Archive for February, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet SS: Performance, Luxury, Style and Innovation

“Good things come to those who wait.”  “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.”  Pick your choice of cliché for the forthcoming 2014 Chevrolet SS, the first V-8 rear-wheel-drive sports sedan to be added to the Chevy lineup in 17 long years.  Combining exhilarating performance with comfortable luxury, the Chevrolet SS made its debut last weekend at the Daytona International Speedway and will be arriving in showrooms later this year.

The “SS” appropriately stands for “Super Sport” and has been a designation in Chevy’s cars dating all the way back to 1961 with the Chevrolet Impala SS and used most currently on the Chevrolet Camaro.  However, the new 2014 Chevrolet SS will be stepping up the “super sport” factor with a 6.2L V-8 engine delivering 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque.  It’s expected to be one of the fastest sedans available, with the ability to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in about five seconds.

Aside from incomparable speed, the Chevrolet SS is equipped to handle like a racecar as well.  Its sport-tuned chassis includes a front MacPherson strut-based multi-link system and a rear multi-link independent system, electronic power steering, and race-tested Brembo 4-piston brakes.  Add in a near perfect 50/50 weight distribution and low center of gravity, the Chevrolet SS’s handling is no short of top-of-the-line.

The Chevrolet SS clearly sets the bar high in the performance category, but it also applies the same high standards to its comfort and convenience amenities.  The vehicle seats 5 adults comfortably in its standard leather seats, with 42 inches of front legroom and 39 inches of rear legroom.  The front bucket seats are 8-way power adjustable, with additional side bolstering for ultimate comfort and security.  The 2014 Chevrolet SS also boasts a long list of standard technology features, including a central color touchscreen display with Chevrolet MyLink infotainment and navigation, Bose 9-speaker premium sound system, push-button start, and dual-zone auto climate control.  The Chevrolet SS will also be the first Chevrolet to offer Automatic Parking Assist, which uses an ultrasonic sensing system to assist the driver in parking accurately and hands-free.

As if outstanding performance and comfort were not enough, the Chevrolet SS covers all the bases with a sophisticated safety system whose standard amenities include StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and a rear-vision camera with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

With its superior performance, luxury, style, and innovation, the 2014 Chevrolet SS can’t arrive in our showroom soon enough!

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10 Simple Ways to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

Whether your car has 1,000 or 100,000 miles on it, it’s never too early or late to establish a routine for making it last as long as possible.  Following these simple tips can not only extend the life of your vehicle, but also minimize your repair bills and maintain your car’s resale value.

1.  Change your oil regularly:  Changing your oil improves gas mileage and protects your engine, and is one of the most important factors in ensuring a long life for your car.  Recommended time between oil changes is 3,000-5,000 miles or every 3 to 6 months.

2.  Don’t neglect your fluids:  Oil changes are typically no-brainers for car owners, but don’t forget about your vehicle’s other vital fluids.  Antifreeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid are all important to proper functioning and can harshly affect your car’s life if not tended to regularly.

3.  Heed your “Check Engine” light:  No one likes to see that ominous “Check Engine” light illuminated on the dashboard, but ignoring it could mean bigger trouble and bigger costs down the road.  Get yours checked out as soon as it comes on to prevent small issues from becoming bigger ones.

4.  Maintain your tires:  Your tires are one of the most important components of your car, and a few simple maintenance measures can make them last longer.  Be sure that your tires are properly inflated, and get your tires balanced and aligned according to your manufacturer’s recommendations.  Not only will these steps provide you with the safest ride, but they’ll extend the life of your tires by many miles!

5.  Perform scheduled and preventative maintenance:  Pull that owner’s manual out of the glove compartment, and check out your vehicle’s recommended maintenance schedule.  Keeping up with regular maintenance to some of your car’s vital systems can not only extend the life of your vehicle but can help avoid costly problems.

6.  Keep it clean, inside and out:  Wash your car’s exterior regularly to help maintain the paint job, and spring for a wax from time to time for extra protection.  Bird droppings, road salts and grime can all eat away at your vehicle’s finish and lead to rusting and corrosion.  Don’t forget about the interior either.  Clean spills promptly to prevent stains and upholstery damage, and invest in all-weather floor mats to protect your carpeting from dirt and corrosion.

7. Park smart:  Park indoors as often as possible to protect your car’s exterior from fading, rust and corrosion.  If this is not an option, park in the shade or use a car cover.  When you’re out running errands, park in a secluded area of the parking lot to prevent dings from careless drivers.

8.  Drive kindly:  Aggressive driving, abrupt accelerations or stops, and riding the brakes or clutch can wear out your car’s components quickly and lead to costly repairs.  Drive smoothly and your car and wallet will thank you.

9.  Don’t drive on empty:  Make an effort to fill up your tank before the gas gauge dips below 1/4 full.  Driving on low fuel can increase the likelihood of dirt, rust, and debris forming the fuel system.

10.  Don’t fill up if you see the fuel truck:  If you pull into the gas station and see a fuel truck refilling the tanks, drive off to the next gas station.  When gas station tanks are refilled, this stirs up sediment in the underground tanks which can get into your engine and lead to performance problems and costly repairs.

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