Monthly Archives: April 2013

Chevrolet at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards

The 2013 MTV Movie Awards took place a little over a week ago on April 14.

Rebel Wilson hosted the show and Bradley Cooper won Best Male Performance.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Joaquin Palma won the Chevrolet and MTV “First Look” Contest that turned his short film idea into a reality as it aired on the big screen at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show.

On a quest for the next generation of filmmakers, Chevrolet and MTV challenged aspiring directors, screenwriters, actors and producers to film their ways to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards by finding inspiration in the Chevrolet Sonic to craft “the most innovative story about daring souls who never settle for yesterday, possess a can do spirit and remind us that ‘ingenuity can do the impossible.’”

The winner would receive roundtrip airfare and hotel accommodations to MTV’s Sneak Peek Week and the 2013 MTV Movie Awards for two to co-produce and view the short film at the 2013 MTV Movie Awards pre-show.

“Never Let You Go,” created by the Bronx New York native, brought Palma to the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

And this is what he had to say:

When I read over the contest page, it asked for a character with a can-do spirit who never settles for less. My character is pretty much like that. He’s a scientist that uses innovative and genius ways to save the woman he loves. So he’s essentially finding a new road to saving her, and I thought that just tied in beautifully. I had the ideas beforehand, but I didn’t really know what way to tie them together, so the concept of Find New Roads really helped.

Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana enjoyed the finished product.

What do you think?

Chevrolet and the NASCAR Nationwide Series

Texas Motor Speedway saw a lot of action over the weekend from the NASCAR Nationwide Series 17th Annual O’Reilly Auto Parts 300.

And, much of that action was performed by Chevrolet as its cars raced around the 1.5-mile Fort Worth track a total of 200 times.

Austin Dillon started and finished in third place. Sporting the number three, Dillon raced the AdvoCare Chevrolet.

With the Hellmann’s Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr. placed right behind Dillon. Earnhardt took the number 88 from eleventh place to fourth.

Starting in seventh, Kevin Harvick took fifth place. Harvick raced a number 33 Chevrolet Camaro for Hunt Brothers Pizza.

Regan Smith, who raced the number seven Chevrolet, took seventh place after starting in sixth.

Behind him was Great Clips Chevrolet driver Kasey Kahne. The number five took a great leap from sixteenth place to eighth.

Closing in on the top ten was Brandt Chevrolet driver Justin Allgaier, who started in fourteenth in his number 31.

You may not be able to race Chevrolets like these professionals, but Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana is proud to provide an extensive selection of top-performing Chevrolets to the greater South Bend area.

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.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28


That is what the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 was referred to up until its surprise unveiling at the New York International Auto Show last week.

It has been touted as the most track-capable in the history of Camaros.


To begin with, the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 circles the track a whole three seconds faster thanks to increased grip and stopping power as well as reduced curb weight.

Chevrolet shed 300 pounds off of this Camaro by installing only one speaker, offering air conditioning as a mere option, removing the carpet and insulation in its trunk and utilizing a thinner glass in its rear window.

Its 7.0-liter LS7 V8 engine delivers a whopping 500-horsepower and 470 lb-ft. of torque.

The Camaro Z/28 is only offered with a manual transmission. It sits on Pirelli PZero Trofeo R tires and features Recaro seating inside.

Production of the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 will begin this fall at the Oshawa assembly plant in Ontario Canada.

And, Tom Naquin of South Bend Indiana cannot even wait.