Corvette Stingray Earns the Title of 2020 North American Car of the Year

The new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray recently received the prestigious 2020 North American Car of the Year award. A jury made up of 50 independent journalists gave this award to the car for having a powerful performance and sophisticated design.

Lauren Fix, North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year president, said, “The excitement from consumers has been overwhelming. From a journalist’s perspective, this is one of the best-built GM products that exemplifies what it means to be the North American Car of the Year.”

The North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year Awards recognize the vehicles that exceed in the areas of design, innovation, performance, safety, technology, value and driver satisfaction. The Corvette has now won the North American Car of the Year award three times, having previously received the honor in 1998 for its fifth-generation model and in 2014 for its seventh generation model.

The 2020 mid-engine Corvette is powered by a 6.2-liter V8 engine, which achieves 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. You can also opt for the Z51 Performance Package to optimize performance and enjoy smooth rides.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excitedly awaiting the release of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Visit our dealership to check out the array of other vehicles we have available.

Winter Activities Around Bellfontaine, Ohio

No matter the time of year, there’s always lots of fun to be had around Bellfontaine, Ohio. This winter, be sure to explore the area with your family and check out these exciting winter activities.

Chocolate Walk

Downtown Bellefontaine is hosting its first annual Chocolate Walk on Feb. 7. You can purchase a ticket to receive more than half a pound of chocolate and check out the delicious goodies from over 15 different businesses.

Holland Theatre

The Holland Theatre is host to a number of fantastic shows throughout the year. In February, you can catch a performance of Mary Poppins JR. with your little ones or listen to talented musicians, like Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, play a show.

Mad River Mountain

If you’re interested in embracing the outdoors this winter, head to Mad River Mountain. Here, you can go tubing, skiing or snowboarding down the slopes. You can also venture to the ski resort on select days to take part in events specifically for college students, freestyle skiers or those wanting to attend a concert. 

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope you have a lively winter and make lots of memories with your loved ones. Visit our service department for seasonal maintenance so your vehicle can better handle the winter roads.

The Off-Road Racing Chevrolet Colorado ZR2

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 has an impressive history of racing. With its powertrain and durable features, it can handle a variety of terrains and persevere in races. 

By August of 2019, the Colorado ZR2 had competed in 11 Best in the Desert races and was one of just four vehicles to complete them all. Since the model was first revealed in 2017, Chad Hall has been driving the off-road racing truck.

As a result of the races, Chevrolet has gained the knowledge needed to further enhance the Colorado with different parts, helping the truck withstand off-road conditions. The Colorado ZR2 has received numerous upgrades and now offers skid plates, rock sliders and an Autotrac®transfer case for 2020. A 3.6-liter V6 engine powers the truck, though a Duramax® 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel engine is also available.

“In off-road racing, your speed comes from your suspension, not your engine. Usually, when you modify the suspension on a stock truck, the rest of the truck can’t keep up with it,” said Chad Hall. “However, the Colorado is such a great platform, everything seems to work at the same level.”

If you’re interested in driving the strong and capable Chevrolet Colorado, try out the truck’s features when you take a test drive at Steve Austin’s Auto Group.

Fun Holiday Events near Bellefontaine

Holiday Fun | Bellefontaine, OH

The holidays are right around the corner, which means it’s a great time to start thinking about fun events to attend with your family. Consider going to these holiday events near Bellefontaine during this festive season.  

Bellefontaine Christmas Parade

Get into the holiday spirit this year at the annual Bellefontaine Christmas Parade. This parade will take place on December 6th in Downtown Bellefontaine and will be filled will lovely floats from local businesses. The highlight of the parade is an appearance by Santa, making it a great event to take your children to. You can also enjoy delicious food, a petting zoo and carriage rides.

Small Business Saturday

If you want to get your holiday shopping started early, you can go shopping on Small Business Saturday. This event takes place on November 30th and gives you the chance to not only purchase holiday presents for your loved ones, but also to support your favorite local shops. After you work up an appetite shopping at the unique retail shops in Downtown Bellefontaine, you can enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants in the area.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope you have a fantastic holiday season spent with your loved ones. Visit our dealership to see the different vehicles we have to offer this season.

Get Winter-Ready with These Winter Vehicle Care Tips

Winter Vehicle Car Tips | Bellefontaine, OH

With cold winter days on the horizon, now is a great time to get your vehicle winter-ready. Follow these winter vehicle care tips to keep your vehicle running smoothly throughout the season.

Check your tires regularly

When the temperature outside drops, your tire pressure can also lower. As such, you should regularly check your tire pressure to ensure your tires are properly inflated. You should also inspect your tire tread routinely since tread is important for having traction on slippery roads.

Level off your antifreeze

Antifreeze or coolant is what prevents your engine from freezing on frigid days. That’s why it’s important that you make sure you have enough antifreeze in your vehicle. You should also check that there are no leaks in the engine, which could cause your antifreeze to drain.

Ensure you have optimal visibility

You need to have enough visibility when driving, especially during winter snowstorms. Replace your wiper blades before the weather gets too cold if they are not working properly or they’re leaving streaks. You should also replace any light bulbs that are out in your headlights or taillights.

Stop by our service department at Steve Austin’s Auto Group before winter begins to have any components replaced or repaired as necessary.  

Updated Design for the 2021 Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado is a popular mid-size truck, thanks to its impressive capability and features. Recently, Chevrolet unveiled the up-and-coming 2021 Colorado and showed exciting new updates coming to the model.

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado first appeared in public on Oct. 10 at the Method Race Wheels Laughlin Desert Classic. At the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Chevrolet will debut the 2021 Colorado ZR2.

Each Colorado model will have trims that are more distinct from each other for the 2021 model year. In addition, the Z71, LT and WT trims will receive updated front skid plates, center bars and lower fascias. The Z71 trim will feature a black bowtie logo, while the LT and WT trims will come with new gold Chevrolet bowtie logos.

Great for off-roading, the ZR2 trim will have a new flow-through “Chevrolet” front fascia that’s lettered. The new front end not only gives the truck a bolder look but also helps improve visibility for the driver. This trim will also offer front and rear electronic locking differentials, a 2-inch suspension lift, off-road rocker protection and multiple skid plates.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are excited for the new 2021 Chevrolet Colorado. Stop by our dealership for a test drive in one of our other Chevrolet trucks.

How to Keep Your Car Cool When Parked

Chevy Silverado

Few things are as unpleasant as sitting in a car that’s been baking in the summer sun for hours. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to keep your car cool, no matter how intense the heat is.

Use a visor or sunshade

This is an oldie but a goodie. A simple sunshade or visor placed over your windshield will work wonders to keep your car cool. For additional heat protection, lay a sunshade in your rear window.

Drape a towel over your steering wheel

Leave a hand towel over your steering wheel when it’s parked. This little trick should help to keep the temp down so you don’t have to touch a scalding-hot steering wheel.

Park in the shade

If you can snag a spot under a tree or behind a building, do so. Keeping your car out of direct sunlight is the best way to keep it cool.

Keep your windows open

Leaving your windows open just a crack can enhance ventilation and drastically cool down your car. Just make sure that a hand can’t fit in so you don’t make it easier for car thieves.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group hope these tricks help keep your car cool this summer. We invite you to come take a test drive at our dealership and find the vehicle that’s right for you.

Best Places to Fish Near Sidney

Fishing

If you’re in the mood to go fishing, Sidney, Ohio, is the place to be. Whether you’re hoping to hook tonight’s dinner or just seeing how big of a fish you can tug ashore, there are plenty of places to fish near Sidney.

Tilberry Run

Tilberry Run is a nice stream, having plenty of spots to post-up with your pole. The species you might catch here include everything from northern pike to largemouth bass.

Kiser Lake

Kiser Lake State Park is the perfect place for a weekend getaway. At Kiser Lake, you can rent a boat and kick back with a line in the water. There are also five fishing piers around the lake, giving access to the bluegill and channel catfish.

Great Miami River

The Great Miami River goes through 15 different counties, giving you an array of places to fish. Home to a variety of bass and catfish species, it’s a great place for novice fishers to gain experience.

Wells Creek

If you enjoy wading and/or fly fishing, Wells Creek is the place for you. The stream contains lots of smallmouth bass and chub for you to fish.

We at Steve Austin’s Auto Group are proud to neighbor Sidney, Ohio. Before heading out on a fishing trip, stop by our dealership for vehicle maintenance.

How to Keep Your Car Cool This Summer

Summer

Even as temperatures rise to uncomfortably hot, there are still ways to keep your car cool. Direct sunlight is a large part of what heats up the inside of a car, so learning tricks to keep your car out of the sun will help you stay cool all season.

Cover the Seats and Steering Wheel

Every surface of a car’s interior can become uncomfortably hot from the sun’s summer rays. Leather surfaces are especially hot to the touch. You can avoid this pain all together by keeping blankets or towels in your back seat and using them to cover surfaces like seats and the steering wheel when your car is parked.

Park in the Shade

If you can keep your car out of direct sunlight, you’ll be able to keep its interior temperature down. When you want a cool car to return to after a long day, finding a shady parking spot is worth the effort.

Use a Sunshade

Sometimes there isn’t any shade around when you’re about to park your vehicle — that’s when a sunshade comes in handy. Sunshades fit across the inside of the windshield, shading the front seats from the sun, and in some case reflecting the rays to keep the interior as cool as possible.

Contact us at Steve Austin’s Auto Group if you need a new vehicle with a working air-conditioning system, or schedule a maintenance appointment to fix your vehicle’s dysfunctional system. We’re here to help make your summer drives more comfortable.

Country Concert 2019

If you love summertime and country music, there’s an upcoming local festival you don’t want to miss. Country Concert 2019 is happening on July 11-13 in Fort Loramie, Ohio. This family owned and operated country music festival had its first year in 1981, and has been booking killer country lineups since then.

Country Concert 2019 has several must-see headliners joining for this year’s festivities. On Thursday, July 11, Kid Rock will end the night, after performers like Kip Moore and Carly Pearce. Friday night, on July 12, guests can rock out with headliners Gary Allen and Chris Stapleton. Dustin Lynch and Thomas Rhett will end the festival with performances on Saturday, July 13. For a complete lineup and schedule, check out the event’s website.   

Besides supplying a summery dose of live country music, Country Concert 2019 is a place to come together with family and friends, and to enjoy camping and good food. The festival grounds accommodate both RV and tent camping, and offer spaces with electric and water sites. Festival goers will find lots of food and drink vendors on the festival grounds. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own drinks, alcohol, and snacks as coolers are welcome on both campgrounds and in the festival grounds. Stop by Steve Austin’s Auto Group if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from this fun weekend music festival.