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Just in Case: Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

Whether you drive long commutes that make it feel like you live in your car or go short distances around town – no one is exempt from the occasional flat tire or dead battery. Are you prepared for when it happens to you? Here is a brief list of essential items to keep in your

When Words Aren’t Enough: Chevrolet’s Emoji Press Release

Sometimes words just aren’t enough. In a recent Chevrolet press release announcing the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the company revealed, “Words alone can’t describe the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze…so to celebrate its upcoming reveal, the media advisory is being issued in emoji.” Emojis. You know, those little cartoon pictures in text messages used to emulate a

2016 Chevy Camaro Reveal Highlights

The 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal was as big and exciting as anticipated. The sixth-generation Camaro wowed the audience at Belle Isle with its refined look and race-ready performance. The new 2016 Camaro is faster, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation, providing even more thrill when driving. There are six powertrain options, including the beastly

Just in Case: Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

jumper cablesWhether you drive long commutes that make it feel like you live in your car or go short distances around town – no one is exempt from the occasional flat tire or dead battery. Are you prepared for when it happens to you? Here is a brief list of essential items to keep in your car for those “just in case” scenarios.

To be ready for a flat tire, be sure to keep a spare tire, car jack, and wrench located in the trunk of your vehicle. You may also want to consider keeping a tire inflator and sealer as well. In case you’re out of practice, here’s a brief brush-up on how to change a car tire.

A dead battery: it’s happened to the best of us. You go out to start your car and realized you left your lights on…oops! To get that battery up and running again, be sure to have a set of jumper cables. Here is a refresher video on how to jump your car battery.

first aid kitIt is also a good idea to always keep a first aid kit in your vehicle as well.

We at College Chevrolet Buick encourage all of our readers to double check your vehicles and make sure you have these essential items, and if you have any questions, we’d be happy to help!

When Words Aren’t Enough: Chevrolet’s Emoji Press Release

Sometimes words just aren’t enough.

2016 Chevy Cruze

2016 Chevrolet Cruze – Coming Soon!

In a recent Chevrolet press release announcing the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, the company revealed, “Words alone can’t describe the new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze…so to celebrate its upcoming reveal, the media advisory is being issued in emoji.” Emojis. You know, those little cartoon pictures in text messages used to emulate a feeling or emotion.

2016 Chevrolet Cruze

2016 Chevy Cruze Interior Photo

Chevrolet’s emoji press press release included hearts, cars, rainbows, and a plethora of other icons for readers to decipher. In fact, the auto company encouraged translators of the pic-script to put their interpretations online using #ChevyGoesEmoji. Want to see how your emoticon translation skills are? You can see a full version of the emoji press release here, as well as its Chevy translation – using real words.

The new Chevrolet Cruze, which was unveiled several days after the press release, sports an athletic build, updated technology, and improved fuel economy, and according to the emojis – will put a big smile on your face.

The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be coming to showrooms spring of 2016. Stay tuned to College Chevrolet Buick’s blog for more details.

 

2016 Chevy Camaro Reveal Highlights

2016 Chevy Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal was as big and exciting as anticipated. The sixth-generation Camaro wowed the audience at Belle Isle with its refined look and race-ready performance.

The new 2016 Camaro is faster, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation, providing even more thrill when driving. There are six powertrain options, including the beastly LT1 6.2-liter V8 that generates 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque! All engines are available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new Camaro has been almost entirely redone with only two parts that carried over from the fifth generation. It’s truly a new take on the classic sports car.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevy Camaro Engine

Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and Product Development, said, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”

The sixth generation Camaro will go on sale later this year at College Chevrolet Buick , so get ready to take the ride of your life!

Join Us in Supporting Kathy’s Indiegogo Fundraiser

bicycleKathy Roche-Wallace is at it again! The inspiring endurance cyclist and motivational speaker will be taking on the 2015 Race Across America (RAAM) on June 16th and she’s asking our community for some help.

Kathy is a 54 year old mother of six and grandmother of five, and in 2011 she became the first woman in the 30 year history of RAAM to finish the race in the 50+ division. She is the current solo record holder and also took home the award for Queen of the Mountains.

Kathy hopes to defend her title at the 2015 RAAM, but her 3,000 mile journey dreams need a little help. She is currently raising funds to support a crew team and to complete her training. Kathy is also using this platform as an opportunity to raise money and awareness about a rare form of childhood cancer, Neuroblastoma.

Please join us in supporting Kathy’s Indiegogo Fundraiser and donate to her cause at www.GoKathyGo.com! For more information about Kathy and her fundraising needs, please visit GoKathyGo as well.

Finally! 2016 Chevy Camaro Reveal Officially Happens

2015 Chevy Camaro

If you cant wait until the 2016 arrives, check out the 2015 model at College Chevy!

After months of anticipation–during which Chevrolet released teaser images and details painstakingly slowly–the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro has finally been revealed in all its glory. The premiere of the car took place at the Belle Isle racetrack last week.

The new Camaro is getting a positive response all around concerning its many changes, both physical and cosmetic. This vehicle has more power than ever, all while maintaining a sleeker look.

In fact, thanks to the usage of some lighter-weight metals, the 2016 Camaro is actually 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. But the 2016 Camaro is no “lightweight,” and its turbo 4-cylinder engine can get up to 275 horsepower.

Another thing that long-term Camaro drivers will notice quickly once they get behind the wheel of a 2016 model: this version is two inches shorter than the model before it, making it easier than ever to park.

What did you think of the 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

The Big Difference: Chevy’s G80 Locking Rear Differential

When it comes to staying on the road, Chevy’s G80 locking rear differential is the big difference in all of the brand’s trucks—and it’s been around for a lot longer than you think!

The G80 locking axle has been a staple in Chevy’s truck lineup for more than 40 years and has proved year in and year out that it will keep you safe on the road. No matter what the weather condition or terrain you’re traveling through, Chevy trucks will get the job done.

2015 Silverado 1500

2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 Available at College Chevy!

The G80 technology reacts automatically when one wheel starts to spin, allowing both rear wheels to move at the same speed, ensuring maximum traction on the road.

Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer said, “The G80 locking axle provides a greater traction advantage than limited-slip differentials in most situations, while its automatic engagement requires no driver involvement, unlike some competitors’ electronic lockers, which require driver activation.”

To experience the Chevy truck difference for yourself, come visit College Chevrolet Buick.

Spring Car Care Tips to Remember All Season Long

serviceNational Car Care Month–every April–may be coming to an end, but that’s no reason to stop spending extra careful attention to the care and maintenance of your vehicle. Keep your car in top-notch condition all season long with these spring car care tips from College Chevrolet Buick.

  • If you haven’t been to the auto shop for a solid check-up lately, be sure to do so. Especially after the harsh winter months, your car can always benefit from a tune-up.
  • Be sure your tires have enough tread and are inflated to the right level. If your tires are worn down, you are putting yourself at risk of hydroplaning.
  • We’ve all heard the term “spring cleaning.” Why not use the beautiful weather as an excuse to give your car a thorough cleaning, on the inside and the out?
  • Check all of your car’s fluids, such as the engine oil and windshield wiper fluid. You won’t want to wait to find out until it’s too late.

Do you have any other spring car care tips? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Welcome Brian Eberhard!

Brian Eberhard

Meet Brian – Our New Body Shop Manager!

All of us at College Chevrolet Buick would like to welcome Brian Eberhard, our new Body Shop Manager, to our team! Brian brings tons of experience to the position, having worked in parts departments and body shops for over two decades.

Before working at College, Brian worked at another Chevrolet dealership for 20 years. While there, he worked in the parts department for 18 years and then moved to the body shop as a Production Supervisor. Brian then moved to Kansas for 6 months to be with his family and took on the role of Production Supervisor at another body shop. With all of his experience, we knew he would be the perfect fit for the Body Shop Manager position here at College Chevy!

Born and raised in Battle Creek, Brian is very familiar with the Albion area. He has quickly found a place within our team, and he didn’t waste any time establishing a great rapport with his associates and making new friends.

Brian is a family man, so when he’s not hard at work, he likes to spend time with his family.  He also enjoys working on various projects around the house. One of the biggest reasons we knew Brian was perfect for the job was that, just like us, he loves vehicles!  His dream car is a truck—a 4×4 Chevrolet Crew Cab.  He figures that it would be the ideal vehicle for doing weekend mud runs, a favorite pastime of his.

So far, Brian’s favorite part of his new job is getting to know everyone.  From there, his goal is to take the body shop at College Chevrolet Buick to “the next level” and help the business grow. We are happy that Brian joined our team and look forward to his success in the future! Please join us in welcoming Brian to our team!

2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid Offers Best Fuel Economy in the Segment

Get excited. The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is coming and it’s bringing the best fuel economy in the segment with it. Based on the all-new 2016 Malibu we already love, the hybrid models provides a combined rating of 47 mpg and is scheduled to arrive here at College Chevrolet Buick during the spring of 2016.

Taking a page from the Chevy Volt playbook, the Malibu Hybrid features regenerative braking and the two-motor drive unit found in its sister plug-in hybrid electric vehicle with slight modifications. The Malibu also adds an all-new 1.8-liter engine. Together, the Malibu’s powertrain offers 182 horsepower and 45 miles per gallon on the highway. The car can travel up to 55 mph on all-electric power.

“Fuel efficiency is important to our customers, especially in the midsize segment and with an estimated 48 mpg city rating, the Malibu Hybrid delivers,” said president of General Motors, Dan Ammann.

The Malibu Hybrid was unveiled at the New York International Auto Show earlier this month.

Stay tuned for more information on the model as it is released. We will be sure to let you know a more specific date as to when to expect the vehicle to land in our showroom.

2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition Debut at New York Auto Show

Chrome is back, and it has never looked so good.

The revamped 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition made its debut last week at the 2015 New York Auto Show as a “more distinctive” offering of the popular Enclave crossover boasting updated styling, superior materials, and upgraded technology.

2015 Buick Enclave

Current Buick Enclave Available at College Chevy!

Carried by the bronze imbued 20-inch wheels, the grille prominently sports an added chrome hue. To embellish this added shade, the crossover will come in three color offerings: White Frost Tricoat, Dark Chocolate Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic.

Available only in two trims—Leather (1SL) and Premium (1SN)—standard features include a power-operated dual moon-roof, a heated steering wheel, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, as well as a powered lift-gate and tri-zone automatic climate control. Powering the newest Enclave crossover is a 3.6-liter V6 capable of 288 horsepower mated to a six-speed automatic transmission; customers having the choice between front- or all-wheel-drive capabilities.

“Buick’s quality, refinement and style continues to attract more customers and this modern resurgence started with Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It was a pioneer for three-row luxury crossovers and remains one of the segment’s most popular. The new Tuscan Edition celebrates Enclave’s achievement and rewards owners with a higher level of distinction.”

Coming to showrooms this fall, be sure to see the newest Tuscan Edition at College Chevrolet Buick and get your order in soon.