The first official look at the revised 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD pickup has been revealed and we at Gjovik Auto love what we see! Although this new truck hasn’t been formally introduced yet, Chevy is showing off the front-end design which is highlighted by a functional hood scoop.
This redesigned front-end is an advancement of functionality and style. The new Chevy functional hood scoop is part of a new air intake system. This new system helps to keep the engine temperatures lower, and will be a key technology on the 2500 and 3500 models. This is important as these models typically perform heavy duty applications, such as hauling.
The fenders will pull 40% of cool air into the Duramax engine, but then the hood scoop will pull the other 60%. The two input areas will combine as they funnel air into the engine’s combustion chambers. When the truck travels at higher speeds, even more air goes into the engine thanks to a ram-air effect.
Even more impressively, the new system comes with an air/water separator. This ensures that wet air does not enter the engine. We are excited to hear more information about the redesigned Chevy truck as it is released in the future. We will be sure to keep you updated as more details are released.
The numbers are in and they are looking good for the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, which has earned an EPA-estimated 42 mpg highway rating, putting it ahead of the competition.
The EPA tested all configurations of the Chevy Cruze, including the L, LS, LT, and Premiere trims, as well as models with a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual. Thanks to the direct-injected 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged four-cylinder, every model with the automatic transmission other than the Premiere was rated at 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined. The manual was rated at 30 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 34 mpg combined.
That’s better than any of the competition was able to achieve with a four-cylinder engine, including the Ford Focus (40 mpg highway), Hyundai Elantra (37 mpg highway), and Volkswagen Jetta (40 mpg highway).
Part of the reason the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is the most fuel-efficient car in its class is its leaner architecture, which has helped it lose nearly 250 pounds of weight. In addition, its stop/start technology has bolstered its city fuel economy by about 7%. You won’t want to miss it at Gjovik Auto!
Just about anyone in or previously in the military can benefit, including active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, and retirees and their spouses of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Just counting the veterans, that’s an estimated 21 million people who can benefit from the program.
The discounts will apply to most of the vehicles in our lineup at Gjovik Auto, excluding only Cadillac models and the Corvette Z06 as well as the base-level trims for certain models. Discounts will vary per model, from $1,500 off the price of a 2015 Camaro SS to $3,000 off the Silverado All Star.
In any case, active and retired members of the military are bound to find something to their liking, especially since the GM military discount program can be combined with any other GM incentive!
Despite having access to the best digital and design technology in the world, vehicle designers still need clay sculptors. Why, you might ask? Because clay sculpting in the modern world is the best way to view a concept in real life. And because the material is soft clay, it can be easily changed—sharp lines can be softened, curves can be straightened.
Recently, Buick showed us how clay sculpting played an important part in bringing the beautiful Avista concept to life. The designers had created digital mock-ups of the Avista’s door, but wanted to see it in its physical form. That is where creative sculptor Mark Dybis took over.
“We are really fortunate to work with such a talented team of sculptors,” said Aaron Stich, creative designer for Buick, in a statement. “They brought the design to life in a way we never could have imagined; it was absolutely inspiring to see how they interpreted what we had done with pen and paper. This is what it’s like in the Buick studio right now, there’s so much energy, and everyone is itching to contribute. It’s fueling the creative renaissance of the brand.”
Isn’t clay sculpting a beautiful art? We hope it never loses its place in automotive design.
Now that spring is here, it is time to get your car ready for any spring and summer road trips you might take. A neglected car can lead to bigger problems down the road, eventually costing you even more money. Because of this, April is recognized as Car Care Month.
In 2014, at car care events held across the country, the Car Care Council found that 84% of vehicles participating in the events were in need of some sort of service or repairs. The biggest problem was oil changes; in fact, 25% of the cars at the events needed an oil change. Other common problems included dirty air filters, worn out windshield wipers, and coolant issues.
Of course, all of these issues on their own are relatively minor. But, if you have more than one of these issues or if you just choose to ignore it, it can lead to much bigger (and more expensive) problems. That is why preventative, routine maintenance is so important.
If you want to take care of your car this month and catch up on its maintenance, schedule an appointment today with us here at Gjovik Auto.
Over across the big pond, there’s a pretty reputable educational institution referred to as Heriot-Watt’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. It’s there that one Dr. Guy Walker, Associate Professor in Human Factors, does research trying to figure out how to prevent traffic jams. In other words, he’s a modern hero.
Walker released findings that are interesting to say the least. They suggest that there isn’t some mechanism to traffic jams that makes us helpless to their existence. According to Phys.org, Walker’s conclusion is that the cause of traffic jams is the accumulation of “small actions from individual drivers.” In other words… IT’S YOUR FAULT!!!
More specifically, people merge too early when confronted by a lane closure. Instead of merging “at the forefront of the queue,” as Walker eloquently puts it, people move into the open lane as soon as possible. And from this, traffic begins to back up.
Here’s the thing though. Walker is analyzing British driving tendencies. What about here in the New World? Walker’s research says nothing about what goes on here but for those of us who drive on American highways everyday, the idea that drivers are too polite probably doesn’t hold water.
In any case, maybe the solution is to take the middle ground. Don’t be too polite and don’t be too aggressive. See how that works.
During the Super Bowl, Buick ran a spot featuring the all-new Buick Cascada. It’s a beautiful car: sleek and aerodynamic. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a convertible. Buick is so cruel… The brand has to know that making us watch a convertible speed off into the distance never looks more appealing than in February! But when you think about it, it’s just brilliant marketing.
The Buick Super Bowl ad in question starred the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski. They are attending a wedding in what looks like California’s wine country. The bride tosses the bouquet of flowers and Ratajkowski takes off, as if she’s on a fly pattern. She dives and makes the catch, prompting the other attendees to comment, “She Odell’d it!”
They then express general disbelief that Odell Beckham Jr. is in attendance but that is quickly overshadowed by their disbelief that “that convertible is a Buick.”
Who says SUVs should have all the off-roading fun? That’s the question Chevrolet is asking its audience at the Chicago Auto Show right now, where a new special edition Colorado is on display. The Colorado GearOn Special Edition, as its name implies, features the GearOn accessory system, a system built to help you have tons of fun adventures.
Special Edition Colorado Gets GearOn Accessories
The GearOn system features elements like cargo tie-down rings, a bars package, a divider package, and more. Plus, the Special Edition comes with black Bowtie logos, new wheels, and a special EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, among others. All these features make it easy for you to transport gear like bikes, boats, paddles, skis—all the materials you need to get out and enjoy the raw, unfiltered natural world.
“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”
The GearOn Special Edition is another indication of how special and diversely capable the Colorado is as a truck. Come see us here at Gjovik Auto to learn more about the new truck and all its options today. You don’t have to take it into the mountains; it towers over the competition on the highway as well.
Introducing the Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition
“The Midnight special edition, like our recently announced Custom Sport Silverado, lets our dealers offer a custom look right from the factory,” said Sandor Piszar, Silverado marketing director. “Customers can get a monochrome exterior, black alloy wheels and other uplevel touches, while maintaining all of the dependability Chevy trucks are famous for along with full factory warranty coverage.”
To create the Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition, the American carmaker went back to black with an all-black front end and a body-colored grille, bumper, and more. The black color continues in the side moldings, 18-inch black painted alloy wheels, and a spray-in bedliner.
The Silverado Midnight Edition was first displayed at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo in San Francisco and will make its public debut February 14 at the Chicago Auto Show. If you are interested in checking out the brand-new special edition Silverado, make sure you contact Gjovik Auto today!
The 2015 Buick Encore may be small in size, but it offers a lot when it comes to safety. Recently, the Encore earned a 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—the highest score awarded by the federal government.
Encore’s 5-Star Safety Rating
With the addition of the Encore’s 5-Star safety rating, the entire 2015 Buick lineup has now received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, including the Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano.
“Consumers are consistently surprised to discover Encore provides the characteristics they expect in our larger offerings – style, sophistication, connectivity and comfort,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick, in a statement. “NHTSA’s evaluation affirms Encore lives up to Buick’s safety reputation.”
Making the Encore so strong is its high- and ultra-high strength steel body structure. It also comes equipped with 10 standard air bags to keep all passengers safe. Available safety features include rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, front- and rear-park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.