Chevrolet Smartphone Integration Compatibility

Chevrolet smartphone integration will be compatible for Android & Apple.

Chevrolet smartphone integration will be compatible for Android & Apple.

Chevrolet vehicles are known for their performance edge, advanced safety features, and fuel efficiency. As if that didn’t make them viable and appealing enough, now the automaker has made some tweaks in the area of Chevrolet smartphone integration that should please those who find themselves on both sides of the great Android/Apple technological divide.

For the 2016 model year, fourteen Chevrolet models will prove functional for both Google’s Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay with more to follow suit. According to The Detroit Free Press, Mary Barra, CEO for GM, said, “Partnering with Apple and Google is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”

This is a sign of how important technology has become to customer buying preferences. What may have seemed absurd years ago, that a buyer would reject a model if it didn’t support their type of smartphone software, is now a very tangible reality. Chevrolet has moved to prevent that from happening with their vehicles. Many other automakers are sure to follow.

Feel Young Again: The Best Car Apps

Have fun wherever the road takes you with the best car apps.

Have fun wherever the road takes you with the best car apps.

Want to know what it’s like to be sixteen again, windows down, wind blowing through your full head of hair, driving for the first time? The following are some of the best car apps to make driving interesting and fun again!

The Greatest Drive app was designed to alleviate that frustration of being unable to find a scenic drive wherever you are. All of those GPS map apps want to put you on the interstate but you want a fun drive!  This app will help you go off-grid.

Drive a hybrid or electric vehicle and miss the offensive sound of a giant gas-burning engine? XLR8 has got you covered. Download the app, plug into the aux input of your stereo and hear your engine rev as you press the accelerator. Silly, yes, but as Jalopnik puts it, “When you’re really bored in heavy traffic, it can brighten your day.”

If you haven’t gotten Spotify yet, you are seriously missing the party! In an age where some new vehicles don’t even come with CD players, streaming audio is becoming the norm. Spotify is one of the best of these services.

Let us at Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY know your tricks and best car apps for having a fun ride wherever you go!

Chevrolet Driver Assurance Beats Staring into a Crystal Ball

Sensors are going to make sure that you and your car stay safe with Chevrolet Driver Assurance.

Sensors are going to make sure that you and your car stay safe with Chevrolet Driver Assurance.

Staring into a crystal ball. Scrying. Casting lots. Humankind has pioneered so many ways to try to tell the future. Then there’s good old-fashioned technology, like Chevrolet Driver Assurance, for instance.

Beginning in 2016, models such as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Corvette and Silverado will come chock-full of sensors. These sensors will keep a vigilant eye on systems like the battery, fuel pump and starter motor.

They will then transmit the information to OnStar. OnStar will in turn analyze the data to determine if any performance issues are imminent. If so, drivers will receive an alert via onboard electronics or even email and text.

Alicia Boler-Davis, an executive at GM, said, “Using our innovative OnStar 4G LTE connectivity platform, we can actively monitor vehicle component health, and notify our customers if covered vehicle components need attention.” She went on to mention that Chevy stands alone in offering such a comprehensive and immediate service as Chevrolet Driver Assurance.

Learn more today by coming into Hutch Chevrolet of Paintsville, KY!

Camouflage Techniques Revealed by Chevy Volt Engineers

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet's camouflage techniques.

It is hard to tell what the 2016 Chevrolet Volt will look like behind Chevrolet’s camouflage techniques.

How much work goes into keeping a car’s design secret? As we learned at Hutch Chevrolet, quite a good amount! Before launching a new model, automakers need to validate it and its systems in public—but how to do that without prematurely revealing its appearance?

The engineers behind the 2016 Chevrolet Volt have revealed a few of the camouflage techniques they use to cover the car:

  • Bubble wrap. Many materials can be used as camouflage, like plastics, vinyl, and foam, but bubble wrap is the only one that is light, easily-attachable, and three-dimensional—important for confusing prying eyes.
  • 3D. Speaking of three-dimensional—engineers will also layer the camouflage, which throws off onlookers. However, they also have to be careful not to interrupt airflow.
  • Swirls. Old car camouflages relied on grid patterns, but they were too difficult to realign if a piece was removed to make a change to the car. Swirls do a much better job at hiding changes throughout the car’s development.
  • Black and white. The contrast between the shades creates shadows in places you wouldn’t expect on a car and hides design elements.

Now we are more excited than ever to see the 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

Chevy Traverse Repeats as a Best Family Car for 2014

Chevy Traverse Named Best Family Car for 2014Parents magazine and have just released their “10 Best Family Cars” list for 2014 and, for the second straight year, the Chevrolet Traverse is one of the specially selected vehicles to make the cut. The Traverse excels in several defining categories of major importance to families including safety, value, efficiency, and convenience, making it a shoo-in on any Best Family Car list.

Shop: 2014 Chevy Traverse in Paintsville, KY

“Traverse’s winning combination blends the capability and roominess of a traditional SUV with the attributes of a crossover, including a car-like driving experience, low step-in height and good efficiency on the highway,” said Steve Majoros, a marketing director for Chevrolet. In fact, the Traverse boasts a pretty large engine—a 3.6L V6 with 288 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque—yet still retains a 24 mpg rating on the highway… pretty impressive numbers.

The Traverse is loaded with family-friendly safety features and technology as well. It’s the only vehicle in the large SUV segment with a front seat center air bag, plus it offers technologies like forward collision alert and lane departure warnings to keep the whole family safe inside. Not only will you and your precious cargo be safe, but you’ll all be comfortable as well—the Traverse seats up to eight people with ease and even features a rear-seat entertainment system to ensure a smooth ride!

While full-size sedans are often referred to as “family cars,” for many families, sedans, no matter how elegant and comfortable they might be, are simply not big and strong enough. Enter the two-time Best Family Car champion, the Chevy Traverse: it’s got the power, the space, the safety, and even the fun factor to handle any family no matter its shape, size, or style!

So come see us today at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC for a chance to take the Traverse out for a little test—it’ll be your favorite travel companion in no time.

New Safety Technology Widens Gap between GMC Canyon and Other Midsize Trucks

2015 GMC Canyon Features New Safety Technology for Child PassengersThe 2015 GMC Canyon, when it hits dealerships sometime this coming fall, will be a segment leader in oh-so-many ways. We can expect that it will crank out impressive numbers when it comes to fuel economy, horsepower, torque, and towing capacity, but it’s also got some other tricks up its sleeve—like new safety technology including an all-new patent-pending child safety feature.

The rear passenger headrest on the 2015 Canyon can be removed and plugged in “horizontally into the seat base.” Basically, you can take the headrest out of its normal position and use it to extend the rear jump seat farther. Why is this useful? Doing this allows most car seats to fit at least 80% of their bases on the truck’s seat, allowing the Canyon to better conform to safety recommendations than any other truck.

“It’s an elegant solution that makes efficient use of the limited space in the rear seat in this type of vehicle, by allowing us to adapt the seat cushion length for child restraint installation,” said Eduardo Bugelli, safety performance team lead. “The additional seat cushion length provides more support to the child restraint, which helps to reduce the rotation and the risk of injury in a crash.”

Check back with the Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC blog often for more updates on the upcoming 2015 GMC Canyon, boasting its kid-friendly new safety technology. Then, when it finally makes its way to our showroom, come take it for a test drive to see all its class-best features in action!

Buick Bringing 4G LTE Capability to All Vehicles by 2016

Buick Adding 4G LTE Capability to Full 2016 LineupBuick had big news to announce at the DENT Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, on March 24—they’re bringing 4G LTE capability to many of their vehicles for 2015 and all of their vehicles by 2016. The 4G LTE technology will be in support of OnStar and will come as an option on the Encore, LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano for 2015.

The list of features that come with this OnStar 4G LTE capability is rather stupendous. First of all, each vehicle will feature a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot. Connect your vehicle to that invisible baby and you can work and play away right from the comfort of your home on wheels—you can check email, watch videos, play games, and more.

Plus, you’ll also get to use the Buick AppShop, which should include services like Slacker Radio, NPR, iHeartRadio, The Weather Channel, Eventseeker, and Priceline. If you’re looking for this technology now, come by Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC to hear about the Encore or another 2015 model. Or, if you’re a patient type, wait till 2016 when every Buick will feature OnStar 4G LTE capability! The choice is yours—as long as you choose Hutch.