Archive for October, 2014
It’s every busy office worker’s worst nightmare: you go to send an email with an important document, and nothing happens. You hear a scream. The corporate office has become inaccessible. People poke their heads in and out of each other’s offices, asking the dreaded question to which they already, in their hearts, know the answer: Is the internet down? As the panic subsides and that particularly modern brand of helplessness sets in, you are left to wonder: What are you to do when the entirety of your dealership depends upon constant connection? Well, if you work at a Chevrolet dealership, the answer to that question seems to be, “Fire up the Chevy Volt!”
A few weeks ago, when a lack of internet left workers at a suburban Detroit Chevrolet dealership unable to do things like update their inventories and process lease payments, one of the salespeople had a revelation. Several of the floor models at their dealership were equipped with the new 4G LTE hot spot feature, including one that didn’t need traditional fuel to run: the 2015 Chevy Volt. Employee Matthew Oleszczuk powered up a Volt, put it into accessory mode, and plugged it in. He set up the mobile hot spot through OnStar, and within a half hour almost everyone was back online. A 2015 Chevy Malibu was later added on to help out another department.
“We were laughing because the signal was as strong or stronger than when we’re running our internal network,” Oleszczuk told InsideEVs.com. “One lady asked why the Volt was on, and we told her that our land line was down and the 4G connection was keeping our network going. She thought that was pretty impressive.”
Chevrolet announced the availability of 4G LTE hot spots in its models at the beginning of the year, and started rolling them out over the summer. This innovative technology allows you to get online at the highest speeds no matter where you are, whether you’re using a laptop or a mobile device. The wireless availability makes many new things possible, including keeping an entire office online.
For more info about 4G LTE hot spot technology in Chevy vehicles like the 2015 Volt, or to test-drive any of these awesome vehicles, come visit our Chevrolet dealership near Point Pleasant, NJ today!
In any industry, a 37% sales increase in just 12 months is an ambitious goal, but this would seem particularly true in the oft-encumbered automotive sector. Nonetheless, back in January, that was exactly what Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne predicted for the Jeep brand. He called upon Jeep dealers the world over to buckle down and bring the annual sales from 731,565 all the way up to a million. It was such an ambitious goal that even Jeep president Mike Manley expressed some reservations: “It’s a stretch to say we would do it in ’14, but if not in ’14, we should certainly be on track in ’15.”
Fast forward nine months, though, and Marchionne’s big talk is looking Increasingly prescient. With September sales records in, Jeep has already surpassed last year’s mark with sales of about 747,000, and the steady month-by-month increases put Jeep on track to hit that oh-so-ambitious 1-million mark.
“The biggest part, and what we’re proudest of … is that every Jeep is up,” Jeep marketing director Jim Morrison said to The Detroit News. “We’re not taking all of our customer base and rejuvenating them; we’re bringing new customers to the brand and every Jeep is continuing to grow.”
The sales numbers have been powered by the overwhelming success of classic Jeep models like the Wrangler, Cherokee and Grand Cherokee, and hopes that the new baby of the family, the 2015 Jeep Renegade, will add additional oomph to the numbers when it becomes available a bit later this year. The combined efforts of the old and the new are expected to push the figures over the one-mil mark.
“They’re growing like crazy and I don’t see any reason to think that they will not continue in that direction,” said Kelley Blue Book senior analyst Karl Brauer.
Come see for yourself what all the fuss is about at our Jeep dealership in Lakewood, NJ. From the sporty new Renegade to the classic appeal of the crossover Grand Cherokee, there’s a Jeep vehicle for everyone, and everyone is certainly responding in kind!
Yes, you read that correctly: the 2015 Corvette Z06 has clocked in at under 3 seconds in the 0-to-60 time test, making it the fastest car ever sold by GM. On top of that, the beloved sports car completed a quarter-mile sprint in just 10.95 seconds, topping out at a speed of 127 mph. For the safety-conscious among us, the car can also come to a stop from 60 mph in just 99.6 feet, which GM says is the best for any production car it has ever tested.
“The Corvette has long been known as America’s sports car,” said GM executive vice president Mark Reuss. “With the capability of the new Z06 rivaling the best performance cars in the world, we will also be America’s Supercar.”
The Corvette is powerful, fast car any day, and the Z06 is the high-performance model of the Corvette, meaning it’s the best of the best. The Z06 that put up these exhilarating numbers was a coupe equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and the Z07 performance package, which nets the car add-ons such as Brembo carbon-ceramic brake rotors and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Under the hood was a supercharged LT4 small-block V-8 engine that boasts an incredible 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of power, it’s not hard to believe the 2015 Corvette can put up such big (well, little) numbers, but this year’s Corvette is also heavier than past models, making it all the more impressive.
The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette comes in several body styles, with the Z06 being the top of the line. Also available are the Stingray Coupe and Stingray Convertible, each of which comes in a myriad of trims so that speed enthusiasts may customize their Corvette to best suit their tastes and needs. A 6.2-liter V8 DI engine that generates 455 horsepower and produces 460 pound-feet of torque comes standard on all Stingray models.
The 2015 Corvette Z06 will be hitting dealerships in early 2015, but the Stingray models are on lots now. To get a taste of the power and speed offered by these one-of-a-kind cars, visit our Lakewood, NJ Chevrolet dealership and test-drive one today!