Friday, July 30, 2010

Chevy Volt Impression

The video below was done about a year ago and offers a nice overview of the upcoming Chevrolet Volt. It was produced by Motor Trend and there seems to be pleasing results. Check out the video, it is a great look at the upcoming Chevrolet Volt.

Also if you haven't noticed, the Chevrolet Volt will have an MSRP of $41,000, but there is also an available $7500 rebate offered by the U.S. government, which would lower the price to $33,5oo. Further, there will be a lease available that starts at $350/month.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gilly's Cafe Job Opening

Tom Gill Chevrolet is currently looking for someone to work part time at Gilly's Cafe, located inside Tom Gill Chevrolet. The job would entail working Mondays (8am-7pm) and Saturdays (8am-4pm), as well as being available to cover time off, or sick days, for our other Gilly's employee. The person must be outgoing, enthusiastic, and they must have strong people skills. This is a great job for earning some money in a fun and creative environment. Food service experience is a plus, but it is not a requirement as we provide training.

If you are interested, contact Sandy Lower at 859-371-7566 or come into Tom Gill Chevrolet to fill out a job application!

The Firebreather

If you are a Pontiac Firebird fan than this is the car for you! The Firebreather is designed, engineered and manufactured to be an entirely new breed of sports car as a Camaro ss is taken and made to replicate a "what could be" Pontiac Firebird.

As the Camaro ss is taken into the transformation there are many drastic changes made. Starting with the Exterior of the car there are nine fantastic adjustments. To start a front fascia hexagonal mesh grille insert is added and rear fascia with custom taillamps and relocated back up lamps. There are dual headlamps with LED halos, EL eyebrow lighting, and back-lit emblems. A custom Firebreather hood with secondary shaker scoops is equipped. Rocker molding extensions are added as well as body side scoops with integrated louvers. There is a rear lower valance with diffuser and a fantastic decklid spoiler. Lastly, the Firebreather has a personalized painted fron fascia and rear spoiler tattoos.

Now to the interior of the astounding Firebreather. To start, the upholstery in this car is amazing as it contains a black leather trim with red stitching and f1 style inserts and logo embroidery. It has firebreather floormats with script embroidery. A unique red ambient lighting flows along the door trim panels and instrument cluster. Lastly it has personalized painted door panel and dash trim tattoos.

Now for the most exciting part, the chassis and powertrain. The Firebreather has amazing 20"x10" wheels with red reflective graphics equipped with pirelli 275/40zr20 & 295/40zr20 P-zero rosso asimmetrico tires. It has an Eibachpro-plus performance lowering springs and anti-sway bars. A Firebreather cold air induction system is included. An outstanding Edelbrock E-force supercharger system gives the Firebreather an unbelievable 599 horsepower. It has a six-speed manual Hurst short throw shifter system. Lastly it is given a JBA 3" cat-back performance dual exhaust system

If you are interested in the Firebreather visit

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Business of Character

What does it mean to be a "Business of Character"? It is a question many wonder when they walk through the doors of Tom Gill Chevrolet. Oftentimes, when the question is asked to customers or curious people, their response is rather typical: it means to have integrity, to be honest, to follow the golden rule, and to have respect. Yes, all of these typical answers do have a place in being a "Business of Character", a business wouldn't really be one without these elements. Yet, being a "Business of Character" goes beyond just talking about the different character qualities that exist, being a "Business of Character" is about developing each and every employee at Tom Gill Chevrolet to strive to constantly improve.

Tom Gill Chevrolet, in 2001, became a "Business of Character." It was a result of teaming up with the Character Council of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. As a result of this partnership, Tom Gill and his employees chose to start developing their character qualities. The character development was, and still is, based off of a list of 49 character qualities.

Everybody knows that nothing comes easy, and that is why the employees at Tom Gill Chevrolet still strive to improve their character qualities. The improvement happens in many different stages. All new employees must attend a character training session. There, new employees learn what it means to be a "Business of Character' and how this idea will permeate through their employment at Tom Gill Chevrolet. Current employees must attend 4 character "energizer" sessions throughout the year. These sessions are meant to focus the employees' attention on the present state of things at Tom Gill Chevrolet, and it allows employees to take a close look at how well the organization, as a whole, is doing at being a "Business of Character." Further, there is a character trait of the month. This character trait is displayed throughout the dealership to remind employees and customers what the dealership is working on. The signs are displayed to encourage development of that characteristic in every employee at Tom Gill Chevrolet. Also, employees have the ability to be recognized for displaying actions that reflect the character trait of the month. At the end of each month, the employees at Tom Gill Chevrolet,vote on the employee that best displays the month's character trait. Finally, each employee is encouraged to recognize where their strengths and weaknesses exist within the list of the 49 characteristics. Upon identification, employees are asked to improve those that need to be improved, and employees are asked to continue in their strengths and to encourage others to do the same.

According to Tom Gill, the owner of Tom Gill Chevrolet, "many dealerships train their employees 80% of the time on the hard skills, how to fix a car, how to sell a car, how to do a process, but here, at Tom Gill Chevrolet, we spend 80% of our time developing the people, encouraging them to become better people, and encouraging them to develop skills that will allow them to focus on treating fellow employees and customers in the best way possible."

When reading about a "Business of Character," it all sounds nice, it all sounds like a good idea, and it sounds like no business could ever live up to being a "Business of Character." Yet, it has proven over the years to be something great. The idea of being a "Business of Character" has actually produced results, and it has allowed for a better workplace for employees and a more comfortable environment for customers. In fact, on the outset of being a "Business of Character," the employees of Tom Gill Chevrolet were asked to develop a mission statement that they would want to live out in their daily work. The result was: "From our family to yours, your complete satisfaction is our everyday goal." This mission has helped to guide employees over the past nine years and the effects have been great. Employee turnover has decreased by 65%, because employees are treating each other as if each employee were a customer of the dealership. Further, our relationships with customers have improved. Tom Gill Chevrolet has seen increases in customer satisfaction surveys, the number of returning customers is through the roof, and Tom Gill Chevrolet increasingly sees referrals from customers that have had an enjoyable buying experience.

Being a "Business of Character," goes beyond just talking about several different character qualities. Being a "Business of Character" is about developing the employees to be the best people they can be, to build a business that is built on people of character, and to create a business that makes people, employees and customers, feel comfortable and valued as soon as they walk through the doors of Tom Gill Chevrolet.

The 49 Characteristics can be found here

Hydrogen...will it come?

The March, 2010 issue of Motor Trend looked into the current and future developments of GM's hydrogen program. If you have been following the news, GM is winding down their Project Driveway, a campaign that involved the deployment of 119 hydrogen powered Chevy Equinox vehicles. These vehicles were then tested by various people over a span of three years (the program began in 2007). Over those three years, drivers had logged over 1.3 million miles. With the slow down of this project, GM is looking to their next generation, or Gen 2, hydrogen fuel cell.

The Gen 2 fuel cell is lighter, smaller, and uses overall less material than the Gen 1 fuel cell that was featured in Project Driveway. The Gen 2 fuel cell works toward integrating fuel cells into many different vehicles, not just vehicles larger than the Equinox. GM is also focusing their efforts on shrinking their hydrogen storage tanks from three tanks to two to tanks, which will allow for a greater ability to fit hydrogen technology into a wide arrange of vehicles.

The obvious question that comes up is "If GM is developing all this technology when will consumers see it?" According to the article, this technology will hopefully appear around the 2015 model year. Of course, there is a lot that depends on this as well. GM plans to start in urban areas where hydrogen fueling infrastructure can be built. It looks like LA will be one of the first deployment areas, as it presently has some hydrogen infrastructure. However, the key to making hydrogen widespread is having a plan to develop a hydrogen infrastructure across the country, yet the US government has no set agenda or idea on how best to do this as of yet.

The one positive thing is that GM is still focusing on developing this technology and they are focusing bringing the car industry and their vehicles into the future with the most cutting edge technology.

article source: click here

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Tom Gill Chevrolet has been certified as the Northern Kentucky authorized Pontiac and Saturn service center. Our technicians are trained and we carry Pontiac and Saturn parts. We have all that is needed to help make your Pontiac or Saturn the way you like it. Come into the dealership and check it out, and while you're waiting receive a free oil change on your Pontiac or Saturn. This is our way of saying thank you for giving our dealership a try. You can make an appointment by calling 888-845-5572 so that we know you are coming in. Make sure you have the coupon below printed and with you so that you can receive your free oil change. This offer is valid until September 15, 2010 so hurry up and come on in to Tom Gill Chevrolet!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Blood Drive

Well it is the day after the blood drive and it was a great success. Hoxworth drove their big bus out here and we had many employees, customers, and even some walk-ins come in order to help save a life. The Hoxworth blood bus was here from 1pm to 7pm and it stayed busy the whole time it was here. Last year, the Tom Gill Chevrolet blood drive was able to give 16 pints of blood, but there were six people who were ineligible to give, so this year the goal was to surpass 16 pints of blood. At the end of the day, Tom Gill Chevrolet had a total of 20 people attempt to donate, and we gave a total of 17 pints of blood! This means that we saved 51 lives! It is great to see the blood drive continue to grow and prosper.

The blood drive began three years ago, in 2008. It was an initiative started by Tom Gill and an employee, Lindsay Geraghty, who is still proudly employed at the dealership. Lindsay, who is a survivor of Lukemia and alive today because of a blood transfusion, was placed in charge of organizing the blood drive for the dealership. Since the first year, Lindsay has continued to do a great job at organizing and promoting the blood drive here at Tom Gill Chevrolet.

Tom Gill Chevrolet would like to thank everybody that came out yesterday to give blood. Whether you were able to give or not, your support and effort is greatly appreciated. This year was another great success and Tom Gill Chevrolet is proud to be able to support the idea of being a "Business of Character" in order to save the lives of those around us.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Used Car of the Week

Our fantastic used car of the week is the Audi S4. It is a 2006 arctic white with a 2.0 trim and 81,089 miles. It has a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission. It also is equipped with tinted windows and custom rims. This beautiful car is priced at $16,978. Click here to get a more detailed look at the car!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Google Maps + OnStar = Synergy

There is some big news for all those OnStar subscribers out there in the world, Google maps now allows a person to have their directions forwarded to their vehicle. It is rather simple, and it is explained in the video below, but this new partnership between OnStar and Google will allow a person to sit at their computer in their house, find directions using Google Maps, have those directions sent to their vehicle, and then be able to access those directions once in the vehicle.

Even better, the directions will be stored in the vehicle, thus making it possible to access older directions at any time. Check out the video below to see a quick overview of how this new feature will work.