Take a Drive in your Chevy: 4 Best Places to Ring in the New Year in Ohio


Four ways to celebrate the start of 2017 in Ohio

With another New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it becomes time once again to start setting plans for Dec. 31. If you live in or plan on visiting Ohio when 2016 crosses into 2017, you will be excited to learn that there is no shortage of things to do around the Buckeye State. The following are just a few examples of plans to make in Ohio this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve 2017 Bash at Michaud’s Catering and Event Center

Michaud’s Catering and Event Center in Cleveland is celebrating the start of 2017 this year with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Tickets for the event are $55 per person and includes admission from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. In that time, attendees will be able to enjoy seven rooms of entertainment, which includes four live bands, a DJ and two comedy clubs. The event is BYOB, but the center provides mixers, soda, juice, cups, ice and all other accoutrements for your beverage-enjoyment needs. Food will be provided in the form of appetizers from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. and a full buffet from 6:30-9 p.m. For more information on this year’s event, visit http://michaudscatering.com/new-years-2017.

New Year’s Eve Blast at Fountain Square

Fountain Square is where Cincinnati gets together to celebrate, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. The annual New Year’s Eve Blast takes place from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve and includes everything from music and dancing, to ice skating and delicious meals from local food trucks. Lucky attendees will have the opportunity to play games for prizes on the Fountain Square stage every 30 minutes, but celebrating with friends and loved ones at midnight is guaranteed. To learn more about this year’s event, visit http://myfountainsquare.com/event/new-years-eve-blast-2.

New Year’s Eve: American Vistas

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance presents its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a live performance that will include dancers from the Dayton Ballet, singers from the Dayton Opera and the musical accompaniment of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. Starting at 8 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. with a colorful balloon drop, the event has become a city staple that brings jubilant throngs to the Schuster Center in droves. Admission prices range from $25 – $74, and seats are likely to fill up quickly; to get your tickets, visit http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic-performance/new-years-eve-american-vistas.

Nelsonville New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks

One of the more unique New Year’s Eve celebrations takes place aboard the Hocking Scenic Railway in Nelsonville. The annual New Year’s Eve Train and Fireworks display starts at 10:30 p.m. and runs for about two hours, carrying passengers from the Nelsonville depot to East Logan and back, all while fireworks ring in the New Year. Tickets are available for $20 – $35 per person depending on your choice of section. Only adults will be permitted in the Wine and Cheese section, so attendees with children are advised to purchase for the Pizza and Pop section; no other alcohol will be permitted onboard, but outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. To learn more, visit http://hockinghills.com/events/Dec-31-2016_New_Years_Eve_Train_and_Fireworks.html.

Ohio is not just the Heartland of America, but it is also one of the best places to celebrate both the passage of another year gone by and the start of a new beginning.

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

 

Vehicle Profile: 2017 Chevrolet Silverado


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The Chevrolet Silverado, like many other models in the brand’s lineup, is an American icon, and it gets even better for 2017.

The full-size 2017 Chevrolet Silverado starts at an MSRP of $27,585 and is available in six trim levels: WT, LS, Custom, LT, LTZ and High Country. There are three cab styles with Regular Cab, Double Cab and Crew Cab, three box lengths (5’8”, 6’6” and 8’) and all models can be equipped with four-wheel drive.

With all of the recent additions to the Silverado lineup, AutoTrader noted “the latest Silverado makes an excellent case for itself as one of today’s top pickup trucks.” That’s no surprise for the pickup that was named “Highest Ranked Large Light Duty Pickup in Initial Quality, Two Years in a Row” by J.D. Power.

That didn’t stop Chevrolet from making the 2017 model even better. There are two new exterior colors (Pepperdust Metallic and Graphite Metallic) and a capless fuel fill, and the newest model is standard with the Teen Driver feature that promotes safe driving habits by letting parents view various driving information during their child’s time out with their vehicle. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package now features Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, and Crew Cab models now have the segment’s best max trailering rating of 12,500 pounds.

Safety is a Silverado highlight with six airbags, StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Rollover Mitigation technology, Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control, all standard. A rear vision camera is available. The Enhanced Driver Alert Package (standard on High Country models) adds IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic high-beam control, Front and Rear Park Assist, the Safety Alert Driver Seat, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, and the new Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking. You also get the peace of mind that comes with the OnStar® vehicle telematics system.

There are three engines available for the Silverado, including a 4.3-liter V6, 5.3-liter V8 and 6.2-liter V8. The V6 makes 285 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque, while stepping up to the 5.3-liter V8 gets you 355 hp and 383 lb/ft of torque, with more than 300 lb/ft of torque available from 2,000 to 5,600 rpm. The 6.2-liter V8 produces a potent 420 hp and 460 lb/ft of torque. All engines employ a trifecta of technologies including direct injection, Continuously Variable Valve Timing and Active Fuel Management to make the most out of every drop of fuel. An eight-speed automatic transmission is also available.

The exterior of the Silverado is rugged yet refined with available unique features like the CornerStep rear bumper, EZ Lift and Lower Locking Tailgate, cargo box LED lighting, and power-articulating running boards. Wheels range from 17-inches to 20-inches so you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Inside, Chevrolet MyLink® with an eight-inch color touch screen helps keep you connected and you can also add supple leather upholstery. Wireless phone charging, a Bose® sound system, Bluetooth® wireless connectivity, dual zone automatic climate control and a heated steering wheel are also available. You can also add an abundance of packages and accessories to make the Silverado as unique as you are.

Add in two years/24,000-miles of complimentary maintenance (two visits), a three-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty and five-year/60,000-mile Powertrain Limited Warranty with courtesy transportation and roadside assistance, and the Silverado is hard to beat.

Stop by today to let us know you’re interested in the Silverado and we’ll show you some of the impressive models that can help you get the job done.

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

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.

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 Preview: 2016 Chevrolet Camaro


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Weight: 3,400 to 3,600 pounds

Engines: (horsepower not finalized): 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, 270 hp; 3.6-liter V-6, 330 hp; 6.2-liter V-8, 440 hp

Transmissions: Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic

The Chevrolet Camaro has been the leader in its segment for five years thanks to exhilarating performance, iconic styling, outstanding refinement and great value. To capitalize on that success, Chevrolet engineers listened to the input of thousands of fifth-generation Camaro owners to find areas for improvement. As a result, the sixth-generation 2016 Camaro, available soon here at Jack Maxton Chevrolet in Worthington, Ohio, is faster, more agile and more aerodynamic, with all-new architecture, lighter weight and all-new powertrain options.

The redesigned, rear-drive 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will offer six new powertrain combinations, including a new 2.0-liter Turbo four-cylinder generating 275 hp, 295 lb/ft of torque and more than 30 mpg highway; an all-new 3.6-liter V6 with 335 hp and 284 lb/ft of torque, the highest hp per liter of any naturally aspirated V6 in the segment; and, in the Camaro SS, a mighty 6.2-liter LT1 V8 (introduced on the Corvette Stingray), which cranks out 455 hp and 455 lb/ft of torque and makes the new SS the most powerful one ever. Technologies like direct fuel injection and Active Fuel Management help these powerful engines return impressive fuel economy.

Four-cylinder and V6 engines can be paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or an all-new Hydra-Matic eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters. The LT1 is matched with the six-speed manual with Active Rev Match technology, which matches engine revs on downshifts. To please the ears, V6 and V8 models feature resonators that direct carefully engineered engine sound through the cabin. The dual-mode exhaust system can be personalized, from a quieter stealth mode to an aggressive track mode. Four-cylinder models gain added refinement from Active Noise Cancellation, which uses sound waves to cancel unwanted interior noise.

Only two parts carry over from the fifth-generation Camaro to the new one – the rear bowtie emblem and the SS badge. The new platform is stiffer, and the new model is up to 200 pounds lighter than the previous generation. The all-new 2016 Camaro exterior is more sculpted and muscular, with a lower and wider fastback profile. New headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and LED taillamps blend the iconic style of the first-generation 1960s Camaro with a contemporary, technologically advanced look. The Camaro is extremely aerodynamic as well, the result of 350 hours of wind tunnel testing, helping reduce drag and unwanted wind noise, and improving downforce for stability at high speeds.

To make the Camaro handle with more agility than ever before, structural rigidity in the body was increased by 28 percent, and the significant weight reduction was achieved thanks to widespread use of aluminum components. Every Camaro comes with a new, Camaro-specific multi-link MacPherson strut front suspension system and five-link independent rear suspension. Available for the first time in the Camaro SS, Magnetic Ride Control active suspension reads road conditions 1,000 times per second and reacts instantly to optimize ride comfort and control.

An all-new Drive Mode Selector tailors the performance of up to eight vehicle attributes using a choice of four settings: “Snow/Ice,” “Sport,” “Tour” and “Track” (SS models). To help the Camaro stop with as much authority as it accelerates, Brembo brakes optimized for the Camaro are available across the line and are standard in the Camaro SS models.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro interior is also completely new. The driver-focused cabin features a flat-bottom sport steering wheel, unique control rings around air vents and an available, segment-first LED ambient lighting system with 24 colors, fade and transition effects integrated in the dash, door panels and center console. The instrument cluster includes analog readouts and an available dual eight-inch diagonal center screen to display performance, navigation and infotainment settings.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro will be available later this year with 10 exterior color choices, five interior color combinations and a full list of available accessories through the dealership. Stop in today and sign up for updates, so you can be among the first to test-drive the new 2016 Camaro.

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2016 CAMARO CONVERTIBLE

DETROIT — Chevrolet will offer a convertible version of the redesigned 2016 Camaro with a fully automatic top that can open or close at speeds up to 30 mph.

General Motors bills the Camaro’s drop top as “the most sophisticated top in the segment,” with latches that automatically release and secure the top.

The car was unveiled Wednesday by Chevy global chief Alan Batey at an event here.

Layers of acoustic and thermal barriers built into the Camaro’s electro-hydraulic roof are aimed at dampening road noise, GM said in a statement.

“Customers will appreciate what they don’t feel: quivers, cowl shake or an under-damped chassis typically found in a four-seat convertible,” said Al Oppenheiser, Camaro chief engineer, in a statement.

The drop-top Camaro will arrive in early 2016, a few months after the fourth-quarter launch of the sixth-generation coupe. The convertible accounts for 40 percent of all Camaro sales in the U.S., Chevy says.

Designers said the top folds completely down beneath the car’s belt line and will be covered automatically by a hard tonneau cover. Most convertibles require the tonneau cover to be positioned manually.

“The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier,” design director Tom Peters said in a statement, “it ensures the car always looks its best.”

It’s not the first time Chevy has offered an automated top for the Camaro convertible. The drop top for the Camaro’s first model year, 1967, came with a power-operated top as a $52.70 option. GM says nearly half of buyers sprang for the option over the standard manual top.

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