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.

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.

Details Emerge Regarding the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel

2018 Chevrolet Cruze Diesel
While the car won’t be released until the 2018 model year, details on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel have been announced.

Don’t let this year’s Volkswagen scandal fool you—“diesel” isn’t the dirty word that people think it is. For years, diesel vehicles have proven that there is a cleaner, safer, and more efficient way to fuel a car—and Chevrolet knows all of the possibilities that diesel holds.

The automaker has been working to create a Cruze diesel that will provide a much-needed option for those buyers searching for a solid diesel vehicle.

While the car won’t be released until the 2018 model year, details on the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze diesel have been announced. It will be powered by a 1.6-liter CDTi four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, with the transmission potentially being a nine-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. With that combination, the Cruze diesel could earn around 50 mpg.

While 50 mpg seems improbably high, even for a diesel vehicle, note that the Vauxhall Astra—which shares many underpinnings—has a mpg rate of about 55. So, you can expect to see this exciting addition to the Cruze family to set the standard for all diesel vehicles to come.
For those people who care more about driving pleasure than purely fuel economics, the style and enhancements of the RS badge are rumored to be optionally offered on the Cruze diesel, resulting in a sporty Cruze RS that is sure to be a hit.

Chevy and American Cancer Society Team Up for Breast Cancer Awareness

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
Each year Chevy dealerships support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by sponsoring events, engaging customers, and team participation.

Chevy and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to spread awareness for breast cancer. This is Chevy’s sixth year teaming up with the ACS, and over the course of the partnership Chevy has raised over $6 million for breast cancer research.

Each year Chevy dealerships across the country support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer by sponsoring events, engaging customers, team participation, and more. Chevy raised $1.6 million last year and sponsored 84 ACS walks, and this October Chevy plans to beat last year’s goal through a variety of social media programs and dealership events.

This year, Chevy will donate $5 (for up to $500,000) for every Twitter and Instagram post with the hashtag #IDriveFor, which simultaneously raises awareness and research funds. Chevrolet and GM employees across the country will participate in awareness walks, and dealerships will sponsor teams in community walks.

The Chevrolet SS sedan pace car will also feature a Making Strides paint job, with a full coat of pink paint and pink breast cancer ribbons on the hood and sides. Chevy will also donate $350 (up to $50,000) for every caution lap the pace car takes at the NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway later this month.

Chevy Camaro Celebrates 100th Running of the Indy 500

100th Running of the Indy 500
Roger Penske will set the pace at the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 behind the wheel of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition.

Motorsports legend Roger Penske will set the pace at the upcoming Indianapolis 500 on May 29 behind the wheel of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition.

A whopping three major milestones will be celebrated that day: the 100th running of the Indy 500, the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro, and Penske’s 50th year as a team owner.

Penske, who was almost a professional driver himself in his younger days, has won 16 Indy 500s over the last half century, more than any other team. When he takes the Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition to the track, it’ll be the ninth time the Camaro serves as pace car at the Indy 500 and the 27th time for Chevrolet. The first time it occurred was in 1967 when an RS/SS convertible led the race; the last time was a Z/28 coupe just two years ago.

“Chevrolet and Roger Penske are inextricably linked to the heritage of the Indianapolis 500,” said J. Douglas Boles, president of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “When he leads the pack on May 29, behind the wheel of the Camaro SS, he will drive the race into its next 100 years and strengthen the bond Chevrolet and Indianapolis forged a century ago.”

Only four examples of the Camaro SS 50th Anniversary Edition are being built, so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a copy in our showrooms, but you can still find the car it is based on at Tom Naquin!