What Is the Future of Chevy Truck Beds?

future of Chevy truck beds

As vehicle technology progresses year after year, cars and trucks get lighter, while simultaneously getting stronger, more efficient, and more powerful. As for the future of Chevy truck beds, we can expect the same type of progress.

According to industry speculation, GM could start incorporating carbon fiber into future models of the Chevrolet Silverado. Carbon fiber is lighter than steel, which would help the Silverado become more efficient. But, it is also stronger than steel, which is a necessity for a rugged truck bed.

Reports indicate that the material would be a carbon fiber-reinforced thermoplastic with a dense configuration. This material would be less expensive than the carbon fiber materials used in other brands, while still delivering superior strength and durability.

What do you think? Should Chevrolet make the switch to carbon fiber for its truck beds or do you prefer the tried and true steel? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.

To see what the current lineup of Chevy trucks has to offer, come visit Stalker Chevrolet. We offer everything from the mid-size Colorado to the heavy-duty Silverado 3500. Take them all out for test drives to see which one is the best fit for you.

6LE Designs Creates New Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z

Camaro IROC-Z
Camaro IROC-Z

The Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z isn’t around anymore, but a decade ago it was an iconic part of Chevy’s racecar lineup. Now, it’s on its way to classic status, but it still recalls Chevy’s impressive racing heritage. In fact, it’s such an important part of racing history that 6Liter Eater Designs (6LE), a muscle car customization business, has reimagined it.

6LE took a modern sixth-generation Chevy Camaro and altered it to include plenty of IROC-Z design features, like the exterior black stripes, a COPO Camaro hood, and a range of packages that boost the horsepower to 1,100 with the help of a Whipple supercharger. The goal, according to 6LE, was to create what the Camaro IROC-Z would look like today if Chevy was still making it.

The 6LE Camaro IROC-Z is so powerful that the design company will hold classes teaching buyers how to drive it safely. 6LE also plans to hold yearly races, echoing the history of the IROC series and benefiting charities.

The Camaro IROC series may not be in production today, but you can buy the latest Camaro at Stalker Chevrolet. Give us a call today to find out more or take a test drive in this iconic muscle car.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Details

2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Details
2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel Details

There are a number of admirable things about the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox. For instance, its smaller, maneuverable size and roomy cabin provide the best of both worlds. It also features a generous list of standard features, like the Chevy MyLink infotainment system and 7-inch touch screen. But, one of the most remarkable things about the new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is its engine lineup, which includes something unusual—a diesel option.

 

Here are what 2018 Chevrolet Equinox diesel details we know thus far.

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox with the diesel engine has not yet been tested by the EPA. However, Chevrolet is estimating that this little crossover could get up to 39 mpg highway when it’s equipped with the turbo-diesel engine. That would put the Chevrolet Equinox at the head of its segment in fuel efficiency, which is exciting news.

Not only do we expect the turbo-diesel powered Chevy Equinox to be efficient, but we also think it will deliver a fun ride. The diesel engine boasts 240 lb-ft of torque, so acceleration should be consistently responsive.

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Equinox will be available with its all-new turbo-diesel engine at Stalker Chevrolet later this year. We hope you’ll join us for a test drive of perhaps the most exciting new vehicle in the crossover/SUV segment.

New 2017 Colorado ZR2 Arrives: Significant Off-Road Power

Chevrolet just delivered the 2017 Colorado ZR2, a sporty new pickup trim that promised off-road durability and impressive performance, to dealerships across the country. First introduced at the LA Auto Show in 2014 as a concept vehicle, the new ZR2 promises to deliver power and versatility like no other mid-size truck on the market.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

According to Motor Trend, the new ZR2 will get an intelligent Multimatic DSSV damper system, a lifted suspension (by 2 inches), and a wider stance (by 3.5 inches). This new truck is designed for off-road performance, offering a taller ride height than the standard model, as well as a more rigid yet comfortable ride than previous model years. Plus, with a selectable Off-Road Mode, you can specially calibrate the engine, transmission, traction control, and suspension.

Under the hood of the latest Colorado is a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates a whopping 308 horsepower, or alternatively a 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine with up to 181 horsepower and best-in-class torque. When equipped with the turbocharged diesel, the new ZR2 can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Other great features include the front and rear locking differentials for added handling and control.

The 2017 Colorado ZR2 is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. To learn more about this pickup, stop by Stalker Chevrolet today.

Chevrolet to Offer Popular Redline Trim to Nine Different Models

Redline TrimChevrolet is known for offering tons of trim levels for each of their models, in an effort to ensure that every driver can find exactly what he or she is looking for. And now, those options just got a bit more luxurious.

The new Chevrolet Redline trim level is available on nine different Chevy models – the Cruze sedan and hatchback, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Colorado, Malibu LT, Traverse Premier, and the Silverado Double Cab LT Z71 – providing even more choices.

Redline trim models are easily distinguished by their blacked-out wheels with red accents, adding a trendy flair to the vehicles.

A Chevrolet Redline special edition model first made its debut at the 2015 SEMA show and earned such a reputation that the automaker must have decided to expand the trim level to most of its lineup.

Many 2017 Chevrolet models will be available in the Redline trim level. Give us a call ahead of time to see if your favorite Chevy model is one of them.

To learn more about the Redline trim level or to explore the other Chevrolet vehicles that we currently have in store, feel free to contact us or visit us anytime, right here at Stalker Chevrolet.

What to Do If Your Car Is Stolen: Keep Your Vehicle Protected

Every 44 seconds, according to the NHTSA, a car is stolen. Obviously, if your car has been stolen, it can be an extremely stressful situation. That’s why it’s important to remain calm, get to a safe place, and follow the following list on what to do if your car is stolen.

To begin with, make sure your car is actually stolen. If your car is missing, it might seem obvious that it was stolen. However, according to Allstate, you should also look for “No Parking” signs or fire hydrants to be sure that your car wasn’t impounded or repossessed. Nonetheless, you still probably need to call the police.

Chevy Tahoe Police Edition
In the unfortunate event your car is stolen, make sure you call the police to have an official report filed. Photo via: thenewswheel.com

Calling the police won’t guarantee you will get your car back. They will provide you with an official report, which is needed for an insurance claim. You will have to give a detailed description of your car, including the following information if possible:

  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • License Plate Number
  • Registration
  • Driver’s License Number

If you don’t have these stored in a safe location (outside of your car), be sure to write them down in case your vehicle is ever stolen in the future.

Next, call your insurance company. This is especially important, not just because you might be covered, but because a vehicle can be used to damage property or harm others. Alerting your insurance company will let you off the hook if your stolen car is used for crime.

You should also consider ways to prevent vehicle theft. Always lock your car, and never leave windows open. Hide valuable belongings, like iPads and GPS devices, and park in a well-lit area. You can also equip your car with LoJack or OnStar to track your car in the event that it is stolen.

5 Ways to Have a Labor Day Weekend Road Trip Disaster

Labor Day Weekend has always been an incredibly popular travel day, and this year will be no different. In fact according to The Des Moines Register gas will actually be cheaper than last year. Additionally, AAA is projecting that more than 34 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. That’s the highest projection since 2008. But for you folks planning a Labor Day Weekend road trip there are a few things that can cause major heartache.

  1. Getting a ticket. Making good time on your trip is nice. But getting a speeding ticket is miserable. It quickly kills the mood of the trip and is a pain to deal with afterward. Officers will be waiting for speeders on the highways and unless you’ve got some form of police detection device they’ll likely catch you for speeding. Plus, higher speeds are less safe for you and those around you.
  2. Strict scheduling or no scheduling. You need to have a plan for your Labor Day Weekend road trip. But don’t be so focused on the plan that you can’t just enjoy your trip. In that same regard, you’ve got to have some structure. Too much freedom could leave your Labor Day Weekend with just gaps of time where you sit around and do nothing (but hey, that could be your plan).Labor Day Weekend Traffic
  3. Getting stuck in traffic. It’s almost inevitable. But it’s still terrible. At some point in your trip, if you’re passing through a major city you’ll probably hit some traffic. However, if you plan properly you may be able to avoid most of it.
  4. Too much caffeine. Depending on your drive time you might need a little pick me up. Be for warned. Too much red bull, coffee, pop, etc. can give make you jittery. And perhaps worse…it could make you gassy.
  5. Lack of activity. If you’re properly road tripping you’ll be in the car for a while. Nothing ruins a trip like boredom. It’s a gateway symptom to untold horrors. But don’t talk to keep the silence out either…no one likes a chatterbox. Find games or activities that the whole car can enjoy.

We hope this tell-tale Labor Day Weekend travel list can help you avoid travel demise. But if not tell us what we left out and we’ll make sure we provide a proper update for future travel list.

Heavy Keychain Putting a Strain on Your Ignition

Besides your key and fob, what else do you have on your keychain? A few of those handy discount cards. Maybe a gym membership ID. A bottle opener. A few house keys. A shed key. Some keychain flair. All of these things make for a heavy keychain, and a heavy keychain can cause damage to your ignition.

While adding these items to you keychain may be convenient the strain they put on your ignition could be inconvenient for your wallet.

Heavy Keychains

Heavy keychains continually sway while you drive and that coupled with gravity will wear on your ignition. This wear can cause a worn tumbler which would prevent you key from being able to engage and turn the ignition lock.

You may be wondering, “how much weight is too much?” While there’s really no definite answer, if you can see you key hang under the weight while in the ignition it’s probably too heavy. According to an article published cbslocal.com, GM stated in federal filings that drivers should not have any additional items hanging on the car’s key ring, except your car’s fob.

If you like to carry excess items on your keychain, consider removing them while driving and reattaching while in motion. This may seem like a hassle in the beginning, but once it becomes routine you should have no trouble. Plus you’ll know that you’re taking preventative measures against ignition damage.

If you’re still curious about excess weight on your keychain or any other car issues give us a call. We’d be more than happy to talk to you about any of your vehicle issues.

J.D. Power Ranks Three Chevys Highest in Initial Quality

The latest 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study ranked the Chevy Malibu, Suburban*, and Silverado HD highest in their respective segments. For the Chevrolet Silverado HD this marks the second straight year they have been awarded that honor in the Large heavy Duty Pickup segment.

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study - Chevy Malibu
2014 Chevy Malibu

You may hear about the rankings of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study (IQS) each year, but you probably wonder what goes into those rankings. Two years ago the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study was redesigned to its current format. The 2014 IQS is based on survey responses from more than 86,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2014 model year vehicles. These owners are surveyed within 90 days of ownership.

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study - Chevy Suburban
2014 Chevy Suburban

Malibu, Suburban, and Silverado HD may have ranked highest in their segments, but Chevrolet also had three more top three finishers, including Camaro, Equinox, and Tahoe.

J.D. Power Initial Quality Study - Chevy Silverado HD
2014 Chevy Silverado HD

Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet stated, “Our primary focus at Chevrolet is on the customer, and building quality products is top priority for keeping that focus.”

We’re proud to be part of a brand that continues to provide vehicles that people love to drive. And Chevrolet keeps revamping an already impressive lineup. Over the past three years Chevy has revamped roughly 9 vehicles and added 3 more.  That’s a trend we want to see continue.

*Chevy Suburban tied with the GMC Yukon.

Cars and Sports: Sports Cars

NHL PlayoffsEvery four years the month of June becomes a paradise for sports fans. Baseball season is in full swing. The NBA and NHL’s top teams are battling in the finals. And the world’s most popular sport, soccer, has a grand tournament. This got us think about sports and cars, but more specifically sports cars.

 

NBA FinalsWhat is it about sports and sports cars that piques our interest so much? Is it the thrill of competition inherent to both? Maybe it’s how both require a distinct combination of athleticism, skill, determination, and skill to perform at the highest level? Or it could be that both are just exciting to watch and do (or drive).
The feeling of shifting the clutch and hitting the gas provides an adrenaline rush and euphoria is typically reserved for an athlete making a clutch play.

It’s not surprising that early sports cars were used for rally races,World Cup Brazil like the Monte Carlo. And much like sports the evolution of the sports car has been awe-inspiring, but not devoid of criticism. The brilliantly designed 2014 Corvette Stingray took tons of heat for the “Camaro-esque” taillights. But unlike the problems people are having with the MLB’s replay system, talk of the square Stingray taillights has greatly died down (Mainly because it’s a beast of a sports car).

 

While we certainly salute (and often agree with) those who would rather drive a truck, sedan, or SUV, we thought now was a good time to salute the sports car. The sports car: a stylish, power-packed, corner bending, tire burning, adrenaline rising vehicle.

 

 

Chevy Sports Car
2014 Corvette Stingray