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2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71. Available fall of 2015.

MyLink and Transmission Availability are Major Changes

The current generation of the Chevy Silverado is receiving a once-over to offer a few changes and a refreshed look for the 2016 model year. Along with a beefier appearance on the hood and front end, Chevy has updated the MyLink infotainment package to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features let drivers use the truck’s touchscreen to access a limited number of apps and play music. Chevy introduced a new eight-speed automatic transmission for 2015, but only offered it with the 6.2-liter V-8. The new update will hook the transmission with the 5.3-liter engine in some trim packages. Stay tuned to Chapman Chevrolet to see the new 2016 Chevy Silverado when the new trucks start arriving this fall.

Chevy Truck Sales on a Roll

Chevrolet executives didn’t see the need to make too many changes to the Silverado, as sales have increased by double digits every year since the current design was debuted in 2013. Sales for Silverado are up almost 15 percent this year. The mid-size truck of the year, Colorado, is also experiencing strong sales, boosting the total truck sales up by 32 percent in 2015 over the previous model year. Although sales are good, Chevy is in a battle for truck supremacy with other manufacturers who are also experiencing record sales. Part of the renaissance of truck and SUV sales is because of lower gas prices, which continue to be almost $1 per gallon lower than a year ago.

Silverado Offering Special Editions

If you can’t wait for the new models to roll out, head over to Chapman Chevrolet and see which of the special edition Silverados are in stock. Chevy is offering six different special editions that should appeal to the truck driver in all of you. The Rally Edition delivers a bold sporty look, while the Midnight Edition is perfect for the person who wants to travel in dark, stealth mode. The Custom Sport Edition comes in both Double and Crew Cab and provides a head-turning appearance with special paint and body trim. The Custom Sport Plus trim package is based on a Crew Cab LTZ/Z71 model and features 22-inch wheels, LED lighting in the cargo box and a host of refined technology. For the rebellious driver, consider the Black Out trim line with 20 inch black wheels, a black bowtie logo and dark tinted windows. The final special edition is specifically for Texas Longhorn fans. Painted in school colors with the Longhorn logo, this truck shows your team spirit.

The 1 millionth Corvette produced – this white 1992 convertible – was damaged when it fell into a sinkhole that opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., on Feb. 12, 2014. This image depicts the as-recovered state of the vehicle.

The 1 millionth Corvette produced – this white 1992 convertible – was damaged when it fell into a sinkhole that opened up beneath the National Corvette Museum, in Bowling Green, Ky., on Feb. 12, 2014. This image depicts the as-recovered state of the vehicle.

Restoring Three of Eight Damaged Classics

When a sinkhole opened up and swallowed part of the National Corvette Museum a year and a half ago, Corvette lovers bemoaned the damage done to both the museum and the classic cars housed within. Thanks to the dedication of the General Motors Mechanical Assembly group, three of the damaged cars are going to be brought back to the condition they were before the natural disaster. The other five will remain as damaged to document their condition and the event. A 2009 prototype known popularly as the “Blue Devil” had minor damage and has already been restored. Workers are now attempting to resurrect the 1 millionth Chevrolet Corvette ever produced. Once that car is done, a 1962 Corvette will be the last car restored.

Smashed Corvette a Challenge to Restore

Because the GM team is trying to artistically recreate a production vehicle rather than build an entirely new car from the ground up, the restoration is a challenge. The 1992 Corvette was flattened by the damage that caused extensive separation of the front end. It was one of the last cars pulled from the wreckage after being buried beneath tons of earth. All the recovered vehicles will eventually become part of a sinkhole display at the museum. The Corvette is an iconic muscle car that was first debuted in the 1950s. For 2015, Chevrolet offers the sweeping lines and high performance of both the classic Stingray and powerful Z06. With horsepower ranging from 460 to 650 and 0-60 mph times under 3 seconds, drive one for yourself at Chapman Chevrolet and see what all the excitement is about.

Security Footage Captures Earth Swallowing Event

It was almost 6 a.m. on a February morning in 2014 when the a security alarm notified personnel that something was amiss at the Corvette museum. That’s when the ground opened up and created a 30-foot deep hole that measured 45 feet by 60 feet across. Along with the Corvettes already mentioned a 1993 ZR-1 Spyder, 1984 Pace Car, 1993 40th Anniversary model, 2001 “Mallet Hammer” and 2009 Corvette were also swallowed up. The Blue Devil, despite heavy damage, was on top of the heap. In a testament to Chevrolet reliability, it was started up and driven out of the hole.

Corvette First Displayed at 1953 Auto Show

Long known for dependable but stodgy cars, General Motors changed that perception when it unveiled the Corvette prototype to the 1953 New York Motorama Show crowd. Only six months later, the fiberglass sports car with the small block V-8 was available for sale, albeit for a ridiculously high price tag of almost $3,500. The price has gone up over the years, as has the performance. See the new Chevrolet Corvette for yourself at Chapman Chevrolet.