Friday, December 30, 2016

The All-New 2018 Chevy Traverse

According to Chevrolet, the brand is furthering its crossover and SUV lineup revamp with the all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse, which is set to debut next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The 2018 Traverse will join the 2017 Bolt EV and Trax, the 2018 Tahoe and Suburban, and the 2018 Equinox, which was revealed in September.

Wrapped in an aggressive, yet sleek interior, the Traverse will seat up to eight passengers and is expected to offer the best third-row legroom and cargo space in its segment.

“Nobody in the industry offers a broader, fresher lineup of SUVs and crossovers than Chevrolet,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North American and brand chief of Global Chevrolet. “From the all-electric Bolt EV to America’s longest-running nameplate, Suburban, we’ve got something for every customer and lifestyle.”

On the hunt for a new SUV? Chevy is the way to go. Be sure to stop by and see us at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO today!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chevy Bolt EV Is GM's Testbed For Autonomous Driving

As if the Chevrolet Bolt EV wasn’t impressive enough with its 238-mile range, the vehicle is now the testbed for GM’s autonomous-driving technologies.

Earlier this year, the autonomous Bolt EV prototypes began testing on the public streets of San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona. And now, according to a recent announcement made by General Motors, the vehicle will begin testing on the roads of Michigan. The company plans to build this next-generation autonomous Bolt EV at its Orion Assembly Plant.

“Revolutionizing transportation for our customers while improving safety on roads is the goal of our autonomous vehicle technology, and today’s announcement gets us one step closer to making this vision a reality,” stated GM CEO Mary Barra. “Our autonomous technology will be reliable and safe, as customers have come to expect from any of our vehicles.”

Because safety is a top priority, safety engineers will be behind the wheel of the first autonomous Bolt EV prototypes and ready to take over in the case of an emergency.

The future is looking pretty awesome, if you ask us! Though you can’t quite yet get your hands on the autonomous version, you can stop in and see us at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO to check out the 2017 Bolt EV all-electric vehicle!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chevy's All-New Transmission Debuts In 2017 Malibu

Chevrolet recently announced that the first-ever nine-speed automatic transmission has made its debut in the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder 2017 Malibu. This transmission is bringing great things along with it, like an EPA estimated 33 mpg highway and better performance.

“In addition to improved fuel efficiency, the 9T50 offers a strong overall balance of performance and refinement that customers will feel at all driving speeds,” stated Dan Nicholson, vice president of Global Propulsion Systems. “By the end of 2017, Chevrolet will offer four models with the new nine-speed.”

Chevy plans to have the Hydra-Matic 9T50 available in the 2017 Cruze Diesel and 2018 Equinox sometime this year as well. It will support stop/start technology on every model, which adds to the fuel efficiency.

“Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximize benefits for the customer,” stated Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing. “It helps offer greater fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway, all with the world-class refinement that makes the drive quiet and smooth.”

So far this year, the brand has sold about 205,117 Malibus in the United States, putting it on the path to have a record sales year with this vehicle! To try it out for yourself, stop in and see us at Jim Butler Chevy in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Spy Shots Of The Corvette ZR-1 Give Us The Best Look Yet

Typically sporting heavy camouflage, the 2018 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 is now barely covered and, if you ask us, looking like it could be the brand’s best yet.

So far, every look we’ve gotten at the vehicle has featured a great deal of fake body panels so we were unable to grasp the true silhouette of the ZR-1… until now! The new spy shots show a bulging hood and revamped front end, complete with three large intakes and a massive splitter. The rear is equipped with a huge wing and spoiler.

Taking the bigger hood into consideration, it is likely that the supercharger of the ZR-1 will be larger than the current Z06’s 1.7-liter version, leading to more horsepower (and who wouldn’t want that?!). We’re betting this bad boy will be able to bust out more than 700 hp but we’ll have to wait until the Detroit Auto Show rolls around next month to find out for sure.

A St. Louis ‘Vette fanatic or not, you know you’re going to want to check this one out. In the meantime, be sure to stop by and see us at Jim Butler Chevy in Fenton, MO to shop our current lineup!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chevy Took Home Record Number Of Awards In Just One Week

Chevy hit a record last month when it earned 18 awards in automotive and consumer media rankings in just one week. Five of these awards can be credited to the all-new Bolt EV, the brand’s newest all-electric vehicle.

The Bolt EV, offering an estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge, earned a spot on the 2017 Car and Driver 10Best Cars list. Additionally, it was named Best New Car to Buy by Green Car Reports, Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal and Best EV by Car Connection.

“The Bolt EV is the newest example of how Chevrolet is driving the industry with leading technology matched with great design and the connectivity that makes customers’ lives easier,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North America and brand chief, Global Chevrolet. “We’re innovating like never before with more choices for every need and these awards affirm the depth, breadth and value offered by Chevrolet’s lineup.”

Also earning spots on Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars List were the Camaro 1LE and Corvette Grand Sport. This is the second year in a row the Camaro has made this list and the third time in four years for the Corvette.

A whopping six Chevrolet vehicles earned Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Awards and lastly (yep, there’s more), the Impala and Tahoe were named Kelley Blue Book “Best Buys” for two consecutive years.

We’ll call that a successful week for Chevrolet! Ready to check out an award-winning vehicle for yourself? Visit us at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO! We’d love to help you find your next car!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Colorado ZR2 Is An Off-Roader's Dream

If you enjoy off-roading, you’re going to want to get behind the wheel of the Colorado ZR2. This performance truck is changing the game for trail-ready trucks with more off-roading technology and than any other midsize pickup in its segment.

The Colorado ZR2 features exclusive technology unknown to the standard Colorado, such as front and rear electronic locking differentials, an available diesel engine and the Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) damper technology. It sits on a wider track and lifted suspension and also sports revamped front and rear bumpers, which lead to better off-road clearance.

“Our engineers have been incredibly successful developing Corvette and Camaro performance variants with broad performance envelopes,” stated Mark Ruess, executive vice president, Global Product Development, Purchasing and Supply Chain. “The Colorado ZR2 applies that same philosophy to off-road performance. You can go rock crawling Saturday, desert running on Sunday and comfortably drive to work on Monday. This truck can do it all, and do it all well.”

We don’t know about you but we’re ready to hit the off-road trails of Southern Missouri… Be on the lookout for the Colorado ZR2 at Jim Butler Chevy in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The All-New Bolt EV Named MOTOR TREND Car Of The Year

The all-new and highly anticipated Chevrolet Bolt EV has been recognized as MOTOR TREND’s 2017 Car of the Year. This affordable electric vehicle offers an EPA-estimated 238 miles of range on a full charge.

“Chevrolet is the fastest-growing full-line retail brand in the industry thanks to an exceptional vehicle lineup, which includes ground-breaking products like the Bold EV,” stated Alan Batey, president of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand chief. “Being recognized once again as MOTOR TREND Car of the Year is a great honor for the Chevrolet team.”

The MOTOR TREND editors base their decision on the vehicle’s performance in six evaluation categories, which includes advancement in design, engineering excellence, efficiency, safety, value and performance of intended function.

This is the fourth MOTOR TREND award for Chevrolet in three years, as the Camaro was recognized as the 2016 Car of the Year and the Colorado was named the Truck of the Year in both 2015 and 2016.

“Chevrolet is on a roll with new and compelling vehicles that have reset the bar for trucks in 2015, trucks and sports cars in 2016, and for 2017, electric cars,’ said Ed Loh, MOTOR TREND Editor-in-Chief. “The Bolt EV is certainly a game changing vehicle and we look forward to seeing whether we’ll be recognizing another Chevrolet next year in our annual awards.”

Ready to check this groundbreaking electric car out for yourself? It will be making its big arrival to Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO next month!

Friday, November 4, 2016

What You Missed At The 2016 SEMA Show

The 2016 SEMA Show took place in Las Vegas last week and Chevy took it upon themselves to not only show off their concept vehicles, but to also celebrate the beloved Camaro’s 50th anniversary. In case you haven’t checked out the cars for yourself, we thought we’d share a list of some of our favorites…

Camaro Turbo AutoX

In case you didn’t know already, the name of this car refers to the parking-lot motorsport of autocross. This car sports Chevy’s 2.0-liter engine but also features upgrades to the suspension, brakes, air intake and exhaust and the lowering kit drops the height about three-quarters of an inch. Other features include a front tow hook, GoPro camera mount and Euro side markers.

Silverado High Desert 1500

This concept is based off of the existing High Desert Package available for the 2017 Silverado 1500 LT, LTZ and High Country trucks. Additional features for the show include lockable storage boxes on the sides of the bed and cargo dividers that separate loads.

Chevelle Slammer

This is one of our favorites- the Chevelle Slammer. With the same lowered look as the other Camaro’s, this car was designed to imitate the original. “The ‘69 Chevelle is one of the best-looking cars of the muscle-car era, and we didn’t want to mess with its classic cues,” stated designer Humberto Ortiz.

2017 Camaro SS Slammer

This lowered, road-hugging, one-off was introduced by nobody other than Dale Earnhardt, Jr. It was designed to take the Gen 6 Camaro’s proportions to the extreme and was on display all week long. According to Chevy, the gloss-white flakes in the black paint “add depth and sparkle”... and we must say, it certainly did.

 Even though we can’t get behind the wheel of these really cool concepts, we can check out some of the parts in the Chevy Performance catalog! Be sure to keep an eye out. In the meantime, we hope you’ll stop by Jim Butler Chevy in St. Louis, MO to check out our current Chevrolet lineup!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Is A Chevy Colorado Bison In The Works?

According to GM Authority, General Motors has recently filed a trademark application for the use of the name “Colorado Bison”. The paperwork specifically states that the purpose of this name is for “motor and land vehicles, namely trucks.” Sadly, no other details were released but it surely opens the door for a few possibilities.

We don’t want to jump to conclusions, but we think the name could be pointing in the direction of an upcoming trim level for the Colorado… perhaps a fancy version. Looking at the statistics, there is a high demand for small trucks today, so packing profit into every model that it sells isn’t a shabby idea.

Another interesting fact to point out is that in the 1970s, Chevrolet built a brawny Class 8 heavy duty commercial truck with the same (and very appropriate) moniker, so a revival model could be something in the works. And considering the current diesel-powered Colorado has the highest tow rating in the small pickup segment, an even stronger version of the already tough small guy isn’t preposterous.

We’re just going to have to wait and see on this one but we have good news- the trail-ready Colorado ZR2 is headed this way soon! We’ll keep you posted on its arrival to Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Chevrolet's New Blue Line Series

Following last year’s Red Line enhancements, Chevrolet plans to release something similar at this year’s Nov.1 SEMA Show in Las Vegas- the Blue Line Series. Though last year’s line focused on the Chevrolet’s sporty character, the Blue Line Series stands for the lifestyle and personalization possibilities of the brand. Two vehicles will be used as the base of these unique concepts- the Malibu and Cruze RS hatchback- and will also feature newly-developed accessories specifically for them.

“The Chevrolet Blue Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices for customers,” stated Roger McCormack, director, Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing. “Each vehicle wears production and concept accessories thematically linked under the Blue Line Series banner. We look forward to gauging public reaction at the SEMA Show and other venues.”

The two vehicles will feature Genesis White exteriors, which will be accented with blue-tinted windows, and slate-blue metallic painted 18-inch wheels. A few of the subtle add-ons for the Malibu include a rear diffuser, a black grille insert, black Chevrolet bowtie emblems, a rear spoiler, illuminated door sills and suspension lowering kit.

As for the Cruze RS hatchback, it will feature a chrome grille insert, suspension lowering kit, performance brake package and performance exhaust system. The interior will feature custom satin graphite accents on the instrument panel, shift knob and door inserts.

According to Chevrolet, some of the Blue Line performance parts and accessories will be available as soon as the end of the year. Others will be available by mid-2017. And good news- as long as your Chevy dealer, Jim Butler Chevrolet, installs them, your warranty will remain intact!

Friday, October 14, 2016

4 Road Trips To Take In Your Chevy Impala This Fall

Looking to take a little road trip out of St. Louis? There is no better time than the fall! Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway with some friends or a trip with the kids, we put together a few destinations that are suitable for both. So pack up your Chevy Impala and hit the road!

Kansas City, Missouri

With tons of parks, expansive boulevards, unique eateries, and a hip cocktail scene, Kansas City is a great place to head for a weekend getaway. Just about three and a half hour drive, this city will keep you occupied from the Country Club Plaza all the way to Westport. Shopping, art, and a Chiefs game are a “must” on the list of things to do in the City of Fountains!

Louisville, Kentucky

Looking to head south? Louisville will not disappoint! Just a four hour drive will bring you to Kentucky’s largest city and legendary home of the Kentucky Derby. Our suggestions- the Urban Bourbon Trail, which is centered around the city will guide you through the history of Louisville’s bourbon heritage and some of the world’s most well-known bourbon bars. Also be sure to stop by the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri is one of the best places around to visit if you want a weekend out of town with the kiddos. As an Ozark town in southwest Missouri, Branson has tons to offer and is only about a three and a half hour drive. Attend star-studded performances, spend a day at Silver Dollar City, and take in the beauty of the Ozark Mountains surrounding you… you won’t be disappointed with the gorgeous foliage!

Grafton, Illinois 

Just an hour drive, Grafton is a popular day-tripper destination located in southern Illinois right next to the good old Mississippi River. From ziplining to dining and even antique shopping, Grafton makes for the perfect day of relaxed adventure with your friends or the little ones. We highly suggest checking out The Loading Dock and Aerie’s Riverview Winery and Grafton Zipline Adventures for some run in the woods and awesome views!

Friday, October 7, 2016

An Up-And-Coming Military Spec Vehicle: The Colorado ZH2

Almost one year ago, General Motors and the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) announced they would be working together in the development of an up-and-coming military spec vehicle, which is be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. These are fuel cells (often compared to a battery) that use both hydrogen and oxygen as fuel to produce electricity and water. From there, the electricity that is produced will power the vehicle and the water can be emitted or captured for other uses- which is great for harsh desert conditions.

The vehicle, called the Colorado ZH2, is based on a stretched version of the Chevrolet Colorado, but, back to the hydrogen cells, has many more modifications to make it military-ready. It features an Exportable Power Take-Off (EPTO) unit, which allows the hydrogen fuel cells to power equipment in remote areas with rough terrain quietly and of course, with zero emissions. Additionally, the vehicle runs much cooler, so thermal cameras are unable to detect it as easily.

Curious about the power? The ZH2’s drivetrain produces 174 horsepower. This feeds one motor which is linked to all four wheels, however, GM is thinking about giving each axle its own motor.

Though this particular vehicle will likely not be making it to public roads, Charlie Freese, leader of GM’s fuel cell program, says that fuel cells will be making their way into customer hands at some point.

GM is doing some pretty awesome things, if you ask us. But since we can’t get our hands on this ZH2, come check out the 2016 Colorado at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO!

Monday, October 3, 2016

The All-New 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The fresh and updated 2018 Chevrolet Equinox was introduced to the world on September 22nd- the day of the autumnal equinox. This compact SUV has been built to meet the needs of drivers and their passengers with a new design, lots of safety features, and all-new propulsion systems.

“We’ve got the strongest truck business in the industry and we’ve reinvigorated our car lineup with the Volt, Cruze and Malibu,” states Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. “We’re applying the same customer focus to grow our crossover/SUV business - starting with the Chevrolet Equinox.”

The spacious interior offers a down-and-away instrument panel and a lower windshield base offers an impressive outward view. And as for connectivity goes, the 2018 Equinox offers Chevy’s latest technologies, like the MyLink infotainment system, which supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Available advanced active safety features have been added, as well, like the New Safety Alert Seat, New Surround Vision, New Rear Seat Reminder, and Teen Driver technology.

The exterior has been revamped with sleek, muscular lines and subtle details that add an overall richer image to the vehicle. Chrome trim has been added to all models, in addition to projector-beam headlights and horizontal taillamps that define the Equinox’s wide stance.

Now with a range of three turbocharged engines, a 1.5L turbo, a 2.0L turbo and a 1.6L turbo-diesel, car buyers now have more say when it comes to performance, efficiency and capability of their Equinox.

“It is an all-new SUV from the ground up and one that takes on the industry’s biggest competitors with a stronger architecture, greater efficiency and more technology and looks great doing it,” stated Rick Spina, executive chief engineer.

The 2018 Equinox will go on sale here at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO in the first quarter of 2017… We’ll keep you posted on its arrival!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Jim Butler Chevy Looks Forward To Dedicating Yet Another Month Of October to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Once again, Jim Butler Chevrolet will be dedicating the month of October to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, an amazing cause that we are proud to be a part of. Every cent of the money we raise goes directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. This year, we have lots of events planned- everyone can participate so please join us in this fight!

The events are as follows:
  • October 1st, 2016 at 7pm: Think Pink Trivia Night at Scotties in Imperial, Missouri
  • October 9th, 2016 from 10am-2pm: Jim Butler Chevrolet Car Show at Jim Butler Chevy
  • October 18th, 2016 from 7pm-9pm: Painting With A Purpose at Painting With A Twist
  • October 22nd, 2016: 2016 Making Strides Walk in Forest Park
If you’re interested in getting involved or attending any of the events, visit our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer page and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.

See you next month!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Even More Midnight Editions Hitting Chevrolet's Lineup

Chevrolet has been on a roll lately, releasing special edition models of the most popular vehicles in their lineup. So far, Midnight Editions of the Silverado, Colorado, Equinox and Trax have been penned as Chevy’s fastest-selling special edition vehicles of today. The brand has now announced it will be expanding the specialty models to two vehicles that represent nearly 50 percent of all full-size SUVs in the US- the Tahoe and Suburban.

“Our SUV customers have shown a considerable appetite for specialty vehicles,” Mike Weidman, marketing and advertising manager, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe. “The Midnight Editions allow us to further deliver on the premium expectation that our customers already have for these class-leading full-size SUVs.”

These Midnight Edition vehicles will be offered in two variants, which includes the Z71 Midnight package and the LT Midnight package. The Z71 Midnight will, of course, have all features included on the Z71 Package, such as the off-road tuned suspension, off-road tires, fog lamps, tow hooks and sill plates. The Midnight Edition will take it up a notch, by adding 18” all-black wheels, roof rack cross rails, black grille insert and black Chevy “bow ties”.

The LT Midnight will also include the features of the Suburban and Tahoe LT trim levels. It will add 20” black wheels, all-season tires, roof rack cross rails, black assist steps and the black Chevy “bow ties”.

Both of these vehicles should be released a little later this year. We’re loving all of these Midnight Edition vehicles, so we’re excited! Be sure to keep an eye out for their arrival to Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, September 9, 2016

One-Pedal Driving Coming To The 2017 Bolt EV

General Motors has recently announced that the 2017 Bolt EV will offer the use regenerative braking, allowing for “one-pedal driving” and maximum total vehicle range. Not sure what this means? In a nutshell, regenerative braking gives this electric vehicle the ability to recapture significant amounts of energy and use it to recharge the battery. If the regenerative braking system is powerful enough, it can almost completely emit the need of using the brake pedal- therefore, we have one-pedal driving. 

“Bolt EV customers who want an engaging driving experience will love the thrill of one-pedal driving,” stated Josh Tavel, Bolt EV Chief Engineer. “They will be able to tailor the vehicle to their preferred driving style and maximize their range.”

According to a test run by Chevrolet engineers, a whopping 5 percent of range can be added to the Bolt EV when using one-pedal driving. In a series of four modes, the driver can customize the experience to fit their needs. These modes include:
  • Operating in Drive and easing off the accelerator
  • Operating in Drive and using the Regen on Demand paddle on the back of the steering wheel
  • Operating in Low and easing off the accelerator
  • Operating in Low and using the Regen on Demand paddle in tandem
Each of these modes will provide various levels of regen braking. A Chevrolet press release states that number 1 provides the lowest level of regen braking and still requires the brake pedal to bring the Bolt to a stop. Numbers 2-4 are one-pedal driving modes that get progressively stronger. Using these modes in certain situations, the driver will be able to stop the vehicle without the use of the brake pedal.

Many electric vehicle enthusiasts are thrilled about this technology. Using regenerative braking, the Bolt EV can surpass its already 200+ miles of range… and that’s what it’s all about!

We’ll let you know when it arrives at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Big Changes Coming To The 2017 Colorado

The Chevrolet Colorado, which was introduced into the market for the 2015 model year, has some big changes coming along with it this year! The 2017 Colorado will offer an all-new V-6 engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This update creates a midsize pickup that has no match in its segment.

“Customers made the Colorado an overnight success and it remains one of the industry’s hottest-selling products,” stated Anita Burke, Colorado chief engineer. “That fast success has justified our continued investment in midsize pickups, introducing new features for our customers such as the class-exclusive diesel engine, advanced technologies like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and now a class-leading V-6 and eight-speed automatic powertrain combination.”

As the most fuel-efficient pickup in the nation, the Colorado has an EPA-estimated 31 mpg on the highway when running on the diesel engine (something all St. Louis commuters love). The new V-6 engine- which includes updated technologies and is paired with the eight-speed transmission- will lead to an overall improved driving experience- pulling harder when accelerating and offering a sophisticated ride when on the highway.

The Colorado has had tons of success and the numbers prove it. Chevrolet is on the path to sell over 160,000 models over the course of its first 24 months on the market. Additionally, the Colorado makes up an overall 23 percent of the midsize segment.

We know you’re going to want this one! The 2017 Colorado will be arriving to Jim Butler Chevrolet towards the end of this year! We’ll be sure to keep you posted.

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Chevrolet Camaro's Takeover At The 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise

Last weekend, the 22nd Annual Woodward Dream Cruise- the world’s largest one-day auto event- took place in Detroit. This event, which has been hosted by Chevrolet the last six years, draws in 1.5 million car lovers and 40,000 classic cars to cruise down Woodward Avenue each year. This year was especially exciting for Chevrolet, who thought no better time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its beloved Camaro than the Cruise.

“Dream Cruise is such a big momentous event, which is right in the wheelhouse of what these people like to do. It just felt right.” Todd Christensen, Chevrolet marketing manager, told Detroit News.

To kick off the weekend early, Chevrolet opened up the Lansing Grand River Assembly on Thursday so that Camaro fanatics could get a peek at the current home of production for the Chevrolet Camaro. The following morning, a “Camaros and Coffee” gathering took place before the parade of about 200 Camaro’s made their way from the Renaissance Center (GM’s headquarters) and down Woodward Avenue. Finally, on Saturday, Chevrolet had a special heritage collection at its display, where Camaro fanatics were able to check out rare and milestone models from the muscle car’s six generations (including the new 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 1LE).

Chevrolet definitely celebrated the right way this weekend at the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise! And good news: The 2017 Camaro ZL1 and 1LE are now available for order! We’ll let you know when they arrive.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Chevy's Smallest Crossover Making A Big Impression In The U.S.

Chevrolet’s smallest crossover is making a big impression on car shoppers in America. The Chevrolet Trax was introduced to the U.S. in its 2015 model year and has since experienced an impressive couple years of sales…especially this year.This past July, the Trax had its best month yet- selling a total of 9,466 models- a 54.9% increase from the same period last year. In an overall comparison, the Trax has seen a 24.82% sales growth year-over-year.

Redesigned for 2017, the Chevrolet Trax has been modified to fit the current Chevy SUV lineup, with a sporty and refreshed look. Steve Majoros, director of marketing at Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers, stated “The 2017 Chevrolet Trax offers advanced technology, premium features and comprehensive safety in a small SUV package. The Trax is positioned to deliver exactly what our customers want: the latest technologies in the fastest-growing segment in the industry.”

Some exterior updates coming to the 2017 Trax include an all-new front end, a premier model to replace the LTZ model, a new rear-fascia and sculpted taillamps and newly-designed 18-inch aluminum wheels. As far as the interior goes, a premium interior will be centered around an entirely new instrument panel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be compatible with the Chevy MyLink 7-inch diagonal color touch radio and keyless open and start have been added.

The 2017 Trax will be offered at an excellent price and headed to lots sometime this fall! We hope you will come check it out at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Why Does My Vehicle's Wheel Alignment Matter?

At Jim Butler Chevrolet, we know that your vehicle’s performance matters. It turns out that your vehicle’s wheel alignment can greatly effect its performance—listen to the experts from Chevrolet’s service department explain just how this happens! Head to to schedule a service appointment today!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Chevrolet’s Special Edition SUVs Keep Getting Better

Due to the success of Chevrolet’s Midnight Edition 2016 Trax, they have now expanded the special-edition features to other SUVs in their lineup. The 2017 Equinox is available in Midnight Edition and Summit White Sport edition, in addition to the 2017 Traverse, which is available in a Graphite Edition. All models are currently on sale. 

Betsy Flegg, senior manager of Chevrolet SUVs stated, “Special editions resonate with buyers, offering a unique package with unique looks. We’ve already seen a strong interest with the Trax Midnight Edition when we announced production last December. We anticipate customers will strongly like the looks of the new Equinox Midnight and Sport Editions and Traverse Graphite Edition.” 
Both special-editions of the Equinox will be available on the LT model and require the Convenience Package. Features include a black grille and black Chevrolet bowties, black 18-inch aluminum wheels, jet-black perforated leather-appointed seats with memory seating and black mirror caps and roof rack crossbars. 

The Traverse is offered exclusively on the 2LT model and features the exterior colors of Mosaic Black Metallic, Siren Red Tintcoat and Iridescent Pearl Tricoat with 20-inch Dark Charcoal wheels and black Chevrolet bowties. Additionally, the Traverse will have a dual exhaust and integrated assist step.

The Equinox and Traverse are both popular crossover SUVs known for their spacious interiors and comfortable rides. To check out these special-editions for yourself, come visit us at Jim Butler Chevy in St. Louis, MO! 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The 2017 Corvette Grand Sport is the Sports Car of Our Dreams

At the end of this summer, Chevrolet plans to release the newest edition of its beloved Corvette Grand Sport. Chevy’s Corvette comes in three models: the Stingray, known for its quality and affordable price; the Z06, equipped with the enormous Z06 engine, automatic transmission, and convertible top; and finally the Grand Sport, which falls somewhere in between the two. 

As St. Louis ‘Vette enthusiasts may know, the Grand Sport got its start in 1960 when Zora Arkus-Duntov (fondly referred to as “the Corvette Godfather”) and legendary driver Briggs Cunningham entered three Corvettes into Le Mans. While their Corvette won its class and brought home 8th overall, GM nixed it and only very few vehicles made it out to customers. In 1984, Chevrolet came close to the Grand Sport with its Z51 package; however it wasn’t until 1996 that the Grand Sport was officially produced.

Over 50 years after the legend began, Chevrolet will introduce its followers to the newest edition of its Grand Sport. This model will feature bigger wheels, Michelin pilot Super Sport tires, Brembo brakes reminiscent of those on the Z06, wider rear fenders, special grille inserts, stiffer spring rates, and an electronic limited-slip differential. It has a LT1 V8 engine rated at 460 lb-ft of torque and comes in either a 7-speed manual or 8-speed automatic editions. Standard on this vehicle is GM’s sophisticated Magnetic Ride Control.

The Grand Sport offers all of the fun of the Z06 without the intimidation factor that is sometimes associated with it. It soars around the tracks, proficiently handling curves like the sports car it was intended to be. Chevy has stated that the Grand Sport is capable of reaching 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. Like Porsche’s 918 Spyder, the Grand Sport (equipped with the Z06 package) is predicted to go from 60-0 mph in less than 100 feet. Unlike the 918 Spyder, it’s price will be significantly less than a million dollars.

Thrill-seekers and Chevrolet enthusiasts alike should definitely check out the 2017 Corvette Grand Sport when it comes to Jim Butler Chevrolet at the end of the summer. We hope you’re as excited for the release of this new vehicle as we are!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chevrolet SS May Be Going Out With A Bang

Though it may simply be a rumor, we’ve been hearing that the Chevrolet SS could be going out with a bang. Entering its last year of production, the word on the street is that the 2017 SS may be getting a bit of an engine boost...and said engine is something most Camaro fanatics are familiar with.

A source that apparently spoke to GM Authority says that there have been “mumblings” around the Elizabeth assembly- which is the home of production for the Chevy SS and Holden Commodore. If you’re not aware, the Holden Commodore is basically the Australian version of the SS and, ironically enough, will be receiving a new engine before it also enters its last year of production… so, we’re not positive but there may be some truth behind these “mumblings”.

Interested in where the power will come from? The supercharged 6.2 LSA V8- adding 121 ponies, accumulating to 536 hp- this engine was used to power the Chevrolet Camaro from 2012 to 2015.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated! In the meantime, don’t hesitate to stop by your St. Louis dealer, Jim Butler Chevrolet to check out our current Chevy lineup.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Jim Butler Chevrolet Is Proud To Sponsor The Fenton Athletic Association


Here at Jim Butler Chevrolet, we know that being a part of a team at a young age is a great way to learn how to effectively work with others, build confidence and gain an understanding of commitment. That is why this year, we are a sponsor of the Fenton Athletic Association youth baseball team through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program.

The Chevy Youth Baseball Program is a great way for local dealers to build relationships with the communities they serve, providing both monetary and equipment donations throughout the season. Jim Butler Chevrolet is proud to contribute to the Fenton Athletic Association this year! Go Wildcats!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Mid-Engine Corvette Is Becoming A Reality


Attention St. Louis Corvette enthusiasts: Although this rumor is always floating around, it seems this time there may be some truth behind it. After a recent string of spy photos, it looks as if the next Chevrolet Corvette won’t be your typical C7 Stingray, but rather a mid-engine Corvette.
Caught in action at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds, the new Corvette was camouflaged heavily- C7 body panels and all. However, a few things point to the fact that this one may be different. For example, the vehicle’s rear hatch looks as if it is missing its glass cover- this could be so that the engine, located behind the seats, is receiving enough cool air.

GM engineers and executives have taken on many attempts to make a mid-engine Corvette- just last year they were caught testing a prototype that combined the C7 Corvette and the Holden Commodore SSV. So, it seems as if this could be coming a reality for many ‘Vette fanatics within the next few years!

We’ll be sure to keep you posted. In the meantime, be sure to stop by Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO to check out the New 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Coupe!

Friday, July 1, 2016

"See The Future" With Chevrolet

Cars are becoming smarter and smarter these days, as are most things we use on a daily basis- smartphones, smart televisions, smart watches- the list goes on. But Chevrolet is taking it a step further this year with predictive technology, enabling your vehicle to “see the future” and notify you when it may potentially need maintenance...before the problem actually occurs.

The predictive technology being used by Chevrolet is very similar to that on the Boeing 787. This aircraft has the ability to send in-flight messages to ground crews alerting them of parts that need to be inspected when the plane lands. In Chevrolet’s case, OnStar Proactive Alerts uses an intricate set of algorithms that will constantly monitor three things- the starter motor, fuel pump and 12-volt battery. If an imminent problem is detected, drivers will be notified by OnStar via email, text message, or in-vehicle alert, urging them to take the vehicle in for service.

Steve Holland, chief technologist for Vehicle Health at General Motors, stated “Accuracy is key to our prediction algorithms. We will be able to inform dealer service departments so they can spend less time testing for a condition we have already diagnosed. They can replace the necessary part quicker and minimize the amount of time a customer’s vehicle is at the dealership.”

This predictive technology is available to OnStar subscribers who own a 2016 Chevy Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, Equinox and Corvette.

To test drive any of these cars for yourself and get more information about OnStar Proactive Alerts, stop by and see us at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Five Chevrolet Vehicles Lead Segments In 2016 J.D. Power IQS

If you're not familiar with the J.D. Power Initial Quality Awards, it is a study conducted every year which is based off of the responses of 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2016 model-year vehicles within the first 90 days of ownership. These results provide manufactures quality information that will help them identify any issues the model may have and to lead them to make any necessary improvements. 
Chevrolet, for the fourth consecutive year, received more J.D. Power Initial Quality awards than any other brand with five vehicles that each led their segments of the study. "First, the study results will help attract new buyers to a Chevrolet, as J.D. Power data shows 'expected reliability' is customers' top purchase consideration," stated Alan Batey, Global Chevrolet president. "Second, the improved ownership experience of our new vehicles will help convert first-time Chevrolet buyers into repeat customers, as J.D. Power indicates customers who have a positive experience in the first 90 days of ownership are more likely to become repeat buyers for the brand." 
The 2016 study indicates that Chevrolet is the fastest growing full-line brand in the automobile industry. The company has seen a 3% grow in retail sales due to their focus on the customer within the first five months of 2016. 
The 2016 Chevrolet vehicles to receive rewards include: 
  • Tahoe- led in the large SUV segment and ended up with results that were 19 points above the segment average
  • Equinox- led the compact SUV segment in a tie, ending up with results that were 15 points above average for that segment
  • Silverado 1500 and Silverado HD- both swept the full-size truck categories
  • Spark- led the city car segment and ended up with results that were 48 points above the segment average 
Come visit us at Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis, MO to check out and test drive any of these award-winning cars! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Chevrolet Certified Service Tip - The Importance Of Rotating Your Tires

We all know that your tires go round and round, just like the wheels on the bus. What we forget is that your Chevrolet's tires also need the proper alignment and tire rotation intervals to improve their longevity.

The road ways in St. Louis are shaping up relatively well since road crews have now been able to repair the damages from winter. Pot holes, dips and torn up road ways can knock your alignment off causing your vehicle to drive seemingly normal but with just enough offset to cause abnormal wear on your tires. At Jim Butler Chevrolet, every visit to our Certified GM Service Center entails a free alignment check to keep you informed about your vehicle's alignment. We make this a best practice in an effort to increase the longevity of your vehicle's tires.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

The 2017 Volt Pushes the Limits

Chevrolet met with Executive Chief Engineer Pamela Fletcher and Executive Director of Global Design John Cafaro to discuss the innovative engineering and design of the all-new 2017 Volt. Fletcher explains some of the break-throughs of the new model, saying that they’ve increased the vehicle’s range to 53 miles of pure electric range and added a Voltec propulsion system which optimizes each motors’ power and efficiency. The Volt, an electric vehicle with a gas generator, now has a range of 420 miles without having to stop and to plug it in. The new model weighs 230 pounds less than the original, and it is equipped with a new battery cell that delivers 20 percent more energy by volume.

In terms of exterior design, Cafaro says that they went with an exciting, sleek look for this four-door sedan. After 340 hours of testing and refining the new dynamic design in a wind tunnel, he calls the result “eco with attitude.” The interior has been updated with richer materials, and is equipped with Apple CarPlay TM3 capability, which allows access to select iPhone® apps on the Volt’s Chevrolet MyLink touch-screen. Additionally, only the 2017 model features Android Auto TM3 technology, allowing even more access to select phone apps.

Jim Butler Chevrolet expects the new model to push the limits even further than its predecessor. The 2017 Volt will be available at dealerships later this year.

Friday, May 27, 2016

V-6 2016 Chevrolet Camaro

Don’t let the engine size fool you; this 2016 Chevy Camaro is equipped with a V-6 engine like you’ve never seen before! With 335 horsepower and a 3.6L, V6 engine, the 2016 Camaro is making its mark as it stands up to any V-8 powerhouses in its class.

The 2016 Camaro V-6 starts out at $35,150, and proves to be worth every penny when you lift the hood. Holding it together is a V-6 engine, a dual mode exhaust, and a RS package complete with 20” wheels, high-tech lighting, and more. People will definitely do a double take when you come hustling down the road!

Reaching 0 to 60 MPH in 5.1 seconds and 103 MPH in 13.7 seconds, the 2016 Camaro V-6 manual is outdoing Ford’s Mustang by 0.4 seconds and has one second up on the 2015 Dodge Challenger. With sharp handling, strong pull, and fast acceleration; this model of the Chevrolet Camaro is nothing short of excellence.

The 2016 Camaro is engineered to perfection in terms of weight distribution, aluminum suspension and structural components.

Change your life for the better. Come to Jim Butler Chevrolet and fall in love with a new, 2016 Chevy Camaro!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

GM Certified Service Tips - When Do I Need New Brakes?

Jim Butler Chevrolet would like to pass this video along to our customers, just thought you might appreciate some simple tips on how to tell if your brakes need replacement!

Stay tuned on our mobile app or follow us on social media for more tips and news. Drive Safe!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Fastest, Craziest, Most Insane Vehicle Is Coming To Jim Butler Chevrolet

Big tires, aggressive aeronautics, and a 650 horsepower supercharged V8; The Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport has all this and more. It is the fastest, craziest, most insane vehicle on sale today. This track-focused car made its debut last month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Jim Butler Chevrolet was ecstatic, when Chevrolet announced their release of the aggressive Grand Sport. It features 6.2L LT1 V8 engine is capable of 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque.
The Grand Sport’s aerodynamic package and carbon ceramic brakes are optional on the Grand Sport. Michelin Pilot Sport Cups are contained by flared fenders that are much wider than the Pilot Super Sports on a regular Stingray. The Grand Sport is only 0.6 seconds slower than the last-generation ZR1, despite being down 180-horsepower.

The Chevrolet Corvette has always been a favorite at Jim Butler. With the new addition of the 2017 Grand Sport, Jim Butler believes that Corvette sales will skyrocket. Although pricing has not been announced, it is believed that it will not break buyer’s banks.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The 2017 Sonic will be coming to Jim Butler Chevrolet this Fall

Jim Butler Chevrolet is excited about the fresh look and new techs of the all-new 2017 Chevrolet Sonic. The new Sonic will be embracing a look similar to its crossover counterpart, and will still be available in hatchback and sedan forms.

Jim Butler Chevrolet and their customers have always been big fans of the Sonic, and the update won’t change anyone’s mind. The hood, front fascia, and headlights are all new, and the there is an optional LED accent lights and smaller grille package.  The rear fascia and tail lamps have been redesigned as well.

One of the bigger design changes from the 2016 to the 2017 Sonic is the color palette. The 2017 Sonic’s color palette is even more extensive than before; offering hues including Orange Burst Metallic, Brimstone Cajun Red Tintcoat, and Artic Blue Metallic. The new Sonic also has upgraded 15-, 16-, and 17-inch wheels.

The 2017 Sonic is still available in LS and LT Model, and the LTZ trim has been renamed Premier. However, the hatchback lineup has changed a bit more from the 2016 to the 2017 model. The RS treatment, which includes a stiffer suspension, sport exhaust, and a body kit, will be added to all Hatchback models. The sedan can also be upgraded to the RS package for a bit more excitement.
The 2017 Sonic interior will feature power driver’s seat, keyless entry and push-button start, heated cloth seats, and a heated steering wheel. Models with the 7.0-inch MyLink toughscreen will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

There were no changes made to the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine or the 1.4 liter turbo charged four, but the smaller turbo’s 148 pound-feet or torque is 23 stronger than the standard engine. Both engines still come with the six-speed automatic or six-speed manual.

Jim Butler Chevrolet cannot wait for the 2017 Sonic to hit the lot come fall.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Jim Butler Chervolet Carries Best Mid-Size Pickup

It was no surprise to Jim Butler Chevrolet that the 2016 Colorado Extended Cab won the 5-Year Cost-to-Own Award in the mid-size pickup section. The Colorado has always been a customer favorite, offering the ride and interior of a crossover, best-in-class towing capacity, and fuel economy. The Colorado’s sales have always been strong because it offers the perfect balance of work and comfort. Not only does the Colorado offer the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own, but it can handle the demands of work while offering an enjoyable cabin and ride for the weekend.

The Colorado features MyLink connectivity, Apple CarPlay, heated seats and a large touch screen for audio, phone and navigation. It also comes in three different engine styles: 4-cylinder, V6 and diesel. All three choices are available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study ranked four Chevrolet vehicles #1

The 2016 J.D. Power Dependability Study ranked four Chevrolet vehicles #1 in their segments and two other Chevrolet models were graded in the Top 3. Below are the winning vehicles and the segment they won:

Malibu – Midsize Car (2nd Year in a Row)
Camaro – Midsize Sporty Car (4th Year in a Row)
Equinox – Compact SUV
Silverado HD – Large Heavy Duty Pickup (2nd Year in a Row)

The following models placed in the Top 3:

Tahoe – Large SUV (2nd Place)
Silverado – Large Light Duty Pickup (3rd Place)

The 2016 study measures 2013 model vehicles dependability within its third ownership.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark EV is named the Best Plug-In Vehicle by

For the second year in a row, the Chevrolet Spark EV won the 5-Year Cost to Own in the Plug-In Vehicle category. The 2016 Spark has seen a few changes since its total revamp in 2015, including: a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder that powers a 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft torque, forward-collision alert, parking sensors, and a power sunroof. The Spark’s liquid-cooled 19kWh lithium-ion battery provides up to 82 miles of range in normal mode and a little less in sport mode. Charging the battery takes about 17 hours on a 120v outlet using the on-board recharger, but less than seven hours on a 240V dedicated unit with optional DC Fast Charging offering an 80-percent refuel in just 20 minutes.

Jim Butler Chevrolet carries over ten 2016 Chevrolet Sparks and is one of the smartest economically responsible choices for any consumer.

Not only is the 2016 Spark a great economic pick, but it has fun features, including: 7-inch color touchscreen, Bluetooth phone/audio connectivity, OnStar 4G LTE with available WiFi hotspot, cruise control, a full array of power assists and 10 airbags.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 names 2016 Chevrolet Impala Best Full-Size Car

Jim Butler Chevrolet was not surprised at all when placed the 2016 Impala as one of the 2016 Best Buy winners, and also included it in the Best Family Cars for 2016. The Impala tends to be a common vehicle seen on the road, but inside, it feels like a premium or even luxury sedan. The interior is upscale and features a large dashboard, leather seats, soft trim and an 8-inch touch-screen command system in the center dashboard.

The 2016 Impala has three engine options available, all which send power to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission: the 305 horsepower V6, a bi-fuel version that can run on gasoline or natural gas (CNG), and the 4-cylinder engine.

Jim Butler Chevrolet promises that the 2016 Chevy Impala treats its’ owners in a first-class fashion, while keeping your finances under control.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

2016 Camaro named lowest 5-Year Cost to Own Sports Car

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro was named the lowest 5-Year Cost to Own in sport car category. Fiscal responsibility is usually not the first term that comes to mind when thinking about buying a sports car, but stretching the dollars’ worth still matters.

The 2016 Camaro is a seriously improved car; it is lighter than the previous models and has a new platform making it the most refined Camaro yet. Jim Butler Chevrolet is a big fan of the 4-cylinder engine powering the turbocharged 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The V6 and V8 engines are also available for the traditionalists; but regardless of which engine you choose, the 2016 Camaro is fun to drive.

Jim Butler Chevrolet has over twenty 2016 Camaros with many different packages and the best deals in the St. Louis area. If you’re looking for a fun sports car, look no further and head to Jim Butler Chevrolet!

Thursday, March 10, 2016


Displaying JBC Chevy Dealer of the Year.jpgDisplaying JBC Chevy Dealer of the Year.jpg(St. Louis, MO), March 4, 2016 – The St. Louis region’s top-selling Chevrolet dealership has just been selected as a 2015 Chevrolet Dealer of the Year. Jim Butler Chevrolet's Brad Sowers received notification of the award, which will be presented in April at GM’s headquarters in Detroit.

Jim Butler Chevrolet is one of the Top 21 dealerships nationwide for annual new car sales. It is also the largest new and certified pre-owned dealer in the state of Missouri. However, the award is about more than just hitting sales records. The award honors dealers’ performance in sales, service, customer satisfaction and community involvement.

Sowers, co-owner and president of Jim Butler Auto Group, said the award was long coveted by the dealership.

“After 12 years of continuously improving our customer service ratings and increasing sales year after year, we are proud to be recognized by Chevrolet as Dealer of the Year,” Sowers said. “Because of the hard work of our employees and a strong focus on our customers, we are now considered one of the ‘best of the best’ Chevrolet dealers in the world.”

Jim Butler Chevrolet has earned numerous accolades including the General Motors “Mark of Excellence” award for six years in a row and the Women’s Choice Award. The Better Business Bureau has recognized the dealership with its Torch Award for outstanding customer service and exceptional standards for ethical business practices.

Sowers said that Jim Butler Auto Group is proud to support a number of charities including Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Louis and the local activities of the American Cancer Society. The company also launched a teen safe driving campaign throughout the St. Louis region in 2014 that encourages young drivers not to text or use smart phone functions while driving, and to avoid drowsy and impaired driving.

Sowers is optimistic that 2016 will be a banner year for Chevy sales, both nationwide and at his dealership. He recently introduced two new programs to draw even more customers. SNAP (Simple New Auto Plan) is designed to attract Millenials by offering a new car with the latest technology, affordable lease payments, and free oil changes and tire rotations. Business Elite is a program for business customers that includes priority maintenance services, free loaner vehicles during maintenance, fleet management and other customer incentives.

Chevrolet continues as the industry’s fastest growing brand. In 2015, Chevrolet had its best sales year since 2007. Nationwide, GM has 3,800 dealers across its numerous brands, and only 56 have been recognized as a Dealer of the Year.

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About Jim Butler Auto Group

Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis region with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of six dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 25 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; Jim Butler Auto Plaza, selling all makes and models of pre-owned vehicles, and Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler FIAT, Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. In addition to the dealerships, Jim Butler Collision Center offers comprehensive auto body repair services. For more information please visit