Monthly Archives: November 2013

Road & Track Names 2013 Performance Car of the Year

Recently, 13 new and updated performance cars were pitted against one another in the first annual Road & Track Performance Car of the Year test. After much deliberation on the track, the top six vehicles were then moved on to a road test before the 2013 Performance Car of the Year was finally named.

The list of cars that were part of the comparison test include: Audi R8 V10 Plus; BMW 435i; BMW M6 Competition Package; Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51; Ferrari F12 Berlinetta; Ford Fiesta ST; Jaguar F-Type V8 S; Jaguar XFR-S; Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S-Model Wagon; Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Black Series; Mini John Cooper Works GP; Nissan GT-R Track Edition; and Porsche Cayman S.

With so many vehicles to test, choosing the best performance car could not have been easy. Eventually, however, a decision was made. Tom Naquin Chevrolet is excited to share that the winner of the 2013 Performance Car of the Year is…the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51.

How do you feel about the decision on the 2013 Performance Car of the Year?

Volunteers Pay It Forward to Benefit Santa’s Pantry


Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list? Over 30 local volunteers made it to Santa’s Nice list last Saturday as they spent the morning painting Santa’s Pantry.

The local, non-profit organization, Santa’s Pantry, was tagged with graffiti at the end of October.

On seeing the vandalism, Debbie Micola, director and co-founder of the organization, said, “I was kind of devastated because being a non-profit we don’t have the money to repaint buildings and things like that so I really didn’t know what we were going to do.”

Neighborly organizations and volunteers stepped in to act out the same mission that drives Santa’s Pantry: pay it forward.

The volunteer crew arrived prepared with six gallons of paint Rollie Williams’ Paint Spot donated to the cause. They didn’t stop with painting over the graffiti, but gave the entire building a fresh coat in just a couple hours.

Adding to the day, the Elkhart Police Department came to speak with kids about gangs and graffiti, and Micola added a presentation about “paying it forward.”

Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we love when we get a chance to highlight those individuals and organizations positively impacting our community. Do you have any stories of locals who have taken the time to pay it forward? Tell us in the comments below.

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!