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

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The Buick Avista Concept

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, Buick revealed the stunning Avista concept – a 2+2 coupe that highlights the brand’s commitment to contemporary design and draws inspiration from its historic performance roots.

Elegant and sleek, the Avista concept is a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 with rear wheel drive and an amazing, futuristic driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

2016 Buick Avista Concept

2016 Buick Avista Concept

The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting fluidity and swiftness. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile.

“There is elegant simplicity in the Avista’s surfaces, which speak to the purity of the car’s performance, and a timeless beauty that’s a hallmark of Buick design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director Global Buick Design. “It was designed to capture the spirit of the perfect drive.”

Marking the front and rear, Buick evolves its signature wing-shaped lighting with “soft curtain” elements that create illuminated “halos” around lamps’ edges, suggesting a three-dimensional shape and sculpture. Their design forecasts the evolution of Buick’s production lighting features, while the Avista’s grille features the brand’s new winged tri-shield insignia (returning to the 3-coulour design), set against a three-dimensional mesh background.

Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is elegant and streamlined.  It features 3D-printed door and seat trims and a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.

The centre console also incorporates touchscreen controls and extends to the rear seating area. Open side storage compartments built into the front of the console are enabled by the new Electronic Precision Shift, similar to the 2017 LaCrosse.

The Superior Blue exterior colour is gorgeous and is complemented with Mist Gray leather seating inserts, console trim and door trim. Exposed carbon fibre and aluminum accents throughout reinforce the precision of the performance-oriented driving experience. The fading pattern on the seats, console and doors were inspired by waves receding at a beach’s edge.

“Waves, whether from the sea or in the sand, are all about motion and flow,” said Nesbitt. “That’s exactly what this concept is all about – flowing design and the purity of the driving experience.”

Buick designers enhanced the passengers’ sensory experiences with next-generation QuietTuning and air-quality control, including advanced noise cancellation technology, ionic air purifiers and aromatherapy.

The Avista also advances Buick’s legacy of turbocharged performance, which carries forward in the 2016 Regal GS and other models. Similar to the 2017 LaCrosse, the concept twin-turbocharged 3.0L V-6 features fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology to complement its power with efficiency. The engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control delivers more precise body motion control.

Hopefully this Buick Avista concept will find its way into production – it’s sophisticated, sleek design would be a welcome addition to Buick’s modern and innovative lineup.  Visit us at Hamilton Auto Blog regularly for updates on the latest vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick and GMC.


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The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt’s styling sets the bar high for EVs

The Bolt. It just sounds exciting…electrifying…energizing…and exceptional. As Chevrolet’s first ground-up, long-range electric vehicle, the 2017 Bolt EV is a vehicle we at Queenston can’t wait to see go into production. Being a completely new concept for Chevy, the designers were given unprecedented freedom, resulting in a vehicle that crosses boundaries and challenges expectations in the electric vehicle (EV) segment.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

“We were given a blank canvas – a rare opportunity with a unique platform to recast EV design for customers across the spectrum,” said Stuart Norris, managing director of Design. “The team answered the challenge with a progressive design distinguished by dramatic graphics and exceptional passenger space.”

The Bolt EV’s styling centres on its unique proportion, which is driven by a flat battery pack mounted beneath the interior floor. The flat battery pack allows the Bolt to offer 5-passenger seating and 479 litres of cargo space behind the rear seat.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

“The flat-pack orientation offered the flexibility to make the most of the proportions while creating a clean, sculpted design,” said Norris. “This really opened up the interior and created a fantastic view from every seating position. All of this additional space gave us a lot of opportunities to play with creative design and storage solutions.”

The exterior features large windows and a steep windshield, emphasizing the interior’s spaciousness and bright airy feel. The Bolt offers a panoramic view from upright, SUV-like seating positions. The rear-window glass extends all the way to the license plate and integrates with LED taillights on the liftgate. By integrating the taillamps into the full-width liftgate, the Bolt EV’s has a wide opening that makes it easier to slide boxes and other items into the vehicle.  The LED headlamps wrap around the forward edge of the front fascia, and the signature Chevrolet dual-element grille has been revamped and is offered with two signature colours, harmonized with the exterior colour choices.

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The interior is fresh and bright, with signature-colour Electrification blue ambient lighting emanating from beneath metallic white decorative trim.  A “floating” instrument panel features a 10.2-inch-diagonal touchscreen which creates a horizontal feel to the interior, maximizing knee room and cross-vehicle spaciousness.  Additionally, a multipurpose, connected centre console features side-by-side cupholders, a wireless charging location and a sliding armrest covering a storage compartment large enough to store a tablet device.

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“The Bolt EV’s design elements are designed for everyday life and the space inside accommodates it all, whether you and your friends go shopping for the day or take off for the weekend,” said Norris. “Inside and out, this game-changing vehicle makes a dramatic statement with a distinctive identity that can only be a Chevy and challenges expectations for what an affordable EV can offer.”

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV goes into production in late 2016, landing in Queenston’s showroom sometime in 2017. View our full Chevrolet lineup at www.queenstonchev.com.

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback makes its debut!

Whoa, baby!  Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, the 2017 Cruze Hatchback is sharp, sporty and incredibly stylish. Using all the incredible technologies and dynamic driving attributes of the all-new 2016 Cruze sedan, the new hatchback is AWESOME. It will be fantastic to see a mid-size hatchback in Chevrolet’s lineup, giving us a more versatile and sporty option with the Cruze.

2017 cruze hatch

The Cruze Hatchback has the same, class-leading 106.3-inch wheelbase as the sedan model, but features a unique roof and rear-end, including wrap-around taillights and integrated rear spoiler on the liftgate. It offers 22.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and with the rear seat folded, cargo space expands to 47.2 cubic feet.

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“The Cruze continues to set the tone for Chevrolet globally, it articulates the brand promise of offering cars with the latest technologies, more features and greater efficiency, performance and safety with fresh, distinctive styling,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America and Global Chevrolet. “This is the perfect time to bring the Cruze Hatch to North America.”

The 2017 Cruze Hatch will be offered in LT and Premier trims, as well as with the RS package and will land in Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC’s showroom in Fall 2016 – we can’t wait!  Visit us at www.queenstonchev.com to view our full Chevrolet, Buick and GMC lineup.

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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.

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2016 Chevrolet Camaro and Colorado Take Coveted Motor Trend Car & Truck of the Year Award

The most coveted honour in the Automotive Industry – Motor Trend’s Car and Truck of the Year Award. No Brand award is as extensive in their evaluations and track tests as Motor Trend. This year, Chevrolet took top honours with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro named ‘Car of the Year’ and the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado named ‘Truck of the Year’, for the 2nd consecutive year we might add.

The 2016 Camaro is lighter in weight, which contributes to “world class sports performance and dynamics.” There are six all-new powertrain combinations offered on the new Camaro, including a standard 2.0L Turbo and an available all-new 3.6L V-6 in LT models, as well as a 455-hp LT1 6.2L V-8 in the SS, making it is the most powerful Camaro ever. Motor Trend calls the 2016 Camaro “the best Pony Car the world has ever seen!”2016 Chevrolet Camaro






Procuring ‘Truck of the Year’ for the 2nd year in a row, the 2016 Chevrolet Colorado is an outstanding Truck. The all-new 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel engine gives the Colorado Diesel the best fuel efficiency of any pick-up truck in Canada. Its fuel consumption rating is 7.7L/100Km on highway for two-wheel drive models and it has the highest trailering capability in mid-size truck segment, up to 7,700 pounds. 2016 Colorado






With so much excitement surrounding these two vehicles, you can be sure that they will be flying off the showroom floor. Visit us a Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC today and schedule your test drive in one of these award-winning vehicles. Our dependable sales staff will be happy to help. Alternatively, you can visit us online at www.queenstononthemountain.com or call us at 905-528-7001.

Top Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers

It’s always sad to see summer come to an end, but with its end comes the start of a new season.  As families say goodbye to summer road trips and days at the beach, it’s back to school time for many.

With carpooling, after school activities, sports and the like, families will be spending a considerable amount of time in their vehicles.  In fact, an online poll taken by CarGurus.com showed that a third spend more than an hour in their car on any given day. Needless to say, comfort and dependability are important features.

This year, CarGurus.com put together a list with their “10 Best Top Family-Friendly Kid-Haulers” and we are happy to announce that both Honda & GM made the list.

Here are the vehicles that made the CarGuru’s List!

Midsize SUV

  • 2016 Chevrolet Traverse

2016 Chevrolet Traverse








  • 2015 Honda Odyssey








Large SUVs

  • 2016 Chevrolet Suburban

2016 chev suburban






We are excited to see that these vehicles made the list.  Visit us at Image Honda or Queenston to schedule your test drive today.  As always, make sure to follow Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest news and updates!

Source: http://www.cargurus.com