Each generation has its own fond memories of trends, products, and celebrities that found fame for a short period of time. For some of us, the 1980s hold a special place in our hearts. As does all of the pop culture we embraced during our childhood.
Remember wearing those checkered VANS shoes? It seems like everyone had a pair of those! No doubt you’d see your friends wearing them when you met them at the arcade to play classic games like Pac-Man and Galaga. Hopefully you didn’t have a mullet hair cut, though!
For Christmas, you probably got one of the many following popular items: an Atari console, a Koosh Ball, a Cabbage Patch Doll, a Care Bear, or a He-Man action figure. And you probably didn’t miss an episode of G.I. Joe or Jem and the Holograms! And who could forget those Chicago Bears?
What other fond memories do you have of growing up the 1980s in Illinois? Share your nostalgia with us!
The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is making a huge impact on the automotive industry right now. Between news coverage and awards, it’s hard to imagine the Chevy Camaro becoming any more popular! However, according to some news from Chevrolet, it just might.
The 1LE performance package makes its triumphant return with the latest model of the Chevrolet Camaro. The package offers a stronger track performance and better handling for Chevrolet’s signature performance vehicle.
The new 1LE package will also include features like magnetic ride control and a new FE4 suspension.
“The Camaro 1LE packages follow a recipe any track-day enthusiast will appreciate,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer. “Start with a lightweight, stiff structure and then add higher levels of suspension stiffness and damping, more aggressive tires, higher downforce, more powerful brakes and more cooling.”
That recipe results in the best performance vehicle around: the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE!
When it comes to choosing a subcompact vehicle, drivers usually have two body styles to choose from: hatchback or sedan. However, how do they determine which body style is right for them? Here are a few reasons to choose either a hatchback or a sedan.
Reasons to Choose a Sedan
If you want to save a little more money with your purchase, you might want to look into a sedan, as they often have less expensive asking prices. You may also want to select a sedan if you’re not a big fan of the larger rear ends featured on hatchbacks.
Reasons to Choose a Hatchback
If you have a lot of cargo to carry around with you, the hatchback is the ideal choice. There is a lot more trunk space inside of a hatchback. Also, if you want to fill up your bank account with more money when it comes time to sell your car, hatchbacks generally have a lot higher resale values.
Whether you decide to choose a sedan or a hatchback, you will find a wide variety of both at Bill Walsh GM Superstore!
Driving in the sleet and snow is a dangerous task on the best of days. As winter approaches, it might not be a bad idea to review winter driving safety tips, especially if you have a new drivers in the house. Just in case you need a starting point, here are a few snow driving tips from us here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore.
Beware of Black Ice. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Black ice can be present on roads that appear clear as day. At night when the temperatures drops, the risk is even greater.
Take it Slow. Slow down! Driving at normal speeds on slick snow- or ice-covered roads is a danger in itself. Taking a corner while accelerating makes the risk of sliding off the road or into other vehicles much greater. If you drive at normal speeds and need to brake unexpectedly, you could find yourself in an accident.
Don’t Pass Plows. As a general rule, don’t pass snow plows or other maintenance vehicles. Obviously they’re there to clear the road ahead which means the road behind the plow is much better than the one in front. In addition, the plow extends nearly 10 feet outside the truck itself. Play it safe; don’t pass plows.
After the success of the Traverse, pictured above, Chevy is planning to release a new crossover SUV, rumored to hit the market next year.
Chevrolet has some of the most popular crossover models on the market—especially the acclaimed Traverse and Equinox. However, insight from Automotive News is that the carmaker believes there’s enough space between those two CUVs to fit a brand new crossover.
In order to more closely correspond to competing models, Chevrolet’s lineup is getting a “broader range.” This will involve fitting more models into the current lineup and giving current models a redesign to allow more room. After the Traverse gets a facelift next year, Chevrolet will introduce a three-row, short-wheelbase SUV to compete with the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. This new crossover has yet to receive an official name.
Stuffing a lineup with nearly-similar models isn’t something only Chevrolet is doing—many leading automakers are packing their lineups to the brim. The question is whether a new, short Chevy crossover will win over customers from competing models or merely usurp them from Chevrolet’s other sport utility vehicles.
Buick is quickly becoming General Motors’ most impressive brand. Thanks to a clever marketing campaign and a strong visual redesign, Buick models have found their way into many new homes across the United States. Is the automaker ready to claim victory and casually coast through on its newfound popularity? Hardly!
Despite a staggering 1.2 million sales in 2014, Buick’s lineup only contains five models. Thus, there are plenty of gaps in the segment to be filled—starting with a sporty, three-door hatchback. Where will GM be getting the inspiration for this youth-oriented model? From Opel, of course!
After the successful introduction of the 2016 Cascada, which was also inspired by an Opel model, Buick is planning on rebadging the Opel Adam as a model it can sell stateside. However, it won’t arrive until the next generation of the hatch is released, around 2018.
Other new Buick models will include its own version of the Envision crossover from China, as well as redesigns for many of its current models. What types of models would you like to see Buick introduce? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!
The Chevy Silverado has been a staple of the full-size truck market in America for years, and, based on the 2016 Silverado’s design, it looks like the truck’s reputation will only gain in popularity and stature in the future. The new Chevy Silverado comes with all kinds of new features, starting with a new front end design. The new grille is huge and grinning, underscoring the Silverado’s great strength and performance numbers.
Silverado is actually the second-best selling vehicle overall in the United States, but all the new improvements to the 2016 Silverado give it a chance to gain on the number one spot.
“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks. “New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup brand this year.”
The new Silverado also comes with features like an eight-speed automatic transmission, MyLink infotainment system, and tons of safety technologies to make this full-size truck as safe and comfortable as it is powerful. It even offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support this year! Come see us here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore today to learn more.
Demand for the new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon has been so strong that the automaker has had to resort to several measures to increase production.
Last March, it increased full-time employment to 3,500 hourly workers at its Wentzville, Mo., factory by adding a third shift, in anticipation of strong sales. As it turns out, the Colorado and Canyon have been even more popular than predicted.
Now, GM is hiring as many as 1,000 “flex” workers who would fill Saturday and Sunday shifts, boosting capacity for the popular midsize pickup trucks by more than 2,000 trucks a month.
The automaker even cut an unpaid lunch break at the Wentzville plant as part of a broader schedule reshuffling, which removed a six-minute production pause between shifts and cost the plant about 18 minutes of production every day. This should result in another 3,500 trucks every year.
It’s nice to see GM taking action so that all of our customers can get the trucks they want at Bill Walsh GM!
While summer may be the season of vacations, summer car care is just as important as any other time of year. The summer heat can make small problems bigger in a short amount of time. That’s why it’s a good idea to check over your car before the heatwave hits home. Here at Bill Walsh Chevrolet, we’ve got the car care tips to keep your vehicle running all summer long.
Check your tire pressure. While tire pressure will lower in colder weather, the exact opposite happens in warm weather. The air in your tires will heat up and expand, causing increased pressure. If the pressure gets too high, a blowout is just a pothole away, then you’re stuck changing a tire or waiting for a tow. Maintaining proper tire pressure also increases fuel economy.
Keep your car cool. This one sounds obvious, we know. No one likes getting into a hot car and burning your hands on the seatbelt (PSA: always wear your seatbelt). Keeping your car in the shade, whether beneath a tree, building, or in the garage, can keep your paint looking fresh. Some waxes include UV protection so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to rub some on. A sunshade will also help prevent cosmetic cracking inside the vehicle.
Check your battery. This goes for all seasons. Small cracks or bulges will grow worse in the summer heat. Check for problems or deformities now before they become a major problem once summer really arrives.
We’re getting unbearably close to May 16, the day when the sixth-generation Camaro will finally be unveiled at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Chevrolet has even lined up an entire special event, all anchored around the big reveal, which will be the culmination of the day. Fortunately, we expect the new Camaro to really live up to all that hype—especially after all the new design and performance tweaks we’ve seen.
For example, the Camaro now features a 28% more rigid body and the awesome new Drive Mode Selector. The extra tight body gives the Camaro the most advanced driving dynamics ever, with incredible steering and suspension systems resulting in the best handling possible. The Drive Mode Selector, for its part, gives you options between Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport, and Track modes—although the Track mode is only available on SS models.
“We wanted to build on the flexibility of the current Camaro ZL1, which is great for grand touring, commuting, the drag strip and track days,” said Aaron Link, Camaro lead development engineer. “The new Camaro will be even more adaptable, with up to eight vehicle attributes adjusted to fit a driver’s preference.”
Come see us here at Bill Walsh Chevrolet to learn more about the Camaro and its updated technologies and design today.