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Suburban “Carryall” Introduced in 1935

Originally designed as a more capable alternative to woodie wagons of the day, the 1935 Suburban Carryall started a run that even Chevrolet executives could not have foreseen. Still going strong to this day, the Suburban has the longest production run of any vehicle in America. Now in its 81st year, the king of SUVs shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Many of the features of the original Chevy Suburban are still true to this day. It is a perfect vehicle for hauling large groups of people and their luggage on either road trips or to remote locations. The Suburban’s four-wheel drive system and high clearance makes it a great choice for going where other vehicles dare not tread. Test drive the latest incarnation of the Suburban for yourself at Freeway Chevrolet.

World War II Brings Break for Personal Use

Shortly after Chevy introduced the second generation of the Suburban in 1941, production ceased for personal use due to World War II in 1943. When it started up again in 1946, the vehicles were essentially the same until 1947, when the mother of all station wagons got flush mounted headlights. Chevy kept making improvements through 1953 when it introduced an automatic transmission and a whopping 100 horsepower under the hood. Compare that to today’s basic model which comes with a 5.3 liter V8 and delivers 355 horsepower. The Suburban continued to evolve thorugh history, with major renovations every five years or so. Coil spring suspension debuted in 1963 to offer a better ride and air conditioning was added in 1965. A major styling change took place in 1992 when the Suburban design became more sleek to fall in line with the Chevy pickup line. Safety features were added in 1994. The current generation began in 2007 with improved safety, comfort and towing ability.

Towing, Tech and Comfort All in One Package

The 2016 Suburban is a behemoth that gives you the ability to tow up to 8,300 pounds while delivering a smooth, quiet ride. With technology like 4G LTE Wi-Fi, the Chevy Suburban acts like a hot spot for all the passengers to utilize their electronic devices. Rear seat entertainment systems, premium leather and a sound system that feels like you parked in the middle of a concert hall all add to the beauty this beast can offer. The Suburban is one of the safest vehicles on the road. If its sheer size and structural capability weren’t enough, it has seven air bags and technology such as side blind zone alert, lane keep assist and front park assist to help avoid collisions. Test drive this testament to the American auto industry today at Freeway Chevrolet.

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro and Camaro SS models feature revised front and rear facias, featuring race-proven aerodynamic designs for more efficient cooling and stability at high speeds.

Theories Abound Where the Bowtie Originated

Although William Durant, cofounder of Chevrolet, allegedly once confirmed that the iconic bowtie logo came from a French hotel, other theories have emerged as to the origin of the logo. Durant’s daughter says it came from a sketch Durant made during dinner, while Durant’s widow says it was “borrowed” from a newspaper ad for a coal substitute. One other popular theory claims the bowtie is a modified version of the Swiss flag cross. Wherever it comes from, the bowtie has stood for innovation and quality for more than 100 years. See all the new 2016 Chevrolet models and find out what the latest innovations are with a trip to your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.

Wallpaper Swatch Started It All

Durant was famous for being a world traveler. The wallpaper rumor is based in 1908 when he was in France. The hotel he was staying in had a version of the bowtie marching of into infinity on the walls, so Durant tore off a piece of the paper and brought it home, thinking it would be a good badge for his car company. That’s the official version of the story, but time has a way of changing all things and other theories have now arisen.

Family Members Have Own Versions

Margery, Durant’s daughter, wrote a book about her famous dad in 1929. In it she recounts the story of how the bowtie came to being one night at dinner. She said her dad was famous for doodling during the family meal, and one night he sketched the bowtie “between the soup and the fried chicken.” However the bowtie originated, it is a symbol of an automaker that holds an important place in the American auto industry. The new Chevrolets all rank high in J.D. Power Initial Quality surveys. See why the fit, finish and performance all come together by taking a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.

Widow Recounts a Newspaper Ad Was Inspiration

In a 1973 interview, Durant’s widow Catherine recalled they were on vacation in Virginia when her husband ran across a logo in an ad that he thought would make a good car emblem. A Chevy historian did some research and found an ad in a 1911 newspaper in the area for “coalettes,” a fuel that was made from coal. The ad featured a bowtie logo very similar to the one that Durant adopted for Chevrolet. One other version of the history of the bowtie ties the logo to the cross on the French flag based on the theory that Louis Chevrolet was born in Switzerland.

ASRC Energy Services deploys employees and Chevy trucks across the state of Alaska to monitor oilfield exploration and construction to ensure regulatory standards are properly followed.

Dependability is Key for Remote Areas

When the crew rom ASRC Energy Services in Alaska goes out into the field, it’s important they have a vehicle they know won’t let them down. That’s why the company exclusively uses Chevrolet trucks to help employees monitor oil fields and energy-related construction activities in some of the most remote country imaginable. “Our fleet vehicles double as mobile offices for the majority of our employees, so we need to give them dependable vehicles for where they work,” said the general manager of ASRC fleet vehicles, Chris Maynard. The terrain can vary greatly from heavily wooded areas to frozen tundra, with no help around for many miles. You can see the complete lineup of trucks for yourself at your Phoenix Chevy dealer, Freeway Chevrolet.

Three-truck Strategy Pays Off

ASRC teams have many functions, from reporting to maintenance, so they rely on a variety of trucks from Chevrolet. They remove the tires from the Colorado so the truck can fit in an airplane and be transported to the more remote reaches of Alaska. Light duty tasks incorporate the half-ton Silverado to haul the management team and clients to project sites, while the Silverado HD 2500 and 3500 trucks are used for working operations all over Alaska. “We build our trucks with companies like Arctic Slope in mind,” said John Schwegman of GM. “Their employees don’t have time to worry about how the vehicle will operate when the weather is 40 degrees below zero.” Maynard said GM is Johnny-on-the-spot when it comes to service issues. “The Alaska market is pretty small, but GM looks at every sale as one of importance, so even the smallest problem gets special focus from a GM engineer.”

Colorado and Silverado Hot Commodities in Arizona

Even though the Arizona desert provides a 180-degree opposite challenge for vehicles, the Colorado and Silverado trucks are hot sellers in the desert. For fuel mileage and handling medium-sized loads, it’s tough to beat the Colorado, which was Motor Trend’s “Truck of the Year” for 2015. The Silverado comes in a number of configurations, from a standard work truck to the decked out LTZ, where the interior is reminiscent of a luxurious sedan. Both the Colorado and Silverado offer the latest in technology, including Wi-Fi 4G LTE to help keep you connected no matter how far you are from civilization. Test drive the trucks by visiting Freeway Chevrolet.

The ability to take the heat off hard-working police dogs makes the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV the country’s most popular police vehicle for K-9 units.

Roominess and Climate Control Contributing Factors

If you think all those black Tahoes filled with FBI agents and Secret Service officers in the movies are just a bunch of Hollywood hooey, think again. Police officers across the country, and particularly K-9 units, love the Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) for every day tasks. Because of its large size and ability to keep the entire vehicle at a comfortable temperature, both officers and dogs are kept comfortable while working in stressful situations. “Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day – responding to calls for service, training and creating an unbreakable bond,” according to Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard of Oakland County, Michigan. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”

Tahoe PPV Has Special Cooling Setup

Dogs can become ill or tired when subjected to heat for a long period of time, so the special PPV version of the Chevy Tahoe has more heating and cooling vents than any other vehicle of its kind. Dogs are frequently put back in their kennels in the vehicle after a long chase, so it’s important that their body temperature can be brought back to normal. According to the North American Police Dog Association, heat exhaustion is one of the top threats to the health of police dogs. Only the pads of skin on their feet allow heat to escape, so extra cooling is vitally important. As the Tahoe is the perfect vehicle for K-9s, it’s also the right choice for large families who enjoy going on long trips. Adjustable climate control keeps everyone comfortable from the front to the back as you can see with a test drive at Freeway Chevrolet.

Chevy Has Full Lineup of Police Vehicles

Along with the Chevy Tahoe PPV, Chevrolet has a complete lineup of special police vehicles that are in use across the nation. The Caprice and Impala are used as patrol cars in many local and state government situations. The Caprice has more interior room than any other patrol car, and the Impala gets outstanding gas mileage while still having a top speed of 150 miles per hour. Specially equipped Silverado trucks are used to answer the call in many rugged situations, and the Chevy Express full-size van is the answer to most cargo or passenger hauling needs. Out of all these vehicles, only the Caprice is not available for public purchase.