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Chevy Malibu – A Fuel-Efficient Sedan

Are you looking for something that is both fuel-efficient and family-friendly? Look no further than the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. According to AutoGuide, it is one of the top ten most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family sedans. It all stems from its engine. The new Malibu is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and features a six-speed automatic

Buick Aims to Transform Road Trips with 4G LTE OnStar Capable Vehicles

If you’re looking to take a late summer road trip, stop by and check out our inventory here at College Chevrolet Buick before you do—because Buick is looking to completely transform the way an American family takes a road-trip. If you remember the days when you had to pack the backseat full of cumbersome toys

Buick Experienced Great June Sales

Last week, Buick reported that they experienced the best June they have had since 2006. Maybe it’s because of the brand’s fresh look? Maybe it’s because of their attention to detail? Or maybe it’s because of Buick’s commitment to customer service? Whatever it is, the team here at College Chevrolet Buick is proud to be

Chevy Malibu – A Fuel-Efficient Sedan

Are you looking for something that is both fuel-efficient and family-friendly? Look no further than the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. According to AutoGuide, it is one of the top ten most fuel-efficient non-hybrid family sedans.

fuel-efficient sedan

2014 Chevy Malibu

It all stems from its engine. The new Malibu is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and features a six-speed automatic transmission. It is able to get 25 mpg in the city* and 36 mpg on the highway* which edges out its Ford rival, the Fusion. The Malibu offers efficiency, yes, but it is also able to produce the power you need to get around town. The base 2.5-liter makes 196-horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Drivers can also opt up to the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder for a little added power. It makes 295-horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque.

For the new model year, the Malibu also features Stop/Start technology which shuts the engine off when the car comes to a complete stop. This definitely increases your fuel economy giving you more mpgs and more money in your pocket.

If you are looking for a fuel-efficient sedan, look no further than the 2014 Chevy Malibu available at College Chevy! Give us a call to schedule a test drive with your family today!

*EPA-estimates only, actual mileage will vary.

Buick Aims to Transform Road Trips with 4G LTE OnStar Capable Vehicles

4G LTE OnStar capable vehicles

Buick LaCrosse

If you’re looking to take a late summer road trip, stop by and check out our inventory here at College Chevrolet Buick before you do—because Buick is looking to completely transform the way an American family takes a road-trip. If you remember the days when you had to pack the backseat full of cumbersome toys just to keep the kids entertained, it’s time to breathe a sigh of relief—thanks to the 4G LTE OnStar capable vehicles in the current Buick lineup. These vehicles, like the 2015 Buick LaCrosse, allow you to set up your route, follow navigation, and even connect up to seven mobile devices to the car’s Wi-Fi spot at once.

“Road trips today are greatly changed from the ones we took with our families 20, 10 or even five years ago,” said John McFarland, director, Global Connected Customer. “Navigation alone makes choosing stops much easier, and now with built-in connectivity, travelers have an abundance of information and entertainment at their fingertips.”

Other Buick vehicles will soon follow the LaCrosse down the 4G LTE path, helping your family stay connected, not just to each other, but to the outside world, from any and all summer road trip destinations. You can still pack trunks full of swimsuits, clothes, and the like—but leave those unwieldy toys at home. Buick’s got you covered.

 

Buick Experienced Great June Sales

Last week, Buick reported that they experienced the best June they have had since 2006. Maybe it’s because of the brand’s fresh look? Maybe it’s because of their attention to detail? Or maybe it’s because of Buick’s commitment to customer service? Whatever it is, the team here at College Chevrolet Buick is proud to be a part of it!

The brand increased a whopping 18% compared to June of 2013. Retail sales alone increased 12% year over year making last month its best in retail sales since 2005. The Buick brand is making a new impression among drivers. The completely redesigned Regal isn’t what it used to be, it’s much better! This sedan alone experienced a 26% total year over year sales increase which marks its ninth straight month of year over year gains.

June Sales

2014 Buick Regal

The Encore recently made headlines as it ranked as one of the highest small SUVs in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. This is the second year in a row that the Encore has been a standout in this study.

If you would like to experience the all-new Buick lineup, stop by our dealership near Battle Creek. The team here at College Chevrolet Buick would love to show you what this refreshed lineup is all about!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Where has the time gone? This summer is breezing by as the 4th of July is now only days away. Are you looking for something to do to celebrate the holiday? Below is a list of Albion and area events including fireworks, BBQs, and more.

July 3rd – Red, White & Blue Cruise In. The event will take place on Albion’s Historic Brick Street (AKA Superior Street). Registration for the Cruise-In starts at 4PM with the event going from 5PM-9PM. You may also enjoy Sparnfarkel’s Pig Roast during the event.

July 3rd – Albion, Fireworks display. After dark, Albion will have their annual fireworks display over the Kalamazoo River.

July 4th – Battle Creek’s Field of Flight Air Show & Balloon Festival. The fireworks display lasts around 15 minutes and is said to be one of the best in the entire state. Admission is $10 and there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle. Children under 3-ft are free. The display will begin at 10:30PM and will also feature a musical soundtrack.

Do you know of any other events going on in the area? Let us know in the comment section below!

Have a fun and safe 4th of July – from College Chevrolet Buick!

Chevrolet is Going Green!

Chevrolet is going green!

2014 Chevy Volt

According to Interbrand, Chevrolet is one of the top green brands. This is huge for Chevrolet as Interbrand measures not only how green the brand actually is, but how it is perceived around the world. Chevrolet came in at the number 32 spot and it was the brand’s first year on the list. To be considered for the Green List.

“What was most compelling about Chevrolet’s data was the very small gap between public perception and environmental performance. The company is not only actively demonstrating its environmental commitment; it’s communicating those efforts in an authentic way that resonates with customers,” said Interbrand’s global CEO Jez Frampton.

Chevrolet was noted for its manufacturing processes, governance, and overall environmental performance. The models that helped Chevrolet cross over into the green market include the Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark EV, and the Chevy Cruze. All three models are known for their excellent efficiency ratings.

If you would like to know more about how Chevrolet is going green into the future, stop by Chevrolet’s website. Be sure to check out all of the green brands on Interbrand’s list of Best Global Green Brands 2014.

What’s your favorite car color?

What's your favorite car color?

2014 Chevy Sonic in Dragon Green Metallic

Over the years, the top five car colors have changed little by little almost every year. Back in 1994, Axalta says that the most popular car color was green, followed by red, white, blue, and black. In 2013, the most popular car color was white followed by black, silver, gray, and red. As you can see, things have shifted over the years from bright and colorful to less-flashier neutral tones.

Edmunds.com says that Apple has had a huge impact on the way people choose their car colors. If you think about it, the iPhone’s most popular colors include white, black, and silver. If you think back to the 90′s iMac computers were popular in teal, green, and purple just to name a few. Now that the colored versions of the iPhone are available, we’ll have to see if the top five car colors change as well.

What's your favorite car color?

The 2014 Buick Regal GS in White

According to Yahoo Autos, driving a white car may be safer than driving a black one. The Monash University Accident Research Centre in Victoria, Australia claims that black cars have a 12% higher crash risk than white cars in the daylight and a 47% higher crash risk when it is dark. Of course white cars also have a few advantages such as reflecting sunlight, easier to clean, and the color is neutral.

The good news is that we have a variety of car colors for you to choose from on our lot. What’s your favorite car color? Let us know in the comment section below!

Chevrolet Enhances Batteries in their EV Lineup

Chevrolet Enhances Batteries

2014 Chevy Spark EV

Chevrolet is making some changes when it comes to their electric vehicle lineup by expanding its battery manufacturing assembly plant in Brownstown, Michigan. Going forward, Chevrolet will be manufacturing the batteries for the 2015 Spark EV at their growing plant. This movement was made possible by Chevrolet’s extensive partnership with LG Chem.

With the new plant, comes a new and improved battery system. The all-new battery system will weigh 474 lbs which is 86 lbs lighter than previous models. The battery will have a capacity of 19 kWh and will use 192 lithium ion cells. Although the battery is getting smaller, the 2015 Spark EV will maintain its 119 MPGe and EPA-estimated 82 mpg.

Other batteries being built at this facility include those for the Cadillac ELR, Chevy Volt, and Opel Ampera. Chevrolet hopes to streamline all of its EVs to be more efficient and more easily produced than ever. The 2015 Chevy Spark EV is available now at an MSRP of only $19,995 and also includes full federal incentives.

As a Michigan based Chevy dealer, we are proud that GM is investing money into our home state. If you would like to know more about the Brownstown Battery Assembly plant, or the 2015 Chevy Spark EV stop by Chevrolet’s Newsroom!

Aspiring Transportation Designers Sculpt Buicks of Future

aspiring transportation designersWith more and more carmakers looking to appeal to a younger audience, it’s no surprise Buick has taken appealing to the youngsters a step further. The American carmaker partnered with BASF this past month to sponsor a competition for students at Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, who were asked to shape their vision of what Buicks will look like in 2030.

Through an exploration of their own out of the box ideas and consultations with industry professionals, more than a dozen aspiring transportation designers created what they believed the 2030 Buicks will look like, bringing them to life in 3D scale models.

“The solutions these concepts offer are as unique as the future car designers at CCS who created them,” said Andrew Smith, executive director of Buick global design. “For Buick, this project is an invitation for new insights and interpretation of our brand and the future portfolio of products we will offer.”

The competition asked the students to consider the dramatic rise in urban populations, developing countries, nanotechnology, and a variety of advanced materials that will play in vehicle efficiency.

With a lightweight exterior, exceptional integration of Buick design cues, and inviting interior, Namsuk Lee from Seoul, Korea won the competition, receiving an award of $3,000 for best overall concept and $1,500 for best interior. Sam Kenny of Greensboro, North Carolina, won $1,500 for best exterior design, while Justin Salmon of Boca Raton, Florida won $1,000 for most innovative use of materials.

2015 Spark Gets a New Battery

2015 Spark Gets a New Battery

Current Chevy Spark

We all know the Chevy Spark EV as being one of the most efficient vehicles on the market. This hatchback has the ability to go 82 miles on a fully charged battery which saves you a lot of money at the pump. For the 2015 model year, the Spark is getting a smaller more refined battery which will save drivers kWh and will also shed a few pounds from the EV. Chevrolet says that the performance specs of the Spark EV will remain unchanged.

Currently the Spark EV uses a 21-kWh lithium-ion battery assembled by Brownstown. For the 2015 model year, the Spark is getting a 19-kWh battery system that will use 192 LG Chem cells. LG Chem cells are used in other GM EVs like the Volt and its luxurious sister, the ELR. The great news is that the all-new Spark will still qualify for the $7,500 tax credit and its suggested retail price will remain the same for 2015: $26,685 plus destination.

If you would like to know more about the up-and-coming 2015 Spark EV, stop by Chevrolet’s website. We’re sure that the 2015 Spark will be available in limited quantities so be sure to sign up for availability updates.

Rearview Camera: Standard on your New Buick

Rearview Camera

2014 Buick LaCrosse – Available at College Chevrolet Buick

As drivers, we have become accustomed to the luxuries and comforts of new vehicles. Power windows, OnStar, and air conditioning are features we have become very familiar with during the last 20 years along with countless others. For the 2015 model year, Buick is adding rearview camera to its long list of standard features!

Rear view cameras are relatively new to the auto industry, but ever since their debut they have been increasingly popular. Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst for Kelley Blue Book says “While they’re not standard on every car, yet, it’s rare to operate a new vehicle without them. The increased confidence these cameras provide make them a must-have feature.”

As you can see, Buick is committed to providing a safe driving experience. The Encore (all-wheel drive), Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano and Regal have all been awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety by the NHTSA. Every Buick model comes standard with OnStar telematics system for 6-months.

If you would like to learn more about the Buick lineup, stop by our dealership located near Battle Creek, Michigan. The team at College Chevrolet Buick will be happy to show you all of Buick’s interior and exterior features. Give us a call at (517) 680-4284 to schedule an appointment with us today!