2023 Corvette Z06 Raises $1 Million for Charity

2023 Corvette Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

At a recent event in April, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 convertible garnered a bid of 1 million dollars! The generous donation will be geared toward an incredible charity, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

“Through the generous support of GM, Chevrolet and Barrett-Jackson, we raised a significant amount of funds and awareness of our TQRP initiative, which provides opportunities for students of color in the K-12 educational environment and beyond,” said Harry L. Williams, president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Meet the 2023 Corvette Z06

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is an eye-catching vehicle with an intense powertrain under the hood for a thrilling driving experience. The naturally aspirated V8 under the hood offers the highest horsepower rating in a production car.

Combining the $1 million from the April auction with the funds from the January sale of the first retail production of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition results in a 2022 total of 4.6 million dollars earmarked for charitable contributions.

“General Motors and Chevrolet are honored to support the Thurgood Marshall College Fund on its mission to empower students and educators for success,” said Scott Bell, Chevrolet global vice president.

Visit ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, to learn more about the Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

2022 Trailblazer Secures Top Safety Pick+ Award from IIHS

2022 Trailblazer | Ballwin, MO

Safety is the focus of the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, a sporty, fun-to-drive, and family-friendly SUV. With a well-equipped cabin, a sporty exterior design, and a potent engine, the 2022 Trailblazer offers you and your passengers a spirited and most importantly a safe ride. Thanks to its bevy of advanced tech, the 2022 Trailblazer earned the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — Top Safety Pick+.

Agency rating requirements

In order to earn the enviable rating of TSP+, a vehicle must perform well in all six crashworthiness tests as well as offer front crash prevention systems for both vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian monitoring. These systems must earn high scores in the IIHS’s testing, too. Finally, a vehicle’s headlights must be top-notch.

In the case of the 2022 Trailblazer, the SUV earned “good” in the crash tests, a “superior” rating for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, and an “advanced” score for its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash pedestrian system. The small SUV’s headlights were rated as “good” and “acceptable” depending on the trim level chosen.

2022 Trailblazer safety tech

The 2022 Trailblazer boasts the Chevy Safety Assist package as standard equipment. This gives you six advanced driver-assist technologies — Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam® High Beam Assist.

Test-drive the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

2022 Trailblazer Wins Exclusive IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Award

2022 Trailblazer | Ballwin, MO

Safety is the focus of the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer, a sporty, fun-to-drive, and family-friendly SUV. With a well-equipped cabin, a sporty exterior design, and a potent engine, the 2022 Trailblazer offers you and your passengers a spirited and most importantly a safe ride. Thanks to its bevy of advanced tech, the 2022 Trailblazer earned the highest rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — Top Safety Pick+.

Agency rating requirements

In order to earn the enviable rating of TSP+, a vehicle must perform well in all six crashworthiness tests as well as offer front crash prevention systems for both vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to pedestrian monitoring. These systems must earn high scores in the IIHS’s testing, too. Finally, a vehicle’s headlights must be top-notch.

In the case of the 2022 Trailblazer, the SUV earned “good” in the crash tests, a “superior” rating for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, and an “advanced” score for its standard vehicle-to-pedestrian front crash pedestrian system. The small SUV’s headlights were rated as “good” and “acceptable” depending on the trim level chosen.

2022 Trailblazer safety tech

The 2022 Trailblazer boasts the Chevy Safety Assist package as standard equipment. This gives you six advanced driver-assist technologies — Forward Collision Alert and Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Following Distance Indicator, and IntelliBeam® High Beam Assist.

Test-drive the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

How to Safely Transport a Paddleboard With Your Chevy

Chevy Colorado | Ballwin, MO

A favorite summertime activity for many Missouri families is paddleboarding. There are plenty of beautiful lakes and rivers in the state where you can enjoy this relaxing activity. Unfortunately, before you can head out onto the water, you have to transport your expensive paddleboard on the roof of your car. We are going to share some valuable tips that will help you safely transport a paddleboard with your Chevy.

With a roof rack

Nearly all Chevrolet SUVs are available with a roof rack. However, you may also need the crossbars to properly use the roof rack. With the crossbars in place, you can secure your paddleboard to those bars.

  1. First, lay down some padding to protect your board from the crossbars. Many people use pool noodles as crossbar padding. Simply slice them open and wrap them around the bars.
  2. Lay the board on top of the padding. Depending on the length of your board and vehicle, the board may have to hang over part of your windshield and past the bumper.
  3. Use tie-down straps to secure your board to the crossbars.

Without a roof rack

If you do not have a roof rack, consider getting a soft rack system. This comes with a protective pad and straps that are designed to run through the interior of your vehicle. Follow the directions that come with the system properly attach your board to the roof.

ELCO Chevrolet is here to help you get the most out of your Chevy. Call us if you need help customizing your SUV for warm-weather adventures in Missouri and beyond.

Walter the Cat Promotes the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss

2022 Silverado Trail Boss | Ballwin, MO

The goal of any marketing team is to create an ad that people love to watch. Chevrolet’s marketing department did just that with Walter the Cat. The first Walter ad aired during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and highlighted the Multi-Flex tailgate. Now, Walter is reprising his role in a new ad that takes place in a remote winter cabin.

In the ad, Walter and his owner spend time exploring the outdoors, doing a dog sled run with Walter in the lead, riding on a snowmobile, and saving a skier stuck in the snow.

The amusing part of both Walter ads is that Walter seems more like a dog than a cat. The newest ad ends with the humorous line, “It’s like no one’s ever seen a cat before.”

Of course, Walter and his human get all this done with the help of their trusty 2022 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss. In the ad, we get a few quick shots of what the Trail Boss can do including the available external power supply that they use to add some light to their winter campsite.

The Trail Boss model is available as either a Custom Trail Boss or LT Trail Boss. Both add some off-road-ready capabilities including a Z71 off-road suspension package and an automatic locking rear differential.

Find out more about the 2022 Silverado Trail Boss when you stop by ELCO Chevrolet to experience it for yourself.

Ways to Make Money With Your Chevy Truck

Ways to Make Money With Your Chevy Truck

If you’re looking to earn some income with your Silverado 1500 or Colorado, you’ve got plenty of options. Here’s a look at a few ways to make money with your Chevy truck.

Snowplow service

It’s a bit of an investment to get started, but your Chevy truck can be transformed into a capable snowplow. However, with snowplow services typically ranging around $75 an hour, you may find that your investment in a snowplow can quickly pay for itself.

Moving services

If you drive a pickup, you’re probably familiar with friends and family asking for your help when moving to a new residence. Since your Silverado boasts 89.1 cubic feet of maximum cargo capacity and more truck bed tie-downs than any competitor, it’s perfect for hauling furniture, boxes, and appliances. Movers can make as much as $75 per hour, or you can charge your customers on a per-project basis.


Hauling waste or landscaping material

Many homeowners enjoy renovating their property but don’t have access to a truck that can carry the items they need. If you don’t mind dirty jobs, you can fill that niche for a price. Consider using your Colorado for hauling debris or landscaping material like gravel, pavers, soil, or mulch for customers.

Need a truck to help fuel your next entrepreneurial venture? Get a Silverado 1500 or Colorado right here at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

Stunning Corvette Z06 Is Chevy’s Ultimate Supercar

Another Chevrolet Corvette supercar is on the way, and it’s absolutely spectacular. The 2023 Corvette Z06 combines record-setting power, astonishing track-ready performance, and stunningly engineered design both inside and out.

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The Z06 shares a chassis and engine architecture with Corvette Racing’s championship-winning C8.R. Its performance has been thoroughly tested and proven on the track, making it a more than worthy representative of Corvette’s illustrious racing heritage.

At the heart of the Corvette Z06 is the new 5.5-liter LT6 engine. Boasting 670 horsepower, it’s the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 ever found in a production vehicle.

With an exciting signature exhaust sound and a flat-plane crankshaft engine design that encourages revs of up to 8,600 rpm, the Z06 is incredibly fun to drive, too. An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, a Magnetic Ride Control 4.0 suspension, and features like launch control and an electronic limited slip differential make this supercar even more super.

With a widened stance, reconfigurable rear spoiler, fascias optimized for cooling, and forged aluminum wheels, the Corvette Z06 merges form and function in one impressive package. It’s extremely customizable as well, offering 12 paint color options, seven wheel packages, six brake caliper colors, and an aerodynamically superior Z07 Performance Package option.

Production will start this summer for the 2023 Chevrolet Z06, but you can learn more right now by contacting our team here at ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri.

Some 2024 Chevrolet Models Will Offer 5G Connectivity

In a partnership with AT&T, General Motors has plans to roll out 5G connectivity in some Chevrolet models starting with model year 2024. This upgrade will offer faster internet speeds, improved over-the-air software updates, and better coverage. Drivers of eligible vehicles will have access to AT&T’s vast 5G network, which provides coverage for more than 250 million people.

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For anyone who owns a 2019 or newer model with 4G LTE capabilities, they will also experience improved network performance and speed once the 5G network infrastructure is available. With 5G capabilities, GM can improve other tech features including the advanced Super Cruise technology and its Vehicle Intelligence Platform.

“By connecting millions of GM vehicles to our nationwide 5G network, we will improve the customer experience for existing services while laying the groundwork for the next wave of innovation including autonomous driving,” said Gregory Wieboldt, senior vice president, Global Business, Industry Solutions, AT&T.

GM has been working with AT&T since 2014 when it launched its in-vehicle Wi-Fi capabilities. Since then, GM has continued to offer best-in-class connectivity in millions of vehicles. With the adoption of 5G technology, this will pave the way for the automaker to move towards future technology like vehicle-to-electric grid communication, smart city transportation, and other mobility services.

Experience the latest technologies that Chevy vehicles offer when you stop by ELCO Chevrolet to test-drive your favorite models.

3 Chevy Models Earn 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards

For the 25th year, AutoPacific conducted its New Vehicle Satisfaction Survey to determine which vehicles 89,000 car owners were most satisfied with. Based on the survey results, three Chevy models took home 2021 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards.

2021 Chevy Camaro | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

Camaro

AutoPacific found that the Chevy Camaro is the most satisfying sporty car. Owners appreciated the Camaro’s stylish paint options and exterior design. On the inside, the car received high marks for having easy-to-understand controls, great driver’s seat adjustability, and a sizeable center screen. And, of course, it provided great braking and responsive handling.

Colorado

Topping the compact pickup category, the Chevy Colorado earned praise for its intuitive center touch screen, exterior design, solid visibility from the driver’s seat, and easy-to-use controls. This truck also was recognized for being fun to drive, providing plenty of power and acceleration.

Blazer

The Blazer was named the top premium mid-size crossover SUV. It’s easy to get in and out of, has a conveniently adjustable driver’s seat, and provides a comfortable ride. Plus, owners noted that the SUV has a sporty style and is fun to drive thanks to a pair of great engine options.

To find the Chevy model that will satisfy your needs, be sure to visit ELCO Chevrolet in Ballwin, Missouri, for a test drive.


Chevrolet Suburban Brings the Hollywood Walk of Fame to Texas

Back in 2019, the Chevrolet Suburban was the first vehicle to earn a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. While the Suburban loves rubbing elbows with the rich and famous, it recently brought its award home to share with Chevy fans and employees.

Hollywood Walk of Fame | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO


The Chevrolet Suburban’s star, technically an Award of Excellence from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, was just installed in the entertainment district of Arlington, Texas. The city is home to the General Motors Arlington Assembly Plant, where Suburban has been built since 1999. 


Area residents will have a lot of opportunities to see the star, as it’s between the new football stadium and the ballpark. 

Everyone who brings home a Chevrolet Suburban has a little piece of Hollywood history, since the model has been in at least one television series since 1956, and one movie annually since 1960. The Suburban name itself has been in constant use since 1935, making it the longest-running nameplate in the car world.

Besides Hollywood prestige, the Chevrolet Suburban has many features to make it ideal for your family. It can carry up to 144.7 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded flat, so there’s plenty of room for your next move or long road trip. It is a large vehicle, but the nine available camera views help you keep track of its corners as you maneuver. If you have passengers in the backseat that get bored easily, consider adding the optional Rear-Seat Media System with its 12.6-inch diagonal LCD HD touch screens.


If you’re looking to bring home a Hollywood celebrity for your next ride, contact us at ELCO Chevrolet. Or stop by to take one of our Suburban models for a whirl.