Tips to Increase Vehicle Cargo Space

Chevrolet Colorado helps Increase Vehicle Cargo Space with a functionally bed with added equipment

Chevrolet Colorado helps Increase Vehicle Cargo Space with a functionally bed with added equipment

You may not have an everyday need for a large truck or SUV, but the occasional road trip can present a problem when you just don’t have the cargo space you need.Instead of forcing already-cramped passengers to share their space with suitcases and backpacks, consider one of these options for increasing vehicle cargo space.

Roof rack – Roof racks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, and can improve your cargo capacity by quite a bit. Options include everything from a simple cross-bar rack, which allows you to strap a suitcase or two on top of your car, to a cargo bag, which holds more and offers protection from the elements. A basket rack also increases capacity greatly (like a cargo bag) but doesn’t offer the same protection against weather and bugs. If you don’t opt for a cargo bag, consider covering your cargo with a waterproof tarp instead. Keep in mind that roof racks increase drag, reducing overall fuel economy.

Hitch rack – Hitch racks are installed to the rear of your car, and can carry anything from bikes to luggage. Hitch racks aren’t capable of carrying as much as a roof rack, but can hold a cooler or some luggage, and don’t hamper fuel economy the way a roof rack does.

Tow-behinds –  When you have a large load to bring along, a tow-behind is the best option. You can find anything from a small trailer that almost any car can tow for weekend getaways, to large trailers that require a big rig to haul. For more information on tow-behinds, visit trucktrend.com.

If you’re looking to up-size your ride, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today to check out our lineup of spacious and efficient vehicles!

Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition Production Gets Underway

Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

2015 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet first debuted its Impala Blackout Concept at the 2014 Sema Show in Las Vegas. Lucky for us, not everything that happens in Vegas stays there, because the automaker has begun production of the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition to be available to buyers this summer.

“Since its introduction in 2014, Impala has become a benchmark for Chevrolet car design,” said Steve Majoros, Chevy’s director of car marketing. “The Midnight Edition further strengthens the Impala’s dramatic, head-turning styling.”

The “dramatic” and “sinister” Impala will feature a Jet Black interior, black grille surround, front and rear black Chevrolet bowtie, 19-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels with black accents, a black rear spoiler and door mirrors, and sport pedals.

According to The News Wheel, buyers will have the choice of the standard 2.5-liter iVLC motor with stop/start technology, or the 3.6-liter V6 engine, which is the most powerful, naturally-aspirated engine in its segment. A limited number of 2015 model year Impalas will be available with the Midnight Edition package, but will only be available with the base engine.

According to GM, the Midnight Edition package will add $995 to $1,595 to the Impala’s price tag, depending on options.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy, we can’t help but point out that the Midnight Edition packs a ton of attitude for an affordable price tag.

Chevy G80 Locking Rear Differential Keeps You Moving Forward

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Chevy G80 Locking Rear Differential

Have you ever wondered what keeps Chevy trucks on the road and always moving forward? There’s a simple answer: the Chevy G80 locking rear differential. The technology has been a staple in Chevy trucks for over 40 years.

With the automatic locking rear axle, Chevy trucks are able to maintain traction in any kind of weather or on any terrain. If one wheel starts to spin, the G80 rear axle will automatically lock and allow both rear wheels to continue propelling the truck.

Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer said, “The G80 locking axle provides a greater traction advantage than limited-slip differentials in most situations, while its automatic engagement requires no driver involvement, unlike some competitors’ electronic lockers, which require driver interaction.”

Chevy trucks allow you to go about your business anywhere at any time without any doubts in your mind. Come visit us at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to test-drive the new Chevy truck lineup.

2016 Camaro Driving Experience

Camaro Driving Experience - 2015 Camaro readys for 2016 reveal

Camaro Driving Experience – 2015 Camaro readys for 2016 reveal

As the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s official debut creeps ever nearer, the automaker is set on giving us little hints, reveals, and teasers. Most recently, Chevrolet revealed that the all-new Camaro will set the new technological standard for its class. Drivers will enjoy the Camaro driving experience, one they customize themselves.

The new Drive Mode Selector includes settings for Snow/Ice, Tour, Sports, and Track (SS models only). There are different calibrations among the throttle progression, steering, stability control, and more for each setting. Also for the first time, the SS model will have Magnetic Ride Control, which will offer Tour, Sport, and Track settings that adjust the ride and handling.

“We wanted to build on the flexibility of the current Camaro ZL1, which is great for grand touring, commuting, the drag strip and track days,” said Aaron Link, Camaro lead development engineer. “The new Camaro will be even more adaptable, with up to eight vehicle attributes adjusted to fit a driver’s preference.”

The all-new Chevrolet Camaro has its official debut Saturday, May 16th at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park. Tune in then to see the first full look at the sixth generation Camaro, successor to the five-time Bestselling Muscle Car (2010 – 2014).

 

New 2016 Camaro is Lighter but Better than Ever

The new Camaro is bringing some new capabilities to market this year—and that’s mostly thanks to an improved body and design. Perhaps we should simply say “all-new” instead of just “improved,” because this 2016 Camaro only shares two parts with its 2015 model sibling. The new design is 200 pounds lighter, has improved rigidity, and as a result, has better steering, suspension, and driving dynamics overall.

“The structural weight savings are compounded by opportunities to reduce un-sprung weight,” says program engineering manager Jim Karlavage.” “The result is a more nimble driving experience.” With the 200 pound diet, the Camaro actually weights less than even the Ford Mustang. Not only does that improve driving dynamics, but it should improve fuel efficiency as well.

You’ll get to see the new Camaro (finally) at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park, on Saturday, May 16. For now, though, you can come see us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to learn more about either the current or next-gen model of the Camaro. We’ll be waiting to show off the Camaro to you here, so come by for a test drive today!

 

2016 Chevrolet Spark Debut Sparks Interest at New York Auto Show

It looks like Chevrolet has finally found the perfect spark to set fire to the brand’s future—the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. The newest, completely redesigned model of the global minicar was unveiled earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show, showcasing a more innovative, more efficient powertrain, along with more safety and connectivity features.

“Chevrolet is fast becoming one of the world’s most important mini- and small car manufacturers, offering customers around the globe a new road to the refinement, efficiency, and connectivity features that resonate with them,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America, and Global Chevrolet. “The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a strong legacy and takes the segment to a higher level with features and technologies not typically offered.”

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark debut showed off a sleeker appearance and lower profile, which helps reduce aerodynamic drag and enhances fuel efficiency. An all-new Ecotec 1.4-liter I-4 engine also helps increase fuel economy, delivering a GM-estimated 40 miles per gallon highway.

Chevrolet’s newest Spark model will go on sale in the United States in late 2015. Until then, don’t forget to stop in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to see what other fuel-efficient vehicles our brand has to offer.

Upcoming 2016 Camaro Trims Over 200 Pounds

A common tactic to making cars better is reducing their weight. Less weight contributes to improved handling, faster acceleration, and increased fuel economy.

Unfortunately, American muscle cars are often quite heavy compared to their European counterparts. They sound great and go fast in a straight line, but when it comes to maneuverability, their heavy frames hold them back.

Chevrolet is aiming to change that with the upcoming 2016 Camaro, whose engineers focused on reducing mass in all the ways they could. An ounce saved here, a pound saved there, a new architecture, and suddenly you’ve got a car that’s more than 200 pounds lighter than the current Camaro we’re selling at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet!

One of the ways they saved weight was making parts out of aluminum instead of steel, like the beam that supports the instrument panel. It’s a relatively small part that saved them “only” 9.7 pounds, but dozens of these changes add up to make a much lighter and engaging car.

The 2016 Camaro will be revealed May 16 during a special event at Belle Isle Park in Detroit!

Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Program Allows Parents to Monitor Teen Drivers

Everyone knows that teen drivers have an unfortunately high accident rate. Even the most vigilant, attentive teens can end up in car collisions, because no matter how responsible they are, the experience just isn’t there.

Thankfully, Chevrolet is implementing a new feature in upcoming cars that will ease the minds of parents of teen drivers who may worry about their child driving. The new “Teen Driver” system essentially delivers a report card to parents with all the latest details over their kids’ performance.

“Teen Driver” keeps track of car speeds, noting the highest speed that the car achieved. It knows how much distance has been covered, and it also remembers every time “collision alerts” or other automatic preventative measures were enacted.

Another clever concept behind “Teen Driver” doesn’t allow the radio to start until all seatbelts are fastened. Even if you’re a teen – that measure is hard to disagree with.

Chevrolet’s “Teen Driver” will be available in the 2016 Malibu, and if successful, will likely spread as an option for other new Chevy vehicles.

Next-Generation Chevrolet Malibu Can Handle Any Pothole In The World

The clues keep coming in about the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu. Probably the most important concerns its debut. The new Malibu will pirouette at the upcoming New York Auto Show next month.

Until then, we’ve learned a little about where Chevrolet has taken the new design. Gathering from a teaser video, the automaker is focusing on the Malibu’s durability. Sounds like they’ve taken design aspect to the extreme. Automotive News quotes the Chevy as saying that they’ve pooled data recording every “harshness and frequency of every jounce, bump and shudder inflicted on the car on roads in the U.S., Russia, Saudi Arabia and developing markets.”

While they know that the average Malibu owner isn’t going to come anywhere near the design limits of the Malibu, Chevy wants the interested buyer to know that the Malibu isn’t the kind of ride to ever let them down. In fact, the Malibu’s reliability and durability has always been strong.  JD Power tapped the Malibu as being most reliable in its three-year reliability study. Some things never change and some things never should.

2015 Chevy Colorado Offers Box Delete Option

Growing up, did your mom ever tell you that you were throwing away money when she bought a long sleeve t-shirt only to watch you cut off the sleeves and slice and dice the shirt into the shape you wanted it to take? Chevrolet recognizes that Mom has a point, so the automaker offers the box delete option for the all-new Colorado. You only pay for the part of the truck that you want to use and delete the rest.

2015 Colorado box delete optionThe box delete package, exclusive to the 2015 Colorado in the mid-size truck segment, is available on the Colorado Work Truck 2WD extended cab with 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

“With segment-leading efficiency and maneuverable size, the Colorado makes a great, flexible choice for urban businesses and fleets to make the most of a midsize truck,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president of General Motors Fleet and Commercial. “It’s ideal for companies requiring service bodies, as well as landscapers and other businesses needing the utility of a flatbed.”

As part of the package, temporary taillamps are installed on the rear of the vehicle, a full-size spare tire is included, and, of course, the rear bumper is deleted.

Plus, the package adds a $300 credit to the truck’s price.

For more information on this option, contact us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today.