GM Renaissance Center uses Composting to Help the Environment

Work with GM to go green with composting in the GM Renaissance Center!

Work with GM to go green with composting in the GM Renaissance Center!

General Motors not only makes the effort to go green when it comes to its vehicles—it has also brought the green philosophy home. The GM Global Headquarters, which already strives to send no waste to landfills, has recently announced that the building that houses many of the complex’s restaurants, the GM Renaissance Center, has taken the American carmaker’s green initiative one step further by composting any leftover food scraps in urban farms throughout Detroit.

This new movement towards composting came about through a partnership with a local startup, Detroit Dirt, which collects coffee grounds and fruit and vegetable pieces to mix with herbivore manure. It all began when Andiamo Riverfront, a 280-seat Italian restaurant within the Renaissance Center, began composting. Since April, this restaurant alone has already generated 12,000 pounds of food scraps. Along with Andiamo Riverfront, other restaurants that are now composting include Joe Muer Seafood, Presto Gourmet Deli, Coach Insignia, Coffee Beanery, and Potbelly Sandwich Works.

While we might not have the gardens to help you compost, we here at Hutch Chevrolet still have plenty of eco-friendly vehicle options to choose from. Make sure you stop in to our dealership today to go on a test drive!

Silverado to the Rescue at Woodward Dream Cruise

Silverados will come to the rescue at the Woodward Dream Cruise!

Silverados will come to the rescue at the Woodward Dream Cruise!

The Woodward Dream Cruise is by far one of the largest classic car events in the United States. Millions of people flock to Detroit to see more than 40,000 cars spread across the city. Part of the Dream Cruise involves an actual cruise as thousands of cars drive up and down Woodward Avenue.

Since most of these cars are older than average, there might be a few mechanical issues along the road. That is where Chevrolet is stepping in to help with the “Certified Rescue Squad” of six red 2014 Silverado trucks.

“It’s called ‘The Dream Cruise,’ but an overheated engine, a drained battery or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day it ends,” said Chris Brandt, Chevrolet Certified Service advertising manager, in a statement. “No one wants to break down or cause ‘The Dream Traffic Jam,’ so Chevrolet Certified Service technicians will be assisting cruisers with minor issues that can be easily remedied.”

Last year, the squad was able to help more than 55 cars on the Dream Cruise and used the information they learned to help drivers be more prepared this year. They suggest making sure your car’s battery is charged, the terminals are clean, all fluids are at the right levels (including gas), and your tires and tire pressure are good to go.

And, drivers don’t have to worry if they aren’t driving a GM car; the Rescue Squad will lend a hand no matter the make or model of your car!

Have you ever headed to Detroit to participate in or visit the Woodward Dream Cruise?

‘58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti

Feel like a part of American Graffiti behind the wheel of a 2015 Chevy Impala, in honor of the '58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti.

Feel like a part of American Graffiti behind the wheel of a 2015 Chevy Impala, in honor of the ’58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti.

Who was your favorite character in American Graffiti?  The better question to ask is what is your favorite car in the movie?  There are so many classic cars in the movie that it is hard to pick, but we here at Hutch Chevrolet in Paintsville, KY have chosen the ‘58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti driven by Steve, played by Ron Howard.

The ’58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti is an unforgettable car.  This is a day that we should play special homage to it since it is the anniversary of the release of the movie. One of the most memorable conversations that happen in the ’58 Chevy Impala is between Steve and his girlfriend Laurie.

The ’58 Chevrolet Impala of American Graffiti is currently owned by Mike Famalette who lives in Washington.  Famalette has actually owned the car since’72.  This is before the movie was actually released, which would happen on August 11, 1973.

We may not be able to drive in the actual ’58 Chevrolet Impala from American Graffiti like Famalette can, but we can still feel the thrill of being behind the wheel of a Chevy Impala here at Hutch Chevrolet!

2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan Comes Standard with Automatic Parking Assist

Park with confidence in your 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan with the help of automatic parking assist.

Park with confidence in your 2014 Chevrolet SS Sedan with the help of automatic parking assist.

You’re late. The only space left in sight is one teensy weensy spot that would require you to parallel park. You might as well turn around and drive right on home because you can’t parallel park to save your life. But wait, you’re driving the 2014 Chevrolet SS with standard Automatic Parking Assist, so you can let your sedan do the parking for you!

For the first time, Chevrolet’s SS sports sedan is providing owners with advanced parking technology as standard. In fact, it’s the only Chevy in the automaker’s lineup to offer such luxury at no extra cost.

Sensors located on the front and rear bumpers enable the vehicle to assess the size of the space, detect nearby objects, and safely navigate the vehicle into the parking spot. All the driver has to do is follow the commands given via the Driver Information Center and control the gas and the brake.

“Technologies that provide help in parking and even vehicles that can park themselves started, as most technologies do, on luxury cars but they have proliferated to more mainstream vehicles,” said Michelle Krebs, AutoTrader.com senior analyst. “They have broad appeal from newly licensed young drivers to older drivers and are also are attractive to people who live in increasingly congested urban areas.”

All of a sudden, that parking space doesn’t look so daunting! We at Hutch Chevrolet have full confidence that, driving the 2014 Chevy SS sedan, you’ll be parked and rushing inside in no time.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT Tops Consumer Reports’ List of Best Safety Performance Vehicles

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

You may not typically think of a sports car coming in at the top of safety ratings lists, but when it comes to quick braking, quick response time, and emergency handling, sportier vehicles rank higher in these tests, while large trucks and SUVs tend to be slower to respond and more difficult to maneuver. It’s not fancy science, just the practical truth!

Consumer Reports performs a series of crucial emergency driving tests including on-limit handling, avoidance maneuver, and a series of brake tests to determine how controllable, secure, and forgiving (or not) the car is.  In these tests, the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT ranked number one in stopping distance and ranked in the top ten for the avoidance maneuver.

The Corvette Stingray 3LT was able to come to a complete stop from 60 mph in an impressive 107 feet, and was able to complete the maneuver test at 57.5 mph. According to autos.yahoo.com, “The avoidance maneuver is a ‘path-following test’ in which the driver pilots the car down a lane marked off by traffic cones with a quick left-right-left sequence. That simulates swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, then returning to the original lane to avoid oncoming traffic. The car threads through the course, without throttle or brakes, at ever-higher speeds until it can’t get through without hitting any cones.” Because of the way that test is performed, the higher the speed, the better the handling and the higher the ranking.

Come to Hutch Chevrolet in Paintsville, KY to test drive a car that is not only sporty, but safe!