Helpful Tips on How to Buy a New Vehicle

keysSo you want to buy a new vehicle? There’s a very diverse and competitive market out there, so it’s important to do your homework. Not just on this model or that model, but go back to the drawing board and ask yourself, “What is important to me in a vehicle?” Following are some helpful tips on how to buy a new vehicle.

How many people are you going to be carting around? This is usually about how many children you have now—but not always.  It’s about how many children you will have.  If you are planning to keep your vehicle for ten years, think about the future.  This will help you determine how many seats you’ll need.

Which is more important: fuel efficiency or performance? These aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive but if you are looking for the absolute best fuel economy out there, it might mean sacrificing a few horsepower.

Consumer Reports suggested asking yourself what kind of driving experience you prefer. If you generally prefer a smooth, quiet ride like most people, then getting a top-notch suspension or super-crisp handling shouldn’t be a priority, as these features typically add to a vehicle’s cost.

Don’t forget your gut. While being highly analytical is essential to making a good decision, you have to trust your instincts when buying a new vehicle. Hopefully you find your next new vehicle at Langs Chevrolet!

Xbox Kinect Motion Sensor Adopts New Role for Child Safety Seats

The Kinect motion sensor—widely known for being paired with the Xbox 360—is now adopting a new job description as it helps auto manufacturers and child safety seat manufacturers connect the dots.

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Chevy Traverse Available at Langs!

For automakers, it is important for family-sized vehicles like the Chevy Traverse to provide families with the proper fit for child seats of all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, there is no standardized size or shape for the various seats, so automakers are left with the task of trying to make vehicles accommodate as many styles as possible.

This is where the Kinect technology comes in: The Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies (CChIPS), The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and The Ohio State University collaborated on a project that resulted in the development of a methodology that uses the Kinect technology to create a virtual child seat in just a few minutes.

General Motors is able to use this method to test child safety seats of various styles in a far shorter amount of time and at a greatly-reduced cost than the traditional method.

“This new tool will be a great help to us in evaluating child restraint compatibility early in our vehicle design process,” said Julie Kleinert, Global Child Safety Technical Lead for GM.

Plus, we at Langs Chevrolet would imagine it’s more fun to play with the Kinect controller anyway.

Say What? A Chevy Video Ad in Print?

With the advent of technology, a boundless amount of information is literally at one’s fingertips.  However, there is still nothing quite like the touch and feel of holding a magazine and turning its pages. If only we could have a conglomeration of the two!

Well, apparently with the new Chevy Colorado ad, you can. In a partnership with Americhip and Hearst Media, Chevrolet is placing a video ad on the printed page.

2015 Chevy Colorado

2015 Chevy Colorado

What was the inspiration for this genius, you ask? According to Jill Mida, Chevy’s Manager of Truck Advertising, “We had these awesome digital films that we created for the Colorado launch and we thought, why not…put video in print.” Jack Essig, publisher director and chief revenue at Hearst Men’s Group, added, “We’re always looking for innovative ways for print to come alive. This was one of those aha moments.”

So, how does it work? Imbedded within a two-page spread in “Esquire” and “Popular Mechanics,” 10,000 selected subscribers will obtain the issue containing the preset video that begins when the page is turned to the Chevy Colorado ad.

Be sure to visit us at Langs Chevrolet where, even if you were not one of the recipients of the Chevy video ad in print, you can still enjoy our array of Chevy Colorado trucks in person.

New 2016 Spark Styling Gets Extensive Color Options

No matter what your taste in styling is, Chevy is giving new Spark owners an extensive array of color combinations to choose from. Most recently, Toasted Marshmallow and Kalamata Olive became available.

According to Chevy, the other color options for the 2016 Spark styling include Jalapeno Green, Lime, Salsa Red, Titanium, Electric Blue, Black Granite, Splash, Silver Ice, and Summit White. Believe it or not, these are just the options for the exterior paint colors. For a small price, drivers can customize the interior as well.

2015 Chevy Spark

2015 Chevy Spark

“The first generation Spark’s colors allowed us to explore some fun, creative names,” said Dora Nowicki, marketing manager for the 2016 Spark. “We had an opportunity to continue this trend with the new Spark. When it came time to name new colors for the 2016 model, we brought color samples to the table and challenged our launch team to let their creativity run wild.”

So why add so many options? Chevy wants drivers to have a unique experience and add a little more fun than usual. This is just one more reason to consider buying the 2016 Spark from Langs Chevrolet.

All-New 2016 Malibu Raises the Bar in Style

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

Current Chevy Malibu Available in Beavercreek, OH

Chevrolet is raising the bar with the all-new 2016 Malibu, which appeared at the Javits Center in New York, sporting a more aggressive look than ever.

The wide grille, the expressive headlights, and the angled LED running lamps all work together to give the Malibu a new edge.

In fact, because it was noticeably inspired by it, you could even call it the Impala’s angry little brother. And it’s the same story at the rear as it is at the front: the taillights have a sharper cant to them and the large, integrated dual exhausts look positively ferocious.

When you enter the car, however, it’s like entering a completely different world. Brown-and-beige leather, a large central MyLink system, and a dedicated display in the instrument cluster are all dedicated toward absolute comfort and convenience.

For the full list of details on the all-new 2016 Malibu, check out the official press release, or just visit Langs Chevrolet when it goes on sale!

Making a Change during Distracted Driving Awareness Month

texting while drivingApril is Distracted Driving Awareness month, and there’s no better time to bring the dangers of distracted driving to the forefront. According to distraction.gov, distracted driving is simply described as “any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving.” While we may think that we are in complete control of distracted behavior behind the wheel, the truth is that all distractions endanger not only the driver, but other people on the road.

What is distracting me?

  • Texting
  • Talking on the phone
  • Talking with passengers
  • Reading
  • Adjusting audio, navigation, and other infotainment display controls
  • Applying makeup (or otherwise grooming)
  • Eating and drinking
  • Watching a video

But hands-free phone use is ok, right?

An estimated one in four car crashes involves cell phone use. That means nearly 25% of all accidents can be avoided by simply eliminating cell phone use while on the road. Keep in mind that hands-free phone use isn’t free of distractions, either. Though you may have free use of both hands, it’s your brain that allows you to make split-second decisions, and conversations are a distraction and slow down the decision-making process.

What can I do?

NSC.org suggests you practice the following rules in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness month, and make them a habit year-round.

  • Eliminate phone use of any kind while on the road (Take the pledge here).
  • Spread the word about the dangers of distracted driving on social media.

Here at Langs Chevrolet, we believe in putting safety first. Stop by to check out our exciting lineup of vehicles that offer a wide variety of advanced safety features!

All-New Chevy Malibu Safety Technology

2015 Chevy Malibu

2015 Chevy Malibu – Available Now at Langs!

The all-new Chevy Malibu safety technology system provides parents and teens with numerous tools that teach safe driving habits. Inexperienced teen drivers, ages 16-19, are involved in fatal car crashes three times as much as drivers ages 20 and over, according to the IIHS. Chevy has taken note and provided a new system to see that number decrease.

Teen Driver was developed by Chevy engineers and provides parents with a suite of safety technology focused on helping their teens develop better driving habits even when they’re not in the car with them. The new safety features are listed below.

  • Muting audio systems when front seat safety belts are not fastened
  • Audible and visual warnings given when the Malibu is traveling faster than permitted speeds
  • Tracking of driving distance, speed, over-speed warnings given, stability control events, antilock brake events, and forward collision alerts

Teen Driver is enabled through Chevy’s MyLink System, making it a seamless set-up process for parents. The new Chevy Malibu won’t be available until later this year, so we at Langs Chevrolet will let you know when they start arriving on our lot!

NCAA First Four Played in Dayton

March BasketballDayton is getting a stimulus to its economy and it isn’t coming from any government. The NCAA March Madness Men’s Basketball Tournament took place in Flyer territory. The opening round, dubbed the “First Four,” kicked off the tournament.

The NCAA First Four coming to the Dayton area pays out to over $4 million in the local economy each year. It also puts Dayton in the national spotlight, which is great for prospective businesses to see how the city works. But putting on such an enormous event is no easy task.

Getting ready for the NCAA First Four requires an entire year’s worth of work. Volunteers pour thousands of hours into setting up and preparations, like finding sponsors. Sponsors invest millions of dollars in the games. Both are a major part of the success in Dayton.

Two events, deemed the Hoopla, were a major part of the pregame. First, the Hoopla Four Miler run took place, starting and ending at the UD River Campus. This year 300 people took part, doubling 2014’s number.

Second, The Hoopla STEM Challenge was held at Chaminade-Julienne High School. There, boys and girls in grades K-8 participated in the hot shot competition. STEM partners were on hand to teach the kids about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

March Madness runs from March 17th to April 1st, and we at Langs Chevrolet have our brackets filled out!

New Colorado Trail Boss Edition Struts at Cleveland Auto Show

After a long week at work, there’s just nothing better than shutting out the rest of the world and giving yourself a weekend to play in the great outdoors. Out in the wild, you get to be your own boss—and now Chevrolet makes the perfect truck for that sort of independence. The new Colorado Trail Boss Edition, the latest in a long run of Colorado special edition trucks, recently debuted at the Cleveland Auto Show.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

2015 Chevy Colorado Available at Langs Chevrolet

This particular version of the Colorado is definitely built to own any off-road situation, but it is also simply a truck enthusiast’s dream. It comes with optional 4WD capability, special wheels and tires, the GearOn cargo box, and we’re just getting started on the feature list. “This truck offers one-stop shopping for people who want to customize their truck,” said Chevrolet spokesman Otie McKinley.

The Chevrolet Colorado is still a very new model, but it’s already been extremely successful in its quest to revamp the mid-size truck market. Come see us at Langs Chevrolet to learn more about the Colorado and all its special editions, including the new Trail Boss complete with Z71 package. And, yes, if you’re wondering—it does come with black Bowties. So what are you waiting for?

Chevrolet Named 2015 Climate Leadership Award Winner

Go GreenChevrolet is taking the “Go Green” philosophy past its vehicle lineup. The American carmaker was recently the only automaker named a 2015 Climate Leadership Award winner, thanks to its efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of schools across the country. Through the Chevrolet Clean Energy Campus Campaign, the automaker has made a lasting impression on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who handed out the award.

“The Climate Registry is honored to recognize an impressive group of climate champions for their dedication to and leadership in addressing climate change in their operations,” said David Rosenheim, executive director of The Climate Registry. “This year’s deserving award winners are leading the way in reducing carbon pollution through greater transparency and consistent data, demonstrating the path to a more sustainable future.”

Chevrolet’s Clean Energy Campus Campaign partners with primary schools, secondary schools, and college campuses across the US to reduce their carbon footprints. The award was specifically for Chevrolet’s “carbon performance methodologies,” which help lower emissions. Currently, Chevrolet hopes to lower greenhouse-gas emissions by at least 8 million metric tons of CO2.

Chevrolet’s eco-friendly philosophy can also be seen in the brand’s lineup. Make sure you stop in to Langs Chevrolet today to check out our fuel-efficient vehicles!