Rust in Peace – Vehicles being discontinued

It’s that time of year again: Halloween. It’s a holiday that’s centuries old, having started as the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s a day when people thought that ghostly spirits returned to earth. After being conquered by the Romans, who co-opted the ancient Celt tradition as All Saints’ Day, or Alholowmesse in Middle English, Samhain endured as All-Hallows Eve, and eventually, Halloween.

All these centuries later, October is the time when automakers kill off unpopular cars, when their time as new models on this earth pass, never to return.

Rust In Peace:

Acura RLX: A perfectly anonymous car with an equally anonymous name, the RLX is a stark reminder of how far Acura’s product development and marketing has fallen from the excellence established by the Legend.

The Chevrolet Impala will just be a memory next year. Rust in Peace.
The Chevrolet Impala will just be a memory next year. Rust in Peace.

Alfa Romeo 4C: Now that America has become a nation of SUV-loving truck drivers, where dreary practicality triumphs over sheer fun, pure sports cars like the fun-to-drive 4C are sadly overlooked also-rans.

BMW i8: You’d think a gas-electric hybrid as attractive as the BMW i8, with handling to match, would succeed. But $147,500 for a car powered by the Mini’s three-cylinder engine? Really?

Buick Regal: In the pantheon of cool Buick names like Invicta and Electra, this Opel import with the blue-hair name was doomed from the start, although its remarkably unremarkable personality didn’t help.

Cadillac CT6: With a name only a lifeless marketer would love, this flagship sedan was sabotaged by tepid styling that lacked the Escalade’s unmitigated swagger, and a cabin far too cheap for its station.

The Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and Hatchback are being retired. Rust in Peace.
The Chevrolet Sonic Sedan and Hatchback are being retired. Rust in Peace.

Chevrolet Impala: While car buyers think nothing of buying an enormous SUV, they think twice about buying a large car, even one as good as the Impala. That said, a more inspired design would have helped.

Chevrolet Sonic: With exorbitant gasoline prices now a distant memory, this funky and fun little hatchback lost its raison d’etre. Its platform lives on, however, in the Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.

Dodge Grand Caravan: Cheap to buy and very practical, the end has come for this minivan after 35 years as Dodge focuses on performance-oriented products. Its replacement, the Chrysler Voyager, is now on sale.

Dodge Journey: Outclassed in every respect except for its low price and archaic Ultradrive four-speed automatic transmission, this sad relic of the DaimlerChrysler era is thankfully seeing its journey come to an end.

Ford Fusion: Ford may blame lack of buyer interest with killing the Fusion, the absence of any meaningful update for years has much more to do with it. A sad, self-inflicted end to a well-respected and popular car.

Honda Civic Coupe: While the whole sport compact scene grew out of cars like the Civic Coupe, its time has come and gone, as buyers are unwilling to put up with an iota of inconvenience in the name of fashion.

Honda Fit: Its beauty was its utility, which was far larger than its size suggested thanks to the flexibility of its seating system. And it was unexpectedly fun to drive, something rarely said of cheap utilitarian cars.

Hyundai Elantra GT: Styled and engineered in Europe, the five-door Elantra hatchback never enjoyed the popularity it deserved, despite U.S. car buyers buying hatchbacks by the millions, as long they are on an SUV.

Jaguar XE: Like the X-Type before it, this entry-level British sports sedan never possessed the requisite grace, pace and space needed to steal buyers away from the BMW 3-Series.

Jaguar XF Sportbrake: If you thought that the idea of a Jaguar station wagon seemed a bit off, you’re not alone, even though this was a fabulously fun-to-drive alternative to the overwhelming overabundance of SUVs.

Lexus GS: Always the middle child, never as popular as the Lexus LS or ES sedans, Toyota President Akio Toyoda wanted to kill the GS in 2011. Executives saved the car, but sales never improved. Now, Akio gets his wish.

Lincoln Continental: Developed using a front-wheel drive Ford Fusion platform to save money, and lacking the requisite aura of the concept car that foreshadowed it, the Continental’s fate was sealed from the start.

Lincoln MKZ: This gussied-up Ford Fusion with a crummy name was bound to exit once the Fusion did. Aside from seniors who liked nabbing a Lincoln at a low price, the MKZ was never special enough.

Mercedes-Benz SL: Mercedes-Benz has killed the two-seat SL-Class, but online reports speculate that the renowned roadster could return as a 2+2 for 2022, built by Mercedes-AMG.

Mercedes-Benz SLC: With buyers ignoring everything except SUVs, this cut-rate convertible is circling the block for the last time, still in need of the upscale elan, space, and build quality that its larger siblings possess.

Toyota Yaris: Americans hate subcompacts, especially when gas prices are low. So even though this disguised rendition of the Mazda2 is fun to drive, downsized cars are DOA.

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Ron Westphal Chevrolet practices social distancing

Ron Westphal Chevrolet practices social distancing!
Ron Westphal Chevrolet practices social distancing

Ron Westphal Chevrolet practices social distancing

Your safety is our number 1 priority at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.

To help keep you and our staff safe we practice social distancing in all departments.

We also wear masks and continually clean and sanitize common areas.  If you prefer, we offer contact-less vehicle deliveries in both service and sales.  You can shop and buy online and we’ll be happy to drop off your purchase at your front door.  No direct contact needed-paperwork can be completed online or sent through the mail/overnighted.  You can apply and obtain a vehicle loan online at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.

Congratulations to Manny & Trisha Bermudez and big thanks for your repeat business with us here at Westphal Chevy!  From-your salesperson Danny Cardinal and all of us at Ron Westphal Chevrolet.  We look forward to serving you in the future.  This pic shows Danny Cardinal NOT wearing a mask outside with the client’s permission.  In case you were wondering…Inside the building we always wear our masks.  

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Ron Westphal Chevy is located on the corner of Routes 30 and 34 where Aurora meets Oswego, IL.  We are across the street from Sam’s Club and JC Penneys.
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If you buy your truck on Halloween you’ll always remember when you got it.

It's Truck Month at Ron Westphal Chevrole
It’s Truck Month at Ron Westphal Chevrolet!

If you buy your truck on Halloween you’ll always remember when you got it.

It’s Truck Month here at Ron Westphal Chevrolet and the offers are incredible!  Enormous rebates, financing as low as 0.9% for up to 72 months, massive dealer discounts and so much more!

Don’t forget to ask about the $1,000 GM Accessory Allowance when you purchase here this month.

We will be OPEN on Halloween and look forward to having a fantastic selling day here.  Some of us may even be in costume…

Stop by this weekend for a new or pre-owned vehicle.  We promise you’ll have a great time.

Ron Westphal Chevy is located in Aurora/Oswego, IL.  Part of our dealership is in Aurora and part of it is Oswego!  We are located right where the two towns meet and we are in Kendall county.  Don’t forget to ask us how that fact alone could save you hundreds of dollars!

2017 Suburu Outback 3.6R Limited for sale at Ron Westphal Chevy

2017 Suburu Outback 3.6R Limited for sale at Ron Westphal Chevy

2017 Suburu Outback 3.6R Limited for sale at Ron Westphal Chevy
2017 Suburu Outback 3.6R Limited for sale at Ron Westphal Chevy

Just-In!  This recent trade-in is a welcome addition to our used vehicle line-up.

This beauty is leather and loaded!  Symmetrical All-wheel-drive, vehicle Dynamics control (VDC), rear vision camera, blind spot detection and lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, X-mode with hill decent control, fully independent raised suspension, roof rails, power rear hatch with height memory, high intensity HID headlamps, 7.0 inch multi-media navigation system, eye-sight driver assist system, pre-collision braking system, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, land departure warning and lane sway warning, pre-collision throttle management system, all wheat floor mats, body side moldings, rear bumper cover, rear seat back protector, remote starter and soooo much more!

For additional details contact our sales team at 630-898-9630.