The Chevy Blazer: Back to the Beginning

It’s been fifty years since the Chevrolet K5 Blazer made its debut with the 1969 year model as an answer to vehicles like the Ford Bronco, Jeep Cherokee, and International Scout. It was built on the same frame as the full-sized K5 Chevy trucks and easily out-sized the competition, giving the power and off-road capability of a Chevy Truck with enough room for up to 5 passengers.

Here at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, we’ve been dreaming of the Blazer to make a comeback for a while and were starting to think it’d never happen; That is, until Chevrolet dropped this major teaser this morning of a man sporting a fashionable sport jacket… A blazer!

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We’ll be honest; We were very perplexed at first and actually thought the post was a mistake. The people at Chevrolet assured that we were in for a surprise and once the light bulb went off, we haven’t been able to contain our excitement.

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General Motors ceased production of the Blazer with the 2005 year model and although we love how far efficient crossovers like the Equinox and Traverse have come, we’ve been longing for a rugged off-roader to be added to Chevy’s SUV lineup. According to Chevrolet, the special event is happening tomorrow, June 21st, 2018 at 7PM EDT so we’ll definitely be following the news and posting updates here as soon as its available!

In the meantime, get nostalgic with us! Take a quick look at the first Chevy Blazer brochure courtesy of OldCarBrochures.com below and let us know in the comments what your favorite feature was or tell us about the fond memories of your family’s Blazer growing up!

For a more detailed history of the Blazer over its first lifetime, check out this article.

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GM Owners Can Now Receive Amazon Deliveries Right to Their Vehicles

Chevrolet_Equinox_Amazon_Key_In_Car_Delivery_2.0New Service for Amazon Prime Members Launched Today in 37 US Cities

Despite the increased availability of affordable, easy-to-install home security systems, the convenience of online ordering also allows for increased opportunities for porch pirates. According to a study by Insurance Quotes, 25.9 million  Americans (8%) reported stolen packages from their doorsteps in 2016 – up from 23.5 million in 2015.

Thanks to a new partnership between Amazon and General Motors, owners of select 2015 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles can now get their packages delivered right to their car with their Prime membership via the Amazon Key mobile app at no additional charge. Amazon recently announced their in-home delivery option to allow members to give permission to delivery drivers to unlock the front door and leave packages in your entry-way, eliminating the risk of your package getting stolen off your front porch. As of right now, both in-home and in-car delivery services are available in 37 cities across the US with wider availability

How it works:

Amazon keyGM owners who have the an active OnStar account will be able to take advantage of this service when they download the Amazon Key app. The vehicle must be in an easily-accessible location like your driveway or public parking lot – no gates or parking garages. According to The Verge, who got a demonstration to this new service last week, you are able to choose the “in-car delivery” option upon checkout when you make your online purchase. Amazon will send a series of notifications to let you know the package is on its way. If for some reason you have to run a quick errand or feel like your vehicle may not be accessible when the package arrives, you have the option to change delivery locations or “block access” to the in-car delivery service. If you do block access, Amazon will default to your regular delivery location – most likely, your porch.

Check if you’re eligible here.

To pinpoint the location of your vehicle, the Amazon Key app does give the driver access to your vehicle’s GPS location, license plate number, and an image of the vehicle based on its description. Once the courier locates your vehicle, they use their device to verify that its been located, scans the package, and then requests the vehicle be unlocked via Chevy’s connected car services. When all those boxes are checked, a swipe on the screen unlocks the trunk and the package is placed inside. The courier verifies that the delivery is complete on his/her device, closes the trunk, and makes sure the vehicle is locked (which it should do on its own.)

Restrictions for in-vehicle delivery include any packages that are:

  • Over 50 pounds
  • Larger than 26 x 21 x 16 inches
  • Require a signature
  • Valued over $1,300
  • Or coming from a 3rd party seller (prime only!)

First Customers (Video)

As with most new services, Amazon has been beta-testing this in California & Washington to get customers’ reactions. In the following video by Amazon, one woman says this service allows her to receive her regular diaper delivery without risking her toddler being awoken by the doorbell. Another mother was able to use it to make sure her daughter wouldn’t be tipped off to the birthday gifts she purchased. One man said that he is now able to get his personal purchases placed discreetly in his vehicle while receiving business-related parcels to the office. So… yeah. Watch here:

These uses of the service do seem practical enough, but as more technologies like this come out, there will likely always be a question of how “safe” it is, virtually speaking.

So what do you think about Amazon Key In-Car? Would you use it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Are you wishing you drove a GM vehicle so you could take advantage of this and all of the other awesome Connected Services through OnStar? That’s where we come in! Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has hundreds of new Chevrolets and GM Certified Pre-Owned Chevy, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac models to choose from. With our travel assistance programs, we can also arrange to have your new “delivery locker” (vehicle) delivered to your driveway and ready to receive your Amazon purchases. Or, we can arrange a little vacation to our beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, NC and have you fly in and drive your new vehicle home! Give us a call at (910)791-2424 to learn more!

Chevy Cars Get A New Face for 2019

Late last week, Chevrolet officially announced the refreshed looks coming to the Chevy Car lineup for three of its models: Cruze, Malibu, and Spark. The exterior design updates are most noticeable on the front side, although not as major as the recent changes to the Chevy Camaro. Here’s a quick overview of all three:

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2019 Cruze Sedan and Hatchback

Available in Sedan and Hatchback, Cruze offers the technology drivers crave ,plenty of cargo space and efficiency to brag about. The best part? It’s all wrapped up in a fun-to-drive, sporty package.

For 2019, new performance-inspired exterior styling cues, a new LS trim for Cruze Hatch and new available driver-assistance technologies build on Cruze’s already sporty design, efficient performance and available intelligent safety features. This sporty small car will also be equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System. All trims will continue to offer a comfortable environment that’s designed to help keep life simple and seamless, with features like a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (limited service trial) that brings the Internet along for the ride almost anywhere.

The new 2019 Cruze is expected to arrive in showrooms Fall 2018.

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2019 Chevrolet Cruze Interior

2019 Chevrolet Malibu | Mid-sized Sedan

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Malibu is the car that doesn’t compromise. It unites a passion for driving with exceptional efficiency. Chevrolet’s latest technologies with dramatic style. Impressive safety with seamless connectivity. It’s the midsize car that strikes the perfect balance.

For 2019, an updated front fascia and grille that align with the new face of Chevrolet, the introduction of an RS trim and infotainment enhancements build on Malibu’s already agile design, responsive performance and available intelligent safety features.

All trims will continue to offer a comfortable environment that’s designed to help make driving more enjoyable, with features like a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot (limited service trial) that brings the Internet along for the ride almost anywhere you go.

The new 2019 Malibu is expected to arrive in showrooms in late 2018.

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2019 Chevrolet Spark – Compact Car

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Don’t let size fool you — Spark is set to make a big splash for the 2019 model year. Four new eye-popping color choices and a redesigned front end on LS, 1LT and 2LT will align it more with the new face of Chevrolet. Nimble handling and plenty of cargo space help make it an excellent value and the perfect small car for zipping in, around and out of the city. Inside is refined style, premium materials, versatility and available connected technologies so you’ll never run out of fun. The 2019 Spark arrives in showrooms in Summer 2018.

Chevy Unveils Big Redesign for 2019 Camaro

The 2019 Camaro lineup has undergone a dramatic refresh and will incorporate new, distinct design elements for a powerful road presence. Along with the not-so-subtle exterior updates, the new 2019 Camaro will feature a new Turbo 1LE track package for LT trims, 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission on SS models, a rear vision camera mirror, and the new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. We expect it to arrive on our lot this Fall 2018.

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Full Press Release here:

DETROIT — Chevrolet today introduced a reinvigorated 2019 Camaro lineup with distinctive designs, new available technologies and the first-ever Turbo 1LE.

“Lauded since its introduction for its balance of driving fun, refinement and value, the restyled 2019 Camaro reaches even higher with more of the design, technology and choices that customers want,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet marketing director for Cars and Crossovers. “It’s a performer with few competitors and a pillar of Chevrolet’s energized car lineup.”

Highlights include:

  • Camaro SS now offered with 10L80 10-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission featuring custom launch control and line lock
  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 systems, including available navigation
  • New available Rear Camera Mirror*
  • New available Forward Collision Alert*

Performance-driven design
The 2019 Camaro’s updated designs are not only striking but also help to improve performance. For instance, the grille details and hood and fascia vents were designed for optimized air flow, either to cool components or help minimize drag or lift. Camaro designers follow the mantra that all elements must not only be beautiful but also enhance performance.

Design highlights include:

  • New front-end styling with distinct differences between LS/LT, RS and SS, including the fascia, grille, LED dual-element headlamps and reshaped hood (ZL1 retains its airflow-optimized front-end styling)
  • SS-specific front fascia with “flowtie” open bowtie grille emblem and aero-enhancing air curtains, specific headlamps with new LED signature and extractor-style hood
  • RS Appearance Package available on LT adds unique polished black grille with Galvano Chrome lower inserts, new LED headlamps with LED signature light bar, specific rear fascia with rear diffuser and 20-inch wheels
  • New rear fascias for all models, with specific diffusers on RS and SS when equipped with Dual Mode Exhaust
  • New LED taillamps with a more sculptured evolution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-element design; red lenses are featured on LS and LT, with RS, SS and ZL1 featuring dark-tinted neutral-density lenses
  • New 20-inch wheel designs on RS and SS

Turbo 1LE
The new Camaro Turbo 1LE joins the V6 1LE, SS 1LE and ZL1 1LE to round out Camaro’s lineup of 1LE track stars. Leveraging the impressive performance and ideal weight distribution enabled by Camaro’s 2.0L turbocharged engine, the Turbo 1LE comes exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission and a tailored chassis package derived from the V6 1LE to offer track-capable performance. Highlights include:

  • FE3 suspension with larger diameter front and rear stabilizer bars, specifically tuned dampers, stiffer rear cradle bushings and cross-axis ball joints in the rear tow links that enhance lateral stiffness
  • Split front/rear summer-only tire sizes: P245/40R20 (front) and P275/35R20 (rear)
  • 0L turbo engine with 275 hp (205 kW) and 295 lb-ft of torque (400 Nm)
  • Brembo brake package with low-metallic performance pads
  • Nearly 50/50 weight balance
  • Driver Mode Selector with Sport Mode and new Track Mode; Competition Mode (within Sport and Track Modes) includes performance instrument readouts, launch control, shift lights and more
  • Standard sueded flat-bottom steering wheel and shift knob plus available Recaro seats

Camaro tech: next-generation infotainment, rear camera mirror and more
The 2019 Camaro offers Chevrolet’s next-generation Infotainment 3 with all-new systems that provide a more personalized experience and a more intuitive interface.

They’re the most advanced infotainment systems ever from Chevrolet, with functionality that mimics the latest smartphones and tablets, and cloud connection designed to enhance personalization, available navigation, voice recognition, apps and more. They even allow vehicle software updates to be automatically uploaded over the air.

The standard system features a 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen. An 8-inch diagonal touchscreen running Infotainment 3 is available, including one with navigation.

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New 8″ Chevy MyLink Infotainment 3 System Display

Additional new technology features and enhancements include:

  • Rear Vision Camera
    Rear Camera Mirror

    Standard Rear Camera Mirror on 2SS and ZL1 models offers a wider, less obstructed field of view using a camera display that eliminates potential obstructions such as rear body pillars or seat headrests; a conventional rearview mirror view is also available

  • Improved standard rear-vision camera system* with a new, digital high-definition camera that offers improved view quality
  • Forward Collision Alert joins Camaro’s roster of available active safety features
  • Enhanced Performance Data Recorder system

The 2019 Camaro joins Cruze, Malibu and Spark as part of Chevrolet’s revitalized 2019 lineup of cars.

*Read the vehicle’s owner’s manual for important feature limitations and information.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 100 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at http://www.chevrolet.com.

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CONTACT:
Ron Kiino
Chevrolet Communications
947-517-2747
ronald.kiino@chevrolet.com


What do you think of the redesign? Leave your thoughts below! Keep up with the re-styled Camaro’s arrival at Jeff Gordon’s Chevy dealership in Wilmington, NC by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Or, place your order by contacting us here or calling (910)791-2424 to make sure to be the one of the first to own the restyled Camaro!

Don’t live near us? No problem! Jeff Gordon Chevrolet offers Door-to-Door delivery anywhere in the continental US! You can also take advantage of our travel assistance program and fly in to our beautiful coastal city of Wilmington, NC and drive your new vehicle home! Learn more at FlyInDriveHome.com!

Reserve Your 2018 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Edition from Jeff Gordon Chevy

Hot Wheels Die-Cast Camaros Celebrate 50th Year Next Year – Here’s Your Chance to Get Behind The Wheel

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Since the debut of its custom Camaro in 1968, every generation — and nearly every variation — of Camaro has been replicated in 1:64 scale by Hot Wheels®. To celebrate 50 years of these die-cast dream cars, we’re returning the favor, taking this iconic toy off the orange track and onto the street with the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition. It will make an appearance along with about 20 other special edition Chevrolet models at The SEMA Show this year, taking place October 31st – November 3rd, 2017.

The special edition Chevrolet Camaro will come available on 2LT and 2SS coupe and convertible models featuring crush exterior paint, satin graphite stripes with silver ice metallic accents, satin graphite ground affects, unique decklid spoiler (coupe), and the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary fender badge, of course. The whole package will cost $4,995.

Full Specifications:

  • Exclusive Crush exterior color
  • 20-inch Satin Graphite machine-faced wheels (2SS models include summer-only tires)†
  • Satin Graphite stripe with Silver Metallic accents
  • Satin Graphite ground effects
  • Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary fender badge
  • Unique grille with Galvano chrome inserts
  • Orange brake calipers (front only on LT)
  • Black Chevrolet bowtie emblem
  • Exclusive Jet Black leather-appointed interior with Orange inserts and Orange accent stitching
  • Suede-wrapped steering wheel with Orange accent stitching and Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary badge
  • Illuminated door sill plates with Hot Wheels Anniversary badge
  • Premium carpeted floor mats with Orange stitching and ghost stripes
  • Orange knee bolsters and seat belts

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Ready to get behind the wheel?

The 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels Edition will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2018, but you can reserve yours now from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, North Carolina. Even if you don’t live near us, we can deliver right to your door (anywhere in the continental U.S.) or take advantage of our Fly-In Drive Home travel assistance program! Fill out the form below to reserve yours or ask us a question! Or keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for updates!

iOS 11 Introduces ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature’

Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference revealed 6 major updates to the newest iOS, including one that will work to prevent you from texting or getting distracted by any notifications from your phone when you are on the road.

How it works:

If the iPhone is connected to your vehicle via a USB charging cable or Bluetooth, or the car is moving, the phone will withhold any text or app notifications when you opt to have the feature turned on. If you do happen to get a text while you’re driving, your phone will send an automatic text in response letting the person know that you’re driving right now and are unable to respond. Additionally, the iPhone screen will lock to prevent the use of any apps while the vehicle is in motion. You can also tell the app that you are the passenger to disable those notification-blocks.

So this is a great idea on Apple’s part to help prevent distracted driving, which is a major issue. But it makes us wonder: How would it work if your vehicle is a Chevy equipped with Apple CarPlay and Siri Eyes Free texting?  We’ll have to wait and see.

In addition, the new operating system will have Siri translations, live photo enhancements, floorplan update for Maps, a way to easily transfer payments between individuals with ApplePay, and a more customizable, one page iOS control center. Like most new iOS releases, 11 will probably be made available upon release of the iPhone 8.

Want to learn more? Check out this video courtesy of 9to5Mac.com going over every new feature they could find within the new iOS for both Apple iPad and iPhone.

AT&T Offers Unlimited Data for your Chevy

Chevrolet owners with an in-vehicle OnStar® 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot* will now be able to stream more videos, send more emails, and play more online games (when they’re not driving, of course) thanks to a new $20/month** unlimited prepaid data plan. This is the first such plan from a mass-market automaker and will be welcome news for Chevy owners, who used almost 200% more OnStar® 4G LTE data last year than they did in 2015.

Improving the connected driving experience

15 Malibu 4G lte GIF.gifWith the prepaid unlimited data plan, Chevy owners are now able to enjoy the full potential of their OnStar 4G LTE hotspot without ever running out of data. That means never losing connection when you’re on site on the job, kids can stream as many shows and movies as they wish, and much more.

“We’re pleased to deliver this special unlimited data plan to Chevy owners,” said Chris Penrose, president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Accessing the internet through AT&T’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers now can access all of their content and enjoy endless entertainment on the go.”

Setting a new standard for 4G LTE connectivity

The OnStar Basic Plan, along with 4G LTE connectivity through AT&T, comes standard on all Chevy retail models. Chevrolet is the first automaker to offer this high-speed Wi-Fi Hotspot across its lineup and has sold over 3 million vehicles with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity since 2014. Chevrolet also has more vehicles on the road with 4G LTE than any automaker.

“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

Unlimited data plans are available now across the Chevy lineup at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet on both new and select certified pre-owned vehicles. Find all of our inventory on JeffGordonChevy.com, or on the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store. You can also just stop by and visit us at 228 South College Rd in Wilmington, North Carolina to get more information from a certified technology expert!

* Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere.

** Plus applicable taxes and fees. Plan provides access to AT&T wireless data services for your equipped vehicle for 30 days. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. Auto-renewal: Plans automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. To cancel at any time, call 1-888-466-7827 or press the blue OnStar button in your vehicle or the advisor link in your mobile app. Monthly charges will automatically be billed by AT&T to credit cards on file on day 30 unless cancelled. Payments are non-refundable (subject to applicable law).

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Press Release:

DETROIT — After using more than 4 million gigabytes of data in 2016, Chevrolet owners in the U.S. with an in-vehicle OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot[1] will now have access to an unlimited prepaid data plan for only $20 per month[2]. It will be available starting March 3, and Chevrolet will offer this groundbreaking plan enabled by AT&T across its entire retail lineup.

Chevrolet data usage has increased exponentially as owners have come to appreciate the ability to stream video on a tablet, send email on a laptop or play online using a gaming console in their vehicles[3], and now customers can utilize the full potential of their OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot without worrying about running out of data.

“We have contractors bidding jobs in their Silverados, families streaming movies in their Suburbans and Malibus and everyone tapping into the cloud for music,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and global head of Chevrolet. “With the most affordable unlimited 4G LTE data plan in the auto industry, the widest availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and new connected services like OnStar AtYourService, our momentum can only grow.”

Last year alone, Chevrolet customers used nearly 200 percent more OnStar 4G LTE data in their vehicles compared to 2015. In the second half of 2016, Chevy owners used almost as much data as they had the previous 24 months since OnStar 4G LTE launched.

To put this data usage in perspective, Chevrolet owners and their passengers streamed the equivalent of more than 17.5 million hours of video in 2016.

“We’re pleased to deliver this special unlimited data plan to Chevy owners,” said Chris Penrose, president, IoT Solutions, AT&T. “Accessing the internet through AT&T’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi, passengers now can access all of their content and enjoy endless entertainment on the go.”

As the first automaker to offer 4G LTE connectivity across its entire retail portfolio, Chevrolet has sold more than 3.1 million OnStar 4G LTE-connected vehicles since June 2014 and has more vehicles on the road equipped with 4G LTE than any other automaker.

Today, along with the 4G LTE connection enabled by AT&T, the OnStar Basic Plan comes standard on all new Chevrolet retail models. The Basic Plan includes select remote vehicle services and the OnStar AtYourService marketplace via the myChevrolet mobile app[4] among other features.

For more information on plans and pricing, please visit OnStar.com.

ABOUT CHEVROLET
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling more than 4.0 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

ABOUT ONSTAR
Launched in 1996, OnStar is a wholly owned subsidiary of GM Holdings LLC (“GM”) and offers emergency, security, navigation, connections and vehicle manager services in Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Opel and Vauxhall models. Totaling more than 11 million customers in North America, Europe, China and South America, OnStar offers a range of standard, subscription and a la carte services such as Advanced Diagnostics, Automatic Crash Response, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, OnStar Smart Driver, 4G LTE Wi-Fi and the AtYourService marketplace. For more information about OnStar services and features, visit www.onstar.com.

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[1] Visit onstar.com for vehicle availability, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. 4G LTE coverage not available everywhere.

[2] Plus applicable taxes and fees. Plan provides access to AT&T wireless data services for your equipped vehicle for 30 days. Eligible vehicle and data plan required. Auto-renewal: Plans automatically renew every 30 days unless cancelled. To cancel at any time, call 1-888-466-7827 or press the blue OnStar button in your vehicle or the advisor link in your mobile app. Monthly charges will automatically be billed by AT&T to credit cards on file on day 30 unless cancelled. Payments are non-refundable (subject to applicable law).

[3] Always pay careful attention to the road and do not drive distracted. Wi-Fi hotspot intended for passenger use only when vehicle is in operation.

[4] Requires a compatible mobile device. Some features require a paid OnStar service plan.

Jim Cain

Chevrolet Business and Dealer Communications

Mobile 313-407-2843


Dan Pierce

GCCX Communications

Phone +1 314-517-4750