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2018 Chevy Silverado Updates

There’s no pickup quite like the durable, bold Chevrolet Silverado. This truck manages to stick to traditional standards of strength and performance while adapting to the modern driver’s needs. So what are these new 2018 Chevy Silverado updates? College Chevrolet Buick has the latest word on the next model year.

 

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500

 

The next Chevy Silverado 1500 will maintain its steel body, its impressive powertrain lineup, and its unbeatable capability. Passengers will get some added luxury with the addition of OnStar and SiriusXM Satellite Radio in the Customer Convenience Package. In Work Truck models, the standard radio will be replaced with a Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch touch screen, and all trucks will now have a six-speaker sound system rather than a four-speaker one. The Rear Vision Camera becomes a new standard across all trim levels, too.


2018 Chevy Silverado HD

 

The next Chevy Silverado 2500 and 3500 will also get new standard Rear Vision Cameras in every truck, as well as the updated 7-inch Chevy MyLink touch screen and the new six-speaker audio system. The Z71 package and the High Country trim level will both get a new black grille mesh. Two new exterior colors take the place of three old ones so buyers now have more, updated aesthetic choices when picking out the ideal work truck for their lifestyles.

What’s Chuck Hiatt’s Story?

Chuck Hiatt

Chuck Hiatt – General Sales Manager

This month’s spotlight is on our very own General Manager, Chuck Hiatt! Chuck has been an integral part of College Chevrolet Buick for 12 years now. He is originally from Logansport, IN but now resides in Albion, where he cheers on the Michigan Wolverines.

Chuck has been in the car industry for 28 years and has formed his own opinion of different models over his years of experience. Chuck currently drives a 2017 Suburban & a Buick Enclave but his favorite car that he’s ever owned was his Corvette. If he had to pick a favorite car on our lot, he would pick his very own Suburban, or a Tahoe. The Suburban is even Chuck’s dream car because of the luxury and spare space that the vehicle entails.

What's Your StoryAside from cars, Chuck has many other interests and hobbies that he enjoys doing in his free time. He loves hanging out with his grandkids, golfing, seeing Alabama lose, and watching the Big Bang Theory. His favorite show of all time is Hill Street Blues.

We invite you to come say “Hi!” to our General Manager, Chuck Hiatt! He loves helping customers find their perfect car and maybe our staff can help you find yours.

What’s Pam McMillan’s Story?

Pam McMillan
Pam McMillan

Pam McMillan – Controller At College Chevrolet Buick

Pam McMillan is the Controller here at College Chevrolet Buick. First, you may be wondering just what a Controller does. Pam is in charge of directing the overall financial planning, budgeting, and accounting here at the dealership. Needless to say, Pam is a very important member of our team!

Pam is from Detroit and went to Cleary University, but currently calls Marshall her home. She’s very knowledgeable when it comes to the automotive industry. She’s been at College Chevrolet Buick for 9 years and has been in the industry for 48! Pam isn’t big into sports, but when not at work you’ll find her doing puzzles and traveling. Her favorite television show currently is “Last Man Standing”, but she loves catching reruns of “The Carol Burnett Show”.

When it comes to vehicles, Pam is partial to the ones we have on our lot! Her favorite car of all-time was her 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and her favorite on our lot currently is the Buick Enclave. She currently drives a Chevy Equinox. Pam says that the best part of her job is the diversity she gets to experience every single day. We invite you to come say “Hello!” to our Controller, Pam McMillan!

Employee Spotlight: Matthew Sullivan

Matt Sullivan

Matthew Sullivan

This month, we’d like to highlight Matthew Sullivan! He is a Parts Consultant here at College Chevrolet Buick and has been a part of our team since 2006. He has been working specifically in our parts department since 2013, so he really knows his stuff! Matthew is from Homer, but currently calls Albion his home.

Matthew currently drives a 2002, but his favorite car of all time was his 1977 K5 Blazer. If he had to pick his favorite vehicle that we sell on our lot, it would be a 2017 Silverado 2500HD Duramax Diesel truck. He also believes that the Silverado matches his personality best. If Matthew could have any car in the world, he would choose a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

When not at work, you’ll find Matthew off-roading, watching Sprint Cup races, being a volunteer firefighter, or spending time with his family. He enjoys watching “Fast and Loud” and cheering on the Detroit Tigers.

We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Matthew! He would be happy to help answer any questions you may have regarding parts for your car, truck, or SUV!

Employee Spotlight: Rob Brown

This month, we’d like to highlight one of our newest team members. Meet Rob Brown, our new sales consultant. He’s Battle Creek native and has been working in the automotive industry for 20 years. He graduated from Harper Creek High School and also attended Kellogg Community College. Rob is a proud Combat U.S. Army Veteran who took part in Operation Desert Shield/Storm.

Rob isn’t big on television, but he does enjoy golfing, fishing, and spending quality time with his daughter, Kylie. He is also a huge Detroit Tigers fan!

If Rob were a car, he says that a truck would match his personality best. Currently, he drives a 1999 Olds 88, but his favorite car he’s ever owned is a 1998 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. His favorite vehicle that we carry on our lot is a Chevy Camaro. Rob says that the worst car he’s ever driven is a Ford Festiva.

Rob’s favorite thing on the job is meeting with new people and helping them with their vehicle needs. Stop by and say “Hey!” to our newest team member, Rob Brown today!

Employee Spotlight: John William

John WilliamThis month we’d like for you to meet John William! John is a part of our sales team and has been working with us for an impressive 49 years! He is an Albion native and still resides right here in his hometown.

When it comes to cars, his dream car is a Bugati Veyron because they look cool and intimidating. Who wouldn’t want that? John says that if he were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet Corvette. Currently, you’ll catch John driving down the road in his GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, or Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. His favorite new vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Camaro or the Buick Regal. The worst car John says that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing seemed to work on it.

When not on the job, you’ll find John fishing, checking out antique cars, bowling, spending time with his grandkids or BBQ’ing. His favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers and he really enjoys watching Law and Order and 60 Minutes.

We invite you to come say “Hello!” to John because his favorite part of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is meeting and interacting with different people. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see John today!

Check Out the Race-Ready Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Chevrolet is going to make the racing world even more exciting this year with its factory-built Camaro GT4.R. This race-ready car will be built to meet global GT4 regulations and will be eligible to race in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class, the Pirelli World Challenge GTS class, and any other GT4 class races around the world.

Pratt and Miller Engineering helped develop the Camaro GT4.R, which is based on the Camaro ZL1 1LE. Under the hood of the GT4.R is a dry-sump 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine paired with an Xtrac six-speed sequential transmission with pneumatic paddle shifters.

Other performance modifications include an Xtrac limited-slip racing differential, an adjustable traction control, an adjustable ABX system, two-way adjustable Ohlins Racing coilovers, and six-piston mono-block Brembo brake calipers in the front. Visual modifications include a revised rear wing, front dive plans, and front splitter to improve aerodynamics.

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

Gaples, Aschenbach to debut impressive new GT4-spec Camaro

The Camaro GT4.R had its debut at the Pirelli World Challenge race in St. Petersburg, Florida in mid-March. It earned a solid second-place finish in all rounds driven by both Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples for Blackdog Speed Shop.

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we can’t wait to see how this wicked Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R performs for the rest of the season.

Employee Spotlight: Vince Lefere

Vince Lefere

Vince Lefere – Parts Manager

Vince Lefere is the Parts Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick. What does the Parts Manager do? Vince is in charge of overseeing the Parts Department. He monitors purchase trends and parts inventory levels. He also handles customer parts requests. Vince has been working in parts departments since 1983 and has been working here at College Chevrolet Buick for just over 3 years.

Vince is from Jackson, but currently resides in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him spending time with his family, gardening, or making fountains. His favorite sports team is definitely Michigan (GO BLUE!).

Currently, Vince drives a Chrysler Aspen but his favorite vehicle he’s ever owned was an Eagle Vision. Vince’s favorite vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Silverado, but thinks that the Corvette would match his personality best. Vince’s favorite part about his job is meeting new people and helping customers solve problems. We invite you to stop by and say “Hi!” to Vince Lefere, our Parts Manager!

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series Debuts in Chicago

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series

Chevrolet Redline Edition Series

The Saturn Redline Editions were favorites of enthusiasts across the country but, alas, they’ve been gone for years now. While the Saturn brand may be off the market, Chevrolet is looking to revive the Redline Edition Series. The American brand pulled the cover off of several Redline-equipped vehicles at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Chevrolet Redline Edition Series will spread to nine vehicles and offer significant changes in appearance from standard models. All nine automobiles are scheduled to hit the market by the end of 2017, giving enthusiasts another package to look forward to.

The Redline package will feature black wheels with red hash marks, black nameplates with red outline, black grilles, and black bowtie logos. Some vehicles will also receive additional unique styling effects.

Both the Chevrolet Colorado and Silverado made the cut and will feature red tow hooks when equipped with the Redline package. The Camaro will feature red hash marks above the wheels, a nod to the brand’s history on the track.

Other vehicles set to see the Redline effect include the Malibu, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, and Cruze sedan and hatchback. The Silverado Redline is available for order from dealerships now.

We here at College Chevrolet Buick can’t help but be excited for the return of the Redline Edition!

All-New Chevrolet Traverse Revealed in Detroit

all-new Chevrolet Traverse

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is already turning heads.

As 2017 models start to launch in the automobile market, automakers are turning their attention to the upcoming 2018 model year. One such brand is Chevrolet, which kicked up anticipation in Detroit at the recent North American International Auto Show. Following the reveal of the next-generation 2017 Acadia last year, Chevy had the all-new Chevrolet Traverse lined up to turn heads once again in anticipation of the nameplate entering a new generation for 2018.

The Traverse was first introduced to the full-size SUV segment in 2009, but hasn’t gotten a major upgrade since then. While its appearance follows the new design philosophy of the aforementioned Acadia, the Chevrolet Traverse aims to be more truck-like for its new generation – more spacious, versatile, reliable, and upscale. While there’s no official EPA rating as of yet, Chevy estimates the Traverse’s new 3.6-liter V6 will have a 10% boost in fuel economy over the outgoing model.

The all-new Chevrolet Traverse has been redesigned for a slightly more affluent demographic, and Chevy is capitalizing on this by increasing the tech features found inside the new 2018 version. Despite this, the company is confident this new angle on the Traverse will boost sales among US families looking for a more roomy and premium option.

If you have questions, would like more information, or are ready to take a new Traverse for a test drive, visit us today at College Chevrolet Buick!