Make Trax into Vogel to see new cars
By Mark Sherry
Experienced salesmen Ed Hartmann (left) and Kelly Johnson of Vogel Chevrolet stand next to a new Chevrolet Silverado. Chevrolet continues to improve what is already one of the greatest trucks in American history.

When the calendar turns to a new year, people who sell Chevrolets for a living have the extra excitement of looking forward to another year of great new vehicles and cutting edge changes to existing models.

Such is the case at Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel, where salesmen Kelly Johnson and Ed Hartmann are already riding the wave of popularity for 2015 Chevrolets.

Johnson admits that when he first heard Chevrolet was coming out with the new Trax—a small sport utility vehicle— he had his doubts. A step down in size from the ever popular Equinox, Johnson said he questioned whether or not there would really be a market for a small SUV.

When two Trax arrived at Vogel Chevrolet in midwinter and were sold within a week, Johnson changed his mind. Now he says, “Do I expect that to continue? I actually do.”

A lot in its favor

The Trax has a lot working in its favor. It is still a SUV, although Chevrolet plays with the acronym a bit and calls it a “smart urban vehicle.” As an SUV, it still has ample room inside and front-wheel drive with the option of all-wheel drive. Its standard engine is the 1.4-liter, turbo charged Ecotec which is found in a lot of Chevrolet vehicles.

But as a slightly smaller SUV, the Trax also gets a little better fuel mileage (34 mpg highway) than the already efficient Equinox (32 mpg). It has sleek styling with digital gauges and a seven-inch color touch screen. Drivers of the Trax

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are also commenting on how much they enjoy the ease of driving the smaller vehicle in traffic and parking it in tight spaces.

As the Trax is to the Equinox, so is the Colorado to the Silverado. The all-new Colorado is a slightly smaller pickup truck when compared to the Silverado, but it is already earning as much attention— no, make that more attention than the Trax. The Colorado has already been named Motor Trend’s Truck of the Year for 2015.

Johnson said the first Colorado rolled

into Vogel Chevrolet in mid-February and the response has been very positive.

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