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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.

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?

Love the Open Road at the RV/MH Hall of Fame

RV/MH Hall of Fame

Looking for a unique place to visit in Elkhart, Indiana? Then you will definitely want to check out the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

Looking for a unique place to visit in Elkhart, Indiana? Then you will want to check out the RV/MH Hall of Fame.

This is a 100,000 square foot museum that features a variety of historical recreational vehicles from Winnebago, Airstream, and many other American makers.

The museum’s mission is to preserve history and honor the pioneers and individuals who have made significant contributions to the RV and Manufactured Housing Industries. Founded in 1972 as the Recreational Vehicle/Manufactured Housing Heritage Foundation, the museum opened in 1991 and moved to its current location in 2007.

The museum has a simulated RV campground, where visitors can actually stay. It also has many unique exhibits such as the oldest surviving RV—the 1913 Earl Travel Trailer—and the 1931 Chevrolet Housecar that was offered as a bribe to Mae West by Paramount Pictures.

The museum also displays photos and other memorabilia, presented in chronological order from 1920 to the present. You can see the addition of the first microwave oven, the first indoor toilet, and other technology features that advanced over the years. These exhibits allow you to experience motor homes up close and many can be walked through.

We at Tom Naquin Chevrolet encourage you to indulge your love of the open road and visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana!

4 Elkhart Museums to Visit

Elkhart Museums

Covering topics anywhere from vehicles to superheroes, you can’t miss out on taking a visit to these 4 great Elkhart museums.

Here in Elkhart, Indiana, there are a variety of different museums to explore. What makes them all special is the variety of subjects they are based around. Covering topics anywhere from vehicles (our favorite as employees at Tom Naquin Chevrolet) to superheroes, you can’t miss out on these 4 Elkhart museums to visit.

  1. Midwest Museum of American Art

Our country has been the home of some of history’s greatest artists. You can see many of their works at the Midwest Museum of American Art, which houses pieces form the 19th and 20th Centuries.

  1. National New York Central Railroad Museum

Another staple of our country’s history was the railroad system. This museum is dedicated to keeping the memory of the New York Central Railroad alive and well.

  1. RV/MH Hall of Fame

From the Winnebago to the Airstream and everywhere in between, this Elkhart museum features a wide collection of various mobile homes and RVs.

  1. Hall of Heroes

You’ll think you’re inside the Batcave when you step inside this Elkhart museum dedicated to Superman, Captain American, and other courageous comic book heroes and heroines!

Tom Naquin Chevrolet Offers Chevrolet Credit Amnesty and Financing

If you’re struggling to get a car because of low credit, look no further than Tom Naquin Chevrolet in Elkhart! For a limited time only, Tom Naquin is offering an exclusive credit amnesty program, allowing everyone, no matter his or her credit, to drive a new Chevrolet today.

With low payments and easy terms, we make getting a new car simple and help you save thousands of dollars, while offering you some of the best cars in the industry. Looking for a car that would get you great gas mileage for the commute to work? You can lease a new Chevy Cruze for only $149/month! Or maybe a car big enough to take the kids to soccer practice? The Chevy Equinox can be yours for only $219/month! If you’re looking for something a bit older, our GM certified used cars will also save you money, priced to sell with a 6 yr/100,000 mile warranty and an amazing 0.9% financing.

Make sure you stop by Tom Naquin Chevrolet today, located just 13 minutes east of Grape Rd on McKinley in Elkhart because we want to finance your future, not your past.

Tom Naquin to Sponsor Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Do you want to get some exercise and be doing so for a great cause? If so, then you should join the Tom Naquin team in a local walk to help raise money for the American Cancer Society. Tom Naquin is a proud sponsor of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk.

The walk is set to take place on Saturday, October 26th at Howard Park in South Bend, Indiana. Registration will take place at 8 A.M. and the walk will start at 9:30 A.M.

Help us raise money to find a cure by joining the Tom Naquin team today! For more information or to sign up for the team, contact Greg Fink or Bobbi Areaux at the dealership.

August Chevrolet Deals at Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana

Tom Naquin would like to kick off the month of August the right way – and that is with great Chevrolet sales for the South Bend area.

2014 Chevrolet Impala LT

  • $269 Lease for 36 Months with $2,709 Due at  Signing
  • OR 2.9 percent APR for 60 Months

2013 Chevrolet Sonic

  • $500 Consumer Cash
  • OR 1.9 percent APR for 48 Months

2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LS

  • $239 Lease for 36 Months with $1,619 Due at Signing
  • OR $1,500 Consumer Cash
  • OR 0 percent APR for 36 Months

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

  • $149 Lease for 36 Months with $2,129 Due at Signing
  • OR $1,500 Consumer Cash
  • OR 1.9 percent APR for 48 Months

2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS

  • $169 Lease for 36 Months with $2,819 Due at Signing
  • OR $2,500 Consumer Cash
  • OR 0 percent APR for 60 Months

Visit Tom Naquin for complete details and take advantage of these great August deals!

Consumer Reports Named 2014 Chevrolet Impala Best Sedan

Consumer Reports magazine is one of the most trusted names in the consumer advocacy industry. So, it tends to be that when they speak, the people listen. Recently, the group announced that the 2014 Chevrolet Impala received the company’s top testing score and is the best sedan in the United States.

This is the first time in two decades that an American sedan has won this distinction from Consumer Reports. The magazine bases its scores on, among others, ride quality, handling and quality of materials. The Impala received a score of 95 out of a possible 100 points, giving it an “Excellent” rating from the magazine. It even outscored luxury competitors, such as the Lexus LS460 and the Audi A6.

Tom Mutchler of Consumer Reports said, “It rides like a luxury sedan, cushy and yet controlled. At the same time, acceleration is quick and handling and it is surprisingly agile for such a large sedan.”

The 2014 Impala has been completely redesigned. It has an affordable starting price around $27,000.

Join with us in congratulating General Motors and Chevrolet on this achievement. Stop on by Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana and test a 2014 Chevrolet Impala for yourself.

All-Exterior LED Lighting for the Cadillac ELR

Efficiency seems to be what every automobile manufacturer is after these days, and Cadillac is no different.

Energy can be conserved some way in almost every element of a vehicle, all the way down to its lights.

That is why the latest in energy reduction has been light-emitting diodes, or LED lights.

This particular lighting technology features a longer life span and higher energy efficiency.

As if the extended range luxury coupe wasn’t efficient enough, the all-new Cadillac ELR will also be the first electric vehicle to feature all-exterior LED lighting.

That is right – all of the major exterior lighting groups of the Cadillac ELR will be LED.

As on the Converj, the concept from which the ELR is based, and true to the classic Cadillac style, the ELR will feature the signature vertical tail lights.

A sleek and dramatic appearance is achieved as the main projectors extend from the front fascia up into the fenders.

And, the front LED lights even double as daytime running lights.

“LED lights last much longer and use less energy than traditional halogen bulbs used in most vehicles,” said Exterior Lead Designer Martin Davis. “Beyond the beautiful design interpretation, using LED lights fits with the ELR’s environmentally friendly character.”

Be sure to visit Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana this winter to welcome the energy-efficient Cadillac ELR to the greater South Bend area.

Vsport Twin Turbo V6 Engine Option Extends to 2014 Cadillac XTS

If you haven’t already heard, Cadillac has brought something new – something powerful – to the luxury car game.

It is called the Vsport Twin Turbo V6 engine option.

The powertrain delivers 410-horsepower and 369 lb-ft. of torque, making it one of the most power-dense six-cylinder engines among luxury cars.

We knew that the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS luxury performance sedan would be available in the Vsport trim.

Now the option has been extended to the all-new 2014 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan.

“The addition of the new Cadillac Twin Turbo expands and elevates the XTS luxury sedan,” said Global Cadillac Vice President Bob Ferguson. “This is a compelling enhancement to what is already one of the most technically advanced sedans in our history.”

Even standard with the 3.6-liter V6 engine that churns out 305-horsepower, the XTS features some of the best-performing technical elements like Magnetic Ride Control, Intelligent Brake Assist and CUE – all packed inside the regular car line in a single model.

Although available in the Luxury, Premium and Platinum Collections, the XTS Vsport will only be offered in the latter two trims.

Below are a few details on the unique Twin Turbo V6 engine.

  • All-new cylinder block casting
  • All-new direct injection fuel system
  • High-tumble intake port designed cylinder heads that enhance the motion of air charge for more efficient burn when mixed with direct-injected fuel and ignited in combustion chamber
  • Machined, domed aluminum pistons with top steel ring carrier for greater strength
  • Patented, integrated charge air cooler system with low-volume air ducts
  • Tuned air inlet and outlet resonators and aluminum cam covers that contribute to quietness and smoothness
  • Two turbochargers producing more than 12 pounds of boost
  • Vacuum-actuated wastegates with electronic control valves

Tom Naquin of Elkhart Indiana is excited for the Twin Turbo V6 engine to soon arrive in the greater South Bend area.