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.

Test-drive the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC.

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.

 Test-drive one or more of these durable models when you stop by 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.

The 2019 GMC Sierra Denali will be available at Gjovik Chevrolet Buick GMC; stop by to learn more.

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 Celebrates Moon Landing Anniversary with Chevy Bolt

Moon Landing Anniversary
Honor the moon landing anniversary today by coming in and checking out the Chevrolet Bolt here at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.

48 years ago, in July of 1969, astronauts took their first steps out of the Apollo 11 and onto the surface of the moon. This was a momentous occasion not only for all of humankind, but also for General Motors in particular, who would later have the opportunity to watch their technology – in the form of the Lunar Rover – be used to explore an alien environment no human had previously seen in person. This year, in honor of the moon landing, Chevrolet celebrated that time-honored achievement by honoring one of their modern innovations: the Chevrolet Bolt.

Why? The Lunar Rover, unlike any mainstream vehicles on the road at the time, was electric. With a 57-mile range, a top speed of 8.7 mph, and the use of antennas for communication, the Lunar Rover was a far cry from the Bolt, which gets up to 238 miles on a single charge, and offers a top speed of 92 mph along with connectivity tech over its OnStar 4G LTE hot spot. That’s quite a leap from the Rover’s capabilities nearly five decades ago.

The chief engineer of the Lunar Rover, Ferenc Pavlics, still remembers how his team broke ground to tackle a project never previously imagined and sees how it paved the way for EVs like the Bolt. “We pushed the boundaries of automotive technology,” says Pavlics, “and worked hand in hand with the astronauts on the vehicle’s design.”

Honor the moon landing anniversary today by checking out the Chevy Bolt here at Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC.

Next-Generation GMC Terrain Introduces Push-Button Shifter

Next-Generation GMC Terrain
The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes.

The manual transmission versus automatic transmission debate has been ongoing since the invention of the automatic. Fans of manual transmissions like the way they have more control over their vehicle, allowing them to get better gas mileage and get the most out of the performance of their car. This has lead to various automakers attempting to recreate the gear-shifting dynamic of a manual while creating more space and being more safe and convenient. The next-generation GMC Terrain seems to have solved this dilemma.

The new 2018 GMC Terrain will feature push-button gear shifters. Called the Electronic Precision Shifter, the system consists of three buttons and two switches located below the audio system. The new shifter is the only one available on the GMC Terrain, but it is offered on all three engine options – two gasoline and one diesel. GMC representatives are eager to see how the experimental shifter functions in the real world, rather than just on the test tracks.

The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes, according to IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley.

At Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, we are thrilled to see GMC taking the lead on this project!

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
There aren’t many midsize pickup trucks that offer a lot of off-road features, making the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 a much-loved anomaly in the industry.

There aren’t many midsize pickup trucks that offer an abundance of off-road features, making the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 a much-loved anomaly in the industry. Starting at $2,000 less than the nearest competitor, the new Colorado ZR2 packs in a vast array of standard off-roading features designed to take the avenger weekend and make it spectacular.

There’s a lot to love in the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, like the standard V6 engine that delivers a thrilling 306 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. That engine comes paired with a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

There’s also an available 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine that produces an impressive 186 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. That powertrain comes complete with a six-speed automatic transmission.

No matter the powertrain, the new 2017 Colorado ZR2 features standard four-wheel drive, 31-inch off-road tires, a two-inch lifted suspension, and much more.

Drivers will enjoy advanced safety features, including a rear vision camera and electronic automatic cruise control. A standard aluminum skidplate protects critical components from rough terrain.

As for entertainment, the new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 features a standard six-speed audio system, eight-inch touchscreen, and access to Chevrolet MyLink.

We here at Gjovik Chevrolet are ready to roll in the new Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup!

Chevrolet Signs Extension with IndyCar Series

 

Verizon IndyCar Series
Chevrolet signed an extension of its affiliation as a parts provider with the Verizon IndyCar Series

The Verizon IndyCar Series largely revolves around high speeds and insane acceleration. One factor that makes a major difference is the aerodynamic kits and engines the cars are outfitted with, and Chevrolet recently signed a contract that extended its partnership with the Verizon IndyCar Series as a major parts provider.

Chevrolet’s signing of a contract extension comes at the same time as many other major brands. Honda signed a deal as well; meanwhile, Dallara signed on to continue to be the chassis supplier and Firestone signed on as the tire supplier.

The IndyCar Series plans to revise the rulebook to allow for an all-new chassis designed to bear a much more attractive look. The new chassis will also change air flow, allowing for closer racing.

“It’s another sign of the positive momentum we continue to build as we grow this sport into the next decade,” said Jay Frye, IndyCar president of operations.

While Chevrolet and Honda may be competing automakers, they do share something in common. Both Chevrolet’s director of motorsports and Honda’s president of performance development want to see more automakers join the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Chevrolet’s signing of a multi-year contract solidifies the brand’s involvement in the IndyCar Series for the foreseeable future.

We here at Gjovik Chevrolet are happy to see Chevrolet extending its affiliation with the Indy Car Series!

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: A Tradition

St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most iconic holidays in the US, especially in the Chicago area. So we have put together a post on the famous celebration.

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most iconic holidays in the US, especially in the Chicago area. That’s why we here at Gjovik Chevrolet have decided to put together a post on the famous celebration. From dying the river to the famous cuisine, there’s something that everyone can enjoy on this Irish holiday. Read on to learn more about St. Patty’s Day.

According to Choose Chicago, one of the most well-known aspects of the Chicago celebration is the dying of the river. The sparkling emerald green represents the rolling hills of the homeland, something many Irish descendants can identify with. Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle thanks to its beautiful grassy areas. Many buildings on the Chicago Skyline are also lit up in green for the holiday as well.

Other famous traditions include the parade. Many Celtic performances are held along the main roads in Chicago, including dances, music, and more. The Loop parade is among the most popular, though you can also see the parade in other areas of the city.

Finally, St. Patrick’s Day is known for the food and drink. You can grab a green beer, though the most popular drink by far is a dark Irish stout. The best dish for the holiday is corned beef and cabbage—a salt-cured dish that’s ideal with Irish beer and whiskey. There’s no better way to celebrate than to have an Irish meal, watch the parade, and visit the green river.