2018 Centennial Editions Celebrate 100 Years of Chevrolet Trucks

100 Years of Chevrolet Trucks

100 Years Of Greatness

Today, Chevrolet is one of the world’s foremost producers of high-feature trucks that drivers depend on for everything from work to play and everything in between. Such success doesn’t happen overnight, though. In fact, 2018 marks 100 years of Chevrolet trucks. Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, we want to celebrate by taking a look at some highlights from a century of Chevy trucks.

Game-changing origins

The first purpose-built Chevrolet truck was first available 100 years ago, in 1918. The Chevrolet One-Ton was a budget-conscious, flexible truck platform available as a cowl and chassis or an express body with an option eight-post curtain top. The One-Ton was available for just over $1,000 and delivered 36 horsepower. Perhaps this doesn’t sound like much, but this was just the first in a line of now legendary Chevrolet trucks.

Legendary Legacy

By the 1960’s, Chevrolet trucks came in a variety of models and had huge appeal to drivers of all sorts. The 1967 C/K10 Series is a particular stand-out and signaled a shift in style that foreshadowed the signature look of modern classics like the Silverado. The C/K10 Series was affordable but boasted considerably more torque and power than early models like the original One-Ton.

Leading the way in performance and innovation

The 2018 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Silverado and Centennial Edition Colorado represent 100 years of automotive innovation, and one minute behind the wheel makes it obvious how much has gone into these impressive pickups.

Whether you need a powerful truck for the work site or a versatile weekend warrior, there has never been a better time to get a Chevrolet Truck than now, and you can find plenty of pickups here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC. We would love to help you find the perfect truck for you today!

Chevrolet Wins 2016 Car and Truck of the Year Awards from Motor Trend

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Driving Off Into the Sunset

Of course, you are the only critic that really matters when it comes to your car, but knowing that other people love it too, can be extra rewarding. Recently, Motor Trend gave Chevrolet both the 2016 Car of the Year award and the 2016 Truck of the Year award, with the recipients being the all-new Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevrolet Colorado equipped with the new turbo-diesel engine.

This is the second year in a row the Colorado has earned this coveted prize. Now, with the available diesel engine, the Colorado is the most fuel-efficient pickup in the United States with an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway for two-wheel drive models. It also boasts the highest trailering capacity in its segment—up to 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

As for the Camaro, Motor Trend editors were impressed with its light weight, which lends to its “world-class sports car performance and dynamics.”

With the all-new sixth-generation Camaro, buyers have six powertrain combinations to choose from, including the standard 2.0-liter Turbo, an all-new 3.6-liter V6, and a 455-horsepower 6.2-liter V8. Each can be had with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission.

If you’re looking for a new sports car or truck, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and take a look at either of these two award-winning options.

GM Wont Stop Producing GM Diesel Engines Because of VW

GM Diesel Engines

Getting Work Done Efficiently

General Motors Executive Vice President Mark Reuss has gone on record stating that he wouldn’t let the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal get in the way of the company’s plan for a new line of efficient-yet-powerful GM diesel engines.

“No way,” he said in response to a question about cancelling the upcoming diesel-powered Chevrolet Cruze. “The Cruze Diesel is too good not to do it.”

Though Volkswagen was the only automaker found to have been cheating in diesel emissions tests, it did bring to light the need for more stringent testing methods. This has put some automakers on the back foot, but GM and Chevrolet are taking it in stride. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel, along with other diesel-powered models, is still a go with no foreseeable delays.

The 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, which is slated for launch next year at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC, will be among the first to face the EPA’s new testing methodology, even for diesel trucks—but again, the automaker isn’t fazed.

The Benefits of Owning a Truck

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The Truck With A Bow Tie Is Only One You Can Count On

For some people, it’s important to have a vehicle that can haul and tow everything you need. If you’re one of those people, than a pickup truck is the vehicle you need. There are a number of benefits of owning a truck. Here are the top three:

Haul as much as you need. You can finally get that boat you always wanted. Trucks are specially designed to haul loads. That means strong engines with lots of torque, powerful brakes and oftentimes special features like the Tow/Haul Mode on the Chevrolet Silverado. If hauling seems intimidating, know that a good truck makes it easy.

Sedan-like comfort in a heavy duty vehicle. Trucks are just as comfortable as cars these days. If you haven’t spent time in the cab of a modern truck, you won’t understand how truck cabs are designed to be just as comfortable, spacious, and accommodating as a cabin you’d find on a car. Of course, trucks come in all varieties but just know that if you want the best infotainment system and comfortable seats, you can get them.

Be as versatile as you want. A truck isn’t just a truck. Look at the Chevrolet Colorado, the 2015 Motor Trend Truck of the Year. The Colorado is designed to be versatile. It may not be a family car, but that doesn’t mean the Colorado can’t accommodate your family. You may not need or want a heavy duty truck and the Colorado is sized perfectly for both work and play.

In the end, it’s all about looking at your own needs and putting them up against what a good, solid truck can offer to see all the benefits of owning a truck.

If you want to see more benefits of owning a truck, then race to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet in Newton, NC to test drive as many as you’d like!

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!

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.

Chevy’s Super Bowl Commercial Gives Viewers a Heart Attack

Ok not, really. But we’re willing to bet there’s more than a few football fanatics whose heart actually did skip a beat or two when the Chevy commercial aired. The spot, appropriately called “Blackout,” led viewers to believe their TV had died just before the big game was about to start.

Chevy’s Super Bowl commercial begins with an aerial shot of the University of Phoenix Stadium, and some commentary that sounds very convincing. Quickly, the picture fails resulting in a black out. Check out Twitter right around 6:30 pm – America was a little freaked out.

2015 Colorado - Chevy’s Super Bowl Commercial The commercial quickly resumes, saying, “What would you do if your TV went out?” The commercial then goes on, touting the all new Chevy Colorado and its built-in 4G LTE WiFi. The message is very clear; we are more dependent on a reliable internet connection than ever before. Today, there’s no reason to be caught without connectivity.

“When you have a groundbreaking product like the Chevy Colorado, you must deliver groundbreaking advertising like we are today,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing.

The ad breaks the mold in Super Bowl advertising, offering a bold, creative way of capturing attention and sending a very clear (and memorable) message. Chevy, you may have made the Twitter-sphere very angry for a moment or two, but your method was creative and effective.

You know you want one. Stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today to check out the exciting Colorado for yourself!

Chevy’s Colorado Hauls the 2015 Truck of the Year Award All the Way Home

In a unanimous vote, the Motor Trend editors/jurors chose the 2015 Chevy Colorado as recipient of the prestigious 2015 Truck of the Year® award.

2015 Truck of the Year award - 2015 ColoradoTen competing models were selected as all-new or significantly updated trucks entering the market for the 2015 model year. Chevy’s much-anticipated re-entry into the mid-size truck class was invited to compete for the award in two model trims: the WT and Z71.

“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, editor-in-chief for Motor Trend. “Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement. It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

From the beginning, Chevy’s intent has been to change the truck game by providing options which truck drivers want and need. It looks to us like the automaker’s been successful, but stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet today and decide for yourself.

2015 Chevy Colorado Assembly Requires Incredible Attention to Detail

Chevy recently announced that after testing them with laser-scanning systems, the bodies on its vehicles are virtually perfect. Parts used on vehicles like the Colorado are perfected to the last millimeter to make sure you get the absolute best out of your car or truck. Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy, we’re glad to hear we’re not the only one’s watching our figures after Thanksgiving!

2015 Coloardo interior - 2015 Chevy Colorado assemblyAccording to Chevy, hundreds of parts were tested at the Wentzvile Assembly Plant in Montana, where Colorado models are being built, in order to ensure they’re flawless. Before parts used in the new design from over 20 suppliers hit the assembly line, they must be carefully inspected to make sure customers are getting the absolute best.

“We’re working with an entirely new vehicle architecture as well as the latest technology available for dimensional management,” said Bryan Vickery, dimensional engineer for Body Maintenance at Wentzville. “The process is a big part of delivering improved body structures, which translates to great vehicles to our customers.”

Everything from rivets to wheels is being inspected, so no need to worry. The 2015 Chevy Colorado assembly is made better than ever with such attention to detail.

2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon: They’re Back, and They’re Better

Get ready, because here they come: the new 2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon began shipping to dealers on September 18th. Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy we’re excited about the new technologies and features on both models, but the real icing on the cake is their rugged style and design.

2015 Chevy Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon hit dealershipsLet’s start with the 2015 Chevy Colorado. It features a 2.5L 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed transmission to generate over 200 horsepower. With an independent front suspension and a multi-leaf in the rear, the Colorado can handle tough terrain. On the inside an Enhanced Drive Info Center and climate control make it comfortable. Looking for a little more? The Colorado also comes in WT, LT, and Z71 models which feature a 3.6L direct-injection V6 and an optional off-road suspension package on the Z71.

Now on to the 2015 GMC Canyon: sporting a 3.6L V6 DI DOHC engine mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission, it generates 305 horsepower and plenty of torque.  With Duralife™ 4-wheel antilock brakes, an optional All-Terrain package, and Rear-Vision camera, the Canyon is sure to please.

According to Automotive World, the introduction of the Colorado and Canyon gives customers more pickup options than any other automotive brand. Have any more questions about the Colorado or Canyon, or simply want to test-drive one? Come on down to Dale Earnhardt Chevy.