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.

New Jersey Couple Finds the Perfect Van for their Travels at Runde Chevrolet

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Jim and Angie Mullen, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, flew in to pick up their 2017 Chevrolet Express 12-passenger van from Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque!

The couple worked with nine dealers in their area, but none had a van with the features they were looking for.

“This van had all the options I wanted, which was basically all the options,” Jim said. “It had the locking differential, a cold weather package, and a six-way power seat, which comes in handy since Angie is a much shorter person than I am.”

They appreciated Runde Auto Group’s transparent and understandable sales process, along with salesperson Tim Loso’s helpfulness along the way.

“He was very easy to work with and even got us an interest rate that was better than our bank got us,” Angie said.

Jim added: “Out of the nine dealers we were working with, Tim was the only one who when I asked for RPO codes and a build sheet, he immediately sent those over to me. I didn’t have to wait or explain — he sent them right away.”

The couple plans to hook the Express van up to their RV and use it for traveling with friends and family, including their four grandchildren. In September, they have a trip planned from New Jersey to Oregon.

This was their first time visiting the Dubuque area.

“Everyone has been really great to work with here,” Jim said.

Congratulations and thank you for your business, Jim and Angie!

 

 

Mural Update: Nine New Murals in the Works for 2018

 

 

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Voices Productions has taken to the streets of Dubuque once again to add color and life to buildings around the city.

In 2016, the organization suspended its 11-year tradition of Millwork District gallery shows to embark on a public art project. The result was 18 large scale murals.
See the 2017 murals here.

The group is setting out to complete nine more in 2018, bringing the total to 27. So far two are in progress or completed: one on the Steve’s Ace Hardware building at 200 S. Locust St., and one at 1638 Central Ave. Many others are planned for Central Avenue.

“The difference between this year is that property owners are reaching out to us, asking to participate in the mural initiative by requesting a mural on their wall and offering to pay for it,” said Sam Mulgrew, president of Humanities Iowa and one of the five directors of Voices Productions.

The murals are also supported by grants and partners, including Runde Auto Group and Humanities Iowa.

The art is drawing quite a bit of attention — tourists and locals can be seen snapping photos of the giant paintings.

“Public art and murals are important because they take fallow, lifeless public walls and transform them into animated places,” Mulgrew said. “In the process, a zeitgeist is expressed, and diverse audiences are engaged.”

The newest mural on Steve’s Ace Hardware is being painted by Gaia, the same artist who painted the Automate and floral murals on 2nd St.

The mural at 1638 Central Ave. depicts La Pacha Mama, an Incan fertility goddess. It also features the Mississippi River and Julien Dubuque Bridge. It was designed by Miami painter Luis Valle.

When the murals are complete, a program will be produced so that observers can take a walking tour.

Learn more about Voices Productions here.