North American Car of the Year Accolades

General Motors took the North American Car of the Year for car and truck categories this year. The Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, both available at Classic Chevy, won for their categories as announced at a Dec. 13, 2013 new conference held at the North American International Auto Show.

A jury of 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States voted on vehicles this year. This is the 21st year of the North American Car of the Year award. Most awards are given by a single media outlet, but this award is given by journalists from different media outlets. The journalists represent television, magazines, newspapers, radio and web sites.

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Visit the Classic Chevrolet truck showroom for more information about the Silverado.

The North American Car of the Year award recognizes the most outstanding vehicles of the year. The jury votes on several factors including comfort, innovation, safety, design, driver satisfaction, handling and value for the dollar. The Stingray was awarded 211 points. The next vehicle was quite far from the Stingray – the Mazda3 received 185 points. An even larger spread separated second and third place. The Cadillac CTS received 94 points.

This is not the first time the Corvette won this award; it won in 1998. This is also the sixth time a General Motors vehicle won the award.

In the truck category, the Silverado garnered 219 points. The Jeep Cherokee came in second, trailing by 45 points with a score of 174. The Acura MDX trailed the leading Silverado by 122 points with a score of 97. The Silverado is the fourth truck win for General Motors and the second win for this model – the Silverado previously won in 2007.

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Visit the Classic Chevy Corvette showroom for more information on the Stingray.

In comparison over the 21 years of the awards for cars, domestic auto manufacturers won 12 times, Japanese auto manufacturers one three time, European auto manufacturers won four times and a Korean auto manufacturer – Hyundai – won twice. Domestic trucks won 14 times, Japanese trucks won four times and European trucks won three times. Vehicles are only eligible for the award if they are brand new or have had extensive changes.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Stingray if you are in the market for a sports car or the Silverado if you are in the market for a truck.

A 2011 Camaro Convertible goes for a remarkable price!

A very popular auction was just recently held in Las Vegas called the Barrett-Jackson. Before the 2011 Camaro Convertible even hits the showrooms this hot new model was auctioned off for one lucky winner to drive home. GM decided to auction of this beauty with the proceeds going to the YMCA of Southern Nevada. Let’s just say that YMCA is very happy with GM’s decision cause that 2011 Camaro Convertible went for over $200,000.

I know many Camaro enthusiasts that can not wait for the Camaro Convertible to hit the show room of your local Texas Chevy dealer. We’ll keep you posted when the first one rolls in! I think you will be happy to hear that the New 2011 Camaro Convertible will be priced considerably lower than $200,000.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

How Many Airbags Are In The New Chevy Cruze? It Is A Record Breaker!

Here at Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine we are very excited to be getting the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze. People have been and are still calling daily just waiting for it to arrive so they can take it for a test drive. Do you know how unique the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is? Well, just for one it has the most airbags for a small car. It also has a very smooth quiet drive as you witnessed in a previous post of mine. Check out this safety video from Chevrolet on the 2011 Cruze. When you are ready to take this new car for a spin make sure you head on over to your local Grapevine Chevy dealer. The Cruze is waiting for you to drive it!

Driving A Camaro Is More Than Just A Drive, It Is A Lifestyle.

I have been around the Chevrolet Camaro my whole life and Camaro owners longer than I can remember. I know that owning and driving a Camaro is more than just having a car, it is more like a lifestyle. This video below is about the Camaro disciples and I think you will find it very interesting. Thanks to Motor Authority for sharing this video and their story with it. The Chevrolet Camaro is in high demand and one of the most popular Chevrolets of all time and I am very proud to be a part of its history. I appreciate the fact that Chevrolet is asking the people what they think about the Camaro and getting their opinions on how to improve it. This gives us (the consumer) the opportunity to speak our mind about the car and leave a piece of us with it. Enjoy and let me know what you think about this.

The business of focus grouping in the autoindustry can be a bit of an echo chamber. The group you select shapes the responses you get. Chevrolet is putting this two-edged sword to use with the ongoing development of the Camaro, and in this video, we get a look at the “15 Disciples” group of enthusiasts.

Chevy uses these presumably hand-picked enthusiasts as a sounding board for what’s good, what’s bad, what’s missing, and what to add. But more interesting than Chevy’s use of the group is the group itself.

Looking at the group is perhaps the best insight possible into what Chevy sees as the target market for the Camaro, and it’s not as heavy with gold chains and chin hair as you might expect. In fact, the group spans what appears to be at least two decades in age and has a substantial female contingent.

In other words, Chevy is going after not just hard-core performance enthusiasts or image-obsessed bankers but the whole spectrum of car fanatics. From a volume sales perspective, that’s no doubt the wise approach. However it may serve to explain why, in our drive review of the 2010 Camaro SS, we found the Camaro to be a bit less focused than we’d like, though the six-speed manual and LS3 V-8 combo are always good for some fun. On the other hand, it may be the perfect recipe for a crowd-pleasing muscle car.

The Chevrolet Cruze Is Rocking Out In Detroit! A must see video.

Chevrolet has had no shortage of pretty remarkable videos lately. Between the videos for the new Chevy Silverado HD and the Chevrolet Volt we aren’t surprised that they are pumping out more awesome videos for the all-new Chevrolet Cruze. We are patiently waiting it’s arrival. Are you?

Courtesy of GMFastlane check out the new Cruze video:

Our friends at Chevrolet put together another cool video featuring the all-new 2011 Chevy Cruze and its development engineers. Special thanks to Detroit hard rockers, Fifth Way, who joined in to demonstrate the Cruze’s comfortable, quiet ride.

Chevrolet Has A New Voice!! Who Is The Star?

That’s right Chevy has hired a new voice for their commercials and it is none other that the comedian Tim Allen. Home improvement has been one of the funniest shows on the air in years passed and I am quite sure that Tim Allen will do a remarkable job with Chevrolet. My children love “Buzz Lightyear” from Toy Story as well, so I think he’s found a good place with us. Tim will be the voice for the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze commercials and don’t worry we’ll keep you posted when the Chevrolet Cruze hits your local Dallas Chevy dealership. Check out the story from AutoBlog.

General Motors has officially announced that television and movie star Tim Allen will be the new “voice of Chevrolet,” starting with a series of ads that will begin airing on September 7. These ads will be for the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, and while Allen is a big-name with a very recognizable voice, GM’s vice president of marketing, Joel Ewanick, reminds us that “the car will be the star.”

Allen is best known for his starring role on the long-running 1990s sitcom Home Improvement, as well as his roles in The Santa Clause movies and as the voice behind Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story trilogy. In addition, Allen is also a well-known automobile enthusiast and has an extensive car collection. He is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and has a strong love for classic American muscle cars.

Listen for Tim Allen in four 30-second GM spots, scheduled to hit your television screen in the coming weeks. GM says that the Cruze’s marketing campaign will ramp up as the cars begin to arrive at dealerships in greater volume. For the full details, hit the jump to read GM’s press release.

Facebook While Driving…. Can It Be Safe? Is It Possible?

I think we all know how much I love Facebook, Twitter and the like. Let’s think about this though… Do I Facebook while driving? No! Well maybe if I am in dead stop traffic not moving. Under normal circumstances I am paying attention to the road. I came across an article today from AutoBlog that was very interesting. GM has decided to combat Ford’s popular Sync System with a system of their own. I never thought about voice texting or updating your Facebook status while driving but this could be very interesting. The question is…. Could it be safe? What are your thoughts on this. Would updating your Facebook “safely” while driving be something that you would like to do?

Here’s the story:

General Motors is ready to bring the fight to Ford’s Sync system with a reworked version of OnStar, but the salient details won’t be revealed for another seven days. However, we’ve gotten word from the General that it’s testing two new features: Audio Facebook updates and voice texting.

On the Facebook front, GM is the experimental phase of integrating OnStar with the 800-pound social media guerilla, allowing users to verbally update their Facebook status via audio recordings, with the possibility of utilizing the OnStar Virtual Advisor feature to read off Facebook status updates and news feeds.

Voice texting works in a similar manner, pairing the driver’s Bluetooth mobile phone to OnStar and allowing the system to read received SMS messages and reply using a voice command to select four pre-set messages. That’s not true voice-to-text functionality, but it’s similar to what’s being offered by other automakers.

Well, what do you think? Something you might like?

Lone Star Camaro Car Club Set To Meet At Texas Motor Speedway!

I am sure you all know our Camaro guru Mr. Eric Hall (@TheSSEric) right? Well he has asked me to let you guys know about the upcoming Lone Star Camaro Club event set for September 11, 2010. So below is all the information! If you have any questions please let me know! We hope to see you out there!

Saturday, September 11, 2010
You’re the driver when Texas Motor Speedway opens the Speedway to the public for the first time this year. Experience the thrill of driving your car around the 1.5-mile super speedway all to benefit the Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.

Polish up your special vehicle and come on out to “The Great American Speedway!®” on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010 for Laps for Charity II. Take three laps on the 1.5 mile Super Speedway behind a pace vehicle for just a $30 donation and have your picture taken in Victory Lane for an additional $10. Once again our fan favorite VIP Laps Experience will be offered for $250. Laps will be conducted for Car Clubs (by reservation) ours is 5:30, but we need to be there by 4:00pm and for the General Public from 7-10 p.m. No reservation is needed for the General public time. We will be arriving at TMS around 3:30 in order to take a large group photo.

So, I am sure everyone out there understands and knows the significance of our Laps for Charity day. It is indeed on 9/11 and I really felt the need to honor and pay respect to an event that so heavily impacted our country. I know there are a lot of members out there that served or currently do serve in our armed forces or risk their lives daily as a firefighter or a police officer. 9/11 may have been horrific, but the way America handled it is a testament to these peoples’ courage, determination, and unwavering nerve. With that said, LSC had to be involved and as a non-profit organization, had to also give back.

On the recommendation of Eric Hall with Classic Chevrolet (thank you Eric!!), I contacted the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation with the intent of organizing a large scale photo-op. Well, after speaking with Dean Thompson (who is the CEO of the organization and the designer and sculptor of the beautiful bronze statue) I was left blown away by his level of commitment to the foundation and his excitement of having 50-80 Camaros arranged in front of his memorial. Therefore, LSC will be making a pit stop on its way to Texas Motor Speedway.

We will also be purchasing an engraved brick and making a donation to this great cause. Dean told me that his foundation is in the process of raising $3500 for lighting retrofits on the memorial and I would love nothing more than to come through for him. I know this is quite a bit of money, but I would love to see all of you step forward and help LSC meet that number. The brick that we are having engraved will be laid on the day we are out there, so it will be quite an awesome event to be a part of. We will have a donation jar at the next few meets and I have asked Dean to come out to our July event to talk about his foundation and the memorial.

For all that attend, you will receive a pin with the memorial logo as rememberace of this special day and you will be a part of a very large club photo. With as many people as we are anticipating making it out, the group picture should be a site to behold. I also want to mention that Dean is getting the Grapevine police and fire department out to the event to escort us over to the track from the site and he is organizing media coverage for us also.

The schedule will be as follows:

12:00-2:00 pm – We will meet at Classic Chevrolet on 9/11 to organize and yes (FREE FOOD)

2:00 pm – Head out to the memorial

2:15 to 3:30 pm – Organize the cars, take group photos, watch our brick get put in the ground, and celebrate the lives of our lost loved ones

3:30 pm – Head out to TMS for our track time at 5:30 pm (FIRST GROUP ON THE TRACK)

All in all, I think this is a very appropriate and much needed stop for our caravan to TMS. The photos will be fantastic and the memorial is a great way to honor this day. I emplore you all (sponsors and members alike) to help LSC meet our lofty donation goals and if you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with me.

You can check out the memorial’s site here: http://www.911flightcrewmemorial.org/

Stay tuned for more on this as we get closer.

I know this is super long, so here are some cliffs:

-Laps for Charity is on 9/11
-LSC would like to pay tribute to this important day
-We will be making a pit stop at the 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial on our way to the track
-LSC will also be making a donation to this foundation, so break open those piggie banks!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing!

What Cars Made The List Of The Top 10 Cars For Family Travel? Do You Drive One?

Summer and winter holiday’s are the perfect time for families to start traveling. Everyone loves a good road trip right? You also want to be comfortable. Especially if you have children. When my wife, kids and I are going on a road trip we pretty much pack up our entire house. With that said, I was glad that Consumer Reports made the Chevrolet Traverse one of the top 10 vehicles for family travel. Not only did the Traverse score well on the road test from Consumer Reports but it also has good seating and cargo arrangements. It’s more than comfortable to ride in, scored well in all crash tests, and has proven reliable in owner surveys.

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The quiet, steady-riding Traverse handles well and offers plenty of room for people and cargo. Among the larger of the “mid-sized” SUVs, the Traverse has a third-row seat that’s comfortable even for adults. Rear visibility could be better, and fuel economy of 16 mpg is mediocre at best. – Consumer Reports.

Have you made it out and test driven the new Traverse yet? If you’ve got a big family this may just be the car for you. Let your Texas Chevy Dealer take you for a test drive. I don’t think you will be disappointed by any means of the word.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

See The First Look At The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze!

The all new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is on its way to your local Texas Chevy dealer. I wanted to give you a first look at how it drives, handles and let you know a little bit of what some of the critics are saying. The Chevrolet Cruze is going to be the replacement for the Chevrolet Cobalt and even though it is a smaller car, it has a big bite. Thanks to Consumer Reports for sharing their thoughts with us on the brand new Chevrolet Cruze. I don’t think you will be disappointed by any means of the word. Check out this story, watch the video and then weigh in with your thoughts on the brand new Chevy!

Chevrolet replaces the mediocre Cobalt this September with an all-new sedan, the Cruze. Already on sale in many markets around the globe, the Cruze will give the division a much more competitive small car in the States than in the past. We borrowed one recently to give our auto engineers a chance to preview this significant new model and share their impressions in this First Look video.

The Cruze will be offered with two engines: a base 1.8-liter, four-cylinder and an up-level 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder that has the potential to optimize performance and fuel economy. Both the automatic and manual transmissions offered are six-speed units. Much of the marketing attention will be on the 1.4-liter turbo, with its promised 40 mpg on the highway.

However, the bigger story is that all Cruzes, regardless of trim level or engine, are a marked improvement over the outgoing rental-ready Cobalt. Most of GM’s recent small cars have been underwhelming, but in our time with the Cruze, we found it to feel substantial and much more refined.  We think the car handles well, with responsive steering and a well-controlled ride. Noise levels are relatively low, and the cabin feels roomy for the class. Price concerns aside, the Cruze has much promise, and we are looking forward to purchasing a production example and running it through our exhaustive test regimen when it goes on sale.

—Jeff Bartlett

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.