Reat Seat Reminder

GM is adding rear seat reminder to several vehicles models in 2017.
GM is adding rear seat reminder to several vehicles models in 2017.

DETROIT — Rear Seat Reminder, an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit their vehicles under certain circumstances, will be offered across many Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles by the 2018 model year.

The system monitors rear door usage to remind drivers to check their rear seats before walking away from their vehicles.

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“GM’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is an initial step to use technology to help remind drivers to check the rear seat before exiting the vehicle under certain conditions,” said Jeff Boyer, vice president of GM Global Vehicle Safety. “We want to help everyone to take one simple, extra step. That’s why Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac will offer the Rear Seat Reminder on a broad range of vehicles, from small cars to full-size SUVs and everything in between.”

Thirty-nine children died from heatstroke this year as result of being left in vehicles or gaining access to an unattended vehicle, a 60 percent increase over last year’s figure.

Rear Seat Reminder debuted earlier this year on the all-new 2017 GMC Acadia. Models to offer the feature include those listed below as well as some 2018 vehicles models that will be announced at a later date:

  • 2017 Buick Lacrosse
  • 2017 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
  • 2017 Cadillac CT6
  • 2017 Chevrolet Cruze and Cruze Hatchback
  • 2017 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2017 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2017 Chevrolet Silverado
  • 2017 Chevrolet Colorado
  • 2017 GMC Yukon
  • 2017 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2017 GMC Sierra
  • 2017 GMC Canyon
  • 2018 Cadillac XT5
  • 2018 Cadillac CTS and CTS-V
  • 2018 Cadillac ATS
  • 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The Rear Seat Reminder works by monitoring the vehicle’s rear doors. The feature is intended to activate when either rear door is opened and closed up to 10 minutes before the vehicle is started or while the vehicle is running. Once the system is activated, the vehicle is designed to sound five chimes and display a message in the driver information center that reads “Rear Seat Reminder / Look in Rear Seat” the next time the vehicle is turned off.

“This new technology developed by General Motors will give busy parents and caregivers the important reminder to always check the back seat,” said Kate Carr, president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide. “The safest way to protect a child from heatstroke is to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle, and features like Rear Seat Reminder, coupled with continued public education, can help combat this preventable tragedy.”

The feature cannot actually detect items in the back seat, so it is always important to check the rear seat prior to exiting the vehicle.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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2018 Chevy Traverse

all new Chevy Traverse announced
Chevrolet will complete the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup with the introduction of the next-generation Traverse on January 9 at the North American International Auto Show.

DETROIT — Chevrolet will complete the transformation of its crossover and SUV lineup with the introduction of the next-generation Traverse on Jan. 9 at the North American International Auto Show.

The all-new Traverse features a bold and refined design with seating for up to eight passengers. It’s expected to offer the segment’s best third-row legroom and maximum cargo space.

Premium interior and exterior design cues and new technologies abound, including available exclusive D-Optic headlamps that provide a natural daylight effect with a seamless light quality.

The 2018 Traverse will be Chevrolet’s latest crossover/SUV offering, joining the 2017 Bolt EV and Trax, the 2018 Equinox revealed in September and the full-size Tahoe and Suburban.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

Visit the Ron Westphal Chevy website for pricing on 2017 Traverse on sale now.

Happy Holidays Video from Ron Westphal Chevrolet

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How to text from your Chevy

How to text from your Chevy – Apple Car Play, Siri and Chevrolet video featuring Danny Cardinal and Ron Westphal Chevrolet.

Did you know that you can safely send and receive texts from behind the wheel of your car, truck or suv?  If you have a newer Chevrolet and a compatible smartphone, staying in touch while driving has never been simpler.  Danny Cardinal show us how easy it is to stay plugged in.

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Buying a new or used vehicle here is an enjoyable, no-hassle experience. Our Chevrolet product specialists will exceed your expectations before, during and after the sale.

We are a recently renovated (family-owned) Chevy dealership located in Aurora, IL near Plainfield, Naperville and Oswego. Other nearby towns include Bolingbrook, Joliet, Sugar Grove, Elburn and Yorkville.

We are a full service dealership with an extended-hours Service department. Our Parts & Accessories department is large and well-stocked. Visit us today…Oil Changes do not require an appointment.
Service/Parts is open daily 7-7 and 8-4 on Saturdays.  Can’t stick around?  No problem!  Ask about our FREE current model year service loaners.*

Ron Westphal Chevy is very popular with Chicago, IL residents due to our massive new, GM Certified and pre-owned inventory. And, we are less than 1 hour away from anywhere in the Windy City.

Looking for a vehicle that you can text in?  Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630.

Thanks to Danny Cardinal for starring in this how to text video!

*Must be 25 years or older with a valid driver’s license.  See a Ron Wespthal Chevy service writer for complete details and qualifications.

Amber saves over 20% OFF MSRP on a brand new Chevy Sonic

Amber Buys A New Chevy Sonic at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL video.  CONGRATULATIONS AMBER!

OVER 20% OFF MSRP ON NEW SONIC, SPARK AND IMPALA MODELS ENDS JAN 3RD, 2017.

  • The deals are so good we’re buying them ourselves!

Ron Westphal Chevrolet employee Amber talks about her favorite feature (remote vehicle start) on her brand new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic.

Download your free MyChevroletMobile app and turn your smart phone in to a mobile command center.

Remote start your Silverado on a snowy day, lock your compatible Malibu from an airplane, set parking reminders for your Cruze or view diagnostic information with a single tap. Your phone has never been so versatile.

Questions? Visit Ron Westphal Chevy or Call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630.

Ron Westphal Chevrolet is a recently renovated Chevy dealership located in Aurora, IL minutes away from Plainfield, Naperville and Oswego. We are also very popular with Chicago resident due to our massive selection of new and used vehicles and excellent customer service.

Veterans Day Cash Back at Ron Westphal Chevy

Veterans Day Corvette Bonus Cash Back Ron Westphal Chevy Aurora IL
Chevy Veterans Day Bonus Cash Back on our most popular new models.  

Thank to Veterans.  “Thanks to all who put—and have put—on the uniform looking for nothing in return. The selfless act of serving our country deserves the highest level of respect and gratitude we have to offer. When I see a veteran in public, my frown or bad mood turns into a grin and happiness knowing that our country is safe because of these men and women. May peace always be with you.” –Giovanni Moujaes

The entire staff at Ron Westphal Chevrolet salutes all our Veterans and their familes–past, present and future.

0% apr for up to 72 months is available on select remaining new 2016 Chevrolet models.  But hurry…last day for 0% x 72 is scheduled to be 11.11.16.

Veterans Day Cash Back Bonus Tags are here and they’re bigger than ever.  And, we’ve got’em on all the most popular models.

Visit www.WestphalChevy.com to browse our inventory.  Or, call our customer care team at 630-898-9630 to schedule a no-obligation test drive.

Latest automotive technology offered by Chevrolet

Vintage Racers Be Like got That New Go Pro? Chevy offers the latest automotive technology.
Looking for the latest technology?  Think Chevy.

Looking for the latest automotive technology?  We’ve got it all right here at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora, IL.

  • The Chevy Malibu & several other 2017 models offer an available Teen Driver feature that encourages your kids to drive safety even when you are not in the car with them.
  • Many Chevy models feature MyLink Color Touch-Screen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.  This allows you to transfer select phone apps such as Google Maps on to the large screen on your vehicle.  You can even view your Go-Pro pictures on your MyLink Screen.
  • 2017 Tahoe’s The in-vehicle Wi-Fi system now allows devices to wirelessly project onto the vehicle’s screens using Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) technology. Only one device can wirelessly project at a time.

    Ron Westphal Chevy offers the latest automotive technology
    Ron Westphal Chevy offers the latest automotive technology
  • Chevrolet is the first and only car company to bring built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi®2 to cars, trucks and crossovers. When your car is running, you’ll have a more powerful connection than a smartphone or mobile hotspot. It’s a fast and reliable connection that doesn’t depend on your mobile device’s battery. It’s automatically on after initial setup and ready to connect up to seven devices.
  • Many new Chevrolet models allow you to send and receive texts, all without taking your hands from the steering wheel.
  • Nearly all Chevrolet vehicles feature Bluetooth with handsfree driving and voice recognition.
  • Lane departure warning, front collision alert and side blind zone alert are becoming available on many different GM models.
  • My Chevrolet Mobile App allows you to send destinations to your available navigation system, view diagnostic information and set parking reminders from virtually anywhere.  You can also remotely start your vehicle and lock/unlock your doors.
  • Look for low-speed automatic braking and adaptive cruise control being available on more models than ever before.

    Find out more

  • Call our Customer Care Team today at 630-898-9630 to discover all the latest Chevrolet has to offer.  Or, visit our website.

0% X 72 MONTHS ENDS TODAY 10.10.16

0% X 72 Months Ends Today at Ron Westphal Chevrolet in Aurora,IL
Don’t Cry…0% X 72 Months Ends Today but You Can Still SAVE BIG-TIME!

Hurry.  0% apr x 72 mo. financing is available on all remaining new and demo 2016 Chevrolet models...until 9pm tonight only. 

SHOP NOW for your 0% x 72 Chevy dream ride or call us today at 630-898-9630.

 

*0% x 72 month financing is a stand-alone program that is not compatible with bonus tags or other programs.  Plus tax, license and fees.  Well-qualified buyers must be approved by lender.  On remaining new/demo 2016 Chevrolet models except ‘L’ models.  Must take delivery from dealer stock by 10-10-16.  See dealer for details.

EPA’s gas mileage ratings drop for some 2017 models

EPA's gas mileage ratings drop for some 2017 models
The 2017 Volkswagen Passat will see a drop in gas mileage under the new EPA ratings.

The EPA’s gas mileage ratings for 2017 will make some folks change their minds about which vehicle to purchase.

New-car shoppers will see mileage numbers on the window stickers of many 2017 model-year cars that are lower than their 2016 predecessors, even though the cars have no mechanical or aerodynamic differences.  It’s due to a change in the way that the Environmental Protection Agency calculates window-sticker gas mileage in an effort to better reflect real-world mileage, according to the agency and automakers.

EPA’s gas mileage ratings drop for some 2017 models

The change could meaningfully affect EPA ratings on nearly 30% of all new cars, a Cars.com analysis of 2017 model-year EPA data indicates.

The analysis looked at the top 75 best-selling vehicles through July with no mechanical or aerodynamic changes. Out of that group, there were 84 variations of individual vehicles (the V-6 versus the four-cylinder, for example). Twenty-three of those, or 27.4%, received a lower EPA highway and city combined driving mileage rating for the 2017 model year.

The revisions could cause consumers to change their minds about models. Bill Meyer, a Kansas City attorney, saw that the 2017 Volkswagen Passat that he has been eyeing fell 4 miles per gallon, from 38 mpg to 34 mpg, in its EPA highway mileage rating, and 2 mpg combined.

“When I looked at the window sticker, I thought, ‘Wow, this is taking a big hit,'” Meyer said. “Why is there such a mileage discrepancy? Thirty-four is not nearly as interesting to me as 38. So it’s making me rethink my decision.”

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Models seeing the drop of a single mile per gallon in their combined ratings included versions of Honda Accord, Toyota RAV4 and Hyundai Sonata. Versions of the Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry Hybrid fell by 2 mpg in combined highway and city driving.

The recalculation means shoppers cannot compare 2017 mileage numbers to their 2016 predecessors, but Cars.com has learned the EPA plans to address this soon with updates to its website that will allow shoppers to compare the new numbers with models as far back as the 2011 model year.

Real-world mileage shouldn’t change for drivers, but the EPA ratings could fall noticeably in the agency’s biggest adjustment since it issued sweeping changes to window-sticker mileage ratings nearly a decade ago.

The analysis turned up more changes than in the EPA’s own checks into gas mileage on 2016 model-year cars. The agency ran 1,209 fuel-economy results from the 2016 model year through the agency’s updated calculations. Just 15% of that group — 186 variations — fell by 1 mpg in combined. Thirteen, or about 1%, increased by 1 mpg. The combined mileage stayed the same for the remaining 84%.

EPA figures are seldom whole numbers, so rounding can mask — or exaggerate — actual changes. Some cars may actually see their values increase, the EPA notes, but the difference is “so small and subtle” that the perceived change could be more the result of rounding.

“Some of those changed because they were 26.4 before and now they’re 26.6 after,” says Byron Bunker, director of the compliance division at the EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality. “When you change these methodologies you’ll move some more for rounding.”

EPA’s gas mileage ratings

United States Environmental Protection Agency has new fuel economy ratings for 2017
United States Environmental Protection Agency has new fuel economy ratings for 2017

When the EPA issued its broad update of fuel-economy ratings back in 2008, it required automakers to go from two testing cycles to five, adding tests for things such as cold-weather operation, higher speeds, faster acceleration and air-conditioning usage. It also tried to reflect other real-world factors such as road conditions and wind.

Still, a lot of automakers stuck with two-cycle testing and applied what’s called a “curve fit” — a mathematical correction that aligns the results from two cycles to a hypothetical five-cycle test. The EPA developed the math from data it gathered from 2002 to 2006.

“The manufacturer can choose to run all five or run just the city-highway [cycles] and just apply the curve fit,” explained Ryan Harty, who manages Honda’s environmental business development office. “Not all labs have that [five-cycle] capability, and I think EPA recognized that.”

If you have any additonal questions, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630.  Thanks!

EPA’s gas mileage ratings.  Source:  Kelsey Mays, Cars.com

New Lease Specials Page on Chevy Models

We’ve created New Lease Specials pages on our website.  Westphal Chevy clients have 2 new pages…one for car leases and one for truck and SUV leases.

New Lease Specials Page at Ron Westphal Chevrolet
New Lease Specials Page at Westphal Chevrolet

New Lease Specials Pages

These pages will display the nationally advertised lease payments on our most popular Chevy models.  Your payments may vary.  Remember, all advertised lease specials do not include sales tax, doc fee and license plate fees.  Required down payments vary.  Each payment comes with it’s own disclosure.  Mileage requirements, downpayment etc. are all listed in the disclosure but if you have any questions, just call our Customer Care Team at 630-898-9630.  Or, drop by our showroom anytime.

Reasons to Lease

Clients that like to drive something new every few years or so generally prefer leasing because it’s so easy.

1:  You are guaranteed not to have any negative equity.  Try getting out of a 72 month finance contract after two years and you’ll find out about negative equity.

2:  When your lease is over you just walk away.  No trade-in hassle.  There is a $350 disposition fees but that is usually waived if you re-lease or purchase another Chevy.

3:  You have no maintenance headaches.  Your vehicle is under warranty pretty much the entire time of your lease.  And, 4 free oil changes are includes at no additional charge.  You could actually lease a new Chevy for 24 months and pay ZERO in maintenance during that time.

4:  Clients get to drive something new all the time.  It’s kind of like waiting for the latest smartphone.  No one wants to wait for the latest and greatest.  Why wait for all the newest features when you can get something new every few years?

5:  Lease Loyalty.  GM often offers additional incentives to those folks that are currently in a GM lease to encourage them to re-lease.  Hey, extra rebate money is always good, right?