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Phil Smith Automotive Group is a powerhouse in the Sunshine State. With dealerships all across South Florida and the Treasure Coast, thousands of people have driven Phil Smith automobiles. There are many of those dealerships right here in Broward County, such as Phil Smith Chevrolet (1640 N. State Road 7, Lauderhill), which reaches out to the community, and as a result, it is a business many of us know and trust.

I spoke to Emilio Redondo, part-owner of the Phil Smith Chevrolet dealership, about the cars being sold there.

Which new cars are especially popular with buyers right now?

I’d have to say the Corvette is probably the most popular, especially after its redesign in 2014. Then there’s the Camaro, which has always maintained its popularity over the year. The Chevy Cruze and Tahoe are also very popular with buyers right now.

Have you noticed any specific amenity that’s paramount for car buyers right now?

I would say technology has been the biggest driver of interest with our product line. Chevrolet is very focused on technology with this new generation of automobiles. Their biggest innovation this year is the installation 4G LTE hotspots inside 75% of 2015 models. So there is always a hotspot available to passengers who are using tablets or laptops, and they can log into the car’s hotspot instead of having to use their device’s data.

How can people contact you if they’re interested in buying a Chevrolet?

We keep up with how our customers communicate today. We’ve found that a lot of them want to ask us questions online, or even to text the salespeople. On our website, we routinely update our product information, and people can even reserve a time and a car for a test drive right there on the website. (philsmithchevrolet.com) They can communicate with us by phone too.

What kinds of compliments has Phil Smith Chevrolet received from satisfied customers?

We hear lots of compliments about the design and the styling. Chevrolet has always been an innovator in comfort. They’ve built their reputation on having the best “creature features.” Your car speaks for you and depending on how luxurious your lifestyle is, Chevrolet has products that match that.

Phil Smith Chevrolet’s business hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Call (954) 357-0519 for sales. To learn more about the Phil Smith Automotive Group family of dealerships, including Phil Smith Kia and Phil Smith Acura, visit philsmithauto.com.