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.
At the recent New York Auto Show, Chevrolet showed off the 2016 Malibu Hybrid. This hybrid will borrow some technology from the all-new Volt to make it the most efficient Malibu ever. The Malibu Hybrid’s fuel efficiency is expected to reach 48 mpg city—the highest in the segment.
“Fuel efficiency is important to our customers, especially in the midsize segment and with an estimated 48 mpg city rating, the Malibu Hybrid delivers,” said GM President Dan Ammann in a statement ahead of the Malibu’s reveal.
This efficiency is achieved with a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a two-motor drive unit based on what is found in the 2016 Chevrolet Volt. In total, the engine and motors give the Malibu Hybrid 182 horsepower. Powering the hybrid system is a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. This will be able to drive the Malibu hybrid on electricity alone at speeds up to 55 mph.
The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid will be arriving on showroom floors in spring 2016 and will be built here in the United States at the Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas City, Kansas.
We at Bill Walsh Chevrolet were thrilled to hear the new Colorado was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year. Despite having over ten different competitors for the title, the Colorado won in an astonishing unanimous vote.
“After days of testing, hundreds of miles on the road, and our most rigorous truck testing program to date, our editors unanimously selected the Chevy Colorado as our 2015 Truck of the Year,” said Edward Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief. “Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck.”
According to Chevy, the judges were particularly impressed by the Chevy Colorado’s performance. The model comes with a stellar 3.6-liter DOHC V6 that’s perfectly paired with a six-speed automatic. The result generates over 300 horsepower. Not only that, the Colorado gets 26 highway mpg. No wonder Motor Trend said the Colorado makes a statement about fuel efficiency for trucks.
With all this and more, it’s no wonder the Colorado is everyone’s top pick.