2017 Marshall FireAnt Festival | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TX

2017 Marshall FireAnt Festival: A Local Tradition

2017 Marshall FireAnt Festival | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TXThough it may sound like a bizarre name to some, the annual Marshall FireAnt Festival is a tradition within the community. Starting Oct. 14, 2017, you can visit Downtown Marshall for the 35th annual celebration. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., featuring events and activities for people of all ages.

According to the Marshall, TX website, the FireAnt Festival will have tons of attractions. There is a main stage for a concert and performances, the Tour de FireAnt, a 5k Toddler Trot, parade, Diaper Derby, and more. The FireAnt Festival is the perfect place for adults to cut loose, but kids also love this annual tradition.

This year will feature a large number of food and craft vendors, perfect for people looking for local arts and crafts. Local entertainment and bands will perform, while the Evening Street Dance and Performance will be held by Heather Linn & the Deacons. Officially held at the old Harrison County Courthouse, you can plan your visit at any time throughout the day.

If you plan to enter the Tour de FireAnt bicycle ride, be sure to register for the event. There will be a One-Mile Walk/Run at 8 a.m., and the bike race will be held at 9 a.m. These are just some of the many things to do at the annual FireAnt Festival. At Nehls Chevrolet, we couldn’t be more excited for this local tradition.

Stock Colorado ZR2 Design Competes in Longest Off-Road Race in U.S. | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TX

Stock Colorado ZR2 Design Competes in Longest Off-Road Race in U.S.

Stock Colorado ZR2 Design Competes in Longest Off-Road Race in U.S. | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TXChevrolet was recently represented by Hall Racing during America’s longest off-road race. Driving a stock Colorado ZR2, Hall Racing demonstrated the capability and prowess of the new off-road-tuned pickup. The race extended from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada, covering a brutal desert landscape, plummeting cliffs, and rocky slopes.

The media experts at Chevrolet noted that the Colorado ZR2 was the only stock truck to compete in the race, which means it was the only truck without any special upgrades added after it left the production line. In total, only 204 of the 336 trucks who entered finished, and the Colorado ZR2 was able to complete the longest off-road race in the world in just over 18 hours.

“This truck is a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” said Chad Hall, the driver for Hall Racing. “I clobbered some things on the course that would’ve broken many of the vehicles we competed with in the past.”

The Colorado ZR2 design features some upgrades compared to the standard Colorado pickup. For instance, the ZR2 has wider front and rear tracks for stability, a suspension that’s been raised two inches for added clearance, rockers for climbing over stones and other obstacles, rear electronic differentials, and a Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV)™. There’s nothing quite like the Colorado ZR2. Test drive the Chevy Colorado today at Nehls Chevrolet.

Back to School Tips for Parents | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TX

Back to School Tips for Parents

Back to School Tips for Parents | Nehls Chevrolet | Marshall, TXAs summer is winding down, it’s time to start preparing for the new school year. These back to school tips from Nehls Chevrolet will help you and your kids stay on top of things from the first to the last day of school.

Adjust Your Routine

Rather than waiting until the day of, start changing your morning and night routing a week or two before classes start. This will give kids a chance to gradually adjust their sleeping schedule, allowing them to get better rest that first week of school.

Plan Lunches and Snacks

Save money on school lunches and help your kids make healthy choices by planning meals and snacks in advance. Help your kids prepare and pack their lunches for the week, and keep a special location in the fridge and pantry for healthy after school snacks.

Stay Organized

Help your kids stay organized throughout the year by create a special homework zone. Store backpacks, school supplies, or even snacks here, so kids will always have what they need to get their work done at home.

Talk to Your Kids

Before the school year starts, have a discussion with your kids about what they’re expecting. Talk about bullying and how to handle it should it occur. Encourage your kids to be open about their interests, questions, and concerns throughout the year so they’ll always feel confident and safe.

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!

NHTSA Awards 2015 Malibu Five-Star Safety Rating

The NHTSA hands the 2015 Malibu five-star safety rating.
The NHTSA handed the 2015 Malibu a five-star safety rating.

It’s another year, and again the Malibu proves to be a safe ride as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives out a 2015 Malibu five-star safety rating.

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu earned the top safety rating, receiving five stars in the front and side crash tests. It also scored four stars on the rollover crash test.

Standard safety equipment

  • Electronic stability control
  • Traction control
  • 10 airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • OnStar

Next up is the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rating. It awarded the 2014 Malibu with a “good” rating last year, and we at Nehls Chevrolet are excited to see what rating it will earn this time around. What rating do you think it will earn? Sound off in the comments below, and visit us this Labor Day weekend to check out what new and used cars we have for sale here in Marshall, TX!

2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a “Safe” Bet

The 2015 Chevrolet Traverse is a safe SUV.
With a five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA, the Traverse is as safe as they come.

It’s July and with the MLB All-Star game this week, baseball season is in full swing. If you want to make sure you are “safe at home,” come down and check out the new 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

The Traverse recently received the top five-star overall vehicle safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Traverse received five stars in the front and side impact tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Traverse comes with a multitude of standard safety features, including electronic stability control, antilock brakes, rearview camera and a tire pressure-monitoring system. The LTZ model includes a forward collision alert system as well as a lane-departure warning system.

The 2015 Traverse also features Siri Eyes Free, which allows for the driver to operate any Apple mobile device running iOS 7.1 or later hands-free via as part of the Apple CarPlay system.

All of these features make the Traverse one of the safest crossovers on the road. Stop by at the dealership and hit a “home run” with the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse today.

How to Photograph Fireworks

A steady surface is key to photograph fireworks.
No way do you want blurry photos. Use a tripod.

Where does one begin when they want to photograph fireworks? Well, it all starts with
a good camera. A cellphone or standard point-and-shoot camera may get you a few
nice shots, but the more control and knowledge you have in photography, the
better shots you will have to wow your friends and family. Here are some things
to keep in mind.

1. Tripod: Sitting your camera on a firm platform will guarantee you non-blurry images, but that’s not the only thing you need.

2. Timed Shots: Another thing you can do is set your shots on a timer or invest in a remote release device. This ensures that your camera will be 100% still during the grand finale.

3. Framing: In order to make it easy, you may want to have your camera all the way zoomed out, especially if it has a good amount of pixels.

4. Location: Know where you are going to shoot beforehand, and get their early. It may be a popular spot.

5. Speed: For best results, set your aperture on the small side in between f/8 and f/16. For shutter speed, you’ll want to shoot in what is called ‘bulb’ mode. This is when the photographer will keep the shutter open for very long exposures.

Above all else, set your camera in manual mode and give yourself complete control over your shots. Enjoy the results and start practicing for New Year’s and July 4, 2015!

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Improves Under New SAE J2807 Towing Standards

The 2015 Silverado has seen much improvements under the new J2807 towing standards.
The 2014 Chevy Silverado towed 300-500 pounds less than the 2015.

Towing capacity is to pickup truck what fuel economy is to hybrids and driving range is to electric vehicles. In the automotive world, most types of vehicles are intended for a specific purpose and will have an important factor that determines how well that vehicle accomplishes that purpose.

However, unlike hybrids and electric cars, pickup trucks do not have a standard method of determining how much weight a vehicle can actually tow. The problem was that previous methods of tow rating did not take into account different parts, options and passenger weight that negatively affects the total weight a truck can tow otherwise known as a truck’s Gross Combine Weight Rating (GCWR).

In a successful attempt to solve this problem, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) created the J2807 standards. This is a unified system that requires automakers to test vehicles equipped with any options that normally have a 33 percent take-rate, 70 pounds of aftermarket hitch equipments and a driver and a passenger with a combined weight of 300 pounds.

Under this new standard, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra base models dropped 300-500 pounds of towing capacity, while The V-6 regular cab trucks with four-wheel drive kept the same rating of 7,600 pounds as did certain versions of trucks equipped with the 6.2-liter V-8 and Max Trailering Package, which maintained the top rating of 12,000 pounds.

However, the 2015 Silverado and Sierra base models actually increased towing capacity under the J2807 standards with the four-wheel-drive V-6 models improving by 400 pounds for the Crew Cab and 500 pounds for the Double Cab, a pretty successful jump for Sierra and GMC.

Those of us at Nehls Chevrolet look forward to how the J2807 towing standards will improve the rating system and overviews of current and future pickup trucks.

Car and Driver Puts Chevy Volt Aerodynamics to the Test

Car and Driver put Volt aerodynamics to the test.
The Chevy Volt is the most aerodynamic all-electric car.

Aerodynamics is one of the most important features to consider when it comes to fuel economy. To have a fuel-efficient car, it needs to be able to cut through the air with ease, so Car and Driver decided to take five vehicles—the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes-Benz CLA 250, Nissan Leaf, Tesla Model S P85, and the Toyota Prius—and measure their aerodynamic drag.

While the Volt has the third largest drag area, which is the size of the front multiplied by the drag coefficient, it still managed to be one of the two cars that lived up to its official drag coefficient number, the other being the Model S. Though the Model S was named the most aerodynamic choice of the batch, the Volt proved that it was the most aerodynamic all-electric car with a final drag coefficient of 0.28.

To check out just how streamlined Volt aerodynamics are, make sure you stop by Nehls Chevrolet today!

General Motors Hints at Changes for Eighth-Generation Corvette

General Motors teases big changes with eighth-generation Corvette.
The 2014 Corvette Stingray

 

We’re still basking in the glow of the seventh-generation Corvette redesigned for the 2014 model year, but is General Motors already admitting to an eighth-gen ‘Vette in the works? Not only has the automaker ‘fessed up. GM is hinting that big changes are on the way.

Before you get too upset thinking the beloved 2014 Corvette Stingray is going away any time soon, let us put your anxiety to rest. Based on production history, we at Nehls Chevrolet expect the current model to stick around for about seven more years at least.

Whenever the next all-new model comes, we’re interested to know what changes we can expect to see. We think the key is in what GM Global Product Chief Mark Reuss declined to say.

While he freely admitted to reporters that a next-generation Corvette was already being conceived, he remained mum on whether it could come equipped with a hybrid or even an electric powertrain.

Thanks to recent developments, hybrid and electric vehicle technology no longer automatically equates to reduced power. GM still has several years to continue advancing the technology.

With such an iconic car, GM’s engineers certainly have their work cut out for them as they craft the next Corvette. However, as much as we love the redesigned 2014 Stingray, we have full confidence they will find a way to make the eighth-generation Corvette a more efficient model with even better performance, but still classically Corvette.