fall family trips

Fall Family Trips in Texas

 

Do you live in Texas? Are you looking for ideas for fall family trips? Look no further; we’ve got you covered.

 

Houston’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

 

The Thanksgiving Day Parade historically kicks off holiday festivities throughout Texas that will continue through the rest of the year. With a variety of entertainment, dramatic floats, and giant balloons of cartoon characters, this is a can’t-miss event.

fall family trips

Football Games

 

What would fall be without football? Texas is home to many famous stadiums, so pick a city, spend the weekend exploring downtown, and then finish off the weekend with a Sunday night football game.

 

Texas Renaissance Festival

 

The renaissance festival, regardless of state, is usually associated with October, but in Texas the ren fest in Houston is so big it lasts all through November, too. Don’t miss the nightly fireworks, hundreds of vendors, and thousands of character actors in the park.

 

Lost Maples

 

The Lost Maples State Natural Area is home to a variety of beautiful, brilliant foliage. Consider taking the family camping for a weekend to see the stunning colors of fall up close.

 

Go Bird-Watching

 

Texas is home to a number of different bird species all across the state, and during this time of year, many birds are migrating to the southern hemisphere. It’s the perfect time for a short road trip across the state.

 

Try out these fall family trips to have a great time in Texas this fall.

Colorado powertrain options

New 2017 Colorado Powertrain Options Revealed

Colorado powertrain options
The 2017 Colorado will come packed with new, exciting powertrain options!

For the past year or two, the Chevy Colorado has been a hot topic in the pickup segment after winning a long list of awards and introducing a new class-exclusive diesel engine with unparalleled fuel economy. That means Chevrolet had to find a way to up their game for the 2017 model year. It’s worked out, however, because 2017 Colorado powertrain options include not only a new engine, but a brand-new transmission.

 

The new engine will be a 3.6-liter V6, the same engine found in Cadillac’s ATS, CTS, CT6, and XT5 models. With new tech like active fuel management, revised direct injection, and better variable valve timing, the V6 is expected to vastly improve performance and fuel efficiency. The 2017 Colorado with the new V6 gets a power boost to 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, an improvement over the 2016 model’s 305 ponies and 269 lb-ft of torque.

 

The Colorado powertrain options also include a new transmission, an eight-speed automatic gearbox that’s expected to improve fuel economy even further, as well as boost the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado’s towing capacity thanks to its higher first gear ratio. Information on pricing for the new 2017 model is not yet available, but it’s expected to go on sale sometime this fall. If you have any questions about the new Colorado come visit us at Nehls Chevrolet in Marshall, TX!

Fire Ant Festival

Marshall Prepares for Yearly Fire Ant Festival

Fire Ant Festival
Come see what the Fire Ant Festival is all about!

Marshall fits into the region known as East Texas, which is famously (at least for locals) plagued by fire ants. However, instead of lamenting these painful pests, Marshall makes the most of the situation by celebrating regional pride through the yearly Fire Ant Festival. It’s both one of the area’s largest fundraisers, as well as a great, quirky celebration for Marshall residents who come and spend the second weekend in October to socialize, experience live entertainment, and see the sights of downtown Marshall.

 

Some of the most popular attractions at the festival are the fire ant mascots, which are represented by actors in hand-crafted costumes. There is one male and female fire ant, Freddy and Elvira, and their daughter Sugar. The mascots wearing the costumes will be out and about in the crowd during the festival, enjoying the activities and attractions the celebration has to offer.

 

Marshall’s Fire Ant Festival has received national attention for its quirky and unusual theme. This unique festival has also been featured on various high-status talk shows like David Letterman and Oprah. With so much attention focused on the festival, it’s no wonder it’s hailed as a must-see attraction for anyone in the nation. Experience the Fire Ant Festival coming up on October 7th and 8th. Let all of us at Nehls Chevrolet know what attraction you’re looking forward to in the comments below!

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Get a smoother ride with GM’s new Magnetic Ride Control.

It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!

Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.

How the system works is a tad more complicated.

Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.

That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.

New Chevrolet Cruze

New Chevrolet Cruze Lands in China

New Chevrolet Cruze
The new Chevrolet Cruze has made it to China!

The Chevrolet Cruze quickly became the brand’s bestselling vehicle worldwide and the latest model recently landed in China. Officially debuting on July 20th, the new Chevrolet Cruze brings minor design changes for the market. Considering China is the world’s largest automotive market, odds are the Cruze will continue to do well.

Chevrolet touched up the new Cruze for the Chinese market with a few cosmetic changes. The front fascia sees a different design, most noticeable in the hexagonal grille and headlights. Despite cosmetic changes, the wheelbase remains 106.3-inches long.

Essentially the American version of the popular sedan, the new Chevrolet Cruze joins the older model that’s still being sold in China. That leaves the possibility that the new Cruze could be marketed at the Chevrolet Cruze XL. It wouldn’t be the first time a new model was sold alongside an old version. The ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu, called the Malibu XL in China, was sold alongside the older version as well.

The new Chevrolet Cruze is available in seven trims with pricing ranging from $16,405 to $25,365. Standard features include heated seats, a seven-inch multi-touch color screen, OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and push-button start.

We here at Nehls Chevrolet are happy to see the new Cruze available in more markets!

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips

New Car Care Tips
Get to know your new set of wheels with these great new car care tips!

Taking care of your new car is vital to keep it running for years to come. While foregoing proper care won’t result in an immediate breakdown, it could seriously damage your car in the long run. Here are some new car care tips from us here at Nehls Chevrolet!

  1. Owner’s Manual – As boring and long as it is, read your owner’s manual. It contains almost everything you need to know about your car, including a manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule. Knowledge is power and by reading the owner’s manual, it’s easier to keep in touch with what your car needs and how to take care of future problems.
  2. Maintenance – A key part of taking care of a car is keeping up with regular maintenance. There isn’t much to do at first but new cars can have defects and other manufacturing problems. If you notice something wrong, don’t be afraid to contact the dealership. Make sure to get the first few oil changes performed a little early! Metal shavings often drop into the oil pan and too many can hinder the oil’s effectiveness.
  3. Driving – Before you pull a Fast & Furious out of the dealership lot, keep in mind your engine is brand new and hasn’t hit the road just yet. Take it easy for the first few hundred miles. You don’t have to drive like your grandmother, but don’t floor it from a dead stop either.

New Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang Share Gearbox

New Chevrolet Camaro
The newest Camaro will get an all new gearbox inside a design that holds true to its heritage.

If you’re a diehard muscle car enthusiast, odds are you’ve already heard that Ford and Chevrolet have teamed up to develop a new gearbox. As unlikely as it sounds, the idea behind the joint development was to save money as both automakers can use the new 10-speed automatic transmission. As it turns out, both the new Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang will share the new transmission.

This is the same transmission that Chevrolet has already claimed shifts faster than Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch. That’s not something to take lightly and that means both the Camaro and Mustang could become more performance-driven than ever before.

That’s good news for performance enthusiasts, especially since Chevrolet has already ruled out both a hybrid, diesel, and all-wheel drive Camaro. With the latest Camaro preparing to hit markets, it’s good to hear that the engineering and design teams won’t leave the muscle car’s history in the dust.

“Those of us that work on the Camaro are purists, we love the original, long hood, the strong shoulders, the mantra that ‘nobody needs a Camaro, they want a Camaro.’ You know, I think for the foreseeable future, you’re going to see us stay true to Camaro heritage,” said Al Oppenheiser, head engineer of Camaro.

Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see the Camaro smoke the Mustang, new gearbox and all!

Chevrolet Global Mascot Contest

Chevrolet Global Mascot Contest Gives Back to Kids

Chevrolet Global Mascot Contest
Manchester United has just gained an inspiring new mascot named Oscar!

Chevrolet likes to give back to various communities around the globe, which is one of the reasons the Chevrolet Global Mascot Contest was founded several years ago. This year, a 10-year-old boy from Mexico became the 11th member of the program, representing one of his favorite soccer teams.

The winner of the competition, named Oscar, will be participating as a mascot for Manchester United, one of the premier soccer teams in the world. According to Chevrolet, the Global Mascot Contest is part of the Beautiful Possibilities Program, providing underprivileged children opportunities to travel and experience the world.

“Through the years, we’ve heard from our fans that they, too, would like an opportunity to join our squad,” said John Gasloli, Chevrolet Global Marketing. “This year, we evolved the program to invite parents and guardians to nominate a child to be our 11th Mascot. We are thrilled to have Oscar join this year’s Chevrolet Starting XI.”

Oscar was born with a rare hip condition, leading doctors to believe he would never walk again. However, after years of perseverance and incredible discipline, Oscar is able to walk freely—as well as cheer for his favorite soccer team. In addition to cheering for the team, Oscar will attend the Man-United Soccer School and tour Old Trafford stadium in Greater Manchester, England.

Visit us at Nehls Chevrolet to learn more about how we are giving back to our community here in Marshall, TX.

Second Saturday Downtown

Explore Marshall: Second Saturday Downtown Events

Second Saturday Downtown
This summer spend every second Saturday in Downtown Marshall getting to know the city!

Getting a new Chevy opens the door to a range of possibilities, letting you explore the world, as well as your local community. If you are looking for something fun to do in the Marshall, TX area, then check out Second Saturday Downtown events. This regular event draws residents and visitors nearly year round, making it one of the most popular activities in the area.

According to the City of Marshall website, the Second Saturday events are put on by Marshall Main Street each month from March through November. There are concerts like the Boogie Woogie Concert at Telegraph Park, tons of local vendors and stalls, and even the Backroads Bunch Car Show. No matter what you are into, there is something for everyone.

Looking to join in the activities? No problem. Many bring their own arts and crafts to sell during the Second Saturday event for no charge. You can get some good food, shop from local wares, and hear some fine music.

Dates for events include the following: March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, and November 12. Get out and explore your community at the next Second Saturday Downtown event!

Let us know your favorite Marshall, TX event either in the comments or at Nehls Chevrolet!

Staying Safe in the Summer: Sharing the Road with Motorcycles

sharing the road with motorcycles
Being courteous when sharing the road with motorcycles and other cars is the best way to prevent accidents.

Sharing the road with motorcycles is something every driver has to experience, especially as the weather gets warmer and warmer here in Marshall, Texas. There are some key safety tips to keep in mind when driving alongside bikers, tips that will protect both you and them. There’s room for both cars and motorcycles on the road—as long as everyone is safe.

According to wikiHow, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to give extra room. Try and keep 4 to 5 seconds between you and the motorcycle in front of you. Although you might think this is excessive, our brains often fail to account for the small size of motorcycles, making it likely that you are riding closer to that bike than you think.

Always look twice when turning. Again, we are often hardwired to overlook motorcycles on the road. A quick glance is not enough when you are turning. Always be sure to look left, right, and left, ensuring you stay safe. If you want to throw in some extra looks to the left and right, it can’t hurt.

Signal, signal, signal. Road conditions affect motorcycles more than cars, making it imperative that you give them as much time as possible to react to what your car is doing. If you are changing lanes, put on your signal as early as possible if bikes are around. This will prevent any swerving on their part, something that is especially dangerous on two wheels.