Tips for Driving to the Beach

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If you’re planning on taking a trip to the beach soon, you might be wondering about what to take with you, how to pack it up into your car, and of course how to de-sand the car when you get home. Here are some tips on driving to the beach you might find helpful.

If you’re going with kids, you’ll probably want them to sleep on the way home from an exhausting day at the beach, and they’ll want to do the exact opposite of sleep. Bring some favorite soft toys and blankets from home to put them out like a light. It’s a good idea to bring a cooler, so make sure you have one that fits in the trunk or cargo area of your car, or buy a small Styrofoam one, and stock up with water and snacks for the day.

A good way to avoid getting sand into the car is to bring a broom and dust yourself and your kids off before you get into the car. Some will inevitably pop up, though. To get the sand out, take out the mats and beat them to shake out as much sand as possible. Then you’ll want to brush them with an upholstery brush to loosen sand that has gotten too deep in to shake out. Finally, vacuum the mats to get the rest of the sand up. Follow the same steps with the carpet of your car.

50th Anniversary Chevy Camaro Celebrations

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2017 marks 50 years since the first Camaro, and to celebrate Chevy is hosting some events as well as releasing an anniversary edition of the 2017 Camaro. The 50th anniversary Chevy Camaro celebrations will take place in the Detroit area in from August 18 to 20.

The Camaro celebrations in Detroit will include a Camaro factory tour on the 18th in Lansing. In addition to being able to see a Camaro assembled, there will also be a car show at the factory. On August 19 in Detroit there will be a Camaro Fifty Rally, where Camaro drivers will drive together up Woodward Ave. The 20th is the Woodward Dream Cruise, an annual auto event in Birmingham that will also feature a 50th anniversary celebration for the Camaro.

The 50th Anniversary Edition Camaro is available in Nightfall Gray Metallic paint, with special wheels and center caps, an RS Appearance Package, orange brake calipers, and a few other exterior tweaks. The interior has a unique black leather interior with orange accent stitching and suede inserts, as well as 50th Anniversary treatments on various parts of the vehicle.

The Anniversary Edition will be available in the 2LT Coupe and Convertible and the 2SS Coupe and Convertible models.

Automotive EV Technology: Chevy Changes the Way We Drive

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Automotive EV technology is the future of vehicle engineering, offering better fuel economy, lower emissions, and, in some cases, optimal performance. Models like the Chevrolet Volt provide eco-friendly mobility options for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint as much as possible.

According to the Orange County Breeze, the local community is already ramping up efforts to improve the nature of power and energy in the area. An advanced team from prestigious organizations around the state are teaming up in Huntington beach, along with nearly $2 million in donations, to help design high-efficiency and sustainable energy technologies in the area.

Similarly, automakers like Chevy are working on a much larger scale to change the way we think about driving. The 2017 Chevrolet Volt, for example, has a high-efficiency hybrid-electric powertrain that gets up to 420 miles in range. You can go up to 53 miles on pure electricity, and you can go 1,000 miles between fill-ups.

The Chevrolet Volt was recently named the Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal, proving just how great this new model is. Hybrid-electric models drastically reduce harmful CO2 emissions by relying on electric power, and they also save you tons of money at the pump. Refined charging systems limit the time you spend recharging the battery, and great new features like a Power Flow screen show you where energy is going as you drive.

Visit the Annual OC Fair from July 15 to August 14

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The OC Fair is on its way. This event takes place yearly from July 15 to August 14. With tons of games, exhibits, shopping, and food, there is truly something for everyone. Bring the family to this event to experience the best of the area. Plus, the OC Fair is a great way to support your community.

According to the OC Fair website, the event is from July 15 to August 14 from Wednesday to Sunday. That means the fair will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. Though it can be a little confusing, see the list below for hours and admissions information:

  • Wednesday to Friday – Noon to Midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday – 10:00am to Midnight
  • Monday and Tuesday – Closed

There is also on-site box office information at 100 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa, California. You can purchase admissions tickets at the box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.

There is tons to do at the annual OC Fair, including shows at the Pacific Amphitheatre, nightly entertainment at the Hangar, and sports at the Action Sports Arena. There will also be special events and free entertainment as well.

Exhibits include fine arts and hand crafts displays, a garden and floral exhibit, culinary, agriculture, and livestock show as well. A carnival will have the best games and rides around, as well as attractions for kids.

Finally, the OC Fair will have some of the best food around. You can find fair food, as well as healthy options and barbecue. There will be a wine seminar put on by the Orange County Wine Society as well.

2017 Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF: Volt Killing LEAF in Sales

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When the new 2017 Volt was released April of this year, the auto world waited to see what its release would do to the leader of the electric class, the LEAF. The Chevy Volt vs Nissan LEAF debate is settling now that the Volt has had a couple months to sell, and it looks like the Volt is crushing the LEAF.

In April of 2016 alone, the Volt sold 1,983 units, doubled from its April sales last year, when it sold just 905. In contrast, the LEAF’s sales have dropped dramatically. Only 787 LEAFs sold this April, down from the 1,553 of last year. That’s less than the Volt’s low sales from 2015.

It’s no wonder the LEAF isn’t doing so well against the Volt—its battery life is still limited at 84 miles at the base level, and as a PHEV the Volt has gasoline-power that makes up for its small 53-mile range. Unless Nissan can dramatically increase the LEAF’s battery life, it won’t be able to compete with PHEVs or even all-electrics like the Bolt, whose estimated range is upwards of 200 miles.

To check out the new Volt, visit us at DeLillo Chevrolet!

Disneyland Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Magical Vacation

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Disneyland is a big place, and there are a million little things you can do to make the best use of your time and have the most fun possible. These are just a few of the many Disneyland tips and tricks you might want to know.

Plan your trip well in advance, and research it well. Know which parks you want to go to, where you’re staying, and where the best places to get cheap food are. Planning a Disney vacation that’s both affordable and makes good use of your time is tricky, since you pay extra for Fastpass and onsite hotels. Stick to your budget, but don’t let it ruin your trip.

Buzzfeed has an amazing collection of insider Disneyland tips, like which rides have single rider lines and less crowded spots to watch fireworks and parades. Do Disney like a pro!

There are Easter eggs hidden all over the park, and one of the best parts of visiting Disney is finding them. Try touching Snow White’s apple, stopping at Main Street City Hall for a special occasion badge, or ask a Jungle Cruise cast member for a free map you can take home as a souvenir.

Make sure you have a reliable and spacious vehicle that can take you to and from Disneyland with ease! Stop by DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA – a short drive from Disneyland – and browse our well-stocked inventory today!

EPA Gives Chevrolet Cruze Fuel Rating of 42 MPG

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The Chevrolet Cruze was totally redesigned for the 2016 model year, and great fuel economy is among the many improvements made to the slick, fun compact car. When equipped with the 1.4-liter engine paired with the standard transmission, the Cruze fuel rating reaches the astonishing number of 42 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Other variations of the Chevrolet Cruze may differ from the entry-level Cruze’s 30 mpg city/42 mpg highway rating, though, depending on the model and transmission. If drivers choose to opt for the available six-speed manual transmission instead, the fuel ratings drop to 29/41 mpg city/highway, and the upper-range trim level known as the Cruze Premier gets a fuel economy of 30/40 mpg city/highway. However, either way, none of those ratings are bad for the compact car segment, and in fact allow the Chevy Cruze to compete effectively with class-leading rivals.

The previous iteration of the Chevrolet Cruze is continuing to be sold on the market under the name of the Cruze Limited. However, this older model of the car gets significantly less mileage. The standard model with the automatic transmission gets 26 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway, while the more efficiency-minded Eco trim level still fell short of the 2016 model, with a rating of 28/42 mpg city/highway when paired with a manual transmission.

The 2016 Cruze fuel rating shows a seven-percent improvement in fuel economy over the previous generation. The efficiency of the upcoming Cruze Hatchback variant is not yet known, though sources expect the hatchback’s numbers to be somewhat lower. There is, however, an even more conservative diesel variant coming with the 2017 model as well.

Be sure to stop by DeLillo Chevrolet in Huntington Beach, CA to test drive the new, redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Cruze and experience the differences for yourself!

A Road Trip Checklist for Your Next Adventure

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The sun is out, the weather’s nice, and summer break is coming up fast. It seems like the right time of year to start planning your family’s next big outing on the open road; nothing quite says “summer” like a long road trip. However, you might feel like you’re at a loss when it comes to packing. How do you make sure everyone has everything they need? Just take a look at this road trip checklist, and you’ll cover all the basics.

Emergency Supplies: Everyone needs a First-Aid kit around regularly anyway, but on vacation, you should definitely have one within reach. From basics like bandages and over-the-counter cold medicine to more specific necessities like individual prescription medications to vacation staples such as sunscreen, it’s important to make sure you have all the bases covered just in case. Also, this applies to car emergencies as well — spare tires, jumper cables, and car jacks are all good to have around.

Navigation Aids: Have you ever been in a situation where your GPS lost its signal or gave you the totally wrong directions? While having a GPS on hand is important and makes the trip a lot easier and faster, having a map and printed directions around can also help streamline any bumps in the road.

Music and Entertainment: Whether you just have a few mix CDs on-hand, a book or eReader, or you bring all the kids’ handheld gaming devices, it’s good to have something around to keep people in the car occupied on the open road.

Clothing and Toiletries: The first thing most people think of when they plan on packing for vacation is clothes and toiletries. Make sure you pack comfortable clothing for when you’ll be sitting in the car for long periods of time. Also, things like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and the like are obviously a requirement for being comfortable and healthy. It’s also a good idea to bring spare blankets and pillows!

Food: Often overlooked, food is crucial to a road trip. It’s important to pack snacks and wholesome meals so people have something to eat on the road, instead of having to waste time and money stopping for greasy fast food.

Hopefully this road trip checklist has helped you remember something you may have overlooked. Above all, what matters most is that you spend time bonding with your loved ones and enjoying your time off.

Take a look at any of the 2016 Chevrolet models to get a new vehicle equipped with 4G LTE WiFi to make your road trip experience that much more enjoyable!

How StabiliTrak Works

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Chevy Malibus with StabiliTrak are better able to maintain control and avoid accidents.

You’ve heard of StabiliTrak and know that it helps keep you on the road, but you do you know how? StabiliTrak is an important General Motors safety feature you don’t want to miss out on.

Electronic stability control systems help control your car when you start to skid. If your car starts to fishtail on a slippery road, StabiliTrak applies the outside front brake of the opposite side from the direction you’re travelling in. Putting the brake only in this position returns your car to its course. Or, if your car fails to turn on a slippery road, it applies the inside rear brake opposite from the direction your car is travelling to return you to your desired path.

How does it know to do this? Sensors in the system work to detect the difference between the direction that the driver is actually turning and how the vehicle reacts by “reading” the steering wheel position, vehicle speed, the amount of sideways force, and how the vehicle is turning.

By isolating certain brakes, StabiliTrak puts you back in control. It can save a lot of lives out there, so consider a vehicle with StabiliTrak when you’re looking for your next car!

#DayItForward Is All About Giving Back

Sure, you can see Leap Year as the year in which there is just another day. Nothing more, nothing less.

Or you can see it as “extra” day; time with which you have been gifted to give back to others. That’s the impetus behind the #DayItForward campaign by Chevrolet. Paul Edwards, Chevrolet VP of Marketing, puts it best: “Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful.”

Chevrolet has done some incredible things so far, with the help of many friends. For instance, Chevrolet teamed up with Kevin Spacey and through The Kevin Spacey Foundation, they were able to provide an aspiring young actor with the opportunity to go to drama school. With Jimmy Kimmel, Chevy helped provide school supplies to teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles.

So…how did you use your extra time this year to #DayItForward? Keep it up throughout the year!

See how we #DayitForward at DeLillo Chevrolet on our community page!