Chevy and GMC have hybrid SUVs in the works

2012 EquinoxDriving a family hauler can be expensive to fill up at the gas station and hard on the environment. However, some families cannot avoid driving a large vehicle.  Now, GM is working to eliminate those hefty gas stops in the near future with the new Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain.

GM’s eAssist hybrid system is not only fuel efficient, but it is easy on the environment too. It has already been applied to the Chevy Malibu, Buick LaCrosse, and Buick Regal. The current eAssist system combines a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine with a 15 kilowatt electric motor and 115V lithium-ion battery pack. The eAssist system, previously only released on GM sedans, will now be available on two of GM’s most popular SUVs, the 2014 Chevy Equinox and the 2014 GMC Terrain.

The Terrain and Equinox are both popular midsize SUVs. They are built on the same 2012 GMC Terrainunibody platform and are both expected receiving a mild facelift for the 2013 model year. The eAssist system is expected to be added to both powertrains for 2014.

GM has released pricing for the new fuel efficient Equinox and Terrain similar to the V6 offerings of each SUV. At this rate, hybrid SUVs come without the high hybrid prices therefore making them readily available for any family.

Learn more about eAssist or check out our complete inventory of fuel efficiency Chevy cars, trucks, and SUVs at http://hutchchevrolet.com.

GMC Reveals the Bold New 2014 Sierra 1500

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The 2013 GMC Sierra 1500

The all-new 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 was revealed this past Thursday, and saying we’re impressed is an understatement.

First of all, the 2014 Sierra is the most powerful truck ever offered in GMC’s history.  Consumers will have a choice of a 4.3L V6, a 5.3L V8 and a 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 engine.  This not only translates to some incredibly impressive hauling capability, but also great fuel economy.  One of the great aspects of the EcoTec3 engine is that it features Active Fuel Management technology, which means that it seamlessly switches to run on four cylinders during light-load driving to save you fuel.

The interior of the 2014 Sierra is one of the most luxurious-feeling we’ve ever encountered in a truck.  Use of premium materials and attention to detail surround you, and the instrument panel even features a 4.2-inch Driver Information Center with radio, navigation, and even information regarding your truck’s status.

We couldn’t be more excited to feature the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 in our showroom in the near future.

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu: Engineered for Proficiency, Style and Performance

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As we think of the most stylish cars we know of, the Malibu jumps to the top of the list.  Even fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi thinks so.

“I don’t design cars, but I know great design when I see it and that’s how my newest collection was born,” said Mizrahi, referring to the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

The 2013 Malibu really is brains and beauty in an all-in-one package.  Not only is it beautifully designed, with refined surface materials such as chrome, woodgrain and metallic accents, but with an EPA-estimated 37 MPG on the highway in the Malibu Eco, it’s one of the smartest cars you’ll ever drive.  The brains originate from the fuel-efficient drive in the available 7-inch diagonal touch-screen.  This screen includes a Power Flow display that indicates which mode eAssist is in as well as Pandora and Stitcher internet radio.

If you’re interested in experiencing the 2013 Malibu for yourself, stop by our dealership in Paintsville, KY!

Chevrolet’s Attempt at a Purely Electric Spark is a Huge Success

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The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV was introduced to the world last Tuesday, and we immediately felt a buzz in the air when it happened.  To date, Chevrolet accounts for over 50 percent of all EV sales in the United States, and the technology behind the Spark really piggy-backs off of what we’ve already seen in the Volt by taking what already works and improving it.

First off, the 2014 Spark EV is expected to have the best range of any car currently in the EV segment.  Plus, its motor and drive unit are expected to deliver best-in-class acceleration.

“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mpg in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, the president of GM North America.

Also, the 2014 Spark EV will be equipped with two seven-inch, high-resolution LCD screens for displaying on-the-fly vehicle updates and infotainment.  Our favorite feature, though, is the DC Fast Charging capability.  With this, your Spark is able to be charged to 80 percent capacity within 20 minutes.  That means no more waiting over night for a charge!

Although initial markets for the Spark are mainly in the Western United States, we hope it won’t be long for the Spark EV to reach Kentucky!