2014 Chevrolet Equinox One of the Best in Small Overlap Crash Test

2014 Chevrolet Equinox One of the Best in Small Overlap Crash Test

2014 Chevy Equinox

One of the most competitive segments in the automotive industry is the midsize crossover segment, so standing out from the crowd is pivotal. The Chevrolet Equinox stands out not only with its stellar design and features, but also with its great crash test ratings.

The Equinox is one of only two 2014 midsize crossovers to achieve the top “Good” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the small overlap frontal crash test. The other vehicle is its sibling the GMC Terrain.

This is one of the newest tests added by the IIHS and simulates a vehicle crashing into a narrow object (like a tree or utility pole) with the front corner of the car—one of the most common types of accidents.

In this test, the Equinox was able to maintain its structure so that intrusion into the driver’s space was low. The Equinox also received Good ratings in all other tests, which is more than enough to give it the Top Safety Pick+ recognition.

Watch this video to see the Equinox in the small frontal overlap test.

If you want to make sure you and your family are in the safest midsize crossover you can get, head on over to Langs Chevrolet where we have the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox available now.

Chevy Malibu Adds Top Safety Pick+ Rating to Belt for 2014

chevy Malibu Adds Top Safety Pick + Rating to Belt for 2014

2014 Chevy Malibu

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently made their safety measurements stricter, making it even harder to even a top safety rating. The new, more stringent criteria were no problem for the 2014 Chevy Malibu, though, which actually easily surpassed the IIHS’s standards for safety. Therefore, the 2014 Malibu earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the institute, the highest possible rating given out by the IIHS.

To receive the Top Safety Pick+ rating, a vehicle must not only receive a “Good” rating in four out of five crash tests, but it must now also include a frontal crash protection system that meets the IIHS’s demands. The Malibu received a “Good” rating in all five crash tests; plus, on the 2LT trim and above, the Malibu comes with an optional Advanced Safety Package. This package includes cameras and radars that search the road in front of your Malibu to warn you of possible dangers.

“We are very pleased that the IIHS has recognized the safety of the Malibu with this prestigious rating,” said Gay Kent, general director of General Motors Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “Customer safety is our guiding compass; this serves as a testament to that.” So let your inner compass guide you here to Langs Chevrolet and we’ll find a safe, reliable, and super fun Malibu just for you.

Chevy What Do You #PlayFor Campaign Encourages Fun

Chevrolet is reaching out to soccer players and fans around the world with the launch of the brand’s new “What Do You #PlayFor?” social and digital global campaign. The campaign, which aims to inspire and bring soccer fans closer to the sport, is one part of a new initiative Chevy is using to provide a lasting impact to areas that need children to play the most.

“The act of play is a fundamental human need that transcends cultures and impacts all ages,” said Alan Batey, General Motors executive vice president, Global Chevrolet. “Joyful play is the fuel of ingenuity and imagination for children and adults alike, driving a sense of what is possible. Through our partnership with Manchester United and One World Futbol Project, Chevrolet is harnessing the passion for play to bring everyone closer to the game. ”

“What Do You #PlayFor?” was officially launched last week at the March 16 Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool FC. In partnership with One World Futbol Project, Chevrolet will be donating and distributing 1.5 million nearly indestructible soccer balls to organizations working in developing communities. Over 50 countries have received these soccer balls, affecting the lives of an estimated 21 million children.

So we here at Langs Chevrolet want to know—what do you #playfor?

How Engineers Solved Wheel Slip in the Camaro Z/28

How Engineers Solved Wheel Slip in the Camaro Z/28

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

When Chevrolet took the Camaro Z/28 out to the track for testing, it quickly became clear that there was a problem: it was too powerful.

Engineers noticed that the Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R tires and carbon-ceramic Brembo brake rotors were creating so much traction and stopping force that it was causing wheel slip—a phenomenon causing the wheels to rotate inside the tire itself.

In racing, a common solution to this problem is to apply abrasive paint around the bead of the wheel, where the tire meets the rim. The engineers tried it, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Z/28’s impressive 1.5 g deceleration force. So they had to resort to some creative thinking.

Finally, they found a working solution with media blasting, or shooting gritty material through an air gun at the wheel’s surface. This added texture to the paint for the tire to grip and successfully solved the wheel slip problem. Nice job!

Come learn more about the new Camaro Z/28 at Langs Chevrolet!

Three of Eight Corvettes Recovered from Sinkhole

As of March 4, three of the eight fallen Corvettes have been rescued from the sinkhole that devastated the National Corvette Museum. Thankfully, engineers are optimistic the three will be fully restored despite current damages.

After the incident, Chevrolet quickly stepped in to lend their support to the non-profit organization, which houses the legendary cars.

The 1962 Corvette was the first to be pulled from the wreckage with the 2009 ZR-1 “Blue Devil” and the 1993 40th anniversary model following close behind.

“The recovery of the first three cars went flawlessly, and the cars are in remarkably good shape,” said Corvette Manufacturing Integration Manager, John Spencer. “Unfortunately, the remaining five cars are either partially or totally covered in debris. We expect their recovery will be much more challenging, and the cars to be in much worse condition.”

With recovery efforts in full swing, we at Langs Chevrolet hope it won’t be too long before the National Corvette Museum gets its prized possessions back on display in perfect condition.

Chevrolet Volts Collectively Travelled More than 400 Million EV Miles

400 Million EV Miles

2014 Chevy Volt

Late last month, the collective Chevrolet Volt fleet surpassed 400 million miles of electric driving. At that distance, you could make a roundtrip from Earth to Mars with mileage to spare. Or you could travel from San Diego to Bangor, Maine more than 120,000 times—talk about a road trip.

And, instead of spending money buying 21 million gallons of gas, you could buy over 100 acres of a private island.

The Chevrolet Volt is a revolutionary electric vehicle with an on-board gas generator to keep you going when the battery is depleted. According to GM, drivers who charge regularly can drive more than 900 miles between gas station fill-ups. Depending on your driving habits, this could mean going to the gas station once a month, or maybe even less than that.

400 Million EV Miles

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Volt drivers can track their mileage online through Volt Stats, which uses data collected through OnStar. There you can sort the results by EV Miles, Total Miles, EV%, and other options. The driver with the most EV miles, nicknamed “The Most E-Miles Volt,” lives in Arizona and has driven more than 56,000 miles on electricity alone.

At Langs Chevrolet, we have the 2014 Volt available now. Give us a visit to see how electrified you feel behind the wheel of the Volt.

Shop-Click-Drive Makes Buying Chevy Easy

Shop-Click-DriveIf you haven’t already, check out GM’s innovative Shop-Click-Drive. It’s one of those things that makes you really glad the Internet was invented.

Thanks to Shop-Click-Drive, buying a car has never been easier and more hassle-free. All you need to do is shop for your ideal vehicle on a participating dealer’s website, click to create a deal that works for you, and then drive!

Because it’s all done online, the service is available 24/7, every day of the week. No need to call the dealer or head there yourself unless it’s to pick up your vehicle. Additionally, you’ll always know exactly what you’re getting into. Because Shop-Click-Drive works directly with the dealership, you’ll never find yourself in a situation where you thought a vehicle cost one thing but actually cost another at the dealership.

For more information about Shop-Click-Drive, just visit the official website! And for more about everything Chevy, head over to Langs Chevrolet!

GM to Oversee Restoration of Corvettes Damaged in Collapse

Last week, an enormous sinkhole opened up in the floor of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and took eight rare Corvettes down into it. The Corvettes, each beautiful in their own way, were all of varying value and significance. The cars affected include:

  • 1962 Black Corvette
  • 1984 PPG Pace Car
  • 1992 White 1 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 Ruby Red 40th Anniversary Corvette
  • 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06 Corvette
  • 2009 White 1.5 Millionth Corvette
  • 1993 ZR-1 Spyder (on loan from General Motors)
  • 2009 ZR1 “Blue Devil” (on loan from General Motors)

While the Corvette Museum was unable to estimate the total cost of damages incurred by the incident, General Motors has stepped in to assure that their restoration will be overseen by no less than some of the world’s foremost experts.

GM announced that, once recovered, the eight Corvettes will be sent to General Motors Design in Warren, Michigan, where Vice President of GM Global Design, Ed Welburn, will oversee the restoration of the vehicles to their former glory.

“The vehicles at the National Corvette Museum are some of the most significant in automotive history,” said Mark Reuss, executive vice president of General Motors Global Product Development, in the company’s press release. “There can only be one 1-millionth Corvette ever built. We want to ensure as many of the damaged cars are restored as possible so fans from around the world can enjoy them when the Museum reopens.”

Of course, none of this accounts for the cost of repairing the sinkhole and other miscellaneous costs associated with an incident of this magnitude. As such, we here at Langs Chevrolet encourage Corvette enthusiasts to make a donation to the National Corvette Museum so that they can be up and running at full speed for their 20th anniversary celebration this August!

Chevrolet Makes $1 Million Donation for Purple Roads Initiative

We did it. Thanks to you and more than 999,999 of your friends who participated in the Purple Roads initiative, Chevrolet donated $1 million to the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program.

In a call to stand with cancer patients and against the devastating disease, Chevrolet promised to donate $1, up to $1 million, for every person who “purpled” their Facebook and Twitter profiles in time for World Cancer Day on Feb. 4.

Over 1 million people participated; and Chevrolet made the generous donation to the ACS program, which provides transportation for patients in need of a ride to treatment.

“The American Cancer Society is profoundly grateful for the generosity of Chevy’s Purple Roads initiative and for the more than 1 million people who have purpled their profiles in support of people in need of help during their cancer journey,” said Lin Mac Master, chief revenue marketing and communications officer for the ACS.

For us at Langs Chevrolet, this initiative is a perfect example of the heart of our mission: helping move people.

Chevy Silverado High Country Awarded to Super Bowl MVP

Super Bowl MVP

2014 Chevy Silverado – Available at Langs Chevrolet!

The choice destination of all Super Bowl champions is Disney World, but the Seattle Seahawks player that earned the MVP trophy will be traveling there in some serious style.

Malcolm Smith of the World Champion Seattle Seahawks was named the Super Bowl MVP thanks to a spectacular performance and an interception that he was able to return for a touchdown in Seattle’s 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos. Smith is being rewarded for his historic distinction with an all-new 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country.

The 2014 Silver High Country is Chevrolet’s first entry into the premium truck segment.  Its 20-inch chrome wheels, grille with horizontal chrome bars, and body-color bumpers easily set it apart from the rest of the Silverado lineup, as well as its competitors.

The winner of the Pete Rozzelle Trophy for MVP is decided by a fan vote and media panel, and the silver Tiffany & Co trophy was awarded immediately after the game, along with the 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country.

To learn more about the 2014 Chevy Silverado High Country, visit us today as Langs Chevrolet!