As I am typing this blog of course there is an Amber Alert in Western Washington. It seems that kids go missing at a higher rate lately then I can ever remember before. It might be that I am just sensitive because I am going to be a father soon. With a lot of employees with small kids we thought it would be a good opportunity for our dealership and the community to have a kid safety event. The event was for parents to bring in their kids and get profession digital fingerprints and a current photo of their child. All the information went home with the parent so their was no data basing. Time is the enemy when a child goes missing and one of the things that slows professionals in finding children is getting a current photo and fingerprints of the children. After parents visited Art Gamblin Motors they now have a sheet of paper that they can hand right over to officials if their kids go missing.
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During our Open House Martha Morrissey from Chevrolet surprised my dad and me with our 2011 Chevrolet Mark of Excellence Award plaque. This is a high honor for our dealership as a lot of variables come into play to win this award. Some of the criteria include selling a certain number of Chevrolet vehicles while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. Only a handful of Chevrolet dealers in the state of Washington were awarded the Chevrolet Mark of Excellence Award.
After six long months our remodel of our main facility at Gamblin Motors is all done. Chevrolet has approached its dealer body across the country with a focus on re-branding. One of the ways Chevrolet wants to change the perception and strengthen the overall brand is to create identifiable ques in the design of its facilities. You will start seeing these giant blue entry elements with Chevrolet over the top. Not only will you see this change in the facilities you will also see the change in the marketing. Chevrolet launched a marketing campaign in their commercials titled, “Under the Blue Arch.”
Last week we had an open house for the public to tour our re-modeled facility. Not only did we add a nice blue archway, we painted all the interior walls and laid down new tile. One of my favorite additions to the re-model is our covered service area. This allows our service customers to pull into a nice covered area. It was great to have my sister Rebekah in town for the event and the cutest baby in the world Penelope.
It is really nice to have all the construction workers gone and now we can focus on going back to work. The new digs really adds a nice inviting atmosphere. If you want to come out and take a look around just stop on in. We had a great showing of guests come through the doors for our event and we had a lot of fun showing off our new dealership.
So it has been an interesting week for me as I have finally made the transition from the Internet Department to the actual sales floor. In the car business we call the act of selling the sales floor, I really don’t know why the term if called floor when reality the better term would be is lot. The sales lot.
This transition has been years in the making but due to the rapid growth with the Internet and learning new concepts and techniques of manipulating websites for Search Engine Optimization it has been very difficult for me to lose my post in the Internet Department. We have made some giant strides the past couple of years and months in the Internet Department and finally got things under control with a solid game plan of how we are going to attack things for the next couple of months to a year. No point of having a strategy when there is not a goal or objective in place.
So this week I moved my office from our Main Store location to our Truck Center. It sometimes is funny how many people in our town and even my own friends don’t understand the lingo of the truck center and the main store. People in Enumclaw label it this way, the one across the street from Safeway or the new one when referencing the Truck Center (the Truck Center is over 10 years old). Now the Main Store is called the old store or the the one next to Mazatlan.
So if you ever want to come see me, I am at the Truck Center and this is what I aspire to look like.
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The 2010 Detroit Auto Show showcased the 2011 Buick Regal GS. When I first saw the Buick Regal and the Opel Insignia I was blown away and it was a car I could not wait to make production here in the states. Recently there have been spy shots of the Regal GS testing in North America but still there has been no official word from GM to be entered into production. Car bloggers have been saying it is only a matter of time before they announce the GS being part of the Buick Lineup.
Power for the Regal GS comes from a high-output 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged engine with direct-injection technology. It is based on the engine that will be offered on Regal CXL models later this summer, but the engine and turbocharger are tuned to deliver greater boost pressure in the GS. The output is estimated at 255 horsepower (190 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm).
The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that directs torque to an adaptive all-wheel-drive system calibrated for performance driving. An electronic, limited-slip rear differential helps ensure the engine’s power is distributed effectively during cornering.
The high-performance drivetrain is expected to enable the Regal GS to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds. That performance is complemented by a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) design in front. The HiPerStrut system helps reduce torque steer and maintain negative camber during cornering. This improves ultimate grip levels in dry and wet conditions, as well as improves the direct feel of the road, while isolating undesirable feedback. Behind the wheel the driver experiences reduced torque steer, improved grip and increased cornering power, along with crisper handling, steering precision and feedback.
The Regal GS features a high-performance Brembo brake system with 14 x 1.2-inch (355 x 32 mm) cross-drilled rotors; four-piston, high-strength aluminum calipers, and high-performance pads.
The Regal GS is also equipped with Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS) chassis technology (also offered on Regal CXL models with the 2.0L turbo engine). It delivers enhanced vehicle stability and greater driving safety, while also adapting the driving characteristics of the car to the driver’s preferences. The driver selects among three operating modes – normal, sport and GS – that change the suspension settings, throttle response and steering sensitivity through the variable-effort steering system.
- Key Competitors: Acura TL, Saab 9-3, Audi A4, Lexus IS.
- Power: 2.0L Ecotec turbocharged 4-cylinder – 260-hp / 260 lb-ft.
- Transmission: 6-speed manual.
- Performance: 0-60 mph in less than 6 seconds.
It has always been one of my goals to visit all 50 states. I cheat sometimes where I count the states where I had lay over. So for example when I have had lay-overs in Minneapoli,s Minnesota you better believe I count Minnesota as a state I have visited.
This past month I had the opportunity to go to Chicago with my father for a business trip. This was part of the dealer 20 group that we belong too. I wish I could say that I got to go out and see the city, but to be honest I did not even get into Chicago. Our plane left on Monday as we were pushing away from the gate ready to take flight but a light would not turn on in the cock pit. Of course we sat on the runway for almost 2 hours before they pulled us back to the terminal and boarded a different plane.
So we flew into O’Hare International airport at 10:00 PM. Our hotel was about 5 minutes away from the airport. Our meetings started at 7:00 AM in the morning which was a little rough for me which was like waking up at 5:00 AM. We were in meetings all day Tuesday. We did get a chance to go out to dinner at Harry Caray’s Steak House, which was fabulous. As you can see from the pictures it was a really cool place to eat with a giant holy cow in front.
We had early morning meetings on Wednesday and we went to go home right after… Another mechanical issue had us in the airport for an extra 3 hours. We learned a lot at our meetings but most importantly I get to check off Illinois off my list of states I have visited. I am anxious to actually really visit Chicago.
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The Chevrolet Cruze has finally hit North America. The Cruze has been on sale overseas and now is making the jump over the pond to North America. With over 4-million miles in testing this Cruze has been very successful in Europe.
The Cruze will replace the Chevrolet Cobalt which has not been known for its styling but the Cruze replaces the Cobalt with a little more style and still holds its own against the competition in fuel economy and safety.
The new Cruze is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder with a choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. The turbocharged engine puts out 138 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque and should be capable of up to 40 mpg on the highway, GM says. The 1.8-liter puts out 136 horsepower and 123 lb-ft. of torque.
Safety will be a priority in the new Cruze, GM says. Ten airbags will come as standard, including the rear seat side airbags and knee airbags. Stability control and ABS will be standard across the lineup.
The 2011 Cruze will also offer a more spacious interior and greater cargo room than its two main competitors, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Standard interior options will include a stereo system with MP3 playback capability, 6-speakers and an AUX jack for personal MP3 players. A premium Pioneer sound system is available as an option with a USB port for iPod connectivity. Other available options include Bluetooth and a navigation system. On the outside, 16-inch wheels are standard on LS and LT models and 17-inch alloy wheels are standard on the LTZ model. 18-inch alloy wheels are available as an option on 2LT and LTZ models.