2017 Chevrolet Sonic Reveal

There are exciting changes coming to the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic.  On Friday, GM announced a fresh, new take on their “fun-to-drive” small car.  With comfort and convenience in mind, the redesigned Sonic will come with a new MyLink system, complete with segment-exclusive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.  Other convenient features include the available heated steering wheel and standard 7-inch-diagonal colour touchscreen.


The athletic exterior of the Sonic will take on an entirely new look with highlights similar to the Cruze, Bolt EV and 2017 Chevrolet Trax.  The new front end hood definitely gives it a youthful appeal, while maintaining its trademark wheels-at-the-corners stance.

Additional new features include:

  • Power driver’s seat (first in its segment)
  • Keyless Open and Start
  • Available heated cloth seats with new heated steering wheel
  • RS trim includes RS-logo floor mats, piano black décor, RS-badges flat-bottom steering wheel – with new, red cloth seating available
  • Available Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning
  • 10 Standard Air Bags
  • Standard Rear Park Assist with rear-view camera

If you’re looking for colour options, the Sonic has four new exterior colours that will be offered in 2017: Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone, Cajun Red Tintcoat and Arctic Blue Metallic.

The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will go on sale this fall and will be offered in LS, LT and Premier trims on Sedan models.  The hatchback returns exclusively in RS guise, offered in LT and Premier Trims.  An RS package is also available on the sedan.  If you would like more information regarding the 2017 Sonic or any of vehicles, please contact us at 905-528-7001 or online at www.queenstonchev.com

Credit: GM Canada
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All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze a Great Value

Expected to arrive in Queenston’s showroom in March, the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is roomier, better connected and offers improved value.

Chevrolet recently announced pricing for the all-new 2016 Cruze will start at $15,995, plus a $1,600 destination freight charge when it goes on sale next spring in Canada.

The 2016 Cruze’s base price is $180 less than the outgoing Cruze Limited model. With improved value across all trim levels, the Cruze offers more features like the standard Chevrolet MyLink radio with a 7-inch-diagonal touch screen, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Also standard is the connectivity and convenience of OnStar 4G LTE with a Wi-Fi hotspot, and 10 standard airbags for advanced safety for you and your family.

Larger, lighter and more spacious than the previous model, the 2016 Cruze will be offered in L, LS, LT and Premier models. An all-new, direct-injected 1.4L turbo engine generates an estimated 153 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque, providing a smooth, swift driving experience. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 6-speed automatic transmission with fuel-saving auto start-stop technology is also available.

The Cruze LT automatic model, starting at $21,295 is an outstanding value, with a price reduction of $520 and the addition of new 16” aluminum wheels, and heated premium cloth seats and exterior mirrors (a must in Canadian winters!).

Varying by model, a range of active safety features are available, including Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert and IntellibeamTM Automatic High-Beam Headlamps.

Visit us early this spring at Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC to see this gorgeous new Cruze for yourself and visit us at www.queenstonchev.com to view our current inventory. In the meantime, stay tuned to Hamilton Auto Blog for more updates leading up to the arrival of the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

Source: http://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2015/Dec/1216-Cruze-Pricing.html

2014 North American Car & Truck Of The Year! (NACTOY Awards)

If you haven’t heard the news already, allow us to share the excitement!  Today, it was announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year!  This win marks GM’s first double win in the same year.  The last time the Silverado received this award was in 2007.  The Corvette has not received this honour since 1998.  These awards are voted on by 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States.  The votes are based on factors such as; design, innovation, safety and value among other things.

03-2014-chevrolet-silverado-fd-opt2014-chevrolet-corvette-stingrayGlobal Chevrolet senior vice president Alan Bately, when asked about the award, had the following to say, “Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history.  The Corvette and Silverado truly embody the passion, commitment and focus that is driving us to deliver the most expressive designs, innovative technologies and engaging performance in every vehicle that wears the bowtie. It is a distinct honour for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette ad Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards.”

Please take a look at our blogs for more information on the award winning 2014 Silverado and 2014 Corvette Stingray.  If you would like to speak to one of our reputable sales people or take a test drive in one of our award winning vehicles, please visit http://www.queenstonchev.com

Credit: GM Canada

New Years Resolutions – For You and Your Car!

It’s a new year and a new start.  You’ve probably already made your own New Year’s resolutions, but what about when it comes to your car? This year, let’s resolve to take better care of our vehicle and be a more conscientious car owner.

I resolve to use rubber mats seasonally to protect my car

Rubber floor mats protect your interior from dirt, water, mud, and more.  At Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and Image Honda, we sell mats that are custom fit to your vehicle.  These floor mats not only provide you with the satisfaction of having OEM quality protection, but you won’t have to worry about them slipping underneath your pedals, which can be a serious safety risk.

I resolve to invest in seasonal tires

Sliding, slipping, zero traction….the list goes on.  Winter tires are critical, especially with our Ontario winters.  Not only are they a good investment that give you added safety and peace of mind, but they save you wear and tear on your all-season tires.  Swapping them out twice a year gives you added life on your wheels!

I resolve to schedule regular maintenance appointments

Our certified technicians at Image Honda and Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC are trained to know your vehicle inside and out and are able to spot things that you might otherwise have missed.  Bringing your car in at least twice a year for regular checkups and preventative maintenance may cost you in the short term, but will save you in repair costs and increase your resale value.

I resolve to check for fluid leaks at least once a month.

This is always a good idea and one of the easiest things to check for.  We recommend taking a pizza box and placing it under your car for the night – in the morning, bring the box into the dealership and show us your art work.  We will be able to tell what is leaking based on the colour and where it dripped on the box.

I resolve to be a more fuel efficient driver

This year, don’t use the old excuse that your vehicle isn’t fuel efficient!  True, it may not be the best on gas, but there are always ways to improve your fuel efficiency.  Watching your speed, maintaining your vehicle, carpooling with people co-workers are all easy ways to save on fuel costs.

I resolve to kick my idling habit

There really is no reason to leave your car idling – it is bad for the environment, increases your gas consumption and will cost you extra money each year.

I resolve to wash and keep my car clean.

I make this resolution almost every time I clean out my car.  Not only will cleaning your car make it look better, but it will extend the life of your car, protect the paint and increase its resale value.

I resolve to be a more patient driver,

Most importantly, don’t rush!  Leave plenty of time if you need to be somewhere at a specific time.  If you are running late, evaluate the circumstance – will you really be that late if you don’t make the green light?

I resolve to learn new driving skills

No one is a perfect driver and there are certainly driving skills we can all work on.  Perhaps, you want to learn how to back into a spot or even parallel park.  Whatever it is, work on it – you’ll be glad you did.

I resolve to check my tire pressure and tread regularly

Watch our video: How to check your tire pressure

Watch our video: How to check your tire tread

Please feel free to call us anytime for all of your automotive needs or visit us at http://www.imagehonda.com or http://www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

The Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program Is Back At Queenston!

Safe and Fun Hockey 2013

The Chevrolet Hockey Helmet Program is back in conjunction with Chevrolet’s Safe & Fun Hockey.  This program was created in 1999 for today’s youth to adopt proactive attitudes toward safety, as well as foster a healthy and positive attitude toward “competition, teamwork, fair game and grace under pressure” in hockey.

Through an ongoing partnership with Hockey Canada, in the last 2 years, Chevrolet handed out over 25,000 free hockey helmets to parents of 5 year olds in Canada.  This year, all players born in 2008 who register with Hockey Canada are eligible to receive a free Bauer Hockey Helmet.  It is important to note that parents must register their child to receive this offer.  coaches, managers or other team officials may not do so.  What is required?

  • A printout of the registration form; click here to register
  • Your child’s birth certificate/passport or other provincial/federal documentation that states his/her age.
  • Proof of registration with a Canadian Minor Hockey Association in this current hockey season.

If you meet the above requirements, all you have to do is drop by one of our two dealerships’ Queenston on the Mountain or Queenston on Centennial.  Present us with the appropriate documents for verification purposes and we will present you with a voucher to redeem for your child’s helmet at your local Forzani store (SportChek, Sport Mart, Hockey Experts, Intersport or Sports Experts).  In your package, you will also receive information and hockey-related items from Chevrolet Safe and Fun Hockey, Hockey Canada, Forzani and Bauer.

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this outstanding program from Chevrolet, please contact us by visiting our webpage http://www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

Chevrolet Safe & Fun Hockey http://www.safeandfunhockey.ca/en/helmet

GM tops benchmark J.D. Power Quality Study

Exciting news!  General Motors has won 8 best vehicle awards in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, with all GM brands ranking above the industry average this year! Topping the chart at number 2 is GMC, followed by Chevrolet, who jumped 10 spots from last year to land at number 5. Cadillac tied for 13th and Buick came in at 15.  What is even more exciting is that GMC and Chevrolet are the only two non-luxury brands to make the top 5. David Sargent, vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power and author of the study said, “GM has the best quality of any corporation in the study, the first time it’s been on top.”  To us the dealer, this is solid confirmation, based on the opinions of General Motors customers, that we are producing the highest quality vehicles out there!

JD Power Quality Survey

This annual survey, now in its 27th year, closely measures the number of problems on 2013 vehicles reported after 90 days from purchase and ran from February to May of this year.   This survey had many updates, including more consumer feedback with particular focus to newer technologies such as: lane departure warning, navigation and voice activated systems.

As Chevrolet, Buick and GMC continue to improve the quality of their 2014 models, competitors such as Ford continue to experience a slump as they struggle with the quality of their technologies.  This year, they fell to 27 in the survey from the 5th spot last year.

These are exciting times for General Motors and Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC.  We are proud of our product and thrilled about all the advancements in our award winning line-up.  If you are interested in any of our vehicles or have any questions, please visit us at http://www.queenstonchev.com.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: GM Canada, autos.jdpower.com

OnStar Family Link Service

Have you every worried about a loved one who is making a long trip or driving in poor weather conditions? Maybe you have a new driver in the family and want to ensure their safety.  Now you can have peace of mind with OnStar Family Link.  This service is an opt-in extension to your monthly OnStar subscription and is made available to you for a nominal fee.  With no limit to the number of vehicles you can add, you will always be able to track your vehicle on the road without bothering the driver.

Upon sign up, you will be given direct access to the location of your vehicle by viewing a map, as well as the ability to schedule email or text message notifications with Family Link’s unique “Vehicle Location Alert”.  You can even personalize the system by setting the day, time and frequency of your alerts.

This year in the United States, OnStar was awarded a 2013 Silver Edison Award for the Family Link service.  Jon Lauckner, GM’s chief technology officer and vice-president of Global Research & Development was quoted as saying “These awards reaffirm our ability to lead in the transformation of the automotive industry with a commitment to innovation that benefits our customers around the globe”.

If you are interested in subscribing to this feature, please sign up at www.onstar.com/familylink and make sure to visit our award winning vehicles equipped with OnStar at www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

GM Canada