Future of Self-Driving Cars – Autonomous Chevy Bolt

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General Motors (GM)  has some big news and we are super excited. GM is the first U.S manufacturer with a facility to mass produce self-driving cars and their first batch of mass produced cars was 130 Chevy Bolt EVs. The Chevy Bolt is already the longest range electric vehicle and now it is making even more strides.

This is what we know:

  • In 2016, GM invested a whopping $500 million in the ridesharing company, Lyft, and this is around the same time GM started talking about their interest in self-driving vehicles. Lyft is planning on having a self-driving driver service by 2021.
  • By 2018, GM plans to have “thousands” of self-driving vehicles roaming the road. Currently there are 50 Chevy Bolt EVs driving in three U.S. cities.

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4 Things That Make the ZL1 a Gearhead’s Dream Car

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Calling all the gearheads out there, this one’s for you! The Chevy Camaro ZL1 goes from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and completes the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds. That is insanely fast! The Camaro  ZL1 can take on the best dragsters at the drag strip, but it also handles and rides amazing as a daily driver. So, when it comes down to it, what makes the ZL1 be able to perform so well?

  • Engine and Transmission – It is tough to beat the Camaro ZL1’s 650 horsepower/650 lb-ft of torque 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine. The powerful engine can be paired either with a six-speed manual transmission with a short-throw shifter or a 10-speed automatic transmission with manual paddle shifters.

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The Chevy Bolt is Coming Soon to your Chevrolet Miami Dealership

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Introduced to the 2017 model year, the Chevy Bolt was and still is the most affordable long-range electric vehicle (EV) and new Bolt models are going to be at Miami Lakes Chevy in August.

General Motors (GM) recently announced that Bolt models will be in dealerships across the nation ahead of schedule. When the Bolt was first released, it was only selling in the EV friendly states of Oregon and California. Then, GM released the cars to about a dozen other states. At the end of May, sales tallied up to 6,592 units. [click to continue…]

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OnStar Service Plans for Your Chevy – Which is for You?

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Since the 2011 model year, almost all Chevy vehicles have a basic OnStar plan and today there are several different types of OnStar features and add-ons that Chevy owners and drivers can purchase to improve many aspects related to the driving experience. Here’s a closer look at all of the available OnStar plans and features. If you want to add any OnStar functions or plans on to your Chevy, come by Miami Lakes Chevy and we’ll assist you in getting set up.

OnStar Basic Plan

Though the standard OnStar Basic Plan is free for the first five years of ownership, it is a pretty comprehensive plan. The basic plan includes “smart driver,” which is a feature that helps coach drivers into being better drivers (which can help lower car insurance premiums) and it includes a few features that informs drivers of the vehicle’s “health” as well as when it is in need of repair or routine maintenance. Owners can also use the OnStar basic plan to sync their vehicle up with a smartphone app, which makes it possible for users to remotely lock and unlock their vehicle. The basic plan also comes with OnStar AtYourService, which users can use to find the locations of restaurants, entertainment and shopping.

OnStar Protection Plan

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3 Great Car Choices for Your High School Graduate

3 Great Car Choices for Your High School Graduate

High school graduation is right around the corner. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your grad? If so, get them the ultimate graduation gift to head off to college, a new car. This guide to the best car for your high school grad will give you plenty of options your graduate will love.

When it comes to vehicle shopping for someone who is 18 and fresh out of high school, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind (for both them and you), affordability, fuel economy, technology, and warranty. With that being said, that is why we chose the following vehicles.

Chevy Spark

Talk about affordability, the Chevy Spark’s pricing begins at just $13,000 and it includes two years of scheduled maintenance in addition to its 3-year/ 36,000-mile basic warranty and five-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Love Baseball? Here’s a Chance to Drive/ Ride in the MLB All-Star Parade

Miami Lakes Automall MLB All-Star Game parade

UPDATE: We have received our 10 submissions! Thank you all who jumped in quickly. Good luck! We will keep everyone posted on the event through social media. Stay tuned!

The Miami Marlins are hosting the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Marlins Park and Miami Lakes Automall is providing five Chevrolet Colorado vehicles for the big parade on July 11th. We are giving five people a chance for the opportunity to drive or be passengers in the parade. Do you want to be a driver or passenger!?

If you do and you are over the age of 21 years old, send an email to contest@miamilakesautomall.com with your full legal name, phone number and t-shirt size. The first 10 people to email will be submitted for an FBI background check through the Major League Baseball organization and the first five people who pass the background check will be contacted to play a role in the parade.

Candidates must be available for the entire day of July 11 and substitutions cannot be made.

MLB All-Star Game 2017

Each year since 1933 (except 1945 due to World War II), Major League Baseball has hosted an annual All-Star Game and this year is the first-time the Miami Marlins and Marlins Park are hosting the event. This year’s big game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 11 and events leading up to the event start Friday, July 7. For more information, http://m.mlb.com/all-star-game.

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Chevy Truck News You Don’t Want to Miss

Chevy Colorado ZR2 Miami Lakes Chevy

If you are a fan of Chevy trucks listen up! There have been a couple news related stories going around that you are going to love to hear! Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter for all things Chevy and Chevy news!

2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2s

The first piece of news is about the long-awaited Chevy Colorado ZR2. Chevy had told us that the first new Colorado ZR2 models have finally rolled off the assembly line and they are headed to dealerships! Check out our Colorado ZR2 inventory here. Haven’t heard about the Colorado ZR2? Check out the details below, chances are you will fall in love at first sight.

  • The ZR2 is a beefed up and capable version of the Chevy Colorado, which was named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for two years in a row.
  • The Colorado ZR2 is equipped with a 308-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • Two-inch lift, 17-inch wheels, and 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac tires.
  • Front and rear electronic lock differentials.
  • A dynamic suspension spool damper from Multimatic.

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Exorcist Chevy Camaro ZL1 v. Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was hyped up for months before its recent release, but it already has a competitor! Hennessey Performance, a well-known performance parts company, modified a Camaro ZL1 and created the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 in hopes to chase the Challenger SRT Demon away. So, can the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 beat the Challenger SRT Demon? Here’s a closer look at what both vehicles can do.

Engine and Performance

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon features a very powerful supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine, which pumps out 840 horsepower and 770 lb.ft. of torque. The Exorcist Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine that produces 1000 horsepower and 966 lb-ft of torque, which is significantly more than the Challenger SRT Demon.

Additional Performance Parts

In addition to highly modified engines, both vehicles have several performance parts to harness all of the power they produce. Here’s a quick list of special performance parts on each vehicle.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

  • Stronger and upgraded drive shaft.
  • 12.6-inch wide drag radials.
  • 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat.
  • Upgraded air intake system.
  • Beefed up rear axle and larger half shafts.

Exorcist Chevy Camaro ZL1

  • Upgraded valve springs, retainers, lifters, push rods, intake valves and exhaust valves.
  • Intercooler heat exchange and high flow intercooling systems that used the car’s air conditioning to cool down the engine.
  • HPE engine management calibration.
  • Long-tube stainless steel headers.

Track Times

So what do all of those modifications do for each vehicle? Exact track times of the Exorcist Chevy Camaro haven’t been released, but sources say the vehicle accelerates from 0-60 in “under three seconds” and does a quarter-mile in “less than 10 seconds.” The Dodge Demon accelerates from 0-60 in 2.3 seconds and does a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.

So, although the Exorcist Camaro ZL1 has more horsepower and torque, without official track times, it’s hard to say if it could be the Challenger SRT Demon in a race. The Challenger SRT Demon’s 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds would be hard to beat.

Availability and Price

One thing that is definitely different about both of these vehicles is availability and price. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is such an amazing vehicle because it’s a factory produced vehicle, it’s not just a few parts or tweaks, Dodge and SRT have created a product that can be mass produced. Additionally, its ability to be mass produced will help keep costs of the vehicle down. So far, it looks like the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be priced around $85,000 and about 3,000 vehicles will be made.

The Exorcist Camaro ZL1 will not be mass produced and its modifications are said to be an additional $55,000 on top of the base price of the Camaro ZL1 ($61,000) — putting its total price tag at around $116,000! As far as availability, Hennessey Performance says they will be able to sell about 100 Exorcist models per year.

So which model would you want?

Luckily, Miami Lakes Automall sells muscle cars produced by Chevy and Dodge, so you can shop around for a muscle car you want here.  Keep up with news regarding both these vehicles on our Facebook and Twitter.

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Watch Out for Hidden Potholes After the Rain!

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Rainy season (a.k.a. summer) in Florida is just around the corner! Of course this means thunder, traffic and possible hurricanes, but  it can also mean damaging your vehicle by driving through potholes that are deeper than expected. So if you want to avoid blowing a tire or complications from driving through a deep pothole, keep reading.

  • Watch out and drive safely: if you see a puddle in the street, try to avoid it! You don’t know if the puddle is just gathered water on a flat surface or if the water is actually in a deep pothole. So either try to drive around the puddle or if it is not safe to drive around, slow down as you drive through the puddle. Slowing down will help prevent more serious damage to your vehicle.
  • Be prepared and help other drivers do the same: report potholes to your city or county authorities if you see one. This way the city can fix it and other drivers won’t end up damaging their vehicles. If you noticed the pothole because you did hit it and it caused damage to your vehicle, in some cases the city will provide reimbursement for the repairs needed.

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Chevy Celebrates Corvette’s Anniversary with Carbon 65 Package

Chevy Corvette celebrates 65th anniversary with Carbon 65 package

Next year is a huge year for the Chevy Corvette because 2018 is the vehicle’s 65th anniversary! Over the years Chevy has followed the typical anniversary traditions, like a Silver Corvette for the 25th anniversary and a Gold Corvette for the 50th anniversary, but for this anniversary, Chevy is making a new tradition. Chevy is going to celebrate the Corvette’s 65th anniversary with a carbon fiber package called the Corvette Carbon 65.

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