The Last Chevy Impala has left the assembly line

Chevy Impala | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

With more drivers looking for versatile crossovers and SUVs in lieu of traditional sedans, Chevrolet announced its plans to discontinue the esteemed Impala some time ago. As of February 28, 2020, the last Chevy Impala had left the assembly line in the Detroit-Hamtramck plant, opening the way for a new era of electric vehicle production.

The Chevy Impala has been around for 60 years, proving again and again to be a popular pick all over the country, despite two prior discontinuations. It’s had appearances in many television series and movies, and has been a go-to model for U.S. law enforcement agencies. Throughout the years, the Impala continued to earn awards and accolades, garnering titles like “Best Large Car for the Money” by U.S. News.

Saying goodbye to the iconic Impala midsize sedan was a big step in Chevrolet’s plan to invest in the all-electric vehicle market. The company has dedicated $2.2 billion to converting the Detroit-Hamtramck plant into a facility dedicated to electric vehicle production. This plant is moving towards a bright future full of exciting new models, including the development of the all-new electric Hummer EV. It’s also set to produce the lineup of electrified Cadillac models, and other electric models from Chevrolet that may be on the horizon. Batteries for these vehicles will be built at the General Motors’ Ohio plant.

We hope that you’ll join all of us here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac in bidding the Impala a fond farewell as we look forward to an exciting new phase in automotive history.

Chevrolet Dominates early NASCAR® races

NASCAR Races | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

Chevrolet made quite an impression at the first NASCAR® races of the season. The brand only had to wait for the third race this year to see its drivers completely dominate the track.

Alex Bowman brought the first win, leading 110 laps of the total 200 laps in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in March. Bowman was one of four different Chevy drivers in the top 10 of that race. He was followed by Kurt Busch in third place, Chase Elliott in fourth, and Jimmie Johnson in seventh.

The drivers had lots of praise to say about their Chevy vehicles, applauding things like the Camaro’s body, handling, and long run speed.

These talented drivers were invaluable to the team’s success at the Auto Club 400, but equally important were their partners: the high-performance, precision-engineered Chevrolet vehicles they drove. The good news for those of us who don’t have the pleasure of driving in NASCAR® is that these same standards are displayed in the 2020 lineup of Chevrolet vehicles.

Whether you choose to drive the sporty Camaro as your regular ride or opt for a more family-friendly vehicle like the Blazer crossover, you’ll see that there’s power, agility, and smooth handling across Chevy’s lineup.

While we hope you won’t start racing your new Chevy at NASCAR® speeds, we do believe that you’ll find your next favorite vehicle — whether it’s a truck or a family SUV — right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sold for $3 million at Auction

The First-Ever Mid-Engine Corvette Sold for $3 million at Auction | ELCO Chevrolet | Ballwin, MO

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is poised to usher in a new era for the American icon, marking the first time one of Chevy’s high-performance sports cars was built on a mid-engine platform. And the very first example of the new mid-engine Corvette sold earlier this year at the 2020 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for a cool $3 million.

That $3 million will go to a very good cause. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Children’s Fund, which aims to improve the quality of schools in the city of Detroit. General Motors CEO Mary Barra was at the event to congratulate — and thank — the lucky winner. The new owner of the revolutionary supercar, in addition to receiving the world’s first production mid-engine Corvette, will also get a guided tour of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

So who was the lucky winner of the $3 million 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray? None other than famous racer, car collector, and NASCAR team owner, Rick Hendrick, who has bought a long list of famous Chevrolet models at this and other auctions over the years.

While $3 million is a hefty price tag, it is not large enough to make this Corvette the most expensive ever auctioned by Barrett-Jackson. That distinction belongs to a 1967 L88 Corvette Coupe, which fetched $3.85 million when it was auctioned in 2014.

While the first mid-engine Corvette to leave the assembly line already has an owner, you can experience the all-new supercar’s excellence right here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac when it hits lots later this year.

The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban are set to continue their market dominance

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

The Tahoe and the Suburban are a dominant part of the SUV market, comprising 31 and 15 percent of last year’s sales for the entire segment, respectively. After the reveal of the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban — which showcased the next generation of the lineup — you’ll find exciting new engine options, interior features, and more.

The 2021 SUV lineup comes with an updated pair of small-block V8 engines — which optimize performance without sacrificing fuel economy — as well as an independent rear suspension for optimal handling and ride comfort. You’ll also be able to opt for a new inline six-cylinder diesel engine for increased torque and impressive fuel efficiency.

“To prepare for this launch, we’ve invested more than $1.4 billion in Arlington since 2015, including an all-new paint shop, body shop, and many other state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “Which leads to my final point: the reason we invested in all of that and worked so hard to develop these new SUVs — we are here to win.”

While Chevrolet’s SUV design expertise dates back to 1935, the 2021 model year vehicles have a wide range of thoroughly modern innovations. You’ll find in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity, available wireless charging, access to phone apps, and more. Plus, with a bold exterior design update, the Tahoe and Suburban will turn heads wherever you go.

We can’t wait to see you here at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac for an SUV revolution when the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban launch later this year.

Source: https://carbuzz.com/news/2021-chevrolet-tahoe-and-suburban-should-be-segment-leaders

Chevrolet Release Efficiency for the New Diesel Silverado Engine

efficiency for the new diesel Silverado engine

You can finally order the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with the 3.0-liter Duramax® diesel engine, which promises to be both powerful and fuel-efficient. Chevrolet has revealed the efficiency figures for the new diesel engine, and they’re impressive.

When equipped with the diesel engine and rear-wheel drive, you can expect to see an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway1. Four-wheel-drive models will achieve an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway2.

Along with its impressive efficiency, the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When equipped with this engine and other towing equipment, the Silverado 1500 can pull up to 9,300 pounds and can haul a maximum payload of 1,870 pounds.

Tim Herrick, Silverado executive chief engineer, said, “The engine utilizes state-of-the-art technologies to optimize every drop of fuel, and takes advantage of architectural changes to make Silverado larger, lighter and more aerodynamic than before. The resulting combination offers all of the performance, refinement and capability customers want in a full-size truck, with highway fuel efficiency you would expect from a family sedan.”

The 3.0-liter Duramax® is the first diesel engine to be made available for a light-duty truck since 1997.

If you want a pickup that doesn’t sacrifice power for efficiency, you want the all-new Chevy Silverado 1500 equipped with the 3.0-liter Duramax®. Come experience the impressive balance at ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

Chevrolet HBCU Fellowship for Journalism Students

Chevrolet HBCU Fellowship
If you want to support a brand that supports worthwhile causes, visit ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and see what we stand for.

Chevrolet was proud to celebrate 2019 as its fourth year partnering with the National Newspaper Publishers Association for the Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. The fellowship selects a handful of students from historically black colleges and universities each year and offers them a scholarship and an opportunity to work with NNPA editors and reporters.

This year, Chevrolet and DTU chose six students for the 2019 Discover the Unexpected Journalism Fellowship. Each student received a $10,000 scholarship from Chevrolet, as well as a $5,000 stipend. The six students were divided into two even teams, and each group was provided with a new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to use for transportation during their assignments. With the guidance of staff from the NNPA, the students traveled to African American communities across the country to share uplifting stories from the places they visited.

The summer internship ran through the months of June and July, 2019. During this time, the 2019 DTU Journalism Fellows worked at publications such as The Washington Informer, Chicago Crusader, Atlanta Voice, and Houston Forward Times.

Since its first year in 2016, the DTU program has given out almost $400,000 in scholarships and stipends. The program has garnered attention as a remarkable career-building opportunity for HBCU students interested in working in industries like journalism and communications.

If you want to support a brand that supports worthwhile causes, visit ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac and see what we stand for.

All-New 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD Offers Class-Leading Tech

2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
Pickup trucks feature specific engineering to tackle the toughest jobs. Chevrolet recently debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and it’s the most capable Silverado HD yet.

Pickup trucks feature specific engineering to tackle the toughest jobs. Chevrolet recently debuted the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD and it’s the most capable Silverado HD yet.

This marks the third all-new Silverado in 18 months, with this version being longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. Its maximum towing capacity increases by 52 percent to 35,500 pounds.

“We set out to make the best HD trucks on the market, bar none,” said Jaclyn McQuaid, chief engineer for the Silverado HD. “We increased towing capabilities across the line, not just for dually buyers. We added class-leading towing technologies, such as 15 available camera views, to make trailering more convenient, whether pulling a large cargo trailer or fifth-wheel camper. And we made a host of changes to make tasks easier.”

The Silverado HD will offer five trim levels – Work Truck, Custom, LT, LTZ, and High Country – along with 22 cab, bed, chassis, and driveline configurations to craft the ideal heavy-duty truck for your needs.

It also comes with two powertrain options. The first is a standard 6.6-liter V8 gas-powered engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, producing 401 horsepower and 464 lb-ft of torque. For the second engine option, you find a Duramax 6.6-liter turbodiesel V8, which works with an all-new Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission and generates 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque. To make towing easier, this heavy-duty truck features a range of new Advanced Trailer System technologies and transparent trailer view to boost your confidence while towing.

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be on sale this summer. Until then, take a closer look at our Silverado selection at ELCO Chevrolet.

Heads-Up, Silverado Lovers: The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty Debuts in February

2020 Silverado Heavy Duty

The 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty will debut in February as the third all-new Silverado released in the last 18 months. This new truck is the most capable and most advanced Silverado HD ever built, meeting the needs of heavy-duty truck drivers.

The demands of HD truck drivers cannot be met by less powerful and capable trucks. The chief engineer of the Silverado HD, Jaclyn McQuaid, stated, “We built a heavy-duty truck tailor-made for them that has more differentiation than ever before from light-duty models, offers advanced towing technologies to improve towing confidence and includes new features such as the integrated Bedstep, which makes it easier to access the bed while pulling a fifth-wheel trailer.” With thoughtful engineering and design, consumers will have a confident, capable driving and work experience.

You will notice that the Silverado HD shares some design cues with the light-duty Silverado 1500, but its form generally follows its bold, heavy-duty function. It includes two new advanced powertrain options, a new gasoline engine, a six-speed transmission, and the Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8. This latter engine is not for the faint at heart as it pumps out 910 lb-ft of torque and comes with an all-new Allison ten-speed transmission.

With bold looks and power, the 2020 Silverado HD features advanced trailering technology and increased towing and payload capabilities. While you haul your load, sit back in this truck’s comfortable, sophisticated, and smart interior because you know that a heavy duty truck delvers on its promises.

As we await the anticipated release of the 2020 Silverado Heavy Duty, head on over to ELCO Chevrolet for a closer look at our 2019 Silverado HD selection.

Fuel-Efficient Driving Tips for Your Commute near Saint Louis

City Commuting

There are many efficient vehicle options out there ― from traditional gas engines to green electric vehicles. Regardless which type of vehicle you drive, these fuel-efficient driving tips can help you cut back on your gas usage.

Accelerate Slowly

If you constantly speed off from a stoplight, you use excessive fuel by making the engine work harder. Accelerating gradually is an easy way to cut back on fuel usage.

Maintain Your Speed

When you are on the highway, maintain a steady speed. Use cruise control, if possible, and avoid slamming on the brakes. The more you brake and accelerate, the more gas you will burn.

Don’t Idle

If you find yourself stopped for over 60 seconds, turn off the engine. Idling will suck the life out of your wallet, your gas tank, and the environment.

Cut Back Weight

If you are carrying a lot of weight in your car, you are using unnecessary gas. For every 25 kilograms you carry in your vehicle, your vehicle’s fuel consumption increases by an average of 1 percent.

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Basic Pickup Truck Maintenance Tips

pickup truck maintenanceThe best thing you can do to keep your pickup truck running well over the years is to stay up-to-date with its maintenance schedule. Unlike many other vehicles, pickup trucks have their own particular set of needs, so it’s worthwhile to know what you should be doing for your truck by consulting the owner’s manual. In the meantime, here are some basic pickup truck maintenance tips to consider.

Frequent oil changes

Since many owners are frequently demanding high amounts of power and performance from their trucks, it’s important to stay on top of oil changes. Switching out the oil will help keep your truck’s engine running smoothly. There are many different kinds of oil, so you should spend a bit of time deciding which one best suits your driving needs.

Rotate the tires

Whenever you get your vehicle’s oil changed at the shop, you should also have the tires rotated. This will ensure that the tires wear evenly, which makes for a smoother ride. See if your mechanic can also check the alignment and balance of the tires when they are getting rotated as well, as these can be affected by tough terrain.

Check fluid levels, wiper blades, and lights

These simple checks go a long way, especially if you’re routinely using your truck on the worksite. These checks will help optimize performance and visibility and minimize wear to your vehicle.

Know your driving demands

Proper maintenance of your pickup truck also depends on how you use it. If you’re frequently driving in dusty conditions, you may need to change the engine air filter more frequently. If you regularly venture off-road, you will want to have the tire alignment and balance checked more frequently to avoid uneven wear, poorer handling and efficiency, and potential damage to your truck’s suspension.

As with any vehicle, proper maintenance is necessary to keep it running for a long time. To help keep your truck performing at its peak, visit our Service Department at ELCO Chevrolet.