All-New 2019 Chevy Silverado Has Arrived at Runde’s

 

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The all-new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is HERE!

One hundred years after the first Silverado was delivered in 1918, the next-generation Silverado was created with feedback from more than 7,000 customers on what they wanted in their next truck.

“With the all-new Silverado, we’ve taken the best truck on the road and made it even better,” said Mark Reuss, General Motors executive vice president of Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain in a press release. “It has a longer wheelbase, more passenger and cargo volume, and yet, thanks to our mixed materials strategy and mass reduction expertise, the new truck is 450 pounds lighter than the current model.”

The Silverado’s grille and headlights are completely refreshed, and Chevrolet is stamped Backacross the truck’s rear bumper. The Z71 Crew Cab model features twin chrome tailpipes.

The truck’s bed offers best-in-class cargo volume in every bed length and features a high-strength steel floor, more and stronger tie-downs, plus an available power tailgate operated with the key fob, interior button, or by hand.  The bed also has available task lighting, a 120-volt power outlet, and larger cutouts in the CornerStep bumper to accommodate steel-toed boots.

“Truck customers value capability and functionality above all else,” said Tim Herrick, executive chief engineer of Full-Size Trucks, in a press release. “Every truck — including the luxurious High Country — is a work truck with a job to do. As such, we set out to create the best tool for the job at hand, one that makes work more productive and more enjoyable, no matter what they call ‘work.’’’

SIDEThe 2019 Chevy Silverado is larger, with a wheelbase that is 3.9 inches longer and an overall length that is 1.6 inches longer. There are three inches of additional rear-seat legroom — totaling 44.5 inches of front legroom and 43.8 inches of rear legroom.

The second-row seatbacks have available 10-liter bins for storage, and there is a large 24-liter storage tray under the second-row seat.

To continue Chevrolet’s reputation as the most dependable, longest lasting full-size truck on the road, the GM engineering team performed seven million miles of testing on the vehicle, making it the most-tested vehicle GM has ever produced.

“Truck customers told us they depend on their trucks for much more than just transportation,” said Herrick. “Many use their trucks to earn a paycheck, or to do what they enjoy most when they’re off the clock. Given how important trucks are to our customers, we set a lofty goal for exceeding the dependability and longevity of the current Silverado.”

There are eight 2019 Silverado models. One of them, the new Silverado LT Trailboss, integrates the off-road equipment of the Z71 package as well as a two-inch suspension lift.

“Truck customers told us they want the perfect truck for them and not a ‘one size fits frontmost’ truck, compromised for the masses,” said Mike Simcoe, vice president, Global Design, General Motors, in a press release. “That insight shaped our design strategy with eight distinct models, each with a unique personality to fit different customers, from the affordable Work Truck to the luxurious High Country.”

The eight models use a varying amount of chrome, which is a major differentiator for many truck-buyers.

“Chrome has become more polarizing, and more personal, than any other aspect of truck design,” said Rich Scheer, director, Exterior Design, Chevrolet Trucks, in a press release. “Some customers want no chrome at all and only body-color or blacked-out trim. Others feel a truck isn’t a truck without a chrome bumper, but feel extra chrome can be too ‘flashy.’ Others want as much chrome as they can get.”

There are also six engine/transmission choices, including an all-new Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel.

Want one? View our inventory of all-new 2019 Silverados here.

Opening Doors: The Nonprofit Behind the Teresa Shelter, Maria House & Francis Apartments

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Dubuque nonprofit Opening Doors aims to take care of women with no place to go while helping them to get them back on their feet.

“Opening Doors’ story started in 2000 with a homeless woman on a park bench with no place to stay,” said Ann Lorenz, development and marketing director of Opening Doors. “Since that time, we have empowered over 3,300 women and children, teaching them life skills to help them build a brighter future for their families.”

Opening Doors, which operates Teresa Shelter, Maria House, and the Francis Apartments, provides shelter and life and job skills training for women in the tri-state area. Maria House provides transitional housing for residents up to two years, while Teresa Shelter offers short-term emergency shelter services and an extended stay program.

Opening Doors opened the Francis Apartments last year to offer permanent supportive housing for graduates of Maria House and Teresa Shelter.

20180731_150606We recently went on a shopping trip to help Opening Doors stock up on one of their frequent needs: laundry soap and socks.

“We go through those items very quickly,” Lorenz said. “Our Wish List ebbs and flows – changing throughout the year, but laundry soap is like gold.”

Want to help? View their wish list here.

“Wish List donations allow us to redistribute operating funds to expand our programming to better serve our community,” Lorenz said.

Each year Opening Doors serves over 300 women and children.

Learn more about Opening Doors here.

Welcoming Mike Mullahey to Runde PreDriven’s Sales Team

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Mike Mullahey to the sales team at Runde PreDriven in Hazel Green!

Mike, who grew up in Dubuque, has lived in the Chicago area for the last 23 years.

“I started at the Auto Auction in 1994 and have been selling cars for the past 20 years,” he says. “I’ve always had a passion for cars and people.”

In his spare time, Mike enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family, especially his two nieces, Makayla and Lily.

His favorite vehicle is the 1969 Plymouth Road Runner, which was his family’s first car as a child.

So far he is enjoying his new position and looks forward to providing great customer service at Runde PreDriven.

“It means you treat people how you would like to be treated and try to help them the best that you can,” Mike says. “Buying a vehicle should be simple.”

You can reach Mike at mmullahey@rundeautogroup.com or by calling 866-396-6832.