2018 Chevrolet Traverse Debut Set for 2017 Detroit Auto Show

The Detroit Auto Show is always a major stage for vehicle reveals, especially for the American carmakers that make Detroit their home base.  This year, the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debut is set to occur during the show in January, introducing an updated version of the popular midsize crossover that is sure to impress.

Chevrolet Traverse

The Chevy Traverse has been in production since 2008, providing consumers with a practical, spacious ride. It is one of the oldest vehicles in Chevrolet’s lineup and is starting to show its age, since it hasn’t seen a refresh since 2008. For the new model, the American carmaker has stated that it will offer a “bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers,” but the details on this crossover are few and far between.

chevrolet traverse head light

We do know that the 2018 Traverse will feature “D-Optic” headlights, which are meant to give better lighting than other systems. Chevy also wants the Traverse to have class-leading third-row legroom and cargo space. The 2018 model will also share a platform with the GMC Acadia, which means it will likely have some of the same upgrades that the Acadia debuted at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.

When the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse debuts at the Detroit Auto Show, it is bound to make a lasting impression. To learn more about the current Traverse, stop in to Bill Roberts Chevrolet for a test drive.

How to Keep Your Car Organized

How To Keep Your Car OrganizedIn this hectic life, there isn’t always time to take care of the little things around us. Unfortunately, that often means that our rooms, homes, and cars aren’t always quite as organized as we may like them to be. Here are a few simple tips on how to keep your car organized.

 

Trunk Dividers

A lot of junk tends to get thrown in the trunk, and it piles up into quite the mess. If you can find a way to divide your trunk space, or fit in collapsible bins, you can organize all of the different stuff that gets thrown back there.

 

Organizers

Instead of letting little things pile up all over the interior of your car, find something to put all of the stuff in. One example of this is to repurpose an old remote caddy from your house. If you can strap them to the backs of your front seats, you have extra space to store little things like headphones, toys, or anything else that may be sitting around.

 

Glove Box

If you’ve ever opened your glove box to a mess of papers and napkins, there’s a simple fix. Find some old folders to organize all of the papers that are sitting in your glove box.

 

By getting creative and thinking outside of the box, you will find a lot of different ways to organize your car.

How to Buy a Car on a Budget

how to buy a car on a budgetPurchasing a car is both exciting and intimidating. It’s one of the most important financial decisions that you will make this year, as making the wrong choice can lead you into financial chaos. For those looking to spend their money wisely, there are plenty of great options out there. Here is how to buy a car on a budget.

Establish a Budget

This may seem obvious, but many people fail to establish a firm budget for themselves when purchasing a car. Determine what you can and cannot afford, and cross out every single option that is over your budget. If you’re making payments on the car, determine how much you can afford to pay each month.

Just Say No

If you’re buying your car at a dealership, learn the word ‘no’ real fast. They are going to offer you a lot of different things to try to talk you into buying a different car than what you came in for. While it may be tempting when that nice new car is sitting in front of you, you have to be able to say no if it isn’t in your budget. However, do not be afraid to negotiate.

If you follow these simple tips, you will not overspend on your car.

 

 

Car Tips: Prepare Your Car For Winter

Taking care of your vehicle properly starts with routine maintenance. Winter is right around the corner, which means it’s time to take the proper steps to ensure your vehicle runs all winter long. Don’t get stuck out in the cold waiting on roadside assistance! Here are a few helpful tips to prepare your car for winter from us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet.

Prepare your car for winter

  • Battery – Taking care of your battery is pertinent if you want your vehicle to start in cold weather. If your battery is more than three years old, odds are its time for a replacement. Examine your battery for bulges, cracks, leaks, and other potential problems. Scrape the corrosion off the posts while you’re at it.
  • Oil – Fresh oil is far more efficient than old oil, which is why an oil change is highly recommended at the change of the season. Changing the oil ensures your engine will operate at peak efficiency. That reduces the risk of an engine problem on the road, especially in winter.
  • Lights – Staying properly visible is just as important as being able to see. That’s where your lights come in. Take the time to clean the lenses and replace any burnt out bulbs. Doing so decreases the likelihood of an accident due to decreased visibility.

2016 SEMA Show: Chevrolet’s Blue Line Concepts

Chevrolet didn’t steal the 2016 SEMA Show, but it certainly grabbed a good portion of the spotlight. While other automakers spent their time designing and engineering power-packed vehicles and custom creations that won’t see the public market, Chevrolet went another way. Chevrolet’s Blue Line concepts turned heads for plenty of reasons. Best of all, most of the upgrades made to the Blue Line vehicles will be available to the public by mid-2017.

The Cruze Hatch RS, a sportier version of the Cruze hatchback, took center stage with its Genesis White paint and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. The chrome grille was one of a few cosmetic changes.

The Cruze Hatch RS included a few performance upgrades that visitors couldn’t see. A lowered suspension, performance brakes, and a new intake and exhaust system made the short list. All of the upgrades will be available to the public by mid-2017, if they aren’t already.

Chevrolet also brought a Malibu Blue Line concept to the 2016 SEMA Show. Like its smaller sibling, the Malibu Blue Line concept saw a Genesis White paintjob and Slate Blue Metallic wheels. Unlike the Cruze Hatch RS, the Malibu also saw a blacked-out grille insert, bowtie badging, and illuminated doorsills, to name a few changes.

Here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet, we’re proud to see fantastic cars getting more options to make them even better!

Chevy Sets Guinness Book World Record

Whether you’re an avid Guinness Book World Record follower or just have the book as a coffee table read, you can admit there are lots of awards that are fascinating and unbelievable. Well, Chevy is joining the Guinness Book, so now you definitely have a reason to check it out!

So just what did Chevy do to earn a Guinness World Record? Well, in Fort Worth, Texas, the 2017 Silverado HD did some serious work! They set the record for World’s Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle.

You may ask, “Is that a record?” But it is! Really, anything can be a record. The occasion was the State Fair of Texas, and appropriately enough, Texas is the largest truck market. The 2017 Silverado flew the U.S. flag for the event, and broke a record in the process.

The 2017 Chevrolet Silverado sets a Guinness Book World RecordTo set the record, the Silverado had to drive at least 100 meters flying the flag. The flag could not touch the ground for the record to be passed. But don’t worry, the Silverado passed with flying colors! The flag, which was almost 3,200 square feet, was flown effortlessly by the Silverado for four laps around the track. That’s one and a half miles!

Check out the 2017 Silverado today to see what you can tow!

Most Iconic Chevys

You love your Chevy, but there’s more than just yours! Throughout Chevy’s nearly 105-year history, there’s been some pretty epic cars that have come along. Here are some iconic Chevys that have graced the road.

1914 Chevrolet Royal Mail Roadster

This is easily one of the most iconic Chevys, with an intriguing and dynamic design. It lived up to its “Royal Mail” name, with edgy and contemporary lines that gave it that high-class look.

The 1936 Chevrolet Suburban is an iconic chevy1936 Chevrolet Suburban

The Suburban of the ’30s looks nothing like the Suburban of today, but it definitely made an impression at the time. It stood out because it had even more room for eight people than other stations wagons of the ’30s.

1948 Chevrolet Pickup

America loves trucks, and especially Chevy trucks! The new Advanced Design pickup immediately became a success because of roomier cabins and that famous pickup truck resourcefulness. It was perfect for the “working man” or for families.

1953 Chevrolet Corvette

The Corvette debuted its distinct sports-car styling and powerful engine in 1953. This was only the start of the Corvette but it was famous almost immediately.

These are just some of many famous Chevys. What’s your favorite?

Teen Driver Technology: Putting Parents’ Minds at Ease

According to a recent Harris Poll, one of the biggest worries for parents of teens centers around driving. With more than 360,000 teens becoming eligible for a driver’s license in the past month of August alone, there’s never been a more pressing need for safety technologies. That’s why Chevy is working hard to provide the latest systems around.

The Harris Poll survey, according to Chevy, shows that around 55% of parents say that having their teens drive is the biggest area of parental stress. In order to put parents’ minds at ease, Chevy developed Teen Driver Technology on 10 of its 2017 models.

“While we can’t control a teen’s behavior when they are in a car without a parent, Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Technology can remind them to buckle up and avoid speeding, while our other available active safety features can help to alert them in certain situations when they’re making less-than-perfect driving decisions,” said Steve Majoros, director of marketing for Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers.

Teen Driver Technology can be found in many Chevrolet vehicles such as the ColoradoSome of the technologies include features like Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Cross Traffic Alert, Stability Control, Traction Control, Forward Automatic Braking, and more. Some of the Teen Driver technologies can report back to parents just how safe their children are driving. Here are some of the things you can track:

  • Distance Driven
  • Maximum Speed
  • Hard Brakes
  • Tailgating Alerts
  • Wide-open Throttle Alerts

These are just some of the many things you can keep an eye on. You can get these technologies on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Suburban, Tahoe, and Volt. You’ll always be better protected in a Chevy. Get yours today.

Car Tips: Extending Your Car’s Life

Fall is the perfect time of year for regular service. With the change in temperatures and weather as well as wear and tear from the summer, your car will be ready for some maintenance. Not only will service help reduce the risk of breakdowns, but it can even extend the life of your car.

According to Bankrate, one of the best fall maintenance tips is to get an oil change. The average driver will need an oil change every six months or 7,500 miles. Americans tend to drive around 12,000 miles every year, so that means that you should change your oil about twice a year.

Fall Maintenance Tips for your Chevrolet VehicleYou should also consider checking tire pressure. Tires can lose air as the temperature decreases. In fact, around every one-degree dip in temperature leads to a loss of about one psi. Under-inflated tires can cause friction when driving, leading to added wear and tear. If it is bad enough, it can even cause fuel economy to decrease.

Make sure to get some new wipers in the fall. With winter right around the corner, you don’t want to wait before it’s too late. You should also check your fluids and top them off if necessary, including wiper fluid.

These are three of the best things you can do to prepare for the fall. For all your maintenance needs, be sure to stop by Bill Roberts Chevrolet Buick.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

General Motors released Magnetic Ride Control over a decade ago and it stands as one of the most advanced suspension systems currently on the road. However, despite being one of the most advanced technologies in today’s vehicles, it’s fairly simple to explain. Let us here at Bill Roberts Chevrolet walk you through how Magnetic Ride Control works.

Known as the fastest reacting suspension system around the globe, Magnetic Ride Control makes every ride a smooth one. The shock absorbers are filled with a unique polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and, when they detect an electric charge, the polymer fluid can change from a free-flowing state to a rubber-like density in a split second.

2015 Chevrolet SS with Magnetic Ride ControlAn Electronic Control Unit and sensors read the road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second and adjust the system accordingly. Capable of detecting every crack, bump, and pothole as the car hits it, Magnetic Ride Control adjusts instantaneously, effectively providing a smoother ride, less vibration, and improved handling.

That combination makes Magnetic Ride Control perfect for almost any terrain. Track-oriented vehicles benefit from improved handling while cruising on country roads are as smooth as can be. First debuting on the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is bound to stick around for years to come.