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2014 Chevrolet Silverado is a farmer’s best friend . . . and North American Truck of the Year

A dog may be considered man’s best friend, but when it comes to a farmer’s best friend, it has to be a truck. That’s why we took the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado to the chicken ranch recently to make sure the cluckers had enough feed, water and protection from wandering prey. The Silverado handled the challenge like a champ, with plenty of accessible bed space to carry bags of chicken feed while we sat in the quiet comfort of the spacious, well-appointed cab.

While making the trip along narrow Yankee Jim’s Road across the ravine to Foresthill, we came upon a couple of trail bikers (or rather they came upon us) who were enjoying a ride on the rough and dusty road. But while the path may have been better suited for those two-wheelers, the Silverado handled the twists, turns and bumps with grace and ease. When at one point we were faces with another vehicle coming up toward us on the single-lane roadway, the rear view backup camera provided an easy way for us to reverse into a spot wide enough to let the car pass by.

Once we arrived at the ranch, the Silverado’s convenient “CornerStep” bumper and built-in handholds made for easy unloading2014-Chevrolet-Silverado-LTZ-009-medium of the feed bags and hay bales from the extra long (6-foot-6) cargo box. Had we been working in the dark — as farmers typically do — the under-rail lighting would have come in very handy as did the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate that glides flat when opened.

The Silverado 1500 offers three all-new EcoTec3 engines: a 4.3-liter V-6 with 285 horsepower; a 5.3-liter V-8 with 355 horsepower; and a new 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 420 horsepower. EcoBoost provides fairly impressive fuel economy estimated at up to 23 mpg highway for the 2WD models, the best of any V-8 pickup on the market.

The base price for the 1500 starts at $23,590 (plus $995 freight charge) while the crew cab with 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V-8 starts at $33,195.

All this adds up to a great work truck. Perhaps that’s why the Chevy Silverado was named the 2014 North American Truck of the Year.

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February 22, 2014 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

2014 Impala redesigned to help active families stay safe and connected

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2.5L iVLC

2014 Chevrolet Impala

Like many American families of the 1960s and ‘70s, we owned a Chevy Impala. It was my mom’s car, sky blue in color, and served as the workhorse of the family. Daily trips to school, work, the store and a multitude of sports activities for me and my two brothers, would all be accomplished in the Impala.

2014 Chevrolet Impala LTZEverywhere we ventured, the Impala got us there safely and comfortably.

That car was part of our family.

This year, Chevrolet is celebrating the 10th generation of this iconic, full-size family sedan by rolling out a completely redesigned version of the Impala. As the nation’s top-selling full-size sedan since 2004, the Impala continues to serve families with the same reliability and safety that it has for decades, and the model’s rebirth clearly emphasizes those priorities, and more.

2014 Chevrolet Impala 2.5L iVLCWe caught up with Russell Clark, director of product marketing for Chevrolet, at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey, CA, and learned that the 2014 Impala is not only stylish, powerful and fuel efficient (up to 35 mpg), but it incorporates an amazing array of technology features to help keep today’s families connected without compromising safety.

Here are some highlights that parents will appreciate.

Safety
The Impala has 10 standard air bags with available full-speed-range adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear camera and rear-park assist.

Technology
2014 Chevrolet ImpalaThe MyLink system features a smartphone-inspired interface with icons connecting the phone, music, navigation and other devices. Everything can be customized to appeal to the individual driver, and Chevrolet’s first use of natural language voice recognition allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions simply by telling the vehicle what to do.

Of course, none of this techie stuff would have made any sense to us back in my childhood. We just wanted to get to the ballgame. And we did thanks to my mom . . . and our Impala.

See the full video here.

June 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm Leave a comment

Many new models signify a turnaround for the auto industry — and good news for families

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…” — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Just as Dickens described, the global automotive industry, which has suffered through the economic apocalypse of recent years, is entering 2012 with a positive outlook and a plan for a much brighter future.

The compact crossover Buick Encore is just one of 47 new or redesigned models due out in 2012.

Over the past three months, automakers have filled two major auto shows — in Los Angeles and Detroit — with many more new and improved models than in previous years. An excellent wrap-up story about last week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit by New York Times Auto Writer Lawrence Ulrich, points out that the dog days of the auto industry are now in the rear view mirror.

The number of new-models introduced at the 2012 Detroit auto show suggest a growing recovery from a downturn that felled some brands entirely and caused other automakers to scale back new-model development or delay production plans. As consumers return to showrooms in coming years — many by necessity, with the median age of the American car near record highs — they’ll be tempted by an explosion of new models.

Subtracting models lost when brands like Pontiac were shuttered, the industry’s net gain in new models was just four in 2010 and 13 in 2011, according to LMC Automotive, a research firm. Looking ahead, LMC projects a turnaround in which consumers will see net gains of 47 new or redesigned models in 2012, 66 in 2013 and 47 more in 2014.

Ulrich also provides a round-up of all the new models at the Detroit show.

The Family Car attended both the LA and Detroit shows. Click below to view quick video overviews from each show:

2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show

2012 North American International Auto Show

January 17, 2012 at 6:41 am Leave a comment


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