Buick Celebrates 110th Birthday

Buick Celebrates 11 DecadesThe words of an unknown author, “from humble beginnings come great things”, have never been as true as they are when applied to the Buick car brand.  Beginning in 1903 as a single hand-built car in the barn behind David Dunbar Buick’s Detroit, MI home, the Buick brand has evolved into one of the elite luxury car makers in the world as it celebrates its 110th birthday.

To pay tribute to its storied, 11 decade history, Buick has compiled a list of 11 of the most influential milestones it has experienced.  They begin with the 1904 Model B and bridge into the 1938 Buick Y-Job, which holds the title of the first concept vehicle ever built.

Two years before the Y-Job was unveiled, Buick had its first production vehicle break the 100 mph mark, but that was only the beginning of speed for the automaker.  In 1987, Buick created its quickest car ever.  The 1987 Buick GNX raced from 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds, but only 457 units were produced; making it one of Buick’s rarest vehicles ever.

Today, Buick has sold more than 43 million vehicles across the globe.  To put that number into context, it is equivalent to every vehicle sold in the U.S. over the past three years.  You can see every event Buick has highlighted for its 110th birthday in the automaker’s press release.

If you would like to see the most recent products of Buick’s 11-decade evolution, visit Hutch Chevy Buick GMC in Paintsville, KY.  We are also located online, at http://www.hutchchevrolet.com/.

Smaller Pickups on the Comeback

2012 Chevrolet ColoradoFor the last few years truck lovers have leaned towards bigger and better trucks. As General Motors develops more fuel-efficient engines for these full-size trucks, smaller trucks are seemingly falling through the cracks. However, with an upcoming redesign, the previously-named Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon are ready to take back the spotlight.

GM’s new line of midsize pickups will be revealed later this year and plan to challenge the Toyota Tacoma in both fuel efficiency and custom features. In addition, President of GM North America Mark Reuss said these new trucks can do 95% of the work a big truck can do.

GM will be revamping their mid-size lineup from the inside-out. The Chevrolet and GMC mid-sizes are likely to take on a new name to start a new legacy in the small pickup market. GM’s likely target for the new trucks is younger drivers that crave adventure, love the feel of a truck, and often haul outdoorsy equipment.

Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC will carry both new mid-size trucks when they come up in early 2014. For more information on these trucks or to set up a future test drive, visit Hutch online at http://hutchchevrolet.com or in-person at their Paintsville, KY dealership.

Advances in Car Technology try to Limit Driver Distractions

driver distractionsWe’ll never be able to rid ourselves from the distracting thing we call life. However, limiting distractions in the car is necessary for the safety of yourself and your passengers. However the dilemma between staying connected and staying safe has never been finer. So automakers are taking safety into their own hands by implementing the following technologies:

Bluetooth-Many new cars come equipped with some type of Bluetooth connectivity system. Drivers can wirelessly connect their smartphone to their car and give it hands free voice commands. It even goes as in depth as checking e-mails, sending text messages or searching the web.

Voice Recognition Technology- This technologly, often combined with Bluetooth, offers drivers handsfree commands for their iPad or an internal navigation system. Locate the nearest gas station or play your favorite song without removing your hands from the wheel.

Heads-Up Display- In addition to Google glass, some automakers are implementing heads-up display in their higher-end models. Heads-up display virtually shows essential data on a drivers windshield so they do not have to look down at gauges.

Canary- Outside the car, many companies are creating apps to help cease cell phone use while driving. The most popular, Canary, allows parents to track their child’s phone use while in the car. It signals the parents if the kid uses the phone while going faster than 12mph.

While some view the Canary app as a form of “Big Brother,” others say it is effective when teaching their children the dangers of texting and driving. For more information on distracted driving visit http://www.distraction.gov.

Sierra’s EcoTec3 and Ford’s EcoBoost Go Head-to-Head

2013 GMC SierraIt couldn’t be done, they said. Nothing could ever top it, they cried. This is the height of powertrain engineering, they called out.

They were wrong.

Last year, Ford introduced the EcoBoost V6 engine for its F-150. It achieved segment-best fuel efficiency, and the critics ate it up. But now GMC is fighting back with the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, powered by the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 engine, which is not only more powerful, but also more efficient, than Ford’s EcoBoost V6.

In fact, the GMC Sierra 1500, which will be arriving here at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC later this spring, achieves the best fuel economy of any pickup in the segment. EPA estimates give it 23 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 in the city (for two-wheel drive models) or 22 miles per gallon on the highway and 16 in the city (for four-wheel drive models).

Even with the best-in-class fuel economy, the 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 (for which three out of four GMC shoppers are expected to opt) pounds out 355 horsepower and delivers 383 lb-ft of torque. These figures are up by 40 and 48 from last year’s model, respectively. In addition, the engine gets a max towing capacity of 11,500 lbs—and yes, that’s another class-leading stat as well!

We’ll just call that GMC 1, Ford 0.

Come check out the all-new Sierra 1500 at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC when it arrives this spring!

Why you should drive with the Top Down: Convertible Myths Debunked

Camaro ConvertibleSpring is finally here in Kentucky after a long, long winter. What better way to enjoy the nice weather than to drive with the top-down? Some of you may not be convinced so we’ve compiled a short list of debunked convertible myths for your reading enjoyment.

  1. Convertible cars aren’t safe-Increased stability and handling alongside advanced safety features makes a convertible just as safe as a sedan. Plus, the 2013 Camaro convertible comes standard with a rear vision camera and park assist.
  2. Hard to Manage- The 2014 Corvette Stingray converts on the go. With the push of a button the convertible top can retract while the car is in motion.
  3. Not enough room-While most convertibles are also known to be coupes, the Camaro and Camaro SS convertibles have enough room for 4 people to enjoy the drive.
  4. Gas-guzzlers- High fuel economy prices have forced drivers to start thinking practical. However, the 2013 Camaro and Corvette convertibles achieve 28 and 26 MPG on the highway, respectively.
  5. Lack practicality- Anyone who says this clearly hasn’t driven with the top down on a beautiful day. It’s great for relationships or anyone who likes to clear their head with a nice drive.

If you still have concerns about driving a convertible, stop by our dealership and give it a test drive. We’re enjoying the weather here at Hutch Chevrolet so stop in to drive away in a new convertible today!

Chevy Unveils Iconic 2014 Camaro Z/28 with Race-Proven Engine

2014 Chevy Camaro Z28Chevrolet has finally equipped its famed Camaro with an engine that not only rivals, but trumps the iconic sports car’s distinct styling that has garnered most of the attention since the Camaro’s return.

The 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28 will be powered by the track-tested and race-proven LS7 7.0-liter V8.  The LS7 found in the new Camaro is a modified version of the one found in the C6 Corvette Z06.  Outfitted in the 2014 Camaro Z/28, the LS7 produces an immense 500 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque.

“The LS7 lives on in the all-new Z/28, extending a performance legacy while delivering great power density in a lightweight package to give this exciting new Camaro a great feeling of control and balance,” said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for small-block engines. “It introduced exotic materials and racing-influenced solutions that keep it at the forefront of high-performance technology.”

The LS7 is hand-assembled at General Motors’ Wixom, MI and delivers the ideal combination of weight and size to power the 2014 Camaro Z/28.

The LS7’s low mass and high rpm capability make it the perfect choice for the lightweight, track-capable Z/28, exemplifying all the strengths and attributes of the small-block architecture,” added Rydzewski.

Stop by Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC in Paintsville, KY to learn more about the 2014 Chevy Camaro Z/28, or visit us online, at http://www.hutchchevrolet.com/, to view our extensive inventory of in-stock Camaro’s.

Refreshed Camaro hits center stage in New York

Are you ready for yet another big Chevrolet reveal? 2013 has proved to be a big year for General Motors with the unveiling of the 2014 Silverado, 2014 Corvette Stingray, 2014 SS, and now the 2014 Camaro.

The Camaro rounds of the trio of new performance cars Chevy will offer next year. It joins its two powerful brothers, the Corvette Stingray and the Chevy SS.

Chevrolet has kept mum on the exact specs on the refreshed 2014 Camaro but experts say the new muscle car will house a 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6. Models with this type of engine currently produce 355 horsepower.

While experts and enthusiasts continue to speculate, the 2014 Chevy Camaro will make its debut at the New York Auto Show next week. The International Auto Show in New York starts on March 29 and the cars will stick around the Big Apple until April 7.

For more information on the Chevy performance lineup and upcoming arrival dates, contact Hutch Chevrolet online at http://hutchchevrolet.com or by phone at 866-661-1832.

Hooping with Hutch Chevrolet!

Hutch Chevrolet EventHutch Chevrolet is celebrating March Madness by having their very own basketball court at the dealership! The best part is, you can shoot to win an oil change, gift card, flat screen TV, or a cash prize!

Do you think you are up for the challenge? Simply stop by the dealership in Paintsville, pick out a new or used vehicle from our lot, and receive a complimentary choice basketball shot. Here’s where the pressure comes in. You choose whether or not you want to try to make a layup, free throw, 3 pointer, or half court shot. Each made shot wins the following prizes:

  • Made Layup = Free Oil Change
  • Made Free Throw = $100 Walmart Gift Card
  • Made 3 Pointer = Flat Screen TV
  • Made Half Court Shot = $2,000 cash

We’ve got the prizes now we just need some winners! So head down to Hutch to make that “clutch” shot and win great prizes. Each person who purchases a new or used vehicle from Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC during March is eligible. And remember to keep up with March Madness and cheer on your local Kentucky teams by liking us on Facebook!

Old Corvette Stingray Still a Chart Topper

2013 Hot Wheels Edition CamaroWhile the 2014 Corvette Stingray has taken the sports car world by storm, one other Stingray is also topping the charts. In a recent post by http://complexrides.com, they list the “50 Best Hot Wheels of All Time”.  While Chevy recently revitalized the Stingray name, the 1976 Hot Wheels Version of the Stingray is still making a name for itself.

The 1976 Corvette Stingray Hot Wheel car is one of the most popular Hot Wheels ever made according to Chris Yuscavage who put together the list. He ranks the ’76 Stingray as 5th best Hot Wheel of all time.

“You can’t go wrong with a classic, which is why Hot Wheels has recreated this Chevy over and over (and over!) again over the last four decades,” Yuscavage writes in the Stingray caption.

Chevrolet and Mattel have had a strong relationship over the years. Aside from the chart topping miniature Chevrolets Mattel creates, Chevy has come up with a couple Hot Wheels-inspired life-size cars, too. The most recent being the 2013 Chevy Camaro Hot Wheels Edition (pictured above) which can still be ordered at select Chevy dealers like Hutch Chevrolet.

To take a nostalgic trip down memory lane, click on over to http://www.complex.com/rides/2013/02/the-50-best-hot-wheels-of-all-time/1976-corvette-stingray to see the classic 1976 Corvette Stingray Hot Wheels car and all of the other vehicles that made the list.

Hutch Chevrolet Sponsors 15th Region Basketball Tournament

15 Region Basketball TournamentHutch Chevrolet is a proud sponsor of the 15th Region Basketball Tournament going on now through March 4th at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville. The tournament is one of the biggest events in Eastern Kentucky attracting more than 25,000 fans to the seats to watch their hometown basketball teams take on the title.

Paintsville’s very own Johnson Central Golden Eagles have advanced to the semi-finals where they will play the Pikeville Panthers tonight at the Expo Center. Johnson Central is located just around the corner from your hometown Chevy Buick GMC dealer, Hutch Chevrolet.

The regional tournament plays host to many local school districts as they compete to be crowned the champion of Eastern Kentucky. Hutch Chevrolet invites you all out to the semi-finals tonight to watch as area teams battle it out for the championship.

For tickets to this weekend’s matchups, visit the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center Box office. While you’re at the games, stop by the Hutch Chevrolet booth sometime this weekend and talk to Ronald Patrick about taking home a new Chevy today!