Diesel Power: Colorado and Canyon to Get Diesel Engines

If you’ve noticed a great deal of hype lately about diesel engines, you’re not the only one. With Chevy releasing a diesel version of its Cruze sedan, it seems that the old stigma about noisy, expensive, smelly diesel engines is a thing of the past. Today’s diesel engines are much cleaner, and offer excellent fuel economy to drivers who are continuing to demand more eco- and wallet-friendly vehicles. And GM is continuing to embrace this trend by offering diesel-powered versions of its upcoming Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks.

According to insiders, GM plans to launch the trucks with a version of either its 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine. These engines are already fitted in the current Colorado, which has taken a one-year hiatus from the U.S., and will return as a redesigned 2014 model, along with its GMC Canyon counterpart. However, the diesel engines likely won’t be available until 2015. This gives GM time to reintroduce its smaller pickup trucks to the market before launching a version offering alternative fuel.

Gjovik Auto looks forward to the return of the Colorado and Canyon. If you’re interesting in switching to a diesel-powered car, check out the diesel versions of the Chevy Cruze and Silverado, as well as the GMC Sierra, available now at our Sandwich, Illinois GM dealer.

Colorado and Canyon
GMC Canyon

Sierra and Silverado: Pickup Trucks with Five-Star Safety Ratings

Cars and minivans typically come equipped with a plethora of safety features designed to keep your family snug and secure. But we often assume trucks are built with one purpose: to get you and all your equipment to work, whether you work on a horse farm, in construction, or mowing grass. Certain trucks, though, are designed with your entire family in mind, providing the very best safety features available. The 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are the first pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since the organization changed its testing program back in 2010/2011.

Pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings
2014 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado and Sierra are both built using high-tensile steel, and offer fully boxed frames. As two incredible pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings, they offer features like Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, and Forward Collision Warning. Other safety features include a rear vision camera, seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and trailer-sway control. And for the safety of you and your passengers, both trucks some with six standard airbags.

If you require the very best safety features around, and long to own a full-size pickup, there are only two choices for you. You can find both the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra at Gjovik Auto, so stop by and see them for yourself!

Chevy Sonic RS: Power and Efficiency Combined

Chevy Sonic RS
Chevy Sonic RS

When you think of the Chevy Sonic, you probably think of a cheap and cheerful subcompact car with a low starting price and modest standard features. But the Sonic is so much more than that. If you’re the type of driver that wants a little extra oomph in your engine, but you don’t want to upsize to a larger vehicle, the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS could be the answer to your prayers.

Officially, RS stands for Rally Sport. We think it could stand for “really speedy.” That’s because the Sonic RS comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that can gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft of torque. That might not sound like much, but the RS trim adds an additional 23 lb.-ft of torque to the base LS trim, and since this car is so light, that’s some serious pickup. The Chevy Sonic RS is available as a hatchback, and comes with heated leatherette seats, cruise control, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.

So if you’re looking for a cheap-fun-to-drive car that won’t have you paying through the nose at the pump, the Chevy Sonic RS is definitely worth a look. Stop by Gjovik Auto to check it out in person!

#Heatstroke is No Joke: GM Donates $200,000 to Heatstroke Awareness

Heatstroke awareness
GM is dedicated to raising heatstroke awareness.

If you’re a sensible human being, you probably know that leaving a child or pet in your car on a scorching summer day is a no-no. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 children have lost their lives on average every year since 1998 after being left unattended in a hot vehicle. With temperatures inside a car much higher than outside, leaving your kid—two- or four-legged—in your vehicle when it’s hot out can become deadly in a matter of minutes.

Just how deadly is pretty clear. On a nice, comfortable, 75-degree day, your car can reach 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Imagine how much worse that gets as the outside temperature rises. As we move through the summer months, organizations across the country are attempting to raise heatstroke awareness in order to save lives and really make people think. To help with this effort, GM is donating $200,000 to Safe Kids Worldwide to support the Never Leave Your Child in a Car campaign.

With GM’s donation and cooperation, Safe Kids Worldwide was able to spread its message across social media channels on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31st. GM fans were encouraged to use the hashtag #heatstroke to help keep the conversation going. And even though National Heatstroke Prevention Day is over, Gjovik Auto encourages its readers to spread the word, either online or in person. Let’s aim for a 2014 where no such preventable deaths occur.