Concept cars allow designers to really strut their stuff. With the reigns of commercial viability thrown off, the artists behind the sporty-but-practical looks of vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro can show what they’re truly made of. Last week at the Shanghai Auto Show, Chevrolet debuted a concept that took futuristic design to a whole new level, creating the kind of vehicle that makes onlookers wish it was more science than fiction. Called the FNR, it explored what a car that required no driver might look like in the not-so-far-away future where vehicles are entirely autonomous.
Everyone likes to win something. The satisfaction that comes with recognition of our achievements is undeniable, and it’s nice to be able to objectively say that, even if only for one shining moment, you were the best. In Subaru’s case, it was actually four shining moments, and they apply to the entire 2015 model year. Even though we’re only partway through the month, it’s already been a stellar one for Subaru, and has included several honors, both for individual models and the automaker as a whole. Below, we explore some of Subaru’s springtime victories.
The annual Jeep Easter Safari – now in its 49th year – is a gleeful celebration of Jeep fandom. Jeep faithful from across the U.S. make a pilgrimage to Moab, Utah, in order to participate in a nine-day trail-riding adventure with a plethora of likeminded motorists. Jeep itself gets in on the fun, going all-out in designing cool, one-of-a-kind concept cars.
After the jump, we’ll take a look at the three of the seven unique Jeep vehicles that debuted this year, from customized Jeep Wrangler trekkers to a blast from the past.
There’s arguably no demographic that focuses on budgeting more than families. Putting kids through school, shelling out for all the accoutrement that comes with after-school activities, coping with copious doctor’s appointments and feeding the whole family takes a lot out of one’s paycheck. Plus, when you’re carting two or three or more people off to a litany of different locations, it’s without a doubt going to be tough on your gas budget. It’s quite surprising, then, that carmakers haven’t offered the people most concerned about their wallets with the best money-saving option on the roadways: there is no hybrid minivan.
Thanks to the good folks at Chrysler, though, there will be soon. Recently, Chrysler announced plans to bring a battery-powered Town & Country to the market sometime in 2016 for the 2017 model year. Expected to make its debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, the hybrid minivan is expected to get 75 mpg while still boasting all the get-up-and-go a rowdy family needs.
“It will be the best minivan you can possibly imagine; the most technology advanced; the best minivan you’ve ever seen in your life,” exclaimed Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne in January.
In addition to a regular hybrid, the Town & Country will also come in a plug-in iteration, the first of its kind for any Chrysler vehicle. Other info about the vehicle indicates that it will be slightly taller and wider, meaning more room on the inside. In addition, it will feature a 7-inch driver-information display screen in lieu of gauges and an 8.4-inch touchscreen for the Uconnect infotainment system.
That’s all a lot for families to get excited about! It may seem far away, but the 2017 model year will come up fast, and this time Chrysler will be more than ready for moms and dads across New Jersey and the rest of the nation. We can’t wait for this innovative vehicle to make its debut at our Chrysler dealership in Lakewood, NJ, and we hope you keep in touch for more information as it becomes available.
It’s no secret that when you buy a used Jeep vehicle you can get some real bargains. With their rugged longevity and timeless look, there’s a big market for well-loved old Jeep SUVs. Last week, a seller on eBay got a cool grand for his old Jeep, a 1968 retro Willys army model. Except this Jeep was made of bricks. Tiny, wooden bricks. The Jeep was a Lego set, and it went for more than some modern vehicles that can actually serve as transport will sell for on AutoTrader.
What was so special about this old Lego set that it merited selling for more than some people pay a month in rent? Well, for one, it had never been opened — quite a feat considering this was a toy manufactured for children, who are known for their violent propensity to open things. It was also exceedingly rare, from before Lego was the worldwide phenomenon it is today; in fact, this set entered the U.S. market before Lego even had a U.S. headquarters. The toys were distributed by Samsonite, the luggage company. This means that very, very few were ever produced, and the “LEGO Jeep 330 set,” as it’s known, was actually a British toy that was hastily repackaged for quick sales across the pond. These factors all collided into a kitschy supernova that resulted in the sale of a tiny Lego Jeep set for more than $1,000.
While the willingness of people to spend large sums of money on things whose value is ever-relative shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, that it’s possible to buy a real, non-replica, full-sized Jeep for that price or less adds an amusing facet to the whole situation that is sure to infuriate the utilitarian among us. A quick browse of AutoTrader.com produces a 1993 Grand Cherokee Laredo going for $795, among other results.
At the end of the day, though, you can’t put monetary value on emotional fulfillment, and we’re willing to bet the lucky winner of the auction is more than happy with their purchase!
We’ve always said that when you visit Pine Belt Chevrolet, you’re sure to get an outstanding customer experience. But that’s just a claim — one a lot of dealerships make without anything to back it up. Well, we’re incredibly proud to announce that we have been honored by DealerRater.com with one of their inaugural Consumer Satisfaction Awards for the excellent reviews our lovely customers have left us on their web site. This is a huge credit to every single member of our sales, financing and service teams, and we couldn’t be more proud of them and all of their hard work.
In order to qualify for a Consumer Satisfaction Award, dealerships must have gotten at least 25 reviews in 2014 with an average rating of 4.0 or higher. Of those, the top 10 percent receive the award. Pine Belt Chevrolet can say that, across more than 650 total reviews, we have an average score of 4.8 out of 5 and 98 percent of people would recommend us! Those numbers are truly humbling, and we’re thrilled not just to win this award, but to have made so many people in New Jersey happy for so long. Most of all, we’re thankful that so many of you have taken the time to leave your feedback with sites like DealerRater. This feedback in invaluable to us, as it helps us continue to grow and serve our community even better in the future.
This isn’t even the first time around the block for the Pine Belt Chevrolet team — back in 2013, we won one of DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year Awards for general excellence! The specific Consumer Satisfaction Award is brand new, but we definitely hope our continued dedication to service means our first won’t be our last.
Thanks again from everyone at Pine Belt Chevrolet!
In a world that’s increasingly concerned with tomorrow, it’s important that companies are always innovating and striving to introduce technologies that make the world a brighter place. Last month at the Detroit Auto Show, Chevrolet exhibited its commitment to that ideal with a concept car called the Bolt: an affordable, all-electric compact car meant to rival big names like the Tesla Model 3. There was no timeline for the car’s release, but public opinion was sure and swift — this car was already in demand. Chevy’s response? “Let’s do it.”
Riding the wave of demand, Chevy has announced this week at the Chicago Auto Show that the Bolt has been greenlit for production, barely a month after the concept made its debut. What has everyone show excited? Taking advantage of the battery technology in already-available vehicle like the Chevy Volt hybrid, the Bolt is expected to get more than 200 miles on one charge and cost around $30,000. Plus, unlike many hybrid and electric vehicles, it’s slated to be available in all 50 states! That’s good news for green-minded customers here in New Jersey. To top things off, Chevy is planning to build this futuristic car right here in the States, at its Orion plant near Detroit.
Featuring a great, modern look that is stylish without being gaudy, the Bolt will feature the ability to select your mode of driving to suit the car’s capabilities to the situation. It will also be compatible with DC fast chargers. The Bolt is looking to hit dealerships for the 2017 model year, which means it still is a little ways off, and as more details become available we’re only going to get more excited for this eco-friendly ride.
Check out a video of the Bolt’s reveal below, and stay tuned for more news about this incredible new vehicle from Chevrolet!
The countdown to the release of the Jeep Renegade at the end of this month continues, and Jeep has decided to go all-out in celebration of the little crossover that’s making big waves. The good folks over at Jeep have partnered up with NBCUniversal and iHeartRadio to bring an epic contest to the Jeep faithful. Entrants have the chance to win a trip to the iHeart Radio Music Awards, a spot in a custom ad to air across several networks during the show on March 29 and, best of all, a shiny, new 2015 Jeep Renegade Latitude!
Entry is simple. First, take a picture of yourself embodying your “Renegade Spirit.” What makes you the kind of adventurous go-getter that defines what Jeep ownership is all about? Then just pick the best photo and post it to either Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RenegadeLifeContest and boom, you’ve entered. Three lucky winners chosen by a panel of judges will be flown to the iHeartRadio Music Awards and they’ll receive a Renegade all their own! In addition, everyone who enters the contest will have the chance to have their photo appear in a commercial to air on Bravo, E!, NBC and Syfy. We know our customers are fun people who like to break the mold, so we’re sure you have what it takes to enter!
“Social media remains an extension of our networks’ brands, and we’re excited to harness the audience reach and engagement to launch the all-new Jeep Renegade,” said Alison Tarrant, Executive VP of Client Solutions at NBCUniversal.
The 2015 Jeep Renegade should be arriving at our New Jersey Jeep Dealership in just a few weeks, and we can’t wait to bring it to all of you. Check out this neat video of the Renegade in action below, and get pumped!
Off-road vehicles like those in the Jeep lineup have gotten more stylish and comfortable than ever before, but that doesn’t mean they’ve lost any of their grit. Case in point: the 2015 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, which got a high-end makeover but nonetheless took home the esteemed Four-Wheeler of the Year award from Four-Wheeler Magazine. Earning the honor entailed a harrowing off-road test that took the Cherokee through water, dirt, sand and even snow to determine exactly how tough it was. In the end, the Cherokee beat out the Toyota 4RUNNER TRD Pro and its little sibling the Jeep Renegade to earn the honor.
“The team of seasoned judges appreciated Cherokee Trailhawk’s cutting-edge technology, fresh styling, and luxurious interior amenities packed in a vehicle designed for the 21st century that still maintains true off-road capability,” editor Christian Hazel said.
The Trailhawk was praised for its incredible high-tech interior and its capable handling in a variety of environments, as well as its trouncing of the other vehicles on the loose-dirt hillclimb test. At the end of the day, the judges agreed that the Cherokee was just straight-up fun to drive!
“Winning the prestigious ‘Four Wheeler of the Year’ award reinforces the fact that the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is unquestionably the most capable mid-size SUV on the planet,” said Mike Manley, Jeep President and CEO.
There’s little need for modesty when you’re the proven winner, and in fact Jeep vehicles have won 13 off-roading awards (although this is the first for the Cherokee from an enthusiast publication, making it quite a special one).
For our part, we’re thrilled to see two amazing Jeep vehicles put to the test and pass with flying colors! It’s just more proof that the modern Jeep is a beautiful marriage of form and function. To test out any of the enterprising Jeep models, including the Cherokee Trailhawk, pay us a visit at our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ.