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The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is here!

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has made its way to our lot in Albion, Michigan sporting our favorite features and some minor upgrades! The all-new HD pickups offer dependability, ruggedness, and options making it a great truck for both work and play. Some of our favorite exterior features of the HD line include available 20-inch

2014 Chevy Equinox Joined Malibu in Safety Rankings

Last week we reported that the 2014 Chevy Malibu earned high marks for safety from the IIHS, this week we are proud to say that the 2014 Chevy Equinox joined the Malibu by earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Equinox is one of the only midsize

The 2014 Chevy Malibu Earns High Marks for Safety

The Malibu is celebrating its 50th anniversary for the 2014 model year! We recognize the Malibu for its advanced technologies, great fuel economy, and excellent value. Recently the Malibu added safety to its long list of attributes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently gave the 2014 Malibu the distinction of being a Top

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is here!

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is here!

2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD has made its way to our lot in Albion, Michigan sporting our favorite features and some minor upgrades! The all-new HD pickups offer dependability, ruggedness, and options making it a great truck for both work and play.

Some of our favorite exterior features of the HD line include available 20-inch wheels, new trailering mirrors, a chrome grille, 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps, and body-colored front and rear bumpers. Inside the Silverado 2500HD you have many available options including a DVD/BluRay player, heated seating, Chevrolet MyLink, and an advanced Bose stereo system.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is here!Chevy’s heavy-duty truck lineup is available in three different fuel options including gasoline, diesel, or compressed natural gas (CNG). All engines are ready for work with Chevrolet’s new CornerStep bumper and the ability to tow up to 22,900-lbs. (on 3500HD models with fifth wheel/gooseneck towing capabilities).

If you would like to learn more about Chevy’s 2015 heavy-duty lineup, give us a call at (517) 680-4269. The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500HD is here at College Chevy! Stop by for a test drive today!

2014 Chevy Equinox Joined Malibu in Safety Rankings

Equinox Joins Malibu in Safety Rankings

2014 Chevy Equinox available at College Chevy!

Last week we reported that the 2014 Chevy Malibu earned high marks for safety from the IIHS, this week we are proud to say that the 2014 Chevy Equinox joined the Malibu by earning a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Equinox is one of the only midsize SUVs to earn this distinction from the IIHS which shows Chevrolet’s commitment to safety.

The rigorous experiences that the Equinox had to endure really tested the endurance and stability of the SUV. The Equinox had to endure a frontal crash at 40mph designed to replicate crashing into a utility pole along with various other crashes. The Equinox had to receive a “Good” rating in four out of five tests and receive at least an “Acceptable” rating on the fifth test. The Equinox received “Good” ratings across the board passing the tests and receiving the top honor of Safety Pick +.

The Equinox offers a vast amount of safety features including a six standard air bag system, rear vision camera, available forward collision alert, available lane departure warning, and available park assist. All of these features make it a great and safe family vehicle. If you would like to know more about the Equinox stop by our dealership near Battle Creek, Michigan!

The 2014 Chevy Malibu Earns High Marks for Safety

Malibu Earns High Marks for Safety

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The Malibu is celebrating its 50th anniversary for the 2014 model year! We recognize the Malibu for its advanced technologies, great fuel economy, and excellent value. Recently the Malibu added safety to its long list of attributes. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently gave the 2014 Malibu the distinction of being a Top Safety Pick+.

In order to receive this recognition, the Malibu had to pass IIHS’ rigorous safety tests including frontal crash prevention and crash worthiness. The Malibu was evaluated on its ability to protect occupants from a collision. The IIHS also noted the available Advanced Safety Package available on 2LT trim levels and above for its frontal crash protection system. This system uses advanced technologies to monitor the distance between the Malibu and the car in front of it. If the system senses a possible collision, it will alert the driver.

The Malibu has been a Top Safety Pick for the past four years, but this is the first year it has received a Top Safety Pick+ distinction. If you would like to know more about the safety features of the 2014 Chevy Malibu, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan!

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Current Buick Encore

A few months ago, Chevrolet announced ago that they would be including 4G LTE abilities to some models for the 2015 model year. At the DENT Conference in Idaho, Buick announced that they too would be offering 4G LTE. With this new technology, drivers will be able to turn their car into a mobile hotspot allowing internet surfing and web browsing from inside the vehicle.

4G LTE will be available through OnStar and will require a subscription and data plan, although prices have not yet been determined. The hotspot will be able to allow up to seven devices to connect simultaneously giving each of your passengers internet access from their own devices. Along with internet, this new addition will offer in-dash app integration and also connect you to your vehicle diagnostics.

For the 2015 model year, the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore are said to have LTE capabilities and all 2016 Buick models will include the new feature.

What do you think about GM offering 4G LTE on their new models? Will you turn your car into a mobile hot spot? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to stop by College Chevy when the 2015s start rolling in!

Overcoming Challenges in Designing the Camaro Z/28

designing the Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28

When a car is powerful enough, new challenges arise for engineers to tackle. Take, for example, the Camaro Z/28. After running laps around some of the most difficult tracks in the world—like the famous Nordschleife—it quickly became clear that the Z/28’s tires had too much traction and its brakes had too much stopping power.

Well… too much of either of these things is never really a bad thing. The tires are P Zero™ Trofeo R tires, made by Pirelli, and the carbon-ceramic brakes are made by Brembo. This made for a powerful combination that helped the Z/28 achieve up to 1.5 g in deceleration force.

designing the Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28

However, that force is so strong that it caused the wheels to spin inside the tire—a phenomenon called wheel slip. To combat the effect, Z/28 engineers tried to apply abrasive paint around the bead of the wheel, where the tire meets the rim. Despite being a common solution in competitive racing, it wasn’t enough to counterbalance the Camaro’s power.

Ultimately, they were able to prevent wheel slip with media blasting. This involved shooting a gritty material through an air gun at the wheel’s surface, creating texture to the paint for the tire to grip.

We hope to see you this spring when the Camaro finally arrives at College Chevy!

Save Gas with a V6 Pickup!

Save Gas with a V6

2014 Chevy Silverado

Think you need a V8 in your pickup to get the job done? The Chevy Silverado says “you don’t have to buy a V8” with its all-new 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engine. The 2014 Silverado pickup featuring the V6 engine provides all of the power and torque you need, without breaking the bank on your gas bill. This 4.3-liter engine makes 285 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque while still getting an astonishing 18 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.*

In 2004, the Chevy Silverado featuring the 4.8-liter V8 engine got 285-horsepower and made 295 lb-ft of torque. Its competitors, the Ford F-150 featuring a 4.6-liter V8 engine made 231 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque while the Ram 4.7-liter V8 made 235 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque (2004 models). Both of these models from 2004 get under 19 mpg on the highway.* These comparisons show just how far the pickup truck segment has come over the past 10 years.

Chevrolet is proud of their introduction of a capable V6 engine that they claim got its roots from the old small-block. If you would like to know more about the capabilities of the 2014 Silverado featuring a V6 engine, feel free to swing by our dealership in Albion, Michigan! March is Truck Month at College Chevrolet Buick!

*EPA-estimate only, actual mileage will vary.

Are you ready for the 2015s?

2015 Tahoe and Suburban

2015 Chevy Tahoe

2015 is nine months away, but the 2015 models will be popping up within the next few months. Among those new vehicles are the highly anticipated large SUVs from Chevrolet. The 2015 Chevy Tahoe and 2015 Suburban are back for what looks to be another great year. In combination with its GMC brand lineup, GM’s segment makes up about 74% of the large-SUV market share.

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe offers drivers a rewarding drive with advanced technologies and a powerful engine. Travel in style and comfort to any destination while behind the wheel of the 2015 Tahoe which will be available soon at our dealership!

The 2015 Chevy Suburban offers everything we have come to know and love… and more! This large SUV offers a spacious interior for maximum comfort and utility. Inside the Suburban, drivers can experience innovative technologies and excellent performance features.

Along with great features, the Tahoe and Suburban have both been refined to offer better gas mileage. Models featuring the 5.3-liter V8 engine are expected to get 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway which is an increase of almost 10% from past models.

Are you excited for the 2015 Tahoe and Suburban to make their arrival here at College Chevy? Let us know in the comment section below!

J.D. Power Ranks Buick Among Most Dependable Car Brands

The quest for quality and reliability is an ongoing endeavor at Buick, but every once in a while it’s nice to get some recognition.

Buick Among Most Dependable Car Brands

2014 Buick LaCrosse – Available at College Chevrolet Buick!

In the latest J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Buick was ranked as the fifth most reliable brand in the country, a flat improvement from last year and placing the automaker far ahead of other American luxury brands like Lincoln.

J.D. Power’s 2014 study tracks 2011 model year vehicles in the third year of ownership, ensuring that it doesn’t inappropriately jump to conclusions about the reliability of more modern vehicles. The Buick Lucerne took the lead for the fourth consecutive year in the Large Car segment while the Buick LaCrosse came in 2nd in the Midsize Car category.

“Buick customers today cite their top reasons for purchase as overall quality, exterior style, and value,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. “Retaining a focus on quality is at the core of every model we bring to market.”

Chevrolet also had a great showing with the Volt taking the win in the Compact Car segment and the Camaro doing the same in the Midsize Sporty Car segment. Come find all of these vehicles at College Chevy Buick!

A Bitter Winter Causes Drivers to use their RemoteLink App

RemoteLink App

OnStar Available on the 2014 Chevy Cruze

Is it just us or has this winter been especially frigid? In a town like Albion, Michigan, we are accustomed to long bitter winters, but this one may be one of the worst! Thankfully many GM vehicle owners have the option of starting and heating up their cars from inside their warm toasty house.

Many Chevrolet drivers are using the RemoteLink App through OnStar® to make sure their car is warmed up and ready to go when they are. On its record-setting day, January 7th, the RemoteLink App was used more than 200,000 times across all General Motors brands. During the entire month of January, the RemoteLink App was used almost 3 million times, 55% of those requests were for remote start.

The RemoteLink App is not just used for remote start. This innovative app can give you on-demand vehicle diagnostic information and directions. If you are using OnStar® in your GM vehicle, be sure to look into downloading this app for your smartphone.

To learn more about vehicles available with OnStar® and RemoteLink capabilities, stop by our dealership near Jackson, Michigan. We look forward to seeing you (and Spring) soon at College Chevrolet Buick!

All-Around Good Buy: Three Buick Models Earn 5-Year Cost to Own Award

5-Year Cost to Own Award

2014 Buick Verano

So you found one of our great deals for a new Buick; but you, like the responsible car buyer you are, find yourself wondering how much it will actually cost to own your new Buick after you autograph all the paperwork. We at College Chevrolet Buick have some good news that will put a quick end to your research and get you behind the wheel of your new vehicle: Three Buick models earned Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award for 2014.

The 2014 Buick Verano was named the least expensive car to own for the entry-level luxury car segment. The Encore earned the award for the luxury compact SUV/crossover category, and the Enclave won among competitors in the luxury full-size SUV/crossover class.

5-Year Cost to Own Award

2014 Buick Enclave

“Buick puts the customer first, not only offering a great portfolio of vehicles, but maintaining quality and dependability long after the vehicle is purchased,” said Tony DiSalle, Buick’s vice president of marketing.

Kelley Blue Book calculates cost to own values taking into account depreciation as well as recurring expenses like gas, insurance, and financing fees.

Now you can head to College Chevrolet Buick assured you’re getting a good deal today and for years to come.