Valet Mode Coming to 2015 Chevy Corvette

On the completely redesigned 2014 Impala, Chevrolet introduced a valet mode. Valet Mode has received some upgrades for the 2015 Chevy Corvette, including Performance Data Recorder.

Now, not only can you lock interior storage, disable Chevrolet MyLink®, and audio and video. But now you’re also able to track vehicle data. That’s right you can track speed, engine RPM, gear position, and g-force when Valet Mode is active in the 2015 Chevy Corvette.

PDR on 2015 Chevy Corvette
The 2015 Chevy Corvette comes equipped with the innovative Performance Data Recorder system. General Motors®

“Think of it as a baby monitor for your car,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product manager. “Anyone who has felt apprehension about handing over their keys will appreciate the peace of mind of knowing exactly what happened while their baby was out of sight.”

For those who want instant feedback they can instantly playback video on the Stingray’s color touchscreen, while the car is parked.

Harlan Charles stated, “Performance Data Recorder was initially designed as a tool for track days…“We soon realized the system could have many more applications, such as recording a scenic drive up Highway 101, or recording when the Valet Mode is activated.”

The Performance Data Recorder system features a 720p high-def camera mounted within the windshield header trim. This captures video from the driver’s point-of-view and records.  PDR also comes equipped with a self-contained telemetry recorder. Using a GPS receiver, the telemetry recorder is hardwired into the ‘Vette’s Controller Area Network to access vehicle information.  To store and transfer data the PDR system has a built-in SD-card slot in the glove box. An 8 GB card can record approximately 200 minutes.

Four different data overlay options are available while recording Performance Mode, Sports Mode, Touring Mode, and Track Mode.

Performance Data Recorder and Valet Mode will be available on all 2015 Chevy Corvettes.

Car Seat Safety Guidelines

If you’re like many Creston parents, next week you’ll be chauffeuring your children to school. However, just because your kids are at the age where they begin to go off to learn doesn’t mean they’re ready to ride with just a seat belt.

Preschoolers and young school-aged children should still be using forward-facing car seats and booster seats, respectively. For parents making the commute with infants or toddlers, a rear-facing car seat is the best option for your toddler.

Driving Toddler

Car seats have come a long way recently. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has updated their requirements on car seats and car seat manufacturers have improved technology and ease of installment.

The type of car seat you’ll need largely depends on the height and weight of your child, not their age. A smaller 9 year-old may still be safest in a convertible forward-facing car seat.  While the law in Iowa may state that children 6 and above can ride with simply a safety belt, most passengers aren’t big enough to ride this way until 12 or 13.

It’s important to make sure your child is in the right car seat. Please follow the necessary precautions to keep your child safe this school year and any time you’re on the road.

New Truck Update: 2015 Chevy Colorado

2015 Chevy Colorado
The 2015 Chevy Colorado was announced with a starting price of $20,995.

After a few years of hiatus the Chevy Colorado is back. The mid-size truck was removed from the US lineup in 2012, but is making a triumphant return this year.

General Motors just released pricing on the 2015 Chevy Colorado this week, placing a starting price of $20,995 on the extended-cab pickup.

Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager had this to say, “Colorado is an all-new midsize pickup that offers truck customers great versatility and great value.”

By value, Johnson is referring to standard features like a 200-horsepower 2.5L engine with direct fuel injection, a rear-vision camera with dynamic guide lines, and a locking tailgate. That value is increase when you factor in some of the available options – a 305-horsepower 3.6L V8, 4G LTE with built-in WiFi hotspot, GearOn™ accessory system, and a host of safety features.

Johnson also stated that the 2015 Chevy Colorado will “…have strong appeal for people who know they want a truck, but want one that is easier to maneuver in traffic and easier to park at work or at home.”

Like other Chevrolet trucks the Colorado will have a multiple cab configurations and box options.

Picking a Car for Your Teenager

Parents the school year will be here before you know it. And if you have a teenager, it’s likely they are itching to get behind the wheel and drive themselves to school. But the road isn’t always the safest place. Distractions like friends, loud music, and smartphones make teen drivers are more likely to be involved in an accident. As a parent it’s your job to teach you teen how to drive responsibly, but also make sure they’re driving in a safe vehicle.

Teen Driver Car Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently released a list of recommended vehicles for teen drivers. This particular study was done after finding that many teen drivers were behind the wheel of vehicles that had poor safety performance.

While it’s typical for parents to pass down the used family vehicle to a new driver, you might want to consider what that actually means. You’d be putting a new driver behind the wheel of an older vehicle that may require a bit more skill and awareness to drive than a slightly newer vehicle.

Pricing was also a major factor in the discussion with parents. Parents admitted to spending about $9,800 on average; however the median price was $5,300. Finding a safe and inexpensive vehicle can be a challenge, the IIHS has only three vehicles on the list that fall below $5,300.

All of the IIHS picks start under $20,000 with many under $10,000. You can find the complete list here.

Here’s to a great school year and if you do decide to purchase a used car for your teenager we certainly hope this knowledge comes in handy.

Trout Chooses Corvette Stingray Z51

As an official sponsor of Major League Baseball and the 2014 MLB All-Star game, Chevrolet was involved in the post game awards ceremony. Chevrolet is pretty good at giving away vehicles at sporting events, less than six months ago Malcom Smith was awarded a 2014 Silverado 1500. But this time Chevy put a little twist on the situation.

After going 2-for-3, with a double, triple, two RBIs, and a run scored; Mike Trout was named the 2014 MLB All-Star MVP. In addition to leading the AL to a 5-3 win and locking up World Series home field advantage for his division, Trout had a decision to make. Instead of just being awarded a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 or a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country, the 22 year old center fielder got to choose.

MLB All-Star MVP wins Corvette Stingray Z51
MLB’s Mike Trout & Bud Selig take a photo with Chevrolet U.S Marketing Vice President Paul Edwards, after All-Star Game.

Now this is a pretty difficult decision. North American Car of the Year or North American Truck of the Year? Mike Trout’s mom can be heard picking the Corvette and like any good son, Mike goes with his mom’s choice.  Trout does offer an explanation as to why he picked the ‘Vette, but I mean it’s a Corvette. No explanation needed, young man. And to his credit, his decision is made pretty quickly.

One of the fastest players in the MLB now has one of the fastest cars Chevy has ever produced. Enjoy that Corvette Stingray Z51, Mr. Trout.

GM Certified Service Technicians

At Stalker Chevrolet we’re proud to have GM Certified Service Technicians working on your cars and trucks (We’re also proud of our World Class Technician). But what does that mean to you as the customer?

It means that our technicians go through state of the art automotive service training, including course work and real world experience on the same GM vehicles on the road today.

GM Certified Service Technician

Technicians are trained via blended learning strategy. This strategy combines traditional instructor based classes, web-based training, video, simulations, and print based training. The blended approach sees that technicians fully retain the training and are ready to provide excellent service.

This extensive training gives allows our technicians an advantage when diagnosing and fixing any issues on your vehicle.

Additionally, our service staff will have first-hand knowledge of your vehicle and when it may need scheduled maintenance or if certain components aren’t running optimally.

Of course our technicians aren’t limited to knowledge on GM vehicles only. Our technicians are well versed on several manufactures; foreign and domestic, and we’d be more than happy to diagnose, discuss, and repair your vehicle.

How to Have a Safe Fourth of July

Independence Day is a great summer holiday. There’s food, family, friends, sun, travel, and more. But it can also so be celebrated in excess. Here are a few tips stay safe this Fourth of July.

Drink responsibly. If you’re of legal drinking age, there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks. However; if you’re going to travel make sure you have a designated drive so that everyone goes home safe. Also know your limits, don’t drink in excess.

Swim safely. Who doesn’t like going to the pool on a nice summer day? Just make sure you’re taking the necessary safety precautions. Kids shouldn’t play in the water without adequate supervision. Even when people are around accidents still happen. Supervision needs to be attentive. Adults should drink and participate in water activities.

Keep your food and drinks covered outdoors. Bees, wasp, and other insects love to join a party with food. Keep your food free of insects by keeping items covered. Bees and other insects can also bring a party to a halt, if someone who’s allergic is stung. Be sure to keep a first aid kit and anaphylaxis kit handy.

Fourth of July

Prevent children from getting to close to open flames. Grills and campfires can be dangerous and be the cause of serious injuries or scary explosions. Take precautions to keep children from getting too close to these areas.

Apply sunscreen. Fun in the sun can be ruined the next day by sunburn and severe skin damage. Take care by applying sunscreen. Look at the SPF to see how often you need to apply.

Drink lots of fluids and spend time in the shade. When it’s hot you need to take time away from the heat and make sure you’re properly hydrated – with water. Alcohol won’t help with your hydration.

We hope these tips help you have a great Fourth and amazing summer!

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!

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