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!