Chevy Celebrates 100 Years of Trucks with Special Centennial Editions

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2018 is the 100th year that Chevy trucks have been around and Chevy is celebrating their 100th anniversary with some special editions. The new trucks have the perfect mix of modern tech and old-school Chevy features. Let’s celebrate with Chevy and take a trip down memory lane!

Chevy Timeline

The first Chevy truck was made in 1918 and it was a one-ton pickup truck, and from there, the trucks evolved into what they are today. Here are the hits from each decade and more!

Early 1900s

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  • 1918 Chevy One-Ton: The first pickup truck Chevy made was the 1918 Chevy One-Ton truck. The truck’s cab was a wooden bench and there were no doors or windows. The 1918 Chevy One-Ton was equipped with a 3.6L 4-cylinder engine that produced 36 horsepower and it had a starting price of $1,325.

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Differences in Maintenance for PHEVs, EVs and Gas Powered Vehicles

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Different types of vehicles require different types of care and service. As you would expect, PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles), like the Chevy Volt, and EVs (electric vehicles), like the Chevy Bolt EV, have different components than vehicles only equipped with an internal combustion engine, and those differences change up the way those vehicles are maintenanced! EVs and PHEVs are both relatively new in the auto industry, so if you plan on getting either type of vehicle, you need to know how to take care of them.

PHEVs

PHEVs require less routine maintenance and service problems than traditional combustion engine vehicles. PHEVs have a gas engine, so there is a need for the same routine maintenance that gas vehicles need, but since the vehicle can be powered by the battery, the engine and its parts are used less, so there is less wear and tear on the engine and there is less regular routine maintenance, like oil changes and other fluid changes, in comparison to gas vehicles. [click to continue…]

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Miami Lakes Chevrolet Teaming Up With Miami Lakes United Soccer Club

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Miami Lakes Chevrolet Teaming Up With Miami Lakes United Soccer Club

Miami Lakes Chevrolet to provide Miami Lakes United Soccer Club with new equipment, monetary contribution and instructional clinics

Hialeah, Oct. 2, 2017 – Miami Lakes Chevrolet is partnering with the Miami Lakes United Soccer Club in Hialeah.  Miami Lakes Chevrolet has joined forces with the national Chevrolet Youth Soccer program to provide new equipment, invitations to FREE instructional clinics, and an opportunity for community members to earn donations for their league via a Test Drive fundraiser.

“Playing the game of soccer helps kids develop skills like leadership, cooperation and sportsmanship while bringing families and communities together to show their support. Miami Lakes Chevrolet and Chevrolet Youth Soccer are proud to participate in a sport that brings so many smiles to kids and families in Hialeah.” Miami-Lakes-Chevy-youth-soccersaid Alex Oharriz, TITLE for Miami Lakes Chevrolet. “Chevrolet believes that in play, there are possibilities and supports the spirit of teamwork that soccer instills in its players.”

2017 marks Chevrolet’s Youth Soccer program’s eighth year, and since its introduction has helped aid local teams, benefiting young people in communities where Chevrolet’s customers live, work and play. In 2016, more than 600 Chevrolet dealers participated across the country.

Miami Lakes Chevrolet will present the teams with kits that include useful items such as equipment bags, pop-up goals, soccer balls, and Chevrolet Youth Soccer t-shirts. The sponsorship also includes youth clinics featuring instructors from UK Elite.

In addition, Miami Lakes Chevrolet will present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Miami Lakes United Soccer Club.  Sponsored leagues across the country will have the chance to earn additional funds as community members take test drives at their partnering dealership to help support the league.

“Chevrolet vehicles are designed and built for families, safety and fun, so we encourage young people and their parents to make a Chevrolet the official vehicle of their household,” said Oharriz.

For more information about Chevrolet Youth Soccer, please visit www.chevrolet.com/youthsports.

About Miami Lakes Automall

About Miami Lakes Automall: Miami Lakes Automall is a full service auto dealership selling brand new Chevrolet, Kia, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Mitsubishi as well as used and certified pre-owned vehicles. Miami Lakes Automall services all makes and models for repair, maintenance, and carries OEM parts as well as Magnetti Marelli and AC Delco parts. Miami Lakes Automall is located at 16600 NW 57th Ave., Miami Lakes, FL 33014. To learn more about Miami Lakes Automall, visit miamilakesautomall.com.

About Chevrolet

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Chevy and Kia Models Score Well in J.D. Power Tech Experience Index Study

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The results of the J.D. Power Tech Experience Index Study are in and two Chevy models and one Kia model earned the top award in their class and they are all available at Miami Lakes Automall.

J.D. Power Tech Index Study

2017 is the second year that J.D. Power has conducted the Tech Experience Study, which began in 2016. After 90 days of vehicle ownership, drivers score their vehicle on a 1,000 point scale based on experience and usage of 35 technology features and the categories measures include connectivity, entertainment, collision protected and driving assistant (safety), comfort and convenience, navigation and smartphone mirroring. [click to continue…]

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Chevy is Bringing Back the Blazer Name in 2019

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There has been plenty of news in the automotive world surrounding automakers bringing back old names. For example, it looks like Dodge is bringing back the Barracuda name and Ford may be bringing back the Bronco and Ranger and now it looks like Chevy may do the same!

In 2019, Chevy has plans to bring the Blazer name for a new midsize SUV and there are spied shots of the SUV on the internet. Based on the photos and industry rumors it appears this SUV will be built off the C1XX platform, the same as GM’s Cadillac XT5, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia. Spied shots show the Chevy Blazer looking like a two-row, five-seater SUV perfect for small families. [click to continue…]

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Why These Chevy Vehicles Are Ranked Highest in Initial Quality

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As you might already know from our post last week regarding the highest ranked in Initial Quality vehicles at Miami Lakes Automall from Strategic Vision, the Chevy brand really came through! Four vehicles including the Colorado, Corvette (coupe and convertible both won), SS and Malibu Hybrid. Wondering what’s so special about these vehicles? Read on!

Chevy Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is an awesome truck option! It is small, but has plenty of room, it comes with endless tech and style features (both standard and upgrades) and it is one of the most reasonably priced trucks on the market. Check out these highlights::

  • The Colorado has a starting price of just $20,000.
  • The Colorado is available with a few engine options including the base 2.5-liter I4 DOHC VVT engine, an upgraded 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo-Diesel I4 engine and the 3.6-liter V6 DOHC VVT engine. Horsepower varies between 181 and 308 horses and torque varies between 191 and 363 lb-ft depending on the engine.
  • The Colorado is available in four-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive and its towing capacity ranges from 3,500 to 7,000 pounds depending on the chosen engine!
  • Safety is a priority and the Chevy is loaded with standard features including a rear vision camera, daytime running lights, teen driver mode and StabiliTrak (a stability control system).
  • There is plenty of standard entertainment tech in the Colorado as well like a six-speaker audio system and USB and Aux capabilities. Upper level trims come with an 8-inch touch screen, Chevy MyLink with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and bluetooth connection, and so much more.

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9 Models at Miami Lakes Automall Are Total Quality Impact Winners

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Miami Lakes Automall is impressive. Seven brands all in one place, can it get better than that? It can! Many of the vehicles sold at Miami Lakes made it on this year’s Strategic Vision Total Quality Impact (TQI) award winner list. In fact, four trucks and utility vehicles and five cars sold at our dealership made the list! These nine winning vehicles come from four amazing brands.

How trustworthy is the Strategic Vision process for TQI? Very! The testing process and results for TQI are as complete and accurate as it gets. The winners of this award don’t just have awesome features and vehicle quality, but satisfied consumers. Categories consumers are asked about include problems reported, tangible aspects of the vehicle, intangible aspects, and emotions felt by consumers towards the vehicle.

Winning vehicles at Miami Lakes:

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  • The Chevy Colorado takes how the award in the standard truck category.
  • In the premium convertible category, the Chevy Corvette Convertible came in first and the Chevy Corvette Coupe took home the premium coupe segment.
  • The Chevy SS won the near-luxury car segment.
  • In the mid-size ATP category, the Malibu Hybrid won the gold.

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Features of the All-new 2018 Chevy Equinox Include an All-new Turbo Diesel Engine

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The all-new 2018 Chevy Equinox is a modern CUV with plenty of cargo space, various safety features, plenty of entertainment and a sporty design. The new Chevy Equinox also kills it when it comes to fuel economy and engine options. The engine technology is like no other and gives drivers exactly what they are looking for when it comes to both performance and efficiency.

The engine options for 2018 include a 1.5-liter turbo engine, a 2.0-liter turbo engine and the newest engine to the lineup, a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine. The newest turbo diesel engine uses a variable-geometry turbocharger which helps generate more torque at low rpm as well as more horsepower at higher rpm. The engine uses stop/start technology and is compatible with B20 bio-diesel fuel which optimizes fuel efficiency. [click to continue…]

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Compact Truck Comparison: Chevy Colorado v. Honda Ridgeline

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The biggest competitor of the Chevy Colorado is the Honda Ridgeline as they are both small, compact, yet capable trucks. However, it is tough to say they are competitors as the Ridgeline really doesn’t get close to the awesomeness the Colorado is. Not only is the Colorado better selling and better looking, but it also beats out the Ridgeline in many categories. Price, engine options, capability, performance, and fuel efficiency are some of the categories, just to name a few!

The Chevy Colorado comes standard with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and it is also available with two upgraded engine options (a 3.6-liter V6 engine and a 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine). The Honda Ridgeline comes with just one engine standard for all trim levels. The engine is a 3.5-liter V6 engine. Depending on the engine, the Colorado can produce up to 308 horsepower while the Ridgeline produces up to 280 horsepower.

Capability and fuel efficiency are both important when it comes to new vehicles (yes, even for trucks!). With that being said, the Chevy Colorado has the capability to tow between 3,500 and 7,000 pounds depending on engine, drivetrain, axle ratio and more. The Ridgeline =has the capability of towing between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds (that’s 2,000 pounds less than the Chevy). The most fuel efficient Colorado has a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the Ridgeline averages 16 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Whether you need extra towing capacity or better fuel economy, the Colorado is your truck!

Finally, onto the moment you have probably been waiting for, price! Of course price for both of these trucks vary depending on trim level, but the Colorado is way more affordable. The Chevy Colorado has a starting price of $20,000. Meanwhile, just the Honda Ridgeline starts at $29,745.

Let’s be real, there is a clear winner between these two trucks! If you are looking to purchase or lease the winning Chevy Colorado, check out our inventory at Miami Lakes Chevy online here.

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It’s Football Season – Is Your Vehicle Tailgate Ready?

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We all know what the best part of fall really is — sports, sports, sports. College football and NFL return, baseball starts to get more intense as the World Series draws nearer and hockey teams are back on the ice. With all of those sports comes a lot of different teams and lucky for us in South Florida we have four awesome teams in each of those sports!

Whether it’s heading to Marlins Park to watch the Miami Marlins, or the Hard Rock Stadium for a Miami Dolphins or Canes game, or the BB&T Center for the Panthers, there’s plenty of tailgating opportunities and Miami Lakes Automall has a wide selection of vehicles that are perfect for tailgating and daily driving.

Trucks

Trucks are often thought of as the ideal vehicle for tailgating. They are easy to load up with the grille, coolers and chairs and the tailgate is great for extra seating as well. The three most popular truck sizes are midsize, light duty and heavy duty and Miami Lakes Automall has models in each size. [click to continue…]

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