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.

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.

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.

Tips to Make Thanksgiving Easier

Hosting a Thanksgiving get-together can be overwhelming, especially when you’re the one that’s hosting it. Use these simple tips for throwing the perfect Thanksgiving celebration in your home this year for your friends and family.

1. Plan Ahead

Thanksgiving’s position after Halloween and before Christmas means the holiday seems to appear out of nowhere. Decide which dishes you’ll be making ahead of time, so you can start the process of gathering all of the supplies you’ll need.

2. Start Cooking Early

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving Day to start the cooking process. Prepare your sides the day before Thanksgiving, so you just have to pop them in the oven when your guests arrive.

3. Try Something New

Use your station as the host as a chance to try something new. Consider deep-frying your turkey outside instead of roasting it indoors.

4. Find Decorations at the Campsite

Use sticks, leaves, pine cones and pine needles from around the campsite for festive and free table decorations.

5. Consider Buying Your Desserts

Shop at a local bakery for delectable Thanksgiving desserts that your friends will love just as much as the homemade versions.

6. Create Fun Placecards

Placecards are a fun part of every festivity, but you can make them even more enjoyable by printing out funny Facebook photos of your friends instead.

7. Label Your Dishes

Make your party welcoming for your friends with dietary restrictions by labeling your dishes with their name and what’s inside.

8. Don’t Forget the Kids’ Table

Creating a fun kids’ table will ensure your little guests stay occupied, so the adults can have more fun. Cover the kids’ table with craft paper and give them plenty of crayons to decorate it as they please.

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Don’t forget to stop and see us at SouthTowne Motors to shop for a more comfortable vehicle for all of your holiday festivities, especially if you plan to head out of town.

Make Some Unique Halloween Treats

If you are planning a Halloween party, you’ll want some unique Halloween treats. You might have many of these ingredients, but if you don’t, kill two birds with one stone and have your vehicle serviced at SouthTowne Motors, and then head out to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients for these unique party treats.

Halloween Party Mix

  • 1 Egg white, large
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbs. Chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 5 cups Unsalted popcorn, popped
  • 2 cups Mini pretzel twists
  • 2 cups Roasted peanuts, salted*

* If any of your guests have peanut allergies, substitute another type of nut or more pretzels.

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a whisk, mix the egg white, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, the chili powder and the salt in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss everything together, making sure all of the snack food is coated with the liquid mixture.

Spread the mixture on the baking sheet and bake it until it’s crispy, about 20 minutes. Stir the mixture once or twice during the baking time. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the mixture is completely cooled.

Parmesan Bread Stick Brooms

  • 2 1-pound pieces of frozen pizza dough, thawed
  • 2 tbs. Milk
  • ¼ cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Instruction

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Roll out each piece of dough into a 6-inch by 10-inch rectangle. Flour a chef’s knife and cut each piece into six 10-inch strips. Make 3-inch cuts lengthwise at one end of each of the strips. Keep the cuts about ¼ inch apart. These are the broom straws. Twist and pull the uncut part to form a broom handle. Transfer the broom sticks to the pan, keeping them a couple of inches apart. Spread out the cut ends. Brush the bread stick brooms with milk and sprinkle them with the Parmesan cheese. Bake until the sticks turn golden, about 15 to 18 minutes.

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Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Vehicle

Fall is officially here, which means that it’s time for some fall maintenance whether you have a vehicle that you’re keeping or you just bought or leased a new vehicle from SouthTowne Motors. Fall is a funky season since the weather could turn at the drop of a hat. While you expect the weather to be cooler, it could get crazy enough to snow, especially later in the fall. Thus, you’ll need to get your vehicle ready for fall – and maybe a touch of winter.

Oil Change

When you change the oil and filter this fall, check your owner’s manual to see if the manufacturer recommends a different weight oil for the winter. If you do a lot of driving and change the oil frequently, you could fit one more change in before you switch to a different weight, but by November you should switch pursuant to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Belts and Hoses

While you are still seeing days that are warm enough for the air conditioning, you’ll be turning the heat on before you know it. Have our service department check all radiator and heater hoses to ensure that they are not dry rotted. The last thing you need is to turn on the heat or the defroster and have a hose pop.

You should also check your vehicle’s belts. Your vehicle could have one serpentine belt that drives all of the accessories; it could have two or more serpentine belts; V-belts or a combination of serpentine and V-belts. All of them should be checked for wear and tear and dry rotting.

Additionally, your vehicle may have a timing belt. Your owner’s manual will tell you when the timing belt should be changed, if applicable to your vehicle. Some vehicles may have a timing chain or even a gear drive that do not need to be changed as often, though the most common is a timing belt.

Other Things to Check

Be sure to have your brakes and tires checked when you bring your vehicle in for service. If your ABS light is on, that should be repaired so you have the full benefit of the computer helping you in tricky braking situations.

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