Washington's Birthday is the official name designated to what many of us know as President's Day. During the month of February the birthday of two of our greatest President's takes place. Both George Washington who was born on Feb. 22nd and Abraham Lincoln born on Feb. 12th.
However, Washington's birthday has been publicly celebrated since he was in office, before Abraham Lincoln was even born. Much of the debate over the name of the holiday springs from the fact that state's can follow their own holidays how they see fit and many of them chose to also honor Lincoln, calling the celebration President's Day.
It was in 1968 that the term President's Day came up for legal consideration in the Congress but was shot down, though the holiday was moved to fall between the two President's birthdays. Again in the 1980's there was a resurgence of the term with advertisers which solidfied the holiday name in American culture. Today, few Americans perfer to call the holiday Washington's Birthday in lieu of President's Day.
Educate yourself and others about the presidents of the United States. At Patriotism.org, we also encourage you to show your patriotism and support our army.
Challenging the midsize status quo. In 2008, GM released the seventh generation Malibu and turned the midsize car world on its head. Universally praised for its modern styling and beautiful interior, the Malibu was a hit. Not content to merely rely on its past awards and allow competitors to catch up, GM is introducing the world to the all-new, eighth-generation Chevrolet Malibu. With enhanced style, improved interior and a groundbreaking new powertrain, the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco is poised to add a big dose of spice and efficiency to the midsize sedan segment.
The Malibu Eco (MSRP $25,235) is the first model of the new eighth-generation Malibu lineup. Designed to stand out, the 2013 Malibu features a wider stance (two inches wider) than the model it replaces. The powerdome hood and integrated rear spoiler add a more aggressive feel. Further enhancing the sporty feel of the exterior, the Malibu has been given a coupe-like silhouette and interesting details like the Camaro-inspired taillamps. With Chevrolet’s dual-port grille, large, swept-back headlamps and standard 17-inch alloy wheels, the Malibu brings an athletic sensibility to the midsize market. A segment first, the exterior of the Malibu Eco is equipped with an active shutter system that automatically closes at speed to reduce aerodynamic drag.
The new Malibu Eco is the first Chevrolet vehicle equipped with the fuel-saving eAssist™ technology. The eAssist system is teamed with an efficient and lightweight Ecotec 2.4-liter direct-injected four-cylinder engine that produces 184 hp. The Malibu also uses a next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The eAssist system uses power stored in an air-cooled lithium-ion battery to provide an electrical boost when needed, optimizing engine and transmission performance. The system uses regenerative braking to provide the battery with 15kW of electricity. The 115V battery and 15kW motor-generator unit can provide a boost of up to 15 hp during heavy acceleration. The eAssist system also allows the use of electricity when stopped, instead of gasoline, by way of a smooth and automatic engine start-stop system. GM estimates that this system will allow the Malibu Eco to achieve 37 mpg highway – better than any non-hybrid midsize sedan.
The all-new interior of the 2013 Malibu has been equally enhanced. The cabin is roomier, quieter and more comfortable than its predecessor. Thanks in part to the wider wheelbase, Chevrolet was able to equip the Malibu with a dual cockpit design that is three inches wider than the previous generation car. The new Malibu features metallic, chrome or wood interior accents located around the shifter, on the door panels and steering wheel, and around the center stack and instrument cluster. The Malibu is also equipped with an ice blue ambient lighting system that bathes the cabin in a soft glow. The ambient lighting complements the ice blue illumination on the center stack dials and along the instrument panel. Contrasting French stitching, strategic applications of noise-deadening materials and soft-touch surfaces help to enhance the Malibu’s refinement.
To make sure the 2013 Malibu Eco handles as well as it looks, it has been engineered to deliver ride and handling that are beyond best in class, aiming for parity with more expensive sports sedans. A solid body structure that’s 20 percent stiffer than previous models allows for precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control. The suspension is composed of a MacPherson strut front end with a multi-link setup in the rear with aluminum components and a hollow stabilizer bar to reduce weight. The new Malibu also features large, 11.7-inch ventilated disc brakes in front, and 11.5-inch solid rear brakes, which are expected to deliver class-leading stopping distances.
An isolated engine cradle working in tandem with the stiff body structure helps keep noise and vibration from entering the car’s cabin. This, along with features like acoustic-laminated glass, makes the new Malibu the quietest car Chevrolet has ever made. To further isolate occupants from the harshness outside the windows, 16 expanding-foam acoustic baffles are placed in strategic locations throughout the car. When the car body is being passed through the ovens in the paint shop, the heated foam expands to fill the body panels, providing acoustic insulation for the cabin.
The all-new 2013 Malibu Eco was not only designed to be the most refined and best performing midsize sedan on the market, it was designed to be one of the safest as well. With active safety features like four-wheel ABS and StabiliTrak electronic stability control with Traction Control system, the Malibu will help prevent many accidents before they happen. The Malibu’s stiff body structure and eight standard airbags protect occupants during an accident while the OnStar system with Automatic Crash Response will alert emergency personnel immediately following a collision. In addition to OnStar, the Malibu Eco comes standard with the MyLink Infotainment Package, which integrates online services like Pandora® Internet Radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®, plus Bluetooth enabled devices.
With an unmatched exterior design, outstanding fuel economy, world-class handling and class-leading safety and comfort, the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco delivers the next benchmark in midsize sedans.
A big deal in a small package.This year, Chevrolet is going to show the world that big things can come in small packages. The all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is big design, big fun and big practicality, all situated in a small footprint.
To make sure you can get the perfect car, the Sonic is offered in two body styles – a sedan (MSRP starting at $13,735) and a five-door hatch (MSRP starting at $14,635) – each with six trim levels that include the top-of-the-line 1LZ and 2LZ trims. Once you have decided on a body style, and your pick of the six color choices, the fun begins.
With standard 17-inch rims pushed to the corners of the car, the Sonic LZ has an aggressive and sporty stance. Sleek lines and progressive body cuts give the 2012 Sonic an air of sporty confidence. After you’re done admiring the crisp lines and motorcycle inspired design elements, like the round headlamps, take a look inside. Sit in the heated leatherette seat and grip the leather-wrapped steering wheel, and you’ll notice the motorcycle design cues continue on the inside with a unique dash display featuring a large analog tachometer and an asymmetrical LCD readout for the speedometer. Remote start is standard in 2LZ trims and a sunroof is available on the LZ as well.
With 90.4 cubic feet of interior passenger space in the sedan and 90.6 in the hatchback, the 2012 Sonic has more room inside than a Ford Fiesta (85.1 cubic feet) and a Honda Accord Coupe (89.7 cubic feet on EX and EX-L models). With equipment like the premium six-speaker stereo with Bluetooth audio streaming and SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Chevrolet gives you more inside the cabin than extra space. A USB port is also standard.
Good looks and a great interior are only half the story for the 2012 Sonic. Available with your choice of a 1.8-liter Ecotec® four-cylinder with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), 138-hp and 125 lb/ft of torque, or a turbocharged 1.4-liter Ecotec® four-cylinder with VVT making 138 hp and 148 lb/ft, the Sonic LZ has as much “go” as it does “show.”
If you choose the 1.8-liter, you have the choice of five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. The 1.4-liter turbo is initially available exclusively with a six-speed manual; the choice of a six-speed automatic is planned for the 1.4-liter turbo later in the model year. Expect up to 40 mpg from the 1.4-liter turbo on the highway.
Once the road beneath the Sonic begins to go twisty, drivers can feel assured that suspension will keep things in check. A MacPherson strut front suspension, combined with the high level of body stiffness and rigidity, allowed Sonic engineers to fine tune the suspension with extreme precision. Those same tuning engineers also work on the Chevrolet Corvette. The result is ride and handling on the Sonic that feels direct and balanced, providing confidence during a broad range of driving conditions.
Advanced technology and performance in the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic comes with modern and sophisticated occupant safety features like StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, a Tire Pressure Monitor, Child Safety Locks and four-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution to keep the car under control. Ten standard airbags – including thorax side-impact, rear body and front and rear head-curtain side-impact airbags – and a strong body structure (more than 60 percent of the structure is made from advanced steels) keep occupants well protected. Standard OnStar brings Automatic Crash Response, Emergency Services, Remote Vehicle Diagnostics, Hands-Free Calling, Turn-by-Turn Navigation and Roadside Assistance to name just a few benefits. You can also download the myChevrolet mobile app to schedule service or even find your car in a parking lot.
The all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic boasts all the amenities of a larger car in a smaller, more efficiently designed unit. The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is big news.
We can't put a price on loyalty, but up to $1,000 is a nice start. It's owner appreciation time and to thank you for choosing us again we are offering Owner Loyalty Cash on many of our 2011 and 2012 models1. Combine that with other offers to get $3,000 Total Cash Back1 on four time Consumers Digest "Best Buy" Malibu and you are looking at a great deal. Traverse, also a Consumers Digest "Best Buy" for the fourth time (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Model Years), is now offering $2,000 Total Cash Back1. Silverado, the most dependable longest lasting full-size pickups on the road2, offers $3,000 Total Cash Back1. Come in and visit us to view and experience our new Chevrolet vehicles.