Three Sinkhole Corvettes Set for Restoration

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National Corvette Museum

You may remember waking up very early in the morning on February 12 with a sinking feeling. That’s because eight valuable Corvettes were sinking into the ground at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky after an immense sinkhole opened up under the museum’s Skydome showroom.

Now, seven months later, the damage has been evaluated and three of the eight sinkhole Corvettes are set for restoration. Chevrolet will restore the 2009 ZR1 prototype, also called the Blue Devil, and the white 1992 1-millionth Corvette. The Museum will oversee the restoration of the 1962 Corvette.

“Our goal was to help the NationalCorvetteMuseum recover from a terrible natural disaster by restoring all eight cars,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president, Global Product Development, in a statement. “However, as the cars were recovered, it became clear that restoration would be impractical because so little was left to repair. And, frankly, there is some historical value in leaving those cars to be viewed as they are.”

After being extracted from the gaping hole, the remaining five Corvettes were deemed beyond repair. However, they will become part of a new permanent display at the museum so future visitors can learn about the sinkhole and see a part of Corvette history.

As for the sinkhole itself, it will be filled in. The museum considered leaving at least part of it open, but learned that it would be cost prohibitive.

If you want to see the sinkhole for yourself, you’d better plan a trip to Kentucky, as the work to fill the hole will begin soon.

Chevrolet Celebrates Teddy Bear Day in Style

As you may have seen, National Teddy Bear Day was yesterday, September 9th and Chevrolet made a day out of it by donating 48 small bears to the Sunshine on Wheels program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. The donated bears will be delivered to Cancer patients in hopes of bringing a little happiness to their lives.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Chevrolet was proud to participate in the event by escorting the bears in style. All 48 small bears were driven to Memorial Sloan Kettering in a brand new Chevrolet Suburban, while one giant-sized bear rode in the front seat of a 2015 Corvette Stingray. All bears were dressed in a gold ribbon, the color of Childhood Cancer Awareness.

The Sunshine on Wheels program is responsible for bringing games and fun activities for the children who have to stay at the hospital and Chevrolet was proud to partner with them for this event.

Here at MY Chevrolet, you know we are all-about raising money for cancer awareness! We are proud to be a part of a company that gives back, especially to those during difficult times. If you would like to know more about the Teddy Bear Day Event, head over to Chevrolet’s newsroom.

The Colorado Leads the Way for Efficiency

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2015 Chevy Colorado

Fuel economy is on everyone’s mind these days! Usually one of the first questions we get is, “what kind of gas mileage does [insert car here] get?” Chevrolet has been optimizing its vehicles for better fuel economy and the Colorado leads the way when it comes to midsize pickups. If you purchase a two-wheel drive Colorado, you can expect to get 18 mpg city / 26 mpg city.* Even the four-wheel-drive models get segment-leading efficiency with 17 mpg city / 24 mpg highway.*

The Colorado and its cousin the Canyon are segment leaders when it comes to their fuel economy ratings. They both get around 3 to 5 mpgs better than their competitors and in today’s market that definitely gives them an edge. Coming in 2016, the Colorado will add a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine which will not only offer great fuel economy, but added torque as well.

The Colorado has not yet arrived on our lot in Salinas, but when it does this fall we will be sure to let you know! For now, visit Chevrolet.com for the latest Colorado news and information!

*EPA-estimate only, actual mileage will vary.

2015 Chevy Traverse Sees Worthwhile Updates

The first generation Traverse has been a best-seller for Chevy, and after a mid-cycle refresh in 2013, the large crossover is more competitive than ever. For 2015, the Traverse gets a few minor but worthwhile updates.

2015 Chevy Traverse

2015 Chevy Traverse

First, the 2015 Chevy Traverse will drop a few of its exterior color options in favor of some new, refreshed colors. We’ll be saying goodbye to Cyber Gray Metallic, Atlantis Blue Metallic, and Crystal Red Tintcoat; and hello to Siren Red Tintcoat, Sable Metallic, and Blue Velvet Metallic.

In other color changes, the Ebony/Mojave interior color combination is replaced with Ebony/Saddle Up, and aluminum wheels are replaced with an 18-inch machined set. The 2015 Traverse will also see the removal of its HD radio, integrated spotter blind-zone mirrors, and accessory entertainment package, which was mounted to the backs of the front seat headrests.

Siri Eyes Free will be added this year, which allows users to safely interact and communicate with their Bluetooth-enabled iPhone using voice commands. The system allows drivers to send text and emails, reads texts and emails aloud, provides weather information, turn by turn directions, reports sports scores, checks stock prices, and much more.

Keep your eyes peeled; the 2015 Traverse will make its way to My Chevrolet later this year!

The Impala is one Comfortable Car

The Chevy Impala is one sophisticated sedan with its close attention to detail and stylish exterior. The Impala is so great that KBB.com recently awarded it “2014’s Most Comfortable Car under $30,000.” Kelley Blue Book noted the Impala’s interior cabin as being one of the most spacious and comfortable in its class.

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2015 Chevy Impala

In order to receive this award, the Impala squared off against some intense competition including the Chrysler 300, Toyota Avalon, and Volvo S60. Jack R. Nerad from KBB.com said, “Totally redesigned for 2014, our No. 1 pick on this list – the Chevrolet Impala – proves that the big, comfortable, affordable American sedan is alive and well, and now it is stylish and modern too.”

Chevrolet is proud to offer a sedan that maintains its comfort and luxury over long periods of driving. The interior of the car was a main focus for engineers for the 2014 model year. A rock band out of Detroit even tested the comfort and quietness of the cabin.

If you would like to know more about the 2014 Chevy Impala sedan, stop by MY Chevrolet in Salinas, California!

The Equinox Holds its Own

Equinox holds its own

2015 Chevy Equinox

The Chevy Equinox is a great CUV, don’t you think? It offers the best of both worlds by being small and compact, but still offering great utility. The Equinox has made a lasting impression on drivers across the country. So much so, that the Equinox has been increasing sales since its introduction in 2009. Back then, the Equinox was sold 86,148 times. In 2013, the Equinox was sold 238,192 times; that’s quite an increase!

The Equinox comes in four unique trim levels which gives you plenty of options to choose from. After you choose your trim, you can decide between front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Equinox comes in two different engines: an Ecotec 2.4-liter 4-cylinder that offers up to 32 mpg on the highway* or a 301-horsepower Direct-Injected V-6.

Along with a long list of interior features like OnStar 4G LTE, the Equinox offers a long list of safety features which recently earned it a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Some of our favorite safety features included with the 2014 Equinox include: lane departure warning, daytime running lamps, LATCh system, traction control, and an airbag system with passenger sense.

If you would like to learn more about the Chevy Equinox, stop by our Monterey area dealership! The team at MY Chevrolet will be happy to take you out on a test drive!

2015 Chevy SS Will Be First Chevy to Offer Standard Automatic Parking Assist

If parking isn’t your thing (come on, parallel parking is no one’s thing) – you are in luck. Chevrolet has announced that the 2015 Chevy SS will be the first ever Chevy to offer standard Automatic Parking Assist.

2015 Chevy SS

2014 Chevy SS

The new technology uses sensors on the front and rear bumpers to detect the width and depth of parallel parking and reverse-right angle parking spaces, providing accurate hands free parking assistance. That’s right, the SS parks itself, even detecting obstacles and curb distance to ensure no one and nothing gets hurt in the process.

“Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” said Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS in a recent news release. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate that anxiety in situations where more experience is required to park a vehicle.”

We know what you’re thinking, and no you cannot take a nap or catch up on your book while your car parks itself.  While the car calculates optimal steering angles, the Driver Information Center tells the driver when to accelerate and brake. You may not be totally off the hook, but the Automatic Parking Assist takes the hard part out of parking, without a doubt.

These autonomous technologies, until now, have come at a high premium, often in luxury cars. Today, intelligent self-driving technology is making its way into mainstream, affordable cars.

Stop by MY Chevrolet today to learn more about the 2015 Chevy SS.

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.