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 

Fun Things to Do on a Snowy Day


Can’t take your Chevrolet out cruisin’ due to being snowed in? Here are some fun things to do on a snowy day!

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The kids are off from school and you can’t drive into work — it’s a snow day for all! But don’t spend it lounging on the couch. A snowy day means you can take advantage of a whole new host of opportunities — from fun activities to being productive. In fact, a snow day can sometimes be a blessing in disguise.

So what are you waiting for? Try one of these activities the next time inclement weather keeps you home.

Create snow art

Sure you can build a snowman and make snow angels, but why not do something you’ve never done before? This activity is especially kid friendly. Try this: Fill empty spray bottles with food coloring and water, allowing the kids to use snow as their canvas.

“Adding color to the snow is so much fun and really allows them the chance to be creative and do something different than the typical outdoor, snowy activities,” says Deanna Garretson, a blogger at http://www.domestic-chicky.com. They’ll have so much fun doing it, and you’ll love being able to keep the messes outside.

Put your chef’s hat on

What is it about baking or cooking on a wintry day?If it’s too cold for your taste outside and you’d rather stay in and do something cozy, peruse a cookbook or search online for a tasty recipe (one, of course, that you have all the ingredients for in the house to avoid a trek through the snow).

“Oreo snowballs are the perfect treat to make with stir-crazy snowbound kiddos because there is no baking involved,” says Carrie Higgins, a blogger at http://www.makinglemonadeblog.com. They’re also great for partnering with hot chocolate after a morning spent sledding.” No matter what you make, whether it’s cookies or brownies or even a pot of homemade soup, the warm, fresh aromas will fill the house, keeping smiles on everyone’s faces.

Play catch up

It may not be the most exciting thing in the world, but a day off is still a day off, and if you typically don’t have the time to clean the garage, wash the floors, and do a load of laundry, you may want to take advantage of the time off. This is also a good time to teach the kids, if you haven’t already, about the importance of helping out around the house.

“When kids do chores, they’re learning responsibility. They’re learning that life requires work,” says James Sears, MD, co-author of “Father’s First Steps: 25 Things Every Dad Should Know.” Other productive things you can do are make all those phone calls you keep putting off, write those thank-you cards from your kid’s birthday you’ve been meaning to finish, do some meal prep, etc.

Get your game on

While kids these days would rather play on an iPad or iPhone, a snow day is a great time to break out the old-school board games. The kids will love the chance to spend quality time with their parents, and have some good old-fashioned fun while they’re at it. Classics like Monopoly, Life, and Risk will take up a good chunk of your day, so make sure you have snacks handy during the game. Take it up a notch and build a fort with blankets and pillows to play the games in. No board games handy? Having story time by the fireplace (or in the fort!) can also be a fun activity.

Redecorate

Set the kids on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and a movie, and get to work on changing up your living room curtains or rearranging your dining room place settings. You could even take this time off to Feng Shui your home, which involves specific placement and positioning of objects in your home to determine a sense of how the energy in your environment affects you. You might be surprised at how productive performing a few simple swaps in your home can make you feel.

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

 

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


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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

 

Car Care: Why Winter Tires Are Necessary


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Getting out and conquering the weather provides a welcome respite from the winter doldrums, so don’t let foul weather or cold keep you from doing the things you enjoy. A simple yet effective way to get around safely in the colder months is to invest in a set of winter tires.

While not every area of the country experiences snow or even brutally cold temperatures, the fact is that summer and “all-season” tire rubber begins to lose its flexibility and ability to grip the road when the temperature drops below just 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter-specific tire rubber is specifically formulated to perform in colder temperatures, and winter tires also have added features and specific tread patterns to help maximize traction in poor driving conditions. In addition, summer and all-season tire tread patterns are designed to channel away water; when it gets colder, those channels can get filled with snow or ice and slush, creating a dangerous situation. Winter tires feature tread “sipes” – tiny slits in the tread blocks that enable the tires to flex and rid themselves of the snow that packs in when you drive. Even on sheets of ice, winter tires will give you better traction than non-winter tires can provide.

Winter tires are just as important on four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles in order to realize the benefits of the 4WD/AWD system; it doesn’t matter how many wheels are getting power if the tires they wear can’t hold the road. AutoExpress magazine compared two vehicles of the same make and model––one equipped with AWD and summer tires and the other a front-wheel drive model with winter tires––and the FWD/winter tire model simply outperformed the AWD model, specifically because of the difference in tires.

A study done a few years ago in Canada saw accidents drop by five percent when winter tires were mandated, partially due to the fact that winter tires have been shown to help cut braking distances by as much as 30 percent.

Some manufacturers recommend a specific make and style of winter tires for their vehicles. Ask your dealer’s service department for information about what is suitable and/or recommended for your particular make and model.

A pair of proper winter tires can mean the difference between confident winter driving and potential trouble, and it’s not too late to make the switch. There are plenty of affordable choices available, and your dealer’s factory-trained personnel can help get your vehicle ready for anything winter brings.

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

Keep Your Children Busy on Road Trips


IMN23517E2Make holiday travel seamless with these tips:

As if traveling for hours to go see your in-laws isn’t torture enough, your young son or daughter may spend the duration of a holiday road trip complaining if they’re not properly entertained. Keep your kids from getting bored in the car with these simple suggestions:

 

  • Make a magnet tray. All you need is a baking sheet, some flat magnets and a glue stick. You can magnetize a notepad of paper and markers, or anything else you could imagine. You can also paint a scene on the magnetic sheet before the trip and get corresponding magnets for your kids to play with. For example, paint a barn and a field on the sheet and buy a set of farm animal magnets or stickers (magnets are better because they are removable and, thus, lead to extended play time). Magnet trays are great because utensils will not roll off and onto the floor, causing you to have to turn around and dig under the seats for crayons.
  • Create a dry-erase book. A binder, plastic page protectors, and dry-erase markers are all you need to enable hours of entertainment for your children. You can look up printable games or coloring pages on the internet or create your own. Slide the sheet of paper inside the plastic and let your children go to town. The marker will just wipe right off; and not only off of the page protectors — dry erase marker spots are easy to remove from windows and car seats, as well.
  • Buy “prizes.” These could be also known as “bribes.” Before the trip, go on a short shopping spree at the local discount store and get a bunch of small toys. Then give one at a time to your children if they are behaving, i.e. no whining, no fighting with siblings, etc. It’s cheap and easy, but it makes for decent motivation for the kids to be good.
  • Have a road-trip tracker. If you don’t want to hear a barrage of “Are we there yet?” throughout your trip, a road trip tracker will help. What’s more, it will keep your children looking forward to the next milestone marks you hit on the trip. You can make a road-trip tracker with just a thick piece of ribbon and a clothespin. Mark off a long piece of ribbon into sections based on how many cities or states through which you will be traveling, or by landmarks or time expectations. After you hit the next milestone, your kids will be exciting to see how far they have traveled and how much longer they have left in the car.
  • Go back to basics. You can never go wrong with a pillow, blanket and some headphones. Download a book on tape, or a read-along, or just have your kids’ favorite music on hand with their most comfortable aspects of home (their favorite stuffed animals, for example). Chances are they will fall asleep and you will have some peace and quiet of your own for a while.

Holiday road trips don’t have to be stressful. A little bit of preparation can go a long way when it comes to traveling with kids!

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

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado


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Setting the standard

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the “just right” pickup truck for many drivers – drivers for whom the size of a full-size truck feels like too much. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, available here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is all-new from front to back, top to bottom and even underneath. It’s a reinvention of the midsize truck that delivers unmatched efficiency, capability, refinement and rugged performance.

It begins with the Colorado Base (MSRP $20,120. The standard Extended Cab/long box (six feet, two inches) configuration can be swapped for a Crew Cab/short box (five feet, two inches) or Crew Cab/long box setup, instead. The long box can accommodate eight-foot long items with the tailgate down.

A segment-best 200 hp is provided by the standard direct-injected 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, which also delivers 191 lb/ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission routes output to the rear wheels. This powertrain rewards Colorado drivers with best-in-segment fuel economy, EPA-estimated at 27 mpg highway. Other standard features include four-wheel antilock disc brakes with four-piston front calipers and Duralife brake rotors, power-adjustable folding exterior mirrors, a rearview camera, a locking tailgate, a theft-deterrent system and a chrome CornerStep rear bumper.

The Colorado interior offers the comfort of a good sedan. Inlaid, triple-sealed doors, thick window and windshield glass, and sound-deadening materials are used to create a quiet cabin free of wind and road noise. Front bucket seats, a four-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a six-speaker audio system with 4.2-inch LCD screen, USB port and auxiliary input are included, as well.

The Colorado WT (Work Truck) comes with a six-speed automatic transmission in Crew Cab models, which also feature a folding rear bench seat. Dual rear seats with under-seat storage are standard in Extended Cab models. In Crew Cab/short box 4×4 and Crew Cab/long box trim, the Colorado WT adds more muscle by way of a 3.6-liter V6 engine that also delivers segment-best horsepower. This aluminum-alloy engine is strong––with 305 hp and 269 lb/ft of torque––and it’s also efficient, returning a best-in-class EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway.

The Colorado LT carries the six-speed automatic transmission and also features OnStar Directions and Connections with a six-month service plan included. The outside mirrors body color, there are chrome moldings along the beltline and the Colorado LT rides on standard 17-inch Blade Silver Metallic cast aluminum wheels. Inside, the standard Chevy MyLink audio system comes with a customizable eight-inch color touch-screen. MyLink pairs with your smartphone and allows easy, touch-and-swipe or voice-activated control over audio, apps and more, plus it features Text Messaging Alerts and, for iPhone users, Siri Eyes Free. You’ll enjoy three free months of SiriusXM Satellite Radio All-Access Package, Bluetooth, four USB ports, audio and cruise controls on the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and remote keyless entry. The Colorado LT also offers OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot technology.

The Colorado Z71 (MSRP $27,630) is even better-equipped than the LT. The “Z71” badging underscores plenty of substance. Its Z71 Off-Road Suspension features twin-tube shock absorbers that can take a pounding and an automatic locking rear differential that maximizes traction. Four-wheel drive models also get a protective shield for the transfer case. Other enhancements include front recovery hooks, Hill Descent Control, foglamps, and an EZ Lift & Lower tailgate that’s available in the other trims. The Colorado Z71 is tough, and it’s also comfortable and convenient. There’s remote start, heated front seats (also available in LT trims) four-way power-adjustable front seats with power lumbar, and handsome, 17-inch Dark Argent cast aluminum wheels. LT and Z71 trims can be equipped with a seven-speaker Bose audio system, as well as navigation.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is ready to go to work. Like the Silverado, it’s built on a strong, fully-boxed frame, and the available four-wheel drive system has an electronically controlled transfer case with “2WD,” 4WD HI,” and “4WD LO” settings. The Colorado offers a best-in-class maximum trailering capacity of 7,000 pounds and best-in-class payload of 1,590 pounds. Its gross vehicle weight rating starts at 5,400 pounds and goes as high as 5,900 pounds. The standard 4.10:1 rear axle ratio is great for putting the torque to work, and an available 3.42:1 axle is available to enhance fuel economy. The 3.6-liter V6 engine is standard with the 3.42 axle. Advanced, segment-first driver assistance/safety features that are available in the Colorado include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

Standard bed-rail and tailgate protectors are included, and there are thirteen tie-down spots in the bed that can be used with the available, moveable cargo tie-down rings. Utility can be enhanced even more with the addition of the all-new GearOn storage system and available accessories and appearance enhancements. The GearOn Bars package, for example, includes cargo tie-down rings and tiered storage cross rails, while the GearOn Bed Divider and GearOn Utility Rack increase cargo carrying flexibility and capability.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado sets a new standard for midsize pickups. There’s still quite a bit more to the 2015 Colorado, so come in and experience all it offers for yourself today.

Take a drive in your Chevy – Top Five Places for Film Buffs in Ohio


Explore your favorite movie sites in the Buckeye State

Over the years, Ohio has been the backdrop for many movie sets. With its picturesque small towns, rolling hills, and Midwest charm, Ohio scenery offers a unique perspective not easily duplicated in Hollywood. Ohio is also home to many inspiring older theatres, where moviegoers flock to see vintage films as well as the newest blockbusters. These top five locations offer the best sites for film buffs in the State.

Athena Cinema

Time stands still at the Athena Cinema in downtown Athens. Established in 1915, the theatre has welcomed visitors for a century. The Athena was purchased and completely restored by Ohio University in 2001 and now welcomes local patrons while also providing a home for budding University filmmakers. The non-profit Art Deco theatre offers a unique partnership between the community and students by allowing patrons to take in a new major motion picture or experience the excitement of student screening all in one place. To learn more, visit http://athenacinema.com/about/.

A Christmas Story House

Who can forget one of the most memorable Christmas flicks of all time, A Christmas Story? Visit the home where the movie was filmed. See the window where the infamous leg lamp lighted the front porch and walk through the kitchen where Ralphie, his brother Randy, and their parents spent so much time. Across the street from this Cleveland suburb home is A Christmas Story House Museum. There you can see original props from the movie including the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle Ralphie admired in the store window. For more information, visit http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com or call (216) 298-4919. The house and museum are open all year.

Cleveland Museum of Art, Film Series

For years, the Cleveland Museum of Art has offered film screenings twice a week, and the tradition continues. Hosted in the two theatres at the Museum, the showings are a popular event among all ages. Learn more by visiting http://www.clevelandart.org/events/films/about-film/history-museum%E2%80%99s-film-series.

The Murphy Theatre

The Murphy Theatre and the town of Wilmington were the backdrop for the 1993 movie, Lost in Yonkers, starring Richard Dreyfuss. The restored theatre remains active today with live performances from entertainers and theatre groups, as well as the occasional film showing. To learn more, visit the http://www.themurphytheatre.org.

The Studio Movie Grill

A night out on the town typically involves going out for dinner followed by a movie. The Studio Movie Grill combines the two and offers a unique dine-in movie experience. Visit the fully-stocked bar before the show for a pre-dinner drink. Enter the theatre before the movie starts to place your order for your meal. When your meal order arrives, dine in style in a specially-designed seat with table top. With newly-released movies, drinks, and movies, your whole evening on the town takes place at the movie theatre. Located in downtown Columbus, the Studio Movie Grill is centrally-located. Visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com for more information.

Spend some time exploring some of these unique and one-of-a-kind movie locations in Ohio.