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Sculptors Turn the 2015 Chevy Colorado into the Ultimate Sand Castle

Humans have a knack for turning even the most mundane activities into no-holds -barred competitions, whether it’s children shouting, “RACE YOU TO THE DOOR!” or adults seeing who’s the best at hitting galvanized rubber with a stick. In this same spirit is the U.S. Sand Sculpting Championship in San Diego, which is exactly what it sounds like. This past week, master artists from all over the world convened on the SoCal coastline to create ridiculously impressive works of sand-art that blow the typical sand castle out of the water, and this year a 2015 Chevy Colorado was among the several-ton sculptures presented to the crowd.

A time-lapse video released by Chevrolet condenses the sculpting process to a minute, but the untold hours poured into this temporary truck are more than evident. A whopping 75,000 pounds of sand were first packed into a wooden mold, and then slowly but surely brushed away into the unmistakable façade of the hotly-selling midsize pickup. The sculpture was finished off with actual Chevrolet parts, including wheels, a grill, headlights, and more. The end result is a surprisingly dynamic work of art (it even has doorhandles!) that seems to show the 2015 Colorado in its natural environment: climbing triumphantly to the top of a steep dune.

This beachy homage caps off a great summer for the Colorado, an all-new entry by Chevy into the practical-pickup segment, in which pre-orders for the vehicle were described by the company as being “off the charts.” Check out the video below to see the building and reveal of the sculpture, and check out our Waterville, ME Chevrolet dealership for info about the real thing and to schedule a test-drive!

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New 2015 Chrysler 200 Designated a Top Safety Pick+ by IIHS

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Since arriving on the market this past spring, the redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 has already proven to be more powerful, more fuel efficient and better equipped than its predecessor, and now, it can add “more crashworthy” to that list. Chrysler’s latest midsize sedan recently earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation, the highest crash rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The 2015 Chrysler 200 went above and beyond the IIHS’ stringent criteria for receiving a Top Safety Pick+ award, securing the top rating of “good” in all five of the agency’s crashworthiness tests and netting a “superior” rating for its optional front crash prevention technology. Several automakers have been stymied by a new small-overlap front crash test that focuses the impact on 25 percent of a vehicle’s front-end on the driver’s side, but the new Chrysler 200 passed with flying colors.

“The Chrysler 200′s top crash rating from the IIHS shows just how serious the brand is about protecting its customers and making the car a legitimate contender at the top of the midsize segment,” said Scott Pinnette, general manager of Central Maine Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, a Chrysler dealership in Waterville, Maine. “When that superior safety is considered along with the car’s standard 184 horsepower, its 36-mpg highway rating and tech features like a rotary e-shift dial, the 2015 Chrysler 200 is hard to turn down at its affordable price point.”

Helping the 2015 Chrysler 200 achieve its 2014 Top Safety Pick+ award were its eight standard air bags and the fact that roughly 65 percent of its body structure is composed of advanced high-strength and boron steel. In addition to its optional Full-speed Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which rated well with the IIHS for its autonomous braking, the new Chrysler 200 is available with Adaptive Cruise Control-Plus and ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park Assist. Buyers can also opt for other active-safety technologies, including blind-spot monitoring, ParkSense rear backup sensors, a ParkView rear backup camera and Rear Cross Path Detection.

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Scion FR-S Gets Taken Out to the Ballgame

Scion FR-SHave you ever seen a sports car play baseball? No? Well, your lifelong wait is finally over: the trick-shot masters behind the YouTube channel “Dude Perfect” took the initiative and brought a 2014 Scion FR-S out to the desert to do just that in what they’ve called “Desert Drifting: Baseball Edition.” The end result is a highly amusing video of a car that not only looks good and drifts with finesse, but also runs bases, pitches and beats out fly balls. And, of course, it drives really fast.

The FR-S participated in a number of baseball-themed challenges, all of which had their own unique monikers. In “The Pickle,” the sporty coupe found itself caught in a rundown between first and second (after a pick-off attempt — it took too big a lead). In “The Céspedes,”named for the Red Sox outfielder, the FR-S finds itself trying desperately to beat a high fly ball out to center field. As the challenge name implies, an impressive throw home thwarts the inside-the-park home run attempt by just a hair, though not before the car admirably performs a tightly-turned swing around the bases. And of course, there is “The Race,” a toe-to-toe sprint between two professionally-driven Scion FR-S vehicles.

The 2014 Scion FR-S gets its athleticism from a 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Its pristine handling, low center of gravity and smooth drive make it a real home run, while its price point makes it accessible to those who may have previously thought such a vehicle was out of their league. With a plethora of standard tech features, such as a USB port, Bluetooth compatibility and an eight-speaker audio system, the FR-S knocks it out of the park.

If all this has you looking to play ball with an FR-S of your own, come on down to our Waterville, ME Scion dealership today to test-drive this heavy hitter!

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Take the Family on One Last Camping Trip Before Summer Ends with the Ram 1500!

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The August sun may feel hotter than ever, but the night is a little longer with each passing day. It’s a sign that fall is on its way, and the clock is ticking: There’s not much time left before the start of a new school semester and the crisp autumn air puts an end to overnight outdoor activities. But all is not lost — Central Maine Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is here to say there’s still time for one last, end-of-summer adventure. Take your family members on a camping trip they won’t soon forget when you drive the Ram 1500!

One of the nice things about living so far up north is the number of camping options that are available. You can enjoy the beauty of nature and the world we live in right here in Maine, all without much effort.

  • National parks are great choices for first-time campers. It’sinexpensive to stay at these parks, they have well-maintained facilities and closely monitored public campgrounds, and they’re close to major cities. Maine is home to Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. There, you can camp at either Blackwoods Campground on Route 3 or Seawall Campground on Route 102A. Reservations are recommended, as it’s a busy park with lots of other visitors.
  • Maine’s state parks present great camping options, and they typically provide a little more breathing room than the highly-visited national parks. Bradbury Mountain State Park on Route 9 is a popular choice. It has plenty of trails to explore and scenic views to enjoy on your picnic, and it’s the only state park in southern Maine that offers shared-use trails for mountain bikers, horseback riders and snowmobilers, so there’s no shortage of things to do.
  • True camp champs with experience under their belts can spend a night or two at wilderness campsites, away from crowds and noisy distractions. Hermit Island in Phippsburg offers a true camping experience, but as its name implies, it’s no outdoor hotel. Don’t expect conveniences and comforts like electricity, a reliable cell phone signal and running water. Do expect vistas that have to be seen to be believed, access to several beach areas and a truly serene connection with nature. The closer you can get to the ocean the better, but be sure to bring the bug spray and a few layers of clothing you can throw on just in case.

These locations are a considerable drive away from Waterville, so you’ll need four-wheeled transportation. And you can’t count on a zippy sedan or bulky minivan to get you there. You want a tough and maneuverable vehicle that can keep up with you and your camp gear when you leave the street behind. Count on a Ram truck to get you there and back with no muss and no fuss. The Ram 1500 is an excellent choice, thanks to…

  • Its 6.7-liter Cummins Turbo Diesel engine. It provides you with best-in-class maximum towing capability. Your boat, trailer, camper and whatever other cargo you’re towing will travel to Bradbury Mountain State Park or anywhere else you go.
  • The class-exclusive RamBox Cargo Management System in the spacious truck bed, which includes a lockable, drainable storage area perfect for storing your gear when you camp by the ocean at Hermit Island or housing wet clothes if the clouds rain on your parade. It can even light up — handy when the sun goes down.
  • The standard 115-volt auxiliary power outlet, which enables you to plug in your devices when you’re camped at Hermit Island without electricity.
  • The Uconnect Access System, which will put nervous first-timers at Acadia National Park at ease thanks to its navigation abilities, weather info, 911 call functionality, available Wi-Fi hotspot and more.
  • Hill Start Assist and Trailer Sway Control, both of which will come in handy when winding around trees and up steep inclines.

 Finally, here are some cool tips and tricks that will show your loved ones that you’re a real wilderness wonder):

  • Give yourself a little more visibility at night or fashion a cool make-shift nightlight for little ones by strapping a headlamp to a jug of water.
  • Anyone can make a regular old campfire, but have you ever channeled your inner wizard and lit a blue or purple flame before? It’s a fun chemistry project for teens and just plain cool for adults.
  • Of course, if you’re already struggling to light a fire at all, you can bring a cardboard-only egg carton and fill it with match light charcoal rather than eggs. Lighting the carton itself will make a quick and painless campfire.
  • You can chow down on delicious campfire s’mores and roasted marshmallows, but try roasting Starburst candies for a treat the whole family will love. Crispy on the outside, extra-juicy on the inside!
  • Store your toilet paper in an empty coffee canister or can to keep it dry.
  • Foam floor mats are great for playrooms and kindergarten classrooms, but they’re even better as a cushion between the bottom of your tent and the rocky ground you’re sleeping on.
  • Be sure you know how to identify poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac before you go!

Have fun out there on the trails! There are great adventures in store for you. And visit our Waterville, Maine Ram dealership when you want to take home a new or pre-owned Ram 1500 and ring in the fall season with one last great summer outing!

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Toyota Donates $1 Million to the Detroit Institute of Arts

 

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As times change and technology, fashion and industry roll forward at an ever-faster clip, it’s easy to forget about yesterday and how far we’ve come as a society. That’s why museums and community events are so important to our lives and personal development — they remind us of the things we’ve chosen to forget and warn us about things we’ve chosen to do. That’s why Toyota was happy to donate one million dollars to the Detroit Institute of Arts and help preserve one of the nation’s greatest art museums.

The once-great city of Detroit, Michigan has been in dire financial straits for some time now, currently burdened with $18 billion of exit bankruptcy and debt. To help the situation, some city creditors are calling for the Detroit Institute of Arts to sell its incredible art collection worth billions of dollars. Instead, the institute has agreed to raise $100 million for the federally mediated “grand bargain” plan to aid the struggling city.

That’s where Toyota comes in. Despite being headquartered in the country of Japan — not in the Michigan area like America’s biggest automakers — the corporation is contributing $1 million to the institute’s campaign. Toyota Motor Corporation has always been committed to bettering the lives of the customers it serves, whether through its dependable, high-value line of vehicles (including the environmentally friendly Prius c), its research into robotics and elderly care or its donations to community-betterment projects. This is just the latest example of how much Toyota cares!

If you’re interested in the Detroit Institute of Arts and the city of Detroit in general, you can help the staff reach their goal by visiting their website to donate to the institute’s Annual Fund, which supports educational programs, special exhibits and general operating expenses. You can aid Detroit in exiting bankruptcy — every little bit helps!