OnStar Offers Corry-Area Buick Owners Affordable In-Car 4G LTE Connectivity

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In-Car Wi-Fi data plans start at $5 a month

When select 2015 Buick LaCrosse models arrive at Crotty Chevrolet Buick later this year, they’ll be some of the first BUICK models to be offered with OnStar’s affordable in-car 4G LTE connectivity.

“Consumers are increasingly purchasing tablets and other devices that rely solely upon Wi-Fi to connect with the outside world,” said Shane Crotty from Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “By offering a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hot-spot within most 2015 models, Buick and OnStar are giving customers a bridge to the World Wide Web and beyond.”

The industry’s broadest deployment of 4G LTE connectivity technology will enable owners of these vehicles to explore new features like a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of pairing up to seven devices, including properly equipped laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, or video game consoles.

2015 Buick models equipped with OnStar’s 4G LTE hardware will be bundled with three months or 3 gigabytes of complimentary data usage. After that, users will be able to choose from a wide array of affordable data plans to fit both their need and budget. Plans start at $5 for 200 megabytes of data monthly, enough to stream more than 6.5 hours of music or send more than 10,000 emails without attachments. Monthly plans span up to 50 gigabytes of data, which costs $50 a month.

Additionally, OnStar allows customers to purchase one-time data packages in two different sizes, or even bundle their in-car 4G LTE subscription with an existing AT&T Mobile Share Plan.

OnStar’s 4G LTE hardware will ultimately be available on four 2015 Buick models by the end of 2014, including the 2015 Regal, the 2015 Verano and the 2015 Buick Enclave.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

Chevrolet Silverado Named Lowest Cost to Own Pickup

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Award contributes to Chevrolet being named Best Value Truck Brand

Chevrolet has been named the Best Value Truck Brand in America, according to data analysis firm Vincentric. The Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD also won the Vincentric Best Value in America award, and the Silverado family of full-size pickups boasts the lowest cost to own in this segment. The national recognition means something for local drivers, as well. Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY-area residents may be happy to discover that they could save money over the long run by owning a Silverado.

“The average truck should be able to stand the test of time for more than a decade,” said Robert Crotty at Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The Vicentric award affirms to truck lovers in the Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY area that the Silverado provides customers with the expected reliability that should come with a vehicle of this caliber.”

Vincentric analyzes a vehicle’s cost-of-ownership through eight different measures: depreciation, fees and taxes, financing, fuel, insurance, maintenance, opportunity cost and repairs. Vincentric awards the Best Value in America Award using an analysis comparing ownership costs to a vehicle’s market price.

Silverado is the most dependable, longest lasting pickup on the road. It offers the best pickup coverage in America, including 2-year/24,000 mile recommended scheduled maintenance and a 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty.
About:
Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them. We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value. All backed by our award winning service department. Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

Corvette training drives high-performance sales

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By Eric Tichy
eric@thecorryjournal.com

COLUMBUS TOWNSHIP — Shane Crotty, a sales consultant at Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Columbus Township, said it was an obvious choice when asked if he would take a work trip to Nevada.

Crotty, who has been helping out at the Route 6 family business since he was 14 years old, traveled in January to the Corvette Stingray Dealer Sales Academy at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch in Pahrump, Nev., about an hour west of Las Vegas. The ranch is dubbed the country club for car fanatics.

Crotty said in order to sell the high-performance vehicle, a representative from the dealership had to take a two-day training session at the academy, which included classroom work and in-car driving.

“Every dealership that wants to sell the Corvette Stingray had to send someone,” Crotty said, noting that the dealership also had to designate Stingray specialists from the sales and service departments. “They told me someone had to go out to Nevada, and I said ‘Count me in,’” Crotty said.

According to Chevrolet, 900 dealerships across the country met qualifications to sell the Stingray when it became available over the summer. In order to qualify, the dealership had to sell a certain number of Corvettes. In addition to taking the $2,000 training class in Nevada, service personnel must undergo special training, and dealerships are required to purchase equipment specifically designed to service the cars.

“I was the lucky one picked to go to Nevada to drive the Corvette and experience the handling, performance and technology features which go into every 2014 Corvette,” Crotty said. “We got to learn all about them, too, of course.” Going through the training does have its perks. “If a customer comes in, I will be the Corvette consultant” Crotty said. “I get to inform them just how capable this performance vehicle is, the safety features, and technology Chevrolet has built into the automobile.” Crotty said while in the desert, he had the chance to drive the new model vehicle in a variety of surfaces, including a 2 1/2 mile road course and a wet figure eight course.

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There appears to be a market for the high-performance car locally. Aside from selling enough Corvettes to qualify for the training, Crotty Chevrolet already has an order for the Stingray model. In fact, before Crotty even went out in January, the dealership was aware of some interest in the Stingray. “We had one new one that sold already,” Crotty said. “We’re not sure when we’re going to get our next one, but we’re hoping over the summer.” “We probably sell three or four Corvettes a year,” he continued.

Rob Crotty, who co-owns the dealership with his brother, Chop, said he is excited to be able to sell the Stingray. “We’re very happy,” Rob Crotty said. “We know that our customers are looking for these types of vehicles, so we’re happy that we were able to obtain the special training to sell them.”

Those hoping to get their hands on the 2014 Stingray will need to fork over $51,000 for a base model. The price is still far lower than other high-performance cars in its class.

“It was an experience of a lifetime,” Shane Crotty, son of Chop Crotty, said of the Corvette training. “It was something that ended up being really neat, and not a lot of people get to do it.”

All 2014 Silverado Light-Duty Trucks Earn 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score

New Car Assessment Program includes regular and double cab configurations

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The regular and double cab versions of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, now available at Crotty Chevrolet Buick, have received the highest possible 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

Joining the previously tested 2014 crew cab models, which also received a 5-star overall score, all cab configurations of the Silverado 1500 series now have the highest possible Overall Vehicle Score. These models are the first pickup trucks to receive the 5-star NHTSA Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the implementation of more rigorous requirements for the 2011 model year.

“Safety is important to Corry, Warren, Erie and Jamestown, NY-area Silverado owners,” said John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “This designation by NHTSA confirms that the 2014 Silverado Light-Duty truck delivers top safety performance.”

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Kids Turn to OnStar for News on Santa’s Journey

Latest status just a Blue Button push away for area families

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Starting on Christmas Eve, Corry, Warren, Erie, and Jamestown-area families traveling in General Motors’ vehicles with OnStar services will be able to learn Santa’s whereabouts by simply pressing the blue OnStar button in the U.S., Canada and now in Mexico.

For the fifth consecutive year, OnStar is providing the service through collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, “Track Santa” program.

From 7 a.m. on December 24 until 5 a.m. on December 25, anyone with an active OnStar subscription can request a “Santa Update,” which an OnStar advisor will provide based on NORAD information.

“The ‘Santa Seeker’ really helps spread holiday cheer,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The OnStar advisors put on their Santa hats and elf ears and wholeheartedly take advantage of the opportunity to spread such joy to the children in Corry, Warren, Erie, and Jamestown and more.”

So how does OnStar keep up with the high volume of inquiries from these curious little callers?

While their first priority is the safety and security of their subscribers, they make adjustments in staff so that they are able to respond to the Santa calls as well as their day-to-day calls for assistance.

“For nearly 60 years, NORAD has employed the same military technology used every day for Homeland Defense mission to also track Santa during his Yuletide journey,” said Stacey Knott, NORAD Tracks Santa program manager. “We use our military satellites, radars, fighter jets and Santa Cams to tell the world Santa’s location every Christmas Eve.”

Individuals without OnStar technology can also follow Santa’s progress via the NORAD Tracks Santa website, Facebook page Twitter hashtag #NoradSanta or by calling the hotline at 1-877-HI-NORAD.

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Toys For Tots – Help Crotty Chevrolet Collect a Showroom full of Toys!

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As the Holiday Season approaches, it is time once again to remember the thousands of children who would not celebrate the Season without the selfless efforts of the U.S. Marines and the wonderful folks at TOYS FOR TOTS! This year, Crotty Chevrolet – Buick will be a primary drop point for your toy donation!

Please help fill our showroom with Toys!  You can drop off your donation of NEW, UNWRAPPED, NON-VIOLENT TOYS for children up to 16 years old. The people at Toys for Tots have requested that donations be made prior to December 14, 2013 so that they have time to wrap and distribute the toys.

Today, Toy for Tots distributes an average of 16 million toy’s annually to over 7 million needy children. While Marines organize and coordinate the program, the ultimate success of the program depends on our support, the support of our community, and the generosity of every one of us.

Buick and Crotty Chevrolet Buick Celebrate Four Decades of Regal

The addition of the Regal nameplate to the Buick family goes back more than 40 years, but even today, the Regal’s heritage as a sporty, mid-size luxury vehicle is strong as ever in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Introduced in 1973, the Century Regal, as it was originally called, served as an upmarket model in the Century line and one of GM’s first “personal luxury” cars. Designed with sporty suspension characteristics and luxuries aimed primarily at the driver, the ‘73 Regal coupe sold   91,557 units helping Buick surpass its 1955 all-time sales record.

Launched with a standard 350 cu. in. V-8 engine, the Regal would soon carve a niche as a powertrain innovator. Among one of the first to react to the initial Arab oil embargo, the 1975 Buick Regal was the only mid-size vehicle in the United States to forego a standard V-8 engine in favor of a V-6.

“For the past 40 years, the Regal has been a huge part of the American culture,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Corry, Erie and Warren-area drivers are going to love the 2014 model, which delivers Buick’s signature quiet and well-crafted luxury in a new and unexpected package.”

Just a few years later, beginning with the 1978 Regal, Buick would lead a vanguard on turbocharging for better fuel economy. This expertise would later be used in creating Regals that would be recognized as some of the most powerful and significant cars of the 1980s.

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Chevrolet Offers Corry-area iPhone Users Siri Eyes Free Integration

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Chevrolet and Crotty Chevrolet Buick, recently announced additional vehicles with Chevrolet MyLink will be available with Siri, Apple’s intelligent assistant that helps get things done just by asking. Siri Eyes Free Integration will be available, for Corry, Warren and Erie area drivers, on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt.

“Corry-area drivers love owning Chevrolet’s, because they are fun to drive and offer the latest in vehicle technology with MyLink,” said Shane Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Siri Eyes Free integration adds safety, ease, reliability and portability to the package.”

Through the cars’ available Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, Corry, Warren and Erie-area customers with a compatible iPhone* running iOS 6 or iOS 7 can direct Siri to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. To help further minimize distraction, Siri takes hands-free functionality even further with an Eyes Free mode which enables drivers to interact with their iPhones using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device’s screen from lighting up.

Chevy owners simply connect their iPhone with the MyLink radio via Bluetooth, pair with the system, and use the steering wheel voice activation button to begin and end sessions with Siri in Eyes Free mode. 

In the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS and Volt vehicles equipped with MyLink, , Corry, Warren and Erie-area owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to:

  • Make voice-activated, hands-free calls to Contacts on their iPhone
  • Play songs in their iTunes libraries, and even switch music sources automatically from AM/FM/XM radio to iPod mode
  • Listen to, and compose and send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved Contacts
  • Access Calendar and add appointments

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick and Chevrolet Support Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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Dealership and Corry area residents mobilize to help fight breast cancer this October

Crotty Chevrolet Buick, Chevrolet and Corry-area customers will unite for the third consecutive year in the fight against breast cancer. Together with the American Cancer Society, Chevrolet provides nationwide grassroots support of the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer® walks and other activities.

“Crotty Chevrolet Buick is committed to helping find a cure for breast cancer,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “That’s why we’re helping to make strides against breast cancer, hoping we can help in finding a cure for breast cancer.”

Last year, with the support of Chevrolet, Crotty Chevrolet Buick and dealerships across the country, the American Cancer Society raised $1,211,463 in contributions through the Making Strides walks. This money helps fund research, wellness, breast cancer awareness education and support for breast cancer patients and their families.

Here are the Chevrolet- and Crotty Chevrolet Buick-sponsored activities planned in October in support of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer:

• Facebook Fundraising “Likes” campaign
• Dealership “Wall of Hope”
• Test drive promotions
• Service rebate promotions
• Recognition at select NASCAR Sprint Cup Races, including a branded pink pace car and caution lap donations

Crotty Chevrolet Buick will donate $1.00 to the American Cancer Society for every new “like” to our Facebook http://a.pgtb.me/D5b3VS page between now and November 17th. Facebook users can also sign up for a chance to win a free iPad Mini http://a.pgtb.me/D5b3VS

At the Dealership Crotty Chevrolet has created a “Wall of Hope”. For a donation, a breast cancer symbol is placed on our wall with the name of a loved one or your own name showing support of Making Strides against Breast Cancer.

Corry-area customers can also join Chevrolet in the fight against breast cancer just by taking a test drive at Crotty Chevrolet. A $10 contribution per test drive up to $130,000 will be made to the American Cancer Society for every eligible test drives taken nationally on select dates at participating dealerships. Drivers must be over 21 with a valid driver’s license. The promotion is limited to one test drive per person.

Additionally, a Chevrolet Certified Service matching rebate promotion on select services encourages Corry-area to contribute their service rebate to the American Cancer Society from October 1 through November 30, with Chevrolet matching contributions dollar for dollar up to $60,000.

Chevrolet will also donate $200 for every lap run under caution during select NASCAR Sprint Cup and IZOD IndyCar Series races throughout October. In addition to the donation, a special themed pink Chevrolet Camaro SS will pace select NASCAR Sprint Cup series races. A special 2014 Corvette Stingray will serve as the pace car for the IZOD IndyCar Series event at Auto Club Speedway in October.

Those interested in participating in a Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk in their community can visit http://www.makingstrideswalk.org.

About Crotty Chevrolet Buick:
Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

2014 Silverado is Most Corrosion-Resistant Chevrolet Truck

Months of proving ground testing equivalent to 10 years on the road

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has been designed to be the most corrosion resistant Chevrolet truck ever. The use of improved hem flange sealing on the doors and hood, and additional underbody flange sealing, help minimize deterioration over time.

The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado has been designed to be the most corrosion resistant Chevrolet truck ever. The use of improved hem flange sealing on the doors and hood, and additional underbody flange sealing, help minimize deterioration over time.

More than half of light-duty pick-up trucks on Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY-area roads are now 11 years or older. To help build on the Chevrolet Silverado’s reputation as the most dependable, longest lasting full-size pickup, engineers designed the 2014 Silverado to be the most corrosion resistant Chevrolet truck ever.

The 2014 Silverado, now available at Crotty Chevrolet Buick, starts with zinc-coated (galvanized) steel for the roof and all body panels except the hood, which is made of an aluminum alloy that reduces weight and provides corrosion resistance. At every step of the design and manufacture of the new Silverado, materials and production processes were selected to help minimize deterioration over time.

“Silverado’s new corrosion resistant design gives area drivers protection against the elements – dirt, gravel and weather related,” said John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The 2014 Silverado is Chevrolet’s strongest and most reliable truck yet, and the added corrosion protection measures ensure the truck will continue to meet the customers’ needs throughout its life.”

Additional 2014 improvements over previous models include:

  • All new body structures designed to minimize the potential for corrosion
  • Improved hem flange sealing on the doors and hood, and additional underbody flange sealing help keep the joints of the truck dry, discouraging deterioration that might occur from moisture
  • Extensive and improved chassis corrosion protection that enhances the truck’s appearance and lengthens the life of underbody components
  • Anti-chip protection on the lower body side for extra protection from stones or gravel

The effectiveness of these changes was borne out during extensive proving ground testing at exposure levels higher than most drivers ever experience. The months of accelerated testing these trucks undergo is equivalent to more than 10 years on the road.

Post-test evaluations of the trucks, including the search for and elimination of corrosion even on areas of parts customers never see, helps ensure the overall vehicle performance.

About Crotty Chevrolet Buick:
Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.