11-15-13

Holiday Gift Ideas for Chevy Owners

“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

Chevy Holiday Gift Ideas

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!

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http://www.mountainviewchevrolet.com/GMAccessories

http://www.chevymall.com

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02-25-13

The 2013 Chevy Impala Takes the Blue Ribbon for 5-Year Cost to Own!

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!

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05-29-12

45 Years of American Muscle – The Chevy Camaro’s History

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.

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05-25-12

The Chevrolet Malibu ECO – Fuel-Efficient Enough to Change Your Commute

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.”

This weekend you can get up to $750 in Memorial Day Cash on select vehicles at Mountain View Chevrolet, so hurry in!

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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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