Spring Car Cleaning

Keeping your car clean in winter is a hassle, what with the ice, snow, and cold weather! Spring is right around the corner, which will be a prime opportunity to clean your car in preparation for warmer weather. We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet have some helpful spring car cleaning advice to help you get off to a productive start this season.

Washing a car

Keep your car clean this spring!

  • Upholstery – Believe it or not, your car’s seats are probably covered in a layer of dirt and dust. Fortunately, cleaning most seats is as easy as wiping them down with a damp cloth. Specialized car leather cleaner can go a long way as well, leaving you with shining seats that are ready for spring.
  • Wheels – Washing your car’s wheels is usually an afterthought, despite all the crud that accumulates over winter. Road salt, dirt, and grime make their way into the crevices, resulting in a rather surprising mess. Remove the hub caps and wash them down then move to the wheels themselves. Tire shine will help make your car look as good as new.
  • Wipers – Spring showers are on the way, which means a set of new wipers is a necessity after a long winter. Wiper blades are cheap to replace and the entire process takes just a few minutes. Check out your owner’s manual for specific instructions for your vehicle.
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!

Elkhart is a Part of the Heritage Trail Driving Tour


Love scenic routes? If you live in Elkhart, you’re in luck. Elkhart is actually a pit stop on the Heritage Trail Driving Tour, voted one of America’s “Most Scenic Drives” by readers of USA Today. Set in the midst of Amish country, this driving tour can take you through beautiful scenery, local attractions, and cozy and vibrant communities all nestled in the middle of the Indiana countryside.

The website provides a free audio tour, and you can listen to this tour via CD or through a digital download. There’s also a free map provided, so you can take the trip yourself. Aside from Elkhart, cities such as Goshen, Shipshewana, Wakarusa, Middlebury, and more are included in the driving tour. The maps also have attractions such as the local parks and gardens, museums, and shops marked on them, so you can get a little taste of every town as you’re passing through.

Whether you want to revel in the beauty of Amish-owned land and visit quaint businesses for souvenirs or get a taste of the museums in every town in the county, the Heritage Trail Driving Tour is a great free option for anyone looking for something to do with their weekend.

Chevy Unveils New 2018 Traverse in Detroit


There’s no shock that Chevrolet has one of the most well-rounded SUV lineups in the business, with six nameplates under the brand’s belt. With crossovers on the rise in current U.S. market trends, it seems only reasonable that Chevy would take the Traverse – a full-size crossover – and give it a modern remake. As a result, the new 2018 Traverse recently made its auto show debut at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new Traverse is said to offer more truck-like proportions, harkening back to the crossover’s SUV-inspired roots. With a larger overall size, the next-generation model was designed to deliver more space and more versatility than ever for America’s families. The 2018 Traverse will also be receiving a new 3.6-liter V6 that gives the vehicle a 10% improvement over current models when it comes to fuel economy. Estimated fuel numbers claim it will get around 25 mpg on the highway.

The new 2017 Traverse was engineered to give the nameplate an extra edge over the competition by breathing new life into its design. A number of other vehicles within the same segment outsold the Chevrolet Traverse in the previous sales year, and an improved and more modern offering will likely draw consumers to the nameplate with new powertrain and technology options.

Chevrolet Bolt EV Named North American Car of the Year Finalist

Since its introduction earlier this year, the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV has been electrifying the automotive industry. Not only is this electric vehicle extremely energy-efficient, but it also comes at a low price. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that it has been named a North American Car of the Year finalist.

In order to win the coveted North American Car of the Year title, the Bolt must show its superiority in design, innovative technologies, safety, performance, value, and driver satisfaction. Currently, this electric vehicle is one of the most inexpensive options in the automotive industry.

With an impressive EPA-estimated 238 miles of range and an MSRP of $37,495, there’s no doubt that this EV stands out from the rest of its competition. Add the fact that it is currently leading the Chevrolet 2017 model lineup with five awards, and it really wouldn’t be a surprise if the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV didn’t come out on top again.

The Bolt will be facing two competitors in the final round for the North American Car of the Year award—the Genesis G90 and Volvo S90. This isn’t the first time the Bolt has faced these foes, though; it also took on the G90 and S90 for Motor Trend’s Car of the Year award, which it won.

The winner of the North American Car of the Year award will be announced on January 9th during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Tips to Get Your Christmas Tree Home Safely

Christmas tree - Elkhart, IN

We hope you find the perfect tree for Christmas!

Decorating the Christmas tree is a wonderful holiday tradition that can truly make it feel like the most wonderful time of the year. If you are heading out to find the perfect tree, it’s important to know how to get it home. Here are some tips that will help get your Christmas tree home safely.

Wrap it. Pine needles can cause a lot of damage to your vehicle, and can also easy get blown off while you are driving. Because of this, it’s important to wrap your tree before you head out on the open road. Put your tree in a net before settling it on your roof. If you don’t have a net, then wrap it securely in a blanket or a tarp to prevent any unnecessary scratching.

Point it the right direction. You just spent hours choosing the perfect tree for your home, so it’s likely you don’t want to ruin it before you have a chance to put it up. To prevent an extensive amount of wind damage to your tree, make sure you point it the proper direction when you put it on your vehicle’s roof. The tree should be pointed towards the front of your car, helping your tree keep its shape and increasing the aerodynamics to help make the car easier to drive.

Secure it. Tie down your tree using your roof rails and bungee cords or rope. If you don’t have roof rails on your vehicle, you can still secure it tightly. Simply open the front and back doors and wrap a rope around the tree, threading it through the open doors. Then, close the doors. This should keep your tree secure as you drive.

4 Excellent Tips for Driving in the Snow

Tips for Driving in the Snow

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some very useful tips for driving in the snow.

For young drivers and those who might need some reminding, we’ve compiled some tips for driving in the snow.

# 1 – Take your time. The key to doing that is to leave for your intended destination early. Nothing can make your winter commute more stressful and potentially dangerous than being in a rush.

# 2 – With slick roads comes increased stopping distance. The way to combat that is to increase the distance between you and other drivers. Under normal conditions, you should leave two seconds between you and the vehicle ahead of you (a calculation based on speed and distance). In snow, doubling or tripling that number is a good idea.

# 3 – Keep it slow and steady…most of the time. In general, driving slower in snow is going to increase your reaction time and compensate for an increased stopping distance. But occasionally when driving uphill on a curve, driving too slowly can cause your car to lose grip on the road.

# 4 – Consider putting winter tires on your vehicle. Winter tires are composed of rubber that is designed to stay softer in colder temperatures thus increasing gripping ability.

Making snow angels and snowmen and skiing and sledding are so much fun you’d think winter was all fun and games; that is, until you get behind the wheel. Follow our tips for driving in the snow to help you stay safe this winter.

Still On Top: 2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

2016 Chevrolet Concept Models

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show.

Chevrolet’s design game is strong, as evidenced by 2016 Chevrolet concept models that recently debuted at the SEMA Show…

One of those concepts was Chevrolet Chevelle Slammer Concept, which harkens back to the days when muscle cars reigned supreme, with a slick and classic exterior design that pays homage to the iconic ‘69 Chevelle. The Slammer sits low and features a long hood and classic grille.

But that’s all to hint at what’s under the hood, an aggressive and all-new LT376/535 crate engine, which pumps out 535 horsepower. While we won’t likely see this concept go to production, we can all agree with Chevy that is a “perfect platform to launch the new direct-injected LT376/535 crate engine.”

Chevy also proved its superior design abilities hold true in America’s favorite segment, the crossover. The Chevrolet Trax Activ Concept was made for those living an “adventurous lifestyle.”

Not only is this crossover all-wheel drive, engineers both widened and lifted the suspension, making it easier to get to those hard-to-reach camping spots. The Thule roof rack helps you carry everything you could ever need into the backcountry and the Satin Sandstorm exterior color means you’ll look great as you disappear into the hinterlands. No one questioned the hardiness of the Chevy Trax before, but the Trax Activ Concept proves this model’s ruggedness beyond question.

It’s always fun to see the designers and engineers of Chevrolet “playing jazz” a bit, flexing their creative muscles and letting the world see just what kind of brilliance they are capable of.

New Silverado HD Sets Record for World’s Largest Flag Pulled by Moving Vehicle

Largest Flag

Chevrolet showed a bit of its patriotism by setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.

Nothing stirs up feelings of patriotism quite like a giant flag. Just think about some of the sporting events you’ve attended. As soon as they pull out that big flag, everyone cheers, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

Chevrolet showed a bit of its patriotism by setting a new Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle. They accomplished this with the 2017 Silverado HD powered by a new Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel engine.

With 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, the Silverado HD captured this new record with ease at Texas Motor Speedway.

Chevrolet used a flag that measured nearly 40 by 80 with an area of 3,186 square feet. The flag was attached to the back of the Silverado HD using unique 40-foot riggings. Because of the design, they could not do a driving roll-out of the flag. Instead, a team of 20 people helped launch and catch the flag, making sure it did not touch the ground.

Both this record-setting flag and a giant State of Texas flag were flown at the Speedway and will be on display at the 2016 State Fair of Texas.

Lets us know what you think about this record-setting Chevy in the comments section below!

Fall Festivals near Elkhart, Indiana

Fall Festivals near Elkhart

If you’re looking to participate in some fall festivals this year, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

One of the best things about the autumn season is all of the festivals and fun. If you’re looking to participate, here are some of the best fall festivals near Elkhart, Indiana.

  • Pumpkin Fantasyland. See all the pumpkins, gourds, and squash you’ve ever wanted when you head to Fashion Farm in Ligonier. The special pumpkins are available to see through the end of the month.
  • Gathering at Five Medals. This annual historical event reenacts Midwestern life from 1660 to 1815. Watch canon demonstration, throw tomahawks, and more. It runs both October 15th and October 16th at the Benton Spillway-River Preserve County Park in Goshen. Tickets costs $5 for adults and $3 for children.
  • Boo at the Zoo. Head to the Washington Park Zoo on October 22nd for a family-friendly, but spooky event.
  • Hesston Ghost Train. Climb aboard the Flying Dutchman Railroad and take a ride through the haunted woods. The train leaves from the Hesston Steam Museum in La Porte, Indiana. There are rides every weekend in October.
  • November Arts Tour. Head to Goshen on November 4th to see some amazing original artwork. There will be exhibits along with art presentations and artwork available for purchase.

Which fall festivals are you planning on going to this year?