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Where’s Santa? OnStar Helps Boys and Girls follow His Trip from the North Pole


Elizabeth City, NC – OnStar will help preserve the magic of this holiday season by enabling Elizabeth City  children to learn Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve with a simple press of the OnStar button, thanks to its collaboration with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) “Track Santa” program.

From 7:00 a.m. on Dec. 24 until 5:00 a.m. on Dec. 25, Elizabeth City area drivers with an active OnStar subscription can press the blue OnStar button in his or her vehicle to request a “Santa Update” and find out Santa’s current location.

Elizabeth City area families are really excited about OnStar’s “Santa Update,” said Trey Colbert, Internet Director for Performance Chevrolet. “For the past four years, OnStar has used technology to help spread the holiday cheer throughout the area.”“Santa Update” from OnStar advisor.

Using sophisticated systems like the North Warning Radar System and geo-synchronous satellites with infrared sensors, NORAD monitors Santa’s location on Christmas Eve. Children may also follow Santa with the NORAD Track Santa mobile apps.

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OnStar: Most Kids Unprepared for Auto Emergencies

Elizabeth City, NC – When it comes to preparing Elizabeth City children for emergencies, high-profile situations like fires and medical emergencies around the home are top of mind for many parents. However, for emergencies in the car, young children often do not know what to do.

A recent study by OnStar and Kelton Research found that less than half of parents are sure that their children would know at least one measure to take in the event of a car crash (46 percent) or a medical emergency in or around a vehicle (47 percent). Comparatively, 72 percent of parents expect their kids would know what to do if there was a fire in the home.

“Parents know how important it is to teach kids about safety in the home, but think how much time kids spend in cars. A few simple precautions can make a big difference,” said Kate Carr, President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide.

In addition to a number of educational programs that Safe Kids Coalitions offer around the country, OnStar and Safe Kids are providing parents some tips to help prepare children for an emergency that might take place in or around the vehicle.

  • Car Seats: Safe Kids recommends keeping kids in rear-facing car seats as long as possible, as it is the safest way for children to travel. Children more than two years old can sit in forward-facing car seats or in rear-facing convertible seats as long as the child hasn’t reached the maximum car seat weight or height. Many forward-facing seats can help protect kids from 50 to 85 pounds. Booster seats protect kids up to 100 pounds. Always make sure the car seat is properly secured according to manufacturers’ instructions.
  • Airbags: Remember that children who are up against or very close to any airbag when it inflates can be seriously injured or killed. Never put a rear-facing child restraint in the right front seat.  It is also better to put a forward-facing child restraint in the rear seat as well.  Check the owner’s manual to see where the airbags are located in your vehicle.
  • Safety Belts: For children who outgrow their booster seats, proper safety belt technique is critical. Show your child how to properly put on and take off a safety belt on their own. Make sure they know that the shoulder belt should always be worn in front of their chest, centered on the shoulder, and the lap belt should be low on the hips, contacting the thighs, not the stomach. Take Safe Kids’ safety belt fit test, to be sure your child is ready to advance to the safety belt.
  • Educate about OnStar: If your vehicle has OnStar, you should make sure your young passengers are educated about its capabilities. In the event of a moderate-to-severe crash, OnStar will automatically connect to a trained advisor who will ask if everyone’s OK and can send emergency help to the location of the vehicle. It’s important that children know they can trust this OnStar voice and that they should answer any questions the advisor may ask and follow directions given.

It’s also crucial for kids to understand how to use OnStar in a non-crash-related emergency. Inform them that the red emergency button on the rearview mirror is just like dialing 9-1-1. If the driver is in trouble and cannot press the button for some reason, kids should know that this is a fast and easy way to call for help. However, you should tell them to never play with the buttons.

  • Sitting Properly: You can teach your child how to sit properly in a seat to help avoid injury:
    • Sit with shoulders against the back of the seat.
    • Position the head rest to protect the head.
    • Keep your head away from the door panel or window as that could cause injury.
    • Keep your legs in front of you, not to the side.
    • Stow all belongings so they do not injure passengers in a crash.
  • Car Keys: Never leave children alone in a vehicle with the car keys. Children could operate the power windows or other vehicle controls that can be dangerous.  Children can be seriously injured or killed if caught in the path of a closing window.  Do not leave the keys in a vehicle with children and never leave a child alone in a vehicle.  Lock all doors after leaving an empty vehicle.

GM Foundation has supported Safe Kids for the past 16 years, beginning with the Safe Kids Buckle Up program.

Safe Kids conducts programs for kids and families around the country and in Elizabeth City that teach safety messages, including how to use OnStar, common vehicle myths, tips and more. A Cub Scout program is geared for kids ages 7-10; the Safest Generation program is tailored for kids ages 11-12 and the Countdown2Drive programs reaches older kids and young teens. Visit www.safekids.org to find a program near you.

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If you would like to learn more about the Onstar, please feel free to contact us or just stop by our store and we will be happy to field any questions you might have.

Performance Chevrolet is proud to serve the auto dealership needs of cities such as Elizabeth City, Edenton, Hertford, Currituck, Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Moyock, South Mills, Camden, Williamston, Ahoskie, Chesapeake, Columbia, Shiloh, Virginia Beach, Norfolk and counties that include Dare, Chowan, Perquimans and Pasquotank in North Carolina and Virginia. We provide exceptional customer service, a warm and friendly environment, auto financing options to fit your budget, and an inventory of great new and used cars, trucks, SUV’s and crossovers. Our ASE Certified Service Technicians at the Performance Chevrolet Service Center service and repair all makes and models both foreign and domestic. Call us at (252) 338-9100 or stop in at 1005 W. Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC, 27909 and check out our great GM inventory.

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About OnStar

OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Motors, is the global leading provider of connected safety, security and mobility solutions and advanced information technology. With more than 6 million subscribers in the U.S, Canada and China, OnStar is currently available on more than 45 MY 2012 GM models, as well as available for installation on most other vehicles already on the road with OnStar FMV. More information about OnStar can be found at www.onstar.com.

 About Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global network of organizations dedicated to providing parents and caregivers with practical and proven resources to protect kids from unintentional injuries, the number one cause of death to children in the United States. Throughout the world, almost one million children die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. Safe Kids works with an extensive network of more than 600 coalitions in the U.S. and in 22 countries to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, falls, burns, poisonings and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids has helped reduce the U.S. childhood death rate from unintentional injury by 53 percent. Working together, we can do much more for kids everywhere. Join our effort at safekids.org.

Onstar FMV- Your All In One Cockpit at Performance Chevrolet

Performance Chevy is now a registered dealer of the new OnStar FMV. The OnStar FMV replaces your vehicle’s rearview mirror, bringing the core safety, security and connectivity services of OnStar in one easy to install device.

With built in connectivity and GPS technologies, OnStar FMV gives you all the safety and security of OnStar including a direct link to Live Advisors and the ability to detect and send help to your exact location in the event of an accident. Once our specially-trained Performance Chevy installers add FMV to your vehicle, simply push the blue button to speak with an Advisor who can help select the right subscription package for you.

If you’re interested in purchasing an OnStar FMV & are wondering if your vehicle is compatible, simply click the button below and enter your vehicle information. Once you’ve confirmed you’re vehicle is compatible stop into Performance Chevrolet to purchase & schedule an installation appointment.

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Chevrolet MyLink Creates Smartphones on Wheels

Smart interface design allows drivers to take advantage of mobile communications technology while the phone remains safely stowed

If you’re looking for a higher level of in-vehicle wireless connectivity and customized infotainment options, the unmatched safety and security of OnStar® (2), look no further than the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and Equinox.

They will be the first to offer Chevrolet MyLink – an in-car infotainment package that seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® using hands-free voice and touch-screen controls via Bluetooth® (3) device connectivity for select phones.

“There is a new generation of car buyers who don’t want to settle for mass market radio,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “They want to create their own individual stations and have access to them wherever they are. MyLink takes media personalization to a new level.”

MyLink adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smartphones, building on the voice-activated Bluetooth (3) hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevrolet vehicles. MyLink also includes a seven-inch diagonal, high-resolution, full-color touch-screen display that makes media selection easy to navigate.

Among the new benefits to be provided by MyLink:

  • Enhanced hands-free voice control system powered by Nuance®, which allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and smartphones. A tap of a button on the steering wheel enables intuitive verbal control of smartphone applications like “Play (artist name)” or “Call (name of contact)” keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
  • Pandora Internet Radio allows you to create personalized radio stations based on your favorite artists or genres and Stitcher SmartRadio enables access to thousands of audio programming choices, allowing you to build a personalized listening experience.
  • Gracenote®: Identifies the music collection on your smartphone or MP3 player and presents information such as artist name, genres and album cover art on the MyLink screen and enables you to select similar music to the tunes you love.
  • Upgraded USB (4) connectivity: While Chevrolet has offered auxiliary device connectivity since 2006, MyLink adds flash memory capability to its USB device connections.
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Worth Every Penny

I enjoy writing these blogs because I get to mix fact with my personal opinion.  And in my opinion, the Chevrolet TAHOE and Chevrolet SUBURBAN are two of the most popular vehicles Chevrolet has built in recent years.  Even with gasoline prices starting to rise, the efficiency of Active Fuel Management, Variable Valve Timing, and 6-speed transmission make the Tahoe and even Suburban a very logical choice for families and individuals who need the spacious size and cavernous capabilities of an SUV.

Folks who come to our dealership either wish they could afford one, or they actually buy one.  With the incentives General Motors is pumping into sales to stimulate the economy, many folks who start out as “Tahoe wishers” happily end up “buyers” of a new Tahoe or Suburban.

Because of the outstanding safety features, you can add peace of mind to the equation of utility and efficiency.  For instance, Stabilitrak continuously compares your steering wheel inputs with the path the Tahoe or Suburban is following.  If you over-steer to avoid someone who pulls out in front of you, StabiliTrak will apply outside front brake and reduce the engine torque to “keep the tail behind the nose” and all four wheels on the ground to minimize rollover tendencies.

But if the Tahoe cannot avoid a rollover because you slip too close to the shoulder of the road, rollover sensors will deploy all airbags and keep you cradled in a cushion of air until the vehicle stops rolling and comes to rest.  This prevents occupants from banging around against metal.  Crash sensors will notify ONSTAR to send emergency help right away.  In a crash, OnStar will ask if you are O.K.  If you respond they will follow your instructions; if you do not respond, OnStar will send emergency help right to your vehicle.

OnStar, will remind you of maintenance that is due and will notify you if mechanical problems are detected that require immediate attention.  OnStar also provides ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE should you blow a tire or run out of gas, and OnStar always knows where you are.  You won’t have to try and explain your location.

OnStar’s HANDS-FREE CALLING let’s you make and receive phone calls via satellite without using your cell phone minutes.  If your Tahoe is stolen, OnStar will locate it, shut it down, and send the cops right to its location.  If you lock your keys in the vehicle, OnStar can unlock it for you.  Amazing technology!  Talk about VALUE!

Even more amazing though is that many folks think all these features should cost little or nothing.  They are not as concerned with VALUE as they are PRICE.  Surely you have stood on a car dealership lot and watched people walk around a new car or truck.  They peek through the windows, pull on the door handles to look inside, and sometimes even crouch down to look under the front or rear (for what I’m sure I don’t know…but they act like it’s important).

Eventually they work their way to the sticker and find the “price”.  Then…they react like a hand grenade just blew up in their face.  They stand straight up so fast you can hear their spine pop two blocks away…they fall back three or four steps…gasp for air…clutch their chest and say, “Oh my gosh, I could buy a HOUSE for that much money!”  Occasionally, “Oh my gosh” is replaced by other expletives not suited for the tender ears of a car salesman.

“Why are these things so stinkin’ expensive?” they growl.  I respond, “Well, how much do you think it SHOULD cost?  Tell ya what, let’s take it apart, and put it back together using only the parts that give you the price you think it should be sold for.

‘First, let’s see, how ’bout we do away with all four doors.  After all, just the die on which the door is stamped during production costs about $40,000.  On a 4-door vehicle every door is different.  So each door has to be designed separately, engineered separately, and manufactured separately…four different dies to stamp out four different doors on the Tahoe.  Of course, none of the doors of a Tahoe will fit ANY door position on a Malibu…or any other model.  Gosh, designing can be expensive.  But hey, we’re determined to get the price down, right?  Right!

‘Now, actually we have saved much more than we bargained for by leaving the doors off.  Without doors we have no side airbags or head-curtain airbags or quick-deploy airbag mechanisms.  And anyway, if the doors aren’t there, we won’t be hitting our head on them if someone crashes into the side of our Tahoe.  Oops, we might hit our head on the front of THEIR car…or SEMI!  Forgot about that.  Oh well, price…price…price…gotta keep thinking about price.  We’re out to save big money here.

‘Wow!  Another expensive item we don’t really need:  STABILITRAK.  If we roll the vehicle, who cares?  It’s just that much more money we have saved to spend on the medical bills.  While we’re in the hospital being fed baby food, we won’t be needing those HEATED and POWERED SEATS either.  Won’t need CLIMATE CONTROL or BOSE ENTERTAINMENT or HEATED and POWERED MIRRORS.  Nope, when we’re in the hospital and in traction, all we need is someone to reach as far down the body cast as possible to scratch that intolerable itch.

‘No doors, no StabiliTrak, no roll sensors, no side airbags or head-curtain airbags, no convenience features.  What else?  Oh yeah, 4-wheel drive, we won’t need 4-wheel drive.  And if we never backup in reverse, we won’t need backup sensors or rearview camera.  Brother we have saved LOTS of money!”

A couple of weeks before writing this epistle, a gentleman came into our dealership and said he wanted to buy a new truck or SUV, and he didn’t care about anything but the BACK-UP SENSORS.  He HAD to have BACK-UP SENSORS and REARVIEW CAMERA.  That morning he had crawled into his pickup and started to let up on the brake to back out of his driveway.  But he noticed a young couple in his rearview mirror staring at the back of his truck as they drove past his house.

Something seemed strange.  He put his truck in park, got out and walked to the tailgate.  His granddaughter had wedged her plastic tricycle under his rear bumper and was trying to pull it free.  He said he started crying when he realized that he would have backed over her if he had not seen those people driving by.  He said BACK-UP SENSORS and REARVIEW CAMERA would have told him she was there even if those folks had not caught his attention.

By the way, while we are saving money cheap-tricking our Tahoe, I’d like you to tell me WHAT A LIFE IS WORTH!

Now, don’t kid yourself…POLICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT will not be purchasing our “dirt-cheap version” of the Tahoe or Suburban.  It’s just for the price-conscious (or “price-without-conscience”).  Police and law enforcement will only buy the real deal meal.  You may not know it, but Chevrolet produces a version of the 4WD Tahoe called the “Special Service Vehicle” (SSV), tailored to the needs of law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS crews for all purposes except high-speed pursuits.

The 2WD version is called the PPV (Police Pursuit Vehicle).  It has a lowered center of gravity for high-speed work.  IT IS THE ONLY SUV IN THE UNITED STATES APPROVED FOR POLICE PURSUIT TODAY!  It clips along at 130+ miles-per-hour (WITH all the doors on, of course)!  When you watch all those criminal investigation shows on TV and they are driving Tahoes and Suburbans, it’s not Hollywood hype…it’s reality-based fact!  Even with all the armor plating and bulletproof glass and roll-flat tires and stuff they won’t tell the public about…the big motor under the hood moves the Tahoe and Suburban at just under the speed of Mach.

General Motors has invested heavily in low-emissions technology and fuel conservation.  GM was the first to employ cylinder deactivation in 1981.  The concept was called “Displacement-on-Demand”, and is now called “Active Fuel Management”.  It allows the Engine Control Module to shut down half of the cylinders on a V8 motor when the vehicle is cruising at a steady speed under low load conditions, changing the 8-cylinder motor to a 4-cylinder.  This results in reduced emissions and a 5.5% to 7.5% increase in gas mileage.  Those cylinders are reactivated instantly, returning to 8-cylinder mode if you increase speed or load.

Thanks to Active Fuel Management, the Tahoe and Suburban average 21 MPG on the highway.  That’s AVERAGE.  If you live at sea-level on flat ground and drive mostly on interstate highways you’ll get closer to 25 MPG.  Outstanding for an SUV that does everything:  It will transport a family to church on Sunday and then hustle a SWAT team chasing bad guys during the week.

I could write on and on about crumple zones under the hood that absorb front-end impact; about how the engine and transmission scoot down under you instead of back in your lap during a front-end impact; about how the hood latches at the rear to prevent guillotining through the windshield during a front-end impact; about high-strength steel used in safety cage construction to protect you during impact from ANY direction; about soft steel used for both strength and soundproofing throughout the vehicle.

Bottom line?  No other SUV today surpasses the Tahoe and Suburban in exceeding standards of safety, economy, efficiency, and excellence.  Don’t believe me?  Drive one.  In my opinion General Motors is the Best of the Best, and Chevrolet is the Best of General Motors, and the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban set the standard of excellence for SUVs today.

Performance Chevrolet has a wide selection of new and used inventory to meet any budget.

To speak with someone visit Performance Chevrolet located at  1005 W. Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909 / 252-338-9100

Uncle Ben

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