Over 50,000 people each year come to the Bowling Green Chevrolet Corvette plant to tour the breeding grounds of the legendary Corvette. Some come to watch their car as its being built, which can be commemorated in a photo album that can be ordered from Chevrolet. No other car in the world is built with this kind of pride!
General Motors, Ford Motor and Kia each have three contenders for the North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards, to be announced in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
About 50 journalists from the United States and Canada have whittled to 28 the list of nominees. Voting takes place in December. Vehicles must be either all new or markedly different from their previous models.
A few of the vehicles being considered, including the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan Leaf and Nissan Juke, are not yet for sale. The short list includes one hybrid — the Hyundai Sonata.
Now in their 18th year, the awards honor the best vehicles based on innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value.
Over all, finalists for North American Car of the Year include: Audi A8, Buick Regal, Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Sonata (including the 2.0T and the hybrid), Infiniti M37/56, Jaguar XJ, Kia Optima, Mazda Mazda2, Nissan Juke, Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen Jetta and Volvo S60.
You'll be able to buy your own Cruze and Volt at Ross Downing Chevrolet beginning late 2010! Stay tuned for all the latest deals!
Via GM.com: http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/24/g-m-ford-and-kia-lead-nominees-for-car-of-the-year/
One of the biggest problems when deciding to sell or trade-in your car is getting an accurate quote for its value. You could always resort to the car's Kelley Blue Book value... but how accurate can you really get?
Enter the new Trade-In Marketplace, a feature that allows you to get the most accurate estimate of your vehicle's worth that's ever been offered to consumers. By calculating many different variables such as your vehicle's details, historical trends, local market influences, supply and demand, and regional differences, this powerful tool can give you a real quote for your vehicle. This quote can be brought to Ross Downing Chevrolet where we will simply verify your car's condition and give you the option of redeeming your offer for cash!
Forget guessing how much you'll get for your trade-in, or relying on generic Blue Book information- Ross Downing Chevrolet gives you the cutting-edge tools to empower you as a buyer! Get started right away!
This new function will allow customers to log-in and watch the status of their new Chevrolet as it goes through the production process and finally ends up at their dealership of sale. Additionally, consumers will be able to see a 360 degree image of the vehicle they've purchased (trim, color, most options/accessories), vehicle build information and window sticker, and more helpful information.
This will give customers an unprecedented look into how their vehicle is progressing through the stages of the building and shipping process. Instead of being left in the dark with nothing but an estimated delivery date, buyers can now keep track of their order every step of the way until their new Chevrolet arrives at their dealership!
Name: Emily Stearns
Position: New Car Sales
How long have you been selling cars? 2.5 years
How did you get into the car business? Um… well it just happened!
What is the funniest or strangest thing that has ever happened while selling cars? I had a customer who wanted to totally surprise his wife. So he came in and (secretly) purchased the car she wanted, and then brought his unsuspecting wife to the dealership after-hours “just to look around”. When she wasn’t looking, he slipped the key into the ignition of the car he had purchased. She came over to the vehicle and saw that it was the exact style and color she had been looking for, as the husband pointed out that it was somehow unlocked and that the keys had been left in the ignition. He suggested they take it for a quick spin around the lot, which she initially refused of course. But after a great deal of convincing, she finally agreed and they circled the area for a while. Eventually he confessed that he had already purchased the car for her (much to her relief and surprise), and they both drove home happy.
What is your favorite car? 1969 Cadillac Deville convertible
What do you currently drive? Cadillac CTS
Where did you grow up? Southern Louisiana
Have you ever lived anywhere besides Louisiana? Yes, Oklahoma and Florida
What did you want to be when you grew up? Actress/singer
What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Spending time with my sister or being outdoors
What do you listen to in your car? Everything gets air time on my radio.
Do you sing while driving? All the time!
What might others be surprised to know about you? I love to fish!
What advice would you like to give to customers who are searching for a new or used vehicle? Pace yourself! Too much information too fast can be overwhelming.
Anything else you want customers to know about you? I want my clients to be completely satisfied! I want you to be comfortable sending your family, friends, and co-workers to me, knowing they will be well taken care of.
...Well, maybe not literally. But Chevy's highly-anticipated Volt has gone through numerous tests to answer the question, "What happens when an electric car drives through water?"
Actually, the Volt has gone through all kinds of crazy tests that come with introducing a relatively new type of vehicle to the mass-production market. Early reports suggest that even filling up the reserve gas tank takes all kinds of complex calculations by the Volt's onboard computer system.
Make no mistake, this is a VERY smart car. But then again, any battery-powered car that can drive through knee-deep water without losing a spark has to be pretty brilliant.
The Chevrolet Volt is scheduled for a late-2010 release.