Archive for September 28, 2012

Bye-Bye Bench Seat

The front bench seat used to be a prominent fixture in a variety of automobiles, from the sedan to the pickup truck. But with the release of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala next year, the days of the front bench seat will disappear.  Chevrolet’s latest installment of the Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to have an option for three-across front seating.

For many the front bench seat brings back fond memories from days that would be otherwise forgotten. GM director of design, Clay Dean states, “There is certain nostalgia for bench seats, like being able to snuggle up with your date at a drive-in movie, and some customers still like them.”

However, nostalgia aside, the need for six-passenger sedans has been largely reduced thanks to SUVs and crossovers, like the Chevy Equinox and Traverse.

While the front bench seat says farewell it may be more like see you later. Clay Dean doesn’t completely rule the possibility of a comeback, “You never know, we might see bench seats re-emerge someday, possibly in very small cars like the EN-V urban mobility concept vehicle, in which the feeling of open space may be very desirable.”

 

 

 

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Get Ready for the Turbocharged Chevy Malibu

By now you may be familiar with the affordable, beautifully styled, fuel efficient, 2013 Chevy Malibu.

Now you can look forward to even more from the ’13 Malibu, in the form of an all-new 2.0L turbocharged engine. The addition of this engine was to help blend the new Chevy Malibu with the Chevrolet spirit.

Mark Meyers, GM global vehicle performance manager, had this to say: “The all-new turbocharged engine showcases just how capable the new Malibu is, and the turbocharged Malibu is perfect for customers who want a midsize sedan that is fun to drive under a wide range of real-world conditions.”

With accelerating capability to go from 0 to 60 in 6.3 and a top speed of over 150 mph, the Malibu Turbo isn’t short on performance.

Check out the video for a look at the Malibu’s stylish interior storage capability.

 

 

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College Chevy Lets You TuneIn on the Go

Imagine you’re sitting in traffic at rush hour, not even at a crawl. You could be sitting, listening to the same old boring songs you hear every day, at least three times. Or you could be listening to the latest jungle beats of Africa or electronic sounds of European radio. So that users can do just that, Chevy MyLink now allows Spark drivers to connect to a worldwide radio called TuneIn through their smartphones.

TuneIn is a free app that is downloaded to the driver’s smartphone, which is then hooked up to the MyLink system that is standard in all Sparks, as well as the 2013 Sonic, the Spark’s “sister car.” Offering over 70,000 stations, TuneIn gives listeners a variety of music, news, talk, sports, and entertainment. It currently reaches over 40,000,000 listeners in over 230 countries and territories.

Chevrolet says that the TuneIn app will be available with the MyLink during the first quarter of the 2013 sales year. College Chevy is really excited about the addition to the already large number of apps MyLink currently functions with, including Pandora and Stitcher.

Don’t worry. You don’t have to wait until next year to get the actual Spark, though! Come on down to College Chevrolet today and find the perfect Spark for you because, as Chevy knows, there’s a spark in each and every one of us.

 

 

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The Detroit Lions Face Off Against St. Louis Rams in the Season Opener

It’s September, and here at College Chevrolet Buick, we all know what that means: it’s football season, and more importantly, it’s Lions season. The Detroit Lions will be facing off against the St. Louis Rams this Sunday, September 9, with kickoff at 1 p.m. The Lions will have the home field advantage at Ford Field.

 

The last time the two teams met was back in 2010 when the Lions destroyed the Rams with a crushing blow of 44-6. The Rams are coming off a 2-14 season while the Lions finished second in the NFC North last season with a 10-6 record. Even so, the Lions are still fully preparing for battle, as the Rams have changed up the roster with over 30 new players and a new coach, Jeff Fisher. Starting the season on the road is always difficult, and with the Rams facing an explosive Lions offense, featuring the receiver known as Megatron, or Calvin Johnson, things become that much more difficult.

Jim Schwartz, head coach of the Lions, recognized the adversity he will face against Fisher this Sunday: “[Jeff Fisher’s] teams are always tough. They’re always physical. They’re always well prepared. Traditionally they’ve always run the ball very well. But they’re adaptable. There were times in Tennessee where Eddie George was going to carry it 40 times a game. There was times when Steve McNair was going to throw it 40 times a game. Good coaching in the NFL is being able to adapt to your personnel and the situation that comes up. I think that’s probably the hallmark of what Jeff did. You can’t be around for 17 years unless you adjust and change. Run and shoot didn’t last 17 years, 46 defense didn’t last 17 years; you have to be able to adjust and change with personnel, within times, all those different things. He’s certainly done that.”

So who will take first blood this season? College Chevrolet Buick is counting on the Lions to bring victory to Michigan, but the fight to get there will most definitely be tough.