Archive for August, 2011
Rogers Auto Group has been a Chicago business for over 70 years and has always been involved in the local community, whether it be sponsoring a youth baseball league, donating to a local Autism school, or even supporting our hometown NBA team. Most recently, we are proud to partner with AutoTrader.com and Chevrolet to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository and help fight hunger in our community.
Anyone can experience hunger. It’s a silent epidemic that affects more than 49 million Americans. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. Rogers is committed to making a difference in Chicago and here’s how you can help “Drive Away Hunger”:
- Bring in 10 cans of food to our dealership for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and earn a free ticket to see the Chicago Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers on September 20.
- Test drive a new Chevrolet at our dealership and AutoTrader will donate $10 to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, which will feed a family of 4 for two days! Your test drive will also get you chance to win a Chicago Baseball VIP experience, including a 15-seat luxury suite at the September 20th Cubs vs. Brewers game.
Program runs until September 17, 2011. Stop by Rogers Auto Group today and join us in making a difference!
Our last blog post highlighted Chevrolet’s appearance in American popular music, but the brand also permeates pop culture with a solid presence in the film industry. Case in point: This summer, moviegoers saw the return of the Chevrolet Camaro as the Autobot “Bumblebee” in the third sequel of the Transformers movie series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. In conjunction with the movie, Chevrolet is offering the 2012 Camaro Transformers Special Edition for a limited time as a package on 2LT and 2SS Camaro Coupes.
The special edition is a close rendering of the Camaro that appeared in the movie, with Rally yellow paint; rally stripes that stretch over the hood, roof, decklid and unique high-wing rear spoiler; 20-inch, black- painted wheels wrapped in high-performance summer tires; black leather interior accented with yellow stitching; and Autobot Shield logos on the wheels, console, and headrests. It’s a head-turning look for movie enthusiasts and sports car fans alike.
The Camaro previously played Bumblebee in the first two movies of the Transformers series, Transformers (2007) and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009). These ties to the popular film have helped introduce the Camaro to a whole new generation of fans, which was especially poignant with the vehicle’s return in 2009 (for the 2010 model year) after a seven-year hiatus from production.
Whether directly tied to its big screen appearance or not, the Camaro achieved marked success upon its return. It was the most-searched car on the web in 2009, according to Yahoo!Autos, and lead the sports car market in 2010, its first time surpassing the Ford Mustang in 24 years. The Camaro continues to lead the segment in 2011, and is on the fast track for 2012 as well.
On November 3, 2011, Chevrolet will celebrate its 100 year anniversary. With over 200 million vehicles sold, from classics and muscle cars to family vehicles and work trucks, Chevrolet is undeniably one of the pillars of American automotive history.
While it’s no small feat for a business to thrive for an entire century, Chevy’s success extends beyond its wide product line, innovative technological advancements, and impressive sales numbers. Chevy has also weaved its way into American culture and heritage, and there’s no better example of this than music.
Think about a song that mentions Chevy. Bet it doesn’t take long to come up with a few. From Billy Joel to LL Cool J, Prince to Bruce Springsteen, Snoop Dogg to The Pointer Sisters, you’ll find Chevrolet celebrated in music across genres and generations.
In recognition of Chevy’s 100 year anniversary and important role in pop culture, free internet radio station, Pandora, has created a dedicated Chevrolet station playing the Top 100 songs that mention the brand. Chosen from a pool of over 600 songs that mention Chevy, the Top 100 includes hits like “American Pie” by Don McLean, “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John, and “Little Red Corvette” by Prince.
To access the station’s free stream, visit www.Pandora.com/chevy100.
Pandora’s Top 100 Chevy songs
“99 In the Shade,” Bon Jovi
“All the Best,” John Prine
“American Pie,” Don McLean
“Amy’s Back in Austin,” Little Texas
“Ball and Chain,” Social Distortion
“Blitz,” Audio Adrenaline
“Blue (Da Ba Dee) (Remix),” Eiffel 65
“Blue Jeans,” Silvertide
“Captain Jack,” Billy Joel
“Chattahoochee,” Alan Jackson
“Chevrolet,” ZZ Top
“Chevy Van,” Sammy Johns
“Chrome,” Trace Adkins
“Contact,” Citizen Cope
“Crazy About Her,” Rod Stewart
“Crocodile Rock,” Elton John
“Dare to be Stupid,” “Weird Al” Yankovic
“Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” Carrie Underwood
“Dr. Feelgood (Live),” Motley Crue
“Drive South,” John Hiatt
“El Camino,” Ween
“El Tejano,” Cowboy Troy
“Everytime It Rains,” George Strait
“Fall in Love,” Kenny Chesney
“Family Reserve,” Lyle Lovett
“Fightin’ Words,” Trace Adkins
“Girls with Guitars,” Wynonna Judd
“Go ‘Head,” Mystikal
“Go Lil’ Camaro Go,” The Ramones
“Going Back to Cali,” LL Cool J
“Here I Am,” Lyle Lovett
“Here’s to You,” Rascal Flatts
“How Bizarre,” OMC
“Hustlin’,” Rick Ross
“I Can Only Think of One,” Dierks Bentley
“I Go Back,” Kenny Chesney
“I Got You,” Dwight Yoakam
“I Learned That From You,” Sara Evans
“I Won All the Battles,” Tracy Lawrence
“I’ll Be Your Johnny on the Spot,” Ween
“I’m Customized,” The Cramps
“I’m Just a Girl,” Deana Carter
“I’ve Got a Rock N’ Roll Heart,” Eric Clapton
“If I Stay,” Tracy Byrd
“Jesse Went to War,” Marcy Playground
“Joe Rey,” Fountains of Wayne
“Keeping the Faith,” Billy Joel
“Less Than Zero,” Elvis Costello
“Let You Go,” The Clarks
“Little Red Corvette,” Prince
“Lost in the Flood (Live 2000),” Bruce Springsteen
“Lucky 4 You (Tonight I’m Just Me),” SheDaisy
“Make Me a Chevy,” The Promise Ring
“Metropolis,” Trace Adkins
“Miss Popularity,” Jordan Pruitt
“Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” Billy Joel
“Mud On the Tires,” Brad Paisley
“Natural Beauty,” Neil Young
“Neutron Dance,” The Pointer Sisters
“Night Moves,” Bob Seger
“One Bud Wiser,” Gretchen Wilson
“Paint the Town Redneck,” J.M. Montgomery
“Pickin’ Wildflowers,” Keith Anderson
“Picture Perfect,” Nelly Furtado
“Putting the Damage On,” Tori Amos
“Racing In the Street,” Bruce Springsteen
“Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy),” Jim Croce
“Real Gone,” Sheryl Crow
“Renegade,” Tim McGraw
“Repetition,” David Bowie
“Ridin’ In My Chevy,” Snoop Dogg
“Riding With Private Malone,” David Ball
“Right Time of the Night,” Jennifer Warnes
“She’s In Love With the Boy,” Trisha Yearwood
“Small Town Girl,” Kellie Pickler
“Something On,” The Tragically Hip
“Song of the South,” Alabama
“Still Love You,” Rod Stewart
“Superstar,” Sheryl Crow
“Suzy and Jeffrey,” Blondie
“Tannin Bed Song,” Shawn Mullins
“The Greeting Song,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man,” Rolling Stones
“Three Marlenas,” The Wallflowers
“Thunder Road,” Bruce Springsteen
“Thundering Hearts,” John Mellencamp
“Tim McGraw,” Taylor Swift
“Twentieth Century Fox,” 38 Special
“Uneasy Rider,” Charlie Daniels
“Union Sundown,” Bob Dylan
“Water,” The Who
“West Texas Highway,” Lyle Lovett
“When I Think About Leaving,” Kenny Chesney
“When You Close Your Eyes,” Night Ranger
“Where Have All The Cowboys Gone?” Paula Cole
“Why Do We Want What We Know We Can’t Have?” Reba McEntire
“You Never Know Just How Good You’ve Got It,” Tracy Byrd
“You Win My Love,” Shania Twain
“Young Blood,” Rickie Lee Jones
The numbers are in, and there’s no doubt about it: The 2012 Hyundai Accent is on fire. In July 2011, its first full month of sales, it outsold all other cars in the subcompact category, beating out veritable competitors like the Ford Fiesta and Honda Fit. The top five sales numbers are as follows:
Hyundai Accent: 6,938
Nissan Versa: 5,359
Ford Fiesta: 5,296
Honda Fit: 4,857
Chevrolet Aveo: 3,349
The results really aren’t that surprising when you consider the features the new 2012 Accent has going for it. For starters, it has best-in-class horsepower, torque, and fuel economy, proving that efficiency and performance can harmoniously coexist. Its all-aluminum 1.6-liter Gamma four-cylinder engine uses the latest engine technology to crank out 138 horsepower, 123 lb-ft of torque, and a standard 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway fuel economy rating. In fact, it’s the first time a Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine has been utilized in a subcompact vehicle, and the Accent indeed puts it to good use.
But its assets aren’t just under the hood; the Accent is not too shabby to look at either. Shattering conventions that economical vehicles should be modest-looking, the new Hyundai Accent features a chiseled front fascia, bold rear bumper design, and flowing lines that you wouldn’t normally expect from a subcompact car. It’s no surprise that small car buyers are flocking to this stylish new vehicle.
As if power and looks weren’t enough, the Accent further solidifies its presence with the Hyundai Assurance Program, which includes a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance and the Hyundai Trade-in Value Guarantee.
John Krafcik, Hyundai’s president and CEO, says that July’s sales numbers are “a good indication that consumers are connecting with our new design, 40-mpg fuel economy, and the Assurance Trade-In Value Guarantee. It’s a great recipe for this economy.” We couldn’t agree more.
Each year since 1996, J.D. Power and Associates has conducted a unique survey on how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive. The APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout) Study is based on owner evaluations of 90 different vehicle attributes in the following 10 categories:
- Fuel Economy
- Vehicle Interior
- Driving Experience
- Vehicle Exterior
The results of the 2011 study were gleaned from survey results of about 73,000 participants who responded after the first 90 days of ownership, naming the most appealing vehicles in 20 different classes.
Two vehicles on the list in particular caught our eye. First, the Hyundai Equus not only took top honors in the Large Premium Car segment, but it also achieved the highest APEAL score of any model in the industry in 2011. This marks the first time since since the survey’s inception in 1996 that a car other than the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series or Lexus LS has led the overall model ranking. With the Equus already pulling in a 5% share of the luxury market in its first year, this win even more firmly positions Hyundai’s new vehicle as a serious contender in the large luxury sedan market.
A second notable chart-topper on the APEAL list was the Chevrolet Volt, which was highest ranked in the Compact Car segment. The Volt has already been making waves as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, but its scoring in this study shows just how much Volt owners love this vehicle. The results are even more poignant when you consider the small pool of owners from which to survey, given than only 4,000 Volts were produced in 2011.
The overall survey results are not just good news for Hyundai, Chevrolet, and the other brands to top the list. The study finds that overall vehicle appeal has reached an all-time high since the study’s first year, with the industry average increasing to 781 on a 1,000-point scale (up from 778 in 2010). Despite the challenging factors of the auto industry and overall market conditions, auto manufacturers are managing to design and build vehicles that owners find appealing.