Friday, December 23, 2011

Chevy has 2012 IIHS Top Safety Pick

When buying a new car you always have your own list of options and features. Sometimes that list containsvBluetooth, Keyless Entry, Satellite Radio or maybe even Navigation, but the #1 thing that everyone looks for in a New car is SAFETY! The New Chevy lineup for 2012 is topping the charts with 6 models tested and 6 Top Safety Pick Awards! Whether you are single or lugging around a family of 7, Chevrolet has a SAFE vehicle for you! Click below to view Inventory of our 2012 Top Safety Picks.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Employee Spotlight - Hollie Krebbs

Hollie Krebbs joined the Jim Butler Chevrolet Team about a year ago as an Administrative Assistant. Previously she had worked at another dealership but took a few years off to be a full-time mom. Hollie is originally from St. Louis, and actually grew up on Grant's Farm. Her Dad was a caretaker for the animals so she grew up around a lot of the Busch family and obviously some really cool animals.

Hollie loves spending time with her daughter, and also making clothes for her. In fact, Hollie loves making things for her daughter so much that she even has her own baby boutique that she runs out of her basement. Hollie's other hobbies are photography, shopping and recycling stuff into new things.

Favorite car of the past is a Mercedes CLK
Favorite car of today is the 2012 Chevy Tahoe.

Hollie's saying to live by is "live life to the fullest and with no regrets"

Monday, November 21, 2011

Introducing the 2012 Chevy Sonic-Officially In-Stock!

Whether you need the Chevy Sonic Sedan's 4 doors or the Sonic Hatchback's  4 doors + a convenient 5th door area, the peppy fuel efficient and turbo-charged 4 cyl. is fun and pocket book friendly, starting at just $14,426.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan
Sonic Sedan is ready to turn a head or two in St. Louis. Its sleek appearance and sophisticated ride will command attention—the rest is up to you, and it is In-Stock at Jim Butler Chevrolet. Sonic is designed to energize every moment of the ride, no matter where you're headed. A small car with a lot of heart, Sonic achieved 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track with the available ECOTEC®1.4L turbocharged engine.

It's the most fun-to-drive car and it offers an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway. Feel the difference at your fingertips with ride and handling fine-tuned for agility, plus extensive features for your convenience, entertainment and safety. It's supported by mobile apps and available Bluetooth wireless technology for select phones, not to mention it's the first and only car in its class with 10 standard air bags along with the support of OnStar standard for the first six months. No wonder it's a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS). You can rest assured that Sonic has your back. So where to first? View Jim Butler Chevrolet's 2012 Chevy Sonic Inventory!

2012 Chevy Sonic Hatchback
Sonic Hatchback was made to be on the move. You can see it in the dynamic lines and aggressive, ready-to-pounce stance. Or feel it with the available ECOTEC® 1.4L turbocharged engine with 6-speed manual transmission, the only turbocharged engine in its class. It's the most fun-to-drive car and offers 40 MPG highway. You'll feel the difference within seconds, because Sonic offers the most available torque in its class, achieved 0-to-60 mph in 8.2 seconds on the test track, and boasts fine-tuned ride and handling.

Sonic keeps every detail in mind, including you and your passengers' comfort and safety—it's the first and only car in its class with 10 standard air bags and comes with the support of OnStar, standard for six months. No wonder it's also a 2011 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). There's also flexible cargo space in the back so you can find the right configuration for just about anything.

Stay connected while you're out and about. Bluetooth wireless technology allows you to stream your favorite audio services on select smartphones, and connect to your Sonic through mobile apps. It's the power of Sonic in the palm of your hand.

Sonic wants to go for a ride. Are you game?

Checkout the All-New 2012 Chevy Sonic Inventory!

Employee Spotlight - Tony Castiglioni - Master Technician

If you've visited Jim Butler Chevrolet in the past 14 years for our Service Department, then most likely Tony has been the man fixing your bowtie. Tony Castiglioni is a long time Butler Chevrolet Employee, and also a St. Louis native.  He is an ASE Master Technician and GM Certified Service Technician.Tony has been in the automotive repair business for the past 33 years, he has definitely achieved a lot. 

When Tony isn't working at the dealership, he leaves his work at work. He often can be found fishing on one of many lakes in Missouri and especially enjoys the Lake of the Ozarks. 

Now lets take you back to Tony in 1990. Tony is a rare bird, he has logged over 1600 sky dives and was also on sky diving competition teams. He once did a team dive formation with 130 people, got to sky dive into Busch Stadium in '82 and his favorite place to dive is the desert. In 1990, his life changed a little bit and Tony decided to settle down, get married and start having a family of his own, so risking his life for a high flying adventure had to go. One day Tony hopes to get back up in the air but for now you can find him on the ground at Jim Butler Chevrolet.

Tony's favorite car of the past is a '72 Corvette Stingray and his favorite vehicle of today is a 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

Saying to live by  "Live each day like its your last"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Oct'11 Employee Spotlight - Andrew Creviston

Andrew Creviston
Parts Associate

Have you visited our Parts department lately? If so, you probably talked to Andrew Creviston. Andrews is a California native who moved to St. Louis to escape the smog and the traffic of Simi Valley. He has been a Parts Associate at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis for the past 4 yeaers, and has about 10 years in the automotive parts business. 

When Andrew isn't fulfilling our customers GM parts needs, he likes to battle it out on the paintball gamefield or enjoy his salt-water aquariums. His escape only goes about that far from the automotive realm because his biggest hobby is a 1970 Chevelle with a 400 small block, fully restored interior and fresh midnight blue paint. He is a father of twin identical twins, and happily married. 

Favorite Sport & Team
Baseball - St. Louis Cardinals "Go CARDS!" 

Favorite TV Show
"Breaking bad"

Since Andrew is a true Chevy guy, his favorite vehicle of the past is a 1969 Chevy Camaro and favorite vehicle of today is the New 2012 Chevy Camaro ZL1 that will debut next year.

Saying to live by "live everyday as if you were on borrowed time

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Upside Down, Get Right Side UP at Jim Butler Chevrolet

It's BACK! The Nationally Famous "Upside Down Tent Event." If you think you owe too much on your trade, you are wrong! Visit Jim Butler Chevrolet between October 20th-October 31st, 2011 for the Upside Down Tent Event.

Jim Butler Chevrolet is always giving you the best incentives, deals and discounts that can be offered on our wide selection of 2011/2012 Chevy vehicles, but this month get rid of the beast of burden. Get out from under that old vehicle that you owe too much on and into a New Chevy vehicle with a great warranty, low payments and above all, get on the right track! And with our Credit Acceptance Corporation partnership, we are getting more people out of their old vehicles and into a new chevrolet everday.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Private Offer-United Services Automobile Association-$750 Rebate

United Services Automobile Association is a financial services company for our Military, Veterans and their familes. If you are a current member and meet the criteria then you could be eligible for a $750 rebate from GM.

Important "$750 Private Offer" program notes:

  • Customer must be a current member of USAA and must provide a copy of their USAA insurance policy or insurance card
  • For those members that do not currently have USAA insurance, the customer can call USAA at 1-800-531-8285 and obtain an authorization number.  
  • Copy of the USAA member’s insurance policy / insurance card or a copy of the email confirmation with the authorization number must be placed in the deal jacket for audit purposes.

Contact us at today or call 636.349.3222 for more details!

*Private offers are not usually combinable with other private offers and may not be combinable with special financing promotions. See Dealer for details. 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Employee spotlight-September 2011-Brian Leith

Meet our 15 year veteran Salesperson and Commercial Sales Specialist, Brian Leith.

Brian started at Jim Butler's GM Certified store off of Watson Rd., which was one of the first stand alone GM Certified Stores in the St. Louis Area, and the United States. Brian is not only a die hard Chevrolet fan, but he is also one of the most passionate Jim Butler Salespersons that you'll find at our store. Brian's father even worked for Jim Butler Chevrolet a total of 36 years as a Service Technician.

Brian grew up in Fenton, MO, less than 10 minutes from our location in the Gravois Bluffs. He enjoys watching his 2 golden retrievers play in the lake behind his house and also taking his 35' Fountain to every lake he can get to within driving distance or one of St. Louis' rivers when the water isn't too high. Although Brian does enjoy football and baseball, he really enjoys camping, fishing and taking a Sunday to watch NASCAR.

Since Brian is a die hard Chevy fan, it is no surprise that his favorite car of the past and his very own muscle car is a 1969 Camaro Convertible. The favorite vehicle of today is the versatile 2011 Chevy Avalanche, perfect vehicle for doing anything and everything.

Friday, September 2, 2011

GM Certifieds 1.9% APR Fall Into Savings Event at Jim Butler Chevy

Now through October 31, 2011, get 1.9% APR* on Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, including:
  • Chevy Cobalt
  • Chevy HHR
  • Chevy Impala
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Chevy Silverado
  • Chevy Traverse
  • Buick Enclave
  • Buick Lacrosse
  • GMC Acadia
  • GMC Sierra

View our GM Certified Inventory!
* Length of contract limited. Not available with other offers. Take delivery from a participating Certified Pre-Owned dealer by October 31, 2011.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

August Employee Spotlight - Kelly Schneider

Kelly Schneider joined the Jim Butler Chevrolet Team last year as an Internet Sales Consultant. She is a St. Louis native and has been a great addition to the team and really enjoys her job. Her favorite thing about the job is helping someone through the process of buying their very first new or pre-owned vehicle, she says "there is just something about how excited people get during the purchase of their new car that makes me happy."

When Kelly isn't answering questions about the great selection at Butler Chevrolet, she is usually watching either the Cardinals or the Blues. St. Louis Blues hockey is her ultimate favorite between the two, and David Backes is her favorite player to watch. Kelly's favorite time of year is just around the corner, she loves the Fall because it is  perfect weather to drive around in her convertible. Finally, Kelly enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as reading books (her favorite is "Gone with the Wind").

Favorite car of the past - Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Favorite car of the present - 2011 Chevy Camaro Convertible

Saying to live by  "Well, I'm what I am And I'm what I'm not. And I'm sure happy With what I've got. I live to love and laugh a lot, And that's all I need." --Kenny Chesney

Monday, August 22, 2011

Why the 2011 Chevy Equinox is a HOT Seller!


Meticulous craftsmanship and upscale styling combined with a flexible interior and class-leading highway fuel economy sets Equinox apart from the rest. With 32 MPG highway and a highway driving range of up to 600 miles, Equinox beats Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 and even Ford Escape Hybrid. Inside, there's comfort for five and the most rear-seat legroom in its class, along with advanced safety and security features for added peace of mind.

The 2011 Chevy Equinox is definitely one of our best selling vehicles at Jim Butler Chevrolet. It has topped every other CUV in it's class in sales but let's find out why.

  • Consumer's Digest Best Buy (2010)
  • IIHS Top Safety Pick (International Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Small Utility Vehicle by MotorWeek (2010)
  • 2010 Top 10 Family Car Kelley Blue Book
  • # 1 in Affordable Compact SUVs (2011) U.S. News
  • Best Fuel Economy in it's class - 32 mpg/hwy

The Chevrolet Equinox is one of the best selling cars in America and has won numerous awards.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sneak Peek at the 2013 Chevy Malibu

The 2013 Malibu has an elegant, formal sheetmetal for a sporty look. The Malibu evolves to the Opel Insignia/Buick Regal's Epsilon II architecture to lose 4.5 inches in wheelbase. Chevy worries buyers will think it has shrunk. After all, Buick markets the Regal as a "sport sedan," explaining its tight rear-seat space, so Chevrolet is quick to note that overall interior space is increased more than 3 cubic feet relative to the current Malibu, putting it in the ballpark of the Toyota Camry and Ford Fusion. That's because the new Malibu has grown 2.7 inches wider, so big increases in shoulder and hip room compensate for slight losses in legroom and front headroom relative to the 2012 Malibu. Mark Moussa, Malibu's global chief engineer explains that relative to the Regal, his packaging engineers have greatly increased shoulder room, tightened the clearance between the headliner and the exterior roof panel, and lowered the H-point.

Perhaps its most striking feature, after styling, is that it will be offered only with four-cylinder engines. There's no V-6 in the works. That's pretty forward thinking for Chevy, even if Buick, Hyundai, and Kia got there first.

To take advantage of consumers' shift from trucks and big SUVs to more fuel-efficient cars, GM put Chevy Malibu development on the fast track after the 2009 bankruptcy, and moved up its launch by more than half a year. The '13 Malibu will go on sale not long after Super Bowl XLVI. It launches in ECO trim, with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder with eAssist as Chevrolet continues to build the old Malibu (Classic?) through the 2012 model year for fleet/rental. This ensures a launch with minimal dealer incentives and potentially higher average transaction prices (ATP).

About half a year later, Chevy will add an all-new 2.5-liter four-cylinder option. The only transmission offered for either engine is GM's six-speed automatic. Chevy will offer a turbodiesel and a smaller four in other markets.
The new Malibu has been designed to be a global sedan, sold in China -- it was unveiled at the Shanghai show, a day ahead of the New York International Auto Show -- and throughout Asia, Europe, and the quickly growing markets in South America. In Australia, it will be the Holden Malibu.

It's a big piece of the strategy puzzle that has Chevrolet becoming GM's true global brand. In western Europe, the Chevy strategy pushes Opel/Vauxhall back to where it was in the '60s and '70s: an upper-middle, semi-premium brand like Buick.

The goal in the U.S. is to make the Chevy Malibu a best-seller again, though the Impala presents a complication. With fleet sales and dealer incentives, the current, prehistoric Impala competes not with other cars in its class, but with the Malibu. When the Chevy Impala moves to the long-wheelbase version of Epsilon II for the 2014 model year (a RWD 2015 Caprice will likely follow), it will be more competitive with cars like the Ford Taurus and Toyota Avalon, leading to a higher ATP and lower volumes.

The Chevrolet Volt may prove that GM can still do cutting-edge high tech. Success or failure of the '13 Malibu will prove whether GM has truly become a new company and whether it can find success with and profit from mainstream, affordably priced products.

Is it a Super Sport?
GM has proper engines. The 220-horsepower, 2.0-liter Ecotec Buick Regal CXL Turbo engine would be perfect for a Malibu RS. A Malibu SS would require the Regal GS's high-output 2.0-liter turbo, which makes 270 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 295 pound-feet at 2500-4000 and gets a respectable 19/29-mpg with the optional six-speed manual. "I'd say, stay tuned," Mark Moussa hints. "You may be pleasantly surprised in the future."

[Source: Motor Trend]

Monday, August 1, 2011

Why the 2012 Camaro V6 makes more power & MPGs

The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro will feature 323 horsepower, or 11 more ponies than the 2011 model. But General Motors engineers didn't accomplish this feat by adding direct injection or variable valve timing. In fact, the 2011 version of the 3.6-liter V6 already incorporated those high-tech engine components.

Instead, engineers were able to add extra power by allowing the high-tech mill to breathe better. To do this, intake airflow was improved by seven percent through extensive simulation and bench testing. As a result, power is up by 11 horsepower, while exhaust flow is improved by 10 percent.

Engineers also manged to remove an incredible 13 pounds from the 3.6-liter by integrating the exhaust manifolds into the aluminum cylinder head. This change meant that a pair of old-school iron manifolds, 12 bolts, a pair of gasket and heat shields with six more bolts were eliminated.

Beyond weight savings, these changes also eliminate the potential for gasket failure while fuel efficiency is improved. The 2012 Camaro 2LS model will now boast 30 miles per gallon on the highway, up from an also respectable 29 mpg from the 2011 model.

Hit the jump to watch a short video, which shows exactly how GM was able to shave 13 pounds off of an already reasonably light engine.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Employee Spotlight July'11- Doug McConnell-Service Technician

Meet one of our long-time employees, Doug McConnell. He has been working for Jim Butler Chevrolet for 27 1/2 years! Doug is definitely an important part of providing great automotive service at Jim Butler Chevy. Doug started with us back at the 9900 Watson Rd. location in Crestwood and has been fixing Chevrolets ever since. He has extensive GM training and is an ASE Master Technician, so you could pretty much say he is the "go to guy" for anything automotive. Doug also has more vacation time accrued than most of the staff at Jim Butler Chevrolet.

When Doug isn't at the dealership, he likes to get a little R&R at Goose Creek Lake in Ste. Genevieve. Aside from owning 8 cars, Doug's has a passion for motorcycles and rides with the Kirkwood Chapter Motorcycle Club. Mizzou & Ram's football are his fall football favorites for Saturdays and Sundays at home.

Favorite car of the past - Any 1960's Chevy Camaro or Corvette
Favorite car of the present - HUMMER H2

Doug's saying to live by "Live every day like it's your last"

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Enhanced GM Certified Program News - Jim Butler Chevrolet

Two years of standard maintenance including oil changes are now a part of purchasing a Certified Pre-Owned Chevrolet.
Owner Care, a first in the certified pre-owned vehicle industry that includes a two-year/30,000-mile standard vehicle maintenance program, will cover oil changes based on each vehicle’s Oil Life Monitor system, tire rotations, and multi-point vehicle inspections at no charge to the customer.
The Certified Pre-Owned program, formerly known as General Motors Certified Used Vehicles, will continue to offer a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, and a five-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance and courtesy transportation. A more rigorous 172-point inspection – increased from 117 points – and reconditioning along with free trials of OnStar and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio will remain standard.
“Customers demand more value for their money, and we have responded,” said Jennifer Costabile, general director of marketing and sales support, GM Fleet and Commercial Operations.  “We believe our enhanced program offers our customers an outstanding experience from the moment they drive their Chevrolet Certified Pre-Owned vehicle off of the lot.”

Employee Spotlight-June 2011-Ashley Gansner

Introducing our June 2011 Employee Spotlight, Ashley Gansner. Ashley is the Title Clerk/Biller at Jim Butler Chevy, and has been working at the Fenton location almost since it opened 3 years ago. She graduated from Jefferson College and is also a Jefferson County native.

Ashley has always enjoyed cheerleading, and was a cheerleader all through high school as well as 1 year at college. Some of her favorite things to do include traveling, enjoying the outdoors, and going to the popular Missouri wineries. Ashley is pretty excited about one thing these days, and that is her first cruise! Although she isn't quite sure where she is going yet but she does know when, October. Otherwise Ashley has been captivated with renovating her condo in her spare time.

Ashley's favorite vehicle is the 2011 Chevy Equinox, she commented "I want an SUV, but want similar gas mileage as my Cobalt."

Saying to live by "Don't settle for ordinary, settle for extraordinary"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Upside Down Tent Event at Jim Butler Chevrolet

Upside Down on your Car, Truck, Van or SUV? Get "Right Side Up" at this event and drive home in a New Car, Truck, Van or SUV Today! Think you owe too much to trade? Think again, we'll help you pay off your trade, no matter how much you owe! Huge Discounts on Hundreds of New and Pre-Owned Vehicles, plus Discounts up to $8000 Off Retail! 0% APR available with approved credit. 

There are two steps to get you started, either start by filling out our secure online credit application or find out how much your trade-in is worth via our Autotrader Trade-in Guarantee. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Announcing the GM Disaster Relief Bonus at Jim Butler Chevrolet

GM just announced that they will be giving an additional $500 bonus cash for qualifying storm damaged vehicles. After the storm is gone it seems that your vehicle is never the same, GM is here to help.

CALL TODAY - 636-349-3222


Thursday, May 12, 2011

AARP $1000 Customer Cash on Malibu & Impala at Jim Butler Chevrolet


Special Offer for AARP Members Only

Current AARP members receive $1,000 customer cash on either a 2011 Chevrolet Impala or Malibu*. So whether you're looking for power, performance or fuel efficiency, these cars deliver all of that, and more, in a size to fit your needs. We hope to see you at Jim Butler Chevrolet before May 31st!

* Must be an actiive AARP member prior to March 1, 2011. See dealer for details. Take delivery March 15, 2011 - May 31, 2011. Combinable with most if not all current GM incentives. 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

May is Military Month at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis

Every day, men and women protect the freedoms, ideals and liberties this country holds dear. And to show our thanks, Chevrolet is doing what we can to help return the favor during May's "Military Month" tribute.

For a person serving far away, a call home can be more valuable than gold. Fortunately, Cell Phones for Soldiers provides free calling cards to those overseas.

You can drop off your old phone at a participating Chevrolet dealer to help the brave individuals defending our country. And we'll do our part by contributing $100 to Cell Phones for Soldiers every time we sell a limited-edition 2012 Honor & Valor Camaro SS.

With only 100 available, these red, white or black painted vehicles feature a limited-edition Honor Badge, license plate bracket, heritage grille, side stripes, premium floor mats, painted ground effects, and one year of XM Radio.

You must be eligible for the GM Military Discount in order to purchase one of these limited-edition vehicles from your Jim Butler Chevrolet. We're showing additional support for the armed forces by expanding the program to include all active and retired personnel, reservists, and their spouses.

But if you're interested in another Chevrolet, you can still apply the best military discount from Chevrolet toward that car or truck. Plus, at no extra charge to you, the Jim Butler Chevy can affix a complimentary Honor Badge on any new Chevrolet purchased in May.

It takes a big person to serve their country. And this is the least Chevrolet can do to say thank you, Military Discounts are changing every month so please call 636-349-3222 to speak to a Sales Associate!


Eligible military personnel includes active-duty members and Reserves, including their spouses, of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard and Coast Guard. Offer valid May 1-31, 2011. Excludes Chevrolet Volt. Military Incentives end on 6/30/2011

Sunday, May 1, 2011

GM Certified Preowned-Spring Sales Drive Financing Special

Now, well-qualified buyers can take advantage of special financing as low as 1.9% APR* on select GM Certified vehicles, including:
  • Chevy Impala
  • Chevy Malibu
  • Chevy Silverado
  • Chevy Suburban
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • Buick Enclave
  • GMC Sierra
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Pontiac G6

Visit our GM Certified Inventory

* Length of contract limited. Not available with other offers. Take delivery by July 5, 2011.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Original Corvette Club is coming to Jim Butler Chevrolet-May 21st!

The Original Corvette Club of St. Louis will be at Jim Butler Chevrolet on May 21st, 2011 for a Car Show ALL-DAY! During the car show, bring your vehicle in for an Oil Change and Jim Butler Chevrolet will donate $10, if you own a Corvette, bring it in for an Oil Change on May 21st for $10 Off and we'll still donate $10. The Car Show will benefit the Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis, so not only will all proceeds go to a local charity but also a great cause.

We'll have 40+ members from The Original Corvette Club of St. Louis showing off their vehicles, burgers & hot dogs and much more!

What:   Corvette Car Show - The Original Corvette Club of St. Louis
Where: Jim Butler Chevrolet
            759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd.
            Fenton, MO 63026
When- May 21st, 2011 -ALL DAY

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April Employee Spotlight- Brittany Orick

Brittany Orick
Service Receptionist

Brittany started in December 2010, and was a little nervous about working in the busy Service Department. Brittany had previously worked at a collections agency where she absolutely hated her job, and now she is actually enjoys her job. Although Brittany didn't know anything about cars when she started working at Jim Butler Chevy, she said they teach her a little something new every day, but don't worry she won't be working on your car anytime soon. Brittany is still pursuing her dream career of becoming an EMT (Emergency Medical Transporter), and is looking to go back to school soon.

Brittany is a true St. Louis girl, that "bleeds blue" as they say and is a fanatic for the St. Louis Blues hockey team. She would also like to have a vote to get 1 day out of the year that is a National Hobby Day, where businesses would close in order to give their employees a chance to do something they love to do, like camping or floating in Southern Missouri. Reluctantly Brittany currently drives a Honda but has been eying the New 2011 Chevy Cruze, which is her favorite car.

Brittany's saying to live by is "Live life a day at a time, and always have fun!"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2013 Malibu ECO Fuel Efficient Midsize Ever

2013 Malibu delivers the fuel economy of a compact car in a midsize sedan
  • First Chevrolet with new fuel-saving eAssist™ technology
  • Estimated fuel economy of 26 city / 38 highway  
  • Uses own energy to recharge the battery and doesn’t use gas when stopped
  • New exterior shape and features such as active grille shutters to enhance fuel economy
  • As many as 550 miles of driving range between fill-ups
NEW YORK – Chevrolet celebrated Earth Day at the New York Auto Show by introducing the all-new 2013 Malibu ECO, the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan in its 100-year history. It features eAssist™ “light electrification” technology, which is engineered to deliver an estimated 26 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway without compromising performance. 

ECO is based on the all-new, 2013 Malibu sedan, which will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents. Sales of the new Malibu begin with the ECO model in the United States in early 2012. The Malibu LS, LT and LTZ trim level offerings join the ECO in summer 2012. Pricing will be announced later. 

“The Malibu ECO is a smart choice for customers who want excellent fuel economy without the price premium of popular hybrid sedans,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “The Malibu ECO’s 38-mpg highway estimate is comparable with those hybrids.”  

Malibu’s eAssist system uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking electric assist and start-stop functionality. It is efficiently sized, weighing only 65 pounds (29 kg). 

Malibu ECO also features an aerodynamic exterior – including underbody aero enhancements – and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle. These enhancements increase aerodynamic efficiency to boost fuel economy.  

An ECO gauge in the cluster continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving, while an Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode.  

“Malibu ECO exemplifies Chevrolet’s drive to use technology that delivers high-value, gas-friendly performance,” said Scheidt. “In fact, the Malibu ECO delivers the fuel economy of a compact car in a midsize sedan.”

eAssist details
Malibu ECO’s eAssist system is mated to a 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine is efficient and lightweight, featuring dual-overhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic throttle control, as well as a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head. It is rated at an estimated 180 horsepower (134 kW) and is a variant of the same engine that was recognized as one of Ward's Ten Best Engines in 2010.  

Along with the Ecotec 2.4L and six-speed transmission, the eAssist system uses power stored in the air-cooled, lithium-ion battery to provide needed electrical boost in various driving scenarios, optimizing engine and transmission operation. An advanced 115V lithium-ion battery and latest-generation 15-kW motor-generator unit help increase fuel economy through:
  • Regenerative braking, which provides up to 15 kW of electricity to charge the battery 
  • Providing up to 15 hp (11 kW) of electric power assistance during heavier acceleration 
  • Using electricity instead of gasoline when stopped, with automatic and smooth engine start-stop functionality 
  • Aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration down to zero mph for added fuel savings 
  • Intelligent charge/discharge of the high-voltage battery.
The eAssist system captures up to 15kW of energy that would be normally lost during braking and uses it to recharge the lithium-ion battery. The system also shuts down fuel delivery in certain deceleration conditions, further improving fuel economy. While in fuel shut-off mode, the motor-generator unit continues spinning along with the engine to provide immediate and smooth take-off power when the driver presses on the accelerator. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the engine’s start-stop function is active when the motor-generator unit brings the engine to a smooth stop to position it properly for a smooth restart when the brake is released.

A hill-assist system captures brake pressure to help keep the vehicle stationary when eAssist’s start-stop function is activated on a moderate or steep grade, allowing the driver to accelerate more smoothly from a stop. 
Malibu ECO’s eAssist power pack brings together the lithium-ion battery, the integrated power inverter and 12V power supply. It is located in the trunk, behind the rear seat. The electric motor-generator is mounted to the engine in place of the alternator to provide both motor assist and electric-generating functions through an engine belt-drive system. The motor-generator is a high-performance, compact induction motor that is liquid-cooled for increased performance and efficiency. An electric fan cools the power pack, drawing air from a vent located behind the rear seat. 

Thanks to eAssist technology, which also enables a numerically lower final drive ratio, the Malibu ECO can travel as much as 550 miles between fill-ups, despite having only a 15.8-gallon gas tank.

Aero efficiency
Malibu ECO – and the entire 2013 Malibu lineup – was designed to be aerodynamically efficient, with a coefficient of drag near the standout performance of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle. 

Aerodynamic design engineers removed about 60 counts of wind drag from the new Malibu, compared to its predecessor. Malibu spent hundreds of hours in GM’s wind tunnel, fine-tuning the form to maximize fuel efficiency. For example, engineers shaped Malibu’s front corners so that air runs close and uninterrupted along the body sides to the rear of the vehicle.  

Malibu ECO is among the first in the midsize segment with a fuel-saving, active shutter system in the lower grille. The Malibu Eco’s active shutter system automatically closes airflow through the lower intake opening when air intake is least needed. When closed, the shutter system enhances aero performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the vehicle and down the sides, rather than through it. The shutter is open or closed based on engine coolant temperature and speed. For example, the shutters open when the car is traveling up a hill, pulling a trailer, or in hot city driving; the shutters close at highway speeds when engine cooling is less required.

Other aerodynamic features on the Malibu ECO include:
  • Outside rearview mirrors designed to maximize aerodynamic efficiency
  • Taillamps are shaped for aero performance without design penalty
  • Four underbody panels – more commonly found on premium-priced cars – cover approximately 50 percent of the lower portion of the vehicle and provide an aerodynamically clean flow path under the vehicle
  • Standard 17-inch wheels and low-rolling-resistance tires engineered to improve fuel economy.

About the all-new 2013 Malibu
The Malibu ECO is part of the all-new, 2013 Malibu lineup – Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan – which gives customers more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, craftsmanship, and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans. Product highlights for North American models include:
  • Expressive exterior design with a wide, athletic stance 
  • Segment-best aerodynamics – close to those of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car – that enhance fuel efficiency and reduce wind noise, including active electronic shutters on select models
  • All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize segment 
  • New Chevrolet MyLink connectivity seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio® 
  • European-influenced ride and handling traits 
  • New safety features and technologies including up to 10 air bags, ultra-high-strength steel, lane departure warning/forward collision warning and rearview camera system.

The exterior design of the all-new Malibu carries DNA from its sister vehicles, the Camaro and Corvette. A wider stance, broad shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler bring a new athleticism to Malibu and give it a more aggressive, track-tested appearance. It has a 4.5-inch (114mm) shorter wheelbase and 62-inch (1,574mm) front and rear tracks that are more than 2 inches (51mm) wider than the model it replaces. 

The Malibu’s interior was designed to bring an element of sophistication to everyday driving, featuring an all-new dual cockpit design with more room, thanks to its increased width. Compared to the previous model, Malibu has nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume, along with more front and rear shoulder and hip room and more than one cubic foot (28 L) of extra trunk space. Available soft, ice-blue ambient lighting reflects off of and complements chrome accents and ensures even, consistent illumination along the instrument panel and in storage pockets. 

The Malibu also has a number of storage areas, including a radio face that articulates up and down to reveal a six-inch deep, illuminated storage area behind its seven-inch touch-screen radio display – a U.S. first in a midsize car. Malibu will also offer a full range of the latest infotainment options, including new color radio systems and an available navigation system.

Malibu will include Chevrolet’s new MyLink infotainment package at launch. It builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®. MyLink integrates wireless connectivity through Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of selected smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed. It features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display designed to manage the number of steps required to complete a task. 

A global lineup of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines complements the Malibu’s European-inspired driving characteristics. In addition to the ECO’s Ecotec 2.4L engine, the Malibu’s North American lineup also features an all-new Ecotec 2.5L dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine with direct injection. It has new features, including enhanced authority continuously variable valve timing, variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat that save fuel while delivering V-6-like performance. It is estimated the engine will be SAE certified at more than 190 horsepower (141 kW) and 180 lb.-ft. of torque (245 Nm). Both engines are mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic with features designed to enhance powertrain efficiency. 

When it comes to the driving experience, the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been engineered to deliver ride and handling capabilities that are best-in-class and on par with more expensive sports sedans. These include:
  • A solid body structure as stiff as any in the global midsize sedan market, allowing for precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control
  • A premium steering gear that ensures smooth, precise responsiveness and on-center feel 
  • Proven and continuously refined MacPherson strut front and mutli-link rear suspensions
  • Large, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, clamped on by dual-piston front and single-piston rear aluminum calipers, which are expected to deliver best-in-class stopping distance
  • An isolated engine cradle for tuned, refined feedback, without noise or vibration
  • Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power steering, resulting in effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of steering feel at higher speeds
Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes, full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.

2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO Midsize Sedan
Body style / driveline:
4-door, 5-passenger front-engine transaxle (front-drive)
steel body-frame integral (unibody) with front and rear crumple zones; galvanized steel front fenders, hood, door panels, one-piece bodyside outer panel and trunk lid
Global vehicle class:
midsize sedan
Manufacturing locations:
Fairfax, Kansas and Detroit-Hamtramck, Michigan
Key competitors:
Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord
Ecotec 2.4L DOHC I-4 VVT DI w/eAssist
Ecotec 2.5L DOHC I-4 VVT DI
Malibu ECO
Malibu LS, LT, LTZ
Displacement (cu. in. / cc):
145.4 / 2384
152.5 / 2457
Bore & stroke (in. / mm):
3.46 x 3.85 / 88 x 98
3.46 x 3.97 / 88 x 101
Block material:
lost foam cast aluminum
lost foam cast aluminum
Cylinder head material:
lost foam cast aluminum
lost foam cast aluminum
overhead camshafts, four-valves per cylinder, continuous cam phaser intake and exhaust
overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing
Valve lifters:
hydraulic roller finger follower
hydraulic roller finger follower
Ignition system:
Fuel delivery:
high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
high-pressure direct injection and electronic throttle control
Compression ratio:
Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm):
180 / 134 @ 6200 rpm (est.)
190 / 141 @ 6200 estimated, SAE certification pending
Torque (lb.-ft. / Nm @ rpm):
170 / 230 @ 4900 rpm
180 / 245 @ 4500 estimated, SAE certification pending
Recommended fuel:
regular unleaded
regular unleaded
Max. engine speed (fuel cut-off):
7000 rpm
7000 rpm
Emissions controls:
SAI System, PZEV-capable,
close-coupled, catalytic converter, variable valve timing; positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
Secondary Air Injection (SAI) system, PZEV-capable, close-coupled, catalytic converter, positive crankcase ventilation; evaporative system
Additional features:
extended-life spark plugs
extended-life coolant
extended-life spark plugs
extended-life coolant
Estimated fuel economy (city / hwy):
26 / 38
Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic
Gear ratios: (:1):

 Electric Drive System (Malibu ECO)
belt-driven, liquid-cooled induction motor/generator unit and lithium-ion battery system; air-cooled power electronics and battery pack