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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!

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is Fast

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is fast – really fast. And we’re not just talking about in a straight line. Chevrolet recently released video of the Camaro Z/28 doing a lap on Germany’s Nürburgring road course in a time of 7:37.40, a time comparable to some other very notable sports cars such as the Porsche 911 Carrera S and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

The Z/28’s lap time is four seconds faster than the Camaro ZL1, and it accomplished this feat in rainy conditions (even pouring rain at one point).

“One of the challenges of testing at the ‘Ring is that the track is so long that conditions can change radically in a single lap,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a press release. “Adam Dean, the development driver for Z/28, did a heroic job driving in deteriorating conditions. Based on telemetry data from our test sessions, we know the Z/28 can be as much as six seconds faster on a dry track.”

Check out the video below to ride along in the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 as it completes its impressive time.

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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.

The Stress Relieving 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Many of us have to commute to and from work on a daily basis which can be a stressful event at times. If you have to commute to work every day, then chances are so do hundreds of other people at the same time. This can lead to traffic jams and lots of stopping and starting. This is where the 2014 Chevrolet Impala attempts to relieve any potential stress you may be caused with its full-speed-range adaptive cruise control.

The 2014 Impala is the first Chevrolet vehicle to offer this technology, which limits the task of braking and accelerating via a cruise control system that allows the driver to maintain a driver-selected following gap with the vehicle in front of them.

The full-speed-range adaptive cruise control system uses forward-looking radar, giving the driver a choice of one of three gaps to follow the vehicle ahead at. The system can accelerate and brake automatically to maintain the selected gap. It even works under stop-and-go traffic conditions.

“Results indicated that brake-apply rates were 25 times lower under freeway conditions relative to manual driving,” said James Sayers (in this press release), a research scientist in the institute’s Human Factors Group. “These results suggest that Adaptive Cruise Control can substantially reduce the workload and stress associated with the everyday task of car following.”

Reduce your levels of unwanted stress by getting behind the wheel of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Tom Naquin Chevrolet would be more than happy to help you do so!

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Earns High Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released its safety ratings and the ratings are good news for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The Silverado 1500 has earned a five-star rating and is among one of the first trucks to receive such a rating since the NHTSA changed its New Car Assessment Program in 2011.

The NHTSA only tested the crew cab model of the Silverado as Chevrolet expects the crew cab to account for 60 percent of their 2014 light duty full-size pickup truck sales.

Just take one look at some of the safety features offered on the 2014 Silverado and you will see why it earned a five-star rating.

  • Fully boxed frames
  • High-strength steel
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Safety Alert Seat

You can learn more about some of these features on this Chevrolet Press Release.

If safety is a top priority for you, then check out the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 at Tom Naquin Chevrolet today!

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!

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.