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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Spy Shots Of The 2018 Corvette ZR1 Give Us The Best Look Yet

The arrival of the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is near and new spy photos prove to us that the barely-covered road car is going to be one of the baddest the brand has yet to build.

So far, every test ZR-1 we’ve gotten a look at has been heavily camouflaged, making it difficult to grasp the contour of the of the vehicle… but not this time. In the new photos, we are able to see the bulging hood and revamped front end, which features three large intakes and a massive splitter. The rear is equipped with a huge wing and spoiler.

Taking the larger hood into consideration, a supercharger larger than the current Z06’s 1.7-liter version is likely. There’s also a good chance that this bad boy will bust out more than 700 horsepower. We’re hoping to find out the exact numbers when the Detroit Auto Show rolls around in January.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 ‘Vette! We’re just as excited as you are. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to treat yourself for the holidays... Stop by West Chevy in Knoxville, TN to check out the current Chevrolet lineup!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chevy Took Home A Record 18 Awards In Just One Week

It has been a pretty good week for Chevy! According to recent news, the brand has taken home a record 18 awards in the automotive and consumer media rankings this past week. The all-new Bolt EV contributed to this feat, winning five awards of its own.

Offering 238 miles of range on a full charge, the Bolt EV earned a spot on the 2017 Car and driver 10Best Cars list and was also named “Best New Car to Buy” by Green Car Reports, “Green Car of the Year” by Green Car Journal and “Best EV” by Car Connection.

“The Bolt EV is the newest example of how Chevrolet is driving the industry with leading technology matched with great design and the connectivity that makes customers’ lives easier,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “We’re innovating like never before with more choices for every need and these awards affirm the depth, breadth and value offered by Chevrolet’s lineup.”

Also contributing to these awards is the Camaro 1LE and the Corvette, which were each positioned on the Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. This is the second consecutive year the Camaro has earned a spot on the list and the third time in four years that the Corvette has made the list.

Lastly, six Chevy vehicles earned Consumer Guide Automotive “Best Buy” honors, while the Impala and Tahoe each received back-to-back Kelley Blue Book “Best Buy” award recognition in their respective categories.

Ready to check out an award-winning vehicle for yourself? Come visit us at West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The All-New Colorado ZR2 Is Ready To Hit The Trails

Good news for Knoxville off-roading fanatics… the Colorado ZR2 will be here soon and we are more than ready to get behind the wheel! Featuring more technology than any other midsize pickup in its segment, this desert-ready performance truck will undoubtedly reset the bar for off-road trucks.

The ZR2 sports a much wider track and lifted suspension than the standard Colorado for better performance over rocks and other obstacles off-roaders are familiar with. The front and rear bumpers have been altered for better off-road clearance. Other exclusive features include an available diesel engine, front and rear locking differentials, and the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) damper technology.

Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain states, “Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes. The ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance. You can go rock crawling Saturday, desert running on Sunday, and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”

Ready to put it to the test on the trails? Us too. It’ll be rolling into West Chevy soon, so be on the lookout!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Winterize Your Chevy With These 5 Easy Tips

It’s already November (this year flew by!) and winter is right around the corner. With the new season and change of weather coming for us, it is important to get our cars ready for the cold weather too. Keep things running smoothly by winterizing your car… it could even save your life! Check out our tips below:

1. Check The Tire Pressure

As weather gets cooler, the air pressure in your tires usually drops. Tires must be inflated properly in order to ensure the best traction while driving- especially in snowy, wet conditions. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s target pressure levels and be sure to get your tires checked before the crazy weather kicks in.

2. Check The Battery

If your battery is more than three years old, be sure to stop by the West Chevrolet service department so that we can test its ability to hold a charge. If it is not more than three years old, it is still important to check that the battery’s posts and connections have no corrosion and that it has all the water that it needs.

3. Keep Your Windshield Clear

If you haven’t replaced your windshield wiper blades in one year or more- you’re due and encouraged to do so! Additionally, be sure to check that the windshield wiper reservoir is filled with washer fluid. Although water may do the trick throughout the summer, it will freeze this time of the year so actual washer fluid is essential.

4. Change Your Oil (And Use The Proper Oil)

The climate is changing, so your oil should be changing too! When weather gets colder, oil tends to thicken faster. Be sure the oil you’re using has the right thickness and viscosity so that it doesn’t get too thick, leading it to fail to keep your engine lubricated.

5. Put Together An Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is something great to have on hand. Road-tripping or not, you never know what could happen and nobody wants to get stuck in the cold. Some things to include: a flashlight, snacks and water, a bag of salt (or kitty litter) in case a tire is stuck on the snow, an extra set of warm clothes, a blanket, boots and gloves, windshield washer fluid, jumper cables, and flares!

Another tip: Always keep your gas tank full to prevent it from freezing!

To make sure your car is fully prepared for winter, stop by West Chevy in Knoxville, TN so that our service team can take a look! Check out the service specials on our website and schedule your appointment today!

Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 SEMA Show: What You Missed

Last week was the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and Chevy took it as an opportunity to not only show off their awesome concepts, but also to celebrate the Camaro’s 50th anniversary. If you’re like us and didn’t make it out there to check out the show for yourself, you’re probably wondering what you missed out on. We put a list together of some of our favorites for you.

Chevelle Slammer

This concept, the Chevelle Slammer, was designed to mock the original, for good reason. “The ‘69 Chevelle is one of the best-looking cars of the muscle-car era, and we didn’t want to mess with its classic cues,” said designer Humberto Ortiz.


2017 Camaro SS Slammer

This Camaro was designed to take the Gen 6 Camaro’s proportions to the extreme. This lowered, road-hugging one-off was introduced at the show by Dale Earnhardt Jr. himself… Chevy showed it on the stand all week long.

Silverado HD Alaskan Edition concept

A huge hit at the Chevy preview, this concept builds on the existing Alaskan Edition offered on the 2017 Silverado HD Work Truck and LT but with a few additions, like the silver-accented blue exterior, grizzly bear graphics and chrome bumper grilles. The Alaskan Edition 2500HD features a giant stainless-steel custom snow plow, which shows off the company’s snow-plow prep package.

Trax Activ concept

A lifted, widened and accessorized version of the production Trax, the Trax Activ concept features 18-inch wheels, front and rear clips and is all about one thing- adventure.

Though we can’t get behind the wheel of these bad boys like we want to, we can check out some of the parts in the Chevy Performance catalog! And while you’re at it, stop by West Chevrolet in Knoxville, TN to give a new car a test drive!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The 2017 Silverado HD Carhartt Concept

A recent announcement by Chevrolet states that the brand will be partnering with Carhartt, Inc. to create the 2017 Silverado HD Carhartt concept, a truck detailed with Carhartt touches- and yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds. The truck will be on display next week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

According to GM and Chevy, Silverado and Carhartt have a mutual passion for two important things: durability and long-lasting products.

“When you think about the two brands and what they represent, but also the customers that purchase them, there’s a lot of passion for the Carhartt brand and the Silverado brand,” said High Milne, senior manager of Silverado marketing and advertising. “We’re talking to the same people, people who buy Carhartt stuff or drive our trucks.”

This two-toned black truck features two different paint jobs- a matte black along the top and shiny black on the bottom half. Throughout the exterior, you will see Carhartt design elements in the “Carhartt Brown” accent paint, like the driver’s door which features the brand’s “C” logo and Silverado written in Carhartt style font. Additionally, nickel finishes inspired by Carhartt’s buttons are used on the wheels and around the blacked-out Chevy bowtie on the grille.

As far as the interior goes, you will find Carhartt’s name featured on the floor mats and the Carhartt logo on the headrests. The Carhartt duck-brown cloth material is also featured on part of the seats, armrests and door panel inserts. Even the truck bed features a roll-up tonneau cover made from Carhartt material.

Although there are no definite plans to sell the truck, Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing for Carhartt says that they are interested if that changes.

“If Chevy decides to pursue that opportunity, we’re very interested in working with them on that,” stated Ambroza. “The idea was if people respond to it as well as we hope they will, that we’ll have conversations on how we can continue to partner together and bring the ultimate work truck to life.”

Not sure about you, but we’re on board! Hopefully one day we’ll get it in our showroom!

Come visit us at West Chevy in Knoxville, TN to check out the current 2017 Silverado 1500!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chevy's All-New Blue Line Series

Similar to last year’s Red Line Series, Chevrolet plans to release another set of concepts at this year’s Nov.1 SEMA Show in Las Vegas- the Blue Line Series. In contrast to the Red Line Series, which highlighted Chevy’s sporty character, The Blue Line Series stands for the lifestyle and personalization possibilities of the brand. The Malibu and Cruze RS hatchback will both be used as the base of these unique concepts and will also feature newly-developed accessories specifically for them.

“The Chevrolet Blue Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices for customers,” stated Roger McCormack, director, Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing. “Each vehicle wears production and concept accessories thematically linked under the Blue Line Series banner. We look forward to gauging public reaction at the SEMA Show and other venues.”

The two vehicles will feature Genesis White exteriors, contrasted with blue-tinted windows and slate-blue metallic painted 18-inch wheels. Add-ons for the Malibu include a rear diffuser, a black grille insert, black Chevrolet bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler, illuminated door sills and a suspension lowering kit.

The Cruze RS hatchback will feature a chrome grille insert, suspension lowering kit, performance brake package and performance exhaust system. As for the interior, custom satin graphite accents will be placed on the instrument panel, shift knob and door inserts.

Interested in these enhancements for yourself? According to Chevy, some of the Blue Line performance parts and accessories will be available at the end of this year. Others will be available towards the middle of 2017. And good news- as long as your Chevy dealer, West Chevrolet installs them, your warranty will remain intact!