Chattahoochee Bend State Park

With the arrival of spring and summer fun not far behind, planning a trip to enjoy the great outdoors is on the minds of many who are ready for a breath of fresh air. There is 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.

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Luxury Preowned Vehicles at Southtowne Motors

The Cadillac CTS Premium

When you’re looking for a luxury sport sedan, no vehicle turns heads on the street more than the Cadillac CTS Premium. This Cadillac sedan was designed for drivers who don’t want to do without a single luxury, and they don’t have to, because the 2011 Cadillac CTS Premium is stocked with five-star features inside and out. From the sleek exterior featuring that prominent Cadillac grille to the remote engine starter, multi-function trunk remote, extensive safety features, navigation system and rear glass sunroof, you’ll never find yourself asking for more.

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2011 Buick Enclave 1XL

When you’re looking for a vehicle that will fit your entire family, but don’t want to give up luxury, you’ll love the 2011 Buick Enclave 1XL. Enjoy the luxuries of interior heated leather seats, third-row seating, Xenon headlights, power heated mirrors, a multi-function remote starter and all of the technical frills you can imagine. With four-wheel ABS brakes, front fog lights, stability control and first, second and third-row airbags, you can rest assured that your Buick Enclave 1XL is designed to keep your family safe.

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2013 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

Already have your practical, family vehicle in the garage? You simply won’t be able to look beyond this 2013 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport. From the long and low design that makes this world-class Corvette look like its in motion even when it’s not. The rear spoiler, coupled with an all black exterior, privacy glass and all-black wheels will turn heads wherever you drive. And when it comes to the interior of your new Corvette, you’ll love the sport seats, compass, tachometer, spacious center console and multi-function remote. If you can dream it, your 2013 Corvette Grand Sport probably has it.

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All of These Vehicles at SouthTowne Motors

All three of these world-class vehicles are right here on our lot at your local Atlanta car dealer — SouthTowne Motors. We’re your home for all of the finest new and certified preowned cars in Atlanta, so stop in and browse our huge selection today.

Truck Month at Southtowne Motors

The month of March is Truck Month and it is the perfect time to get fabulous deals on the dependable Chevrolet trucks you love. The new Silverado 1500 is a sturdy all-American truck that has recently won the North American Truck of the Year Award. Right now, during March, you can take advantage of great deals on this and other Chevy trucks.

The 2014 Silverado 1500 Crew Cab All-Star edition has a total Truck Month value of $7,541. This includes a cash allowance of $3,500 and an extra discount of $3,291. They even tossed in an optional package discount of $750. This is just one of many options offered on this rugged and dependable full-size pickup. Even the Silverado 2500 HD, both the Crew and Regular cab, has a cash allowance of up to $3,500.

This year’s model Silverado packs a fuel economy punch with its 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine that churns out 355 horsepower to give you 16mpg city and 23mpg highway. The towing capacity has upped as well and can now tow up to 11,500 pounds. It was also given the highest overall vehicle safety score from the NHTSA. Even the warranties are impressive which includes a 2-year/24,000 mile scheduled maintenance service. The inside of the new Silverado has been redesigned with comfort in mind. The leather seating, wood-grain accents and modern technology all come together to give you the best in luxury when you least expect it. The MyLink infotainment system keeps you connected while the Driver Alert System keeps you focused on what’s important.

Just want to try out the truck? Try a lease option. There are several fantastic deals on leases for a wide range of vehicles, including the new lineup of Silverado. You can get a Silverado 1500 for $299 per month on a 36 month lease for 36 months for well-qualified lessees. When you’re ready for your next truck, remember to visit SouthTowne Motors to get all of the best deals on Chevy trucks during Truck Month. You might be surprised just how much you can save. We look forward to being able to serve you.

The Chevy Silverado is the North American Truck of the Year!

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Chevrolet has always been a brand that you can rely on. Their amazing quality vehicles and modern technology advancements keep this brand above the others. Due to their dedication to service and quality, they have been able to claim both awards this year at the North American International Auto Show. The all-new Chevy Corvette Stingray and the Silverado 1500 took both spots for Car and Truck of the Year. This is actually only the third time in the Show’s 21-year history that one automaker collected both awards.

The Chevy Silverado was recognized for its available 5.3L EcoTec3 V8 engine which churns out over 350 horsepower. This incredible amount of power gives you unrivaled towing and hauling ability and yet switches to use only four cylinders when needed. With an estimated fuel economy of 23 miles to the gallon, this awesome truck is the best in class for any V8 pickup. In addition to this, the Silverado 1500 HD also has a perfect overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The Silverado won the Truck of the Year award with no question. The points tallied at the end of the NAIAS showed it with a leading 219 points. Second place was the Jeep Cherokee with 174 points and then the Acura MDX with just 97. This was a landslide win for this truck and for the bowtie brand. After viewing some of the great features and options of this vehicle, it’s understandable why it won.

This truck went through 13 million miles of testing which resulted in a smarter, stronger and more capable truck. The Max Trailering Package makes it easy to tow up to 12,000 pounds and includes enhancements such as a CornerStep rear bumper and removable cargo tie-downs. The technology in this truck is stellar and comes with their MyLink infotainment system which lets you stay connected to what matters to you.

Right now during Chevrolet’s Truck Month, you can rest assured knowing that you are driving away in the safest and most secure truck out there. When you are ready to get into a Silverado, come check out the great inventory we have over at SouthTowne Motors. No matter what you are looking for, our outstanding service team will help you every step of the way.

Silverado HD

The exceptional team over at Chevrolet have done it again. This time, they have redefined the work truck better than ever. The new 2015 Silverado HD packs a serious punch and is more truck than you could possibly ask for. Here, we will focus on some of the major improvements that have been made to this already stellar vehicle. If you are looking for a great new work truck, this is it. Check out the new features and technology advancements that this beast of a truck boasts.

The new 2500 and 3500 trims are a wonderful sight to behold. The exterior is just as beautiful as the interior and has tons of added bonuses such as triple-sealed doors and stiffer construction. Even the aerodynamics have been improved upon to make it more efficient. The inside of the new cab for this truck include a wide range of USB ports, power ports and SD card ports. The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system is included in all models except for the basic truck.

The towing capacity of this truck has gained a ton of power, no pun intended. It can now withstand up to 7,374 pounds of cargo in the rolled-steel bed. Need to tow more? No problem. Hook up the available factory hitch and you are set to tow up to 19,600 pounds. This is a fantastic jump from before and is up 1,600 pounds over last year’s model. The maximum fifth-wheel towing capacity is now at 23,300 pounds.

As far as safety technology features go, they are now including optional gear such as a forward-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system. There is also an optional Active Safety Seat that can help alert you to danger. Stability control with sway control helps keep your trailer in line and from toppling over around corners. This is standard on all models as is the EZ Lift and Lower tailgate. One of the most fascinating new aspects of this truck is that is can use natural gas. This is a huge advancement in the auto industry and is offered on all configurations.

This truck will save you money on fuel, is great for cargo, amazing at towing and looks fantastic. When you’re ready for your Silverado HD, come see the best at SouthTowne Motors.

Silverado Playbook

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2015 Chevy Silverado – Photo by Gib Goodrich (Flickr Creative Commons)

The 2014 Chevolet Silverado 1500 is a beast of a truck to behold and has lots of amazing new technology features. This truck is stronger than ever and is more capable of handling whatever life throws your direction. The new strength of this truck comes from its all-aluminum 5.3L V8 engine. It is also built with an ultra-high-strength steel for improved structure. The cargo box in the back of the truck is even made from roll-formed steel for added strength. These facts were reported in their Silverado Playbook.

The ride has become more comfortable as well with increased capability and improved off-road performance. Towing has been made easier as well with the new 6.2L MAX trailering package. Even better for trailering, you have two-tier loading access and upper tie-down hooks and are able to tow up to 11,500 pounds. The High Country version of this truck comes with heated and cooled leather front seats and front and rear park assist. It also has a Bose premium audio system and includes the all-new MyLink infotainment system through an eight-inch color touchscreen.

There are three different engine options available for this truck depending on what trim you are interested in. The engine types are a standard 4.3L V6 engine with 285 horsepower, an available 5.3L V8 with EcoBoost that gets 355 horsepower and a 6.2L V8 engine that receives an estimated 420 horsepower. This trucks pricing begins at $24,585 for the base model and it includes a quieter cab, new interior, four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors and a newly designed bed with box rail protectors.

This truck is also great for your commercial fleet. The options for fleet vehicles gives you more functional packages such as tinted windows, power bench seating, upfitter switches and 110V power outlets. You can order the 1WT, 2WT and 1LT models with these options. The EPA fuel economy for both the V8 and turbocharged V6 engines gets 16mpg city, 23mpg highway and a combined rating of at least 19mpg. Overall, Silverado offers the best fuel economy in the industry for a V8 pickup.

The best truck is here so visit your Newnan Chevy dealership at SouthTowne Motors to get yours today. We also sell parts and accessories and service all makes and models of vehicles.

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A Trip to Chattanooga

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Walnut St. Bridge, Chattanooga – Photo by rjones0856 (Flickr Creative Commons)

There are lots of quick weekend getaways close to your Newnan car dealership. If you are looking for something fun, family-friendly, and educational, take a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee. This city is the fourth largest city in the state of Tennessee.

Some of their top attractions include the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain and Rock City. If you have never seen these attractions, you have no idea what you are missing out on.

The Tennessee Aquarium holds over 10,000 animals and an educational center. Discover various fish species, shark, aquatic mammals, and lots more. There is also an IMAX 3D movie theater that is six stories tall. This aquarium was rated a FamilyFun Top 10 attraction in 2013. Tickets are $24.95 for adults and $14.95 for children between the ages of three and twelve.

Rock City is one of the most amazing and fascinating attractions around. It is part of Lookout Mountain which is just a few miles from Chattanooga city center. Massive rock formations overlook the surrounding area. At the top of the overlook, you can see the famous “See 7 States” in a stunning panoramic view. The states you can see are Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia. Tickets for this amazing and one-of-a-kind attraction are just $19.95 for adults and $11.95 for children between three and twelve.

A hidden treasure in Chattanooga sits on an 80-foot bluff which overlooks the Tennessee River. The Hunter Museum of American Art offers a collection so exceptional that it is considered some of America’s finest. There are paintings, sculptures, furniture and lots more that the entire family is sure to enjoy. Some of the artists on display here are Andy Warhol, Thomas Cole, Robert Henri and Helen Frankenthaler. Tickets are just $9.95 per adult and $4.95 per child age three to seventeen.

One last stunning attraction is the Raccoon Mountain Caverns. This is the state’s highest rated cave site and you can pan gemstones, tour the area and even camp out here. Tickets are just $14.95 per adult and $6.95 per child ages five to twelve. If you are looking for a trip that leaves everyone spellbound, Chattanooga is it. Load up the SouthTowne Chevrolet and have fun.

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Tea For The Road

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Whole Leaf Green Tea/Matcha Powder Blend – Photo by Brandie Kajino (Flickr Creative Commons)

The month of January is National Hot Tea Month. This is great for lovers of all things tea. If you aren’t an avid tea drinker, you could possibly discover the great benefits of this magnificent beverage and enjoy them, too. Your friends here at Southtowne Motors in Newnan love tea as well and suggest the following great teas if you need to keep yourself awake while on the road.

Black teas contain a good bit of caffeine and are highly recommended instead of coffee. If you are trying to break away from the routine of drinking coffee in the morning to get you going, try a delicious and hearty black tea. Oolong and some green teas are also a nice choice and can come in a variety of flavors to spice things up. If you are too used to drinking coffee, try a chai-based tea like masala chai. This can be an easier transition for you.

Tea keeps you alert but not too jittery, so it is great for long drives or as a pick me up. If you drink green tea, it will keep you relaxed while giving you the energy you need. There are no ill side-effects such as keeping you awake at night either, so it is an overall win. There are several more health benefits of drinking green tea. For instance, it can prevent hypertension, protect against heart diseases, and can protect your kidneys.

A great, quick and easy recipe is a green ginger mint tea. All you need for this delicious beverage is 4 tangerines, 1 piece of ginger root, 2 bunches of spearmint, and 1 cup of green tea leaves. In order to brew this tea, prepare it at least a day ahead of time. Peel the rind from the tangerines and place them aside. Slice the ginger into 1/8 inch slices. Remove the leaves from the spearmint and let everything dry until brittle. In a bowl, mix together the tangerine rind, mint leaves, tea leaves and ginger. Scoop out by the spoonful into a small bag for serving. Steep between two and three minutes.

The next time you want an energy boost, instead of reaching for that sugary energy drink that will make you crash hard, grab a tea. There are several varieties that come bottled, ready to drink and great for a ride in your Chevrolet car or truck.

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Chinese New Year in Newnan

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The Chinese New Year is one of the most anticipated cultural traditions of the year. This year ushers in the year of the horse, closing out the year of the snake. In ancient Chinese lore, when the start of the year would come, a beast called the ‘Yian’ would rise from the waters and harm animals, people, and even property. In order to fend off the evil doer, they decorated with things that frightened the beast — fire, loud noises, and the color red. That’s why Chinese New Year festivals are so boisterous!

There are many opportunities to learn more about this fantastic heritage. There are events being held throughout the Atlanta area to celebrate this holiday. Below are just a few of them, so load up the Newnan Chevy and enjoy.

The Atlanta Chinese Lunar New Year Festival will be held on February 1 and 2 this year from 10am til 4pm at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office. This event will have two different dances; one lion dance and one dragon dance. There will also be scrumptious snacks, arts and crafts, and other songs and folk dances throughout the two-day festival. Admission is just $5 per person

Love classical music? Attend this free concert with a Chinese flair on Chinese New Year. Celebrate the Year of the Horse with the Vega String Quartet as they perform traditional Chinese music with authentic instruments. The concert begins at noon and will be held in the reception hall at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Nothing beats attending a free event, especially when the event also has a free buffet. Join Green Ginger in Decatur on Saturday, February 1, for a Chinese New Year event like no other. There will be free food from 11:30am until 2pm and a lion dance show from 12:30pm until 1:15pm. You won’t want to miss out on this exciting event.

If you can’t find an event or activity near you, don’t worry. You can still celebrate the Chinese New Year in your very own home with friends and family. The day before the New Year is for cleaning, decorating, and shopping for the big day. The day of, hold a family dinner, or a Shou Sui, and put on a large fireworks display.

Have a safe and happy Chinese New Year from your friends at Southtowne Motors.

Keeping on Budget with a New Car

Everyone loves getting a new car. The term new means something different from person to person, however. Some people hear the word new and think of a sparkling vehicle that has rolled right off the delivery truck with close to zero miles on the odometer. New to others is a car that’s been previously loved by someone else but is new to them. This is a more attainable goal when looking for a new car when you have a tighter budget to work with.

SouthTowne Motors understands that not everyone can afford a high-end luxury vehicle fresh of the assembly line. That’s why we offer great quality cars that you can still afford under $15,000.

Even with a budget of $15,000 to work with, you can still sometimes find great deals on current year models. Check out this 2014 Chevrolet Spark LS for just $14,353. This small hatchback is great for those who want to save on fuel and still look stylish while doing it. It gets 30 mpg city and 39 mpg highway on a 1.2L 4 cylinder engine. Other features this car has are power windows, OnStar communications, dusk sensing headlights, tinted windows and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Need more space with a small budget? No problem. There is a wide selection of vans and SUVs under $15k like this 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT for $13,995. This clean and well-kept van has under 90,000 miles on it and has a 3.8L V6 engine. Some of the notable features this stunning van has are dual air conditioning zones, power heated mirrors, adjustable pedals, a roof rack, reclining rear seats and a removable third row.

The Kia Soul has taken the world by storm. Right now at your Newnan dealership, you can take advantage of some fantastic prices on these fabulous vehicles. The 2010 Kia Soul is powered by a 2.0L 4 cylinder engine and comes with a wealth of tech savvy features. Bluetooth capabilities come standard as well as audio controls on the steering wheel, remote power door locks and power mirrors and windows. There is a sunroof, iPod and AUX connections and two 12V outlets. This stylish hatchback is just $10,995.

So when you’re ready for a new or gently used car, visit the best dealership south of Atlanta.