Archive for December, 2013


Totally redesigned. Aggressively refined.
This is Impala like you’ve never seen before.

How does a legend that runs more than 50 years deep become the pinnacle of style, innovation and performance for the next generation? The answer lies in the all-new
2014 Chevrolet Impala.

Impala has always been a flagship for Chevrolet. But a leader should never rest on the laurels of its past — especially when it wears the Chevy bowtie. So, when it came time to reinvent one of the brand’s most iconic nameplates, Chevy designers and engineers reached far into the future and shaped it in the present. The end result is a stunning new interpretation of the Impala that’s only recognizable by its signature badge.


Sculptural, athletic, head-turning design

Form and function thoughtfully converge in the 2014 Impala design. The exterior is characterized by smooth, flowing contours that are as visually stunning as they are aerodynamic. Poised on standard 20-inch wheels, the stance of the 2014 Impala is both aggressive and confident — a reflection of the power, efficiency and comfort drivers will enjoy when they take the wheel.

Upscale, refined, spacious interior

When you first step into the 2014 Impala, you immediately notice how roomy and quiet it is. Yet, at the same time, you also feel uniquely connected to the environment. That’s because the design of the interior is deliberately driver-centric. The instrument panel flows around the cockpit. The controls are ergonomically placed. Rich chrome and wood accents, sumptuous available leather-appointed seating and unique available ambient lighting elevate the luxurious feel. Overall, it’s the type of experience that makes driving truly rewarding.

Dynamic, spirited, efficient performance

No one wants to sacrifice power for fuel efficiency. That’s why the 2014 Impala offers three engine choices to suit your needs: the available 303-horsepower 3.6L V6 engine that goes from 0 to 60 in 6.8 seconds and offers 28 MPG on the highway, the standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 31 MPG on the highway and 195 horsepower, and the 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with E-assist that delivers and estimated 35 MPG on the highway and 182 horsepower. Either way, enhanced driving dynamics and premium rack-mounted electric power steering make for a nimble, responsive ride.

Advanced, intuitive infotainment technology

The 2014 Impala is equipped with the newest Chevrolet MyLink™ in-car infotainment system, which seamlessly integrates Bluetooth® wireless for select phones, advanced touch-screen technology and natural voice recognition. It allows drivers to make calls, stream music from online services like Pandora,® operate USB-connected devices —and so much more — with ease. They can even customize the high-resolution 8-inch color touch-screen for quicker access to the features they use most. It’s advanced technology that makes connectivity a whole lot simpler.

Smart, proactive safety features

Impala also gets numerous safety enhancements for 2014. Its structure incorporates more high-strength steel than before along with 10 standard air bags to help mitigate the impact of a collision. Advanced safety technologies are also available, including Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Full-Speed Range Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Mitigation Braking, Rear Park Assist with Rearview Camera and Side Blind Zone Alert with Cross-Traffic Radar Alert. These available features proactively help protect against the unexpected.

You can test drive the 2014 Chevrolet Impala or any other Chevy vehicle today by visiting Lindsay Chevrolet at 15605 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Woodbridge, VA. You can contact us at 800-829-1455. Visit online at LindsayChevrolet.com.


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Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Silverad

Three General Motors vehicles – the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Silverado full-size pickup and Cadillac CTS sedan – were named finalists today for the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year awards, jurors announced at an Automotive Press Association luncheon.

The jury of 48 automotive journalists selected the car finalists from among 28 foreign and domestic contenders.

The Silverado was one of three finalists from 18 nominees in the Truck/Utilities category.

“Today’s announcement is proof we’re on the right track,” said Mark Reuss, president, General Motors North America. “It’s gratifying to see the experts agree that we’re offering customers one of the strongest lineups of cars and trucks available on the market.”

The winners of the Car and Truck categories will be announced on Jan. 13, 2014 before the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

About General Motors Co.
General Motors Co.
 (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets.  GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac,  Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

You can test drive any of our Cadillac vehicles visiting Lindsay Cadillac at 1525 Kenwood Avenue, Alexandria, VA. You can contact us at 888-966-4252. Visit us online at LindsayCadillac.com.

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Driving during the cold winter months can have a hazardous effect on commuting motorists and their passengers. Even the most experienced drivers may find the simplest errand a tough feat, especially if their vehicles are not properly prepared for the challenging conditions winter often brings.
Safety and preservation of your vehicle during the winter months should be a top priority.
Start the season off right by winterizing your vehicle before taking to the road. Here are some helpful tips to help you arrive safely to your destination:
* Traction is key: With hazardous winter weather ahead, now is not the time to ignore your tires. For optimum traction to navigate harsh winter conditions with confidence, consider installing a set of winter tires on your vehicle. Goodyear has a wide range of winter tires to help meet the driving needs of virtually every consumer. Winter tires are typically designed with a specialized rubber compound that maintains its flexibility in cold weather. This helps the tire to adapt to the road surface and dig into snow and ice.
* Temperature matters: Winter weather can be unpredictable, so it’s important to remember the benefits of having winter tires. Winter tires contain rubber compounds for traction and grip in cold weather. Most tire manufacturers recommend that winter tires should be considered when temperatures drop below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
* Service your vehicle: Be prepared for what Mother Nature throws your way by making sure you have enough antifreeze and windshield wiper fluid. For a correct amount of antifreeze to withstand the winter temperatures, a 50/50 mix of antifreeze to water is sufficient. You can go through windshield wiper fluid in one snowstorm, so be sure to completely fill your vehicle’s reservoir before the first snowfall hits. It may be useful to buy extra, but make sure it is high-quality, “no-freeze” fluid.
* Inflation is essential: Keep in mind that when the temperature drops 10 degrees, the air pressure in your tires decreases by about one or two PSI. Proper tire inflation is essential for vehicle stability, fuel efficiency, optimum steering, grip, wear and load-carrying capabilities. During these winter months, it’s recommended to check your tires’ air pressure at least monthly.
* Practice makes perfect: It’s important to be alert when driving on snow-covered roadways because slush, ice and other hazards make it difficult to change lanes and handle your vehicle. In order to know how your vehicle performs in the winter weather, it may be helpful to practice driving techniques in an empty, open parking lot. Refer to your owner’s manual to fully understand your vehicle’s braking and traction control systems.
* Stock your vehicle: No one wants to break down, especially in cold weather, so keeping a kit with essential items is helpful in case of emergencies. Some essential items to include are blankets, water bottles, a first aid kit, jumper cables, shovel/ ice scraper, road flares, a candle and matches.

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Volkswagen Group of America reported today that it has sold 100,000 TDI® Clean Diesel vehicles from the Volkswagen and Audi brands this year. This is the first time it has reached this milestone in a calendar year. Volkswagen and Audi currently offer 12 different TDI Clean Diesel powered models in the United States.

Audi and Volkswagen pioneered TDI® Clean Diesel engines and, as a result, the Volkswagen Group of America is the current market leader in Clean Diesel. Today’s Clean Diesel engines deliver more torque, better highway fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions compared with equivalent gasoline engines. As a result, Audi and Volkswagen deliver remarkable performance and impressive fuel economy.

“Selling more than100,000 TDI Clean Diesel vehicles is a significant milestone for Volkswagen Group of America,” said Mark McNabb, chief operating officer, Volkswagen of America. “We’re excited to see the increasing numbers of customers able to enjoy the reliability, durability, fuel-efficiency and power of the clean diesel engine.”

“The past year has shown that American consumers clearly recognize the benefits of clean diesel TDI vehicles,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “They understand now more than ever that this is a technology delivering real answers to society’s concerns about fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without compromises.”

More than 75 percent of the diesel engines sold in the passenger car and SUV segments in the United States can be found under the hoods of Volkswagen and Audi models. Ever since 1977, when Volkswagen first offered a diesel in the Rabbit, the company has sold more than one million cars and SUVs powered by these engines in this market. High-mileage, TDI® Clean Diesel Volkswagen models accounted for 21 percent of sales in November and 24 percent of sales year-to-date, the best year-to-date results on record.

In 2013, Audi showed it intends to remain at the forefront of clean diesel expansion in the U.S. by dramatically enhancing its lineup with the new Audi Q5 TDI, A6 TDI, A7 TDI and A8 TDI models. Those premium models joined the Audi Q7 SUV in the market, and next summer Audi will introduce its most fuel-efficient model, the all-new A3 TDI sedan.

The TDI models in the Audi and Volkswagen lineup deliver up to 30% better fuel economy and 12%-30% lower carbon dioxide emissions than gasoline engines and there is no need for driver behavior change except to move from one pump to the other and no need for big infrastructure changes.

Volkswagen offers Clean Diesel technology in seven different models, six of which get an EPA estimated fuel economy rating of 40 mpg or more on the highway. The models include the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Golf, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat and Touareg.

About Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company’s headquarters are in Herndon, Va. VWGoA brings vehicles to the U.S. that marry the science of engineering and the art of styling, with the goal of offering attractive, safe, and eco-conscious automobiles that are competitive and set world standards in their respective classes. The company has approximately 5,900 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a 950-strong dealer network.

You can test drive a Volkswagen today by visiting Lindsay Volkswagen at 22455 Cedar Green Road, Sterling, VA. You can contact us at 888-789-1340. Visit online at LindsayVolkswagen.com.

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Steve Siler, New York Daily News Auto Journalist, compared the 2014 BMW 528i vs the 2014 Cadillac CTS 2.0T. He compared styling, model range, interior and performance and in the end, the CTS won!


Siler compares both vehicles’ styling, mentioning that the 5-Series was introduced in 2011 and is the largest, heaviest and most conservatively styled 5-series in the 4 decade history. In 2014 the only changes that BMW made to the 5-Series were subtle interior updates, different head and tail-lamp interiors, and a slight fasciae modification.

But, the 2014 Cadillac CTS is all-new! It is 5 inches longer and yet weighs considerably less than the previous model. Siler states that the CTS is now sized and packaged as a regular mid-size luxury sedan.

The new CTS has a bold grille, vertical LED lights and tailored body contours. Siler acknowledges that the CTS is dressy and provocative, projecting exactly the sort of edginess that makes sport sedan customers notice. If there is a way to measure sedan “swagger,” the Caddy wins, hands down.

Model Range

Siler compares the model range of the BMW which boasts variety in 2014 with a 240-hp 4-cylinder, pricey hybrid and fuel-efficient diesel.

The Cadillac lineup includes a turbocharged 272-hp 4-cylinder, a 321-hp V-6 model, and a turbocharged, 420-hp V-Sport model. Currently Cadillac offers the CTS in sedan form and a new, faster CTS-V is being prepped to take on the M5.


Siler states, “You can equip each car more or less with the same level of leather, wood, audio fidelity and connectivity, but their presentations could not be more different. The BMW is placid, the corporate boardroom of the two, while the chrome-drenched CTS interior screams “Viva Las Vegas!””

The BMW 5-Series stays with iDrive’s hockey-puck-and-screen interface. The CTS’ center controls sports a large touch-screen that is sized and configured like an iPad. Siler states, “You can decide for yourself which layout looks better, but when it comes to sense of occasion, the Cadillac wins.”


The 5-Series torque is delivered in a calm, smooth fashion, and Siler states “.. it’s generally unexciting.” He describes the CTS, weighing 200 lbs. less than the BMW as getting down the road great. According to the manufacturers, the BMW 528i can accelerate 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and the CTS in 5.7 seconds.

Siler describes the steering and braking response in the CTS as “simply spectacular. Bumps and road impacts are nicely muted-this is still Cadillac, after all-yet it offers plenty of road-feel for the driver.”  He wants to give the Cadillac team accolades for being able to give the CTS the excellent road-feel, unlike the BMW that decided to develop a more luxury model with less road-feel for the driver.

The Winner: Cadillac CTS

Siler announces the winner as Cadillac! “Both cars are fine choices, but the BMW is the cautious pick for customers, because of its conservative styling and the enormous popularity of the brand. We understand skepticism that the CTS is suddenly on par with BMW, especially when it comes to overall performance. But Cadillac clearly saw an opportunity when BMW grew the 5-Series into the giant it is now, and the American luxury brand went for the 5-Series’ jugular with its all-new CTS.”

Read more of Steve Siler’s article here.

You can view our CTS inventory here.

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General Motors global product chief Mary Barra has been named the new CEO.  Barra is one of Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Powerful Women, and she is now the first CEO of a major automaker and one of a few to ever head a major industrial corporation.

Barra, 51, has been with GM for her entire career, beginning in 1980.  Barra’s father, a 39 year GM tool-and-die maker, retired the same year she began her GM career. With 33 years of experience at GM, Barra has risen through a series of manufacturing, engineering, and senior staff positions.  She is a leader in the company’s ongoing turnaround, revitalizing GM’s product development process resulting in the launch of critically acclaimed new products while delivering record product quality ratings and higher customer satisfaction.

“With an amazing portfolio of cars and trucks and the strongest financial performance in our recent history, this is an exciting time at today’s GM,” said Barra. “I’m honored to lead the best team in the business and to keep our momentum at full speed.”

Barra, 51, takes over on Jan 15 from Dan Akerson, who has been CEO and chairman since Sept 1, 2010.  She was named Senior Vice President, Global Product Development effective Feb 1, 2011, responsible for the design, engineering, program management and quality of General Motors vehicles around the world. Barra has had the pulse of the giant automaker’s entire car and truck portfolio worldwide in her hands. She was in direct contact with the cutting edge of the company — which vehicles are needed around the globe, and how different markets can share them.

On August 1, 2013, she assumed responsibility for GM’s Global Purchasing and Supply Chain organization and was named Executive Vice President, Global Product Development & Global Purchasing and Supply Chain. This position put her in direct control of overseeing the suppliers and parts subsidiaries that account for everything that’s needed to create GM’s vehicles.  She is a member of the GM Executive Operations Committee and serves on the Adam Opel AG Supervisory Board.

Barra went to public schools in Waterford Township, Mich. She started her GM career as an intern in 1980, when she went to the Pontiac division as a “co-op student” through General Motors Institute, now Kettering University. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and in 1990, she graduated with a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Since women are responsible for 80% of the car buying decisions, some wonder why it has taken so long for women to reach this coveted position. Her late mother was a bookkeeper and in her younger years, Barra gravitated towards math and science. As a mother of two teens, and even with her busy schedule, she is a champion supporting young women and girls to help get them interested in math and science.

She has smashed that glass ceiling for the women in the auto business. Her advice to young women and men hoping to move up the corporate ladder:

“You need to do a great job and you will get noticed,” she said. “Great leaders will naturally give you advice once you’ve earned it.”

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U.S. sales of Volkswagen’s have doubled since 2009 and the company continues to sustainable growth with the most amazing lineup in its history. Volkswagen plans to add many new products and innovations in the future.

Two exciting changes were showcased at SEMA in November 2013. Volkswagen is adding the all-new 1.8-liter and 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injection four cylinder EA888 TSI® engines into the lineup.

Second, Volkswagen has introduced the seventh-generation Golf and GI models in 2014. Suspension specialists H&R have teamed up with Volkswagen for this 2015 project. The model is no longer the family hatch but a typical low-rider that the VW community will surely love..

“Volkswagen has a long, rich history with enthusiasts who have tuned models such as the Jetta, Golf and GTI, and Beetle for several decades in the United States,” said Robert Gal, Accessories Product Manager, Volkswagen of America. “With the introduction of an all-new 1.8-liter turbo four cylinder in the Jetta, and a significant update to the 2.0-liter turbo, it is exciting to see aftermarket veterans like H&R embrace the brand and develop a fleet of ultimate performance VWs for SEMA.”

Read the entire Auto Blog article here.

You can view our Volkswagen lineup here.

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