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!