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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.

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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.

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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.