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When we went to the North American International Auto Show, one of the first vehicles we took a look at what the updated 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

It was kind of surreal because 5 years ago I was at the Detroit Auto Show covering the debut of the original Volt. Isn’t amazing how quickly time flies?

While the Volt has found a dedicated and very loyal following, I think it had been missing a bit of the flair and style that consumers had been looking for.

I was lucky enough to spend a few minutes with Lead Creative Designer on the Volt, Gary Ruiz, to learn first hand what’ makes Volt 2.0 different from it’s predecessor.

Seems to me that Chevrolet has recharged the Volt to give consumers more of what they’re looking for and push electric hybrid vehicles in to the mainstream.

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It’s been a while, but we’re happy to have Bubba from 102.9 W4 Country back once again for a new episode of Bubba’s Test Drive.

In this episode, Bubba joins Jeremy Sheldon and Robert Halfacre of LaFontaine Chevrolet to learn more about the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu and take it for a test drive around town.

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Here’s the reality when it comes to the vehicles our teenagers drive. Too often, budget takes precedence over safety.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not suggesting parents don’t care about their children’s safety. Of course they do. Probably more so than their own.

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That being said, a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that more than half of all used cars purchased for teenage drivers were 2006 or earlier model year vehicles.

Also, the study found that two-thirds of teenagers who drove a vehicle already in the household were driving models from 2006 or earlier.

What Changed After 2006?

I know what you’re thinking. “What is it about cars from 2006 and earlier that make them less safe?”

The fact is that vehicles from 2006 and earlier aren’t likely to have safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Side Airbags – both proven in their ability to help keep drivers and passengers of all ages safe and sound.

Electronic Stability Control (sometimes referred to electronic stability program, stabilitrak or vehicle stability program) is a technology that improves a vehicle’s stability by detecting and reducing loss of traction.

When ESC detects loss of steering control, it automatically applies the brakes to help “steer” the vehicle where the driver intends to go. Braking is automatically applied to wheels individually, such as the outer front wheel to counter oversteer or the inner rear wheel to counter understeer.

A pretty impressive technology and I’m sure if you had the choice, you’d prefer your children were driving a vehicle that came with some form of ESC, right?

Once a feature that was mostly found on European Luxury cars, the technology quickly trickled down to all automakers by the mid-2000’s.

It became such an effective technology in preventing accidents, that in 2008 some form of Electronic Stability Control was mandated to be a standard feature on all vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds.

Budget AND Safety

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What do Bob Dylan, The Muppets, Morepheus and Leonard Hofstadter all have in common?

Each starred in a car related Super Bowl XLVIII commercial that helped keep us entertained during a less-than memorable Big Game (unless you’re a Seattle Seahawks fan that is).

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The automakers pulled out all the stops with their commercials this year to keep us amused when the game itself couldn’t – and I took the initiative to compile all the car related commercials from Super Bowl XLVIII right here for your viewing enjoyment.

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Having a recent slate of successful Super Bowl commercials under their belt featuring Eminem and Clint Eastwood, Chrysler turned to the legendary Bob Dylan to talk about American Pride and the 2015 Chrysler 200 – America’s Import.

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As we wrap up another week here at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, Michigan, let’s take a look back at the week that was.

The Corvette Stingray Arrives

This week was very exciting for quite a few reasons. First and foremost, the highly anticipated 2014 Corvette Stingray finally arrived at our dealership. The car-carrying truck showed up on Thursday to drop off the new Corvette’s to much rejoicing.

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The first 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray’s arrive at LaFontaine Chevrolet in Dexter, MI

A Stingray Birthday

Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the first Corvette Stingray to find a caring and loving new owner. Our own Andrew Hatch helped Jon Lock purchase this Cyber Gray, Corvette Stingray 2LT.

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