Archive | November, 2011

Centennial Corvette Z06

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Centennial Corvette Z06

Posted on 29 November 2011 by Grace

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, GM released the 2012 Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06. This Vette was a century in the making and worth the wait! This 100th anniversary sports car pays homage to Chevrolet’s performance heritage with a package inspired by Chevrolet’s daredevil racing spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This sleek sports car commands attention with carbon flash metallic paint, large wheels and red accents on both the brake calipers and wheels.

Inside, the exterior theme is reflected with black leather seats and red stitching. Badges of Louis Chevrolet are featured on the B-pillars, wheel center caps, and steering wheel.

Chevrolet Centennial Edition Corvette Z06 is now available!

 

 

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The Spark, Chevy enters the mini-car market.

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The Spark, Chevy enters the mini-car market.

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Grace

GM enters the mini-car market with the Chevy Spark. They unveiled four, 12 foot, cuties at the LA Auto Show, sporting a variety of candy colors from Salsa to Disco.

The Spark packs a 1.2 liter four-cylinder engine, delivers 85 horsepower and 82 ft-lbs of torque. But don’t be too quick to judge the power of the Spark the light weight gives the car better than expected get up and go, while delivering 40+ highway MPG and 30+ city MPG.

Chevy was not chintzy with the features on this little car. In fact the Spark is packed with technology like, a 7-inch touchscreen on the center console, standard air conditioning and power windows, and Bluetooth/Pandora connectivity.

The Spark will be priced below the Chevy Sonic though; official pricing has not been released. The spunky Spark will be a welcomed addition to the Chevy line-up when it is released this summer.

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

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NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’

Posted on 18 November 2011 by Grace

NADAguides.com an online provider of new and used vehicle pricing information, announced that the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has been awarded the NADAguides ‘Car of the Year’.

The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze beat out ten highly qualified competitors. The 11 cars were considered based upon performance, styling and design, fuel ratings, safety features and cost of ownership.

The Cruze was named the ‘Car of the Year’ because it’s an overall fantastic value.  It combines comfort, fuel economy and safety in a stylish package.

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Get a Car Loan with Bad Credit

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Get a Car Loan with Bad Credit

Posted on 17 November 2011 by Grace

The number of people in the Northwest with bad credit is at an all-time high. This is largely attributed to the turbulent economic climate and high unemployment rate. People living in Oregon, Washington, and across the country are finding it impossible to pay their bills and as a result have low credit scores.

A bad credit score makes securing an auto loan nearly impossible. Luckily, some local dealerships specialize in auto financing for people with bad credit. Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is one such dealer. Customers are able to secure financing through the Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Business Development Center and drive off the lot with a new or pre-owned vehicle the same day.

Business Development Center

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s Business Development Center is directed by Lorrie Krall. Lorrie has been a part of the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships for over three years under her direction the department boasts a 90% success rate of securing loans for customers. Though she started as a sales consultant, she was quickly drawn to the Business Development Center. Lorrie states, “I have the best customers. My customers come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have always been responsible with their credit until the unexpected happens, like a job loss or a medical issue, and they fall behind on their bills.” Regardless of the situation, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s primary goal is to help customers purchase a great vehicle within their budget.

The Process

  • Getting in Contact – Clients can contact the Business Development Center in a variety of different ways. Some are connected through various third party websites and others can simply visit the company website. Special loan customers are directed to a representative who can answer any of their questions.
  • Phone Consultation – After you reach out to Ron Tonkin Chevrolet, you will receive a phone call from a Business Development Center representative. The representative will ask you basic questions in order to complete a credit application over the phone and set up an appointment.
  • Appointment – When you come in for your appointment your loan has already been secured. A sales consultant will help you find your ideal car within your budget from any of the seventeen Tonkin dealerships. The sales consultant will work with you until you are confident in your choice.
  • Purchasing a vehicle – Because your loan is already secured, purchasing a car is easy. Once you have decided on a vehicle, a financial adviser will explain the payment structure and have you sign the necessary paperwork.
  • On Your Way – Your sales consultant will hand you your key and explain any additional information about the vehicle. You are now on your way with a quality affordable vehicle.

With Ron Tonkin Chevrolet your credit score is not an issue. We believe that everyone should be able to purchase a car regardless of their financial history, which is why we have been putting people behind the wheel of their dream cars for over fifty years.

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Iconic Chevrolet Cars

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Iconic Chevrolet Cars

Posted on 11 November 2011 by Grace

 

November 3rd marked the official anniversary of Chevrolet. The bowtie brand was founded a hundred years ago by race-car driver/automobile engineer Louis Chevrolet and ousted General Motors founder William C. Durant. The pair designed Chevrolet cars to possess a spirit of their own. This spirit is manifested in iconic models such as the Suburban, Corvette and Volt.

The Suburban Carryall was introduced in 1936 and was the world’s first cross-over vehicle. It had the feel of a passenger car but with all the room of a truck. It had three doors, seated eight and weighed a half ton.

The Corvette made its debut in 1953 but it took a decade for it to truly become a sports car. In 1963 the Corvette Sting-Ray raced onto the scene with a fully independent suspension, hot V-8 engine and a stunning new shape with a split rear window.

The Volt is a relatively new addition to the Chevy line up, the concept debuting in 2007 and officially going on sale 2010. It shook up the market by offering a rechargeable electric battery and backup gas tank. The Volt serves as a sign that Chevrolet is looking ahead to the next hundred years.

In Portland, Oregon Ron Tonkin Chevrolet  celebrated Chevy’s centennial with a classic car display. The lot turned into memory lane and visitors experienced Chevy’s legacy of greatness with vehicles dating back to the 1930s.

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Chevy Spark World Debut

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Chevy Spark World Debut

Posted on 08 November 2011 by Grace

At this month’s LA Auto Show, the Chevrolet Spark is set to make it’s world debut. Lucky visitors to the LA Auto Show will have the first peek at the all electric Chevy.

This new micro-compact will add a youthful edgy-feel to the Chevy lineup. The Spark is equipped with an all electric motor, 114 hp and optional touchscreen radio. The Spark is expected to have superior speed, space and style to any car in it’s segment.

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100 Years of Chevrolet

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100 Years of Chevrolet

Posted on 03 November 2011 by Grace

Today marks the official 100th anniversary of Chevrolet. To celebrate GM is pulling out all the stops, from a commercial that highlights Chevrolet’s legacy to a Pandora station that plays 100 Chevy-themed songs.

Here in Portland, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is celebrating with a classic car display. Our lot has turned into memory lane with classic Chevrolets dating back to the 1930s.

Below are photos of some of the classic cars at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet. For more information call 503-255-4100

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Sonic Boom

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Sonic Boom

Posted on 02 November 2011 by Grace

Move over Corvette there is a new race-inspired Chevy in town!

The Sonic Super 4 Concept roared into this years SEMA show equipped with SCCA-approved chrome roll cage, SCCA-approved window nets, racing gauges and a racing seat with a five-point harness. The engine remains the same fierce 1.4L Ecotec turbo mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Check out this and the other Sonic designs that rolled through SEMA this year!

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