Fifty years ago, nobody had heard of the Chevy Malibu. Then, one day in 1964, Chevy introduced the car as the Chevelle Malibu. This car was the top-of-the-line trim for the well-loved Chevelle. Quickly, it gained popularity, and eventually went on to completely replace the Chevelle in 1978. Since then, the Chevy Malibu has come to represent value, style, and reliability, and the 2014 Malibu is the embodiment of all that and more. This year, we’re happy to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu.
The 2014 Malibu has been given a slight makeover from its 2013 counterpart. Although it’s not a complete overhaul, there are some significant changes that make the 2014 stand out from its predecessor. A new Text-to-Voice feature allows the car’s infotainment system to read text messages over the audio system, and allows the driver to respond via MyLink, without ever taking his or her hands off the wheel. The 2014 Malibu also boasts a standard 2.5-liter EcoTec engine with stop/start technology—a first for this segment.
So whether you remember the original 1964 Malibu or not, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu. Stop by Gjovik and see the latest model in person!
When you think of GMC vehicles, what springs to mind? Probably a truck, like the Sierra; or an SUV or crossover, like the Terrain. One thing GMC lacks is a choice of smaller vehicles, but all that could change soon. Recent rumors suggest that the truck brand is getting ready to move beyond offering larger vehicles by introducing a vehicle smaller than its current smallest Terrain. When the world—and the automaker—will be ready for GMC to offer smaller cars is up for debate.
Back in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show, GMC introduced the Granite concept, a compact van-shaped car that would compete with the likes of the Honda Fit. Although this vehicle never made it past the concept stage, it was GMC’s way of showing that it can do more than just build trucks and SUVs. Perhaps now is the time to expand on that idea, and start offering a smaller car that will appeal to urban drivers looking for a car to drive around town.
We will keep our eyes peeled at upcoming auto shows for a sign than a smaller vehicle is coming to the GMC brand. Until then, you can see GMC’s famous trucks and family-friendly SUVs at Gjovik Auto, as well as smaller vehicles available from Chevy and Buick.
When Consumer Reports speaks, the industry listens. In a recent road test performed by Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Silverado came out on top with a winning score of 81 out of 100 points. It impressed the testers with its utility, handling, and great fuel economy.
The pickup truck segment is currently one of the fastest and most competitive in the automotive market, making this recognition extremely important. The consumer advocacy magazine is one of the most popular sources of automotive information for many consumers.
Impressive features on the Chevrolet Silverado include a large bed, 2,007-pound payload capacity, and a best-in-class trailering capability of up to 11,500 pounds. The Silverado gives customers the option to customize their truck with a vast array of options, including three different engines. These include a 4.3-liter V6 with Active Fuel Management, a 5.3-liter V8 that deliver 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 available later this fall.
Stop by Gjovik Auto and take a look at our large inventory of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. We’re certain you’ll fall in love with this rugged pickup, which is not only Consumer Reports’ top pick, but also increasingly the top pick of drivers across the country.
Ready for the next generation of full-size SUV? GMC certainly is, with its recent announcement of the all-new 2015 Yukon family, including the Yukon XL and Yukon Denali. The redesigned SUVs will come with advanced EcoTec3 engines to deliver what GMC estimates will be segment-leading gas mileage. Although it’ll be another year or so before the all-new 2015 Yukon family hits our streets, the pros at Gjovik are excited to share more about what’s to come!
The all-new Yukon will come with about two inches more legroom in the rear seats, meaning children won’t be the only ones riding in comfort. Each Yukon will also feature an eight-inch color touch-screen radio which comes with available navigation. For parents who like to keep a close eye on their kids, a conversation window will provide a panoramic view of the back seats without needing to turn around while driving. And keyless entry and push-button start are standard, completing the luxurious new touches of the 2015 Yukon.
Although it’s a while before we’ll see one of these beauties in person, Gjovik Auto does offer current Yukon models, plus much more. Stop by and check them out—we’d be happy to let you take one out for a spin!
Looking for a full-size sedan for your family? The sheer number of sedans available out there can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know which one is best for your needs. Luckily, the experts at Cars.com decided to make it easier with the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge. The automotive website took seven popular full-size sedans, and pitted them against each other in an attempt to see just which one ruled the segment.
The seven cars competing for the title of best full-size sedan included the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2013 Dodge Charger, 2013 Chrysler 300, 2013 Toyota Avalon, 2013 Nissan Maxima, and 2013 Hyundai Azera. Each car was tested by three experts from Cars.com, one automotive editor at USA Today, a producer from “MotorWeek,” and a coffee shop owner from Illinois who would typically purchase this type of car. Tests included a 200-mile road trip to test fuel economy, and back-to-back testing by each member of the panel to compare braking, handling, ride comfort, and more. And guess which car came out on top? The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, of course!
The panel loved the Impala’s brand spanking new looks—both inside and out. The experts also praised the Impala’s ride comfort, ease of driving, plentiful cargo space, and interior features that appeal to families and individuals alike.
Stop by Gjovik’s to see the 2014 Chevy Impala in person. We’re certain you’ll agree that it’s the best full-size sedan money can buy!
Shelling out for college can leave you in a pile of debt by the time you graduate. And there are plenty of students who would love to go to college, but simply don’t have the resources and don’t want to spend the rest of their lives paying off student loans. For those students, help is at hand. With programs like the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, students across the country are able to head to college when they otherwise might not be able to.
This year, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, which is funded by the General Motors Foundation, provided $4.2 million worth of scholarships to 1,100 students who want to work in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). Jobs in these fields are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, so it’s important to have qualified applicants for these jobs. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program places a strong emphasis on awarding students that excel in the classroom, and those who frequently give back to their communities; as well as minorities and women. Buick also recognizes military veterans, first-generation college students, and military dependents.
Since its inception in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded almost $16.5 million in scholarships to approximately 3,300 students. Gjovik Auto commends the efforts of Buick and GM in helping educate America’s young people, and is proud to be part of such a giving company!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.