Best Family Trips to Take in Your New Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Malibu

Every year, US News nominates the Best Cars for Families in multiple segments, ranging from compact cars to hybrids to luxury vehicles and more. Chevrolet is proud to say that the Malibu took home the Best Midsize Car for Families title for 2017. Hurry down to Red Wing Chevrolet and we can get you behind the seat of a 2017 Chevy Malibu to see for yourself what makes it so great. Plus, here’s our suggestions for the best family trips near Red Wing to take in your new Chevrolet Malibu.

Lake Pepin

This spot isn’t actually a lake, but a wide spot on the Mississippi River that sprung up quite a successful little community from the era of steamboat travel. See the sights, take the scenic drive along the “lake,” and indulge in the local shops and restaurants.

Cannon Valley Trail

Want to get out and active? This bike trail between Red Wing and Cannon Falls is 19.7 miles long. Get scenic views of the praire and river as you adventure through the wilderness.

Welch Village

Take the whole family skiing right here in Red Wing! If you’re experienced you can go it alone, or opt for skiing lessons for the little ones. Either way, Welch Village is a great way to have fun as a family doing something different.

That’s only a few of the best family trips near Red Wing, so get behind the wheel of the new 2017 Chevrolet Malibu and get exploring!

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New 2018 Regal Design Gets Hatch and Station Wagon Styles

2018 Regal Design

The 2018 Regal design is getting some drastic changes for the upcoming year, offering new hatchback and station wagon options. The Sportback and TourX options are two new variants offered by Buick to add styling and versatility to the existing Regal, bringing European-inspired designs to the US to make driving more enjoyable than ever before.

According to AutoWeek, the new Buick Regal comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood, a power plant that comes on the two new models as well. This allows for up to 250 horsepower, and, when equipped with all-wheel drive, you can get up to 295 lb-ft of torque. The new models also come with either an eight- and nine-speed automatic transmission to improve acceleration.

“When the 2018 Buick Regal goes on sale later this year, customers will have two new variants to choose from — the Sportback and TourX. The Sportback is a hatchback in sedan’s clothing, while the TourX is an honest-to-God wagon that rides slightly higher than the Sportback with some cladding for the added appearance of ruggedness,” said the editors at AutoWeek.

The latest TourX model comes with up to 73.5 cu ft of cargo space to improve versatility, while the Sportback gets some added space thanks to movable rear seats. The new Regal also comes with a lighter design thanks to some intelligent weight cuts, especially on the Sportback which lost over 200 pounds in excess weight. Stop by Red Wing Chevrolet to learn more about the current Buick Regal.

Silverado is Perfect Truck for Spring Camping

2017 Chevrolet Silverado | Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac | Red Wing, MNNow that the spring weather has finally arrived, outdoor fanatics everywhere are dreaming up their next camping trips. Have you ever turned your vehicle into the ultimate camping tool? This year, try gearing up your truck for spring camping. At Red Wing Chevrolet we have a lot full of Silverados that are perfect for the task.

When you take out your Silverado, you have two great options: sleeping in a tent or sleeping in the bed. If you opt for the traditional tent method, the bed of your Silverado can easily be used to store tubs of food, cooking supplies, bicycles, kayaks, or whatever other gear tickles your fancy. Purchase a canopy ahead of time that you can set up over your bed for the ultimate camping tailgating experience.

If you want to rely only on your Silverado, set up your sleeping area in the spacious bed of the pickup. Devoted truck campers build shelving units and extra storage around their bed space, but this isn’t necessary for a weekend away.

When it’s time to pull up the maps to head home, or to check in with work, the Silverado’s available Wi-Fi hotspot will come in handy. You can also use the Wi-Fi plus the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system to stream music while you gather around the campfire for a perfect, spring evening.

History of St. Patrick’s Day

Of all the holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most celebrated around the globe. The Irish heritage and culture flow through communities throughout the world every March. Without St. Patrick, however, there wouldn’t be a day to celebrate. Take a look at the history of St. Patrick’s Day and learn how the holiday came to be!

St. Patrick is widely known as the patron saint of Ireland. Born around the year 400 to a British Army Officer, Patrick’s name was likely Maewyn Succat or Patricius. Pirates kidnapped him as a child and sold him into slavery. He spent six years in prison in Ireland before receiving a message from God that told him to escape.

After doing so, he ventured to France where he spent 12 years at a monastery. He returned to Ireland as a bishop and with the pope’s blessing. There, he refused gifts, though he gave some himself, converted the population to Christianity, set up schools, created the basis for the church in Ireland, and much more.

Some of his most important converts were royal family members and, despite being arrested on multiple occasions, he still went above and beyond to do what was best for the Irish community at large.

We here at Red Wing Chevrolet are pumped to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this coming March!

Hockey Frozen Four in Chicago

Canada’s favorite sport is heading to Chicago for the ultimate showdown in the annual hockey Frozen Four. The 2017 NCAA Frozen Four takes place in the windy city this time around, and rightly so given all of the world-renowned attractions. Athletes from around the country to take the rink in what’s sure to be a heated battle for the championship.

The men’s ice hockey championship takes place on April 6th and 8th at the United Center in Chicago. Tickets are on sale now. Potential attendees can purchase the tickets in three-game packages, ensuring they get plenty of action for their money. The University of Notre Dame and Chicago Sports Commission will host the games.

The East and West Regionals will be played on March 24th and 25th. The Northeast and Midwest Regionals will take place on March 25th and 26th. The winning team from each region will venture to Chicago is the hopes of proving their metal on the ice!

Chicago is home to some of the best restaurants in world, making it the perfect city for major sporting events. Top restaurants, like Alinea and Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf, offer a wide selection of delightful dishes that leave visitors wanting seconds.

We here at Red Wing Chevrolet can’t wait to see the outcome of the 2017 NCAA Frozen Four!

 

New Buick Envision Gets 5-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is a federal agency dedicated to ranking cars based on their safety. Buick has achieved a top five-star safety rating across the lineup for the past two years. The 2017 Buick Envision crossover continues that trend with a top safety score for the model year.

The new Buick Envision earned a top five-star safety rating thanks to its durable design and incredible number of safety technologies. Drivers interested in the Envision will be met with a long list of standard and available features that add up to five cameras, 13 sensors, and peace of mind behind the wheel

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety backs the NHTSA’s rating with one of its own. The crossover had earned the top rating for 2016 and now that’s extended into the current year. The institute named the new Buick Envision a Top Safety Pick+ when equipped with HID headlights and available front crash prevention technologies.

The IIHS requires vehicles to earn Good ratings in all crash tests as well as an Advanced or Superior rating in the front crash prevention test. Vehicles must also earn a Good or Acceptable headlight rating.

We here at Red Wing Chevrolet couldn’t be happier with the Buick Envision’s safety rating!

Safe Driving New Year’s Resolutions

Practicing safe driving habits is something you should do even if it isn’t your New Year’s resolution. Fortunately, those struggling to come up with an achievable resolution could find their best choice is to practice (or kick) a new safe driving habit. Here are a few safe driving New Year’s resolutions suggested by us here at Red Wing Chevrolet. We hope you have a fantastic 2017!

  • Smartphones – Driving while talking or texting is hazardous, even if the road is empty. It only takes a second for road conditions to change, a pedestrian to walk in front of your car, or worse. Put down the phone or, alternatively, use your vehicle’s Bluetooth connectivity so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
  • Slow Down – Speeding results in a reduced reaction time that could be the difference between life-and-death accidents. Slowing down and driving the speed limit allows drivers more time to react, save on gas by getting better fuel economy, and relax while on the road. Plus, you won’t run the risk of any costly tickets.
  • Efficiency – Being more efficient on the road can save you a whole bundle of money over the course of 2017. Avoid idling, combine trips, make sure your tires are properly inflated, and make sure you slow down!