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Bi-Fuel Chevy Impala Gas Tank Proves Toughness against Bullets and Fire Tests

One version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes with a very special feature: a bi-fuel gas tank that can run on both normal gasoline and also compressed natural gas (CNG). Obviously, a tank built to those specifications needs to be able to handle quite a lot—and this one does. Chevy recently tested the tank against

Chevrolet Helps Veterans Return to Civilian Life

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we are proud to support our nation’s veterans. Chevrolet helps veterans as well with a wide variety of programs to support them as they return to civilian life. One program that Chevrolet supports is the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans. Each year, this hand cycle team competes in numerous

Chevrolet Knows You Know You Want a Truck with Technology and Stuff

Do you know you want a truck with technology and stuff? Chevrolet knows you do. At least, that’s what the American carmaker claims in a brand new series of web videos that advertise the appeal of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck. The three videos, which are available on Chevrolet’s YouTube channel, show how owning

Bi-Fuel Chevy Impala Gas Tank Proves Toughness against Bullets and Fire Tests

bi-fuel Chevy Impala

2015 Chevy Impala

One version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes with a very special feature: a bi-fuel gas tank that can run on both normal gasoline and also compressed natural gas (CNG). Obviously, a tank built to those specifications needs to be able to handle quite a lot—and this one does. Chevy recently tested the tank against both the force of bullets and the heat of a bonfire—and the tank came through the tests with flying colors.

In fact, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala gas tank should handle up to 3,600 PSI. “We designed this system for those ‘what if’ situations,” said Nichole Kraatz, Impala chief engineer. ”The customer shouldn’t even know it’s there. They shouldn’t even think about it. CNG should just be another fuel they use to power their vehicle.”

After passing the Penetration and Bonfire tests, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala is ready for action. It’s also a 2015 Green Car of the Year finalist right now, and we can’t wait to celebrate that eventual win here at College Chevrolet Buick. Come see us today to learn more about the Impala in all of its versions!

Chevrolet Helps Veterans Return to Civilian Life

Chevrolet helps VeteransHere at College Chevrolet Buick, we are proud to support our nation’s veterans. Chevrolet helps veterans as well with a wide variety of programs to support them as they return to civilian life. One program that Chevrolet supports is the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans.

Each year, this hand cycle team competes in numerous marathons across the country. Since the beginning of October, the team has completed an impressive four marathons, including the New York City Marathon.

At last year’s Army-Navy football game, Chevrolet donated a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country truck to the team. This truck helps transport the team’s equipment from city to city. Now that the team is on a break until January, the truck will still keep up its duties by taking the hand cycles to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland once a month to help wounded soldiers find an outlet through athletic activities.

In addition to the numerous veterans programs, Chevrolet also provides a military discount to eligible service men and women. Don’t hesitate to give us a call to learn how you can take advantage of this service.

Chevrolet Knows You Know You Want a Truck with Technology and Stuff

Technology and Stuff

2015 Chevy Colorado

Do you know you want a truck with technology and stuff? Chevrolet knows you do. At least, that’s what the American carmaker claims in a brand new series of web videos that advertise the appeal of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck.

The three videos, which are available on Chevrolet’s YouTube channel, show how owning a truck can possibly change the perception of the truck owners—even making some of the truck owners more rugged, dependable, and dateable. Each spot takes place in a separate place and features real people in focus groups, online dating, and the Health and Beauty aisle of a supermarket, reinforcing what it really means to be a “Truck Guy.”

“The films are centered around the idea that there is an inner truck guy in everyone,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. Vice President of Chevrolet Marketing. “The game-changing Chevrolet Colorado will enable people to unleash their inner truckness.”

With a variety of advanced technology and other “stuff,” including class-leading power, towing, and fuel economy, there’s no denying that the Chevrolet Colorado is a great truck choice. So, do you want a truck with technology and stuff? Stop in to College Chevrolet Buick and test-drive the Colorado—we think you’ll definitely figure out you’re a truck guy.

An Interesting Twist to the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado’s Quality Testing

Chevrolet Silverado's Quality Testing

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

Needless to say, when you buy a truck, you want durability. You want toughness. You want to see someone try to twist it like a pretzel and watch it live to see another day. GM set up a test did just that, called the Frame Twist. And, the Silverado passed with flying colors.

Adding credibility, the Chevrolet Silverado’s quality testing was actually conducted by a third-party: AMCI Testing.  Photos from GM Authority clearly show what the test is all about.  The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado was pitted against the Ford F-250 Super Duty. The two trucks were driven up onto uneven ramps, so the rear right side of each truck was just hanging off. GM Authority noted, “This position places a large amount of torque on the frame and is similar to parking a truck on an uneven surface.”

The F-250 suffered .94 inches of twist while the Silverado suffered only .26 inches. Apparently, the F-250 was so twisted that testers couldn’t lower the tailgate.

GM attributes the Silverado’s superior performance to the use of high-strength steel and roll-formed steel in its frame.

Come out to College Chevrolet Buick and test-drive an untwisted Silverado today!

Silverado Wins against Competition in Frame Twist Test

frame twist test

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

Now we don’t want to brag, but we have some information we think you should know as you consider purchasing your heavy duty pickup. Oh, who are we kidding? The fact that our 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD can “one-up” the Ford F-250 Super Duty in a frame twist test gives us bragging rights that we at College Chevrolet Buick will be claiming all year.

Chevrolet hired AMCI Testing as a third-party research firm to test the ability of the two truck frames to withstand intense twisting.

The pickups were driven onto uneven ramps where the distance of displacement between the cab and the bed was measured. The Silverado’s displacement was measured at 0.26 inches while the F-250 measured at 0.94 inches. The Silverado’s EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate was able to function normally under the pressure. We can’t say the same for the other guy.

“The use of high-strength steel in the Silverado HD is what allows the Silverado to handle even the toughest of jobs,” said Jeff Luke, GM’s executive chief engineer for full-size trucks. “Paired with a fully boxed frame, high-strength steel is what makes the Silverado come from the family of the most dependable, longest-lasting full-size pickups on the road.”

Which frame would you choose?

The Verano Has New Tires and a Smooth Ride to Match

Verano has new tiresBuick says that the new Verano needed some newly designed tires to give it a more polished ride. New tires may sound like a simple improvement, but tires can have a significant effect on how loud the car ride is and how noticeable the noise is in the passenger cabin.

General Motors reports, “For the Verano, we needed to ensure we provided ride comfort, while also balancing fuel economy and rolling resistance, and delivering an engaging driving experience.” The brand has opted to fix this problem by engineering new tires to use on Verano models.

Two tires from Continental Tire have been manufactured specifically for the Verano that have low rolling resistance to help aid fuel economy and allow for better handling. Redesigned, the tread pattern of the tire can help the wheel avoid high-frequency noise that comes from a tire making contact with the pavement. Making these changes to the tread should reduce cabin noise.

Now that you’ve heard the Verano has new tires, get your own quiet 2015 Buick Verano from College Chevrolet Buick!

Help Chevrolet #NameThatCamaro

#NameThatCamaro

Current Camaro Available at College Chevy!

Special edition cars can be fun to drive and own, but having a unique name makes them stand out even more. Chevrolet has created a special edition Camaro painted in an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic color with other unique features and it wants help choosing a name.

For a bit of fun, Chevrolet has started a new campaign where fans can name this special edition Camaro. To submit your ideas, just send Chevrolet your idea on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #NameThatCamaro.

Chevrolet will then announce the winning name when the Camaro debuts at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next month. Other than bragging rights, it doesn’t seem the name-picker gets anything. So, don’t expect to see a free Camaro landing in your driveway anytime soon.

“Chevrolet has made a tradition of offering special-edition models each spring, but this is the first time we’ve turned to the community of Camaro fans to name it,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager, in a statement. “We can’t think of a better way to involve the owners and enthusiasts who have made it the segment’s best-selling sports car for four years running.”

In addition to its unique paint color, the special edition Camaro features an RS Appearance Package, Chrome Duke 21-inch accessory wheels, body-color SS hood extractor, body-color accessory ground effects package, body-color ZL1 rear spoiler, and Cyber Gray rally stripes.

What do you think the perfect name for this Camaro should be? Share your ideas with us below; don’t forget to use the hashtag #NameThatCamaro and share it with Chevrolet, too!

Buick “Drive for Your Students” Gives Back to Local Communities

General Motors is giving back to communities through its Buick brand, which is sponsoring test drive events in one hundred communities nationwide to raise money for high schools. The new test drive events, which will be put on by local high schools, are a good fit for the brand who is aiming to target a younger generation of buyers.

The Buick “Drive for Your Students” program launched a trial run in six communities back in May. Buick has now announced that the program will spread to the remaining 94 communities by the end of the year.

Buick "Drive for Your Students"

Buick dealers are pairing with local high schools to put on the large test drive events, which gives the community the opportunity to test drive Buick vehicles and allows the students to plan, coordinate, and host the event. The “Drive for Your Students” events give the participating high school students worthwhile real-world experience and networking opportunities with the community and sponsoring dealership.

Buick will then donate up to $10,000 per event to the host schools, depending on the number of test drives the school achieves. The automaker has committed a donation of $10 per vehicle test driven, and will double that to $20 per drive if the event exceeds 100 test drives, up to a maximum of$10,000.

“This program offers the opportunity for Buick and its dealers to build lasting relationships in the community,” said Nader Ozzie of Freeman Buick GMC in Grapevine, Texas.

Learn more at www.buickdriveforyourstudents.com. Can’t wait for “Drive for Your Students” to make it to Michigan? Stop by College Chevrolet Buick to test drive a Buick today.

Silverado Toughnology Concept Promises Strong, Connected Future for Chevy Trucks

Silverado Toughnology Concept

2015 Chevy Silverado HD

It looks like the much-touted 2015 F-150 finally has its foil. But, instead of turning to aluminum for toughness (which still seems like an oxymoron here at College Chevrolet Buick), the all-new Silverado Toughnology Concept has simply employed a more effective, efficient, and even stronger version of steel. It’s a high-strength steel instead of simple carbon steel, and it makes the Silverado Toughnology Concept a formidably capable machine– not just cause of its awesome appearance, either.

“The technology of advanced high-strength steel makes the Chevrolet Silverado stronger, lighter, more capable and more efficient – and that’s exactly what the Toughnology concept represents,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer. “During the Silverado’s development, we evaluated all materials and chose those that would provide the best strength to support capability while still delivering a strong value to customers. High-strength steel had clear advantages and is a contributor to the overall package that made Silverado the 2014 North American Truck of the Year.”

However, the technological updates aren’t just in this truck’s bones, though. The new prototype also features OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which allows you to get on the internet via a local, built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Check out the pictures of the Toughnology Concept online, then come see us to check out the Silverado for yourself today.

Buick’s August Sales

August Sales

2014 Buick Encore

Buick has been on a winning streak lately and we’re sure it’s because of its new diverse lineup! Buick isn’t just a brand for the older generation. The brand as a whole has reinvented itself to be younger and more fun while maintaining a bit of its classic feel. We’re happy to announce that Buick had its best sales month of 2014 and the team here at College Chevrolet Buick is proud to contribute.

The winners for the month included both the Regal and the Encore. The Regal has become a top choice for those looking for performance and sophistication while the Encore is a great choice for those who love the feel of an SUV without all of the bulkiness. The Ragal’s sales grew an astounding 35% year-over-year while the Encore experienced an 11% gain over last year. Another winner for the month of August was the Enclave, which recently became available in its 2015 edition. Families everywhere are enjoying the Enclave’s extra interior space and family-friendly features.

If you would like to see any of Buick’s August sales winners, stop by our dealership located just outside of Marshall, Michigan.