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05-13-13

Mountain View Chevrolet Sponsors Car Giveaway in Upland

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!

Mountain View Chevrolet Cool to Stay in School

Students from Upland High School have a chance to win a Chevrolet Cruze from Mountain View Chevrolet.

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:

  • An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2012 Top Safety Pick
  • Motor Trend Ultimate Guide calls Cruze the best GM compact in years
  • Consumer Guide reports Chevrolet’s compact sedan represents itself very well in a crowded and very competitive market segment
  • Consumer Guide reports Cruze feels substantial and refined
  • A finalist for Motor Trend 2011 Car of the Year
  • Motor Trend calls Cruze thoughtfully designed, with European styling and driving dynamics
  • Motor Trend calls Cruze the most significant global offering from GM to date
  • Named a 2011 Consumer Guide Recommended Buy

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!

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01-21-13

To Buy New or Used: Is Safety the Question?

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!

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04-06-12

The Chevy Spark brings New Light to Efficiency

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.

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03-31-12

Chevrolet Sweeps Vincentric’s Red Carpet for 5 Best Value Awards

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:

  • Depreciation
  • Fees & taxes
  • Financing
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Maintenance
  • Opportunity cost
  • Repairs

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!

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