Who’s Your Favorite Character from Chevrolet’s Under the Blue Arch?

I don’t know about you guys, but I love The Office. And as you know, I love Chevrolet. So naturally, I’m a big fan of Chevrolet’s latest advertising campaign “Under the Blue Arch”. Since it’s directed by the same guy who directed The Office,  Randall Einhorn, I had no doubt in my mind that I would love the commercials.

Back in February, GM issued a press release describing the ad campaign as a 30-second retail format featuring a consistent cast of characters – from the former radio host turned salesman to the top-selling single mom – set in a new Chevy dealership.

“The automotive retail advertising landscape is very crowded, so you have to find a way to break through,” said Joel Ewanick, GM vice president and Global Chief Marketing Officer. “Humor is a great educator and this campaign is designed to grab people’s attention, tweak their funny bone and get them to consider Chevrolet.”

“The dealership and each of its characters represents the Chevrolet brand, which are friendly people in a comfortable and inviting surrounding,” said Ralph Watson of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. “Randall and the cast brought the store to life in a way only they can – by thorough preparation and thoughtful choices for improvisation. Over the course of rehearsing, they became their characters.”

So who is your favorite character, DFW? Let Classic Chevrolet know! In case you’ve missed any episodes, you can check them all out right now!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

Are You Thinking About Leasing a 2012 Chevrolet Dallas Fort Worth?

 Chevrolet Dealerships Ft WorthSo you’ve got your sights set on that new 2012 Chevrolet, but you haven’t quite decided whether or not you want to lease it or buy it. If you turn on your radio or TV, odds are you’ll hear at least one car commercial about “leasing starting at x-amount of dollars”. But has anyone really ever explained what all leasing entails? If you’re considering leasing a new Chevrolet, make sure you fully understand the process before hand. After all, this is a HUGE decision; one that will affect you financially for the next two to six years. Here’s a overview of the pros and cons. In the end, you may find that leasing is the best option for you or you may decide to go ahead and buy.

The easiest way to do explain leasing is to compare it to renting an apartment. You pay a pre-determined monthly fee to live in an apartment, but in the end, you do not own that apartment. Think of it this way… When you lease, you are making monthly payments to use the vehicle. When you finance a loan, you are making monthly payments to own the vehicle. Sounds easy enough to understand, right?

Advantages

Flexibility: Leasing is a shorter commitment than buying. The average leave is two to three years, while financing a loan for a car typically lasts between five and six years.

Lower Monthly Payment: Since you are not making payments toward the full purchase price of the car (including interest). This will give you a little more spending money during the month or even allow you to drive a more expensive car.

No Maintenance: This is a big plus for most car leasers. You will be driving a brand-new car that will most likely never have to be taken in for maintenance.

Disadvantages

Nothing to Show in the End: When you’re lease expires, you will have to return the car and have nothing tangible to show for all of those payments you made. If you had financed a loan for the car, ever payment you’ve made has gone toward the purchase price of the car (including interest).  If you spent $200 a month on a lease payment, at the end of two years, that’s about $5000 gone. And don’t forget, you’ll have to bring that car back and have to start from scratch on either a new lease or finance loan.

No Modifications: Another downside to leasing is the fact that you cannot make any modifications to the car. So no new stereo or speakers, larger or different tires, etc. You will also have to stay within the allowed mileage. If you go over, it can get pretty pricey. One other important thing to note is that you will have to pay out of pocket for any damages to the car.

I know it’s a lot to digest and think about, but this is a decision that has to be entirely made by you. Here’s a helpful video you can watch that will further explain the pros and cons of leasing a car. If you’ve already made your mind up, head over Classic Chevrolet Texas and start driving that new 2012 Chevrolet in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex today!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Hey DFW, Say Hello to the 2013 Chevy Camaro ZL1

Ft Worth Chevy dealerHey DFW Camaro lovers, I have some exciting news. Earlier today, Chevrolet announced that its most-powerful convertible ever, the 2013 Camaro ZL1, will debut at the LA Auto show next month. According to a press release issued by General Motors, this Camaro will deliver more performance and technology than many exotic cars and ultra-luxury convertibles. I told you I had exciting news!

The ZL1 will be powered by a 580-horsepower LSA 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine, so I’m sure Camaro Chief Engineer, Al Oppenheiser, wasn’t kidding when he said, “This is a car that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you drop the top – or hit the gas.”

The convertible will share all its characteristics and engine parts with the 2012 ZL1 coupe model which recently lapped the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife course in 7:41.27 minutes. The only changes we’ll see are a tower brace under the hood, a transmission reinforcement brace, an underbody tunnel brace and a set of X and V braces under the body. All of these are aimed at stiffening the chassis to better handle and apply all the power the LSA generates. Check out this video of the 2012 Camaro ZL1 at Nordschleife.

Are you getting excited yet? The ZL1 convertible will most likely be available for purchase in the late months of 2012. Until then, I’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest updates!

Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) Says Texting Doubles a Driver’s Reaction Time

Dallas Ft Worth Chevy dealerWe’ve all heard of the dangers of texting while driving time and time again, but there are still those who continue to do it. Hopefully, my fellow Chevy DFW drivers out there have taken this matter seriously. If not, time to listen up. A new study coming to us from the Aggies shows these dangers are far worse than most experts believe.

Earlier this week, the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), an agency of the Texas A&M University System, released a report revealing that reading or sending a text message while driving doubles a driver’s reaction time.  The study consisted of 42 drivers between the ages of 16 and 54.

First, participants were asked to drive a course with and without texting, and their reaction times to a periodic flashing light were recorded. Without texting, reaction times fell between one and two seconds. With texting, the reaction times doubled to three and four seconds. Furthermore, drivers were more than 11 times likely to miss the light all together when texting.

As the drivers’ reaction times were being recorded, their ability to maintain proper lane position and speed was also being measured. The results showed that drivers were less able to:

  • safely maintain their position in the driving lane when they were texting.  Plus, their swerving was worse in the open sections of the course.
  • maintain a constant speed while texting, tending to slow down in an effort to reduce the demand of the multiple tasks. By slowing down, a driver gains more time to correct for driving errors (such as the tendency to swerve while texting). Speed variance was also greater for texting drivers than for non-texting drivers.

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Christine Yager, an associate transportation researcher in TTI’s Center for Transportation Safety who managed the study said, “Most research on texting and driving has been limited to driving simulators. This study involved participants driving an actual vehicle. So one of the more important things we know now that we didn’t know before is that response times are even slower than we previously thought.”

Research doesn’t lie, friends. It’s a fact that texting while driving slows reaction time. So why risk you an accident in your new Chevy to send or read a measly little text message? Surely your life is worth than that.

The 1965 Chevy Corvette Shines in the Fast Five Movie

Chevrolet DFWEven if you’re not a fan of The Fast and The Furious movie franchise, you’ve got to at least check out the fifth movie, Fast Five, for the cars alone. The list is long and ranges from 1960s classics to 2011 models. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to know that my favorite on the list is the 1965 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport. You could probably say I’m a little biased, but even Dennis McCarthy, one of the most well-known picture car coordinators in the business, calls it the “Hero Car”. And with good reason.

Built by Mongoose Motorsports, this replica of a Grand Sport features the Chevrolet 502 big block backed by a Borg Warner Super T-10 four-speed transmission and rides on CS Corvette suspension. Here’s a breakdown of the car’s role in the movie from Dennis McCarthy himself.

According to McCarthy, all of the Fast Five vehicles had a pretty rough life on set. The only ones still drivable were the Hero and two stunt cars. If you haven’t seen the movie yet and you’re a car lover like me, I definitely recommend you check it out. Here’s a scene from the movie featuring the Corvette. Enjoy!

How to Handle Yourself When Getting Pulled Over

New Chevrolet DFWThere’s nothing worse than the feeling you get when you’re being pulled over.  Whether or not you’ve broken a traffic law or may have a headlight out you’re unaware of, it can be stressful seeing those red and blues flashing behind you. If you know how to handle the situation, it’ll be easier for you to remain calm and possibly up your chances of receiving a ticket.

First and foremost when you see the police’s lights behind you, signal and pull over to the side of the road. Make sure you pull as far over to the right as possible without putting your entire vehicle in the grass. Be sure you don’t do this too quickly though, you don’t want the officer to have to slam on his brakes.

Once you’ve pulled over, go ahead and turn off the car. Roll your window down and place your hands on the wheel. If it’s night time, turn on one of the interior lights. A lot of times people will have their license and registration ready for the officer by the time he gets there. However, I would recommend waiting until he asks you for it. That way, it doesn’t look like you are rummaging about in the vehicle.

When the officer comes to your window, don’t speak first. I’m sure you’ve all seen people in movies saw “What seems to be the problem, officer?” This can come off sarcastic or cocky regardless of how you meant it. Answer all of the officer’s questions with “yes, sir” or “yes, mam”. This is common courtesy in any situation.

I’ve heard that one of the first things officers learn is to make up their minds on whether or not to give a ticket before leaving their vehicle. However, you have nothing to lose by being extremely polite and cooperative. You never know, you may be let off with a warning for your little four mph over offense in your new Chevy.

Electric When You Want It, Gas When You Need It

Chevy Volt DFWElectric cars are still pretty new to the states and so it’s only natural that people have questions and may be confused. The new, two-part 2012 Chevy Volt ad addresses this very issue in a brilliant way. Check out part one.

What makes the Chevy Volt so unique is it’s ability to switch between running on electricity and gasoline. In fact, it’s the first automobile with this ability.  Not only does the Volt have an on-board electric source allowing you to drive gas-free, it also has an onboard gas generator that produces electricity giving you an additional 375 miles on a full tank of gas!

With all of these options comes choices. Do I drive on electric, gas or both? The answer is simple, let the Volt decide for you! That’s right, the car is actually programmed to give a choice of the three driving modes for the most efficient trip. You can also download an app that will give you real-time data on your battery level!

I’m telling you guys, the Volt brings an entire new meaning to term hybrid.  Here’s the second part of Chevy’s gas station commercials. Enjoy!

What’s New in the New Fuel Economy Label?

For the past few years, fuel economy has been a smoking hot topic in the auto industry. Automakers have constantly tried to outdo each other in mpg numbers and we’ve definitely started to see a stronger presence of hybrids and electric cars. So it’s only fitting that the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would make one of the biggest changes to fuel economy labels since they were created back in the seventies.

Classic Chevy ArlingtonNot only will you now find an estimate of how much you will spend or save on fuel for the next five years (4), you’ll also get an estimate of how much it will cost you to drive 100 miles (5).  But wait! There’s still more. You can compare vehicles by how much it will cost you in gasoline annually (6) and how other vehicles in it’s class measure up (3).

One of my favorite new editions though is the SmartPhone integration. Each label has a unique QR Code® (quick response) that you can scan into your phone. Of course, you’ll have to download the free app first, but after that you’ll be able to make even more comparisons and do personal calculations. See what else you can do in the video below.

If fuel economy weighs heavy on your buying decision list, then I’d definitely recommend downloaded this app. After all, most of you are going to be driving that new Chevy in DFW  for quite some time and it’s cool to see the potential savings before they even happen.

The Reason Behind DFW Traffic Jams

Chevy DFW dealershipHey Chevy drivers, did you know that our beloved DFW metroplex was listed as Forbe’s fifth worst city for traffic congestion in 2010? According to Forbes, the DFW has 43 hours of weekly congestion. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), there are five billion hours  of traffic congestion per year in America and last year, Americans drove the third highest numbers of miles ever recorded — three trillion!

The US DOT divides traffic into two types — volume or recurring traffic and non-recurring traffic. Volume traffic is exactly what is sounds like… too many people on the road. This happens when there are too many people trying to get to the same place and the highways simply cannot handle it. I’m sure you’re all aware of the new construction going on with 635. That has been the most hated highway in Dallas for quite some time and they city has finally decided that it’s time to expand. Will it help? We shall see.

The second type of traffic, non-recurring, is the result of a car accident, disabled vehicle, inclement weather, special events or temporary construction. My new favorite example of this type of traffic is the 18-wheeler that overturned last week carrying frozen chickens. Several highways were backed up and even closed for hours.

Though the US Department of Transportation only divides traffic into two categories, I believe there is a third in this metroplex that I like to call
“DFW Traffic”. It is caused by the following two things:

Bottlenecking – When ever a highway shrinks down to a smaller amount of lanes and people do not know how to correctly merge using the zipper effect (a perfect example of this is on President George Bush Turnpike at Beltline). If you unfamiliar with the Zipper Effect, it’s basically cars taking turns. One car from the right lane goes, then one from the left lane, one from the right, one from the left, forming a single-file line. People do not realize how much time this would save if everyone would do it correctly. Another issue surrounding bottlenecking, is people merging too quickly. There’s always that one man or woman who has  to get over way before the lane actually ends. This causes traffic and is unnecessary.

Rubbernecking –When people will slow down to unnecessary speeds to gawk at a traffic accident (most of the time on the other side of the highway). Now, I’m not saying it’s a terrible idea to slow down by maybe five mph. But 25 mph? That’s going to cause traffic.

There are many of you who know exactly what I’m talking about, and I’m sure there are some of you who are probably realizing that you do one or both of the above mentioned things. Not to worry, now that you’re aware that theses two things can really affect the flow of traffic, you may change up your driving habits a bit the next time you and your Chevy are stuck in traffic on highway 35, 635 or I20.

Are Your Wiper Blades Worn Out DFW?

Chevrolet DFWAfter a long, hot and dry summer, the DFW finally saw some rain this week! The other day, a friend of mine asked me about wiper blades and how you knew when it was time to replace them. He said he had replaced them at the beginning of the year, but they were streaking and skipping when he used them this week. Did any of your DFW Chevy drivers experience the same thing?  I’m willing to bet a lot of you did.

When blades aren’t used for prolonged periods of time, they can begin to deteriorate. The sun’s UV rays also contribute to this, and the ridiculous temperatures we’ve had all summer probably made it worse. Generally, you want to replace your blades once  year. But given the weather we’ve had the past few months, I’d recommend taking a walk outside and examining your blades. Look for broken frames, tears, missing pieces and curvature.

If you see any of these things, you may want to replace the blades. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can always swing by and we’ll help you out. In the future, there are a few things you can do to help prolong your blades life. First of all, try and clean your windshield as much as possible. Try cleaning it every time you stop for gas. This will help keep the oil from other cars and random dirt flying in the air from damaging your blades. The second thing you can do is wipe off your blades with a damp paper towel. Try doing this once a month and I guarantee you’ll see a difference.