5 places to go in your Chevrolet

Take a drive in your Chevrolet – 5 Places to Go Canoeing or Kayaking in Ohio 

Though they may be pretty far from both the East and West Coasts, Ohioans still have plenty of water activities to keep them cool and active during the summertime.

From Lake Erie to the Ohio River, the Buckeye State is full of scenic creeks and waterways that are perfect for paddling. Here are just some of the best places in the state to go canoeing or kayaking.

Mohican River

The village of Loudonville, which is located in between Cleveland and Columbus, has actually earned the nickname “Canoe Capital of Ohio” due to the many liveries located along the Mohican River. Paddling down the river will take you through the beautiful Mohican State Park, which contains three separate camping areas for those looking to turn their trip to Loudonville into a weekend-long getaway. And with nearby hiking trails and zip-lining available, there is no reason not to make the most of your visit. Get a list of nearby rental facilities at http://discovermohican.com/what-to-do.php?UID=24.

Lake Erie

There are many potential launching off points for those looking to paddle Lake Erie, but perhaps the most scenic is found in the Marblehead area. On a clear day, those canoeing and kayaking off the shores of Marblehead will enjoy views of the historic Perry’s Monument on South Bass Island, the towering roller coasters at Cedar Point and the picturesque Marblehead Lighthouse which stands on the rocky shores of the peninsula. For those who do not own their own canoe or kayak, there are many boat rental services in the area, including Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals and Kayak the Bay, Ltd on South Bass Island. Learn more about paddling in this area at http://paddling.net/places/showReport.html?2078.

Big Darby Creek

Central Ohio’s Big Darby Creek runs 84 miles from Champaign County down to Franklin County. One of the most biologically diverse aquatic systems in all of the Midwest, the river is home to the only known population of the Scioto madtom species of fish. Those paddling Big Darby Creek should be sure to stop in Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, which is home to bison and other fascinating wildlife. Trapper John’s Canoe Livery in Grove City is one of the most popular boat rental services in the area, and trips and pricing can be found at http://trapperjohnscanoeing.com/#!trips/czpx.

Little Miami River

The 111-mile Little Miami River flows through five counties in southwestern Ohio, beginning in Clark County and emptying into the Ohio River. One of the best stretches of the Little Miami can be enjoyed at Scenic River Canoe Excursions, located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Scenic River Canoe Excursions offers group outings and canoe, kayak and tube rentals for a peaceful, relaxing paddle down one of the state’s most beautiful waterways. To learn more, visit http://scenicrivercanoe.com/.

Hocking River

The rolling Hocking Hills of southeastern Ohio provide some of the most beautiful views in all of Appalachia. While most residents, visitors and students at the nearby Ohio University have hiked through Hocking Hills State Park at one time or another, fewer have experienced the pleasure of paddling down the Hocking River. Fox’s Hocking Hills Canoe Livery in Logan rents out canoes, kayaks and rafts to those wishing to explore the Hocking River, while also providing campsites, cabins and fun Moonlight Tours. For more information, visit http://hockingriver.com/.

From the Big Darby Creek to the Little Miami River, there are waterways of all shapes and sizes in Ohio just waiting to be explored. Hop into a kayak or canoe and paddle your way through some of these scenic spots.

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


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.

Vehicle Profile: 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

An American icon that’s as versatile and comfortable as it is powerful and efficient

Buyers often judge the capability and versatility of a full-size pickup by the numbers. Not just dollar figures, but power numbers, towing numbers, bed length, how many transmission speeds it has and how many different configurations it offers.
The 2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 delivers all the right numbers, starting with its five-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty – 40,000 more miles of powertrain coverage than you get from the Ford F-150. For 2013, the Silverado MSRP starts at $22,595, $1,075 less than the $23,670 MSRP of the 2013 F-150.
The Silverado offers five trims (WT, LS, LT, XFE and LTZ), three cab styles (Regular, Extended and Crew Cab), three cargo bed lengths (five-feet eight-inches, six-feet six-inches and eight feet) and two-wheel or four-wheel drive. If that’s not enough, Chevy also offers the completely unique Silverado 1500 Hybrid – the industry’s only full-size hybrid pickup. With a 6,100 pound towing capacity, the 1500 Hybrid delivers segment-best fuel economy EPA-estimated at 20 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
The Silverado offers five powerful and efficient engine choices – a Vortec V6, and four Vortec V8s built on 57 years of V8 research and development and proven over billions of miles of driving. The V8 lineup delivers advanced technologies like Active Fuel Management (AFM) and Variable Valve Timing (VVT), and all non-hybrid Silverado V8s are FlexFuel capable, allowing buyers to run on either gas or E85 ethanol.
The capable 4.3-liter V6 is good for 195 hp and 260 lb/ft of torque. The first V8 is a 4.8-liter with VVT rated at 302 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque. The V6 and the 4.8-liter V8 come with an electronically controlled Hydra-Matic® four-speed automatic transmission. A 5.3-liter VVT V8 comes in both iron block and lighter, aluminum block versions, both delivering 315 hp and 335 lb/ft of torque. Active Fuel Management allows both 5.3-liter V8s to run on four-cylinders under light load conditions, such as highway driving, for better mileage.
The flagship Silverado engine is an aluminum-block 6.2-liter VVT V8 that cranks out 403 hp and 417 lb/ft of torque. All 5.3-liter and 6.2-liter V8s are paired with six-speed automatic transmissions featuring powertrain grade braking, a new technology for 2013 that automatically downshifts the transmission on long, steep descents, reducing brake rotor temperatures more than 200 degrees.
Not only is every Silverado engine option powerful, but the 5.3-liter V8 returns an efficient 21 mpg highway in both 2WD and 4WD models and 22 mpg highway in the more aerodynamic Silverado XFE.
In addition to powertrain grade braking, the Silverado 1500 is tailor-made for towing, featuring standard StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Trailer Sway Control, Hill-Start Assist and transmission Tow/Haul Mode, and options like Trailer Brake Controller, which is fully integrated with the antilock braking system, a rear-vision camera and the MAX Trailering Pack that enables the Silverado to haul a massive 10,700 pounds. The Silverado also features a maximum payload capacity of 1,937 pounds.
Five available suspension systems give you the flexibility to tailor your Silverado to suit your needs, whether you need maximum on-street performance, off-road capability or serious towing capacity. In all cases, a coil-over shock front suspension and rack-and-pinion steering offer a superior ride and precise handling and control. A fully boxed frame with a hydroformed front section gives the Silverado superior rigidity and strength. Further adding to the capabilities of the Silverado, a GM segment-exclusive automatic locking rear differential is standard on XFE and LTZ trims and available on the others.
The 2013 Silverado builds on nearly a century of heritage by featuring a rugged-yet-sophisticated exterior look that fits in equally at the work site or downtown. A range of 17-, 18- and 20-inch wheels are offered, as well as 10 exterior color choices. The list of standard and available exterior features on the Silverado is extensive, and includes foglamps, heated outside mirrors, a spring-loaded EZ lift and locking tailgate, and chrome accents on exhaust tips, recovery hooks, door handles and mirror caps.
The Silverado features four interior color and trim combinations and two interior designs; the traditional pickup look or the luxurious LTZ package. While the traditional interior features larger controls and door handles that are easy to operate with gloves, the LTZ has a unique, upscale instrument panel and distinct trim accents. The Silverado boasts standard and available options commonly found in luxury cars including leather-trimmed upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, navigation, Bose premium audio, a rear-seat entertainment system, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, a power sunroof and remote vehicle starting system. If you wish, you can even turn your Silverado into a mobile hotspot with the available Chevrolet Wi-Fi by Autonet Mobile. Enjoy dependable internet access for multiple users up to a 150-foot radius from your truck.
An elevated, 60/40-split rear seat with one hand operation comes standard on all Crew Cab models (available on Extended Cab) to help maximize interior cargo and passenger space. Extended Cab rear access doors have 170-degree entry operation for easy rear-seat access.
With all the right numbers for power, efficiency, capability and value, the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado is hard to beat. With so many drivetrain and build configuration options and all the latest technology, you can outfit a Silverado exactly to your needs. Visit our showroom today for a test drive of the 2013 Chevy Silverado.

GM’s History of Design Innovations – Automaker’s groundbreaking design department celebrates 85 years

General Motors was the first automaker to recognize and focus on the importance of automotive design, something taken for granted today. Led by Harley Earl, GM Design was created in June of 1927 to “study the question of art and color combinations in General Motors products.” Earl and his department moved the company to offer multiple colors for models, develop concept cars and, perhaps most significantly, institute yearly model changeovers.
Standing on that kind of history, it’s no surprise that General Motors is a global leader in automotive design today, with 1,900 men and women in 10 international design centers focused on the future and creating “art that moves you,” driven by current GM Design leader and Vice President of Global Design Ed Welburn.
“Our global team is united around its passion for designing vehicles that make an emotional connection with customers,” said Welburn. “What was true 85 years ago is still true today: A designer’s role is to create a beautifully executed exterior with great proportions that draw you in, and an interior that invites you into a relationship that develops and grows.”
In recent years, Cadillac and Buick have each undergone design renaissances, and Chevrolet has become a global brand with a globally recognized design language, apparent in such vehicle introductions as the Chevy Camaro sports car, the Malibu midsize sedan, and the Cruze compact car.
Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range went from concept to production in just three years, winning “North American Car of the Year” honors and co-winning the European “Car of the Year” award along the way.
“Our global structure allows us to design more new vehicles and to dedicate more people using the latest technology and tools to bring them to market,” said Welburn. “The diversity of thought, experience, culture and perspective we foster here is unrivaled, and it fuels our creative process.”
Those who make a living handing out automobile design awards have taken notice of GM’s innovations. Buick was named to the “Hottest Brands of 2010” list by the cable network MSNBC, while the new Chevy Camaro won several awards that same year, including “World Car Design of the Year” at the 2010 New York International Auto Show, “Collectible Car of the Year” from the National Automotive History Collection, Kiplinger‘s “Best New Sports Car” award, Ward’s “Best Sports Car Interior” award, and a “Best in Design” distinction from Popular Mechanics.
In 2011, the same year the Chevrolet Volt was named “North American Car of the Year,” the Volt was also named Motor Trend “Car of the Year” and Motor Week “Driver’s Choice Best of the Year.” Also in 2011, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon was named an Automobile magazine “All-Star,” an “Editors Choice Top 10 Vehicle” of the year by MSN Autos and “Most Wanted” by Edmunds Inside Line.
Most recently, the all-new 2013 Cadillac XTS luxury sedan made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show as the most technologically advanced production car in the brand’s history; the Buick Encore small crossover was unveiled at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit; the Chevrolet MiRay concept car won “Best Concept” in the annual Detroit News Readers’ Choice Awards; and the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS compact luxury sports sedan is currently challenging the world’s best premium cars.
Additional milestones in GM’s history include pioneering the concept of “advance design” in the 1930s, making it the first company to use special studio teams to explore engineering and design possibilities. The following decade, GM became the first automaker to hire women designers.
To test drive “art that moves you,” stop by today. Schedule a test drive.

Chevrolet’s Baseball Roots Run Deep

Since 2006, participating dealers in the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program have helped raise more than $13 million for equipment and other team needs; sponsored more than 500 youth clinics; reached more than 3 million young people and helped raise money to fund more than 2,000 park improvements. This year, more than 1,600 Chevrolet dealers are involved.

In addition to being the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball, Chevrolet supports youth baseball initiatives across the country through the Chevrolet Youth Baseball and Diamonds and Dreams programs.

Chevrolet began the Diamonds and Dreams program in 2010 to help provide young ball players with an opportunity to play on a “dream” baseball field in their hometown.

Jack Maxton Chevrolet is partnering with the North Columbus Sports/Clinic Boys Leaguein Columbus and has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Baseball program. This will provide new equipment, instructional clinics, a monetary donation and an opportunity to raise an additional $10,000 through a Chevrolet vehicle sweepstakes. The program has kicked off and runs through July 15, 2012.

“Youth baseball provides positive and productive life lessons for young people across America, and the Chevrolet Youth Baseball program is an extension of Chevrolet’s commitment to baseball, community and families. Jack Maxton Chevrolet is bringing that same dedication to youth baseball,” said Marc Hellman, General Manager for Jack Maxton Chevrolet.

“There is nothing more American than Chevrolet and baseball and Jack Maxton Chevrolet wants to combine America’s favorite brand and favorite pastime together for our families in Columbus to enjoy,” added Hellman.

Participants can enter to win a baseball field makeover for their community. Chevrolet will award 12 weekly field makeover prizes and the opportunity to win the Grand Prize of an all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.




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Chevy News: Retooled Chevy Impala aims to win Big!

With the 2014 Chevy Impala, GM aims to take retail market share from the Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and others in a large-sedan market that’s been shrinking for years.
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NEW YORK — General Motors today will unveil the redesign of the Chevrolet Impala at the New York auto show.

The next-generation Impala, the 10th version of the nameplate introduced in 1958, is an effort to take the car decidedly more upscale and accelerate retail demand while dialing back fleet sales. The 2014 Impala will mark the car’s first redesign in eight years and its first platform change since the late 1990s.

Early unveiling

Automakers rarely unveil a car a year before it goes on sale, for fear of pulling the rug out from under the current model. But when most of the car’s buyers are fleet operators, not individuals, that’s less of a risk.

When the redesigned Impala arrives in showrooms roughly a year from now, GM executives believe it will erase what even they acknowledge is the last remaining blemish on Chevy’s car lineup in terms of quality.

GM is aiming to take retail market share from the Ford Taurus, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon and other rivals in a large-sedan market that’s been eroding for years as buyers have migrated to SUVs and crossovers.

The 2014 Impala will give buyers two new engine options: a 2.4-liter four-cylinder with GM’s eAssist technology, 182 horsepower and an estimated 35 miles per gallon highway; and a new 2.5-liter four-cylinder expected to deliver 195 horsepow…er and 31 mpg. “When you drive this car … you have to stop after you’re done and open the hood just to believe that it’s a four-cylinder,” said Darren Post, vehicle line director. Also available will be a 3.6-liter V-6 engine delivering 303 horsepower and 28 mpg. The 2012 Impala offers fuel economy up to 18 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

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Chevy News: Chevrolet Sweeps Sprint Cup, NASCAR Truck, IndyCar, Grand Am, and WTCC Series This Weekend

Stewart-Haas Racing took the checkered-flag, as Ryan Newman held off A.J. Allmendinger to with the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday. For most of Sunday’s race it appeared that Hendrick Motorsports would earn its 200th all-time win – Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, who led a race-high 328 laps, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running 1-2-3 late in the race – but a series of unfortunate incidents in the waning laps – David Reutimann causing a caution when he inexplicably stayed out on the front stretch when his car lost power, and then Clint Bowyer wrecking both Johnson and Gordon on the ensuing re-start – opened the door for the final two-lap sprint between Newman and Allmendinger. Earnhardt Jr. finished third.

Earnhardt Jr. moved up second place in the standings, and is just six points behind Greg Biffle. Tony Stewart (seventh) also finished in the top 10 for Team Chevy, improving to third in the standings, 12 points off the pace.

Chevrolet now leads the manufacturers’ standings by nine points over Ford. The series is idle next week, and returns on April 14 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Martinsville also saw Chevrolet take the top four finishes in the NASCAR Truck Series.  Kevin Harvick took the win, leading for 248 of the 250 laps at Martinsville – an all-time series record. Austin Dillon took second, James Buesher took third, and Justin Lofton took fourth. The next NASCAR Truck race will be April 15, at Rockingham (North Carolina).

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