All-New Chevrolet Traverse Is Coming to Detroit

Quick: what are you doing on January 9th? If you love the hottest new vehicles Chevy has to offer, you may want to make it a point to check your computer, smartphone, or tablet for the Bowtie brand’s latest reveal: the all-new Chevrolet Traverse.

Almost as if offering up an early holiday gift to brand loyalists, Chevrolet announced last month that the next-generation Traverse will make its world premiere at the 2017 North American International Auto Show on January 9th. The three-row crossover will join the recently-unveiled 2018 Chevy Equinox, supplementing the brand’s ever-evolving SUV and crossover lineup.

All-New Chevrolet Traverse

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

Details are as yet sparse, but Chevrolet revealed that it expects the all-new Traverse to offer the best third-row legroom and max cargo space in the segment, as well as the availability of D-Optic headlamps that will offer a natural daylight effect.

Those eagerly anticipating the new look of Chevy’s next great crossover should have all of their questions answered come January 9th. And when all is revealed, be sure to direct your questions as to when, where, and how to purchase your own all-new Chevrolet Traverse to the sales team here at Don Brown Chevrolet.

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What Is Toys for Tots? A Quick Look at Where It Came From & What It Does

There are a few things that are seemingly guaranteed around the holiday season: increased traffic around shopping centers, a startling uptick in the number of Bing Crosby songs playing on the radio, and a deeply-felt imperative to give to those less fortunate. The holidays can be a great time for everyone, but they are particularly magical for kids.

Similarly, the holidays are considerably tougher for kids who don’t get to experience the same magnitude of cheer as other children.

Enter Toys for Tots. Founded by the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks and authorized by the Secretary of Defense as an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve and official activity of the Marine Corps, Toys for Tots strives to make the season bright for children around the country every holiday. Every October-December, the objective of Toys for Tots is to collect as many new and unwrapped toys as possible to be distributed to needy children in communities all around the United States.

Since its foundation nearly 70 years ago, Toys for Tots has distributed more than 512 million toys to nearly a quarter-million needy children throughout the United States. The cause has also been perpetuated by familiar faces including John Glenn, Johnny Carson, George Harrison, Roy Rogers, Bob Hope, Joe Louis, and even fictional characters like Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, and Ronald Reagan.

For its efforts, Toys for Tots has been awarded a number of accolades, including routine ranking among the “Philanthropy 400,” an “Outstanding Nonprofit Organization of the Year” from the DMA Nonprofit Federation, and inclusion in Forbes’ “Gold Star List” of charities.

But for all of those accolades, Toys for Tots would not be able to accomplish its aims without the support of its countless donors. Whether it be monetary donations, helping to organize local events or hosting drop-off bins, or donating a toy that you know will help put a smile on the face of a child in need, your contribution to Toys for Tots is what enables it to continuously improve the lives of children.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, or just the idea of giving to those in need, consider donating to Toys for Tots next holiday season.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Teaser Information

The Chevrolet Equinox brings versatility, style, and performance to the road every model year. That isn’t going to change for the 2018 model year but the all-new Equinox will boast more technology and a balanced design set to serve drivers everywhere. The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox is still a long way off but the automaker is already giving up some teasers of what to expect when it finally rolls around.

The new Chevrolet Equinox will feature an upscale, detailed interior design for maximum comfort. The dual-cockpit design boasts an integrated center stack and ergonomic controls that make the Equinox as functional as it is pretty.

The Equinox’s exterior has undergone a full redesign and boasts smoother lines and a ride height that puts off an athletic stance drivers are sure to love. Add in signature LED daytime running lamps for an intimidating look.

Safety comes first in the Equinox with new technologies making their way to the popular SUV. Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking and Forward Collision Alert are just two of many safety technologies that are ready to roll in the Equinox.

From the looks of things, it seems like the all-new Equinox will be well worth the wait.

Here at Don Brown Chevrolet, we can’t wait until the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox makes it official debut!

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Local Food Pantries in St. Louis

Local Food Pantries in St. Louis

Thanksgiving is a time of, well, giving, and there are plenty of wonderful places that could use the help here in St. Louis. Everyone deserves to have a good meal during the holiday season and there’s no better way to ensure no one goes hungry than by donating to a local food pantry. Here at Don Brown Chevrolet, we’re all about giving back to the community, so here are a few local food pantries in St. Louis that could use your help!

  • The BridgeThe Bridge serves the people of St. Louis breakfast from 7am to 9am and lunch runs from noon to 12:30pm. The St. Louis area lists that for every dollar donated, four meals make their way to hungry people. Donations are tax deductible, but if you don’t have the money or food to donate, stop by and offer a helping hand.
  • Kingdom HouseKingdom House is a food pantry that’s open from 10am to 3pm on weekdays. Those wishing to donate can drop off canned goods and nonperishable food items during their open hours.
  • Wilhelmina Hardin Food Pantry – The Wilhelmina Hardin Food Pantry is open Tuesday and Thursday between 10am and 2pm and takes donations of nonperishable food. Stop by and help relieve hunger in the St. Louis area today!
  • Circle of Concern – The Circle of Concern is a local Food Pantry that offers more than food to needy families. They also provide financial support, scholarships, job mentoring, children’s programs and sponsors different holiday events.  They are located in West St. Louis County and they are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9am-3pm, Wednesdays 9am-7pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm.

If you are able to help donate, any of the above food pantries are taking donations.  As we approach the Holiday season, we want to make sure everyone had the food they need for their family.  Also, Don Brown Chevrolet will be hosting a Food Drive for Circle of Concern in November through December; so stop in and bring food items to our dealership!

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Missouri History Museum Unveils Route 66 Exhibit

Route 66 Exhibit

St. Louis may not have grown to be the city it is without Route 66. The Missouri History Museum honors the history and legacy of this incredible route, known as the Mother Road or the Main Street of America across the country. The Route 66 exhibit isn’t in any danger of closing soon, as it’s open until July of 2017, but if you’re looking for something fun to do with the whole family, it’s a great chance to learn more about this legendary street and one of the most influential roads in American history.

The exhibit will cover all sorts of topics ranging from the history of various motels and tourist attractions that sprang up along Route 66 through St. Louis, as well as showcasing historic artifacts like old gas pumps or road signs. Dip into a slice of local history and get the chance to take a spin on the road yourself. There are all sorts of interesting fun awaiting you at the Missouri History Museum’s latest exhibit.

Want to know what’s even better? The Route 66 exhibit offers free admission to all guests. So take the chance to swing by the Missouri History Museum when it opens at 10 in the morning to experience the Mother Road that stretches through St. Louis, Missouri. Tell us your favorite thing from this museum at Don Brown Chevrolet!

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Chevrolet Camaro Sales Surpass Mustang

Chevrolet Camaro sales

Two of the most iconic sports cars in the American market are the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. The two often go head to head, targeting similar enthusiast niches and accumulating their individual fan followings. However, recently, the Chevrolet Camaro sales numbers pulled ahead of the Mustang’s for the first time in two years, when the sixth-generation version of the Mustang debuted.

September sales say that the Camaro managed to sell 6,577 units just that month alone, jumping ahead of the Mustang with a difference of 148 units. The biggest reason for the jump in sales is a rise in customer incentives for the Chevy Camaro. In the month of September, Chevy dealers went from offering $1,080 in incentives to a staggering $3,340. That’s a big discount in the long run. Meanwhile, the Mustang is suffering a significant 32% drop in sales for the same period.

The Camaro has a history of outselling the Mustang. Following the fifth-gen Camaro model that debuted in 2010, the Camaro stayed a step ahead of its rival for four years, until the Mustang surpassed it in November 2014. Current Chevrolet Camaro sales suggest the model may be making a comeback and pulling ahead once again.

If you are looking at getting one of the new Chevy Camaro’s, stop in and see us at Don Brown Chevrolet and we’ll hook you up with one of our great Don Brown Deals!

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Top Three Fall Camping Trips Near St. Louis

Summer’s poolside days are over, and now the autumn woods are calling. Looking for a little outdoor adventure? Try one of these fall camping trips near St. Louis!

fall camping trips near St. Louis

Mark Twain National Forest

This national forest, named after one famous Missouri native, covers over one million acres of land. With plenty of campsites throughout this vast area, Missourians have ample opportunity to find a home beneath the stars. Pitch a tent and enjoy the scenery as the leaves change colors in the cool evenings. At Mark Twain National Forest, you can find anything from hiking, bicycling and horse trails to sand dunes and beaches to good fishing hideaways.

Montauk State Park

Another excellent fishing spot, Mantauk State Park also offers excellent hiking trails and beautiful views. Bring your binoculars and work on your birdwatching skills. Located two and a half hours outside of St. Louis, this state park is great for a weekend stay. Or, stay at Mark Twain National Forest for a night and then head another thirty minutes west to spend a night here. And, before you leave, be sure to take a free tour of the Old Mill, built over 100 years ago.

KAO Granite City Campground

For a quick night away from home, consider a stay at this KAO campground, just a 20 minute drive from downtown St. Louis. With playgrounds and bike trails near the sites, this campground is perfect for a family outing. Or, hop on the nearby historic Route 66 after a night’s stay and head on an unforgettable fall road trip.

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Hot Air Balloons Abound at Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Great Forest Park Balloon Race

Daydreaming about something new to try out this fall? Forest Park is hosting just the thing this month. Join a group of hobbyists whose heads are in the clouds (literally) at the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. This St. Louis tradition started in 1973 and has continued strong, becoming the oldest, best attended hot air balloon race in the country.

This free event kicks off September 16th with the annual Balloon Glow. Spectators can take a stroll through Central Field and take in the magical sights of unique, colorful balloons lit by their burners against the darkening sky.

Saturday, September 17th families can enjoy live entertainment, children’s games and food. Aspiring photographers in the St. Louis area can join the photography contest and submit their photos from the balloon field for a chance to win prizes. Skydivers will perform as the opening act to the main event.

Then, grab a seat to watch the breathtaking, one-of-a-kind view as the balloons take off for the races, dotting the evening sky with their colored silhouettes. There’s nothing quite like seeing these beautiful balloons against the St. Louis skyline. Don’t miss this St. Louis tradition—mark your calendars now for the 44th annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race!

We would love to hear about your favorite part of the Great Forest Park Balloon Race here at Don Brown Chevrolet! Tell us about your time at the festival below in the comments!

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Great Day Trips from St. Louis You Can Make on One Tank of Gas

day trips from St. Louis

Missouri is a goldmine of beautiful natural landmarks, sights to see, and historic towns to visit, so if you’re looking for fun day trips from St. Louis that you can do on a single tank of gas and be home by dinner, we’ve got you covered.

If you love the outdoors, visit Arcadia Valley, a historic spot at the convergence of three Missouri cities that also has some cool Civil War historical sites to stop at. Then there is Carlyle Lake, a nice place an hour outside St. Louis where you can take your boat out and spend the day sailing or fishing. Spelunkers should visit the Meramec Caves!

History and literature fans should take a trip to Hannibal, Missouri, the birthplace of Mark Twain and the setting of both Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Hannibal also has multiple haunted tours if you’re looking for something less literary. Cape Girardeau is another great city to visit, a richly historical city on the Mississippi River.

For the wine and beer lovers (make sure you pick a designated driver!) there are wineries and breweries throughout Missouri that offer tours and tasting. Visit the winery and microbrewery in Charleville, or check out the vineyard in Chaumette!

These are just a few of the things you can do on a day trip from St. Louis. Check out the many more exciting spots to visit here!

If you are looking for the perfect vehicle to take you on one of these day trips, we have a great selection to choose from at Don Brown Chevrolet!

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Chevy Low Cab Forward Trucks Shipping out to Dealers

Chevy low cab forward trucks

After being out of the market for a while, Chevy announced last year that it would again start developing low cab forward trucks in order to diversify their commercial lineup and create more options for commercial customers.

Last week, shipment of the new Chevy low cab forward trucks to dealerships across the country began, and sales will start when dealerships receive them. The Chevy low cab forward is available with a V8 gasoline or two turbo diesel engine options, the gasoline priced at $40,900 and the diesel priced starting at $48,375, including a $1,125 destination charge.

The Chevy low cab forward truck offers a tight turn radius, a maneuverable Cab Over design for increased visibility, and the ability to be serviced at any of the nationwide network of commercial Chevy dealerships. Chevy says the low cab forward trucks are their answer to the necessity of high payload and exceptional handling, which is necessary when transporting goods in crowded urban environments.

The low cab forward is also said to be versatile and can be adapted to the needs of the driver, as well as having a comfortable cabin. Its max towing capacity is 19,500 pounds, and a six-speed automatic transmission is standard in all models, which include the 3500, 4500, and 5500, plus their respective HD models.

To learn more about Chevy’s Commercial Lineup, stop by Don Brown Chevrolet today!

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