GM Continues Renewable Energy Goals with Pledge for 100 Percent by 2050


General Motors commits to powering all operations with renewable energy sources.

General Motors Co., a founding member of the global organization, Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and Business Renewables Center, and one of the first corporations to sign on to the Renewable Energy Buyers’ Principles, has taken the next step towards achieving their goal to decrease the company’s carbon footprint.

The vehicle manufacturing company has recently pledged that it will be generating all sources of power for its 350 operations in 59 countries with wind, sun and landfill gas power by 2050. This commitment follows the company’s earlier goals to promote the use of 125 megawatts of renewable energy in all its facilities by 2020.

“This bold and ambitious commitment from General Motors will undoubtedly catch the attention of the global automotive industry,” said North America Executive Director at The Climate Group, Amy Davidsen.

Indeed, the company has been at the forefront of the pursuit for renewable energy for quite some time, pioneering the use of renewable energy for over 20 years with facilities that are already partly powered by solar, landfill gas and wind sources. Furthermore, GM’s extensive work with battery-operated electric vehicles has made them experts in energy storage and reuse.

“GM has already saved millions of dollars by using renewable energy, and like any smart business that recognizes an investment opportunity, they want to seize it fully. We hope that through this leadership, other heavy manufacturing companies will be inspired to make the switch too,” says Davidsen.

“Establishing a 100 percent renewable energy goal helps us better serve society by reducing environmental impact,” said GM Chairman and CEO, Mary Barra. “This pursuit of renewable energy benefits our customers and communities through cleaner air while strengthening our business through lower and more stable energy costs.”

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

 

Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


A refined rocket

The reinvented, sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro is all-new, and the 2017 Camaro ZL1 was purpose-built to take on the most advanced sports cars on the road, whether on street or track.

Powering the newest ZL1 is a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine. The V8’s estimated 650 hp and 650 lb/ft of torque make the 2017 ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever. The ZL1 can be equipped with a six-speed manual transmission or a new 10-speed automatic.

Offered in fixed-roof coupe and soft-top convertible body styles and built to dominate, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and covers a quarter mile in 11.4 seconds (at 127 mph). The platform is lighter and stiffer than that of the previous generation, and the ZL1 is now equipped with an electronic limited-slip differential, Magnetic Ride Suspension, and Performance Traction Management. The new ZL1 brakes from 60 mph to zero in 107 feet, thanks in part to Brembo® six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes and the grip of Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires wrapped around 20-inch forged aluminum wheels.

The ZL1 features a driver focused cockpit with standard RECARO performance seats, and a suede-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. There’s also an emphasis on technology. The available Chevrolet Performance Data Recorder gives you performance data and logs video of your driving. The same system also has a valet mode, so you don’t have to worry what’s happening to your ZL1 if you ever hand the keys over. You also get Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ to help manage your smartphone while driving, and you can stay connected with OnStar® 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi. If you drive the ZL1 convertible, you can lower the automatic soft-top while driving at speeds up to 30 mph.

“The Camaro ZL1 offers supercar performance with daily-driver refinement, a combination that stacks up against any other sports coupe – at any price – around the world,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet marketing.

The new 2017 Camaro ZL1 will be available later this year. Check back for more product details and stop in for the latest on availability, so you can be one of the first to see and drive the new ZL1 when it arrives.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV


An attainable long-range electric vehicle

Chevrolet is set to change the automotive landscape yet again when the all-new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) goes on sale later this year here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is all new and changes the perception that an electric vehicle has to be expensive. And since it’s a Chevrolet, you know every detail has been obsessed over, and it will bring the reliability and dependability you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet. The Bolt will bring an estimated 200+ mile range per charge, and feature the connectivity, amenities and safety you demand too.

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a press release. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

Designed from the ground up, the Bolt balances a wind defying shape with a bold stance. Sculpted bodysides, strong wheel arches, and a flat underbody do their part in helping cheat the wind for excellent aerodynamics.

There will be room for five adults, and a clever interior with fold-flat seats and an available hidden storage compartment help unlocks a maximum 56.6 of cargo space. The Bolt will also feature the latest in Chevrolet technology and connectivity with a 10.2-inch MyLink color touchscreen display, the Rear Camera Mirror, and a Surround Vision System.

Chevrolet designed the Bolt with the feedback and suggestions from the Volt owners and you’ll find Bluetooth low-energy, as well as more accurate driving range projections. And many technologies will be supported by OnStar 4G LTE, including the all-new MyChevrolet Mobile app that lets you remotely start the Bolt, as well as vehicle charge status, cabin pre-conditioning and more. There will also be a “gamification” function that lets you compete with other drivers to see who’s driving most efficiently.

Charging the Bolt is a breeze and when you use an available 240-volt charging unit, you can expect about 25 miles per hour of charge, with a full charge in around nine hours. The battery itself is a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery that manages its temperature for better performance, and the innovative battery cell arrangement maximizes interior space. Its central location gives it an optimal center of gravity for solid ride and handling.

You also get all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet including 10 airbags, a high-strength steel frame, and the safety and security of OnStar all standard. Advanced features like Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Pdestrian Alert are all available as well.

More details will be unveiled in the coming months so stay tuned, and if you’d like to know more, let us know and we’ll let you be among the first to see it in person when it arrives in the coming months.

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

Vehicle Preview: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV


An attainable long-range electric vehicle

Chevrolet is set to change the automotive landscape yet again when the all-new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle (EV) goes on sale later this year here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt is all new and changes the perception that an electric vehicle has to be expensive. And since it’s a Chevrolet, you know every detail has been obsessed over, and it will bring the reliability and dependability you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet. The Bolt will bring an estimated 200+ mile range per charge, and feature the connectivity, amenities and safety you demand too.

“It was less than a year ago that we revealed the Bolt EV concept and promised to deliver a long-range electric vehicle attainable by the masses,” GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a press release. “The Bolt EV is capable of using the latest mobile app technology to enable car sharing, advanced GPS routing and gamification, all designed to enhance the ownership experience now and into the future.”

Designed from the ground up, the Bolt balances a wind defying shape with a bold stance. Sculpted bodysides, strong wheel arches, and a flat underbody do their part in helping cheat the wind for excellent aerodynamics.

There will be room for five adults, and a clever interior with fold-flat seats and an available hidden storage compartment help unlocks a maximum 56.6 of cargo space. The Bolt will also feature the latest in Chevrolet technology and connectivity with a 10.2-inch MyLink color touchscreen display, the Rear Camera Mirror, and a Surround Vision System.

Chevrolet designed the Bolt with the feedback and suggestions from the Volt owners and you’ll find Bluetooth low-energy, as well as more accurate driving range projections. And many technologies will be supported by OnStar 4G LTE, including the all-new MyChevrolet Mobile app that lets you remotely start the Bolt, as well as vehicle charge status, cabin pre-conditioning and more. There will also be a “gamification” function that lets you compete with other drivers to see who’s driving most efficiently.

Charging the Bolt is a breeze and when you use an available 240-volt charging unit, you can expect about 25 miles per hour of charge, with a full charge in around nine hours. The battery itself is a nickel-rich lithium-ion battery that manages its temperature for better performance, and the innovative battery cell arrangement maximizes interior space. Its central location gives it an optimal center of gravity for solid ride and handling.

You also get all the safety features you’ve come to expect from Chevrolet including 10 airbags, a high-strength steel frame, and the safety and security of OnStar all standard. Advanced features like Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Pdestrian Alert are all available as well.

More details will be unveiled in the coming months so stay tuned, and if you’d like to know more, let us know and we’ll let you be among the first to see it in person when it arrives in the coming months.

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

Car Care: Give Your Car Its Spring Physical


It’s the right time to have your vehicle serviced

Today’s cars and trucks last longer than ever. They are generally more trouble-free than ever before, also, and the best way to keep them that way is the automotive equivalent of a physical. Just as your doctor checks over your systems and structure, your dealership’s service department will look over your vehicle with expert eyes.

Don’t wait until a “Service Engine Soon” warning pops up on the instrument panel or a tire blows out. By then, it may be too late to avoid an expensive repair or considerable inconvenience. Prevent problems on the road with a spring checkup. Here are some items that should be included.

Electrical System: Your car’s battery and alternator should be checked to be sure the charging system is up to snuff, the battery is within its serviceable lifespan and has enough reserve, and all cables and connections are clean, tight, and corrosion-free. Belts should also be checked for tightness, cracks and excessive wear, as a broken belt will stop you in your tracks.

Tires and Wheels: Whack a few killer potholes lately? Modern tires are also better than ever before, but you need to keep an eye out for problems that can lead to tire failure. Have a trained technician examine your tires for cuts in the tread or sidewalls, bulges, bubbles, dry rot, signs of belt separation or other problems that could leave you stranded, and make sure tires are properly inflated. Wheel damage is common, too, so be sure to include them in the inspection.

Suspension and Alignment: At the same time your tires and wheels are inspected, your suspension and wheel alignment should also be examined. Shock absorbers can fail, steering components can bend or become loose, and bushings can wear out. Winter conditions can be hard on the parts designed to support you, as can rough roads or frequent trips into the back country. For predictable handling, even tire wear and maximum fuel efficiency, it’s important that all four wheels––not just the drive wheels–– are properly aligned. If you can’t remember the last time you had it done, now is the time to have an alignment performed. Your tires will last longer and you’ll avoid spending the extra money at the pump that can result from misaligned wheels.

Fluid Levels and Filters: Because today’s cars can click off tens of thousands of miles without problems, it can be easy to forget about checking, topping off and replacing its vital fluids. Coolant and brake fluid both have finite lifespans and require replacement, as indicated in your owner’s manual. Your dealership’s technicians have special tools to check the age and protection level of the engine coolant, and they’ll also have the coolant specified by the manufacturer for use in your car. Brake fluid needs attention as well, and your routine driving conditions––frequent towing, heavy stop-and-go driving, etc.––can make it necessary to have these systems serviced more frequently than indicated in the manufacturer’s basic schedule.

Spring is a great time to treat your car to an oil and filter change. Whether it’s hot or cold where you live, idling a lot, sub-zero temperatures or excessively hot conditions can all degrade engine oil, leaving delicate components more vulnerable to premature wear and corrosion. Moisture and acids can build up in the oil, as well, so getting it changed in the spring ensures proper protection. Don’t forget to have the engine’s air filter and, if equipped, the cabin air filter checked and replaced if needed. Also remember that necessary chassis lubrication is part of the usual “L.O.F.,” or “Lube, Oil, Filter,” service. Those parts are especially susceptible to wear and corrosion, whether salt is used on the roads where you live or not.

As the seasons change again, it’s a great time to rejuvenate your automobile. Good planning and preventative maintenance can ensure a worry-free summer ahead.

This article is presented by Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet Goes to Bat for Olentangy Braves Little League


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Jack Maxton Chevrolet to provide Olentangy Braves Little League with new equipment, monetary contribution and instructional clinics.

 Worthington, April 26, 2016 – Jack Maxton Chevrolet is partnering with the Olentangy Braves Little League in Worthington.  Jack Maxton Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program to provide new equipment, a monetary contribution, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn additional donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Playing the game of baseball helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Jack Maxton Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Baseball are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Worthington.” said Heather Todd, Marketing Director for Jack Maxton Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that baseball instills in its players.”

2016 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Baseball program’s 11th year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting more than 5 million young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2015, more than 1,400 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

 Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present the Olentangy Braves Little League with an equipment kit that includes useful items such as bags, scorebooks, catcher’s gear and Chevrolet Youth Baseball T-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring current and former MLB/MiLB players and coaches, and instructors from Ripken Baseball.

In addition, Jack Maxton Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Olentangy Braves Little League.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

In addition to its commitment to youth baseball, Chevrolet also is the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball™.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Todd.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Baseball, please visit www.youthsportswired.com.

It is very important to everyone at Jack Maxton Chevrolet that we remain part of the community and not just another dealership. Being in business since 1926 is directly related to the loyalty our customers have shown us throughout the years. We are showing our appreciation by sponsoring and supporting Olentangy Braves Little League, among other events in 2016. We also thank Chevrolet for supporting our efforts through test drive donations and clinics at the Clippers field.   

Enjoy pictures from OBLL opening day celebrations! (Click the picture below.)

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About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet Earns 2016 Women’s Choice Award® 


 

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Jack Maxton Chevrolet Awarded for Providing an Outstanding Customer Experience

Worthington, OH. – March, 10, 2016 – Jack Maxton Chevrolet has been honored with the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® for Outstanding Customer Experience. Jack Maxton Chevrolet qualified based on receiving excellent survey scores in several areas including the overall sales experience, where 9 out of 10 of their female customers reported that they would highly recommend Jack Maxton Chevrolet to friends and family.

The Jack Maxton team agrees…”It is important to all of us that we are more than just a dealership. It is our mission to treat our customers like family and exceed expectations at every visit. We appreciate our customer’s loyalty and want to go the extra mile for them. Winning the Women’s Choice Award is making great strides towards validating we’re putting our customers’ needs and wants first.”

Considering that women now account for more car purchases and service sales than men, the Women’s Choice Award is her vehicle to finding a dealership that she can choose with confidence.

  • Women buy more than half of the new vehicles in the U.S. and influence up to 80% of all car purchases (Source: Forbes: Women In Cars, 2015)
  • As the chief decision makers for the home, women represent an economic powerhouse, making over 85% of the consumer purchases (in the U.S.) and influencing over 95% of total goods and services (Competitive Edge Magazine and EPM’s Marketing to Women, 2015).
  • 65% of service customers at dealerships are women (Heelsandwheels.com, 2013)
  • Women spend over $200 billion per year on new vehicles and mechanical servicing of vehicles each year (Heelsandwheels.com, 2013)

“Car buying remains the most dreaded shopping experience among women. The Women’s Choice Award is widely sought after by progressive dealerships who appreciate being recognized as a dealer that women can trust and refer with confidence”, said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “We are proud of Jack Maxton Chevrolet for taking ownership of their customer experience and creating a business environment that provides exceptional service both to women and men alike,” added Passi.

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