Full-Size Chevy Traverse Won’t Get Downsized Like the GMC Acadia

What do you think is in store for the full-size Chevy Traverse?

What do you think is in store for the full-size Chevy Traverse?

The Chevrolet Traverse shares a platform with its cousins from GMC and Buick, the Acadia and the Enclave. However, after GMC unveiled the new 2017 model of the Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past January, the crossover had shed 700 lbs and been downsized to the mid-size segment. This caused many insiders to question whether or not the full-size Chevy Traverse would get the same treatment.

While nothing has been confirmed, General Motors mentioned that the weight loss was necessary in order to provide consumers with a crossover option with more fuel efficiency. However, when questioned about whether the change would extend to the Acadia’s relatives, product chief Mark Reuss said, “The brand separation in size and mission and the positioning of these vehicles has never been more differentiated.”

Most people have chosen to interpret Reuss’s words as indicating the full-size Chevy Traverse and its cousin, the Buick Enclave, will remain in their full-size segments for the upcoming generation. Both the Acadia and the Traverse broke sales records in the previous model year and have gained class-leading popularity in the competitive crossover segment. Learn more at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

All-New 2016 Cruze Gains Features, Loses Weight

You will not want to leave your all-new 2016 Cruze parked for long!

You will not want to leave your all-new 2016 Cruze parked for long!

Chevrolet has introduced the all-new 2016 Cruze, which is shaping up to be a big improvement over the existing yet already impressive model.

The upcoming Cruze will be both larger and lighter, allowing for more interior room and increased efficiency. It will also come with a whole new suite of sophisticated technology, such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and active safety systems that help everyone stay safe.

Under the hood, the 2016 Cruze will pack a new, standard 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection that produces 153 horsepower. GM estimates that the sedan will do about 40 mpg on the highway, partly thanks to stop/start technology and partly because of the weight-saving measures that have helped the Cruze trim about 250 pounds.

“It seems that Chevy has gotten the package right, with some of the best materials to be found in a compact car, plenty of space and a dramatically improved multimedia experience,” said Cars.com.

The car semms to be a huge step forward, and we cannot wait to have you test drive yours at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC of Paintsville, KY!

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.

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!

Chevy SS rolls off assembly lines in Australia

2014 Chevy SSGeneral Motors expects to have their 2014 Chevrolet SS sports sedan on the market by year’s end, and excitement is brewing as a result of reports that production has begun in Australia on the Holden assembly line. Motoring.com.au, has reported that this week marked the beginning of SS production but had no comment regarding whether or not shipment to the U.S. has commenced.

The Holden website article regarding the new Chevy SS also discusses the car’s production capacity. While GM made preliminary plans to manufacture between 10,000-15,000 sedans per year, Holden managing director Mike Devereux’s response expressed a more open-ended standpoint. “We will build as many as they want,” reported Devereux. “And I think Americans are going to love that car.”

With a spacious interior, rear wheel drive, and small block V8 engine configuration to match its racetrack counterpart, we think Devereux is absolutely right. What’s not to love about zero to 60 in five seconds flat?

Come fall in love at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC!

2014 Models to Offer Covered Scheduled Maintenance

Scheduled MaintenanceGM recently broke news that select 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC models will be covered by their new maintenance plan. The plan will cover certain scheduled maintenance services for two years or 24,000 miles; whichever comes first.

“We know that customers who service their vehicles at our dealerships are much more likely to purchase another GM product down the road,” Akerson said.  “It’s all the more important to bring customers to our service facilities for routine maintenance to further enhance the quality and reliability of their GM vehicles.”

What you can expect from the scheduled maintenance program is a complete oil change with filter, four-wheel tire rotation, and a 27-point vehicle inspection. For those who purchased their vehicle before this was announced, we have good news for you; you will also be covered by this fantastic program as well!

For more information about the scheduled maintenance program on new 2014 vehicles please come see us at Hutch Chevrolet Buick GMC!

Buick stages a Comeback

2013 Buick Encore2013 Buick EncoreBuick is no longer your grandparent’s type of car. The interior of a Buick is so technologically advanced and the exterior boasts clean, crisp style lines. These reasons and more are why Buick delivered their best retail sales year in seven years in 2012.

Buick is GM’s modern luxury brand that offers luxury cars and SUVs without the high prices. Buick is really shaping up to be a mainstream brand with luxurious amenities.

“Buick’s way of doing business is paying off,” said Brian Sweeney, vice president of Buick Sales and Service. “Our third straight year of growth is the result of beautiful design and quality engineering, a customer-focused dealer network, and opportunities like Experience Buick leasing.”

The Buick Enclave is Buick’s best-selling model and dealerships across the United States sold more than 50,000 units in 2012. The all-new Enclave is expected to retain these numbers and add even more in 2013.

For more information on a new Buick contact the sales representatives at Hutch Chevrolet or view their extensive Buick inventory online at http://www.hutchchevrolet.com/VehicleSearchResults?search=new.

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!

Are Tires Just Spinning Rubber? Not To GM

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How important is it to have specific types of tires on your car?  According to a recent study performed by GM and a few independent researchers, the type of tires you have on your car is very important.

According to their study, having an optimized tire design can increase your mpg by up to seven percent!  That can be anywhere from three to five mpg on some of today’s cars, and that really adds up over time.  This is exactly why GM is performing research on the tires they use, looking at aspects such as tread pattern, construction, material quality and processing techniques.

The testing and research is being performed at the National Tire Research Center, which officially opened last month.

“This facility’s equipment…can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum,” said Frank Della Pia, executive director for the tire research center.  “It can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum.  This facility has no peer in the world.”

Equipping your Buick, Chevrolet or GMC vehicle with the right tires can mean all the difference when it comes to the safety and performance of your vehicle.  Use our Tire Finder Tool to find the right tire for your vehicle.