Automatic head beams, adaptive cruise control, voice commands— these are just three of many of the advanced technologies now available in most cars, which are rapidly reaching nearly sci-fi levels of intelligence. To stick with that theme, Chevrolet has put a futuristic twist on the way it does auto shows by introducing a virtual reality experience at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Chevrolet included the setup at the show to offer guests a new way to truly experience their vehicles. Dubbed the “Chevrolet Virtual Dynamics Lab 4D Experience,” though we’ll just call it Chevy VR for short, it focused on the Chevrolet Camaro. Guests only had to put on the head pieces to be transported to the front seats of one of the country’s most iconic muscle cars.
Though auto shows are an exciting time for everyone, the ability to get into a car and see what it would be like on the road is limited. Chevy VR was built to turn users into passengers in one of several different Chevrolet vehicles, allowing them to experience them in ways otherwise impossible at an auto show.
Fortunately, you can experience the real thing by visiting ELCO Chevrolet and taking an in-person look at your favorite Chevy car, sitting in the cabin, and taking it out for a test drive.
For drivers looking for a truck that can handle the toughest jobs, the 2018 Silverado HD is the ideal solution. The Silverado HD offers multiple trims, features, and options. Each truck offers its own advantages like added fuel economy or added power.
According to The News Wheel, the 2018 Silverado HD design has a few improvements for the latest model year, including new exterior colors like Cajun Red Tint coat and Havana Metallic. Audio systems have been updated as well, and there are new grille designs for trims like the High Country and the Z71 Package. Minor upgrades like box side decals are also now offered on the Z71 models that have 4×4.
The Silverado 2500HD has better fuel economy than the Silverado 3500HD, which is one reason to consider it. The 2500HD can tow up to 18,100 pounds with the Duramax® Turbo-Diesel V8, and there’s also a gasoline powered Vortec™ options as well. The Silverado HD has features like Tow/Haul modes, StabiliTrak® with Trailer Sway Control, and Digital Steering Assist as well.
The Silverado 3500HD produces a staggering 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque, earning it a maximum towing capacity of 23,300 pounds. This requires a Regular Cab 4×4 DRW configuration with the available Duramax 6.6-liter Turbo-Diesel V8 engine.
This year’s annual St Louis Auto Show was held from January 25-28 at the America’s Center downtown. There were more than 500 new cars, trucks, and SUVs on display for the event, and over 25 manufacturers were represented. Visitors had a chance to see a number of attractions, as well.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, one of the highlighted events was the Classic Car Studio Speed Shop which included a 1966 Chevrolet C10 model. Visitors met the “Speed is the New Black” crew at the event from Thursday through Saturday and learned more about their unique C10 model.
There were also several activities for kids and adults. Kid-friendly activities included an ultimate bungee trampoline, a mobile rock wall, a 16-foot slide, and a Daytona Racing Simulator. For the adults, there was a Jeep Wrangler Build Off competition to see who could build the best custom Wrangler, and a Stray Rescue Adoption event.
At ELCO Chevrolet, we were excited to see the wide range of new Chevy models at the Auto Show. If you’re interested in seeing some of the newest Chevy models for yourself, visit us at ELCO Chevrolet to see our inventory and schedule a test drive.
Carbon fiber is a more expensive material than aluminum or steel, but it has huge benefits. Chevy has always been against Ford’s method of using aluminum in the bed of their trucks, citing how much easier aluminum is to dent and pointing out its struggle to carry heavier loads. Carbon fiber is both lighter and stronger than aluminum, meaning its addition would lead to better fuel economy and less chance of damage.
GM is also rumored to be adding aluminum to the doors of its pickups in an attempt to further reduce weight. There is also speculation that the automaker will use carbon fiber in a mix of materials, including a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic that has been in development since 2011.
With 2018 models so newly introduced, we won’t see carbon fiber beds for at least another model year. However, if you’d like to see the newest 2018 pickup models, stop by ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look.
Driving through the city in your Chevrolet on a search for the best Christmas lights in St. Louis is quite the task. There’s a lot to see, but, fortunately, the lights are here to stay for the next month. Check out some of these must-see Christmas lights recommended by your friends at ELCO Chevrolet.
Way of Lights The Way of Lights is one of the most popular Christmas light displays in the area. More than one million lights tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Cruise through the scene in your new Chevrolet or take a carriage ride. There’s also an indoor Christmas tree display. Admission is free, so pack the family into your Equinox and head down to Belleville.
Santa’s Magical Kingdom Located in Jellystone Park in Eureka, Santa’s Magical Kingdom stretches across 35 acres of land. Millions of beautiful lights create dozens of holiday scenes. From Santa’s flying reindeer to the Waterfall of Lights, the spectacular Christmas lights display is one to remember. You can even take a wagon ride through Santa’s Magical Kingdom.
Festival of Lights The Macy’s Holiday Festival of Lights kicks off the holiday season in downtown St. Louis. It all starts at Union Station with the light display and Christmas tree lighting. The evening closes with a fireworks display and a visit from Santa himself!
With the holiday season fast approaching, many families have a road trip or two in their future. If this includes your family, you might be wondering how you are going to get through it all. Never fear! We are here to help with this simple road trip survival guide.
Leave early. Traffic during the holidays, both around Thanksgiving and Christmas, can be horrendous. Leave early in the morning to avoid much of it and try to plan your drive so you don’t hit any big cities during rush hour.
Stop often. If you are traveling with young kids, you will need to plan for frequent stops. This will give everyone a potty break and some time to get out their wiggles. Even just a run around a rest stop lobby can help.
Bring some fun. Pack lots of entertainment options. If your car is equipped with a DVD system, let each kid choose a movie or two to bring. You can also play road trip games like I Spy and the Picnic Game.
Snacks, snacks, and more snacks. One way to keep restless kids happy is with snacks. Avoid sugary snacks, which will spike their energy, and things that will leave behind sticky fingers. Sliced fruit, nuts, cheese sticks, and hard-boiled eggs are great, healthy options.
As the temperatures start to drop and it gets more uncomfortable outside, you probably have a checklist of things you do, like making sure everyone has a coat and boots that fit and sealing up any air leaks you might have around your windows or doors. But, you don’t want to forget about your car. Here is your car’s cold weather checklist.
Antifreeze. This fluid does exactly as its name implies. It helps maintain proper temperatures in your engine when it is really cold outside so the pipes and moving parts don’t freeze. Make sure the fluid level is correct and it has not been diluted.
Lights. As the nights get longer, you will be using your headlights more often. Make sure all of your exterior lights are working and angled correctly.
Tires. Wet leaves on the road and dropping temperatures can lead to slick conditions. If your tires are running bald, you might not be able to stay on the road. Check your tires’ tread depth and consider switching to winter tires.
Emergency kit. Pack an emergency kit in your car with items like blankets, road flares, an extra cell phone and battery, high-energy snacks, water and Gatorade, and other items you might need if you get stuck on the side of the road.
If you need help preparing your car for cold weather, schedule a service appointment with us at ELCO Chevrolet.
The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is finally here with new styling, a spacious interior, and much more. The mid-size SUV is perfect for families, those on a search for adventure, and everyone in between.
The all-new Chevrolet Traverse features a spacious interior capable of seating up to eight passengers in complete comfort, with cargo space in the back for additional storage. Drivers who need more space will end the folding rear seats that expand the available cargo space to a massive 98.2 cubic feet.
In addition to optimal space inside the cabin, the 2018 Traverse comes with a plethora of available safety features. Available active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking aid drivers in reducing the severity of and avoiding accidents.
Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Mode offers parents the chance to instill good driving habits in their young driver. Owners can set restrictions through a specific key fob that limits what the vehicle can do until certain criteria are met. Muting the audio until seat belts are buckled is just one example of how parents can encourage good behavior on the road.