Dale Jr. and the All New Silverado Break Ground in Upcoming Daytona 500

Dale Earnhardt Jr., a two-time Daytona 500 winner, will drive th
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Wilmington, NC- The 61st running of the Daytona 500 is quickly approaching just days away! One of the most sought out sporting events of all time,  the Daytona 500 will be held on February 17th.

In a unique start this year’s Daytona 500 will feature the 2019 Silverado 1500 as the official pace vehicle. This is the first time a pick-up truck will serve as the pace car in the Daytona 500, with two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the driver’s seat.

Honored to pace the Daytona 500 in the Silverado 1500, Earnhardt Jr. said (as cited by Motor Authority, 2018) “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.” Earnhardt Jr. is a member of the Hendrick Motorsports family, and retired from racing in 2017. Earnhardt Jr. is now a race analyst for the NBCUniversal, and owner of JR Motorsports.

Under the Hood– Although the Silverado 1500 lacks the appearance of a traditional race car, under the hood it features a 6.2-litre V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, packing a punch close in line with the Chevy Camaro.

Our very own Jeff Gordon will be commentating the Daytona 500 on Fox Sports. Gordon has won three Daytona 500’s 1997, 1999 and 2005. In 2015 Gordon’s final year of racing he won the pole at the Daytona 500, then in 2017 Gordon was the honorary pace car driver for the Daytona 500.

Although this is the first time for a pick-up truck to pace the Daytona 500, Chevrolet has been in the spotlight before pacing the “Great American Race” a total of 12 times; 5 of those times were with a Corvette, and 7 with a Camaro.

2019 Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss LT in Action

Wilmington, NC- Although it is February in Wilmington, North Carolina it feels like spring. Which means it is time to load up the all new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado and get out on the beach to enjoy this beautiful “winter weather” this weekend! See how we used the Silverado 1500 Trail Boss LT this week with our full gallery!

 

 

2019 Silverado 1500 Durabed: Stronger, Bigger, and More Functional

Chevrolet has unveiled specifications for the 2019 Silverado 1500 cargo box, making it the largest pickup bed in the segment, by a pretty significant amount. The bed will also feature 12 fixed tie-downs with double the strength and providing more versatility for truck owners.

DETROIT — With best-in-class cargo volume, box depth, box length at floor, plus a segment-leading 12 fixed tie-downs and exclusive power up/down tailgate, the 2019 Silverado 1500 is the most functional bed of any pickup.

“The bed is the heart and soul of any pickup, so we made several improvements to the bed of the all-new Silverado to give our customers an even better hauling experience,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer, Full-Size Trucks, General Motors. “We’ve added so many features and benefits that it deserves its own name – Durabed.”

Every Silverado bed size has increased significantly in volume for the 2019 model year:

  Silverado Short Box Silverado Standard Box Silverado Long Box
2018 cargo box space 53 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 75 cubic feet
2019 cargo box space 63 cubic feet 72 cubic feet 89 cubic feet

The short-box’s volume is up to 20 percent more than any competitor’s short-box. Most of that increase was achieved by widening the maximum width of the bed floor nearly ten percent (seven inches), which is implemented across all three bed sizes.

For model year ’19, a higher-grade steel is being used in the construction of Durabed. The quality of the bed floor materials has improved as well, from 340 megapascals to 500 megapascals:

  2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Bed material High-strength steel (500 MPa) Aluminum High-strength steel (340 MPa)

Some of the other dimensions in which Silverado now leads the class include:

Cargo box space  

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 63 cubic feet 53 cubic feet 54 cubic feet
Standard box 72 cubic feet 62 cubic feet 62 cubic feet
Long box 89 cubic feet 77 cubic feet

Cargo box depth

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 22 in. 21 in. 21 in.
Standard box 22 in. 21 in. 22 in.
Long box 22 in. 21 in.

Cargo box length at floor

2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2019 Ford F-Series 2019 Ram 1500
Short box 70 in. 67 in. 67 in.
Standard box 79 in. 79 in. 76 in.
Long box 98 in. 98 in.

Silverado now has 12 fixed tie-downs, and the strength of each of these has doubled from 250 lbs. to 500 lbs. of force before bending. An additional nine moveable tie-down points are available as well for even more cargo flexibility. Together, these 21-total tie-downs are the most of any full-size pickup.

The accessibility of the tie-downs has also been improved. Tie-downs are now located at varying heights to offer customers greater versatility in what they can secure and haul.

The Durabed truck bed, standard on all 2019 Silverado 1500 models, also includes larger cutouts in the GM-exclusive CornerStep bumpers to better accommodate steel-toed boots.

Durabed is also available with integrated, in-bed LED lighting and a 110/120-volt power outlet. A light at the top of the rear cab comes standard on all Silverado models

The 2019 Silverado 1500 will also be available with four tailgate variants:

  • Standard gate: a manual gate with no lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Standard Gate with Lift Assist: a stamped gate that includes lift assist; manually lockable (with key)
  • Power Lock/Release: includes lift assist and automatic release; power lockable
  • Industry-exclusive power up/down: available on the LTZ and standard on High Country, the tailgate raises or lowers using the key fob, touchpads on the gate or button in the cabin. Includes lift assist, automatic release and power closing; power lockable

The 2019 Silverado goes on sale this fall.

We can’t wait to see the new Durabed comparison with our own eyes. What do you think is the most exciting improvement coming to the Silverado’s cargo bed? Let us know in the comments and make sure to follow Jeff Gordon Chevy on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to stay up to date on the all-new 2019 Silverado 1500’s arrival in Wilmington, NC.

Testing Out a Colorado ZR2 with GearOn™ Accessories

The Perfect Combination for Making the Most of Your Outdoor Adventures

For Summer of Chevy 2018, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is exploring our coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina and surrounding areas with a different vehicle every week all summer long! For the first week of Summer of Chevy, we are having fun with the 2018 Colorado ZR2 and just a few of the many available GearOn™ accessories that Chevrolet has to offer.

Water Sports

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 GearOn Accessory Kit - Thule - Jeff Gordon Chevy Trucks Wilmington NC.jpgFrom Wrightsville Beach to Carolina Beach to the Cape Fear River and everything in between, there is no shortage of places to jump in the water around here. Our friends over at  Hook, Line, and Paddle happen to know a thing or two about water sports and were happy to help us put Chevy’s GearOn™ accessories to the test. They generously brought over Native’s latest fishing kayak – the Slayer 12 XC (video below) to pack on top of our Colorado. To do that, we equipped the Colorado with Thule® Roof Racks  and the Hull-A-Port Pro™ Folding J Kayak Carrier, allowing us to carry the sizeable fishing kayak securely on one side of the roof. With space to fill on the other side of the roof, we decided on the Thule® Roof-Mounted Big Mouth™ upright bike carrier – making the perfect combination for summer time adventures hitting the trails and waterways with plenty of cargo room to spare for additional gear! For cyclists who need to carry more bikes for family or friends, Chevrolet also offers options to carry over the cargo bed or hitch-mounted carriers that can carry up to 4 bicycles, if needed.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 GearOn Accessory Racks - Kayak Carrier2.jpg

And, for those who enjoy bigger toys during the summer, the Colorado ZR2 has a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds to get your boat or jet skis to the ramp with ease. Not to mention, with the new tow hitch guideline feature available on the new Chevy Trucks, you can get your trailer hooked up in no time.

While shopping Chevy Accessories for our Colorado ZR2, we discovered just how versatile the GearOn™ accessory line really is with its customization options. We were able to showcase its ability to cater to bikers and water sport enthusiasts on this truck, but it also has plenty of options for other outdoor activities. So, if you happen to live closer to the mountains than the coast, GearOn™ has you covered year-round.

Winter Sports

Chevrolet Colorado Winter Sports Snowboard Skiing Accessories - GearOn

Hitch-Mounted Wintersport Carrier by Thule ® - Associated Accessories

For those who enjoy winter sports, there are plenty of options to secure your gear and equipment separately and securely. With the Flat Top (above) or Hitch-Mounted (right) Ski/Snowboard Carriers by Thule®, you can anchor up to four snowboards or six pairs of skis in the back of the truck without sacrificing any cargo space in the bed.

Camping

PhotoFor those who enjoy camping any time of the year, one of our favorite GearOn™ accessories is this Sportz® Camping Tent by Napier that is designed to fit perfectly into the bed of your Chevy Truck, and can be put up and taken down with ease. Since you’ll have your Chevy Colorado with a 4G LTE WiFi hot spot, there’s nothing stopping you from uploading a peaceful Boomerang of yourself being one with nature to your Instagram story.

Whatever your camping style, Chevrolet offers a wide array of accessories including cargo bed dividers, nets, and roof-mounted cargo carrying options to make sure your camping trip goes just as planned. And you’ll be rest assured that whether you’re driving out on the sand, snow, or up the side of a mountain, the Colorado ZR2 won’t leave you stuck in the mud.

So by now, we’re sure you’re wondering where to get one of these amazing trucks and some handy accessories to go with it. Jeff Gordon’s Chevy dealer in Wilmington has you covered! Come join the JGC Family like the dozens of smiling faces below. Shop for your Colorado or Silverado, pick out your accessories, and have them installed all under one roof.

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For all your kayak, paddleboard, and fishing needs, go see Chris and Finn at Hook, Line, & Paddle at 435 Eastwood Rd in Wilmington!

 

Note: All links to GearOn accessories in this post are meant to fit the specific truck featured. When shopping, make sure you select your Chevy Truck’s year, make, and model to ensure a proper fit.

 

 

 

2016 Chevrolet Silverado Unveiled

Another Refreshed Design Coming to Chevy’s 2016 Lineup

But wait, there’s more! Chevrolet has unveiled redesigns all across its lineup for the 2016 model-year since January 2015. Most of us thought that the 2016 Cruze would have been the final reveal, but they just took the cover off a redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500. Surprise! What do you think? (Official press release by Chevrolet below.)

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

2016 Silverado: The New Face of Strong

  • Bolder, more sculpted look reflects Silverado strength, dependability
  • Available support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Expanded use of 8-speed transmissions; additional safety technologies

 

DETROIT – Chevy Trucks are on a roll, with Chevrolet pickup sales up 32 percent so far this year. Chevrolet intends to strengthen this momentum with significant updates for the 2016 Silverado 1500 full-size pickup.

“The redesigned 2016 Silverado will build on Chevy Trucks’ legacy of dependability. It will feature a more muscular appearance and offer new customer-focused technologies,” said Sandor Piszar, marketing director for Chevy Trucks.

“New front end designs with bold horizontal elements, sculpted hoods and dramatic lighting reflect the strength and refinement that have helped make Silverado the fastest growing full-size pickup brand this year.”

Other changes for 2016 will include expanded use of 8-speed automatic transmissions, updated Chevy MyLink with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and additional safety technologies.

The redesign of the 2016 Silverado 1500 is part of an aggressive strategy to build on Chevy Trucks’ momentum.

Since the introduction of the all-new Silverado 1500 in the spring of 2013, Silverado sales have grown by double digits, on a percentage basis, each year. Through June of this year, Silverado sales are up 14.6 percent. Chevrolet also sold 41,575 midsize Colorados during the same period.

More product details will be available this fall, closer to the public debut of the redesigned 2016 Silverado 1500.

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 around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive & active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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It’s Truck Month at Jeff Gordon Chevy

It’s Chevy Truck Month once again, which, as always, means HUGE savings on available new Silverados at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet.

Truck Yeah - Chevy Truck Month

And this time around, Chevrolet has added an ADDITIONAL incentive on top of the normally high rebates usually offered during Truck Month. When you trade your 1999 or newer model vehicle, you get an extra $1,500 rebate! Sweet deal!

So here is what these offers are looking like:

Chevy Truck Month Offers

Most of these offers can be combined with other discounts including (but not limited to):

  • GM Military Discount
  • USAA Member Discount
  • GM Educator Discount (ends 1/2/15)
  • Chevy College Student Discount

And we would like to point out that if you are a fan Carolina Black GIFof blacked-out Chevy Trucks, you can fit your new 2014 Silverado with the Limited Edition Carolina Black body kit (while supplies last.)

Click here to read more details about the Carolina Black Edition Silverado.

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC currently has over 120 new Silverados in stock and Truck Month ends on September 30th, 2014! So, hurry up and visit JeffGordonChevy.com to pick yours out and schedule your test drive.

Update 10/3: Truck Month HAS BEEN EXTENDED through the end of October 2014! So those of you who procrastinated, here is your chance to redeem yourself.

If you don’t live near Wilmington, NC, we can arrange hassle-free delivery of your new Silverado with our exclusive door-to-door delivery program right to your front door, anywhere in the country. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet is also just a 10-15 minute drive from our local airport – ILM. If you’d prefer to drive your new truck home, we can pick you up right at the gate!

And, don’t forget that you can also create your deal right online with Shop.Click.Drive. – the revolutionary new way to buy your car online. Choose the truck you want, get pre-approved, estimate your trade, determine your payments, and schedule a time to pick the vehicle up or have us bring it to you!

For more information on Chevy Truck Month or other current offers, call the internet sales hotline at (910)798-2650 or fill out the contact form below with any questions!

You can also fill out the contact form below or just leave a comment with any additional questions! Happy trucking!

The Jeff Gordon Chevy Carolina Black Edition Silverado

Exciting news for fans of blacked-out Chevy Trucks.

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