GM Plans to Hire 3,000 New Employees to Build Electric and Autonomous Cars

2017 Chevy Sedan Lineup | Victoria, TX

General Motors is a company that is constantly looking toward the future when making financial decisions. Therefore, it was hardly shocking when GM committed to an upcoming vehicle lineup populated by electric and autonomous models.

GM recently announced the latest step in this initiative involves hiring approximately 3,000 new employees to bolster its tech-centered departments.

Said jobs will span a wide array of different categories, from IT to design and engineering. The one thing that they will all have in common is their central role in accelerating the electrification and autonomous capabilities of the GM family of vehicles.

“As we evolve and grow our software expertise and services, it’s important that we continue to recruit and add diverse talent,” explained GM President Mark Reuss.

This initiative isn’t just about making the GM vehicle library more advanced. It’s also designed to help the company produce a much smaller carbon footprint and create a more eco-friendly environment.

GM recently showcased its efforts up to this point with the unveiling of the new GMC Hummer. While the previous iteration of the Hummer was a gas-guzzling model, this new Hummer is actually an electric vehicle that maintains the performance the Hummer is famous for while simultaneously providing unmatched levels of fuel economy.

With this new wave of talent on its way to join the ranks at GM, we here at the Atzenhoffer family of dealerships are excited to see what the company introduces next.

Get the Lowdown on GM’s Air Ride Adaptive Suspension

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe Premier | Victoria, TX

It’s not exactly a secret that General Motors is one of the largest designers and manufacturers of high-quality vehicles anywhere in the world. What sets the automaker apart, though, is its relentless dedication to improvement, even when competitors would have considered a model “good enough.” One recent example is the innovative Air Ride Adaptive Suspension system. Here’s what makes it so special.

 Intelligent engineering

GM Air Ride Adaptive Air Suspension is a masterpiece of creative design that combines intelligent software and standard hardware. An onboard computer reads weight distribution within the cabin and sends that information to all four corners of your vehicle, each of which is equipped with an air-powered shock absorber. Whether you’re on a smooth highway or a pothole-filled city road, the system can dynamically compensate for unevenness by lowering the body by up to 4 inches.

 Save money, drive smoother

The most obvious result is that Air Ride Adaptive Suspension will make virtually every drive more comfortable for both you and your passengers. But the benefits don’t stop there. First, you can take direct control of the system to lower your vehicle’s height by up to 2 inches when parked, making disembarking easier than ever. Plus, your properly-equipped GM will automatically bring itself three-quarters of an inch closer to the road when you’re moving at highway speeds, becoming more aerodynamic and increasing efficiency.

GM Air Ride Adaptive Suspension is currently available on exceptional GM vehicles like the 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, and Cadillac Escalade. To learn more, check out our extensive online inventory or give us a call at Atzenhoffer Chevrolet Cadillac.

How to Minimize Your C8 Corvette’s Wheel Gaps

If you’re crazy about your stylish, powerful, and innovative new Chevy Corvette C8 but you’re looking to reduce the size of its wheel gaps, you’re in luck. A new aftermarket part is now available which can reduce the gap that many Corvette owners would rather be without.

 

For those unfamiliar with the Corvette’s ride-height controversy, note that it is present in certain configurations of the mode, like the C8 outfitted with the Z51 Performance Suspension and Front Lift Suspension.

 

The product is a front lift lowering collar from Paragon Performance, a manufacturer of high-end vehicle-performance equipment. Per Paragon, the device will allow you to manually adjust your Corvette’s ride height. It has the ability to lower the front end by 0.75 inches, a match to the factory rear max adjustment setting.

 

Paragon Performance developed the accessory with the use of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software. The company tested models that came from 3D printers before perfecting the design and going into production mode.

 

The lowering collar is built from 6061 Aluminum. It sports an anodized black color with a laser logo. Opt for the available Mag Ride socket and de-pin tools, which will simplify do-it-yourself installations. Paragon’s progressive new part also comes with a lifetime warranty, truly staking its reputation on the product.

 

Find out more about the C8 Corvette or how you can customize it when you call us at Atzenhoffer in Victoria, Texas

GM and EVgo Roll Out New Fast-Charging Stations

2019 Chevy Bolt EV Premier Charging Port | Victoria, TX

General Motors and EVgo are teaming up to add 2,700 new fast-charging stations across the United States. These will not only give more drivers access to stations but may also persuade drivers to buy electric vehicles for the first time.

No small feat, this project will take place during the next five years, gradually expanding the EVgo network. Popular suburban and urban locations, such as retail stores, restaurants, grocery shops and entertainment centers, will gain the charging stations. As such, when driving your EV in Victoria, Texas, you may be able to more easily find a station.

The first stations will arrive at the beginning of 2021 and will be able to charge a maximum of four vehicles at once. They utilize 100 percent renewable energy and can charge your EV in as fast as 15 to 30 minutes. This means that you won’t have to take a break from exploring Port Lavaca for long if your vehicle is due for a charge.

General Motors also has announced plans to introduce at least 12 new EV models by 2023. With the increasing availability of charging stations, more drivers may be interested in purchasing these new vehicles.

If you’re interested in buying an EV or learning about the different models available, give us a call at Atzenhoffer, or view our inventory online.

Do You Need to Wax Your Car?

Woman washing car | Victoria, TX

Waxing your car after a wash has always been touted as essential for keeping your car shiny and staving off rust buildup. But is it really a necessary part of car care? Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of waxing your vehicle, as well as one thing you shouldn’t neglect when it comes to cleaning your car.

Benefits of Waxing

On a modern vehicle with a strong clear coat applied, the biggest benefit of waxing is cosmetic. It keeps your vehicle looking shiny and like it just rolled off the assembly line. A flawless, shiny paint job can even increase resale value.

Waxing can also extend the time between washes because it keeps away debris. The protective clear coat also does this, but it’s not invincible, so waxing can also help protect the clear coat.

Drawbacks of Waxing

On the other hand, waxing is a time-consuming task that can also get expensive, without much benefit. You might want to wax once or twice a year just for an added layer of protection against the elements and to keep that shiny look. But waxing after a wash is not necessary to keep your car healthy.

Protect the Undercarriage

The one part of your car that’s still made of metal and exposed to the elements — and doesn’t have the benefit of a clear coat — is the undercarriage. This is the main place you’ll see rust buildup, so focus your cleaning efforts here even if you skip the car wax. Make sure you thoroughly clean the underside on a regular basis and apply an underbody sealant.

Contact us at Atzenhoffer for more helpful strategies to keep your car healthy and clean as we head into a new season of driving. And remember to schedule your car’s seasonal service appointment to ensure your safe travels this fall and winter.