Smartphone Cooling in your Car!

Whoa, this is cool! No pun intended…

For 2016, Chevrolet has introduced a nifty new feature called Active Phone Cooling. This feature will be available on the 2016 Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Volt and Cruze models that are equipped with the wireless charging option.

Most smartphones have built-in thermal protection features to protect battery life, but that protection – which can cause the phone to pause charging or turn off until it has cooled down – is inconvenient for drivers on the road who rely on their smartphones for streaming music, navigation or receiving phone calls.

What does Active Phone Cooling do? An air vent connected directly to the car’s air conditioning and ventilation system is directed to the charging bin where the phone rests for wireless charging, sending cool air to help lower the phone’s temperature. Active Phone Cooling operates only when the HVAC system is turned on by the driver.

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The 2016s are due to land in our showroom early next year and we can’t wait to check out the new innovations in technology that these GMs will feature. Visit us at www.queenstonchev.com for more details on our exciting Chevrolet lineup.

The 2016 Completely Redesigned Chevrolet Camaro

In May, Chevrolet unveiled the stunning redesign of the iconic Chevrolet Camaro, which will debut early in 2016.  This sixth generation Camaro will offer higher levels of performance, refinement and technology.

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The Camaro’s leaner, stiffer platform and slightly smaller dimensions are accentuated by a dramatic, sculpted exterior. Meticulously tunedin the wind tunnel, the exterior contributes to performance through reduced aerodynamic lift for better handling while enhancing efficiency.  The vehicle mass has been reduced by 90 kilograms (200 lbs) or more, depending on the model, creating a more nimble, responsive driving experience.

Six all-new powertrain combinations are offered, including a 2.0L Turbo rated at an SAE-certified 275 horsepower, an all-new 3.6L V-6 producing and SAE-certified 335 horsepower, and the LT1 6.2L V-8, assembled at GM’s St. Catharines, Ontario engine plant, which is SAE-certified at 455 horsepower and 455 lb-ft of torque – the most powerful Camaro SS ever. Each engine is available with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.

For the exterior, the 2016 Camaro is honing in on customer customization, including 10 exterior colours, five interior colour combinations, lighting options and a full complement of dealer-available accessories available at launch – including wheels, stripe packages and additional accessories.

2016 camaro interior

A driver-focused interior integrates class-leading control technologies, including:

  • All-new Drive Mode Selector, which tailors up to eight vehicle attributes for four modes: Snow/Ice, Tour, Sport and – on SS models – Track settings
  • Segment-exclusive, Interior Spectrum Lighting that offers 24 different ambient lighting effects on the dash, door panels, and Centre console
  • High-definition, configurable colour displays – including available dual, 8-inch-diagonal screens.

“Redesigning the Camaro is thrilling and challenging all at once, but the secret is to offer something more,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Product Development. “For Camaro enthusiasts, it retains iconic design cues and offers even more performance. For a new generation of buyers, the 2016 Camaro incorporates our most innovative engineering ideas with finely honed performance and leading design.”

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The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is due to makes its arrival at Queenston early in 2016 and we can’t wait!  Visit us online at www.queenstonchev.com and stay tuned to Hamilton Auto Blog for more details on the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

Source:

http://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2015/May/2016_Camaro.html

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Redesign

If you are looking for a “showstopper” of a car, then take notice of the newly redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.  All-new from the ground up, the 2016 Malibu is almost 300 pounds lighter than previous models.  For a car that was introduced over 50 years ago, it continues to impress new generations.

The most fuel-efficient model yet, the 2016 Malibu is longer, lighter and offers passengers more interior space!  This car has everything you desire – it’s efficient and safer than ever, thanks to advanced safety features and technology that keeps you connected!  With exclusive OnStar 4G LTE in-vehicle connectivity and wireless phone charging available, there is little that can’t be accomplished while on the road.  Standard safety technologies include 10 standard airbags, with available options that include; Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Parking Assist.

Are you a parent of a teen who just started driving?  If so, you may have certain concerns that arise each time they ask to borrow the car.  Well, worry no more!  The all-new Teen Driver Feature will enable parents to view their kids’ driving statistics such as speed, warning alerts and more. Chevrolet’s Teen Driver Feature is an industry first.

Additional vehicle high points include:

  • New power-dense Ecotec 1.5L turbo engine with fuel-saving stop/start technology (standard feature)
  • Chevrolet MyLink with a 7-inch touchscreen is standard on LS, LT and Hybrid models
  • Chevrolet MyLink with an 8-inch touch screen is available on LT and Hybrid Models and standard on Premier model
  • Chevrolet MyLink with navigation is available with 8 inch MyLink system and features three-dimensional maps.
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot is standard on all models (includes 3 month/3GB data trial – whichever comes first)

The styling on the all-new Malibu is similar in many ways to the 2014 Impala. It’s sleek, elongated and shows off the dual-port grille. Contemporary lighting is a strong characteristic and includes a light-emitting diode (LED daytime running lamps available on LT and Premier Models). The Malibu Premier also includes LED taillamps. With so much to offer, there is no doubt you will want to take this vehicle for a test-drive when it hits our showroom floor in the late fall of this year.

If you are interested in learning more about the new 2016 Malibu or any other vehicles in our award-winning lineup, please visit us at one of our 2 Queenston locations: Queenston on Centennial (905-560-2020) and Queenston on the Mountain (905-528-7001).

Online at www.queenstonchev.com

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze

The sporty and fun Cruze has been Chevrolet’s best-selling global car, and it’s getting a complete makeover for the 2016 model year.  The new Cruze will be larger and lighter, more sophisticated and even more efficient than before.

Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment.

2016 cruze front

Due in North America in early 2016, where a new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) will contribute to a General Motors-estimated 5.9 L/100km highway fuel efficiency with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology contributes to the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.  The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that contributes up to a 113 kilogram (250-lbs.) overall weight reduction also contribute to the new Cruze offering stronger performance, with expected 0-97 km/h (0-60 mph) acceleration of eight seconds.

“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America. “We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun and more Chevrolet.”

Some highlights of the all-new Cruze include:

  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, including a standard 7-inch-diagonal screen and available 8-inch-diagonal screen (at launch, 8-inch screen only with Apple CarPlay)
  • Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
  • More standard features than most competitors such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • New available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert

 

The Cruze will also boast a new model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package.

Esthetically, the Cruze’s sleek profile is complemented by detailed, layered line work in the hood and body-side panels, contributing to an overall impression of muscularity – with an athletic stance enhanced by a longer wheelbase. The headlamps sweep back into the front fenders and an expressive, stacked dual-port grille design offers upscale attention to detail. LT and Premier models feature premium forward lighting systems, including projector-beam headlamps and LED signature daytime running lamps.

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The redesigned interior will feature more spaciousness and legroom in both the front and rear passenger areas and will echo the exterior’s lean, muscular design. A mixture of accents, from piano black and matte black finishes to bright trim, along with more premium features such as available heated rear leather seats and wireless phone charging, complement the cabin with an upscale ambience.

2016 cruze interior

As always, safety is the Cruze’s top priority.  It features a new, stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas, a segment-leading 10 standard air bags, and available safety features including an expanded range of adaptive crash-avoidance technologies.  These include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert.

Cruising into our showroom in early 2016, the all-new Chevrolet Cruze is set to take Canada by storm!   Visit us today or browse our online showroom at www.queenstonchev.com.

 

Source:

http://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2015/Jun/0624_Cruze.html

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

The sun on your face, the wind blowing through your hair…who doesn’t love a convertible?  Chevrolet has announced that they will offer a convertible model of the all-new, completely redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.

This Camaro convertible will feature a unique top, with advanced technology.  It is the only convertible in its segment to offer:

  • Fully automatic operation with latches that automatically release and secure the top
  • Capability of opening or closing at speeds up to 48 km/h (30 mph)
  • Remote opening with the key fob
  • A hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically, providing a more refined, finished appearance when the top is lowered and stowed.

2016 camaro convertible

The electro-hydraulic power roof system features multilayer construction – including acoustic and thermal barriers – designed for a comfortable, quiet driving experience in all seasons. The top emulates the sleek silhouette of the Camaro coupe.

“The 2016 Camaro coupe will set the benchmark for the segment in terms of technology, performance, and design,” said Shane Peever, Chevrolet brand manager for Canada. “Adding the most sophisticated top in the segment brings another level of refinement, and driving enjoyment, to the Camaro convertible.”

For more details on all the exciting changes in store for the Camaro in 2016, please click here.

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro is set to arrive in our dealerships early in 2016.  For more information on our exciting Chevrolet lineup, please visit us online at www.queenstonchev.com.

Source:

http://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2015/Jun/0624_Camaro-Convertible.html

2015 Pan Am Cruze At Queenston

Today at Queenston, we got the opportunity to see the 2015 Chevrolet Pan Am Cruze!  20150624_150749As we enter the final countdown to the games, there is a lot of excitement not only here at our dealerships, but throughout Hamilton and surrounding areas.  The 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games will run from July 10-26, and host a total of 36 sports. The Parapan Am Games (August 7-15) will host 15 sports, all of which are being held from Oshawa to Welland.

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As a premier partner for the games, Chevrolet wants to help transport officials, organizers, dignitaries, and athletes in style as they get from point A to B.  From now until the end of the games, there will be a total of 1200 Chevrolet vehicles on the road.  Make sure to keep an eye out for one of these dressed up vehicles! As always, follow us @queenstonchev or at Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest in Pan Am news!

 

Spring and Summer Maintenance

As summer quickly approaches, we welcome warmer weather and longer nights.  As we enjoy the change in season, it is important to prepare your vehicle.  Just like in winter, there are many maintenance services that should be taken into consideration this spring and summer to ensure that your vehicle is operating at peak efficiency.

As we all know, winter and its harsh conditions have a major impact on Hamilton roads. These conditions can have serious implications on your vehicle, which is why it is important to complete the following:

1. Wiper blades:  Always make sure to change your wiper blades every 6 months.  If this is not completed, it can cause streaking, smearing and possibly scratch your windshield.  This simple precaution will prove to be helpful when driving in spring showers.

2. Tires:  If you have winter tires, change over to your all-season tires.   All three of our locations: Image Honda, Queenston on the Mountain and Queenston on Centennial provide winter tire storage – please contact our dealerships for details.  If you do not have winter tires, you may want to consider a tire rotation, a service that will allow for even wear.  Winter can be hard on our tires and rotation will help extend their life and allow for improved handling and braking.

3. Car wash: Give your car a good clean and make sure that all the salt is removed to prevent exterior rust.  It is also important to wash the underneath of your vehicle as hidden salt can lead to rust and corrosion.

4. Change your oil: Always make sure that your oil is changed every 8,000 km or less, depending on the year of your vehicle.  Remember – older vehicles tend to burn oil faster. For vehicles with an Oil Life Monitor or Maintenance Minder, your oil much be changed at least once every 12 months, regardless of the % on your monitoring system.

5. Check all your fluids: Fluids tend to deplete faster in the winter since the cold weather causes our engine to work harder.  Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that all of your fluids are topped up for the spring.

6. Check your brake system:  The winter months can be hard on your brakes.  Listen for excessive grinding, screeching or squealing.  Have a Brake Maintenance Service performed, which will remove salt and debris and lubricate all your brake components to extend the life of your brakes.

7. Alignment:  All the potholes and rifts in Hamilton’s pavement can wreak havoc on your vehicle’s alignment, which can cause premature wear to your tires and front-end components.  An alignment service will increase tire life, and improve steering control and safety.

To check out our Service Specials, please visit our websites below or feel free to contact us by phone at any time! Image Honda, Queenston on the Mountain, Queenston on Centennial By: Amy Cochren