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!

2015 Chevrolet Trax Available Now at Langs Chevrolet

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax at CAS

Crossovers are definitely the vehicle of choice for most people and it’s no surprise due to their tall ride height, spacious interior, and trendy styling. But some people may still want a vehicle with a smaller footprint, especially in urban environments. This is where the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax steps in.

Edmunds.com described the Trax as “the perfect 21st-century city vehicle” because of its moderate fuel efficiency, affordable price tag, cargo space, and must-have technology. The Trax is powered by a small but lively 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine and offers superb steering, a comfortable ride, and an exclusive fold-flat front passenger seat that opens up additional cargo space to accommodate longer items.

The Trax is offered in three trims: LS, LT, and LTZ—with each available as either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, keyless entry, full power accessories, the Chevrolet MyLink system with a seven-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, a built-in WiFi hotspot, OnStar, and more.

The Trax is available now at Langs Chevrolet. Stop by today and see if this compact crossover is the vehicle you’ve been waiting for.

Chevrolet Trailblazer and MVP Models Expanding to GM India

GM recently announced it will be bringing the Chevrolet Trailblazer to India sometime later this year, as well as its MVP Spin model in 2016, further increasing the automaker’s constantly growing global presence.

The India GM branch will also seriously raise its exports in the coming year, planning to transport almost 20,000 vehicles to other countries in 2015 alone. According to Times of India, most of these exported cars will end up in Mexico and Chile.

Though GM has had a significant presence in India since 1996, the company has unfortunately only managed to accumulate a loss over time in the country. We at Langs Chevrolet hope these changes will impact GM India in a positive way.

Arvind Saxena, GM India president, spoke about their attempts to curb the loss recently, saying, “We have achieved substantial progress last year in India in terms of cutting down the loses. We further plan to improve in the coming years.”

Do you think the Chevrolet Trailblazer and MVP expanding to India will result in a substantial change? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Helpful Rules for Sharing the Road with Cyclists

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Share the Road with Cyclists!

If you’re not a cyclist and you don’t really consort with cyclists, you can easily fall victim to seeing them as the “other.” They don’t belong on the road, you think. The truth is that the road is meant to be shared. Motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists–we are all on the same team! In the spirit of safety and unity, we’ve compiled some rules for sharing the road with cyclists.

Bike lanes are for bikes. Don’t park anywhere that blocks the bike lane. This creates an extremely dangerous situation for cyclists because they now have to ride into traffic to go around your parked car. Speaking of the bike lane—when making a right turn, check your blind spot—particularly for cyclists.

It helps to understand the unique challenges that cyclists face. For instance, cyclists sometimes don’t like to ride right next to parked cars for fear of being “doored.” That’s when the driver of a parked car suddenly opens their door and cyclist runs right into it, possibly sustaining serious injury.

Also know that just like with motorists, some cyclists are better and/or more responsible than others. Try to approach the occasional bad cyclist with as much patience as you would a bad motorist.

A good way of thinking is to pretend that each cyclist you see is a friend or a family member. Wouldn’t you want them to be safe on the road? We at Langs Chevrolet sure hope you would!

Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Gives Colorado to Rookie Patriot Teammate

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Check out the 2015 Chevy Colorado pickup at Langs!

On Sunday, February 1st, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won several titles and awards: the most-watched sporting event in the US, his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player trophy, a new record for most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history, and a brand new Chevy Colorado. For obvious reasons, we at Langs Chevrolet would most appreciate the new pickup; however, we can understand why he chose to give away his prize truck to teammate Malcolm Butler.

Butler, cornerback for the Patriots, intercepted a pass from the opposing Seahawks in the final seconds of the game, giving the Patriots the opportunity they needed to score and take the title of Super Bowl Champions.

Despite your feelings on the results of the game, it cannot be denied that Butler was obviously a valuable player for the Patriots, which is why Brady chose to give away his award-winning Colorado to rookie Patriot teammate Butler. That, and the fact that his salary would allow him to easily buy another Colorado whenever he chose.

As a result of Brady’s generosity, Butler also won several gifts on the night of Super Bowl XLIX: a successful conclusion to his first season in the NFL, his first Super Bowl win, and a brand new Chevy Colorado. Again, we would say the Colorado is the best prize he received.

Chevy’s Spark EV Making its Debut on the East Coast

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Chevy Spark EV

It appears that the Chevy’s Spark EV is about to make its debut on the east coast.  By the end of June, the company is hoping that its electric car will be zipping around the highways and byways of Maryland.

“The Spark EV has been one of the most well-received electric vehicles in the industry and customer demand helped make the decision to expand its availability to Maryland,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of car marketing, in a statement.  The people at Chevy must be on to something, as Spark sales increased 87% in 2014 when compared to the previous sales year.

With the Spark’s unique propulsion system’s ability to launch 0-60 in 7.2 seconds, a price tag of $17,845 (after federal tax credits), a range of 82 miles, and an EPA rating of 119 combined MPGE, this spunky little car will be sure to enhance many commuters’ riding experiences.

With Chevy’s Spark EV making its debut on the east coast this year, stay tuned to Langs Chevrolet where the EV might soon be making its own glowing entrance in the Midwest!

Chevy Safety Technologies Give You an Extra Set of Eyes

Chevy safety technologiesNearly every driver has had difficulty staying focused at one point or another, which is why Chevy released new safety technologies. A refined rear vision camera and rear cross traffic alert will keep drivers informed by scanning blind spots.

These Chevy safety technologies rely on a set of cameras and radar sensors to alert drivers to possible dangers, especially when backing up. According to Chevy, these features will be available on most 2015 models, including those you can find at Langs Chevrolet.

“The majority of AutoTrader.com shoppers agree that the most important technology feature in their cars is a rearview camera,” said Michelle Krebs, AutoTrader.com senior analyst. “Not only do they want this feature, they expect it to be a standard feature in new or used vehicles on dealer lots.”

Drivers may be less familiar with rear cross traffic alert, which scans behind the car when backing up. This system makes backing out of parking spots and driveways considerably safer by flashing signal and alerting the driver with three low-pitched beeps. Alongside the rear vision camera, drivers are safer than ever when behind the wheel of a Chevy.

Edmunds.com Honors Chevrolet with Seven 2015 Most Popular Vehicle Awards

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The 2015 Impala was an Award-Winner!

Edmunds.com has honored Chevrolet with a total of seven “2015 Most Popular” vehicle awards, marking the second time in a row the automaker scored so many.

The winners represent a wide range of automotive segments: the Impala, Corvette, Camaro, Traverse, Tahoe, Colorado, and Silverado 1500 were each honored—showing Chevrolet’s strength in many segments. Whether you’re looking for an SUV, a family sedan, a sports car, or a truck, odds are Chevrolet has what you want.

Edmunds.com chooses its 2015 Most Popular vehicles based on the total of unique monthly visitors to the models’ relevant webpages, like reviews, build tools, and inventory pages, eventually picking three models to display in a total of 22 automotive segments.

“Across the board, Chevrolet’s model lineup is the strongest it’s ever been,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “This award proves that Chevrolet is delivering the exciting designs, innovative technologies and safety features that customers want most.”

Visit Langs Chevrolet to see why our lineup is so popular.