XTS Twin Turbo

Cadillac, as everyone knows, means luxury and an innate intuitiveness for innovation. They always work harder to bring you the very best they can in every aspect of the vehicles they design. This being said, they have introduced the newest engine type; the twin turbo. This engine will be added to the 2014 CTS as well as the 2014 XTS which is due out later this year. It may eventually make its way into other GM models such as the Camaro or the ATS-V. But for now, let’s talk more about this engine.

The new 3.6L twin turbo engine has been designed to deliver at least 410 horsepower with 430 pounds of torque. This has not been done previously in a car of this size. They do not have the official number yet, but it is said it will reach 0-60 in around 5 seconds. Not sure what you’re used to driving, but that’s fast.

There is a commercial out right now that just hit the media. This spot shows the new Cadillac XTS Twin Turbo blowing the doors, literally, right off of its competitors. Now, when you drive this sports vehicle, you won’t make cars around you blow apart or anything but you will feel the intense speed and drive this vehicle offers. The symbolism of the car’s power is amazing.

Some of the comparable cars are the Chrysler 300 and the Lincoln MKS. Other rivals include Audi’s A4 and A6, the BMW 3 and 5 series and the Mercedes C-Class. Though there is quite the challenge, the XTS is still Cadillac’s largest sedan which replaced the outdated DTS. Among all of the improvements, the XTS will also be the first model to feature the brand’s infotainment system, CUE.

The power this engine provides has allowed the new XTS to become an all-wheel drive vehicle so it can withstand the force. With the invention of this new engine, the company believes that they will be able to propel a rear-wheel drive version of the next generation CTS from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This will also give the next CTS a top speed of around 170 mph.

If you’re brave enough to test drive this vehicle for yourself, stop on in at SouthTowne Motors just south of Atlanta. We have a huge selection of new and used Chevrolet cars and trucks as well.

Charleston, South Carolina

A short half day drive east from Atlanta lies the city of Charleston, SC. This city is the oldest and the second largest in South Carolina. This historically rich metropolis lies just south of South Carolina’s coastline located on Charleston Harbor and is known for its well preserved architecture, large restaurant community and friendly people. Charleston has received many accolades such as “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel and Leisure in 2011 and by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013. They also were awarded with “the most polite and hospitable city in America” by Southern Living magazine.

The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, also known as the New Cooper Bridge, is one of the most popular places to visit. With breathtaking diamond towers and a length of over 13,000 feet, this bridge is an astonishing sight. It connects downtown Charleston to Mount Pleasant. Don’t be intimidated by the size; many people enjoy biking, walking and even running along this bridge.

The Charleston Waterfront Park was voted Travelers Choice 2013 Winner. This park has something for everyone. There are water fountains for the kids to play in, lawns for dogs and beautiful tree lined walkways with shaded bench areas for readers or casual observers with a picture perfect view of the river to enjoy. Whether you’re cooling your feet off in the fountain or admiring the Spanish-moss covered oaks, this park is sure to leave a lasting impression on you.

When you visit the Battery & White Point Gardens, it’s like taking a step back in time. The history of this town starts here and is located in the core of Charleston’s historic district. It was originally used as a public garden in the 1800’s. After the outbreak of the Civil War, it became a protector of the city.

Walking the battery and residential streets here is like no other. This is a wonderful park offering history, a harbor breeze, and a view of some of the architectural beauty of Charleston. Take a tour that will tell you about its history, complete with stories of the beginning of Charleston, the Pirate era, the civil war and Hurricane Hugo.

Charleston Water Taxis are one of the best ways to see all of the Charleston harbor. They run every hour with dolphin sightings in between. It has been voted the best sunset and dolphin cruise in Charleston. They are open 7 days a week and are only $10 for all day passes.

So relax in your Chevrolet from SouthTowne Motors as you ride through this nice little slice of South Carolina history.

September Features

There is always a deal at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan. Every day we have several featured vehicles to choose from. Whether you are looking for something new or used, car or truck, we have it all. Take a look at these exciting vehicles we have right now on our specials lot.

Looking for a classic? Right now, we have a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS on special for only $64,900. This beauty is in great shape and has under 50,000 miles on it. It features an 8 cylinder 396CI engine coupled with a manual 4-speed transmission. This highly sought-after coupe boasts a leather interior, manual windows and loads of other features. This will go fast, so hurry in today to take a look or even take it for a spin.

There is also a 2013 Buick Regal hybrid on our sales lot which is a great eco-friendly family car with plenty of style and class. It’s driven by a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine with an electric motor coupled to an automatic 6-speed transmission. It receives 25 mpg city and an impressive 36 mpg highway. This fabulous car has loads of convenience features such as one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, heated driver and passenger seat, leather interior and privacy glass. Roll out in style for only $27,803.

If you have ever dreamed of owning a real luxury vehicle, check out the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 we have on our lot for just $24,995. This extravagant sedan comes with a 3.0L V6 engine and has only 37,000 miles on it. The list of features on this beauty include power heated mirrors, a sunroof, speed-proportional power steering, heated windshield washer jets, signal mirrors and more.

Are you a thrill seeker? We also have other types of motorized vehicles ready for purchase, such as a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle on our sales lot for just $11,995. It has an automatic 6-speed transmission and only 6,384 miles on it. It has two comfortable seats for you and a friend and side storage bags. This bike is in excellent condition for its year. Come in today to see it for yourself.

Here at SouthTowne, we have cars, trucks and SUVs for every need. Come on down and check us out. We are just south of Atlanta.

August Model Incentives and Service Specials

Sales. Specials. Deals. Everyone has them and there are just about as many names for these events as there are advertisements. But only SouthTowne Motors in Newnan has the deals you need on the vehicles you desire. We have over 40 model incentives at our dealership. That’s almost an incentive for every type of vehicle we offer! Let’s start off with some of the more popular options.

The 2013 Cadillac ATS is being offered right now with rebates as high as $2,000 or with financing as low as 0% APR. The ATS has captured the hearts of thousands of consumers. It is well-designed, has great maneuverability, and has top-of-the-line features. We have over 40 of these highly-rated vehicles to choose from starting at $32,834.

Also at the top is another Cadillac favorite, the CTS. This version of the Cadillac is impressive with its 6.2L V8 engine that shells out 556 horsepower. You can ride away in a 2013 CTS with a $5,000 rebate or 0% APR financing.

The familiar Chevy Malibu is back and it’s tougher than ever. It has a completely redesigned look, both inside and out. It is no longer the rental or fleet vehicle that we have all come to know it as. If you want a first-hand look at the new features the 2013 Chevy Malibu offers, visit your Atlanta Chevy dealership. This car is being offered with rebates as high as $2,500 or financing with as low as 0% APR.

Come view all of our model incentives at SouthTowne Motors. We look forward to seeing you! While you’re here, be sure to check out our service specials.

How To Get More Miles Per Gallon

With gas prices bouncing between three and five dollars per gallon depending on where you are, it’s probably a good idea to figure out how you can maximize your gas mileage and minimize your trips to the gas station. Of course the best way to save money on gas is to go to your local Chevy dealer and buy yourself one of Chevy’s new fuel efficient vehicles. Failing that, there are still some ways to get the most out of your existing car so that you don’t have to spend a fortune on gas before the next time you go shopping for new and used cars in Atlanta.

For good gas mileage, tire pressure is a big deal. Having your tires properly inflated to factory specs can save you a lot of fuel. In fact, Popular Mechanics reports that each tire that is 10 percent or more below specs will cost you 3.3 percent of your fuel economy. This means that if all four tires are low, you’re giving up over 13 percent of your fuel economy. That’s a lot of money to throw away. Using the right oil can also improve your gas mileage.

In addition to keeping your tires inflated, you need to keep up on other standard maintenance to keep your car running efficiently, too. Making sure your engine is properly tuned and the fuel system is clean is especially important. Fueleconomy.gov advises that if an engine is so out of tune that the car fails an emissions test, it is losing at least four percent of its fuel economy.

You know that jackrabbit starts are bad for your engine. They’re also bad for your gasoline consumption. Frequent stops and starts are also gas-guzzlers. While there’s not much you can do about stopping frequently in congested areas, you can save some fuel on the open road by timing your arrival to stop lights, slowing down so that you catch them when they turn green and you don’t have to come to a full stop.

There are many Atlanta cars that get great gas mileage, but even if you have one of those that don’t, there are ways to maximize the gas mileage of your own car. By keeping your car in good mechanical shape and using good driving habits, you can keep from losing a percentage of your fuel efficiency for no good reason. Of course, when you’re ready to look for a more fuel efficient vehicle,our  Newnan car dealership will have the car you’re looking for.

Atlanta Cars, How Do You Know If You Have A Busted Muffler?

It’s no secret, especially when they pass you, some people love loud cars and go to great lengths to modify their exhaust systems to sound just right. Now this post isn’t about exhaust mods, but if you are into that sort of thing then we suggest you check out the Southtowne GM Superstore for some great aftermarket modification including modifying your exhaust system.

Now, if loud cars aren’t your thing and you didn’t modify your exhaust system, but it sounds like you did, then you may have a muffler problem.  It wasn’t too long ago that this very thing happened to a friend of mine. His car was extremely loud!  It was like it was when he was 18 when he purposefully put holes in his muffler to achieve a louder car sound. I don’t recommend this at all as your muffler is a key part of your car’s exhaust system. Not only does it reduce noise, but it also prevents exhaust fumes from entering into the passenger compartment of a car. If exhaust is entering  your vehicle then you may be faced with even more problems than just a broken muffler. Carbon monoxide from your car can be deadly.  If you suspect you have a broken muffler, here are some things to check out:

  1. Turn your car on and listen for low pitched rhythmic sounds or a rumbling. If you do have a broken muffler it will create a loud exhaust noise.
  2. Inspect your muffler for holes or rust. Rust usually happens from the inside out, and is an indicator that holes are developing.
  3. Look for unusual exhaust smoke. This may be a big cloud when you hit the gas or even a very subtle one.
  4. If you vehicle starts to slowly overheat, this may also be an indication of broken muffler. The exhaust system can affect engine performance.
  5. Check to see if there are any water leaks near the back of the car. This too is an indicator of a hole in the muffler.

If have done the above suggested checks on your vehicle but still are unsure, please schedule an appointment with the service department at the Southtowne GM Superstore to get this taken care of right away. Of course, if you’re are liking the new sound your car is making, first get your muffler fixed first and then let’s talk about what Southtowne can do for a proper exhaust system modification.

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Get a New Car, Even if You Have the Bad Credit Blues

So you need a car but have bad credit? Don’t worry; bad credit car loans are highly prevalent in today’s world, so you are not the only person in this boat. Nearly 25% of Americans have issues with their credit. As long as you prepare yourself and follow the right course of action, the Southtowne GM Superstore should be able to purchase the car you want as well as receive a bad credit car loan.

As I just mentioned, preparation is the key. Your first course of action should be to review your credit history so that you can ensure that there are no errors. There are many free credit websites out there you can use to help you.

The next important step to obtaining a bad credit car loan is to determine how much you can truly afford to pay for your car. It is absolutely essential that you be honest with yourself about how much you can afford and don’t let your eyes get bigger than your wallet. You should have a number in mind for how much you can afford for both a down payment and monthly payments.

Now that you have taken care of the preparation, you must be prepared to provide proof of employment and income so that the lender can have all of the information in front of them, which will facilitate your bad credit car loan. The lender may not always ask for these documents, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when applying for a bad credit car loan.

Once you have followed the aforementioned steps, you must take extra steps in the future to ensure a clean credit history. You must make it a priority to make on-time payments for your bad credit car loan so that there are no bad marks on your credit history. You will also want to avoid car title loans (or any other type of loan for that matter) in the event that you need cash. It is much more logical to consider a refinance car loan.

If you still have questions about bad credit car loans, you can find answers and other great information here at Southtowne and through other mediums, such as forums and reviews of companies. You can also get a lot of help through loan companies. Although your credit may be a little worse than you would prefer, these companies still want to be able to make loans work since that is how they make money so they will certainly be willing to discuss bad credit car loans with you.

So take a deep breath and don’t worry! You can still get a car.

Car Drivers in Atlanta: Set A Good Example For Your Teenage Drivers

We’re all aware of the numerous distractions we face when driving our cars in Atlanta. The number one of course, being our smart phones. Unfortunately, the same great technology that has allowed us to browse the Internet, send emails and text messages is also becoming a high contributing factor to distraction-related auto accidents.

Until it becomes completely outlawed to use cell phones while driving, there’s really not much we can do to prevent this. Sure there are applications for our phones and several great campaigns urging people to stop, but it’s obviously still a huge issue.

For the most part, using smart phones in the car has been associated with the younger driving population, but a recent study by State Farm pointed out that parents may be equally responsible. The study found that 61 percent of teens say their parents have been distracted by their phone at least once while teaching them to drive. On top of that, 29 percent of teens say their parents have been distracted sometimes, often, or all the time. Come on now, parents! You’re supposed to be setting the good example. Teaching our young drivers of the dangers of distracted driving is one of the best shots we have at lowering the amount of accidents it causes.

Other recent studies have already shown us that teens are not getting enough practice time behind the wheel. At the recent NOYS (National Organization for Youth Safety) Teen Distracted Driving summit, a presenter said that teens need 100 hours of driving practice before being on their own and many are not getting the training.

If this is the case, then it’s even more important for parents out there to teach good driving behavior. So Atlanta Chevrolet drivers, be sure to practice what you preach to your children about safe driving habits. Put the phone away and don’t be distracted while driving or while teaching your children how to drive. Even if you have younger children who are years away from the driving age, they can still pick up on your driving habits. So remember to always set a good example.

The Dangers Of Atlanta Railroad Crossings

You may not have ever considered it, but many drivers in Atlanta have, and that’s tempting fate by crossing train tracks as a train is barreling down the tracks. Your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you that crossing barriers to avoid waiting for a train to pass is dumb and illegal. You not only put yourself in the path of extreme danger, but you are endangering those who are actually abiding by the law and waiting for the train to pass as well as the engineer of the train.

You might be thinking, “do people really go around railroad barriers”? The simple answer is absolutely they do. In fact, I’m surprised that we don’t have more incidents involving fatal interactions between car and train.

Of course, not all railroad crossings are clearly marked with guard gates or lights, there are some in rural areas that are simply marked with the standard railroad “X”. As you’ll see in the video below, even when driving in a familiar area and crossing a well known railroad intersection can still be extremely dangerous.

The following statistics were provided by car-accidents.com:

According to the US Department of Transportation there are about 5,800 vehicle train crashes each year in the United States-usually at Railroad crossings. These accidents kill 600 people and injure about 2,300. More than 50% of all railroad fatal accidents occur at crossings with passive, or inadequate safety devices (often none at all!). During daylight about 75% of car train collisions involve the train hitting the car, while at night about 50% of the time the car runs into the train!

The bottom line is that you should never, ever cross railroad tracks when the guard arms have been lowered. Even further, you should always expect the unexpected when crossing at any train intersection.

As always, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore just wants you to use your head when you are on the road. Don’t take any chances with your life and try to beat any on-coming train. It’s just common sense, folks.

 

Atlanta GM Dealer: Cool Your Car, Use A Windshield Shade

At your Atlanta are GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore we know the benefits Sure you are thinking, “Man, those things are a pain to put up and even more of a pain to store”. At least that’s what I thought until last Saturday after a round of golf. I’m not kidding, my Atlanta Cadillac was 10,000* and my seats were twice as hot. As I instantly start dehydrating, waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I remembered seeing my windshield shade in my trunk when I was putting in my clubs. Boy, a lot of good it does me there.

So the question isn’t, “Do windshield shades work”? We all know the do. It’s “How well do they work”? As in, “how much heat can they cut down inside my car”? So, I did a little research and this is what I found…get ready for the science!

So you see, not only does a sunshade keep your car cool, but it helps maintain the integrity and good looks of your dashboard and seats as well. There are some sunshades out there that can reflect up to 97% of the Sun’s damaging rays. Of course that doesn’t mean that stepping into your car will be like taking a seat in your refrigerator, but it will certainly keep it much cool than if you didn’t use one.

At your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, out parts department had a decent selection of sunshades designed to it your Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC…Swing by and take a look, before it gets really hot out there.