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.
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.
We know that the winter in Minnesota is cold and dark, and sometimes all you want to do is stay home—even when you love your job like we do at Red Wing Chevrolet! But winter and Christmas in Minnesota is such a magical time, and with so much to do we can’t help but venture out into the snowy winter wonderland that is our state. Here are some of our favorite Christmas sights to see.
If you’ve never been on a snowmobile, now is the time to try it. The town of Bemidji, which is known for being the first town on the Mississippi River, has two huge wilderness trails perfect for snowmobiling.
Chilly Dogs Sled Dog Trips in Ely
If you generally associate Christmastime with a cozy horse-drawn carriage ride, it may be time to break tradition. This year, opt for a thrilling dog sled ride in Northeast Minnesota instead. It’s an exciting experience that you won’t soon forget!
Bentleyville Tour of Lights in Duluth
No Christmas season is complete without laying eyes on some amazing light displays. A trip to Duluth will be well worth it to see the Bentleyville Tour of Lights, the largest display in the midwest. Bring the whole family to enjoy 3.5 million lights, taking breaks to sip hot chocolate around the fire pit. Trust us, Bentleyville Tour of Lights is one magical holiday experience you don’t want to miss.
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.
Memorial Day is upon us so of course we want to have the best sale…ever! Stop out on Monday, we’ll be grilling from 11 – 1 and we’ll be open that day from 9 – 5. Have you driven a Silverado or the new Malibu yet? Stop out and take one for a spin!
While you’re here, we have not one, but two lovely Corvettes showing themselves off at our store. You can find the Z06 on our show floor and our Z51 out winking at the traffic in the front row outside.
Now is also a great time for us to thank all our Veterans, Active and Retired Military personnel. We appreciate all you do, have done and sacrificed for us. We are offering special Military pricing at Red Wing Chevrolet and we salute you!
Have you heard Hanisch Bakery and Coffee Shop was voted to have the best (viewers choice) donuts in the state of Minnesota? During our sale, choose a Weber Grill from Red Wing Ace Hardware or take a gift card worth $150 to Hanisch Bakery instead. Don’t need a grill and you’re watching what you eat? EVERYONE needs clothes so we’ve got the next best option for YOU. With your vehicle purchase (over $6000) you could choose a gift card to our local clothing store, Josephson’s instead. You will find something in your style there!
So stop out this weekend and see us (except for Sunday, no car sales on Sunday’s and just like you, we need the day off to spend with our family). Take a look at the ad and from what I hear, this Memorial Day there will be no rain so we’ll see you for that test drive real soon!
Last spring, Chevrolet embarked on a new ad campaign. The campaign was referred to as the “Real People, Not Actors” campaign and pledged to include the opinions and perspectives of actual, everyday consumers in the brand’s commercials. This move has proven to be successful for the company, as Chevrolet saw sales increase each month since March 2015. Now, the campaign continues in a new Chevrolet Malibu ad titled “Unbranded.”
The concept of “Unbranded” is simple: strip the branding off of a 2016 Malibu and have normal people guess what kind of car it is. In practice, the concept works wonderfully. The ad features the first three people to see the unbranded vehicle to ask if it’s a Lexus, and one of them even estimates the cost to be somewhere in the range of $50,000 to $80,000. The Malibu is, of course, neither of those things, and the people featured in the commercial were suitably surprised when the car’s true identity was revealed with a price tag of $22,500.
More is planned for the Chevrolet Malibu ad campaign, including commercial spots that focus on features such as Apple CarPlay, Teen Driver, and Low Speed Front Automatic Braking. The “Unbranded” commercial, however, chooses to show off the 2016 Malibu’s sleek, upscale design in a way that feels honest and authentic.
Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac teams up with Red Wing Hockey Association to support youth hockey program
In the spirit of teamwork taught by youth sports, Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac is joining Red Wing Hockey Association to provide players and coaches with hockey equipment kits that include hockey pucks, t-shirts, and knit caps, a sponsorship check and an opportunity for community members to enter the free Ultimate Pro Hockey Experience sweepstakes.
Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac and other Minneapolis-St Paul-area Chevrolet dealerships are donating these items to participating leagues in the area.
Each of the sponsored leagues across the region will receive 500 free sweepstakes entry forms to distribute within the community. At the end of the entry period, one winner from Minneapolis-St Paul will win the Ultimate Hockey Experience in addition to other prizes.
Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac will also present a check representing a one-time monetary contribution to Red Wing Hockey Association.
Some leagues plan to grant scholarships to families who cannot afford to enroll their children in the league, while others will use the funds to improve facilities and equipment.
“Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac supports these youth hockey players because Chevrolet believes play opens up all kinds of possibilities for these kids and the community,” said Brad Banitt, GM for Red Wing Chevrolet Buick Cadillac. “We hope that giving them the opportunity to raise much needed funds will make this a great season for Red Wing Hockey Association.”