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Pearl Harbor Buick Fetches $73,700 at Auction

There is something captivating about classic cars. A piece of history that exists in our world, a time capsule of sorts that takes us back to a more simple time—before navigation systems and self-driving cars were even conceivable. A time when a good radio; hand craftsmanship; and big, bold designs were cherished. Add to that

US Government Awards 2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the 2015 Buick Regal five-star safety rating. This Buick is currently on sale at Buick Dealerships (like yours truly, College Chevrolet Buick). Overall, the Buick sedan earned four stars for its response to the front crash test, five stars for the side crash, and four in the

2016 Chevy Volt to be even more efficient

A good thing just keeps getting better. 2016 Chevy Volt efficiency has earned the EV the title of Kelly Blue Book’s best electric/hybrid buy for 2015. Add on top of that a healthy dollop of 12% boost in efficiency and overall range. Sprinkle with nuts, drizzle with chocolate and you have a pretty darn good-looking

Pearl Harbor Buick Fetches $73,700 at Auction

Pearl Harbor BuickThere is something captivating about classic cars. A piece of history that exists in our world, a time capsule of sorts that takes us back to a more simple time—before navigation systems and self-driving cars were even conceivable. A time when a good radio; hand craftsmanship; and big, bold designs were cherished. Add to that a story, and you have yourself a piece of art.

It should come as no surprise then, that a 1939 Buick that survived the Pearl Harbor attack unscathed fetched $73,700 at auction. The Pearl Harbor Buick is a 1939 Buick Special Convertible Coupe 46C with Dynaflash 8, which belonged to DeForest “Dee” Venter, a sailor from Connecticut.

The Buick was parked at Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941 – the day it was attacked by the Japanese. Though the attack devastated the area and killed more than 2,400 people, the Buick remained in perfect condition. When Ventor and his friend George Bullard were sent off to war, the Buick went to George’s wife, Mary.

Mary Bullard was the proud owner of the Buick for 30 years, at which time she sold it to her cousin, A.C. Wilson. Wilson then restored the car and showed it at car shows and in parades during his ownership. Recently Wilson decided it was time to sell the Buick, and put it up for auction. Tom Beasley from Stuart, Virginia is the winner of the auction and the proud new owner of the Pearl Harbor Buick.

“I enjoyed the history of it,” Beasley said in a Roanoke.comarticle. The Japanese “bombed all around it, and everything was hit but that car. For it to survive is a miracle.”

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we couldn’t be happier to see this Buick’s legacy continue.

US Government Awards 2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the 2015 Buick Regal five-star safety rating. This Buick is currently on sale at Buick Dealerships (like yours truly, College Chevrolet Buick).

2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

2015 Buick Regal

Overall, the Buick sedan earned four stars for its response to the front crash test, five stars for the side crash, and four in the rollover test.

This rating is not only for the all-wheel-drive version of the Buick Regal, but also the front-wheel-drive version.

The standard safety package comes with a rearview camera, six airbags, stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. Optional features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and side blind zone alert.

The 2015 Buick Regal has proven itself to be one of the safest vehicles on the road, and the US government has given the Regal its seal of approval with the Five-Star Safety rating.

2016 Chevy Volt to be even more efficient

2016 Chevy Volt Efficiency

2014 Chevrolet Volt Available Now!

A good thing just keeps getting better. 2016 Chevy Volt efficiency has earned the EV the title of Kelly Blue Book’s best electric/hybrid buy for 2015. Add on top of that a healthy dollop of 12% boost in efficiency and overall range. Sprinkle with nuts, drizzle with chocolate and you have a pretty darn good-looking car. Drive happily.

This boost in efficiency means that, with its combined gas and electric power, the 2016 Chevy Volt claims a step of 45 miles (from 380 to 425). No word yet on the improvements for the all-electric range, which is what customers are really clamoring to have improved.

Only a teaser was revealed (the front left corner) at the LA Auto Show. The whole thing is set to be revealed in Detroit in January. There is one thing we can be sure of however; the new model will be lighter, quieter, more powerful, and more efficient than the current model (which is already an award winner). What else could you ask for?

Come test drive the KBB winning 2015 Chevy Volt at College Chevrolet Buick.

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!