Meet one of our newest team members, David Benham! David is a new Sales Consultant and has been with us for about 2 months. Before working at College Chevrolet Buick, David spent 37 years in Education and taught at Bellevue Schools for 29 years. David is from Homer, but currently resides in Marshall.
He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University. (GO SPARTANS!) Speaking of which, David has been a MSU season ticket holder for over 30 years. When not at work you’ll catch David watching college sports or watching his daughters play volleyball. He also enjoys officiating high school basketball, baseball, and softball games. His favorite television show is currently “Moonshiners”. His all-time favorites include “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Andy Griffith Show”.
David’s dream car is the Chevrolet Tahoe because of its versatility and the ability to go off-road. He currently drives a Honda CR-V, but his favorite vehicle of all-time was his S-10 Blazer. He thinks that the Chevy Impala matches his personality best and the worst car he’s ever driven was a Ford Galaxy 500 because it was rusted and falling apart.
So far, David has enjoyed meeting people and helping them find the perfect new vehicle. We would love for you to stop by and say “Hello!” to one of our newest team members, David! He would love to help you find the perfect new vehicle!
This month, we would like for you to meet Alan DeVaughn! Alan has only been with us for a month, but we’re excited that he’s here! Alan is from Jackson, and still calls it home to this day. He went to College at Spring Arbor University and graduated with a major in Art.
Alan’s dream car if a 1964 Pontiac Firebird Convertible. He says that he fell in love with the car during Spring Break of his Senior year of High School. Currently, Alan drives a Chevy Suburban, but his all-time favorite car he’s ever owned was a 1987 Pontiac Grand Am. His favorite current Chevy vehicle is the Suburban, but he thinks that the Impala matches his personality best. Alan says that the worst car he’s ever driven was a Chrysler PT Cruiser.
When not at work, you’ll catch Alan playing games with his kids, going to the movies, and taking his wife on dates. He enjoys cheering on the Detroit Tigers and his favorite TV show is Royal Pains.
Alan’s favorite part of his job is meeting and interacting with new people and the excitement of helping others purchase a new car. Like we said, we are very excited to have Alan as a part of the College team! Stop by and give him a warm welcome!
Pam McMillan is the Controller here at College Chevrolet Buick. First, you may be wondering just what a Controller does. Pam is in charge of directing the overall financial planning, budgeting, and accounting here at the dealership. Needless to say, Pam is a very important member of our team!
Pam is from Detroit and went to Cleary University, but currently calls Marshall her home. She’s very knowledgeable when it comes to the automotive industry. She’s been at College Chevrolet Buick for 9 years and has been in the industry for 48! Pam isn’t big into sports, but when not at work you’ll find her doing puzzles and traveling. Her favorite television show currently is “Last Man Standing”, but she loves catching reruns of “The Carol Burnett Show”.
When it comes to vehicles, Pam is partial to the ones we have on our lot! Her favorite car of all-time was her 1963 Chevrolet Impala SS and her favorite on our lot currently is the Buick Enclave. She currently drives a Chevy Equinox. Pam says that the best part of her job is the diversity she gets to experience every single day. We invite you to come say “Hello!” to our Controller, Pam McMillan!
Earlier this year at the SEMA Show, Chevrolet unveiled a sinister and totally cool-looking Impala Blackout Concept, which as you might guess from the name, was styled almost entirely in black.
Ever since, we’ve been wondering whether we’d find a production version in our showroom at College Chevrolet Buick, and now we have the answer: yes. According to Steve Majoros, Chevy’s marketing director for cars and crossovers, the Impala concept will arrive as a production model within four or five months.
It won’t carry the Blackout nametag, however, instead being called the Impala Midnight Edition, which we think sounds a lot classier. Rest assured, it won’t look any less dark. Nearly everything will have been blacked-out compared to the regular Impala, including the grille, bowtie logo, mirror caps, rear spoiler, leather-trimmed interior, and wheels.
It’ll be powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated at 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque. See you in five months!
One version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes with a very special feature: a bi-fuel gas tank that can run on both normal gasoline and also compressed natural gas (CNG). Obviously, a tank built to those specifications needs to be able to handle quite a lot—and this one does. Chevy recently tested the tank against both the force of bullets and the heat of a bonfire—and the tank came through the tests with flying colors.
In fact, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala gas tank should handle up to 3,600 PSI. “We designed this system for those ‘what if’ situations,” said Nichole Kraatz, Impala chief engineer. ”The customer shouldn’t even know it’s there. They shouldn’t even think about it. CNG should just be another fuel they use to power their vehicle.”
After passing the Penetration and Bonfire tests, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala is ready for action. It’s also a 2015 Green Car of the Year finalist right now, and we can’t wait to celebrate that eventual win here at College Chevrolet Buick. Come see us today to learn more about the Impala in all of its versions!
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.”
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.