Christmas time is here, which means lights, trees, Santa Claus and holiday events are everywhere. Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? See the below events.
Living Nativity at Granite Creek
Annual Holiday Festival
2016 IEOS Holiday Event at Candlelight Pavilion
The newly redesigned 2016 Chevy Malibu offers something for pretty much everyone in the family. This newest version of the Chevy Malibu has the team at Mountainview Chevrolet really excited not only for a new look, a new hybrid engine option and several tech features that parents will love. What we're going to focus on in this post are the tech features parents can use to keep track of their driving habits and encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them. This can be great, especially with new drivers in the family.
The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu debuts a system, called Teen Driver, that provides parents with a tool to help encourage safe driving habits for their kids, even when they are not in the car with them.
It allows parents to set speed alerts, limit audio volume, and even receive vehicle reports "so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids-they can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits.
1. Stereo audio is muted when front seat occupants aren't wearing safety belts.
2. Audible and visual warnings are given when the Malibu is traveling over preset speeds.
3. Music volume limitations can be put in place.
4. Parents can check to see how the car was driven; whether Forward Collision Alert or Lane Departure Warning features were triggered and what speeds the Malibu reached on its last drive.
Aside from the available teen driving safety tech, the 2016 Malibu also offers seamless Apple Car Play and Android Auto app integration with the Chevrolet MyLink system. This tech feature makes it easier to manage your busy life as a parent and working professional.
Want to take a look? Call us at Mountainview Chevrolet to schedule a test drive.
The vacations are over, the kids are back in school and cooler evenings have begun. Take advantage of this time to make sure your vehicle is ready for the winter weather ahead. Also, October is Fall Car Care Month so now it is the perfect time. Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, Mountain View Chevrolet recommends five proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving.
1. Battery - Keep the battery connections clean, tight and corrosion-free. Cold weather is hard on batteries, so it's wise to check the battery and charging system. Because batteries don't always give warning signs before they fail, it is advisable to replace batteries that are more than three years old.
2. Heater, Defrosters and Wiper Blades - Check that the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system are working properly as heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and for safety reasons, such as defrosting. Fall is also a great time to check your air filters. Wiper blades that are torn, cracked or don't properly clean your windshield should be replaced. As a general rule, wiper blades should be replaced every six months. When changing the blades, be sure to also check the fluid level in the windshield washer reservoir.
3. Tires - Check the tires, including the tire pressure and tread depth. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly as tires lose pressure when temperatures drop.
4. Brakes - Have the brake system checked, including brake linings, rotors and drums. Brakes are critical to vehicle safety and particularly important when driving on icy or snow-covered roads.
Child Passenger Safety Week is September 18-24, 2016 so it is a great time to review these tips to keep your most precious cargo safe.
1. Seventy-three percent of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Here's a quick car seat checklist to help you out. It takes only 15 minutes. If you are having even the slightest trouble, questions or concerns, certified child passenger safety technicians are able to help or even double check your work.
2. Learn how to install your car seat for free. The Safe Kids organization hosts car seat inspection events across the country where certified technicians can help you learn to install your car seat properly. They will teach you so that you can always be sure your car seat is used correctly. Click here to find an event near you. http://www.safekids.org/events
3. Buy a used car seat only if you know its full crash history. That means you must buy it from someone you know, not from a thrift store or over the Internet. Once a car seat has been in a crash or is expired or broken, it needs to be replaced.
4. We know that when adults wear seat belts, kids wear seat belts. So be a good example and buckle up for every ride. Be sure everyone in the vehicle buckles up, too.
5. Never leave your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. While it may be tempting to dash out for a quick errand, the temperature inside your car can rise 20 degrees and cause heatstroke in the time it takes for you to run in and out of the store.
Car seat Checklist
Follow this easy-to-use checklist when buying a new child safety seat:
? The seat you have selected can be used rear-facing.
? The seat meets the federal motor vehicle safety standard. This information can be found on a sticker on the side of the car seat.
? Your child's height and weight fits the height and weight limits listed on a label on the side of the car seat.
? The harness is easy for you to adjust each and every time you put your baby in and out of the seat.
? The seat is easy to install in your car.
? If you have more than one car and are buying an infant carrier with a base, you can buy a base for each car.
If you are buying a used child safety seat, you also have to check the following:
? The history of the child safety seat; make sure it was never involved in a crash.
? The seat has not been recalled. Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for recall information.
? The seat is not too old. Most manufacturers place an expiration date on their child safety seats, which is normally around six years.
The Camaro legend was born Sept. 29, 1966 when GM introduced it's answer to Ford's popular Mustang. The Camaro (and sister model Pontiac Firebird) were designed to bring the sports car driving experience to the average driver. The first Camaro went on sale in September 1966 with a base price of $2466. The base engine was a 230-cubic-inch (3.8-liter) straight-six rated at 140 gross horsepower. The option list was long and included four different small-block V-8s and two big-blocks. The top choice was the 375-hp, 396-cubic-inch (6.5-liter) L78 big-block.
The Camaro is all American Muscle and has been featured in several movies over the years. Here is a list for Camaro enthusiasts where the Camaro was featured. Whether a getaway car or a car -to- robot, the Camaro has made its mark on the silver screen.
2. Better Off Dead
3. Cop and a 1/2
5. Transformers 2 & 3
6. Fast & Furious
7. 2 Fast 2 Furious
8. Aloha Bobby & Rose
9. Tuff Turf
10. A Walk to Remember
11. Body Double
12. Once a Thief
13. Executive Target
14. Remember the Titans
15. After the Sunset
16. The Other Side of the Tracks
17. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
18. El Cartel
19. Summer of Sam
20. Brewster McCloud
21. Eat My Dust
22. Six Pack
23. The Gumball Rally
Trucks and trailering. They go together like summer and road trips. Mountain Chevrolet has some great tips for Aspen area drivers about trailering whether you haul a boat, RV or camper.
Keep in mind driving a truck and trailering are very different. Everything takes longer when you are towing--speeding up, slowing down and cornering. Remember, you've got a second center of mass 10 or 20 ft behind you which can make it more challenging to maneuver.
Aside from just physically getting the trailer hitched to the truck, here's a list of a few things to be aware of.
1. Proper Tongue Weight
Set tongue weight to 10 to 15 percent of the trailer's total weight for good stability. If the tow vehicle doesn't have enough rear suspension spring rate to accept this, get an equalizing hitch. The equalizing hitch will transfer some of the tongue weight forward to the front axle.
2. Safety Chains
Cross the safety chains under the hitch side-to-side, in an X pattern. If, for whatever reason, the hitch comes adrift, the trailer tongue will drop onto the chains instead of onto the ground. And that will maximize your control and minimize the damage to you and your rig. Bonus: With the chains crossed, you can turn in a tighter circle without them binding.
3. Tire Pressure
Check the tire pressures often. Run the tires at their maximum recommended pressure. They'll run cooler, and you'll consume less gas to boot.
Every time you pull over and stop on a long tow mission, do a walk-around inspection of the hitch, wiring and tires. Be sure the trailer harness connector and breakaway cable are still connected. Check the nut on the bottom of the hitch ball, and make sure that the hitch pin and its hairpin are still holding the drawbar on. You can probably skip checking the tire pressures at every pull-over, but a good thump of all four tires will let you know if one is low just by the sound. Now check the tire and brake drum and wheel-bearing temperatures. A noncontact infrared thermometer gun is cool, and will keep your hands clean, but just using the palm of your hand is fine. If one tire or bearing is noticeably hotter, you've got a problem.
5. Load Check
No matter how tight you make the tiedowns for the load, they'll loosen up as the suspension jiggles everything. Stop after 10 miles and retighten, even if that means opening the door and crawling into an enclosed trailer.
As you start your tow trip, check electric brake function as soon as you can by sliding the brake controller lever over an inch or so. You should be able to feel the trailer brakes actuate. I check to make sure all the trailer brake shoes are working by holding the brakes on partway on for 10 seconds or so, and then pulling over and checking that they are all heating equally up with my IR thermometer.
7. Bearing Life
Pack trailer bearings with the best synthetic wheel-bearing grease you can find, and do it annually. That goes double for boat trailers that are regularly immersed, and double double for trailers that see a lot of saltwater.
8. Battery Charge
Trailers with electrical-operated brakes have a breakaway switch and a small 12-volt battery to actuate the trailer brakes if the hitch accidentally comes apart. Check the state of charge of that battery regularly. Many trailers have no provision for charging this battery, so it has to be charged manually. I add a diode to charge it from the trailer's plus 12-volt circuit. Got a smaller trailer with no courtesy lights or 12-volt wiring? Run the diode from the brake-light circuit. It'll charge the battery a little every time you touch the brakes.
Now that it's summer, road trips have begun. More cars are on the road and more pedestrians are out walking the city streets. In addition to more traffic, summer also means it's hot and when our vehicle's air conditioners stop working, we notice it. With the arrival of all these seasonal changes, Mountain View Chevrolet has a few summer driving tips to help you make the most of your summer.
#1 Never leave your child or dog in a parked car.
Heat stroke can occur when temperatures are only 60 degrees outside. 80 degrees and above, heat stroke can become common. To be safe, never leave your pet or child in the car.
#2 Keep hydrated.
Regardless of how well your car's air conditioning is running, a day in the sun or a day driving in the sun runs its course on our bodies. Keep water bottles with you and make sure everyone stays hydrated.
#3 If your vehicle's tires are worn, replace them.
Summer heat causes air in tires to expand, which can cause blowouts in worn tires. You don't want to get stuck changing a tire in the summer heat.
#4 Look out for bikers.
The nice weather of summer brings out more mopeds, motorcycles and bikers onto the streets. Make sure you check all of your blind spots for these smaller rides on the road.
Trucks are bigger, stronger and usually have to work harder than their smaller sibling - the car. The major differences between the two types of vehicles mean different care tactics are required to ensure they both reach an old age. Below you'll find the top four truck care tips you'll want to follow in order to keep your truck on the road longer with fewer problems.
Life is not a race; it's a marathon.
Trucks are big, bulky and powerful. Due to their powerful engines sometimes drivers like to open up that engine and test its 0 to 60 speed. Please don't do it. Trucks aren't meant to be driven like race cars. Yes, they have big engines but those engines exist to haul and tow large payloads. When driving your truck, think slow and steady and your truck will finish the marathon.
Wheels are what keep you rolling.
Trucks trample bumpy roads often, and because of the rough terrain they tackle, drivers should pay extra attention to tires, alignment, balancing and suspension. Rotate tires regularly. When you notice pulling to one side, check your truck's alignment. If your tires are wearing unevenly, check wheel balance and alignment.
Clockwork oil changes fight father time.
As mentioned earlier, truck engines work extra hard, even when they aren't towing anything. The heavy duty truck body demands a powerful engine. Because of the output power regularly needed by truck engines, it's extra important to regularly change your truck's oil.
Keep it clean and it will hold its gleam.
Most trucks play in the mud and dirt fairly regularly. That atmosphere can leave its mark overtime if truck owners don't clean it regularly. Caring for a truck's exterior helps fight rust and deterioration.
One of the most important things to remember before you take a test drive is to not compare the car you're test driving to your old car. Instead, compare the car you're test driving to your wants and needs. You want to purchase a new car that meets your requirements; not limit yourself to the next best car. Before you take a test drive at Mountain View Chevrolet, consider the below checks.
1. Do your research online; know what type of vehicle you want before visiting the dealership. We suggest this because it will save you time and ensure you're analyzing vehicles based on your everyday needs. Consider garage size, towing capacity needs, roof racks for bikes and other everyday lifestyle needs.
2. Observe the car from the outside; don't just jump in and turn the key. You'll want to take in the design features and equipment quality, and make sure it meets your specifications. Is the front end too low? Will it scrape on the ground pulling into work or your driveway?
3. Open all doors: front, back and trunk. Make note of how far they open and how easy they open.
4. Once inside the car, pay attention to interior seating. Make note of comfort levels, control locations and technology features. Are they convenient for your life?
5. Move the drivers' side seat back and forwards. Note the distance from the steering wheel as well as how much leg space you have. This is important to ensure driving comfort and airbag safety.
6. Before you start the engine, turn the key slightly, only to start the battery and not the engine. Check the dash for any engine warning lights. You should see none.
7. Once the engine is started and you're driving, don't limit yourself to just smooth roads. Test drive the vehicle on rougher roads. This will give you an idea of road noise in the cabin and suspension performance.
8. Note any visibility issues with mirrors, how the steering and handling feels, and how well the vehicle brakes and accelerates.
9. Lastly, take time to park the vehicle, so you're certain you won't dread parking it later if you decide to purchase the vehicle.
Why does Mountain View Chevrolet give you all this information? Because we want you to like the vehicle you purchase from us.
The 2016 Malibu is redesigned and redefining car tech. Owners can now track driving habits. It might seem like Chevy is taking a step toward George Orwell's book 1984 but really Chevy is simply offering ways to instill good driving habits in teenagers, and allow car owners to have the ability to keep track of how their friends drive their car.
A few new Malibu tech features to ask about:
1. When front seat occupants aren't wearing seat belts, will the stereo audio be muted?
2. When the Malibu is traveling over preset speeds, will audible and visual warnings be emitted?
3. The Malibu also keeps a record on how it was driven; ask whether Forward Collision Alert or Lane Departure Warning features are triggered and whether max speeds are reached.
Aside from trip recording software and safety features in the Malibu, Chevrolet continues to add car features that sync to your life. New Malibu drivers will find Apple Car Play and Android Auto apps on the Chevrolet MyLink system - a system that connects to your car to your phone and keeps you connected to the outside world while you drive.
Whether you're a parent, a working professional or both, MyLink tech can help you manage your life and your digital entertainment. Want to learn more? Schedule a test drive with Mountain View Chevrolet today.
Which Chevy vehicle was named the second best-selling vehicle in the U.S. in 2013?
a. Chevy Cruze
b. Chevy Silverado
c. Chevy Tahoe
d. Chevy Malibu
The answer is b., Chevy Silverado.
Chevrolet celebrated its 50th anniversary in what year?
The answer is d., 1962.
What was the last year for the optional fuel injection?
The answer is b., 1959.
“Animals are such agreeable friends; they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” – George Eliot
Anyone with pets can surely agree with novelist, George Eliot that animals make for great companions, especially when it comes to traveling.
If you are planning on traveling with your furry friend this summer, make sure you are prepared before you hit the road. From snacks, to safety, we’ve have the top five tips for traveling with your pet that you don’t want to miss!
1. Visit the vet. Before you travel with your pet, whether on the road or in the sky, it’s always a good idea to make sure they have had a recent check-up and are up-to-date on shots. If you haven’t already done so, be sure you call your veterinarian today to schedule your pet’s next appointment.
2. Keep your pet secure. Did you know? Each year hundreds of pets are injured or even killed because they were not properly restrained while riding in cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs. If you plan to road trip in your new Chevy with your pet this summer, make sure you have a vehicle pet barrier, pet seat belt, car seat or a travel crate.
3. Pet identification. In the event that your beloved pet runs away while you’re traveling, make sure he or she has some form of identification on them. Whether an ID tag on your pet’s collar or even a microchip, having some sort of identification is essential! Also, be sure to bring along a picture of your furry friend so that others may help you find your pet companion in case of an unfortunate event.
4. Don’t forget treats and toy. When packing for your pet, always make sure that along with an ample supply of your pet’s food that you bring along treats and toys, too. It is never a good idea to abruptly change your pet’s diet, especially during traveling, so familiar food, treats and toys are a must. Other pet supplies to consider bringing include your pet’s bed, grooming supplies, and any necessary medications – just to name a few.
5. Enjoy the ride. Whether or not you are traveling along with your pet or bringing your pet along for a family vacation, don’t forget to enjoy the simple things. Enjoy your journey in your new Chevy Equinox or Chevy Silverado and allow time to stop at sight-seeing opportunities along the way. If traveling with your furry friend, research possible parks to stop at along your road trip and make the most of your trip!
As with any road trip it’s always a good idea to create a checklist of items you will need to pack, along with a planned and back-up route in case of any detours. Double check your list before you hit the road and enjoy your vacation with your pet companion.
Safe travels wherever the road takes you this summer!
If your new Chevrolet or used car is in need of service maintenance, Mountain View Chevrolet in Upland, near the Los Angeles area can help. Schedule your next service appointment online or give us a call at (855) 649-2049.
Graduating college is an exciting, but daunting time in your life. Going on job interviews, trying to be self-sufficient, taking your first steps into the “real world” – it can all be overwhelming.
At Mountain View Chevy we understand what you’re going through, and we don’t think leasing or buying a new Chevy should add to the stress. We celebrate your accomplishments by giving you huge savings with the Chevrolet College Discount Program!
There are just a few details to need to know before you’re eligible to rake in the savings. You must present to us:
Now for the fun part – let’s take a look at some of the new Chevy’s you can purchase or lease!
Most new and unused Chevrolet, Buick and GMC vehicles are eligible for discounts, but here are a few of our favorites:
The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is the epitome of a modern, dependable car. Technologically advanced and exceptionally efficient, the Cruze is one of a kind. With 46 diesel mpg highway, 10 standard airbags and an overall 5-star quality rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this Chevy is a smart choice for any up-and-coming college grad.
The sporty Chevrolet Sonic is the first of many in its class. It’s the first to offer 10 standard airbags, the first with an available turbocharged engine, the first to offer up to 40 mpg highway and the first – and only – to earn an overall 5-star quality vehicle rating. That’s a lot of firsts! It’s no wonder the Chevy Sonic received “Highest Ranked Vehicle Appeal among Sub-Compact Cars Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Power.
The stylish and efficient Chevrolet Equinox is the best of both worlds. The versatility of an SUV plus the fuel efficiency of a car equals a cutting-edge crossover. Not only is there plenty of leg room and cargo space, the Equinox gets an EPA estimated 32 mpg highway. This new Chevy is everything a new college grad will need to start his or her journey into adulthood.
To learn more about the Chevrolet College Discount Program or to meet our friendly staff, visit Mountain View Chevrolet at 1079 W Foothill Blvd, Upland, CA, 91786. Or give us a call at (877) 276-6688.
To all graduates and soon-to-be graduates, congratulations!
“We’re committed to finding and developing new solutions every day to meet the growing demand for better fuel economy without every sacrificing performance.” – Chevrolet
From electric cars, to hybrids and fuel efficient vehicles, Chevrolet has been consistently leading the way for eco-friendly automobiles. Most recently, the Chevrolet Spark was recognized as the ACEEE[i] individual winner for the subcompact hatchback class as the most practical and affordable ‘green’ choice.
Besides the obvious fact that eco-friendly vehicles are better for the environment, these vehicles can also help drivers save time and money.
Eco-friendly vehicles, including electric, hybrid and fuel efficient models provide a cost-effective way to improve overall energy efficiency, while reducing carbon emissions. Since these energy efficient vehicles provide drivers with higher MPG, that means less time spent at the pump and more time on the road.
Chevrolet Eco-Friendly Models
The Chevrolet automakers have released a variety of eco-friendly models, including fuel efficient cars and trucks, electric cars and hybrids.
When it comes to fuel efficient vehicles, Chevy has a lineup that includes the Chevy Cruze Eco, Chevy Malibu Eco, Chevy Sonic Hatchback and Chevy Equinox. Fuel economy ranges from 30-42 MPG highway.
If you’re looking for an electric car, the Chevy Volt is a full-performance electric vehicle that has the ability to run on gas when necessary. When fully charged, the Volt has an electric range of 35 miles, gas-free. For longer trips, the Volt can go up to 375 miles, transitioning from all-electric to gas-powered.
Hybrid models produced by Chevy included the Chevy Silverado Hybrid and Chevy Tahoe Hybrid. The Silverado Hybrid is America’s first two-mode hybrid full-size pickup, while the Tahoe Hybrid is America’s first full-size SUV hybrid.
The Chevrolet Siverado Hybrid and Tahoe Hybrid both come standard with 20 MPG city and 23 highway, maximizing power with efficiency.
If you’re interested in purchasing an eco-friendly Chevrolet vehicle, explore Mountain View Chevrolet’s inventory of hybrid electric and flexible fuel cars, trucks and SUVs. Mountain View Chevrolet is located in Upland, CA serving the greater Los Angeles and southern California communities. Visit us at 1079 W Foothill Blvd, or give us a call, (877) 276-6688.
[i]The ACEEE is the American Council for Energy Efficient Economy which conducts an annual survey to determine the most- and least environmentally friendly new vehicles for sale in the U.S.
Chevrolet delivered an outstanding showcase at the 2014 North American International Auto Show and won the crowd’s attention with the new Corvette Stingray and Silverado which were awarded car and truck of the year. This marks the first time Chevrolet has won both awards in the same year. The Corvette was last named car of the year in 1998 while the Silverado was last named truck of the year in 2007. The big win for Chevrolet also meant a big win for domestic automakers, keeping them at the number one spot in the automotive industry. Domestic Automakers have won North American Car of the year 12 times while Japanese, European and Korean automakers have won nine times combined. Similarly, domestic automakers have also won truck of the year seven times more than Japanese and European automakers combined.
More than 5,000 journalists from over 60 countries attended the North American International Auto Show this year and only 49 multi-media journalists from USA and Canada chose the winners. The Corvette Stingray swept the car of the year award beating the new Cadillac CTS and the new Mazda3 compact.
It is no surprise the new Corvette won the crowd’s attention considering its consistency in delivering outstanding performance driven features and futuristic technological characteristics. Improved features on the Corvette include the new aluminum-intensive chassis structure, which is 57 percent stiffer and 99 pounds lighter than the previous generation, and a re-designed spacious cabin. Corvette took a big leap forward and committed to creating not only a performance driven sports car but one that is also driven by beauty, comfort and safety.
The win for the Silverado was due to its re-designed structure and, improved interior and exterior appearance. The Silverado benefited from weight reduction from a redesigned exterior trim and a lighter but more powerful fuel efficient new 6.2-liter V8 engine. In addition to its spacious four-door spacious cab, the Silverado offers a two-door standard cab and an extended cab with a smaller rear seat and doors. This powerful truck has a towing capacity of 9,800 pounds and is capable of maneuvering through curves and steep surfaces. To top it off, the interior is superior in its class in terms of styling, quality, comfort and safety features.
The Car and Truck of the year By Chevrolet serve as a benchmark for other vehicles in similar segments in terms of creativity, innovation, style, comfort and most importantly, safety. The Corvette and the Silverado are a true depiction of Chevy’s commitment and dedication to transforming the over 100 year’s old brand into the next generation of futuristic and innovative cars. Visit Mountain View Chevrolet to learn more about the new Silverado and Corvette Stingray.
Did you know? Only about 8% of individuals who make a New Year’s resolution actually accomplish their goal. This year, Mountain View Chevrolet wants to help you make a resolution that can easily be attained.
If you own a new or used Chevy car, truck or SUV, there are a handful of resolutions to consider making that will benefit you and help extend the life of your vehicle.
Top 5 Resolutions:
From cleanliness, to routine maintenance and accessories, make 2014 the year you resolve to take action when it comes to your new or used Chevy! Make an effort to take care of your vehicle and have a safe and healthy new year.
If one of your resolutions is to purchase a new or used Chevy, Mountain View Chevrolet in Upland, CA can help! Shop our online inventory, or visit our dealership at 1079 W Foothill Blvd,, Upland, CA 91786.
To schedule your next routine Chevy service appointment, call 877-274-2498.
Although winters in Southern California are fairly mild with warmer temperatures, we still experience our fair share of downpour. The rain intensifies throughout the months of October to March and at times it can rain all day. This is the wettest season and for some, can be the dreariest time of the year if proper action is not taken to prepare. The more intense the weather gets, the higher the amount of car accidents recorded. The sooner you prep your car the better, procrastinating will only increase the likelihood of putting you and your loved ones in danger of having problems while on the road. Here is a checklist of things to do to get ready for the wet season.
Keep up with regular maintenance checks. Your car gets you where you want to go and as long as you get there, there is no need for servicing your car right? Wrong! Taking action and having your car checked in advance of the start of a new season is essential. Each season has different effects on your car, making it crucial to maintain regular service checks. You can refer to your owner’s manual to find the ideal service intervals for your car; doing this will help you prevent problems from developing.
Check your tire infiltration and tread. Check to see if your tires are firm and fully inflated. This is especially important when driving in wet conditions that make the roads slippery. Properly inflated tires will make your car more balanced and less likely to swerve around when you turn tight corners. Having deep and hollow treaded tires will improve traction and reduce friction by moving water to the sides.
Get your brakes evaluated. Every part of your car works harder to maintain stability during the wet season. Good brakes will help you on wet slippery roads. Be sure your brakes are up for the task by bringing your car in to your nearest Chevy dealership for a thorough brake inspection.
Check your Wipers and your fluids. Replacing wipers is an inexpensive but worthy investment you should take. Good vision is essential when driving in foul conditions. Avoid dangerous situations, including being stuck in-between two semis splashing water at your windshield and blinding you on the freeway. Be sure to replace your wiper blades if you notice any signs of wear and tear and. Lastly, fill up your reservoir with wiper fluid, this will help you clear off dirt and residue.
Check your Headlights and Tail Lights. During this season it gets darker faster and for longer periods of time outside. Among your headlights and tail lights, you should also pay attention to your signal bulbs and brake lights. If you have an older car, check for any signs of fogginess or dark patches on your lights. A simple clean-up and detailing at Mountain View Chevrolet, or your local Chevy dealership, will leave your lights with high levels of illumination and free of debris.
Going through this checklist will not only improve the quality of your driving experience but it will also prolong the functionality of your car. Staying aware of your driving habits and changing any bad ones will make this checklist more valuable. Here are a few things to keep in mind while driving in wet conditions:
To get started on your checklist, visit Mountain View Chevrolet online to learn more about the latest deals on parts and services for your Chevy.
“The holidays stress people out so much. I suggest you keep it simple and try to have as much fun as you can.” – Giada De Laurentiis
Don’t let the holidays stress you out! With the holiday season quickly approaching, thinking about gifts for loved ones can be stressful for anyone. To help keep gift giving simple this year, Mountain View Chevrolet, serving the southern California area, is providing a few holiday gift ideas for perfect for the Chevy owners in your life.
Ranging from accessories, to gear, check out our top five holiday gift ideas and start checking off your shopping list.
Car Wash Gift Certificates – Speaking of simplifying this holiday season, gift certificates make great gifts for anyone. Since vehicles are subject to a variety of outside factors including sun, smog, tree sap and dead bugs, regular car washes are recommended for any car, truck or SUV. Visit your favorite local car wash to see if gift certificates are available this holiday season.
Chevy Gear – Ranging from branded caps, to license plate frames, shirts and key chains, consider giving Chevy enthusiasts branded Chevy gear. The Chevy Mall features an assortment of gear to fit any personality. Prices vary based on item.
Floor Mats – Help protect your loved ones new or used Chevy with a branded set of floor mats. Available in colors to match the carpeting of any Chevy, the all-weather floor mats provide additional interior protection, to help keep vehicles in tip-top-shape. A simple gift for any Chevy owner.
Hood Protectors – Windshield chips and bug stains are never ideal for any car, truck or SUV. With a molded hood protector, say goodbye to those annoyances and hello to a sleek addition of auto protection. Each hood protector is designed to protect any Chevy hood and windshield and come available in smoke, chrome or can be painted to match any vehicle.
Remote Starters – While it may not get too chilly around Southern California, remote starters can still make for nice holiday gifts. With a remote starter you can ensure your engine is warmed up and temperature is comfortable in any climate, any time of the year. Be sure to have remote starters professional installed.
No matter what gifts you give this holiday season, remember to keep things simple and have fun!
Visit Mountain View Chevrolet online or in-store for professional Chevy auto parts and service department needs. Located in Upland, CA serving Fontana, Riverside, Glendora, Chino, Chino Hills and the greater Los Angeles area, Mountain View Chevrolet is a Chevy dealership you can trust! Visit us today at 1079 W Foothill Blvd or give us a call at 877-817-0408.
Happy Holidays from Mountain View Chevrolet!
“It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” – John Wooden
Are you looking to customize your Chevy Silverado, but within budget?
Mountain View Chevrolet is providing a few inexpensive ways you can personalize your truck, keeping in mind that it’s the little things in life that can make a big difference.
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If you’re looking for additional customization options, there are several ways to personalize your truck. Before you look to purchase, be sure to consult with your local Chevrolet dealership to ensure you’re making the best choice for your pickup. Remember, small details can make a big difference!
For more information on ways to customize your Chevy, visit Mountain View Chevrolet or give us a call at 877-817-0408.
The truck blogs lit up on September 17, when word spread that Consumer Reports had named the Chevy Silverado 1500 its “top-rated truck.” This is another nod for the ’14 Silverado, which has received recognition for its safety rating, fuel economy and all-around performance. But despite all this attention, the Silverado may still have some secrets. Read on to see if you know these five facts about the Silverado.
Chevy started using the Silverado name in 1975. Although the Silverado truck didn’t appear on the market until 1998, Chevy began using the Silverado name in 1975. Back then, “Silverado” referred to a trim package on the C/K pickup and the Suburban. A C/K Silverado was the top of the line and featured flashy metal work on the exterior[i]. When Chevy retired the C/K in 1999, the Silverado as we know it today took its place in the line-up.
Chevy dropped the Silverado slogan “Like a Rock” in 2004 in favor of a campaign called “An American Revolution.”[ii] The “Like a Rock” campaign, based on a Bob Seger song, ran for 14 years and was enormously popular. The song even made its way into the news again earlier this year. Just last April, Bob Seger announced that he would start playing “Like a Rock” again during live shows. Seger had not played the song live for almost 30 years[iii].
Former NFL star Howie Long once appeared in a 28-minute infomercial about the Silverado. The infomercial was part of Chevy’s “Our Country. Our Truck” campaign, which used “Our Country” by John Mellencamp as its theme song[iv]. The commercials that featured the Mellencamp song subsequently inspired a handful of YouTube parodies.
Canada once ordered a military version of the 2003 Silverado, called the Milverado. The official name of the Milverado is MILCOTS, which stands for Militarized Commercial Off-The-Shelf[v].
The Boston Herald touted the ‘14 Silverado 1500 crew cab as a family car[vi]. The Herald’s reviewer took the Silverado to the beach with three kids. Size and driving comfort were factors in his conclusion that the Silverado functions well as a family car.
Long associated with American values and performance on the job, the Silverado is among the country’s best-selling vehicles. The ’14 model year adds an improved safety profile to the mix, making this truck a versatile option for families too.
If you’d like to learn more about the new Silverado, we hope you’ll turn to us at Mountain View Chevrolet for help. We have the 2014 Chevy Silverado for sale now in our Upland showroom. Mountain View Chevrolet is a community-oriented car dealer with the best selection, lease offers and finance deals you’ll find anywhere in and around Los Angeles. Our service team works on all makes and models too. Learn more about Mountain View Chevrolet at www.mountainviewchevrolet.com or call us at 888-9-Next Car.
Do pings and knocks seem like they should be two different things?
If you answered yes, then you probably consider yourself a non-mechanic. Maybe you know how to check your oil, but your mechanical skills drop off after that. And, if you’re like most car owners, you would rather let the trained auto repair technicians do the heavy lifting under the hood. But that doesn’t stop you from increasing your knowledge of how your used car works. Here are some tips to get you started.
Learn the systems. A car is made up of mechanical, electrical, air and fuel systems. Your first task is to understand how these systems work together. For example, the air intake brings air into the engine, where it’s mixed with fuel and a spark from your ignition system. The power generated is sent to the drive train, which results in your wheels turning. The byproduct of the fuel combustion is redirected to the outside air by your exhaust systems. Learn these system interactions first before diving into the details of how each individual system works.
Read your owner’s manual and ask why. Your owner’s manual will detail how often your car needs to be serviced. Take a look at this schedule and ask yourself why the manufacturer has made these recommendations. What would happen, for example, if you did not change the oil for 10 years? Asking these questions forces you to visualize, for example, what oil does for your engine and what can happen without it.
Know your limits. Understanding how your car works and being able to fix it yourself are two different things. Know that mechanics, like the trained technicians at Mountain View Chevrolet, have experience and education. If there’s something really wrong with your car, put safety first and have an expert look at it. When you do, you’ll find that you can communicate better with your mechanic as a result of your newfound knowledge.
Start with small projects. Starter projects for non-mechanics include topping off fluids, changing windshield wipers and checking and adjusting tire pressure. See how comfortable you feel with these tasks before moving on to bigger projects.
Trust the technicians at Mountain View Chevrolet to keep your car running at its best. Mountain View Chevrolet is a community-oriented car dealer with the best selection, lease offers and finance deals you’ll find anywhere in and around Los Angeles. Our service team works on all makes and models too. Learn more about Mountain View Chevrolet at www.mountainviewchevrolet.com or call us at 888-9-Next Car.
Thomas Jefferson once advised, “Never spend your money before you have it.” Maybe that advice was easier to follow in Tom’s day — but in today’s world, most people need to borrow money on occasion. And one of the more common occasions for borrowing is a car purchase.
Once you decide to buy a new car, you are faced with the challenge of paying for it. Mountain View Chevrolet and other auto dealers do their part to help out by providing loan and lease services. You may like the convenience of dealership-arranged financing (many car buyers do), but you should know that you have other options. In addition to working directly with the dealer finance group, you can arrange for an auto loan through a bank or credit union. Let’s take a quick look at all three options.
Your first stop should be your bank, where you keep your checking and savings accounts. You may get a slight deal on your loan because you’re an existing customer in good standing. And there’s another advantage too. You may be able to manage your auto loan through the same online portal that you use to manage your other accounts.
After you check in with your bank, you can shop for bank loans online. Not all banks that advertise online offer rock-bottom rates, however. Be prepared to do some legwork to find the best deal. Also, watch for fees. Financial institutions like to charge fees for all the application, paperwork and administrative processes involved in obtaining a loan.
Credit union car loans are a second option. Generally, credit unions offer a more personalized experience along with competitive loan rates. A loan advisor at a credit union is more likely to have leeway to work with you if your credit situation is unusual.
Not all credit unions have strict membership requirements. If you don’t have a credit union, visit MyCreditUnion.gov to find one near you.
If you do get a pre-approval letter from a bank or credit union, bring it with you to the dealership. You can and should still have a discussion with the dealership’s finance manager. Mountain View Chevrolet has access to a variety of loan and lease programs, and you’ll want to look at all the options before you choose the right one.
The advantage of dealer financing is convenience. If you see something in the terms you aren’t sure about, you can ask the dealer’s finance manager right there for an explanation. In some cases, the finance manager can adjust the terms on the spot to fit your needs. Then you can close the deal and drive home with your new car — on your terms.
Mountain View Chevrolet has finance experts ready to help you secure the financing you need. Visit us today online at MountainViewChevrolet.com or call us at 888-9-Next Car.
Mountain View Chevrolet is a community-oriented car dealer with the best selection, lease offers and finance deals you’ll find anywhere in and around L.A. Learn more about Mountain View Chevrolet at www.MountainViewChevrolet.com or call us at 888-9-Next Car.
Upland High School senior Salahaldeen Ali has a new Chevrolet Cruze in his driveway, and he has Mountain View Chevrolet to thank for it. Ali was one of 182 high school students whose perfect attendance in the 2012-2013 school year made him eligible to participate in Mountain View Chevrolet’s Cool to Stay in School giveaway.
All of Upland High School’s perfect-attendance students were invited to the dealership on June 12 to participate in the event. Students were selected by random drawing to receive prizes such as a laptop, gift cards, and event tickets. All eligible students received an event t-shirt and five students, including Ali, received a car key. Ali’s key was the one that started the Chevrolet Cruze, and he went home with the new car.
Mountain View Chevrolet announced the Cool to Stay in School event last summer. Upland High School participated by keeping students informed of their attendance and eligibility status in the days leading up to the event. Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM also joined the party by sending “Manny on the Street” down to the dealership.
Ali and the crowd were all smiles when his key started the Cruze. After the event, Ali said, “It really is cool to stay in school!”
To see pictures from the Cool to Stay in School giveaway, visit Mountain View Chevrolet’s Facebook page.
Mountain View Chevrolet is a community-oriented car dealer with the best selection, lease offers and finance deals you’ll find anywhere in and around L.A. Learn more about Mountain View Chevrolet at www.MountainViewChevrolet.com.
Mountain View Chevrolet has been a community-oriented dealership for 13 years, but this is a first for this Southern California car dealership and definitely uncommon for any car dealer. To award students who have achieved perfect attendance, Mountain View Chevrolet has created the “Cool to Stay in School” campaign to give away a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze!
On June 12, 2013, every student from Upland High School who has achieved perfect attendance will be invited to the dealership, in Upland, California. First, several other prizes, including iPad gift cards, will be raffled off by calling the students’ names. For the grand prize of the Chevy Cruze, five names of students with perfect attendance will be drawn at random, and those students will all be given a key. One by one, they will have a chance to sit in the Cruze and turn the key. One lucky student’s key will be the one that starts the engine!
What makes that student even luckier is that Mountain View made sure that the prize model is the perfect choice for a young driver; in addition to being awarded US Ranking and Reviews’ 2012 Best Compact Car for the Money, the Chevy Cruze has achieved these accolades:
In fact, the 2013 Cruze won US News and Rankings’ 2013 Best Compact Car for Families, so parents of the winner can feel at ease knowing that their student earned not just a car, but a car with peace of mind. Mountain View Chevy knows that it’s at a high school age that driver safety and responsibility begin. By interacting with the students in an academically rewarding way, new drivers soon to graduate from Upland High School will be more “tuned up” to take the wheel seriously.
Just this past December, Mountain View Chevrolet rallied to help a local boy with his battle against Common Variable Immune Deficiency, and hosted the Red Cross on-site to collect both blood and toys for those in need. This may be the first giveaway of its type at Mountain View Chevy, but it’s just one of many future opportunities the dealership will take to give back and help out!
Auto shopping and pricing site KBB.com released its annual list of 2013 model cars and trucks that it forecasts will be the cheapest for you to own over the first five years, and the 2013 Chevrolet Impala took the blue ribbon for being the best 5-year full-size car value!
Over the years, this coveted title has come by far more stringent standards, and scrutinizes new cars, trucks and SUVs from all segments, from economy and compact to luxury and large. The factors that determine 5-year cost to own include initial cost, depreciation, expected fuel costs, financing and insurance, maintenance and repairs and state fees for new vehicles.
“New-car shoppers often are most concerned with the upfront cost of a vehicle; however, consumers would be wise to consider their purchase from a more holistic standpoint by examining the total cost to own a vehicle over the initial five-year ownership period,” said Dan Ingle, vice president of vehicle valuations for Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement. He said the KBB list “allows consumers to evaluate which brands and models make the most sense for their pocketbooks.”
Mountain View Chevrolet has the best selection, lease offers and finance deals you’ll find anywhere in and around L.A. , for both the 2012 Impala and the 2013 Impala as well as nearly every other Chevrolet model!
Crash safety tests administered by all automotive ratings agencies have been effectively “raising the bar” year after year, making it harder for automakers to achieve top scores. The end result is that consumers benefit as manufacturers find more ways to improve safety in their cars. That said, the changes mean there are test score discrepancies among model years.
In other words, a 2012 model may not score as well as a 2011 despite being nearly identical below the surface. The car has not become less safe – rather, the lower score just means it didn’t perform as well on the new test as it had on the old.
The first changes came from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which changed their five-star crash test procedures for the 2011 model year. The new test simulates a car skidding into a tree, in addition to the front-, side- and rollover tests the agency used for the 2010 model year and earlier. In addition, a new, small female dummy was added to the crash tests along with the average-sized male dummy that had been used previously. The result? NHTSA crash test scores for 2010 model year and older cars cannot be compared to 2011 and newer scores!
The second set of changes occurred with the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), the organization that awards “Top Safety Pick” status. In 2012 IIHS added the new “small overlap front test,” which simulates the front of the car hitting a utility pole on one side – approximately in the location of the headlight – at 40 mph. Since IIHS introduced the test in the middle of the 2012 model year, only a handful of 2012 models were tested – and most performed poorly.
One can easily see if the 2012 or 2013 model year car in consideration was subjected to the new test, and how it performed. The results of the new IIHS small overlap front test will not be part of the organization’s Top Safety Pick criteria until all cars for the model year have been through the new test, and the IIHS says that this will be when the 2014 awards are announced. Special mention will be made of any cars that score well in the new test as 2012 and 2013 models.
If considering buying a late-model used car, don’t be alarmed if the safety scores are lower for the identical current model. It hasn’t become any less safe — the measurement of safety simply changed. At Mountain View Chevrolet, our specials are always a must-see; with lease and finance deals on almost every model, you might be surprised by what you buy!
For years, millions have come to associate Chevy with the slogan “More than Meets the Eye,” as Chevrolet models have always received top-billing when casting the Transformers movie series. While that speaks volumes in and of itself for Chevy as a brand of cars and trucks, muscle and sophistication alike, there’s even more to Chevy than meets the silver screen. Chevrolet has been very busy helping to advance eco-friendly energy technology behind the scenes for years, and it shows not only in their Chevy car and truck lineup and record-setting fuel economy as a manufacturer, but in small towns all over the U.S. that are now home to renewable energy projects.
Outside the showroom, Chevy’s funding projects from South Dakota to North Carolina, from renewable biomass to wind turbines – and even waste heat recovery. The goal, for Chevrolet, is to prevent 8 million metric tons of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere over the next 5 years. 16 various eco-friendly projects like these are receiving 40 million dollars in funding from Chevy; that’s not just an investment in sales, it’s an investment in the future sustainability of the entire world – which, as altruistic as it may be, is one of the most sound business investments any corporation can make in a win-win (or wind-wind) situation!
Convinced a Chevy is the right investment for you? Come to a dealership that invests in you back…with our goal to maintain long-term relationships no matter why customers are in our dealership, they can rest assured that while they’re browsing, waiting for a new car purchase or even getting an oil change…
Over 1/3 of people today have bad credit, and even more are unaware of how it will affect purchases, especially something as important as a new or used car loan. The truth is that a lot of good people have less-than-perfect credit scores for very understandable reasons, like medical bills and student loans, but a bad credit score doesn’t stop you from getting the family or commuter vehicle that’s perfect for you. If you’ve believed one of the following common credit myths, it’s time you gave us a call…
1) Bad credit is uncommon. If you have bad credit you may feel as though you are being singled out, when in reality, having bad credit is a fairly common problem. 1 in 3 people have bad credit, and it’s not as big an obstacle as you might think!
2) Bad credit is forever. It all depends on the type of reasons that led to a bad credit score. Diamonds may be forever, but your credit score can literally change overnight.Making auto loan payments on time and paying off existing credit cards can be fast, effective ways to repair damaged credit. Eventually, the reasons for the decrease in credit score become less important, and a person’s history of responsibility holds more weight than their past.
A vehicle loan can be one of the strongest ways to improve bad credit!
3) Approval for bad credit auto loans takes a long time. Mountain View Chevrolet understands that good people can have bad credit scores for lots of good reasons and makes it easy for you to start rebuilding with a fresh car loan quickly and easily. Just apply online, or check out our payment calculator if you’re still researching and feel free to visit our ‘Should I Buy or Lease” page to help you make the best decision..
4) Bad credit auto loan terms are forever. Initially, the interest rate on a bad credit loan might be higher than its good-credit counterpart. However, if you are attentive about making payments on time and prove that you have good responsibility with the loan, you may eventually be able to negotiate refinancing at a more competitive rate. Again, diamonds may be forever, but not the terms of your loan!
5) Getting a bad credit auto loan will damage your credit score. While there are many reasons that a person’s credit score falters, getting a bad credit loan is not one of them. In fact, if you make regular payments on the loan, over time a bad credit auto loan can actually help improve your credit score.
If you are ready to learn more about getting into a new or used car in the Los Angeles area, visit us online and pre-qualify in minutes. Our sales team is standing by to answer any questions you have, understand your individual needs and work out a way to hand you your new keys.
Even bad credit won’t keep new car keys out of your hands!
The Canadian Army uses a military version of the 2003 model and calls them “MILCOTs” or “Milverados.” A similar, more armored model is used by the U.S. Army under the Commercially Based Tactical Truck Program,or “COMBATT,” and beat rival bids from the Dodge Ram 2500/3500, the Ford F-350 Super Duty and even the Hummer to get there. What is it?
It’s the Chevy Silverado, the truck that’s been keeping your family safe, getting your work done and winning awards since 1999; and if it’s trusted by two armies to be the best, you can believe there’s a long list of reasons. “Its grunt quotient excels in all versions… plus pleasantly cushy interior… designed to deliver comfort and style without compromising its workhorse capability,” said Road & Travel as it gave the Silverado both Truck of the Year and Best Redesign awards in 2007. To mention just a few others, the Silverado’s taken…
Right now at Mountain View Chevrolet online you can peruse an amazing selection of Silverado trims, all with amazing internet specials including Loyalty Cash and Trade-In Assistance Cash… but even more importantly, so much confidence comes with the Silverado that you can return it if you don’t love it! It’s the Chevy Confidence Guarantee… buy any 2012 or 2013 Chevy by September 4th, and if you don’t love it, you have up to 60 days (and 4,000 miles) to return it!
Did you ever wonder why the Chevrolet Camaro is famous? We have a list for you Camaro enthusiasts to show some famous movies and television shows where the Camaro was featured. Whether it was a getaway car or a car-to-robot, the Camaro continues to make its impact on both the silver screen and television.
Movies that the Camaro was featured in:
Type of car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 350
Special features: Muddy Waters theme song, attracts French exchange students
Appears in: Better off Dead
Lane Meyer (John Cusack) has hidden this gem under a cover in the driveway for far too long. But his hot new friend Monique helps him get it running again so he can get a taste of winning.
Type of car: 1977/2009 Chevrolet Camaro
Special features: V8 engine, robot mode
Appears in: Transformers 2007
Although previously seen as a Volkswaken Beetle, Bumblebee makes his film debut as a 1977 Camaro. But he’s sensitive about how he looks, so he changes himself in to a 2009 Camaro. What else can he change into? A giant robot, natch!
Type of car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Remember The Titans
Type of car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: This Means War
Type of car: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Cop & 1/2
Type of car: 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Eat My Dust
Type of car: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Type of car: 1994 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Tooth Fairy 2
Type of car: 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Appears in: Christine
Chevrolet introduced the 1967 Camaro as its entry into what would later be called the “pony car” segment, though the actual release date was September 29, 1966. Offered in coupe and convertible models, with 69 available factory-installed options and 12 dealer-installed options, the Camaro was designed to be many things to many people. First and foremost, the Camaro is to be adriver’s car, which is reflected in its handling, ride, high-performance engine availability and styling. It was intentionally designed to do what the Corvette can do for less money. Judging by its popularity, it accomplished this goal exceedingly well. Although it has always been available with options to suit a wide range of sports-coupe buyers, performance has been what the name Camaro brings to mind for most people.
Engine choices are what makes a Camaro a Camaro. At its introduction, Camaro was offered with a choice of either 230 or 250 cu-in. 6-cylinder engines. For those who wanted a Camaro with more authority, two 327s and a 295-hp 350 cu-in. small-block V8 were offered. In May of 1967, a 396 cu-in. big-block V8 with 325 hp became available in the SS model. And this was only the beginning of a series of big-blocks that could be installed in Camaros over the next several years. Camaros with these engines required a driver with a very disciplined right foot or a good lawyer to keep their record clear of speeding tickets. Braking action on the first Camaros was provided by 9 1/2-in. drums, front and rear. Later models offer ventilated front disc brakes as optional or standard equipment depending on the model and year. Rear disc brakes adapted from the Corvette were offered as a factory-installed option on 1969 Camaros on a very limited basis. This system was offered in order to meet the homologation requirements of the Sports Car Club of America, who sanctioned the Trans-Am races Camaro competed in.
During the late 1960’s the Camaro went through some basic changes of its design:
Camaro styling was largely a carryover for 1968, with notable changes being the addition of side marker lamps and the deletion of the front vent windows. Cloth and vinyl seat trim were available for the first time in Camaros (in a hound’s-tooth pattern). The optional console-mounted auxiliary gauges changed to a two-tier, stacked arrangement and the automatic transmission floor-mounted shifter changed to a “stirrup” design. This was the last year you could order a Camaro with a front bench seat. The RS package continued as before, but its hideaway headlamps were vacuum-operated instead of by electric motors. The Camaro SS package added a 350-hp 396 V8 to its specification sheet and all SS models had a black-painted rear panel. The Z/28 got exterior identification at the leading edge of the front fenders: a “302” insignia early in the model year and a full-blown Z/28 badge later that year.
The 1969 model stands alone as the most unique of the bunch. Except for the hood, roof and deck lid, no sheetmetal carried over from 1968. Neither did the instrument panel, which was completely new for 1969 and would change again in 1970. Why did Chevrolet go to all the trouble and expense to freshen the Camaro with a deeply recessed grille and scalloped wheel openings for 1969 when an all-new replacement was due one year later? Truth be known, Chevrolet was locked in a knock-down drag-out battle for the number-one sales position with Ford in the late 1960s and a three-year-old Camaro needed help if it was to gain any ground on archrival Mustang, which was all-new inside and out for 1969. Other elements set the 1969 Camaro apart from all the others. A few hundred 1969 Camaros were factory-equipped with a 427 cu in. V8, either the all-aluminum ZL-1 or iron-block L-72. While the 427 V8 option never appeared on dealer order forms, these could be special-ordered under codes COPO 9560 and COPO 9561. The resulting COPO rat-motor Camaros (COPO standing for Central Office Production Order) are valuable collector items today. Along with the COPO Camaros was an electrically operated cowl induction hood, with a ram air set-up, which could also be ordered on SS and Z/28 models. Also 4-wheel disc brakes (adapted from the Corvette) could be factory-ordered as options on the Z/28 and SS. Headlamp washers made their first and only appearance in 1969, standard on the RS and optional on all other models. Various under-the-skin improvements made their debut in 1969.
During the 1970s, key changes were again made and added to the Camaro. Chevrolet in 1970 launched their 2nd generation Camaro, which would be their longest running and most profitable production in GM history. The 2nd generation Camaro would be in production from 1970-1982 in where the 3rd generation Camaro was introduced.
Some key changes were new emblems both front and back, side marking lamps that flash in unison with the turn signals, soft vinyl steering wheel, also in 1973 full form rear seat cushions were introduce. A history piece in 1974 shows when federally mandated seat belt interlocking system were installed into the Camaro. 1978 shows the a factory-built iconic T-roof option with twin removable smoke-grey glass panels became available for the first time.
In the 1980’s the Camaro also went through some changes to make it more safe and stylish for drivers to drive. Some examples are in 1982 the newly design Camaro was at the time the most aerodynamic car at its time. 1983 the Camaro introduce an optional 5 speed manual transmission that came standard in the Berlinetta and Z28 models. 1985-1986 Shows the birth of the iconic IROC Camaro for the International Race of Champions. 1987 saw the return of the of the 350, which die hard Camaro lovers were waiting for. The 350 put out 225 HP and was the first Camaro Convertible since 1969. 1989 also showed the birth of the IROC-Z model, the model was mostly aimed at the younger car owners and people in their early and mid 20’s.
The 1990’s shows some minor changes again for the Camaro. Some key changes are that in 1992 Chevrolet celebrated their 25th year anniversary by releasing a special Heritage Package option that had two racing stripes over the hood and trunk, a body color grille, and other minor cosmetic changes. 1993 saw the 4th generation of the Camaro, nothing more changed but more cosmetic to give it a more sleek look. 1998-1999 made the debut of the LS1 model. It has a aluminum 350 block, a brand new plastic intake manifold, new and larger brake disks and Acceleration Slip Regulation system.
The 2000’s also had some minor changes but brings us up to the current model. Nothing from the late 1990’s changed in the car, other than style, color and design.
The Chevrolet Camaro still to this day stands as an iconic American legend and one of the most sought-after cars by collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Tired of making little budget cutbacks because the cost of filling your gas tank just went up again? Not everyone is. Chevrolet Malibu ECO owners are well-protected against fluctuations in fuel prices because the car features fuel-saving technologies that could help pay for those little extras again.
One such solution is literally at their fingertips. Chevy’s most fuel-efficient midsize sedan ever features electric power assist steering, which helps to improve fuel economy by up to 2.5 percent compared to conventional hydraulic steering systems. This little change alone can help customers save approximately 12 gallons annually, or about 120 gallons in a 10-year life. At $4 per gallon, that saves about $50 per year or $500 in 10 years.
The system constantly measures the driver’s steering input, adapts to changing road conditions, and helps compensate for slight directional shifts caused by factors such as uneven road surfaces or crosswinds. It also makes low-speed parking maneuvers feel practically effortless, delivers a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds, and can be tuned to various driving modes, such as “comfort” and “sport” in some models. It even helps reduce vibrations that transfer through the steering wheel.
“Electric power assist steering is just one example of how a system improvement can deliver not one but several benefits for customers,” said Mark Meyers, General Motors global vehicle performance manager. “By the end of the 2013 model year, more than half of all Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC vehicles will have electric power assist steering.” Chevrolet Malibu ECO achieves an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city and 37 mpg highway fuel economy.
It features GM’s fuel-saving eAssist technology that shuts down fuel delivery in certain deceleration conditions, further improving fuel economy. While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the motor-generator unit positions it properly for a smooth restart when the brake is released. The system also captures up to 15kW of energy that would be normally lost during braking and uses it to recharge the lithium-ion battery.
Because of electric power assist steering, eAssist, and other fuel-saving technologies, the Chevy Malibu ECO can travel up to 580 highway miles (965 km) between fill-ups with a 15.8-gallon (59.9 liters) fuel tank. eAssist saves customers an estimated $1,950 in annual fuel costs or about $19,500 over 10 years.
Malibu ECO is on sale now and is priced less than competitors’ full-hybrid vehicles. Chevrolet is scheduled to roll-out an all-new fuel-efficient 2.5L Ecotec engine on the full Malibu lineup this summer. A new turbo model will be available this fall. All Malibu models will come with electric power steering standard. “There is no silver bullet for improving fuel efficiency,” Meyers said. “It’s the many small improvements like electric power assist steering, as seen on the new Malibu that contribute to significant savings for our customers.”
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Chevrolet has always been associated with quality, but until recent years, not so much with value. As the automotive industry has evolved on the fronts of both technology and efficiency, Chevy’s remained ahead of the curve and is reaping the rewards – literally.
According to Strategic Vision, the Chevrolet Volt posted the highest overall scores in the Total Value Index, “a calculation of explicit owner statements on 442 attributes and focuses on immediate and expected (long term) economic factors such as warranty, technical innovation, standard equipment, MPG, etc., and each is weighted appropriately as the data dictates,” as defined by Chris Chaney, Strategic Vision’s VP and Head of Automotive Research.
The Chevy Volt garnered the most points of any vehicle of any kind in the TVI, and it won the Strategic Value Total Value Index for the Mid-Size Car class. Bolstering the validity of the award(s) is the fact that the study was conducted during a time when gas prices were lower; at approximately $4/gallon, the value index only would have been higher. The 2012 Chevrolet Volt is the first “extended range” electric vehicle to be offered on U.S. soil.
A “real” driving experience is promised by the Volt, with nothing sacrificed to go green. In fact, according to Autobytel, “the Chevrolet Volt’s futuristic technology is largely masked by the fact that it drives almost exactly like a real car – minus the engine noise, of course:”
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Minicars are new in the U.S., so the actual target market hasn’t yet been identified. What has been established for sure is that the Chevrolet Spark is the newest contender in sub-compact cars like the Fiat. Starting at under $15K, the Chevy Spark is hard to be ignored; two upgraded trim levels are available, it has 10 airbags and 60/40 split rear seats, and more passenger and cargo space than the Fiat, the Smart fortwo and the Scion IQ. What’s even more attention-grabbing are the Spark’s looks – it looks more like a luxury sedan shrunken down, with its bold styling, alloy wheels and style from bumper to bumper.
Chevy realized that “About 90% of expected Spark and Sonic buyers own smartphones,”said Cristi Landy, marketing director for Chevrolet small cars. “This technology is typically found on cars costing far more, but next-gen customers are accustomed to being connected. By using a smartphone app, Chevrolet found a smart and safe way to provide navigation.” $50 for a nav system is pretty smart…
The Gogolink app brings all the maps from your phone to the 7″ screen – for about $50, whereas nav systems on most vehicles cost in the upwards of $1000. Since Chevy was smart enough to use the driver’s phone to drive the Gogolink app, the only limits are what you download… even at under $15K, you can still stream movies to the dash screen. You’ve got compatibility for any device with Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and the OnStar RemoteLink app.
It’s obviously an ideal city car, but the spark doesn’t fizzle as it drives away from the lights. “Bigger on the inside than it is on the outside,” the Chevy Spark will deliver over 40mpg combined on average, and that’s a conservative estimate. That means that even with family and equipment in-tow, you’ve got enough room to fit everyone and you won’t be stopping to refuel along the way.
This March, Chevrolet cars proudly brought home a handful of awards for “best value” from Vincentric, including four truck categories and even the “Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Car” spot. This is the second year the Chevy Volt won that particular award, which is “2 for 2” as the Volt has only been in production for two years.
Chevrolet trucks won “best value” in the following categories:
Vincentric has been bestowing awards of value for 8 years now, based on the following factors:
The award gets special backing from Edmunds, who gave the Silverado some awards of its own:
Whether it’s from 9 to 5 or 5 to 9, Silverado keeps you ready. Edmunds.com took notice, declaring Silverado 1500 as a Lowest Cost to Own® Large Light Duty Truck and Silverado 2500 as a Lowest Cost to Own® Heavy Duty Truck for February 2012.
The 5 awards bestowed to Chevrolet and its models are a result of their lower-than-expected ownership costs given their market segment and price. The only way to find even better values on these award-winning Chevrolet cars and trucks would be if you were in the areas of Santa Ana, Long Beach, Anaheim and Los Angeles – Mountain View Chevrolet in Upland has special deals on Chevy’s best, and you can get pre-approved online in seconds. To see these award-winning Chevys for yourself, check out our new inventory to see this year’s blue ribbon winners; but don’t forget that Chevy’s been winning for years, and there’s just as much value to be found in these pre-owned car and truck prices you won’t find anywhere else!