2016 Chevrolet Volt’s Electric Range Is Officially 53 Miles

We at Langs Chevrolet have been speculating about it for a while, but now the official numbers for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt’s electric range are out: 53 miles and an EPA-estimated mileage of 106 MPGe.

2016 Chevrolet Volt

2016 Chevy Volt – Coming Soon!

We’ll give you a moment’s pause to say, “Wow.”

According to Chevy, people who already own a first-gen Volt cover about 80 %of their day-to-day driving distance on EV power alone, which means the 40 % increase from the second-gen model should lead to exponentially greater savings for new owners.

Chevy expects about 90 % of all driving to be electric with the 2016 model—so trips to the gas station should be even more infrequent. Even when heading on a long trip, with a full charge and a full tank, 2016 Volt owners should be able to cover about 420 miles before needing a stop. That’s because—excluding electric power—the 1.5-liter engine still gets an excellent 42 miles to the gallon!

2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition & Z71 Trail Boss Unveiled

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Current Chevy Colorado Available at Langs!

Chevrolet has unveiled the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition and Z71 Trail Boss which offer new styling and equipment for customers who want their trucks to stand out.

The Midnight Edition casts an imposing stance with an all-black design theme that extends even to the grille, bowtie emblem, and 18-inch aluminum wheels. It also includes a spray-on bedliner, Chevrolet-logo sill plates, and a folding tonneau cover—all in black as well.

The Z71 Trail Boss is a more adventurous take on the Colorado. An off-road suspension package, more aggressive tires, and off-road-inspired appearance tweaks let everyone know your truck means business.

“These are aggressive editions of one of the country’s hottest-selling truck, demonstrating the personalization that’s possible with Chevrolet accessories, whether it’s for the street, trail or both,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager.

Both the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Midnight Edition and Z71 Trail Boss will be available at Langs Chevrolet this fall.

Dayton’s Best Parks to Visit This Summer

parkSummer in Dayton wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the city’s nearby parks. These facilities offer visitors some of the most breathtaking and beautiful sights in the city. We’ve assembled a list of Dayton’s best parks to visit this summer so you don’t miss out!

Carillon Historical Park

History comes alive at Carillon Historical Park. This park is overflowing with the heritage of Dayton. On display are the original 1905 Wright Flyer II and an 1835 steam locomotive. For a journey back in time, Carillon is the park for you!

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark

Visitors of Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark soon discover a collection of beautiful flowers and trees. A
color wheel of nature is on display at this park. There’s even an interactive Children’s Discovery Garden for the little ones!

Carriage Hill MetroPark

Carriage Hill MetroPark invites guest to learn all about life on the farm. This historical site lends some insight on agricultural life in the Dayton area. Farm animals inhabit the property, while demonstrations teach you how to do things like make butter.

Cox Arboretum MetroPark

Cox Arboretum is a massive 189-acre facility that is home to a variety of trees, shrubs, and other plant life. Plant science and conservation lies at the heart of the park. The arboretum is also home to a Butterfly House and a Tree Tower that offers breathtaking views of the area.

RiverScape MetroPark

RiverScape offers a scenic trail along the Great Miami River. If you rent a bike, you can travel along the path. It’s a great place to cool off on a hot summer’s day. Make sure to escape to RiverScape this summer!

Chevrolet Funding the Daytona Rising Project

checkered flagRacing is one of the most exhilarating experiences imaginable. Contestants face off against one another to cross the finish line and achieve eternal glory. No place is better for racing than Daytona. That is why Chevrolet is helping fund the Daytona Rising Project.

The Daytona Rising Project is an initiative to transform Daytona International Speedway into a gigantic motorsports stadium, the first of its kind. The Daytona Rising project is not just for racing fans. The stadium will have premium restaurants, shopping areas, and attractions nearby.

According to a press release from Chevrolet, the automaker is a multi-year partner of the $400 million dollar endeavor. As such, part of the stadium will be named after the company.

“We’re excited to showcase Chevrolet’s legendary brand at DIS as part of DAYTONA Rising,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III in the press release. “Their activation will elevate the race day experience at the new motorsports stadium and continue to make them an integral part of the Speedway experience.”

While we may be here in Dayton rather than Daytona, that doesn’t stop us at Langs Chevrolet from getting excited about this new speedway! We look forward to hearing more about the new Daytona stadium that is rising up.

Helpful Tips to Prevent Traffic Jams

traffic jamAs the number of commuters on American highways has grown way beyond our current infrastructure, it seems that traffic jams are just an unavoidable aspect of modern living. We are fated to sit helplessly in bumper-to-bumper traffic, trying desperately to find a song on the radio that we haven’t already heard a million times before.

As we often sit and wonder what exactly created the traffic jam we are stuck in, there are things you can do to stave off the next one. Here are some great tips to prevent traffic jams.

According to Popular Science (who in turn drew their knowledge from a computer scientist from MIT), one particularly bad habit that can contribute to gridlock is driving at a different speed than everyone else. Match your speed to the other drivers around you.

Make sure there is space between you and the vehicle in front of you. This creates a buffer so that your braking isn’t as extreme and thus more predictable to others around you.

When you are in the market for a new vehicle, consider getting one with adaptive cruise control. This new technology helps you achieve both a steady speed and maintain a safe distance from other vehicles.

Even with the best plan in place, you can’t win them all, so it’s also a good idea to try and soften the blow. Make a traffic jam as pleasant as possible by keeping snacks, like granola, in the car. Have all of your favorite podcast apps downloaded and ready to go. Ensure your gas tank isn’t close to being empty. This will ease your experience when waiting in traffic.

OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App Most Popular with Silverado Owners

Chevy Silverado InteriorWhen you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Truck owners are more likely to be using their vehicles for work so they’d want to keep an eye on how their vehicle is doing.

We’re talking about a recent press release from Chevrolet that reveals Silverado owners make up “the largest population of OnStar RemoteLink mobile app users.” This app contains a host of awesome features, many of which would seem obviously attractive to a truck-owner.

With the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app, you can use the navigation tool to locate your vehicle. You can also remotely start your vehicle. There are a host of diagnostic features that can tell you your tire pressure, oil change status, and fuel efficiency. The two features most used by Silverado owners are Remote Start and Vehicle Diagnostics.

Now Chevrolet has announced that Chevrolet Silverado owners will have the opportunity to be even better connected their trucks. The new feature is ProActive Alerts and has the ability to “predict and notify drivers when certain components need attention.”

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.