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Employee Spotlight: Dale Bannister

DaleDale Bannister has been a member of the College Chevrolet Buick team for the past year. Currently, Dale is the Internet Sales Manager. Before his time with us, Dale was a High School Principal.

Dale’s hometown is Flint, Michigan, but he currently lives in Concord. When not at work, you’ll find him working on his golf game, spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, or fishing. His favorite sports teams include the MSU Spartans (GO SPARTY!) and the Houston Texans.

Dale currently drives a Chevrolet Silverado (good choice!), but his favorite Chevy vehicle is the Chevrolet Suburban. He loves the Suburban because of it’s style, comfort, technology, and BLING! Dale’s favorite car that he’s ever owned is a Chevy Camaro and claims that the Spark matches his personality best because of the energy he brings to each customer here at College Chevy. His favorite thing about being a part of the College Team is making customer’s dreams come true.

We invite you to come visit Dale at College Chevrolet Buick! He would love to assist you in finding the perfect new ride! Browse our great selection of new and used vehicles online today!

Chevrolet Spark Sales Expand to Include Maryland

Chevrolet Spark

2015 Chevy Spark

When Chevrolet first introduced the Spark electric vehicle, it kick-started a movement in the all-electric vehicle segment to offer more affordable electric cars. Now, the popular mini-car has made such an impact on the industry that Chevrolet Spark sales have added a brand-new state to its list: Maryland.

“The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing. “Following the introduction of the next-generation Volt and Bolt EV concept, this further reinforces Chevrolet’s commitment to electrification and delivering more choices where our customers want them.”

Maryland is the perfect locale for the Chevrolet Spark with a high number of commuters and a network of charging stations across the state. The Spark is priced as low as $17,845 in Maryland, after both federal and state tax credits.

While the Spark has yet to grace Michigan with its sales, Chevrolet still has plenty of eco-friendly cars to offer. Stop in to College Chevrolet Buick today to see what your fuel-efficient options are.

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.

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!

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.