Spring weather is finally here, and there’s nothing like celebrating its arrival with a little trip into mother nature. Car camping is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air, and it’s even better when you have a great car to accompany you.
Most of the choices in the Chevy lineup at Dan Young GM make for great car camping vehicles, whether you have the nimble Chevrolet Trax crossover, the powerful Silverado pickup, or even the Chevy Sonic hatchback. The most important thing when car camping is a versatile interior with plenty of room for your gear and a capable powertrain. These vehicles have it all.
Before you leave, pack up your Chevrolet with plenty of water. Most campsites have places where you can refill bottles, but it’s better to be safe and hydrated than sorry and thirsty. You’ll also want to make sure that you pack plenty of food and snacks. Some meals should be something you cook, but some should be accessible without fire, in case you can’t make it happen. Make sure your Chevy is also equipped with a first aid kit, just in case you or a neighbor needs it.
Once you’ve picked your camping spot and set up your tent, you can enjoy all of the outdoor activities that come along with the adventure. It may be tempting to keep everything in your Chevy when you’re not using it, but it’s important to instead hang your food up at night if you’re in an area with bears. Even if your supplies are locked away, a bear can still break your Chevrolet’s windows to get to the food, which is not what you want!
With these tips for car camping and precautions in mind, you’re set to plan your own getaway in your Chevy this spring or summer. Visit Dan Young GM to find your perfect car camping vehicle today!
GM recently announced that it would be working with eight major North American universities to compete in the GM AutoDrive Challenge. This autonomous vehicle design competition runs three years, asking competitors to develop and demonstrate a car that drives itself. Unlike previous technologies, this car must be entirely self-driven.
According to GM, the schools competition include Kettering University, Michigan State, Michigan Tech, North Carolina A&T, Texas A&M, University of Toronto, Waterloo, and Virginia Tech. Students will work with systems like sensors, computer platforms, pattern recognition, machine learning, and more. We can’t wait to see what these students come up with over the next three years.
“SAE International is excited to expand our partnership with GM to build the future STEM workforce through the AutoDrive Challenge™,” said Chris Ciuca, a director at SAE International. “Building on our success through programs like Formula SAE, the AutoDrive Challenge™ launches a new platform to engage industry and academia in working towards a common goal of preparing the brightest young minds for the future of autonomous technologies.”
Each research team gets a Chevrolet Bolt EV to test and build on, working to customize software and vehicle components. Staff and students will also be invited to tech workshops over the three years in order to brush up on the latest technologies. At Dan Young GM, we’re excited to see these fully autonomous vehicles in action.
Celebrating Earth Day is a great way to show that you care about the environment. From planting greenery to changing your driving habits, there are some easy ways to be eco-friendly. Started in 1970, Earth Day has since become an international event, celebrated every year on April 22nd. Read on to learn more about ways you can participate.
To begin with, according to wikiHow, one of the best things you can do is simply learn more about the environment. You can read articles to get up to speed on current events such as pollution, water quality, and more. Non-profit organizations and government websites are among the most credible sources, as well as academic articles.
Next, plant trees and other foliage. Greenery reduces the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, and it also provides stability for soil and habitats for many animals. You can visit a local greenhouse or nursery to find trees that will survive best, and you should also consider planting wildflowers or vegetables. A small garden is a great way to help the environment while also saving money on produce.
Finally, you can help to improve air quality by changing your driving habits. Avoid speeding and rapid deceleration, as these can lower fuel economy. You should also have your car regularly serviced to improve performance and reduce emissions. Stop by Dan Young GM for regular repairs and maintenance, both of which can help the environment.
Spring isn’t too far away, but we still have another few weeks of wintery weather to deal with. If you’re ready to kick your winter cabin fever to the curb as we move into a new season, here are some excellent late winter events near Indianapolis you should attend.
- Indy Wings Week. Hot wing lovers of all kinds will be descending upon Indy the week of February 20th through 26th. This week, participating restaurants will offer wings for half off of their regular price; this includes 317 Burger, Old Pro’s Table, Monon Food Company, The Vanguard, Taylor’s Pub at Nora, and many more. This event benefits the non-profit Second Helpings.
- The Cat in the Hat. Bring the whole family to this fun theatre event held February 23rd-March 2nd. It will be at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. Tickets start at $12.50.
- Haunted Union Street Ghost Walk. Head to Westfield, Indiana on February 24th to experience the haunted side of the city. No children under 9 years of age. Reserve your tickets today.
- Memphis Grizzlies vs. Indiana Pacers. Celebrate Indiana’s 50th anniversary season by catching a Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. They will be taking on the Grizzlies on February 24th at 7pm.
Here at Dan Young GM we are excited to have a full calender. Which events are you adding to your calendar?
Since 2015, Chevy drivers have been enjoying the convenience of fast internet streaming right in their car. This is thanks to the 4G LTE Wi-Fi available through OnStar. In the past two years, the popularity of OnStar 4G LTE has skyrocketed with owners using more and more data every quarter.
Data, Data, Everywhere
According to Chevrolet, drivers and their passengers used an incredible 4,220,684 gigabytes of data in 2016. This is nearly 200% more than the data used in 2015. The biggest jump in data use comes from Suburban and Tahoe owners, who used three-and-a-half times more data than in 2015.
In addition to using more data, sales of the Tahoe and Suburban have also increased. In fact, in 2016, combined sales of the best-selling SUVs were up 21%, when compared to 2015.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “We are attracting new buyers to Chevrolet by offering technologies like OnStar 4G LTE not available on competitive models. New owners are in turn more likely to become repeat Chevrolet customers as these features become an integral part of their day-to-day lives.”
With OnStar 4G LTE, available in nearly every Chevrolet model, up to seven devices can connect at once. This means you can stream a video, send an email, play a game, or browse social media.
Come check out the Chevy lineup today at Dan Young GM.
Christmas has come early in the San Francisco Bay area as the first Chevy Bolt EVs were delivered to three customers. This eco-friendly, long-range electric vehicle comes at an affordable price, making it a top-notch choice for individuals looking to go green.
“All of the hard work that the Chevrolet team have put into designing, engineering, and building the Bolt EV brings us to this truly satisfying moment of making the first deliveries to customers on-time, as planned,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Chevrolet is proud to offer a vehicle like the Bolt EV, with ground-breaking technology wrapped in a modern design that is also fun-to-drive at an affordable price.”
The first Chevy Bolt EVs delivered were sent to three California customers. The first was William Mattos, a retired law enforcement officer from Fremont; the second is Bobby Edmonds, a software developer from Castro Valley; and the third was Steve Henry, a commercial real estate broker from Portola Valley.
With an EPA-estimated 238-mile range when fully charged, the Bolt EV makes it easy for owners to get around town without worrying about running out of battery. It is this awesome range—and the EV’s affordable price—that allowed the Bolt EV to be named the Motor Trend 2017 Car of the Year.
Standard features on the Bolt EV include a Regen on Demand steering wheel paddle, a 10.2-inch color touchscreen, and electronic precision shift. The top trim even offers leather upholstery, heated seats, a surround camera, a rear camera mirror, and more tech-savvy features.
The 2017 Chevrolet Volt is raking in the awards left and right. Its most recent accolade was a spot on the prestigious Wards 10 Best Engines list. This is the third time that the Volt has earned a spot on this list, and the second year in a row it has done so.
“The Chevy Volt propulsion system wins a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list for the second year in a row for three reasons,” said WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter. “It has a torquey, fun-to-drive personality. It offers impressive electric-only range of 53 miles, and efficient gasoline-powered range whenever you need it for anxiety-free driving. That is flexibility unequaled in the automotive world.”
The Volt currently uses a two-motor drive unit that produces 294 lb-ft of torque. This unit is paired with an 18.4kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a 1.5-liter gasoline Ecotec engine that helps extend range. With this system, the Volt manages to get an impressive 106 MPGe. It has 53 miles of all-electric range and 420 miles of total driving range.
Since the Volt entered the market, drivers of this model have driven an estimated 1.5 billion EV miles, helping save about 58 million gallons of gas. Along with this award-winning powertrain, the Volt also comes standard with Teen Driver Technology, which helps monitor teen drivers’ driving habits, and has available Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Automatic Braking.
To learn more about the 2017 Chevrolet Volt and its award-winning powertrain, stop in to Dan Young GM for a test drive.
Christmas gifts can be hard. You want to get the perfect gift for everyone, but sometimes it’s not that easy. But if you have any car-lovers in your life, we’re here to help! Here are some great Christmas gifts for car lovers.
Don’t underestimate the power of coasters. You can get cool racetrack coasters or you can shop around for coasters of their favorite car. Either way, it’s a great element to add to someone’s home décor that will help them express their love of cars (and save their coffee table from stains).
Who doesn’t love car racing games? Even people who aren’t car enthusiasts can enjoy them. There’s tons of great games out there, whether your car lover is into action and suspense (Fast and the Furious series) or just racing (the Need for Speed series).
If your car lover loves driving their car (and they probably do) then consider getting them a GoPro. They’ll be able to document any fun off-roading trips they go on or any race track laps they take.
If you’re less of a gift-wrap type person and your budget is big, offer to pay for customizations that your car lover has been dying to make on their car. It’ll be a long-lasting gift.
The holidays are just around the corner. After Thanksgiving dinner, there’s probably a couple things on your mind: Black Friday and Christmas. Take a break from the present-shopping to take part in some fun holiday events in Tipton.
Sensitive Santa – December 4th
Santa should be for everyone! That’s why Sensitive Santa is at the Markland Mall. This Santa is for children with special needs and their families. The private photo session makes sure to take into account sensory and physical needs of all kids attending.
Creative Night Out – December 7th
Wanna get creative? At this event, you’ll be able to create a holiday gift that’ll serve as a countdown until the days of Christmas. It’ll tell you how many days you’ll have until Christmas and serve as a cute home décor item!
Breakfast with Santa 2016 – December 17th
Have breakfast with Santa! You can bring the whole family to have breakfast or lunch with the Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. He’ll greet everyone one-on-one, so feel free to take pictures.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Bowling Party – December 17th
Fun for the whole family or fun for friends! Put on your best ugly Christmas sweater and hit the bowling alley for fun and festive bowling.