Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Claims “Best Pickup Truck of 2018” Award from

Trucks have long been an integral part of the St Louis Community. We know how urban the city can feel, and there are now many great employers such as Centene, Jones Financial, and Graybar Electric who have been setting the bar here in the city. Many young professionals that are moving here for new opportunities come to see us at Jim Butler and ask: “Is there a good reason for me to get a truck? I'm very interested in the prospect of owning a sedan”. We agree that for some lifestyles, the car can truly provide what you need, and great SUVs such as the Equinox are winning over customer after customer.

But as the sounds of artists like Eric Church and Cole Swindell have been high on the charts lately, it's no secret that even the most avid big-city dwellers are enjoying getting their dose of country on the stereo during the daily drive! Well, we hate to break it to you, but a sedan doesn't exactly ooze the same kind of rugged-and-ready vibe of a truck if you have green pastures and open spaces on your mind. Perhaps you have just made a change in your life, moved further out of the city, or are in a situation where you are dwelling so deep in the metro that the wide open expanse of the country is calling your name for a weekend trip!

If any of these scenarios are the case, a midsize truck may be right up your alley. The Chevy Colorado ZR2 was the final choice of's “Best Pickup Truck of 2018” award, joined in a close second by the Silverado 3500. The editors praised the truck for its “almost perfect combination of passion and technology”, also adding that it is quite possibly the most distinctive vehicle that's come along in years. To fully compete in the off-road segment.... it was not going to be possible to simply launch with a vehicle that followed the mold, and the ZR2 did a great job of defying those who for any reason did not believe in it: 300,000 models were sold in three years.

One of the major differences in the ZR2 from the standard Colorado is that it features three-and-a-half inch wider track, and a suspension lifted by two inches. To up the ante on performance, functional rocker protection has been added, and front and rear bumpers have been modified for a better success rate in the clearance zone. Widely acclaimed for front and rear electronic locking differentials, diesel engine option, and the first off-road application of Multimatic Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve damper technology, the ZR2 has also turned many other heads in the auto critique business. This is the truck that Motortrend claimed “glides over rocks and ruts effortlessly”, and the aggressive attention to the bodywork with relentless rock-hopping ability has secured its place as one superb and able wrangler to watch for 2018!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

St Louis Winter Weather Update: Driving and Preparedness Tips From Chevy

We have definitely been getting hit with a bit of inclement weather over the last few weeks, and have seen temperatures in the single digits, with ice and snow frequently on agenda. Just about everyone in St Louis may already be ready for spring, but we, unfortunately, are still stuck in the season where the sound of shovels and ice scrapers is still common. Chevy's pressroom had some great winter driving tips online this month that we wanted to share with you, to make sure that you arrive at your destination safely when the fresh powder begins to pile up!  

Always be conscious of fuel levels: When the temperatures are dipping this low, always keep your gas tank at least half full, and a full charge on your phone. If you know the temperature is going to drop below 20 degrees, make sure you have at least half a tank full at all times.

Catch up on maintenance: Have a very trusted mechanic do any required scheduled service, and make sure it includes the battery, tires, lights, wiper blades, and other critical parts that will be put to the test during storms. Pay close attention to tire pressure, as it can drop when temperatures do.

Check into winter tires: The addition of winter tires can provide additional needed traction in snow and ice, even for vehicles with 4-wheel and all-wheel drive. If you know that you will have to be driving regularly in less-than-safe weather, it could be one of your best investments of the year.

Feel comfortable with your vehicle: This is a good time to review the sections of your owner's manual that goes over antilock brakes, the traction control, and 4 or all-wheel drive, to make sure you are comfortable with the way they all operate. The myChevrolet app online gives you quick and easy access to the manual, and you can go over the features that are most important during the cold months.

Be well-stocked: It's a good idea to carry a snow shovel and material like sand or cat litter to help if you become completely stuck. Jumper cables, a flashlight, and emergency flares can be a great help if you encounter unexpected emergencies on the road. Having extreme cold weather clothing and an emergency blanket on hand can be critical if you become suddenly stuck.

Climbing up hills: If you have to get up a steep hill during snowy conditions, it is so very important to leave enough room in front of you. Maritain a very steady momentum, and don't just stop abruptly during your climb. This can be a scary feat to accomplish, but stay focused and keep climbing steadily, without bouts of extreme acceleration.

Changing Lanes: If you need to change lanes, you may want to look out for patches of snow-covered pavement that come up quickly. When a portion of the pavement is covered with snow, it could be a section that will provide you with more traction to steer. Once you signal for your turn and drift to the next lane, many new models will have the StabiliTrak system to assist you during this grippy and tense transition.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chevy Truck 2018 Champion Files: Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value Awards Win

As the temperatures are low and the snow can tend to stack up during the winter in St Louis, many consumers are looking over the traits that are the most important to them in terms of a new vehicle purchase. Consumer reports, various awards and accolades, and records of how cars perform on a daily basis are all important places to start when making your decision. When you first drive away in a new car, the last thing you are thinking about is coming right back and turning it in. If you pick a vehicle from us, we guarantee that you're going to love your new driving experience!

One of the reasons that you may want to resell a vehicle is a few years down the road, when you find something just that much more awesome that your heart is set on, or new model of the one you already love. If that happens to be the case, Chevy trucks were recognized for Best Resale Value just this past week: the 2018 Silverado HD was hailed the king for Best Resale Value for a Full-Size Pickup Truck, while the 2018 Tahoe grabbed a win for Best Resale Value in the Full-Size SUV/Crossover category. The 2018 Colorado and 2018 Silverado both ranked in's Top 10 for Best Resale Value as well, wonderfully touting the legacy of our brand that recently celebrated 100 years of manufacturing.

Having built more than 85 million dependable and long-lasting trucks, we love to focus on quality, and know that our value and durability in craftsmanship will be instrumental in terms of moving the lineup forward. Motor Authority just called the new Chevy Silverado “Lighter, stronger, and smarter”, and we're all excited about the fuel-saving features on board, as well as the dropping of 450 pounds from its overall mass. Seven different types of steel for the safety cage were put to use, as well as a higher grade of roll-formed steer for the bed, which is nearly seven inches wider in the interior. Aluminum was incorporated in the hood, doors, and other small panels to shed more weight, thereby boosting overall fuel efficiency.

One stop in to pay us a visit here at Jim Butler and you won't be surprised at the many reasons the Silverado was selected for its high resale value. We are going to be increasing production of the crew cab body style to meet extra demand, and all styles will ride on a 3.9-inch longer wheelbase, with a 1.6 inch longer length. 120-volt power outlet, LED task lighting, and industry first power tailgate will also be offered this year, as well as larger versions of the rear bumper's corner steps. You can sit down and mull over six different engine and transmission combinations, with the powerful 6.2-liter V8 being just one of the rogue-and-ready options. Knowing that if and when the time comes you won't be left with a disappointingly low trade-in value will help influence your decision, and you can make 2018 the year a new truck graces the garage! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Battle for New Year's Truck Market Domination: Chevy's Formula For the Fight

During the month of January at Jim Butler, there may be some time spent in our respective “war rooms”, as this is the time of year when the competition has their plans in place to try and dominate the market. Ram, Ford, and Chevy all have revamped full-size pickup trucks ready for the US market this year, setting the tone for what is regularly an all-out showdown. Our prized Chevy Silverado is slated to debut in a few weeks at the Detroit Auto Show, with plans to go fully on sale later in the year. Here are some important bits of information about the competition we are facing during this New Year, and elements of our formula to roar across the finish line!

Last year, Ford was elated to celebrate the first full years of sales for the brand-new F-150 pickup truck. Closing out the year with a fair amount of success, it was the best-selling vehicle in the US for more than four decades. But, one important detail about this hard-hitting competitor is that last year got off to a bumpy start, as the lightweight aluminum in the assembly was scrutinized a bit by various customers for that segment. The F-series has been in existence since 1948, and when Ford introduced the 13th version 3 years ago, it underwent a massive redesign. For many large-size truck customers, this is the ultimate full-size contender as a truck, but here at Chevy, we feel that our sensational Silverado can stop the F-series dead in its tracks!

The RAM 1500 does have scores of loyal followers that will pony up to purchase under various circumstances. Aggressive big-rig styling, an interior that is fairly modern, and expertly-designed suspension are some of the various highlights that lure many buyers. One important detail in how the final chips fall is the towing capacity for the Ram: it weighs in at less than both the new F-series, and the Chevy Silverado. This is the crushing blow for many out there looking for a truck: the final straw for some is the stat on how much you can lug behind. One positive thing going for it is the new model has a bit smaller of a grille, in place to improve aerodynamics.

Over the past week, Business Insider was excited enough about the release of our secret formula in this battle to start a bit piece with the words: “Behold, the 2019 Silverado!”. Our truck lines date back through an entire century, and the Silverado namesake is now successfully roaring into its fourth generation of existence. Just one of the features that we know makes our truck the best around is the stellar 4G LTE WiFi connection, as well as the ease-of-use and accessibility of the Infotainment system. Ask us here at Jim Butler what the Silverado Custom Model offers: with it, you snag 20-inch aluminum wheels, body-color grille surround, locking tailgate, front two hooks, OnStar Guidance, a 7.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and power adjustable + heated side view mirrors. 

When making your choice for a brand new truck during the New Year, you can also add to your checklist another very important stat about the Silverado: it received the highest overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which is five stars. We also encourage you to check out the Teen Driver feature: this is the way to keep tabs on the younger drivers in your entourage, and make sure that they learn the most responsible way to navigate the road! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

The “Go Big or Go Home” Statement Rings True: 2018 Chevy Tahoe Test Drive

After the holidays make their way through St Louis, there can be a lull of sorts during the month of January. Many of the ornaments are already packed up, the tree has come down, and you may have even had time to stand in line (or virtually) return the gifts that weren't to your liking! This is when all of the new models hit the showrooms, and we couldn't be more excited. If you are feeling a bit like cabin fever has you under its spell, there are actually a few pretty fun events to check out during the month of January! Don't miss the St Louis Cardinals Winter Warm-Up from January 13 – 15: here you can participate in autograph sessions, special baseball clinics, and a sports memorabilia show.

Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the region will be rolling into The Dome at America's Center on January 13th and 14th, where you can check out amazing stunt performances, as well as hundreds of new bikes on display. For events like this, you may find it in order to take more than just a few friends along for the ride, and a vehicle like the brand new 2018 Tahoe from us here at Jim Butler would be suitable for the situation. Writer Matt Myftiu from the Macomb Daily recently took a test drive with the Tahoe, and was pleased with everything he saw. Being big and bulky was the first positive trait that he liked: there is something very pleasing about a vehicle that is not subtle, with big tires and a grille that is on point right off the bat to make a statement.

There are three rows in the Tahoe, with seating for up to nine, depending on the customization that meets your needs. One setup works for as few as 7 people, with captain's chairs placed in the middle row. Matt liked the design with 7 seats, and just how easily it offered access to the third row, which is perfect for children. Folding down the third row into the floor is one way to up the ante on total cargo space, giving you more room for trips outside the city. Heated leather seats and steering wheel are other nice additives that can get you through the cold season here in Missouri, with a promise of comfort instead of the frigid temps!

Riding high in the Tahoe is one of its other benefits: not everyone on the road wants to be trapped in a tiny box that could blow over with a high wind, or be rattled by the tiniest of tremors! Even the front passenger seat seems a bit far away from you due to the vehicle's width, and interstate jaunts are sometimes best tackled under the guise of the wide and durable. The 5.3-liter V8 EcoTec 3 engine pumps out 355 horsepower and 383 lb–ft of torque.

There is also a more powerful 6.2-liter V-8 available now, and rear-wheel drive is standard. During Matt's drive in the Tahoe, he did encounter a snowstorm, and many around him were stressed with the roadway travel. Had he been trying to tackle it in a sedan, he would have been worried, but he said that he rivaled moxie. Also possessing towing abilities of up to 8.600 pounds, the Tahoe will be your best in show when the lake days come around again: boats and jet skis on their way up to the Ozarks will definitely be pulled along with ease! 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Chevy Truck's 2018 Torque Close-up: 100 Years of Innovation

During the beginning of the New Year, we think of all our customers and residents of St Louis, and genuinely hope that you had some very quality time to share with your own. As 2018 gets off to an exciting and wonderful beginning, it's important to make note of such awesome progress: Chevrolet trucks have now been pulling their weight for an entire century. It's absolutely true that “no one does torque like Chevy”, and innovation along with technology has made for some very major changes over the years. The original 1918 One-Ton model featured a meek 2.8-Liter 4-cylinder engine, with an estimated 45 lb-ft of torque. The closest relative to this engine is the standard 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine found in the Colorado, which is rated at 191 lb-ft of torque.

Advances such as turbocharging and direct injection have helped Chevy engines deliver more torque than ever before, and this means that customers are able to haul and get more done than ever. The increase in Chevy truck capability has been well-stoked over the decades by the long-standing performance of several landmark engine families, that all share an elegant, overhead valve-architecture. This is what contributes to low-rpm torque production, packaging that is more complex in the long run, and reduced complexity. As we celebrate 100 years of awesome and durable trucks, here's a brief overview of some very monumental milestones in torque production.

1929: The First Stovebelt Six: Chevrolet's first overhead-valve inline-six engine brought big torque to the masses. Displacing 194 cubic inches, 3.2-L, it had a design that was all-new at the time, and was a 3.2-Liter. Its brand new design helped to generate torque at a healthily low rpm: approximately 120 lb-ft at only 800 rpm. One of the reasons why this truck was so monumental is that its work-truck load rating was increased from 1 ton to 1.5 tons, a stellar advancement at the time. Several generations of Chevrolet's overhead-valve straight-six engine were developed from the original design and, and were placed in Chevy Trucks up through the late 1980's.

1955: The First Small-block V-8. 1955 is when Chevrolet introduced its 
revolutionary overhead-valve V-8 engine, in the impressive and iconic “Second series” truck lineup. The original 265-cubic-inch 4.3-Liter engine cranked out 238 lb-ft of torque, at just 2,000 rpm, and grew perfectly into the role of one of the most enduring architectures in the entire industry. Ten years after the Small-block's introduction, the Big Block engine family made its debut, and torque-production was excitedly elevated to an unprecedented level for all gas-powered trucks. It still has a perfect home in its fifth generation in 2018 Chevy Trucks, while the original Small Block and Big Block families are kicking butt on a daily basis in performance crate engines.

1987: Technology Helps Build Torque and Up Efficiency: Up until the early 1970's, higher compression and increased displacement were two of the main ingredients needed to gradually build more torque and horsepower. Then there were mandates in the industry that seriously affected traditional power-building techniques. Trading high compression for a high level of technology, Chevy then perfected the formula to develop electronic fuel injection, helping to restore the torque seen in years past, with positive boosts in the efficiency department.

In 1987, torque in the Small-block engine returned to 300 lb-ft, and was increased by 10 percent in the years to come by means of the 5.7-Liter Vortec Small Block. Still today, the available 6.2-Liter Small Block in the 2018 Silverado 1500 is rated at 460 lb-ft of torque. This is made possible with technologies such as variable valve timing and direct injection, which boost it to the highest torque rating of any light duty pickup V-8.

The Modern Diesel Era + Duramax: First coming around in 2001 for Chevy's HD trucks, the Duramax 6.6 -Liter turbo-diesel was made up of overhead valves and 520 lb-ft of torque. It was an all-new design that firmly established new era of output and ability. Due to technological advances output was pushed higher, and this is still the second-generation iteration that is found in the 2018 Silverado HD lineup. It provides a 75% surge in torque from the same 6.6-Liter displacement as the original did, and thereby really upped the stakes on performance and expectations for HD trucks. The good folks on staff at Car and Driver recorded a startling 6.2 second 0-60 mph run in a Duramax-powered Silverado, which is the quickest time currently on record for an HD truck! These were 100 very great years, and all of us at Jim Butler are excited to show you just how awesome the coming years are going to be with a brand this great generating the torque for performance!