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!

How to Replace a Fuse in Your New or Used Grapevine Chevrolet

When something electrical like your stereo, A/C, power windows, dome lights, etc. stops working in your new or used Chevrolet, often times it’s because a fuse has blown. I’ll never forget the time my radio suddenly stopped working in my first car. Of course, I immediately panicked thinking that I was going to have get a new radio. Come to find out, all I had to do was replace a tiny little fuse. In a matter of minutes, I was back to jamming out in my Chevy.

If this happens to you, the first thing you’ll need to do is locate the fuse box. It will typically be in your glove box or on the left side of your steering wheel toward the floor. If you have difficulty finding it, refer to your owners manual or call Classic Chevrolet’s service department and ask them. Once you’ve found the fuse box, you’ll need to figure out which fuse is blown. Most cars will have a diagram you can refer to that will tell you which fuse controls what and where it’s located. When you locate the fuse you think might be blown, inspect the metal wire or strip in the fuse. If you’re not sure what a blown fuse looks like, pull another one out and compare the two.

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As I’m sure you’ve already noticed by now, there are different colors of fuses with different numbers on them. You must replace a fuse with the correct color and number. Some cars come equipped with extra fuses. If not, simply head down to your local auto store or Classic Chevrolet and pick up the necessary fuse. Don’t worry, there are pretty cheap. I’d also recommend buying a few extras of each kind and storing them in your Chevrolet’s glove box in case this happens again in the future. Insert the new fuse, and you are good to go! Of course if you have any issues at all, don’t hesitate to give Classic Chevrolet a call or swing by the North Texas car dealership.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

 

Chevy Brings the MyLink to the 2013 Spark and 2013 Sonic

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Hey Dallas Ft Worth Chevrolet enthusiasts, have you heard about Chevy’s latest in-car technology yet? At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, we learned that the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic RS and the higher-end model of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will host the MyLink infotainment system that allows your iPhone, Android and other smartphones’ capabilities into the vehicles.

So what exactly is the MyLink? A seven-inch, touch screen display (produced by LG Electronics) that incorporates your audio, phone, telephone and more. As you know, these type of systems are generally considered expensive. Autoblog summed it up pretty well by saying that buyers that spend that kind of money usually don’t care about deep smartphone integration, but young people do. This is exactly why the MyLink is coming to the Chevy Sonic and Chevy Spark.

In a GM press release, GM Global Infotainment Program Manager, Sara LeBlanc, said “The whole philosophy of MyLink is about letting our customers personalize how they bring information and music into their vehicles. Customers all over the world told us they’ve set up their smartphones exactly how they want them, and the ideal car radio should extend the capabilities of their smartphone rather than try to duplicate them.

According to Sara, Chevrolet listened to their customers and created a safe, simple and connected system. This is exactly why I love the Chevrolet brand.

Those who attended CES were able to test drive the MyLink system for Sonic RS and Spark at a special display. One of these days I’m actually going to make it to this show, I swear. But for now, I’ll just have to rely on the videos and coverage from those fortunate enough to attend. And of course, I’ll continue to share these videos with all of you in Dallas and Ft Worth! Up first, is Chevy’s official video that played during the show followed by a more detailed video showing the functionality of the MyLink. Enjoy Chevy lovers and stay tuned to Classic Chevrolet for updates on the MyLink and all things Chevrolet.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Stay Alert, Slow Down and Stay in Control of Your Chevy on the Icy Dallas Ft Worth Roads

Brrrr! It’s cold out in the DFW metroplex! This week is the first week most of us have seen temperatures below freezing this winter, and you know what that means… freeze warning. Luckily, North Texas isn’t expecting much precipitation this week while the temperatures are in the 20′s, but I’m sure we eventually will if this winter is anything like the last.

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These Oak Cliff drivers definitely had some issues on the icy roads...

Unfortunately, icy road conditions don’t close down businesses like they do schools. So when we do get ice for this first time, most of us will be taking our Chevys on those Dallas Ft Worth roads and highways. So let’s talk about the best driving practices for icy conditions.

If you haven’t already, you need to winterize your Chevrolet car or truck. Go ahead and schedule a maintenance visit to check on the tires and their pressure (tire pressure lowers in the winter), the battery, the belts and hoses, the radiator, oil, lights and the brake system. You also need to be sure your windshield wipers are in good condition. If you’re not sure if you need a new set of blades, click here. Your defroster also need to be effective, so check to make sure it’s working properly, too.

Now that you Chevrolet is in tip-top condition for the winter, the rest is up to your driving skills. Safe winter driving consists of three things: staying alert, slowing down and keeping in control.

In the event of snow or ice (and it’s usually the latter in DFW), you need to take extra caution while driving. Get a feel for the road conditions by starting out slowly and testing your steering control and brakes. Often times, you’ll see people’s tires spinning at a stop light. Avoid this by gently accelerating until the car beings to roll.

You’ll also need to start braking at least three times sooner than you would under normal conditions, so it’s best to keep a safe interval between you and the car ahead of you. This can often frustrate other drivers who think they can still drive their vehicles the same as normal in these conditions. But I’d much rather have someone annoyed with me for driving slow and maintaining a distance than deal with someone who’s rear-ended me. In fact, if you see someone driving recklessly on the ice, stay as far away from them as possible.

When coming to a stop, avoid sudden movements of the steering wheel and gently pump the brakes. If you lock your brakes on ice, it will cause a loss of steering and control. Always watch for danger or slippery spots ahead. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the term “black ice”. This is the most dangerous of all because you cannot see it. Typically, ice remains on bridges longer than anywhere else, so even if the roads look all clear, take extra precaution on and under bridges.

Remember Dallas Ft Worth Chevy drivers, better to be safe than sorry when it comes to winter driving. If there’s a possibility that the roads may be bad, leave the house twice as early as you normally would. If you haven’t already winterizing your Chevrolet, be sure to bring it in the Classic Chevy. They’ll gladly take care of you, and you can even schedule an appointment online! Stay safe, DFW!

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

Who Has the Right of Way in Dallas Ft Worth?

Hey Chevy owners, have you ever come up to a four-way stop sign and see other vehicles going out of turn? Not only is this frustrating, it’s also dangerous and illegal. One of the most basic concepts we learn in driver’s ed is the “right of way”. Simply defined, when you yield the right of way to another vehicle, you are letting them go before you in the traffic situation. This rule is something most people have forgotten or wrongfully  assume they have in different situations. Though it might be hard to believe, the law actually gives the right of way to no one. Instead, the law states who must give up (yield) the right of way in various situations.

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In this situation, Car A has the right of way because he is on the right side of car B.

So what happens when we fail to yield the right of way in our Chevys? Crashes. This is true in all states. Failure to yield the right of way leads to crashes in all states. Here’s a list of instances when you must yield the right of way:

  • At a yield sign;
  • To pedestrians in a crosswalk;
  • To persons using a seeing eye guide dog;
  • To persons using a white cane with or without a red tip;
  • At uncontrolled intersections where vehicles are already in the intersection;
  • At “T” intersections where you must yield to vehicles on the through road;
  • When turning left in which case you must yield to oncoming pedestrians, cars, etc.;
  • When driving on an unpaved road that intersections with a paved road; and
  • When returning to the roadway after the car is parked.

One of the most misunderstood driving rules is the “Yield to the Driver on the Right” rule. This rule controls most intersections when drivers arrive at an intersection simultaneously. SafeMotorist.com describes this situation perfectly:

Imagine you come upon a stop sign at the same time as another driver in a cross street, and he is on your right. You yield (give up) the right of way to that driver by letting him go first. If you reach an uncontrolled intersection at close to the same time, the vehicle who actually reached the intersection last is the driver who must yield the right of way. If you reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left should yield the right of way.

Sounds simple enough, right Texas Chevrolet drivers? As I mentioned before, this is the most misunderstood concept of all. Now that I’ve given you a refresher course, hopefully it will stick in your memory the next time you find yourself in one of these situations. On a final note, never assume that other drivers will give you the right of way… even if it belongs to you. Always try to anticipate other drivers’ actions in addition to yielding whenever needed or required by law.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

100 Years of Icons: A Chevrolet History for Dallas Ft Worth

texas chevrolet dealerI’m sure most of you avid Chevrolet lovers in Dallas and Ft. Worth already know that this year marked Chevys 100th anniversary. Hard to believe that Chevrolet has been winning the hearts of Americans for a century, isn’t it? Known as the top-selling auto brand of all time, Chevy was always a step ahead of the game when it came to bringing all-steel bodies, electric headlamps, automatic shifting and power steering to the working class at a reasonable price.

An article from Business Week noted that Chevy even embedded itself in American culture, sometimes changing it by knowing what people wanted to drive before they did. Not to mention their spectacular advertising and marketing efforts. Their slogans and jingles have dominated radio and TV.  Here’s a fun fact for you Dallas Ft. Worth: Bands reference Chevys in more than 700 songs. Can you name a few?

In a press release, Vice President of Chevrolet of Global Marketing and Strategy, Chris Perry said, “We understand Chevrolet is more than a brand – it belongs to everyone who owns, designs, builds, sells or loves Chevrolets. The past 100 years wouldn’t have been possible without millions of people who have each made Chevrolet a part of their life’s journey.”

Boy was he spot on. As a Chevy driver, I’m sure you know exactly what he’s talking about. No other auto brand has come close to adoration Chevy drivers feel for their vehicles especially during the 1950s and `60s.

“The American car from the mid-1930s to the end of the `60s was a Chevrolet,” said John Heitmann, an automotive history professor at the University of Dayton and author of The Automobile and the American Life. “It was the car of the aspiring American lower and middle classes for a long period.”

So how do you feel about your Chevy DFW? Are you driving a new Chevrolet car or truck for the first time or have you been a lifer? Share your stories with us, we’d love to hear them! In the meantime, check out these great videos about Chevrolet history. The second one is a bit longer than the first and is for all of you history buffs out there. Enjoy!

 

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.

There’s Nothing Like the Smell of a New Chevy in Texas

Grapevine TX ChevyThere’s nothing like the smell of a new Chevy,  and there’s really no better way to describe the smell other than “new”. It’s no wonder they sell “new car” scented air fresheners and sprays. I remember the day when my new Chevy stopped smelling new. In fact, it smelt funky. I immediately knew I had either left food or something else in the car causing that smell, and I was determined to get rid of it and have my Chevy back to smelling new.

Because the cabins of our Chevys are enclosed and small compared to our houses, the smallest odor can stink up the entire car and make it miserable to drive in. So how can we get rid of these odors and prevent them from coming back? First, be sure you lock your windows and doors to prevent rain and bugs from getting inside the vehicle. If you’ve never done this before, good for you. Let me be the first to tell you that it doesn’t smell like a rain-scented Glade candles. In fact, it smells like mildew.

Second, if you’re a smoker, be sure to roll down your window when you smoke. Cigarette smoke clings to cotton fabrics like crazy. It’s also a good idea to crack all four windows half an inch for at least five minutes after you finish your cigarette. This will help air out the vehicle.

Next up, don’t leave any food in your car! A few hours is okay, but overnight or longer and you’ll be smelling your left-over, Olive Garden that’s now room temperature for a week.

When it comes to odor prevention, the best and most obvious thing to do is keep your car clean. If you are experiencing one though, you can try using baking soda or charcoal to get rid of the smell. For the baking soda route, simply buy a small to medium box and leave it in the car overnight. For a more effective result, spread the baking soda around a bit, but remember you’ll have to vacuum it up later. If you want to give the charcoal method a try, grab several different sizes from nearly powdered to rock-like. Put them in a basin and leave it overnight.

Both baking powder and charcoal will absorb the odors in your car. But if neither of them work, you can also give your car a deep clean or take it in and have it detailed.  After all, they don’t make new car scents for nothing. And if you have a brand new Chevy truck or car, I can guarantee you’ll want to keep that new smell for as long as possible.

Thanks to Cassidy Schafer for contributing.