2009 ZR1 Corvette Restored from Sinkhole Damage, Displayed at SEMA

Earlier this year, eight Corvettes were consumed by a sinkhole that developed at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky. After the destruction, we at Suski Chevrolet are proud to announce that one of those Corvettes – the 2009 ZR1 Corvette (also known as the “Blue Devil”) – was restored and on display at the 2014 Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA) Show. It was the first of the eight damaged vehicles to be restored.

“After that unprecedented event, the ZR1 was the first car to be lifted out of the sinkhole,” said Jim Campbell, US vice president for performance vehicles and motorsports. “It was great to recover it, bring it back to Chevrolet and begin the restoration of this significant Corvette.”

The restoration took six weeks and will be the only restoration completed this year. Two other ‘Vettes are scheduled to be restored next year, and the remaining five will be displayed in their current damaged condition as part of a special exhibition at the museum.

Now that the SEMA Show has concluded, the 2009 ZR1 Corvette restored by Chevy will be making its way back to the National Corvette Museum.

2016 Chevy Volt Debut Scheduled for the North American International Auto Show

2016 Chevy Volt Debut

2015 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors anticipates moving forward to develop more alternative fuel options, along with hybrid, diesel, electric, and hydrogen power technologies. Thus, a brand new second generation 2016 Chevy Volt will be showcased this January at the North American International Auto Show.

The Volt is an extended-range electric vehicle, so GM has its fingers crossed that gasoline prices in the States increase. According to Fortune, Michelle Krebs from AutoTrader.com reported, “Sales in the segment (along with small cars in general) follow gas prices–when they spike, sales rise; when they fall, so do sales.” Hopefully, the 2016 Chevy Volt debut will be the start of a stellar year for GM.

The 2016 Volt will have the ability to hold more energy in its battery and have a longer range on a single charge. The vehicle will be able to reach higher speeds quicker and the gas generator will be a brand new GM engine that uses less fuel. Having a gas engine paired with an electric fuel cell makes a car that drives like a gas powered vehicle but is efficient like an EV.

Get your own Chevy Volt from Suski Chevrolet and forget about gas prices!

2015 Chevy Volt Efficiency and Speed Promised to Increase

2015 Chevy Volt Efficiency

2015 Chevrolet Volt

If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the right electric vehicle to come along before taking the plunge, your wait might be over. Ahead of January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevy is releasing details about its improved 2015 Volt, and boy do we like what we’re hearing. The new Volt is faster, quieter, and more efficient than ever before.

The gas-electric plug-in car will use a new extended range electric vehicle propulsion system and will be “more efficient and offer greater EV range and fuel economy compared to the current generation,” General Motors engineers said in a statement.

Although we know the new Volt will go further, we don’t yet know any details about what its new electric range. Chevrolet plans to release those details along with EPA ratings when the 2015 Chevy Volt efficiency is truly revealed in January.

Autonews.com reports that GM started from scratch when designing the new drive unit, carrying over none of the parts from the Voltec drive unit that debuted in 2010. The new drive unit is reported to be 100 pounds lighter and provide 20 percent better acceleration.

Chevrolet says a new battery has a 20 percent greater storage capacity and weighs 30 pounds less than the old unit. In addition, a new direct-injected 1.5-liter four-cylinder box will replace the old model’s 1.4-liter four-cylinder, and will take regular gas instead of the previously-required premium gas.

Here at Suski Chevrolet, we are excited for these worth-while updates to make their way to dealerships next year! But, in the meantime, make sure to check back often for more details about the 2015 Volt.

Beer and Food Scraps Can Power the Chevrolet Bi-Fuel Impala

Bi-fuel Impala

2015 Chevrolet Impala

If you ever found yourself stranded, miles out from the nearest gas station without any fuel left in your car, you’d probably need to call for help. But, if your car was a 2015 Chevrolet Bi-fuel Impala, you could just scrounge up beer and food scraps and get back on your way.

Okay, well, maybe it’s not that simple, but the idea is there. In Cleveland, Quasar Energy Group uses organic waste—like leftovers, table scraps, and even grains from brewing beer—to produce a renewable energy source called biogas, which is then turned into Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). CNG is one of the two kinds of fuel—the other being regular gas—that can power the 2015 Chevy Bi-fuel Impala, which will go on sale later this year at Suski Chevrolet.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, CNG also saves money. Renewable fuel costs about $1.95 per gallon and the tank mounted in the Impala’s trunk can hold about 7.8 gallons of it, which is good enough for approximately 150 miles of range. The car can also seamlessly switch between the two modes, so you can change fuel types at will and go as far as 500 city miles without ever stopping at a station!

Suski Chevrolet Buick Hosted Flint, Michigan Flu Clinic on October 20th

Flint, Michigan Flu Clinic

Like it or not, flu season, often described as October through May, is upon us. Influenza is a serious disease that shouldn’t be taken lightly – even the healthiest people are at risk. Everyone should consider protecting themselves and those around them by getting the flu vaccine.

The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. According to the CDC, the vaccine itself causes antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.

The CDC recommends that everyone, six months of age and older, should receive the flu vaccine every year. Vaccination is especially critical for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza, which can lead to hospitalization or worse.

Suski Chevrolet Buick was proud to partner with Walgreens to offer a Flint, Michigan flu clinic on Monday, October 20, 2014, from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The clinic took place at the Suski Chevrolet Buick dealership, which is located at 8700 Main St, Birch Run, MI 48415.

Trained Walgreens representatives were on hand to administer the flu shots, which participants could pay for with $31.99 in cash or by submitting the bill to their health insurance.

Learn more about influenza and the flu vaccine at www.cdc.gov.

Take care of yourself and your family this season. We hope you stopped in to get your annual flu shot!

Chevrolet Asks Fans to Help Name the Camaro Special Edition


Name the Camaro Special Edition

2015 Chevrolet Camaro – Coupe and Convertible

Christmas has come early for Camaro enthusiasts everywhere. Chevrolet recently announced that, as a way to celebrate National Name Your Car Day, Camaro owners and fans across the country now have the opportunity to name the Camaro Special Edition. The special version of the 2015 muscle car, which will debut at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, is set to arrive on dealer lots in the first quarter of 2015.

“Chevrolet has made a tradition of offering special-edition models each spring, but this is the first time we’ve turned to the community of Camaro fans to name it,” said Todd Christensen, Camaro marketing manager. “We can’t think of a better way to involve the owners and enthusiasts who have made it the segment’s best-selling sports car for four years running.”

This Camaro Special Edition will be available as both a convertible and coupe, while also offering the RS Appearance Package, Cyber Gray rally stripes, and a black interior with Graphite Silver door panels. With an exclusive Emerald Green Metallic exterior color and other unique exterior features, the unique Camaro SS is the type of car that deserves the most fitting name possible.

Do you think you have the perfect name? To submit your suggestion, just tweet Chevrolet at Twitter.com/Chevrolet, or post on the Chevy Camaro Facebook page at facebook.com/chevycamaro. Just make sure you use the hashtag #NameThatCamaro. We here at Suski Chevrolet Buick plan to participate and come up with a great name!

Toughnology Concept Shows off Silverado’s Inner Strength

Toughnology Concept

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

No matter where you live, there’s no denying that Texas is the king of truck country, which is why it makes perfect sense for Chevrolet to unveil its new Toughnology Concept at the recent State Fair of Texas.

With this concept, Chevrolet wanted to show off, not only the Silverado’s high-strength steel, but also its top-of-the-line technology.

“The technology of advanced high-strength steel makes the Chevrolet Silverado stronger, lighter, more capable and more efficient—and that’s exactly what the Toughnology concept represents,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer, in a press release. “During the Silverado’s development, we evaluated all materials and chose those that would provide the best strength to support capability while still delivering a strong value to customers. High-strength steel had clear advantages and is a contributor to the overall package that made Silverado the 2014 North American Truck of the Year.”

High-strength steel makes the Silverado stronger, lighter, and more efficient than many vehicles that use conventional carbon steel. High-strength steel can also be up to 30 percent lighter than carbon steel. In addition, it offers weight reduction that is less expensive than aluminum.

For the Toughnology Concept, Chevrolet used a stripped-down look that mimics the appearance of raw steel. A black hood and other black and chrome features accent the exterior. Inside, technology takes center stage with a rear-seat entertainment system, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi, and a wireless phone-charging mat. All of these features are available on the Silverado LTZ trim.

Come take a look at the Chevrolet Silverado, available now at Suski Chevrolet.

Chevy Reveals Colorado Sport Concept at State Fair of Texas

Colorado Sport Concept

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Among the many talents of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is the ability to pack up all the things that you need for a weekend on the trails, and the Colorado Sport Concept unveiled at the State Fair of Texas proves that point exceptionally well.

The concept, which was revealed at the annual event that celebrates pickup trucks better than even the most dedicated auto shows, is packed to the gills with adventuring equipment. It will make the move from Texas to Sin City this November when it makes a stopover at the 2014 SEMA Show.

“It’s not just mountain bikes, but just about any passion you can name, from kayaking, fishing, dirt bikes and more,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “It’s a truck for those who need the versatility of a pickup to support their work and lifestyle interests, but don’t need a full-size truck to do it.”

The Colorado Sport Concept is decked out in GearOn™ accessories, including:

  • Assist steps
  • Cargo rings
  • Splash guards
  • Tiered storage
  • Bike rack
  • Cargo divider
  • Wheel lip moldings

While the Colorado Sport Concept isn’t something you’ll be able to buy off the lot, all of the aforementioned GearOn accessories are available through Chevy dealerships like Suski. For more information on how you can try the Colorado out for yourself,  and for how you can make it the ideal fit for your weekend getaway, stop in and see us today!

2015 Chevy Colorado Hitting the Streets Soon

2015 Chevy Colorado Hitting the Streets Soon

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

One of the questions that tends to come up quite a bit from shoppers here at Suski Chevrolet: when are y’all going to be getting in the 2015 Colorado? Well, we’ve got some good news: shipping from Chevy’s Wentzville, Missouri plant has gotten underway, which means it should only be a matter of time before the new Colorado appears at our showroom here in Birch Run.

Are you excited? We are.

“The Colorado was designed to meet the demands of the modern midsized truck buyer, and now we’re fulfilling the demand they’ve placed on us,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “Chevrolet and everyone at the Wentzville plant has worked hard to get the truck out on time to fulfill as soon as possible the orders our dealers have placed.”

The Colorado first wowed us back at the LA Auto Show in November, and ever since, we’ve been looking forward to its refined combination of tech, fuel economy, and utility.

If you want to get a head start and figure out just what you’d like in your 2015 Colorado, then check out the “Build Your 2015 Colorado” configurator page. It’s basically like an interactive pizza menu, only the end result is slightly more delicious.

So if the 2015 Colorado is truly like a tasty pizza, the crust is golden brown and the cheese is all melty. In fact, we think one of the first things we’ll do is take the Colorado out to grab a pizza. We’re suddenly hungry for some reason or another.

Are Driverless Cars Safer Than Human-Controlled Cars?

If you ask Bob Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman, then the answer is absolutely, driverless cars are much safer than human-driven cars. According to Lutz, if automakers and insurance companies are smart, they’ll roll out autonomous cars sooner rather than later.

“The autonomous car doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t text while driving, doesn’t get road rage,” Lutz said in an interview with CNBC’s “Street Signs”. “Young, autonomous cars don’t want to race other autonomous cars, and they don’t go to sleep.”

Lutz anticipates that there could, and likely will, be occasional accidents but noted that the crash rate will probably be about ten percent of today’s accident rate. We’d be willing to be accidents would also be less severe.

Recently, GM announced one of its 2017 Cadillacs will feature “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous system for use on highways. The system uses radars and cameras to keep the car in the center of its lane, and a safe distance behind the cars in front of it. It will also be capable of managing stop-and-go traffic and be able to bring the car to a complete stop when necessary.

While other automakers offer similar systems, GM’s will be the first that is able to operate at highway speeds. Lutz comments that we aren’t far from having all the technology needed to have fully-autonomous cars. “In Cadillacs and a lot of other high-end cars, we’ve got three-quarters of the system operating today. The last thing we need are the automatic steering inputs.”

Would you consider buying a car that drives itself? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

Can’t wait for a self-driving car?  Stop by Suski Chevy, we’ll get you into a car loaded with safety technology today!