Plenty of new Chevys at Vogel in 2014
By Mark Sherry
Between the longevity of Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel and Kelly Johnson (left) as a salesman for Vogel, Johnson has helped multiple generations of families with their vehicle purchases. Dale Dirks of Howards Grove and granddaughter Corra, 15, stopped in and are one such example as Johnson has also sold vehicles to Corra’s father.

For anyone who thought 2013 was an exciting model year for Chevrolet—and it was—they are really loving 2014.

Ground-up redesigns of the ever-popular Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, reintroduction of the Colorado pickup, and—brace yourselves, car lovers—a redesign of the Corvette and the return of the Stingray name are highlights of this year for Chevrolet.

All of that has “car guys” like Kelly Johnson of Vogel Chevrolet in Kiel even more excited than they were a year ago at this time when they were seeing the arrival of the new Impalas and Malibus.

Johnson is always keeping an eye out in the showroom and around the lot, ready to help anyone who might need it in his usual low-pressure, low-key but knowledgeable way. Those glances out the showroom windows are also to keep an eye out for the arrival of 2015 models.

Also debuting at Vogel Chevrolet is Ed Hartmann as a new member of the sales team. Hartmann, a Kiel native, brings with him 27 years of experience in the auto industry. He was with Martin Pontiac/Automotive in Sheboygan until recently.

Technology has been the biggest change Hartmann has seen in the industry, and to stay current he decided to align himself with a new car dealer. Vogel Chevrolet is a good fit, he said, adding that he will use his years of experience in the auto industry to fill the individual needs of his customers.

New Silverado on the way

One of the early release vehicles in 2015 is the all-new heavy duty version of the Silverado pickup truck. Last summer the newly redesigned “regular” version of the Silverado hit the Vogel Chevrolet showroom, and Johnson said the reaction among local buyers has been very positive. He said the riding and driving comfort of the new Silverado has been greatly refined. That continues the trend of a number of years now in which pickup trucks no longer drive like grandpa’s pickup truck did.

In addition to attention to improved ergonomics, Chevrolet has also improved the economics of the new Silverado with the refined 5.3-liter EcoTec 3 engine which is rated to get 23 mpg on the highway.

Mark Sherry photo

Meanwhile, Chevrolet’s Suburban is the true granddaddy among any makes or models of vehicles. The large sport utility vehicle is the longest continuous use automobile nameplate in production in the world, starting from 1934 for the 1935 U. S. model year, and has tradition-

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