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Fun Indiana Road Trips

Indiana road trips

Listen To Your Elkhart

With the weather getting warmer and spring slowly approaching, the time is coming to get out and explore your state. So why don’t you hop in the car and check out these awesome Indiana road trips?

Amish Acres

Amish Acres in Nappanee, Indiana is a great getaway. If you want to take a time out from your busy life, you can find some solitude here with 80 acres of farms. For extra fun, turn off your technology for the visit and live the Amish way.

Levi Coffin House

If you want to experience a piece of history, this house in Fountain City is perfect. It was part of the Underground Railroad and the original owner, Levi, was called the President of the Underground Railroad. Think about how many lives this house saved.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Be one with nature at this conservatory in Fort Wayne. There are tons of different gardens with different themes, like the Desert Garden and the Tropical Garden. It smells pretty great, too. 

Hall of Heroes Museum

This museum in Elkhart is great for the whole family, especially the kids. It’s the only Super Hero and Comic Book Museum in the world, so it’s a special road trip to take. You’ll find two stories of comic book history here.

Have you been to any of these places? If so, tell all of us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, IN what you thought of them in the comments below.

All-New Camaro ZL1

Camaro ZL1

Even More Speed In The Camaro

The all-new Camaro is the fastest one yet! The Camaro ZL1 will light the track on fire (not literally) at the next road races.

The ZL1 has plenty of power, starting with its 10-speed automatic transmission; it makes the race smoother than ever. The ZL1 was tested at Germany’s Automotive Testing Papenburg GmBH proving ground. A proving ground is exactly what it sounds like – it makes the car prove what it can do. The ZL1 certainly proved its power by peeling around the track at 202.3 mph in one direction and 193.3 mph in the other. That brings the Camaro ZL1’s official top speed to a jaw-dropping 198 mph.

“The ZL1 was developed with high-speed performance in mind, incorporating a balanced aerodynamic package that reduces lift without significantly affecting drag,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer.

The Camaro ZL1 is sure to prove its innovation on the racetrack. The coupe shoots from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds and can even brake from 60 to 0 in 107 feet. That’s pretty impressive! Its engine delivers an unbeatable 650 horsepower and has top technology like Magnetic Ride Control and electronic limited-slip differential as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for the lightning-fast Camaro ZL1… if you blink you might miss it! Come see a Chevrolet Camaro for yourself at Tom Naquin in Elkhart, IN today!

Advanced-Safety Features Help 2014 Chevrolet Sonic Earn 5-Star Safety Rating

If you are like most people, knowing that a vehicle has earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety brings a sense of relief. As a buyer it makes you feel comfortable knowing that you are getting a vehicle that has proved to be safe throughout many rigorous tests. The 2014 Chevrolet Sonic is one such vehicle that adds that sense of relief as it has recently earned a 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Customer safety is our top priority,” said Dongseok Kim, General Motors Korea managing director of safety, regulations and product investigations. “Advanced safety technologies enable customers to feel confident when buying a small car like the Chevy Sonic.”

Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and a rear-vision camera are just some of the advanced-safety features included on the 2014 Chevrolet Sonic.

When it is active, Forward Collision Alert will warn a driver if they are approaching another vehicle too quickly. The rear-vision camera gives a clear view of objects behind the vehicle. Lastly, Lane Departure Warning lets the driver know when the vehicle has veered from the lane they are in.

The 5-star safety rating that the 2014 Sonic has earned is quite the accomplishment, especially since it is the only car in its class to receive such a rating.

Visit the Tom Naquin Chevrolet Facebook page and tell us what safety features you look for when purchasing a new car.

Millennials Help Boost Chevrolet Small Car Sales

Chevrolet small car sales continue to increase as its share of buyers under 35 is finding that these cars best meet their priorities. Since 2010, Chevrolet’s small car sales have increased 229 percent and a lot of that can be credited to figuring out how to attract these younger buyers.

The full Chevrolet press release explains that millennials’ purchase priorities include advanced technology, fuel economy, functionality and affordability. These features are best represented in the Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic, and Spark mini car.

“The opportunity this new generation represents is enormous,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet marketing director, Small Cars and Electrified Vehicles. “The only way for Chevrolet to deliver the products, technology and services they want most is to really listen to what is important in their lives today and help enable them to reach their full potential.”

Listen they have, as Chevrolet has provided technological features on the Spark and Sonic such as the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system which is powered by your smartphone and includes various apps such as Pandora and Siri in Eyes Free Mode.

It sounds like Chevy has the millennial market all figured out.

Visit Tom Naquin Chevrolet to learn more about the vehicles that have helped Chevrolet small car sales increase over the last three years.

2014 Chevy Impala Used as Recording Studio for Detroit-based Band

Gone is the amateur karaoke hour normally reserved for red lights and traffic jams. With a brand new, noise-cancelling cabin, the 2014 Chevy Impala has changed the face of singing in the car.  The Gentlemen Mutineers, a Detroit-based blues-rock band, recently used the new 2014 Chevy Impala as a recording studio for their well-known anthem “Detroit Throttle,” opening new possibilities for car-bound aspiring singers.

All outside noise was cancelled as Frankie Turner, lead singer for the band, crooned into a microphone while Grammy-award winning recording engineer, Mark Pastoria, recorded the sound on a laptop.

“I am amazed at how quiet the Impala is,” Pastora said. “It was important that we wouldn’t hear background noise while recording and with all that was going on outside the car, I am astounding that we couldn’t hear any of it. The Impala rocks.”

The recording studio quality silence might come as a surprise to most customers, but not to the engineers who created the silent interior. In order to minimize outside noise, the Impala is equipped with a windshield and front door glass that are acoustically laminated, a trunk and floor pan covered with liquid-applied sound deadener and triple-sealed doors, among other sound preventing substances. With this variety of sound buffering and absorbing materials, it’s hard to believe that you can even hear the passengers sitting next to you.

Come out and check the recording studio quality cabin of the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala at Tom Naquin today! Who knows—maybe you’ll get your big break!

Chevrolet Gives College Grads a Chance to Win a New Chevy Vehicle

For many recent college graduates, receiving that diploma after four years (give or take) of hard work and studying is one of the most gratifying experiences in their lifetime.  There is no denying how important a college diploma is, but Chevrolet is giving college grads a chance to win something that might be a little more immediately gratifying than a piece of paper; a new car.

Through the Chevrolet College Graduate Sweepstakes, those who recently mastered higher education are given an opportunity to win the Chevy vehicle of their choice.  Chevy is accepting entries until May 31, 2013, and the winner will get to choose the Chevrolet vehicle of their choice costing up to $30,000.

Entering is easy to do online.  Simply follow the link and fill out some basic contact information.  If you would rather mail in your submission, Chevrolet outlines exactly how you are able to do so in the College Graduate Sweepstakes’ Official Rules.

Don’t know which vehicle you would choose if you win?  That’s easy.  Just visit us at Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart, IN to test drive as many as you wish.  Vehicle information is also available online, at http://www.elkhartchevy.com/.

Chevy Donates Water Damaged Cars to Guardian Center for First Responder Training

A lot of homes, businesses and automobiles were ruined last year during the disastrous super storm Sandy, including over 300 Chevrolet cars sitting in dealership lots or waiting to be shipped out.  Most of these cars are unsalvageable due to water damage but that doesn’t mean they are unusable!

Chevrolet is donating 300 of the damaged vehicles to Guardian Centers, a fully functional training center for first responders.  From rescue operations to disaster scenarios, Guardian Centers was built to prepare first responders for all phases of disaster preparedness by simulating a fully operational and modern cityscape.

These Chevy vehicles will help provide a realistic training environment for real-life situations where first responders develop specific skill sets and leadership skills, while also testing their plans and equipment.  The different situations first responders will be trained for using the vehicles include wide area searches, traffic congestion in emergency situations, counter terrorism, public order and mass casualty.

“The vehicles we received from Chevrolet are an essential component of full immersion disaster response training in a metropolitan environment.  This level of realism and effectiveness cannot be overstated,” said Geoff Burkart, founder and CEO of Guardian Centers, in a statement.

Our staff, here at Tom Naquin, is happy to see the ruined Chevy vehicles go to such a good cause!

Mountain Movers Choose Chevrolet

Ever wonder how the venues of action sport competitions like the Winter Dew Tour, the Winter X Games, and the World Snowboard Championships happen?

Well, the answer is Snow Park Technologies.

With the help of Chevrolet, Snow Park Technologies has designed and built over 250 competition courses.

This spring, you will witness a documentary of the behind-the-scenes real-life drama of these builds in the new National Geographic Channel TV series, Mountain Movers.

“Snow Park Technologies works in the most remote locations under extreme conditions, exactly the type of programming NatGeo is famous for,” said award-winning television producer for Good Clean Fun Jason Carbone. “From avalanche control to building a half-pipe in blizzard conditions, Mountain Movers is going to take the viewer to locations and place them in experiences that are truly one of a kind.”

Viewers will travel with Snow Park Technologies to California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and even the East Coast.

Snow Park Technologies hauls the equipment and machinery necessary to move tons of snow in the harshest conditions. And, that is heavy duty work.

ESPN Winter X Games course designer and owner and president of Snow Park Technologies Chris “Gunny” Gunnarson said that his favorite part is his 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Dually.

“I know Chevy trucks can handle the heavy duty work we do, and in the nastiest environments a mountain can offer because I use them every day,” said Gunnarson.

Local Elkhart Indiana dealership, Tom Naquin, looks forward to see the capabilities of the Chevrolet Silverado in the series this spring.

The Chevy Silverado Drive to Super Bowl XLVII Sweepstakes

A round-trip flight to and from New Orleans.

Hotel accommodations for three days and two nights.

You and three friends.

Super Bowl XLVII.

Enter The Chevy Silverado Drive to Super Bowl XLVII Sweepstakes from December 3, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET to January 18, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. ET and you may be the one packing your bags to claim this prize.

The drawing will take place on January 23, 2013.

Three Ways to Enter:



  • Tune to Channel 111 and click the “Win a trip to the Super Bowl” button between December 4, 2012 6:00 a.m. ET and December 10, 2012 5:59 a.m. ET or December 17, 2012 6:00 a.m. ET and December 24, 2012 5:59 a.m. ET.

3. Mail-In

  • On a 3”x5” piece of paper, legibly handprint
    • Name
    • Complete Address
    • Daytime and Evening Telephone Number
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Mail it in an envelope with first class postage to:

2012 Chevy Silverado Drive to the Super Bowl XLVII

Synergy Marketing Partners

1260 Iroquois Avenue Suite 110

Naperville, Illinois 60563

*There can only be ONE entry per envelope, which must be postmarked by January 18, 2013 and received by January 24, 2013.

A purchase does not have to be made to enter or win the Sweepstakes and will not increase chances to win.

Only legal residents of the United States over the age of 18 are eligible to win.

There may only be ONE entry per person.