Meet the Chevy Reaper

The Chevy Reaper – Chevrolet’s answer to the Ford Raptor – is going to be available at Classic Chevrolet. The Silverado-based Reaper was announced at the National Automotive Dealers Association in late January 2014. Ken Lingenfelter, a noted tuner who worked with Southern Comfort Automotive, designed the package.

The 2014 Reaper converts an average Silverado by adding a supercharger, giving the Reaper 550 horsepower. That gives the Reaper 139 more horsepower to Ford’s version, the Ford Raptor. Additionally, the Chevrolet Reaper features 20-inch beadlock wheels, a high-clearance bumper, a Fox Racing suspension, an integrated floodlight system and a reinforced skidplate.

Furthermore, the front of the Silverado has been redesigned, plus some graphics across the back have been added. The Chevrolet Reaper is expected to sell for $50,000 and up. Keep your eye on this space for more information about the Reaper conversion kit, which will be available at select Chevy dealers, including Classic Chevy.

Standard equipment on a 2014 Chevrolet Tuscany model includes a 5.3-liter FlexFuel engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine puts out 355 horsepower if run on E85 and the transmission features a tow/haul mode, overdrive, cruise grade braking and powertrain grade braking.

Entertainment features include Chevrolet’s MyLink audio system, an 8-inch diagonal color touch screen with AM/FM radio, SiriusXM/HD, an SD card slot and USB ports. The Silverado also feature Bluetooth, smartphone integration, a CD/MP3 player and a rear seat DVD/Blu-Ray entertainment package.

Safety features include daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera and a tire pressure monitoring system. OnStar also comes with six months of Directions and Connections, automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and Turn-by-Turn navigation.

The interior features a 40/20/40 leather-appointed split bench seat, heated seat cushions, 10-way power driver and passenger seats and a 60/40 folding rear seat. The tilt steering wheel is wrapped in leather and features cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a 4.2-inch diagonal color display that shows you warning messages and vehicle information.

The Silverado also features remote keyless entry and comes with two transmitters, remote vehicle start and a universal home remote.

For a complete list of safety, security, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevy today and test drive the new Silverado. Ask your salesperson about adding the Reaper Kit.

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DFW Auto Show

The Dallas Auto Show will be held at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin, Dallas, Tex., from Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 through Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Forty auto manufacturers, including Chevrolet, are going to be at the show. If you want to see what Chevrolet has up its sleeves for upcoming vehicles – and what the auto manufacturer has in its current lineup, stop at the show. To get more information on the Chevrolet you like stop by Classic Chevy.

The Dallas Auto Show hours are:

  • Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for seniors 65 and older and for children aged 6 to 12. Children 5 years of age and under get free admission. Chevrolet is expected to bring the all-new Corvette and Silverado to the show.

The new Corvette will show off its sixth body transformation, according to The 2014 Silverado was unveiled at a special event in the Detroit area this past December, but Chevrolet is expected to bring it to the Dallas auto show.

The new Silverado has been re-imaged and re-engineered and is more capable, stronger and smarter than ever. If you already have a Silverado, you’ll notice that the interior and exterior have been changed, including performance.

The new Silverado models are now available at Classic Chevrolet, so stop by and ask your salesperson about financing and lease specials. As you test drive the 2014 Silverado in any of its trim levels, you’ll learn about all of the security, safety, convenience and infotainment features that Chevrolet packed into the 2014 models. Don’t forget to ask about special packages such as the Reaper and Tuscany packages.

Valentine’s Day in DFW

It’s time to start thinking of doing something special for your loved one for Valentine’s Day. While going out is fun, make it better by surprising your loved one with a new Chevy from Classic Chevrolet – even the ladies like to drive a hot car or a big truck. You have your choice of Camaro models, Corvette models, Impala models or even several trucks or SUVs, including the 1500 to choose from.

After you surprise your loved one with a new “toy,” take him or her out for an evening in your new Chevy. The House of Blues is hosting a Valentine’s Dinner in Crossroads at House of Blues Dallas on February 14, 2014. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:00 p.m. Prices for dinner and the show are $45 per person or $85 per couple.

For dinner, you will be served an appetizer, entrée, and dessert. For appetizers, choose a Texas Chop Salad, Roasted Beet Salad or Cream of Tomato Basil Soup. You can choose from three different entrees: Steak Frittes served with herbed potato wedges and brocolini, Rosemary Chicken served over diavolo or Parmesan Crusted Halibut served over confetti rice with roasted asparagus.

For the best part – the dessert, choose from White Chocolate Treasure, Red Velvet Molten Cake or Tuxedo Strawberries.

The House of Blues Dallas is located at the White Swan Building, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas, TX 75202. Contact the venue at (214) 978-4800 for reservations and tickets.

You can also choose to have a quiet dinner at your favorite restaurant and surprise your loved one with America’s new favorite country singer, Scotty McCreary at the S. E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center at LeTourneau University. Scotty has over 1.6 million album sales that includes a platinum-selling debut album, several new artist awards and has performed in the Macy’s Day Parade, for President Obama and has sung the national anthem at the World Series.

Make it a night listening to his deep voice after dinner at a favorite restaurant. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The performance center is located at 2100 Mobberly Ave., Longview, TX 75607 and can be contacted by calling (903) 233-3080. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., so plan ahead.

Be sure to stop by Classic Chevy to pick up that Valentine’s Day present before you head out. You will make this year’s Valentine’s Day a very special day for your loved one.

A Photo Finish Keeps Classic Chevrolet #1 in the Nation for the 8th Straight Year

Against what most people would consider insurmountable odds, Classic Chevrolet pulled off the impossible on the final sales day for 2013.  For seven straight years, Classic has been the #1 Volume Chevy dealer in the nation.  But 2013 presented a host of challenges that put the 8th year in jeopardy.  With the DFW Connector built right through the dealership property, blocked exits and ever changing detours made even getting to the dealership a nightmare.  But despite the construction and repeated D.O.T. shutdowns of the main highways on key sales weekends, the team at Classic Chevrolet never lost focus.

“We knew going into December that we were down by 397 units by a very formidable competitor in New York,” explains Eric Bryant, General Sales Manager for Classic Chevrolet.  And for most dealerships, outselling your competitor by almost 400 units in one month would be considered unattainable.  But the team at Classic is not your typical sales force.  Optimism remained high and the focus on the goal remained razor sharp.  Acting as one cohesive unit with nothing but sheer will to fuel them, Classic’s team methodically chipped away at the lead by selling an average of 50 cars a day in the final week of December.  But with the sales close looming on January 2nd, nothing short of a herculean effort was required to hit the goal.  When the bell rang, Classic had sold 140 new Chevys in a single day to finish out 2013.  And when the final national sales results came out, the margin could not have been slimmer.  They needed 398 units to beat Bob Johnson Chevrolet.  They did it by 399.  One unit to spare.

“We never really thought that it couldn’t be done,” said Bryant.  “Anyone that knows this team knows that failure is never an option.  We counted on each other, and we just never lost faith.  I’ll tell you what, it was quite a close.”

At the end of the day, Classic sold 683 new Chevrolets in December for a 2013 calendar total of 4734.  The #2 dealership came in at 4732. “We applaud our competitor,” said Bryant.  “They gave us a fight, but nothing can stop our team when we set our mind to a goal. Our owner Tom Durant has a very simple mission statement for the organization and that is “to be the best at everything we do.” His leadership inspires each and everyone one of us, and more importantly, he allows us all to do just that…be the best at everything we do.”

Ringing in the New Year in a New Chevy!

If you haven’t been down to Classic Chevrolet to get your new Silverado, now is the time to do it! The truck wars have started and Chevrolet is stepping up to the plate with tons of new upgrades to the 2014 Silverado model. This is the first time in seven years that Chevrolet brought out a new truck. And what better way to get the new year started than with a new Chevrolet Silverado?

First off, you’ll see differences as you are walking up to the truck. The exterior features a taller aluminum hood, and that shaved 17 pounds of the total weight of the truck. You’ll also see the new grille, corner rear bumper steps, flush-fit door and squared-off wheel wells. Chevrolet also added sharper styling edges, giving the Silverado a new look.

The extended cab models – now called double cab models – have front-hinged doors instead of rear-hinged doors. This makes getting in and out of the rear easier. Plus, Chevrolet moved the B pillar forward so the rear entry is 4 inches wider. The rear seat also has an additional 2 inches of legroom.

The new bed is a roll-formed steel bed, and according to Chevy, it is lighter and stronger and the stamped steel beds. The tailgate has a locking EZ Lift/Lower system so it opens slowly when you open it. The bed also comes with a spray-in liner and lights for night loading.

The 2014 Silverado 1500 has lots of new features this year.

The engine upgrade features a 5.3-liter Ecotec engine that puts out 345 horsepower and features Active Fuel Management. When the truck is fitted with a 3.08 gear it gets 16 mpg* in the city and 22 mpg* on the highway. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination nets 383 pound-feet of torque and can tow up to 11,200 pounds if the truck is fitted with the maximum trailering package. Without the package, it will tow 9,600 pounds.

The Z71 has many standard features including off-road suspension, hill descent control, a trailering package, an auto-locking rear differential, power and heated outside mirrors, a power sliding rear window and stability control with trailer sway control among other standard features.

Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the new Silverado and to get a full list of features and options, including a list of everything that is new for this year.


2015 Colorado has Everyone Talking!

To see what GM is bragging about, stop by Classic Chevrolet – you’ll notice trucks… lots of trucks of all sizes. From small to large, GM will have the only lineup of three different size trucks – a small truck, a midsize truck and a heavy duty truck. Chevrolet fans don’t have to go to another brand because they want two different types of trucks. In the spring, you will be able to choose a midsize truck – the 2015 Colorado.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado completes the trifecta. Ford and Ram do not offer a small truck and while Toyota and Nissan do, they don’t have a heavy duty truck. Yes, GM is the only auto manufacturer with a three-truck lineup.

Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America, stated that GM’s strategy is to “meet the needs of the broadest possible customer base.” He expects that the midsize Colorado will bring the midsize segment back into the front of peoples’ minds.

GM designed the Chevrolet Colorado to be the most versatile truck in its class. It has the strength and other attributes of the full size trucks, but it is in a smaller package. It can tow up to three tons yet it is two feet shorter and 5 inches narrower than larger models.

The midsize Colorado features a 2.5-liter engine that puts out 193 horsepower or a 3.6-liter V-6 that puts out 302 horsepower. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. Trim levels include the Work Truck, LT and Z71 trims and come in extended or crew cab configurations. Both the extended cab and crew cab are offered with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.

For more information and a full list of the safety, convenience and entertainment features, stop by Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, you can test drive one of the models on the lot. If you need the midsize truck, get the information about the truck, and stop by in the spring when the 2015 Colorado is released to test drive the new truck.

Chevy’s Advanced Airbag Technology

If you are visiting your favorite Dallas Chevy dealer sometime soon, keep in mind that this innovative company has done it again. Chevy has continued research toward technological advances that make it possible to have the best on a more affordable budget with better technology.
10 Airbags Take, for instance, the flexible venting driver side airbag co-developed by General Motors and safety restraint distributor Takata. The new airbag costs less than traditional airbags yet has the same protection power as a traditional airbag. It works with a special venting technology, which allows the airbag to deploy in a more efficient manner.
Receiving positive reviews and a 5 star overall rating, this new airbag technology was recently tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Chevy’s 2013 Cruze. It is easy to see how the car would receive this review, considering the new airbags are included with the same safety equipment as past models. So far, it seems to work well and work safely.
Though the venting airbags work similarly to the traditional ones and provide just as much protection, they may be safer than the traditional ones. They are lighter, more compact, and flexible. Therefore, the risk of injury upon deployment is lesser.
Other airbags rely upon one inflator that deploys if there is a low speed crash, then there is another used in the event of a high speed crash. However, the venting airbag uses only one inflator that can provide the right amount of protection in either case. In addition, the force of the driver’s impact with the airbag is deflected as the air in the bag is able to be moved out and away from the driver.
The Chevy Cruze received the same 5 star overall rating the previous two years with the old two stage airbags as it has for the 2013 model. It is continuing that same standard of safety even as Chevy continues to innovate.
According to the GM general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, Gay Kent, the new technology has become an important part of Cruze’s consistent success in the safety testing. This particular airbag technology is an excellent way to manage the forces applied by a crash incident. And the safety ratings only mirror the confidence of the new safety technology being implemented as well as the old technology still in use.

2014 Chevy Silverado

2014 Chevy Silverado

Chevy recently unveiled their new 2014 Silverado. The truck will be available at your local Texas Chevy Dealer sometime during the summer of 2013. The truck features both interior and exterior redesigns for an updated look and higher efficiency. The Silverado is Chevy’s longest-running vehicle line, having entered production in 1975 with many tweaks and redesigns over the last 39 model years. The 2014 Chevy Silverado and its counterpart, the GMC Sierra, are being touted as the most important truck released by GM since its bail-out four years ago. GM calls it the “Stronger, Smarter and More Capable” Silverado. The new styling and long list of options will have these pickups in high demand at your Dallas Chevy Dealer.

Interior: The interior features additional comfort and entertainment options. The front seats have been restyled, making them more comfortable for both driver and passenger. The Crew Cab has also been slightly tweaked to allow for greater leg room for both front and rear passengers. The center console features storage space for all of your electronics, from laptops, netbooks, smart phones and digital music devices. There are also multiple USB ports for charging purposes. The Silverado also features the Chevy MyLink radio, which can be operated by controls on the steering wheel, and is compatible with your iPhone, iPod or other device. MyLink can handle up to ten wireless devices at one time. A large touch-screen on the dash also allows for improved access to features of the navigation and entertainment systems while helping the driver concentrate on the road.

Exterior: The exterior features an all-new box design for a cleaner, more streamlined look. Silverado fans can choose from a 5’8, 6’6 or 8′ box, depending on the cab. In addition, the Silverado comes with redesigned wheels. Buyers have their choice of 17″, 18″, and 20″ wheels that are 1/2-inch wider to provide greater handling and better control of the vehicle in turns. Redesigned hood, bumpers, headlights, front grill and fender flares add a tougher look to this truck, for added visual appeal.

Drive-Train: The 2014 Silverado features three powerful new EcoTec3 engine options. Silverado buyers can choose from a 4.3L V-6, a 5.3L V-8 or a 6.2L V-8 engine Final EPA fuel economy ratings are not yet available on these engines, but they promise to be the most efficient yet. The EcoTec3 engine family adapts to your driving habits to maximize fuel economy. These engines feature Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing and Direct Injection for added mileage in town or on the highway.

For more information on the 2014 Silverado, see a member of the professional sales staff at your Dallas Chevy Dealer. They can provide you with information on pricing and options, and schedule you for an in-person showing at your Chevy Dealer when the new models become available. You can also sign up for news updates and information on all things Silverado at Chevy’s website.

A Classic Thanksgiving

It’s the time of the year to reflect on things to be thankful for, so with your permission, let us express some thanks for 2012.

We are thankful for being named the #1 Chevy dealer in the country for the 6th year in a row. We are extremely grateful for all of our loyal customers who continue to make that possible, and are appreciative for all the new customers who have given us the opportunity to serve them. We are proud and grateful to offer models like the Cruze, Malibu, and Equinox, that are helping to lead the American Automotive industry to prominence once again.

We are so very thankful for a group of associates that makes working here an amazing experience. A great sales team who is knowledgeable and customer focused, mechanics who keep up with the technology of today’s advanced automobiles, administrative personnel who keep us all in line, and a tremendous group of support people. There are no insignificant jobs here because all of our people are so important. Thanks to you all.

We are thankful to have the Cowboys, Stars, Rangers, Mavericks and the great college football programs in Texas to cheer for. On occasion they will break our hearts, but we appreciate what a great sports town we live in, and all of the owners, players and fans who keep us so invested. Teams bind us together in a common cause and we appreciate that.

We reflect on and are grateful for the hard working people in this part of Texas who never give up, never relinquish their pride. This country has been through some tough times but it seems Texans may be leading the way to economic recovery, and it is because of the spirit that lives in each of us.

We are grateful for the Dallas Arts District, home of the city’s main cultural attractions that include the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center. These amazing treasures should be supported by us all.

We are also thankful for the things and places that give this part of the country such flavor. These include Billy Bob’s, the McKinney Avenue Trolley, Dallas World Aquarium, the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, barbecue, steaks, hats and boots. It is this combination of places, people and things that make us who we are. We happen to love it.

We go about our days working and trying to improve our lives and those of our loved ones. We need to take time to reflect and be thankful. It is with that, this Dallas Chevy Dealer says thank you. Thank you for making us a part of your life.

Every car that is sold, every tire that is changed, and every transmission that is fixed, shows a vote of confidence in us that does not go unnoticed.

Thank you Dallas. May you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving On The Road

Thanksgiving season is a time for families to come together, traveling great distances in some cases, and mostly by car. Many a GM and Chevrolet car owner will be hitting the road this year, repeating the annual trek to make “home” in time for the big turkey dinner, potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie, only to work it off later on either watching the big game or playing a rendition in the park down the street.

So here’s a couple of tips for a safe Thanksgiving holiday to avoid disappointments and unexpected delays when traveling:

  • Get the basic maintenance out of the way – It only takes a few minutes to pop the hood and check your engine oil, coolant level, brake fluid reservoir and transmission oil to confirm everything is up to snuff. The last thing you want is a warning light going on while on the road. Every GM and Chevy car comes with clearly labeled containers under the hood for easy access and check.
  • Pump up those tires – with the quick help from a tire gauge and your local gas station, check all your tires and make sure they are at recommended pressure. It makes no sense to waste gasoline pushing car with underinflated tires down the highway for miles and miles.
  • Watch out for rain – Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. That means roads have a good chance of being wet and maybe even a touch of black ice on a cold night. Good tire tread is a must for safe driving. If your tires are old, it’s time to change them out with a new set. If you can’t afford all four right now, then change at least two and put them on the front so you have the best directional traction and control.
  • Plan your route ahead of time – The Dallas-Fort Worth area tends to be a major traffic conduit for folks traveling from all over, so it’s smart to expect congestion and delays during holiday travel. Make sure to have a good route mapped out ahead of time as well as a Plan B option if you hit a traffic jam or accident delay on your original path.
  • Give yourself time – One of the leading causes of traffic accidents involves people in a hurry. It leads to a loss of attention and bad driving decision-making. Giving your trip time for delays and changes makes the drive far easier to handle, especially if something comes up along the way.
  • Don’t drink and drive – It’s great to enjoy the holidays with good food and drink, but stay away from the driving wheel when enjoying spirits. Law enforcement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and other regions will be working overtime to keep roads safe and to catch drunk drivers. Remember, even one drink or beer is enough to trigger a violation for many, given body size and weight.

As a Dallas Chevy dealer, we want to wish all drivers in Texas a warm and happy Thanksgiving in 2012. Stay safe, be with family, and give thanks for everything we have!