Chevrolet Blazer Earns a Place on the Wards Best UX List

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer recently made the 2019 Wards Best UX list for its impressive technologies. The Blazer is one of only 10 vehicles to make the list, which recognizes vehicles for having innovative and user-friendly technologies.

The editors at WardsAuto judged the vehicles’ smartphone integration, voice control, navigation, display screens and safety systems when comprising the list. The editors commuted in the vehicles to see how effective and helpful the features were.

It was noted that the Blazer, in particular, had an easy-to-use 8-inch touch screen, which is in a high position and has large icons. The Blazer also has an online shopping app built into the infotainment system, as well as dependable OnStarÒ Wi-FiÒ. The large HVAC vents also are conveniently adjustable and make drives more comfortable.

The editors appreciated the available safety features in the Blazer, like Adaptive Cruise Control, which can automatically modify your speed to keep you at a safe following distance from the detected vehicle in front of you. Forward Automatic Braking and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning also give you peace of mind on drives.

We at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet proudly offer the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. We encourage you to take the SUV out for a test drive at our dealership.

Fall Vehicle Maintenance Tips

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Before winter arrives, it’s important to prepare your vehicle for the cold weather. Follow these fall vehicle maintenance tips to help take proper care of your vehicle.

Check your battery

The last thing you want is a dead battery on a snowy day. That’s why you should check the connections to make sure they are clear of dirt. If you see some corrosion, disconnect the connections and use a wire brush to clean them.

Replace your wipers

Usually, you should replace your windshield wipers every six to 12 months. They also need to be replaced if they leave behind streaks of water. You can typically clean the wiper blades with glass cleaner and a paper towel to prolong their life for a few extra weeks if necessary.

Inspect your tires

Stick a penny in the tread groove on your tire. When placing the penny headfirst, if you can still view the top of Lincoln’s head, then you need to invest in new tires. You may also want to consider purchasing winter tires for more traction on the snow.

If you discover that you need replacements, repairs or general maintenance for your vehicle, stop by our service department at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet, and we’ll be happy to get your vehicle ready for winter.

The Top Scenic Drives in Central Florida

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When it’s too cold to head to the beach, take a scenic drive with your family and see Florida’s beautiful nature. Here are just a few scenic drives in central Florida that you can enjoy this fall.

Bradenton Beach Scenic Highway

Take a 3-mile drive along the Gulf Coast and view the beautiful Bradenton Beach along the way. If you see a site that catches your eye, there are lots of opportunities to park your vehicle and explore. You can also pack your bike and ride on the path for part of the journey.

Florida Black Bear National Scenic Byway

Winding over 123 miles, this drive takes you by the Ocala National Forest, where you can see trees and springs, instead of beaches. You could also see a Florida black bear along the way.

Indian River Lagoon National Scenic Byway

This drive spans 233 miles, so you should consider setting aside more than one day for exploring it. The drive passes through three different wildlife refuges, making this a fantastic route if you love spotting different plants and animals.

Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway

The Courtney Campbell Scenic Highway takes you from Tampa to Clearwater, while giving you lovely views of the waves. Keep a lookout for wildlife while you drive the 10 miles.

We at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet are proud to be located in Eustis, Florida. Before hitting the road, stop by our dealership for routine maintenance. 

Domino’s® and Chevrolet Partner for Easy Pizza Ordering

Chevrolet has been providing drivers with innovative vehicle safety and connectivity technology for years. Now, Chevrolet has introduced Marketplace, the first-ever in-vehicle commerce platform in the auto industry.

For the platform, Domino’s® and Chevrolet partner to make it easier than ever for you to order Domino’s® pizza. All you have to do is create a Domino’s® Pizza Profile, which includes your preferred stores, payment method information and preferred delivery address. Then, link your profile to your Chevrolet vehicle.

Once you save your preferences, you can order Domino’s® through Marketplace all while sitting in your vehicle. You can choose to have the pizza delivered or you can pick it up in the store. Better yet, you don’t even have to pay extra for Marketplace. As long as you have a properly equipped Chevrolet model that’s the model year 2017 or newer, you can utilize the service.

Not only is Chevrolet the first to offer an in-vehicle commerce platform, but its team up with Domino’s® makes Marketplace the first embedded pizza-ordering option within any vehicle. Domino’s® is also the very first pizza restaurant to be featured on Marketplace.

We at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet are proud to offer Chevrolet vehicles that contain the impressive Chevrolet Marketplace. Take a test drive in one of our many Chevrolet vehicles and see all the great technology that the vehicles have to offer.

“New Real People, Not Actors” Ad Highlights 2019 Silverado 1500 Features

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Chevrolet released a new advertisement that showcases the impressive Durabed in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500. The “Real People, Not Actors” ad highlights the integrity and functionality of this new pickup bed by having real people comment on the truck.

The ad begins in a warehouse at night, with the only light shining down on the 2019 Silverado 1500. A host leads a group of participants to the Durabed, where people describe the bed as “sturdy” and “huge.” The Durabed is lit up by the available LED bed lighting, showcasing the lighting’s power, with a participant even remarking that it “lights up the entire bed.”

Another feature emphasized in the spot is the 120-volt outlet that’s built into the Durabed. Once a chord plugs into the outlet, other lights come on in the warehouse, revealing the eight trims of the Silverado 1500. It’s a unique way of both showing the effectiveness of the outlet and the huge amount of trims.  

We at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet are proud to offer the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 on our lot. Stop by for a test drive to check out the Durabed and other great features.

Newly-Trademarked Bolt EUV Nameplate Hints at New Chevrolet Electric SUV

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Chevrolet has established itself as a leader in the SUV and electric vehicle segments. Popular SUVs and crossovers like the Equinox and the Traverse provide modern families with the comfort, versatility, and performance that they crave. Exceptionally-efficient EVs like the Volt and the Bolt consistently push the boundaries of eco-friendly driving.

Word on the street has it that Chevrolet intends to offer a best-of-both-worlds offering in the form of the Bolt EUV, which the automaker recently registered as a trademark. While many details remain a mystery, the newly-coined moniker suggests that the automaker might expand the EV nameplate to Electric Utility Vehicle. This hints that it is developing a brand-new electric crossover vehicle.

If this speculation proves true, it would be the first-ever electric SUV from Chevrolet and would expand the brand’s EV lineup. It would also confirm the automaker’s intention to prioritize new powertrain technologies, like those found in the 2019 Bolt EV, in the days ahead.

As more consumers demand efficiency and clean energy when it comes to their next vehicle, it’s likely that the new Chevy EUV will attract a noteworthy fan base. Contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevy for more news about the anticipated EUV model. Or, stop by to test drive one of the brand’s current offerings, like the 2019 Traverse or Equinox.

Self-Driving Chevrolet Bolt Gets a Spot in the Henry Ford Museum

General Motors recently donated a pre-production model of the self-driving Chevy Bolt, an all-electric hatchback that boasts one of the highest electric driving ranges in the auto industry, to the Henry Ford Museum’s “Driving America” exhibit.

This exhibit shows the growth of innovation in the auto industry over the last 150 years, from the oldest surviving American-made car, the 1865 Ford Roper, to the earliest racing cars of the 1960s. It also has more modern additions such as the first hybrids dating from the early 2000s. As one of the first fully electric cars to incorporate self-driving tech, the Chevy Bolt definitely enhances the vehicle’s “green car” models on display.

GM and Ford may be fierce rivals, but as America’s two biggest native automakers, in many ways they’re partners. GM donated $5 million to the Henry Ford Museum back in 2017, recognizing the value of a museum in preserving American auto history in the Motor City.

Ford plans to display the self-driving Chevrolet Bolt at the very front of the “Driving America” exhibit, according to museum curator Matt Anderson. The Bolt will be the first vehicle the Henry Ford Museum displays that uses self-driving technology, making its inclusion even more special.

Stop by Vann Gannaway Chevy to test-drive the Chevy Bolt for yourself. Or take one of our other shiny new 2019 models for a whirl.

GM Electric Bikes to Arrive in Europe This Year

You might not realize it, but General Motors is very dedicated to the future of electric vehicles. In fact, it has already produced two popular electrified cars, the innovative Chevrolet Volt and the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt. In Europe, however, GM is also focusing on something else, electric bikes.

The brand’s electric bikes, which are branded as ARĪV eBikes, are set to go on sale later this year in Europe. Last year, GM held an online crowdsourcing campaign to help choose the name for the eBike brand. In the end, ARĪV came out as the winner.

There will be two models available, the Merge and the Meld. The Meld is a compact bike, while the Merge can be folded to make it fit into even smaller storage areas.

When fully charged, the bikes can drive up to 64 kilometers (39.76 miles) and reach speeds up to 25 kph (15.53 mph). It takes about 3.5 hours to fully recharge the bikes. The bikes will come with a companion app that will let owners track its charge status and other valuable information. There will also be a USB port on the bike so riders can charge up mobile devices, too.

The bikes will go on sale in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany late this spring with a price between $3-4K.

Contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet for more news about GM. You can also stop by our dealership to test-drive a shiny new Chevy 2019 model.

Take an Affordable Spring Break Road Trip

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A spring break road trip is a great way to escape the daily grind, but it can also take a toll on your wallet depending on where you go. Luckily, there are a number of affordable spring break destinations, especially if you’re willing to take a road trip. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach setting or simply a change of pace, there’s an ideal spring break location for everyone.

Travel Channel recommends taking a trip to Washington D.C. While most people don’t think of the U.S. capital as a spring break destination, it has tons of history, lots of free museums and galleries, and iconic landmarks. Plus, there are a number of great places to stop along the route from Florida to D.C.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Visit Sanibel Island, Florida. It’s best to visit this area between February and April, however, if you want to find shells along the shore. Plus, the sandy beaches provide a comfortable place to relax, and it’s less crowded than other beaches in the state during spring break.

Lastly, New Orleans, Louisiana is another great, budget-friendly destination. The city boasts a dynamic nightlife scene, Southern comfort food, and a historic French quarter. Plus, if you avoid airfare and opt for road-tripping, you can save even more money.

Contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet if your vehicle needs a tune-up before you embark on your spring break road trip.

New Silverado 6.2-liter V8 Engine Wins Award from WardsAuto

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The new Silverado stands out from the competition. The latest reason is that it just earned an award from WardsAuto. The new 6.2-liter V8 engine was ranked on the Wards 10 Best Engines List, offering Dynamic Fuel Management to save you money at the gas pump without sacrificing power. The massive engine is the largest and most powerful gasoline V8 in the segment.

WardsAuto evaluates every all-new or improved engine available in the US, gauging factors like power, torque, fuel economy, noise, and innovative technologies. Judges were particularly impressed by the Dynamic Fuel Management system, which works to alternative between eight- and four-cylinder modes to save on gas when possible. According to Chevy, the new 6.2-liter V8 engine generates 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, and it’s paired with an innovative Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission.

“Chevrolet first introduced its Active Fuel Management cylinder deactivation system in 2005, and Dynamic Fuel Management is a natural progression of the technology,” said Jordan Lee, Small Block chief engineer. “Dynamic Fuel Management enables only the cylinders needed to deliver the power you want, seamlessly delivering the best balance of power and fuel economy.”

In addition to the innovative engine, the new Silverado comes with a lighter design, cutting 450 pounds compared to previous model years thanks to a new mixed-material design. Offered in regular, double, and crew cab body styles with available 4WD, the Silverado is perfect for everyone. To learn more about it or go for a test drive, contact us at Vann Gannaway Chevrolet.