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Chevy Spark compared to America’s 1970′s Sedans

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Chevy Spark compared to America’s 1970′s Sedans

Posted on 01 April 2013 by Grace

GM compares the Chevy Spark with the average American sedan in the early 1970s.

Here’s how the city car stacks up:

  • Exterior - The mini-car is 50 percent smaller than the typical ’73 American full-size sedan.
  • Height - New subcompacts like the Chevy Spark are actually 6 inches taller than the 1973 sedan.
  • Wheels - The wheels on the new 2013 mini cars and the 1973 full-size cars are equal – both maintain their poise on standard 15-inch rims.
  • Interior - The 2013 subcompacts have front and rear headroom and front legroom that match the average 1973 American full-sized sedan.

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2013  Camaro ZL1

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2013 Camaro ZL1

Posted on 06 March 2013 by Grace

The 2013  Camaro ZL1 is the highest performing production Camaro of all time. With jaw-dropping output figures like 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V-8, this car is barely street legal. It has been tested on some of the most rigorous tracks around the world, even clocking 7:41.27 at Nürburgring. Chevy built the ZL1 to be track capable right off the lot.

Power and performance comes with a relatively inexpensive price tag starting at $54,095 before taxes, licensing and a destination charge. But this Camaro will be hard to get your hands on; they are rolling off showroom floors faster than the ZL1 can lap Nürburgring.

 

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Employee of the Month: Eric Garvin

Employee of the Month: Eric Garvin

Posted on 15 February 2013 by Grace

Eric Garvin is a Senior Sales Consultant at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet. His passion for the brand

began at a young age. Eric grew up riding around in Chevys, and when he began to drive his parents gave him a Chevy of his own. It was natural when he decided to change careers after 10 years in the home entertainment industry that he pursue a career with Chevrolet.

Eric has been a part of the Ron Tonkin Chevrolet team since 2010 and in that time he has become a top performing Sales Consultant, helping hundreds of customers purchase and lease vehicles. Customers are drawn to Eric because of his informative sales style; he explains various functions and features of different vehicles and asks questions to better understand a customer’s needs. He asks his clients questions like, “How many people are going to be riding in this vehicle? Are you planning on using it to pull a trailer?” Eric says, “By asking the right questions I can help them select the right vehicle.” His patient sales approach and vehicle knowledge ensures that customers drive home happy.

When Eric is not at work he is with his wife and two sons. He enjoys taking his sons to the Oregon Coast, the zoo and on other outings.

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The 2013 Camaro ZL1

The 2013 Camaro ZL1

Posted on 17 January 2013 by Grace

The 2013 Camaro ZL1 is the highest performing production Camaro of all time. Chevy built the ZL1 to be track capable right off the lot, with jaw-dropping output figures like 580 hp and 556 lb-ft of torque from its supercharged 6.2 liter LSA V-8.

 

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet has a limited edition ZL1 on its showroom floor. Call (503) 408-6480 today to schedule a test drive!

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Car Show

Car Show

Posted on 17 July 2012 by Grace

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Ron Tonkin presents a TV sales event!

Ron Tonkin presents a TV sales event!

Posted on 14 July 2012 by Grace

Ron Tonkin presents a TV sales event! Tune-in the mornings of July 28 & 29 to channels 2,6 and 12 to see the huge selection of pre-owned cars. Learn how we help people get into the vehicle of their dreams, regardless of credit history,

all from the comfort of your home. We have as many as 50 different lenders ready to loan to you. During this event we will work to secure financing for people with:

Bankruptcy

Repossession

Foreclosures

Late Payments

Negative Equity

Low Credit Scores

Be one the first 75 people to call in during the television program and receive a voucher good for $500 toward your vehicle purchase. Trade-in your car and purchase a newer vehicle that better suits your needs while keeping your payments the same. Don’t disqualify yourself. Don’t sell yourself short. We can help!

Check your local listing July 28 & 29 and tune-in to learn about Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s sales event.

 

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Posted on 19 May 2012 by Grace

Great new wallpapers via TJIN Edition

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2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR

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2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Grace

The sporty Sonic will be available in an even sportier version, the RS. This high performance car made it’s debut at the North American International Auto Show.

The Sonic RS will be stocked with a turbocharged 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, tuned exhaust, tighter suspension, 17-inch wheels and an upgraded, leather-trimmed interior. Its grille, fog lamps and other body parts have been redesigned. Unlike most subcompacts, this car is designed to be not only fuel efficient, but fun to drive.

“The new Chevrolet Sonic RS pushes Chevrolet’s performance heritage in a new direction, for a new generation of drivers,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. “It takes the Sonic’s great design and latest connectivity features and combines them with a more performance-oriented look and feel.”

Though the existing Sonic is a blast to drive, the Sonic RS takes fun to a whole new level.

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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

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America’s Favorite Sports Cars

Posted on 28 February 2012 by Grace

The Chevrolet Camaro has taken the sports car segment by storm since the introduction of it’s  fifth-generation in 2010. Camaro outsold its biggest rival the Ford Mustang this year, for the second year in a row.

Camaro isn’t the only Chevrolet that boasts impressive sales numbers for 2011. Twice as many Corvettes sold this year than its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911. See full press release below.

Official Press Release

DETROIT – Chevrolet is America’s favorite performance brand, with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States in 2011.

Chevrolet accounted for 37 percent of the sports-car segment last year, selling 88,249 Camaros, which surpassed its nearest competitor, the Ford Mustang, by more than 18,000 units. That lead is expected to increase when the new Camaro ZL1 goes on sale this month.

 

Chevrolet accounted for 28 percent of the luxury-sports-car segment in 2011, selling 13,164 Corvettes. Currently the only domestic car in the segment, Corvette more than doubled the sales of its nearest competitor, the Porsche 911.

 

Top 5 Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
Top 5 Luxury Sports Cars by
2011 Total Sales and Market Share
1. Chevrolet Camaro 88,249 37% 1. Chevrolet Corvette 13,164 28%
2. Ford Mustang 70,438 29% 2. Porsche 911 6,016 13%
3. Dodge Challenger 39,534 16% 3. BMW 6-Series 3,903 8%
4. Honda CR-Z 11,330 5% 4. BMW Z4 3,479 7%
5. Hyundai Veloster 9,284 4% 5. Mercedes  SLK 3,220 7%

 

“With the addition of the Camaro ZL1, there are only a handful of brands in the world with two cars that can match the performance, technology, and excitement of Corvette and Camaro,” said General Motors North America President Mark Reuss. “Unlike many competitors’ performance cars, the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1 are appropriate for both daily drivers and track use from the factory – with standard coolers for brakes and drivetrain.”

 

“And we challenge any company to bring two cars to compete with the Corvette ZR1 and Camaro ZL1, dollar for dollar,” Reuss said. “They will discover what enthusiasts already know – that Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette are the world’s best performance cars for the money.”

 

To demonstrate the capabilities of the Corvette and Camaro, Chevrolet recently tested full-production models with no performance modifications on the “Grand Course” at Virginia International Raceway. The Grand Course configuration is a challenge for production cars because it requires prodigious power, precise handling and tenacious grip to record a fast lap.

 

In a 2012 Corvette ZR1, equipped with new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires, Corvette engineer Jim Mero lapped the Grand Course in 2:45.6 – faster than the published lap time for any production car.

 

In a 2012 Camaro ZL1, Camaro engineer Aaron Link lapped the Grand Course in 2:52.4 – more than six seconds faster than the published lap time of a 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 on the same track.

 

Car and Driver Magazine, which conducts the annual Lightning Lap shootout at Virginia International Raceway, called the track “the nearest thing to the Nurburgring’s fabled Nordschleife.”

 

“The Grand Course at VIR is an excellent test of all-around vehicle performance,” said

 

Reuss.  “Like the Nurburgring, a single lap at VIR tests every aspect of a car, including power, brakes, steering, tire grip and chassis balance.  To break a three-minute lap on the four-mile Grand Course is an incredible accomplishment for any car.”

 

The Corvette ZR1 is the most powerful vehicle Chevrolet has ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LS9 V-8 delivering 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque. Of all mass-production companies, Chevrolet is the leader in carbon fiber use, with the lightweight material used for structural components on the ZR1 including the front fenders, hood, roof, front splitter, rocker panels and floor pans. With a curb weight of 3,353 pounds, the ZR1 features a power-to-weight ratio of just 5.2 pounds per horsepower. As a result, the ZR1 is also the fastest Chevrolet ever produced, capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, and reaching a top speed of 205 mph. The Corvette ZR1 starts at $112,575, including destination.

 

The Camaro ZL1 is the most-powerful Camaro ever produced, with a supercharged, 6.2L, LSA V-8 delivering 580-horsepower, and 556 pound-feet of torque. It is also the most-sophisticated Camaro ever, with exclusive performance technologies including Performance Traction Management and Magnetic Ride suspension. Other standard performance features include six-piston Brembo brakes, and coolers for the rear differential, brakes, and transmission. As a result, the ZL1 is also the most-capable Camaro ever, accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds, reaching a top speed of 184 mph, and lapping the famed Nurburgring in just 7:41.27. The Camaro ZL1 starts at $54,995, including destination.

 

Both Corvette and Camaro have also recently been recognized by IntelliChoice as the best overall value in their segments – further evidence that consumers get more performance for their money from Chevrolet.

 

 

 

 

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