Out With the Old 2017 Models, In With the New 2018 Chevrolets

The New Year calls for some new Chevrolet vehicles. It’s time that the old 2017 models leave and the new 2018 models come in. Check out what exciting new vehicles Chevy has for 2018 and their convenience, performance, and safety features.

The 2018 Chevy Traverse

The spacious interior features supple touch surfaces and a Smart Slide second row seat that moves to allow easy access to the third row. If you go with the LTZ trim level, you’ll get heated and cooled seats, a sliding armrest with storage and tri-zone climate control. The Traverse features 116.3 cubic feet of maximum storage space with 24.4 cubic feet behind the third row. You’ll still have plenty of room for luggage, even when the third row is being used. Access the cargo area through a power remote lift gate.

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse features a USB port in the front center console and two in the rear, plus you can get an available rear seat entertainment system. Enjoy features such as Bluetooth, syncing your phone through a USB port, Internet Radio, Pandora and SiriusXM satellite radio. Use touch controls or your voice to access your favorite media and tunes.

The available Chevrolet MyLink allows you to integrated a compatible smart phone so you can play music, access your contacts and handle calls. The navigation feature that comes with OnStar is standard for the first six months. You could also get navigation through the available MyLink. The Traverse also comes with a 3-month trial of SiriusXM NavTraffic.

Stay connected via a 6.5-inch diagonal color touch screen. Add RemoteLink Key Fob services through OnStar so you can remotely lock and unlock your vehicle and activate the horn and lights so you can easily find your vehicle.

Standard features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, high-strength materials, the LATCH system for cars seats and six airbags. Available safety features include side blind zone alert, forward collision alert, rear cross traffic alert and more.

The Traverse also features OnStar with automatic crash response and OnStar Advisor, which uses GPS technology to request emergency help to be routed to your location.

The 2018 Chevy Equinox

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.

Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.

The 2018 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.

Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.

The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive any new 2018 Chevy model and to learn more about 2018 models and their convenience, safety, security and entertainment features. SouthTowne Motors can also help you with auto service, parts, and accessories.

The Importance of Maintaining Brakes

Brake maintenance is one of the things that is the least thought about on your vehicle – until the brakes start making noise. Even then, people often wait until a while before bringing their vehicles in to a certified service department like SouthTowne Motors for brake service – and that can be a huge problem: Not only for your safety but for the safety of others and the expense it could cause you in repairs.

Brake Basics

While there is a lot to a vehicle’s brake system, suffice to know that the system is made of a power booster if you have power brakes, a master cylinder that holds the brake fluid, hydraulic lines that go from the cylinder to the brakes, calipers or wheel cylinders, pads or shoes, and rotors or drums. The wheel cylinders and drums work with shoes and are becoming rare on most vehicles. The vehicles that do have them use that combination on the rear brakes. When the braking material gets too low on shoes, you’ll hear a grinding noise.

Brake pads have a metal tab on the pad itself. Once the braking material gets too low, the metal tab will scrape the rotor and make a squeaking noise to alert you that it’s time to change the pads.

Brake System Issues

The most common brake repair is to replace the pads or shoes. A technician will turn the rotors to give them a smooth surface if they are thick enough. If not, the rotors also need to be replaced. Other brake issues include:

  • Worn calipers;
  • Broken, cracked or dry-rotted brake hoses;
  • Cracked brake lines (not common as they are metal);
  • A bad master cylinders;
  • Thin, pitted, warped or grooved rotors;
  • A bad master cylinder; and/or
  • A bad power booster.

Any one of these problems poses a danger to you, others around you and the rest of the braking system. If you don’t have your worn brake pads or shoes changed as soon as you hear the squeaking – or before if you regularly have your brakes checked, you will risk an over-extending the calipers and you will definitely damage the rotors, usually to the point where they can’t be turned and need to be replaced.

You could also cause damage to the master cylinder, the brake lines and the power booster, though you’d have to drive quite a few miles to do this – in most cases.

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Because letting your brakes go without maintenance does cause additional damage to the system, it is very important that you bring your vehicle in to our service department at SouthTowne Motors as soon as you are told the pads are low or as soon as you hear the metal tab squeaking against the rotor.

Pick Up a 2017 GMC Acadia for the Holidays

If you are looking for an upscale SUV this holiday season, you should consider the 2017 GMC Acadia. Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2017 GMC Acadia and you’ll find that this model offers tons of comfort and convenience features, safety features and is perfect for commuting and taking long road trips. The 2017 GMC Acadia features a 3.6-liter V-6 engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. This combination makes 281 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 266 pound-feet of torque at 3,400 rpm.

Safety and Security Features

The 2017 GMC Acadia features four-wheel ABS disc brakes, StabiliTrak stability control, traction control, daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in WiFi for 3 months or until you download 3 gigabytes of data, whichever comes first; OnStar Basic for 5 years, front and side impact airbags for the driver and front passenger, seat-mounted side impact airbags for all outboard seating positions, head curtain side impact airbags for all outboard seating positions, and front passenger airbag suppression.

Additional features include rear parking assist, a dual-note horn, tire pressure monitoring system, rear child security door locks, the PASS-Key III theft deterrent system, an engine immobilizer, and a rear vision camera.

Interior Features

The Acadia’s interior features include the ability to seat up to seven people, reclining front bucket seats, leather-appointed seating on the first and second rows, eight-way power front seats, heated front seats, 10 cup holders, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a front center console with storage, tilt and telescopic steering column, express down driver’s widow, power programmable door locks with lockout protection, remote start, remote keyless entry, cruise control, a universal home remote, rear window defroster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, illuminated vanity mirror and storage under the floor in the rear cargo area.

Entertainment Features

The Acadia features an AM/FM radio, SiriusXM radio, a CD player, a 6.5-inch diagonal digital touch screen, auxiliary input jack, USB, 10 Bose speakers, 5.1 surround sound, rear audio controls, and headphone jacks.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to test drive the 2017 GMC Acadia and to learn more about this model’s features.

DIY Holiday Car Decorations

Wooden car carrying a christmas tree

This year, take Christmas decorating to a whole new level. Don’t just decorate your house: decorate your vehicle, too. Whether you have a brand new vehicle you just picked up from SouthTowne Motors or you’re driving one that’s a couple of years old, have fun with decorating it.

Mobile Christmas Tree

You wouldn’t want to put a big tree up through the moon roof as that would definitely restrict your vision, but you could put a small tree in the vehicle. Decorate the tree to the hilt, but make sure it doesn’t block your view in the mirrors or out of the windows.

Wreath

Add a wreath to the front of your vehicle. The grille allows air in to help cool the air conditioning condenser and the radiator, so be sure the wreath doesn’t block too much of the air flow. Decorate the wreath with bows or large Christmas bulbs.

Big Red Bow

Another great way to show the Christmas spirit is to add a big red bow to the front of your vehicle. Add sparkles to the bow to add a bit more decoration. You could also add small decorations to the bow, including small wreaths, which would be set off by the red color.

Lights

Add Christmas lights to the bottom of your vehicle. Wire them in to light up when you turn the ignition on. Or you could wire them to a switch so that you could turn them on and off when needed. Use lights made for underbody lighting; just choose red and green or multiple Christmas colors.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive a new vehicle for the holidays. Once you have your new vehicle, you’ll be able to decorate it with festive decorations. If you are not ready for a new vehicle because your current vehicle is only a year or two old, be sure to call our service department for an appointment to have maintenance completed or to have your vehicle, including the tires, checked for the winter.

Add a SouthTowne Vehicle to Your Wishlist

Christmas is right around the corner and that of course means that you’ve got to consider who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this past year. If you’ve got someone extra special in your life who you think deserves an extra special gift, consider getting them a new or pre-owned vehicle from your Newnan auto dealership, SouthTowne Motors. Besides a vehicle, most everyone appreciates thoughtful accessories to enhance their driving experience.

Put a New Vehicle Under the Tree

Stop by SouthTowne Motors this December to check out our inventory of new and pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. A vehicle makes for the ultimate gift, but be sure to get your shopping done early so you can have it in the driveway in time for Christmas. Then again, you can always drop in before or after Christmas with that special someone and let them test drive some vehicles so they can pick out one for themselves.

Ideas for the Interior

Choose from all-weather floor mats, illuminated or non-illuminated door sills, cargo protectors, cargo nets, a console safe or cargo locks. Cargo locks hook onto the carpet with Velcro and can be moved around to accommodate the size of the item or items you want to hold in place. Additional ideas include an ash/coin cup, gear shift knobs and sport pedals.

Ideas for the Exterior

You’ll find many ideas for the exterior of your recipient’s vehicle, including covers, protectors, body kits, deflectors, deck lid panels, exhaust tips, door handles, locking fuel plugs, aluminum fuel doors, racks, mirrors, carriers, grilles, graphics, trim kits, stripes, scoops, louvres, running boards, splash guards, sliding rear windows, spoilers, step bars and trailer towing accessories.

Electronics

You can add features to a car or truck if it did not come with those features. This includes auto-dimming rearview mirrors and keyless entry. In addition, manufacturers also carries audio accessories, DVD systems, lights, parking assist systems, phone products, speed control, remote start, security systems, alarms, perimeter security systems and remote access.

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Be sure to visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, to pick up a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or maintenance.

Top December Events Near Newnan

Now that you have your new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, it’s time to start planning which December events you want to attend. You could even mix up going to some events with a little Christmas shopping. And, if you are still driving your current vehicle because it’s only a year or three old, be sure to schedule an appointment for maintenance or repair before you head out. If you can get a morning appointment, you’ll have time for events and shopping after you pick up your vehicle.

Christmas at the Log Cabin

Head over to Pickett’s Mill Battlefield Historic site, 4432 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Dallas, Georgia, 30157 for Christmas at the Log Cabin. This event takes place on December 9, 2017. You’ll enjoy period re-enactors show you what farm life, celebrations of the period and chores were like. For more information visit gastateparks.or/PickettsMillBattlefield or call (770) 443-7850.

Historic Westville Lumpkin, Georgia

Visit the Presidential Pathways on December 9, 2017, to celebrate with handmade wreaths and candles and to attend a tree-lighting with real candles. Enjoy historic homes decorated for the holidays and go in to help your kids make an ornament for your tree. For more information visit westville.org or call (229) 838-6310.

Christmas Tea in Colonial Style at the Midway Museum

On December 17, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. head over to the Midway Museum in Midway, Georgia for the 59th Annual Christmas Tea in Colonial Style. Admission is $10 and includes tea and a tour of the museum, including new displays. For more information visit themidwaymuseum.org.

Friday Night Live: Christmas in Downtown

On December 16, 2017, visit the Historic High Country in downtown Woodstock from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. for activities at various stores and in the downtown area. You’ll also enjoy live music from the bands that will be playing in front of the stores. And Santa will be there. For more information visit visitwoodstockga.com or call (770) 924-0406.

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Be sure to visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia to pick up a new vehicle or give our service department a call to schedule an appointment for service or maintenance.

Visit Chattahoochee Bend State Park

Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia Autumn Season

There’s a long list of national parks across the US (and in Georgia alone) to visit, but if you’re looking for an outing close to home, make a reservation at the Chattahoochee Bend State Park located about 33 minutes from Newnan.

At SouthTowne, let us help you find the perfect ride for your visit to Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Choose from our inventory of Buick, GMC, Chevrolet, and Cadillac pre-owned and certified pre-owned models and travel in comfort and style.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park

The nearly 3000-acre park is one of the largest with the majority of the acreage remaining in a natural state. Visitors can enjoy six miles along tree-lined trails for up-close (but careful) wildlife observations, hiking, bird watching, and photographing natural habitats.

The park resides along five miles of the Chattahoochee River and if water activities are your favorite pastime, you’ll have plenty to do including fishing, canoeing and paddling. Bring your boat and use the convenient ramp for a leisurely ride along the river or rent a kayak or canoe for a scenic experience.

You can also take advantage of scheduled activities throughout the year such as guided hikes. On these outings, you’ll learn about native snakes, plants and birds of prey from park experts.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers plenty of campsites for including RV, tent only, tent walk-in campsites. For the adventurous, there’s backcountry and paddle-in sites, primitive campsites, screened in Adirondack group camping, and riverside platform sites.The park also has a picnic shelter you can reserve, a playground, and a gift shop.

The park is a perfect destination for a day trip to observe and explore the beauty of southwest Georgia. If your plans include an overnight stay, choose from a variety of lodgings near the park that include choices from local hotels and motels.

Additional points of interest near Newnan to consider on your itinerary include McIntosh Reserve Park for horseback riding and a self-guided tour of Dunaway Gardens originally opened in 1934.

Contact us at SouthTowne and let us get you road-ready for your next adventure.

Check Out Cadillac’s Newest Feature

Cadillac has a hot and exciting new feature available only in the 2018 CT6 luxury sedan (for now).

The new system is Cadillac’s cutting edge “Super Cruise” hands-free driving. It’s a semi-autonomous driving system and is being billed as the first true hands-free driving on the freeway.

The sophisticated system uses a variety of technologies working in concert with one another to achieve the semi-autonomous driving experience. Using Lidar, high-res GPS tracking, and a driver monitoring system, Super Cruise allows the car, on certain roads and under particular conditions, to travel significant distances without steering or pedal input from the driver.

Though the driver must still maintain vigilance while the system is working (eyes must remain open and on the road ahead) it frees up a good portion of a driver’s attention and makes the experience akin to riding as a passenger.

The system has some leeway for the driver’s attention. As the driver, you’re able to look away to adjust the radio, pull something from the back seat, or grab something from the center console or glove compartment. If the driver takes too long to return attention back to the road (perhaps they nodded off or are experiencing a medical emergency), the system will first attempt to regain the driver’s attention with seat vibrations, audible warnings, and flashing lights. If that fails to work, the system then ceases to function in an attempt to force the driver to pay attention. If that still doesn’t work, the system will retake control and attempt to coast the vehicle to a safe stop, put on emergency lights, and contact 911.

Under the right conditions and with proper driver use, the system can handle normal road conditions without any direct input from the driver, taking you to the store, along your morning commute, or even to another city for a road trip.

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Interested in testing out Cadillac’s newest feature? Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to give any Cadillac a test drive and ask any other questions you may have about their features and options. Even if you’re not on the market for a new Cadillac, you can still drop by SouthTowne Motors to schedule some service or to shop for parts and accessories.

A Look at the All-New 2018 Chevy Equinox

If you are in the market for an SUV that is spacious and gets good gas mileage, stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s features.

Convenience Features

The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features power lumbar and height adjuster for the driver’s seat, reclining rear seat, a front center console with covered storage, a rear center armrest with dual cup holders, a tilt and telescopic steering column with a comfort grip steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise control, Driver Information Center, express down windows, power programmable door locks, lockout protection, illuminated entry, remote keyless entry, panic alarm and air conditioning.

Additional features include cup holders in the front center console, bottle holders in the doors, illuminated vanity mirrors, map pockets and theater dimming lighting.

Safety and Security Features

The 2018 Equinox features a rear vision camera, an engine immobilizer, an anti-theft alarm, rear window defroster, four-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, hill start assist, StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, traction control, dual stage front airbags with a passenger-sensing system, seat-mounted airbags and head curtain airbags.

Additional features include daytime running lights, OnStar Guidance for 6 months, OnStar Basic for 5 years, rear child security door locks, variably intermittent wipers, a rear variably intermittent wiper, the LATCH system for child seats and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Entertainment Features

You’ll find plenty in the way of entertainment features on the Equinox including four auxiliary power outlets throughout the vehicle, OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in hotspot trial, 7-inch diagonal color touch screen, AM/FM radio, MP3 decoder, a radio data system, Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio, six speakers and a USB port.

Engine and Transmission

The Chevrolet Equinox features a 2.4-liter engine with spark ignition direct ignition and variable valve timing. The engine makes 182 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 172 pound-feet of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is backed b a six-speed automatic transmission with overdrive.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors to test drive the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and to learn more about this model’s convenience, safety, security and entertainment features.

Visit Fort Sumter National Monument

There’s no better place to visit for a weekend trip this Thanksgiving break in your vehicle from SouthTowne Motors than an old, beautiful fort with lots of history. If this sounds like something of interest to you, Fort Sumter National Monument is the place to go.

It was at this historic site where the American Civil War began on April 12, 1861. The Confederate army had turned their artillery onto Fort Sumter after years of mounting strife between the opposing sides. Just 34 hours later, the Union forces at Fort Sumter surrendered to the Confederate soldiers. It took Union troops four years to regain control of Fort Sumter.

You can now visit this sea fort located in the Charleston harbor in South Carolina. Before visiting, stop by the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center located at Liberty Square. There is a museum exhibit that recounts the story between the North and South and how their difficulties ultimately led to despair at this fort, thus starting the Civil War. You will also find the departure point for boats that depart for the tour of Fort Sumter, which is only accessible by boat.

Upon arriving, a ranger will be available to talk to guests about the fort. The ranger will lead-an in depth, 10-minute history lesson before guests begin the self-guided tour. There are volunteers as well as park rangers to answer any additional questions you might have. The construction of Fort Sumter’s foundation took 70,000 tons of stonework and other rock and took over a decade to build with contractors coming from far away as New York. The city of Boston aided with the delivery of materials by ship.

While exploring the history of Charleston, why not stay a couple of nights at the James Island County Park. Here you will find both tent camping sites and cottages. This park is located just 30 minutes away from Fort Sumter National Monument. This is a 643-acre park that offers an abundance of natural beauty, full hook-ups, an activity center, bathhouses, laundry facilities and much more. After a full day of exploring, relax and enjoy open meadows along with miles of paved walking trails.

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This is an exciting place full of our nation’s rich past. Be sure to have your vehicle tuned up at SouthTowne Motors before you head out.