2019 Chevrolet Blazer Makes Debut at Chicago Auto Show

2019 Chevrolet Blazer

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer Has Arrived

The moment has finally come — the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is officially here. During the Chicago Auto Show earlier this year, the iconic Blazer nameplate made its comeback, and it’s better than ever. The 2019 Blazer is a crossover vehicle that is the perfect combination of sporty and practical. It will come with two engine options. The first is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that puts out 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. For the second engine option, you will find more power from the 3.6-liter V6, which produces 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.

So Many Features

Beyond the Blazer’s powerful performance, though, lays a slew of features. This boldly designed crossover offers the most up-to-date technologies, including Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, and SiriusXM® satellite radio. It also has a range of driver-assistance technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, a rearview mirror, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, and a 360-degree camera.

Power To Haul & Tow

When it comes to cargo hauling, the Blazer also stands out from the competition. It can haul a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet of storage — and you can do so in a number of configurations. The Blazer’s interior can be configured to suit your cargo needs, whether you need to simply slide the rear seats forward — or backward, for more passenger legroom. You can also utilize the available Flexible Cargo Partition to help keep things organized.

You can even use the available floor-mounted rail system or Horizontal Cargo Net to keep everything from groceries to gear secure as you’re on the go. Stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC to test-drive the 2019 Blazer for yourself.

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Debuts Most Capable Model Yet

2020 Chevrolet Silverado

One Capable Heavy Duty Truck

When you’re shopping for a heavy-duty pickup truck, it’s likely that one of your top priorities is a capable one. Luckily, Chevrolet has just introduced its most capable heavy-duty truck yet — the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD. The all-new Silverado HD has been engineered to offer a 52-percent increase in its maximum towing capability, allowing the truck to tow up to 35,500 pounds — perfect for getting any of your tougher jobs done.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Is Amazing

“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”

Even More Towing

Not only can the Silverado HD tow more, but it is also wider, longer, and taller. It has five trim levels to choose from – Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country — and also has 22 available cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations. With these options, you can easily get the pickup truck that’s just right for your needs. You will also have two engine options to choose from. A 6.6-liter V8 engine is standard, putting out 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. You can also opt for a diesel with the Duramax® 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which puts out 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque.

This new heavy-duty pickup truck will be ready to go on sale this summer. In the meantime, stop by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC to test-drive our current inventory of Silverado models.

Benefits of Buying a New Truck

Benefits of Buying a New Truck

If you’re shopping for your next pickup, you’ll want to decide if you’re looking to buy a new or used vehicle. When you’re visiting our lot at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, keep these points in mind to get the truck you need.

There are several reasons to buy new:

A Solid Warranty

When you buy a new car from Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, you’ll leave the lot with peace of mind thanks to our warranty program. Buying a used car doesn’t always guarantee a warranty.

Reliability

New trucks have their whole lives ahead of them. If you decide to buy a used truck, you might run into maintenance problems sooner rather than later.

Efficiency

Every year, efficiency ratings on Chevrolet trucks are improving. The older the pickup, the more you’re going to spend at the gas pump. The 2019 Silverado 1500 earns an estimated 20 mpg on the highway.*

New Technology Features

As technology improves, Chevy trucks become safer and increasingly digital. You can listen to all of your music hands-free and feel safe behind the wheel thanks to built-in driver-assist features.

New cars have a whole host of benefits. Test drive the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Chevrolet Introduces New Silverado Ad Campaign

Silverado Ad Campaign

Durability & Versatility

Over the years, the Silverado has become a household nameplate thanks to its incredible strength, durability, and versatility, so Chevrolet is highlighting that reputation with a brand-new ad campaign. The new Silverado ad campaign includes a suite of marketing strategies. There are three short advertising films in the campaign, with one front and center: “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll.”

“A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll”

Chevrolet is an all-American brand, and it truly shows with this commercial. “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll” celebrates the diversity within Silverado owners. It spotlights the idea that the Silverado is a practical pickup; it makes a great daily driver or workhorse for any American regardless of age, gender, race, religion or even location.

Strong Engine & Frame

Thanks to its strong engine and hefty frame, the Silverado can tackle tough climates and tougher jobs. Whether you live in Colorado and need to haul your snowboarding gear or you run a construction company in Alabama, you’ll feel confident behind the wheel of the Silverado. In addition to the three TV spots, Chevrolet is incorporating digital ads, sponsored television appearances, and print ads into the Silverado ad campaign.

Put a little bit of Rock n’ Roll in your life when you test drive the all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Scenic Winter Drives Near Charlotte, NC

scenic winter drives near Charlotte

Our location in Newton gives us access to beautiful drives in nearby Charlotte and the great state of North Carolina. If you have just purchased a new Chevy SUV or truck at our dealership and want to take it out this season, go on one of these scenic winter drives nearby.

Hanging Rock Scenic Byway

This beautiful stretch of road runs through Stokes and Surry counties. Along the way, you can take in the sites Hanging Rock State Park and enjoy 20 miles of trails, which take you to some stunning waterfalls, (which may even be frozen during winter).

Blue Ridge Parkway

Head into the Great Smoky Mountains via the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 252-mile road that takes you through the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Virginia. Along the way, you can stop at Mount Mitchell State Park, which contains the highest peak in the eastern United States.

Whitewater Way

You’ll have to drive a couple hours to make it to this 9-mile stretch of road, but trust us — it’s worth it. This drive goes past Gorges State Park with a tremendous waterfall — a towering 411 feet tall. It’s quite a gorgeous site in the wintertime; just make sure you bundle up!

Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC sells many vehicle options that make excellent road trip rides. Come see what we have!

Tips for Taking Care of Your Silverado & Colorado

taking care of your Silverado

What Goes Into Taking Care of your Silverado Or Colorado?

According to registration data from the last three decades, the Chevrolet Silverado is the longest-lasting pickup truck, and the newer Colorado is built with the same great quality. Even so, keeping your Chevy truck running for years involves some work on the owner’s end. Here are some basic tips for taking care of your Silverado or Colorado.

Never miss an oil change

Oil changes are important for the engine health of cars and SUVs. Trucks are no different. Use your owner’s manual to keep track of when your Silverado or Chevrolet Colorado is next due.

Don’t forget the tires and wheels

If you get the oil changed at our dealership, we can also rotate the tires while we are at it to ensure even wear. You should also routinely get the alignment checked and have your tires balanced.

Check on your fluids

Your truck has a lot of essential fluids. We’ll check them and top them off during your visits, but you should watch them in between visits as well and refill as necessary. If you suspect a leak, bring your truck in right away.

Wash it regularly

Take pride in your truck by keeping it spotless. Doing so will also keep it from rusting.

If you need maintenance work done to your Silverado or Colorado to keep it healthy, bring it to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC. We’d be glad to work on it.

Try Out These Unexpected Twists on Thanksgiving Dinner

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Make Thanksgiving Dinner New

Yet another Thanksgiving is fast approaching. If you are getting burnt out on the same old traditional Thanksgiving dinner year after year, try one of these surprising twists on Thanksgiving dinner for this year’s celebration:

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

When we consume potatoes during Thanksgiving, we typically have mashed potatoes or sweet potato casserole. The maple-roasted sweet potatoes are a unique and tasty twist that are only 96 calories per serving.

Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage

The kids may oppose this one just because they’ve been taught that Brussels sprouts are icky, but we adults know the truth: Brussels sprouts are delicious. They’re just not commonly eaten at Thanksgiving. Ditch the green bean casserole and try making this delicious dish instead.

Fruit Salad with Cranberry Dressing

Cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, but if eating them by themselves has never been your cup of tea, you might like them more when they’re used more subtly in a dish. The dressing is delicious, and the fruit is a refreshing change of pace after all the savory foods of Thanksgiving. Get the recipe here.

Pumpkin-Walnut Biscuits

Move over, pumpkin pie. There’s a new pumpkin delicacy in town. These biscuits are perfectly sweet but also full of healthy goodies, like vitamins A, C, and E.

We at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

What is the Purpose of a Pace Car?

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Out Pacing The Competition In This Pace Car

Why Do We Need The Pace Car In NASCAR?

While watching major automotive racing events, you might have noticed a car that leads the pack before the race starts or during random caution events. This is called the pace car, and it actually serves an important purpose.

There Are Multiple Reasons

According to USA Today writer Michelle R. Martinelli, a pace car’s primary purpose is to keep the drivers safe but also to get them warmed up before a racing event begins. When there is an accident on the track, bad weather, or some other event that could cause safety concerns, the pace car must insert itself in front of the leader of the pack and bring everyone down to a slow speed until the issue is resolved.

History Of The Pace Car

The first pace car ever used was in the Indianapolis 500 during the inaugural race in 2011. It was a Stoddard-Dayton, and Carl G. Fisher was the driver. Chevy vehicles are quite frequently used as the pace car for the Indy 500. Popular Chevy models for this honor include the Corvette and the Impala. In NASCAR races, the automaker of the pace car can vary depending on who sponsors the track. Chevy tracks use a Chevy Camaro.

Have more questions about NASCAR racing? Ask the experts at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet near Hickory, NC.

Great Race Day Snacks for Your Next Party

Race Day Snacks

Pre-Race Snacks

The race car season is going full tilt, so why not throw a big race day party for your friends and family? If you’re wondering what race day snacks you should provide at your next race day party, never fear – we’ve put together a list that will help you get started.

Spare Tire Donuts

If you’re going to be watching the big race, why not have a bit of a race day theme going on with your food? You can make your own chocolate-covered donuts at home (or purchase some from the grocery store) and call them spare tires. After all, those little circles sure do look like a delicious set of wheels.

BBQ Cocktail Wieners

There’s nothing more fool-proof than some delicious cocktail wieners. Simply buy a couple packages of these mini hotdogs, put them in a slow cooker, add some BBQ sauce and “Viola!” You have a delicious snack for your friends and family.

Hot Broccoli Dip

Sneak in something green into your guests’ race day meal with some hot broccoli dip. Just follow the recipe here and serve it with some tortilla or pita chips.

Pizza

Whether you order some from your local pizzeria or want to have your guests make their own, pizza is a great way to cater a party. You can even pick some up from the grocery store and simply pop it in the oven before the race begins.

Here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet Near Hickory, NC, we are always looking for some new race-day recipes, so feel free to share some of your own.

Fun Things to Do in Hickory, NC

Things To Do In Hickory

Exploring Hickory

Located only twenty minutes away from us here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet lies Hickory, North Carolina. This wonderful town has a welcoming, small-town feel that is difficult to ignore. That’s why we encourage you to visit and enjoy one of these many things to do in Hickory.

Hickory Museum Of Art

Catch a bit of culture while you’re in Hickory at the Hickory Museum of Art. This museum has a number of changing exhibitions throughout the year and a collection that focuses on American and American Southern Folk art styles. Whether you want to simply visit the museum to enjoy the beautiful works of art or plan on taking one of the museum’s many classes, the options are endless at the Hickory Museum of Art.

Check Out A Hickory Crawdads Game

There are a few things better than having fun at a baseball game when the weather’s beautiful. Luckily, the Crawdads, Hickory’s very own Minor League Baseball team, has a jam-packed schedule that makes it easy to enjoy America’s favorite pastime.

Explore Bakers Mountain Park

Looking to get outdoors to enjoy the natural beauty of Hickory? Well, look no further than Bakers Mountain Park. You can hike through this 189-acre park, climb a mountain, and see the beautiful views of Catawba Valley. With over six miles of trailers, there’s no doubt that you will truly enjoy this day outdoors.

If you need a new ride to get you around Hickory, NC, check out our lineup here at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet.