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If you have a Chevy Truck with more than 100,000 miles on the odometer, or if you’ve leased or bought more than one Chevy truck in your lifetime, you are eligible to become a member of the “Truck Legends” program. Since its inception in Texas last year, the Chevy Truck Legends community has swelled to more than 5,400 members who are eligible for special deals from Chevrolet partners. “We had an incredible response to the Truck Legends pilot program, and greatly appreciate the owners who have shared their stories,” according to Chevy truck marketing director Sandor Piszar. “We look forward to hearing from customers across the country, and for the opportunity to say, ‘thank you’ to our most loyal customers.” For a great deal on a new or used Chevy truck, visit the pros at Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Special Benefits for Members

Become a member of the Truck Legends community and you’re automatically eligible for deals such as front-row concert seats, tickets to sporting events and the first look at new Chevy models. Members are also welcome at the Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration coming up this December 16 at Texas Motor Speedway. Along with a look at the newest Chevy lineup, there is also an opportunity to meet NASCAR racing legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. along with many special surprises. Members will also receive special branded Truck Legends gear and mementoes, including hats, decals and other special items. To register as a Truck Legends member, go to www.chevytrucklegends.com.

Many Different Models Qualify

Along with the modern Silverado and Silverado H/D trucks, owners who have older C/K trucks, the midsize Colorado, S-10, Tahoe, Suburban and Avalanche are all eligible to become a member of the Truck Legends program. Chevy trucks have consistently been one of the most dependable vehicles on the road, which is why customers keep coming back for more. “The lasting legacy of Chevy Trucks simply would not be possible without the support of our customers,” Piszar said. “As such we are expanding the Truck Legends program nationwide to invite customers from all 50 states to join in our Centennial Celebration.”

100 Years of Chevy Trucks

The Chevy truck timeline begins in 1918 when the company delivered a utilitarian one-ton vehicle that required a bit of assembly by the owner. The first light duty trucks came about in 1929 as Chevy was the first company to offer an overhead valve 6-cylinder engine. That was also the first year where real steel replaced wood wheels. The modern half-ton truck first appeared in 1938 with an MSRP of a whopping $592. Upgrades continued throughout the years until you get to the 2018 Chevy Silverado, a modern vehicle with technology built for the 21st century. See the new Silverado and take a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet. It could be the start of your entry into the Truck Legends program.

Now you not only get a great vehicle when you purchase a new Chevy from Chapman Chevrolet, you also earn points you can redeem later for discounts on items such as parts, vehicle accessories and other services. The Chevy MyRewards program is as simple as filling out an enrollment form then watching the points add up as you purchase items you would normally buy anyway such as regular maintenance or using your new Sirius XM satellite radio. Go to mychevroletrewards.com for more information.

Plenty of Items to Redeem

You can use your Chevy MyRewards points for many different items that you would normally pay for out of pocket. Some of the items at the mychevroletrewards.com website include one free month of an OnStar security plan, 3 gigabytes of WiFi data for 3 full months, or 2 month’s worth of navigation services from OnStar. Stolen vehicle assistance, various dollar amounts to go toward service and even hundreds of dollars off a new vehicle purchase are some other reward options. There is no limit to the number of award vouchers you can use for service or certified Chevy accessories. The number of vouchers you can use toward a new vehicle purchase is limited to one.

New Vehicle Purchase Adds Up

To earn the most points in your Chevy MyRewards program, simply go to Chapman Chevrolet and purchase a new vehicle off the lot. The bigger the buy, the more points you earn. For example, purchase a new Corvette Stingray and you earn 70,000 points to use for service, OnStar subscriptions and other great benefits. Buy the new Chevy Bolt Electric Vehicle and you’ll not only be saving money at the gas pumps, but you’ll also immediately earn 40,000 reward points.  Both a Suburban and a Tahoe purchase earn 50,000 points each, while the Spark, Trax and Sonic will give you immediate access to 20,000 points. Purchase a new Camaro, Colorado, Equinox, Express or Impala and you’ll earn 30,000 points.

Many More Benefits to Buying a Chevy

Rewards points are certainly a nice benefit, but it’s not the only reason to buy a new Chevy. Chevrolet is the most awarded car company in North America for the third year in a row, offering dependable vehicles with modern technology. Now is the best time to head to Chapman Chevrolet to score a great deal on close out models for the 2017 model year. Chevy is offering an across the board deal of 20 percent off the suggested list price of most 2017 Cruze, Malibu and Trax models that are on the dealer’s lot. Qualified buyers can also get 0 percent APR on those same models for up to 72 months.

New Equinox Diesel Gets Eye-popping MPG

Move over hybrids. The new Chevy Equinox with a 1.6L diesel engine is rated at 39 mpg on the highway, offering consumers a choice when it comes to ultra-efficiency. That number is greater than rivals such as the Toyota RAV4 hybrid and Nissan Rogue hybrid. With a driving range of 577 miles, there’s a good chance your stomach will give in to hunger long before you need to refill your Equinox. “Chevrolet continues to lead with technologies that offer customers more choice,” according to Chevy marketing director Steve Majoros. “Our three-engine turbo-charged Equinox lineup means we can provide drivers more options for the performance and efficiency they desire.” The 2018 Equinox is available now for inspection and a test drive at Chapman Chevrolet.

Equinox Offers Trio of Turbo Options

The turbo-diesel engine is just one of the turbocharged options available on the new Chevy Equinox. It delivers a stout 240 pound-feet of torque, delivering instant acceleration when needed. “It is very fun to drive, with torque on demand at all speeds,” said the VP of Global Propulsion Systems, Dan Nicholson. “In fact, the engine delivers 90 percent of peak torque between 1,500 and 3,250 RPM. The strong torque provides the feeling of a larger engine, with exceptional smoothness and quietness.” The new diesel Equinox also comes with stop/start technology, meaning your engine will shut off when you come to a complete stop and then fire up again as soon as you are ready to go. Chevy also offers both a 1.5L and 2.0L turbo engine on the new Equinox. The smaller engine delivers optimal efficiency and power, delivering a rating of 32 mpg on the highway. If you have some recreational towing needs, consider the larger engine. It will tow up to 3,500 pounds as it produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Choose the optional all-wheel drive system to get the best traction and control from any of the power plants.

Offers Ten Advanced Safety Features

As much fun as the new Chevy Equinox is to drive, some of the best things about it are the 10 advanced safety features that help prevent collisions. Low speed automatic braking detects imminent collisions from the front and automatically applies the brakes to reduce an impact. Lane keep assist with lane departure warning helps you stay in your lane on those long trips at night. Forward collision alert lets you know when vehicles in your path are slowing down. A combination of cameras and sensors offers a variety of warnings when something is in your way while backing up, or approaching you in a blind spot. Check out all the safety features and take the new Equinox for a test drive when you visit Chapman Chevrolet.

Colorado ZR2 Debuts in Long Off-road Race

As the only stock production truck to finish the “Vegas to Reno” off-road race, the Chevy Colorado ZR2 has raised the bar for desert driving enthusiasts. Finishing the 539-mile run in just 18 hours and 50 minutes, drivers Chad Hall and Frank DeAngelo of Hall Racing were impressed with the capability of the ZR2. “This truck is a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” Hall said. “I clobbered some things on the course that would’ve broken many of the vehicles we competed with in the past.” Aside from some required modifications for safety that included a roll cage and racing seats with harnesses, the ZR2 is pretty much the same truck you’ll be able to buy off the lot at Chapman Chevrolet.

Serves as Development Run

“First and foremost, this was a development trip for our engineering team,” according to GM director of global accessories Mark Dickens. Dickens also served as part of the chase team for the entire run. “ZR2’s performance went beyond our most optimistic expectations, completing ‘Vegas to Reno’ in its first outing. We learned a lot of things about the truck and could not be happier with the result, as well as the efforts of the Hall racing team.” The ZR2 is effectively a segment of one, providing the only midsize production truck that has such outstanding off-road capability. The off-road mode adusts the calibration of the engine, traction control and transmission to provide optimal handling and performance in tough conditions. You can choose from a powerful 3.6L V6 gas engine, or opt for the only diesel engine in the midsize class.

Also Comes in Special Editions

If you don’t need the toughness of the ZR2 but would like a midsize truck for your daily needs, the Chevy Colorado offers a number of Special Editions. The Redline Edition features black and red accents that set it apart from the crowd. The Colorado Custom is built for productivity, bringing your office into the cab of your truck. It features an upgraded radio and OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi to ensure you’ll always be connected to the outside world. If the beach is more to your liking, the Shoreline Special Edition has an available stand-up paddle board carrier, tiered storage racks and large 18-inch wheels to help you power through the sand. The Midnight edition is black on black, offering a sophisticated street look for those nights on the town. See the entire Colorado lineup and take a test drive today at Chapman Chevrolet.

If your child is one of the 362,000 turning 16 this month, chances are you’re more than a little worried about them getting behind the wheel of the family sedan. That’s why Chevrolet is offering three free months of OnStar Family Link for any Chevrolet owner with a 2012 or newer vehicle and an active OnStar subscription. By using technology to receive email or text alerts when the subscribed vehicle arrives or departs a particular location, you can keep tabs on your kids and their whereabouts. For more information on how the technology works, visit Chapman Chevrolet in Tempe.

Dream for Kids, Nightmare for Parents

“The day your children start driving is a dream come true for them, but it can be a nightmare for a concerned parent,” according to Luciana Chamberlain, executive in charge of the Family Link program. “OnStar Family Link can help minimize a parent’s anxiety by letting them know when their child has arrived at school, left a friend’s house, or traveled outside of their comfort zone.” After the free subscription period, Family Link services are just $3.99 per month. “Driving on their own was a big event in my children’s lives, but that also meant I spent more time thinking about where they were and how they were doing,” said Chevy marketing director Steve Majoros. “Chevrolet wants to put parents at ease by offering in-vehicle technology that shares real-time info on where their kids are and how they’re driving, so moms and dads can give feedback that helps their teens become better drivers.”

Teen Driver Helps Keep Youths Focused

There are now 10 vehicles in the 2017 and 2018 model year Chevrolet lineup that offer the Teen Driver technology. Designed to help keep teens focused on the road, Teen Driver lets parents set radio volume limits as well as issuing speed warnings when a teen driver goes above a particular speed. It will also mute the radio until everyone in the front seat has their belt on. Teen Driver will also issue reports about where a vehicle was driven, the maximum speed and any safety related events that occurred during the drive.

OnStar Smart Driver Issues Monthly Reports

OnStar Smart Driver is a service that issues monthly reports based on trip behaviors, speeds, hard braking events and rapid acceleration. By going over the report with your teen driver, you can talk about safety issues and how to see the “big picture” when driving to avoid any near collisions. See all the new technology that helps keep your teen driver safe when you visit Chapman Chevrolet.