The National Corvette Museum releases educational videos to watch at home

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Working to engage the public online, the National Corvette Museum recently released a series of educational videos called the Vetteacademy. This free-to-watch museum miniseries is available on YouTube and Facebook, offering information about how to change tires, the history of the Corvette, and the differences between Corvette generations.

These videos are designed to be fun and engaging, and they’re for a broad audience that may have no in-depth knowledge of cars. The videos are well-suited for kids, as they offer educational information in easy-to-understand language, focusing mainly on how cars work and what makes the Corvette so special.

“As a nonprofit foundation, our mission is to educate the public. We developed these videos to not only provide educational content, but also be entertaining and engaging,” said Dr. Sean Preston, President and CEO of the Corvette Museum.

You can also access the “Fully Vetted” series, which is perfect if you’re trying to fight boredom. It has stories by Bob Bubnis, the museum historical media coordinator, and Derek E. Moore, the director of collections and curator. You can learn in-depth info about the brand, getting a behind-the-scenes view of one of America’s favorite cars. Check out these videos today to learn more about everything from the classic Stingray to the latest model year.

As big fans of all things Corvette, you can rest assured that all of us at ELCO Chevrolet are enjoying everything the National Corvette Museum is producing. To talk about how to get behind the wheel of your dream car — or just to geek out over the first mid-engine Corvette — don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Chevy brings updates to the 2021 Chevrolet Colorado

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The Chevrolet Colorado is getting a number of changes for the 2021 model year, including a bold new exterior design, additional options, and a new trim level, among other things. No matter which version you choose, this sporty midsize truck offer exceptional value, durability, and capability.

The Colorado will have a new base trim level called the Work Truck, which is perfect if you want a practical truck that is designed for towing and hauling. There are also standard 17-inch wheels as well as three new custom colors: Cherry Bomb Tintcoat, Dune Metallic, and Pow Zinga Metallic. You’ll find more prominent exterior badging and skid plates as well.

“We believe Colorado will remain very competitively priced in the mid-size truck segment and will see continued strong sales fueled by its fresh new look,” said Chevy spokesperson Chris Bonelli.

Other new features for 2021 include three new appearance packages. There’s a WT Appearance Package, Custom Special Edition, and Chrome Appearance Package. Features include an available 4×4 powertrain, body-colored door handles and mirrors, and available 18-inch Dark Argent Metallic cast aluminum wheels. The Chrome Appearance Package has chrome on the grille, door handles, rear bumper, and beltline molding. The new Colorado is not only engineered for performance, but it will also help you make a statement wherever you go.

We look forward to seeing you here at ELCO Chevrolet when the 2021 Colorado finally launches later this year.

The Last Chevy Impala has left the assembly line

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist

Your Car’s Cold Weather Checklist - 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD in Ballwin, MO

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.