Darth Vader’s Mean Machine

Star Wars fans rejoice! Mattel recently unveiled a life-size version of its Darth Vader car at Comic-Con in San Diego. Darth Vader’s mean machine is based on none other than the C5 Corvette chassis and is promoting Mattel’s Star Wars Hot Wheels line which we can expect to be available just in time for the holidays.

The one of a kind Darth Vader car was produced by Picture Car Warehouse at Mattel and is powered by an LS3 V8 and has the capability to produce 526-horsepower. Although we won’t be seeing this life-size version on the streets, it is important to know that the force is alive and well in this one of a kind vehicle.

The Darth Vader car will be available for your viewing pleasure at Comic-Cons across the country, but very few will actually be able to take a peek inside the vehicle. Those attending Comic-Con events will be able to take home a $40 toy version replica which has been placed inside… you guessed it, a lightsaber.

Check out the Darth Vader car in this video from Hot Wheels’ YouTube page!

2015 Chevrolet SS Sedan Gets More Options

2015 Chevrolet SS

Current Chevy SS Available at MY Chevrolet

Manual transmission lovers, rejoice! The 2015 Chevrolet SS sedan is getting a manual transmission option at no additional cost.

Car and Driver reports that General Motors’ recently released order guide for the SS lists a six-speed manual as an option. It will have a short 3.70:1 rear-axle ratio, which will lead to faster launches and could shorten the already-quick 0-60 mph time of 4.5 seconds; however, no testing has been done, yet.

Also new for 2015 is the addition of standard Magnetic Ride Control, which adjusts the dampers for better cornering and a smoother ride. The SS will also get the new standard 4G-LTE On-Star system that turns the car into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

The 2015 SS lineup will also be a bit more colorful as five new colors are available: Some Like It Hot Red, Perfect Blue, Alchemy Purple, Regal Peacock, and Jungle.

GM hasn’t released pricing information, but that is expected closer to its release. The 2015 Chevrolet SS will land at MY Chevrolet in early 2015.

IIHS Names Used Equinox, Malibu, and Traverse Great for Teen Drivers

Great for Teen Drivers

2014 Chevy Malibu

Do you have a newly 16 year old in your household? We’re sure the question “What will my first care be?” has come up at least several times since their 15th birthday. We’re also sure that when you are looking for your child’s first car, you are looking for something that is going to be affordable and safe. Recently IIHS named the Equinox, Malibu, and Traverse on its first ever list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers.

The IIHS recommends the 2012 models listed above because of their advanced safety features. Above all, safety is a top priority for new drivers. Unfortunately older cars just don’t have the safety features that the new cars have. These three 2012 Chevrolet models all earned four to five stars in government crash tests and received a “Good” rating in many of IIHS’ crash tests.

Although safety is the top priority of parents, affordability is also a key factor in car choice. All three of these vehicles have an average price well under $20,000 for 2010 – 2012 models. The Equinox, Traverse, and Malibu also have good fuel ratings so your young driver won’t be spending too much money at the gas pump.

If you’re thinking about getting your teen driver a new car, stop by MY Chevrolet to explore all of your options. Our friendly sales staff will be sure to help you find something safe and affordable for your new driver.

Moms vs. Dads

Moms vs. DadsThe debate is on! Visiting Angels, an in-home care company, took a survey of 400 adult children. What they found is that even though dads are considered better drivers (sorry ladies!), 54% said that they would rather take a road trip with their mother.

Moms are known to play better music and keep their car cleaner than dads. The study also found that dads are more likely to experience road rage and engage in poor driving habits. The adult children did say that their mothers were likely to suck them into a long conversation, but apparently this was less annoying than dad’s small talk and lack of direction.

Whether you take a road trip with your mom or dad, you’re bound to have a really great time! Whether you’re exploring the city, beach, or desert you and your parent will enjoy plenty of laughter and some great conversation.

Would you prefer taking a road trip with your mom or your dad? Let us know why in the comment section below! Happy Travels to you and your family from MY Chevrolet!

Chevrolet Offers Quality

Chevrolet offers Quality

2014 Chevy Suburban

Are you looking for a quality car, truck, or SUV? Look no further than the selection here at MY Chevrolet… we have the research to prove it! J.D. Power recently conducted a survey of 86,000 people who had purchased or leased a new car within the last 90 days. The survey itself aims to see where manufacturers can tweak and improve their processes to give consumers better overall satisfaction with their purchase.

Three Chevrolet vehicles topped the charts in their segments. The Chevy Malibu placed highest in the midsize car segment, the Silverado HD ranked highest in the Large Heavy Duty Pickup category, and the Suburban took top honors in the large SUV segment. Three other Chevrolet vehicles including the Equinox, Tahoe, and Camaro placed in the top three of their respective categories.

Chevrolet offers quality

2014 Chevy Malibu

Brian Sweeny, U.S. VP, Chevrolet was honored to learn that Chevrolet received high marks in initial quality. “Our primary focus at Chevrolet is on the Customer, and building quality products is top priority for keeping that focus. Taking high honors in quality studies like this is great reinforcement to show we are doing just fine.”

If you would like to see how Chevrolet offers quality, stop by our dealership in Salinas, California!

Chevy Malibu Recognized by J.D. Power

Chevy Malibu Recognized by J.D. Power

2014 Chevy Malibu

Every year J.D. Power collects data from new car buyers within 90 days of their original purchase date to see if customers have had problems out of their new vehicles. After collected, J.D. Power combines all of the data to come up with its list of Best Quality Cars. The cars are then put into different segments based on size. For example, small car, compact car, midsize sporty car, etc. This year the Malibu placed in the top spot in the midsize car segment for its quality and dependability.

J.D. Power noted the Malibu’s fuel efficiency and value as being top highlights for the vehicle. The Malibu beat out other top competitors such as the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, and Toyota Camry for the number one spot. Some may be surprised that the Malibu beat out such stiff competition, but J.D. Power calls the Malibu a “solid option if you’re looking for a sedan.”

The Malibu offers great efficiency as it carries a 25 mpg city/36 mpg highway EPA-estimated fuel economy rating.* The Malibu is also offered at a very affordable price making it an easy choice for those who are price-conscious. Here at MY Chevrolet we are proud to carry the award-winning 2014 Chevy Malibu. If you would like to know more about the J.D. Power Best Quality Cars, stop by their website!

*EPA-estimate only, actual mileage will vary.

Summer Car Tips

Summer Car TipsAre you someone who enjoys the feeling of a freshly cleaned car? Are you going to any car shows where you intend to show-off your ride? Are you thinking about selling your car this summer? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this list of summer car tips will definitely help!

  1. Keep your car clean by washing it regularly. Everyone loves the feeling of a clean car! If you are planning to sell your car this summer, make sure you stay up on routine cleanings because you never know when you may run in to a potential buyer. If you’re headed out to the car show, you’ll want to make sure your car is as clean as it can get since people will be taking a very close look at your ride.
  2. Try to stay out of the sun. When possible, park in a garage or under an overhang as the sun can cause your paint to fade and your car to age before it should which will surely effect resale value.
  3. Remove all of the dents and scratches that you can. Potential buyers are going to take a thorough look at your vehicle if they are serious about buying it. They will likely offer less if dents and scratches are visible. Try to polish your vehicle and use products that will help safely remove minor scratches.

Do you have any summer car tips to add to the list? Let us know in the comment section below!

Family-Sized Luxury

family-sized luxury

2014 Chevy Traverse

The 2014 Chevy Traverse recently made Parent’s Magazine and Edmunds.com’s list of the 10 Best Family Cars of 2014 in the SUV category. This is the second consecutive year that the Traverse has made the cut!

Edmunds.com and Parent’s Magazine love the efficiency, safety, style and overall value that the 2014 Traverse has to offer. With an EPA-estimate of 24 highway mpg*, what’s not to love? In addition to an efficient 3.6-liter V6 that offers plenty of power, the Traverse has a long list of great safety features including the segment’s only Front Center Air Bag. Also available on the SUV are technologies to assist you in avoiding an accident.

Inside the Traverse, drivers and their passengers get to experience the best in technology. Enjoy a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen display, available Chevrolet MyLink, iPhone compatibility, and premium grade fabrics and upholstery. The Traverse has a way of making you feel right at home!

Experience the family-sized luxury that the Traverse has to offer at MY Chevrolet! The SUV comes standard with a two/year 24,000 miles of scheduled maintenance and has a starting MSRP of only $30,795**.

*EPA-estimate only, actual mileage will vary.
**See dealer for details.

Chevy Impala Receives High Marks from IIHS

Chevy Impala Receives High Marks from IIHS

2014 Chevrolet Impala

The Chevrolet Impala is known for its interior comfort and options as well as its exterior design that separates it from other four-doors on the market. The Impala can now add safety to its long list of great features! Recently, the Impala was given a superior rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). According to IIHS, the Chevy Impala is one of four GM vehicles that are considered an industry leader when purchased with GM’s available Front Automatic Braking System.

The Impala’s Front Automatic Braking system applies the brakes when the system recognizes that there could be impact and when the driver has not taken any action. The system can sense a pending accident and can help the driver either avoid impact or apply the brakes hard enough that the impact isn’t as severe. Pretty cool, huh?

The other three GM vehicles that IIHS considers industry leaders along with the Impala are the Cadillac CTS, Cadillac XTS, and Buick Regal. IIHS is happy that GM has worked hard to make upscale safety features more accessible for drivers.

If you would like to learn more about the 2014 Impala and its Front Automatic Braking System, stop by our Monterey area Chevy dealership.

Chevrolet Gives Aveo New Look For Chinese Market

Aveo New Look

Past Chevrolet Aveo

The Chinese market has become progressively more important for carmakers, including General Motors, due to its large size and progressive view of transportation. Currently, GM offers a range of vehicles under the majority of its brands, including Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet. GM is so focused on the Chinese market that they are now introducing a new Aveo specifically for the Chinese market.

Based on design input from GM’s Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai, the redesigned Aveo will adopt the Chevrolet Trax’s specific design language, featuring the brand’s horizontally split grille and an updated Bowtie emblem. The new front end will also have new headlamps and chrome-trimmed fog lamps, while a subtly raised spoiler and butterfly tail lamps add a touch of drama to the rear.

While there is no mention of whether or not the new Aveo look will touch down on American soil, it is set to go on sale in China starting next month.