Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Malibus at Jim Butler Chevrolet aim for ‘groundbreaking’ and ‘passionate’ design

The heads at Chevrolet are “hustling” to present a new Malibu— Chevrolet’s mark in the mid-size car segment — within a year according to a report from Automotive News. While the Cruze has been grabbing headlines and satisfying owners the past few years, the Malibu has been waiting in the wings. 

Chevrolet’s next Malibu will strive for a “groundbreaking design” and new groundbreaking technology, Mark Reuss, General Motors’ head of global product development, said. Chevrolet aims to be a distinctive and dramatic mid-size car to make General Motors and consumers proud. Reuss continues that Chevrolet has its act together on the mid-size segment. Ed Welburn, global design head, added that the next Malibu will make a significant statement and a “passionate” design.

While the hype builds for the newest Chevrolet Malibu, the 2015 Chevrolet Malibu at Jim Butler Chevrolet boast a 36 mpg highway rating and built-in OnStar 4G LTE  Wi-Fi. Two engines are available on the 2015 Malibu—the standard Ecotec 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and an available 2.0-L turbocharged 4-cylinder with the exhilaration of a V6 in the efficiency of a 4-cylinder. 

To learn more about the 2015 Malibu or other passionate Chevrolet models, contact Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton by calling 888-640-6826. If you’d like to check out our inventory and are in the Fenton, Ballwin, Arnold or even the short drive from St. Louis, stop by our Gravois Bluffs dealership. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chevrolet Tahoe earns 2015 ALG Residual Value Award

First-time winner full-size SUV available at Jim Butler Chevrolet of St. Louis

Automotive Leasing Guide and TrueCar Inc. awarded the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe with their annual Residual Value Award, and this value-retaining SUV is available at Jim Butler Chevrolet of St. Louis. The award is a gauge of which vehicles will retain the highest percentage of their original price after about three years.

The top-selling 2015 Tahoe bested its competition in the fullsize utility vehicle category, and this first-time award winner is available at Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton. The award is a testament to the Tahoe’s value and performance, according to Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet director of truck marketing.

The 2015 Tahoe improved on its drive experience, fuel economy, comfort and capabilities, and that was a factor in the impressive value retention. ALG determines winners through careful study of the competition in each segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. A total of 26 vehicles are recognized by ALG each year for its Residual Value Award.

“The Chevy Tahoe, along with GM's other truck-based utilities, are among the best in the business for hauling families and all their stuff,” Larry Dominique, president of ALG, said. “With the improvements to the drive experience, capabilities, fuel economy and comfort for 2015, the Tahoe will remain the vehicle of choice for thousands of buyers who need all it can offer, and we expect this demand to drive impressive value retention.”

The redesigned 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe saw a 108 percent sales spike since February 2014 according to GM Authority, and you can grab your opportunity to own one of these popular, award-winning and value-retaining SUVs at Jim Butler Chevrolet of St. Louis. To learn more about this amazing vehicle and other Chevrolet brands, contact our sales department at 888-640-6826 or stop by our dealership at 759 Gravois Bluffs Boulevard in Fenton.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chevrolet Colorado earns Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year

In a field of 10 vehicles, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado emerged as Motor Trend’s 2015 Truck of the Year. With a rare unanimous vote, the 2015 Colorado impressed judges with clean-sheet design, phenomenal handling and its overall capability. This award is another testament to the great selection of Chevrolet trucks available at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis.

The 2015 Colorado also put up best-in-class fuel economy numbers with its powerful yet efficient powertrain. The six criteria the competitors were measure on were design advancement, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value, and performance of intended function. The Colorado beat out other competitors such as the

—Ford F-150 2.7 L and 3.5 L EcoBoost
—Ford F-450
—Ford Transit 350 HR and 150 MR
—GMC Canyon SLT and the
—GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD.

The Colorado and other competitors underwent the most rigorous Motor Trend test to date. The standard Motor Trend test of 0 to 60 and 60 to 0 mph and quarter-mile acceleration was taken along with instrumented passing simulations with payload and trips of almost 250 miles.

Trailers were then attached to the trucks for to measure acceleration, and finally a 21-mile trip through the hills of Arizona’s Hualapai Mountains. Hundreds of miles and days of real-world tests with and without payloads led to the unanimous victory for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

“Colorado is a smart, capable, and refreshingly honest truck that makes a strong value and efficiency statement,” Edward Loh, Motor Trend’s editor-in-chief said. “It’s perfectly sized and suited for the needs of many of today’s truck users.”

Customers in Fenton, Ballwin and other St. Louis areas can check out and test drive this award-winning truck at our Jim Butler Chevrolet St. Louis location. Come by our Fenton location, call our sales team at 888-640-6826 or visit JimButlerChevrolet.com to learn more about the 2015 Colorado and our other Chevrolet models.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

20 ways Chevrolet Trax blazes the compact SUV trail into 2015

Jim Butler Chevrolet of St. Louis proudly presents city-smart vehicle that can handle almost any adventure with the 2015 Chevrolet Trax. This incredible vehicle — Chevrolet’s seventh small vehicle launched in the past four years — combines the agility of a compact car with the capabilities of an SUV.

The small SUV segment projects nearly 80 percent growth in the next few years, and the Trax goes on sale in early 2015 at Jim Butler Chevrolet. Though it can be seen as an SUV, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax performs efficiently with a standard turbocharged engine that delivers power on demand and segment-leading, EPA-estimated 34 highway mpg.

Yet the 2015 Trax provides more for owners than a fuel-efficient SUV with compact agility. Below are 20 reasons why the new Chevrolet Trax will make its mark with its maneuverability,
technology and versatility.

1. Seating for up to five with up to eight seating/cargo-carrying configurations.

2. A 60/40-split, flat-folding rear seat and a segment-exclusive fold-flat front passenger seat allows eight feet of storage for longer items such as surfboards for a trip to the beach or skis for a trip to the mountains.

3. Up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the rear seats are folded and 18.7 cubic feet behind the split-folding rear seatbacks.This storage space surpasses the Nissan Juke and comparable to the Kia Soul and Jeep Renegade.

4. 15 interior storage compartments which leads the small SUV segment

5. Standard and dealer-available cargo management features

6. Standard Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment with seven-inch diagonal color touch screen is highly customizable and links to smartphones and MP3 players.

7. Standard OnStar with 4G LTE and a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot is a mobile hub for drivers and passengers alike. Laptops, smartphones and tablets can connect to high-speed wireless Internet.

8. Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6, iOS 7 and iOS 8 users creates more connectivity and convenience. It also increases safety as drivers can keep their hands on the wheel and off their phones.

9. Standard USB port with MP3 playback/iPod music device support can also let users upload photos and videos to the MyLink screen.

10. Available BringGo navigation app and Sirius XM Satellite Radio. The BringGo app brings smartphone-enabled navigation displayed on the MyLink screen, and the touch screen can be used to control the navigation.
11. Powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine backed by a six-speed automatic transmission. The engine rates at an SAE-certified 138 HP and 148 lb-ft of torque. These engine and transmission work in tandem to produce the 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway efficiency.

12. Available all-wheel drive enhances driving confidence in slippery conditions.

13. Dimensions are designed for confidence and maneuverability. The wide, planted stance gives drivers confidence on any terrain but can also be nimble enough for parking in the city.

14. MacPherson-strut front suspension and compound crank rear suspension deliver driving agility. The strut-type front suspension delivers ride comfort with sporty, direct responsiveness, while the compound crank rear suspension combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control.

15. Direct-acting, fuel-saving column-mounted electric power steering system is featured on all models and has an electric power steering system which helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned. 

16. Starting price of $20,995 for LS trim includes standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment with a 7-inch-diagonal touch screen, OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, segment-leading 10 standard air bags, rear fold-flat and front-passenger fold-flat seats, USB port, air conditioning, power locks and windows, power outside mirrors and remote keyless entry.

17. Three trims levels — LS, LT and LTZ — each have premium features across the range. Features include but are not limited to: rear park assist (LT and LTZ), heated front seats (LTZ), Bose seven-speak sound system (LT and LTZ) and fog lamps (LTZ).

18. All-wheel drive is offered for $1,500 is the most affordable AWD option in Chevrolet’s portfolio and is available on all trim levels.

19. Wide array of strong safety features includes class-best 10 standard air bags. Other features include rear park assist, rearview camera and ABS and electronic brake force distribution.

20. Chevrolet Complete Care provides two years/24,000 miles (whichever comes first) of scheduled maintenance and complements the three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (whichever comes first).

These are just 20 reasons why the 2015 Chevrolet Trax can become a leader in the small SUV segment, but the next big thing in the small SUV segment has many more ways to provide a great vehicle for those in the city or country. 

Customers in Fenton, Ballwin and other St. Louis areas can check out and test drive the Trax in early 2015 at our Jim Butler Chevrolet St. Louis location. Come by our Fenton location, call our sales team at 888-640-6826 or visit JimButlerChevrolet.com to learn more about the 2015 Chevrolet Trax and our other Chevrolet models.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

2015 Chevy Silverado: The Hottest Trucks at SEMA

Every year, the people behind the scenes at SEMA Show in Las Vegas award manufacturers with the SEMA Award for the Hottest Car, Hottest 4x4/SUV and Hottest Pickup. SEMA chooses to recognize entire models and hand down awards based on their entire presence at the show.

This year Chevrolet’s 2015 Silverado pickup proudly took home the title of Hottest Pickup at the show this year. The all-new 2014-15 model commanded attention at almost every vendor’s booth at the show.

Some of the modified Silverados from SEMA included Chevrolet’s own Silverado High Desert and Silverado Polaris ACE+ concepts. The Silverado High Desert has a distinct Deepwood Green exterior color with Oxide gold and Russet accents, all on 22-inch wheels. The Polaris ACE+ included 33-inch off-road tires, an vinyl decal kit, plus much more.

“The SEMA Show has always been the premier event where the newest and most innovative automotive aftermarket products and trends are seen first,” Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO, said in a statement. “With the SEMA Award, SEMA recognizes the vehicles they consider the top enthusiast prospects for the coming year.”

So congratulations to the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado for there recognition and awards at this years SEMA, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store! Visit Jim Butler Chevrolet for the latest news on all new models and the Silverado!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Chevy Silverado 2500HD Crushes Competition in Twist Test

Here at Jim Butler Chevrolet, we're twisting and shouting over the results from a frame twist test that shows the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD outperforms its competitors on uneven terrain.

AMCI Testing, a third-party research firm, pitted the Silverado against the Ford F-250 Super Duty in a test that runs the vehicles over staggered ramps and measures the distance between the cab body and bed to determine how much twist the frame of each pickup truck endured. AMCI found that the Silverado HD took 0.26 inches of twist, while F-250's endured 0.94 inches of twist. The Chevy Silverado was the clear winner, thanks to its use of roll-formed steel -- a higher-grade steel that is stronger, lighter and provides increased rigidity -- in the bed.

Feel how stable the Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is for yourself when you visit us for a test drive. As the number one Chevy dealer in St. Louis, we're ready to shake it up, baby.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Chevrolet Corvette Zo6 Motor Purrs

Some people laugh when a car enthusiast equates a revving engine to a kitten purring, but we totally get it -- it’s a hum that makes us want to prowl, salivate and pounce.

Car and Driver has video of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Zo6 prototype revving its 650-horsepower V8, and it’s something to behold. We dare you not to smile as you watch the video for yourself:

Even better, Car and Driver is featuring photos of the Corvette’s exterior. You’ll notice that the paint job is a little, er, unconventional. This prototype showcases a black and white trompe l’oeil design and was parked near the University of Michigan campus.

We at Jim Butler Chevrolet can’t wait to check out the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Zo6’s beautiful engine for ourselves. Wanna be there when we do? Let us know in the comments!

Chevy Camaro Z/28 Wins Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car

Being the best is a great feeling, isn’t it? We’re certainly excited that the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 recently was named Motor Trend’s 2014 Best Driver’s Car. In the award’s seven-year existence, the Z/28 is the first American car ever to win.

And, really, its triumph is no surprise. Building on the legacy of the original SCCA Trans Am-series contender introduced in 1967, the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 has race car features and plenty of oomph. Its chassis, suspension,tires and brakes are made
for the track, and its 7.0L LS7 V-8 rated at 505 horsepower (376 kW)
and 481 lb-ft of torque (652 Nm) complements the lightweight vehicle
components to give the car an enviable 7.6:1 power-to-weight ratio. 

Motor Trend’s Best Driver’s Car contenders are selected from all new or significantly revised performance cars launched in the twelve months prior to the test. Editors complete a battery of tests -- including digitally instrumented laps at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and high-speed driving up and down a 4.3-mile hill climb on a closed rural highway -- to determine the winner.

“The transformation of the fifth-generation Camaro from ‘muscle car that handles pretty well’ to Best Driver’s
Car winner is astounding,” the editors of Motor Trend said in their
write-up. “You feel the superior engineering in how the car responds 
to inputs both internal and external. From within, the car reacts immediately
and precisely to your commands but doesn’t punish your mistakes. From the
outside, the Z/ 28’s suspension attacks bumps and dips with an unbridled
passion for keeping the tires on the pavement.”

Have you ever been behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro Z/28? What do you think you’d be like on the race track? Swing by Jim Butler Chevrolet and let us know about your need for speed.

Jim Butler Chevrolet Recieves BBB TORCH Award On October 14th

Better Business Bureau honored 10 businesses, two charities and three high school seniors Tuesday at the
2014 TORCH Awards. Among these 10 businesses was Jim Butler Chevrolet.

Brad Sowers, President of Jim Butler Chevrolet, accepts a TORCH Award from Michelle Corey, BBB President and CEO.

To read more about Jim Butler Chevrolet, the BBB TORCH Award, and the see photos from the event check out stlouisbbb

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Chevrolet Improves Child Safety Features

Studies have shown that nine out of ten parents let their children transfer out of booster seats well before the recommended height and age. That’s nine out of ten families with children in unsafe conditions!

But Chevrolet has a mission to keep kids safe, no matter what. That’s why the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab now combines the midsize pickup’s removable headrest with a rear passenger side seat cushion to better accommodate today’s larger child restraints and booster seats. Many child restraint manufacturers require at least 80 percent of the child restraint be supported by the vehicle seat. The Colorado patent-pending rear seat cushion extension helps satisfy that requirement.
The Chevrolet Impala’s in the safety game, too. To protect young passengers and give them room to grow, the Impala offers easy access to LATCH anchorages for all three rear seating positions. The impala also makes available shoulder belt comfort guides that help position the belt properly without cutting into a child or smaller adult. A comfortable seatbelt is one that everybody is more likely to wear.

Here at Jim Butler Chevrolet, we support Chevy for its unwavering commitment to safety. Stop by the dealership and check out all of the great safety features on Chevrolets that could help protect your family when they need it most.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

All-New Chevrolet Colorado Pairs Pickup and Crossover Features

For many people, “truck” can mean a lot of things -- perhaps an off-road vehicle or something to haul cargo around. But a new Chevrolet truck is adding yet another definition: comfortable.

The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a midsize pickup truck designed to be a little smaller and more flexible than its big brothers. The latest Chevy pairs the style and versatility of a truck with the refinement, maneuverability and efficiency of a crossover.

“Many people like the ‘can-do’ spirit of a truck, but they want a vehicle that is easier to maneuver in traffic and easier to park at work or at home,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “For them, bigger is not necessarily better. Also, they don’t want to give up the latest in convenience and safety features, which aren’t available on current midsize pickups. For those customers, the new Chevrolet Colorado is the perfect choice.”

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is as at-home in the city as it is on the job. Available in four-door extended- or crew-cab models, the Colorado has a quiet, comfortable interior with car and crossover amenities such as Chevy MyLink with a built-in available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

And don’t fear giving the Colorado a workout -- it offers the segment’s highest-available trailering rating: 7,000 pounds with the available V-6 engine and heavy-duty towing package.

We at Jim Butler Chevrolet are excited about the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, and we know you will be, too. Visit the number one Chevy dealer in St. Louis today and give it a spin!