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.

Design Your Perfect Family Road Trip Thanks to Chevy

Chevy is working with scientists to develop the perfect family road trip.

Randy Olson, a Senior Data Scientist and Artificial Intelligence Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, created a road map using a special algorithm that takes drivers through every state in the continental United States. Along the way, there are 48 of the top vacation spots and landmarks in the U.S.

According to a recent Chevrolet survey, spending time with families is one of the most important factors for people on road trips closely followed by the goal of visiting interesting locations. This special map allows you to start at any state, and you can even create your own route if you just want to explore certain states. In total, the whole route takes at least 214.56 hours to complete, and drivers will log approximately 13,389 miles.

“Road trips are about creating shared memories and quality time with family and friends,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. “And when on the road, travelers can trust Chevrolet vehicles to help get them where they’re going reliably. Chevy is now the only brand to earn J.D. Power Dependability Awards for cars, trucks and SUVs three years in a row.”

To find your next family road-trip worthy vehicle, visit Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Driver is Daytona 500 Winner

Daytona 500 winner

Austin Dillon, who drives the No. 3 DOW Camaro ZL1 for Chevy Motorsports, won the Daytona 500 in the opener of the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Dillon’s win is Chevy’s 24th Daytona 500 win, the highest number of any manufacturer.

Dillon wasn’t the only Chevy driver who placed at the 500, either—three other Chevy Camaro ZL1 drivers were in the top 10; other ZL1 drivers might have finished higher if they hadn’t been involved in several pile-ups during the race. Legends Danica Patrick and Kasey Kahne were among the drivers who fell behind in the crash, finishing 34th and 35th.

There were other races taking place at the Daytona International Speedway, and Chevrolet swept them too. Chevrolet took the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 with a  Silverado and the NASCAR Xfinity Powershares QQQ 300 with a Camaro SS.

At Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC we’re proud to sell these award-winning, race-worthy trucks and muscle cars, which helped our Chevy drivers to incredible victories. For Austin Dillon, this was his first Daytona 500 race win—hopefully of many! Darrell Wallace Jr. placed second in what was only the fifth race of his career so far.

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Fun Date Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

Date Night Ideas

Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, there is always time to take your partner out for the night. With the warmer days around the corner, the car enthusiast in your life would appreciate these great date ideas.

Dinner in (the Truck) Bed

If you or your date loves their pickup truck, put a fun twist on the typical picnic and arrange a romantic candlelit dinner in the truck bed. You can lay out a comfy blanket, bring pillows to sit on, and set out a whole meal complete with candles.

A Lakeside Drive

Love cars? Love views? Combine both by going out for a night drive along Lake Holiday in your favorite car with your favorite person. You can also map out a public beach and admire the view up close.

Car-Movie Marathon

Stay inside and out of the cold all while indulging your love’s love of cars. Pop in some of their favorite car-chase movies (or cartoon car movies, no one is judging), set out some yummy snacks, and stay snuggled up under a blanket for a great night in.

For a unique way to enjoy a night out with your partner, these dates are a fun, themed way to enjoy each other’s company. For more ideas on what to do around Sandwich, IL, visit us at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Winter Car Preparation is Simple with These Easy Tips

Winter car preparation

Especially in the Midwest and northern part of the country, winter presents a whole host of potentially stressful obstacles for drivers to deal with. Leave the worries behind this year and tackle winter roads like a pro with these easy winter car preparation tips from Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.

Pack an emergency kit
If an accident or breakdown ever leaves you stranded when the weather is ugly, it’s important to be prepared with a winter emergency kit in your car. Create a kit with blankets, warm clothes, water, food, and an extra cell phone battery charger and tuck it away in your vehicle. You’ll be glad you did in the event of an emergency.

Replace your windshield wipers
The last thing you want in a winter storm is even worse visibility. Before it gets too cold out, give your windshield wipers a brief once-over. If they’re cracked, dry, damaged, or leave streaks on your windshield, it’s time to install a new set. This small investment now will help keep you safe when winter weather arrives.

Keep an eye on your tires
Proper inflation is absolutely crucial when it comes to optimal tire performance. This is especially true in the winter, when conditions are often cold, wet, and icy. Make a habit of checking your tire pressure periodically throughout the winter. Additionally, consider getting a dedicated set of winter tires for superior performance during the coldest months of the year.

With a little bit of planning and preparation, there’s no need to stress out over winter driving. If your vehicle needs any maintenance before the cold months hit, stop by Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC today.

How to Save Money During the Holidays

Save Money During the Holidays
If you’re looking to save money during the holidays, you’re not alone. It’s a tricky financial time for most people. Hopefully these tips can help!

If you’re looking to save money during the holidays, you’re not alone. It’s a tricky financial time for most people. But, with these tips from Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, you can take control over your spending this year.

Prioritize Your Budget

Don’t let your family’s wish lists dictate your budget. After all, there’s no rule that says you have to buy everything on their lists. Instead, figure out how much you’re able and willing to spend this year; then, use that to build your shopping list.

Avoid Credit Cards

It’s easy to live in the moment and pay with your credit card without thinking of the debt you’ll face in the future. To avoid this temptation, take cash out of the bank and use only that to do your shopping this year.

Embrace the E-Card

If sending holiday cards is part of your annual tradition, you’re probably spending some significant dough on cards and stamps. Cut corners here by opting for E-cards instead. There are plenty of resources online that will help you pick out unique greetings for your friends and family across the country.

Take a Trip

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can cut out the gift exchange all together and take a family vacation instead. Trip packages are less expensive this time of year, and you can use the money you would normally spend on gifts to have a great, relaxing time together.

From all of us at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, we hope you have a happy holiday season.

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R Race Car Up for Sale

Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R
Camaro fans rejoice! The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car is now available to the public, but it does come with a hefty price tag.

Have you ever wanted to zoom past your fellow drivers on the highway in a race car? Well, now may be your chance. The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car is now available to the public, but it does come with a hefty price tag.

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car bears a price of six figures. But make no mistake; this race car is the real deal. Chevrolet Racing designed the 6.2-liter V8 engine to deliver an output of 480 horsepower with ease.

The pure-action race car features all of the racing specifications a driver could ask for, including a 21-way adjustable carbon fiber rear wing. The doors, front fascia, front dive planes, and front splitter are all made from carbon fiber as well.

Designed for the action of the track, the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car boasts Brembo® braes, two-way adjustable Ohlin® dampers, and antiroll bars. The race car rolls out on athletic 18-inch wheels.

The Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R race car has taken home trophies in the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series.

We here at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC are thrilled to see racing performance making its way to the public!