Look Out for the New Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD

2019 Silverado 4500HD | Red Wing Chevrolet | Red Wing, MN


Chevy has just given us our first look at the all-new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, and it admittedly makes us a bit intimidated. The truck looks fierce and formidable, ready to take on the toughest of jobs with ease. The truck will be revealed in full at this year’s The Work Truck Show® in Indianapolis, which is North America’s largest work truck event. Luckily, the show is just around the corner: it will take place March 6-9.

At Red Wing Chevrolet, we’re eagerly anticipating the release of the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD. Although full technical specifications have yet to be released for the new trucks, we have a general idea of what will be offered.

They will be available in regular and crew cab with a range of wheelbases. The Silverado’s brilliant pairing of Duramax diesel engines and Allison transmissions will continue, offering the ideal balance of power, performance, and efficiency. The Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD will also come equipped with various state-of-the-art driver connectivity and driver-assist safety technologies, offering smart entertainment, connectivity, and safety to drivers and passengers alike. As the U.S. vice president of General Motors, Ed Peper, stated, “The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy and more.”

We’re sure the new trucks will not disappoint, and if you want to learn more about them, stop into Red Wing Chevrolet.


Take a Drive Down Chevy Trucks Torque Memory Lane

Chevy Trucks Torque | Red Wing Chevrolet | Red Wing, MN

In honor of a century of Chevrolet pickup trucks, Red Wing Chevy and the Chevrolet brand have decided to reflect on a little bit of Chevy trucks torque history.

Chevy’s very first truck—the 1918 One-Ton model—was powered by a 2.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produced just 45 lb-ft of torque. The closest engine in similarity that Chevy offers today is the 2.5-liter four-cylinder that powers the Colorado, except the Colorado’s engine creates 191 lb-ft of torque. On the other end of the spectrum, Chevy also currently offers the Silverado 3500HD with the Duramax 6.6-liter turbo-diesel V8, which is good for 910 lb-ft.

So how did Chevy grow from 45 lb-ft to 910? Here are a few of the brand’s torque highlights:

  • 1929: Chevrolet introduced the first “stovebolt” six engine, good for 120 lb-ft of torque.
  • 1955: Another first for Chevy occurred in the 50s, when Chevy unveiled its first small block V8 engine, which nearly doubled the torque output of the stovebolt six engine, making a whopping 238 lb-ft of torque.
  • 1987: It wasn’t until the 80s that Chevy crested the 300 lb-ft mark for torque.
  • 2001: Chevy dubs 2001 as the beginning of the “modern diesel era,” when its Duramax engine offered up 520 lb-ft of torque. Since then, the output has just kept on growing.

Check out the torque offered in Chevy’s current pickups at Red Wing Chevrolet.

Go on an Adventure with the Chevrolet Trax Activ Concept

The Chevrolet Trax might be branded as the perfect urban car, but Chevrolet has decided to add an outdoorsy twist. During the 2016 SEMA Show earlier this month, the American carmaker introduced the new Chevrolet Trax Activ concept, which offers the perfect combination of the Trax’s urban style and an off-road ready stance.

“The Trax Activ concept is all about adventurous fun,” said Todd Parker, design director, exterior component and accessories. “We’ve increased its capability and matched it with styling enhancements that give it an all-new attitude—it’s a Trax that’s ready to make tracks.”

Chevrolet created the Trax Activ concept based on a 2017 Trax all-wheel-drive model. The carmaker lifted the suspension, widened the track, and added 18-inch Chevrolet Accessories wheels that are wrapped in all-terrain tires. The Trax also saw redesigned front and rear fascias.

With these design tweaks, the Trax Activ offers better ground clearance, approach and departure angles, and added grip when off the beaten path. The addition of fender flares also helps protect the vehicle and adds an off-road appeal that wasn’t there before.

As if these tweaks weren’t enough, Chevrolet also added an accessory Thule roof basket to help with cargo space, and a custom LED light bar to help in the dark.

While this concept isn’t available at dealerships, Red Wing can still help you find the right vehicle for you with Chevrolet Accessories.

Electric Corvette’s World Record Set on NASA Landing Strip

Enthusiasts and average drivers both agree that the Chevrolet Corvette is a performance-driven car that offers plenty of power under the hood and a luxurious, comfortable interior. Now, the Corvette may have something new to boast about. If you’ve never heard of an electric Corvette, we can’t blame you but that’s exactly what was flying down NASA’s landing strip at the Kennedy Space Center.

Johnny Bohmer was behind the wheel of the electric Corvette. The goal was to set the world record for the fastest, road legal, all-electric sports car. Built by Genovation, the electric Corvette’s world record already stood at 186.8 mph and was set back in February. That wasn’t enough for the developers though. They wanted to break 200 mph.

The car itself is based on a 2006 Corvette Z06 that packs dual liquid-cooled, electric motors that produce more than 700 hp and 600 lb-ft of torque. In comparison, the original V8 engine put out around 505 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

The team behind the electric Corvette plans to sell the modified sports cars to enthusiasts. Buying the cars and replacing the powertrain won’t be cheap though. Expect it to sell for upwards of $330,000.

Benefits of Different Drivetrains: FWD vs 4WD vs AWD

All-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive—what do these mean exactly, and what are the benefits of each? These represent different kinds of drivetrains, which are what connect the transmission to the drive axles and deliver power.

For front- and rear-wheel drive, this means that the power is delivered only to two of the tires, with the other two just following suit. Front-wheel drive, or FWD, is great for drivers who live in climates that don’t get huge amounts of snowfall and who drive smaller cars like sedans, which rarely come with AWD systems. Rear-wheel drive, or RWD, typically offers better performance and is therefore popular in sports cars, but it doesn’t perform very well in bad weather conditions.

When it comes to AWD and 4WD, the difference can be tricky to understand, since both involve power being delivered to all four wheels. In AWD systems, which are common in SUVs, the system is always active and determines which wheels to send power to based on how sensors read the environment. On the other hand, 4WD, also known as 4×4, only engages when you tell it to and delivers power to all four wheels at the same time.

Though they’re not all that dissimilar, they’re made for very different purposes. AWD is a great standard drivetrain for people who live in areas with extreme weather conditions, and 4WD is mostly activated for off-roading purposes in mud, through forests, on sand, et cetera. If you don’t plan on going off-roading for fun, AWD or FWD is probably best for you.

Study Shows Chevy Corvette is the Most Talked About Car Online

A study conducted by Swoop, a search advertising provider, found that the Chevy Corvette is the most talked about car on the internet. Chevy is also the second most talked about brand online, with Ford edging it out by less than 1% just in the last couple of months.

The Corvette led the individual car discussion with 7.18% of discussion, while the Ford F-150 had 6.51% of online discussion. Swoop also looked at how much each brand spends on advertising and found that along with Ford and Jeep, Chevy is one of the lowest advertising spenders, meaning it generates a high amount of buzz and organic discussion online without needing to advertise much.

Swoop uses a search engine of its own design to get more in depth and detailed knowledge of users’ searches by following not only whether a user searches a Chevy or Honda vehicle but where the article they read takes them and what other brands they investigate from that point on.

Besides the Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler, the Chevy Tahoe was one of the top discussed SUVs, and the Corvette was a whopping 35% of the discussion about sports cars in addition to being 7.18% of the overall car discussion.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Buy a Chevrolet

There are so many brands in the auto industry these days, it can be difficult to decide which brand you should buy from. Should you buy a foreign car? Which brand has the best value? What kind of technology do you want in a new car? For some of the best vehicles in the industry, you should look no further than Chevrolet. Read on to discover the top five reasons why you should own a Chevy.

5: Built-In Wi-Fi

Chevrolet was a pioneer when it came to an onboard wireless connection in its vehicle. These days, all vehicles in the Chevy lineup come standard with a 4G LTE wireless hotspot, so you and your passengers can stay connected to Wi-Fi on the go. This is a bonus if you’re a parent with a teen who’s always using up all the data in your family’s phone plan.

4: Plenty of Choices

As one of the most diverse brands on the market, Chevy definitely has something for everyone. Whether you need a pickup truck, a capable SUV, a family-friendly sedan, or even something a bit more environmentally-conscious, Chevrolet has a vehicle for you.

3: Support a Domestic Brand

Chevrolet was founded in Detroit in 1911, which means that every time you buy Chevrolet, you’re supporting a 105-year-old brand that has its roots in America’s prosperous industrial era, as well as one of the most successful brands of the 60s and 70s’ muscle car era. Many Chevy vehicles are hailed as icons of American pride.

2: High Resale Value

It’s inevitable—all brand-new cars begin depreciating the second you drive them off the lot. However, Chevrolet vehicles hold their resale value longer than other brands’ products. As a result, Chevrolets aren’t just affordable. They’re a great investment, too.

1: Award-Winning Quality

This year, both the Camaro and Colorado took home Motor Trend’s titles of Car and Truck of the Year. The Malibu was honored with the Most Dependable Midsize Car award from J.D. Power two years in a row. The Volt was named the 2016 Green Car of the Year. That’s only a snippet of all the honors Chevrolet’s lineup has won, with more to come.

So why should you buy a Chevrolet? Well, if the reasons above haven’t convinced you, you should let us persuade you in person. Come up to Red Wing Chevrolet and we’ll take you for a test drive in one of our many quality vehicles.