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

2015 Chevrolet Colorado

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

2014 Chevy Spark EV

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.

Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport Special Edition Adds Elegance

Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport special edition

Current Chevy Silverado Available at Langs!

If you are looking for the rugged utility of a pickup, but the refined design of a car, you’re in the right place. Chevrolet has just added a Custom Sport special edition package which pays tribute to some of the most desired Chevrolet truck trim levels from the 1960s.

Most notably, the Chevrolet Silverado Custom Sport special edition package features a number of visual upgrades based on the 1967 Chevrolet Custom Sport Truck. While the inspiration for the special edition is truly vintage, the features themselves are anything but. Future meets past in the sophisticated and capable Custom Sport special edition Silverado.

The Silverado Custom Sport special edition comes with body-colored bumpers, 20-inch chrome wheels, a grille surround, and a black grille with chrome trim. More chrome comes in the form of door handles and door moldings. Also featured are projector-style headlights, heated power mirrors, exposed tow hooks, and black or white paint finish.

According to automobilemag.com, an advertisement for the 1967 model explains that the Custom Sport Truck treatment “literally transforms the truck’s appearance and comfort to something more akin to that of a passenger car.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Stop by Langs Chevrolet today to order your Custom Sport special edition package, which can be fitted to a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado LT, LTZ, or Z71.

GM Teases New and Improved Model with 2016 Chevy Volt Video

2016 Chevy Volt Video

Current Chevy Volt Available at Langs!

In its latest teaser, GM took a different angle than usual. Instead of releasing a barely-there, shadowy, outline picture of its new 2016 Volt, it released a video of its Global Product Development VP, Mark Reuss taking the updated electric-hybrid car for a spin. The video shows Reuss and the Volt’s chief engineer, Andrew Farah, having a conversation about some of the cars updates.

Don’t get too excited though – the 2016 Chevy Volt video is shot from the interior, and all the bells and whistles (dials and knobs) are conveniently covered up. What we do see, is a first-hand account of Reuss’ reaction to his test drive.

The video points out the new model’s improved noise, vibration, and harshness levels. Clearly, the 2016 Chevy Volt promises to be a more refined vehicle than it was previously. The engineering team designed the newest Volt with the intention of maintaining its current customers while simultaneously drawing in buyers from other brands.

Toward the end of the video, Ruess mentions the electric-only range – at which point Farah steps in and points out that could be the subject of a whole other video. We wouldn’t be surprised to see another video down the road, where Chevy reveals a considerably-improved electric-only driving range.

Here at Langs Chevrolet, we can’t wait to learn more about the upcoming Chevy Volt. In the meantime, stop by to check out our lineup of exciting cars.

2015 Corvette Styling Raises the Bar

2015 Corvette Styling

2015 Chevy Corvette

Here at Langs Chevrolet, we can’t get enough of the new Corvette. With incredible performance, a competitive price tag, and some of the best styling around, it’s truly the envy of drivers everywhere.

If you’ve seen the new Corvette then you probably noticed that it’s been redesigned both inside and out. 2015 Corvette styling is better than ever, with sleek contours, LED headlamps, and its iconic twin-taillights. According to Jalopnik, it’s not just any old sports car; its overall performance and design make it one of the best cars on the market worldwide.

“The Corvette Stingray is not a car that is merely a moment in time. The circumstances around how you first drive it are not what define the Stingray, the Stingray is what defines the Stingray…If you still hate the Corvette, you’re just wrong,” said  Travis Okulski, editor at Jalopnik.

The interior comes with leather seats and surfaces, aluminum trim, 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection, and a 9-speaker Bose® audio system among other things. With all this and more, it’s no wonder the Corvette is staying on top as one of America’s favorite cars.

Chevrolet Donates 2015 Colorado in Support of Military Families

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2015 Chevy Colorado

Chevrolet helped make the reunion of a military family even more emotional last Saturday at the Army-Navy Game in Baltimore, Maryland.

During a break, former GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson joined with Wish for Our Heroes to present a 2015 Colorado midsize pickup truck to U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Preston Thompson and his family, with which he had just been reunited. This is just one example of how Chevy shows its support of military families.

Chevrolet had made the Colorado available to the Wish for Our Heroes organization to award to a deserving military family, and this one could not be more deserving. Sgt. Thompson served with distinction throughout two deployments while a fire damaged his family’s home at Fort Riley, Kansas, earlier this year.

“As we’ve seen with the Thompsons and millions of others, military families make huge sacrifices for our country, and it feels good to celebrate Sgt. Thompson’s homecoming with a brand-new truck,” said Akerson.

The 2015 Colorado isn’t just any old truck. It was recently named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year and is one of our favorites here at Langs Chevrolet. Check it out!

Share Chevrolet’s Holiday Message and Help the United Way

Chevrolet is working hard to produce the best vehicles in the United States, but the automaker also wants to spread some cheer this holiday season. Chevrolet’s holiday message was created for the season, and it’s intended to help raise money for the United Way.

For every share on Facebook or retweet on Twitter, Chevrolet will donate $1 to the United Way, up to $500,000.

“The holiday season is a time for thankfulness and a time to help those less fortunate,” said Paul Edwards, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Marketing, in a statement. “We hope social media users will take a moment to share the spirit of giving with their friends and family while helping United Way.”

The United Way is focused on strengthening communities across the United States. The organization focuses on improving education, financial stability, and basic needs (such as food and shelter).

Here at Langs Chevrolet, we encourage everyone to head to their social networks and share Chevrolet’s holiday message. You’ll not only help make someone’s day brighter, but you’ll help those in need, too.