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.

Distracted Driving Surges in the US

Man driving while on phone | Victoria, TX

Following spring’s unprecedented lack of traffic on the road, it appears that many drivers are getting back in the swing of things on the daily commute. Unfortunately, a recent distracted driving study suggests that drivers are returning to their normal driving routines with a smartphone in one hand and a latte in the other.

According to the survey, conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Netradyne, 82 percent of the participants claim that distracted driving is on the rise based on their experiences on the road. And half of those surveyed believe that roadways are more dangerous than ever. This sentiment isn’t surprising in the slightest given the fact that one out of every seven drivers surveyed said that they or their vehicle were injured as a result of distracted driving. Furthermore, one in five surveyed said that they were legally reprimanded for driving while distracted.

The study attempted to uncover some of the reasons for the sudden upswing in distracted driving. Netradyne points out that summer, sometimes referred to as “100 Deadliest Days” between Memorial Day and Labor Day, is the first time many teen drivers are on the road. In addition to inattentive youngsters, this summer saw many rusty drivers return to work after several months off the road.

The Atzenhoffer family wants you to stay safe this summer, so please put your phone in “do not disturb” mode while on the road. And remember to stop by in person to browse our selection of new vehicles, if you’re in need of a safe new ride to boost your confidence behind the wheel.