Christine Mitchell calls herself “The Car Lady,” but if she wasn’t a licensed technician with 28 years experience, she could easily perform stand-up comedy.
On September 17, Mitchell addressed a full house at Highland GM in Aurora, delivering snippets of automotive wisdom interspersed with jokes and one-liners that kept the audience laughing – and focused on her message of common-sense car care.
She was right at home in the dealership, having spent 12 years as a GM technician, but her words were universal. Be it the often-repeated message of changing your oil, or the more obscure warning about overfilling your gas tank (it can damage your charcoal canister and cost $600 or more), Mitchell gave all those in attendance some advice to consider.
Also speaking at the event was Erynn Real, dealer relationship manager for GM Financial. Working in the auto industry since 1998, she covered all the bases in purchasing a vehicle, including the common debate of whether to finance or lease.
Jennifer Copely, general sales manager at Highland, noted the event was a tremendous success, giving everybody not just an entertaining evening of refreshments and hors d’oevres, but some information they can take home and use right away.
“Next to your home, a vehicle is typically your second-largest purchase,” she adds. “It makes sense to gain a better understanding of how it works, and to commit to do those things we discussed tonight. I hope this event will help our guests extend the life of their investment.”
Donations made at Highland Auto Professional’s ‘In the driver’s seat’ event went to POGO (Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario) to help support kids with cancer across York Region. Catering was supplied by Edward Street Bistro in Aurora
Christine Mitchell and Highland technician Steve Fisk covered the topic of braking
The long awaited 2013 Malibu is here and it has been completely re-engineered and redesigned.
The first thing you will notice is its new aerodynamic design. The styling has been optimized to minimize wind resistance and maximize fuel efficiency, but more importantly, it will definitely turn heads as you drive down the St..
The cockpit has been designed to leave the driver feeling fully in control, with everything you need at your fingertips. Audio system controls are on the steering wheel, which tilts and telescopes to maximize comfort. In addition to the analog gauges, the Driver Information Centre adds complementary data.
This car has been designed to put the fun back in driving, with a standard 2.5L ECOTEC® I4 engine with 197 hp. For a little more zip, you can opt for the 2.0L Turbo engine with 259 hp.
Safety was also first and foremost in designers’ minds. The 2013 Malibu has several features specifically designed to help you avoid collisions, including the optional rear vision camera, lane departure warning and forward collision alert, which all used to only be seen in expensive luxury vehicles. Ten standard airbags are there to protect you if a crash does occur.
You will definitely spend less time at the pumps, as the 2013 Malibu uses gas at impressive rate of 8.1 L/100km in the city and 5.3 L/100km on the highway. The advanced Eco powertrain features eAssist™ technology, which adds a 115-volt lithium-ion battery and an electric motor generator. Combined, it gives you greater fuel efficiency.
With its Camaro-inspired styling, willing performance, agile handling and driver-focused cabin, the 2013 Malibu has everything you need and want in a contemporary mid-size sedan.
Take a test drive of the 2013 at Highland GM, located at 15783 Yonge St. in Aurora, or learn more online at http://www.highlandgm.com
Winter is just around the corner and that means that cold temperatures, snow, slush and ice will soon be an everyday reality. It’s important to make sure that your vehicle is ready to handle the onslaught of nasty weather conditions that winter is about to throw your way.
Tires are probably the most important component of your vehicle in the winter, as they are the only part that is touching the road.
You may know and refer to them as snow tires, but these types of tires are designed to contend with more than just the snow. Winter tires is a more apt name, as they are constructed for winter conditions.
In the winter, frost often covers the roads early in the morning. As the sun shines throughout the day, the frost melts and wind blows snow onto the road, leading to very slippery conditions, especially as the temperatures cools off again in the evening. You need more traction from your tires to maintain control on the road.
Even when you are driving on clean, dry roads, if the temperature dips below – 8 ̊C, it can change your ability to properly grip the road with your all season tires, as they have a completely different rubber compound than winter tires.
Most people notice an immediate difference with their stopping distances and traction as soon as they put winter tires on their vehicle.
At Highland GM, they have a great selection of winter tires from several top manufacturers. Not only can their service technicians help you choose the best tires for your vehicle, they can also change and balance the tires for you.
Don’t wait for the snow to fall before getting maximum control on the road! Call Highland GM’s service department at 1-866-980-8037 or for more information and to view current service specials, visit http://www.highlandgm.com
Watch as the 2013 Camaro SS with 1LE Package takes on the Virginia International Raceway in 2:58:34. To learn more about the Camaro SS sports car, visit http://www.chevy.com/Camaro
To give Samson a higher and broader stance, we’ve added a Readylift 2.5″ leveling kit to the front suspension.
Enhancing the look of the level, Pro Comp Metal Mulisha black and machined wheels with machined Rivets and GoodYear Duratrac tires finish off the slightly wider stance.
We’ve swapped out the factory tail lamps and high mount stop lamp with IPCW LED Black Full lamp replacements for head turning appeal as you drive by.
Eye catching Halo projection headlamps with LED turnsignals in black also by IPCW let them see you coming.
All new X-metal series T-Rex grille adds some attitude with black mesh and chrome rivets and accents.
The finishing touch, Matte black Bushwacker Pocket style fender flares with silver rivets to tie it all together. They use factory mounting holes so no modification is necessary for these. They also lend very well to paint if the proud new owner would prefer it to be body colored in the future.
Coming to a driveway/cottage/worksite near you.
Available for GMC 1500 as well.
Get a behind the scenes look at Chevrolet’s latest developing technology and see what the future holds. Chevrolet doesn’t believe there’s a single “silver bullet” to address sustainable mobility needs, so we’re developing several solutions, including battery-powered, fuel-cell, and alternative fuel vehicles.
For more information on Chevrolet’s future sustainable technology, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/future-of-fuel-economy/.
The Chevrolet Spark mini car has been driving through the streets of 100 markets worldwide, and it will make its way to us soon. Watch as Chevy engineers take you on a tour of the mini car and show off a few enhancements including ride and handling, interior features and connectivity.
For more information on the Chevy Spark, visit http://www.chevrolet.com/spark-mini-car/
Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, June 7, 2012) – Edmunds.com and Parents magazine say the Chevrolet Cruze Eco and Sonic are two of the Best Family Cars for 2012. Both the Cruze Eco and Sonic deliver fuel consumption of just 4.6 L/100km and 5.1 L/100km, respectively, on the highway and offer consumers the comfort, safety and advanced technology they expect at a value.
“With every new Chevrolet, we are able to deliver the technology and powertrain solutions that offer consumers the best fuel economy, performance and safety, making vehicles like the Sonic and Cruze Eco ideal choices for families,” said Chris Perry, vice president, Chevrolet Global Marketing.
“The Cruze Eco and Sonic are the best small Chevys ever built,” said Scott Oldham, Edmunds.com editor-in-chief. “They are fun to drive, attractive, well-built and extremely fuel efficient, making them excellent choices for anyone shopping for a compact of subcompact car.”
Said Dana Points Parents editor-in-chief: “At Parents, we know that buying a new car is a big family decision, so we want our guide to make the process easier. The Cruze Eco and the Sonic scored high safety marks, and parents using the vehicles were impressed with the responsiveness and the family friendly features.”
The Cruze – Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world – provides the amenities, quietness, safety features, infotainment and roominess expected of a larger, more expensive sedan, but with the efficiency of a compact car. The first car in its class with 10 standard air bags, the Cruze received an overall five-star safety rating from the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest score possible. The Cruze is available in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, as well as the Eco model that achieves an NRCan-estimated 4.6 L/100km highway.
Cruze Eco achieves its hybrid-like highway fuel efficiency using a 1.4L Ecotec turbocharged engine, six-speed manual transmission and features that improve its aerodynamics, minimize weight and reduce rolling resistance.
Sonic, which was launched just a few months ago, is proving to be a popular choice with it’s outstanding standard content such as Bluetooth and 15” wheels and sales are steadily rising within the small car segment. It delivers an NRCan-estimated 5.1 L/100km highway with class-leading acceleration when paired with the 1.4L Turbo and six-speed manual transmission. The Sonic is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. Each is designed to deliver outstanding rear-seat roominess and cargo space.
Chevrolet returns to the Indianapolis 500 and brings the ultimate pace car with it: the 2013 Corvette ZR1. Check out behind-the-scenes footage of the car, a rundown of the features from Chevy marketing manager Jeff Chew and pace car driver Guy Fieri’s first impressions after his training session with Johnny Rutherford.