2014 Corvette

2014 CorvetteThe 2014 Chevrolet Corvette was officially unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Motor City Detroit, MI.  Judging by how feature-packed the new Chevy hot rod is, you’re certainly going to want to have it on your wish list when it drops.

Known as the C7 (for seventh generation), the 2014 Corvette is a notable vehicle in a day and age where environmental concerns and fuel efficiency are somewhat giving a black eye to the development of sports cars (more on this later). It’s also a notable effort on Chevy’s part, being that it’s the first Corvette model released in a post-GM bankruptcy era and has design roots dating back to the automaker’s pre-bankruptcy days of 2006.

Here’s what you should know about the C7:

  • It’s “green”: We put green in parenthesis because it’s still a gas-guzzling sports car, powered by a V8 engine, to some extent. Even so, certain features make it more eco-friendly. For starters, it’s made with a lot of space-age metal, helping to reduce its curb weight to around 3,000 pounds – and thereby save on fuel mileage – compared to previous models. It also includes an active fuel management feature that essentially takes the V8 engine down to the power of a V4 engine, thereby saving even more fuel. Materials with a high weight-to-strength ratio? A greener engine? Yeah, the C7 was engineered with the environment in mind.
  • Same basic design: While much of the C7’s design is an update from its C6 predecessor, its roots still trace back to the very first model in the 60-year history of the Corvette vehicle. That’s honoring the past while designing and engineering for the future.
  • Price point: While the C7 will be expensive (it is a sports car after all), its MSRP isn’t going to exactly break the bank. Although the vehicle won’t go into production until the summer of 2013, so we don’t really know what the price will be until it hits the lot, it’s not expected to cost more than $55,000.

As we mentioned in the opening, the C7 is currently on display at the Auto Show in Detroit – but the vehicle will be coming to your DFW Chevy Dealer soon. A 2014 Corvette C7, how does that car sound for a nice New Year’s 2014 gift?

2014 Sonic

2014 SonicYeah, yeah, how could a DFW Chevy dealer possibly be talking about 2014 cars when we just entered 2013? Well, some cars get us so excited that we have to take a look at them even though they haven’t rolled off the production line yet. This car was also featured at the SEMA show in 2012 as it left everyone giddy in their seats.

So we’re taking a look at the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. Taking the place of the Chevy Aveo, the 2014 Sonic combines great performance into a small vehicle that fits into the subcompact sedan and hatchback categories. Named the Sonic Dusk due to its ashen grey paint color (not bright blue after the video game hedgehog), car buyers will have the choice between getting the five-door hatchback or the four-door sedan versions.

Power can be found in the smallest forms, and the Sonic has such power with a 138-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that comes in both six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. Gas mileage is also ideal for this vehicle as you will get 40 mph on the highway when you drive it off the lot next year.

There’s no shirking on other features as you’ll have keyless entry, 18-inch aluminum wheels, 19-cubic foot trunk, black leather trimmed seats with suede accents, Mojave brown stitching, air conditioning, instrument panel accents and Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system. If planning on upgrading from the base model to the Sonic LT or LTZ, you’ll get power heated mirrors, power windows, six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, USB connection and satellite radio.

What has taken the world by storm is the safety rating that the 2014 Sonic was given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS). Given five-star ratings from both organizations, the 2014 Sonic is one the the safest small cars for its size and price.

When it comes to the Sonic, car buyers will have sophistication and style in a compact vehicle. This appeals to many people who want to move away from the sporty appearance that many car makers have adopted when it comes to smaller vehicles. Sometimes, style and luxury fits a car buyer’s personality better, and that is what the Sonic will offer when sitting in the driveway.

So for people who are looking for safety, performance and luxury in a small size, the 2014 Sonic will certainly step up to the task. With all the positive reactions that Chevrolet received at the Sonic showing at SEMA, the car manufacturer is pushing to get this vehicle out as soon as possible to every Chevy dealer. So get your value in a small car as the Sonic will try to outshine other subcompacts.

If only 2014 would get here sooner so that we can see it for a little while on our Chevy showroom floor before buyers scoop up every single one.

Learning More About OnStar

Some of us would sooner break a window than admit to the people at OnStar that we locked ourselves out of our cars, but for those of us who can handle the minor embarrassment, OnStar can be a real lifesaver out on the road.

Many of us who drive Chevy do so because it’s really an adventurer’s car. When you roll off the lot of a DFW Chevy dealer, you’re looking forward to seeing the odometer roll over another zero, you’re looking forward to all of the strange trips you’re going to get into over the course of your vehicle’s life, and OnStar can be an adventurer’s best friend.

When we see the television commercials, what we’re seeing is that OnStar is there to help when you lock your keys in your car or if it gets stolen, but it’s useful in a lot more instances than those. Here are a few scenarios where OnStar might prove more useful than you probably think:

Getting Lost

You may have a GPS in your car, but there’s something about having OnStar there to help just in case your GPS goes out or you simply can’t make heads or tails of the directions that it’s giving you. Calling an OnStar operator to get you back down that creek to find your paddles can be a real comfort the intrepid explorer.

What’s That Thumping Noise?

A number of vehicle diagnostics can be made with OnStar. If you’re wondering what that thumping or clanging noise is, if you’re wondering why the engine light is on, OnStar may be able to help you figure it out without the need for an expensive consultation from a mechanic in the middle of nowhere.

Insurance Payments

In some cases, having OnStar can help to reduce your insurance payments by landing you a nice little discount. Depending on your monthly payments, the discount may even offset the cost of the service itself. Talk to your agency and see if they offer any such deals.

Having OnStar is about more than just having a backup plan in the case of an emergency. OnStar has plenty of uses beyond theft and the age old problem of leaving the keys in the ignition.

January DFW Events

It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there is always something to do in the DFW. Now that the holidays are over and 2013 has begun, make sure you continue to explore. As your local Chevy dealer, we are proud supporters of our community and everything it has to offer. Whether you are a visitor or a longtime resident, the time is now to check out a few of these January events.

Coming up quickly is the Cotton Bowl, which takes place on January 4, 2013. The game kicks off at 7 p.m., and Oklahoma will take on Texas A&M. When you get in your Chevy and head to the game, be aware that it is no longer held at the Cotton Bowl Stadium. This year’s bowl game is going to be held at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Consider taking your Chevy to the stadium early to tailgate. Parking lots open at 2 p.m. and you can show off your great ride while enjoying drinks, food and fun with your friends.

For a truly Texas experience, grab your Chevy truck and head out to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This unique event gives guests the opportunity to see a true rodeo, while also enjoying a carnival, kid-friendly activities and delicious food. This event kicks off on January 18, 2013 and will continue into February. Don’t miss the highlight of this show, which is the All Western Parade that will take place on January 19, 2013. The parade will take place in downtown Fort Worth and is sure to delight children and adults alike.

Whether you are interested in a rodeo or a Chevy outing, you won’t be disappointed in the fun events happening in the area this month. It’s a great way to start a brand new year.

Happy New Year from Classic Chevrolet

Happy New Year! Yes, it’s 2013 and while you’re making – and breaking – your resolutions, why not make one that you’re sure you can keep? Like picking up that new  Chevrolet you’ve always dreamed of from your Chevy dealer!

We know what you’re thinking – the beginning of a new year isn’t the best time to purchase a new car, right? Well not necessarily. While it’s true that you can find good deals at the end of the year, when dealers are clearing out their old models to make way for the newer ones, it’s a fact that there’s no “best” time of the year. Along those lines, however, here’s a look at three great reasons why buying a new car at the start of a new year is a great idea:

  • It’s a fun resolution: Let’s face it, most New Year’s resolutions aren’t fun. Go to church more. Eat healthier. Exercise more often. Buying a new car is a resolution that’s fun and enjoyable, especially if you’re due for a little bit of a treat yourself. Why not go out and buy that new Chevy you’ve always wanted but have been so hesitant to pull the trigger on? Now’s the time.
  • Start fresh: The new year is a fresh start – a time to forget about the past and focus on the future. The new year can be a welcome relief after a rough previous year. Why not start out the new year on the right foot with a new car? Getting that car you’ve had your eye on all these years will give you a nice boost and something to look forward to all year long – and beyond. Now that’s starting the new year off on the right foot – a new car!
  • Tax time: Finally, another reason to go out and get that new car is if you’re expecting a tax refund or haven’t spent the last of that Christmas bonus that’s burning a hole in your pocket. Yes, while the new year is usually about paying off credit card bills (from Christmas, duh!), it’s also a time of year when people find themselves in good monetary situations. So if you’re fortunate enough to be one of the aforementioned people, you finally have the funds to buy that car you’ve always wanted. Why not?

When you think about the new year, you probably don’t immediately think about buying a new car. Even so, the new year might be the best time of year to buy, for a variety of different reasons.

NYE in DFW

Happy Holidays, everyone!

As the end of the year approaches, it’s time to think about those New Year’s resolutions and where the best parties will be to toast the coming year. Here at your DFW Chevy Dealer, we’ve compiled a list of New Year’s Eve parties that you, our valued Chevy customer, would like to attend. Check out the best ones, make your party plans, and pay the babysitter extra before you drive down to these New Year’s Eve bashes.

2013 New Year’s Eve Events

Big D NYE

Victory Park is hosting the biggest New Year’s Eve bash complete with food, music and fireworks. The party begins at 8:00pm and runs up until 2:00am. Admission is free and there will be live television coverage starting at 10:30pm. Watch for celebrities and entertainers to make an appearance. So visit the multiple stages or watch what is happening on the available high-definition large screens.

Victory Park

3090 Olive Street 300

Dallas, Texas 75219

(214) 303-5535

Rock The 2013 At The Intercontinental Hotel-Addison

If you are looking for more of an inside New Year’s Eve party, then take a drive to the Intercontinental Hotel-Addison where you can drink and dance the night away from 9:30pm to 1:00am. This year’s band is Emerald City, who have been named The Entertainers of The Year. Ticket prices start at $70 as this covers the live music. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets as early as possible. If you don’t want to drive home, spend the night at the hotel as you can make reservations at 972-386-6000.

Intercontinental Hotel Addison

15201 Dallas Parkway

Dallas, Texas 75001

(972) 386-6000

Gaylord Texan Resort New Year’s Eve Ballroom Gala At The Texas Ballroom

For local New Year’s Eve celebrations, check out Gaylord Texan Resort’s annual Ballroom Gala held in their Texas Ballroom. Hear a variety of live music played by Downtown Fever. Dance the night away to Rock, Swing, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B and many more music genres. After the event, you can continue to party at the resort with just your close friends and family. The event starts at 8:00pm and lasts up to 12:30am.

Gaylord Texan Resort

1501 Gaylord Trail

Grapevine, Texas 76051

(817) 778-2000

Your DFW Chevy Dealer Wants You To Drive Safely This New Year’s Eve

Before you take that first sip of champagne, ensure that you have a designated driver or some other means of transportation to get home safely. Even try to find a place to bunk up for the night. Never place your Chevy keys into the ignition if you are intoxicated. Your life, and the lives of other drivers on the road, is important to your loved ones. Drive safely and have fun this New Year’s Eve.

See you in 2013!

Road Trip Activities

So you just picked the Classic Chevrolet of your dreams from your favorite DFW Chevy dealer. What better way to break it in than by rounding up your buddies, snatching a map and road tripping across Texas or the United States. Just think – the memories that you’re bound to make are a great way to start life off with your new whip.

Pack up your clothes, some snacks, some hygiene products and perhaps even a tent and some sleeping bags in case you want to forego hotel costs on your journey and instead camp. Then it’s time to hit the open road to let those two lanes take you anywhere.

To help pass the time on your trip, consider engaging your fellow passengers in some road tripping activities. Here are three that are fun, cheap and sure to pass the time:

  • License Plates: There are several different games you can play with license plates. For instance, take note of all the different states you see (at the end of an hour, day or trip, the one who saw the most wins). You can also take note of the letters that you see in each license plate and play, A to Z, with your fellow passengers. Don’t just stick to those two games – create your own games with the letters, numbers and states that you see in various plates on the road. It’s a fun, easy way to pass the time.
  • I Spy: This is a road trip classic. It’s simple and fun, only consisting of you and your observant fellow passengers as contestants. To play, you just “spy with your little eye” a landmark on the open road ahead of you. Then, sit back and let all the other passengers guess what you’re talking about. If a passenger gets it right, then they go next. Just be sure to “spy” an object or landmark that’s going to be within your sightlines for a few minutes – you know how quickly you can pass things in a moving car.
  • Trivia: Trivia is another low-budget, fun game to pass the time on the road. You can either create your own questions and categories before or even while you’re on your trek, or you can head out to your local store to pick up a questions kit that someone else put together. Regardless of which avenue you choose, it’s a great way to pass the time, fun and you and your passengers can even learn a thing or two in the process.

Road trips are fun adventures that allow you and your passengers to bond. But it’s unrealistic to think that there won’t be parts of the drive that are bound to drag on. That’s why road trip games and activities are so important.

An End Of The World Chevrolet Deal

If you knew you only had a few days left before the end of the world what would you do?  Eat all the food you have ever loved?  Fly to Rome? Lock yourself in your house with your family?  Throw a huge party?  Here at our DFW Chevy Dealership, we would want to spend some of our last days driving around in a Chevy.  We have a feeling that most Chevy fans would want to take one last joy ride in a new Silverado or a new Camaro Coup.

2013 Chevrolet Camaro Coup

Just in case the Mayan prophecy does come true, we want to help you make your last days on earth great, so come by our Grapevine dealership today, and buy yourself a new Chevrolet.  If  the world does happen to end on Friday, we will waive the rest of your payments on your new car or truck, and if the world keeps turning you have a brand new Chevrolet to celebrate with.

Classic Chevrolet

Besides, who would want to spend their last day on Earth in anything that’s not a Chevy?

Snacks In A Chevy

You just picked up a new ride from your local Chevy dealer DFW, so now what do you do? Take a road trip, of course! Gather up a few of your friends to pile into your Chevy and hit the open road. Be sure to pack clothes, your cell phone chargers, a toothbrush and, to cut down on eating costs during your journey, snacks.

Now, you don’t want you and your friends getting crumbs all over your upholstery, so you’ll want to pack your snacks wisely. For this reason, we recommend staying away from your traditional bag of potato chips. Instead, take a look at these three snacks that are high on taste, but low on mess:

  • Pringles: Yes, we know – we advised you already not to pack a bag of potato chips for munching in your car. The bag is bound to get thrown around and chips are bound to get crunched. Crunched chips means more crumbs. But we do recommend packing a pack of “alternative” potato chips, like Pringles. They come in a can, so they’re easy to store and the chips stay in tact, meaning you won’t have to worry about them turning into crumbs.
  • Movie theater candy: Stay away from the candy that’s likely to get surface powdering or sticky-ness on your hands. Let’s face it – if you’re in a car, it’s likely that, instead of a napkin, you’re just going to wipe your hands on the upholstery. That’s a no-no. Instead, pack candies like Milk Duds, chocolate covered raisins and Starbursts. Just be sure not to let the chocolate get too hot!
  • Beef jerky: If there was one snack food that we’d say is the most synonymous with road tripping, it would certainly be beef jerky. It’s easy, it’s affordable, it’s delicious and it’s available at just about any truck stop or convenience store worth a darn along your adventure. Oh, and we should also mention that it makes little to no mess.

Snacking on the road can save you money and be delicious at the same time. It’s something you can do to pass the long hours on the way to your destination – and it’s delicious to boot! Just remember to stay away from the sticky, messy finger foods and pack the ones that are a little easier.

Chevy Events in DFW

Classic Chevrolet cars have been around long enough to have legions of enthusiasts and fans who restore these classic automobiles and buy new ones. These clubs have a wide variety of different types of events every month all over the country, from small towns to big cities, helping the community and always showing off their fine Chevy automobiles. Below are 3 great upcoming events in the Dallas/Fort Worth area which you should check out if you are interested in becoming a part of this unique, fun and niche community.

DECEMBER 8th: The Dallas Area Classic Chevy’s, or the DACC, is one of the most prominent Chevy car clubs in all of North Texas, with over 170 enthusiasts who frequent their Chevy dealer DFW as much as they check out their local auto restoration shops. The DACC has been around for over 35 years and celebrate Chevy cars, trucks and Corvettes from Chevrolet’s Golden Era of 1955, 1956 and 1957. They have a number of events each month and on December 8th they will be building a wheelchair ramp at a local home. Members will be driving their fleet of Classic Chevys to the location where the ramp is being built at 7:45 AM. More info can be found at www.DallasRamps.org if you are interested in participating.

Also on DECEMBER 8th: The Annual TFF Christmas Charity Tournament will be held at Lake Grapevine beginning at 5 AM where you can register at the Bass Pro Shop in Grapevine. First cast will be at 6 am and the last cast will be at 2 pm. Everyone must be at Bass Pro Shop by 3 pm. The total entry fee per boat is $80  and one toy per person, unwrapped. You can fish solo or with a partner but are only allowed a 5 fish stringer for each boat. Partner fisherman each need to bring a toy for entry. All largemouth bass must be under 14 inches or over 18 inches. Smallmouth bass must be at least 14 inches.

DECEMBER 9th: The following evening, the DACC will be having their annual Christmas party for all the members of the club and maybe even some folks who want to be part of this Chevy-loving group but aren’t officially members yet. It will be located at the home of Rich Purvis in Grapevine. Dinner will be provided for everyone who attends. There will also be a White Elephant gift exchange where everyone will bring different gifts and give them to people randomly.