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The Roadster Shop Creates Custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR is an off-road capable truck unlike any other in its class. The Roadster Shop, a company known for taking muscle cars to new heights, took to the Colorado ZR2 with pleasure. The end result is a muscular pickup that looks like it can take on the world.Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

To begin, The Roadster Shop got ahold of a 2015 Colorado and transformed it into a vehicle designed to perfect recon on off-road racing courses. The race truck features a vast array of amenities and looks much different than any production model we’ll likely ever see.

The “ColoRADo,” as it was christened, features a stock cab with much larger fender flares. The custom freight brings a new position to the engine to optimize weight distribution. While the styling is certainly something to behold, what’s under the hood could be even more impressive.

The custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 boasts a 7.0-liter V8 engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission that pumps out 730 hp. An upgraded suspension allows drivers to traverse some of the roughest trails imaginable in complete comfort.

The roll cage, racing seats, new dashboard and steering wheel, and digital instrument cluster certainly aren’t standard equipment either. Although the truck is just a custom job done by some creative experts, it’s still a sight to take in before it roars over the mountainside and out of sight.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet can’t help but be impressed by the custom Chevrolet Colorado ZR2!

Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt Electric Car Fleet Expands

Automakers are making leaps and bounds in autonomous car technology every month, but Chevrolet is the clear leader. The autonomous Chevrolet Bolt car fleet will be expanded from 50 to 180 vehicles. The additional 130 Bolts will boast updated cameras, sensors, and hardware from models currently testing in three major cities.Autonomous Chevrolet Bolt - Tom Naquin Chevrolet

There are currently 50 self-driving Chevrolet Bolts testing on the roadways of San Francisco, Detroit, and Scottsdale. Data generated and collected by those models have resulted in updated technology as Chevrolet continues to lead the pack in the race to produce autonomous vehicles.

The addition of 130 electric vehicles to the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt fleet isn’t the only update the automaker has made. General Motors plans to triple the staff of Cruise Automation, a self-driving software startup purchased last year, to 150 people. That team will continue to expand by another 1,100 people over the next five years.

While the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt is still in the testing phase, the Orion Assembly Plant is geared for production. As a result, General Motors currently stands as the only automaker capable of mass-producing autonomous vehicles.

“…no other company today has the unique and necessary combination of technology, engineering and manufacturing ability to build autonomous vehicles at scale,” said Mary Barra, GM CEO and Chairman.

We here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet are happy to see the autonomous Chevrolet Bolt continuing to lead the industry!

How to Throw the Perfect Summer Cookout

If the fears of burnt burgers or bored children are keeping you from throwing a barbeque this year, then worry not. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’ve put together these tips for the perfect summer cookout.

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Be Prepared

If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that you can never be too prepared. Plan your menu ahead of time; this will give you the chance to look for good deals at the grocery store. Not to mention, knowing what you’re going to make a few weeks beforehand gives you the chance to go over different recipes so you’ll feel comfortable and familiar when it’s time to put them to the test.

 

Keep Your Guests Entertained

Make entertainment easy on yourself by setting out some lawn games before guests arrive. Something as simple as a Frisbee or a cornhole set will keep guests of all ages occupied. Set up a portable Bluetooth speaker as well for a fun, summer playlist that will set the mood all day long.

 

Don’t Sweat It

The most important advice to remember when you’re hosting a cookout is to have fun. Otherwise, what’s the point? Realize that spills will happen, rain may fall, and someone who wanted a bratwurst might get a hot dog instead by accident. But in the end, compared to the opportunity to share the summer days with friends and families, these things don’t matter. What’s important is that you enjoy yourself from the moment you pick out the hamburger buns at the store to finishing off the last beer of the afternoon.

Road Trip Tips

Spring has finally arrived, which means now is the time to take, or at least start preparing for, a family road trip! There’s a lot to do before you head out on a road trip, no matter how long it may be. Whether it’s your first or five-hundredth getaway, some things just have to be taken care of. Here are some help road trip tips from us here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet. Hit the road and enjoy the wonderful weather.

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  • Plan Carefully – While it always helps to have a plan before hitting the road, committing solely to that plan could cause problems. A single delay can throw a road trip that’s too tightly knit off schedule. Make a plan prior to leave, but be sure to allow for any delays.
  • Come Prepared – It pays to have all of your documents in your car when you take a road trip. Make sure to include your license, registration, and proof of insurance. Having just a few documents can get you out of some tight spots if you get pulled over.
  • Clean Up – There’s little doubt your vehicle will be a mess after returning home. While there isn’t much you can do about that, you can minimize the trash, dirt, and grime by cleaning your car inside and out before hitting the road.

First Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Sells for $250,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is a track-ready monster of a muscle car that isn’t yet available on the public market, but the first model has already been sold. The first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE went up for sale at a Barret-Jackson auction and sold to the tune of $250,000. This isn’t the first time the buyer has made such a large purchase either.

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The buyer, Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, dropped a quarter-million on the most track-oriented Camaro to date without blinking. His past purchases include the first-ever Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which went for $825,000.

Under the hood of the new Camaro ZL1 1LE sits a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a massive 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque for a perfectly-tuned 1:1 ratio. Drivers will also enjoy Brembo brakes, track-oriented tires, a carbon fiber rear wing, and more.

Like all first-ever production models of General Motors vehicles, the money went to a good cause. The United Way charity received all proceeds from the auction. The charitable organizations works to help communities through partnerships with schools and banks.

The 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE officially hits the market later this year. Here at Tom Naquin Chevrolet, we’re happy to see the first-ever Camaro ZL1 1LE helping a great cause and going to a great owner in one fell swoop!

Fun Indiana Road Trips

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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.

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

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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.