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 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.


2016 Chevrolet Camaro and 2016 Honda Accord make Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars List

Car and Driver has released their exciting list of 10 Best Cars for 2016 and it’s an impressive lineup.  Every year, Car and Driver enters a weeklong evaluation, looking for these new and improved vehicle virtues: value and engagement, performance and poise, sights and sounds, soul and character.

“It’s our job to unearth gems. Cars on the 10 Best list should have your neighbors asking questions, sometimes relating to your sanity. Issues of personal taste, social conformity, and other base impulses rarely factor in.”, says Eddie Alterman, editor at Car and Driver.

For us at Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and Image Honda, it’s exciting to see two of our models appear on this prestigious list.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro – “A Corvette with a back seat”, J. Gall


The Camaro’s Highs: Uncommonly precise chassis, stonking performance, spectacular seats and steering wheel.

For the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro’s full review, click here.


2016 Honda Accord – “Someone who cares obviously headed development”, D. Sherman


The Accord’s Highs: Peerless powertrain, roomy interior, subtle good looks.

For the 2016 Honda Accord’s full review, click here.



Visit us at www.queenstononthemountain for our full lineup of Chevrolet, Buick and GMC models and at to view our exciting Honda cars, trucks, vans and SUVs.



Child-Focused Safety Features For The Interior Of Your Vehicle – Part 1

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Most family-friendly vehicles come with a long list of child-focused safety features, but what do they all mean? We have put together a short list of vehicle safety features that you might want to consider when purchasing a child-friendly vehicle. A lot of the features listed below do come standard, but what roll do they play in your family’s traveling safety?

3-point belts: A 3-point belt is a ‘Y’-shaped arrangement, similar to the separate lap and sash belts, but unitized. Like the separate lap-and-sash belt, in a collision, the 3-point belt spreads out the energy of the moving body over the chest, pelvis, and shoulders.

Safety belt pre-tensioners: Reduces slack that may exist in a seatbelt system at the moment of a collision.

Shoulder belt height adjusters: Simply aligns the seat belt comfortably away from the neck of the passengers when properly positioning the height of the seat belt.

LATCH (Lower Anchors and Top Tethers for Children) Rear Seats: Also known in Canada as, LUAS (Lower Universal Anchorage System). LATCH is a way to secure a child safety seat to the vehicle using straps from the child safety seat that connect to special metal anchors in the vehicle. LATCH consists of lower anchors and top tethers, which are built-in to your vehicle, and connecting hooks that are built-in to your car seat. Lower anchors are used instead of the vehicle’s safety belt to secure the child seat to the vehicle. Tethers are used in addition to the lower anchors or the vehicle’s safety belt to secure a forward-facing child safety seat to the vehicle.

Vehicle LATCH Anchors:
Lower Anchors: These are a pair of metal “u-shaped” bars that are often hidden in the crack of the vehicle’s seat.

Tether Anchors: These are metal rings that are found behind each rear vehicle seat.

OnStar In-Vehicle Communications and Assistance Service – Subscription-based communication that provides customers with peace of mind through auto security and safety features -these include:

Automatic Crash Response
Emergency Services
Crisis Assist
Stolen Vehicle Assistance
Remote Door Unlock
Roadside Assistance
Remote Horn and Lights
Turn-by-Turn Navigation
Hands-Free Calling
Vehicle Diagnostics

Sliding rear seat: The rear seats have the ability to slide back and forth to give more leg room or more rear cargo space.

Tinted glass: Solar-absorbing tinted windows that are UV-filtered to limit children’s sun exposure.

Driver and Front Passenger Frontal Air Bags: Front air bags that help restrain the driver and front passenger in moderate to severe front impact crashes. Dual-depth units automatically adjust the deployment of the air bags based on the severity of the collision, the seat position and other factors.

Airbag Deactivation: The purpose of the switch in the OFF position is to disable a frontal air bag in order to transport occupants who are at increased risk for air bag-related injury due to age, size, or medical condition.

Head Curtain Side Impact Airbags: Seat-mounted and head curtain air bags help provide additional protection in moderate to severe side impact crashes.

ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System): ABS helps the driver maintain proper vehicle steering control during hard braking, even on slick surfaces. ABS is standard equipment on most GM and Honda vehicles.

Hill Start Assist: This system prevents the car from rolling when trying to pull away on an upward or downward incline. The system engages automatically when the vehicle is at a complete stop on an incline. It then acts to hold the car stationary for two seconds after the brake is released giving the driver time to apply the throttle.

Some other convenient features to consider when buying a vehicle with children are: Steering wheel mounted audio controls, DVD entertainment with headphones, auxiliary audio input jack, USB ports, flat-folding rear seats, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote start, cargo area security net, halogen headlamps, fog lights, cup holders, extra lighting, keyless entry, Bluetooth and a large storage area.
We hope you enjoy all the excitement that comes with selecting a new vehicle for you and your family. Remember to ask your sales associate what features are standard and which are optional when you are selecting a vehicle. Give yourself peace of mind and leave our dealerships knowing your family is safe and secure.
Coming soon- PART 2: Child focused safety features for the exterior of your vehicle.

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5 Star Safety Score For The 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Last month, we were excited to announce that General Motors topped the list for the 2013 J.D. Power Awards with Chevrolet and GMC being the only non-luxury brands to rank in the top 5.  Well, it’s another first for Chevrolet with the redesigned 2014 Impala receiving a five-star safety score.  This score is the highest possible five-star overall vehicle score for safety, as part of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.2014impala

So what makes the Impala so outstanding?  Well, it offers a variety of safety features that are attributed to this ranking.  The Collision Mitigation Braking allows for radar technology to sense traffic in front of the vehicle to adjust the vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in traffic and accelerating again after.  This is the first time that such a feature has been offered in a Chevrolet.  Some additional features include: forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines, ultrasonic rear park assist, brake pre-fill feature, hill hold/start assist and full-speed-range-adaptive cruise control.  The 2014 Impala’s also come with 10 standard airbags and OnStar, providing you with an additional sense of comfort.  OnStar’s GPS and cellular phone technology will automatically call for help in case of a crash.

Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness had the following to say. “Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and Impala sets a new benchmark for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan.  The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not previously available in Chevrolet.”

If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the 2014 Impala for yourself, we welcome you to either of our Chevrolet dealerships: Queenston on Centennial or Queenston on the Mountain.  Come and take a test drive today in the award winning Impala and see exactly what it has to offer.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Chevrolet Canada, GM Canada

Coming Soon to Image Honda: 2014 Honda Odyssey

Image Honda is excited to announce that the 2014 Honda Odyssey will be arriving at our dealership sometime next month!  As we have previously mentioned in our blog, the Odyssey underwent a minor model change and is full of interior and exterior design upgrades.  New features like the “HondaVac” make this stunning model a must have.  Two new trims have been added to the Odyssey line up this year: the SE trim and the EX-L-Navi trim, giving the consumer a total of seven trim options.286946_635637346449297_1103444555_o


Whether you choose the base line model or the top-of-the line Touring model, Honda guarantees luxury for everyone with their standard features:

  • New colour availability, and interior pattern change
  • New 17″ and 18″ alloy wheels
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic control
  • Text message function
  • Expanded view driver’s mirror
  • LED taillight bars
  • One-touch turn signals

If you are looking for that little bit extra, we suggest that you take a look at the EX, EX-L RES, EX-L-Navi and Touring models that provide even more exceptional technology.

  • LaneWatch – Blind spot display
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Proximity key entry system and push button start
  • HondaVac in-car vacuum system (TOURING TRIM ONLY)
  • Power folding mirrors (TOURING TRIM ONLY)1008576_635637326449299_1228641143_o

As you can see, this incomparable vehicle provides you with options that are exclusive to the Honda Odyssey.  Please make sure you stay connected to Image Honda and Hamilton Auto Blog regarding arrival dates and other information.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 905-561-4100 today!

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: Honda Canada

“Truck Yeah” – Silverado Sierra Tour

If you love pick-up trucks like us, then you are as excited as we are about the newly redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra.  In fact, General Motors is so proud of these outstanding trucks, they have put together the event of the year – The Silverado Sierra Tour!


The Silverado Sierra Tour gives you the unique opportunity to drive these two trucks on a closed course test drive with driving event modules, so you can put the all-new 2014 Silverado and Sierra to the test!  Each session runs for a duration of 1.5 hours and is completely free to you. You will also be provided with a thank you gift and have the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes.

Each person interested in participating, must register the event separately.  It also requires that you be 21 years of age and possess a full valid driver’s license to participate.

As can be expected, this consumer opportunity is extremely limited and will run on a first come, first serve basis.

The event began on June 5th and will continue to run across the country until August 28th!  The schedule dates are as follows:

Silverado Sierra Tour Schedule

With such limited spots, make sure you register for the Silverado Sierra Tour today! (Click here to register)

If you have any questions, please visit or follow us at Hamilton Auto Blog for updates.

By: Amy Cochren

A Car That Runs On…Social Media?

We have innovation at its finest in Kansas City, Missouri where a group of high school students have built an electric car that runs on….social media?  Yes, you heard it right!  It runs on what the students have coined “social fuel”!  What was once a 1967 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia is now an electrified car that has been altered to run on posts, mentions and likes on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Minddrive, a non-profit group whose aim was to inspire and create a doorway for kids who may have no previous automotive experience, worked with this group of at-risk high school students as mentors to create this one of a kind car.

What is even more inspiring is that this week, the team will be driving the Karmann Ghia from Kansas City to Washington D.C. where they will be meeting with elected officials to promote education and funding for programs like Minddrive.  Along the way, they will be stopping at schools in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Pennsylvania to give presentations.

It will take a total of 71,040 watts to reach D.C.  You can help this ingenious car and its creators reach the American capital! Share this blog on Twitter by using the #MINDDRIVE or mention @mindriveorg.  You can also use Facebook “Likes and Shares”, Instagram follows and shares, as well as YouTube video plays, follows and shares.

By: Amy Cochren