Car-Themed Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Car-Themed Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

It’s officially December, which means the holidays are here. Christmas is right around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll observe the merry holiday this season. Here at Buff Whelan Chevrolet, we are prone to liking vehicle-related activities, so we came up with this list of car-themed ways to celebrate the holidays:

  • Take a holiday road trip: Pack up the car and hit the road. The holidays are the perfect time to go see family and friends you don’t get to see very often. Whether it’s a short trip to a nearby city or a cross-country trip to distant relatives, you will love the destination — and likely the drive to and from.
  • Drive through a light display: Most major cities offer several holiday light displays, many of which are drive-through displays. Blast your favorite Christmas music as you ooh and ahh at the lights with your family. If there are no displays nearby, just drive around residential areas to see the lights put up by everyday people.
  • Decorate your car: Get festive with your car this holiday season, perhaps with a red Rudolph nose up front or your favorite ornament hanging from your rearview mirror.

Thinking of the perfect gift for Christmas? Stop by and see us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to see if we have the perfect car for that special someone in your life.

Chevy Orlando Exceeds Expectations with Style and Grace

Chevrolet Orlando

Although it seems like the advent of SUVs and crossovers has completely overtaken vans as the preferred family vehicle, vans aren’t leaving without putting up a fight. Nothing highlights this as much as the new Chevy Orlando, which just launched in China. Although it won’t be released in the states, the Orlando shows the world that vans can be just as stylish and innovative as their SUV counterparts.

Not only does the Chevy Orlando include a spacious cabin with seating for up seven, lots of cargo room, and plenty of convenient details, but it also looks modern and sophisticated while doing so. The Orlando Redline version, for example, uses the FNR-X concept as inspiration to achieve a sporty look. As Scott Lawson, the general director of Chevrolet for SAIC-GM, stated, “The Orlando and Orlando Redline embody Chevrolet’s spirit of youth, sport and innovation. As one vehicle with multiple capabilities, the Orlando will meet the dynamic needs of consumers who have varied lifestyles and require a vehicle that can adjust to their everyday demands.” The Orlando excels across the board, providing a functional vehicle to families without sacrificing technology and convenience.

While we’re a bit disappointed that the Chevy Orlando won’t be released in the states, it’s a hopeful promise of what’s to come in future passenger vehicles from the brand. For more Chevy news, contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

New Chevy Colorado Grille Options Redefine Exterior

2019 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado, much like the Silverado, is getting a new design for the 2019 model year. The new Colorado boasts some exciting modifications, including a new grille design, which allows drivers to add more customization to their trucks. If you’re looking for a sporty model with personalized options, check out the 2019 Colorado.

One of the most exciting new Chevy Colorado grille options includes a lettered grille that spells out “Chevrolet,” using a cut-out design over a mesh-like background. This design seems subtle at first glance, but it completely revamps the look of the front fascia. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 AEV concept vehicle also has a new grille, one that’s similar to the lettered grille.

While the ZR2 AEV concept vehicle may not be available to mainstream buyers in the near future, the standard Chevrolet Colorado will come with the exciting new grille option for $475 on the 2019 model .

There’s also a new body-colored grille option on the Chevy Colorado, which adds a touch of sophistication to the exterior. The grille is just one of the features the brand is elevating on the 2019 Chevy Colorado.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the stylish grille update on the 2019 Colorado. We can also set you up with a test-drive, so you can channel this model’s brawny capability.

Chevy Brake it Down Campaign Features “Gotham” Star David Mazouz

Brake it Down campaign

Chevrolet partnered with DoSomething.org recently to start the “Brake it Down” campaign, a project that aims to help young people learn to be better drivers. With educational resources and prizes in the form of scholarships, the “Brake it Down” campaign is geared towards educating beginner drivers to help them understand the importance of driving safety.

The two companies recruited “Gotham” star David Mazouz to help initiate and promote the campaign. Mazouz plays Batman, or Bruce Wayne, in the hit Fox television series. He filmed a short video to demonstrate the variety of bad drivers on the road. Mazouz also portrays distracting passengers, including those who talk too much or sing.

Until September 15, young drivers around the nation can take a Brake it Down quiz by texting “BRAKE” to the number 38383. This will help them learn about various driving habits, especially how you can more safely drive with friends in the car. For those who participate, they can be entered to win a $5,000 scholarship to help pay for school.

This is just one more way that Chevy gives back to the community. Contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet to learn more about the brand’s other charitable initiatives. We can also set you up with a test-drive of your favorite Chevy.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Fuses Efficiency with Modern Technology

2019 Chevrolet Volt

There’s no doubt about it — plug-in hybrid electric vehicles are growing in popularity quicker than ever before. Already one of the most popular PHEV on the road, the 2019 Chevrolet Volt adds a number of impressive improvements that elaborate on the vehicle’s current amenities. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to get a more efficient car, the 2019 Volt makes it harder to wait any longer.

Upgraded regenerative braking

The 2019 Volt will also see significant improvements to the brake regeneration system. The result will be stronger deceleration using either the Low or Regen on Demand modes.

Enhanced infotainment display

The 2019 Chevrolet Volt features an improved 8-inch touch screen infotainment display. Most notably, this advanced system will not include a new Energy app, allowing drivers to more closely monitor fuel efficiency.

Faster charging time

The Volt already has the best all-electric range of any PHEV in the U.S. market. The 2019 Volt will make all-electric driving even more viable by cutting charging time in half from previous model years. Equipped with an improved 7.2-kW onboard charger, the 2019 Volt will achieve a full charge in just under 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to test-drive this progressive model for yourself.

2019 Chevrolet Volt Charging is Faster Than Ever Before

2019 Chevrolet Volt charging

Charging your Chevy Volt electric car just got a whole lot easier. For the 2019 model year, Chevrolet has introduced a new charging system to cut recharging times in nearly half, making it easier to get out on the road in your eco-friendly ride.

The new system, which is 7.2 kW, doesn’t just double the all-electric driving range of your Volt per hour of charge, but it also increases its all-electric utility for owners who take advantage of plugging their Volt in around town to top off the batter.

“With about twice the range added during 240V Level 2 charging sessions, the 2019 Volt’s 7.2 kW system makes opportunity charging more worthwhile,” said Jesse Ortega, chief engineer, Chevrolet Electric Vehicles. “It effectively extends the vehicle’s all-electric driving range, while providing about twice the range for the money when plugging in at public facilities that charge by the hour.”

2019 Chevrolet Volt charging can be completed in as little as 2.3 hours with a 240-volt outlet and supporting hardware. That means you can easily take advantage of your Volt’s full-charge capabilities of 53 miles of EV range and 106 MPGe.

This new charging system is available on the Volt LT trim level and comes standard on the 2019 Volt Premier model. Celebrate this new offering from Chevy by stopping by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to browse our current inventory of Volt models.

2019 Chevrolet Suburban Gets More Powerful with RST Performance Package

RST Performance Package
2018 Chevrolet Suburban

The Chevrolet Suburban has never before offered a V8 engine in its lineup—until now. For the 2019 model year, Chevy has decided to add a 420-horsepower V8 to the Suburban thanks to its all-new RST Performance Package.

This package, which originally made its debut last spring on the Tahoe RST, will give you the option to add a 6.5-liter V8 engine to your Suburban. This will come paired to a Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission, putting out 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this engine will give your Suburban a maximum towing capacity of 8,100 pounds.

“When you want to hustle, the Suburban RST with the Performance Package offers high levels of acceleration, braking, and road-holding grip,” said Eric Stanczak, Chevrolet’s chief engineer for full-size trucks. “When you want to relax, it is very refined with exceptional ride comfort and interior quietness.”

Other features for the RST Performance Package include Magnetic Ride Control with performance calibration, 22-inch wheels, a body-color grille, and gloss-black accessories, including Chevy bowties, window trim, and roof rails.

You’re even able to customize the package with other features like a Performance Dual-Side Exit exhaust system and a performance brake package. The 2019 Chevrolet Suburban and this performance package will be available in dealerships later this summer. Test drive it for yourself when it arrives at Buff Whelan Chevrolet.

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

Check Out the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights MI

Earlier this year, Chevrolet announced the expanded Traverse lineup, which includes the new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS. Already in 2018, the Traverse has become a standout vehicle in its class, offering best-in-class max cargo volume (up to 98.2 cubic feet), new advanced safety features, and more technologies than the outgoing model. The new Traverse RS builds on the Traverse’s momentum going into this year.

The big distinction for the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS is its bold, black styling. The new Traverse RS wears a black grille, black roof rails, black bowtie emblems, and black window trim and sits on 20-inch aluminum wheels with a Dark Android finish, to match the overall darkening effect.

A turbocharged engine gives the Traverse RS a spirited performance. Motivated by the Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo engine, the Traverse RS delivers 257 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an efficient nine-speed automatic transmission that helps the RS achieve its fuel economy rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 26 on the highway.*

Other standard features for the Traverse RS include an array of safety amenities to boost your confidence on the road. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Teen Driver, a power liftgate, and tri-zone automatic climate control come on each trim level.

Stop by Buff Whelan Chevrolet to witness the 2018 Traverse RS for yourself and take one for a test drive.

*EPA estimated.

Chevrolet 48-State Road Trip Hits Most Popular Tourist Attractions

Chevrolet 48-State Road Trip - Buff Whelan Chevrolet Sterling Heights MI

Are you thinking of going on a road trip that allows you to hit 48 states at once? Well, Chevrolet has already mapped out the perfect trip plan for you. The American carmaker recently released a road trip itinerary that allows you to see 48 of the nation’s most popular tourist attractions—all in a single trip.

The Chevrolet 48-state road trip itinerary was created alongside data scientist Randy Olson. The partnership came up with a route that covers the most famous family attractions in the United States, usually with a single stop in each state. For instance, you can hit Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, Graceland in Tennessee, Yellowstone National Park, and the Grand Canyon. You can even hit the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Seashore in our great state of Michigan.

This itinerary was created after Chevrolet completed a survey which indicated that families’ two favorite aspects of road trips are spending time with family and getting the opportunity to explore new places. It was assembled to create the least amount of backtracking throughout the journey, giving the most efficient routes to each destination.

Overall, the route itself would take an estimated nine days of driving. With the need to sleep, get snacks, and fuel up, it’s likely this trip could stretch into three weeks, which makes it perfect for your next summer family adventure.

For even more suggestions on where to travel this summer, contact us at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be more than happy to recommend our favorite destinations.

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Sales Pulls Ahead of the Competition

2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales - Buff Whelan Chevrolet - Sterling Heights, MI

For a long time, it was typical to see the Ford Mustang on top in terms of monthly sales, and not far behind that was the Dodge Challenger. Due to its killer combination of incredible performance, stunning style, and overall value, however, the new Chevrolet Camaro is causing quite a stir as it disrupts this familiar sales trend. Outselling both the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger toward the end of 2017, the success of the new Chevrolet Camaro shows no signs of slowing down as 2018 rolls on.

In the face of overall muscle car sales declining toward the end of last year, and a huge 27.24% decline in the usually-popular Ford Mustang, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro sales are still going strong. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Chevrolet Camaro delivers more of what is most important to modern drivers, including exhilarating performance, premium safety features, and more standard advanced technology features.

The Ford Mustang might have a legendary past, but it’s current offering are falling a little flat when compared to the 2018 Chevrolet Camaro, which boasts standard Drive Mode Selector, a 7-inch infotainment display, standard automatic climate control technology, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, all of which are absent in the 2018 Ford Mustang.

The Camaro is quickly becoming a crowd favorite. To see other reasons why Camaro is surging in popularity, visit Buff Whelan Chevrolet to get behind the wheel for a test drive.