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Motor Trend Rates the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado the Truck of the Year

2015 Chevrolet Colorado for sale in Waterville, ME

 

Think about it. When it comes to the most valuable pickup trucks, it’s not the one with the biggest wheels, widest truck bed or strongest engine that comes out on top — it’s the one with the best all-around package. The team at Motor Trend agrees, which is why they just named the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado their 2015 Truck of the Year.

This midsized pickup makes a compelling argument for its ranking on Motor Trend’s list, boasting considerable value and a manageable size. It’s priced competitively without leaving owners wanting, tows 7,000 pounds with a V-6 engine and towing package equipped, delivers excellent handling and is more fuel-efficient than any other truck in its segment.

“The Colorado to me is the perfect-size truck again,” said Kim Reynolds, testing director at Motor Trend. “Its simplicity and purity are what a truck ought to be about.”

With praise like that, it’s clear this is one vehicle that keeps on trucking. If you’d like to find out what all the buzz is about when it comes to the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, head on down to our Chevy dealership near Fairfield, ME. We’ll set you up with a test-drive of the Truck of the Year whenever you like at Central Maine Chevrolet Buick!

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Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Excels in Motor Trend’s Half-Ton Pickup Shootout

2015 Ram 1500 for sale in Maine

The main competitors of the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel have all received major redesigns within the last year or so, but in a recent comparison by Motor Trend, they still came up short of the only diesel-powered half-ton pickup truck on the market. Pitting similarly equipped 2015 models of the Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado and Ram 1500 against each other, Motor Trend’s 2015 half-ton pickup shootout tested the trucks with and without payloads and trailers for more than 1,000 miles through cities, highways and mountains.

When it came to driving with empty truck beds, the victorious Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was set apart by its responsive eight-speed automatic transmission that made one Motor Trend editor feel like the F-150′s and Silverado’s six-speed gearboxes were “from an entirely different era.” Meanwhile, Ram’s popular pickup rode unencumbered while hauling a 1,000-pound payload on both flat ground and a consistent 6 percent grade on Arizona Highway 68. Though the 240 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque produced by the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine made easy work of the 7,000-pound trailer used during towing, it was the Ram 1500′s optional air suspension that won over editors by not only lowering the truck for easy hitching, but by also enhancing the ride so that it nearly felt like there was no trailer attached at all.

“All three of the major pickup-truck manufacturers have taken different approaches to mixing traditional capability with the fuel efficiency that modern buyers want, but the new Motor Trend results suggest that only Ram has found the sweet spot so far,” said Scott Pinnette, general manager of Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, a Ram dealership in Waterville, Maine. “The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel was either the favorite or part of a toss-up in the editors’ various performance tests, but its competitors couldn’t even come close to matching its real-world fuel economy.”

Despite the fact that it featured an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and lightweight aluminum body, the four-wheel-drive 2015 Ford F-150 only returned 22 mpg on the highway in Motor Trend’s Real MPG testing, coming up one mile per gallon short of its EPA rating. Conversely, the four-wheel-drive 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel bested its EPA rating by one mile per gallon, netting an impressive 28 mpg on the highway during Real MPG testing. As for the four-wheel-drive 2015 Chevy Silverado with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, it only managed a Real MPG of 19 mpg on the highway, a drop of three miles per gallon compared to the truck’s EPA rating.

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The Turkey Princess Visits the Central Maine Motors Auto Group Once Again

It’s that time of year again — the time when families are traveling from all over the country (and the world!) to come together for the Thanksgiving holiday, spend some quality time with the people they love and give thanks for all they have. We love catching up with loved ones and digging into some delicious food and delectable desserts!

You may already know that we held a month-long food drive to deliver meals to needy Mainers who benefit from it most. But our staff was lucky enough to receive some tasty treats of our own. For over a decade, we’ve been graced by a “Turkey Princess” who delivers turkeys to Central Maine Motors Auto Group employees just in time for the holiday. For a few years now, Morgan Presby, daughter of Central Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Finance Manager Dave Presby, has been our resident Princess. This year, she handed out 165 turkeys! Thank you, Morgan. They certainly worked you hard this year!

Morgan Presby delivers turkeys to our employees.

Morgan Presby and Luxy Leclair, ready to hand out turkeys.

The entire Central Maine Motors Auto Group team wishes you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving, and we hope you enjoy this time with good food, good friends and the people you love the most.

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Central Maine Motors Auto Group Gives Back to the Community We Love this Thanksgiving

For millions of Americans, there will be no big family dinner in a warm home this Thanksgiving, as they will struggle just to scrape by a meal for the day or find a place to sleep sheltered from November’s bitter cold. We at Central Maine Motors Auto Group wanted to do something for those who don’t have as much to be thankful for this season, so we organized a food drive all month at our various dealerships to deliver meals to the hungry.

Residents of Waterville, Maine truly love the city they call home and the people who live in it with them. We were able to deliver lots of food thanks to the efforts and donations of caring members of the local community. Check out all this chow!

Donations from the food drive

We worked with the Greater Waterville Area Food Pantry and the Fairfield Interfaith Food Pantry, in addition to the Waterville Public Schools, to set up food pickups and drop-offs. We loaded up the food into a Chrysler, GM and Toyota truck to send to the three different locations.

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Loading the food into the truck

Many donated to our food drive, but we had to highlight one donator by sharing the story of James Paul. James was a down-on-his-luck man, homeless and roaming the streets of Waterville. He met a local small business owner one day and the two became fast friends. Unfortunately, James passed away just a few months ago. But the small business owner was shocked to discover that James had named him the executor of his estate and the money he had left. Touched, and in honor of his dearly-departed friend, the business owner donated the money he had inherited to local areas in need. He gave a portion of the funds to our food drive and additional funds to the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in memory of the late James Paul.

You could say there are two morals to this heartwarming true story, the ideal tale for us to tell this Thanksgiving. The first is to always be thankful for what you have, because there will always be someone out there you care about who struggles because he or she has less than you. The second moral? It’s the good old Golden Rule: treat others as you would like to be treated… and never underestimate the value of friendship.

We had a lot of food to deliver, and it went to those who truly could use it. We thank everyone in Maine who participated in our food drive and brought some happiness to those in need, and we hope you’ll remember James Paul this Thanksgiving!

The Central Maine Motors Auto Group team
The Central Maine Motors Auto Group food drive

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Dodge Fans Get Exclusive Motley Crue Concert in Dallas, TX

We can often reap very cool benefits thanks to the company we keep. It’s not quite so common to reap the benefits of the cars and trucks we drive. But then, Dodge is an uncommon automaker, and its fans all over the world know the thrill of driving a Dodge vehicle is one of a kind. So it’s only natural that the manufacturer paired its hardy SUVs and powerful cars with hard rock and power ballads, sponsoring Motley Crue’s final tour and giving Dodge fans a semi-private concert they won’t soon forget.

On November 1, Motley Crue rocked the house at the Gas Monkey Live concert club during the Dodge Rocks Gas Monkey special event. The event was held for Dodge car owners who registered in advance and drew about 1,000 vehicles of all shapes, sizes and vintages to the club’s parking lot. It was a more intimate event than both the band and fans are used to, as Motley Crue shows are known as epic spectacles, but everyone involved loved the unconventional experience, considering such a show in a small venue to be a rare treat. Motley Crue and Dodge seem to get along great: Tim Kuniskis, Dodge President and CEO, has been a huge fan of the band since childhood, and the band even worked with the automaker to remix the legendary Kickstart My Heart music video. Check out the video above!

If that video got your blood racing and makes you want to drive on the Wild Side, find out what all the buzz is about by testing out a brand-new Dodge muscle car at our Dodge dealership in Waterville. Once you strap in behind the wheel of a fiery vehicle like the Dodge Charger or Challenger, you’ll never settle for anything less. It’s time to drive Home Sweet Home in a new Dodge — visit Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram to make it happen!