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Don’t Miss These Fall Car Care Tips

fallThere is a definite chill in the air now as the days continue to get shorter. As you settle into your autumn routine, make sure to take some time now to take care of your car before winter arrives. Here are some fall car care tips to help prevent some major breakdowns when the weather really gets cold.

  • Read your owner’s manual. Your owner’s manual includes a list of routine maintenance you should have done on a regular basis. If you’ve missed some of this maintenance, get your car back on track.
  • Resolve performance issues. If your engine just doesn’t drive the way it should or you experience hard starts, rough idling, or stalling, get these issues resolved now as they will intensify with cold weather.
  • Keep your tank full. A fuel tank that is kept full helps prevent moisture from forming in the fuel lines. That moisture can freeze in the winter, so try to keep your tank full.
  • Check your HVAC system. Make sure your heater and your air conditioner are in good working order. Your A/C still plays an important role in the colder months as it removes moisture from the air via the defroster.
  • Inspect your lights. As the days get shorter, you’ll be using your lights more. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.

If you want to get your car ready for colder weather, schedule an appointment with College Chevrolet Buick.

2017 Buick Encore Debut Coming Soon

The next-generation Mokka X crossover has been unveiled before its world premiere in Geneva. This lead us to believe that it may represent the new look of the best-selling Buick Encore.

Buick spokesman Stuart Fowle confirmed that the 2017 Buick Encore will be appearing at the New York Auto Show, which is only weeks after the Mokka makes its official debut.

Fowle stated that there are no additional details to be announced at this time, but that the Encore will be joining the Cascada convertible, Envision crossover, and LaCrosse sedan as vehicles being released this year.

2017 Buick Envision

2017 Buick Envision

Both media and customers alike are anxiously waiting to see the new Buick Encore. It is believed to have borrowed style from the Mokka X, but there may also be similarities between the Encore and the 2017 LaCrosse sedan.

The engine is likely to retain the 138-horsepower Ecotec 1.4-liter turbo-four, as that is what the vehicle has continually used since it first debuted.

Although the specific style and power is still unknown, we at College Chevrolet Buick know that it will be a great vehicle and are excited for the Buick Encore debut.

Buick Avista Concept Shows Off Its Curves in Detroit

BuickBuick showed off a new concept at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that had us craving for a new sports coupe. Titled the Buick Avista concept, it borrows many of its looks from the award-winning Avenir concept, which debuted last year at the same event.

The front end features the prominent grille and wings that stretch away from the colored tri-shield logo. In addition to the flashy, aggressive headlights, these are all design cues we should expect on future Buick models at College Chevrolet Buick.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing an impressive 400 horsepower—all sent to the rear wheels for maximum enjoyment. It reminds us of Buick’s racing heritage and hints at future performance models—at least, so we hope.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of global Buick sales, service, and marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

2016 Chevy Camaro Performance Package and Accessories

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevy Camaro – Coming Soon to College Chevy!

It was announced in October that with the sixth generation of one America’s favorite muscle car comes the Camaro performance package, which aims to give Camaro drivers more options for customization and to improve its abilities as a sports car.

The performance package is backed by Chevrolet, so your warranty won’t be in jeopardy if you install the package on your car; all the parts in the package have been carefully tested by the Camaro team to make sure they fit perfectly with the car.

The brand new Camaro has a max of 455 horsepower without the performance package and a 6.2-liter V8 engine at its higher trims. The Camaro performance package includes a wide range of accessories including a performance exhaust, which enhances the sound and appearance of the Camaro, as well as a suspension-lowering kit that lowers the vehicle to make ride quality better and increase performance.

A performance brake package and air intake increase braking performance and make the car more aerodynamic. A range of engine covers are also offered with the Camaro for maximum style.

If you’re interested in getting one of your own, contact College Chevrolet Buick.

2016 Chevrolet SS Sedan Facelift Gets Serious

2015 Chevy SS

Current Chevy SS

The Chevrolet SS is getting a mid-cycle refreshed look in order to boost sales, and it’s looking better than ever. Most of the 2016 SS sedan facelift is evident in the front face and exterior. As a result, the updates grant the 2016 SS a unique and serious difference that will have collectors clamoring for it.

The four-door muscle sedan receives a new front fascia that improves overall air flow, gifting the facelifted vehicle with better aerodynamics and therefore better fuel economy and less wind noise in the cabin. The old fog lights have been replaced with LEDs, and other new exterior features include the new front grille emblem, hood vents, and 19-inch aluminum wheels.

The 6.2-liter V8 engine is carried over from the old version of the model, but with 415 hp, that’s nothing to sneer at. And with the added possibility of Chevy SS production retiring in 2017, the 2016 SS Sedan facelift will garner even more attention from buyers looking for something sporty and unique.

2016 Chevy Camaro Reveal Highlights

2016 Chevy Camaro

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

The 2016 Chevy Camaro reveal was as big and exciting as anticipated. The sixth-generation Camaro wowed the audience at Belle Isle with its refined look and race-ready performance.

The new 2016 Camaro is faster, stronger, and lighter than the previous generation, providing even more thrill when driving. There are six powertrain options, including the beastly LT1 6.2-liter V8 that generates 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque! All engines are available with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new Camaro has been almost entirely redone with only two parts that carried over from the fifth generation. It’s truly a new take on the classic sports car.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro

2016 Chevy Camaro Engine

Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president and Product Development, said, “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”

The sixth generation Camaro will go on sale later this year at College Chevrolet Buick , so get ready to take the ride of your life!

Best Luxury Brand: Buick Beats Out Established Favorites in New Consumer Reports

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we’ve always known just how capable and elegant our Buick vehicles were. Now, thanks to a recent Consumer Reports article—and a renewed marketing campaign—the rest of the world is finally starting to catch up. In fact, CR even recommends that you forget about those more established luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz in favor of a Buick. Basically, a Buick brings you all the style and performance of those other brands without the fancy price tag.

Best Luxury Brand

2014 Buick Regal

Specifically, CR recommends the Buick Regal over basically any other luxury sedan: “Regal beat the Volvo S60 in a head-to-head road test. Ultimately, the Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization’s overall ratings of upscale sport sedans—while costing thousands less.”

The Buick Regal Premium runs on a 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, sports front-wheel-drive technology, looks sexy as hell, seats five people, and even manages to get 30 mpg on top of that. If Buick keeps making vehicles this good, it will continue to climb up the luxury car ranks for many years to come. But for today, just come see us at College Chevy Buick to check out the lineup for yourself.

Return of the Rear-Wheel Chevy

After a nice long hibernation, 17 years, Chevy has brought back a rear-wheel drive sedan. The 2014 Chevrolet SS not only brings back rear-wheel drive to the Chevy fleet, but also adds to an already impressive performance line.

 

“The all-new SS is engineered for performance enthusiasts who’ve been clamoring for a rear-wheel-drive sedan,” said vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, Chris Perry.  “Adding the SS to the lineup further solidifies Chevrolet’s position as America’s best-selling performance-car brand that also includes the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray and Camaro Z/28.”

Chevrolet recently announced the SS to be listed at $44,470 MSRP. For those who have heard that the Chevy SS will only come in one trim, that is correct. However, the SS is loaded with amenities. Chevy MyLink with a GPS-based navigation system, Bose® premium audio system with a 12-month trial of SirusXM, rear-vision camera with rear park assist, push-button start, and heated and ventilated front seats with memory are all standard.

A power sunroof and full-size spare tire are the only optional features for the 2014 SS.

Since the Chevy SS is a Chevrolet performance car, let’s look at some of the performance features. Equipped with the powerful LS3 6.2L small-block V-8, the SS is SAE certified at 415 HP and 415 lb-ft of torque. With that type of power it accelerates from 0 to 60 in roughly five seconds.  The six-speed automatic transmission can be sifted manually using TAPshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel.

While there’s still a bit of time before the 2014 Chevy SS makes its way to College, we excited for its arrival. In the meantime you can watch as the SS rips up the track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.