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Meet the Team – Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove

Jason Upthegrove – Business Manager at College Chevrolet Buick

Jason Upthegrove is the Business Manager here at College Chevrolet Buick and a very important part of our team! He has been with us for almost a year, but has been working in the auto industry for 22 years! He’s currently a resident of Albion, but traces his roots to Lima, Ohio. He was a Business Administration major at Mt. Vernon University which is located in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Currently, Jason drives a 1992 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight, but his dream car is a 1964 Cadillac Convertible because he was a big Ricardo Tubbs fan from the hit 80’s TV show, Miami Vice. His favorite car that he’s ever owned is a 1977 Caprice Classic and his favorite Chevy vehicle is an Astro Van. He says that a Corvette best-matches his personality because he’s sleek, powerful, desired by many, but unattainable for most (sounds like a modest guy, huh!?). Jason’s least favorite car brand is Chrysler.

When not at work, you can find Jason spending time with his children, grandchildren, reading books, or participating in Community Theater. His favorite sports team is the Pittsburgh Steelers, and his favorite TV shows include “Game of Thrones” and “The Wire”.

Jason Upthegrove’s favorite part about working here at College Chevy is the customer interaction. In his words, each day presents an opportunity for positive connections. We invite you to stop by the dealership and meet our Business Manager, Jason! We’re sure you’ll share a few laughs with this outgoing team member of ours!

See the Future with OnStar Proactive Alerts

2016 Chevy Equinox InteriorChevrolet wants to help you catch problems in your vehicle before they happen. And now, that’s possible, thanks to OnStar Proactive Alerts.

Chevy is the first automaker in the industry to develop this kind of technology, similar to the technology used in a Boeing 787. In the jet, in-flight messages can be sent to ground crews that alert them of parts that need inspection before the plane hits the ground.

OnStar Proactive alerts work similarly, by continuously monitoring the health of the starter motor, fuel pump, and 12-volt battery. If anything isn’t functioning as it should, you’ll get an alert from OnStar instructing you to take your car in for service.

Currently, this predictive technology is available to OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Corvette, and Equinox.

“With Proactive Alerts, we now can offer customers even greater peace-of-mind of taking the guesswork out of when to service their vehicle,” said Steve Hollan, chief technologist for Vehicle Health Management at General Motors.

With these updates, you’ll get alerts on your vehicle’s health every time your car is started, and while you’re driving.

Now behind the wheel, you’ll be able to fix your car before you even notice something’s wrong!

Stingray Surfs the Screens

Now that the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray has finally been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show, it is time for it to be unveiled for Gran Turismo®5 for the PS3™. Tomorrow, for the first time, fans will be able to download (for free) the Corvette Stingray to play on the game.

The virtual driving experience was researched thoroughly so that everything is authentic. Careful attention was given to every detail, from aesthetic design to engine performance right down to the transmission shift schedule.

 

“The Polyphony team has had an unforgettable experience getting to know the Corvette Stingray, inside and out, and bringing it into Gran Turismo 5,” said Kazunori Yamauchi, president of Polyphony Digital Inc. (the company that produces the video game). “We’re excited to share our experience with fans and let them feel, explore and drive the Corvette in a way that wasn’t possible until now.”

We at College Chevrolet Buick are really excited to get our first taste of driving the all-new 2014 Corvette tomorrow—even if it is only in a game.

The New Face of Corvette

The Corvette is changing—so much so that GM is shutting down its assembly line for the ‘Vette in Bowling Green to revamp the entire production process. The 2014 Corvette is the first of the 7th generation of Corvettes and will simply be called the C7.

GM plans to unveil the C7 on the eve of the North American International Auto Show in January of next year. This will mark the 60 year anniversary of Corvette’s debut back in ’53 as a GM “Motormama” dream car concept in New York. Since then, Corvette has sold over 1.5 million Corvettes worldwide.

So what will be different about the C7? Almost everything. The only two carry-overs from the C6 will be the interior cabin air filter and the rear latch for the removable roof panel. Beyond that, who knows what the C7 will be capable of?

 

One notable change is the new cross-flags Chevrolet emblem, which has been completely redesigned for the C7. Another likely update is an all-new aluminmum V8 engine, smaller and lighter than before and displacing around 5.5 liters. In addition, it is predicted to include direct injection, cylinder cutoff, and variable valve timing, as well as a new seven-speed manual transmission that will increase fuel economy.

In short, America’s best loved sports car just got better. For more information, or to take a C6 out for a spin, stop by College Chevy today!

 

Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors

60 Years of Corvettes

Are you able to pick a Corvette out of a line-up just by looking at the body design? If you can, that is no accident. The iconic Chevy is on the verge of being 60 years old, and through all six generations, the Corvette has been designed to have a visual connection to its predecessors.

Tom Peters, GM performance vehicle design director, said, “Every generation of Corvette has had a signature look, as the Corvette changed to reflect the high-performance technology and design of the times. However, each generation of Corvette shares some common elements which create a consistent Corvette theme that is expressive, distinctly American, artful, and passionate.”

Even though the newest ‘Vette, the 2013 427 Convertible, doesn’t share a single component with the original 1953 Corvette, the two are obviously related.

Some of the common elements of this Chevy are proportion, a waterfall effect, dual cockpit architecture, a bodyside cove, and the tail design.

Peters also stated, “Corvette designers have often looked to fighter planes for inspiration. You can see that aerospace influence in the Corvette’s low, wide stance, proportionately small cockpit, and how the body is wrapped around the mechanical components.”

Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors

Chevy Corvette Departs To South Korea

The Chevy Corvette is getting some Seoul. Back for the first time, the Corvette makes its maiden voyage to South Korea and is set for a debut on Friday May, 4th.

 

 

It’s undeniable that the Chevy Corvette is one of the most popular vehicles in the world. The Corvette burst on to the scene in 1953, and hasn’t stopped thrilling people since.

For car enthusiasts who just can’t get enough of the Corvette, you can always make the voyage to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY. This museum is home to some of the rarest and most exotic Corvette’s the world has ever seen.

The C6 body style of the current Chevy Corvettes gets many of its styling from past models. The smooth powerful grounded exterior and rounded fender have always been part of the Corvette’s appeal.

South Koreans will get their first taste of the Chevrolet Corvette with a few pricing and package options. The coupe price has been set at KRW 86.4 million ($76,399) and a special leather interior package option is available for and additional KRW 3 million ($2,653).

 

Image(s) courtesy of © General Motors