Keeping Your Car Green

4-19-2016

Keeping your car green takes a bit of planning, but just with how you drive and the maintenance you perform on the vehicle on a regular basis. Since you need to do maintenance at SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia anyway, the only thing left is to change some of your driving habits.

Maintenance

Keep your vehicle – even if it’s brand new – properly tuned. This means following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule. Check the spark plugs, replace any emission system parts when needed and keep the filters changed. If you keep your vehicle properly maintained, you can improve gas mileage by up to 4 percent. If an oxygen sensor is not working properly, you can decrease fuel economy by up to as much as 40 percent.

Driving Smart

When you can, use cruise control. This keeps your vehicle at an even speed, which saves on gas usage. When you are coming to a light, slow down sooner rather than later. If you time it right, you may not have to come to a complete stop before the light turns green. Starting from any speed is always better than starting from a dead stop as you need less power to get back up to speed.

Don’t tailgate others. They may not be driving economically, and they’ll cause you to drive at uneven speeds, which uses gas. Keep at least six car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you. Not only does this give you room to maneuver if the vehicle in front of you does something crazy or gets in an accident, but it allows you to keep the same speed even if that vehicle drops a mile per hour or three. You could lose up to 33 percent fuel economy on the highway with rapid acceleration and deceleration.

Additional Ways to Keep Your Vehicle Green

Park in the shade when you can; and use a reflective windshield shade to keep the interior of your vehicle cooler. The air conditioning system will work less to cool off the inside if the interior is cooler to start with.

Remove anything that is not needed from the trunk and cargo areas. Anything that is not needed just adds weight, which uses more gas.

Check your tires to ensure they have the proper tire pressure. If the tire pressure is too low, you could lose up to 3.3 percent fuel efficiency because of the extra resistance on the road, not to mention, extra wear on the tires.

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When it’s time for maintenance, be sure to call our service department at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia to schedule an appointment. Keep your vehicle well maintained to keep it green.

The Future of Chevy Trucks

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When you visit SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia, you might see some of these new Chevy trucks. And, you might just have to wait a bit before you see others. For 2017, Chevrolet will have a Colorado ZR2, Silverado 2500HD, Silverado 1500 diesel and the Colorado Price diesel.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a smaller version of the rugged Silverado. You’re getting a rugged truck that is smaller; and this is perfect for those who only need to haul smaller items that are too big for an SUV or the trunk of a car. Plus, the truck looks neat and is fun to drive even when you don’t need to haul anything.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

If you need a heavy duty truck to haul a horse trailer, a work trailer full of tools or anything else, the 2500HD is perfect. The new year’s model has been upgraded and revised to make a great truck even better.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Diesel

For those who need the fuel economy and the torque of a diesel, Chevrolet is putting out a Silverado 1500 diesel model again. The new 2017 model received several upgrades over the 2016 model. You’ll even find higher quality materials inside this year.

2017 Chevrolet Colorado Price Diesel

The Colorado was introduced in 2004 and it replaced the S-10 models. The Colorado Price diesel for 2017 will be a bit bigger than the outgoing model, making more utilitarian. And, with a diesel motor, you’ll get more fuel economy and more torque.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors of Newnan, Georgia to test drive any of these trucks as they are made available. You’ll learn more about these models’ convenience, safety, entertainment and security features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about any lease or finance offers we may be running when you stop by our showroom.

Apple Car Play

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When you test drive a Chevrolet at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia, ask which models feature Apple CarPlay if you plan on integrating your iPhone with your vehicle’s infotainment system. You’ll find that Chevrolet offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in more models than any of the other automotive brand.

Apple CarPlay is in 14 Chevy models that are distributed in the United States, Canada, Brazil and Mexico. Because more and more people are “connected,” and have smart phones, more auto manufacturers are adding this technology to their lower trim levels; and this keeps people safe since the integration uses voice activation and drivers can keep their eyes one the road.

How it Works

When you plug your compatible Apple iPhone or Android smartphone into the USB port, it enables certain apps; and those apps are displayed in the car on the Chevrolet MyLink screen. You’ll be able to use the apps from the phone through the car’s touch screen or voice controls.

The Chevrolet MyLink also displays the features that you use the most. If you are using an Apple iPhone, you’ll have access to maps, texts, music and more via Siri. If you use Android Auto, you’ll see Google Now, Google Maps, can talk to Google, and use a constantly evolving messaging and audio system. The system includes Skype, WhatsApp, Spotify, podcast payers and Google Play Music thus far.

Models that Feature Apple CarPlay

These models feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto: Camaro, Camaro convertible, Colorado, Corvette, Corvette convertible, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark Suburban, Tahoe and the Volt.

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Stop by SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia to test drive any of the 14 models with Apple CarPlay to learn more about the rest of the entertainment features and convenience, safety and security features in each model.

March Service Specials

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Servicing your vehicle is a necessary evil – but you can save money on service when you take advantage of our March specials at SouthTowne Motors. Whether you need a simple maintenance appointment for an oil change or it’s time to some of the more complex services such as a timing belt, you can take advantage of our specials.

Free Tire Mounting and Balancing

When you buy four new tires, get free tire mounting and balancing. The coupon is good for conventional tires only. Run-flat tires have an additional cost. The coupon must be presented at the time of sale and is not valid with other offers. One redemption per customer.

$5 of Any Automotive Service Over $50

When you come in for a timing belt, a tune up or other service, take $5 off any service over $50. The coupon must be presented at the time of sale and excludes tires. We also have a separate coupon for $5 off any oil change. The coupon is good on most vehicles. Limit one redemption per customer and the coupon is not valid with other offers.

Free Battery Testing

After an unusually cold winter, your battery may have taken a beating. Instead of taking a chance on going out to a dead battery in the morning, print our coupon for free battery testing. We’ll visually inspect and test the battery. Hybrid batteries excluded. Limit one redemption per customer. The coupon is not valid with other offers.

Free Brake Inspection

If it’s been some time since you had your brakes inspected or replaced, print the coupon for a free brake inspection. We’ll inspect the pads, calipers, rotors, drums, hoses and connections. We’ll also check the parking brake for damage and proper operation. The coupon must be presented when you come in and is not good with any other offer. Limit one redemption per customer.

Free Diagnostic Check

If your check engine light is on, bring in your vehicle and the coupon from our web page for a free diagnostic check. We’ll test the system for fault code history and analyze the system data flow. We’ll let you know what is causing the code and how much the repair will cost. We’ll also clear the code once the repair has been made. The coupon is not valid with other offers. Only one redemption per customer.

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Call or stop by SouthTowne Motors to set up a service appointment to ensure your vehicle stays properly maintained.

2015 Sierra Beats Heavy Duty Challenge

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There’s no greater feeling in the world than knowing you drive the best truck out there. You climb into the cab and know you can tackle anything the day throws at you. You feel safe and secure and are eager to begin towing or hauling or whatever project you have. This is the same thrill you receive in the driver’s seat of the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD. This truck was awarded the overall winning title in the 1-ton diesel category of the 2014 Heavy Duty Challenge. Here’s why.

The 2015 Sierra 3500 was put up against its two main competitors, the Ford F350 and the Ram 3500. It’s engine, the 6.6L Duramax Diesel, excelled against the engines of the other two, the Powerstroke diesel and Cummins diesel, respectively. The judges at the event even commented on the inside of the Sierra saying how much they enjoyed the newly designed interior and infotainment display. This truck scored high in vehicle control while towing. Cruise control, diesel exhaust brakes and grade braking help to relieve stress for drivers who do a lot of long-distance hauling and towing.

One of the tests performed was to descend 7.2 miles down the Eisenhower Pass in Colorado, which has up to a 7 percent grade. During this test, they counted how many brake pedal depressions were used. While the Ford tested with one brake depression and the Ram with five, the Sierra blew them out of the water with no brake pedal depressions at all. This is incredible. It also won in several other categories as well including the 0-60 mph on the Milan dragway, fuel economy with a trailer, and the 60-0 mpg braking at Proving Ground. All of these tests have proved that the Sierra is the best truck in class on the market today. Every Sierra HD comes with a five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty, Pro Grade Protection, and a two-year or 24,000 mile standard scheduled maintenance.

This winning truck can be found today at your Newnan GMC dealership. Stop by to take a test drive or to see other trucks, cars and SUVs that may suit your needs. We look forward to seeing you soon.

2015 GMC Canyon

Never before has GMC manufactured a truck as cunning edge and powerful yet small in size as the newest member of their armada. The 2015 GMC Canyon gives you the power and drive of a larger truck yet the handling and technology features of something similar to an SUV. The new 2015 GMC Canyon will be available in both two door and four door cab configurations.

The Canyon will also come fully equipped with tons of technology features like no other truck on the market. Such features to look forward to are GMC’s IntelliLink as well as the OnStar communications system, a 3.4 inch information touch screen on the dash, Bluetooth capabilities, turn-by-turn navigation, voice recognition, Forward Collision Alert and a review camera. It will also offer the newest in 4G LTE cellular connectivity options making this truck a traveling Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Signature style of the all-new 2015 Canyon small pickup truck

Now that we have you excited about the awesome features inside the cabin, let’s talk about how much power is behind the new 2015 GMC Canyon. Consumers will have a few options to consider. The first being a standard 2.5L 4 cylinder which will produce 193 horsepower and right around 184 pounds of torque. The second option will give you more power from a 3.6L V6 and will push 302 horsepower and 270 pounds of torque. A third option to take into consideration is a diesel engine. Specifically, a 2.8L Duramax turbo diesel pushing out 200 horsepower with 368 pounds of torque. If you need power, this one would be the one for you.

This stunning truck will be available in an extended cab with a 6-foot bed or as a crew cab in both 5 and 6 foot bed length. There are a slew of other great features included in this truck. You can’t go wrong with the added EZ-Lift and Lower tailgate, automatic climate control, active aero grille shutters and projector-beam headlamps with LED lighting. We mentioned before about the Forward Collision Alert safety feature. There are others as well to keep you and you loved ones safe such as the Automatic Crash Response and Lane Departure Warning.

If you are ready for an amazing truck, come test drive the 2015 GMC Canyon at SouthTowne Motors. We look forward to seeing you.

Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Most Americans are familiar with a few key names of those who were signers and/or authors of our nation’s Constitution. Names such as Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington are the ones that first come to mind. There is one, however, that has been largely forgotten about and who played a large role in drafting it. This man, named Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, was from the South Carolina Lowcountry and helped shaped the United States when it was first formed. Our fledgling nation, after having gained independence in 1776, was still in the learning and growing stages.

Charles Pinckney was born to a family of plantation owners in South Carolina. His father had served as chief justice for the same state and influenced his son in many ways. Snee Farm was where Charles Pinckney lived until 1817 when he had to sell it off to settle a few outstanding debts. Today, you can visit the same area that shaped and inspired this strong man. This place is called the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and is located within Mount Pleasant, SC. The park is open daily from 9am until 5 pm and has no entrance fee.

There are a plethora of activities you can partake in while visiting this area. Twenty-eight acres of what used to be the 715-acre Snee Farm are still intact and can be toured. There are exhibits located along the trails that describe the house, history, and excavations that have occurred here. The visitor center on site is dated to about 1828 which is just a few years after the passing of Charles Pinckney. The museum inside holds a 20-minute film introducing you to the plantation as well as exhibits.

There are many fantastic places to visit while you are in the Charleston area. Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie are also close by and worth the visit. There is never a shortage of things to see and do in this historic town. So load up your vehicle from SouthTowne Motors and hit the road. Be sure to take your camera with you to take several family photographs to capture these precious and breathtaking moments. Have a great time exploring new places from your Newnan car dealer.

Image by Don O’Brien via Flickr Creative Commons

Latest GMC News

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Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with the new trends and great vehicles coming out. Just when you think you’re on top of the news, there’s more to be read. The same is true for GMC’s news. There is always something constantly coming out that is bigger or better or smarter that has been designed. Let your friendly Newnan car dealer help keep you up to date.

The newest truck being redesigned for 2015 is the Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD. Both have been prepared for the summer by including the All Terrain package on this heavy-duty truck. This beast will blend the best technology, toughness and style to bring you the best truck possible. Underneath is also an off-road package. These trucks offer four-wheel drive as a way of handling off-road driving which comes standard. The inside also comes standard with a rearview camera and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both the 2500 and 3500 HD will be available this summer for your joyriding pleasure.

In other news, the rise of individuals with electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt is steadily progressing. More and more people are realizing how easy it is to charge both at home and at work with the addition of charging stations across the country. GM has just added its 401st EV charging station. They have been steadily increasing the numbers of these stations to help the public and GM employees. A large majority of GM employees have demanded more of these to help charge their vehicles while at work. They have obliged and have even converted solar energy using canopies into power for them. GM is part of the Workplace Charging Challenge and is urging more companies to participate.

GM has always produced safe and reliable vehicles. However, four of their recent cars have been given the IIHS’s top safety rating. The top four industry leaders for front crash prevention are the Cadillac CTS and XTS, the Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Impala. These vehicles hold the top spot when purchases with the available Front Automatic Braking System. As GM continues to strive for the best services and products, we will continue to bring you their news. Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to see these magnificent products for yourself.

Why Buy GM?

At SouthTowne Motors, we strive to offer only the best vehicles on the market to the public. If you are looking for a new or used car and aren’t sure which one to go with, here are a few reasons you should go with a Buick, GMC, Chevy or Cadillac from their Newnan dealership. They carry a lot of amazing models that have won awards time and time again. Here are just a few of the outstanding accolades they have been given.

Buick has been awarded the Vehicle Satisfaction award by consumers for being a top brand by AutoPacific in 2010. That same year, they also were the runner-up for the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) which is a national economic indicator. Also, they made the “Hottest Brands of 2010” list by MSNBC. The 2012 Buick Regal has been named one of the Best Cars for the Money in the Upscale Midsize Cars segment by U.S. News and World Report.

Cadillac has many awards and honors as well. They were awarded as a top brand by AutoPacific as well and tied for third place in the American Customer Satisfaction Index in 2010. Their CTS model has been named a Top Road Trip Car by Kelley Blue Book and one of the best 10 Luxury Cars Under $40,000.

Chevrolet has been a beloved brand for many years and it shows with the awards they have been given. They were given an award recently for the Best Non-Luxury Exterior Design by Kelley Blue Book. To date, many of their models have stood out to gain awards. For instance, the Camaro was named a “Recommended” vehicle in 2011 and the Cruze was given “Best Value for Compact Sedans” by Vincentric. The Malibu has been a favorite among consumers for years and has been listed on the top 10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000 by Kelley Blue Book.

GMC is a strong, solid brand with amazing vehicles. Check out these awards they have been given. Consumers Digest gave the Acadia the Automotive Best Buy Award in 2010. The Sierra features a long list of awards just from the past few years which include J.D. Power’s IQS Segment.

So when you want the best vehicles at fantastic prices, come see your Newnan GM dealer.

GMC News

GMC has recently made news on a few interesting topics. One of the more intriguing pieces of news is the new trailering application designed for users of the iOS system. This app is designed to give customers all the knowledge needed to develop a better understanding of the trailering/towing techniques and capabilities of GMC vehicles. This easy-to-use app helps pair the appropriate model vehicle for specific desired needs.

It takes the right tool for the job and this app will help get the most out of your GMC. This magnificent app includes trailering tips, information from the trailering segment from gmc.com and even the maximum trailer weight listed by model. When the app opens, you can select what you are looking for based on your needs or by a specific model. Other useful sections of the app include Trailering 101, a pre-trailering checklist, hitches and equipment, safe trailering techniques, power and performance information and even how GMC trailering technology works.

As a bonus, there is a glossary of commonly used words and phrases and also a small section completely devoted to dinghy towing. So whether you are an expert tower or just starting out, this app has all you need to know about trailering. At the price of free, what do you have to lose?

There is another app for the iOS system called the RemoteLink Mobile App. This application is said to be good for at least five years. But what does it do? Imagine on a cold winter day that you can just push a button on the app and your car cranks for you. It will also lock and unlock your doors if you may have forgotten to do so. There are other features as well such as the horn and lights function that will sound the alarm if you spy someone too close to your vehicle.

This app is designed to work with over thirty 2014 model year GM vehicles which have the OnStar feature. You do not have to be subscribed to other services to use this handy function. The app works through cellphone waves so you can use this feature anywhere you have access to a connection. Download these new and free apps for your car today or visit SouthTowne Motors for more information.