Places to go in your Chevrolet: Ring in the New Year Right


158183658Int(2)Five Ohio Destinations to Ring in the New Year Right

Be the first to see 2015 at these hot spots

Would you celebrate on a boat? Would you celebrate with a goat? No, this is not an excerpt from a Dr. Seuss book; it’s a preview of your New Year’s Eve opportunities in Ohio. With movies, celebrities and more, the Buckeye State is more like a bulls-eye of entertainment and merriment.

 First Night Columbus

A spectacle in the capital city, First Night Columbus offers fireworks, live entertainment, activities and fun for all ages. Twenty years ago, the First Night initiative came to Columbus with an international alliance of more than 100 cities to showcase their visual and performing arts through NYE celebrations that are safe, affordable, fun and substance-free. The ‘Bus is transformed into a stage at Veterans Memorial and COSI and costs just $9 for pre-sale tickets. For more information, visit http://firstnightcolumbus.com.

Cleveland Rocks NYE

Want a Times Square-like atmosphere without having to deal with the New York City crowds? Come to Cleveland Rocks NYE. It is a free event in the city’s central Public Square and it includes live entertainment, ice sculptures, refreshments as well as an enthralling fireworks display as the calendar turns to 2015. Special guests are slated to stop by to provide even more entertainment (for example, Cleveland-native Drew Carey was the “special guest” last year). For more information, visit http://newyearseveplan.com/cleveland-nye.

BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Cruise

In Cincinnati, a city dissected by the Ohio River, why not spend your New Year on the Ohio River? Take the BB Riverboats New Year’s Eve Cruise, which runs from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., and cruise on into 2015. The great city’s sparkling skyline provides a captivating backdrop, especially as the fireworks explode at midnight. Enjoy a three-entrée buffet, late-night snacks, party favors, enchanting entertainment and a champagne toast as the clock strikes midnight. For more information, including booking, visit http://bbriverboats.com/new_years_eve_cruise.html.

Noon Year’s Eve

Noon Year’s Eve at the Toledo Zoo, one of the 10 best zoos in the United States for kids, according to “Child Magazine.” Starting at 11 a.m., come see the 5,300 animals representing more than 760 species; partake in cool crafting; enjoy ice carving demonstrations; and party with music, games and prizes brought to you by Radio Disney. As the ball rises at the stroke of noon, toast to the upcoming New Year with apple cider. And don’t forget to make your resZOOlutions while you’re there. For more information, visit http://www.toledozoo.org/site/program/395.

Hamilton

The big cities aren’t the only places with epically huge New Year’s Eve celebrations. Holiday Auto Theatre, located about 35 miles from Cincinnati, offers a different position. One of the few drive-ins left these days, you can come here to watch four movies on the big screen while still partaking in a countdown to midnight and an apple cider toast. For more information, visit http://holidayautotheatre.com.

With so many options going on at every corner of the state, for New Year’s Eve Ohio truly is “The Heart of It All.”

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio. http://www.jackmaxton.com

 

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Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup its Truck of the Year


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Motor Trend named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado pickup its Truck of the Year, edging out Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-150.

The award from the influential magazine should give General Motors a marketing boost as it seeks to revive interest in the market for midsize pickups. It launched the Colorado and sibling GMC Canyon this fall.

“The editors were particularly impressed with Colorado’s handsome, clean-sheet design, ‘right-sized’ package, excellent handling, and overall capability,” the magazine said.

The company’s ability to “create a true North American capable truck for this part of the planet and beat a serious new competitor is just spectacular,” he added.

Chevrolet plans to market a diesel version of the truck and Reuss predicted today the diesel variant and its fuel economy “will surprise people.”

Motor Trend editors tested seven truck nameplates and three variants of those competitors, for a total of 10 entries. They rated each on design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and “performance of intended function.”

“Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement,” Motor Trend editor-in-chief Edward Loh said. “It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

The magazine also praised the Colorado’s “potent yet efficient powertrains,” which include a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.6-liter V-6.

The models tested included:

  • Chevy Colorado WT and Colorado Z71
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD
  • Ford F-150 2.7-liter EcoBoost and 3.5-liter EcoBoost
  • Ford F-450
  • Ford Transit 350 HR and Transit 150 MR
  • GMC Canyon SLT
  • GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD

Editors put each truck through the paces in real-world road tests without payload or trailered loads, including a 0-60 mph and quarter-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking and maximum lateral grip tests. Testing with payload and trailers was done in the Arizona desert and at a proving grounds.

The contest also included a test to record “accurate, real-world fuel economy” through use of exhaust gas and “flow rate” analyzers to measure tailpipe emissions each second during a three-hour, 88-mile drive around the Los Angeles area, near the magazine’s headquarters in El Sugundo, Calif.

Sandor Piszar, Chevy’s marketing director for trucks, said in a statement that the award “shows how Colorado is changing the game by offering truck customers fresh new choices.”

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