The 2015 Chevy HDs are coming soon!

No one will argue that the Chevy Silverado 1500 is an impressive truck. Built to endure rough conditions and deliver heavy payloads to exactly where you need it. But, instead of resting on their laurels, Chevy went back to the drawing board. They looked for ways to make the Silverado even tougher and they exceeded expectations.

The new 2015 Silverado 2500HD will be out in late 2014 and it is a serious improvement on its predecessor. Chevy will be offering two different heavy duty engines for drivers to choose from:

  1. The standard gasoline powered Vortec 6.0L V8, which will also be available in a version that utilizes natural gas instead of gasoline
  2. The legendary Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 sporting an Allison transmission. With 765 pounds of torque there isn’t much this engine can’t do

Because of these powerful engines, the 2015 Silverado 2500HD will have a maximum projected payload of around 4,306 pounds. More than enough to get you and anything else you might need to your destination in comfort.

But when you are pulling a heavy load, power is not all you need. You also need to stay in control and to ensure you do, Chevy has equipped the new Silverado with:

  • Hill Start Assist – A helpful system that gives you more time to go from braking to accelerating without having to worry about going backward down a hill.
  • Diesel Exhaust Brake System – When working in unison with an Allison transmission it will reduce the amount of time you need to brake when towing a heavy load or going downhill.
  • Trailer Sway Control – Automatic sensors will help to keep the truck and the trailer heading in the same straight line.
  • Trailer Brake Controller – The controller allows you to monitor your trailers brakes and make adjustments on the fly.
  • Rear Vision Camera System – A mounted display to help you back up or hitch a trailer using gridlines as reference points.

To find out more about the newest HDs or to talk one on a test drive make sure to call or stop by John Megel Chevrolet today.

Will You Soon be Filling Your Tank with Natural Gas?

Since its creation the automobile has been inextricably tied to the American way of life. We use them in nearly every facet of our daily lives. So, it goes without saying that fueling our cars is an important priority. With gas prices always on the rise, auto manufacturers have been heavily researching alternate sources of fuel. For the time being, electric cars seem to be the most promising replacement for gasoline powered automobiles. However, in the near future you will start to see cars that run on natural gas as well.

Industry leaders like General Motors and Volkswagen have been testing various natural gas powered cars but they have been a poor substitute for several reasons:

  • Natural gas was more expensive to produce than gasoline
  • Fuel pumps for natural gas are rare in the United States
  • Tanks strong enough to contain the gas are more expensive to produce

Natural Gas Pump | Automotive NewsBut since the price of gasoline is typically over 3$ per gallon these days, natural gas has become much more economical in comparison. In fact, the equivalent amount of natural gas would be somewhere between 1.50 and 2.50 per gallon.

The first sedan able to utilize natural gas will be a dual-fuel Impala, which GM plans to introduce to America in the summer of 2015. In the past few years, GM began offering an electric hybrid car called the Volt and it was met with massive success. So they feel a similar approach will boost the new Impala to greatness.

Like the Volt, the Impala will have a gasoline engine as a backup to reassure people unfamiliar with natural gas. The driver will be able to instantly switch between the two fuels whenever they choose. This will give the sedan a combined range of up to 500 miles, 350 miles on its gas reserve and 150 miles on its natural gas reserve. The impala will be available to both fleet and retail outlets but the biggest market is expected to be the government fleet customers. Government fleet companies will be drawn to the Impala’s fuel efficiency and they usually have greater access to natural gas fueling stations.

Chevy Racing has Been very Successful, Claiming 14 Championships in 2013

2013 was a huge year for Chevrolet. No other car manufacturer can claim to have 14 championship wins in a single year but that is exactly what Chevrolet has achieved. Jim Campbell, General Motors U.S Vice president was quoted as saying “Our success was the direct result of considerable preparation, strategy, teamwork and great drive from our teams, drivers, and partners in open wheel, stock car, and sports car racing. We are looking forward to continuing that momentum for 2014.”

Chevrolet Racing won the following championships in 2013:

  • NASCAR
    • For the eleventh consecutive year, Chevy won  the NASCAR Sprint Cup Manufacturers’ Championship
    • Jimmie Johnson won the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Drivers Championship with a ninth place finish
    • Austin Dillon won the Drivers’ Championship in the NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • IndyCar
    • Chevy Racing | Chevrolet | Chevy NewsFor the second year in a row Chevy won the IndyCar Manufacturers Championship
  • GRAND-AM
    • Chevy received their second consecutive win in the DP, Engine Manufacturers’ Championship. Also known as the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype
    • Drivers Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli shared a win in the Drivers Championship
  • World Challenge
    • A Chevy Camaro won the GTS Manufacturers’ Championship in World Challenge racing
    • Lawson Aschenbach took home the GTS Drivers’ Championship for Chevy
    • The Blackdog Racing team took home the GTS Team Championship
  • ALMS
    • Chevy won the tenth Manufacturers Championship in the Le Mans Series
    • The Drivers Championship was won by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen
    • Chevy won the ALMS GT Team championship for Corvette Racing for the tenth time which set a record for the series
    • ALMS’ Green Challenge GT Championship is not all about the fastest time. It rewards the fastest car with the most efficient use of petroleum but Chevy still took home the win.
    • Chevy also won the Michelin Green X Challenge which is similar to the ALMS’ Green Challenge GT Championship but it is only open to the leading GT and Prototype teams.

Check out the all new features on the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe

Chevrolet is known for innovation when it comes to automobile design and their 2015 lineup looks to change the way you think about old favorites. The Tahoe has always been the perfect choice for carrying your family and your gear anywhere you want in comfort and style. The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe is taking a more aggressive stance in both looks and performance that adds to an already impressive reputation.

There are many new features to talk about but they can mostly be broken down into these three categories:

  • 2015 Tahoe | John Megel ChevroletDrive – The Tahoe has always had power and torque to spare so Chevy spent a lot of time making the new model more efficient. To improve your overall driving experience, the 2015 Tahoe has Spark Ignition Direct Injection, Active Fuel Management Cylinder Deactivation technology and electric power steering. These systems allow the engine to retain its power while operating at an optimum capacity.
  • Technology – The Tahoe is packed with technological innovation but the three most highly anticipated are:
    • Full Color Driver Information Screen – Allows you to be in complete control of your phone calls, play lists, texts and dashboard without being distracted from the road.
    • Connectivity – Six USB plugs are included in the full sized Tahoe so you can charge up to 12 mobile devices at a time. This new features will ensure that you are never out of touch when you need help.
    • Chevrolet Mylink system – The high resolution 8 inch display will keep you driving in the right direction no matter where you are headed. Its interface was inspired by smart phone technology so it is easy to navigate and intuitive to use.
  • Design – The look of the new Tahoe is definitely an eye catcher. The 2015 model boasts a chrome grille, uniquely shaped headlights and an aerodynamic rear spoiler that completely hides the rear washer.

Is It Time to Replace Your Worn Tires?

Love may make the world go round, but tires have to come in a close second. For an item that we constantly rely on in our daily lives, few people take the time to make sure they are in good shape. Improper inflation or worn tread can do a lot more than just make your car harder to control. An explosive blowout in the wrong situation can easily cause a traffic collision and major injury.

If you are not sure if it’s time to replace your tires then you should keep these tips in mind:

  • Tires | Tire Center | John Megel ChevroletTreads are made for traction – They are designed to help you hug the road whether it is damp or dry and help you to avoid hydroplaning in extremely wet conditions. If your tread has become smooth, less than 1/16th thick, then it is unsafe to continue driving on them. You will need to have them replaced immediately.
  • Use the built in tools to check tread wear – Most tires are built with bars in the tread. They form a bridge between the treads. When your tire tread has become worn enough to be flush with these little bridges then you need to replace the tires.
  • Use the penny test – An old technique but it still works perfectly. Insert a penny into your tire tread with Lincoln facing you. Put him in head first. If you can see the copper above his head or even the top of his head then your tire needs replaced. If the top of his head is partially visible then you will need to replace the tires in the next few months.
  • Get an opinion from the professional at a John Megel Service Center – Their expert mechanics can go over your tires and find any damage you may have missed. Plus, even if you decide to check your tires yourself, if you find damage and the tire needs replaced then you will have to take it to a John Megel Service Center for new tires anyway.