2015 Chevy Volt

Chevy Volt Saves the Day When Internet Goes Down at Dealership


2015 Chevy VoltIt’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!

2015 Jeep Renegade

Jeep Projected to Sell a Cool Million Vehicles in 2014


2015 Jeep RenegadeIn 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!

2015 Corvette Z06

New Chevy Corvette Z06 Goes 0-to-60 in 2.95 Seconds


2015 Corvette Z06Yes, 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!

Chrysler 200 Assembly

See Where the Chrysler 200 Is Born with the New Online Tour!


Chrysler 200 AssemblyGoogle has teamed up with Chrysler to offer a never-before-seen peek into what it takes to build the 2015 Chrysler 200, a one-of-a-kind virtual factory tour of its Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. Using Google Maps technology, visitors to Chrysler200Factory.com can navigate the plant as though they were using Maps’ Street View system, using either a computer or mobile device to get a 360-degree look around the five-million-square-foot complex. You can explore on your own or in conjunction with a series of videos that create the experience of a “guided tour” and further explain exactly what you’re seeing on the screen.

The star of the show is the 2015 Chrysler 200, from its humble beginnings as an amorphous metal frame being coddled by robotic arms to its slow roll out onto the floor for final inspection. The 12-part tour guides viewers from the Body Shop, where preliminary building happens; through the Meteorology Center, where the frame is checked and rechecked; into the Paint Shop, where it puts on its Sunday best; and lastly to the Final Assembly sector, where it is detailed and inspected. For much of the time the viewer’s camera is inside the body of the car, offering an intimate perspective from which to consider the birth of the vehicle.

The 2015 Chrysler 200 hit showrooms earlier this year. It’s gotten a sleek and stylish redesign for the new model year, plus a bevy of new features, such as the Uconnect infotainment system, an available nine-speaker audio system, and a number of standard and optional safety features like backup camera and park assist. Its high-end cabin materials round out the package, offering perks like real wood inlays and the options of leather-trimmed seats.

The factory tour offers an inside look at what truly goes in to making a vehicle like the 200, but nothing beats seeing the finished product in person and experience the drive for yourself. Schedule a test-drive at our Lakewood, NJ Chrysler dealership to get into a 2015 Chrysler 200 today!

2015 Subaru Legacy

Subaru Leads Pack with Whopping 7 IIHS Awards


2015 Subaru LegacyThe needs of drivers are unique and varied, which is why there are so many types of vehicles with such diverse features and specifications. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is the importance of safety. The peace of mind and body that comes from knowing your vehicle will protect you should the worst come to pass is an invaluable constant that influences every purchase. At our Subaru dealership in Lakewood, NJ, we are proud to say we sell some of the safest vehicles on the road, from compact sedan to SUV and everywhere in between.

Each of the 2015 Subaru vehicles has been honored as a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS, and three of those– the Forrester, Legacy, and Outback– received the ultimate Top Safety Pick+ nod that denotes an especially secure vehicle. The two midsized sedans listed above knocked it out of the park, seeing perfect scores in every single test run by the IIHS, including the notoriously challenging Small Overlap Front crash test. In fact, Subaru has the most Top Safety Pick awards of any vehicle manufacturer in 2014, a remarkable perfect seven. This means that no matter what brand-new 2015 Subaru you buy, you can rest assured that you are getting the absolute best in safety features and scores.

So no matter who you are or where you’ll be taking your Subaru, whether you’re loading the kids up in your Forrester and heading to school or loading the kayaks up in the Outback and heading to the lake, you can get from A to B knowing you’re safe.  There’s nothing quite like the contentment that comes with security, and you can have both with your new Subaru!

2015 Subaru Legacy

August Was the Best Sales Month for Subaru… Ever


Subaru WRXSpeaking in superlatives is usually a hallmark of hyperbole, but this is definitely not an exaggeration: August of 2014 was the best sales month Subaru has ever had. Ever.

“We are thrilled to have hit this milestone in August,” said Thomas Doll, the president and COO of Subaru. “Thanks to our strong products and continued accolades, our sales momentum is strong and I am confident that Subaru will achieve an all-time sales record for 2014.”

“We are very pleased with the strong retail traffic and demand for our vehicles,” agreed Jeff Walters, their senior VP of sales. “Our retailers continue to sell at record levels of efficiency and we cannot thank them enough for their outstanding sales efforts.”

With 50,246 vehicles sold, August’s numbers mark a 22% increase over sales during the same time period last year. Additionally, this is the 33rd consecutive month in which Subaru has seen year-to-year sales growth, meaning that this upward trend began way back in 2011. Overall, sales for Subaru have increased 19% this year, a stunning testament to the ongoing innovation and commitment to customer satisfaction of both the manufacturer and its dealerships.

August was the first full month that the all-new 2015 Subaru Legacy and 2015 Subaru Outback were on sale, and transactions shattered previous records. The Outback sold 12% more vehicles in comparison to last August, while the Legacy sold a whopping 51% more. Other models leading the sales charge included the Forester (25% increase), WRX (19% increase), and the XV Crosstrek (a jaw-dropping 73% increase).

With so much to offer, it’s no surprise that so many people are flocking to Subaru to meet their needs. If these innovative, affordable vehicles interest you, do as so many others did last month and head on down to our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership to test-drive your perfect Subaru vehicle today!

2015 Subaru Legacy

2015 Subaru Legacy Earns IIHS Top Safety Pick + Award


2015 Subaru LegacyThere’s nothing quite so satisfying as a perfect score, a “100%” that you can tuck safely away as proof you excelled. When it comes to being graded on safety measures, that score suddenly takes on a whole other dimension– one that is incredibly important. Safety scores such as the annual IIHS test results are more than a determiner of pride; they are also what assure car buyers that the vehicle they purchase was built with their lives in mind. For these reasons, we at the Pine Belt family of dealerships are thrilled to report that the 2015 Subaru Legacy has received the IIHS’ highest honor, the Top Safety Pick+ award.

In fact, the Legacy did more than earn the highest honor given; it passed each crash exam with flying colors, earning the highest ranking of “Good” in all metrics. This includes the notoriously difficult Small Front Overlap test, which has been baffling most brands and vehicles since its introduction several years ago. Overall front crash prevention in the four-door sedan was designated “superior,” the highest ranking of six, an impressive score helped significantly by Subaru’s state-of-the-art front crash prevention system, which sense oncoming crashes and attempts to minimize damage.

According to the IIHS’ press release, “The dummy’s movement was well-controlled [during the crash], and the frontal and side curtain airbags worked together to protect the head from contact with interior structures. Ratings for restraints, dummy kinematics, and injury measures for the head and neck, chest, pelvis, and legs and feet are all good.”

This is the second year in a row the Legacy has been a Top Safety Pick+ winner, and so far in 2014 Subaru is the manufacturer with the most Top Safety Pick brands. The impressive performances of vehicles such as the Outback, BRZ, Impreza, Forester, WRX and XV Crosstrek in addition to the Legacy go to show exactly how important driver safety is to the designers and manufacturers at every stage of production.

The 2015 Subaru Legacy is impressing across the board, first with its complete exterior redesign, its interior features and now its safety scores. If you want to try one out for yourself, schedule a test-drive at our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership and see the difference today!

2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06

Corvette Meets Owner Expectations Better Than Any Other Vehicle


2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06The Chevrolet Corvette is one of the most recognizable car model names out there, so it stands to reason that expectations would be pretty high for buyers of the vehicle. Add to that the undeniable passion that sports car enthusiasts have for the vehicles they love so much and one might think Corvette buyers were being set up for disappointment. After all, can something so high-profile really live up to all the hype? It turns out that, in the case of the Corvette, it certainly can!

The results of a new survey released by market-research firm AutoPacific found that buyers of the Chevy Corvette are more satisfied with their purchases than buyers of any other car or SUV.  Purchasers were asked after their first 90 days of ownership to report on their feelings about 15 different areas of performance, including things like power, acceleration, and comfort. When the results came in, new Corvette owners were the ones with the fewest complaints about their new vehicle.

With so many features and so much power, it’s not hard to see why people are so happy with their Corvette. The completely-redesigned seventh-generation 2015 model ups the ante yet again. The 2015 Corvette Z06 will feature a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that will produce 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, with the option of an eight-speed manual, and of course there is a convertible body style available.

The 2015 Corvette will arrive at dealerships later this year, and it looks to be very much worth the wait. In the meantime, stay tuned to our blog and be sure to visit our Lakewood, NJ Chevy dealership for all of your Chevrolet needs, including sales of 2014 Corvette cars and other model years. Test-drive this incredible car today, and see for yourself what’s making everyone so happy!

Jeep Decal

Let the World Know Where You Drive with Custom Decals from 3M and Jeep


Jeep DecalWhether it’s an off-road adventure into the Pine Barrens or the drive from your house to your best friend’s, day in and day out, Jeep owners take their cars to the places they care about most. Now, thanks to a partnership between Chrysler-Jeep and manufacturing giant 3M (the producer of products like Scotch tape and Post-It notes), you can show off the route of your favorite trips on the hood of your favorite car!

Via a special online tool, owners of Jeep 2014-15 Cherokee, 2014-15 Grand Cherokee, and 2007-15 Wrangler vehicles can design a custom hood decal based on a map of your favorite area and have it installed at a nearby dealership. The map decals can depict any location in North America and can show either the local topography or a street map. After you’ve finished creating your design, it’s printed by 3M and sent off to your dealership, where it will be affixed it to the hood of your Jeep for the world to behold!

The decals cost $295 and come with a three-year warranty. They were specially designed to withstand the harsh temperatures and sunlight that the hoods of vehicles are exposed to, and they should last between three and five years. Right now the decals are only available in gray-and-black monotone, but there is the possibility of future decals being in color.

The Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, and Wrangler are the ideal vehicles for travel enthusiasts who want to take their car off-road and show the world the roads they’ve conquered and the sights they’ve seen! If you want to get in on the fun, come to our Lakewood, NJ Jeep dealership and check out these three amazing SUVs for yourself today.

Starlink Infotainment System

Subaru and Clarion Bring Your Favorite Apps to Your Car


Starlink Infotainment System
The high-tech Starlink Infotainment System in Subaru vehicles has received a lot of praise for its ingenuity and ease-of-use, and now it’s going to offer even more ways to integrate your lifestyle into your driving experience. Subaru teamed up with Clarion, best known for their aftermarket audio systems, to bring the Clarion Smart Access platform into 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback vehicles.

Drivers can connect their Android phones and iPhones to the Starlink system via either USB or Bluetooth to experience the new suite of possibilities. Info is pushed from the phone to the car’s dashboard display, including driving directions, news, weather and calendar information. Additionally, compatible apps can be loaded directly onto the Starlink screen from your phone. The system will debut with compatibility for iHeartRadio, Pandora, Stitcher Radio, Aha, and more. New apps will be added as time goes on, without the need for a software update.

The new system will come with 2015 Legacy and Outback vehicles, but will be made available in more Subaru models in the future. The 2015 Legacy mid-sized sedan is brand-new from top to bottom, and it features a more high-tech and high-end interior than ever before. The Outback is Subaru’s best-selling model, a top-of-the-line sport wagon perfect for families who like adventure.

To learn more about the innovative Starlink system, the 2015 Legacy and Outback, or any of the Subaru vehicles or technology, contact our Lakewood, NJ Subaru dealership. Our highly-trained and knowledgeable staff is more than happy to answer your questions, discuss your options, and get you into the vehicle of your dreams!

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