For truck drivers who want a work truck that can also act as a family vehicle for daily driving or road trips, Chevrolet plans to introduce Silverado High Country models for 2014. While the new 2014 Chevy Silverado will have a redesigned interior with improved ergonomics; driver’s choice of three capable engines, each with their own strengths (4.6L V6, 5.3L V8, or 6.2L V8); and a bold new design, the Silverado High Country will add an even greater touch of comfort and luxury.
“High Country will be the top model in the Silverado lineup, with a higher level of premium features and materials with a rich, Western themed appearance,” said Maria Rohrer, Silverado marketing director. “But at the same time, High Country is 100-percent Chevy truck, with the capability and dependability customers have relied on for more than 95 years.”
These line-topping models get upgrades to the already impressive 2014 Silverado both inside and out. The interior gets a new level of quality materials. The front passenger and driver get heated/cooled ventilated bucket seats with saddle brown, perforated leather upholstery and “High Country” logos stitched into the headrests. Rear passenger seats get the same, saddle brown leather appointment with light-tan piping around the edges. An 8-inch dash-mounted touch screen control unit with Chevy MyLink connectivity, Bose premium audio, and front & rear park assist make up just a handful of the interior upgrades.
Outside, High Country models get unique, 20-inch chrome alloy wheels along with plenty of other upgrades. The front grille receives the chrome treatment as well, along with the unique “High Country” badges. Body color bumpers and projector style headlights also help to distinguish the Silverado High Country.
Be sure to stop by Bill Shultz Chevy when the 2014 Silverado becomes available later this year.
Buying a car can be tough. We know that such a large financial commitment can be intimidating and even confusing at times. However, if you really need a vehicle, there is one essential choice that you need to make first. Are you going to buy a new car or are you going to go with a used model? Each has its own distinct advantages and only you can decide which path is right for you. Bill Shultz Chevy can help though. We’ve put together a list of the biggest advantages for each type of car. If you still need help finding the right vehicle, stop by the dealership and we will be glad to help you figure out what works best for you financially.
Advantages of a New Car
Get the Latest Tech
- When you buy new, you get all of the latest technology. As the cost to produce tech features like lane-departure warning, collision avoidance, and adaptive cruise control systems goes down, the tech trickles down into even entry level cars. The same goes for touch screen infotainment systems with build in navigation and engineering technology that makes for better fuel efficiency.
New Car, New Warranty
- One of the biggest advantages of a new car is a new warranty. Having the peace-of-mind of knowing that your car will be covered if anything goes wrong is worth a lot of money to some people. The best value for a warranty is always going to be through the manufacturer on a new car that has nothing wrong with it to begin with.
You Decide the Features
- When you buy a new car you get to decide what color you want, what features you want, and what trim level you want. You don’t always get that sort of power when buying a used car and sometimes you would have to settle with features you don’t like or missing features you wish it had.
Great Financing Rates
-Auto financing rates for new cars and trucks are as low as they have been in a long time. Many new car buyers are able to take advantage of special deals that get you an even lower APR too meaning that you pay less money in interest over the life of your loan.
Advantages of Used Cars
Get the Best Value for your Dollar
-One of the biggest advantages to buying a used car is that you don’t suffer from the huge depreciation associated with new cars. Even if the vehicle you buy is only a year or two old, it won’t lose nearly as much value as a new car. It is estimated that new cars lose about 11% of their value on average the instant you drive it off the dealership lot. With a used car you don’t face so much loss if you have to sell it again soon.
Room to Negotiate
-If you are a good negotiator, you can probably get a bigger percentage taken off of a used car just by talking with the salesperson. You can leverage a trade-in, use a cash payment, or just negotiate the old fashioned way.
-There are a ton of used cars on the market right now, meaning that if you are looking for a used car you have a huge variety to chose from. While you may not be able to custom order the exact combination of colors and features you want, you can probably get pretty close if you know what you’re looking for.
-Banks put less value on a used car since they don’t face a large amount of depreciation. This is good news for buyers because it means they can insure their used vehicle for a fraction of what it would cost to insure a new one. Be sure to keep this in account as it can affect the total cost-of-ownership in the long run.
Car-buyers will always place an emphasis on different aspects of a vehicle when car shopping. Some want performance, while others demand fuel efficiency or advanced technological features; however, the one aspect of a vehicle that every driver values is safety.
It was evident that the engineers behind the 2013 Chevrolet Cruze placed an emphasis on safety as well, because the safety ratings being released for the popular compact are among the best on record. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Cruze a Top Safety Pick, and it earned a five-star rating in the federal New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) tests.
Not only is the 2013 Chevy Cruze scoring well in the States, but it is also earning high marks across the pond. Safety institutions in China, Korea, Australia and the European NCAP all awarded the Cruze the highest possible rating.
Innovative new features including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, rear park assist and OnStar with Automatic Crash Alert help to set the 2013 Cruze above others in its class.
You can stop by Bill Shultz Chevrolet in Fort Piece, FL to test drive the top safety-rated 2013 Chevy Cruze, or visit us online, at http://www.billshultzchevy.com/, for availability information on our entire lineup of Chevy vehicles.
Details about the all-new 2014 Corvette Stingray have been slowly being released over the past few months and now, Chevy has released pricing for the base model Stingray Coupe. This bit of information gives all of us Corvette fans a much better look at how the new model compares to previous ones and how the entire pricing schedule might look.
The base model, 450 horsepower Stingray Coupe with the standard 7-speed manual transmission, HID and LED lighting, Bose audio and a removable carbon fiber roof panel will have a starting MSRP of $51,995. For example, this is only $1,400 more than the current mode. The convertible model, marked up $2,395 over the outgoing version, gets all of the same standard equipment with the exception of the roof panel and instead gets a soft-top convertible roof that can be lowered remotely via the key fob. These are actually fairly reasonable price increases considering the substantial changes that have been made, including a completely new design, a new 7-speed transmission, the new LT1 V8 engine with more power and better acceleration, and more.
Be sure to stop by Bill Shultz Chevy in Fort Pierce once the new Corvette is available to see one in person.
Just recently, at the New York Auto Show, the 2014 Chevy Camaro SS was revealed to the public. This is the first major redesign for the Camaro since its introduction in 2009 and helps to keep it relevant for today’s drivers with a number of minor changes.
For 2014, the Camaro SS gets a redesigned, tidier front end that has a slimmer look to it. The grille is now flush with the front of the bumper, rather than being set back, and has a single chrome trim piece outlining the upper edge. Narrower front headlights line up nicely with the new grille and have a more athletic look about them. A functioning hood vent is another update for the 2014 Camaro SS. This feature allows for better air-flow under the hood to help cool then engine and also prevents lift and drag that can be generated by a non-vented hood for improved aerodynamics. When at speed this vent should help performance but we like it simply because it looks amazing.
Drawing power from its 6.2-liter V8 engine, the 2014 Camaro SS has 426 horsepower available and a performance oriented 6-speep automatic or manual transmission to direct that power to the rear wheels. The more focused 1LE performance package is still available for drivers who plan to take their Camaro to the track on occasion while the new Camaro Z/28 package is a dedicated track car that just happens to be street legal. The Z/28 does away with many comforts in the name of weight savings and has an even more aggressive setup for serious racers.
Here at Bill Shultz Chevy, we can’t wait to see the new Camaro at our dealership. Be sure to stop by once they are available later this year to go for a test drive or to see one in person.
I remember growing up when people always thought of driving subcompact cars as no safer than driving in a sardine can. Now, driving a subcompact car can often be safer than driving larger cars.
The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic is just one of those cars. While it is small, it gets high safety ratings and comes equipped with top-of-the-line safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has named the Sonic a Top Safety Pick and it has earned 5 stars from the government’s NHTSA crash ratings.
In addition to top safety scores, the Sonic has ten standard airbags, electronic stability control, a high tensile steel safety cage, and traction control. It also features Siri Eyes-Free integration, so you can use your iPhone without having to look at it.
The Sonic is not only safe, it has attractive styling and even comes in a sporty RS hatchback model. And, best of all, is available for under $20,000.
2014 is turning out to be a very big year for Chevy. Not only is the company introducing the next-generation Corvette and Camaro along with the all new Chevy SS, but the 2014 Chevy Silverado is also getting a major re-design along with improved features, technology, and a new engine. Among the numerous improvements being made to GM’s most popular work vehicle, more power, more towing, and better fuel economy will make owning a Silverado easier than ever before.
The all-new 5.3-Liter EcoTec3 V8 engine is set to be the best engine the Silverado has ever had. This beast will produce dependable V8 muscle with excellent low-end torque for real-world power you can feel. The 5.3-Liter will crank out SAE certified power ratings of 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, making the Silverado capable of towing up to 11,500 lbs. Even more impressive, the V8 will have up to 300 lb-ft available even from 2,000 RPM. With up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg during highway driving, the two-wheel drive models are more economical than any other work truck in their class. Even the 4×4 models are capable of returning and EPA estimated 22/16 mpg.
The all-new 2014 Silverado is set to go on sale at dealerships like Bill Shultz Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL this summer. With a base price starting equal to the 2013 models, the new Silverado is set to be one of the best trucks on the road at a great value.
There are so many reasons why we love the Chevy Volt here at Bill Shultz Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL. Obviously, we love that it can run on purely electric power 100% of the time if you charge it enough. We also love that it gets 98 MPGe (Miles Per Gallon Equivalent) in EV mode. One of the most useful details is that it has a gasoline-powered generator that allows for a total driving range of around 380 miles on a full charge plus one tank of gas. The Volt is no slouch either, with 149 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque it’s got a bit of muscle hidden under its sleek exterior. These aren’t even our favorite features though!
Favorite Feature #1:
The 2013 Chevy Volt is truly a no-compromise electric vehicle. While most EVs limit their driver to a somewhat restrictive range-radius, the Volt makes use of a backup generator. This allows drivers to use full-EV mode on their daily commute and use the generator for longer road-trips. Running on battery power alone, the Volt can drive around 38 miles. But as long as there is gas in the generator’s tank, you can drive as far as you’d like. This means you never have to plan your trips around charging times if you don’t want to. It also means you’ll never get stranded with a dead battery either.
Favorite Feature #2:
In most areas where there are clean-air rules and heavy traffic, the Chevy Volt qualifies to ride in the carpool or HOV lanes… even with only one occupant. This means that drivers in these areas are able to avoid congestion and cruise along at optimal speed; further reducing consumption. (Make sure you check with local regulations before you cruise in the carpool lane alone though)
Ultimate Favorite Feature:
The interior… ‘Nuff said! But really, the interior of the 2013 Chevy Volt has got to be one of the coolest and most high-tech looking interiors we have ever seen. All of the driver controls and climate/audio controls look as though they have been pulled straight from a space ship. There are two, full-color LCD info screens (one behind the wheel and one on the center stack), touch sensitive button pads, bucket seats in front AND back, hyper-modern lighting, and an overall futuristic vibe inside. Anyone who drives a new Chevy Volt will instantly feel like they are flying a space ship or a jet from 50 years in the future!
Each year, U.S. News & World Report compiles a listing of the “Best Cars for Families” for the matching model year. This list is put together by this impartial third party with the interest of helping parents shop for new vehicles that will match their lifestyle, family size, and budget and help their day-to-day life become easier and less stressful. In this list, the top vehicle from each of the nineteen unique categories is featured and recommended based on how well it can perform for the size and type of family that might be shopping in its given category.
When asked, U.S. News Best Cars managing editor, Jamie Page Deaton, said, “We created the Best Cars for Families awards to make it easier for parents to find cars, SUVs and vans that will help make their lives easier. With such a broad range of award winners, any family can find the best car for their lifestyle.”
Six of the nineteen spots on this year’s list were occupied by vehicles from GM. This is spots than any other automaker this year and nearly a third of the entire list. This just goes to show how great of a value the vehicles from GM brands are. If you are interested in finding out more about any of the Chevy vehicles listed below or any of the other great vehicles in the Chevy lineup, stop by Bill Shultz Chevy in Ft. Pierce, FL. Vehicles from GM that were selected as the best family oriented options in their category include:
It has been over 17 years since Chevrolet has produced a true sports sedan in America. Now though, the 2014 Chevy SS is about to revive this segment that was owned by Chevrolet so many years ago. The company was originally built on the successes of large, powerful, rear-wheel drive sedans. The 2014 Chevy SS will fill all of these requirements for drivers that want a sporty and fun-to-drive sedan with the convenience and versatility of a family sedan.
Chevrolet has announced that the new SS will feature the LS3 V8 engine from the 2013 Corvette. Put to duty in this sedan, this 6.2-liter V8 engine will be set to crank out 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. All this power will be sent through a super modern six-speed automatic transmission and finally to the rear wheels. With an aggressive final gear ratio and sport-inspired, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters, the SS should be able to hit 60 MPH in under 5 seconds.
Keeping this four-door firmly planted is a sport-tuned chassis and plenty of suspension, handling, and braking components. Huge four-piston Brembo brakes will be in charge of stopping the large sports car while an agile steering and suspension setup mean that the SS will be just as comfortable on backroads as it is on the drag strip. Be sure to keep on the lookout for more information. The 2014 Chevy SS is sure to be a popular vehicle and we can’t wait to see them in our inventory here at Bill Shultz Chevrolet.