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

The Benefits of Leasing Your Car

Leasing Your Car | Ballwin, MO

Leasing your car is an easy way to save money and worries. There’s no need to make a full and outright commitment to a vehicle. Instead, you can enjoy all the benefits of a new car without the pressures associated with total ownership. These following benefits of leasing your car will explain why it might be the right option for you:

Lower Monthly Payments

Leasing a car will usually save 30 to 60 percent on monthly payments as opposed to purchasing. Driving a vehicle that might otherwise be out your budget is completely within reason if you decide to lease from ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac.

Low Maintenance Costs

The full duration of a lease is often covered by a manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper warranty, meaning you won’t face any repair charges during your time with the vehicle. The burden of major repair costs is not an issue when leasing a new car.

Fewer Worries

Leasing a car for two to three years means you won’t have to worry about the headache of selling it once you decide to move on; instead, it goes straight back to the company or dealership. Damages will be covered by insurance the same as when you own, but diminished value is no concern.

Variety

There are so many great cars on the market; why commit to one for a decade or more? Drive an Escalade for two years and then switch to a Suburban.

If you want to learn more about leasing or get the process started, stop by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac today.

Thanksgiving Events in St. Louis

Thanksgiving In St. Louis
Are you and your family looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving in St. Louis or the surrounding area? Check out some of our suggestions.

Are you and your family looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving in St. Louis or the surrounding area? Pack up the car and pop over to the city for one of these family-friendly events:

  • Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade: Head downtown for this classic parade on Turkey Day. The event starts at 8:45 a.m. and features 130 parade floats and displays. Even Santa Claus will make an appearance. And if you’re up for it, head down early to watch — or participate in — the Turkey Trot 5K.
  • Brewery Lights: Believe it or not, this magical event held by Anheuser-Busch is completely family-friendly. Check out the light displays on Pestalozzi Street, then stop by the Biergarten for a glass. Kids will enjoy roasting s’mores and meeting the Budweiser Clydesdales. The event runs now through January 1.
  • St. Louis Blues: The Blues are playing the Nashville Predators on November 24 and the Minnesota Wild on November 25. Get your tickets now for an action-packed night at Scottrade Center.
  • Mannheim Steamroller: Your favorite Christmas band returns to St. Louis on November 25, playing the Christmas songs you’ve come to know and love. Get the details here.
  • Wild Lights: Head to the Saint Louis Zoo to experience beautiful lights displays among the animals during Wild Lights, which runs through December 30.

All of us at ELCO Chevrolet want you to enjoy the seasonal festivities in safety. If your vehicle is due for any maintenance, let our qualified technicians get your ride ready for some Thanksgiving fun.

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.

Hiking Trails near Ballwin, MO

Trails Near Ballwin, MO
You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking near Ballwin. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Missouri is a wonderful place to live, especially for anyone who enjoys exploring the great outdoors. You do not have to go far to find places for hiking, biking, fishing, or kayaking. Here are some of our favorite trails near Ballwin, MO, for the spring and summer season.

Rock Hollow Trail

This 2.3-mile asphalt trail is relatively easy, making it perfect for a leisurely bike trip or a ride on the inline skates. The trail runs from Meramec Greenway Trail to Ridge Meadows Elementary School and is just a 15-minute drive from Ballwin.

River Scene Trail Loop

River Scene Trail Loop is also just 15 minutes from Ballwin, and rests in Castlewood State Park. This hiking trail creates a 3.1-mile loop with a moderately difficult path. The beautiful scenery includes views overlooking the Meramec River to make very step worth it.

Lone Wolf Trail

You can also find Lone Wolf Trail in Castlewood State Park, but it is slightly shorter. This trail is moderate and suits both mountain biking and hiking. The Lone Wolf Trail creates a 1.7-mile loop that goes into Kiefer Creek valley. Feel free to bring the four-legged friend along for this one, as dogs are welcome on the grounds as long as they are on a leash.

Stop by ELCO Chevrolet and ask the rest of our team about their favorite walking or biking paths.

The Best Sports Bars in St. Louis for Watching Basketball

Sports bars in St. Louis

March marks an exciting time for us here at ELCO Chevrolet because some of the best basketball happens at this time. If you’re in the St. Louis area, you will likely find the perfect game day spot without a problem. Here are some of the best sports bars in St. Louis perfect for watching basketball.

The Post Sports Bar & Grill

There is nothing else you want at a sports bar when you have great food, a fun atmosphere, and plenty of TVs showing your favorite games. You’ll find all of this and more at The Post — a local favorite for all sports fans.

OB Clark’s

If you are looking for something different, OB Clark’s is a classic sports bar that is prominent among sports fans. It is also a familiar haunt for many famous blues alumni, making it an exciting spot to catch the game.

The Over/ Under Bar & Grill

As the weather warms up, watching the game while on the patio with friends is the perfect combination. The Over/ Under Bar & Grill downtown features an excellent outdoor seating area with a massive projection screen.

Stop in at ELCO Chevrolet, and ask us about our mad deals going on this month.