Camaro Z28 at Classic Chevy
If you are considering the new Camaro Z28 but are just not sure if it’s going to stack up to its promises, stop by Classic Chevy for a test drive – you will find out as soon as you hit the gas just how crazy Chevy went with this one. Read more!
Celebrities Love Chevy
If you drive a Tahoe, Suburban, C10, Impala, Volt, Camaro, or a Corvette, you’re in good company. Many celebrities drive Chevys – some new Chevys and some old Chevys. If you don’t drive a Chevy yet, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the models on the lot. Read more!
The Chevy Spark Lights It Up
Even though the Chevrolet Spark, available at Classic Chevy, has only been out for a year, Chevrolet is already coming out with an updated version. This major update gives the Spark a brand new battery pack. The battery pack for the 2015 model year is being made at GM’s Brownstown, Michigan plant. Read more!
The Impala Goes Green
Chevrolet has finally released the pricing for the 2015 Chevrolet Impala bi-fuel model. This full-size sedan will run on gas or compressed natural gas. The sedan will be built in Oshawa, Ontario and should be available at Classic Chevrolet sometime during the summer of 2014. However, GM will only deliver about 1,000 cars during the first year because of the lack of public compressed natural gas refueling stations. The United States has about 1,000 stations; however, only about half of those are open to the public. Read more!
Chevy Wins Us Over in Their Latest Ad
Chevrolet likes to think outside the box when it comes to marketing and this commercial was no exception. The auto manufacturer ran a contest on MOFILM, a video contest site, to find who could make the best ad for Chevrolet models such as those found at Classic Chevy. The ads were narrowed down to 13 finalists. Read more!
Summer Fun in DFW
Summer is the time to enjoy doing things together as a family. Since the kids are out of school, you can do things on “off” days when you take vacation – this means less people at attractions, giving your family more time without standing in lines or being jostled by crowds. Because you’ll do a lot of extra traveling during the summer, make sure your vehicle is “up to date” on service and maintenance by bringing it in to the service department at Classic Chevy. Read more!
The Chevrolet City Express is Coming Soon
Are you looking for a cargo van, but don’t need or want a full size van? Chevrolet is coming out with a small cargo van – the Chevrolet City Express. It’s starting price will be about $23,000, not including destination charges, tax, title, license and dealer fees. You can expect to see this at Classic Chevrolet sometime in the third quarter of 2014. Read more!
Silverado Will Truly Rule the Roads Soon
The Chevrolet Silverado makes several trim levels that have many available options and you can find them all – or order them – from Classic Chevy. Now, Chevrolet is making yet another version of the Silverado – the SSV or Special Service Vehicle. This model will be available to police, border patrol and fish and game enforcement agencies. The Silverado SSV joins the 2015 Tahoe and the SS as police cars. Chevrolet renamed the pursuit-rated SS sedan “Caprice.”Read more!
Chevrolet Trax Preview
If you are in the market for a new vehicle but don’t plan on buying until early next year, consider making Classic Chevy your first stop so you can test drive the new Chevrolet Trax. Chevy already has lots of small cars, but it’s now adding a small crossover SUV. Of course, if you can’t wait, stop by today to get that car-buying bug out of your system!Read more!
Chevy Cars and Trucks Receive Numerous Edmunds Awards for 2014
Chevy came away with several impressive Edmunds awards in the Top Rated and Most Popular categories for 2014.Read more!
Classic Chevrolet of Houston Joins Classic Family of Dealerships
Tom Durant, the owner of Classic Chevrolet, the nation’s #1 volume Chevrolet dealer for eight consecutive years, purchased Allen Samuels Chevrolet. The total number of dealerships owned by Durant Auto Group is now 12; and the newly purchased dealership makes Durant’s third dealership in the Houston/Galveston market.Read more!
Cinco de Mayo 2014 in DFW
Cinco de Mayo is almost upon us and that means parties and lots of fun. You have the rest of the week to make sure your vehicle is just as ready as you are, so be sure to stop by Classic Chevy for maintenance or repairs before you head out for the weekend.Read more!
Spring Fun in DFW
Sometimes, you just have to get out and enjoy life; and when you have a brand new vehicle from Classic Chevy, that is the perfect excuse to drive it. In the Spring, you can find plenty of excuses to enjoy that new car smell – some things the kids will enjoy, and some things, such as date night, you just have to do without the kids.Read more!
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan Diesel
When you are in the market for a new sedan, you have to find one that is to your liking and a sedan that gets good gas mileage. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, now available at Classic Chevy, is the perfect sedan for someone who needs a daily driver for commute or someone who just needs a vehicle that has great fuel economy.Read more!
Could Chevy be Giving Some Extra LUV to the US?
One of the things you may want or need is a new pickup truck, but the cost of ownership over and above the price of the vehicle might be a bit much to swing. Insurance costs, rising fuel prices and maintenance of a truck all add up over time. Chevrolet has been thinking about those that would be in the market for a pickup truck if it weren?t for a less than stellar paycheck.Read more!
Chevy Plays Cupid
In 2013, Lambracht Chevrolet had an auction and that auction included 50 “ancient” cars. Many of them are the same models that might have been sold at one time at Classic Chevy. One buyer bought a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air and towed it 800 miles to his home in Indiana where he started restoring it. The ’59 had been sitting in a field in Nebraska and was very rusty. The seats were torn and it needed a ton of work.Read more!
Classic Clean Fuels Outlet Opens at Classic Chevy
Classic Chevy is the top-selling Chevrolet dealer in the nation, and this past Tuesday, April 1, we celebrated the grand opening of our natural gas fueling station, the first one to be owned by a dealership anywhere in the country. Read more!
2014 Chevy Traverse at Classic Chevrolet
Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the Chevy Traverse if you are in the market for the perfect family vehicle that gets good gas mileage and has plenty of horsepower and torque. Read more!
Road Trippin’ In Your Chevy
Now that Spring is here you’ll want to spend some time in the parks just to relax after a long week at work. Pack the picnic basket, grab the bathing suits and throw everything you need for a fun day in your Classic Chevy and head out for some fishing, swimming, horseback riding, boating and more. Read more!
Spring has Sprung in DFW
Now that Spring has sprung in DFW, it’s time to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out to some events. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is full of things to do for adults when they want to head out on a date night. Line up a sitter and have some fun. Read more!
Getting Your Chevy Revved Up for Spring
Spring is here and that means more work outside – whether you are farming or you are landscaping your yard. Farmers are getting fields ready for planting, those who live in the city are getting ready to spruce up their landscaping, and rural dwellers are getting gardens ready for planting. This means that your vehicle is going to get a work out. Read more!
April Showers Bring May Flowers
With spring comes rain – much needed rain. However, no one wants to stay inside throughout the spring, so the best thing you can do is to jump in your Classic Chevy and head out for some indoor spring events. Read more!
Chevy Cruze at Classic Chevrolet
When you visit Classic Chevy to test drive a Chevrolet Cruze, you get to choose from three different powertrains: the gas engine, the diesel and the turbo diesel. All three are in the same price range, so the choice will be your preference based on standard features and available options. Read more!
The Chevy Volt at Classic Chevrolet!
Stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2104 Volt if you are in the market for a new, economical car. The volt uses a 1.4-liter internal combustion engine that makes 83 horsepower and runs on premium fuel. It also features a Voltec electric drive motor that makes 149 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. A lithium-ion 16.5 kWh rechargeable battery stores excess energy. The battery features a liquid thermal management system with active control. Read more!
Classic Chevy at the AltCar Expo
The 5th Annual Texas Altcar Expo will be held from March 27-29, 2014. Classic Chevrolet will be there with a 2014 Chevrolet Volt. On Thursday, March 27, the Propane Engine Fuel Summit will be held. Admission is $25 and includes the program, breakfast, and lunch. Read more!
Chevy Rolls into SXSW
The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festivals are held in Austin and are the places to meet with others in the industry to exchange ideas. The music festival is for creative people and companies. Read more!
Truck Month: 2014 Chevrolet Silverado
When you visit Classic Chevy, you’ll find that the Grapevine dealership has specials on several trucks including the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD. If you need a heavy duty work truck for the farm, for a construction business, or because you have an RV or other heavy trailer to tow, now is the time to test drive this or another Chevy truck. Read more!
Chevy Models with the Best Gas Mileage
If you are in the market for a vehicle with excellent gas mileage, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Volt or the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic. The Volt is a hybrid, while the Sonic is a gas only vehicle. Read more!
Spring Break in DFW
This spring, consider spending your Spring Break in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. If you need a new vehicle to get around, stop by Classic Chevy before the break to test drive a truck, car, or SUV so you have something new, fun, and reliable to take you and your family to area events. While Dallas might be your backyard, that doesn?t mean you have to leave the area to have fun on Spring Break. Read more!
North American Car of the Year Accolades
General Motors took the North American Car of the Year for car and truck categories this year. The Chevrolet Silverado and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, both available at Classic Chevy, won for their categories as announced at a Dec. 13, 2013 new conference held at the North American International Auto Show. Read more.
Why Chevy Trucks Rule
If you’ve been to Classic Chevy and other dealerships to test drive trucks, but still can’t make up your mind whether you should go with Chevrolet, Dodge, Toyota, or Ford, consider test driving the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – again if you’ve already driven it. The 2014 model has upgraded powertrains for better fuel mileage. In short, the 2014 absolutely rules the road! Read more!
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. Read more at Classic Garage!
Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon
The annual Fort Worth Cowtown Marathon is taking place Feb. 21 through 23, 2014. While the marathon is for running, you’ll still need a reliable vehicle to get you to the start of the marathon. Or, if you want to watch the marathon, you can do it along the route. Stop by Classic Chevy to test drive a new vehicle or to service your current Chevy before you head out to the marathon. Read more at our new blog location!
2015 Chevy Colorado Pickup
You first saw the Chevrolet Colorado in 2004 – it replaced the popular S-10 models. The Colorado took a break in 2012, but it is back! Though not yet available at Classic Chevrolet and other dealerships, as soon as Chevrolet releases it, you will be able to test drive it. While the Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck, it still has a lot of horsepower.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado will feature a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an optional 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines will feature variable valve timing and direct injection. Both will also have a six-speed automatic transmission to transfer the power to the rear wheels. Regardless of engine size, the maximum towing capacity will be about 6,700 pounds.
As for horsepower and torque, the numbers are not quite pinned down yet, but Chevrolet expects the four-cylinder engine to put out 193 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The company expects the V-6 engine to put out 302 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Chevrolet also has a 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel planned for the 2016 models.
If you are interested in the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, you’ll have a choice of three models: the extended cab or crew cab with a 5-foot bed or the crew cab with a 6-foot bed. Trim levels include the WT, LT and Z71. All three trim levels will be available in two-wheel or four-wheel drive configurations. The Z71 will feature gunmetal trim instead of the chrome on the WT and LT, and will have unique 17-inch wheels and projector headlights.
All models will feature a coil-over front suspension with electric power steering and low-mass aluminum knuckles. All models will also feature four-wheel disc brakes and Duralife brake rotors. The bed features a two-tier loading system – it is designed so that it can be split into upper and lower sections. The bed also features 13 tie-down locations.
The interior will feature cloth seats – or you can choose the optional leather seats. All models will feature a center console, sculpted headliner, a floor-mounted shifter and tons of storage. The Z71 has its own interior trim including contrasting stitching and embossed seatbacks.
Technology will include an 8-inch color touch screen on the LT and Z71; and all models will feature a dedicated area for a smart phone, multiple USB ports, MyLink and OnStar. Certain models and/or trim levels will also feature six airbags, lane departure warning, forward collision alert and a rear vision camera. The Z71 will also feature StabiliTrack, hill start assist, hill descent control and trailer sway control.
Keep your eye on this space or stop by Classic Chevrolet for more information on the 2015 Colorado as it becomes available.
2014 Chevy SS now available at Classic Chevrolet!
For those of you who have been waiting with baited breath for the 2014 SS to show up at Classic Chevrolet, your wait is now over! Stop by the Dallas dealership to test drive the SS today. You’ll find it has everything you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet. Standard features include:
Entertainment: The SS features an audio system and navigation package with an 8-inch color touch screen display, an AM/FM stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, a CD player, USB port, nine Bose premium speakers, MyLink and Bluetooth and an integrated rear window antenna.
Exterior: The SS features 19-inch forged aluminum wheels, a tire inflator kit, a rear spoiler, hood blanket and fog lamps. The automatic headlights are high density discharge lights. The outside mirrors are heated and power adjustable. The driver’s side mirror automatically dims when needed. The wipers are intermittent and feature Rainsense.
Engine and Transmission: The 6.2-liter V-8 engine puts out 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with TAPshift. The transmission feeds power to the limited slip rear differential.
Safety Features: The SS has many safety features including Brembo brakes, brake assist, traction control, StabiliTRack stability control, several airbags, OnStar, a rear vision camera, automatic parking assist, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Interior: Inside, you’ll notice that the front sport bucket seats have adjustable head restraints, are heated and ventilated. Both front seats are adjustable in eight different ways. The driver’s seat also features power lumbar support. The leather steering wheel features audio controls. The interior also features a head-up display with color digital read outs indicating selected gear, vehicle speed, a high beam indicator, outside air temperature, audio system information, turn signals, vehicle messages, the tachometer and more.
The SS also features retained accessory power, keyless access, remote vehicle start, dual zone automatic climate control, an air filtration system with a pollen filter, front and rear cup holders, two auxiliary power outlets, an auto dimming rearview mirror and more.
For a full list of features, warranty information and to test drive the 2014 SS, stop by Classic Chevrolet today. Ask your salesperson about standard features and dealer-added features.
History of the Chevrolet Impala
When you stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a new Impala, you may not be thinking about the history of the vehicle. However, the Impala has come a long way since the first generation of Impalas. The first one was presented in 1956 at the GM Motoramas. The 1958 Impala – the first year it was offered – had tons of chrome and deeply sculpted fenders. It also had the first dual headlamps and triple tail lights for Chevrolet. In a bold move, Chevrolet moved from semi-elliptic leaf springs in the rear to coil springs.
In the second generation, the Impala was wider, lower and leaner. It also featured a bat-wing tail motif. This generation brought four-door hardtops and sedans to consumers. The third generation was a complete redesign for 1961. These Impala models were boxier, plus Chevrolet introduced a wagon body style. It also kicked off the muscle car days. The first Impala SS featured a 6.7-liter/408 cubic-inch big block engine.
The fourth generation was introduced in 1965 and this was the year that Chevrolet passed the million-units-per-year mark. The four-door hardtop was the Impala Caprice. This generation also saw nine different V-8 engines, from a small 238 cubic-inch engine to the 454 cubic-inch big block engine. The base engine on the Impala was the 4.1-liter V-6 engine (250 cubic inches).
The fifth generation was introduced in 1971 and it was the largest Impala ever produced. When unleaded fuel became available in 1972, it required lower engine compression ratios and reduced power. That was the last year that the Impala was available in a convertible.
Generation six Impalas first appeared in 1977 and they were much smaller and weighed much less than previous Impala. The demand for Impalas dropped significantly and the Impala was retired in 1985 – or at least the nameplate. The “new” Impala was the Caprice.
Generation seven Impalas saw a refreshed platform and were available as the 1994 model. The Impala was a four-door model and had a rounded exterior design. It did have SS badging and police underpinnings. However, this didn’t last – the Impala badge was once again retired in 1996.
In 2000, the eighth generation came to be as a front-wheel drive vehicle with a V-6 engine. The four-door body style sat on a unibody construction . In 2004 and 2005, the Impala got an upgrade to a 3.8-liter supercharged engine that made 240 horsepower.
The ninth generation started in 2006 with a 5.3-liter V-8 engine, front-wheel drive model. This generation also saw three additional trim levels and police packages. The 2014 Impala is the tenth generation and features Epsilon II components and very minimal changes to the dimensions of the vehicle. This is the first year that Chevrolet put a four-cylinder engine in a large sedan. However, the exterior and interior design has changed significantly, plus the 2014 also features infotainment and safety features.
For a full list of trim levels, options and standard equipment, stop by Classic Chevrolet or keep an eye on this space.
Silverado Cheyenne Lightweight Concept
Chevrolet is coming out with a lighter Silverado – the Cheyenne model. When it is released, it will be available at Classic Chevrolet – a nice addition to the many Silverado models already available at the dealership. The concept Silverado Cheyenne will be debuted at a SEMA show. Not only is it lightweight, but it has a big V-8 engine.
To drop weight, the bumpers, inner cargo box and the tailgate are made of carbon fiber. The original weight is 4,503 pounds and the diet dropped the Cheyenne’s weight by about 200 pounds. The Cheyenne will also feature carbon ceramic brakes – the same type on the Camaro Z/28. The rotors weigh less than conventional rotors normally found on pickup trucks.
Furthermore, the Cheyenne won’t have a spare tire, trailer hitch or center console. Also, some of the insulation was removed, all in the name of saving weight. The wheels, rear leaf springs and the driveshaft are all aluminum, further reducing the weight of the truck.
When you reduce the weight of a vehicle, you get more horsepower. The heavier something is, the more horsepower it takes to move it. Thus, a vehicle weighing in at 4,500 pounds will have a higher 60-second time than a vehicle that weighs in at 3,000 pounds. You gain about a tenth of a second per 100 pounds. The 6.2-liter engine in the new Cheyenne will put out 420 horsepower.
If you are in the market for a truck for lightweight duties, such as occasional hauling such as a load in the bed, the Cheyenne is for you. You’ll get better fuel economy plus the usefulness of a truck. If you need something to tow a travel trailer, toy hauler or for a work truck that is constantly hauling heavy loads, you may want to consider one of the other Silverado trucks.
Keep your eye on this spot for more information about the lightweight Cheyenne as it becomes available or stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive one of the other Silverado models on the lot.
Silverado Strong Sweepstakes on Facebook
From November 18 through December 16, 2013, Classic Chevrolet will be running the Silverado Strong sweepstakes on its Facebook page. You must visit and Like the page to enter the sweepstakes. You could win a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado lease or a $1,000 Visa gift card. If you haven’t “Liked” the Classic Chevrolet Facebook page, head over now to do it so you’re sure to be notified when the sweepstakes starts.
As for the Chevrolet Silverado, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the many Silverado models on the lot. Classic Chevrolet has the biggest selection of this popular Chevy truck – you’re bound to find one you like – and who knows? That just may be the same model that is offered in the sweepstakes!
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew cab with a short box in the LT trim level features daytime running lamps, several airbags, OnStar and a tire pressure monitoring system as part of its safety features. It features a 4.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V-6 engine with direct injection, active fuel management and variable valve timing – all to help this truck get better fuel economy. The engine, backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, makes 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm.
You can also get the Silverado in four-wheel drive. Certain models feature an external engine oil cooler, a 150-amp alternator and aluminized stainless-steel muffler and tailpipe. Additional equipment includes four-wheel disc brakes with DURALIFE rotors, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance, traction control, hill start assist and trailer sway control.
The infotainment system features a 4.2-inch diagonal color screen touch display with the MyLink audio system, USB ports, SD card slot, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth, Pandora and voice-activated technology. The system also features a CD/MP3 player and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Additional interior comforts include a 40/20/40 split bench seat, a fold-down armrest with storage, a lockable storage compartment in the seat cushion and plenty of additional storage. The leather-wrapped steering wheel features cruise and audio controls so you can keep your eyes on the road.
If you are in the market for a new car but don’t know what you really want, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a couple of Chevys. For starters, you may want to test drive the Spark, especially if you are looking for something that gets excellent fuel economy. The Spark features a 1.2-liter double overhead cam engine that gets 30 mpg* in the city and 39 mpg* on the highway.
The Spark’s ECOTEC engine makes 84 horsepower at 6,400rpm and 83 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm. It is backed by a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and has battery rundown protection.
Entertainment Features: When you test drive the Spark, be sure to test drive the entertainment system. You’ll find MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo, Bluetooth, voice recognition for compatible smart phones, Pandora, Siri Eyes Free voice recognition and a 7-inch diagonal color touch screen. The system provies sound via a six-speaker sound system.
Additionally, you get SiriusXM radio plus a three-month trial for the XM Premier package. You’ll also get a USB port and an auxiliary input jack plus a roof-mounted antenna.
Interior Features: When you get inside you’ll find leatherette-trimmed, heated front seats and a 60/40 split rear seat that folds. The rear seat also features adjustable outboard headrests and a center console with a storage tray. The leather-wrapped, tilt steering wheel features mounted phone interface, cruise and audio controls.
The Spark also features a driver information center with a trip computer, plus you’ll see a trip computer and oil life monitoring system. Other instrumentation includes a tachometer in addition to standard instrumentation.
The door locks are power and programmable, plus the Spark features remote keyless entry, a theft-deterrent system and engine immobilizer. Additionally, you’ll find plenty of storage and cup holders, a front folding armrest for the driver and vanity mirrors.
Safety Features: In addition to the “fun stuff” you’ll find in the Spark, it features several safety features to keep you and your family safe while in the vehicle. These include Chevrolet’s StabiliTrak stability control system with Brake Assist, traction control, a brake/transmission shift interlock, hill start assist, 10 airbags, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive the Spark and for a full list of all the features on this vehicle.
Chevy and Siri Make a Good Team!
When you visit Classic Chevrolet to test drive certain 2014 vehicle models, you’ll find that they include Chevrolet MyLink with Siri. The feature is called the Siri Eyes Free Integration system. According to Chevrolet’s Vice President of U.S. Marketing, Chris Perry, customer response to the system has been outstanding. Perry stated that “Easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers,” and also stated that MyLink and Siri work well together.
You can hook up your iPhone to Chevrolet’s MyLink system as long as it is running iOS 6 or iOS 7. You can ask Siri to perform several tasks while you keep your eyes on the road. The system also allows you to interact with your iPhone with only your voice, plus it keeps the screen from lighting up.
To use the system, simply connect your iPhone to MyLink with Bluetooth; and you use the steering wheel voice activation button to start and end sessions in Eyes Free mode. The new system will be available on the 2014 Camaro, Malibu, Equinox, Cruze, SS and the Volt.
You can make voice-activated calls to any contact on your iPhone, play songs from your iTunes libraries, switch music sources between the regular AM/FM radio, XM radio and iPod, compose and listen to iMessages or text messages, and even access the calendar to add an appointment.
Each vehicle’s entertainment system other than the Siri connection varies with the model and trim level. But you can expect an excellent system regardless of which vehicle you choose. The Malibu features an AM/FM stereo with MP3 playback and a CD player. It also features a Radio Data System and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The Malibu also features a six-speaker system, a USB port conveniently located in the center console, a 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth. You’ll also get Gracenote database, which include Playlist+ and album art.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive one of the new 2014 models. While you’re there, you can get a full list of safety, convenience and entertainment features for each vehicle; plus you can “test drive” the Siri Eyes Free Integration system.
Holiday Activities in DFW
The holidays are just around the corner and you’ll need your Classic Chevrolet in tip-top shape for the season. Between shopping and holiday events, you want to be sure your vehicle is in the condition it should be so as not to leave you stranded. Before you head out, make sure all maintenance is caught up. If you have an older car that you just don’t trust, stop by Classic Chevrolet and ask about any specials on leases or purchases. Once your transportation situation is in order, head out to enjoy the season.
Family events are great and the Coyote Drive-In allows you to schedule special events. You can reserve several spots in one area or you can reserve the entire showing of a movie. You can even reserve seating at the canteen or take advantage of bounce-houses, tents, and games. The drive-in is located at 223 NE 4th Street, Fort Worth, Texas. You can book an event through their website at coyotedrive-in.com.
If you plan your drive-in party earlier in the day, when you leave, you can see Christmas light displays. There are several throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area including:
- The Christmas Capital of Texas: Every weekend in December brings the ultimate Christmas celebration on Main Street in Grapevine. Enjoy free hay rides, decorations, Santa, and reindeer games. You can also ride the North Pole Express Train, see Christmas movies, and go ice skating. Additional festivities start at 7:00 p.m. on November 19 with the Carol of Lights and ends on December 6 with the Parade of Lights.
- City Lights: Over five blocks of downtown Dallas are lit with decorations and the city’s Christmas tree. Visit anytime to see the annual holiday lights if you are in downtown or feel like taking a ride in your Classic Chevy.
- Prairie Lights: If being in the heart of Dallas isn’t your thing, check out Grand Prairie’s four-million-plus Christmas light display in the world’s longest light tunnel. The tunnel of lights opens on Thanksgiving night and closes on New Year’s Eve. Get your picture taken with Santa, walk through the light displays and see the new Holiday Magic Light Show. Admission starts at $20 for cars and can range up to $80 for busses.
Be sure to take some pictures of you and your family and friends enjoying the festivities with your new Classic Chevy so you can show us and everyone else what a great time you had with your new vehicle!
All New Chevy Cruze and Malibu Available at Classic Chevy!
If you visit Classic Chevrolet expecting to test drive a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze or Malibu, you’ll find that the new 2014 model years of both vehicles are available. Both vehicles have many upgraded features for the new year, including the ability to dock certain iPhones with the vehicle’s infotainment system for voice-activated controls.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Features: The 2014 Cruze features a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This front-wheel drive vehicle’s transmission is electronically controlled and features overdrive for optimum fuel economy.
Safety features include four-wheel antilock brakes, Chevrolet’s StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control, several airbags, OnStar, daytime running lamps, a tire pressure monitor and the LATCH system for child car seats. It also features rear child safety door locks.
The interior also features heated driver and front passenger seats with three warmth settings, bucket seats in the front and a 60/40 split rear seat that folds, armrests, cup holders in the front and rear, two auxiliary power outlets in the center console, a tilt and telescopic leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel, driver information center and more.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu Features: The 2014 Malibu features a 2.0-liter turbo gas engine that puts out 259 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. It is backed by a six-speed automatic, electronically-controlled transmission with overdrive. This front-wheel drive Malibu features four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and a four-link rear suspension.
Safety features include Chevrolet’s StabiliTrak stability control system, brake assist, 10 airbags, OnStar, a tire pressure monitor system and the LATCH system for child car seats.
The interior features front bucket seats and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The leather-wrapped, three-spoke steering wheel is tilt and telescopic and features mounted cruise and audio controls. The driver information center features a color display with trip/fuel information, vehicle messages and other information about the vehicle. The Malibu also features a remote vehicle starter system, remote keyless entry, a theft deterrent system and a panic alarm button.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive either the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu or the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze and get a full list of all of the entertainment, safety and convenience features available for each vehicle.
Chevy Reveals New Concepts at the SEMA Show!
Chevrolet debuted several concepts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas including the Silverado Cheyenne, an SS sedan, Camaros, and Corvettes. While these vehicles are not yet available, keep an eye on this space for news of when they will be released to dealerships like Classic Chevrolet.
Jeff Gordon SS Performance Sedan Concept: This concept Chevy received its design input from Jeff Gordon, including red paint, carbon fiber and 20-inch custom wheels. It also features a lowered suspension and a Borla exhaust. The interior features suede while the engine compartment features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine.
Corvette Stingray Gran Turismo Concept: This concept features endure-style headlights with yellow tint, a custom body kit, and a carbon fiber hood, rear wing and front splitter. Chevrolet left the engine alone in this concept and concentrated on the exterior of the vehicle.
Atlantic Concept and Pacific Variant Corvettes: In addition to the Gran Turismo concept, Chevrolet also brought two additional Corvette concepts to the show. The Atlantic Concept features 19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels, a custom paint job and a windscreen and unique floor mats. The Pacific Variant adds a carbon fiber hood, the 19-inch front wheels, 20-inch rear wheels and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Camaro Concepts: In addition to the Corvette concepts and the SS sedan, Chevrolet brought four Camaro concepts to the show. The Performance Garage Concept steals ideas from the ZL1 and the Z/28 and features a 2.75-inch exhaust and shorty headers along with extensive suspension modifications. It also has an enhanced cooling system to keep it cool for longer periods of hard driving.
The Performance V-8 Concept features anniversary wheels, a body kit, blacked-out badges and Recaro seats in addition to the modifications featured on the Performance Garage Concept. The Performance V-6 Concept features the SS’s Brembo brakes, a Borla exhaust, some 1LE suspension parts and 20-inch wheels. The fourth Camaro, the Camaro Spring Special Edition, is expected to be at dealerships like Classic Chevy sometime in the Spring of 2014. This version features Summit White paint and Blue Ray stripes. It also features a ZL1 spoiler, 21-inch wheels and a blue fabric top. It will be available with a V-6 or V-8 engine.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet for more information and keep your eye on this space for the release of the Camaro Spring Special Edition.
What Makes Classic Chevy So Classic
It’s not often a Chevrolet dealer gets to pat itself on the back, but Classic Chevrolet can. Not only has it won many awards, including the #1 Volume in Sales for the seventh consecutive year, but the dealership often sponsors events and helps out charities. Furthermore, it has the biggest selection of Silverado pickup trucks you’ll find anywhere.
Classic Chevy's 21st Annual Chili Cook-Off is coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. You’ll get to taste many wonderful chili recipes, listen to live music, and can participate in a canned food drive. In addition to the annual chili cook-off, Classic Chevy sponsors a golf tournament and is involved in other events to raise money for charity.
Don Johnson, the U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Sales and Service, summed up Classic Chevrolet pretty well when he presented the dealership with its #1 Volume for Sales award in February 2013: “You don’t get anything until you sell the car. But you don’t get that sale in the first place without keeping your customers and your employees happy. Tom Durant can attract great people, develop them, and then, most importantly, let them succeed.”
You can see for yourself what Johnson is talking about when you visit Classic Chevrolet and meet with your salesperson to test drive your next new vehicle. The employees are well-versed in the vehicles on the lot and if they don’t have an answer, they will get you an answer. Not only are they knowledgeable, but they are happy employees. If it weren’t for the sales staff, the administrative staff, management, and everyone helping to pitch in for charity events, Classic Chevrolet wouldn’t have won so many awards.
When you visit the dealership, you can expect nothing but the best as far as customer and vehicle service are concerned.
Performance parts for Camaro
When you purchase your new fifth generation Camaro from Classic Chevrolet, you can order it with performance parts. If the dealership installs the performance parts, which come directly from Chevrolet, you won’t void the vehicle’s warranty. The parts are available through Chevrolet Performance. You can also purchase your new Camaro and order the parts from Chevrolet Performance later – as long as the dealership installs them, the warranty on the Camaro is still good.
The COPO Kit: If you’ve always wanted a COPO but could not afford it, you can still have a COPO car. You can get the COPO hood, the logo gauges and other parts from the production COPO model.
ZL1 Brake Kits: You can get the ZL1 brake kits for the front and rear of the Camaro SS. The front kit consists of six-piston Brembo calipers with ZL1 logos and aluminum housings, 14.6-inch front two-piece rotors, brake pads and mounting hardware. The rear kit consists of two rear calipers, the brake pads and installation hardware.
You can also get a ZL1front and rear brake kit for the V-6 Camaro. This kit includes 14.6-inch front brake components and 14.4-inch rear brake components, though you will have to convert to 20-inch wheels so you have enough room for the calipers.
Additional Parts: You can also get a ZL1 short-throw sifter that replaces the six-speed manual transmission shifter in the Camaro SS and a rear driveline system. The rear driveline system kit consists of a complete rear axle system designed to reduce wheel hop. It includes a 9.9-inch ring gear with a limited slip differential, driveshaft and stronger half shafts. The kit fits the SS and V-6 models. The gear ratio for the manual transmission in is 3.71:1 and for the automatic, a 3.23:1 ratio.
Chevrolet Performance also has 1LE parts. The Track Pack is a suspension kit that features a 27mm stabilizer bar for the front, 28mm stabilizer bar for the rear, retuned front struts, different monotube rear shocks, and better/stiffer toe links and rear shock mounts.
For a full list of available performance parts, stop in at Classic Chevrolet. While you’re there, test drive the new Camaro. You can discuss the parts you want to upgrade with your salesperson and upgrade the Camaro before you take it home.
2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel review
Chevrolet manufactured a new Cruze trim level for the 2014 model year – the Cruze Diesel, which is available at Classic Chevrolet. The Diesel features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine and is at the top of the lineup. The Cruze features great handling balance and a sophisticated ride – and surprisingly for a compact sedan, a large trunk. The rear seat provides adequate space, but might be a tight fit for taller people.
The 2.0-liter Diesel engine gets about 33 mpg combined, 27 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway. It’s also quicker than it’s only competition in its class – the Jetta TDI.
The 2014 Cruze Diesel features all of the standard equipment in the 1LT and 2LT including the MyLInk touch screen interface, power driver seat, four-wheel disc brakes, a sport-tuned suspension, heated front seats and leather upholstery. It also features the same aerodynamic enhancements that come standard with the Eco trim level. The Diesel also features low-rolling-resistance tires and 17-inch wheels with a different design than the other models’ 17-inch wheels.
The Cruze Diesel’s engine puts out 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. It is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. According to Edmunds, Chevrolet estimates that the Cruze Diesel will hit 60 mph in about 8.6 seconds.
Safety features include stability control, side curtain airbags the full length of the side of the vehicle, several other airbags, antilock brakes and OnStar. The OnStar system features on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance and remote door unlocking.
The Cruze earned a five-star rating for safety plus the top score of “Good” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety testing.
The interior features a two-tone color scheme and looks very upscale. The MyLink touch screen interface features voice control and the front seats are supportive. They are also comfortable and have several adjustments. The trunk features a whopping 15.4 cubic feet of space and is one of the largest cargo spaces in its class.
To see all of the features and options available for the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new model.
Chevrolet Malibu turns 50
Celebrate the Chevrolet Malibu’s 50th birthday by stopping by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu 2LZ. You’ll find plenty of infotainment, comfort and safety features. While Malibus of the past were full size sedans, today’s Malibu is a mid-size sedan. The Malibu was first sold in 1964 and is on its eighth generation.
The first generation ran from 1964 through 1967. It was launched as a premium family sedan, but got caught up in the muscle wars. Just after the Malibu was introduced, a sporty model was released – the SS. The SS Chevelle won the muscle car war and the Malibu remained a premium family sedan.
The second generation ran from 1968 through 1972. The second gen Malibu had a slightly shorter wheelbase – 112 inches – for convertibles and coupes, while the 116-inch wheelbase was reserved for wagons and sedans. Every model year had different styling differences.
The third generation Malibu ran from 1973 through 1977. This generation featured a new frame with the same wheelbases from the second generation. However, new federal crash standards had been released so the bodies were 5 inches longer and an inch wider.
The fourth generation saw a shorter – 12 inches – Malibu. The Malibu also went on a diet – it was 500 pounds lighter. This generation ran from 1978 through 1983. Instead of offering only the V-8 engine, it also featured a V-6 engine. In 1977, the Chevelle line was discontinued. Chevrolet also added a police package for the Malibu during this generation.
The fifth generation ran from 1997 through 2003 after a hiatus from 1984 through 1997. In 1997, the Malibu was reborn as a front-wheel drive sedan and featured a four- or six-cylinder engine. In 1997, the Malibu was named Motor Trend Car of the Year.
The sixth generation ran from 2004 through 2007. This generation saw more technology, was more efficient and performed better. The Malibu SS also returned to the party. The SS version featured a 240-horsepower 3.9-liter V-6 engine. This generation also saw the Malibu Maxx, a five-door extended sedan that provided tons of extra cargo room.
The seventh generation ran from 2008 through 2012 and had even more performance, and was more efficient and refined. It included more safety features including head curtain side air bags. The seventh gen Malibu also won the 2008 North American Car of the Year at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.
This brings us to the eighth generation Malibu – the 2013 and 2014 model years. In 2013, the Malibu was redesigned, and in 2014 it underwent more changes for more efficiency, more technology and more comfort features. It also received a new front-end. This generation features a 2.0-liter turbo engine that puts out 259 horsepower.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to see a full list of features, conveniences and options. Once you test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, you’ll want to take it home with you.
Matt Bonner rolls into the new season in a 2014 Impala
If you want to roll into the holidays and the new year in style like Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs forward, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive a 2014 Chevrolet Impala. While he could well afford one of those high-end premium brands, he chose something that he knows will treat him right – and always has. Bonner used to drive a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix, but when that car bit it, he drove a classic Chevrolet El Camino.
Bonner said he loves the Chevrolet Impala. He said he tried some of the high-end premium cars, but they just didn’t “fit” him. He loves the leg room that the Impala offers, plus the horsepower rating. With the Impala’s high-end technology packages and ventilated seats, Bonner finds the 2014 Impala luxurious, as will you when you test drive it.
The 2014 Impala features a 3.6-liter direct injection engine with variable valve timing. It is E85 FlexFuel capable and produces 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm. It also produces 264 pound-feet of torque at 5,200rpm. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, which is electronically controlled and features overdrive.
The audio system include Chevrolet MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, a 100-watt, six-speaker audio system, an 8-inch diagonal color infotainment touch screen and an SD card receptacle. It also features three USB ports, SiriusXM and HD radio, Bluetooth and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.
The front bucket seats are heated and have eight-way power plus four-way power lumbar. The rear seat is a 60/40 split folding seats. The steering column is tilt and telescopic and features a four-spoke, leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Impala also features keyless access, passive entry, keyless start, and remote start. The air conditioning system features dual zone automatic climate control with separate zones for the driver and passenger.
Safety features include brake assist, brake control, 10 airbags, OnStar, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, a rear vision camera, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, rear park assist and side blind zone alert.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the new 2014 Chevrolet Impala and to learn more about additional standard features and optional packages and equipment.
Chevy SS at Talladega Speedway in October
Chevrolet made a good showing at the October 2013 race at Talladega, and not just on the track. The Chevrolet SS was at the race, along with other Chevrolet models including the Sonic, Malibu, Cruze, Camaro, Impala, Equinox, Corvette and the Traverse. The 2014 Silverado was also at the track so that people could check out these excellent Chevrolets. If you didn’t make it to the race, you can check those vehicles out at Classic Chevrolet.
Chevrolet set up a display so that fans could see some of the show cars including the NASCAR Sprint Series No. 88 National Guard Chevrolet SS and the NASCAR Nationwide Series No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro.
Fans also got to see engines, accessories and parts in the Team Chevy Display. These items are available at Classic Chevrolet for purchase. It wasn’t all cars and parts, either – Chevrolet also had interactive games for children and adults.
Over the years, Chevys won 38 of the 89 races that have been run at Talladega. Jeff Gordon won in the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS in 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005 and twice in 2007. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., won in the #88 Mountain Dew/Xbox One Chevrolet SS in 2001, twice in 2002, once in 2003 and once in 2004.
Furthermore, Jimmie Johnson won in the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS in 2006 and 2011 while Kevin Harvick won driving the #29 Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS in 2010. Jamie McMurray drove the #1 Cessna Chevrolet SS to a win at Talladega in 2009.
According to GM’s media site, a driver in a Chevrolet won five of the last ten Talladega races and a driver in a Chevrolet sat on the pole 29 times. Furthermore, Team Chevy has 169 top five plus 312 top ten finishes at the track.
If you want to see the Chevrolets featured at Team Chevy’s Talladega display – with the exception of the show cars, of course – visit Classic Chevy. You can test drive the Camaro SS and the Corvette. If big V-8 power is not your style, you can test drive the Cruze or any of the other smaller vehicles.
Chevy Presence at the Texas Motor Speedway this Weekend!
Chevrolet will be at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend and will have a tent set up so you can see the auto manufacturer’s offerings, including information on the 2014 Silverado, now available at Classic Chevrolet. Furthermore, Chevrolet has a pretty high stake in this race as its top driver is just about equal in point standings with a Toyota driver. Even if you’re not a NASCAR fan, you can’t give up missing this race. It’s even better if you can see it in person. You’ll get the best of both worlds: Seeing a historical moment in racing history and getting to visit Chevrolet’s tent.
Chevrolet will be racing Toyota; the cars’ drivers are tied in the championship standings for the first time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Jimmie Johnson, driving the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet and Matt Kenseth, driving No. 20 Home Depot/Dollar General’s Toyota, have the closest point spread this year, beating last year’s marginal point spread of two points.
The drivers will battle for points on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 at Texas Motor Speedway in the AAA Texas 500. This race is the most important race in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup. Both drivers have championship careers and both have dominated in their careers. Kenseth has the edge over Johnson, so the Chevrolet car has to be in top form as does Johnson. Kenseth lead for a total of 772 laps at Texas Motor Speedway and has twelve top five finishes.
Johnson has nine top five finishes, all runner-up finishes, and won the AAA Texas 500 in 2011. Both drivers are confident of their win in Sunday’s race. Johnson said, “It’s going to be a dogfight to the end.”
If you are going to be at the race, be sure to stop by the Chevrolet tent to check out vehicles, parts, performance parts and more. Then stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. You can choose from several trim levels; Classic Chevrolet has the largest Silverado inventory in the entire metroplex.
Pink Chevy Camaro on display for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Chevrolet created a special pink-themed Camaro SS to use as the pace car in select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races to show General Motors’ support of the charity Making Strides Through Breast Cancer.
You can test drive a Camaro SS like the NASCAR pace car at Classic Chevrolet – and when you buy it you can support Breast Cancer in your own way by displaying a pink ribbon on your new Camaro.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has been promoting the awareness and dangers of breast cancer for over 25 years. Even though there have been great strides in treating breast cancer over the years, there is still a lot of work to do to make people aware of the treatment that is available and to make them aware of the importance of getting checked.
The pink Camaro SS was already seen at the Advocare 500 in Georgia in September 2013. Furthermore, a special 2014 Corvette Stingray will be the pace car for the IZOD IndyCar Series event at the Auto Club Speedway in October.
For every test drive that a customer takes, Chevrolet donates $10 to the cause, plus donates $200 for every caution lap run in the NASCAR series. In 2012, Chevrolet contributed to the $1,211,463 that the American Cancer Society raised for research, breast cancer awareness education, wellness and support for families of cancer patients.
The 2014 Camaro features a 6.2-liter engine that puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. It features a 3.45 rear gear in the limited slip differential, four-wheel antilock disc brakes and Brembo performance four-piston calipers on the front. The rear also features four-piston calipers.
Safety features include StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, several airbags including a passenger sensing airbag, daytime running lamps, rear parking assist, a rearview camera display that is integrated into the Color Touch Radio, three-point safety belts and the LATCH system for child car seats. The Camaro SS also features OnStar with six months of Directions and Connection Plan, which includes stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response and navigation.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive the Camaro SS or the Corvette Stingray. Not only will you walk out of the dealership with your next new car, but you’ll also help Chevrolet donate to the breast cancer cause.
The all new Chevy High Country truck
All of the domestic trucks have a premium model and Chevrolet is no exception. You can test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country at Classic Chevrolet. It comes standard with a 5.3-liter Gen V small block V-8 engine that puts out 355 horsepower. You can also upgrade to the 6.2-liter V-8. Both engines have cylinder deactivation.
The High Country features a western-themed interior in saddle brown perforated leather. The front seats are heated and cooled and feature High Country logos on the headrests. The dash features an 8-inch touch screen interface with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. The audio is disseminated by Bose speakers.
The exterior of the High Country features a chrome slatted grille, chrome side moldings, door handles and side mirrors. The truck also features 20-inch wheels. Even though the High Country is the highest trim level, it still offers some additional packages and options including an integrated trailer brake controller, navigation and a rear seat entertainment package.
You can also order the High Country with a chromed rear bumper, heated steering wheel, adjustable pedals, plus a suite of driver-assistance technology. Yes, the High Country is a workhorse, but those who spend hours in their vehicles during working hours are glad to finally have a premium, comfortable truck.
Additional features include remote start, a power sliding rear window, touch screen radio, rear vision camera system, a trailering package and halogen projector beam headlights. Of course, the High Country, like all Silverado models, features plenty of safety equipment including airbags, traction control, electronic stability control, disc brakes and more.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next new truck, and make it a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country with its new, economical engine and premium features. Ask your salesperson about more features and options for the Silverado.
Classic Chevy Truck Auction
If you keep an old Chevrolet from Classic Chevy, you may find that it could be worth more than 40 times its original sales price years down the road, if you keep it in good condition. Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Neb. auctioned off several vehicles that dated back to the 1950s. The little town, which has a population of about 1,800 people saw more than 10,000 people, they came to bid and to look at the old classic Chevrolet vehicles.
The vehicles sold were a mix of sports cars, sedans and trucks. Some of the vehicle had less than a few miles on them. The models were either never sold or they were trade-ins that Ray Lambrecht, the dealership’s owner, decided that he wasn’t going to sell. Of the many vehicles, about 25 were stored inside. The rest were left out in a field.
One person said that finding cars in such good condition is unheard of, and he’s right. Most of the old cars you find now, the vehicles that haven’t been touched, are full of rust and have a trashed interior. It takes thousands of dollars to restore them to their original condition.
Some of the cars at the auction still had their price stickers and plastic on the seats. An Impala that would have sold for about $3,000 in 1964 could sell for 40 times that price today. The auction was tracked by Top Gear and the History Channel. During the auction, a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup sold for $140,000 miles. It had 1.3 miles on it.
Other vehicles that sold included a 1963 Impala with 11 miles on it – it sold for $97,500. A 1978 Corvette Indy pace car with four miles on it sold for $80,000 and a 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Series Pickup with a whopping five miles on it sold for $80,000.
Most of the vehicles had original paperwork that went with them. They all got a new bill of sale and Nebraska title.
Certain models hold their value after many years, even though they lose value when you drive them off the lot. For those with foresight, they can keep a Corvette or an Impala from Classic Chevrolet in excellent condition and may find they have something worth more than just a few dollars years down the road.
Chevrolet selection at this year's TX state fair
The Chevrolet Ride and Drive is at the Texas State Fair again. You can pick from seven great Chevrolets, all available at Classic Chevrolet, to ride and drive. You’ll get to take a spin on a track that is specially designed with a lane for cars and an extreme lane for trucks.
2014 Impala: The 2014 Impala features a 3.6 liter V-6 engine with variable valve timing. It can run on gasoline or E85 FlexFuel. The engine puts out 305 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 264 pound-feet of torque at 5,200 rpm. The power is transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled with overdrive.
2014 Silverado Crew Cab and Double Cab: The Silverado comes in many flavors including a crew cab and double cab. It may be four-wheel or rear-wheel drive. The crew cab features a 5.3-liter FlexFuel EcoTec3 V-8 engine with active fuel management and a host of other features to help with fuel mileage and power. It puts out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm. The engine in this configuration is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, which is electronically controlled and features a tow/haul mode.
2014 Camaro Coupe: The Coupe features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that puts out 323 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 278 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm The power is transferred to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. The rear features a 3.27 gear ratio, a perfect all-around gear for the highway or taking off from a stop light with quite a bit of power.
2013 Volt: The hybrid volt features a 1.4-liter engine that takes over for the batteries once they run out of power. The volt is perfect for those with a 30-mile round trip commute – it’ll be a long time between trips to the gas station. It takes about 10 hours to completely charge the volt using a household outlet.
2014 Cruze Turbo Diesel: The Cruze Turbo Diesel features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 264 pound-feet of torque and 151 horsepower. The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission and will go from zero to 60 mph in about 8.6 seconds.
2014 Corvette Stingray: The 2014 Stingray features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine with variable valve timing and 16 valves. The engine is backed by a seven-speed manual transmission and puts out 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm.
If you like what you see at the State Fair, stop by Classic Chevy to test drive one the vehicles you see.
NHSTA Scores out!
The new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration scores are out and Chevrolet has seven vehicles with a 5-Star overall safety rating. This is more than any other brand. The Sonic, Volt, Cruze, Traverse, Impala, Silverado 1500 Crew Cab and Camaro Coupe, all 2014 models and all available at Classic Chevrolet, got the 5-Star Overall Score.
Every new Chevrolet includes vehicle safety standard and safety regulations in their designs and performance requirements. According to Chevrolet, around 40 percent of crash load cases are based on regulatory requirements and the other 60 percent are based on GM’s internal requirements. Those requirements for vehicle crashworthiness and safety exceed federal requirements.
GM research, according to Chevrolet, shows that one of the top 10 reasons for someone to purchase a particular vehicle is safety. In 2012, 54 percent of GMC, Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick customers listed safety features on a vehicle as “extremely important.”
Chevrolet uses active safety technologies such as lane departure warning and forward collision alert. These technologies help the driver to avoid a crash. Many new Chevrolet vehicles, including those offered at a Texas Chevy dealer, have these advanced active safety technologies.
The Silverado also offers a brand new technology, the Safety Alert Seat. The seat pulses to alert the driver when the computer senses potential hazards.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze, one of the models that received a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Passive safety features include airbags, up to 10 in some models, such as the Cruze. The Sonic was the first subcompact car to feature 10 standard airbags. The Traverse features the front center airbag, which is an industry first.
Chevrolet also offers OnStar on all models. This feature allows occupants to get emergency help by using the Automatic Crash Response.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive any of the models on the lot. Whether you want a subcompact, sedan, sports car, pickup or SUV, you will find what you need at Classic Chevrolet.
All new Impala
The 2014 Impala, now available at Classic Chevrolet, features the ECOTEC 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and a variable valve lift intake manifold. It gets about 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. The engine is backed by a six-speed transmission and is front-wheel drive.
The new Impala features four-wheel antilock disc brakes with high-performance brakes and FNC rotors. It also features brake control for cornering and brake assist for panic stops. This vehicle features 10 airbags, including a front and knee airbag for the driver and front passenger and a sensing system for the airbags on the front passenger side.
The Impala also features StabiliTrak, Chevrolet’s stability control system, and traction control. Other safety features include a rear vision camera, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, side blind zone alert, lane departure warning and rear park assist.
In addition, the Impala features OnStar and gives you six months of Directions and Connections. This package offers stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response, navigation and roadside assistance.
Entertainment features include MyLink radio, an AM/FM stereo, CD player, SiriusXM/HD radio and Bluetooth. The audio system features six speakers with a total of 100 watts. It also features an 8-inch diagonal color touchscreen display, USB ports and steering wheel controls.
The interior features heated front bucket seats and a 60/40 rear split-folding seat. The driver’s and front passenger’s seat feature eight-way power and four-way power lumbar. The front headrests are four-way adjustable while the rear are adjustable and fold.
The Impala also features plenty of storage, including hidden storage behind the touchscreen. It also features cup holders that are removable. The steering column is tilt and telescopic and is wrapped in leather. The power windows feature express up and down.
Another convenience is the keyless access/passive entry system, keyless start, push button store and remote vehicle starter system. The Impala also features cruise control, a trunk release, theft-deterrent system. The air conditioning is dual zone automatic climate control. The driver and front passenger have individual climate settings.
Chevy Cruze Diesel outperforms reputation The 2014 Chevy Cruze Diesel, soon to be available at a Texas Chevy dealer, has turned some heads. It bested GM’s reputation for small cars and gets the best fuel mileage of all the non-hybrid cars. According to a review by Robert Duffer of the Chicago Tribune, the Cruize got an average of just under 51 mpg* on 25 miles on the highway and about six miles in the city. The 2014 Cruze’s advertised fuel economy is 46 mpg* on the highway. On another test drive by Duffer, this time in heavy traffic, the Cruze averaged less than 24 mpg,* but is advertised to get 27 mpg* in the city. The 2014 Chevy Cruze marks a new era for Chevy because of its sporty efficiency. The vehicle was introduced in 2010, so you can get a 2013 model at Classic Chevrolet if you don’t want to wait for the 2014 models to appear. Thus far, the Cruze’s sales increase every year. In 2012, its monthly average sales were 19,813. In 2013, the monthly average sales were 22,881 units. The 2.0-liter engine is a direct injection diesel and it’s the first diesel from Chevrolet since the 1980s. This turbo diesel engine produces 90 percent lower nitrous oxide emissions that the old diesels. If you are reading this, thinking diesels are noisy, guess again: the Cruze is very quiet. Yes, you can still hear it, but it’s very muted. You can hardly hear it with the windows up and the car idling. When you are out on the road, even with the windows down, you can’t hear the “tock.” The Cruze also has an advanced sport-tuned rear suspension with Z-link, which makes it handle tightly in corners. Duffer said he didn’t feel any body roll in curves until he hit about 45 mph. Though it is slow to get off from a stop because of the turbo lag, once the car is moving, acceleration is quick. Chevy even gave the Cruze a decent interior, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather bucket seats. The steering wheel features mounted controls for audio and cruise control. The Cruze also features 17-inch aluminum painted wheels. Stop by Classic Chevy for more information on the 2014 Chevy Cruze and keep your eye on this space for availability. Classic Chevy Chevy Traverse If you are looking for an SUV and just have to have a Chevy, stop by Classic Chevrolet to test drive the Chevy Traverse. It has tons of features and good safety equipment to keep your family safe. Entertainment Features: The 2014 Chevrolet Traverse features a 6.5-inch color touch screen display, AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio and a CD player. The entertainment system also includes a 10-speaker Bose premium system, Bluetooth, smartphone integration with Pandora and Stitcher, and voice activated technology for the phone and radio. The system also features a USB port and an auxiliary input jack. A rear vision camera is integrated into the Color Touch Radio. Interior: The Traverse seats up to seven people, two in the front and middle rows and three in the third row. The second row features flat-folding captain’s chairs and the third row features a 60/40 split bench that folds flat. The front bucket seats recline. The driver’s seat features eight-way power with lumbar control, power recline and memory for two positions. Both front seats are heated and cooled. The passenger also features eight-way power. The heated steering wheel is wrapped in leather, the steering column is tilt and telescopic and features a brake/transmission shift interlock. The steering wheel also features audio and cruise controls for easy access. In addition to the typical instrumentation you would find in any vehicle, you’ll find the enhanced driver information center with personalization features. The windows are power with express up and down on the driver’s side and express down on the passenger’s side. The programmable door locks feature lockout protection. The remote keyless entry is programmable with two transmitters, extended range and a panic button. The 2014 Traverse also features remote vehicle start. The air conditioning system features tri-zone automatic climate control. The driver and front passenger have individual settings, plus second/third row controls for the second and third rows. Safety Features: The Traverse features the StabiliTrak stability control system, traction control and daytime running lamps. It also features several airbags and safety belts. OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections is also included. The Directions and Connections package includes automatic crash response, roadside assistance, stolen vehicle assistance and navigation. Additional safety features include rear cross traffic alert and side blind zone alert, lane departure warning and forward collision alert. Stop by Classic Chevy, a Texas Chevy dealer today to test drive the 2014 Traverse and for more information on features and options available. Guide to Chevy Trucks Chevrolet makes four different trucks, but three of them are Silverados: the 1500, 2500 and 3500. The other truck is the Avalanche. If you?re looking for a work truck, test drive the Silverado at Classic Chevrolet, but if you?re looking for a truck that doesn?t need to do a lot of heavy work or heavy towing, test drive the Avalanche. If you plan on towing often, whether an RV, boat, horse trailer toy hauler, you might consider test driving the Silverado 3500. 5.3-Liter Engine: : The Avalanche and the Silverado 1500 feature the 5.3-liter engine. This is V-8 SFI FlexFuel engine features active fuel management and it runs on unleaded fuel or 85 percent ethanol. It makes 320 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 335 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm when running on gas. When running on ethanol, it makes 326 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 348 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. 6.6-Liter Engine: The Silverado 2500 and Silverado 3500 feature the 6.6-liter engine. This Vortec V-8 engine also features variable valve timing and can run on unleaded or 85 percent ethanol. This engine makes 322 horsepower at 4,400 rpm and 380 pound-feet of torque at 4,200 rpm.
Fuel mileage varies depending on the truck and whether you order the truck with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. The 5.3-liter gets about 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, depending on the setup of the truck you purchase. Fuel mileage for the 2014 6.6-liter FlexFuel engine is not available. Other engines have been available in prior years, including the 4.3-liter V-6 engine. Chevrolet also has diesel models.
All trucks have the excellent safety equipment including airbags. Depending on the year and trim level, a Chevrolet truck may have StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control and Proactive Roll Avoidance, electronic trailer sway control and hill start assist. Most trucks feature daytime running lamps and OnStar. Some trim levels feature six months of Directions and Connections. This plan includes stolen vehicle assistance, automatic crash response, roadside assistance and navigation. The crew cab models feature rear child security door locks.
Sources: Dealer site and various pages from Edmunds.com
2015 Suburban and Tahoe reveal
Certain specs about the 2015 Suburban and Tahoe have been revealed. The full makeover for the new generation includes a quieter and more comfortable ride and a sleeker look. The generational makeover also features new levels of convenience, technology and safety.
Styling: For those who like the styling of the older models, don’t worry; Chevrolet kept some of the signature looks, like those you will find on the 2013 and 2014 models at Classic Chevrolet. However, the new models are more streamlined to increase fuel economy and efficiency while decreasing interior noise. Both vehicles got a lot of new sheet metal and lighting. They also received some of the aero-oriented features that were included on the Tahoe Hybrid.
The doors are now inlaid instead of over the top. The panels have tighter gap tolerances. The hood and the liftgate are now made from aluminum and both feature an integrated spoiler. Both models also feature more high-strength steel, a better, stronger frame and redesigned front and rear suspension. The brakes are now four-wheel disc and feature longer-lasting rotors.
Engine: The only engine offered in the rear-wheel and four-wheel drive models for the LS, LT and LTZ is the 5.3-liter EcoTec3. This direct-injected V-8 features cylinder-deactivating Active Fuel Management and variable valve timing. It puts out 383 pound-feet of torque and 355 horsepower. This particular engine has more power than Chevy’s current 5.3-liter engine.
While EPA numbers have not been released, then engine is expected to get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The numbers will vary for each vehicle due to the weight of the vehicles and whether you choose a four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive.
The engine is backed by a six-speed Hydra-Matic transmission with a tow/haul mode, TapShift control and Auto Grade Braking. The Tahoe is rated for towing at 8,500 pounds for the rear-wheel drive, 8,300 pounds for the four-wheel drive; and the Suburban is rated at 8,300 pounds for the rear-wheel drive and 8,000 pounds for four-wheel drive.
Interior: You’ll also see a newly redesigned interior including a new dash with an analog instrument cluster, a covered center console large enough to hold a laptop, keyless entry and push button start.
Keep your eye on this space for more information about the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban models and when you can expect to test drive them at Classic Chevy.
Classic Chevrolet: a tradition of excellence
Believe it or not, but Classic Chevrolet’s roots lie in a wrecking yard, the Durant Automobile Business, started in 1951. By 1960, Tom Durant’s father decided he wanted to expand the business and met with Mr. Durham, the local Texas Chevy dealer. Since Mr. Durham was recovering from a heart attack, he was ready to sell the business.
It wasn’t that easy, though: when officials from Chevrolet showed up at the business and Mr. Durham introduced Tom Durant’s father as the new owner, Chevrolet said he wasn’t because the change in ownership of the franchise had not been approved. But, within a few months, Chevrolet approved the sale of the franchise.
Tom Durant, the current owner of Classic Chevrolet, graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 and bought the business from his father. In 1988, he also purchased a Fort Worth Chevrolet dealership, Century Chevrolet, and renamed it Classic Chevrolet.
Tom’s brother, Jerry, was approved by Chevrolet to own his own dealership in Weatherford, Texas and, in 1969, became the youngest Chevrolet franchise owner. Of course, being brothers, they are very competitive and try to outsell each other.
In 1992, Tom decided that he wanted a newer, bigger location and looked at a location in Grapevine, Texas. The only other dealership in the area was Payton-Wright ford. Chevrolet gave him permission to build a 20,000 square-foot facility that covered 2.9 acres. Instead, he built a 45,000 square-foot facility that covered 11 acres. By 2004, Tom Durant expanded six times for a space totally 160,000 square feet over 40 acres.
Tom Durant -- the "laid back" owner of Classic Chevrolet. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet.
When you visit Classic Chevy, remember the humble place this dealership started in, and remember the awards it has earned, including the No. 1 Chevrolet and GM dealer in the nation. Classic Chevy is also the #1 Volume Chevrolet dealership and has been for six consecutive years. It has also been named GM Dealer of the Year for 10 consecutive years – and Tom still beats his brother’s sales figures.
To see what all of the hullabaloo is about, stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next new vehicle. Choose from Chevrolet’s many makes on the lot, including SUVs, trucks, sedans, sports cars and subcompacts.
Fall events in DFW
The Fall brings several events to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including many festivals. However, you need a reliable vehicle to get back and forth to everything, especially if you are taking part in some of the festivals.
Classic Chevrolet, a Texas Chevy dealer, has many vehicles – you are sure to find what you need, whether it’s a subcompact vehicle, SUV, sedan or pickup truck. Pack up the family and the goodies and head out to have some fun.
Autumn at the Arboretum: Be sure you don’t miss Dallas’ favorite pumpkin festival running from Sept. 21 through Nov. 27, 2013. You get to see over 50,000 pumpkins, squash and gourds and attend many special events including a pumpkin search, hay bale maze and visit the Tom Thumb pumpkin patch. The arboretum is open every day from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. and is located at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas 75218. For more information, call (214) 515-6615.
Western Days Festival: This festival runs from 7:00 p.m. through 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2013 and 10:00 a.m. through 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, 2013. You’ll find lots of fun and entertainment for the entire family, including a stick horse rodeo, three stages for live music, the western market, gunfighters, a pie baking contest, car/truck/motorcycle show and more. The festival is at 108 E. Main Street, Lewisville, TX 75057.
Texas State Fair: The state fair runs from Sept. 27, 2013 through Oct. 20, 2013 at the fairgrounds (3921 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas, TX 75210). You’ll find tons to do, so you may want to plan on attending at least two or three days. From creative arts to shows to livestock, plus all of the rides, you’ll find more than you can do in a day. Special events include wall climbing, Himi Girls, Farmer Mike Pumpkin Carver, and more. You’ll have plenty of live music to listen to, too!
Stop by Classic Chevy before all of the Fall fun starts and test drive your next new vehicle so that you are ready to head out to something new every weekend – or every day if you are on vacation or retired.
The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, available at Texas Chevy dealer Classic Chevrolet, comes in seven flavors. You can choose from three different flavors in the sedan model or four different flavors in the hatchback model. All trim levels feature the 1.8-liter inline four cylinder engine except the hatchback RS, which features a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four cylinder engine.
.The 1.8-liter engine gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The 1.4-liter engine gets 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
For 2014, Chevrolet added forward collision warning and lane departure systems, plus a rearview camera (optional on some trim levels). The RS hatchback model has a firmer suspension and a six-speed manual transmission that makes it the most fun of all the trim levels.
Even though this is a subcompact car, when you test drive it at Classic Chevy, youâ€™ll be surprised to see that the back seat can actually seat adults. According to Edmunds, the 2014 Chevy Sonic has an impressive combination of value, performance and safety. Both models, the hatchback and sedan, seat five people. Standard equipment on the LS includes automatic headlights, 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, blind-spot mirrors, 60/40 split rear seats, trip computer and a tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The base model also features Bluetooth, OnStar and audio controls for the four-speaker stereo on the steering wheel.
The LT trim model features 15-inch alloy wheels, everything on the base model, heated power mirrors, six-speaker stereo system and satellite radio. It also features remote ignition if the LT has an automatic transmission. The LT hatchback features a rear cargo shelf.
The LTZ models feature 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, heated front seats and a rearview camera in addition to everything on the lesser trim levels. It also features smartphone app integration and a 7-inch touch screen interface.
When you choose the RS, it gets everything on the LTZ plus the turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, a sport-tuned suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, a sport steering wheel and sportier exterior trim. Stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive any of the seven models and to see and experience the full list of features and comforts offered with the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.Sources: http://www.edmunds.com/chevrolet/sonic/2014/
Chevy Trucks for Towing: The 3500HD Silverado
If you´re in the market for a Chevy truck, you have to know what you need the truck to do before you choose a model and trim level at a Texas Chevy dealer. For example, the Silverado features several trim levels. If you need only a work truck, yet something large enough to carry the family, too, you might go after the Work Truck with the crew cab.
If you have an RV to tow, need something to carry the whole family and need something that would be great for work, you might want to go for the Silverado 3500HD with a crew cab, standard box and four-wheel drive.
This trim level allows you to be ready for any situation, whether towing a fifth wheel, taking the kids to school, getting groceries, carpooling or just driving off road. The 3500HD features a 6.0-liter Vortec engine with Variable Valve Timing. The engine runs on flex fuel or unleaded fuel and makes 380 pound-feet of torque and 322 horsepower.
It´s also equipped with a six-speed, heavy-duty transmission that features overdrive, tow/haul mode, powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking. The 4.10 rear gear ratio gives you that extra "oomph;"ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ when you are hauling a heavy trailer up into the mountains. The four-wheel drive models feature a transfer case with electronic shift with rotary dial controls.
The trailering equipment features a heavy-duty hitch platform and a 2.5-inch receiver with a 2-inch adapter. The harness is a seven-wire harness that includes wiring for backup lamps, parking lamps, signals, battery, ground and the electric brake lead. The trailering circuits are independently fused. The 3500HD also features an integrated trailer brake.
To help with trailering, the engine features an external engine cooler and an external transmission cooler. The 125-amp alternator is perfect for an upgraded audio system and charging the 600 cold-cranking amp battery.
The independent front suspension features a torsion bar; and the rear suspension features multi-leaf springs. Four-wheel antilock disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power, even while you are towing.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to learn more about all of the options on the various models and trim levels and to test drive your next new truck.
Corvette Stingray 2014
Feel the need for speed? Stop in at a Texas Chevy dealer and test drive the new 2014 Corvette Stingray. The Corvette got a brand new makeover including the new name. A big complaint in the past was the quality of the interior, but Chevrolet rectified that and used better materials inside the cabin. You can choose from the base model or the Z51model. A convertible will be released later in the year.
The new Corvette still has the big V-8, the crazy grip and the huge tires – and the styling is better than it has been: You can actually tell you’re looking at a Corvette instead of playing guessing games. The 2014 Stingray’s body has also undergone a change: it is now made from aluminum with a carbon-fiber hood and roof.
Engines and Performance
The 6.2-liter V-8 engine comes standard with the Stingray and puts out 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. If you opt for the dual-mode exhaust system, you can increase horsepower to 460 and pound-feet of torque to 465. Then engine features direct fuel injection, cylinder deactivation and variable valve timing and gets about 17 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway when backed by a manual transmission.
This year, a seven-speed manual transmission is being offered as is the conventional six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The seventh gear in the manual transmission is a tall gear for better fuel economy. According to Edmunds, their test with a manual transmission showed the Stingray accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.
The 2014 Corvette features the typical safety features such as antilock disc brakes, airbags and stability and traction control. It also features a rearview camera and OnStar. OnStar gives you on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle assistance and remote door unlocking.
Interior and Special Features
Inside, you’ll find an improved interior with a center stack that is more prominent and features an 8-inch touchscreen display. The display uses the MyLink interface, which includes smartphone integration. You can also customize the display in the gauge cluster. Chevrolet now uses soft-touch materials and better leather stitching. The seats are more rigid and supportive for more lateral support.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet to learn more about the features of the 2014 Corvette Stingray and to test drive your next new hotrod.
BBOMG Event in Detroit: Classic Sponsored and Attended
This year’s annual Camaro Buyers, Builders, and Owners Meet & Greet, or BBOMG, ran from Thursday, August 15 through August 18, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. If you’ve never heard of it or been to the BBOMG, you are missing out! Our very own internet sales director Eric Hall was lucky enough to go this year, and he filled us in on the details!
At the annual BBOMG event, people can look at others’ Camaros, show off their own, get parts and tips, and have a party, because, of course, they're also there to celebrate the Camaro! Classic Chevrolet was, yet again, one of the platinum sponsors of the event! The event is held in a different location every year, and this year, Detroit was chosen. BBOMG makes it a point to really involve the culture of the chosen city, and this year’s BBOMG had the essence of Detroit written all over it! The city of Detroit, including the police and fire departments, were involved in the event and the Dream Cruise event, especially.
Thursday, the first day, was reserved for hotel arrivals and registration for the BBOMG during the morning and afternoon, but, once evening hit, people started having fun with a social at 5:00 p.m. at TGI Friday’s, then head to Woodward Avenue. After the cruise-in, there was a parking lot party that lasted until all hours of the night.
For those who were able to get up early enough the next day, people met at 8:30 a.m. for the convoy to the GE Heritage Center. At the GE Heritage Center, those participating got a tour of the GM Heritage Collection.
Patrons also attended the 5th annual BBOMG banquet, live auction, and charity raffle. They also listened to special guests Scott Settlemire and Ken Lingenfelter. After that guests could choose to attend the dance party in the hotel’s ballroom or party out in the hotel parking lot.
Saturday featured an all-day party with the Dream Cruise on Woodward Avenue, which is the big highlight of the conference. The Dream Cruise featured all of the classic cars, custom jobs, and new Camaro’s that Chevy and car enthusiasts could show off. then after 9:30 p.m. there was another party in the hotel’s parking lot.
A great time was had by all, including Classic Chevy who sponsored the event. If you don’t have a Camaro to show off, stop by Classic Chevy today to test drive one of the many Camaro vehicles on the lot. You are sure to find one you love, especially if you have that insatiable need for speed!
Chevy Spark EV
The Chevrolet Spark EV is an all-new vehicle for 2014. Its best features are its useful real-world range, spacious interior and standard features. The Spark is a fully electric vehicle and come in two different trim levels: 1LT and 2LT. The electric Spark looks a lot like the gas version, except it is a bit more aerodynamic. Differences between the two vehicles include rear diffusers, 15-inch alloy wheels, underbody panels, a roof spoiler and active grille shutters. The shutters close at a certain speed so the vehicle has improved airflow. Ask your salesperson at a Texas Chevy dealer about the advantages of the Spark EV.
When you open the hood, don’t expect to see the 1.2-liter four-cylinder that is in the gas Spark – or any other gas engine for that matter. Instead, you’ll see an electric motor that works in conjunction with a 21-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. You may be thinking that this is not going to produce enough horsepower for this car to even think about getting out of its own way, but you would be off the mark. The electric motor and battery combination put out 130 horsepower.
According to Chevy, the Spark EV goes from 0 to 60 mph in just over 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of about 90 mph. A full battery charge is estimated to give you about 82 combined miles of highway and city. This is equal to about 119 MPGe combined, according to Edmunds.
Chevy states that when plugged into a 120-volt receptacle, it takes the Spark EV about 20 hours to completely charge. If you plug it into a 240-volt receptacle, it takes about 7 hours to charge. You can also purchase an options combination charger – this will give you an 80 percent charge in about 20 minutes.
Standard features on both trim levels include heated front seats, streaming audio, Bluetooth, USB and auxiliary ports, a six-speaker audio system and a 7-inch color touchscreen display.
The one con about the Spark is that the battery eats up some of the cargo space. Even so, you still have 9.6 cubic feet of cargo space. When you fold down the rear seat, you have 23.4 cubic feet of cargo space.
While the Chevrolet Spark EV will be available this summer, it will only be available in California and Oregon. Keep in touch with the sales people at Classic Chevrolet for more information on the availability of the Spark EV.
My Chevrolet Phone App
Keeping track of service, locating your owner’s manual and finding your new Chevrolet that you just purchased or leased from a Texas Chevy dealer can be a hassle, especially if you are parked in the middle of a mall parking lot. The MyChevrolet phone app can help you with all of these tasks. You can download it from the iTunes store or Google Play.
When you set up the MyChevrolet phone app, you can enter your preferred dealership, Classic Chevrolet of course, into the app. Because the dealership’s information is stored in the app, you can easily schedule a service appointment. If you happen to be on the road and have car trouble, the app will find the nearest dealership. It will give you the phone number and even directions to the dealership.
2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Perfect for a larger family or as a work truck.
Remembering Where You Parked
This is a big one. Huge. How many times have you parked at the mall and tried to remember where your car was to no avail? Thought so. With the MyChevrolet phone app, you can set it to remember where you parked. You can take pictures and notes to capture details about the location. The app also lets you set an alarm for the time your meter is to expire so you can avoid getting a parking ticket.
How many times have you gone to grab the owner’s manual only to find that someone moved it and didn’t put it back? Chances are, you’ve had to go looking for it more than once. The MyChevrolet phone app keeps you from wasting time looking for the owner’s manual – it has the manual right on the phone. So next time you need to look up towing specs, reset the radio, check for information on fluids or anything else, just pull the owner’s manual up on your phone.
Service at Classic Chevrolet, Including Concierge
Getting your car serviced is always a hassle: you have to make the appointment, arrange a ride to work, arrange a ride back to the dealership... and you are without your car all day, so that means no lunch break trips. Leaving your vehicle at the dealership for service doesn’t have to be such a hassle. The staff at Classic Chevrolet want you back on the road as soon as possible, so the dealership provides excellent, quick and professional service.
- Making the Appointment: This doesn’t have to be a hassle. You can call in or make your appointment via Classic Chevy’s website. Simply click through to the Service page, and then click the “Schedule Service” link on the left. Once you get to the page, enter your information. Watch your email for a confirmation.
- Courtesy Shuttle: If you don’t have time to wait while your vehicle is being serviced or if you are getting extensive work done that may take all day or longer, you can take advantage of our one-way courtesy shuttle that will drop you off where you need to go.
- Enterprise Rental: Classic Chevy also hosts an Enterprise Rental office. You can walk over to the office and rent a vehicle for the time you need it. That way, you won’t have to worry about arranging a ride back and forth to work or missing out on doing lunch break errands.
- Waiting: If you choose to wait for your vehicle, you can enjoy our comfortable waiting room with soft leather chairs and refreshments. You’ll feel right at home and your service will be done before you know it.
You can even choose the services you prefer on Classic Chevy’s website. If you know what your vehicle needs, just click through our service menu to schedule services such as oil changes (regular, diesel, dexos or synthetic), tire rotation (four or six tires), alignments (two or four wheel), flush services (air conditioning ventilation, brake system, cooling system, power steering system, automatic transmission), induction services (fuel and air), spray-on bed liner and more.
Silverado Does Well in Crash Testing
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country and Sierra Denali crew cabs, now available at Classic Chevrolet, are two of the first full-size trucks to receive the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety. According to GM Inside News, about 60 percent of all truck sales are for crew cabs.
When NHTSA figures its Overall Vehicle Score, it looks at many safety measures including lane departure warning and other electronic aids, crash test results and many of the vehicle’s other safety components. The Silverado models receive five-star crash test ratings for frontal and side impact crashes and four stars for roll overs.
Chevrolet’s Safety Features
Safety features include daytime running lamps with automatic exterior lamp control, OnStar, which includes six months of Directions and Connections, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance and several other features, a tire pressure monitoring system and a rear vision camera with dynamic guide lines.
2014 Chevrolet 1500 Crew Cab. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet
The Silverado also features several airbags including driver and front passenger seat-mounted side-impact airbags and head-curtain airbags, a passenger sensing system and dual-stage frontal and side impact air bags.
The Silverado 1500, also available at Classic Chevy, features a 5.3-liter EcoTec3 FlexFuel V-8 with Active Fuel Management, variable valve timing and direct injection. The aluminum block is just as happy with unleaded or 85 percent ethanol and puts out 355 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 4,100 rpm – perfect for towing a work trailer or an RV.
The engine is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission that includes a tow/haul mode, powertrain grade braking and cruise grade braking. It also features a suspension package for better trailering and handling – and a better ride. The four-wheel drive model features an active transfer case.
In addition, to help keep the engine and transmission cool, especially when you are towing in the mountains, the Silverado features an external engine oil cooler and external auxiliary transmission oil cooler.
The four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, StabiliTrak with Proactive Roll Avoidance and traction control make driving this truck a dream.
You can’t have a great truck without having some entertainment, whether for a commute or a long trip. The MyLink audio system features an 8-inch color touch screen for the AM/FM/SiriusXM/HD radio and USB ports, SD card slot and Bluetooth streaming audio. If you get tired of radio stations and CDs, you can tune into Pandora Internet radio. The rear seat also features a DVD/BlueRay entertainment package if you order the upgrade. Stop by a Texas Chevy dealer today to test drive the 1500, High Country or Sierra Denali today.
Year End Clearance Event at Classic Chevy
Whether you want or need to buy a new vehicle, now is the time to do it. Classic Chevy is running its Year End Clearance Event to make room for the new models. Whether you want a sports car, sedan or truck, our Texas Chevy dealer has what you need.
Have you always wanted a Camaro or Corvette but thought you couldn’t afford such a beautiful and fast car? With the year-end sale, you may be able to get your dream car. Classic Chevrolet has several trim levels of the Camaro and Corvette on sale now.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible 1SS features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine which is backed by a six-speed manual transmission. The engine puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. The limited slip differential and 3.45 gears ensure that the power is put to good use. The performance suspension allows you to use that horsepower to take corners while the four-wheel antilock disc brakes allow you to stop all that speed when you need to.
The 2012 Corvette Coupe 3LT features the same engine as the Camaro with a bit of difference – this one puts out 430 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 424 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm. This engine is also backed by a six-speed manual transmission, but the Corvette’s transmission is a short-throw unit that features launch control. The limited slip rear features 3.42 gears, which gives you a little more top end than the setup in the Camaro.
The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze Sedan ECO features a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that puts out 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850 rpm. A six-speed manual transmission with triple overdrive ECO gear set transfers the power to the front wheels. The front independent suspension gives you a smooth ride while the 25mm hollow stabilizer bar keeps the Cruze in tight corners.
If you need a truck, but have to take into consideration that you need something for family transportation, you are in luck! The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab with the short bed is also on sale. The Silverado features a 5.3-liter V-8 FlexFuel engine with Active Fuel Management. The engine can run on E85 or gas. When running on gas, the truck puts out 315 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 335 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm – plenty of power for towing. The transmission is a six-speed automatic transmission that is electronically controlled with overdrive and a towing/hauling mode.
Stop by Classic Chevrolet today to test drive your next new vehicle and get a great deal during our Year End Clearance Event.
Best Military Discount
If you are active duty, in the reserves, or are a veteran, head over to Classic Chevrolet to purchase your next new car. Now is a good time because this Texas Chevy dealer is allowing you to combine the best military discount from any car company with other incentives. There are some restrictions: you have to take advantage of the discount within one year of discharge.
Regardless of the branch you served in, whether the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, or National Guard, you can take advantage of the military discount and combine it with other incentives including Preferred Pricing, a Transferrable Powertrain Limited Warranty, OnStar standard, and 24-hour Roadside Assistance. Check here for more information.
When you visit Classic Chevy, ask about vehicles that are covered by the End of Year sale. You could get a Cruze, Corvette, Camaro, or Silverado at a discounted price.
You can also test drive any of the new 2014 vehicles on the lot, including any of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab Short Box 2-Wheel Drive 1LTs on the lot. The new Silverado features a 4.3-liter V-6 EcoTec3 FlexFuel engine with Active Fuel Management, Direct Injection, and Variable Valve Timing. The aluminum block also drops the weight of the truck, further increasing fuel economy.
The 4.3-liter engine puts out 285 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 305 pound-feet of torque at 3,900 rpm, which is perfect for those who are looking for a truck to tow a boat or trailer. The transmission is electronically controlled and features overdrive, towing mode, cruise grade braking, and powertrain grade braking.
For entertainment while on a commute or a long trip, you’ll enjoy the Chevrolet MyLink audio system which features a 4.2-inch diagonal color screen, AM/FM stereo, SD card slot, Bluetooth, USB ports, and hands-free smartphone integration. The radio features Pandora Internet radio and voice-activated technology.
Additionally, the CD/MP3 player allows you to listen to your own music if you get tired of listening to the radio. SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD radio is also available. The six-speaker audio system ensures that you have excellent audio and your music won’t be “tinny.”
Stop by Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine today to discuss the military discount plus other incentives on vehicles, whether they are included in the end of year clearance sale or are brand new 2014 models.
GM Dealer of the Year Award for 11 Consecutive Years
Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, TX, is truly classic: our dealership has received the GM Dealer of the Year award, the highest honor that could be bestowed upon a Chevrolet dealership, for the 11th year in a row.
This year, the dealership had several departments that were rated top in the nation or region. The dealership also sold 5,071 vehicles in 2012, which is, according to the Freeman Auto Report, more than any other Chevrolet dealer in the United States.
Dave Nottoli, Chevrolet’s regional director, also presented the Texas Chevy dealer with its 14th “Mark of Excellence” award. This award recognizes superior customer satisfaction and sales volume.
Out of 3,000 Chevrolet dealers in the United States, only 50 are selected for the GM Dealer of the Year award. Of those, Tom Durant’s Classic Chevy is one of only five dealerships that have been presented with the award every year since GM started presenting it.
Dave Nottoli (right), Chevrolet's regional director, presents Tom Durant, Classic Chevrolet owner, with the dealership's 11th Dealer of the Year Award.
Visit Classic Chevrolet today to see just why this Texas Chevy dealership won GM’s most coveted award 11 years in a row. While you are there, test drive your next new vehicle, or even your dream vehicle. With the dealership’s end of year sale going on now, you may even get to drive off the lot with a vehicle you never thought you could own or lease.
You’ll find several 2012 and 2013 models with lowered prices that have to be moved off the lot to make room for the new 2014 vehicles, including several Corvettes, Camaros, Camaro convertibles, Cruzes, and Silverados.
Even if you are not ready to give up your current vehicle, you can get a second car at a great deal: grab that sports car for those times you want to show off or grab that Silverado with a crew cab that you need for work or to hook up the RV or boat to go on a family vacation. With the crew cab model, you’ll have plenty of room in the cabin for the entire family.
2014 Camaro: Bolder Than Ever
You’ve had your eye on that dream car---the Camaro---forever. Now is the time to stop at a Texas Chevy dealer to test drive the new 2014 Camaro. Built for speed and cornering, you couldn’t pick a better vehicle. If you’re thinking you are “too old” for speedy sports cars, think again; you're never too old to have fun!
The 2014 Camaro at Classic Chevrolet features a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that puts out 426 horsepower at 5,900 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm when backed by the six-speed manual transmission. The gear ratio is a 3.45, which gives you a good combination of top end and lower-end torque required to get you off the line quickly.
The braking system features Brembo performance four-piston front and rear brakes, Brembo four-wheel disc brakes and four-wheel antilock. The dual outlet stainless steel exhaust features bright tips.
You can’t have all that power without having safety features. Granted, you don’t ever plan on getting in an accident, but tell that to others on the road.
- Airbags: The 2014 Camaro features thorax side-impact, dual-stage frontal and head curtain side impact airbags. The driver and front passenger airbags feature a passenger sensing system; and the vehicle features front and rear outboard seating position airbags.
- Traction control and StabiliTrak stability control system.
- Safety Belts: Three-point belts for all seating positions, plus safety belt pretensioners for the driver and front passenger. The 2014 Camaro also features the LATCH system for child safety seats.
- More Safety: The headlights feature daytime running lamps in the low beam headlight. You also get OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections, which includes Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Roadside Assistance and Turn-by-Turn Navigation. The trunk also features an emergency release handle. The tire pressure monitoring system alerts you when the tires are low.
Of course, something with all of its features and power must look nice on the outside. The 2014 Camaro features specialty 20-inch wheels, SS-specific front and rear body-color fascias, a rear spoiler, a hood blanket, moldings, lower rockers and door handles the same color as the body, and fog lamps, among several other features.
Stop by Classic Chevy today to see the new 2014 Camaro and take a test drive to see all of the Camaro’s features and equipment.
Chevy Wins JD Power and Associates Award
In July 2013, GM made history – the top spot in the J.D. Power & Associates award for the best Initial Quality Study for the heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado. The Silverado is built in the United States at GM’s Flint, MI, plant. The GMC Sierra took second place.
The Initial Quality Study rates how all consumers rate their new vehicles, thus Chevrolet competes for the award with all other auto manufacturers. Almost 83,500 people purchased or leased a 2013 vehicle in 2013 – these were the consumers that were polled.
The scores are based on the number of problems per 100 vehicles that people run into during the first 90 days of ownership. GM, which includes Chevrolet, was the only manufacturer that scored under 100 problems per 100 vehicles.
If you are in the market for a new vehicle and are considering a Silverado, stop in at Classic Chevrolet to test drive one of the Silverado vehicles on the lot. The new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD features a 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 engine that runs on unleaded fuel or FlexFuel. It can run on up to 85 percent ethanol. The engine puts out 322 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The engine transfers the power to the rear wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
This four-wheel drive vehicle features a trailering hitch platform and a 2.5-inch receiver with a 2-inch adapter. The harness is a seven-wire harness and includes wiring for parking lamps, backup lamps, left and right turn signals, an electric brake lead, and the battery and ground wires. It has independent fused trailering circuits.
The Silverado features an external engine oil cooler, an auxiliary external transmission cooler, and a heavy duty battery with 600 cold cranking amps. It’s all setup to tow your toys or your RV for your next vacation.
When you test drive the Silverado at Classic Chevy, notice the audio system that features an AM/FM stereo with a CD player, MP3 playback USB port, and an auxiliary input jack. You also get SiriusXM Satellite radio and a three-month trial to the XM Premier package. The speakers are Bose premium speakers and feature a sub-woofer in the center console. You can also plug in using Bluetooth.
Classic Chevrolet to Host 2nd Annual Golf Tournament
Classic Chevrolet, your local Texas Chevy dealer, is holding its second annual charity golf tournament on October 21, 2013. You’ll enjoy 18 holes of golf and dinner at the Timarron Country Club. Contact Classic Chevy to sign up as a sponsor or a participant.
Tom and Susan Durant will match all donations – dollar for dollar. This charity event will benefit seven charities:
- 6 Stones Mission Network
- GRACE Foundation
- The Angle Fund of Trinity High School
- Boot Campaign
- Community Storehouse
- Food for the Soul
You can find more information on the event and about each of these wonderful charities by clicking here.
Classic Chevy has several sponsorship levels that need to be filled, including the title sponsor, platinum sponsors, gold sponsors, shirt sponsors, and hole sponsors. Contact Erv Randle at (817) 421-7273 for more information on sponsorships.
Help Classic Chevrolet raise money for the seven lucky charities and you’ll be involved with a dealership that has won GM Dealer of the Year for 10 consecutive years and is the nation’s #1 volume Chevy dealer for seven consecutive years.
While you can find information on Classic Chevrolet’s website, you can also get more information by visiting the dealership. While you are there, if you are in the market for a new vehicle, have a salesperson help you pick the perfect vehicle for you. Test drive any of the vehicles on the lot to test out features and options available – you may find yourself driving to the golf tournament in a brand new Chevrolet!
If you prefer a used Chevrolet or need a fleet vehicle, Classic Chevy has you covered. Test drive any of our certified pre-owned Chevrolets or have a salesperson help you set up your fleet. Choose from a wide selection of vehicles that are ready for work including heavy-duty Chevrolet Silverado trucks and the Express cargo van.
Chevy Summer Sweepstakes
Classic Chevrolet in Grapevine, TX is holding its Chevy Summer Sweepstakes. You can enter by visiting our Facebook page and clicking the link on our wall. Once you get to the page, "Like" us, then enter your email address and submit or register with Facebook. For your convenience, just click here.
The grand prize is a three-year lease on a Cruze, Malibu, or Equinox. Other winners will win a $1,000 Visa gift card that you can spend anywhere you want to help make the rest of your summer fun.
You don’t need to purchase anything. The sweepstakes ends on Sept. 9, 2013.You have to be 18 years of age to enter; and you must live within one of the 303 designated counties as outlined on the sweepstakes rules page.
You can also visit us in person for more information on the Chevy Summer Sweepstakes. While you are there, you might want to test drive a Classic Chevy model. In the event you don’t win the grand prize and are in the market for a new vehicle, you will have done the test drive and completed the documentation necessary to purchase a new vehicle.
Classic Chevy has several models you can choose from, including pickup trucks, sedans, coupes, and SUVs. If you need something that tows, a work truck, or something that doubles as a “mom taxi,” Classic Chevy has what you need.
2014 Chevrolet Suburban Interior. Photo Credit: Classic Chevrolet
If you need a great all-around vehicle, consider the Chevrolet Suburban – you can haul the entire family, tow toys or an RV, or load up the dogs and your friends for a hunting or fishing trip. The 2014 Chevrolet Suburban four-wheel drive LTZ features a 5.3-liter V-8 Vortec engine with Active Fuel Management. The engine is capable of running on regular unleaded or can handle up to 85 percent ethanol.
When running on gas, the engine puts out 320 horsepower at 5,400 rpm and 335 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm. When it runs no E85 ethanol, it puts out 326 horsepower at 5,300 rpm and 348 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. The aluminum block is backed by a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive and a tow/haul mode.
Visit Classic Chevrolet to choose and test drive your next new vehicle and explore all of the features with each vehicle.
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