Chevrolet Special Edition Trucks Celebrate 100 Years

Chevrolet is celebrating its 100-year anniversary of creating the toughest trucks ever to rock the road. While looking back at the origins of Chevy trucks, it’s the perfect time to take note of two special edition models as well. The Chevrolet Special Edition trucks feature small touches that stretch back to the iconic design of the 1918 One-Ton pickup.

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The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Centennial Edition is available on LTZ Z71 trims. It rolls out on 22-inch silver-painted wheels with chrome tow hooks, door handles, belt line, and wheel inserts.

The Chevrolet Colorado Centennial Edition rides high on 18-inch wheels with monochromatic bowties. Like its larger sibling, the midsize truck features chrome tow hooks, door handles, belt line, and mirror caps.

As a nod to their origins, both Centennial Edition trucks bear dark blue heritage bowtie emblems with “Chevrolet” printed across the center. Centennial door badges come standard as well. The Silverado 1500 and Colorado 100-year-anniversary trucks are only available in a Centennial Blue paintjob.

There’s little doubt that Chevrolet’s history in the truck segment is the stuff of legends. From the original 1918 One-Ton truck to the fierce 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Colorado, capability has always been the focus. We here at Tom Naquin couldn’t be more excited to see the special edition pickups in person and test their capabilities!

Chevrolet Bolt EV Reviews

The Chevrolet Bolt EV took the industry by storm with an extensive list of standard features and plenty of interior space. In addition to its lengthy single-charge range, the Bolt EV boasts plenty of performance. Check out what the industry experts had to say in their reviews of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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Car and Driver took the Chevrolet Bolt EV for a spin and, needless to say, they were impressed. The experts gave the Bolt EV a top five-star review, citing its extensive EPA-estimated 238-mile range and powerful electric motor.* The roomy interior offers plenty of cargo and passenger space. Unlike competitors, the Chevrolet Bolt EV is available from an affordable price, too.

U.S. News & World Report gave the Chevrolet Bolt EV an overall rating of 8.9 out of 10; the Bolt EV took the number one spot in Compact Cars, Small Cars, Hybrid and Electric Cars, and Hatchbacks. Like other reviewers, U.S. News & World Report cited the model’s extensive range, impressive practicality, and affordable technologies. Notably, U.S. News & World Report gave the Chevrolet Bolt EV a 10-point score in the Safety category, the highest score available.

To learn more about the Chevy Bolt EV and why reviewers praise it so extensively, visit us at Tom Naquin.

*Your actual range may vary based on several factors including temperature, terrain, and driving technique.

Lower Trim Chevrolet Camaro Models May Soon Offer V8 Engine

There’s a lot to choose from at Tom Naquin. We offer practical commuters, versatile family haulers, and iconic American muscle cars. The market for muscle cars is as competitive as ever, with new engines and features coming out every few years. Prices can get pretty steep for one of these speedy performance vehicles, but there are affordable options, too. For instance, we love the Chevrolet Camaro because it is a fun muscle performance-vehicle available for an affordable price.
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Still, Chevrolet realizes that competition is intense, and they are always looking to find a way to anticipate and meet customer needs before anyone else. It’s this incentive that has led the brand to consider introducing a new V8 engine to some of the Camaro’s lower trim levels. Currently, the Chevrolet Camaro does offer a V8 model, but it’s significantly more expensive than the base trim.

 Yet, the Chevrolet team recognizes that the balance of power and price tag is what motivates buyers to choose one muscle car over the other. Thanks to this insight, Chevrolet representatives have begun hinting at the possibility of a low-trim, inexpensive V8 model. This would mean that the Chevrolet Camaro could potentially offer the most power for the money, which is something that all auto-enthusiasts want.

Brazil’s New 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer

There was a time when American car shoppers could feast their eyes upon one particularly stylish SUV, the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Unfortunately, the Trailblazer hasn’t been a part of the American market for close to a decade. The first good news is that the US market has its own handful of impressive Chevrolet SUVs to choose from, and the second good news is that the Chevrolet Trailblazer is still alive and well in some international markets like Brazil.
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In fact, the new 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer is joining the Brazilian lineup even as we speak. Several significant updates make this new Chevy Trailblazer the subject of our jealousy. A new Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) technology, for instance, is being added to the diesel models. CPA technology helps to reduce vibrations and noises, so this SUV will be blazing trails more smoothly than ever.

 In addition to the new performance technology, the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer will also get new safety gadgets and new in-cabin tech, like an upgraded audio system. All of this gets assembled inside of an updated, refined exterior that features the Trailblazer logo multiple times.

 Don’t get us wrong—we love the SUVs that we have on the lot at Tom Naquin Hub Site. But, if we could sell the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer here, we’re pretty sure it would be a big hit.

From the Critics: 2017 Nissan Titan Reviews

If you are in the market for a new truck, that means you likely value hard work and need a pickup that echoes that mentality. Let us introduce you to the 2017 Nissan Titan. Rather than read our opinions, though, read what the critics have to say in their 2017 Nissan Titan reviews. If you like what you read, test drive a new Titan today.

Learn what the critics are saying about the new 2017 Nissan Titan.
Its standard V8 engine and standard five-year/1000,000-mile warranty is enough to win your curiosity.

U.S. News & World Report gave the Titan an overall score of 8.4 out of 10. Specifically, U.S. News liked the Titan’s “smooth ride,” “spacious seats,” and “versatile bed.” Motor Trend also had plenty of things to praise when it came to the 2017 Titan, including its “handsome new styling,” its “standard V8 power,” and, of course, its “generous standard five-year/100,000-mile warranty.”

Edmunds also listed a number of pros for the new Titan full-size pickup. Among those were the standard V8 (echoing Motor Trend), the “numerous in-cabin and bed storage solutions,” that generous warranty (again, echoing Motor Trend), and the “optional Pro-4X off-road package [that] offers useful upgrades for backcountry use.”

Still not convinced? Come into Tom Naquin to test drive the all-new 2017 Nissan Titan, and we guarantee you’ll fall in love with this pickup the first time your foot hits the gas.

From the Critics: 2017 Nissan Rogue Reviews

The 2017 Nissan Rogue is a sleek and efficient SUV that is perfectly suited to small and large families. Powerful yet safe, the Rogue delivers strong driving performance and luxury amenities all at once. Hear what the critics have to say about the new Rogue before making your decision with our collection of key elements of several different 2017 Nissan Rogue reviews, straight from the mouths (or keyboards, rather) of the critics.

Hear what the critics have to say about the new Rogue before making your decision with our collection of key elements of several different 2017 Nissan Rogue reviews, straight from the mouths (or keyboards, rather) of the critics.
Edmunds called the Rogue’s front seat comfort “best-in-class.” Don’t you deserve the best?11

U.S. News & World Report gave the 2017 Rogue an 8.0 out of 10, lauding the SUV for its “large cargo area with innovative storage system,” its “classy interior with upscale finishes,” and its “excellent fuel economy” at up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway.*

Meanwhile, Edmunds called the Rogue’s front seat comfort “best-in-class” and also praised ride quality, the “versatile cargo storage,” and the “user-friendly tech options.” Motor Trend gave kudos to the Rogue’s hybrid variant and also granted a stamp of approval to the suite of safety features and the Rogue’s “quiet interior.”

Finally, gave the 2017 Nissan Rogue an 8.8 out of 10 and praised the choice between the five-passenger and seven-passenger Rogues.

Test drive the all-new Nissan Rogue at Tom Naquin.

*EPA estimated. Actual mileage will vary.

Chevrolet’s Safety Technology Offers an Added Security

Now that we are in the midst of summer, more people will be outside in full force, riding their bikes and just having fun in the neighborhood. Because of that, the rate of accidents, especially backover ones, can rise. Chevrolet’s safety technology wants to help prevent those accidents with its Surround Vision camera system.Chevrolet's safety technology - Tom Naquin

“Technology offered on the Equinox, like Surround Vision, is designed to give drivers more tools to help them see around their vehicle before they put it in gear,” said Rondell Burge, researcher of driver behavior at Chevrolet.

The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that there are about 210 fatalities and over 15,000 injuries each year because of backover accidents. And, of those, about 40% occur in residential areas and 24% happen in driveways.

With Surround Vision, available on the redesigned 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, drivers will get a 360-degree view of their surroundings during low-speed driving, like backing up or parking. That can help make those maneuvers safer and more accurate.

Surround Vision uses four cameras, including the standard Rear Vision Camera, two side-looking cameras under the mirrors, and a forward-facing camera located in the grille. When a driver shifts into reverse, Surround Vision is activated, and the bird-eye-view is displayed on the center stack screen.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is available at Tom Naquin dealerships now.

Cadillac’s 6.2-liter V8 Offers Unparalleled Performance

This is Cadillac’s first year racing in the International Motor Sports Association’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. And, in a remarkable show of power, Cadillac is undefeated and has captured all five victories, as well as 11 of the 15 podium places, so far.Cadillac's 6.2-liter V8 - Tom Naquin

Cadillac’s 6.2-liter V8 engine is at the heart of all of its prototype race cars, including the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Dpi-V.R, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac Dpi-V.R. and the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac Dpi-V.R. Each of those teams has only used two engines, and, collectively, the cars have driven more than 15,500 miles.

The race-modified 6.2-liter V8 shares similar architecture with the 6.2-liter V8 engines found in the CTS-V sedan and Escalade SUV. However, the race-ready version pumps out nearly 600 horsepower and comes naturally aspirated. Those engines are modified and maintained by ECR Engines.

“As in the Cadillac CTS-V and Escalade, the Cadillac 6.2L V-8 in the race car produces unrivaled, unfailing power and responsiveness,” said Richard Brekus, Cadillac Global Director of Product Strategy.

While we can’t offer you a race-ready engine, you can get a sense of the power those race cars have by driving home in a Cadillac CTS-V or Escalade. Come experience the Cadillac power and prestige at Tom Naquin today.

Nissan Serena Minivan Offers Autonomous Technology

While you won’t find the Nissan Serena minivan rolling around North American streets just yet, it is making remarkable first impressions in Japan. The well-priced minivan comes stocked with more advanced autonomous technologies than many high-end sedans.

Nissan took a risk when by introducing its Level-2 autonomous driving technology in the mass-market minivan as opposed to a high-end INFINITI model. The risk paid off with the Serena’s sales jumping by more than 60 percent between August 2016 and May 2017.

The Nissan Serena boasts technology similar to that found in the Tesla Model S. This autonomous technology controls the vehicle’s steering and speed without the need for driver intervention. Labeled the ProPilot driver-assist system, this technology makes driving an entirely new experience. The X-Trail SUV is currently available with the system as well.

Around 60 percent of drivers who bought the Serena added the ProPilot driver-assist system. 80 percent of those who have ordered the X-Trail did so with the ProPilot driver-assist system.

“The early success of ProPilot has given us a head start,” said Daniele Schillaci, Nissan Executive Vice President. “It’s also a building block for future autonomous drive technologies.”

At Tom Naquin, we are proud to be part of the Nissan family and can’t wait to see the advancements Nissan continues to make.

Fun Summer Activities

Getting the most out of summer shouldn’t be a stressful process. In fact, it should be one of the easiest things you do in your life. Here at Tom Naquin, we have a few suggested fun summer activities to help you make the most of the season!

Summer is here, and we have the actvities for you to make the most of this season.
Summer has arrived. How will you spend it?

Visit a Park

Paying a visit to a local park on a sunny summer day is a great way to enjoy the season, get in touch with nature, or just get some fresh air. Parks are full of life, from trees and plants to other people and animals. Plan to meet up with friends, take your family dog for a walk, or fly solo. Many parks even offer trails. Take advantage of everything your local park has to offer and get some exercise and fresh air!

Hold a Barbecue

Setting up the grill and cooking some meat to perfection is a great way to spend a summer evening. Invite friends and family over for a well-cooked meal and plenty of laughs. It wouldn’t hurt to invite the entire neighborhood for those who are feeling really social. Just make sure there’s enough delicious food for everyone!

Drink Iced Tea

Is there anything that says “summer” more than sitting on the porch with a glass of iced tea? You can even make your own with some tea packets, water, and sunlight.

No matter what you decide to do, summer makes it easy to have a good time. So soak up the sun, enjoy the fresh air, and seize the day!