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What Is the History of Chevrolet?

Chevrolet Centennial Truck Bowtie in McKinney, Texas

The history of Chevrolet is vivid and even shrouded in a bit of mystery. Chevrolet is one of the oldest automotive manufacturers in the United States. It was founded on November 3, 1911 by race car driver Louis Chevrolet and GM founder William C. Durant.

The instantly recognizable Chevrolet “bowtie” was first used in 1914 on the H series models. However, there is a lot of mystery surrounding where Durant got the idea. Some say he was inspired by French wallpaper, others say it comes from the Swiss cross, and a third theory is it stems from a logo Durant saw in a newspaper. Wherever it came from, it is a symbol we all know and love today.

Even from its earliest days, the Chevrolet brand was a popular choice, especially due to affordable models like the Series 490. Within a few years, Durant was able to make enough money to buy back a controlling interest in General Motors and merged in Chevrolet as a separate brand.

Over the decades, Chevrolet continued to expand its lineup to include versatile, affordable options for the masses, while growing its performance lineup at the same time.

To see what the modern Chevrolet brand has to offer you, stop by El Dorado Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is Motor Trend Truck of the Year Finalist

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

What happens when you take Chevrolet’s versatile and peppy mid-size pickup and load it up with off-roading features? You get the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. And when it comes to off-roading, there’s hardly a better option than the Colorado ZR2.

Motor Trend feels the same way about the Chevy Colorado ZR2, since it chose it as the Truck of the Year finalist. The regular Chevrolet Colorado is already equipped with smart features, bold design, and strong engine options. It’s great for tackling jobs, but also serves as a city commuter.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 takes that versatility to the next level. The ZR2 packages adds a suspension lift suited for off-roading, locking front and rear differentials, Multimatic DSSV dampers, and a uniquely sporty exterior. The Colorado ZR2 is powered by one of two engines, either the 2.8-liter turbodiesel or the 3.6-liter V6. All of this makes for a confident and powerful performance on any terrain, yet the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 can transition back onto pavement as smoothly as ever. It’s that impressive versatility combined with unique capability that makes the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 the Truck of the Year finalist.

Looking to venture off of the beaten path? You can’t choose a better option that the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 for the task. See one of these mid-size pickups at El Dorado Chevy.

Chevy Announces 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car

This summer, Chevrolet revealed the 2018 Camaro ZL1 NASCAR Cup Race Car, which will debut at the Daytona Speedweeks races in February 2018, the beginning of the NASCAR season. This was the first race in which Chevy used the Camaro ZL1, previously opting for the Chevy SS.

With the retirement of the SS, Chevy moved onto the Camaro ZL1, adjusting the design to make it as speedy and efficient as possible on the racetrack. Chevy focused on making the ZL1 a great racecar without losing its iconic Camaro styling, and the brand succeeded—the stance, the lines of the hood, and the slope of the roof all recall the Camaro.

In August, Chevy invited NASCAR drivers and fans to check out the new ZL1 before it makes its debut during the next NASCAR season. One of the drivers was the mega-famous Jimmie Johnson, a Chevy driver excited to get behind the wheel of the racing Camaro ZL1 after loving it as a street-legal vehicle.

The ZL1 NASCAR Cup won’t hit the racetrack until next year, but you can still experience the production version of the Camaro ZL1. Give us a call today at El Dorado Chevy and we’ll set up a test drive.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse Reviews

2018 Chevy Traverse in McKinney, Texas

When Chevy finally introduced a new generation of the Traverse after a decade on the market, gear-heads knew it was going to make a big splash. Now that the new Traverse is out in the world, reviews are pouring in, and the decision is just about unanimous: the 2018 Traverse is refined, sophisticated, and rides like a dream.

Kelley Blue Book calls the new Traverse “not just better—one of the best,” citing its tasteful design and proportions; a modern, fashion-forward interior; and an ease of driving in the city despite its big size. The KBB reviewer put 700 miles on the Traverse in this test drive and came to the conclusion that it beats even leading competitors in terms of size and features.

Consumer Reports also put out a glowing 2018 Chevrolet Traverse review. The outlet was impressed with the Traverse’s “cavernous” cabin, exceptional visibility through the windshield, and intuitive infotainment technologies. It was also a fan of the reduced cabin noise and improved fuel economy.

These are just a few of the positive reviews the new Traverse has received since it debuted months ago. To find out more about this smart, sophisticated three-row SUV or if you want to take it for a test drive, call us today at El Dorado Chevrolet.

Add Some Spice to Your Life with the Malibu Redline Edition

2017 Chevy Malibu Redline Edition - McKinney, Texas

If you want a car that stands out from the crowd, you can get just that with the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition. This special model will arrive at dealerships beginning this winter.

The Malibu Redline will feature 19-inch black wheels with distinct red painted hash marks, a blacked-out grille, black bowtie, and a black nameplate with a red outline. There could be a few additional unique details inside, but Chevrolet hasn’t released that information yet.

These unique features are available on the Malibu 1LT, which means it will come standard with Bluetooth connectivity, a 7-inch touchscreen, Chevrolet MyLink, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, heated mirrors, laminated side windows, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat, rear air vents, satellite radio, and a rearview camera.

Powering the Malibu Redline is a turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 160 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city, 36 mpg highway, and 30 mpg combined.*

To get a taste of what the Redline will feel like, come take the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu out for a test drive at El Dorado Chevrolet today. Then, you can place your order for this special edition model.

 

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

Find the Bolt EV in Texas at El Dorado Chevrolet

2017 Chevy Bolt EV in TexasEver since the Chevrolet Bolt EV was shown off at the North American International Auto Show, car shoppers have been begging to drive it. If you have been looking for the Bolt EV in Texas, it is finally here at El Dorado Chevrolet. In fact, it is now available nationwide.

Customers in other areas of the country like California and Maryland have already enjoyed all that the Bolt EV has to offer.

“It’s been everything I had hoped!” said Brian Ro of Columbia, Maryland, who was among the first Bolt EV owners. “The CUV-styling fits my family of four just fine, and the EV performance and 200-plus mile range simply can’t be beat at this price point.”

Since its introduction, the Bolt EV has won nearly 40 awards, including being named the 2017 North American Car of the Year and Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal.

When fully charged, the Bolt EV offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range.* But, it is so much more than just an electric car. It comes standard with a 10.2-inch touchscreen, a Regen on Demand™ steering wheel paddle, and plenty of technology.

Come experience the future of electric driving with a test drive at El Dorado Chevrolet today.

*EPA estimates only. Actual mileage may vary.

2018 Chevrolet Impala Upgrades Added for the New Year

2018 Chevrolet Impala - McKinney, TexasThe full-size sedan segment is known for its distinct presence as a combination of spacious, family-friendly practicality and upscale interior comforts. The 2018 Chevrolet Impala is one such sedan, renowned for its commitment to quality at an affordable price. Though the Chevrolet Impala isn’t entering a new generation or even getting a major overhaul for 2018, it’s still picking up some new features. The latest Chevrolet Impala upgrades keep it at the forefront of the segment.

Remote Start is a new addition to the Impala’s long list of features, adding extra convenience to your morning commute. Plus, with goodies like a Bose® sound system, Chevrolet MyLink, and other high-tech systems, it’s easy to relax when you’re behind the wheel of the Chevy Impala. Some new colors have been added to the Impala’s palette, and the Sunroof and Spoiler package also adds the opportunity for drivers to opt into some new luxuries. A rear-vision camera and various other Driver Confidence Packages add to your safety.

Chevrolet Impala upgrades add new improvements for drivers to enjoy in a bold, capable, and opulent sedan. If you’re interested in the 2018 Chevrolet Impala, check it out at El Dorado Chevy.

FamilyLink from OnStar: Another Way Chevy Keeps Your Family Safe

Nowadays, the roads can seem scarier than ever with the ratcheting number of distracted drivers and the levels of danger on roads across the country. But, Chevy drivers can feel safer when their family is behind the wheel thanks to the newly-added FamilyLink from OnStar program, an exciting new information feature from one of Chevrolet’s longest-lasting partners in safety-first driving.

FamilyLink from OnStar is an opt-in expansion for OnStar subscribers that allows users to track any FamilyLink-enabled vehicle through the online OnStar portal. You can customize your FamilyLink experience by selecting when you’ll receive text message or email alerts, such as when the linked vehicle arrives safely at its destination or when it’s driving through inclement weather conditions. You can also remotely check the vehicle’s location at any time, information that only you and your pre-approved list of users have access to. Now, there’s no need for your loved ones to text or call from the road and lessen awareness while driving.

Chevrolet Family Safety - McKinney, Texas

The best part? When you buy a new Chevy vehicle, Chevrolet is offering FamilyLink at no extra charge for the first three months, ensuring equal access to and knowledge of available safety features to all their customers.

If you think you and your family are ready for a safer-than-ever new ride, visit El Dorado Chevy to see our lineup of powerful Chevrolet models.

Bolt EV Safety Features Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating

2017 Chevy Bolt EV - McKinney, TexasThe Bolt EV safety features allow you to feel more comfortable behind the wheel in fact, many of these can be found on the entire 2017 model lineup. In addition to its impressive all-electric powertrain design that saves you money at the pump and eliminates emissions, the Bolt EV also recently earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With the Bolt’s high-quality design and the latest technologies on the market, you can rest assured you’re safe when you’re driving the new Bolt EV.

The Bolt EV is the first all-electric vehicle for 2017 to earn the IIHS rating, which marks a landmark for this Chevy model. According to The Car Connection, the Bolt EV scored “good” on all crash tests and a “Superior” in the category of front crash prevention. The five tests the IIHS uses are the moderate overlap front, small overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint.

The Bolt EV’s optional front crash prevention system will reduce the risk of and possibly prevent collisions at speeds of 12 to 25 mph. This is just one of many great aspects on the latest electric vehicle to come from the 2017 model lineup. To learn more about Chevy safety features for the latest model year, visit El Dorado Chevrolet today.

More Chevy Drivers Requesting OnStar in Spanish

OnStar in Spanish

As the number of Spanish speakers in the United States increases so does the number of Chevy owners requesting OnStar in Spanish. OnStar has had Spanish-speaker advisors for years, but the numbers of Spanish calls coming in is increasing.

In fact, Chevrolet says more than 1,000 Spanish speakers press the OnStar button every day, which is 30% more than in 2013.

“We understand that not all Chevrolet owners speak English fluently or at all…” said Terry Inch, executive director of GM’s Global Connected Customer Experience. “As a result, OnStar has a dedicated team of advisors who can help Spanish-speaking customers keep safe, connected and ready for the road ahead.”

Chevrolet owners can have their OnStar requests automatically routed to the Spanish team if they want. They can either set this up at the dealership with an OnStar welcome call or request the feature themselves at any time by pressing the blue OnStar button in their Chevrolet vehicle.

Every new Chevrolet vehicle includes the OnStar Basic Plan for five years at no charge. The Basic Plan includes great features like Dealer Maintenance Notification, Advanced Diagnostics, and access to the myChevrolet mobile app.

Here at El Dorado Chevrolet, we are here to help any of our customers with any of their OnStar needs.