Take a Look at the First-Ever LEGO® Silverado

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At the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet showed off the first-ever LEGO® Silverado. This life-size truck is a replica of the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500 LT Trail Boss. It is also the first full-size Chevrolet vehicle to be built entirely out of LEGO bricks.

This truck was built through a partnership between Chevrolet and Warner Bros. Pictures to celebrate the release of “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.” This continues the partnership that started in 2017 with “The LEGO Batman Movie” and the LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet.

Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Truck marketing, said, “The themes of determination and teamwork in the new movie align perfectly with our Chevy brand values, and we are sure that the all-new Silverado has the features, technologies, and strength that would help Emmet, Lucy and their friends as they take on exciting new challenges.”

To build the LEGO replica, 18 LEGO Master Builders spent more than 2,000 hours hand building the truck at the LEGO Group’s Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut. The builders used 334,544 pieces to build the truck, which includes working lights and unique graphic details. The finished truck weighs 3,307 pounds and measure 72 inches high, 240 inches long, and 96 inches wide.

If you are interested in a new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado, then visit us at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC and take one for a test drive.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Will Reduce Gasoline Consumption

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Gas Consumption | Gjovik Auto | Sandiwch, IL

Trucks aren’t considered by many to be eco-friendly vehicles, but the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado might change a few minds. In fact, the impact the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will have on the environment will top that of the Toyota Prius, according to Mark Phelan, writer at the Detroit Free Press.

As one of the bestselling vehicles in the nation, the Silverado tops the Prius in sales by hundreds of thousands of units. It’s not even a close comparison! A full-size truck improving by just one mile per gallon results in a greater impact than an identical increase in a more efficient car, reports Phelan.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, an increase from 16 mpg to 17 mpg results in as much fuel saved as a jump from 35 mpg to 40 mpg. The Department of Energy also reports that if Silverado owners upgrade from a 2009 model to the all-new 2019 model, they will save more than four million gallons of fuel per 100,000 units sold, and if 100,000 Prius owners upgraded from a 2009 model to a 2019 model, they’d save just three million gallons of fuel.

Although the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado isn’t the ideal vehicle for an eco-friendly driver, the full-size truck continues to go green. As automakers develop and implement fuel-saving systems, like hybrid powertrains, trucks like the Chevrolet Silverado will continue to have a greater impact on fuel consumption.

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These Are the Most Rust-Resistant Chevy Models

Rust-Resistant Chevy Models

Snow and rain can cause even the most reliable vehicles (in other words, Chevys) to rust over time. If you are worried about rust, consider buying one of the four most rust-resistant Chevy models.

  • Chevy Bolt: The Bolt is notably rust-resistant. A key reason for its resistance to rust is the large use of plastic for many of its parts that are exposed to the elements. In addition, General Motors has done a fantastic job at using techniques to ensure all exposed metal parts are corrosion-proof, especially on the underside of the Bolt.
  • Chevy Sonic: Smaller vehicles specifically get rust-resistance attention from Chevy, which explains why the Sonic joins the Bolt on this list. The frame and body panels of the Sonic use formulated galvanized steel, which is resistant to rust.
  • Chevy Corvette: A lot of sports car owners hate to take their vehicles out in the rain. Even if you get caught in a rainstorm in your ‘Vette, you have little to worry about. The use of carbon and plastic in the Corvette make it especially resistant to rust.
  • Chevy Silverado: The Silverado is America’s longest-lasting and most dependable pickup truck, for many reasons. One of those reasons is its rust-resistance. Specifically, the 2014 model year is particularly rust-resistant.

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Chevy Wants Drivers to Feel at Home in the 2019 Chevy Blazer

2019 Chevy Blazer

With the introduction of the 2019 Blazer, Chevrolet is making a creative play within the competitive midsize SUV and crossovers segments. The new vehicle offers an array of customization options to drivers, allowing buyers to select design features and amenities that perfectly suit their driving preferences. With such a play, the 2019 Chevy Blazer adds a dash of fun to the packed, competitive field of crossovers and SUVs.

As Stave Majoros, the Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers, stated, “The Blazer’s design offers customers a crossover that can exceed their needs, matching their unique personality. Blazer sets a new design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments.”

The ability of a vehicle to suit different lifestyles and design preferences is no small feat, and the Blazer does so gracefully. For instance, the Blazer RS will offer a sophisticated look with black design elements and an overall sporty, yet street-savvy look. The Premier edition, on the other hand, delivers a more luxurious air and upscale ride.

Alongside these options for personalization, the Blazer delivers an impressive array of standard features. The Blazer offers state-of-the-art performance, connectivity, and safety features, providing you with a modern driving experience. To further elevate your ride, you can opt for available features like a panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, heated/ventilated front seats and a heated steering wheel, and an array of active safety features.

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Back to School Driving Tips

school driving tips

Between rainy weather, falling leaves, and shorter days, driving to school in the early morning can be difficult. Whether you’re a parent with a car full of elementary school kids or you’re a teenager driving yourself to school for the first time, we have some back to school driving tips to help you get there safely.

There are all kinds of hazards to keep track of when driving to school. One thing you have to watch out for is young pedestrians and bicyclists. Especially in low light, it’s important to drive slowly, obey speed limits in school zones, and be watchful for children crossing the street or biking ahead of you. If a car in front of you has stopped to let pedestrians pass, don’t go around them.

It’s also important to reduce the number of distractions in your car. Have the radio turned off or keep the volume low; put your phone away until you’ve parked; and don’t eat while driving. Wake up early enough to get ready and eat breakfast before you leave, with plenty of time to get to school. Rushing will make you drive faster and more recklessly.

Finally, if you’re dropping your kids off, there are some drop-off lane rules to observe. Setting up a carpooling schedule with other parents is a great way to reduce the number of vehicles in line, making things safer and faster for everyone. Don’t double park, as it hinders visibility for pedestrians and other drivers, and always drop kids off right in front of the school, not across the street.

To make sure your car is ready to handle the demands of driving in fall, schedule a maintenance check at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.

2019 GMC Sierra Denali Coming to Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC

For the 2019 model year, the GMC Sierra is getting completely redesigned. This means new styling, new technology, and new features. If you have been waiting for this new arrival, the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali is coming to Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.

“GMC ignited the premium truck market 17 years ago with the launch of the Sierra Denali and the next-generation model sets a new standard with unparalleled advancements and exclusive design,” said Rich Latek, marketing director of GMC. “It offers more upscale appointments, purposeful technologies and capability — solidifying Denali as the ultimate in professional grade.”

The Denali model offers premium amenities as standard. These include Adaptive Ride Control, a powerful V8 engine, an industry-first cabin fiber pickup box, a segment-first Multi-Color Head-Up Display, and a new ProGrade Trailering System with in-vehicle Trailering App.

This premium truck will also come with the GMC exclusive, industry-first MultiPro Tailgate. This innovative tailgate has six positions and functions including enhanced second-tier loading, load-stop solutions, and a standing workstation that makes it even easier to get the job done and access items in the bed.

For even more versatility, the Sierra Denali offers a variety of available features like 22-inch aluminum wheels, customizable driver profiles, and a GMC Premium Infotainment System.

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GM Increases Production of New Chevrolet Bolt EV

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV has generated an incredible amount of interest in the past few months. Business is booming, and the production lines are struggling to meet consumer demand. As a result, General Motors is opting to increase production of the Bolt EV by 20 percent for the upcoming quarter.

Sales of the Chevrolet Bolt EV are up 40 percent in the first half of 2018. The electric crossover saw more than 7,858 units leave dealership lots between January and June, effectively outselling top competitors.

The Bolt EV is currently produced at the Lake Orion facility in Michigan. Production isn’t quite keeping up with demand, though, prompting executives to ramp up the operation. The electric crossover has officially begun outselling its electric sedan sibling, the Volt.

“The extra production coming on line should be enough to help us keep growing global Bolt EV sales,” said Kurt McNeil, GM U.S. vice president of sales and operations.

The new Chevrolet Bolt EV is leading the charge in more than just eco-friendly travel. The model is a self-driving car prototype from Cruise Automation, the GM arm for autonomous driving.

The current Chevrolet Bolt EV launched in California in 2016. The existing electric crossover features an EPA-estimated 238-mile driving range on a single charge.* Innovative systems, such as one-pedal driving and electronic precision shift, streamline traveling in the 2018 Bolt EV.

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*EPA-estimated 238-mile EV range. Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

2019 Blazer Design: Sporty, Versatile, Intelligent

2019 Blazer Design
 (Photo by Mark Najjar for Chevrolet)

According to Chevy, the 2019 Blazer will have seating for five people and 64.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space with the seats down. There’s an available cargo-management system and an optional panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, and smart features like an available Hitch View help you see as you tow and haul.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

The exterior design is one of the most striking aspects of the new Blazer. It has an athletic stance, muscular contours, and sleek lights. Dual exhaust outlets add sporty appeal, while LED daytime running lights provide better visibility.

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Summer Events in Sandwich, Illinois

summer events in Sandwich

School is out, the kids are home, and you need some activities. If you are already counting down the days until school starts again, add some fun to your summer by attending a few of these summer events in Sandwich.

  • Lions Club Cruise Night and Food Trucks. On Friday, June 15, head downtown with your family to see some spectacular cars, trucks, and motorcycles and enjoy a delicious dinner from your favorite food trucks. The rally starts at 4 p.m.
  • Music in the Park Concert. Through the summer, your family can enjoy free concerts at Veteran’s Park. The concerts are held on Wednesday nights. On June 20, the featured band is Vicarious.
  • Sandwich Early Day Engine Club Show. If you have any young kids who love tractors and other farm equipment, be sure to head to the Early Day Engine Club Show on June 23. It will be held at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Kids age 12 and under get in free.
  • Sandwich Freedom Days. On June 30 and July 1, celebrate America’s independence with a parade, festival, and fireworks throughout the town of Sandwich.
  • Sandwich Fair. To celebrate the end of summer, visit the annual Sandwich Fair from September 5 -9. This fun-filled event will feature carnival rides, games, and your favorite deep-fried foods.

Make sure your car is ready to take on summer by scheduling a maintenance check at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.

2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Towing Updates

2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Premium quality meets impressive capability in the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500. This full-size truck arrives with an all-new design and improved towing updates that set it apart from the competition. The upcoming GMC Sierra 1500 will feature more towing technologies that take the stress out of trailering.

A standard towing package from other automakers consists of a hitch platform, wiring connector, and other small pieces of hardware. The GMC Sierra 1500’s new ProGrade Trailering system, on the other hand, makes towing a one-person job.

The ProGrade Trailering system includes Hitch Guidance with Hitch View. That technology allows the Rear Vision Camera to offer dynamic guidance for the hitch as well as the truck. You’ll achieve more accurate maneuvering because you can zero in on the hitch itself.

An Auto Electric Parking Brake Assist system automatically applies the parking brake when a trailer hitch is attached. All you need to do is shift the truck into park.

Trying to hitch a trailer in the dark usually involves a spotter with a flashlight. Hitch Area Lighting eliminates the need for a second person. A lamp integrated into the tailgate panel illuminates the hitch.

The Integrated Trailer Brake Controller enables you to program trailer brake level settings to fit your needs. The settings apply to specific trailer profiles and provide you with more control on the road.

To learn more about the towing upgrades on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500, visit Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.