Smokey and the Bandit car jump

The stunt jump at the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals on June 22 lasted only a few seconds, but it was an open question about whether the vehicle would be drivable again – or if the driver would walk away unharmed.

For Raymond Kohn, the stunt driver with Northeast Ohio Dukes, walking away at all after such a jump wasn’t always an option.

“This is my 12th year[of stunt driving], and I’ve jumped [a recreation of the “Dukes of Hazzard” car] the General Lee 22 times,” Kohn said. “I’ve had about nine concussions, about eight broken ankles. I’ve broken my wrist in Detroit, I’ve broken my collarbone and had severe whiplash.”

Instead of doing a stunt jump with 1969 Dodge Charger that the Duke boys were famed for driving on the aforementioned TV series, Kohn was behind the wheel of a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – the vehicle used by Burt Reynold’s character in the film “Smokey and the Bandit.”

Kohn’s jump at the Carlisle Fairgrounds recreated the bridge jump made in the film, as a tribute to Reynolds following his death in September of 2018.

And just like in the film, there was no landing ramp.

“There was never a landing ramp in Hazzard County, or in ‘Smokey and the Bandit’,” he said. “And that’s what we’re doing now. We’re going to stay true to Hollywood, stay true to the movies, and the TV shows, and we’re going to do it old school, the right way.”

Watch the live video of the jump below:

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BMW Fails spectacularly on pedestrian braking test

The insurance-funded IIHS consistently pushes the bar higher for automakers to make safer vehicles, and this year, it’s begun to test automatic emergency braking systems.

The first round of tests included 11 popular compact crossover models, and the Chevrolet Equinox impressed. The new tests come as the IIHS places an emphasis on pedestrian safety and includes a relatively simple scale. From best to worst, vehicles can be ranked “Superior,” “Advanced,” “Basic,” or receive no credit.

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The organization rated the Chevrolet Equinox as “Advanced” with its optional automatic emergency braking system. Recall, GM does not make automatic emergency braking standard on any vehicle, save for the forthcoming 2020 Cadillac XT6. Even then, a more robust system is optional for buyers.

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Chevy’s Equinox joined four other crossovers in earning an “Advanced” rating, which included the Hyundai Kona, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-5, and Nissan Rogue. Top honors went to the Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV-4, and Volvo XC40. The Mitsubishi Outlander earned a “Basic” rating, while the BMW X1 earned no credit.

We encourage you to watch the video above to see how spectacularly BMW failed the test.

The IIHS testing looks at three possible scenarios where automatic emergency braking could help mitigate or even prevent a collision with a pedestrian. The first is an adult pedestrian on the right side of the road entering the street in the path of an oncoming vehicle. The second mimics a child darting into the street from behind two parked vehicles. The third simulates an adult walking in the vehicle’s travel lane near the edge of the road. Here, the pedestrian has his or her back turned away from the cars.

In the safety shakedown, only the Forester and RAV4 avoided the crash dummy in perpendicular tests, which underscores their underlying safety systems.

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Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2019/04/chevrolet-equinox-earns-advanced-rating-in-iihs-auto-emergency-braking-test-video/#ixzz5koKhKcNx

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Chevy display walkthrough at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Chevrolet makes a great showing at this years 2019 Detroit Auto Show.  Watch this video to see all the latest models.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show is also offering additional rebates on our most popular models.  And, just announced today…the addition of FLEX CASH!  Flex Cash is additional cash back that is good in addition to all other incentives but you’ve got to hurry.  When we run out of FLEX CASH there is no more and the offer expires.  So, the early bird gets the FLEX CASH!

Want to see these wonderful Chevrolet models in person?  Visit our dealership located in Aurora, IL on the corner of Route 30 and Route 34 where Aurora meets Oswego, IL.  We’ve got over 450 vehicles in stock to choose from.  Call our customer care team at 630-898-9630 and we’ll make sure your vehicle of choice is cleaned, gassed and parked in our heated facility, ready for your inspection.

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Thanks for looking at our video about the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.  Hope to see you soon.

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