The 2012 Chevy Sonic Earns a Top Safety Pick from IIHS

It’s official! The new 2012 Sonic has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, seeing how this subcompact cruiser is equipped with two more air bags than its competitors and has a vehicle safety cage that is 60 percent high-strength steel. 

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Photo courtesy of AutoBlog.com

The Sonic also features a LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children) system, six months of OnStar service including automatic crash response and panic brake assist technology. Did I forget to mention how smart this subcompact is? Should you be involved in an accident, there are sensors that will diagnose the severity of impact and control the deployment of its 10 airbags.

The IIHS only awards Top Safety Picks to the vehicles that perform with the highest level of safety in their class. The ratings are based on how well they protect passengers in front and side crash tests, in rollovers via a roof strength test, and in simulated rear impacts to evaluate seat and head restraints for protection against neck injuries.

You can see how the Sonic reacts in two of these tests below. If you’re looking for a seriously safe subcompact that averages 40 mpg, then feel free to swing by and take a test drive. 

 

 

Amateur Camaro Ads Do Not Leave Much To The Imagination

Word around the block is that the new Chevrolet Camaro is somewhat of a chick magnet. I am pretty sure that most of you would agree. In fact I think there is probably a huge chunk of guys that have bought the new Chevy Camaro just to attract the attention of the lovely ladies. A friend of mine sent me the link to these new Camaro ads running… I’ll be honest I am not really sure where they have come from. I haven’t seen them on any TV ads so it could just be a digital ad or it could be an amateur’s doing but either way they are really clever and pretty funny.

Take a look and let me know what you think. Does it make you want to go out and buy the 2012 Chevy Camaro?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

Connecting Families on the road with OnStar

OnStar never ceases to amaze me. How many of you out there use OnStar on a daily basis? I do. I love it and couldn’t really imagine my Chevy Tahoe without the power of OnStar. OnStar has announced a new test program called Family Link that will make sure that families have an easier way of connecting to each other when they are on the road. Of course all the vehicles must be equipped with OnStar for this to work but let’s think about this for a second. Your child tells you they are going to a friends house…. but you connect with OnStar and find out that they are galavanting around town in their car etc. This is a great way to keep tabs on your kids to make sure that they are safe and secure.

The optional service allows subscribers to log onto the Family Link website to get a map-type view of the exact location of other family vehicles. The system can also send an email or text to notify them of the location of the vehicle they are tracking as well. Subscribers can choose the day and time and how often they receive these alerts.

This service is particularly helpful for parents of teen drivers to keep tabs on the whereabouts of their young driver on the road.

This invitation-only program includes 10,000 active OnStar subscribers and will be used to gauge interest in this type of program in the future. Other considerations for the pilot include speed, boundary, and arrival/departure alerts. Responses for the program will help decide on the launch and pricing in the future. The test will run until the end of 2011.

—Liza Barth

What do you guys think? Think this will be a service that you would be interested in trying? Think that it should be offered. Let me know what you think.

Thanks to Consumer Reports and Brandi Hodge for contributing.

Which Chevy Bowtie Vehicle Is Your All Time Favorite?

Did you know that Chevrolet is turning 100 years old? For Chevrolet’s birthday they have decided to hold a tournament to decide which bowtie vehicle was and is your all time favorite. The list of contenders is long and let me just say it’s very hard to pick just one. Is is the 2010 Camaro? How about the 1953 Corvette or the 1957 Bel Air? I personally find it hard not to choose the 2009 Corvette ZR1. Apparently it was just as hard for AutoBlog to make their decision. Take a few moments and head over to the Chevrolet site to cast your votes…. Who will be the winner?

You tell me….. Which iconic Chevrolet will get your vote? Which Chevy do you think was mistakenly left out of the race?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

 

Chevy Spark mini car is headed our way!

 

By now I imagine that most of you have seen pictures of the soon to be released Chevy Sonic. I have blogged about it several times now over the passed few months. Now, we have learned that there is another new car headed towards the US. It is….. The Spark. Check out this story written by Autoblog and you tell me…. Are you excited to see that General Motors is diving into different automotive areas?

General Motors wants to take on all segments of the automotive industry. With the all-new Sonic making its way to dealerships later this year, GM will have a new player in the B-segment, and now, a tweet from the automaker has confirmed that the Chevrolet Spark minicar is officially arriving Stateside.

The diminutive Spark will allow GM to have a hand in all areas of the automotive cookie jar. As American car buyers begin to embrace smaller, more efficient modes of transportation, the Spark could be arriving at the perfect time. We got our first glimpse of the automaker’s mini at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, and we were intrigued by the idea of a Chevrolet achieving a combined 47 miles per gallon. Now, it seems we’ll get to experience green machine for ourselves on U.S. soil, starting sometime in 2012

Personally I think this is great for Chevrolet and General Motors! Go big or go home… right?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

 

 

Want to know how speed limits are set?

Do you drive however fast or slow that you want to? Or, do you follow the rules of the road? Have you ever wondered how they set speed limits? I know I have. There have been a lot of talks in the news lately about them changing the speed limit on various highways across N. Texas. One highway in particular that is getting a lot of attention is HWY 75. If you’ve ever driven on 75 you probably have thought once or twice that the speed limit is way to low. When you have to drive faster than the speed limit just to keep up with the flow of traffic then something needs to change. Am I correct on that one?

What’s interesting about the local gov’t here in N. Texas is that they actually do speed studies to determine whether or not the speed limit should be changed. Whereas in many parts of the country the local and state governments completely ignore the science that goes behind speed studies and instead focus on the writing of the speeding tickets…. Which…. makes a lot of people mad.

The video below shows us what the Michigan State Police and Michigan Department of Transportation have been up to. Which is, SPEED studies!! I thought it was a pretty interesting video so I wanted to share it with you. What are some of the highways that you travel in your new or used Chevy that you would like the speed limits to change on?

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

Automatic Braking Systems are very important! Here’s why!

You can’t tell me that you have never been in your car and seen in your rearview mirror a car very quickly approaching you…. Or better yet have you been the one not paying much attention to the traffic stopping ahead of you and you are now forced to slam as hard as you can on you brakes to keep yourself and your Chevy from slamming into the car in front of you. Trucks are big and heavy and take a lot longer than most cars to slow down so if you see the truck behind you coming fast…. It could be a very intense situation! Palms sweating and all. You’ve got to check out this video that shows just exactly how important automatic braking systems are. Makes you love technology!

The ADAC is Germany and Europe’s largest automobile club, and the crash test video shows a large LKV truck smashing into two smaller cars – a Renault Megane and Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon – at about 43 mph. The results aren’t pretty. It straight demolishes the little green Renault, while also totaling the Lancer. This video truly shows the force and danger behind a big truck like the LKV, and it can make even the most ardent Libertarian consider government intervention to make Emergency Brake Assist systems mandatory for large trucks.

Hearing it from me really doesn’t do a justice, so check out this terrifying video for yourself. Skip to about 1:25 to see the action, and watch to the end to see automatic emergency braking systems in action.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge and Automotive.com for contributing.

 

Ever had a stowaway on a road trip? Check this out!

Ladies, prepare to freak out!! Have you ever set out on a road trip in your new Chevy only to find out that you have a stowaway trying to go on the trip with you? Has it ever been a rat snack?! That is exactly what just happened when Tony and Rachel Fisher of Memphis Tennessee headed out of town on for a little vacation. Just 15 minutes into their trip and a rat snake emerged from their GMC Yukon’s engine compartment.  Lucky for them he only hung on for a few miles but not before both parents freaked out.

I can’t even imagine what I would have done but I can tell you right now I know a lot of people that wouldn’t have thought to video record it. Why? Cause they would have already flipped on the windshield wipers and set him on his way before the thought of recording it ever slipped into their minds.

I got to be honest….I might be one of those people. What would you have done in this situation? 

Check out the video….. If you have a strong stomach. 

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

A NASCAR Pre-Race Prayer We Will Not Forget!

I have lived in Texas all of my life and NASCAR is huge in Texas. I have been to countless NASCAR races out at Texas Motor Speedway and I’ve enjoyed every minute of them. Before every NASCAR race they have a pre-race prayer delivered by a local pastor. It’s usually a prayer asking to keep all the drivers, crews and more safe on the track as the race is going on. It’s a very quiet moment where for a minute or two everyone in the stands goes completely silent and listens to what the pastor is saying. We’re talking 100’s of thousands of people completely silent.

Recently there was a race at the Nashville Super Speedway, Pastor Joe Nelms of Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN gave us one prayer we will never forget. Not only did he thank the Lord for everything good in NASCAR but he even thanked the Lord for his HOT WIFE and a few more interesting things.

Take a look at the video below and tell me you didn’t giggle just a little bit. Personally I find it refreshing to see a man so excited to do a prayer for NASCAR, GM Performance Technology, and his Hot Wife! Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6EgY0W6Er8&feature=player_embedded

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

 

A Bumblebee Cruze?! What do you think?

General Motors has done something very very interesting. They have released a Bumblebee Edition Chevrolet Cruze in China… Nope as of right now you can not get one in America but you can in China. This special edition Chevy Cruze comes with the yellow paint scheme with black accent stripes that we are so used to seeing on our Chevy Camaro Bumblebee. Don’t forget the Autobot insignia on the fenders, wheel caps and splattered all throughout it’s interior. Seeing as most teenagers in America couldn’t afford the 2012 special edition Chevy Camaro Bumblebee this might be a nice 2nd place. What do you guys think about it? Personally…. I kind of like it!

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.