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Chevy SS Takes 2nd Consecutive Daytona 500

The Chevy SS has won its 2nd consecutive Daytona 500, taking the championship in both races since the performance car debuted at last year’s event.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 car, took the checkered flag in an extended race that saw rain delays, collisions, and plenty of excitement.

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Be a Tire Expert! Learn Which Tires Works Best for You

Tires 101 – Learning the Tire Categories

Tires are purpose-built. In other words, they are built using the specifications that are best suited to the job that the tire will perform. These specifications determine the materials that the tire is made of as well as the tread patterns and the overall look of the tire. These build specifications can be broken down into the following categories: Touring, Performance, All-Season, Light Truck, and Winter.

Touring

I’m sure you heard the term “touring”, but what does that mean? Touring means traveling at highway speeds for prolonged periods. Touring tires are designed to give a quiet, excellent ride with top-notch handling at highway speeds. This type of tire has a non-aggressive tread pattern with straight ribs that allow the channeling of water. Another characteristic of the touring tire is long tread life. Long tread life is certainly a plus but the downside is that the hard compound that makes up this tire tends to freeze in winter, which in turn, sacrifices traction in bad weather.’

Performance

This type of tire does a great job at highway speeds. It has an aggressive tread pattern that provides great traction and handling during cornering and aggressive driving. These tires have heavy or large shoulder lugs for cornering traction and a wide smooth face for gripping the road surface. Evacuating water is usually not a strong point of this type of tire. They are made of a softer rubber compound which aids traction but wears out quickly. Performance tires are usually short-lived. Most “Summer” tires fall under this category.’

All-Season

This category includes the most versatile tires. All-season tires have a dual purpose. First, the tread patterns squeegee, or remove water from underneath each tread block maximizing rubber-to-road contact. Secondly, the tread patterns allow the “pumping” of water, ice, and snow away from the tire. These tires are also made up of a compound that resists freezing, ensuring better traction during icy conditions. Another great characteristic of the all-season tire is its performance in great weather. They are comparatively quieter than performance tires and their blocky tread pattern allows good traction and handling in the wet and dry.’

Light Truck

This type of tire is built for work. They are constructed to work under heavy loads and in rough conditions. The rubber compound is hard, ensuring durability and the steel plies help the tire resist punctures and tears. The tread patterns vary widely and is determined by whether the tire will be used on or off-road. You will find lots of variation for light-truck tires, so thinking through the truck or SUV’s mission will go a long way.’

Winter

This category of tire is built for inclement and severe weather. Its whole mission in life is to move and break through snow and ice. The rubber compound resists freezing temperatures and remains flexible. The treads open and close as the tire moves down the road creating a “crunching” effect on ice and snow. This “crunching” keeps the treads clean which gets them ready for the next bite, ensuring traction. They are excellent at evacuating water. The sharp edges on the treads break through ice so that the tire can find the road or a surface that provides greater traction. If you experience an abundance of ice, snow, or inclement weather, the winter tire is your best bet.

Here’s a quick guide for category characteristics:

  • Touring- quiet, good highway performance, long tread life 
  • Performance- great handling and grip for aggressive driving in the dry, poor performance in wet and snow, short tread life 
  • All-Season- good highway performance, good wet, dry, and snow performance, moderately quiet 
  • Light Truck- good for heavier loads, hard compound, aggressive tread pattern, good on and off-road performance 
  • Winter- great in ice and snow, resists freezing, best at evacuating ice and snow, great winter traction

Now that you can “speak” tires and know the difference between the types of tires available, you can make an informed purchase, choosing the right tires for your needs.

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2015 Chevy City Express Work Van is Coming this Fall

Chevy is giving the hard-working people of Cedar Rapids and Iowa City a new option for their cargo and business transportation.

The 2015 Chevy City Express, an all-new work van that provides versatility, efficiency, and utility, has been unveiled and is expected to arrive in the fall of 2014.

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Truck Comparison: 2014 Silverado 1500 LT vs. 2014 Silverado 1500 LTZ

The 2014 Chevy Silverado is one of the most innovative trucks ever. It has all the power and performance you expect from a full-size truck, along with the comfort and convenience found in most luxury sedans.

But with so many options and features, finding the right 2014 Silverado to fit your needs can be difficult.

Two of the most popular trim packages for the 2014 Silverado are the LT and LTZ. Both offer a unique combination of features, but which one is right for you?

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2014 Chevy Malibu Earns 5-Star Safety Rating

The 2014 Chevy Malibu has earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Administration.

This is the highest possible score, proving the 2014 Malibu is one of the safest vehicles on the road.

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Chevrolet Unveils High-Performance Corvette Z06 and C7.R Racecar

Chevy continues to accelerate their performance capabilities. Vehicles like the redesigned Corvette Stingray and Camaro ZL1 are defining a new era of sports cars.

But Chevy isn’t sitting still. Just this week, the brand unveiled two high-performance versions of the Corvette. One is a supercar-level production vehicle, and the other is Chevy’s high-performance race car.

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Chevrolet Sweeps North American Car/Truck of the Year Awards

Chevrolet has made a clean sweep of the North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, with the 2014 Corvette Stingray and Silverado 1500 being the big winners. This marks the first time Chevy has swept the awards.

The Chevy Silverado earned the Truck of the Year for the first time since 2007, while the Corvette last earned Car of the Year in 1998.

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Corvette Stingray Getting Innovative Performance Data Recorder

We all know the new Corvette Stingray is a fast, nimble, and impressive performance car, but just how fast is it?

Now you (and all your friends) can know precisely how well your Corvette is doing by recording and sharing performance video with embedded data thanks to the Performance Data Recorder (PDR), which will be available for the 2015 Corvette Stingray.

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2014 Chevy Spark Earns Top Safety Pick Award

The 2014 Chevy Spark has been named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

In its first year of eligibility, the Spark became the only vehicle in the minicar segment to earn the rating.

The Spark used a combination of high-strength steel and advanced safety features to become certified as the safest minicar on the road.

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General Motors Invests $1.3 Billion to Upgrade Plants and Create Jobs

General Motors, maker of Chevrolet vehicles, has announced an investment of nearly $1.3 billion dollars to upgrade plants across 3 different states.

1387209059441These enhancements will help GM produce new fuel-efficient engines and transmissions while improving vehicle quality and streamline logistics.

According to a press release from GM, the investments will create or retain around 1,000 jobs.

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