Add Another Award to the Shelf for Chevy Tahoe

Chevrolet is no stranger to producing high-quality award winning vehicles. So it should come as no shock that the 2013 Chevy Tahoe was named “Best Large SUV for the Money” by U.S. News & World Report.

When you look at the 2013 Tahoe it’s not hard to see why. The incredibly spacious Chevy Tahoe seats nine comfortably and gives them plenty of amenities to enjoy once they’re inside. Just because you aren’t up front doesn’t mean your seat won’t get cold, so the Tahoe comes with the option for a heated second row. And we have to mention the rear DVD entertainment system, to keep the kids entertained on those long trips.

But the Chevy Tahoe isn’t all about comfort and style. It’s got a rugged and powerful side too. Tahoe is equipped with a 5.3L V8 that pumps out 320HP and 335 lb-ft of torque, giving it the ability to tow up 8,500 lbs.

And since this award is all about value we should mention the 2013 Chevy Tahoe has an MSRP of $39,830. Check out Stalker Chevrolet’s outstanding online prices on the Tahoe at www.stalkergm.com.

2014 Chevy Performance Lineup Raring to Go

With the introduction of the 2014 Chevy Camaro, the 2014 Chevrolet line of performance vehicles is all set to hit the streets this summer.

All three performance vehicles resurrect something that hasn’t been produced by Chevy in a number of years. The 2014 Chevy SS brings back the rear-wheel drive sedan, a feature absent in Chevrolet sedans for 17 years. Perhaps the biggest splash was made by the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray. The 7th generation Corvette brings back the Stingray moniker. And last but not least, Chevrolet introduced the newest edition of the best-selling performance vehicle on the market, the 2014 Chevy Camaro. Camaro brought back to life the Camaro Z/28.

Chevrolet has truly out done themselves with several amazing models. The SS is already making a name for itself on the track, winning the Daytona 500 in its first race. Stingray’s beauty can be experienced as either a coupe or convertible. Camaro Z/28 is the built for the track, but street legal.

At Stalker Chevrolet we’re extremely excited to get a chance to see these vehicles up close and personal when they hit our showrooms. We hope you’ll come by for a test drive or more information on these prime examples of true Chevrolet performance.

Helene Rother – Leading the Way in Style

You may recall an early blog post referencing the Malibu Moms, a group of female engineers responsible for the style and design of the all-new 2013 Chevy Malibu. Those ladies may never have gotten there had it not been for General Motors and the skill and efforts of German native, Helene Rother.

Rother was the first female automotive designer in Detroit and paved the way for GM’s long history of “Designing Women”.

As an automobile interior designer at GM, Helene Rother earned $600 a month, a pretty good wage for the post-WWII 1940s.
While Ms. Rother only worked at GM from 1943 to 1947 she was able to build a name for herself and began her own industrial design studio in ’47.
After leaving GM, Helene Rother’s first independent contract was Nash-Kelvinator Co. Those who remember the Nash’s from the late 40s and 50s are likely to remember how well the interior colors and style complemented the exterior design.
The most popular of her designs may have been showcased in the 1950 Nash Rambler.
Ms. Rother was a large part of the Nash-Kelvinator brand until the merged with Hudson, but her automotive career continued as she consulted and created for many top companies in the auto industry.
Stalker Chevrolet is proud to salute Ms. Helene Rother this Women’s History Month…and on International Women’s Day to boot.

Historical Spotlight: 1967 Chevrolet El Camino SS

What better time to feature a classic Chevrolet SS? The soon to be release 2014 Chevy SS cleaned house down at Daytona International Speedway this weekend, displaying the same power that made the originals some of GM’s most sought after vehicles.

For those who are too young to remember the good ol’ days of the sport truck, the El Camino was the pick of the litter, cream of the crop, and the cats pajamas. Ok so a few of those sayings are a bit dated, even for the 67 El Camino, but the message is still the same, the El Camino SS is iconic.

The El Camino was first showcased to the public in 1959, after a brief halt in production the El Camino returned and the 67 El Camino was the first one to feature the SS moniker and equipment. The El Camino SS featured a 396 Turbojet V8 engine that pumped out 325 hp and had a price tag of $2,694 (About $18,500 today).

In the days of Detroit muscle the El Camino SS held its own with some of the bad boys of Motown, especially after Chevy introduced the 454 big block engine in later El Camino SS’.

Today we look back at the 1967 Chevy El Camino SS fondly as it is a strong reminder of the times past. Stalker Chevrolet appreciates that Chevrolet has upgraded its styling, fuel economy, technology, safety, performance, and everything else over the past 50 years, but it’s still good to know that Chevy appreciates its history. Here’s to continued excellence and the return of the Chevy SS.

2014 Chevy Impala Introduces “Valet Mode”

Handing over personal items can be a bit risky sometimes. Be it a cell phone, credit card, or even a favorite sweater. You’re never 100% sure someone else will treat it with the care you do. Well, Chevrolet feels your anxiety and came out with “valet mode” for the 2014 Chevy Impala.

We all remember the classic valet scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and while most valets take the utmost care of your vehicle, there are the occasional nosey ones. But the same can be said of friends and family. I’m sure you can think of someone you wouldn’t want to share all of your personal info with.

Just like a pin lock on your phone, or a pin number to access your bank account, the new Impala has an available 8-inch center stack display interactive touch screen on the next-generation Chevrolet MyLink system that doubles as a PIN-activated retractable faceplate over a secure storage bin large enough to hold valuables like your wallet or smartphone.

Valet mode helps to keep your contacts, destination, and other personal information personal. It also locks the display screen, preventing your storage space from being displayed.

Chevrolet’s research has shown that the younger car segment in particular saw added value in MyLink’s new privacy feature. With so much information being shared freely these days, adding security measures is becoming more and more important.
The new Chevy Impala will make its way to Stalker Chevrolet later this year and we can’t wait to discuss the Chevy MyLink infotainment system and all the other brilliant features with you. Make sure you keep checking our blog for more updates. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/StalkerChevrolet and follow us on twitter @StalkerChevy.

“Smart Material” Makes Debuts with 2014 Corvette Stingray

It’s no surprise that with each new Corvette, Chevrolet engineers and designers push the boundaries and in many cases completely blow away conventional ideas. Well, don’t look now because it’s happened again.

The 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray has been built with an incredibly light aluminum frame, coming 99 lbs lighter than the frame on the C6.

But it’s not just the lightweight frame that sets this Vette apart. The C7 is the first GM vehicle to utilize General Motors’ specially designed lightweight shape memory alloy wire in place of the typical motorized actuator to open and close the trunk.

While this wiring may not sound impressive at first, consider its properties. This shape memory alloy is typically made of copper-aluminum-nickel or nickel-titanium; these smart materials can modify their shape, strength, and/or stiffness when activated by heat, stress, a magnetic field, or electrical voltage. But that only part of their genius, the alloy “remembers” (there’s the memory part of the name) it’s original shape and returns to form when the activators fade.

GM’s chief technology officer, Jon Lauckner stated “Smart materials like shape memory alloys offer new possibilities for many movable vehicle features…These new materials enable innovative designs and new and improved features at a lower cost than traditional motors and actuators.”

According to Paul Alexander, GM smart materials and structures researcher, “…the new Corvette represents nearly five years of research and development work on smart materials for which GM has earned 247 patents.”

This type of technology is exactly the type we at Stalker Chevrolet are always anxious to learn about and get to experience firsthand. With our GM-Certified Service Technicians, including GM World Class Technician, Randy Randel, you can be sure we’ll be up to speed on how to take care of all your vehicle needs.

General Motors continues to move forward with new solutions and products and here at Stalker, we’re moving right along with them.

Super Bowl. Super Car. 2014 Corvette Stingray

As you may or may not be aware, this Sunday the San Francisco 49ers face the Baltimore Ravens on the gridiron. The winner of this clash of titans will be awarded the coveted, Vince Lombardi Trophy, bestowed upon the World Champion each year.

However, there are several unique twists to Super Bowl XLVII (47 – for those who favor current mathematics).

Let’s start with the teams. Neither team has lost a Super Bowl. The 49ers are 5-0 and the Ravens are 1-0. The head coaches are brothers Jim and John Harbaugh, and both have made the playoffs in each season they’ve coached;  winning at least one game every time.

But enough about the game let’s get to the good stuff. We all know it takes dedication, passion, hard work, and talent to become a Super Bowl MVP. These traits are also evident in the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The all-new Corvette Stingray will be presented to the MVP of Super Bowl XVLII. How’s that for a good day. Super Bowl Champion (Most Likely, only one MVP has ever been on a losing team), Super Bowl MVP, oh and by the way you get an MVP trophy, trip to Disney World, and one of the most impressive machines known to man. That’s probably more than a good day, we’re thinking more along the lines of a good year…or life.

While we may not be able to get our hands on the 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray just yet, we can assure you that when we do we’ll make sure to let you know so that you can stop by Stalker Chevrolet. That way you can be the first one to cruise around town in the latest in the iconic Corvette line.