In June of 2014, Chevrolet launched its built-in OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi technology. Since then, customers have been rapidly increasing their usage of the service. And, the biggest jump was in the last six months of 2016. In fact, in that time, Chevy owners used nearly as much data as they had in the previous two years.
Because of this huge jump in popularity and usage, Chevrolet has announced a new unlimited OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi plan. This plan will only cost $20 per month, making it an affordable choice for many families. There are also other plans for less frequent users, including data passes of 250MB per day for $5 and 20GB over 12 months for $150.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet, said, “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”
There’s an easy way to tell how good a vehicle really is: check out how well it’s selling. For the 2015 GMC Canyon and 2015 Chevy Colorado, that spells success. In fact, they’re both selling way more than General Motors could have anticipated.
2015 GMC Canyon
Back in March, GM added a third shift at its Wentzville, MO, factory, bringing total full-time employment to 3,500 hourly workers. Yet it’s already become clear that this won’t be enough. Demand for the two midsize pickup trucks is simply through the roof.
In response, GM plans to hire yet another 1,000 new “flex” workers for the Saturday and Sunday shifts to build an additional 2,000 pickups a month.
2015 Chevy Colorado
It even resorted to reshuffling and optimizing the working schedule, eliminating a six-minute break in production between shifts. That adds up to 18 minutes of production a day and more than 3,500 trucks a year.
Most people who drive a truck do so because they need the rugged capabilities it offers; this includes traction to stay on the road no matter what the conditions are. One feature that gives Chevrolet trucks some added traction is the G80 locking rear differential.
G80 refers to its orders code. A locking rear differential will automatically lock the rear axle when one wheel starts to lose traction. This lets both rear wheels push the truck forward. This feature essentially turns a 2WD truck into a 4×4 and gives a 4×4 an even bigger traction advantage.
“The G80 locking axle provides a greater traction advantage than limited-slip differentials in most situations, while its automatic engagement requires no driver involvement, unlike some competitors’ electronic lockers, which require driver activation,” said Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer, in a statement. “The G80’s simplicity, durability and sure-footed grip have been proven with generations of customers, as it has been a staple of the Chevy truck lineup for more than 40 years.”
If you foresee some rugged or slippery terrain in your future, such as a slick boat ramp, some sticky mud, or the deep snow of next winter, be sure the G80 locking rear differential is part of your next truck. It is available on most Silverado and Colorado trucks and comes standard on both the Tahoe and Suburban. Ask us about it today at Wiesner of Huntsville!
Chevrolet recently presented a new 2015 Chevy Colorado to a deserving military family during their reunion at the recent Navy vs. Army football game.
Chevrolet has been a long-time sponsor of the Navy vs. Army football game. Continuing its tradition of unique donations as a part of its sponsorship, Chevrolet presented a very deserving military family with a brand new 2015 Chevy Colorado. The presentation of the 2015 Colorado came after an on-field surprise, where U.S. Army Sgt. Jonathon Preston Thompson was reunited with his wife and daughter.
“As we’ve seen with the Thompsons and millions of others, military families make huge sacrifices for our country, and it feels good to celebrate Sgt. Thompson’s homecoming with a brand-new truck,” said Akerson in a recent news release.
The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado was made available to the Wish for Our Heroes organization, who awarded the vehicle to the deserving family. Wish for Our Heroes provides resources to military families that non-military families often take for granted. Its goal is to grant one wish to every deserving member of the U.S. military.
Sergeant Thompson has deployed twice, serving with distinction through Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Unfortunately, his family suffered a fire at their home at Fort Riley, Kansas earlier this year. The family continues to work to recover from the devastation.
Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we couldn’t be happier for the Thompson family. Thank you for your service, Sergeant, and welcome home.
These commercials have somewhat of a mockumentary style. In one of them, we meet a man looking to find a date online. Chevrolet decides to help him out by loaning him a Colorado. He takes the Colorado on a surfing adventure, and then photos and videos of his adventure are uploaded to his online profile. We are told this increases his profile views by 3,000 percent.
In another, we’re asked, “Can a truck make you more handsome?” We see focus groups composed of guys with beards, children, housewives. They are all shown two pictures. One shows a guy standing in front of a generic compact sedan. In the other, the same guy is standing in front of a Chevrolet Colorado. The guy standing in front of the truck is unanimously chosen as most handsome. Of course!
To show their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, more than 125 Chevy and GMC dealer representatives traveled to General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly plant to take delivery of their first orders.
To celebrate and commemorate the occasion, thirty-seven of the new trucks were parked in the shape of a large GM logo on the Wentzville Assembly parking lot and photographed from a helicopter. Dozens of trucks, dealers, and VIPs met at the plant to celebrate the truck launch and dealer drive-away.
“Hosting a dealer drive away event helps build excitement and awareness for the trucks and those who build them,” said Kathy Federico, president of the Mid-America Chevy Dealers Local Marketing Association. “It’s a great opportunity to show off and highlight not only what the Colorado brings to St. Louis but also what the plant does for the local economy.”
Both are midsize trucks. They might not get super-duty jobs done quite all that well, but they’ll do everything else without breaking a sweat while offering highway fuel economy up to 5 mpg better than competitors.
This is possible thanks to the 3.6-liter V6 engine that both share, which uses direct fuel injection and continuously variable valve timing to produce 305 horsepower while returning 18 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.
“Colorado offers some of the best EPA fuel economy estimates of any pickup in a fun-to-drive, easy-to-own package,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “Colorado proves you don’t have to buy a lot of expensive technology to save money at the pump.”