How to Prepare your Car for Winter

Yes, we said it, the dreaded “w” word—winter. Winter will be here before you know it, and it is better to get ready now than to make changes after having problems. Cold temperatures and harsh weather can wreak havoc on a poorly-running car, which is why you need to prepare your car for winter. Here are a few tips from U.S. News & World Report Contributor Trent Hamm.

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  • Check antifreeze levels. Antifreeze does just what it sounds like—it prevents your engine from freezing in the winter. Make sure it hasn’t gotten diluted and you have the right amount.
  • Make sure HVAC works. Of course, you want your heater in the winter, but your A/C plays an important role, too, in defrosting your windshield.
  • Pack an emergency kit. If you get stranded on the road, you will need some supplies to keep you safe and warm. Items like a blanket, high-energy snacks, water, a flashlight, road flares, and a spare charged cell phone can help get you out of trouble.
  • Check your tires. As the temperatures drop, the roads get slicker. Make sure your tires have enough tread depth to get you through it. Consider making the switch to winter tires.

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we want you to be safe and prepared. Schedule a service appointment today, and we can help you get your car ready for the season ahead.

Refreshed Camaro Coming in 2019

For the 2019 model year, we have learned that Chevrolet is planning on a refreshed Camaro, according to CarBuzz.com writer Jay Traugott. The current generation Camaro was just unveiled for the 2016 model year, but the automotive industry is always on the move. Since the current generation is only a few years old, the 2019 updates won’t be too major.

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For starters, we can expect some visual changes on the front and rear ends without altering the Camaro’s dimensions. This means that there will likely be a new grille and new lights in the front and back. There will also potentially be minor modifications to the interior as well.

Another update Camaro fans should expect is a new lineup of trim options. Many industry experts believe that Chevrolet will introduce a new base model to make the Camaro more affordable. This could also mean a shuffling of features across the lineup.

One update that is very nearly guaranteed is the promise of more power from the Camaro SS. Currently, the 2018 model’s V8 engine delivers 460 horsepower. This output could peak at or around 470 ponies for 2019. Another powertrain possibility is the addition of a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we are always excited by Camaro news. What updates would you like to see for 2019?

Chevy Hints at Introducing V8 Engines to Lower Trim Camaros

The Chevy Camaro won’t be muscled out of its peak position in the muscle car market. Chevrolet is looking to add numerous technologies and advanced engineering features to increase sales of the iconic Chevy Camaro and take over the top spot from the Ford Mustang.

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The coolest way they’re proceeding with this pony car push? By bringing high-power V8 engines to lower trim Camaros.

This move will make higher performance available at a lower price point to box out the high-dollar Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger, two competitors that only promise V8s at their more expensive and elevated trim levels. Currently, the Chevy Camaro is second in sales to the Mustang, with the Challenger in third place.

Buyers of muscle cars tend to be automotive enthusiasts, meaning that these are the people who are looking for the potent thrill of a V8 engine. Making V8 engines more accessible to true lovers of all things “under the hood” by adding them to the lower trim Camaros is a brilliant tactical move on Chevrolet’s part.

Do you fall into the category of “automotive enthusiast?” At Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we are fully stocked with a wide variety of Chevrolet Camaros. No matter what color, what trim, or what performance options you’re looking for, we can help you find it at Tom Naquin.

The Updated Chevy Trailblazer Is Still Blazing Trails in Brazil

If you’re still mourning the 2009 departure of the Chevrolet Trailblazer from American soil, you might want to stop reading now—the pain of “oh-what-could-have-been” may be too much to bear. But, if you’re intrigued by “what-could-be-again” pay attention!

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An updated Chevy Trailblazer has been turning heads way down south in Brazil, where it’s been a major force in the South American SUV scene since 2012. The new 2018 model introduces a swath of new technologies, both in the cabin and under the hood, as well as an all-new aesthetic.

New features for the Brazilian Trailblazer include blind spot, front collision, and rear movement alerts, a new premium audio system, and more, but the real icing on the cake is its Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) system. The new CPA reduces vibration and noise, increases energy efficiency, and optimizes coupling at lower speeds with a six-speed transmission for a silkier ride.

On top of all this, the updated Chevy Trailblazer takes to the streets with an all-new, modernized aesthetic. With a crisper front fascia, smooth passenger windows, and an overall elegant posture, this Trailblazer has an almost luxurious appearance.

While you can’t purchase a new Trailblazer here at Tom Naquin (we’re just a bit to north of the border for those), we have a wide selection of Chevy SUVs, cars, and trucks that are sure to entice any driver. Visit us to see our full stock!

The professional critics are raving about the new 2017 Chevy Traverse, and it's no surprise. Learn more about what people are saying on our blog!

Smooth Ride and Peace of Mind: 2017 Chevrolet Traverse Reviews

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse is available now at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, and while we’re happy to talk to you all day about how much we love this SUV, we figured we would leave it to the experts to help you make your decision. Below you’ll find brief summaries of several 2017 Chevrolet Traverse reviews that should make the Traverse the clear winner in your search for a new SUV.

For starters, the 2017 Chevy Traverse has earned 4.9 stars out of 5 on Cars.com in the Consumer Reviews section, which means it’s not just one person deeming the Traverse a nearly perfect SUV—it’s dozens of consumers, just like you.

Professional critics were also fond of the 2017 Traverse. Edmunds praised its “smooth ride even when the road isn’t” and the “peace of mind that comes with top safety scores.” U.S. News & World Report and Edmunds both lauded the Traverse’s excellent cargo space, and U.S. News also echoed Edmunds thoughts on the ride and handling, calling it “smooth” and “carlike.”

Regarding its interior space, Car and Driver goes so far as to say that even though the Traverse “looks like an SUV, it’s really more of a camouflaged minivan, especially considering its spacious cabin with room for eight.”

Want to experience the “camouflaged minivan” SUV yourself? Test drive the 2017 Traverse at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

Find out what the critics are saying about the new Chevy Equinox!

Quiet and Practical: 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Reviews

Our sales team at Tom Naquin Chevrolet is very knowledgeable on Chevy’s lineup, including the new Equinox. We could probably talk your ear off all day about the Equinox, but we know that our discerning shoppers would probably prefer to hear from the critics themselves. That’s why we’ve compiled snippets from several 2017 Chevrolet Equinox reviews across the web, all in one place.

Car and Driver calls the Equinox both “quiet” and “practical” in the cabin, two of the many features that make it a “smart buy.” U.S. News & World Report would probably agree with that “smart buy” title, as it has rated the 2017 Equinox an 8.0 out of 10. Reviewers at U.S. News cite the Equinox’s “smooth, comfortable ride” and “spacious and flexible rear seats” as positive metrics that have earned the Equinox its high score.

Edmunds also had positive praise for the 2017 Chevy Equinox, highlighting several aspects, such as the “optional V6 engine [that] provides quick acceleration,” the smooth ride no matter the terrain, the “backseat [that] has plenty of space and slides/reclines for added comfort,” and its quiet interior at all speeds. Motor Trend also lauded the available V6 engine and the roomy interior.

Want to experience the 2017 Chevy Equinox for yourself? Test drive one at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.

The Roadster Shop Creates Custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR is an off-road capable truck unlike any other in its class. The Roadster Shop, a company known for taking muscle cars to new heights, took to the Colorado ZR2 with pleasure. The end result is a muscular pickup that looks like it can take on the world.Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

To begin, The Roadster Shop got ahold of a 2015 Colorado and transformed it into a vehicle designed to perfect recon on off-road racing courses. The race truck features a vast array of amenities and looks much different than any production model we’ll likely ever see.

The “ColoRADo,” as it was christened, features a stock cab with much larger fender flares. The custom freight brings a new position to the engine to optimize weight distribution. While the styling is certainly something to behold, what’s under the hood could be even more impressive.

The custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 boasts a 7.0-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that pumps out 730 hp. An upgraded suspension allows drivers to traverse some of the roughest trails imaginable in complete comfort.

The roll cage, racing seats, new dashboard and steering wheel, and digital instrument cluster certainly aren’t standard equipment either. Although the truck is just a custom job done by some creative experts, it’s still a sight to take in before it roars over the mountainside and out of sight.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet can’t help but be impressed by the custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2!

Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Fleet Expands

Automakers are making leaps and bounds in autonomous car technology every month, but Chevrolet is the clear leader. The autonomous Chevrolet Bolt car fleet will be expanded from 50 to 180 vehicles. The additional 130 Bolts will boast updated cameras, sensors, and hardware from models currently testing in three major cities.Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

There are currently 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolts testing on the roadways of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. Data generated and collected by those models have resulted in updated technology as Chevrolet continues to lead the pack in the race to produce autonomous vehicles.

The addition of 130 electric vehicles to the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt fleet isn’t the only update the automaker has made. General Motors plans to triple the staff of Cruise Automation, a self-driving software startup purchased last year, to 150 people. That team will continue to expand by another 1,100 people over the next five years.

While the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt is still in the testing phase, the Orion Assembly Plant is geared for production. As a result, General Motors currently stands as the only automaker capable of mass-producing autonomous vehicles.

“…no other company today has the unique and necessary combination of technology, engineering and manufacturing ability to build autonomous vehicles at scale,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO and Chairman.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are happy to see the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt continuing to lead the industry!

Nissan Announces Plans to Develop New Crossover EV

Nissan is no stranger to the green car segment. The Nissan LEAF has made big waves over the years, introducing new technology and better mileage to a segment that used to be aimed at a particular niche of buyers. Now though, EVs are becoming more and more popular. After announcing recent plans to develop a new crossover EV, Nissan seems to be taking advantage of its reputation for innovative, clean cars by tapping into one of the most popular segments on the market – crossover SUVs.new crossover EV - Tom Naquin - Elkhart, IN

At the core of Nissan’s company is the Nissan Intelligent Mobility philosophy, which puts cutting-edge tech like self-driving, connectivity, and vehicle electrification at the forefront of its design and engineering. Expanding its EV lineup is one of the company’s major goals, with Nissan even putting out concepts of electric sports cars, so it’s no surprise that they’re taking the EV segment in a new direction by planning to launch a crossover EV by 2019.

The new crossover EV will make use of the Vmotion 3.0 drivetrain, piggybacking off the success of the Vmotion 2.0 concept introduced at the Detroit Auto show. The concept is slated to make its first appearance at auto events sometime this year to give enthusiasts a taste of where Nissan’s crossover EV is headed in terms of design.

How to Throw the Perfect Summer Cookout

If the fears of burnt burgers or bored children are keeping you from throwing a barbeque this year, then worry not. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’ve put together these tips for the perfect summer cookout.

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Be Prepared

If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Plan your menu ahead of time; this will give you the chance to look for good deals at the grocery store. Not to mention, knowing what you’re going to make a few weeks beforehand gives you the chance to go over different recipes so you’ll feel comfortable and familiar when it’s time to put them to the test.

 

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Make entertainment easy on yourself by setting out some lawn games before guests arrive. Something as simple as a Frisbee or a cornhole set will keep guests of all ages occupied. Set up a portable Bluetooth speaker as well for a fun, summer playlist that will set the mood all day long.

 

Don’t Sweat It

The most important advice to remember when you’re hosting a cookout is to have fun. Otherwise, what’s the point? Realize that spills will happen, rain may fall, and someone who wanted a bratwurst might get a hot dog instead by accident. But in the end, compared to the opportunity to share the summer days with friends and families, these things don’t matter. What’s important is that you enjoy yourself from the moment you pick out the hamburger buns at the store to finishing off the last beer of the afternoon.