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Couple Leaves Work Behind to Explore
At some point in their lives, most people have the urge to just quit their job and leave the stress and monotony behind. The difference between most people and the team of Mark Christy and Nives Riddles is that most people get over the urge and end up going to work the next day. Christy and Riddles, a TV production tech and makeup artist, finally had enough of the daily stress and sold all their belongings. They took the money, built a little camp trailer and bought a dependable Chevrolet Silverado to take them to the badlands of Arizona.
Started with a Grand Canyon Hike
During a wedding in Arizona, the couple hiked the Grand Canyon. They fell in love with the natural beauty of the gorge and the incredible peace and quiet. “We both had that moment of not wanting to go back. We wanted to stay until we were sick of it,” Christy said. They did go back to their jobs in Philadelphia, but it wasn’t long until they just couldn’t stand it anymore and started the wheels in motion to become adventurers. They chronicle their adventures on the blog, Camp by Camp.
Chose Silverado for Towing Power
According to their blog, the couple originally started with a Toyota FJ Cruiser but it didn’t have enough power to tow through the challenging Arizona trails. They moved up to the ¾ ton Chevrolet Silverado and have had no problems exploring the backwoods and mountain ranges of the sunshine state. “The truck has gotten us everywhere we wanted to go,” Christy said. “It’s completely stock and has yet to leave us bogged down or stranded.” If you are planning some backroad adventures of your own, check out the lineup of 4x4s at Freeway Chevrolet.
Plan Met With Varying Degrees of Enthusiasm
Although their plan to drop out of the corporate world found some support among friends and family, others treated the news with a raised eyebrow. The couple has been pleasantly surprised with the number of people in the wild willing to offer a helping hand when needed. “It feels so different from the city, where it feels like people are out to get you,” Christy said. “Out here, people are so helpful.” Having sold all their belongings, the pair has nothing to go back home for so their plans are fluid. They plan to continue the adventure until they don’t want to anymore.
Best Selling Chevy Tops 3.5 Million Units
As Chevrolet prepares to introduce the next generation Cruze later this month, it comes on the heels of an announcement that the midsize sedan has sold more than 3.5 million vehicles, including a 10 percent increase in 2014 over the previous year. “When we introduced the Cruze it replaced 15 other compact vehicles around the glove,” said the president of GM North America, Alan Batey. “By consolidating design, engineering and marketing efforts, we were able to produce an award-winning, value-driven sedan that won over customers around the world.” The Cruze heads an impressive energy efficient lineup for Chevy that includes the Spark, Sonic, Malibu and Volt. Of all the Chevy cars, only the large sedan Impala gets less than 30 mpg on the highway.
Cruze Lures New Buyers to Chevrolet
The sporty appeal and environmental efficiency of the Cruze attracts young buyers to the bow tie brand for the first time, with the majority of them staying at least for their second vehicle. Fifty-six percent of first-time Cruze buyers stick with Chevrolet upon trading in the Cruz, with almost a quarter of those buyers purchasing another Cruze. With a diesel option that delivers up to 46 miles per gallon on the highway, the Cruz offers some of the most affordable high mileage compact vehicle packages on the planet. Visit Freeway Chevrolet and take a test-drive of the all-new Cruze when they arrive on the showroom floor next year.
New Cruze Larger and Lighter
Although Chevy is holding details close to the vest, the new Chevrolet Cruze is expected to be a little larger to provide more interior room and a little lighter to drive it’s industry-leading fuel economy even higher. Expected to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show this Fall, the 2016 Cruze will be in dealerships by the spring of 2016, with the price tag remaining under $20,000 for entry models. Visit Freeway Chevrolet today to take advantage of lot-clearing discounts and rebates on the 2015 Cruze models.
New Technology Improves Entertainment and Safety
Along with the Volt, Spark, Malibu and Camaro, the new Cruze will be taking advantage of innovative technology to improve safety, performance, fuel economy and Internet connectivity. The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is slated to offer both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to take full advantage of the features on your smart phone through touch screen technology. All the new technology will usher in a new level of sophistication to the compact car segment, according to a General Motors spokesperson. Five years of basic OnStar service comes standard with all Cruze models.
Months of Teasing End in Big Reveal
The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix track was the site for the reveal of the completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. After months of teasing Camaro enthusiasts on the Chevrolet website with glimpses of specific parts and the sounds the new Camaro will make, a huge crowd gathered in the middle of May to see what all the hub bub was about. The result was a vehicle that is 200 to 300 pounds lighter than last year’s model, depending on configuration. Built on the General Motors Alpha Platform that it shares with the Cadillac ATS and CTS, the new Camaro utilizes many parts that are unique to the new Chevy.
Throaty? Exotic? Thunderous? You Describe the Roar
Each owner will undoubtedly have their own description of the sound the dual mode exhaust makes when they tramp down on the V6 accelerator, but suffice it to say it is much more sophisticated than the other vehicles in the Pony car wars. Feel the power unleash as you edge past the redline of 6,500 RPM. It’s an experience that grips your soul through the specially designed sport bucket seats that embrace your body in a loving hug.
Interior a Big Step Up
One of the problems with releasing a totally new redesigned vehicle is that buyers of the final previous model year will be disappointed. That’s certainly a possibility with the new Chevrolet Camaro. With an active noise cancellation system, you can decide whether you want to be in sports car mode and hear the rumble, or enjoy some concert quality sound on your way to work. More details on the interior will be released before the new Camaro appears in the Freeway Chevrolet showroom in the Fall of this year.
Comes with Three Engine Choices
Although the 2.0-liter Turbo will provide plenty of power to have fun on those daily commutes, if you really want to unleash the horses you might consider with the 3.6-liter V6 or the 6.2 LT1 V8. The latter engine will only be available on the SS model, producing 455 horsepower and 455 foot-pounds of torque. When designing the new Camaro, Chevrolet focused on performance, technology and design. Along with lightening the load and producing more horsepower, Chevy introduces magnetic ride control suspension on the SS for the first time ever. Take the new Chevrolet Camaro through its paces by visiting Freeway Chevrolet later this Fall for a test drive.
Program Honoring Soldiers Runs Through June
General Motors is extending its military discount to all past and present service members through June 30. This special pricing program allows any active or separated soldier to present papers and receive a huge discount that works with any other active savings programs. Military members can either go into a GM or Chevrolet dealership, like Freeway Chevrolet, to figure out exactly how much the discount will be, or use the GM Military Discount Web Page. First build your vehicle online, and then the calculator will show your savings.
Available on Trucks, Crossovers and SUVs
“At a time when more Americans have been buying trucks, crossovers and SUVs, it is a privilege to have the opportunity to make a GMC vehicle more attainable to the men and women who have served this country,” said Duncan Aldred, GMC VP. Ever since the program was first designed in 2008, military members and veterans have taken advantage of deep discounts to obtain high quality family vehicles at prices that represent GM’s commitment to recognizing a soldier’s sacrifice. More than 40,000 active and retired service members used the discount last year alone.
GM has Long History with Military
When GM first started replacing horse-drawn wagons with trucks during World War I, it began a relationship of providing vehicles for military members that continues to this day. GMC worked with all the Allies during World War II to deliver $1.5 billion worth of vehicles panning 59 contracts. GM’s “Duck” vehicles provided an innovative way to transport troops and equipment over both water and land. These vehicles have been repurposed for tourism activities in waterfront locations.
Chevy Also Offers Military Discount
In honor of June as Military Appreciation Month, Chevrolet is also offering a Military Discount on all eligible vehicles. All you have to do is go to a dealership like Freeway Chevrolet or register online if you are on active duty, a retiree or in the reserves to get your discount. This discount is also available with all other incentives, which can add up to substantial discounts on the Chevrolet of your dreams. The discount comes with Chevrolet Complete Care, a program that provides all regular maintenance for your new vehicle for 24,000 miles or 24 months. Chevrolet also supports the military in other ways, including financial assistance for the Achilles Freedom Team and by working closely with the Cell Phones for Soldiers foundation.
Honor Wounded Soldier with Malibu
In order to celebrate the delivery of General Motors’ 500th million vehicle, GM executives recently donated a “key” to a new 2016 Malibu to Iran war veteran Trent Brining to thank him for his service. Brining received a Purple Heart after he was hit by a grenade while on patrol near Baghdad. He has received 23 surgeries to his arms and legs. The new Malibus aren’t in production yet, but will be delivered to Brining later this year about the time they show up at Freeway Chevrolet. He is one of five lucky customers who will receive a new GM vehicle in honor of the company moving half a billion units.
GM Proves Customers are King
During the ceremony celebrating the 500th million sale, GM took the opportunity to highlight loyal customers around the world. Video snippets included:
- A Minnesota retiree who bought a 1957 Chevy pickup from a farmer for $75 more than 38 years ago and still drives it every day.
- A woman from Brazil who was born in the front seat of a Chevy and who remains a customer.
- A Chinese man who so loved his Chevy Cruz that he retrofitted to match his own style. He then started a business helping others give their cars a personal statement.
Loyal customers are being rewarded with tickets to auto shows and owner-only gatherings.
Selling 1,000 Vehicles Per Hour
General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she expects the company to have a record year. “During 2015, we expect to sell more than 1,000 new vehicles per hour, 24 hours a day,” she said. That would add up to more than 10 million vehicles sold in one year, which would be the most in GM history. To keep up with demand, GM will be investing in its infrastructure, including more than $170 million in the Fairfax Kansas Assembly plant to build the new Malibu. The company said it will spend $5.4 billion during the next 36 months to improve plants for all its vehicles, including more than $780 million in the state of Michigan. The development is meant to keep up with the push to keep the cars flowing through your Phoenix Chevy dealer.
GM Source of Many Auto Innovations
The people behind GM have introduced many new features to the auto world since the company was founded in 1908. Along with the first automatic transmission, the company also built the first V-8 and utilized the first crash dummies to incorporate the industry’s first air bags. The new Malibu also has a first; a feature called Teen Driver will store data and show parents exactly how their teenagers are driving when alone on the road.
For the 20- and 30-something-year-old millennials, the good old days when Chevy’s muscle cars and family sedans dominated car sales might as well be something out of a history book, situated alongside tales of Marco Polo and the Wright Brothers’ initial flight. Millennials weren’t alive in the 1950s and 60s, but were instead born on the tail end of a time when American automakers were suffering from poor design, gas guzzling engines and market share losses to foreign automakers. Millennials were more likely to have a Japanese or European import in their parent’s driveway than a car from Detroit, which is why Chevrolet is making a staunch effort to connect with these young car buyers through social media. Your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet, is ready and available to help young buyers purchase their first Chevy.
There’s an App for That
Whether it’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Vine, Chevrolet is taking advantage of all avenues to promote its product line with young buyers. “It’s important to incorporate a playful, but authentic tone,” said Mallory Woodrow, social media manager for Chevrolet. “We try to customize our messages to be brief, especially on some of the newer platforms.” One example of a recent push to promote Chevrolets is a sweepstakes through Instagram that resulted in seats at the Country Music Awards.
Promoting Specific Product Lines
Most of the buyers of the Chevy Spark, Sonic and Cruze come from the millennial age group (35 and under). Coincidentally or not, more than a third of the people who buy those cars are first-time Chevrolet buyers. Most of Chevrolet’s promotion through social media is designed to get millennials to consider that product line as it includes energy-efficient vehicles that are at a reasonable price point. The promotion of the all-new 2016 Camaro included the simple hashtag “#six,” because the new model is the sixth generation of the popular pony car.
Trax Campaign Features Hidden Gems
Chevy used social media effectively to introduce the new Trax with a campaign it called “Hidden Gems.” Using what they call “social media influencers” to post data to different platforms, Chevy effectively explored locations off the beaten path in major cities to build interest in the new vehicle. Once a social media post piques your interest, Freeway Chevrolet invites you to examine the new Chevrolets and see why the American automakers are back to the glory years of the good old days.
Review the Ad, Print it Out
If you’re looking for a used car on the Internet, chances are you’ve reviewed dozens of ads by the time you make an appointment to actually see a car. It’s very normal for all the ads to jumble together in your brain. Print out the ad for every car you’re going to see, paying particular attention to any type of promises the seller makes, such as “runs good,” “rebuilt engine,” or any other repairs. Although there is no Lemon Law that protects you when it comes to dealing with private parties, having a copy of the ad on hand can prove useful if you find the seller was untruthful. When you’re looking for a car on the Internet, give some thought to using a qualified dealer like Freeway Chevrolet. Dealers must adhere to specific consumer laws that are designed to protect you.
Meet in a Public Place
Odds are you won’t have any trouble going to a person’s house to look at a car, but why tempt fate? Meeting in a public place, such as a library, grocery store or mall parking lot provides another level of safety against scammers who might be looking to do you harm. In addition, always try and have a friend or family member accompany you to meet a stranger who is selling a car. As an added measure of security, either call or text someone with the information on who, where and when you’re meeting. Message that person again when the meeting is over and you are safe.
Beware of Red Flags
There are a number of things that should raise a red flag when you attempt to buy a car from an individual off the Internet. The first problem area is a lack of a title or paperwork that doesn’t seem authentic. Carefully check the VIN number on the title against the vehicle and make sure there are no liens listed on the title. If a car has a fresh paint job, it could be a sign of underlying damage that was hastily repaired. Also beware if a seller isn’t keen on offering a bill of sale and a receipt. Any scrupulous seller will have no problem providing the proper paperwork to complete a car sale.
Safest Bet is to Visit a Dealership
Buying a car off the Internet doesn’t mean you have to meet a perfect stranger in a setting that may or may not be hazardous to your health. Most dealerships like Freeway Chevrolet now have an extensive Internet presence where you can go and look over the available used and new inventory. Buying a car through a dealership not only guarantees a safe environment, but it also gives you a level of comfort that the vehicle your purchasing has been inspected and all the paperwork is on the up and up.
With the newest installment of the Fast & Furious series recently released, it feels like everywhere you turn, it’s Fast and Furious fever! For those of you who follow and enjoy the films, it’s easy to understand the hype. As we all know, the series is jammed and packed full of amazingly impressive rides. Here at Freeway Chevrolet, our focus tends to migrate towards the Chevy makes and models- rightfully so. Let’s take a look at the top three Chevy cars that made a glorious appearance in the Fast and Furious movies.
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Ah. The Chevelle SS. Some would agree that the Fast & Furious movies just wouldn’t be complete without this automotive gem playing a part. The Chevelle is driven by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who is first seen driving it in a post credits scene incorporating the memorable quote, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time… Nothing else matters. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.” The impressive Chevy Chevelle meets a glorious end when Dom utilizes it as an explosive distraction against the film’s antagonist in order to escape an ambush. Rest peacefully oh dearest Chevelle.
Corvette Grand Sport
This beauty can be seen in the fifth installment of the series. After commencing in a visually stimulating road chase, the gorgeous Grand Sport is not only driven off a speeding train, but also careens off a cliff- only to meet its fate in a watery grave. Luckily, the car that met the unfortunate doom was actually a replica of the Corvette Grand Sport. Replica or not, the car is beautiful and awesome to look at!
1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
Of course, we cannot forget the beautiful blue of the 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro. This particular piece of vehicle eye candy was won by Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) in “2 Fast 2 Furious.” After winning the pink slip to this gorgeous ride, it is used in the second half of the movie to evade the police. It ends up flying through the air and makes an impressive, and memorable, landing onto a yacht!
Who would have thought that when The Fast and The Furious came out so many years ago that it would have made as much of an impact as it did? But come on, here at Freeway Chevrolet, we know why everyone loves these movies so much- the beautiful, rubber-burning, heart-thumping Chevrolet rides of course!
Ready for one of the most thrilling and visually stimulating sports cars that Chevy has ever made? If your answer is yes, then you need to stop by Freeway Chevrolet today to check out the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. Despite the affordability in comparison to all others in its class, the 2015 Corvette hones in on a head turning appeal combined with a streamlined engine guaranteed to knock your socks off! So what makes this impressive ride so appealing?
Fast, Sleek Design
As much as we would love to say, “It’s not about the looks,”- it really is with the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette. The clean, precision of its appearance is second to none and continues to catch the eyes of onlookers. The carbon-nano-fiber components contribute to an increased performance while enhancing the efficiency with a light-weight and aerodynamic sculpting. Although most drivers aren’t interested in fuel costs when purchasing the Corvette, the lightweight effect impressively increases the fuel efficiency contributing to an overall 29 mpg on the highway. Its provocative design teams perfectly with its functionality. This beautiful ride offers the perfect combination of ingenious design, impressive performance and first class engineering.
And of course, the engine!
All versions and trims of the 2015 Corvette come standard with a jaw-dropping 455 hp! Not to mention a 6.2L V8 engine that puts out 460 lb.-ft. of torque. It can have a standard transmission that features a seven-speed manual and automatic rev-matching. Addressing the requests of sports car enthusiasts, the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette offers the option to upgrade to an eight-speed automatic transmission providing its driver with more power and better performance. It comes in as the most powerful and quickest Corvette to date. A car this miraculous deserves the best care and therefore comes standard with Chevrolet’s Complete Care offering 2 years or 24,000 miles of roadside assistance, scheduled maintenance and much more!
Test Drive the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette!
In the market for a new work truck? Freeway Chevrolet has a truck lineup that is built on a strong foundation of capability and dependability. With Chevy’s Colorado winning the title of Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year and our impressive options for the Silverado, Freeway Chevrolet is the go-to spot for new truck buyers! With advanced features, dynamic engineering and innovative cargo space, our top work truck options include:
2015 Chevrolet Colorado
With the best available fuel efficiency out of any other pickup, the Colorado offers an invigorating 305 horsepower and a 7000 lb towing capability. It comes standard with an impressive safety system featuring Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alerts. The Colorado is the first truck of its class to include 4G LTE Wi-Fi for those looking to stay connected at all times. With a stylish and impressive appearance and phenomenal fuel economy, the Colorado is a great choice for those seeking a reliable and attractive work truck option.
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
If power, dependability and ingenuity in a work truck is what you seek, perhaps the Chevrolet Silverado is a great fit for you! With the best in class V8 towing capacity of 12,000 lbs, the Silverado 1500 is perfect for those who desire endless towing capabilities. This truck maintains excellent fuel efficiency along with a 5 year/100,000 mile Powertrain warranty. It’s impressive roll formed steel goes hand in hand with its dynamic technology, including Trailer Sway Control with the Stabilitrak system. Enjoy its quiet, comfortable and attractive cabin during long trips or simple daily commutes.
2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Powered with Chevy’s legendary Duramax 6.6L Turbo-Diesel V8 engine, the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 is impressively strong with a trailering capacity of 17,900 lbs. Much like the Silverado 1500, the 2500 includes the smart technology of Trailer Sway Control from Stabilitrak along with Trailer Brake Controller that provides its driver with the ability to tow even the heaviest of loads! The Silverado 2500 maintains an impressive cargo bed lined with roll formed steel that maintains to durability with continued use. The Silverado 2500 is also available with the Vortec engine that allows for the use of Compressed Natural Gas.