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Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Changing your cars batterya

If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case!

Keeping up with routine car maintenance can be difficult, but it’s a necessity for drivers who want to maximize the lifespan of their vehicle. Proper maintenance can help reduce the overall operating cost of your car as well. Check out these informative spring car maintenance tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Get out on the road and enjoy a spring drive!

 

  • Battery – A car requires more current to start when it’s cold out. That can put a major strain on a battery, especially if it’s fairly old. Take a few moments to look the battery over for any abnormalities, like bumps or bulges, and clean the connections if possible. If the battery is more than a few years old, it might be best to get a new one, just in case.
  • Wipers – Spring brings warm weather and heavy rains, which is why it’s necessary to have a good pair of windshield wipers. Fortunately, new wiper blades are fairly inexpensive and are easy to install. Simply consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions for your vehicle.
  • Lights – Driving at night without properly functioning headlights will only lead to disaster. Heading out in the rain without headlights won’t end well either. Perform an inspection of your lights to ensure they work properly before you need them!

 

If you find yourself in need of some professional help with car maintenance, just give us a call here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet and we’ll be happy to help!

Chevrolet Redline Special Editions lined up next to each other

Chevrolet’s Redline Special-Edition Trims

The Saturn Redline edition models were high-performance versions of popular vehicles designed to appeal to the speed demon in us all. While Saturn is long gone, Chevrolet is reviving the Redline name in a big way. Originally debuted at the 2015 SEMA Show, Chevrolet’s Redline special-edition trims are returning to the market to feed the demon.

Chevrolet Redline Special Editions lined up next to each other

The new Chevrolet Redline Special-Editions

The Redline package will re-enter production and be available on a total of nine vehicles by the end of 2017. The package will include black wheels with red hashes, black nameplates with a red outline, and black grilles. Specific vehicles will see their own unique styling touches as well.

 

The Chevrolet Camaro Redline, for example, will feature the red hash marks above the wheels as a nod to Chevrolet’s history in motorsports. Both trucks, the Colorado and Silverado 1500, will feature red tow hooks.

 

Other vehicles that will see the available Redline package include the Malibu, Trax, Traverse Premier, Equinox, and Cruze hatchback and sedan. The first model to hit the market will be the Silverado. Potential consumers can inquire about ordering a Silverado Redline of their own by contacting a certified dealership.

 

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are excited to see the Redline special edition models roll out throughout the year!

Chevy Already Hard at Work on C8 Chevrolet Corvette

C8 Chevrolet CorvetteThe Chevrolet Corvette is currently enjoying a banner year; the C7 Corvette Stingray, now in its second model year, continues to rack up the accolades. It was named the 2014 North American Car of the Year and sports a 9.3 out of 10 customer rating on KBB.com. Then there’s the 2015 Corvette Z06, which is the “most track-capable” and performance-oriented Corvette ever produced.

These cars already compete favorably with the world’s greatest supercars—and the Corvette is much more affordable than those cars, anyhow—but Chevy knows that when it comes to supercars, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. That’s why Chevy engineers are already hard at work on the C8 Corvette, and there are already rumors that the future Corvette will feature a hybrid assist system to boost both performance and efficiency.

The C7 is already the most powerful and efficient Corvette generation, but apparently it’s soon to be upstaged by the C8. We don’t know anything else about the C8 yet here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, but we promise to bring you that news as soon as we have it. If you’re looking to nab a C7, though, you’d better hurry, because these things are selling faster than we can get them in here to the showroom.

Everyone loves the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport…

Its a lot like a love triangle.  Instead of Edward, Bella and Jacob, though, it involves Edmunds.com, the 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport Sedan, and Tom Naquin Chevrolet Cadillac customers.  And no one gets their heart broken.

It’s nice when the expert reviewers and customers agree. For the Cadillac CTS Vsport, they line up perfectly.

Excellent Performer, “Fun To Drive”

Edmunds.com calls the 2014 CTS-V “one of GM’s best-ever sedans” and a sports car with luxury features, refined handling capability and unusual cohesiveness between brakes, chassis and thrust.

The CTS Vsport received an overall “A” rating from Edumunds.com.  Contributing to the excellent rating were grades of “A” for Performance, noting the car as a ‘truly balanced performer’.  The vehicle also received an “A” grade for the Fun To Drive category.

Even GM loves the Cadillac CTS Vsport

Of course, GM couldn’t agree more.  “These recognitions further solidify Cadillac’s continued elevation to the heart of the luxury market,” said Bill Peffer, U.S. vice president of Cadillac sales and service. “It’s gratifying to see the experts and buyers agree that Cadillac offers one of the strongest lineups available on the market.”

This isn’t the first award the Cadillac brand has received recently.  Last year, the Cadillac CTS received Motor Trends’ Car of the year, Car and Driver’s 10 Best as well as Road & Track’s 2013 Luxury Car. Earlier this month, Automobile Magazine named the car its 2014 All-Star.

Too often love triangles end tragically.  But when Edmunds.com, Cadillac CTS Vsport and drivers got together, everyone came out a winner.

2014 Cadillac CTS-V at Tom Naquin Chevrolet Cadillac

2014 Cadillac CTS-V SedanNot quite ready for the Vsport trim?  We told you about the new 2014 Cadillac CTS back in June.  The award-winning CTS-V Sedan and Coupe models have loads of great features.  After your review, come in an test drive  and see what all the fuss is about.

 

Lucky winner rewarded for sponsoring Goshen Stars Soccer Club

Congratulations to area resident Jeff Bowser!  He was announced as the lucky winner of the local Chevrolet Youth Soccer Breakaway Sweepstakes on April 14, 2014, at Tom Naquin Chevrolet.  Bowser is the recipient of a flat screen, high-definition television and Blu-Ray player.

Winning Entry from Goshen Stars Soccer Club

The winning entry in the Michiana area came from Goshen Stars Soccer Club sponsored by Tom Naquin Chevrolet.  Bowser and other league supporters had the opportunity to enter and win through this year’s Chevrolet Youth Soccer sweepstakes.

Five national grand prize winners received a 2014 Chevrolet Traverse, while each participating market had one winner of the home entertainment package.

2014 Chevy Traverse

5 lucky winners received a 2014 Chevy Traverse!

Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program

The Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program is a grassroots initiative helping to establish a positive relationship between local dealers and their communities. Chevrolet Dealers sponsor their local youth soccer organizations as a part of Chevrolet’s nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time.

This year, the Chevrolet Youth Soccer program had nearly 1,100 dealers and 850,000 young athletes participate throughout the U.S. Chevrolet and the United States Soccer Federation recently announced a multi-year partnership deal making Chevrolet the Official Partner of U.S. Soccer at a time when the sport’s popularity is rising in the U.S.

Chevrolet also recently launched its “What Do You #PlayFor?” global soccer initiative, supporting play as a path to opportunity.  For more information about Chevrolet’s current global soccer initiatives, including the Chevrolet Youth Soccer program, please visit www.ChevroletFC.com.

Tom Naquin Chevrolet is proud to sponsor the Goshen Stars Soccer Club and the Chevrolet Youth Soccer Program.

 

Chevy Announces Performance Transmission for 2015 Chevy Corvette

The famous Corvette crossed-flags badge

The famous Corvette crossed-flags badge

If you enjoy performance driving, then you will like the latest news from Chevrolet. The automaker has announced that the 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray will offer a brand-new eight-speed automatic transmission that will be designed specifically for performance driving.

(The 2014 model recently won the North American Car of the Year!)

Bill Goodrich, an assistant chief engineer for automatic transmissions at General Motors, says, “It was designed to enhance the Stingray’s driving experience, with performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement.”

The new eight-speed automatic is designed to be paired with the Stingray’s 6.2-liter V8 engine. Chevrolet predicts a 5% increase in fuel economy with the new transmission, as it is eight pounds lighter than the six-speed transmission it replaces.

Offering paddle shifters and full manual control over gear changes, the eight-speed automatic should be able to complete wide-open-throttle upshifts up to 8/100ths of a second quicker than the new Porsche 911 Carrera’s gearbox.

While you eagerly await the new 2015 Chevy Corvette Stingray and its eight-speed transmission, why not stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today to test drive the six-speed version?

2014 Chevy Corvette


Chevrolet Amps up the Silverado with Performance Cheyenne

 

At the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas, everyone got a good look at Chevrolet’s new Silverado Cheyenne high-performance concept truck. This small truck shares the same engine as the 2014 Corvette Stingray, uses some of the same parts as the Camaro Z/28, and has even more enhancements for improved handling.

The engine is the 6.2-liter V8 that makes 420 horsepower, and its Z/28-shared parts include the wheels, tires, and carbon ceramic brakes. This is definitely not a truck for hauling bales of hay. Chevrolet even gave it a lowered suspension, a rear stabilizer bar, and a Borla exhaust to make it truly track-ready.

To make sure the Cheyenne wasn’t carrying any unnecessary weight, engineers used carbon fiber for the bumpers, cargo box, and tailgate. It also uses only a standard-sized cabin and the small bed size Chevrolet offers.

Best of all, according to Autoblog, the Cheyenne concept may actually make it to production!

Tom Naquin Celebrates National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Are you one of the 660,000 American drivers who will admit to using an electronic device while driving?

Imagine driving for 4.6 seconds at 55 miles per hour – blindfolded.

Let’s put this into perspective – that would be the length of an entire football field.

Scary, huh?

Well, if you answered yes to the first question, you have – in a sense – done this.

Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States, causing one in every four traffic crashes.

There were 3,331 people killed and 387,000 people injured from distracted driving in 2011.

Although it is illegal in 39 states to text while driving, people still do it!

And, texting is not the only activity considered as distracted driving. Technically, it is defined as any act that takes attention away from driving. So, even talking on the phone, drinking, eating, talking to passengers, grooming and reading – whether that be maps or text messages.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has deemed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

Tom Naquin encourages drivers of Elkhart and the surrounding South Bend Indiana area to pledge to drive phone-free for the entire month of April.

And, we hope, beyond that.

A Victorious NASCAR Debut for the Chevrolet SS

If you missed it – the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Super Sport made its debut at the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway.

The street version of the Chevrolet SS will be available at your local Elkhart Indiana dealership, Tom Naquin, in the fourth quarter.

Here are some specs:

  • 6.2-Liter V8 Engine
  • 415-Horsepower
  • Five-Second Zero to Sixty
  • Brembo Disc Brakes
  • Forged Aluminum Wheels
  • Rear-Drive Performance Sedan
  • Six-Speed Automatic
  • TAPshift Technology

If those specs aren’t enough to sell you, let’s take a look at its performance on the racetrack:

  • Sprint Unlimited NASCAR Victory by Kevin Harvick
  • Daytona 500 Pole-Sitter Qualification by Danica Patrick
  • Daytona 500 Victory by Jimmie Johnson
  • Daytona 500 Runner-Up by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • Daytona 500 5th Place by Ryan Newman
  • Daytona 500 7th Place by Regan Smith
  • Daytona 500 8th Place by Danica Patrick

And, if those victories aren’t enough – just go ahead and see for yourself.