before loading your pup into the vehicle and hitting the road.

The following tips and pet safety items will help you and your pet enjoy your spring and summer adventures to the fullest.

1. Consider pet restraints.

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Pet restraints aren’t required by law, but there are a number of pet restraints, or pet seatbelts, available on the market. These devices can provide peace of mind for the driver, keep pets from causing distraction and keep them safe in case of emergency.

2. Use a crate if possible.

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A crate is a useful pet restraint that may be more familiar to your furry friend. If a pet crate, that’s large enough for your pet to stand and turn around inside, fits in the rear of your vehicle, it can be one of the most effective ways of keeping you and your pet safe on the road. Load the crate with your pet’s favorite toys, bed and water to ensure a comfortable, stress-free ride.

3. Test drive your pet first.

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The only way to find out if your pet is a good road traveler is to take a number of smaller road trips first. Start by driving around the block, then advance to longer journeys to ensure your pet doesn’t get sick or stressed in the car.

4. Make sure your pet is prepared.

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Your pet needs his or her bags packed too. Be sure your pet is wearing a durable collar with a contact tag attached. Bring plenty of leashes, collars, toys and stop by the vet to pick up your pet’s health and rabies vaccination records. If you’ll be on the road for an extended amount of time, don’t forget heartworm medication and any other medications your pet needs.

5. Allow plenty of time.

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Many travelers assume road trips take the same amount of time with a pet in the back seat. That’s not the case. Pets need to be let out of the vehicle to exercise and relieve themselves roughly every 2 hours. Be sure to plan ahead for the time needed for frequent stops.

6. Feeding times may be different.

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You don’t want to take your pet off of his or her normal feeding schedule if you don’t have to. However, you should give your pet a light meal roughly 3 to 4 hours before departure. Remember never to feed your pet in a moving vehicle.

7. Use the right vehicle.

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It’s important to road trip in a vehicle that is comfortable for you and your pet. A number of the Chevrolet sport utility vehicles available here at Classic Chevrolet are exactly what you need to adventure with your furry friend.

Go Up Against the World in the 2017 Camaro ZL1

5-8-2016

When you are in the market for a new sports car, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2017 Camaro ZL1, which will be available later in 2016. With new levels of refinement, technology, acceleration and capability, the new Chevy Camaro will challenge the most advanced of the sports coupes in the world, according to a press release by GM.

The executive vice president of Global Product Development, Mark Reuss, said that the ZL1 was designed to bet the best of the best. With superb performance packed into a 2+2 coupe, the ZL1 is great for every day driving and for taking it out on the track.

The 2017 model year comes with a new 6.2-liter V-8 supercharged engine that puts out an estimated 640 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque. Buyers have a choice of a six-speed manual transmission with active rev matching or a brand new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Aerodynamics

The 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 went through over 100 hours of testing on the track and in a wind tunnel so that the manufacturer could make the best aerodynamic body possible for fuel economy and cooling. Not only is the design functional, but it is stylish. The lower grille opening gives excellent airflow to help keep the Camaro cooler while at higher speeds. The upper grille incorporates an open bow tie insignia.

The Camaro’s new hood features carbon fiber insert with a heat extractor that allows hot air to be pulled from the engine compartment so that the engine is further cooled. Additional changes to the body include the rockers, a bigger front splitter, wider front fenders and a wing-style rear spoiler.

Technologies

The Camaro’s new technologies include performance traction management, magnetic ride suspension, an electronic limited slip differential, drive mode selection and a custom launch control. The Camaro also weighs 200 pounds less than the previous model year and has 60 more horsepower and 80 more pound-feet of torque, giving it a better power to weight ratio.

Additional features include 20-inch forged aluminum wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires and Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers on the front wheels for extra stopping power. The front brakes also features large 15.35-inch two piece rotors.

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