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Tour the Chrysler Factory without Even Getting Out of Bed!

2015 Chrysler 200 Safety Technology

It’s safe to say that designing a car is no easy feat. Modern vehicles are built with more electrical and mechanical features than the average consumer will ever know, and Chrysler in particular is always experimenting with innovative new features. But now, thanks to a partnership with Chrysler and Google Maps, gearheads and automobile amateurs alike will have the chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the processes and machinery involved in the construction of a quality new car. Using the Maps functionality, users can take a virtual tour of the factory assembling the praiseworthy new 2015 Chrysler 200, soon to be sold at our Chrysler dealership near Winslow, ME. And the best part? They don’t even have to go outside to do it!

Chrysler and Google Maps joined forces to create the tour of Chrysler’s Michigan factory, which is powered by Google Maps and includes video clips, a navigation tool and informative short films. By navigating to www.chrysler200factory.com you can take the tour, which begins with a 30-second film introducing you to the virtual tour guide. Once that’s complete, you can follow the path of the tour, pausing in some places to watch videos and interact with exhibits. You’ll get a unique view of the new Chrysler 200, clicking and dragging the screen to see it from all angles and explore the factory at your own pace. Even the short films can be controlled, making you feel like a director of sorts. Don’t miss the fascinating video of factory robots building the 200 all around you as you pivot around the frame!

“Just as we pioneered a completely new Chrysler 200, we are pioneering a new way for consumers to research a vehicle,” said Olivier Francois, Chrysler chief marketing officer. “The Factory Tour is an opportunity for us to prove to consumers that the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 is not one ever built before.”

There are many moving parts inside the advanced cars of this day and age, and it seems there’s a solution for every possible need just a button’s touch away. We recommend you take this cool tour to get a better understanding of the science and manpower it took to build that Chrysler sitting outside your house. Getting an insider’s look at the factory and the complex machinery within is really a treat, and it’s fun to realize you can do it all while still in your pajamas! When you’ve completed the tour, leave us a comment to let us know what you thought about it!

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Central Maine Motors Joined the 2014 Our Hearts 5K Walk/Run

Central Maine at the Our Hearts 5k

It was a balmy 83 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday, September 27th, but that didn’t stop us from getting out to the Quarry Road Recreation Area for the 3rd annual Our Hearts 5K Walk/Run and family picnic. It was certainly a nice day for a picnic, too! The run was sponsored by the Our Hearts Foundation, an organization dedicated to assisting grieving families who have suffered the pain of stillbirth, miscarriage or infant loss.

After slipping into our running shoes and getting a move on, we met and spoke with various members of the Waterville community, including, of course, the members of the Our Hearts Foundation who put the event together. That Saturday was an unexpectedly hot one for the end of September; we were definitely sweating by the end! After the race was over and the awards were presented, there was a fun family picnic for everyone who participated, with a grill ready to cook up some burgers and some very refreshing beverages for all involved. Check out some of the photos to see the Central Maine Motors gang in action!

Linanne and Charlie Gaunce

It was an honor and a privilege for us to participate in this 5K in the memory of children who left this world too soon. We strongly support the Our Hearts Foundation and all that it stands for, and we hope that our participation in this event helped make a difference in families’ lives. For more information about the Our Hearts Foundation, visit their website today. And don’t be afraid to sign up for the 5K next time around — we’d love to see you there!

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2015 Chevy Colorado Rated Best-in-Class for V6 Fuel Economy

2015 Chevy Colorado

Set to go on sale this fall, the all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck will take on Japanese-brand models like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, and its initial EPA fuel-economy ratings suggest it may have a leg up on that competition. When equipped with its optional V6 engine and two-wheel drive, the new Chevy Colorado will return up to 26 mpg on the highway. That figure not only tops the equivalent V6 highway ratings of the Frontier and Tacoma by four and five miles per gallon, respectively, but it also beats the highway fuel economy of the competitors’ four-cylinder models.

While the Chevy Colorado’s fuel efficiency is aided by a segment-first lightweight-aluminum hood and active aero grille shutters, its 3.6-liter V6 still packs plenty of punch under the hood, churning out a best-in-class 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque. That impressive output will allow the 2015 Colorado to tow a class-leading 7,000 pounds when properly equipped. Though fuel economy has yet to be announced for the base Colorado, the truck will house a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque.

“Midsize pickup trucks typically appeal to buyers because they have a smaller footprint and are more affordable, but up until the debut of the new Colorado, they had been behind the times when it came to fuel economy,” said Bo Hendrick, general sales manager of Central Maine Motors, a Chevy dealership in Waterville, Maine. “The 2015 Colorado not only features the most modern fuel-saving technologies in its segment, but it also offers legitimate capability that is typically reserved for full-size pickups.”

Chevrolet hopes that the arrival of its new Colorado will further boost its surging pickup-truck sales. Moving more than 49,000 units in the United States last month, the recently redesigned Chevy Silverado saw its sales rise by 13 percent compared to August 2013. In fact, the Silverado joined forces with its GM counterpart, the GMC Sierra, to outsell the Ford F-Series in August. Through the first eight months of this year, Chevy’s full-size pickup truck has sold 331,977 units, a 1 percent increase over its strong performance during the same period in 2013.

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5 Ways to Own the Fall Season in a 2014 Dodge Journey

2014 Dodge Journey

When September comes around, the searing heat of August simmers down to a balmier temperature and the trees trade in their green attire to try on the fall colors. For much of the country, it’s simply a sign that winter is coming. But here in New England, it’s a truly legendary season, the stuff of songs, movies and many, many photographs. There’s much to do and enjoy in the autumn, and you can see it all behind the wheel of a 2014 Dodge Journey, available for sale at our Waterville, Maine Dodge dealership.

 Here are five great activities to enjoy before December rolls in!

 1)     Apple Picking

One of the quintessential autumn activities is apple picking, and there’s no better place to do so than in New England. Apple-picking season actually begins in August, but it’s worth going in September to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and snap some great photos. There are plenty of apple orchards to visit right here in Maine. And with three rows of seating, lots of legroom, and seats that fold, slide and recline to your liking, you can easily fit a family of seven in your 2014 Dodge Journey and make everyone comfortable.  While you’re at the orchard, check out other fun activities like hayrides, petting zoos, and strolls through pumpkin patches, and don’t forget to buy some delicious baked goods! Apple picking is a great activity for families of all ages and a fun way to spend a day with your significant other.

 

2)     Corn Maze

Working together to navigate your way through a corn maze is a unique experience and a great way to keep kids entertained in a healthy way. Mike’s Maze in Sunderland, MA takes it to the next level by offering a corn maze filled with mini activities. Every year the maze is different, but it’s always more than meets the eye: one year it was an ode to Noah Webster and included a giant word search puzzle!  Older kids or shrewder minds may enjoy a trip to Beans & Greens Farm in Gilford, NH. This maze will challenge you — the only ones who know the way through are the creators themselves, and they don’t release pictures of the maze until the season is over to prevent you from researching ahead of time. No matter which maze you visit, keep the little ones entertained on the way there with the rear-seat entertainment system, featuring nine-inch screens in the second row and two wireless headphones. Kids can play video games or watch a movie while you keep your attention on the road and your destination.

Beans & Greens

A family having fun at the Beans & Greens corn maze.

 

3)     Cabin in the Mountains

Now for some fun for “big kids.” Nothing beats a romantic getaway to the mountains in the crisp autumn air, a mug of hot apple cider in hand and a warm quilt keeping things cozy. Maine has cottage resorts perfect for couples hoping for a weekend apart or for individuals seeking some solitary peace, quiet and tranquility. There are plenty of nice ones in New Hampshire, as well, with Pemi Cabins in Lincoln being a highly-regarded standout. You’ll get to your retreat in no time thanks to the 2014 Dodge Journey’s all-wheel-drive system that boosts traction on slippery surfaces on demand, and the electronic stability control system that combines antilock brakes and all-speed traction control to give you complete control on windy trails and long highway curves alike.

 

4)     Winery

Continuing the theme, a popular activity for adults during the fall is a trip to a winery. All of the New England states have a long history of creating fine wines, so you have no shortage of options. A trip down to Rhode Island to visit Newport Vineyards in Middletown may be a fun outing for you and your friends, with daily tours and wine tastings all day long. You can even create your own custom wine bottle labels! Your fuel-efficient Dodge Journey will get you there with minimal trips to the gas station thanks to the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which returns up to 26 highway mpg and can travel over 500 miles on a single tank of gas.

 

5)     Dessert!

Man or woman, young or old, driver or passenger, everyone enjoys dessert! And the arrival of autumn means there are now some delicious treats you can only get for a few short months. Get your fill of apple cider, cranberry-apple pie, maple cupcakes, seasonal drinks and pumpkin-flavored everything before it’s too late! Fan-favorite Finale in Boston is constantly updating their menu with seasonal favorites, and they’ve already gotten started. And for the ultimate fall experience, why not eat at an actual barn in Connecticut? The Red Barn was restored in 1983 by the Nistico family and now serves as a great place for lunch, dinner and brunch in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. Try the pumpkin pie for dessert! Don’t worry: you don’t have to walk home on a full stomach. That’s what the new Journey is for.

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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!