Looking Ahead to the 2016 Volt

Looking ahead to the 2016 Volt

2014 Chevy Volt

We just passed the halfway point for 2014, but Chevrolet is already hard at work on its 2016 models and beyond. A lot of work is going into the 2016 Chevy Volt to bring drivers more of what they want out of an electric car. For the 2015 model year, the Volt is planning a bigger battery. Unfortunately the new battery is not expected to give any extra range, but Chevrolet hopes to change that for 2016.

Ask an electric car owner what they would like to see in future generations. The most popular response you receive will be “more range.” Others may also say that they would like to see a lower price. For the first couple years after introduction, the Volt topped the favorite list among consumers. This year, the Volt dropped behind the Tesla model S. Chevrolet hopes to take back the top spot with new advances. EV owners everywhere are hoping the new advances will also bring a better rang and a lower price.

As we are looking ahead to the 2016 Volt, we can’t help appreciate the advances in electric vehicles. If you would like to see a 2014 Chevy Volt in-person, stop by Langs Chevrolet!

Chevrolet is Gearing Up for Wi-Fi Debut

gearing up for its wi-fi debut

Wi-Fi available in all-new Cruze

How would you like to turn your car into a mobile hotspot? Soon, you can! Chevrolet is currently gearing up to bring you 4G LTE capabilities through OnStar. You will be able to use your laptop, tablet, or any other device in or near your car while being connected to quick and efficient internet. Your kids will be thrilled to have internet access during your long road trip to the beach and for your yearly holiday trip to the in-laws’.

You can expect to see some commercials popping up, showing off the new technology this summer. If you plan on taking an airplane to your vacation destination this summer, expect unlimited Facebook access during the flight provided by Chevrolet and GoGo in-flight Wi-Fi which will also promote the new 4G LTE access.

4G LTE will be available across many of Chevrolet’s 2015 models soon including the Cruze, Equinox, and all-new Trax. If you would like to know more about how Chevrolet is gearing up for its Wi-Fi debut, stop by Langs Chevrolet in Beavercreek! You can also find additional information by visiting Chevrolet’s website.

Chevrolet Gets Recognized by AutoPacific

Recently, Chevrolet was recognized by AutoPacific in their 2014 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. The study conducted by AutoPacific measures consumer satisfaction of a vehicle’s operation, safety, comfort, and overall purchase/lease experience. There were four Chevrolet cars that were given this honor, which was the most of any other manufacturer this year.

recognized by AutoPacific

2014 Chevy Sonic

The four vehicles awarded were the Camaro in the sporty car category, Corvette in the sports car segment, the Impala in the large car segment, and the Sonic in the economy car category. This was the eighth year in which AutoPacific gave out these awards. Chevrolet’s U.S. VP, Brian Sweeny, is proud of what Chevrolet’s lineup has to offer. “Today’s Chevrolet car lineup is the best in the brand’s history with the design, performance, technology, and safety that consumers want and expect,” said Sweeny.

Here at Langs Chevrolet we are proud to carry a brand that is committed to customer satisfaction. If you would like to see any of these award-winning vehicles, stop by and see us!

Summer Road Trip Ideas!

Summer Road Trip Ideas!Are you looking for some adventure this summer? Have you thought about taking a road trip to explore the great outdoors? Recently Forbes put together a list of the top road trips here in the good old U.S.A.

  1. Explore the ocean by cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway. This road will give you breathtaking views of the west coast.
  2. Check out Glacier National Park by taking a drive along Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana. This 50-mile road cuts right through the middle of Glacier National Park.
  3. Get some breathtaking mountain views, not so far away, in Virginia and North Carolina. Drive along Blue Ridge Parkway and experience the mountains. Forbes recommends taking this trip in the fall when the foliage is vibrant.
  4. Take in the Olympic Peninsula by driving along highway 101 starting in Seattle. This 330-mile hike will show you the Olympic mountain range, the Pacific ocean, and even rain forests.
  5. If you are a history buff, be sure to check out the 12-mile drive through Brandywine Valley which is located between Pennsylvania and Delaware. Some of the richest aristocrats from the 20th century lived in this country area.

These are just a few suggestions of places to visit this summer! Even if you can’t make it across the country this summer, be sure to put some of these stops on your list for future summer vacations. Happy travels from Langs Chevrolet!

Get Ready for the 2015 Chevy Colorado

We hope that you are just as excited about the Chevy Colorado making a comeback as we are! When we found out just how many updated features would be included, we couldn’t help but feel anxious for its debut. We are happy to report that the 2015 Chevy Colorado is still the mid-size truck that we know and love, but packs full-size features.

Get ready for the 2015 Chevy Colorado

2015 Chevy Colorado

First, let’s talk about the power of this thing! The extended cab comes standard with a 2.5-liter DI four-cylinder engine that makes 200-horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. The crew cab Colorado is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 305-horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque! Both engines are pretty impressive, right? That’s not all, the V6 Colorado is rated to tow up to an impressive 7,000 lbs! That’s plenty of towing capacity for both work and play.

Inside the Colorado, you will find many of the same features that can be found in its big brother, the Silverado. It comes standard with a 4.2-inch infotainment system, but you have the ability to upgrade to the 8-inch version.

It won’t be long until the 2015 Colorado is on our lot in Beavercreek. Will you be stopping by to check it out in-person?

Rob Dyrdek’s Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 Might Be Up For Sale

Rob Dyrdek's Chevrolet Tahoe

Current Chevy Tahoe Available at Langs!

According to a recent GMAuthority article, professional skateboarder and TV personality Rob Dyrdek’s Chevrolet Tahoe Z71 might be available for you to purchase. Rob (who traces his roots back to Dayton, Ohio) is known for performing some pretty crazy stunts, many of which include a skateboard or a car, and has a whole fleet of custom cars. Rob has owned at least two custom Tahoe’s, both of which were featured on his shows Rob and Big and Fantasy Factory.

Unfortunately we can’t say for sure whether the sweet ride is still available. The eBay listing has expired since being put up, but bidding closed with the reserve price of $22,000 not met. This means the celebrity-owned SUV may, or may not still be for sale.

Unless you have personal connections to Rob and his crew, you’ll have to keep an eye out for updated or new listings if you’re hoping to get behind the wheel of the unique (and famous!) Tahoe Z71.

If you’re looking for a brand new Chevy Tahoe, stop by Langs Chevrolet to see our impressive lineup of the large SUV.

Find your next family vehicle at Langs Chevrolet!

family vehicle at Langs Chevrolet

2014 Chevy Traversese

Are you looking for a family-sized vehicle that packs enough technology for the whole family? Check out the 2014 Chevy Traverse at Langs Chevrolet!

Recently, the Traverse received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety in U.S. Government New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) testing. The crossover is the first in its segment to offer a front center air bag which will help both the driver and passenger in the event of an accident. The Traverse also offers forward collision alert and lane departure warning for added safety on the road.

When it comes to style, the Traverse is tops! Inspired by the classic Chevrolet, the Traverse commands the road with sophistication. Both the interior and exterior of the vehicle appeal to those looking for class, and luxury.

The 2014 Chevy Traverse is available with one engine type – a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 288-horsepower.  The Traverse has an impressive EPA-rating of 24 mpg making it one of the best choices when looking for spaciousness and efficiency.

If you would like to know more about the 2014 Chevy Traverse, stop by our Dayton area dealership for a test drive! The friendly team at Langs would love to help you and your family find the perfect new vehicle.

New Options and Features Planned for 2015 Corvette Stingray

New Options and Features Planned for 2015 Corvette StingrayWho doesn’t love the 2014 Corvette Stingray? With its unique bodylines and great performance, how could you not? Now that the Stingray is celebrating its first year back in the Chevrolet lineup, it’s time for a few new options and slight tweaks to make it even more loveable.

For the 2015 model year, the Stingray is to feature a new option: an eight-speed automatic transmission for those of you who would rather let the car shift itself. Another new feature is a 2.41 limited-slip differential that Chevrolet is hoping will help Stingray drivers get better traction.

Along with these slight performance mods, the Stingray will be available in a few new color choices for the new model year. Cyber Gray Metallic will be replaced with Shark Gray Metallic and the Lime Rock Green Metallic will be replaced by the returning Daytona Sunrise Orange Metallic.

A new model year also means new tech! The Corvette will be a Wi-Fi hotspot and will also be available with a performance data recorder. Other options include an optional carbon fiber tonneau cover for convertible models and a suede-quilted headliner.

Here at Langs, we are excited to see what the new Stingray has in-store! If you would like to learn more about the current Stingray, give our Dayton area dealership a call at (937) 458-3161.

Impala Gets a New Standard Feature for 2015

Impala Gets a new Standard Feature

2014 Chevrolet Impala – Available at Langs!

Love the Impala, but looking for even better fuel efficiency? Chevrolet has a solution for you! For the 2015 model year, Impala models with the 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine will also include Stop/Start technology. This technology, which is currently available on Malibu, will improve city fuel economy by 5%. To put it simply: you will get 1 extra mile out of each gallon.

Currently, the Impala with the 2.5-liter engine makes up 30% of all retail sales. Chevrolet expects that number to grow as Stop/Start technology becomes increasingly popular. Navigant Research expects that the retail sales of vehicles with Start/Stop technology will increase from 8.8 million in 2013 to 55.4 million in 2022.

Since Chevrolet decided to introduce the new technology on the Malibu, they have been continuously testing and refining the Start/Stop process to make it smoother and more efficient. Engineers at the Center for Excellence have made the system recognize the proper times to stop the engine and then start it again. Their goal is to make it feel as seamless and refined as possible to end consumers.

Luckily, the team here at Langs will not have to wait long to experience the 2015 Impala featuring Stop/Start technology as it is set to go on sale this summer. What do you think of Start/Stop technology? Do you have a car with this feature? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Henry Essick II: More Than A Salesman

Langs Chevrolet couldn’t be more thrilled to have one of the top Chevrolet sales associates in the in the area on our team. Henry has enjoyed great success during his 15 years with Chevrolet and has built a huge following and strong customer base along the way. This kind of success doesn’t come from luck, there’s a good reason for it. To Henry, his occupation is about more than just selling cars. It’s also about building relationships and touching lives. Henry is not at all your typical salesperson. The approach he takes to his job, his views on life, and his incredibly positive energy are what make him unique and successful in all aspects of life. Henry brings 35 years of sales experience, a wealth of knowledge, and a big, warm smile to “The Happy-face Place”.

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Born and raised in Dayton, Henry is no stranger to this area and there’s no place he’d rather be working than right here in Beavercreek. Even though he spent much of his early life in Dayton, after finishing high school he moved out to Columbus to further his education. In addition to going to school, Henry worked as a special agent for Prudential Financial. There he was involved in estate planning and capital needs analysis. Meanwhile, Henry’s brother was the one that got him into the car business. After learning more details of each other’s work, the two brothers decided to trade jobs, and the rest is history.

“He was telling me about it, he liked it. I was bored with insurance, and we just switched jobs –literally. He took the insurance job and I took the car job, and that was 35 years ago. That’s how I ended up in the car business,” said Essick.

Henry undoubtedly found his niche 35 years ago, but that isn’t to say selling cars dominates his life by any means. He is highly involved with several organizations and has many other hobbies outside of the dealership. He serves in ministry as a non-salaried pastor at a local church. He’s a visiting chaplain at Miami Valley and Good Samaritan Hospitals, and also a volunteer chaplain at the Montgomery County Jail and the MunDay program. Henry considers all of these things, including selling cars, as hobbies instead of work.

“Selling cars isn’t a job, and neither is pastoring or taking care of people. It’s just my hobby and simply what I love to do,” he added.

He admits that pastoring and volunteering do take up a lot of time, but its time well spent. He’s found a way to make work his play. He finds thorough enjoyment in what he does and that is one of the main keys to his success. Henry pointed out that even when work gets to be the most challenging it’s still fun for him. He insists that selling cars is what he does for a living, but his real profession is serving and helping people.

When asked about the highlights of career, Henry immediately mentions the strong bonds that he’s built with people he now considers family. He reiterated how much he loves getting the opportunity to meet new people and their families. With this type of mindset it’s clear to see why he has been so successful in developing strong relationships with his customers and how he’s changed a lot of lives.

Along with his positive attitude and genuine enjoyment of his work, it really is the extra care for his customers that set Henry apart. “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” said Essick. He pointed out how used car salesmen, in general, have earned such a bad reputation, and rightfully so. Henry’s goal is to turn the picture around and prove to customers that you can find good deals when you deal with the right people in the business. He elaborated on how most salesmen want to just throw their customers into a car and be on their way. Henry sees himself more in a position of counselor. He has guided customers away from certain vehicles they’ve been looking at and makes recommendations as to why another vehicle would suit them better.

“Most people that come in for a vehicle are not forward thinking and don’t really break down what it’s going to cost them long-term. I try to steer people toward certified pre-owned vehicles simply because the warranties are so extensive,” said Essick.

The counseling isn’t restricted to just used car recommendations, not when you’re a man who is all about helping and serving others.

“There have been people I’ve met along the way that I’ve done eulogies for and others I’ve visited Henry1in the hospital when they were sick. There’s also been some I’ve married, and some I helped counsel and repair marriages for. That means more to me than any sale,” said Essick. “It’s really not about selling the car, it’s really about the trust, and caring, and concern for people. Because in the end, when there’s someone that has a problem and you help them solve it, it makes them happy and they don’t forget that.”

Aside from his natural-born love for helping people, there are other reasons why developing relationships is so important to him. “People have trust issues sometimes that they need to overcome. They have questions that are legit, and if it seems like all the salesperson wants to do is quickly close the deal and get the most money out of them, it’s not going to work. You have to have the customer’s best interest at heart,” added Essick.

Henry attributes his concern for customers as being the main reason why he has been in the top 5% in Chevy sales for so long. There are many customers that come in and don’t talk to anyone but Henry. There is always a customer somewhere out on the lot that was referred from someone Henry has sold to. Henry’s referral rate is at an un-paralleled 40%. This is no surprise when you consider this man has been known to take calls at 1:00 in the morning to help a customer. “Once they buy from me, I feel like I owe them. Some look at a sale as money made and they’re done. In this business it’s important to give yourself to that person before, during, and after the sale,” Henry pointed out.

Along with a positive attitude and a genuine concern for people, Henry has a terrific work ethic. He gets up every morning around 5 o’clock to pray, meditate, and read scriptures to get himself started off on the right foot before the beginning of the day. He also goes through a few sales training exercises each morning to make sure his mind is right before he talks to anyone. He arrives at work around 8 AM, an hour before Langs opens, to look at his back log and see what needs to get done, checks his emails, takes some early phone calls, and gets ready to start the day.

“I can’t wait to get there to be honest with you. Each day is an adventure and you never know what is going to happen. Having the right attitude in sales is very important and it can be extremely rewarding,” said Essick.

It’s hard for some people to understand how someone can be so happy all the time. So what gives a man this kind of enthusiasm and motivation to help people each and every day? Henry says, “I just appreciate all the grace that has been given to me. I’ve come to understand that life isn’t about what you do for yourself, but it’s about what you do for others.” That’s Henry’s philosophy.

“Only you can decide who you are and who you want to be,” said Essick.

Henry mentioned that he’s felt like the villain before and doesn’t ever want to be the villain again. He prefers to be the good guy. He’s learned to take that same grace he’s been given and extend it to others, including his customers.

You’d be hard pressed to find another topic that makes Henry light up the same way he does when speaking of helping others. But there are many other things he enjoys outside of his job Henry3and volunteer work. He loves spending time with his wife and his 2 grandchildren that he loves dearly. He also enjoys listening to gospel music, particularly Lee Williams and the Spiritual QC’s. Henry has also been a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan for much of his life. He also roots for the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Dayton Flyers. Henry gushed when talking about the Flyers strong tournament run.

“The Flyers went as far as they could go with the talent they had and exceeded all expectations. Beating OSU, I think showed them something about themselves, and that’s something those kids can take with them for the rest of their lives,” he said.

Henry doesn’t have time to watch a whole lot of TV but when he does, it’s all about talk shows and sports. He likes to stay up on what’s going on in the world and is interested in what all the “talking heads” have to say. When asked if he would ever do anything similar to what the Ford salesmen had to do recently on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (stay in physical contact with an F-150 the longest to earn Jimmy’s business), Henry dismissed the idea. He said he didn’t have time for a gimmick like that and mentioned that they need to just be a real salesperson. “I could close Jimmy Fallon, easily,” Henry said with a grin.

Henry2When asked who he thought should play the role of Henry Essick II if Hollywood decided to make a movie about his life, he broke the answer down into two pieces – prior to 1990, and after. “Prior would probably be Samuel L. Jackson and after would definitely be Forrest Whittaker,” Essick said.

As far as people who Henry admires most, atop the list was Jesus Christ. He called Christ the “most fascinating person to ever exist.’ He also listed John F. Kennedy, noting that Kennedy was his most admired politician, calling him “the change in our time.” Martin Luther King, Jr. was the other person he mentioned for his “ability to demonstrate how to deal with problem through love.”

Through the many lives he’s touched, there are certainly people out there that look up to Henry to for his high character, strong values, and generous heart.

After trying for quite some time to get Henry to join the sales team, Langs Chevrolet couldn’t be more proud to have Henry on-board. The feeling is definitely mutual.

“I heard some good things about Langs but it wasn’t until I got here that I really saw what a great dealership we have here. I didn’t know we had the number 1 service department in all of Ohio. Just being here and seeing the difference – the attitudes and extensive training from our staff here. These guys are just top-notch, and it helps myself and everyone else here. We have a good thing going,” said Essick, adding that “working here is the best situation I’ve ever been in.”

When asked for a final thought about how he’d sum himself up as a salesman, as expected, Henry diverted the attention away from himself and on to others, “It’s important what others have to say. I want other people to make assessments based on how I treat them. We all like to think great things about ourselves but what matters most is how customers see me, and I think they see me pretty well.” A fitting response from a selfless man.

If you’d like to meet Henry in person, or maybe you just want to find the perfect car at a great price, head into Langs Chevrolet today. You may just come away with a friend for life.