When El Dorado Chevy officially has its new solar panel canopy installed, we will become one of the very first net zero car dealers in the country. What does this mean? All the energy that our 28-acre dealership needs to run each and every day will be sourced from this solar panel, rather than traditional means that are bad for the environment.
The solar panel canopy comes from our partnership with Sunfinity Renewable Energy and Ratliff Group. The 1.0-megawatt, 3,456 solar panel canopy is more than a source of clean energy: The canopy will also operate as a carport-esque barrier that protects vehicles on the lot from the sun’s harmful rays and from hail, which is common here in Texas.
“The project helps the Texas grid by supplying power when it’s most needed,” remarked John Billingsley, chairman and CEO of Sunfinity. “And […] El Dorado will be offsetting a significant amount of CO2 — equivalent to replacing over 35 million pounds of coal burned.”
The solar panel canopy will save El Dorado Chevy $4 million over its three decades of life and will generate more than 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.
El Dorado Chevy is going all-in on green. In addition to being a net zero car dealer with the solar panel, it is implementing a new recycling program at its dealership and is investing in plants for its landscaping that need less irrigation than its current plant life. Our dealership truly cares about the environment, especially in McKinney, Texas.
Looking for something unique to do in the area with family and friends? These are guaranteed to be some of the best 2019 spring events in McKinney, Texas.
Movies in the Bark
The fourth Thursday of every month is Movies in the Bark at the Bonnie Wenk Park Amphitheater. This free event runs from 7-9 p.m. and is dog-friendly. In March, catch Benji; in April, watch Show Dogs; and in May, you’ll see Sgt. Stubby.
Hoopin’ with the Blue
Play basketball with the McKinney Policy Department on March 29th from 8-10 p.m. at this free event, held at the McKinney YMCA.
11th Annual Texas Trash-Off
Ahead of Earth Day later in the month, attend the 11th Annual Texas Trash-Off to collect litter at Bonnie Wenk Park from 9 11:30 a.m. The event is followed by a celebration lunch.
Arts in Bloom
This free event runs the whole weekend from April 12-14 in Historic Downtown McKinney. During the event, 150 artists will set up displays on the streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
Head to the Apex Centre on April 27 for this indoor triathlon (swimming, running, and biking). Get more info here.
El Dorado Chevrolet hopes to see you around McKinney this spring at some of these memorable activities.
If you’re new to off-roading, the Trophy Club Park at Lake Grapevine features areas where novice drivers can learn the ropes. Off-roading veterans can test their skills on the rest of the 877-acre recreational park. If you need to stretch your legs after hitting the trails, the Trophy Club Park also offers swimming, hiking, boating, and fishing.
Challenge Mother Nature
Challenge Mother Nature herself on the Rock Trails, specifically designed for off-roading. At this park, drivers of all experience levels can tackle rough terrain and put their Chevy truck through its paces.
Explore 300 Acres
The Northwest OHV Park encompasses 300 acres of trails with varying landscapes. Dirt, rocks, and foliage present both novice and veteran drivers with off-road challenges and unforgettable adventures. Explore nature and unleash your wild side by taking a Chevy truck through 25 miles of rough terrain.
El Dorado Chevrolet is proud to be a part of the Dallas community.
With an impressive powertrain lineup, unbeatable off-road capability in ZR2 trims, and plenty of advanced tech inside, the Chevolet Colorado is a midsize truck worth exploring if you’re in the market for a new truck.
Equipped with the 3.6-liter DOHC V6 engine, the 2019 Colorado offers best-in-class 308 horsepower and more towing capability than any other competitive V6 engine. For tougher jobs, the 2019 Colorado is also available with the GM-exclusive Duramax® 2.8-liter turbo-diesel, which boasts best-in-class towing capability, torque, and fuel economy.
Extreme Off-Road Capability
Behind the wheel of the 2019 Colorado ZR2, you can take on virtually any situation. Featuring the segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSV™ Damping System, front and rear locking differentials, and a purpose built off-road suspension, the 2019 Colorado ZR will help you dominate even the roughest of paths.
The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado isn’t just stronger than ever, it’s smarter, too. Equipped with the new Chevrolet Infotainment System, the 2019 Colorado offers a seamless connectivity experience. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ enable passengers to engage with favorite music, apps, and smartphone features to make the drive seem shorter.
Stop by El Dorado Chevy to test-drive the 2019 Colorado for yourself. Just be forewarned — you might just drive this bad boy home.
Last month marked four years of sales for the Chevy Colorado, America’s most efficient pickup truck. In those four years, Chevrolet has sold more than 428,792 Colorado pickups. To mark the occasion, Chevy has released two special edition Colorado models, the off-road Z71 TrailRunner and the street-savvy RST.
The Colorado Z71 Trail Runner takes the popular Z71 off-road package and builds upon it with the ZR2’s underbody protection. The Colorado RST is similar to the street-focused Tahoe, Suburban, and Silverado RST models, adding a black beltline and body side moldings, special badging, and a black tailgate bowtie.
Why has the Colorado been so successful over the last four years? Chevy asserts that it’s because of the Colorado’s three-engine powertrain lineup, including a popular diesel option. The Colorado is also a best-seller because of its high fuel economy ratings and its 7,000-pound max tow rating.
“The success of Colorado helped reignite the midsize truck segment, which increased 27 percent from 2015 to 2017,” explained Sandor Piszar, director of Marketing for Chevrolet Trucks. “It changed what customers expected from a midsize truck, brought new customers to Chevrolet and road package inspired competitors to follow Chevy’s lead.”
Chevy will premiere a new car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, the 2019 Camaro with a Shock yellow exterior. This color will be showcased on the Camaro SS, a special high-performance model with a set of expanded features. The new SS highlights the latest in Chevy engineering and design.
According to Chevrolet, the Camaro SS design comes with an expanded portfolio of accessories and performance parts, including a black-wing spoiler, a carbon-fiber insert, black badging, cold-air induction, and RECARO® performance seats. There are also Brembo® brakes to improve stopping power. Perhaps best of all, the sharp new Shock yellow exterior will make a statement wherever you go.
“There’s a fresh look for the 2019 Camaro, which is restyled, reinvigorated and offers more choices and new technologies,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Car and Crossover Marketing. “It’s the perfect canvas for personalization, and the new Shock color and available accessories demonstrate only some of the possibilities customers have to make the Camaro entirely theirs.”
What are some other highlights on the Camaro besides the new color? There’s an all-new Turbo 1LE model to add to the performance lineup, new wheels, upgraded infotainment, and a new available Forward Collision Alert system.
When you think of pickup trucks, you likely envision massive vehicles capable of towing incredibly heavy items, like boats and trailers. What you might not think of is a super-fast vehicle that can launch to 60 miles per hour in the blink of an eye. That’s all changing with the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500.
In fact, Chevy just announced the 2019 Silverado’s 0-to-60 time, and it’s unbelievably fast. When equipped with the 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 can spring to 60 miles per hour from a full standstill in under seven seconds.
The 2.7-liter engine helps with speed in part due to the weight reduction. This engine is 380 pounds lighter than the 4.3-liter V6, the base engine of the 2019 Silverado. But don’t let its smaller size fool you: The 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine serves up 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque.
The 2.7-liter four-cylinder is also impressive in that it is the first four-cylinder that Chevrolet has ever loaded into a Silverado. While it can’t match the pure power of the 6.2-liter V8 (420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque), it is still quite potent — and its quick acceleration is just a bonus.
Summer may last longer here in Texas than in other parts of the US, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know how to get out and celebrate autumn the right way. Here are two exciting fall events in McKinney, Texas, to check out with friends and family this year.
11th Annual McKinney OktoberFest
The McKinney Oktoberfest has been a tradition in Downtown McKinney since 2008. This year, the three-day event will be held on Friday, September 28, from 5 to 11:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, September 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are on sale now online. The event includes delicious German food like brats and schnitzel, as well as scrumptious German beer. Entertainment includes a carnival, the Bavarian Experience stage, games, contests, parades, petting zoos, live music, and more.
Scare on the Square
If fall is more of a Halloween season to you, you’ll enjoy Historic Downtown McKinney’s Scare on the Square event held on Wednesday, October 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. This event is free to the public. Bring the whole family for a day of fun, with activities like pumpkin races, a costume contest, and a concert.
For more pastimes to enjoy this fall, contact us at El Dorado Chevy. We’ll be happy to recommend our favorites.
Are you planning to purchase a new Chevrolet pickup truck but unsure which model is the best choice for you? Two of the most popular options are the 2018 Silverado 1500 and 2018 Colorado. To help you out, we’ve detailed the key differences between the 2018 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and 2018 Chevrolet Colorado.
Size and Capability
The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is larger than the Colorado, which means it can haul heavier objects. If there is a lot of towing in your pickup future, you will likely prefer the Silverado 1500 over the Colorado: The 2018 Silverado 1500 can tow up to 12,500 pounds while the Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds. If a smaller truck is more your style, however, the Colorado is still a strong choice, with its best-in-class tow rating.
Due to its smaller size, the Colorado is the more efficient of the two. It achieves up to an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon on the highway with a 2.8-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel engine, when equipped with two-wheel drive and an automatic six-speed transmission.* The Silverado 1500 is still efficient in its larger segment, however, achieving a best-in-class V8 fuel economy of 24 miles per gallon on the highway.**
When you’re shopping for a small car to help you get through your daily commute, Chevrolet is the place to look. Why? Because it has not one, but two subcompact car options that are sure to meet your needs. Below, we delve into the 2018 Chevrolet Sonic and Spark differences to help you decide which vehicle is the right fit for you.
If you like having engine options to choose from, then the 2018 Sonic is there for you. This small car comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine that puts out 138 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque. A 1.4-liter EcoTec turbo engine is also available, which gets the same horsepower but increases the torque to 148 lb-ft. The 1.8-liter engine has an EPA-estimated fuel-efficiency rating of 28-29 mpg combined, depending on the configuration. For the 1.4-liter engine, this number rises to 30-32 mpg combined.*
On the other hand, the 2018 Spark offers a single engine option with plenty of pep. Its 1.4-liter four-cylinder EcoTec engine gets 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, while also getting an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.** While it’s not the most powerful option in its segment, it’s fuel efficiency makes it a great choice, especially if you have a long commute.
Both of these vehicles come standard with an array of top-notch features, so your choice really depends on what you’re looking for. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is standard on the base models, giving you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, along with OnStar 4G LTE WiFi. They also both have a standard rearview camera. The Sonic does offer active safety features like Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning on more of its trim levels, though.
Test drive both models for yourself when you stop by El Dorado Chevy for a visit.
*EPA estimate for Sonic with available 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission.
**EPA-estimated 29 MPG city/39 highway with 5-speed manual transmission and 30 MPG city/38 highway with available Continuously Variable Transmission.