GM Lordstown Complex Site of Expanded Solar Power

If you ever had any doubt as to GM’s commitment to the use of solar power, rest assured that the automaker’s current project at the GM Lordstown Complex in Lordstown, Ohio, will convince you. By the end of 2014, the home of the Chevy Cruze will become the site of GM’s largest installation of solar panels in the Western Hemisphere with a 2.2 megawatt array.

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When the project is complete, 8,500 solar panels will have been placed, powering almost 1.5 percent of the plant and reducing CO2 emissions by 1,993 tons.

A 1.8 megawatt array is already located in Toledo, the state’s largest solar array on a rooftop. The GM Lordstown Complex’s array will be ground-mounted.

“With more solar installations than any other automotive company and the second-highest percentage of solar among all commercial users, GM shows that manufacturing and the use of renewable energy can go hand-in-hand,” said Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association president and CEO.

Resch’s organization named GM a “Solar Champion” in 2013, and its Solar Means Business Report for 2014 listed the automaker as one of the top 25 corporate solar power users for the second year in a row.

We at Wiesner of Huntsville are excited to see what GM’s use of solar power will mean for reduced production costs, which will hopefully translate into reduced vehicle prices for our consumers.

Not Even the Colorado Rockies Can Hide the Reimagined Volt

The 2016 Chevy Volt is on vacation: the next version of the popular electric vehicle has been taking test runs in the Colorado Rockies. This new Volt model will help the brand continue its shift towards producing more electric and ecofriendly vehicles.

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2015 Chevrolet Volt

The test cars spotted in the Colorado Rockies were sporting a bit of camouflage, but not nearly enough to trick us. They were clearly Volts, but we could see that the brand is messing around with different headlight and taillight designs for the production model.

GM Authority says that when test cars make an appearance in Colorado, “it means they are undergoing both high altitude testing and cold weather testing. The thin air high up in the mountains can be hard on engines and EVs such as the Volt can have battery life and electric engine performance dwindled by extremely cold temperatures.”  The new Volt’s all-electric range is anticipated to go from 38 miles to around 50 or 60, thanks to a larger battery and a new design that makes the car more aerodynamic. The Volt will debut in January 2015 at the North American International Auto Show. If you can’t wait for the 2016 model, get your own 2015 Chevy Volt here at Wiesner of Huntsville!

GM Dealers Take Personal Delivery of New Truck for Customer Satisfaction

GM Dealers Take Personal Delivery of New Truck for Customer Satisfaction

GM Dealers Take Personal Delivery of New Truck for Customer Satisfaction

The new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks are finally being delivered to Wiesner of Huntsville and other dealerships nationwide.

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.”

Late Car Payment? Your Bank May Be Able to Disable Your Car

You better think twice before you make a late car payment – even if it’s only a few days. As subprime auto loans continue to rise, auto lenders have resorted to installing devices that can remotely disable a car in an effort to ensure that borrowers are making their payments. For lenders, this method seems genius, but the reality is that vehicles disabled without warning can leave drivers in dangerous situations.

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The New York Times’ Dealbook reported that one woman was just a few days late on her payment when she needed to get her 10-year old daughter to the emergency room with a 103-degree fever. The lender had installed a device in the dashboard which prevented it from starting, leaving her in a panic. In another scenario, a borrower’s car was shut down while she was on the highway – almost causing an accident.

Borrowers are considered subprime if their credit score is below 640, and these types of car loans are on the rise – with a quarter of all auto loans being classified as subprime last year. “No middle-class person would ever be hounded for being a day late,” said lawyer Robert Swearingen of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, according to Dealbook. “But for poor people, there is a debt collector right there in the car with them.”

Borrowers are given emergency codes, which can be used to get their cars running for 24 hours. But many drivers reported that these codes don’t work, and can only be used once a month, which doesn’t help when the car is shut down more than once in a month.

To be fair, banks say that the technology allows them to lend money to people who might otherwise not be approved for a car loan. Because the bank can track their locations and shut down the vehicle, borrowers are more likely to make their monthly car payment a priority. One debt collector tries to reach a delinquent borrower for 30 days before shutting the car down. If he needs to disable the car, he waits until the car is parked outside the home or workplace.

We want to know what you think. Is this GPS technology too ‘big brother,’ or a good way to ensure borrowers are making payments? Let us know in the comments!

Here at Wiesner of Huntsville, we promise our financing department won’t be following you around or turning off your car. Stop by today to check out our exciting lineup of cars!

Motor Trend Names New Z/28 Best Driver’s Car for Performance

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Are you driven by and obsessed with performance? If so, you are probably already a fan of the Chevrolet Camaro, the brand’s longtime fan favorite sports car. Now, though, thanks to the all-new Z/28 version, the Camaro is a critical darling, as well. You see, Motor Trend just named the all-new Z/28 the best driver’s car for performance for 2014. It’s the first American-made car to win that title in the seven-year history of the award.

The prestigious award puts the new Camaro on a high pedestal, giving it a huge boost in the competitive muscle car market. But it’s nothing more than what was expected, according to Chevrolet.

“The mission for the new Z/28 was to create the most capable, best-handling Camaro in our history,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors’ executive vice president, Global Product Development. “As such, I can’t think of a better validation of that mission than for the Z/28 to be named Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car.”

If you’re looking for an excellent car that gives you the ultimate in performance, capability, style, and wow factor, there’s really only one choice, according to Motor Trend, as well as many other automobile experts. That choice is the all-new Camaro Z/28, so come see us at Wiesner of Huntsville to learn more about this ultra-fast sports car today.