Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Chevy Shows off Silverado Black Ops, Volunteer Firefighter Concepts at State Fair of Texas

Fall is officially here, and the State Fair is operating at full level, you can even smell the delicious foods that should never be fried, but Texans are gonna do it anyway, all across the state.  Despite all of the tasty, fattening foods around, Chevrolet looks leaner and meaner than ever when they unveiled two Silverado concepts; the Black Ops, and the Z71 Volunteer Firefighter.

Chevrolet Silverado

The Black Ops concept looks like the perfect vehicle to survive the zombie apocalypse in.  It’s sleek and the cargo bed is filled with survival gear.  The concept showcases the stronger, smarter, and more capable elements of the 2014 Silverado and how accessories can enhance them to suit any lifestyle.  So no matter what, the sinister looking Silverado Black Ops is prepared for anything.
With input from the National Volunteer Fire Council, Chevrolet developed the Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter concept to honor the service of grassroots first responders and share a vision of how the all-new, more capable 2014 Silverado can be pressed into duty.  The concept features a full complement of rescue equipment incorporated on a new Silverado Double Cab equipped with the Z71 Off Road Suspension. 

Approximately 90 percent of the fire departments in the United States are entirely or mostly Volunteer, and 75 percent of all firefighters are volunteers.  The Silverado is a truck that can make the lives of these incredible people easier and Chevrolet aimed to build a truck as tough as the men and women who drive it.
The 2014 Silverado is turning heads everywhere and these two concepts certainly show off what it’s all about.  Come see the Silverado at Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give usa call at 281-392-3200 today!

2014 Chevrolet Cruze at Westside Chevrolet

There has never been a better time to become part of the Chevrolet family.  The current line-up of Chevy vehicles is nothing short of astonishing and you can see them all at Westside Chevrolet!  Today we will be showing off some of the highlights of the Chevy Cruze!
2014 Chevrolet Cruze
2014 Chevrolet Cruze
The Chevrolet Cruze stands out above all other compact vehicles.  The Cruze has been garnishing praise from experts and consumers everywhere.  Awarded with the US News Best Cars for the Money award when it was named one of the ten Best Cars for the Money.  The Cruze is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating and recently the Cruze was named “Best Compact Car for Families by U.S. News & World Report.

The Cruze is spacious, safe, and easy on the wallet when you’re gassing up.  The Diesel Cruze bolsters an impressive 46 mpg on the highway.  The design is sleek and eye-catching and people will notice this beauty whether it’s zooming down the street or parked in the drive-way. 
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Interiors
2014 Chevrolet Cruze Interiors
New for 2014 is the Cruze turbo diesel engine.  This option not only gets an impressive 46 mpg, but it packs a powerful 151 horsepower.  The engine is quiet as a mouse and doesn’t emit stinky fumes like diesel engines from the past.

The interior of the Cruze is just as impressive to view as the exterior.  The Cruze lives up to its name, as the seats provide a lot of comfort to go with the vehicles luxuriously smooth ride.  There’s plenty in the way of technology as well, the Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment System provides voice controls for the phone, music and radio, as well as Bluetooth music streaming.  MyLink can also sync with smartphones to stream popular apps such as Stitcher and Pandora.

Despite being a compact car, the inside of the vehicle isn’t compact at all.  The roominess is impressive and in fact it qualifies as a mid-size sedan according to the EPA’s rating system.  The material quality is impressive and the climate and audio controls are easy to see, reach and use. 

Bottom line is the Cruze is a vehicle that’s guaranteed to impress, and you can come see it at the most impressive dealership in Texas, Westside Chevrolet.  Visit our showroom at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Science Behind the Comfort

The 2014 Chevy Impala has been praised for its smooth and comfortable ride, and seats that welcome the driver in and lets them know they are in for a better driving experience. But what makes these seats so comfortable?

High-tech tools like seat pressure mapping systems and a multi-part mannequin that feeds data into a comfort dimensioning system are helpful, but Chevrolet believes there is no substitute of an element of human fine-tuning, or putting some butts in seats.

General Motors’ engineers who understand biomechanics, psychology, quantitative research and ergonomics applied all of these disciplines to help make the seats comfortable in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Each car segments customers want more or less support and rigidity in their car seats. Cars that are used for commuting have a different “sweet spot” than cars that are used for track racing. And finding that sweet spot doesn’t come easy.

For the new Impala, volunteer seat testers ranging from short and small females to tall and heavy men and everything in between, spent hundreds of hours and logged thousands of miles in prototypes of the redesigned sedan to evaluate seat comfort.
Chevrolet Car Interiors
Chevrolet Car Interiors
Seat testers typically rate every aspect of the seat: cushion, backrest, lumbar support, headrest and side bolsters at every 60 minute interval of driving time.

“Developing comfortable seats is both an art and a science,” said Jill Green, GM seat comfort lab manager. “Knowing how to translate a physiological impression into tangible design elements is the art, and knowing how to execute the design is the science.”

Seat tester evaluations alone would have been insufficient to achieve the results the 2014 Impala has. That’s where high tech tools like Oscar, the mannequin-like tool made of steel, plastic and aluminum come in hand.

State-of-the-art digital pressure mapping technology was used to scan the rear-end impressions of people of all shapes and sizes over the seat surface, creating a map with more than 4,600 data points. A laptop used the data to generate graphics illustrating how occupants sit in the seat statically versus when driving.

The result of all of the testing and evaluations was an Impala that has caused car reviewers to notice the attention paid to the comfort of the seats.

“After hours in the driver seat, we found ourselves just as fresh as we were before we set out,” wrote Mark Takahashi, automotive editor, “The outboard rear seats have enough head- and legroom for the average adult male to remain comfortable for extended trips as well.”

After reading what went into just the seats of the Impala, we imagine you want to sit in one and see what it’s all about. There’s no better place to do so than at Westside Chevrolet. Visit our showroom and “Grab a seat!” at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Chevrolet Camaro - top 3 in affordable convertibles and one of the best sports cars

It’s one of the most iconic vehicles in Chevrolet’s All-Star line-up, whenever you take a look at one, you know exactly what it is.  You may haven’t even driven one, but even still, you know you love it.  Once you drive one is when you’ll really get hooked, because the Camaro’s beauty isn’t only skin deep.
Red Chevrolet Camaro
Red Chevrolet Camaro
The first thing you should notice about the Chevy Camaro is its accessible price, in addition to the low cost of purchase the 28 miles per gallon it gets on the highway makes your wallet sing songs of joy.  The Camaro is on the top 5 list of affordable Sports Cars and top 3 in affordable convertibles and also has a significantly lower price than the Ford Mustang.
The Camaro seats four and is available in coupe and convertible body styles.  A total of seven models are available, ranging from the 1LS to the high-performance ZL1.  A six speed automatic transmission is available across all models.
Red Chevrolet Camaro Interiors
Red Chevrolet Camaro Interiors
The Camaro’s engines range from a 323-horsepower V6 to a 580-horsepower supercharged V8, which means there’s more than enough power, no matter which model you choose. 

The interior is as fine-tuned as the drive itself.  The Camaro interior is designed to make your rule of the road as comfortable and instinctive as possible.  The seats are deep bolstered and ready for even the longest road trips, the LT, SS, and ZL1 all come with standard six-way power driver and passenger seats.

The steering wheel has been optimized to give you top-level response and control with a luxurious feel.  You can control audio functions with buttons right on the wheel, plus standard Bluetooth wireless technology keeps your phones connected while your eyes are on the road.  The Driver Information Center has been designed to let you monitor your vehicle’s vital stats at a glance so you can keep your eyes where they belong as well.

Standard on the 2LT and 2SS, the Head-Up Display (HUD) is specially designed for high performance driving situations.  The HUD presents performance data without requiring the driver to look away from the windshield.  The HUD displays speed, rpm, and more – even your radio station, right on the windshield.  You can even customize the display height and intensity.

In terms of safety, the Camaro has received the highest possible five-star score in every individual safety rating segment of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.  Antilock brakes and the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control help you keep control during emergency maneuvers. 

Overall the Camaro is an incredibly practical, safe, and affordable high-performance sports car.  Come drive one today at Westside Chevrolet.  Visit our showroom today at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

The 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Smokes The Competition

2014 Chevrolet Camaro z28
2014 Chevrolet Camaro z28
Most people do not know what the Nurburgring is.  It is a German race track that most European automakers use as the gold testing for their cars.  Well Chevrolet just announced that the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 outpaced the new Porsche 911 Carrera S with a speed of 161 MPH.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interiors
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interiors
Did we mention that this was accomplished when the track was wet?  Yes it was actually raining when the test was done.  They actually believe they could have gone faster on a dry track by at least a couple of seconds.  The Camaro generated 1.05 g of cornering force.  This handling is nothing short of jaw dropping.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interiors
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Interiors
Chevy has definitely moved to the top of the pack with this muscle car.  It is leaving the competitors in the dust.  The engine in this bad boy has 505 horsepower and is 300lbs lighter than the normal Camaro.  No wonder it moves so well.
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 White
2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 White
If you are like me, you can’t wait to get behind the wheel.  You may not be able to take it for a spin at the Nurburgring race track, but you will enjoy cruising in it anywhere life takes you.  For more information come by Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway Katy, TX or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Chevy Tahoe - features explained

The Chevrolet Tahoe is easily identifiable and one of many vehicles in Chevrolet’s all-star line-up.  “No Limitations” is the slogan of the Tahoe, and it lives up to the tagline.  The Tahoe has the strength and capability to pull off anything, from the hustle and bustle of your daily commute to weekend excursions.
The Tahoe is a full-size SUV, combining the hard working aspects of a full-size truck with family oriented features as well.  The Tahoe is perfect for towing up to 8,500 pounds and can serve anyone with a heavy-duty lifestyle.  The seating for 9 can safely transport you and your family plus some friends anywhere you want it to. 

The Vortec 5.3L V8 engine delivers 335 lb/ft of torque and uses Combining Active Fuel Management technology and the Vortec engine’s efficient air-to-fuel mix gives impressive horsepower without sacrificing fuel economy.  Variable Valve Timing controls the valves during intake and exhaust, enabling the vehicle to use even less fuel, garnishing 21 miles per gallon, much better than competing SUV’s.

Inside, the Tahoe continues to deliver.  You can equip available features such as a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, available heated and cooled seats, second row heated seats, and a heated steering wheel.

Chevrolet Tahoe Houston
Chevrolet Tahoe
The Tahoe doesn't only seat up to 9 people, it allows all of them to ride in the utmost of comfort.  Tri-zone manual or automatic climate controls cools and heats all the rows in the spacious vehicle.
Six standard airbags keep the occupants of your vehicle safe in a collision and the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System with Traction Control and 4-wheel antilock brakes helps you stay on the road when slippery conditions are present.  These features are standard on both 2WD and 4WD vehicle, plus Proactive Roll Avoidance engages automatically to help reduce the risk of a rollover crash and the standard Tire Pressure Monitor lets you know when tire pressure levels are less than optimal.  Couple all of this with OnStar Automatic Crash Response standard for the first six months on all Tahoe’s, you are automatically connected to emergency assistance in the event of a collision. 

Bottom line is the Tahoe is a safe, hard-working, spacious, and efficient full-size SUV, and is the perfect addition to any family.  You can add affordable to the list when you visit the professionals at Westside Chevrolet who will help you determine the right model and work with you to stay within your budget.  Visit our showroom at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or call 1-888-285-7051 today!

How Tough is a Chevrolet

Chevrolet is one of the most iconic car brands to ever grace the market.  Chevrolet has consistently made top quality, tough, and high-performance vehicles for over 100 years.  So it comes with no surprise when one of the world’s greatest superheroes needs a vehicle, he trusts no one besides Chevy to help in the fight against crime.

The most recent Batman film featured a new Batmobile, very different from the modified Impala featured in the Michael Keaton films.  Batman upgraded to a full-blown tank style vehicle.  Upgrading from a normal modified vehicle to military technology surely means he left his Chevrolet roots right?  Wrong.
The new Batmobile, known as the Tumbler, features a Chevrolet V8 Small Block engine.  Rather than use computer generated imagery, the filmmakers opted to completely build 4 different Tumbler vehicles to use in the films.  Even with massive 37 inch off-road tires in the rear and a total weight of about 2.5 tons, this monster of a vehicle reaches 60 mph in less than 5 seconds thanks to the 5.7 liter Chevy V8 churning out over 400 horsepower.

Next time you watch The Dark Knight you’ll know that 100% of all those incredible stunts are real and not CG, thanks to the high build quality of Chevrolet.  And if you’re looking for a great deal on a vehicle that’s good enough for everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader, visit Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country

Do you work hard as well as live the high life? Then you need a truck that can do both, you need the Chevrolet Silverado High Country.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country
If James Bond drove a truck, this would be what it’d be. Elegance and luxury meets brute toughness in the Silverado High Country edition. The High Country features a chromed-out front grille and rides on a set of 20-inch chrome alloy wheels, and both the side-mirror caps and door handles have been chromed out and ready to shine as well. That’s a lot of swag, and the Silverado is the perfect match for it.

Inside, the High Country comes standard with exclusive saddle brown leather seats and instrument panel, and beautiful wood trim, heated and cooled front seats, an eight-inch touch screen with Chevy’s MyLink entertainment system, complete with Bose Audio.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Interiors
2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Interiors
The F-150 King Ranch and the Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn can now be found curled up in a corner somewhere, shaking. Experts stated that it is clear that the fresh Silverado had it all over the aging Ford in terms of interior styling, quality, comfort, and features.

Under the hood, you can find a new 6.2-liter V8 engine, dubbed EcoTec3. EcoTec3 produces an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, all while delivering great fuel economy thanks to a combination of cylinder deactivation, direct injection and continuously variable valve timing.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Logo
2014 Chevrolet Silverado High Country Logo

All luxury trucks have begun looking for a place to hide as the Chevrolet Silverado High Country will be arriving in showrooms soon. For more information about Chevy’s new heavy hitter, visit Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas or give us a call at 1-888-285-7051 today!

Friday, October 4, 2013

2014 Chevrolet Impala - the head turner!

The +Chevrolet  Impala is all-new for 2014 and it has been turning heads everywhere from consumers to the top vehicle experts who see vehicle after vehicle each and every year.

Families searching for a roomy vehicle that doesn't consume a lot of gasoline will find the Impala right up their alley.  The ride, acceleration, and handling is exceptional in every way.  If you’re taking the family on a road trip or just making the daily commute you’ll be pleased with the comfort the Impala offers.
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Impala

The muscular and smooth exterior is very pleasing to the eye and the interior boasts quality materials, imaginative design, and class-leading comfort.  There is enough room for 5 adults to ride comfortable and the cargo capacity has a generous 18.8 cubic feet.

The Chevrolet MyLink on-board infotainment and communications system has been praised as the most user-friendly in any vehicle and has the ability to link to compatible smartphones and Bluetooth wireless technology to stream music and entertainment through the Pandora Internet Radio mobile app.  Or you can cruise down the street while listening to commercial free programs with SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Chevrolet Impala - interiors
Chevrolet Impala - interiors
The standard safety equipment on the Impala includes four-wheel disc brakes, four-wheel anti-lock brake protection; emergency braking assistance electronic brake-force distribution; electronic stability and traction control; xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps; +OnStar  emergency communications system with air-bag deployment notification and stolen-vehicle tracking system; as well as 10 air bags.

Bottom line is the Chevrolet Impala  is definitely a vehicle designed to impress and deserves to be on the list of anyone shopping for a new sedan. We have a lot of Chevrolet Impalas at our lot and if you want to get a closer look at this amazing vehicle and test drive it come visit us.

23001 Katy Freeway
Katy, TX 77450

A salesperson's insider guide to buying a used car

When it comes time to purchase a vehicle, it can be stressful, particularly for customers who looking to purchase a used vehicle.  After all, how do you know the car is exactly as advertised, or that it’s going to be reliable down the road?

Even when you purchase a car used, you’re still making one of the biggest purchases a person makes in their life and you’re putting yourself on the hook for a good deal of money.  When you’re searching for the perfect car for you, you may want to avoid cars for sale by owner.  After all, when you’re making a purchase like this, one of your main concerns is peace of mind.

Don’t let yourself get taken in by any fast talkers, we encourage you to do your research.  Here are a few tips, courtesy of Westside Chevrolet, that will help you on your path to finding your perfect vehicle.
First, determine your budget.  Be mindful of various factors that affect how much the vehicle costs.  For instance every few months you’re going to have to change the oil and do routine maintenance.  Make sure when budgeting how much of a payment you can afford you don’t cut it too close and leave room for the months when it’s time to purchase new tires and things of that nature.

Westside Chevrolet - Houston TX
Westside Chevrolet - Houston TX

Second, look for variety.  Dealerships that offer limited options should be avoided.  In the world of used vehicles, you want a plethora of choices.  At Westside Chevrolet we have a wide selection of vehicles because we don’t just want to sell you a car, we want you to get THE car.  The car that is perfect for all your needs from everything to cargo space, features, and gas mileage.

Third, look for special features only reputable locations can provide.  Perhaps you see a car with a for sale sign parked on the corner that you like.  Once again, it’s impossible to know if you can trust it.  If you visit a reputable dealership you can be assured that all of the vehicles are rigorously tested to ensure top quality.  And you’ll even be able to find certified used cars, which come with remaining warranty, and a service center on location for extra peace of mind.

We hope these tips help you in finding the perfect used car you’re looking for, whether it be from us, or not.  Westside Chevrolet cares about the people in our community and we want everyone to find a reliable vehicle that will serve to get them and their family where they’re going safely.

Westside Chevrolet

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Chevrolet Stars in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

As a lifelong admirer of everything related to comic books, science fiction, and all things considered “geeky”, I have had the opportunity to be excited in recent years about many movies and TV shows, considering comics have launched a full scale invasion of the big screen.  However, few pop culture events are more exciting than when Joss Whedon, creator of Firefly and Director of the hit movie “The Avengers”, releases a new show.

Agents of Shield, a spinoff of The Avengers film, will air tonight featuring an alive version of Agent Coulson and his beautiful ride.  A 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, codename “Lola.”

Chevrolet’s New Bold Colors for Sonic and Spark

Chevrolet understands you want to stand out from the same old crowd when you drive your new car down the highway.  You work hard, and you love your car and it should be just as unique as you are.  Stand out from the white, black, and silver line of cars on the road with the new bright splashes of color now available on the Spark and Sonic models.
Chevrolet Spark White
Chevrolet Spark White
In an effort to appeal to younger buyers General Motors  is looking to buck the typical automaker tendency toward conservative colors, especially on vehicles such as the Spark and Sonic which appeal more to younger buyers because they may be more daring and more interested in expressing themselves.

This years signature color is Deep Magenta Metallic which is following on the Inferno Orange Sonic and the Techno Pink Spark.  Every driver wants to make their new car their own, and an array of color choices allows you to customize and put that personal touch on your new vehicle.
Chevrolet Spark Jalapeno
Make your new car purchase unforgettable, and don’t settle for anything less than a car that stands out just as much as you do.  You can see the selection of bold colors in person by visiting Westside Chevrolet at 23001 Katy Freeway, in Katy, Texas.