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.

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

 

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 News: GM Recognized for Support of National Guard and Reserve


U.S. Department of Defense honors company for 40 years of support

In 1972, General Motors was the very first company to sign a pledge to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) that vowed to continually support members of U.S. military services and their families in both times of peace and times of crisis. Recently, GM was honored by the DoD for its commitment to the National Guard and Reserve, and its loyalty to a promise that has spanned more than four decades.

“Our veterans embody the values we believe in, and I thank the U.S. Department of Defense for the opportunity to formalize this commitment and express our sincere gratitude,” said Mark Reuss, GM executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain.

At a Veterans Day celebration at GM’s Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, representatives from the DoD were joined by hundreds of employees and reps from several military groups and councils to recognize the 100,000-plus GM workers who have served.

“General Motors is setting a high standard for all automobile manufacturers to follow by providing above and beyond support of veterans, many of whom currently serve in the Guard and Reserve,” said Tom Bullock, chief of employer outreach, DoD Office of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR).

Also at the ceremony, the ESGR Extraordinary Employer Support Award was bestowed upon GM for the company’s continued commitment to employees in the National Guard and Reserve.

Despite only being formalized in 1972, GM has been providing exemplary sustained backing to members and families of the U.S. military for more than 100 years. GM currently supports organizations and programs such as Building for America’s Bravest and the Achilles Freedom Team. In fact, at the ceremony in November, GM announced a new campaign, spearheaded by the GMC brand, to raise funds for and general awareness of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation (the parent organization of Building for America’s Bravest) to help build customized, specially-adapted homes for injured or disabled veterans. For more information on this initiative, visit www.ourbravest.org/enlistme.

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

Vehicle Profile: 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray


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More new features, coupe and convertible body styles, stunning performance

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray––all-new for 2014, the most award-winning car of 2014, and 2014 North American Car of the Year––gets even better for 2015 with a long list of performance and design enhancements highlighted by an all-new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, standard OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and an industry-first Performance Data Recorder.

The 2015 Corvette Stingray is ranked ahead of the Porsche 911, BMW 4 Series and Z4, Jaguar F-TYPE and others in the “Luxury Sports Car” category by U.S. News & World Report. In their review, Kelley Blue Book editors said, “With exterior and interior styling that’s as striking as it is uniquely American, and an incredibly powerful standard V8, the Corvette is nearly untouchable.” 

The rear-drive 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray (MSRP $55,000) also offers two new design packages, Atlantic and Pacific, the former showing off a luxury sport GT theme and the latter a high-performance motorsport theme.

Open the standard carbon fiber hood and check out the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine, which produces an exhilarating 455 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. An available performance exhaust system ups power to 460 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque. The performance numbers of a Corvette Stingray equipped with the Z51 Performance Package are staggering: zero-to-60 mph in 3.8 seconds, quarter-mile in 12 seconds at 119 mph, 1.03g cornering grip and a 60 mph-to-zero stopping distance of only 107 feet thanks to standard four-piston-caliper Brembo brakes. Z51 models also include a dry-sump oil system, to ensure adequate lubrication at speed.

Another amazing Corvette Stingray stat concerns its fuel efficiency, which is EPA-estimated at 29 mph highway when equipped with the available new seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching. Thanks to direct injection and Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation, the Corvette Stingray is by far the most efficient sports car on the market with more than 450 hp.

The available new eight-speed automatic was designed and built by GM. It offers shift times that stand with the best dual-clutch automatics, and it’s expected to increase fuel efficiency by up to five percent compared to the previous six-speed automatic. Both the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic will offer Launch Control.

Lightweight, ultra-high-strength aluminum, carbon fiber, advanced manufacturing techniques and a perfect 50/50 weight balance help the 2015 Corvette Stingray excel in both acceleration and cornering. For 2015, 35mm-piston Bilstein shocks come standard on the Corvette Stingray, with 45mm-piston Bilstein shocks and Magnetic Ride Control featured on Z51 Performance Package models. The Z51 package also features an electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD) to shift power and traction based on vehicle speed, steering and throttle position.

Outside, the Corvette Stingray is provocative, bold and extremely aerodynamic. Advanced lighting is a central feature of the Corvette Stingray, which features LED headlamps and taillamps; the LED taillamps integrate functional aircraft-type outlets for available transmission and differential coolers.

Every Corvette Stingray coupe features a removable body-color carbon fiber roof panel or an available transparent roof panel. For those who prefer open-air motoring, the Corvette Stingray convertible features an electric top that can be lowered remotely in just 21 seconds at traveling speeds up to 30 mph.

Inside the Corvette is the hand-crafted, fighter-jet-inspired, two-seat cockpit of a world-class supercar, complete with a 14.1-inch diameter steering wheel for more direct steering feel, available Nappa leather upholstery and a choice of two seat options: GT for more all-around comfort and more heavily bolstered Competition Sport for track duty. Available trim options include carbon fiber, micro-suede and aluminum to help customize and enrich the driving experience.

The Corvette Stingray is completely driver focused, featuring technologies like the Driver Mode Selector with five settings––“Eco,” “Tour,” “Sport,” “Track” and “Weather”––for optimal driving performance all the time. The award-winning, industry-first Performance Data Recorder (PDR) lets drivers record high-definition video, with telemetry overlays, of their on- and off-track driving experiences. Developed in part with Cosworth, the PDR system seamlessly integrates a camera, microphone, telemetry recorder, and a dedicated SD-card slot in the glove box for transferring data. An 8G card can store more than three hours of driving footage, while a 32GB card can store more than 13 hours. The PDR can record and overlay data that includes speed, rpm, g-force, lap times, zero-to-60 sprint times, quarter-mile times and zero-100-zero mph runs.

Drivers can view all the data on a high-resolution eight-inch touch-screen on the center stack, and thanks to new Chevrolet MyLink with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, PDR data can be shared with friends right from the cockpit.

The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is a motoring legend and an engineering marvel, and the only way to truly appreciate its magic is by sitting behind the wheel. There’s quite a bit more to discover about the 2015 Corvette, so schedule your test drive today.

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