Archive for January 29, 2014

2014 Chevy Malibu Awarded 5-Star Safety Honors by NHTSA

Malibu Awarded 5-Star Safety Honors

2014 Chevy Malibu – Available at College Chevy!

The 2014 Chevy Malibu has achieved a milestone in safety by being awarded the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during their New Car Assessment Program.

Chief among the reasons for the Malibu’s NHTSA 5-star safety test success are the numerous active and passive safety features that are both standard and available for the midsize sedan. The Malibu offers an ultra-high-strength steel safety cage, rollover protection, and 10 airbags—including knee airbags for driver and front passenger—standard.

In addition, available active safety features make the Malibu one of the safest and most intelligent vehicles on the road. These features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Every Malibu also comes pre-packaged with six months of OnStar service.

“Safety is an increasingly important consideration for new vehicle buyers, especially for those in the midsize segment,” said Gay Kent, General Motors general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness, in a press release. “The customer is at the center of our day-to-day operations and when we design vehicles, it’s their safety that we have in mind.”

Here at College Chevy, we know that safety is of the utmost importance to you; that’s why we are proud to sell Chevrolet vehicles, which is the most 5-star safety-awarded vehicle lineup on the road today. To test drive one of these dependable and exciting vehicles, stop in and see us today!

Chevrolet and Buick at NAIAS

Did you make it to The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this year? No worries if you didn’t, we are bringing some of our favorite Chevrolet and Buick vehicles from the show right to you!

The show is taking place at the COBO Center in Detroit through Sunday, so you still have a chance to make it out to see some of these great new cars as well as some very creative concepts.

NAIAS, better known as the Detroit Auto Show traces its roots back to 1907 as a small, regional show. In 1989, a group of auto dealers within the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) aimed to make the show more international. The NAIAS show celebrates its 25th Anniversary as an international show this year.

NAIAS is the perfect stage for automakers like General Motors to debut their new cars and lineups. Let’s take a look at Chevrolet and Buick at NAIAS.

Some of our favorite Chevrolets at NAIAS:

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Our favorite Buicks at NAIAS:

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Which cars pictured above do you like the best? Be sure to come by College Chevrolet Buick to see some of the new 2014 models.

Impala & Silverado are Cars.com’s Best Car and Truck of 2014

Best Car and Truck of 2014

2014 Chevy Impala – Available at College Chevrolet Buick

Along with sweeping National Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Chevrolet has also swept Best Car and Truck of 2014 from one of the top auto authorities, Cars.com. These awards were presented to Chevrolet at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) this week.

Alan Batey, GM’s Senior VP of Global Chevrolet says “Winning these awards is a huge honor for Chevrolet. The face that the top vehicle in both these categories is a Chevrolet speaks volumes about the strength of our entire portfolio.”

Best Car and Truck of 2014

2014 Chevy Silverado – Available at College Chevrolet Buick

Chevrolet really shined this year with a redesigned Silverado. Cars.com noted its great chassis strength, refreshed and redesigned interior, and an upgrade to MyLink infotainment system. Cars.com noted that the Impala broke out of its rental car/fleet vehicle feel for the 2014 model year. They admired the new styling and impressive features that the Impala had to offer.

We aren’t surprised that Chevrolet has been winning awards for its redesigned and upgraded models. If you are in the market for a new car or truck, come to College Chevy in Albion to check out the award winning Silverado and Impala! We have an excellent inventory to choose from.

The Winner is… the 2014 Silverado!

Pickup Truck of the Year

2014 Chevy Silverado

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was recently named Four Wheeler Magazine’s 2014 Pickup Truck of the Year. We aren’t surprised as the all-new Silverado has been winning awards left and right.

To come to their conclusion the trucks up for the award were put through a variety of terrain and other challenges to test the strengths and weaknesses of the trucks. Each truck was then scored through Four Wheeler Magazine’s intense scoring system. Points were awarded based on the following categories: Trail Performance (worth 30% of final score), Empirical (worth 25% of final score), On Pavement (worth 20% of final score), Interior (worth 15%), and Exterior (worth 10%).

The testing took place in California, where there was multiple terrains to experience. The other competitors included a RAM 2500 and a Toyota Tundra. The winning Silverado was a 1500 LTZ Z71 Crew Cab. Four Wheeler Magazine said that the Silverado was fun to drive off-road, the interior of the cabin offered a modern quality feel, and they liked the advanced features of the truck bed (step in the back bumper was dually noted!). The magazine also liked the smooth on-road ride that the Silverado had to offer.

The Silverado deserved the first-place finish from Four Wheeler Magazine! To experience the 2014 Silverado for yourself, be sure to stop by our dealership in Albion, Michigan for a test drive!

GM Pulling Chevrolet from Europe, Focusing on Opel

GM pulling ChevroletBreakups can be hard—especially if you’ve been together for a decade. General Motors recently announced that the Chevrolet brand will be breaking up with Europe, removing the American brand from European markets after a decade of dedication to the continent, choosing to focus instead on the GM Opel and Vauxhall divisions.

Beginning in 2016, GM will operate solely under the Opel and Vauxhall name, ceasing delivery of Chevrolet vehicles by the end of 2015. As the fourth-largest global automotive brand, Chevrolet will move its focus from selling an entire lineup to selling only select iconic vehicles to its customers, such as the Corvette. Just because Chevrolet is leaving Europe behind though, doesn’t mean that the car maker will be leaving its customers high and dry.

“Our customers can rest assured that we will continue to provide warranty, parts and services for their Chevrolet vehicles, and for vehicles purchased between now and the end of 2015,” said Thomas Sedran, president and managing director of Chevrolet Europe. “We want to thank our customers and dealers for their loyalty to the Chevrolet brand here in Europe.”

What do you think of GM pulling Chevrolet from its European lineup? Share your thoughts below!