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Hellcat-Powered RAM TRX Is Bearing Down on Rival Raptor Late This Summer 

Friday, July 3rd, 2020


First introduced as the Rebel TRX Concept nearly four years ago, The Ram we love so much here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of West Linn vanished from the radar for a bit, but continued development was confirmed by an email two years ago. There have been a few separate spy shots released of the truck that will make its debut close to Sep. 22, and it's expected that the TRX will pack a variant of the Hellcat engine that will crank out around 6.2-liters and 575 horsepower.


Although the typical whine of the Hellcat's supercharger can't really be heard in the last teaser we were sent, many other resources lead us to believe that the very powerful and brutish engine will be under the Ram's hood. It's true that it will need something pretty special to one-up the Ford Raptor, which now has power clout at right around 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. At this moment, none of Dodge or Ram's naturally aspirated V8s reach that mark, but we are confident that there could be a “secret weapon” of sorts in development that could provide a fair match-up.


The super pickup truck was first previewed as a concept in 2016 and then was confirmed for production two years later. Motor Authority also offered up some spy shots with the prototypes wearing camouflage, and from here one could see that flared wheel arches and a pretty hulking grille are features to expect on the TRX. It's also likely to have a vented power dome hood, beefed-up suspension and skid plates. The concept also sported an open differential and custom CV half-shafts upfront to handle a wider track, with a Dynatrac Pro 60 axle and electronic differential to boot.


The initial Rebel TRX concept possessed the Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V8, and the production version is expected to come in two variants. One is expected to brandish a naturally aspirated 7.0-liter V8 with 520 or 525 horsepower, and the other will pack the fully-fledged Hellcat with 707 horsepower. In both models, four-wheel drive will be present mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission. Over the last few years, the Ram line has won many awards for luxury, high quality of interior, and smooth ride handling. Other trim levels, options, and upgrades are always sought after by our loyal customers, and when the TRX finally arrives, many competitors are going to feel the thunder in the form of a grunty, capable, and trail-ready rig!


Autoweek Takes Jeep Gladiator Mojave Deep Into the Desert And Reflects, “Man, What a Good Time!”

Thursday, June 18th, 2020

Some of the best locations for driving a Jeep lose cellphone service not long after you veer from the pavement, and the testing staff on duty at Autoweek paid a visit to a remote chunk of the Mojave Desert where this is the case. It is such a desolate spot that it is recommended to bring along another Jeep, a Warn recovery kit, sand traction boards, and enough bottled water to assure no loss of life. This is where the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave's Desert Rating was developed and fine-tuned, ultimately being named after it's inviting yet treacherous existence.


Everyone here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn paid close attention to chief engineer Pete Milsavlevski when he detailed the amount of time spent testing in the Mojave Desert, and how this is what led the engineers in the decision of the final name. The Gladiator Mojave is the very first vehicle in Jeep's lineup to be “Desert Rated”, meaning it is a rig focused on the demands of higher-speed off-roading and must meet certain requirements in five categories: ride control and stability, traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, and desert prowess.

On the inside, the Mojave now sports seats with supportive bolsters as well as a thicker steering wheel. The bodywork puts to use the same big flares as the Rubicon to fit the 33-inch tall tires. They are wrapped around 17-inch wheels that have a unique offset that increases track width by half an inch over the Rubicon to provide optimum stability. Under the metal, the Mojave boasts stronger axles with cast-iron steering knuckles upfront and thicker tubes in the rear. The frame is beefed up at suspension mounting points offering up the immediate ability to take hardcore abuse, and a steel skid plate up front is a welcome mat of sorts for the hardest landings.


The team reflected that the most transformative pieces of equipment were the Fox Racing Shox, using an internal bypass design that had remote fluid reservoirs front and rear to help with varying levels of heat. As you start getting to a precarious bottom-out or top-out zone, the internal bypass technology onboard the Gladiator Mojave changes the amount of bypass and that will ramp up the forces so you really have the capacity that's required to make it over large obstacles.


They trekked deep into the desert to follow right in the tire tracks created by the Jeep chassis engineers themselves. Ledges, steep drops, and crazy ruts were served up gratuitously, and the group had what they described as a “complete blast”. They took the vehicle up to 80 mph+ on the dry lakebed, and really appreciated the thrill of crawling down “Chocolate Thunder”, a tough trail that is flanked on either side by menacing boulders as you climb. They concluded a day's long journey by claiming that “anytime you need to load a truck down with a camper shell, roof tent and 600 pounds of gear, the Mojave is the front-running pick.” Lays Down Spy Shots of 2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX on the Prowl 

Friday, June 5th, 2020

The anticipation is high here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn for the 2021 Ram Rebel TRX's arrival: there have been various leaked images across the webspace. The latest we have gotten our hands on is courtesy of and offers up exposed grille shots that answer a few very important questions. There were some other shots a while back from the team at 5thGenRams that portrayed a more meshed grille aligned with the current design style.


There may have been a “secret plot” to mislead people in the name of a bit of harmless surprise and contradict other spy videos to get the eager Ram fans out there even more anticipant. Interestingly enough, another image from 5thGenRams shows the “6.2L Supercharged” badging found in the alleged Rebel TRX release. It's saddled up alongside a new hood scoop design that will feed air into the superchargers. Right now, just about anyone's guess is as good as ours as to the presence of a supercharger, and we'll keep you informed right here about future developments.


The badging does bring about solid confirmation to the leaked images from the TFL truck last week, as one of the photos taken includes a supercharger housing for the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. It has been a while since we've known that a supercharged Rebel TRX might actually make it to production, which is now alleged to begin in early October. We have been beyond excited by the notion that the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 is supposed to be the power source, which is bound to generate gigantic ripples of excitement through the truck community. How could a Hellcat V-8 powered half-ton pickup on the way leave anyone at all snoozing in the back of the room?


Numerous other spy shots that have been gleaned over the last year or two depict a drastically increased ride height, rugged fender flares, and beefy all-terrain tires mounted on what looks like 17-inch rims. We expect the Ram Rebel to be able to pull around 11,500 pounds and haul up to about 1800 pounds in its truck bed. We would also expect the option for additional charging ports as well as a more powerful Harman Kardon audio system and the traditional support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s also anticipated to boast safety tech like adaptive cruise control, automated emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keeping assist.

Motor Trend Interview Ram Truck Engineering Team on a Quest to “Break the Internet” With Next Creation 

Friday, May 22nd, 2020

One of the latest features on the Motor Trend blog begins with the writer being thankful and admitting that being able to get paid to write about and breathe automotive was a true blessing every day they embark on their task! They then shift focus to those whose job it is to build vehicles from the ground up, using the most futuristic technology known to man. For their story, they selected a few technicians hard at work on the Ram Truck design and tech teams and got the scoop on what exactly they are doing to assure that we get the highest quality product right here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn.


Rod Romain: Chief Engineer, Ram Truck:


The coolest equipment for getting things done: The assembly of the first development trucks of any all-new model featured as a combined unit, then the official confirmation of calculations in real-world use.


First Car or Truck: 1965 Case 1200 Traction King 4WD Tractor


Tech they think is awesome: Automated systems and the future is where it's at.


Currently watching, reading, or tackling as a project: A 1971 Plymouth Road Runner in the barn that his family and he have been restoring, and he's had more time to dedicate to it lately.


Brian Sphon: Vehicle Electrification Manager, Powertrain Engineering:


Coolest equipment or technology for getting things done: He loves solving complex challenges and his position offers up plenty of them. To squeeze the most out of any design, most solutions require creativity rather than just applying past knowledge gained.


First car or truck: A 1967 Ford Mustang, still owned as an awesome work in progress!


Neat tech- yours or theirs: Brian LOVES to attend events featuring cars from before 1932 and checking out very early technology elements. Four-valve cylinders and overhead camshafts were available decades ago but came back as new because of feedback sensors, electronic controls, and material science. He is also very impressed by the recent improvements in batteries, microprocessors, and power electronics.


Currently watching, reading, or tackling as a project: Since the COVID-19 crisis, his entire day consists of using video conferencing to solve problems and front-load remotely, but he has enjoyed the more numerous hours with his family.


Mike Gillam: Ram Exterior Design Manager:


Coolest equipment/technology for getting things done: Mike is very impressed every day with the VR cave, where he and others can virtually walk through and around their designs. Here you can really zoom in and nitpick every millimeter of the truck in full scale before a single real part actually sees production.


First car or truck: A 1997 Jeep XJ 4.0-Liter Sport with the Up Country package and a manual transmission – as well as roll-up windows!


Neat Tech – yours or theirs: Mike firmly believes that the biggest technical impact on the auto industry aside from the assembly line itself or Eisenhower's development of the highway system.


Currently watching, reading, or tacking as a project: Avoiding the news with a passion, and lots of truck and Jeep channels on YouTube. He is not surprisingly also taken up reading books about how to handle quarantine with a 2-year old!


Nick Cappa: Advanced Tech Public Relations:


Coolest equipment/technology for getting things done: Nick sees the biggest current challenge as matching the correct exact application for powertrain to any one vehicle and making sure that it fully meets the customers' expectations. He is primarily interested with engines, and the way they affect every model choice and trim value.


First Car or truck: ha! The Stomper 4X4 by Shaper Toys.


Neat Tech – yours or theirs: He was very interested by the weekend he spent with a fuel cell car and running down the freeway at 70 MPH with nothing but water vapor emitting from the tailpipe.


Currently watching, reading, or tackling as a project: He’s trying to stay away from TV during quarantine, but is eager to tear down and rebuild any backyard deck begging for attention!

Car and Driver Hails 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon as “The King With a Lineage Established Quite Some Time ago”

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Scott Oldham of Car and Driver lamented on the blog last week that “Yeehaw!” was the initial thing he wanted to yell out the window as soon as he got behind the driver's seat of the 2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon. Everyone here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn agrees that the first ride of Ram's four-wheel-drive instills a “Wild Western” sense of rebellion, brandishing its attitude and hard-core off-road additives.


After a few test drives the staff here concluded that Power Wagons have always been the real deal and that they are tough, trail-ready trucks that look fantastic when they are covered in mud. Much like the original Jeep, the first Power Wagon Dates back to the 1940s and was originally created for military use. The latest ¾ ton Power Wagon has off-road specific underpinnings not found on other Ram 2500s. Taller springs and chunky 33-inch tall Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires add on a valuable two inches of additional ground clearance, for a total of 14.2 inches.


Ram says it can drive through 30 inches of water, and this testing team claimed it can climb hills and articulate its wheels in ways that crosstown rival Ford F-series with the Tremor off-road package can't. Inside the Power Wagon's front and rear live axles is an electronically locking differential and 4.10:1 gears. With the differentials locked, there is not too much terrain that the pickup cannot conquer. This is a vehicle that can make its way easily up steep grades with minimal wheel spin, and the rear axle sees extra strength in the form of an 11.5-inch ring gear and thicker axles.


One of the coolest features of the new Ram Power Wagon is the addition of an extra joint to the front suspension at the upper axle mount, which is called Articulink. When combined with the only electronically disconnecting front anti-roll bar in this class, the 26 inches of front wheel articulation rivals that of many rigs designed specifically for competition. Behind the front bumper is also a standard mounted 12,000-pound warn winch, further boosting it into the “very serious equipment” territory.


The standard Bilstein dampers and front and rear coil springs provide a smooth ride both on and off the pavement, and every Power Wagon comes with the Ram HD’s standard 6.4- liter Hemi V8 cranking out 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. Pairing fantastically with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the Hemi sees to the task of getting the burly Ram HD to 60 mph in about 8.4 seconds, while seeing a towing rating of up to 10,580 pounds. Scott and the Car and Driver gang claimed after some serious off-road time that this is the “world's most capable off-road heavy-duty pickup”, and begged any new owner to drive it “deep into the dirt” before beginning to hoot and holler like the Duke boys!

The Illustrious Evolution of the Ram Pickup Truck Covered on Blog

Friday, April 24th, 2020

It was not until 1981 that the first Ram truck was created, at the time that Chrysler had been constructing trucks under the guise of the Fargo brand name since the late 1920's. In the second World War, they produced over 400,000 All-Wheel Drive ambulances and trucks, with the most popular being the Power Wagon. It provided such strength and reliability that it was popular among farmers and other hard-working folks who needed a trusty number for their rigorous duties.


The Evolution of the Ram Truck: As fully described in a new feature on the blog this past week, the first-generation Dodge Ram did not actually do very well in its first few years on the market. To start, the truck's cab and chassis design seemed to not be up to par with other models, and there were not many engine alternatives. What still was able to save the brand from total failure was the introduction of the Cummins B-series diesel, which offered direct fuel injection.


1993 – 2001: The Second Generation: The Ram Truck of the 1990s was mostly the same as far as mechanics, but the exterior went through a complete re-design. After not being satisfied with the flat and angular appearance of trucks that was common, Ram then drew design inspiration from the Big Rigs and Studebakers of the past and blended it with current elements. This truck was a huge success, and in 1994 the Ram 1500 claimed the honors of Truck of the Year.


2001 – 2009: The Third Generation: For the 2000s, there were many changes made inside and out, making improvements to the drive train, offering a larger number of cab options, and giving the truck a stockier appearance then the past decade. Inside, the dashboard now offered Bluetooth and built-in navigation, and the creation of the Mega-cab was big enough to now have six seats that reclined. Another trait of the 2000s were a surplus of special edition Ram trucks including the Power Wagon and the SRT10, which uses the same V10 as the powerful-and-aggressive Dodge Viper.


2009 – 2018: The Fourth Generation: Here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn we have always loved this Fourth generation: it was the first to be sold entirely free of the Dodge brand. In appearance, it was very similar to the 2000s Ram, but the front end took more cues from big rigs and was made larger and more impressive. Engine options were all more powerful and offered a higher towing capacity than in years past, and options such as the High Fuel Efficiency Model yielded up to 25 mpg EPA rating.


2019 Onward: Future Horizons: Just released during 2019, the Ram still possesses a large and impressive vibe, but they finally parted ways with the cross-shaped grill. Under the hood, the engineers had a prime focus on making the Ram more efficient, putting to use a supplemental electric motor and lighter chassis meaning that the standard 1500 offers up to 26 mpg and Eco-diesel models can reach up to 32 mpg. The cabin has seen upgrades to be more comfortable and practical, with a large center console and heated and cooled rear seats. Snagging the Motor Trend Truck of the Year Award for both 2019 and 2020, it offers up the perfect balance of heavy-duty performance and luxury car comfort.

Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Billed by as the leader into “Lovely Rock-Bashing Territory”

Friday, April 10th, 2020

Luxury equipment fares quite well in a Jeep: vehicles that are known for rock-bashing and being able to crawl just about anything still feel awesome when equipped with upper-end additives. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is the calmer, road-oriented Wrangler trim that provides a sort of contrast to the deep-woods, boulder-climbing Rubicon that encompasses much of Jeep's universal appeal. Even though the Rubicon can tend to be a frequent conversation starter here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn, as more buyers flock to America's 4x4 some of them want it to have a few plush traits.


Last year Jeep introduced the Sahara Altitude cosmetic package that adds gloss black trim pieces that are on 18-inch black wheels and fuel filler door to the black leather interior, and Autoblog has a feature this week about the finer points. This year the trim sees a bigger step up in equipment and price by means of the Unlimited High Altitude Package that Jeep debuted during the Chicago Motor Show. The staff on hand at Mopar Insiders provided a detailed feature here about the high-altitude model that takes the premium content aspect up a significant notch.

The exterior features 20-inch Gloss Black Wheels, an LED lighting package, body-color hardtop, fender flares, front and rear bumpers, and body-color exterior mirrors and door handles as well as body-color tailgate handle. There's the traditional side step, matte black trail-rated badge, and wide-track front and rear axles with revised gear ratio. As far as technical features, this Wrangler model boasts an 8.4-inch radio and premium audio group, blind-spot monitoring and rear parksense, and remote proximity entry. Available colors will be Black, Bright White, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, and Ocean Blue.


For the interior, the available color options are Black and Steel Grey. There is a black leather-wrapped steering wheel, Napa leather seating with quilting and caramel stitching, and leather-wrapped mid-bolsters with caramel stitching. We love the sight of a Wrangler on a 20-inch gloss black wheels hung on axles with a slightly wider track and a rear Dana 44 with a revised final gear ratio. This is a bit different flavor for Jeep to be so high end, but we think it's going to be a perfect combo to hit the trail in a sense of better luxury.


We are excited about the number of people worldwide who now choose Jeep, and their appreciation for outdoor activity and spontaneity will flourish. Check out this model and think of what would be your favorite combo, as well as your favorite area park to show it off in!

2021 Ram 1500 Rebel TRX's Production Approval Featured on AutoEvolution Blog 

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

It was during the fall of 2016 when the Ram truck line first showed the 1500 Rebel TRX to the eager public, which at that time was still a concept in development. Shortly after the world's hardcore car and truck enthusiasts had the chance to get a sneak peek, numerous reports were popping up that a series-production model was now slated and would brandish the hefty 6.2-liter V8 from the fiercely-powerful HEMI side of the tracks. Last week the staff at the AutoEvolution blog reported that the Rebel TRX with that specific dose of power is nowhere to be seen, but many contenders in the aftermarket world would be happy to do the engine swap as well as suspension lift. 


There was a press photo circulating during January of 2018 of the current-generation 1500 that mirrored the Easter Egg that was typically used to preview the race-ready and prime Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. If you looked closely on the infotainment system, you could make out the time frame 7:07, most likely not a coincidence since Ram themselves had officially marked the 1500 Rebel TRX for series production at the end of the cycle for the 2018-2022 product blueprint. 

One quotation from an official document that triggered some of the initial excitement and momentum media-wise was regarding a recently completed labor deal between the UAW and Fiat Chrysler that confirmed a large allocation of finances for the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. A portion of these funds are to be used for the “potential workforce increase of 200 related to the new TRX”. The same document also mentions the exciting launch of the Ramcat during 2020, and this model should arrive at dealerships like us right here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn during the 2021 model year. 


Not exactly like the 575-horsepower's mantra, the completed product is expected to be equipped with 700-plus horsepower, and it is an experienced track-burner's eloquent daydream to think that the supercharged V8 is capable of almost 800 horsepower in the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. also offered up to the table clear mention of a perfectly tricked-out towing package that includes the integrated trailer brake controller, which means that RAM's select and savvy engineers worked overtime to master it on top of the best off-road driving elements out there today. 


If you check out this spy shot video, it is visible that this is the truck poised to do battle and set to the task of conquering rival Ford F-150, and also shows you the pinnacle moment of unveiling during the Texas State Fair. There's also some heart-pumping race track footage, clearly showing in detail that this souped-up and ready-to-rumble truck is faster and even more exciting than many muscle cars you can buy on the market! We'll keep you posted right here on the blog about any updates, and we'll be anxiously awaiting the arrival of this “bigger is always better” rig! 


2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Praised by Extreme Tech for “Luxury, Quiet Cabin, and Prime Navigation”

Friday, March 12th, 2020

All of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn has had an entire decade to talk with customers about just how fantastic the Jeep Grand Cherokee is, and how it is still the best-selling midsize SUV on the market! There are 13 trim lines to choose from, multiple engine options, and varying levels of the newest in driver assistance technology. Bill Howard of the Extreme Tech blog immediately praised the current model for its fit and finish, controlled ride, nice interior, and very solid infotainment system.


When taking a close-up look at the Grand Cherokee, this is the customer's opportunity to put a hefty amount of decision time into elements such as off-road capability, acceleration, and rear-seat entertainment. Bill's test-drive model was the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit, which is the premier choice for those who don't need an overabundance of raw power in the engine department. For those that understandably do, the Grand Cherokee V8 SRT is impatiently pounding its hoofs on the ground, waiting for your very own thrilling test drive! It was also greatly appreciated how the onboard Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and AC socket, as well as plenty of USB jacks, make it feel as if you are approaching BMW-Mercedes, and Audi territory.


Bill was lucky enough to spend his time with the Cherokee in the Adirondacks area near Lake Placid, and his first mission was a detour through hilly, rutted dirt roads covered with about 8 inches of snow. He had entirely no problem at all, and the ride back into the north woods was a good display of just how quiet and peaceful the cabin is. A weekend's worth of luggage fit with ease, and since he was in territory that was foreign to him, the pushing of the NAV button immediately asking him “Where to?” was a useful attribute. The weekly average for fuel rating was around 20 mpg, with primarily highway driving on the itinerary.


Bill concluded that the Grand Cherokee is the best of seven Jeep models you can buy in terms of modern-day amenities and reliability without doing away with the very useful elements of off-road/inclement weather driving. Some models can top up to 7,200 lbs, and we agree with the Extreme Tech test team when they say that the addition of the dual rear entertainment system is well worth it for anyone taking long trips to keep passengers occupied.


The Chevy Blazer and Ford Edge are the main competition that we are fully aware of being up against, and the off-road abilities, as well as all-around competence, are what we feel inches our Grand Cherokee ahead in the race. When spring finally hits, there is nothing like forging a stream, blasting up the side of a mountain, and finally pitching camp with a fresh catch, and the entire Jeep line is the one you can trust to get you there in full customized capacity!

Cnet Roadshow Praises 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave for its “Top Desert Rated” Status 

Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Resident Roadshow car expert Steven Pham's last feature began with his sentiment that he knows some people may think of F-150 Raptors and Colorado ZR2's when it comes to off-road domination, but that Jeep is purely dominating getting in on the fun! Thursday at both the King of the Hammers race in Johnson Valley, California and the Chicago Auto Show, Jeep will unveil the Gladiator Mojave, heartily brandishing the company's first Desert Rated badge. This is the honor reserved for models that can conquer slow-speed rock obstacles as well as the “fast and dirty” stuff. 

The Mojave uses Jeep's Command-Trac 4-wheel-drive system with a two-speed transfer case and heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles. This model will be able to easier maintain higher speeds while in low-range 4-wheel drive, which should make it very difficult to cut in front of on sand dunes, where torque and sheer momentum are everything. The Mojave was built to tackle whoops and berms at very high speed, and specifically for this purpose is equipped with 2.5-inch internal bypass Fox shocks with external reservoirs to keep shock fluid properly cooled. 

Fox front hydraulic jounce bumpers provide an extra bit of damping when those shocks are near full compression, which keeps the Mojave from sudden bottoming-out and easing wear and tear on the driver's back and neck. The 3.6-liter V6 carries over from the standard Gladiator and doles out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. With the 1-inch front suspension lift and total ground clearance of 11.6 inches, the Gladiator Mojave's geometry is a bit more favorable than that of the Rubicon, possessing an approach angle of 44.7 degrees and breakover angle of 20.9 degrees. 

Ask us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram about another great feature the Mojave offers: when you are in the Off-Road Plus drive mode, the standard rear differential locker works at speed in high-range four-wheel drive. Other Jeep products require drivers to be in a low range for locker engagement. In this mode, you can also adjust the transmission, traction control, and throttle parameters. The tires reporting for duty are 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain, with optional Mud-Terrains. 


Inside, you have the choice of Steel Gray or Black and nicely bolstered front seats. Cloth and Leather are both available with contrasting orange stitching. Outside sees the edition of sand slider side rails and an extremely heavy-duty performance hood as well as custom hood and wheel decals. The Gladiator Mojave should be arriving during the second quarter of this year, and we will keep you posted right here on the blog about other updates, test drives, and rave reviews!


Dashing in Darkness: 2020 Durango SRT Black Appearance Package 

Friday, February 14th, 2020

There will soon be another round of top-notch cosmetic options for the 2020 Durango SUV, with a focus on the high-performance SRT model. Everyone here in sales and service at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn has eagerly had their eyes on the new Black package and optional Redline stripes. Geared to the consumer who has their mind on a very aggressive and sporty appearance, it adds black and dark elements such as gray SRT badges on the fenders and grills.


The touch also continues on the gloss black mirror caps, 20-inch matte gray wheels, blacked-out exhaust tips, a satin black Dodge Logo on the tailgate, and gray “Durango” and “SRT” tailgate badges. You have the choice of trading the gray alloys for the existing Brass Monkey accessory wheels at no cost, and you can also opt for the Redline stripe package, which adds matte black full-length stripes and red accent pin-striping on the outer edges. Although actually called the SRT Black, it's available in 10 colors: Billet Silver, DB Black, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite Crystal, Octane Red, Reactor Blue, Redline, White Knuckle and Vice White.


We agree with the sentiment from the folks on staff at Car and Driver that “in a world of shrinking engines, electric vehicles, and environmental consciousness, Dodge is still having a blast with gasoline”. The Durango SRT can transport six people and their goods from zero to 60 mph in just under five seconds. Boasting  comfy interior, excellent driver-assistance technology, capable dynamics, and a great price, there is everything to love about the Durango SRT. Standard features on the SRT include navigation, leather-and-faux suede seats with heating and ventilation in the front, heated second-row captain's chairs, and 3-zone automatic climate control.


During your test drive here at Jim Butler, make sure you check out the 19-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system and the Trailer Tow Group IV, and the Technology Group that adds forward-collision warning and enhanced lane-departure warning. Part of the true excitement here regarding the Durango is the 6.4-Liter V8, which was affectionately dubbed “the 392”. The SRT cranks out its power in a very smooth, linear fashion, and sounds like the best of rough-and-tumble symphonies when given heavy throttle. With a towing rating of 8,700 pounds, perfect for any occasion that demands the boat or other toys to lug around. Both First-and second-row occupants get heated seats while front seats are also cooled.

Ram Pickup Beats out Mercedes, BMW as 2020's “Top Luxury Vehicle”

Friday, January 31st, 2020

There are certain brands out there that are always on the minds of those who are thinking about anything luxury-car related. Mercedes and BMW have admittedly put out some of the most comfortable and high-performing luxury cars out there, and all of us on sales and service staff here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram do admire their brands for their longstanding quality and craftsmanship. Even though the Italian and German heavy-hitting brands usually lay a claim to luxury car greats, there was a bit of an upset this year, as our prized Ram 1500 snagged up's top luxury car of the year honors.


This is the very first time a truck has been included in the mix, according to's editor-in-chief Jenni Newman. She said that after spending time in the truck, the staff were simply “blown away”, and it is no secret that the fancy touches such as massaging seats and leather have been raising the bar in a major way. What was truly so special about these trucks that they accomplished the task of beating out the 2020 BMW X7 and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class?


The answer as far as the personnel were concerned was the luxurious leather used, and the elegant combinations of color that you would never encounter in your everyday car. The Laramie Longhorn even boasts a unique branding iron mark on the wood-trimmed upper glove box door, giving it a distinct flavor and feel in a sea of all-too-regular crossover SUVs. The multimedia system is also another standout feature: there is a 12-inch tall system in place that allows you to display two different inputs. That very cool big screen lets you see what is playing on the stereo, while you can simultaneously check other vital functions.


Jenni also claimed that Ram has in all ways set the bar higher than GM and Ford, and that the two competitors will have to make grave efforts to rise to the challenge at hand. When you come to visit us here for a winter's test drive, keep in mind that the other trim levels are fantastic as well! The 2020 Ram 1500 has been designed with a frame that incorporates 98% high-strength steel, and more than 100 standard and available safety and security features.


Aside from gleaning tons of awards, the Ram is made to last in the warranty department, with a 5 year/100,000-mile Diesel Powertrain Limited Warranty, 5 year/100,000-mile Roadside

Assistance, 5 year/100,000-mile Rust-Through Limited Warranty, and a 5 year/60,000-mile Gas Powertrain Limited Warranty.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Detailed by Car and Driver as “83-function Swiss Army knife for the road”

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Even as it is now winter in St Louis, there is no time better than the present to daydream about climbing boulders, forging streams, and storming off-road. The Jeep Gladiator is one of those vehicles that can go ahead and curb your off-road urge right now in the snow if need be, and also made the list for Car and Driver's 10 best and exceptional vehicles for the year. The trusty review team claims here that this is the best-riding Wrangler product to ever come out of Toledo, and that it is purely exciting how much it “thrives in the dirt”. 

Anything at all that the Gladiator sacrifices in the department of off-road clearance, the pickup bed gives back abundantly in utility, giving you the sudden and useful ability to haul. The Car and Driver staff also claims that this is akin to a “convertible pickup wagon dreamed up in the vein of an 83-function Swiss army knife for the road”. You can haul up to 7650 pounds, and full-on auto purists will immediately fall in love with the fact that there is a manual transmission. 


After a visit to us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, you'll agree that this is THE car for having fun outdoors and that the Rubicon-edition Gladiator is the “off-road equivalent of a Corvette on a racetrack”. The testing crew here agreed that the Gladiator feels much more modern than any Wrangler, and conveys the excitement well for knowing that this truck-Jeep combo was more than 30 years in the making. Based on the Wrangler and then built upon with years of engineering precision, you get to enjoy off-road tires, a sturdy suspension, and the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems in existence. 


A diesel-powered V6 is also slated to arrive eventually, and the very unmistakably rugged exterior, as well as removable body panels, set this adventure-ready vehicle drastically apart from the rest. Some additives to keep an eye on are the anti-spin rear differential, along with the Trailer Tow package for maximum capability. 


The 7.0 – inch Radio Group adds a larger touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, and the Cold Weather package offers up a heated steering wheel as well as front seats. Compared with the standard Jeep Wrangler, the Gladiator is 31 inches longer overall, and sports an extra 19.4 inches between the front and rear wheels. This boosts interior passenger space as well as drastically improves the ride and handling when carrying cargo. 


Jeep Gladiator Deemed by Gear Patrol as the “Durable Off-Road Deal of the Year”

Friday, January 3rd, 2020

As we are officially treading headfirst into a New Year here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are staying caught up daily on the annual roundups highlighting the best products of the year. It's no secret that Americans are completely in love with pickup trucks, so much so that they purchase one every 12 seconds! Jeep went almost 30 years without producing a vehicle with a truck bed, one of the reasons why fans were so excited when the Gladiator made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show at the end of last year. 

In a close-up look from the folks at Gear Patrol's blog, it was first shown how Jeep's product planners chose to keep things relatively simple rather than build a new truck from the ground up. The wheelbase was stretched out, and a metal box affixed to the end. With the design being based on the Wrangler, you get to enjoy the removable top, doors, waterproof interior, and convenient dashboard layout as standard on every model. The Gladiator also has the proud disposition of being one of the very last trucks sold in America to offer the manual transmission, a favorite among purists nationwide. 


Since this is technically a truck, it means that it can accomplish things that those situated in the crossover SUV realm can't, like hauling up to 7,650 pounds. With two or three adults on board, the Gladiator can still take on half a ton of gear, and a 110-volt plug-in on the bed along with an integrated Bluetooth speaker that charges from the car make for the ideal tailgating companion. When the going gets rough off-road, some qualities of the Wrangler such as axle size help a bit, but in Rubicon form you get a true trail-conquering beast. 


Here the Gladiator is blessed with locking differentials, an electronic sway bar disconnect, and a lower low range fit better for the difficult tasks encountered while forging rivers and climbing over daunting boulders. While on the road, the Gear Patrol team claims that the gladiator drives better than the latest-generation Wrangler, brandishing more on-road comfort. Since there's now a longer wheelbase, highway stability is greatly improved, and features such as active cruise control, blind-spot warning and parking sensors bring a sense of comfort and security during every drive. 

Due to the low-entry level pricing points and the fact that you are getting a pickup, off-roader, five-set car, and convertible all in one, the Gladiator is one of the most ingenious and sure-to-dominate vehicles out there right now. Don't miss your chance to come to give one a test drive, and marvel at the sheer force and front-line function of the Gladiator here at Jim Butler! 

Electrified SUV Spotlight: Dodge Durango To Use Ram eTorque Mild Hybrid System 

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

As the festive trees, lights, and gatherings of the season are upon us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of West Linn, it is also the time when many customers are going over their very own “wish lists” for the coming year. More and more people are coming to realize that electrified cars are very rapidly crossing the bridge between concept and reality, while options slowly drift from hybrid to all-electric.


Earlier this month, the folks on staff at delivered the story on their blog about the United Auto Workers tentative union agreement with Chrysler that allowed the unveiling of new products in the works. It was briefly mentioned that there would be upgrades for the Dodge Durango currently built at Jefferson Assembly Plant, and a bit more about the SUV's future is now known. According to MoparInsider, a mild hybrid Durango will arrive at dealers during 2020. It's most likely that either the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 or 5.7-liter HEMI V8 will be offered, as they now both have eTorque electrified versions situated in the world-class Ram 1500.


Since the Durango is built on an RWD platform, the task of adapting both motors for the Durango should be a relatively easy task for FCA engineers. Our hybrid eTorque powertrain relies on a Motor Generator Unit that replaces the alternator and is connected to the crankshaft with a large drive belt. Improved power off the line, better EPA ratings, and lower CO2 emissions are all possible thanks to the 48-volt battery pack inside. 2020 should most likely see plug-in hybrid variants of the Wrangler, The Grand Cherokee, Wagoneer, and Grand Wagoneer. The eTorque system has a belt starter generator mounted to the top of the motor with a very thick belt that runs around the crankshaft.


The eTorque system actually allows the motor to also be a generator, and one amazing fact is that this truck starts in 400 milliseconds, a pretty amazing feat. Built in the name of ultimate muscle, the Durango SRT is now America's most powerful standard three-row SUV, accomplishing the zero-to-sixty trot in 4.4 seconds. When you visit us for a holiday test drive, make sure you experience Track mode: it transfers up to 70% of available engine torque to the rear wheels to drastically improve acceleration as well as handling. The on-board dual exhaust system features very high-tech sound resonators and 4-inch chrome tips that serve up a very unique note!

2020 Dodge Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition Screams onto the Scene at Los Angeles Auto Show 

Friday, December 6th, 2019

In the spirit of the holidays and to celebrate upcoming models, all of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn were looking back at some of our favorite quotes about the Challenger. One was regarding the classic 1970 - '74 Challenger, as a dedicated fan said that “I used to get butterflies when I'd see them on the street. I used to chase 'em down on my Stingray bike”. This really evokes the vision of a wide-eyed admirer, and when it comes to this all-American masterpiece there is so much to admire: It was the fall of 1969 when the Dodge Challenger arrived on the American muscle car scene, and this year the 50th Anniversary Edition will see its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show!


This is some primo-level special equipment, available on the GT RWD, R/T Shaker, R/T Scat Pack Shaker, and R/T Scat Pack Shaker Widebody trim levels. There are slated to be 70 models of each grade for each color to be built, for a total run of 1960 units, and all of the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye vehicles get to sport the 50th Anniversary badge. This edition that commemorates a true track-ready and snarling champion is available in the new Gold Rush paint color, Frostbite, Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, TorRed, F8 Green, and Go Mango.


The shade swoops down to cover the shaker hood scoop on the applicable trim levels, and a glance at the rest of the hood shows a perfectly sinister Satin Black, and each respective color spills up to the rear deck, fuel filler door, and roof. Special finishes on wheels are always a quality that one notices on a hot summer night when pop-up races are abundant: these wheels  are decorated in a special and unique finish called “Gold School”.


Once inside this history-commemorating model and ready to go, you notice that the interior sports black Nappa leather with Alcantara accents and Sepia accent stitching. One of the nice added touches that make the car unique is on the instrument cluster, where there is a retro yellow pinstripe that slopes around the gauge dials. In the press release for the commemorate model, it was announced in the overview that “50 years and Zero Chance of Growing Up” was the theme, and it sure does fit the bill!


When the Challenger first erupted aggressively out onto the scene, it had some cooked-up elements that its rivals did not: the broadest range of engine choices in the entire market, from the small-but-trusty 225-cubic-inch “Slant Six” to the class-leading “Elephant Motor” in the form of a 426 HEMI. There's even a unique startup animation on the Electronic Vehicle Information Center screen that features the cartoon star of the 1970 Challenger and its authentic gauges! Auto Show attendees will surely be excited to check out this debut, and anyone lucky enough to purchase has some hair-raising and delightfully g-force heavy track runs in store for their very near future!


2020 Ram 1500 Offers up Military Salute With “Built to Serve” Pickup 

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

As the Holidays are approaching here in Linn, many of our thoughts are going to drift to faraway places overseas, where brave loved ones are stationed to protect our nation daily. As  much strength as we have to push forward and enjoy our loved ones at home, all of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Linn understand that the empty spots at the table are in regards to the very brave men and women serving the armed forces to keep us safe.


The Ram line of trucks is absolutely a product that will fare well in honoring our military, and so it makes perfect sense that there will now be a line of trucks launched honoring the U.S. Armed Forces. The “Built to Serve” special editions will be offered in colors representing each of the five branches of military: Gator and Diamond Black for the Army, Ceramic Gray and Patriot Blue for the Navy, Anvil and Billet Silver for the Air Force, Tank and Flame Red for the Marines, and Spitfire and Bright Wight for the Coast Guard. These can all be matched up with any Ram 1500 body style or powertrain.


All of these models come with unique 20-inch wheels and dark trim, American flag logos on the bed sides, an off-road package with all-terrain tires, Built to Serve badges on the dash, heavy-duty shocks, an electronic rear differential, four skid plates, tow hooks and hill descent control. There are interior touches inside that include Velcro patches on the front seats to hold military-style badges, and there will be one thousand of each color available, except for Spitfire and Bright White, which will be limited to 500. Ram will have the order book open every three months beginning on Veterans Day, and no military background is required on behalf of the purchasing customer.


For the long hauls that work life sometimes brings, the 5.7-LIter Hemi V8 engine with eTorque Hybrid Technology boasts a gas towing capacity of up to 12,750 pounds so you have the immediately available means of towing what you need. One quality that customers are amazed by every time they see the new Ram is the sensors, cameras, and other sophisticated software on board that help keep you in control during the drive.


The available multifunction tailgate is engineered with a 60/40 split, which offers more ways to access the bed, and the power to handle large loads. As the Ram approaches 30 miles per hour, an air dam extends downward 2.5 inches to help with drag reduction. The proud and well-poised frame of the Ram is 98% high-strength steel, which helps with the ability to offer up a towing capacity of up to 12,750 lbs, and up to 2,300 lbs of payload!

Mopar-Modified “305” Editions of Gladiator and Wrangler Featured in Car and Driver

Friday, November 8th, 2019

The Jeep Gladiator and Wrangler are two vehicles that at every bolt and body angle were “made to be modified”. The large amount of teeming popularity that we have noticed among loyal fans here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn is because Jeeps can conform so easily to the many demands of the wild! This week Car and Driver featured a blog that checked in on the excitement of the Miami Auto Show and a certain pair of jeeps that were customized specifically with this tropical coast in mind. These “Three O Five” models were constructed in honor of this beautiful city's area code, and they feature edition-specific decals as well as hood graphics.


305 of these models that will feature aftermarket goodies from Mopar will be made and distributed among dealers in the Miami metro. The Wrangler 205 is based on the Sport S trim, and is armed with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, while mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Included  as standard equipment are LED headlights, a power-folding top, a black fuel door, fender decals depicting a kite surfer, a 7.0-inch touchscreen radio, and hood decals officially branding it as “305”. The decals are in black and red, a perfect contrast to white paint on this unique Wrangler model.


The special edition Gladiator is also based on the Sport S model, receiving power from a 3.6-liter V-6, and sporting an all-terrain tire package poised and ready to veer off into the sand. It's coated in red paint, with hood graphics stately and worn in a contrasting white. While on display at the Miami Auto Show, the two will sport a two-inch lift, Katzkin leather seats, two separate LED off-road  light kits, steel front bumpers, Fairlead Mount kit, and rock rails courtesy of the engineering geniuses at Jeep Performance Parts. 50 lucky buyers will find themselves with a grinning and beach-ready Gladiator, and 255 will be able to purchase the off-road-ready Wrangler.


The Wrangler is currently in its fourth generation and has been triumphantly rolling off the lines since 1986. Similar to the CJ and Willy's MB Jeeps that came before it, all Wrangler models still use a separate frame and body, the tell-tale fold-flat windshield, tapering nose design with flared fenders, and easily-removable doors. Unveiled to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show of November 2019, the Jeep Gladiator has since left its permanent mark in the auto industry as lovers of both pickups and Jeeps see their dream concept come to life at last.


When you come to see us this fall and check out your options for non-limited edition Jeep values, don't forget to ask about the Overland Luxury Trim. Here you get to enjoy an upgrade to the leather upholstery, a hand-stitched dashboard, and soft-touch dashboard surface as seen on the Wrangler Sahara. You'll also get to use the benefits of the Bumper-to-Bumper, 36 mo./36,000 mile warranty, frequently declared one of the best in existence!

Added Diesel in the Dependable Lineup: 2020 Jeep Wrangler Sees Addition of 3.6-Liter V6

Friday, October 25th, 2019

The Wrangler has long been a customer favorite here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: refined with a rugged side and your ultimate companion for any trip involving the great outdoors, it has been the choice of Alpine-Valley bound enthusiasts for years. Similar to the CJ and Willy's Jeeps before it, all Wrangler models continue to use a separate body and frame, a characteristically tapering nose design with flared fenders, and can be easily driven after popping the doors off!


For next year's models, the Wrangler will finally add a diesel engine in the form of the 3.0-liter EcoDisel V-6 that is paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. It's the same trusty power hound found in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which makes 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque in the Wrangler. This is a pretty attractive comparison when brought up against the Wrangler's regular gas options. There is the turbocharged 2.0- liter inline-four which makes up to 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, and a 3.6-liter V6 which makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. For the 2020 year, both of these options are now offered in eTorque hybrid or conventional forms.


An engine start-stop system comes standard with the diesel, and the 8-speed automatic transmission is a new unit that is specifically tweaked to deal with the engine's increased torque output. 4-wheel drive is standard as well, and there are different types of configurations available for different means of conquering the strewn boulders and streams of the great outdoors. EPA fuel-economy ratings are not yet available for the Wrangler EcoDiesel, but it is on track to offer greatly improved efficiency compared to the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, which offers up to 21 mpg combined, and the 3.6-Liter V6 which offers up to 20 mpg combined.


You can now obtain the Sport trim with LED lighting, and the Advanced Safety Group option package also includes the 8.4-inch infotainment screen with navigation and automatic high beams. There have been three new special edition models added, and we love the different dynamics and traits of every single one. The Freedom Edition adds military-themed accents, letting you take a step back in time to the days when Jeep saw their earnest beginnings after winning armed forces contracts.


The Willys Edition features rock rails, 32-inch mud-terrain tires, and a rear limited-slip differential, while the Black & Tan Edition adds black badging and a tan top. It also has an interior that boasts a unique style and conjures up the oak and cedar-drawn Stetson vibe in you even while you're brandishing your smart devices to further plan your excursion. Ask us about the Sky One-Touch roof optional, which sees the flat portion directly over your head fold backward easily, and brings you without having to go through the process or removing the soft top entirely.

Celebrating a Decade of Stand-Alone Superiority: Ram Trucks + Ten Years of Success

Friday, October 11th, 2019

It was late September in 2009 when the folks on staff at Automotive News reported that the Ram Trucks brand in standalone fashion would now be born. Ten years later, all of us on staff here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram remember when the tagline “Grab Life” made its illustrious change to “Guts. Glory. Ram”. Over the past week, we have excitedly seen the release of the first 60-second spot called “Power of Innovation” regarding this exciting milestone, as well as the Ram Trucks YouTube channel offering up a new series talking to Ram owners about just how much they love their trucks.


The Ram hood ornament first found its place on cars and trucks in the early 1930s and continued for two decades. Famed Chrysler Chairman Lee Iaccoca resurrected the Ram logo for the new line of Dodge Ram trucks in 1981, when the standard engine was a 3.7-liter slant-six with 95 horsepower, and the 5.9-liter V8 that cranked out 170 hp. The lineup now sports many different ways to enjoy the truck, with choices ranging from the Tradesman, Express, Big Horn/Lone Star, Rebel, Laramie Longhorn, and Limited trims, as well as a diesel boasting 1,000 lb-ft of torque. 


One of the most noted milestones in truck history was the RamBox cargo management system that debuted during the Ram's first independent year. It then included a weatherproof, lockable, illuminated and drainable storage bin built right into each of the bed rails... with a total of 8.6 cubic feet of available space. Over the last year, we have been overly proud of the unveiling of the Multifunction Tailgate, another feature that really brings to life the sense of functionality and rugged durability that the Ram will always be known for. You can drop it down with a release button right on the handle or opt for the remote release. After incorporating this new feature it still has a 2,000- pound load rating, and it is also capable of swinging both sides open.


To top off ten years of greatness and overall superiority within the truck genre, the Ram 1500 Crew Cab truck has now been named a Top Safety Pick+ for 2019 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, making it the first full-size pickup to nail down this top designation. The rating applies to 2020 and to current-year models built since May if equipped with LED headlamps with high-beam assist, plus Ram's automatic emergency braking system. Just like the excitement many feel when they are beginning their first day of a hunting or fishing trip, the Ram 1500's ten-years well-spent always takes our breath away: we could not be more proud of our best contender's legacy of bounty and reliability!

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Spotted by, with 2020 arrival Expected

Friday, September 27th, 2019

It has now become official to all of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram that Jeep is definitely on its way to revive the Grand Wagoneer name, and the spy shots are already rolling in off the digital presses! These latest ones we received were from Death Valley in California, after the official confirmation that production of the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer was granted. This particular outing looked like the opportunity to test towing capability, with this truck-based SUV rumored to be sitting on top of the Ram 1500's platform.


This will put the Grand Wagoneer as likely head-to-head competition with the Chevy Tahoe, Ford Expedition, Cadillac Escalade, and Lincoln Navigator. Luxury trims will be doing battle with the likes of the BMW X7, Mercedes-Benz GLS-Class, and Infiniti QX80.  Even though the main basis and inspiration for the design is drawn from the Ram 1500, the SUV will boast an independent rear suspension for improved ride quality, and third-row interior packaging. Both V6 and V8 engines are expected, as well as a new 48-volt hybrid system expected to be introduced. The Grand Wagoneer and Jeep Wagoneer are both expected to arrive by spring 2020, so the months to come should offer up a few more details about this revived SUV.


Originally sold from 1962 to 1991, the Jeep Wagoneer got its start as being marketed as a station wagon, and in time was known as an SUV. This was the third longest-produced single generation car in U.S. automotive history, remaining in production for 29 model years. It was introduced during November of 1962 for the following model year as the model carrying the torch from the Willys Jeep Station Wagon that had been built since 1946. It gained many loyal followers by being more like a car than any 4x4 at the time, and by offering a level of luxury that allowed it to surpass competitors such as Land Rover.


We love to look back in time and check out very epic and memorable models such as the 1965 Wagoneer! Then available with the 250 hp AMC V8 engine, and originally released with an independent front suspension, it was quite an amazing vehicle at the time. It's startling now to have a close look at the interior of the Super Wagoneer, heartily sporting its full-width grille and features such as seven-position tilt steering wheel that no other vehicle on the market at this time possessed.


Standard equipment for late Grand Wagoneers was far and above what others from that time offered: Dual front power bucket seats, leather and velour seating surfaces, full-size glove box, roof rack with roof rails, power windows and power door locks, power rear hatch window, and rear window wiper all won over consumers for a great number of years. We'll keep you posted right here on the blog about any updates and news regarding release and development, as the Wagoneer prepares to roll proudly onto lots once again. Features Up-Close Look at 2020 Dodge Challenger Premium Upgrades

Friday, September 13th, 2019

The Dodge Challenger was the recipient of two new models for the 2019 year: the famed and commanding 797-horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye, and the R/T Scat Pack Widebody. The staff on duty at went straight to work in the torque-laden trenches covering updates that the Dodge Challenger and Challenger SRT have been given for the 2020 year. Nine new wheels and finishes are available throughout the lineup, and the SXT AWD and GT AWD models now feature 19-inch Satin Carbon wheels as standard, with available Black Noise wheels.


The GT RWD will now feature new standard 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels, available Satin Carbon Wheels that will be included with Plus Group, and optional Lights Out wheels included with Performance Handling Group. R/T models will now see 20-inch Satin Carbon wheels included as standards, along with polished Tinted Clear wheels, and available Lights Out wheels, to be included with T/A Package and Performance Handling Group. The R/T Scat Pack now includes standard 20-inch Low Gloss Granite wheels, while the R/T Scat Pack Widebody is available with Low Gloss Black wheels in 20 x 11 inches.


All of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram are crazy about the Low Gloss Granite “Warpspeed” wheels, which are optional on the SRT Hellcat Widebody and SRT Hellcat Redeye Wideboy models. The standard feature on these two menacing straight-track contenders is 20 x 11-inch Low Gloss Black wheels, while the SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye models can be fitted with optional 20-inch Machined wheels with Granite pockets. All fans of this riotous and righteously fast duo will love the new HEMI fender badges added to R/T models, and a Scat Pack Bee spoiler badge on the R/T Scat Pack. Hellraisin, Sinamon Stick, and Frostbite are three exciting new exterior paint options that will also be added to the lineup.


On the inside, all models already equipped with leather now boast an all-new premium-stitched dash and upper door panels, along with optional carbon-fiber bezels packaged with a Dynamica suede headliner on all V8 models. The Performance Handling Group package on GT RWD and R/T models has seen the addition of a flat-bottom leather steering wheel, as well as the Dynamics Package on R/T Scat Pack and the Widebody package on the R/T Scat Pack. Even though the outside is what many are used to seeing blaze by them in a fury, the new Caramel Alcantara interior color option will wow many owners with the Challenger GT, R/T, and R/T  Scat Pack models as it changes up things with its perfectly tan hue.


For one of the biggest and baddest power formulas in existence right now, the 717—horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 lurks under the hood of SRT Hellcat models, and upping the stakes heftily to the SRT Hellcat Redeye increases the output to 797 horsepower. These are cars that the Dodge brand is so entirely and enthusiastically proud of: they have taken the essence of the “death proof” muscle car and blasted courageously into the future without giving up pride or principle! 2020 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel First Drive Conclusion: “Diesel Done Right”

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Our newest addition to the half-ton lineup is the 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, and The Drive's Jerry Perez set out to tell the public just how great he thinks it is this week. He begins by stating that the gift of a more capable engine and greater fuel economy are two features that make this great pickup truck even better, with a 3.0-liter V6 offering increased torque and horsepower. The brand-new drivetrain is there to give Ram and diesel lovers a cutting-edge engine that is capable of towing big, going far, and doing it without an excessive price tag.


Unlike the competition, this new engine is made available across the entire lineup, not just the upper-level trims that have their high-dollar grasp on the pickup truck market of today. For the first time in Eco-diesel history, you can also enjoy its performance in the off-road dominating Rebel. This is going to help customers right here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram greatly, as any trim-level Ram will now possess the extra lift in towing ability and power that diesel provides for hauling lake toys and the gruntier work-related duties.


To properly test the new 1500 EcoDiesel, The team drove a couple of hundred miles  near Duluth, Minnesota with both the Rebel and Laramie Longhorn trims. Noting that the maximum towing capacity was now 12,560 pounds, beating out sworn rival Ford F-150's 11,400 stat, and dwarfing the 9,300 of the Chevy Silverado Duramax, these are other good reasons to rely on the Ram when lugging heavy-duty equipment is at stake. At the core of the new engine is a new water-cooled turbocharger with variable geometry, improving both efficiency and response as engine RPMs make their way across the powerband. There is also a dual, high and low-pressure exhaust gas re-circulation system, which is a first for any North American Diesel engine.


This system is aided by pistons that have been completely redesigned and a combustion chamber, and fulfills the task of helping cool exhaust gas temperatures to reduce the amount of nitrogen oxide and improve fuel economy. The biggest surprise to the team first came when they fired up the engine: the trademark “piston slap” that is heard with many diesel models is not heard during initial idle. This is most likely the quietest diesel truck ever constructed, but once you press the accelerator, you won't be disappointed. The team at hand was towing a 5,000-pound boat, and it was so easy to handle that it was actually said they wish they had something heavier to haul since passing traffic was of no concern with the primo floater attached.


The tailgate functions were well-appreciated to boot: normal and split by means of two different down and sideways motions make it much easier to load and unload, even with a hitch attached. Final opinions as far as the scenic Minnesota drive was concerned on the Ram 1500 deemed it a very refined, quiet, and strong truck to add to the competitive and current mix: coming to a full stop on a 35-degree hill was no trouble for the Ram as it just needed a gentle right foot with four-wheel-drive engaged and the rear differential locked to stay sturdy. At this very difficult point, the rig completed the duty without breaking a sweat, which is the type of candor and performance any new owner can expect from the massively capable and proudly diesel-driven new Ram 1500! 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee Spy Shots: “The Popular People Mover is Getting Bigger”

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Christopher Smith of offered a close-up look at the next-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee this past week, and at first glance, the heavily camouflaged prototype has a beefier stance than the current model. The Grand Cherokee has long been a necessary component of the automotive offering's food chain, and we are now situated in the times where everyone thinks bigger is better. These spy shots were captured at a very opportune moment: when it was at a temporary rest getting fuel.


Expected to ride on a completely new platform derived from Italian grand masters Alfa Romeo, the newer underpinnings will allow the SUV to delve deeper into the high-tech category. It is very possible that prolific electrification could be implemented beginning with a mild hybrid system, and possibly a V6 engine. It's also believed that a V8 will carry on as the Grand Cherokee's top-shelf potential on the power source front, and some kind of new bracing can be spotted on the front behind the mesh screen in the grille area. This could be a ploy to make us think that what we are seeing under wraps is actually the larger Grand Wagoneer, but at this point, we would still hedge our bets on the notion that it's a future Cherokee model being put to some of the final tests.


The wheelbase here appears slightly longer as we have heard it would, and if you visualize the concept minus the cladding, the proportions lead to the fact that a Grand Cherokee is what exactly is being spotted. As far as seating is concerned, some reports claim that it will remain a two-row number, or could gain a third. The two-row theory seems a bit more reasonable, since the Grand Wagoneer and another SUV currently in the development stages may offer the three-row seating option. There is still quite a ways to go before any type of full disclosure could occur regarding the new Grand Cherokee, which is most likely going to be destined for the 2021 model year, after a reveal expected sometime during 2020.


As far as next year's arrival, the 2020 Grand Cherokee's exterior stays true to the 2019 version's rugged and very modern appearance. It has mondo amount of ground clearance, and the grille has chrome accents flanked by ultra-cool LED headlights. It comes with 17-inch wheels and a wide wheelbase that promotes better handling, with the ability to add a panoramic moonroof, and 18-inch, 19-inch, or 20-inch wheels.


The 7-inch color Driver Information Digital Cluster Display shows your speed, status of safety features, with the available option of upgrading to a 12-inch screen if desired. The 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee has an 8-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional. This is the fastest and most powerful SUV currently for sale, and here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are eagerly awaiting any more news regarding spottings of future jeep models. This is the pivotal time of year when new releases are common, and being in the know regarding what will be available even further down the line is valuable in the daily driver's decision process regarding your future purchase!

Car Buzz Provides Insight on Potential Dodge Challenger SUV's Future

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

As the summer is still sizzling but thoughts tend to drift to back-to-school preparations and looking towards the fall, SUV sales sure have had no signs of slowing down! Part of our job to help serve you best here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Linn is to scope out what the competition is up to, and we are fully aware of the performance SUVs out there heating up the constant battle for customers. Ford is planning a new Mustang-inspired SUV, Ferrari is working on the high-performance Purosangue SUV, and Aston Martin has gone to work on the DBX crossover.


These models have taken heavy cues from sports cars and supercars, which has given artists inspiration to produce renderings on how other models can be converted into an SUV. The folks on staff at were able to provide this past week a render showing what a possible Dodge Challenger SUV could like like here. Blending the essence of this high-powered and aggressive car with the practicality and stance of a crossover SUV is something that would absolutely make sense, and essentially look like a lifted version of the Challenger still with the same grille, headlights, vented hood, and taillights.


Two additional doors and a rear hatch have also been added to compensate for the extra size that an SUV has, and under the hood would potentially reside the Challenger SRT Redeye 6.2-liter supercharged V8, which cooks up 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. If you're wondering if the Dodge Challenger SUV could ever really happen, it's of interest to realize that that the Durango includes a high-performance SRT variant with 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, but this SUV in question could be justified as a rival to Ford's Mustang-inspired SUV.


Even though the Dodge Demon is not going back into production anytime soon, there are also rumors that the Challenger could go hybrid as it develops into its next generation. It's also crucial to consider the fact that other projects from rivals such as the mid-engined C8 Corvette took decades to finally make their way to see their brand-new wheels on pavement.


The idea is not ridiculous by any means: the engineering capabilities that exist today could provide the medium to create something entirely fantastic as far as this project, and if you are a purist for performance autos it is fascinating to keep on your radar: Seeing the grille of a Challenger approaching on an SUV body could be just epic and badass enough to be worth the wait of any sort, so we'll keep you posted right here on how this concept shapes up!

Road Show Covers 2020 Dodge Charger Widebody Treatment, New Model's Menacing Appearance 

Thursday, July 18th, 2019

Dodge has now officially confirmed that the powerful and sought-after Widebody treatment will grace the Charger for the coming 2020 model year. The good folks on duty at the Roadshow blog produced a great feature this past week describing this new development that was already teased as a design concept earlier this year. The Widebody revamp on the Charger offers redesigned fascias, a new rear spoiler, side sills, and integrated fender flares. The end result is an extra 3.5 inches of width, a menacing appearance, and the ability to install wider wheels and tires, which require tinkering with the suspension to allow for more precise handling.


All 2020 Charger Hellcats will be fitted with the broader bodywork, and the Widebody treatment will be an option on the 2020 Charger Scat Pack. As far as the Hellcat is concerned, the 20-inch by 9.5-inch wheels wrapped with 275/40 tires are replaced by 20-inch by 11-inch numbers wrapped with 305/35 rubber. What comes as standard is the Pirelli P Zero Nero All-season, but a stickier three-season Pirelli P Zero is available. Due to this new wheel and tire package, engineers had to go through the Hellcat's suspension bringing about new tuning for the three-mode Bilstein adaptive dampers, larger antiroll bars, and 32% stiffer front springs.


Another fresh feature for 2020 is the new multi-mode electric power steering system in place of the previous full-hydraulic setup: with the tweaks to the chassis and meatier rubber, SRT says the Hellcat is now capable of pulling a .96g stat on the skidpad. Brake performance is also now up from the six-piston front and four-piston rear Brembo calipers. The outgoing Hellcat model needed 111-feet to stop from 60 mph, and the 2020 edition comes to a complete halt in 107 feet. With everything this overall formula incorporates, the revamped model now gets to boast a 2.1-seconds faster time around the famed GingerMan Raceway road course in South Haven, Michigan.


Customers here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn as well as others nationwide eagerly took to the Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody cars that launched for 2019, and in addition to the very aggressive appearance, the Widebody Package adds wider 20-inch by 11-inch wheels to replace the Scat Pack's standard 20-inch by 9-inch numbers. Upgrades to the suspension include 27% stiffer front springs, enlargened antiroll bars, and massaged dampers. The new revisions to the chassis now enable the Charger Scat Pack Widebody to pull a .98 g on the skidpad and nail down a 1.3-seconds faster than a base Charger Scat Pack time when screeching around the GingerMan Raceway.


Under the hood is the naturally aspirated and unchanged 6.4-Liter Hemi V8, churning out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Current 0 to 60 mph stats reside at a 4.3-second time, and quarter-mile is accomplished at 12.4 seconds at 111 mph. The Charger is truly one of the most exciting cars ever built: It represents everything snarling and sinister yet is precisely balanced as one can imagine, and is always at the very top of any modern drag enthusiast's list!

Sierra Highway Drive Proves 2020 Jeep Gladiator Is A “Beastly Truck Built to be Battered”

Friday, July 5th, 2019

As Independence Day is upon us and we are thinking about the many brave men and women who have fought for freedom, it is a time when we get together with loved ones and friends to revel in the summer heat. Over ballpark dogs and barbecue, many conversations will drift to new car model arrivals, and the Gladiator has been anxiously awaited for quite some time now. Featured in the New Hampshire Union-Leader this past week, this Jeep/truck hybrid was excitedly tested by them beginning with the understanding and premise that it is definitely NOT a luxury SUV!


The description of “distinctly mechanical and analog” is very appropriate, and all of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn heartily agree that it is a vehicle built for the most rugged of treatment. In traditional Jeep form, the top, doors, and even the windshield can be removed if needed, and the interior is definitely “pure Wrangler”. The dash looks identical to the one found in the Rubicon or Sahara trims, and it's of the breed that is very comfortable but is manufactured to be able to get grimy and clean up with minimal effort.


Under the hood is the 3.6-Liter V-6, churning out 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired to an 8-speed manual transmission, and connected to a 4-wheel drive system that is at the top of the food chain as far as off-road vehicles are concerned. The Rubicon trim is the loaded version of the four Gladiator models and includes the best in off-road attributes such as the essential skid plates, Fox shock absorbers, heavy-duty front and rear axles with locking differentials, front and rear two hooks, large all-terrain tires, and rock rails. When anyone pictures a Jeep it is also absolutely quintessential to have that iconic and full-size spare tucked safely under the pickup bed!


Charles Fleming of the L.A. Times was determined to put the beast through a tricky regimen and see what it truly offered up. He departed for the Rowher Flat off-highway vehicle park near Santa Clarita, and realized right away that the vehicle's girth and oversized dirt tires feel a bit different on the highway: this is not a bad thing. Jeeps have characteristics that all converts take a bit of time getting used to, and once he hit the dirt and slipped the transmission into 4x4 mode, he was traveling at 30 mph over sections that a passenger car could never handle at a good 25 mph less.


The same huge tires that took some getting used to on the highway and Fox 2.0 Performance shocks fared fantastically on the washboard and ruts and pushed through shaken sand with sheer ease. He then positioned the Gladiator on a very steep “Black diamond” hill climb chock full of potholes and sections of sand and rock, then set forward in the lowest gear. It crested the entire section without spinning the wheels a bit, and without the need to lower the air pressure in the tires in regards to traction. With a distinct personality and ability to customize it to your specific liking, the Gladiator is going to surely fly off our lot in high numbers, and fly respectably up the nearby trail your last truck couldn't quite make it up!

Car and Driver Features Spy Shots Of Larger Next-Generation Jeep Cherokee

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

The folks on staff at Car and Driver always do a fantastic job of catching camouflaged prototypes off guard out in the wild, and their latest find was none other than the fully redesigned Jeep Grand Cherokee. Here you see the latest photos they gleaned, and while not a whole lot of the design is fully visible, there was still plenty of information to be had about this upcoming and all-new SUV. The new Grand Cherokee will have a longer wheelbase and rear overhang, to offer more along the lines of valuable cargo room and interior space.


The protruding hood on this particular prototype may also remind one of classic Jeeps such as the J-series, but that is a bit of the visual off-put from the presence of camo. With slim taillights and a slight hint of Jeep's seven-slot grille showing through the coverings, some believe that the interior will receive bigger changes. The 12.0- inch touchscreen from the Ram 1500 would be awesome, and it could likely see the addition of more driver-assist features. Taking a close look underneath the model, the independent rear suspension is visible, and during June last year, then-CEO Sergio Marchionne claimed that the new Grand Cherokee would be riding on a stretched version of the platform incorporated by the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio.


The Grand Cherokee will stick to having two rows of seats, and a currently not-yet-named three-row crossover based on the same platform will reside just one notch above it in the lineup. The available base engine is expected to be the Wrangler's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four hybrid, with a mid-range option being the new Pentastar V-6 with the eTorque hybrid-assist system. At the top of the chain is potentially the Hemi V-8, with the eTorque version potentially being the only offering – that could provide for the Grand Cherokee an all-hybrid lineup.


After the initial debut, a plug-in hybrid version is slated to arrive, as might the new EcoDiesel V-6. Late last year, many rumors flying around alluded towards Fiat Chrysler working on a new turbocharged inline-six engine, which would debut in the Wagoneer and sport even more power potential than the Hemi V-8. Most of us here at Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Linn, Missouri believe that it's possible the Grand Cherokee could debut this year, but a reveal during the first half of 2020 is much more likely, seeing the new SUV go on sale during the end of the year as a 2021 model.


We guarantee that anyone who is seeing their new business bursting at the seams or experiencing growth in the family will love this larger-sized member of the Jeep Lineup: better controls, improved finish, and a new 8-speed automatic transmission were among the highlights during its robust revamp as of late! Holds to its “Always Reviewing Awesome Cars” Claim With 2019 Challenger Close-Up 

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

We fully agree with James Riswick of Autoblog that the Challenger is one of those cars that is almost getting more popular in its old age. Everyone here at Jim Butler recognizes that it has not had a complete redesign for a decade, although there was a substantial overhaul a few years ago, engineers who were constantly tinkering with the most important elements, and refreshing new variants rolled out annually. The 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye and R/T Scat Pack Widebody were the models welcomed on board this year, and what the Autoblog staff took a close look at.


The article first states that there are an “inherent honesty and unique goodness” to the Challenger that allows it to still heftily duke it out with the Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro. Those two arch-rivals at the top of the list is absolutely 100% muscle car more concerned with straight-line performance than having the most precise handling. The Challenger is overall more practical and bigger, which makes it more suitable for daily driving. This was the year that goodbye was said to the SRT 392 and Demon, but the regular Hellcat gets a 10-hp bump as well as a brand-new “dual snorkel” hood. The base SXT also now offers all-wheel drive.


Once inside, you'll notice the cool sprucing up with the base trim's standard houndstooth cloth, and the two-tone leather choices you get as available options. A 7-inch screen is standard, with all trim levels seeing an 8.4-inch version available as either standard or option. Both of these are without a doubt some of the easiest to use in the industry, and the Autoblog staff prefers the 8.4-inch unit in particular to what's offered from the Mustang and Camaro. The Mustang does not even come currently standard with a touchscreen, let alone the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included with every Challenger to boot.


The very most basic Challenger SXT weights 400 pounds more than a V6 Camaro, and because of this, actual adults will find a way to fit very comfortably in the back seat. While some may argue that the Challenger's large size is a negative ding on the Challenger's handling and performance, it's one of the reasons that it is suitable for daily driving. The R/T Scat Pack model has a 6.4-liter V8 that is good for 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque, regardless of whether you obtain the manual or automatic. When you come to visit us here for a thrilling Summer's test drive, don't forget to check out the Super Trak Pak on the R/T model: it adds sport-tuned suspension and steering, as well as upgraded brakes!

Ram Truck Featured on as “Sign of Autonomous Things to Come”

Friday, May 24th, 2019

It's not just a throwback that only the oldest of us here at Jim Butler will remember, we promise! During the early 80's, we were introduced to “Kitt,” the stealth black sportscar that could drive itself, among many other wonders. At the time as many worldwide watched the “Knight Rider” show, we wondered to ourselves if we would ever truly see the day that these technological advancements took place. The folks on staff at the blog had a great online feature this week about our prized RAM pick-up, and their thoughts about autonomous driving after testing it.


Writer John Brandon was enjoying how much taller and bigger the truck was than most of the others on the road, and then came across the Highway Panel feature on the navigation system. He first lamented that it is not meant to be cutting-edge, like something you'd find in a German-born-and bred sedan. Trip computers are nothing new, but this particular panel feature provides a glimpse of what we can expect in the very near future. The Highway Panel shows real-time information about points of interest, and the minutes and miles left before you reach the next exit. You'll also be able to quickly see points of interest such as a restaurant or shop providing repairs.


One of the most useful elements about this feature is that it does not require any clicking or swiping. It is not put there to be overly innovative, and you don't have to go through multiple menus while it is just a side panel on the main map. As accident prevention tech advances forward rapidly, this may not seem that big of a deal, but the way this feature presents itself is not a huge distraction. In the very near future, cars are going to know more about our specific preferences, much as Facebook “knows” what to have in its arsenal of “suggested posts” in your daily feed.


Cars of the future are bound to know our preferences, and will gently “suggest” places of interest that are coming up. If the car “learns” that you prefer the 7-11 for gas, it will be able to narrow down suggestions, only presenting those that make sense for the time being. In the future, cars are going to know work schedules, and figure out which areas of town to avoid in regards to traffic and stress. This Highway Panel in the RAM truck is bound to evolve into more of a “brain” learning about your habits. As you may be running a business, studying for grad school, or shuttling a growing family around town, it is just another way that Dodge is spending hours of research and development to ultimately make things easier for you!

2019 Ram 3500 Defined by WFYI Indianapolis as Brandishing “Haul-Anything Power”

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Casey Williams of WFYI Indianapolis first asked the question when laying eyes on the 2019 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn crew cab: “What am I going to do with that??” His coworker knew exactly what would be the perfect response after checking out the long box, dual rear wheels, and four-wheel-drive and said, “Anything you want”! With its big chrome grille, step down front fenders, long body and bulging dually fenders, it sure looks capable of just that. Since the model in question is a Laramie Edition, there's more chrome and perfectly-chosen Light Mountain Brown exterior paint, and all Rams enjoy the look of an over-powerful beast (minus the burden!).


Power running boards contribute to a clean stance, and beneath the truck's massive size, the 17-inch wheels don't appear to take up much undercarriage real estate at a glance. We love the initial description of the interior as it is billed as “a cabin worthy of a private jet”. Premium leather, real wood on the dash and doors, and anodized gold trim all offer a characteristic and upper-end presence. Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and automatic climate control also contribute to what has been hailed repeatedly as one of the absolute best interiors in the business.


Given the size of the Ram, it's a guarantee that you'll make plenty use of the parking sensors, around view cameras, adaptive cruise with auto stop, and blind spot warning. The testing model for this feature came with the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, delivering 410 horsepower, and 429 lb-ft of torque. The payload stat is 13,710 lbs, and you also have the option of stepping up to the 6.7-liter Cummins turbo-diesel that changes the Earth's gravity with 400 horsepower, and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the auto level air suspension, you'll definitely notice this truck's ability to take the hop of bumps and lumps, contributing to the smoothest ride in existence.


We will attest that the axles definitely are stiff in both the front and rear, but the ride still holds strong as smooth given the truck's massive capability. In this great review online, Car and Driver deems the 3500 as a “1000-lb-ft Warhead to the Front Lines of the Truck War”, and commended highly the plush interior as well as abundant tech offerings within. This crew tested the current-model Ram near Gorman, California, where they were pleased with plenty of pep, and the usefulness of the smart downhill mode. They even go as far to say as that Ram has “won the battle” with this release. All of us here at Jim Butler know full well the level of heat from competitors Ford F150 and Chevy Silverado, and bringing the heat out on our own is nothing short of show-stopping as far as the new Ram is concerned!

Wards Auto Rates Jeep Gladiator Interior As “Stylishly Victorious”

Friday, May 10th, 2019

This spring, many excited customers are rubbing their off-road and wilderness-ready hands together with glee, as Jeep is offering its first pickup truck in 27 years. The all-new Gladiator has finally arrived, and it's so much more than just an SUV with a useful bed in tow. The knowledgeable folks on staff at wrote a feature this week taking an in-depth look at the interior. They immediately claimed that is it entirely well-appointed, competitively priced lifestyle truck that has much more to offer in the style department than other midsize trucks. They also claimed right off the bat that it is deserving of a 2019 Wards 10 Best Interiors trophy, a proud honor for any off-roader's dream.


The team's test model was the top-of-the-line Gladiator Rubicon, which came with bright, satin-red trim that punctuated the entire instrument panel, from the left side of the steering wheel to the passenger-side front door. What sets apart the Gladiator here is its unique interior aesthetic, and the team really liked the chunky knobs and dials that are much more vertical than in most 2019 models. This ultimately puts the base of the windshield closer to the driver, and it is a distinct and very unique-flavored advancement on the tradition of earlier Jeeps dating all of the way back to World War II.


After spending a lot of time in the Gladiator, the team came away 100% impressed with the utility, level of comfort, and rugged yet modern design. The pickup bed is rated for 1,600 lbs of payload, and this is one of the new elements that by all means makes the Gladiator that much more appealing. In comparison to the Wrangler, the second row of the Gladiator is completely redesigned, with new seats that fold up or down and have the flexible storage behind and underneath. There are optional storage bins below the second-row seats that can be locked, and the second-row seatbacks also can be locked to provide security to any items stashed behind them, such as the detachable Bluetooth audio speaker that can charge in a port behind the seat.


The doors can also be removed, and it's another great reason to have so many locking bins: if you are deep in the wilderness with no top or doors, leaving your vehicle unattended won't seem like such a bad prospect. The characteristically knobby all-terrain Rubicon-spec Falken tires are surprisingly quiet on the highway, and the Wards Auto clan appreciated the user-friendly factor of the Uconnect infotainment system as well as very colorful and appealing graphics on the instrument cluster. The Gladiator is a vehicle that can trustily make its way off the highway, stay in the wild indefinitely, and plunge through streams and rivers on a whim!

Pink Jeep Tours Opens in the Smoky Mountains: “Be Prepared to Hang on and Have Fun”

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a well-known mecca for outdoor lovers, and along with its abundant wildflowers and wildlife, there are some of the most coveted scenic drives in the nation. You can climb Clingmans Dome or Chimney Tops, and check out beautiful waterfalls such as Grotto Falls along wooded trails that provide the ultimate dose of tranquility. The Sugarlands Visitor Center is a perfect starting point to learn the park's colorful history, or make reservations for programs and tours led by experienced rangers and guides.


Now there is an option that was featured on Knox News to see this stunning area in a decked-out pink Jeep Wrangler, and there was a grand opening held last Thursday morning at the Pigeon Forge location for area business owners, officials, and media. The Pigeon Forge location is the company's first anchor in the eastern United States, as it already has locations in Sedona, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and Las Vegas. It made grave sense to situate this tour entity in the most visited national park in the country, which nearly doubles the visitors of its runner up number 2, the Grand Canyon itself.


Each tour will last two to four hours long, and take up to seven passengers through various segments of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. There was an extensive permitting process with the national park in order to have tours here, and there are four thrilling ones to choose from. They include Newfound Gap Tour, the Foothills Parkway Tour, the Roaring Fork Tour, and the Oconaluftee Farm Tour. After each section is completed, each tour then will feature a 30-minute off-road section on private property, where tour guides expertly guide the Jeeps up and down much steeper inclines. Media members have already had the pleasure of riding the off-road section, and the hills, sharp twists, and abrupt turns give guests a memorable thrill many times over.


These Jeeps have received pretty serious modification to be able to handle the terrain of the Great Smokies: Axles were replaced with a heavy-duty three-quarter-ton variety, providing much better control of traction. The suspensions were thoroughly upgraded, and a roll bar and seating arrangement was customized for more passengers. There was also a large canopy added to the mix, and the Jeeps were customized in-depth with upholstery and the trademark pink paint.


The skilled drivers who guide these tours go through a 3-week training course which involves off-road driving training, trail familiarization, and training about the area's geography. These three-hour tours are bound to make memories to last a lifetime, and are the aspiring photographer's dream afternoon! They begin May 24, and you can go here to check out prices, times, and availability.

Ram 2500 and 3500 HD Kentucky Derby Editions Honor the 145th Running

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

This year as the excitement mounts at Churchill Downs, everyone will be getting ready to place their bets at the world-class event Ram has loyally sponsored for the past 10 years. The awesome folks on staff at Autoblog covered the unveiling of the Kentucky Derby Limited Edition of the recently introduced 2500 HD and 3500 HD. These are fantastic examples of machines that are specifically produced to give breeders and their crews the ultimate in confidence when hauling Thoroughbreds that are potentially worth millions of dollars.


Incorporating technology such as the 360-degree surround-view camera with trailer-reverse guidance, fifth-wheel/gooseneck prep, and air suspension with bed lowering all make the job of transporting this precious cargo easier. Along with a bed step and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, you will have the confidence that the important job of hauling derby-bound pride will be that much easier. For breeders who are dealing with horses on any level, the Kentucky Derby editions start with features specially-honed for their craft on the Limited Trim. The 5th Wheel/Gooseneck Towing Group provides the addition of the Uconnect 12-inch touchscreen radio with Sirius XM 360L and navigation, power-retracting running boards, and blind-spot monitoring.


Up front, the visual tone is set by the billet-appearance grille, and the body-colored bumpers are fitted front and rear, while the interior sports an appropriately black and saddle brown leather with greystone stitching and piping. We have been notified here at Jim Butler that there will be 1,000 units produced, available in almost every configuration possible on the 2500 and 3500: Cummins 6.7-liter Turbo Diesel I-6 in standard, or 1,000 ft-lb trim, 6.4-liter Hemi V8, 4x2 or 4x4, Mega Cab or Crew Cab, single rear wheel or dual rear wheel, and with the option of 6-foot-4 or 8-foot bed lengths.


This article from the folks at had them testifying excitedly that the heavy-duty elements that come from the new Ram are not just in the numbers, but proclaimed that “If cowboys designed Bentleys, this is what they'd look like”. They also loved how every trim model really has its own personality, which is reflected in the fabric choices, grillework, and overall vibe of the interior. There are three sizes of touchscreens available, with the largest being a 12.0-inch, able to show a giant map in full-screen mode, which is very handy if you are hauling heavy cargo and need to give the road ahead a very thorough check before proceeding. Ram went to great lengths to achieve a truck that is quiet, by means of improved sound deadening, an acoustic windshield, and an active noise-cancellation system for top-of-the-line models.


The team from Automobilemag could really notice the difference in strength as far as the frame and axles are concerned, and the shocks are now valved to provide variable response to air-spring leveling and change in input. 2500 models have a five-link rear suspension, which aids greatly in providing a comfortable and firmly-guided ride without feeling squishy and overly adaptive. This test drive left the team thoroughly impressed with Smart Brake: put the exhaust brake in Smart mode, take your foot off the accelerator, and it will use the transmission and exhaust brake to aptly maintain the same speed as you begin your cruise downhill.


How Stuff Works Blog Highlights Jeep Gladiator's Jeep Safari Moab Appearance

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Moab, Utah is one of the premium destinations for off-roaders in the nation: obstacles that are the utmost in challenging, unbelievable scenery, and an abundance in hiking and biking trails are some of the elements that put it at the top of the list. Spring is the time when everyone is anxious to get their four-wheelers dusted off, and when many are getting ready to quickly get dirty again. The How Stuff Works Blog was poised and ready this past week to cover the annual Easter Jeep Safari event, which is considered by many to be the “opening day” for the official off-roading season.


This event takes place the week before Easter, and this year marked the 53rd run in history. This is a full-blown shindig in the wild that now takes up nine days, and the most highly anticipated attraction of the year was the long-awaited launch of the Jeep Gladiator. The ultimate hybrid of a truck and Jeep, the Gladiator is the ultimate niche vehicle for the wild, and the most hard-core off-roaders who live and breathe the Jeep brand were beyond excited to see the concept cars that are unveiled here in the desert.


This year there were six new custom-built concept vehicles showcased during Easter Sunday, and this terrain sporting many various obstacles was the perfect location to announce their presence. The new Jeep J6 is a four-door Wrangler Unlimited converted into a two-door pickup with a custom cab and bed, and has more of the stance of a true “Wrangler pickup” than the actual Gladiator. The Jeep JT Scrambler is inspired heavily by a Gladiator concept with retro decals inspired the wonderful 1980s CJ8 Scrambler, with a fitting slick two-tone interior and coordinating accents. The Jeep Wayout is a Gladiator pickup that is fitted with a roof-mounted tent for two, and an awning that is the ultimate additive for a spur-of-the-moment camping getaway.


The Jeep Gladiator Gravity was designed with the heartiest of mountain climbers in mind, and flaunts special storage accessories along with tubular gates instead of doors for access in the roughest and tightest of locations. The Jeep Flatbill is ideal for the motocross diehards out there, as it is perfect for hauling two dirt bikes. There is nothing quite like the thrill of hearing the “Brap Brap!” of a well-tuned two-stroke dirt bike getting ready to lay down the necessary thunder, and you can see a comprehensive shortlist of the best currently available here.


The Jeep Five-Quarter pays homage to the 1968 M715 military truck, a model that truly stoked the widespread popularity during later years of the vehicle we love to represent and stand behind here at Jim Butler. A display such as this during Easter at Moab is surely when many who have been buried under snow and are now under sun begin to really hunker down and figure out which rock-crawling toys will work best for them, and the ability to customize your model and “rip the doors right off” if you feel like it have always been among the Jeep brand's finer points!


2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition: “Gone in Sixty Seconds”?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Ok, so it's not sixty seconds flat, which would be pretty impressive. But the entire stock of 4,190 Gladiator Launch Edition Vehicles sold out in just one day. With the Concierge pre-order experience, customers were able to select Gladiator Launch Edition and connect directly with a dealer by means of the dedicated inline Gladiator concierge site. To sweeten the very rapidly-selling pot even more, buyers of these launch editions are now also exclusively eligible to enter the “Find your Freedom' contest, where they can win one-year's salary of $100,000, which would give them the chance to take time off and fulfill their dreams of exploring the wild.


The day this all took place was April 4th, after the pre-order process was complete, and many dealers just like all of us here at Jim Butler were not at all surprised to see this profound proof of the vehicle's popularity. Since it was first revealed late last year, there was significant interest in the Gladiator right from the beginning. While further details are still not certain, there will also be a landmark additional activation with a partnership including wounded warrior and U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway in May to commemorate Military Appreciation Month.


To enter the exciting “Find your Freedom” contest, brand new owners simply submit their personal “Gladiator” video to be judged by the Jeep brand, and Veteran Noah Galloway will ultimately use his longstanding expertise to choose the winner. This edition will feature unique wheels and interior accents, as well as a “One of 4,190” forged aluminum tailgate badge. The number is a tribute to Toledo, Ohio, and the 419 area code where the Wrangler, as well as the Gladiator, are both assembled. Arriving in showrooms this spring, the all-new 2020 Jeep Gladiator is manufactured at the Toledo Supplier Park.


It also features 17-inch Mid Gloss Black aluminum wheels, 33-inch Falken Wildpeak All-Terrain tires, a wrapped instrument panel mid-bolster painted in Monaco silver, and black leather seats with red accent stitching. The edition features a body-color hardtop and fender flares, LED head and taillights, an 8.4-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker Alpine premium sound system, keyless entry, and Forward Facing TrailCam camera are all standard features. Gladiator Rubicon models are capable of towing 7,000 lbs, powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, rated at 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.


Why haven't people been able to contain their excitement? This is a vehicle that is built to handle the many demands of an outdoors-influenced lifestyle, while delivering an open-air driving experience in a design that is still Jeep through and through. All Gladiator models are Trail Rated with a badge indicating its supreme prowess in five key categories: traction, ground clearance, maneuverability, articulation, and the all-important trait of water fording. One of the coolest things you'll find on the Gladiator models is the electronic sway bar disconnect: check it out when you come to see us for a test drive, and prepare to be fully equipped while you embrace the offerings of the wilderness and wild!

Dodge Charger Concept Debut Details Via TheTruthAboutCars Blog 

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Over the past year here at Jim Butler, we have heard some speculation surrounding the Dodge Charger and the possibility that it may eventually receive the same wide-body treatment found on the Challenger SRT Hellcat, as well as the R/T Scat Pack. Last month some of the most knowledgeable Mopar enthusiasts around claimed insider knowledge, and said that Dodge is most definitely planning to have sedan versions ready for the 2020 model year.


It has been confirmed that there will be a concept Charger on display at California's Spring Fest this weekend, following the appearance of an online video that shows a camouflaged SRT sedan stealthily cruising around Southfield, Michigan. The video was shared by a few various outlets, and it shows a Challenger taking up real estate with panels that appear to have room for a wide-body kit. Mopar Insiders had claimed previously that this vehicle was rumored to debut at California's Spring Fest this weekend, and Car Buzz was able to secure confirmation after asking a few questions regarding this model shrouded in mystery.


One company spokesperson claimed that “We are taking a Charger design concept to Spring Fest to gauge feedback from the huge Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 enthusiast base that attends the California event this year.” The folks on staff at Mopar Insiders have already claimed that the Charger Widebody models will feature drastically different looking front and rear fascias, and that the new dual-snorkel grille will undergo a re-design specifically for the widebody cars, and will also sport smaller intakes lower in the corners of the upper grille. The front, as well as rear fascias, had to be radically redesigned to properly incorporate the body lines of the Charger with the sleek new widebody fender flares.


With all this in mind, the rear does not look as drastically different as it could have, and it is also very exciting to realize that there is also most likely going to be an appearance of a vehicle at the Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, CA this coming weekend. On Dodge's very own blog here, it is stated that this car is by all means “the biggest and baddest,” and also possesses “Epic size and strength.” There is an available Supercharged 6.2-Liter Hemi SRT Hellcat V8 that is going to literally blow you away, and it's the additive ingredient for this car that pays a heaping amount of homage to its historic essence and performance. With comfortable class seating for up to five, you can bring a few of your best and closest along for a very thrilling ride, and we will keep you posted here on the blog as news unfolds regarding the warrior-esque widebody model!

Jeep 3-Row SUV With Plug-In Powertrain Announced Alongside Future Cherokee Model 

Friday, March 15th, 2019

It is definitely no doubt that the SUV rush across the global market has helped our beloved Jeep brand to see more success, and develop more new relationships with valuable customers. Now, plans have been laid out to expand the lineup with four new plug-in hybrid models, and they are the next generation of Jeep Grand Cherokee, new Wagoneer, Grand Wagoneer, and a brand-new 3-row SUV. Not a large amount of details have been released yet, but we do know that the next-generation Cherokee is expected to roll off the assembly line in 2021, and is based on the same platform as the award-winning Alfa Romeo Stelvio.


The Wagoneer models are based on the popular Ram 1500 pickup, and they are going to serve as important benchmark staple offerings in the future. The focus on electric vehicles is rapidly progressing, as further ranges and more powerful batteries are making their appearance every single year. Due to the growing demand for electric cars, $4.5 billion dollars are supposed to be allocated to expand production at five plants across the USA, with a new plant in Detroit in the works as well. The Mack Avenue Engine Complex will receive an investment of $1.6 billion, and will be used to make necessary changes for the assembly line to be ready for the demands of the future.


This updated plant will have the ability to produce the next generation of Grand Cherokee along with three other hybrid models, and add more than 6,500 jobs to give the local economy a hefty boost. All five plants will have the provision for manufacturing ICE cars as well as hybrid and electric vehicles, and all components required for the hybrid and Evs will be made in these plants. The great minds behind electric power at Chevy have literally been working modern miracles, as the all-electric eCopo is backed by 780 horsepower, and completes the quarter-mile run with a 10.142-second elapsed time at 130.85 mph.


Even though this is a vehicle built with the all-out excitement and thrill of the drag strip in mind, there are many benefits of using electric vehicles for daily driving. Regenerative braking extends the life of the brake pad, and makes the overall cost of the battery less. Around 70% of drivers in the US are on the road for less than 60 miles each weekday, and electric battery cars now have surpassed that range, making a reliable commuting vehicle much more attainable than it was just 5-7 years ago.


Another trait about these vehicles of the future that we want consumers to understand here at Jim Butler is that electric cars still have to undergo the exact same safety testing and evaluations that fuel-powered vehicles do, and if electricity is cut for any reason in an accident, the airbags will deploy. The world is going to be a completely different place once there are numerous vehicles on the road with zero tailpipe emissions, and we will dutifully keep you posted on the upcoming changes and updates regarding electrification's advances for any of our fleet-in-production! 

Jim butler CHEVROLET EARNS Dealer of the year FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

St. Louis (March 5, 2019) – For the fourth consecutive year Jim Butler Chevrolet has been named by General Motors as a “Dealer of the Year.” The Fenton, Missouri, dealership is one of only 64 to be recognized out of more than 3,500 dealers nationwide, and the only dealership in the St. Louis area to earn the distinction. The awards are based on 2018 sales figures, as well as performance in service, customer satisfaction and community involvement.

Being recognized for the fourth straight year is an outstanding accomplishment and cannot be done without an amazing team in every department,” said Brad Sowers, co-owner and president of Jim Butler Auto Group. “Exceeding customers’ expectations is why we continue to dominate the Midwest and have become the leading seller of Chevrolet in the area.”

Sowers said their online shopping tools make it easy to select, purchase and finance a vehicle. Jim Butler is now using this proprietary process to sell to customers anywhere in the contiguous United States.

Jim Butler Chevrolet is the St. Louis region’s top-selling Chevrolet store and is one of the top 15 nationwide in sales. It is also Missouri’s largest new and certified pre-owned dealer.

In 2018, Jim Butler Chevrolet was certified as a J.D. Power “Dealer of Excellence,” the only Chevrolet dealership in the St. Louis area to receive the 2018 certification.

Jim Butler Auto Group is proud to support a number of charities, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, the Library Foundation, Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding and Bikes for Tykes. The company also promotes a safe driving contract directing young drivers not to text or use smart phone functions while driving, and to never drive drowsy or impaired.

Jim Butler Auto Group is one of the largest privately-held companies in St. Louis. The company generated revenue of more than $350 million last year.

About Jim Butler Auto Group

Based in the St. Louis, Mo. area, Jim Butler Auto Group sells and services new and pre-owned vehicles nationwide through eight dealerships. Through its centralized business

center Jim Butler Auto Group manages inquiries, customer service and deliveries nationwide, resulting in one of the nation’s top-rated vehicle buying processes in 

America. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. Business units are: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and

one of the top 15 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia; Jim Butler Maserati; Jim Butler FIAT; Jim Butler-Linn Chevrolet; Jim Butler Alfa Romeo; Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge

Jeep Ram; and Jim Butler Auto Plaza, dedicated to pre-owned sales. For more information please visit



### Pits Lexus LX, Land Rover, and Gnarly Elements Against Jeep Wrangler

Thursday, March 1st, 2019

Writer Christian Seabaugh of MotorTrend reflected in a recent feature about our beloved Jeep Wrangler last week that he is definitely one who is used to city life. He was born and raised in New York, and now lives in Los Angeles, where rush hour traffic is slow as molasses, and light pollution is abundant. Reconnecting with nature was high on his list of priorities, and he wanted to publish a feature about four SUVs that make it easy to reconnect with nature, while still getting through your responsibilities for the week.        


For this particular comparison test, it was important to get SUVs that provide ample daily comfort, but still possess the ability to turn right off the beaten path for a night of camping to escape the daily grind. What was needed was the comfort factor of a crossover, technology of a modern sedan, and off-road capability that consistently delivers what is needed to conquer the wild. On tap for the testing was the Jeep Wrangler, Land Rover Discovery, Lexus LX, and Mercedes-Benz G-Class: a group that is definitely known to get you out of town in style, with the ability to take you above and beyond.


The first test involved a drive north from L.A. Along the eastern portion of the Sierra Nevada to Bishop, California, where the gang was on their way to conquer the Coyote flat, situated about 10,000 feet above sea level. The winner would definitely be the vehicle that completed the task of off-road performance with a high sense of on-road drivability. The all-new Wrangler Rubicon sports 33-inch BF Goodrich Baja Champion All-Terrain KO2 tires at either end of front and rear live axles, each of which has a locking differential and electronic anti-roll bar disconnect. Under the hood resides the electrified 2.0-liter turbocharged inline 4, making 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.


The first thing the troupe noticed about the new Wrangler was that it has a much more refined ride on the road then past models, and does not have the distinctively wobbly trait that it was sometimes known for. The materials inside are much higher-quality now, and the testing team noticed the extra 35 lb-ft of torque immediately. Head testing staff claimed that the eTorque mild-hybrid is well worth the upgrade, and the 8-speed automatic delivers quick shifts that are smooth.


The Coyote flat trail begins on the outskirts of a small town near the Sierras, quickly transforming in scenery from trees to sagebrush. You then climb steeply up Round Mountain, encountering loose sand that hardens, and eventually transforms into big, slippery shale that poses a challenge. The Jeep offered up the best body control needed for this location, being the only of the four vehicles with adaptive shock absorber. The Lexus LX 570 showed some weakness in this environment, as the steering wheel seesaws from left to right when encountering obstacles.


The Land Rover suffered a completely destroyed tire after encountering a sharp rock, and the team did not have a fun time with the donut, rendering its day now done. While the turn assist feature was a great help, the Lexus also experienced some difficulty with its naturally-aspirated V8 gasping a bit in the thinner air. Here it was mentioned that those with no off-road experience can easily navigate driving the Rubicon, with easy unlocking of the differential, and toggling of the Sway Bar Disconnect button. The Wrangler handled the most difficult parts of the trail with ease, and literally made the drivers feel “like a hero” in this terrain. All of us here at Jim Butler were incredibly proud of the high marks the Wrangler nailed down during this experience, after it was all said and done, because it was “The one they all wanted to drive to escape civilization, but it's also the one desired when we came back to join it.”

Motortrend SUV Of the Year Honors goes to Unstoppable 2019 Jeep Wrangler  

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Beginning their “SUV of the Year” article with a sentiment that we couldn't agree with more, the Motortrend blog began their expose on the Jeep Wrangler by calling it “unstoppable.” After the first glance past the iconic grille, you'll see the new features of a seven-decades longstanding design, which truly symbolizes freedom, and dominating off-road prowess. It was also quoted here that the new Jeep Wrangler “is what crossovers want to be when they grow up,” and that is part of why it won the Motortrend honors of “SUV of the Year.”


This is the model revamp that many have been waiting for, in that it can handle any daily commute with its upgraded pavement functionality, while off-roaders will appreciate how much more confidence they will now have to run game on their favorite trails. The mild-hybrid turbo-four has an improved EPA-rated city fuel economy by an astounding 38 percent, compared to the outgoing model. International bureau chief Angus Mackenzie said happily that “The Wrangler is a thoughtful, thorough rework of an American original, and is laser-focused on improving the performance of its intended function, right down to the last nut and bolt.”


The Jeep badge is relocated from the Wrangler's face to the front fenders, which makes it feel less cluttered, also while sporting round headlights that sweep down to touch the edge of the seven-bar grille. The Wrangler is not a vehicle situated in the crossover category that is hungry for a face-lift to make sure that new customers are still lured: it fully embraces the original style that is a very proud testament to what SUVs once were. Standard canvas top and plastic side windows are still available, and they are now easier to reinstall than on earlier models. You can further customize to your preference with black or body-colored hard tops, and the soft top comes in black or tan.


Many advances have been made to assure that your Jeep experience is better than ever before: this is not just a ho-hum model that you throw the camping gear in boorishly and get half-excited about. Ask us here at Landmark Dodge about features such as the power-retractable Sky One-Touch soft top, which features editor Christian claimed was a true “revolution for the brand.” Audio volume and channel-changing controls are right at the back side of the steering wheel, and once you drive with it in this arrangement, we guarantee you won't want to go back. The Uconnect infotainment system is about the most user-friendly one out there, as the controls can be learned in seconds, and response time is lightning fast.


The Rubicon trim sees total suspension travel, and some very impressive abilities to literally go anywhere on Earth you desire. This is where there is absolutely no stopping it in the sand, and differential locking really makes its mark on hardcore ride quality. The 2.0-liter eTorque turbo-four delivers 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque, which is also equipped with a stop/start system that sports one of the quickest restarts in existence. Those who are in the game for more power will enjoy the 285-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which can be upgraded to the 8-speed automatic. Always on a mission to encourage you to appreciate your surroundings, the Jeep line is absolutely morphing into something new, yet bound by longevity: come down to see us over the holidays for a test drive, and already have your next assortment of open-stream territory ready on your GPS calling your name!

Motortrend Truck of the Year Honor Claimed Heftily by 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Right at the top of one of the latest articles we have had the pleasure of reading online about the Dodge Ram, one very descriptive statement is loud and clear: “What a 21st-century truck can do.” It is true that Americans ask more of trucks now than of any other vehicle. At any given moment, the average half-ton pickup may find itself handling a commute as a sedan would, hauling bricks, towing boats and jet skis, or exploring trails in the wild. With all these options in mind, it's no wonder that 2.8 million trucks were sold during 2017!


The seasoned staff of Motortrend claimed that the 2019 Dodge Ram 1500 is the truck that precisely meets the needs of the segment, with no element left uncovered. The fifth-generation Ram 1500 is the latest in the long line of transformations for the truck that is admittedly our “bread and butter.” The newest version is fit to meet the needs of the common buyer of this century, featuring more comfort, convenience, and durability than ever before. The redesign throws out many of the traits that we have become so used to, while still being unmistakably the same solid workhorse. The Ram badge that is usually in most places, mini-Mack fenders, and crosshair grilles have now been removed.


The new 1500 offers up a choice of seven grilles, and three designs of head – and taillamps. The new wheel designs feature stronger six-bolt hubs, ranging from an off-road-ready 18 inches to a rugged and knobby 22-inch variety. There are choices of extended or crew cab, and the two bed sizes are 5 ft 7, or 6 ft 4. Road test editor Chris Walton immediately claimed that he loved the styling, and that it's like the “Viper of Rams.” Inside, every single Ram cabin sports the necessary tools for play or work times, and the configurable center console turns the space into an office, with enough room for a large bag, laptop, even space for a holiday-flavored hot drink from Starbucks. There are three versions of the Uconnect infotainment system, offering a choice of an 8.4-inch, or 12.0 touchscreen as seen in the Tesla line.


Ram has absolutely put in tireless research while developing the design and package, and it shows with vigor. Crew cab versions feature a flat floor in the rear, and seats that flip up usefully, allowing you to store numerous items within the safety confines of the cabin. We love when pickups have firsts: features that have never been implemented before. And within this model, the higher trim levels have the first ever rear bench seat, that reclines up to 8 degrees, and is cooled and heated for ultimate comfort. Features editor Scott Evans claimed that “Cadillac could learn a thing or two by spending an afternoon in this cabin.”


Underpinning the entire truck is a new high-strength steel platform, which is 4.0 inches longer, and about 17 percent lighter than its predecessor. A four-corner air suspension with five different ride heights and load leveling is available, offering complete duality in ride quality. There's nothing that Atlanta residents have to be more excited about then the arrival of new truck models, and it just so happens that the Ram was once again hailed as “Absolute best of the land.” Come to see for yourself just how awesome and agile it is, as we may even make the choice to offer valet sleigh parking out front this holiday season!

Ram 1500 and Jeep Wrangler Selected by Motortrend as 2019 “Of The Year” Champions

Friday, December 7th, 2018


Golden calipers are a pretty awesome symbol of what the best in car craftsmanship and engineering can offer a customer: for our beloved product line, we don't ever scrimp on any of the details, and do feel that every model is “worth its weight in gold.” In Los Angeles last week, Motortrend announced the award winners for Car of the Year, Truck of the Year, SUV of the Year, the highest and most sought-after honors by the top automakers worldwide. This exclusive event was attended by an audience of industry executives, and multiple celebrities at the Petersen Automotive Museum in this glamorous and exciting metro.


The main criteria being evaluated during the decision-making process boils down to six key areas: safety, efficiency, value, advancement in design, engineering excellence, and performance of intended function. Judges were selected from Motortrend staff, but also graced with the presence of legendary car designed Tom Gale, and SUV engineering expert Gordon Dickie. Our prized Ram 1500 snagged the coveted “Truck of the Year” winner, after being thoroughly tested at Arizona Proving Grounds and the barren and challenging nearby area of the desert near Kingman. This all took place during a day with triple-digit heat, and the fifth-generation 2019 Ram 1500 showcases a vehicle that has always made significant strides, and is aptly equipped to meet the varying demands of the 21st century pickup buyer.


With an amazingly impressive interior, every single Ram cabin is outfitted to the nines, with every tool imaginable needed for both hard work, and eventful exploring. The excellently-performing coil-spring suspension, raised bedrails allowing for more cargo volume, and a massively-muscular towing ability of 12,750 pounds. The addition of eTorque has also been a closely-watched feature for the new Ram: this is the first-ever mild-hybrid supplemental electric motor, which drastically improves two all-important elements of performance: performance, and fuel economy. Not straying in the least from its roots gave the Ram amazing appeal to cross the finish line, and all of us here at Jim Butler CDJR agree you couldn't find a better truck on Earth! (or, this far south of where Santa himself resides!).


The Jeep Wrangler has gone through a very intense transformation for the new year's release, helping it roll staunchly to victory for “SUV of the Year” finalist. Even though it sits at seven decades old, it is evident that the design manages to evoke its classic style with ease, while still offering elements of the most modern engineering in existence. Testing for the Wrangler took place at Honda's proving ground near Mojave, California, where it was quickly proven that the go-anywhere capability of this vehicle is a very firm testament to anyone who loves lurching off-road into the wild.


We invite you to come down to see us for holiday cheer and check out just how amazing the electrohydraulic steering and revised suspension is: whether off or on-pavement, the ride is impressively smooth. This is where anyone who wants to witness the remake of an American original can really stand up and take notice while enjoying the ability to customize just about any feature to their final liking!




New online experience puts customers in the driver’s seat of their own deals, with the ability

to purchase or lease and schedule home delivery arrangements without stepping foot in a dealership

(ST. LOUIS) January 9, 2018Consumers in the market for a new or used vehicle have a convenient, new way to find and strike a deal with the Jim Butler Auto Group, which today announced the availability of St. Louis’ first online storefronts for Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Kia vehicles.


Designed to save time and simplify the auto-buying process, the new digital experience goes beyond traditional online vehicle research by enabling consumers to design their auto purchase entirely online – from pricing and feature configuration to trade-in and credit and leasing arrangements – either remotely or with assistance at the dealership.


“With the pervasiveness of e-commerce and real-time digital information reshaping consumer expectations, our customers increasingly want to buy autos the same way they purchase other products,” said Brad Sowers, president of the Jim Butler Auto Group. “We know convenience and transparency will always be essential to auto buyers, and we are thrilled to now provide an added level of service that helps our customers make a deal on own their terms.”


The Jim Butler Auto Group worked with Roadster, the leader in commerce solutions for car buying and leasing, to develop the online storefronts for its Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Kia dealerships. Among the sites’ features include the ability to:

·         Research new and used vehicles and select auto features and accessory packages;

·         Value and submit a trade-in;

·         Explore discounts and service protection plans;

·         Compare financing and leasing options;

·         Instantly see the entire deal online, including all fees and taxes; and

·         Complete an online credit application and all transaction paperwork, plus and schedule home delivery.

“Our online storefronts are designed to accommodate the different preferences of each auto buyer,” said Sowers. “Whether our customer wants to start the process at home or at the dealership, we think they’ll love the time savings and intuitive ease of the experience. We can even schedule a test drive and bring the vehicle to their home or business.”  


According to a recent Jim Butler Auto Group survey, 43 percent of 18-to-54-year-olds would be somewhat or very comfortable completing a new vehicle purchase or lease online and 30 percent of the age group would be somewhat or very comfortable doing so with used autos. Respondents who say they would consider purchasing a new or used vehicle online cite the advantages of knowing the availability of the exact vehicle wanted (62 percent) and avoiding the sales pitch (50 percent).


The online storefront is the latest in a series of technology investments from the Jim Butler Auto Group intended to provide customers with a progressive auto experience. In October 2018, the group debuted driveBLACKTIE, a subscription auto service that combines the convenience of technology with the new and pre-owned variety of the auto group's $60-million inventory across its Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Maserati and Kia dealerships. Both enhancements build on the auto group's technology strategy, which began with a robust e-commerce presence that has served buyers in 32 states.


The Jim Butler Auto Group is one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis with 2017 revenues of more than $315 million. In January, Jim Butler Chevrolet was certified as a J.D. Power 2018 Dealer of Excellence; the Fenton-based dealership is St. Louis’ largest Chevy dealer, with sales growth up 19 percent in 2018, and a recipient of the Chevrolet Dealer of the Year award three years in a row.

About Jim Butler Auto Group

Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis and Mid-Missouri regions with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of eight dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and the 16th-largest dealer in the nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; and Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler FIAT, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram opened in mid-Missouri in 2017. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 11,000 vehicles annually, including about 5,000 new vehicles. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit


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Fenton-based dealership the only dealer in the area to be recognized under the 2018 program

(ST. LOUIS) January. 3, 2018Jim Butler Chevrolet has been certified in the J.D. Power 2018 Dealer of Excellence Program,SM demonstrating its commitment to exceeding customer expectations. The program recognizes a select number of vehicle dealerships throughout the United States that provide exceptional customer service, and Jim Butler Chevrolet is the only Chevrolet dealer in St. Louis to receive the 2018 certification. 


“J.D. Power is a respected authority in the auto industry, and we are deeply honored to receive this certification,” said Brad Sowers, president of the Jim Butler Auto Group. “Every day our dealership team works to offer auto buyers a great experience, with exceptional value, a broad inventory and an easy, convenient buying process. This achievement reflects on the team’s hard work to make our customers happy.” 


Known for its “Voice of the Customer” research for 50 years, the J.D. Power Dealer of Excellence certification helps auto buyers identify exceptional dealerships. To qualify, dealers must rank among their brand’s top performers in the most recent J.D. Power U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index StudySM and pass an audit showing they meet or exceed J.D. Power sales best practices. 


The recognition from J.D. Power is the latest in a string of accolades received by the Jim Butler Auto Group. Earlier this year, Jim Butler Chevrolet was named a General Motors Dealer of the Year for the third time in a row. 


Based in Fenton, Jim Butler Chevrolet is the St. Louis region’s top-selling Chevrolet store and among the top 15 dealers nationwide in sales. It is one of eight dealerships held by the Jim Butler Auto Group, one of the largest privately held companies in St. Louis with 2017 revenues of more than $315 million. Through a combination of online sales and hands-on teamwork, the company serves auto buyers in 32 states. 


About Jim Butler Auto Group


Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis and Mid-Missouri regions with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of eight dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 15 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; and Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler FIAT, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram opened in mid-Missouri in 2017. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 11,000 vehicles annually, including about 5,000 new vehicles. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit


J.D. Power 2018 Dealer of Excellence Program recognition is based on achievement of high scores from automotive manufacturer customer research and completion of an in-dealership best practices verification visit. For more information, visit  


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Thursday, November 29th, 2018


More than half of auto consumers would consider subscription vehicle services


Most consumers comfortable with driver-assist technology, but not ready for fully autonomous vehicles – much less flying cars


Enhanced digital transaction processes could expand online sales


ST. LOUIS – Nov. 29, 2018 – From the rise of autonomous vehicles to the arrival of digital vehicle subscription services, technology is changing the way consumers view and interact with their vehicles, according to theJim Butler Auto Group, which today released findings from its 2018 Automotive Technology Survey click here.


While consumers under age 55 showed the strongest interest in new, technology-enabled auto experiences overall, half of all survey respondents said they would consider subscription vehicle services that bundle the cost of a car payment, insurance and maintenance into one monthly service fee. In fact, 70 percent of 18 to 34-year-olds and 61 percent of 35 to 54-year-olds expressed an openness to this model.


“The increasing popularity of subscription services, paired with ride sharing, innovations in driving automation and e-commerce, are challenging established notions of vehicle ownership and the purchasing process,” said Brad Sowers, president of the Jim Butler Auto Group. “This has significant implications for brand loyalty today and the ways we will acquire and use vehicles tomorrow.”


The survey, distributed between Oct. 28 – Nov. 8, 2018, to more than 30,000 drivers nationwide, found advanced auto features weigh heavier than brand loyalty, with more than half of respondents saying they would be willing to abandon their preferred vehicle make or model to obtain the specific technologies they want. Half of all respondents said they would pay more for a vehicle that had the technology features they want.


Consumers not ready to turn the keys over to self-driving cars

While recent headlines suggest automakers are moving closer to fully autonomous vehicles, 72 percent of respondents displayed some level of discomfort with operating or riding in self-driving vehicles, and nearly 60% went further, expressing outright distrust of the technology.


Driver assist features, including hands-free calling, built-in navigation and lane departure warnings, fared better, with 60 percent or more respondents saying they were “somewhat” or “very” comfortable with the technologies.


Drivers age 18 to 34 showed the most openness to autonomous vehicles, with 60  percent in neutral to strong agreement with the statement, “I trust self-driving technology.”


“Right now, consumers are looking to technology to help empower their driving, but not necessarily to become the driver,” said Sowers. “With attitudes varying by age, fully autonomous vehicles could gain in greater acceptance over time, but for many consumers today, self-driving technology still seems like science fiction.”


While nearly 30 percent of consumers were neutral to very comfortable with riding in or operating a self-driving vehicle, only 19 percent said they believed flying vehicles would become commonplace in their lifetime. This belief was highest among 18 to 34-year-olds, with nearly 30 percent believing they would commonly see flying cars in their lifetime.


Enhanced digital transaction process could expand online auto sales

Despite the prevalence of e-commerce, just 9 percent of respondents have ever bought a vehicle online. Overall, consumers expressed greater comfort purchasing new vehicles versus preowned vehicles online (36 percent to 28 percent), with price, specific make/model and simplicity of transactions, and specific tech features ranking as most important factors to online new-vehicle buyers.


“Online or in person, the paperwork required to complete a vehicle purchase can be daunting to consumers, but it doesn’t have to be a complicated experience,” said Sowers. “With advancements in digital payment processing and convenient delivery options, we expect online auto purchasing to continue to grow.”


Building a progressive auto experience

Currently, the Jim Butler Auto Group is piloting new e-commerce capabilities, giving car buyers nationwide the ability to conveniently and transparently complete online purchases through its Jim Butler KiaMaserati and Alfa Romeo dealerships.


The pilot follows the dealership’s October 2018 introduction of an automotive subscription service, driveBLACKTIE, which combines the convenience of technology with the new and pre-owned variety of the auto group’s $60-million inventory across eight Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Maserati and Kia dealerships.


driveBLACKTIE’s mobile feature builds on the auto group’s technology strategy, which began with a robust e-commerce presence that has served car buyers in 32 states and has helped make Jim Butler one of the largest Chevrolet dealers nationwide.



The Jim Butler Auto Group conducted the 2018 Automotive Technology Survey between Oct. 28, 2018, and Nov. 8, 2018, via social media and email to approximately 30,000 existing and prospective customers nationwide. The survey received a 2.6 percent response rate of 784 responses with a completion rate of 84.03 percent. Respondents were asked to identify themselves by age groups with 100 respondents (13 percent) identified as 18 to 34 years old; 289 (37 percent) as 35 to 54 years old; and 389 (50 percent) as 55 years old or older. Four respondents were disqualified from the survey for not fitting into these age ranges.


About Jim Butler Auto Group

Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis and Mid-Missouri regions with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of eight dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 21 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; and Jim Butler MaseratiJim Butler FIAT, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram opened in mid-Missouri in 2017. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 6,500 vehicles annually, including about 2,600 new vehicles. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. For more information please







Tuesday, October 2th, 2018

New concierge rental experience lets drivers switch autos

by the week or month


Three membership levels built for personal preference on vehicles


First 20 members to receive 50 percent off joining fee


Have you been dreaming of driving a sportscar but not fully ready to trade in your roomy SUV? With a driveBLACKTIE membership from the Jim Butler Auto Group, drivers now have the flexibility to experience the best of all worlds.


Introduced today, driveBLACKTIE is a premium subscribe-and-drive membership program giving Jim Butler customers an entirely new automotive experience that bundles the cost of a car payment, insurance and maintenance into one monthly service fee for concierge rental access to the auto group’s top-of-the-line fleet of new and pre-owned rental vehicles.


driveBLACKTIE is like having a multicar garage at the push of a button,” said Brad Sowers, president and co-owner of the Jim Butler Auto Group. “Need a convertible for the weekend? Try the Maserati GT. Taking the grandkids on a road trip? How about a Suburban? With driveBLACKTIE, our customers can change vehicles as often as they need to.”


Managed through a mobile application, driveBLACKTIE combines the convenience of technology with the new and pre-owned variety of the auto group’s eight Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Maserati and Kia dealerships.


Starting at $795 per month, with a 31-day initial commitment, driveBLACKTIE offers three subscription tiers based on the driver’s preference for “life,” “luxury” or “performance” type vehicles. The first 20 members will receive a 50 percent discount on the initial commitment. Memberships also include:

  • Substantial liability insurance covered by the fleet insurance policy
  • Roadside assistance, taxes, full detail washes and maintenance
  • A personal concierge, who will clean and deliver each vehicle
  • A monthly allowance of up to 3,000 miles and up to four vehicle changes, with flexible options to increase mileage and changes as needed.


“Drivers today lead extremely busy lives, and they want a car that matches their lifestyle in the moment,” said Sowers. “driveBLACKTIE gives those looking to take leasing to the next level an entirely new experience, and we are proud to offer the strong inventory and experience in technology to conveniently deliver it.”


driveBLACKTIE’s mobile feature builds on the auto group’s technology strategy, which began with a robust e-commerce presence that has served car buyers in 32 states and has helped make Jim Butler one of the largest Chevrolet dealers nationwide.

For more information or to sign up, visit


About Jim Butler Auto Group

Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis and Mid-Missouri regions with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of eight dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis’ largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 21 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler Kia, the fastest-growing Kia dealership in the St. Louis region; and Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler FIAT, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram opened in mid-Missouri in 2017. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 6,500 vehicles annually, including about 2,600 new vehicles. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. For more information please visit




2018 Fiat 500 Gains Praise From Car and Driver For Extra Grunt, Style

Friday, September 28, 2018

As the leaves get ready to change color and the annual sound of kickoffs on the pristine ball field are on TV screens in St Louis and nationwide, driving down the road in a brand new Fiat 500 could be the absolute perfect reason to celebrate the coming of fall! A dramatic addition of horsepower has been added to the entire 2018 lineup, making a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder standard on every non-Abarth 500. This particular version of the MultiAir engine was previously available in the mid-range Fiat 500 Turbo offered from 2013 to 2016, and brings a welcome boost from the defunct 1.4-liter's 101 horsepower on up to 135, and 150 lb-ft. Of torque.


When the skilled-and-seasoned testing staff from Car and Driver put it to the zero-to-60 test, it completed it in 8.1 seconds, a full 1.7 seconds ahead of the previous year's model. All standard 500 models also gained 16-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, and a tune on the suspension that is much sportier. This was the tweak similar to what the 500 Turbo had when it was part of the lineup. There is also the addition of a super-cool “Turbo” badge at the rear of the car, fog lights, a rear spoiler, and a body kit to boot.


The 500 is the car that Car And Driver claims well allow you to “say goodbye to the adorable scoop of Italian gelato,” and completely brighten up your garage. When cars such as the Volkswagen Beetle and Mini Cooper had shown that cute can sell in the United States, all of us here at Jim Butler Fiat knew that our own breed of auto on the smaller side was going to make major waves for those who were Eco-conscious, and on the hunt for something completely new in their driving regimen. claimed this year that “The 500's alert handling, free-revving engine, and crisp-shifting manual make it engaging to drive.”


If you are one of those drivers that enjoys the sensation of gripping the road, you'll love the daily feel of driving the zippy and easy-to-park 500. If you are the kind of driver that is big on personality, you will love the perk and zip of the 500, and the various ways in which it is perfect for city driving. The turbocharged engine is the feature that many new buyers are most excited about, defying the notion that anything in a small package cannot deliver in the get-up-and-go category. Come see us soon here at Jim Butler to check out the car loaded with tech features and possessing the ultimate edge in price: The Fiat 500 will always be memorable, quaint, and a stand-out choice for the discerning urban commuter: come down soon and test drive the car that will permanently convert you to this potent dose of unique personality, and apt ability to get up and sprint!

Super-Catchy Chrome Appearance Groups: 500X Sees Updates

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The addition of flair can take place in many different ways, and cars like the Fiat 500L may be best for some when chosen to be left alone. But additives such as top exterior features can really spice things up and add a distinct flavor that is all your own and give you the potential to enjoy valuable ownership that much more. For 2018, the Fiat 500L has received top exterior features, front-fascia chrome accents, body-side molding chrome accents, fog lamps, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.


There are seven color schemes available, ranging from the very placid and practical Bianco white to Blue Denim. For the Fiat 500x Pop models, the Satin Chrome Appearance Group is now available. It included the addition of satin chrome accents on exterior mirrors, door handles, body-side molding, fog lamp bezels, front fascia, liftgate handle, front and rear badges, tail lamp bezels, and satin silver roof rails. There are 12 exterior colors to choose from, and the package is available on both front-wheel drive and all-wheel-drive models.


Under the hood to conduct the business of prime power generation, both the 500L and 500x pack a turbo 1.4-liter 4-cylinder, generating 160 hp, and 184 lb-ft of torque. Five-passenger seating, the confidence of all-wheel-drive, and a very spacious and flexible interior are heavy draws for the car, as well as the satisfaction that one can get only from utilizing a vehicle that can constantly be spotted paddling delightfully upstream against the norm. You'll love the sport-tuned exhaust, which puts forth a delightful rumble from the depths of such a quaint package. “Legends don't grow old, they change”, and as we say on our own web portal, “perfectionists are always trying to scale new heights of perfection”.


Onboard you get Uconnect Radio, a sound system that was designed to be simple, but comprehensive, with USB/AUX inputs, as well as steering wheel controls. You can easily connect all of your devices, and listen to all the music you want, whichever way you want. There are 7 separate airbags for safety, height adjustable steering wheel with radio controls, and the constant enjoyment you'll find from driving in Sport Mode, which offers up all of the 170-lb-ft of torque available in every gear. If you opt for Normal Mode during driving, torque is limited in first and second gear for better efficiency.


Many customers that come to pay us a visit for a test drive here at Jim Butler Fiat of St Louis are looking to see how the 500 series matches up to the Mini Cooper convertible and Mazda Miata, and the EPA fuel ratings are 30 mpg, combined. Ask us how you can get hooked up with these chrome appearance packages, and make your 500 come to life with accents that lift appeal, functionality, and the promise of ultra-fun personal style!

Fiat 500X Adventurer Package Offers 2.4-Liter Excitement, Segment's First 9-Speed

Saturday, June 22nd, 2018

No matter what junction of your life is the one in front of you at the moment, having a new adventure always sounds inviting! Dialing back a bit on your responsibilities and exploring the new coffee shop you've constantly had your eye on, or checking out a vintage thrift or electronics store could be the perfect way to switch up your agenda. The Fiat Brand announced a week ago that there was now the addition of the brand new 2018 Fiat 500X Adventurer Edition. This is a package that provides another way for FIAT lovers to pick their very favorite options, and add their own unique bits of flair and individual excitement to enhance our premium Italian-designed and characteristic crossover. Built off the Trekking model, the new enhancement adds 18-inch aluminum wheels, black roof rails, orange mirror caps, crossbows, and front and rear splash guards.


On the inside, you'll find a super cool molded rear cargo tray, as well as durable all-weather front and rear slush mats. You can select from four very different colors: Bianco Gelato, which is a White Clear Coat, Nero Cinema or the Black Clear Coat, or Grigio Graphite and Grigio Argentino, a graphite and metallic grey duo. The Pop, Trekking, and Lounge models will be the three mains available, and the Pop begins the trim level sporting a 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo 4-cylinder engine, paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while generating 160 horsepower, and 184 lb–ft of torque.


This is the very first FIAT vehicle available with all-wheel drive, which is perfect for periods of any inclement weather you may run into during your next adventure. Come see us at Jim Butler FIAT of St Louis, and check out the 2.4-liter Tigershark I-4 engine with MultiAir2, which is now standard on the Trekking and Lounge models, and still available with the Pop. Having the 9-speed transmission enable the vehicle to have optimum engine output, and the all-wheel-drive system puts to use a disconnecting rear axle that improves efficiency by reducing parasitic loss, during times when all-wheel drive is not necessary.


Safety features are one of the elements that customers ask most about: there are more new ones being developed daily, and they all consistently raise the bar. The new Fiat offers nearly 70 safety and security features such as Forward Collision Warning-Plus, LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, rain-sensing windshield wipers, Blind-spot Monitoring, and Rear Cross Path Detection. When you make time in your summer schedule for a test drive, check out the Dynamic Selector system: it allows drivers to quickly choose the most suitable vehicle configuration for the current driving condition.


The most advanced of technology is also on board: you'll enjoy Uconnect 4's 7-inch touchscreen radio with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, Bluetooth hands-free calling, voice command and streaming audio, and SiriusXM Radio. If you are really craving an upgrade in the sound department, check out the available BeatsAudio premium sound system: it includes 8 speakers and a spot-on subwoofer that kicks out truly studio-quality sound!

Iconic Fiat In-Depth Flashback: The Stunning 1954 8V Supersonic

Sunday, June 3, 2018



Italian ways are charming, wonderfully and proudly overstated, while as rich and full of complex layers as the many fine kinds of pasta and wines from the Tuscan region itself. The 1954 Fiat 8V Supersonic was one of those cars that didn't even have to flex an inch to get heads to turn drastically and was created for the then-niche market of an “American Style” sedan. Only 114 were made, but it was an aesthetic, engineering, and overall sales success for the brand. The “OttoVu” drew a large amount of inspiration from the aerospace industry, which was then in most definite glory days of sorts.


The presence of tail fins that were a bit more subtle for the time and forms that possessed a streamlined nature were some of the main design elements that were reminiscent of the planes that were manufactured during that era. Herge was a Belgian artist who was then penning and illustrating the “Tintin” graphic novels, which were iconic for many reasons. As the brave young reporter and his sidekick Snowy the dog traveled around the globe to solve cases of all sorts, there were some amazing renditions of planes in these books, and a Fiat model such as the 8V Supersonic really evokes the same type of wistful peek into the future.

Even though this futuristic glance was very evident, sitting in and driving a model such as the 8V Supersonic was also a very patient and in-depth symbol of appreciation for the present time. You can sense the same type of presence that some of the Chevy's from that decade flaunted, but the much thinner design lines and very long hood was a celebration of the booming business of the decade, and irresistible appeal that any connoisseur would have for the finest of any Earthly manufactured good.


Described in Road and Track in 1952 as “The biggest surprise of the year”, it came as a true shock to many in the automotive world. The 8V was a vivaciously powerful sports car with a light-alloy V8 engine and a four-wheel independent suspension that anyone in the mood to race fawned over like a famed delicacy. The characteristically bulging sides and twin exhaust taillights were a huge success in making the car appear as stealthily apt as Jets of the day, such as the F-86, and F-100 Sabre. The well-versed folks at billed this famed auto as a “glamorous, opera-going GT”, and it is a collector's item that will almost always fetch over a million dollars out of the gate if you ever were to even locate one. Here at Jim Butler Fiat, we have in stock the current-day editions of our brand that has time and time again made history, and can provide for you the ultimate in urban commuting and exploration for 2018!


2018 FIAT 500 Offers Enhanced Powertrain, Sportier Suspension

Sunday 5/20/18

As spring is fully blossoming in the St Louis metro area, a quaint and eco-friendly ride is high on the list of many young professionals and family's priorities. There is a little extra oomph added to this year's version of the well-known and quirky Fiat 500, via a new turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. It pushes the horsepower factor up 33 percent to 135, and boosts the torque to 150 lb-ft.Rear-view camera is now standard on all models, providing the safety and assurance for a worry-free backup or parallel park job. 16-inch aluminum wheels, a “Turbo” badge situated on the rear fascia, and fog lamps are other additions to this year's model.


Buyers have the choice between a five-speed manual and six-speed automatic, and after the debut at the Chicago Auto Show, the changes to the engine were what observers such as the well-versed staff at the Road Show blog took note of. Get in touch with us here at Jim Butler to show you how the Abarth ups the level of extras and flair: you get additional kit, a sportier suspension, three-mode stability control, black wheels, and very unique and fiery red brake calipers. There's also the presence of a dual-exhaust that gives the car a pleasantly angry grunt, sport seats with bolsters, and aluminum pedal covers.


As we are in the season with a heightened amount of healthy sunshine, the fabric convertible is also back as an option for the 500, allowing you to soak up some extra rays during the drive time. The Abarth also offers a pass-through for racing harness, aluminum pedal covers, and a gauge that is on deck to check out the amount of turbo boost. Abarth lessees and buyers also have the opportunity to participate in a very enthralling driving class at the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving. Located in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, this instruction hub was founded by former Formula One Driver Bob Bondurant. Here you perfect your driving chops on a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course, sporting an 8-acre asphalt pad for advanced training, and more than 200 various vehicles prepared for high-speed education.


The New York Daily News were excited to test the new Fiat 500, and were delighted with what they deemed a “zippy engine”, and “a ton of fun to drive”. We know that over the past decade, there has been a noticeable trend of consumers really loving the “bigger is better” mantra. It has come to our attention quite clearly as of late that full-size trucks and SUVs are literally roaring forward in terms of popularity. In urban areas from coast to coast, we assure you that navigating tight confines is a true pleasure with the 500, a vehicle that has existed in it's well-chiseled own class for some time now. Check out the 2018 Fiat 500 soon, and see just how much you'll love reaching your destination in this sleek and refined roadster!

Fiat 500 Abarth Named by U.S. News and World Report as “Best For the Money”

Friday, 5/11/18



The Fiat 500 Abarth is definitely a vehicle that goes above and beyond being quaint and functional. It offers legendary Italian track-tested performance, and gleans power from the turbocharged and twin-intercooled 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine, which provides 160 horsepower, and 170 lb. - ft of torque. Recently named to U.S. News and World Report's 2018 list of “Fastest Cars for the Money”, also hailing its ability to handle corners, and superior suspension setup.

The publication claimed excitedly that the Abarth “Comes with a rockin' exhaust note, and a suspension setup that makes it a blast to toss around corners”. Technology features were also held in high regard: the enthralling and unique Abarth 500 comes standard with the Uconnect 5.0 touchscreen, and 5-inch touchscreen radio, integrated voice command, and Bluetooth connectivity. The integrated voice command truly gives you the important option to stay in control of your Jeep vehicle without taking your hands off the wheel, ultimately keeping you safe, and heavily boosting daily productivity.


Up to four passengers can fit comfortably inside the track-ready and savvy Abarth, powered by an engine that delivers 160 horsepower, and 170 lb-ft of torque, when mated to the five-speed manual transmission. The MultiAir Turbo engine component upgrades include an Abarth-designed fresh-air intake system, that uses a high-flow filter and expertly designed plumbing for maximum power. To complete the all-important task of making sure that the engine is operating at full speed and with minimal exhaust restriction, a specially-designed “double-tip” dual-exhaust system rounds off the track-performance look, and provides an element of robust Abarth-tuned decibel dosage.


Paying us a visit at Jim Butler Fiat of St Louis for a test drive will allow you to experience the world-class ride, and track-ready durability with a lowered ride height, perfectly beefy suspension, larger brakes, and tires with more width. For the past 11 years, U.S. News Best Cars published important rankings of most of the new vehicles sold in the United States. Helping more than 250,000 shoppers a day with their car-buying process, they have been a trusted authority when it comes to those taking the large step of adding a vehicle to their daily mantra. It's no surprise that the Abarth was held in high regard for its value and offering of features, and as the tulips begin to pop up on Thomas Street, the quirk and appeal of the 500 is certain for the season!

2018 FIAT 124 Spider Praised By Portland Tribune For No Fuss Sportiness

Thursday, 4/19/18


Jim Redden of the Portland Tribune spoke recently of just how excited he was over a new “Golden Age” for no-fuss, very affordable sports cars. Immediately recognizing the Fiat 124 Spider as one of the best fun-to-drive performers from current offerings, he hailed it as one of the absolute best foreign two-seats on available and wrote about a few days he spent driving one in the Pacific Northwest. The reason why he set out to complete the article in the first place was that he already believed the 124 Spider offered the widest range of performance and driver-friendly options, and so he set out to see how it handled for him on a day-to-day basis.


Although based on the Mazda MX-5 Miata, the Spider has a much different engine, suspension, sheet metal, and more trim levels available for the interior. The sportier Abarth version offers up more in the power department and has a suspension that is known to be pleasantly stiff for taking challenging corners. The size of the Spider allows for it to drive a bit more like a refined GT car than an over-the-top high performing sports car, and it ends up being a very good thing. Jim believes firmly that the Spider does a better job at smoothing out rough roads than the Mazda, a big advantage during the daily commute. When Jim test-drove the 2018 Miata with the manual transmission, he felt that it was a bit of work to keep it in the best part of the power band, specifically during day-to-day driving, where you aren't really opening up and cutting loose on unoccupied corners of the road.


In comparison, the Fiat 124 with the automatic was a lot easier to drive, yet still offering a very high level of response, courtesy of the 184 lbs – ft of torque generated by the turbo engine. He had the 124 predominantly in the rainy season, not providing a lot of time to have the top down. After a few very heavy downpours, the interior was adequately warm and dry, which seemed to him to be a grave improvement over convertible sports cars from years past. Several upgraded interior trim levels are available for the Spider, and the advanced safety system is of utmost importance when the top is up: rear visibility can be a bit limited.


Coming down to Jim Butler Fiat of St Louis for a test drive allows you to see just how great the range-topping Abarth is: you obtain the sport mode selector, mechanical limited slip differential, Bilstein front and rear performance suspension with strut tower bar, 17-inch gunmetal wheels, a unique body-color sport fascia, sport-tuned quad-tipped chrome exhaust, heated leatherette, and microfiber performance seats with red accent stitching. The driving experience is even topped off with aluminum accent sport pedals, mirror caps, roll bar cover, and windshield surround with a Gunmetal finish. You'll feel extra confident on the road knowing that blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, and rear park assist are on board for the best in safety, in addition to adaptive front headlights, that turn as you steer!


Fiat 124 Spider: An Illustrated History of The Rallying Roadster Favorite

Friday, April 13 2018

One of the most instrumental moves in building its brand in North America was the unveiling of an old favorite, the much-loved and very characteristic 124 Spider. A namesake whose popularity began with the stylish little 500, then expanded on to the 500L and 500X, this was the perfect opportunity to offer up a road touring option with a fantastic flair as well as a beautiful and modern design. Back in November 1966, the Fiat 124 Spider debuted at the Turin Auto Show, with a body designed by the legendary Pininfarina.


It was, by all means, an instant success, powered by a 1,438 cc engine called the 124 AC 040, which put out just 89 hp. The car made its way to the states in 1968, which became the largest market for the little convertible, with around 175,000 total units sold as production wound down nearly two decades later in 1985. During its early years, the Fiat 124 was the Miata of the time, making sale after sale to top-down sport driving enthusiasts who wanted a back-to-basics sports car with few frills, and an abundance of the fun factor for the daily drive. The 124 Spider was iconic and one-of-a-kind, in that it leaves behind the simplicity of form and austere interior of the MX-5, for the a bit more upscale and Italian-crafted draw.


fans really embraced the hood and lines that rush down either side of the car, for heightened amount of speed factor. The rear haunch sports dual lines with muscle, resulting in a look that tends to make one think of a race car. The ducktail spoiler and jutting tailpipes are other telltale features towards the rear end, and the typically bug-ish Fiat lights in the front are a few characteristic portals that sit at the corners of this sleek roadster's front. There are still traces of the original 1960's 124 to be found in the front fascia, hood work, and the badge on the lid of the deck. The overall shape has a much more modern appeal, and we have long been won over by its “love it or hate it” design stance.


Stop by and visit us here at Jim Butler of Fiat, and check out the 7-inch touchscreen, with the Fiat Connect 7.0 system, and check out how the Bose premium system addition will add appropriate volume and thump to the journey. There is also the excitement of the Spider – S design, which just made its debut at the Geneva Auto Show. This is where the luxury trim level is completed with 17-inch lightweight alloy wheels, a tricolor badge on the rear, and a uniquely polished steel appearance. Leather seats and steering wheel are other great features of the Spider- S, and you'll also enjoy a dual chrome exhaust, as well as a Keyless Go system, cruise control, and mp3 Radio with USB port and four speakers. Since 1966, there have undoubtedly been significant changes to the Spider, and the 124 is an absolute reincarnation of the true two-door model lover's desire!

Throwback Thursday: Origins Of The FIAT 500 And Abarth

Friday, 4/6/18

In the rigid demands of a post-war world, the market was hungry for economy cars that were inexpensive to run, and also very reliable. The very first Fiat model was a front-engine 2-door coupe released in 1949, and due to its small size, it was very successful in Europe. The tuning company known as Abarth gave the team the special potential to squeeze extra power from the engine, and really optimize its full performance potential. The production of the 500 initially was discontinued in 1975, but during 2007, the Fiat company released a new model with a very appealing “retro” style and vibe.


Karl Alberto Abarth was born on November 15, 1908, in Vienna, Austria, and his astrological birth sign was the Scorpion, which later would become the company's prominent logo. In 1958, Abarth created the very groundbreaking car that would gain him fame worldwide: the Fiat 500 Abarth. The 479 cc engine's compression ratio was increased from 6.55:1 to 10.5:1, a Weber 26 IMB carburetor was fitted, and the fuel and intake systems were optimized to their full potential. With the addition of a tuned Abarth exhaust, power was now up to 26 bhp, and the little car could comfortably carry four in transit.


He had successfully proven that small cars could be used as the basis for much more reliable racing models, and the phrase “small but wicked” became commonplace. The relationship between Fiat and Abarth was greatly strengthened when Fiat began compensating Abarth based on the number of racing victories achieved, and after several victory runs, the partnership became recognized by scores of enthusiasts worldwide. This charismatic and very unique car lives up to its promise of outward appearance, by offering up a complete package that is full of sheer old-school motoring pleasure.


Now bored out to a 700cc motor, and equipped with a lightened flywheel as well as special pistons, the current model is universally appealing, able, and visually attractive. With the perfect amount of raspy exhaust note, alloy wheels and brand new disc brakes, this car is road-ready, and available for immediate viewing right here at Jim Butler Fiat of St Louis. Easily one of the most endearing cars of all time, it's impossible to drive a classic Fiat 500 without attracting the warmest of smiles. We love having the ability to offer St Louis residents one of the most iconic and game-changing vehicles of all time: the Fiat 500 is one fantastic way to navigate the urbanest of areas in style!






Dynamic and Distinct S-Design Models Launched at Geneva

Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Geneva Motor Show has graced this March with the debut of the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design, touted proudly alongside the 500X S-design. This is Fiat's answer to customers who are seeking a very specific element of style, with a contemporary and very distinct appearance. The personality evoked is one-of-a-kind, and this is a two-seated and scorching example of what the finest, and most intricately inspired craftsmanship in the world can accomplish. The new model now comes with a host of Mopar original accessories, that includes a roll bar and a front pillar, as well as rear mirror caps in immaculately-polished steel.


The look is also complemented with custom-designed 17-inch lightweight alloy wheel rims, a tricolor badge on the rear, and a red adhesive stripe that adds to the sporty appearance of the new 124. Under the hood, the Fiat 124 Spider S-Design is equipped with the 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine, with the MultiAir technology. This system uses a hydraulic fluid that runs through very narrow passages, and these connect the intake valves and the camshaft so the two can eventually decouple. When the present solenoid is closed, the hydraulic fluid transmits motion to the valve, just as in a traditional engine. Fiat has painstakingly made sure that the responsiveness of the electronic controls is up to par, and this is an addition that can also enable a 10-percent horsepower boost.


Come check out how the S-design trim is the perfect balance of urban sportiness, sultry style, and absolutely stealing the show with just one glance. The good folks Covered the unveiling and claimed that the manual transmission is the one to snag if you want outright and memorable performance stats. It enables the 124 to hit 62 mph from a complete standstill in 7.5 seconds. The S-design comes heavily-equipped with automatic climate control, leather seats and steering wheel, keyless go, dual chrome exhaust, and the active hood lift system.


Completely overhauled and revived two years ago, the Fiat 124 Spider was the very first compact to pose a challenge to the Miata MX-5, after many long years. Seasoned critics claim that the styling of the Spider is superior to what the Miata boasted, and it uses turbocharged units to boot. When you pay us a visit here in St Louis for a test drive, you'll quickly appreciate how the polished steel details, chrome rims, standard fog lamps, and leather seats add to the already awesome character of the Spider.

The wrapping in chrome is what really provides the finishing touch of elegance, and the contrast of red on white is going to be an instant hit with those who have a love for the finer things in life. An mp3 radio unit with a USB port and four speakers is also included, and safety has been enhanced with the addition of four protective airbags. This is a car that delivers outstanding stability while braking and turning, and is admittedly one of the most fun automotive choices to drive in current existence!

FIAT 500 Urbana Edition: Unique, Fun-to-Drive New Icon at New York Auto Show
Monday, Mar 26, 2018

Just days ago as spring really began to pop nationwide, it was announced that the brand we love to back is providing the latest and best-equipped entrant to the Urbana lineup: the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition. It will be on display during this year's New York International Auto Show and will offer more horsepower than any of its competitors. It is an awesome to drive, Italian-designed icon, and it has a determined and savvy stance of creating a very personalized new option for Fiat customers here in St Louis, and everywhere.


Slated to be available on 2018 Fiat 500 Pop hatchback models, the Fiat 500 Urbana Edition offers a number of ways for Fiat customers to mix it up a bit, and stand out shamelessly from the crowd. Some of the unique highlights are black-trimmed exterior lights and 16-inch hyper-black aluminum wheels that showcase signature Urbana Edition elements, adding to the already legendary and telltale Italian Fiat 500 vibe. Once inside, the notable interior elements include black Sports Cloth front bucket seats, with silver accent stitching, and a black instrument-panel bezel adding to the very peppy and fun inner environment.


On the exterior, available paint colors include Bianco White Ice, Pompei Silver, Perla White Tri-coat, Granito Gray, and Metallo Gray. The 2018 Fiat 500L Urbana Edition provides a modern and savvy look for 500L Trekking models. You also snag up 17-inch black aluminum wheels, black exterior mirrors, and an ultra-cool black roof. The exterior paint colors available for this edition are Blu Denim, Blue Tornado, Bronzo Metallizato, Arancio Pastello, Bianco, and Giallo. This edition will arrive in Fiat studios during the spring of 2018.


The 2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is based on the Fiat 500X Trekking model and features Miron black-painted mirror caps, door handles, tail-lamp surrounds, tailgate release, and skid plate, all highlighted with the copper-accented side molding, and 500X logo. There are fitting and stylish 18-inch Miron and matte black wheels, which are also accented with a copper center cap, while Mopar side moldings, black side roof rails, and dark headlamp surrounds add charm and affluence to the 500X Urbana's gaze-grabbing appearance. Inside, this edition features limited-edition seats with black Castiglio chevron-patterned fabric, black textured instrument panel with a copper 500 logo, a center console that is painted black, and Miron-painted radio.


The 500X Urbana Edition package is available for $845 on both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive 2018 500X Trekking models, and the 2018 Fiat 500X Urbana Edition is already available in Fiat studios this minute! Very reminiscent of the original Cinquecento, the entire Fiat 500 lineup gets the benefit of all-turbo power for 2018, with the 1.4-liter MultiAir Turbo engine that delivers 135 horsepower, and 150 lb-ft of torque, plus an appearance that is much sportier and youthful. Come check out the vehicle line that has earned more than 80 international awards, and continues to inspire Eco-conscious owners worldwide every day!


All New FIAT-Chrysler Models To Come Equipped With Apple Music
Thursday, Mar 15, 2018

Our favorite part of the day is when you can leave your location of main responsibility, get into your car, and crank up some music! It doesn't really matter what type of tunes you are in the mood for: if you have the equipment and the streaming means to get what you are after, your drive time just got that much better. Fiat Chrysler autos said this Tuesday that it will begin a year-long promotion on May 1st that includes a six-month subscription to Apple Music for new users on every model already furnished with Apple CarPlay. If you already love the service enough to be a current subscriber, the promotion will then cover three months of their subscription.


As of early last month, Apple had 36 million users and is definitely on the move to catch up to industry-dominating Spotify, who is heftily doubling that subscription number. Armed and pleasantly dangerous to any audiophile who would want to get their hands on over 45 million songs for the ride, we are excited to offer this service to anyone getting into a new vehicle for 2018. Originally strictly a music service, Apple Music also began expanding into video as well two years ago. You'll be able to enjoy the 24/7 “beats 1” broadcast: it airs an up-to-date blend of pop, rap, and indie music. 

The Fiat 500L is one vehicle that you can get this special Apple Music deal on: it has seen a refresh for the 2018 year. The front is a bit more upright, and the lower air intake and foglight surrounds are big and wide, with an appealing contrast of chrome and black plastic. 40 percent of the components on the 500L is all new, and it has also been fully updated with LED accents. With 37 available color combinations, there is also a new trim level that promises the ability to have a bit more off-road prowess.


The Fiat 124 Spider is the car that Motortrend called “an open-top thrill machine”, and will be an excellent contender to have heightened song-selection as part of the ride. This is the rear-wheel-drive roadster-style car that is a true landmark accomplishment, and it is powered by 1.4-liter inline -four that produces 160 hp, and 184 lb-ft of torque. During Motor Trend's testing, the Spider was able to reach the 60 MPH mark in 6.5 seconds, and diehard track fans appreciate its binding similarity to the Mazda Miata.


Since you may be thinking about taking advantage of this great promotion from Apple, the Luxury Collection is a good trim choice: a nine-speaker Bose audio system, sport leather seats, and Fiat Connect with navigation are all included. Deemed as “the most fun” to drive in a group including the BMW M2, Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Focus, and Toyota 86, the 124 Spider is absolutely a car selection for the spring season that will lure you daily out the door and into two-lane bliss!


Abarth 124 GT Debuts in Europe; Features Special Snap-on Hard Top
Friday, Mar 9, 2018

During the production of the first two generations of Miata, Mazda had offered an optional fiberglass hardtop, that enthusiasts fell in love with right away. If anyone is lucky enough to find these hardtops online, they tend to get snatched up pretty quickly, as it is the ultimate additive for an already very sought-after model. Fiat just introduced a carbon fiber hardtop, which makes its debut on the new Abarth GT model in Europe for the year. It weighs only 35 pounds and works to increase the car's structural rigidity upon installment. It even has a rear-window defroster, and you don't even need to remove the standard soft-top for its use.


In addition to this much-sought-after feature, there are 17-inch OZ wheels that help reduced unsprung weight, and a standard Record Monza exhaust to properly liven things up in the noise department. There is also a carbon-fiber rear spoiler, and at this time, the 124 Abarth GT is slated to be released for the European market only. If the hardtop itself ever arrives in the States, Miata purists would be all about getting their hands on it, and many are probably already on the hunt with various plans on the web to track one down.


Powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline 4 that produces 160 hp, the Abarth engine model produces 184 lb-ft of torque, and also delivers an EPA-rated 25/36 mpg city/highway with the six-speed automatic, or 26/35 mpg with the six-speed manual transmission. Power is routed to the rear wheels, and the 124 Spider hit 60 MPG within about 6.5 seconds when tested by the skilled crew at Motor Trend. This is absolutely a car with styling on the slightly slinky side: the handling is very spry, and it is a car that was designed to simply be a blast to drive.


You'll enjoy nearly instantaneous daylight thanks to a pretty easy-folding top, and this is going to always feel like a relaxed and comfortable touring car, much like the close cousin it has in the Mazda MX-5 Miata. The 124 Spider provides a slightly larger trunk and turbocharging with the engine that cranks out 5 more horsepower. The 124 is known for having an overall quieter ride than the MX-5 Miata, and we daresay that this is quite likely the most fun two-seater in existence.


The Fiat feels a bit more upscale inside and offers 4.9-cubic-foot trunk, a slight gain over the 4.6 cubic-feet in the MX-5. When you visit us here at Jim Butler for a pre-spring test drive, you'll love the lack of body roll, agile handling, and quaint elegance of the 124: you can also look into stepping up the luxury factor with the Lusso trim! Leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a 7-inch infotainment screen are among the additions when you opt for the Lusso Package. 

FIAT 500X Spy Shots: Poised to Receive A Healthy Dose Of Updates
Friday, Mar 2, 2018

The 500X Is known affectionately as the Jeep Renegade's Italian Cousin, and there is no better time than the brand new year to receive a round of updates. When new cars are spotted driven around and being tested, spy shots are many times the medium that presents to the public just what is on tap as far as appearance, features, design, and development. The updated 500X was spotted recently driving around under a bit of cover, and the first thing noticed is that there are brand new designs for the instrument cluster, as well as a steering wheel.


Currently offered with two powertrain options, you have the choice of a 160-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged inline 4, or a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter inline 4. The first option is offered with front-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual, and the 2nd is offered with front or all-wheel drive, as well as 9-speed automatic. Since the 2019 Jeep Renegades have been puttering around for a few weeks, it makes sense for the Fiat to come out with a large refresh, since the two closely share much of the same components and technology.


Specifically designed for a very urban breed of clientele, the 500x is suitable for anyone just arriving to St Louis for a new job, or perhaps a student making the shift into their graduate or doctorate education. Navigating tight spots and busy lanes is what the 500x is known for, and there is nothing more fitting than feeling the pride of a truly Eco-conscious car during the early spring months. We are fully aware that many full-size SUVs are the rage currently, but it feels fantastic to know that you are doing your part in a world and environment that is rapidly changing every day.


The front grille, vents, and fender are probably the same on the new model, although the spy shots make it a bit difficult to be exactly sure. The headlamps seem to have seen a tweak that has resulted in them slimming down, and some fancy LED's may be on the horizon for the 500x. The turn signals and fog lights have slimmed down, and so it makes sense that the solution for making up for a loss in power would be with hyper-efficient LED. The taillights appear to have the same shape but have some added depth and complexity once you give them a close look inside. Instead of a fully red shade, there's a clear/silver section in the middle of the light. The 500x remains a vehicle selection that is practical and innovative, and the changes coming up in the near future will solidify its standing as a valuable and stylish entry in the city-dwellers choice lineup!

"Reloaded By Creators" Stokes Collectors By Bringing Back The Classics
Friday, Feb 23, 2018

No matter how modern and technology-laden the latest models become, the most classic styles of fine cars always have a unique and longstanding appeal. Iconic brands such as Jaguar have lately announced a continuation run of the D-Type, Porsche was featured in a show at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, and Land Rover is making plans to restore a Series 1. Famed nighttime television host Jay Leno also had an up-close focus on the 1942 Dodge Carryall, and after noticing this sudden and very strong re-surging interest in the classics, Fiat Chrysler decided to take a large step back into history, with the “Reloaded by Creators” service.


Reloaded by Creators is slated to purchase the best of classics from the Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, and Lancia brands, restore them to original grade, and then sell them to eager collectors. When the head of FCA Heritage Roberto Giolito made the news public in Paris at Retromobile, he also shed light on what the first offerings would be: the Lancie Fulvia Coupe Montecarlo from 1973, Spidereuropa Pininfarina from 1981, as well as the 1989 Alfa Romeo SZ, and a 1959 Lancia Appia Coupe.


These will be iconic in many aspects, but mainly because these classics represent the last of their kind to be built. Not just regarding model year, but with respect to design and engineering, there were no model changes following each of these. Each vehicle will be fully guaranteed by FCA, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Money raised from these sales will be used by the historic division to locate and add cars to its permanent collection, providing viewers everywhere the opportunity to enjoy their legacy and magic.


If you are looking to acquire auto financing on a new or used car, our sales staff here at Jim Butler Fiat are the ones to help you reach that goal. The “Reloaded by Creators” movement is a fantastic way to commemorate some of the models that made history, and the ones that were the original corner-cutting leaders of the pack. As the auto landscape begins to shift towards cars that are loaded with cutting-edge safety features and things to make the drive easier, many customers out there appreciate the ways in which the industry is taking giant leaps forward.


But sincere appreciation of these legendary and throwback models is gaining traction, and the timing for this series couldn't be better. If your current well-appreciated Fiat ever runs into any difficulty in the maintenance department, you can see us here at Jim Butler to take care of detailing, paintless dent repair, Auto body repair, and help with severe storm damage! Our service department is standing by to help you with anything from minor to the most detailed of expert repairs. 

2018 FIAT 500 Now Produces 135 Horse Power With Turbo At Helm Of Entire Lineup
Friday, Feb 16, 2018

The Fiat 500 is an ideal model for tackling an everyday drive with, leaving you feeling free and spontaneous, while evoking a subtle vibe. Many who have chosen the 500 as their daily commuter have been left with a sense of accomplishment and excitement of aiding the Earth's plight: minimizing our footprint has long been the agenda here among the engineering and development teams. Word had gotten back to us that in order to step it up a bit for 2018, a bit more power for hill climbing and other elements of urban navigation was needed. On new models, the 500 now is the recipient of a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, included as standard equipment.


Going to bat gravely for a huge amount of aid in the acceleration department, the unit produces 135 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and comes with a five-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission. Come talk to us here at Jim Butler Fiat of St Louis, and see how you can add some new style and spice to your car with the choice of the Pop or Lounge model: these receive a performance braking system, sports suspension, 16-inch aluminum wheels, and ParkView rear backup camera. Another awesome improvement for the New Year's models is the addition of a super cool sports spoiler, fog lamps, body-color front and rear fascias, side-sill ground effects, and an added Turbo badge on the liftgate.


Three new colors will be available on the 2018 500 lineups: Brilliante Red, Mezzanotte Blue Pearl, and Vesuvio Black Pearl are all available for you to select from to give your car the personality you wish for. If the Abarth is what you're after to ultimately upgrade your St Louis Metro driving experience, you'll be deriving the power from a 1.4-liter turbo engine, that creates 160 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque with the five-speed manual, or 157 hp and 183 lb-ft of torque by means of the six-speed automatic. There is an intense difference in the Abarth that a performance suspension provides, as well as 16-inch black aluminum wheels, Pirelli tires with red brake calipers, and dual exhaust.


One feature that is impressing droves of new customers that are making the savvy switch to Fiat is three-mode electronic stability control: it has a unique torque transfer control system that maximizes throttle performance while in the act of cornering. It is a modern and versatile function that works to keep the vehicle headed in the driver's intended direction, even when the vehicle is pushing the envelope in terms of road traction limits. If you have ever really wanted to up the ante on your performance driving, time is of the essence to act now: buying or leasing the Fiat 500 Abarth will net you a one-day driving session at the Bob Bondurant School of High-Performance Driving. The premiere driver-training destination for anyone who wants to become more skilled behind the wheel, this is one place where you'll have more fun than you ever imagined while honing every aspect of your driving ability!

Consumer Reports Herald's FIAT 500 As The "Ideal Urban Runabout"
Thursday, Feb 8, 2018

During 1930, a non-profit organization dedicated to product testing with an unbiased model, research that was consumer-oriented, and education was set in motion. Consumer Reports publishes widely useful reviews and comparisons of products and services, based on straight-line reporting and results from thorough testing. One thing everyone here at Jim Butler Fiat has always admired about them is that they accept no advertising, and pay themselves for all of the products they test. Always known for providing a very razor-sharp and introspective look at whatever they are reviewing, we were thrilled to hear that the Fiat 500 L was going to be picked over closely by their expert team.


When put to the test on the road, one of the first observations the team from Consumer Reports had was regarding the handling. The nimble and calculated ways in which the car behaves is appreciated by many new customers that walk through the door, and so it was no surprise that this team of professionals was smitten by it as well. Also citing the model for its characteristic of “undeniable cuteness”, they were quick to realize the sense of charm that this quirky and insanely well-crafted model evokes. Categorizing the front cabin as “surprisingly spacious”, the widely-approved publication gave props to the 500 L for providing ample room within a space that can appear deceiving from the outside.


Claiming the 33 MPG rating as “terrific”, the good people on staff here know an environmentally sound and viable addition to today's auto offerings when they see it. The 500 L is available in two different turbocharged models: a 135-hp Turbo, and the very able 160-hp Abarth, which adds vital increments of more power. As better weather begins to rear its much-anticipated head here in St Louis, the convertible 500c will be a welcome addition to anyone's 2018 driving regimen. The all-electric model has been ranked by test drivers as “surprisingly fun”, and touts the greatly improved comfort during the overall ride with the battery's extra boost.


If you are looking to up the ante and nail down a bit more of an outgoing and sporty vibe, the Abarth version of the 500 is definitely not one to be mistaken for the shy guy on the sidelines. With an appearance well-crafted by the stripes on the side and red-trimmed seats, it is a true smaller-sized roadster that conveys not only a sense of adventure, but also a slightly retro-themed beacon in the very choppy and tech-defined waters of modern car development. The tighter-than-usual confines of a European road were absolutely where much of the inspiration for the Fiat 500 L's design came from: we hope that you visit soon, and check out just how inspiring and lovable the 2018 model is!



Taken To The Track: FIAT 124 Spider Abarth Road Test
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018

Providence is one of those cities that is as truly unique as they come. A bustling shipping and industry hub just an hour south of Boston, the smallest state's metro area is home to an ivy league university, beaches with an age-old and distinct charm, and lobster that our blog writer truly thinks rivals those hauled in from the shore off Maine. This is a place where eclectic folks dine in some of the finest restaurants in the country, and quality tastes are a trait of a very large fraction of residents. It does not come as a surprise that their local news portal wanted to road test the 124 Spider this month and see what the iconic Italian roadster could do when truly put to the test.


This driving experience is a pure-bred combination of technology and safety features, with world-class design elements, including a few that took their cue from a world-class original. A generally low-riding profile, body sides that are wildly attractive, and very well-balanced proportions are characteristic of Spiders, both old and new. All models come standard with a MultiAir Turbo 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, which is still its first application ever in a rear-wheel drive vehicle. It produces the top-of-the-class 160 horsepower when situated in the Lusso and Classica, and 164 horsepower in the Abarth. New for this year is Red Top Editions for the Lusso and red Brembo four-wheel disc performance.


The specimen that was selected for the ultimate in road testing was the Grigio Chiaro (Silver Metallic) color, with red-stitched Nero Black leather, and microfiber sports seats. Shifting duties were performed by a six-speed AISIN automatic transmission, with the smooth ride delivered by 17-inch Gun Metallic aluminum wheels, and the addition of three-season performance tires. One of the first stealth traits noticed off the bat was the performance-tuned suspension, as well as the limited-slip differential. The road testing expert thought the visibility through the front was great, and also noticed that the acoustic headliner did a good job of helping to absorb noise from the wind and road.

Climate control knobs were simply presented, and right within reach. Infotainment knobs were close, marked thoroughly, and easy to access. It is possible to very quickly notice just how fun the 124 Spider Abarth is to drive, and nimble handling is one characteristic that this car is known for, as well as some of the least body rolls you'll find in turns. Providence is one of those cities where scores of consumers will flock to the large SUV-club: with proud tradition comes large families. But as the sun sets in locations from right here in St Louis to spots such as Caserta's Pizzeria and Spike's Junkyard Dogs on Thayer Street in Providence, some two-door concoctions just won't do: The Spider 124 is the preservation of tradition, flamboyant frame lines, and the overpowering urge to keep greatness cruising the road!

Car Connection Deems 2018 FIAT 500L "Useful & Responsive"
Thursday, Jan 25, 2018

As the first month of the New year draws to a close, many consumers here in St Louis and around the globe are carefully gleaning car reviews and stat sheets while thinking about what their next purchase will be. Car Connection senior editor John Voelcker was named one of 60 jurors for the North American Car and Truck of the Years Awards and has driven electric and hybrid cars from almost two dozen automakers. He weighed in on the new 500L last week and set out to see just how unique and useful the 2018 model is. Right off the bat, he thought that the new 500L is a much different vehicle than the funky little three-door hatchback that completely relaunched the Italian brand in the States seven years ago.


The sliding second-row seat and complete redesigning of the front and rear were impressive to John as well, and this vehicle's blend of function and style will appeal to many commuter types that dwell here in the crowded city. He also awarded the 500L plus points for its tall, glassy style, a trait that definitely sets the line apart from many others out there. Once you get comfortable and check out the interior, you'll immediately notice the 7.0-inch touchscreen to bringing the model up to date, along with an entirely redesigned console that sees the cupholders, shifter, and emergency brake in new positions.


A new steering wheel is also added for 2018, as well as some new paint colors: pastel orange, metallic bronze, and blu denim are all available to add to the character of the new car. John deemed the most distinctive version of the car as the Trekking: it has off-road-styled additions on the outside that include flared wheel wells, and 17-inch wheels. Last year, Fiat changed the way in which the powertrain is rationalized: it now has the same 160-horsepower 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that powers the original 500. A 6-speed automatic transmission sends the power to the front wheels only, but selecting the 500x small crossover provides all-wheel drive.


Taking the 500L for a test drive will quickly reveal the benefits of the turbocharged inline 4, producing 184 lb-ft of torque. In terms of handling, the simple design twist-beam rear axle should not be underestimated, and the struts on the 500l are fitted with Koni shock absorbers that do a great job of dampening the harsher motions of any ride. At highway speeds, Jon reflected during his test drive that the 500L responded quickly and predictably, and it fared better than the Mini Cooper Countryman, and as adequate as the Kia Soul for a smooth ride on city streets that have not aged gracefully.


A high roofline provides ample head and shoulder room for four passengers, and two large suitcases can easily fit into the cargo area: Auto Show has a great new video depicting the features of the 500L and showcasing its performance: while giving it a view, you really get a feel for its versatile capabilities, as well as its very upper-quality design! Check it out Here:

Highlights From "What's New": 2018 FIAT 500X Updates
Friday, Jan 19, 2018

The hot new features found on cars are some of the most exciting reasons to decide to purchase! For 2018, there is a slew of updates for our 500X: the crossover craze has absolutely been sweeping the globe as of late, and many customers are looking for the SUV that fits their character and needs best. Previously only available on S-Design models, the Donatello Bronze and Alpi Matte Green color schemes will be available across the board. Everyone loves to stay connected and enjoy their favorite media while on the road now, and Bluetooth with audio streaming and voice recognition are some of the best tools to keep on the grid while cruising to your destination.


From the Pop Star trim level up, there is now a high-resolution 7-inch Uconnect HD live touchscreen, and a TomTom 3d satellite navigation system as well as a rear parking camera as included components. If you have downloaded the Uconnect Live app onto your phone, you can access the material like a Reuters news feed, music streaming from Tune in and Deezer, as well as Facebook check-in and Twitter status updates. Of course, the system also offers Android Auto, as well as AppleCarPlay for options to get a quick and convenient way to access data stored on their device.


CarPlay makes driving easier by a reduction in distractions, and it's more user-friendly than some of its competitors. It gives you the ability to access a wide variety of features from your phone, without even touching your mobile device, or even taking your eyes off the road. You'll be powered in the base model by a 1.6-liter turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, that produces 160 hp, and 184 lb-ft of torque. Also coming standard with this vehicle is 16-inch steel wheels with covers, heated side-view mirrors, a USB port, electric parking brake, and a body-color rear spoiler.


Ask us here at Jim Butler about the features the top Lounge model provides for you: heated front seats and steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, dual-zone climate control, a traction control system with three modes, interior ambient lighting, auto-dimming rearview mirror, an 8-speaker premium audio system, and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Lounge Premium Package offers up 18-inch wheels, Beats premium audio system, and a dual-pane power moonroof to the driving experience. We'd love to show you why the new 500x surpasses rivals such as the Chevrolet Trax, and Honda HR-V: Come Check out the Uniquely Italian styled crossover that will upgrade the fun factor on every urban trek you take!


The FIAT 124 Spider Challenge: How Does It Measure Up To Its Predecessor? 
Friday, Jan 12, 2018

Just like twin brothers who seem alike but have quite different personalities, the Miata and the Spider 124 Abarth are two similar roadsters that have made their mark on the American auto market in many ways. When people walk in to see us here at Jim Butler in St Louis, many are amazed right away by the Spider 124: it is one of those fine cars that is about the best any well-informed enthusiast can buy. Our brand was literally handed over the Mazda Miata and assigned the task of making some major changes without ruining the entire car. This was admittedly not easy, but the results are very monumental to car enthusiasts everywhere.


One major difference is the governing factor that sways many other car comparisons: the engine. Both the Fiat and Abarth 124 Spiders come with the 1.4-liter MultiAir 4-cylinder turbo, which cranks out 170 horsepower, and 180 lb-ft of torque. What was done away with during this change in lineup was the 2.0-liter, 155- horsepower engine that was in the old Mazda, and the good news is that the torque delivery is instrumental in making the spider feel quicker. The staff at Autoevolution noted that the Spider 124 also has a much softer suspension, which makes for more body roll during cornering.


The knowledgeable and widely-revered experts from Jalopnik claimed after their own comparison that “Fiat has gone and made a roadster that's better than the Miata”. If you peel back the pages of automotive history just six years ago, that's when Fiat managed to acquire the responsibility of the task, and there was a bit of disagreement in general among those involved. Alfa Romeo was going to originally be the ones re-designing the Miata, but FCA appointed Fiat the task after lengthy negotiations and considerations about manufacturing locations.


Every single piece of sheet metal has been drastically changed from the Miata, and the new Spider 124 evokes a bit more of a classic look and slight increase in trunk space. As far as the interior, it is very similar to the Miata in nearly every single way. The switches are the same, as are the infotainment system and light placement. While the seat structure is nearly identical, the Spider 124 sports foam inside, giving it a softer cushion for the ride.


Ask us about how the Lusso and Abarth will provide you with upscale leather quality, and up the enjoyment factor during your next twisty-road adventure. Engineered by Italians yet prepared for the American market, you're probably going to want to opt for the manual shift to get the full potential out of this refined roadster. If you so wish, you can opt for an automatic with paddle shifters, but whichever model you choose, every inch of what appears in your rearview as you blast away is slated to be pure pleasure and exhilaration in the new Spider 124!

2018 FIAT 124 Spider Herald's New Year By Claiming Best Buy Award 
Thursday, Jan 4, 2018

Sporty performance cars definitely have their well-touted position in the market: there is nothing quite as refreshing as really craving to go out for a drive, leaving the home or office, and opening up the throttle on the untamed road. If you are attempting to quench a very dire thirst by means of car best suited for families or outings to stock up on groceries, you're not gonna be too satisfied with the bite, or the lack of ability to scream through various pavement challenges. The best stories that people have about driving seem to almost always involve wonderful turns, awe-inspiring 0-60 time claims, and an overall sense of edginess and grit. The editors of 
Consumer Guide Automotive announced their picks for best buys of the new year, and it is no surprise that the Spider 124 stoically earned the claim.


Head publisher Tom Appel claims that “The tradition-bound Spider delivers a considerable dose of driving pleasure for a very reasonable price”, and this couldn't be closer to the truth! Each of the three available trim levels is powered amply by the 1.4-liter I4 MultiAir Turbo engine, which is paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Classica and Lusso trims feature a powertrain that generates 160 horsepower, and 184 lb-ft of torque, while the powertrain found in the Abarth trim level steps up to the beckoning plate generating 164 horsepower, and 184 lb-ft of torque.


Classic Italian styling and performance are brought to the center stage of the nation and right here in the city of St Louis at Jim Butler Fiat, as well as the ability to pay homage to the original version of the 124 Spider, 50 years after its introduction. State-of-the-art safety features, the ability to bring an extreme game to the table of driving excitement, and the ultimate in roadster driving experience with Italian flair are all included. A one-year subscription of SiriusXM Satellite Radio, seven-inch infotainment display, and current technology such as available integrated voice command are all fine features included to assist you in multitasking during the drive.


Also dubbed the “Best New Convertible” by last yearthe staff commented after a test drive: “listen to the sweet 1.4-liter engine, find a twisty road, and see if your cares disappear with the wind. We're betting they will, and that's why the Fiat 124 Spider is the Best”. Back in 1966, the monocoque, front-engine, rear-drive Spider made its first appearance at the Turin Auto Show. With a unique focus on a shorter platform as well as a shorter wheelbase, the original models featured a “torque tube” doing the job of transmitting power to the rear wheels, later replaced by a trailering arm rear axle in 1969.


Widely recognized for its smaller taillights and distinguishable mesh grille, a remarkable success for the early Spider was earned during sales to individual clients. During 1981, Fiat partnered with Legend Industries to create around 700 turbo models for the market in the US. At the time, there was also a “Volumex” supercharged model offered only in Europe. Continuing to be manufactured until the 1990s, it was one of the longest auto production runs in history. We expect this new-for-2018 Spider 124 to make history in its own right: you'll be overwhelmed with excitement to test drive this snug and flair-filled roadster! 

FIAT 500L Closeup: The Italian Family-Friendly City Car
Friday, December 29st, 2017

The Fiat 500 is hands down one of the most iconic and lovable vehicles to grace the market. Customers here at Jim Butler are always raving about the functionality, charm, and wins that it scores in the mileage gleaning category. One of the most important things to realize about the current climate is that lifestyle crossovers are the next big thing, and hard-to-place numbers like the 500x are still going to see high demand. There is more-than-comfortable seating for 5 in the 500L, and you'll love the added support in the front for drives that are longer than average.


The 500L exterior has seen some spot-on tweaks for the New Year, with the Cross trim model bearing new satin chrome scuff plates, and some black plastic cladding on the wheel arches. There is a new steering wheel inspired by the sporty vibe of the 124 Spider, updated dials, and a larger 7-inch touchscreen. Fiat took special care and detail in regards to listening about what customers wanted to see on updated models, and the gearstick is now in an easier-to-reach place, as well as the handbrake being replaced with a much more functional and smart-sized version.


There is a choice of 4 engines now: two 1.4-liter gas motors, and either a 1.3 or 1.6-liter diesel. If you are running with an entire family in tow, the 1.6-liter is best for delivering strong fuel economy, and where the 500L really excels is when it comes to interior space. Versatility and flexibility is the name of the game, and the very roomy and adult-friendly rear-seat is ready to accommodate for any longer trips you had in your immediate schedule. Less expensive than many wagons and comparable to hatchback competitors, you'll find that our beloved Euro-inspired shining star could suit you perfectly in the long run.


Also equipped with LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats, safety is never compromised, and you'll find the interior among the coziest of confines. The very sleek cabin design provides a unique interior flair that rivals can't always meet par on, and the 500L's maximum cargo capacity exceeds many in its class, at 68 cubic feet. Two forms of Uconnect are on board to easily connect you with navigation and phone calls, and you'll love the way the turbocharged 4-cylinder feels while cruising the confines of the city. When you come down to pay us a visit at Jim Butler, ask about how the 500L comes with a 4-year/ 50,000-mile limited warranty, and just how soon you can find yourself driving off the lot In this scaled-down-for-size show stealer!

The New Year's Open-top Thrill Machine: Fiat 124 Spider Updates
Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Fiat's only non-hatchback and rear-wheel drive model is getting some updates for the New Year, and our customers will want to be sure to be in the know! There's plenty to love about the 2018 Fiat 124 Spider: powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 that produces 160 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, it delivers 25/36 mpg city/highway by means of the six-speed automatic. Opting for manual transmission will provide 26/35 mpg, and during Motor Trend testing, the Spider hit 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, then pulling a stop from that speed in 108 feet.

The base 124 Spider Classica model comes standard with electronic locking differential, 16-inch alloy wheels, dual stainless exhaust tips, two USB ports, a black soft top, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Opting for the Lusso model provides 17-inch premium wheels, fog lights with automatic headlights, dual chrome exhaust tips, a 7.0-inch touchscreen display and command dial, automatic temperature control, heated leather-trimmed front seats, and a rearview camera. Stopping in and visiting us at Jim Butler for some holiday cheer can also allow us to show you the range-topping Abarth model: here you snag a sports mode selector, mechanical limited slip differential, Bilstein front and rear performance suspension with strut tower bar, sport-tuned quad-tipped chrome exhaust, and heated leatherette.


The Spider is already a very luxurious car, and every pricing point is going to leave you with a chance to enjoy driving in one of the most fantastic vehicles currently in existence. For those who want the pinnacle offerings, the Luxury Collection sports auto-dimming and heated exterior mirrors, Fiat Connect with navigation, headlight washers, LED headlights, and Sirius XM satellite radio. You'll also be enjoying a nine-speaker Bose audio system and ultra-comfortable sport leather seats. Keeping safe during the drive is always an incredibly high priority: next year's 124 Spider offers blind-spot monitoring, Rear-Cross Path Detection, and Rear Park Assist.


The Lusso is available with a new Red Top Edition for 2018, and this is the model that many drivers claimed ruled the comfort category when really put to the test. The much cushier seat makes for a smoother ride, which the writers of Motor Trend thought was more posh and luxurious than any trim offering from the MX-5. Any turbo engine can be tweaked sufficiently to provide more power, and so the wildest of wishes are possible for the most seasoned of St Louis's roadsters out there. The 124 Spider uses the same 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 found in the Abarth but has the ability to produce a bit more power: the 22 psi boost rating helps greatly in this department. Come check out the revolutionary roadster that is up against the Mazda Miata and Subaru BRZ: the best things in life sometimes come in two-seat packages. 





Upping The Ante On Performance: The Extreme FIAT 500
Thursday, December 14, 2017.

There are lots of people out there who know cars well, and many gearheads who have been in love with the ponies like Mustang and Camaro for decades. What's not to love? High doses of power, sporty and head-turning design, and the telltale snarl that raises eyebrows are all delightfully menacing characteristics of sports cars. Many fans who like that kind of car may scoff at the likes of a Fiat, a car that in many ways seems to take pride in being everything that a gearhead does NOT hold close to their heart! But we proudly flaunt the unique flair and features of our line, and skilled folks like Vancouver-based SR AutoGroup have made quite a healthy ruckus with the way they handled aftermarket tuning.


Taking a car model and really bringing it to life with various different features is a job that is not easy, and when you mod up a car that you love, you are really tapping into its persona. When a diehard auto fan gets their eager hands on a car like the Fiat, it really opens up the potential for more fun during the daily commute, or leisurely weekend pleasure drive. After getting its insides exchanged with the Alfa Romeo 4C via in-house aftermarket master Abarth, the horsepower factor is drastically upped to 350, which is 113 more horse than the 4C, and 190 more than what drives the beloved stock 500.


When you are looking for a car that is smaller and lighter than average, stats like that make an enormous difference, which makes for a great advantage during tasks such as the hill climb. The good folks at Carbuzz.Com auto blog stated that the Giannini 350 really does a superb job of sending appropriate juice to the rear wheels. The dynamics are improved even more due to the positioning of the engine: is mounted right in the middle of the car with a manual transmission is a great help. There is also a custom suspension, very awesome carbon fiber widebody kit, and a unique slits cut into various locations of handiwork.


German tuning firm G-tech accomplished lowering the roof and adding power to the 500 last year, ending up with a fun and funky 230-horsepower, and 243 lb-ft of torque driving pleasure. They also did a great job on the track-only Sportster GT/R, which has 350 hp, and 332 lb-ft. Adding characteristics that are unique to how you want your next car to feel is a skill that anyone who already loves the flavor of Fiat will appreciate, and Novitec was another bunch who did a very sweet looking upgrade of the 500. If you want to forego any of these awesome facelifts, you can still choose from 15 exterior and 10 interior colors. Check out stepping into a Fiat for the New Year, and we guarantee that “You just won't believe how much space is inside”!

A First Time Car Buyer’s Guide – Advice from Our Company President
Wednesday, December 13, 2017.

My name is Brad Sowers.  I have been in the auto business for over 15 years and have helped thousands of buyers ranging from first time buyers to experienced pros, and from people paying cash to people that need credit help.  Many first-time auto buyers have a lot of questions. This is a tool to help you with that decision process. These notes are what I see as best practices for first time buyers. This is only my opinion and you should do your own research.  If you have questions, any of my staff would be happy to help you.

How do I determine how much I can afford for a lease or loan payment? 

There are many factors to review in order to get a perfect number.  In this case we are just going to focus on a typical car buyer who uses their vehicle for personal use.  My suggestion is 20% of gross Income should be your auto expense.  This would include the following:  loan or lease payment,insurance, taxes, maintenance and consumables (gas, fluids, tires and brakes).  Example:  You make $48,000 per year, which is $4,000 per month.  All of these costs should not be more than $800 per month.  That is my opinion.  It is a good place to start. 

Here’s the math: 

Annual income of $48,000 per year equals $48,000 / 12 months = $4,000 monthly. 

Budget for Auto Expense: $4,000 x  20% = $800

Estimated Car Payment ($450) + Monthly Insurance Cost ($75) + Estimated Gas and Maintenance cost ($100) = Est Total Auto Cost ($650). As long as the total cost is equal to or less than $800 you are good to go. 

How does a credit report work and what impact does it have on my buying power? 

Think of a credit report as an adult report card.  This is how banks and credit unions decide if they want you as a customer. However, any issues such as late payments or heavy debt take several years to correct, not a semester.  This report determines how much additional debt you can have, your credit history (how consistently you make payments on the debt you do have) and your current asset to debt ratio.

Banks and credit unions are really tough on first time buyers.  They want to give as little credit as possible and always want you to have a co-signer.  Your goal, if you chose to accept it, is to get the loan without any co-signer.  This gives you the opportunity to build your own credit, a very critical step in your future. 

The vehicle I want versus the vehicle I need? 


Always a tough decision.  It mostly comes down to your credit availability and your pain threshold on cost.  Buying your first vehicle always brings dreams of driving that luxury SUV with every feature available with very low payments.  I assure you, it is just a dream.  The higher the cost, the higher the supplemental cost of maintenance, gas, insurance, consumables and taxes.  Never a good mix for a first-time buyer.  As a first-time buyer, think of this purchase as the first of many.  Set yourself up for the auto you need and try to avoid buying above your head.  You never want your auto to become your burden or the reason as to why you can’t take that trip or have that iPhone you want. 


New versus used?

Good question.  Again, it depends on your needs.  Near new or Certified Used as most companies call them are usually the best bet.  They come with warranties close to what you get with a new vehicle so you are not surprised by huge maintenance expenditures.  This is a great option if you are looking for a reliable vehicle. If looking at used, always ask to see the Auto Check Report and make certain you are buying from a reputable company so that you do not have any title issues.  Never buy a high mileage luxury vehicle (over 80,000 miles) just because it is cheap and looks great.  Trust me, there is a reason why that person traded that vehicle in.  If the dealer shows you the reconditioning report and they fixed multiple issues, then maybe, but as a first-time buyer, I would stick with a non-luxury model. 


Lease versus buy? 

As a first-time buyer, leasing is really your best option.  There are tons of calculators out there that can model this for you and you should review them.  Chances are you are young, at your first or second real job and your life is probably coming at you very quickly.  Ask yourself, what will change in the next 3-5 years?  Will you have a different job, will you be married or have a child?  All of these questions are important.  They will help you determine the type of vehicle you want.  If you want to buy a vehicle and plan to drive it for 10 years or put excessive miles on it, leasing is not for you.  If you want to have low payments and be able to trade out with no cost to you, leasing could be for you.  If you really have no clue what your life will bring in the next three years and you do not drive excessive miles (average under 12,000 miles per year) then leasing is for you. 


What are my next steps?

So, you have read this, you know what you can afford, and you are ready to buy or lease a new or pre-owned vehicle.  Your job is RESEARCH.  There is so much information online you can spend an eternity doing research on financing and what type of vehicle.  Ask your family or friends about a dealer close to where you live or work.  Understand their reputation by looking at Google and Yelp reviews of the business. Reviews are not the end-all;  the way the business responds to them is the gold standard.  Do they respond?  Do they acknowledge issues and correct?  That is the business you want to be a partner with.  No one is perfect, but dealers that really try are the ones that will make you a happy customer.

During your visit to the store, make sure you are clear that you want the lowest possible payment with the most value for your buck.  You should also make sure they know you have done your finance research (know your credit score, understand your budget, etc.) and you want to make certain your first buying experience is awesome and without a co-signer.  By communicating this to them, they will work hard to get the right model in front of you. 

You have picked what you think is the best vehicle. Before they sit you down in the finance office, do the research on the vehicle.  Does is have a history of bad quality?  If it is a new car, you can ask about any quality awards the manufacturer has earned and how they stand behind their product. 

Sit down with the finance person.  If everything matches your needs (monthly payment, etc.) you can sign and take delivery.  If not, do not be afraid to say no.  This is your life decision.  Make sure it fits what you want.  Sometimes you simply cannot get everything you want but you will have to decide the best payment structure you are willing to take. 


Should I buy extra products in the dealer’s F&I (Finance & Insurance) office that will add to the payment amount?  

The first question you must ask: does it add value to my purchase or lease?  Second, does it protect me from future high costs?  Thirdly, can I afford it or does it compute?  As an example, excessive wear and tear is an insurance option on a lease contract.  Are you are tough on an auto? Do you tend to get dents and dings? Do you drive it hard and do your roads have lots of pot holes?  If you answered yes to these questions, then yes, it is worth every penny to have that coverage on a lease. 

Should I buy GAP insurance?  If you are financing a vehicle for more than three years the answer is absolutely yes.  GAP (Guaranteed Auto Protection) is basically an insurance policy to help you pay off your loan if you are in an auto accident.  Let’s do some simple math:  You bought a car for $20,000 and in year two you have an accident that totals your vehicle.  Your insurance company or the company of the person that hit you says your auto is worth $10,000, but you still owe $15,000.  GAP pays that additional $5,000 to your bank so that you do not have any out of pocket expenses.  It is cheap and a lifesaver. 

·       Should I buy an Extended Service Contract? If you plan on keeping the vehicle past the manufacturer warranty, the answer is always yes.  Do your research on cost but be careful, only buy from a reputable source.  The manufacturer usually has an extended warranty branded by them, or Ally Bank has one; these are reputable and will be around in case you need to use them. 

·       Should I buy Tire & Wheel, Key FOB replacement and Dent and Ding Insurance?  If you are the type of person that wants to make sure you have no additional cost during your ownership, these are great products.  Small dents and dings are taken care of for the life of your loan.  Key fob replacements are done at no charge (today’s vehicle FOBs cost over $300 to have configured and replaced), and if you have expensive tires, then yes this usually makes sense.  Again, it depends on your budget and your desire to take the expenses as they come or if you are a person that feels better having coverage. 


Summary for a First-Time Buyer:  

·       Communicate what you want upfront when you walk into a dealership. 

o   What cars you want to test drive

o   Type of financing or lease options you are interested in

o   Expected time frame for your delivery

·       Do everything possible to complete the loan/purchase without a co-signer.

·       Stay within your budget. Don’t let your first major purchase drag you down for the next 10 years of your life.

·       Find those 2-3 features you most want in a vehicle and make sure you get them.

·       Remember, most of the time you are not looking for a lifetime vehicle, just a lifetime dealer.

·       Take into account your driving conditions and possible future directional changes in your life.

·       Develop trust with your dealership. A good dealer really do want what is best for you.  They want your business for a lifetime, not just this one deal.  If they make you feel otherwise, run, don’t walk away. 

·       Take care of your purchase.  Make your payments on time, and maintain the car to the manufacturer specifications (oil changes, fluids, tire rotations, etc.)  This is critical for trade in value or in a lease turn in. 


Helpful Resources:

Determine if a Buy or a LEASE is appropriate for you:

Estimate your current Credit Score:

Get Pre-Approved for an Auto Loan:

Estimate what your car payment could be:


If you have a Trade-in, find its current Value:


Check out government records about the car you are buying. This includes checking for recalls:


Best wishes on your first car buying experience and let us know how we can help!




Please note:  The information in this article is based on opinions and is not to be used for legal or tax advice. 

FIAT 2018 124 Spider Preview 

Wednesday, 11-8-17

The feeling of freedom is undoubtedly curated heavily by balmy wind through your hair on a winding road and using a front-running roadster such as this always slays in the satisfaction department. The 124 Spider is Fiat's only non-hatchback and rear-wheel drive model and is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged I-4 that delivers 160 hp, and 184-lb-ft of torque. You'll happily glean an EPA-rated 25/36 mpg city/highway with the six-speed automatic, and taking the manual route will still net you nearly exactly the same. The spider for 2018 sports a turbocharged Fiat engine, very precise suspension tuning, and a more upscale interior than before.


In a six-way comparison last year, the 2017 Fiat Spider Abarth topped the Ford Focus RS, Porsche 718 Boxster S, the Toyota 86, the BMW M2, and the Chevy Camaro for a Motortrend article feature on performance and handling. Even though it may have had the least powerful engine in the group, it was the true conqueror when it came to opening up on back roads. Testers eagerly turned off the stability control and were able to throw the car around corners with true grit and gall.


As far as the other awesome bonus perks of this year's 124 Spider, The “Red Top Edition” is a must as far as add-on trim features. Offered here is a red convertible top, 17-inch silver-colored wheels, full navigation options, Bose audio, auto-leveling adaptive headlamps with washers, and LED daytime running lights. The Visibility Group Package provides adaptive LED headlamps with automatic leveling, as well as LED daytime running lights. The Navigation and Sound Group puts a hefty pump in the audio options, with a 9-speaker Bose audio system, in-dash navigation, and Sirius XM satellite radio. The Abarth trim still offers a six-speed manual transmission, limited-slip differential, Sport suspension, and Quad-outlet exhaust.


We encourage anyone in St Louis and the entire Midwest who loves sporty-car elements of freedom to come visit us at Jim Butler to check out this model that was resurrected with higher-than-average hopes last year. Owners have been falling in love with this instant classic: it was originally manufactured from 1967 through 1985, and last year's model had gear ratios better suited to the turbo engine's powerband. Very firm braking, great balance and steering, and standout performance simply make this one of the most fun cars to drive in existence for 2018. When the road suddenly deviates from the straight and narrow, this is going to be about the best car you can imagine to foxtrot through the bends: At pricing around $30,000 and under, Italian Roadster Flare will surely allure you to its agile, sleek, and warmly retro ways! 



Scoop on the 2018 Newbies: Updates on How Fiat Will Channel Change

Wednesday, 10-25-17

Here at Jim Butler, the 4th quarter of the year is always an exciting time. Details on how models will change during the next year trickle in, and excited customers come in to see just exactly what kind of changes the new year will bring. A hot topic of conversation is how the brand is really doing in the U.S., after acquiring a 20% stake in Chrysler 8 years ago. This was truly the deal that brought the Fiat brand back after a 25-year absence, and many avid small-roadster fans right here in St Louis were able to sink their teeth eagerly into the charming and ingenious car line that became iconic decades ago.

We admit that some of the details are still a bit slim, but the 500 Abarth line is supposed to see a mid-cycle refresh towards the end of 2018. The 500C and 500E models are supposed to as well, and many are excited to see what the improvements are on this timeless classic. Initially released in 1949, the front engine Fiat 500 economy car was designed to meed the demands of the post-war market. The original 2-door coupe body with sun-roof was first modified in 1954, with a rear-mounted engine. At the time it seemed like this was a very small size for a car, but they rapidly became very popular in Europe. Massively reliable, inexpensive to run, and hours of fun driving will be the formula for those who enjoy any of the updated 500 models coming soon.


The 500L is slated for a heavy exterior makeover for next year. Redesigned front and rear fascias, body-side moldings, and wheels will be in the lineup, as well as a new instrument-cluster display, and updated center console, and a brand new steering wheel. HVAC controls will be slightly relocated, and Android Auto with Apple CarPlay is now standard entertainment equipment for the 500L. Compared to the 500 hatchback, the 500L is 27.7 inches longer, nearly 6 inches wider, and 5.9 inches taller. It touts 22.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and this is what we generally deem the most family-friendly vehicle made by our beloved brand.


The 1.4-liter turbo four with 160 hp and 184 lb-ft is paired in the 500L to a six-speed automatic transmission, and this is a model that carries on the brand's tradition of flair and quirkiness. Come introduce yourself soon, and pay us a visit at Jim Butler, so we can show you the three different awesome trim levels available on the 500L. There are options such as ParkView rear camera, power lumbar adjustment, and dual-zone climate controls that help you get the most enjoyment possible out of your new ride, and we feel that the entire line is full of stellar options for you to stake your claim on for the coming year. The current environment demands that autos be compact as well as useful in many ways, and a brand-new Fiat will be your token of entry to an energy-saving and destination-driven year. 

Searching for a Relatively Spacious Compact Crossover? Give the Fiat 500x a Try

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

The staff at Autoblog have long known that the compact crossover is ferociously on the rise: the shoppers tend to be on the younger side of the age spectrum, and they are very savvy and particular. Superior handling, a look that evokes a certain sense of class, and the ability to haul around the favorites on your friends list on a whim. They recently wrote about their year of experience with the vehicle, and had a lot to say about the ways they appreciated it. Everyone here at Jim Butler Fiat knows that there is ample competition for loyal customers to choose, and that what we offer should be exemplary in all categories to be selected as a family's go-to driver.

Editor-in-chief Greg Milgore was quick to describe how much he enjoys a night or weekend out in the 500x. He ranked it very high for ease-of-use, and he really liked the way the vibe was a bit of hatchback and crossover at the same time. The trunk's ample room and space for even full-sized passengers in the back was appreciated, and Greg truly thinks this is the right vehicle to talk many Americans into purchasing Fiat once and for all. Cutely peering headlights and subtle curves were other traits that he gave the 500x major props for. 

Executive Producer Adam Morath immediately claimed that the 500x was "the best looking of the 500 lineup," and hailed its nice utility as well as its compact package. One of the things he looks for first in a car is visibility, and the sight lines within won him over right quick. The quality that he really enjoyed most was the interior space. He admittedly thought that it would seem crammed at first, and even crazily so. We proudly flaunt just how many are amazed by the space they discover when they first drive the Fiat, and love the fact that it is anything but a shoebox inside! 

Senior Editor Alex Kierstein experienced bouts of amazement during his long experience using the 500x, mostly due to the fact that he thought the brand's track record was lackluster for crossovers on this side of the globe. The comfort won over for him in the freeway and competence areas, and the abundance of charm available with the 500x took him by storm. He also calls the 1.4-liter turbo engine "fun and enjoyable," and embraces its trouble-free operation.

All of these valuable staff memebers were an inspiration to us here at Jim Butler Fiat: we love to know about the many different reasons why customers will choose our brand for a repeat buy. In the current consumer landscape, it's more important than ever to stand out, and the 500x is one of those vehicles that anyone navigating an urban landscape on the daily can appreciate.



Jim Butler Brings Another Car-Shopping Destination to Mid-Missouri

Thursday, September 14, 2017


The old phrase "one-stop shopping" is an apt description for a new multi-brand car buying experience now available in Linn, Missouri. Chevy lovers can visit Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, or step right next door to test drive their favorite Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram models. Pre-owned cars in just about any make can also be found on the six-acre shopping plaza. Linn is located just outside of Jefferson City on Highway 50, and Jim Butler draws customers from throughout the region.

The Chevrolet dealership has been in Linn for decades, operating as Carroll Rehma until Jim Butler Auto Group purchased it in 2015. The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram dealership is new to Linn. Jim Butler purchased the assets of Beck Motors in Freeburg, Missouri, on September 1 and moved the operation to Linn that same day.

"We'll soo have up to 500 vehicles at the new location. Having a large inventory allows us to offer the best selection, deals and trade-in value," said Brad Sowers, president and co-owner of Jim Butler Auto Group. "Our goal is to extend our Number One Chevy dealer in Mid-Missouri to Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram too. We are confident we'll get there once people see our great deals, our great financing programs and our attention to every detail on every vehicle we sell.

To spur sales as the new dealership launches, Jim Butler is offering current Beck Motors customers and their immediate family members a $1,000 trade-in bonus between September 1 and October 31, 2017. The company mailed letters about the offer to eligible customers in early September.

"We're already welcoming new customers as well as former Beck Motors customers to see our selection and service," Sowers said. "Like Beck, we are a family-owned business. We value long-term customer relationships and place a high priority on customer service. It's just part of who we are."

Former Beck Motors manager Bryan Brune has been named General Sales Manager of the new Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. He is the son-in-law of Keith Beck, who owned and operated Beck Motors along with other family members.

Jim Butler has constructed a temporary showroom and service drive next to the Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet store (also known as the Mid-Mo Powerhouse). The dealership offers new vehicle sales, certified pre-owned sales, parts and accessories, a service department for warranty work and scheduled maintenance and a body shop. Jim Butler is adding commercial vehicles to its offerings at the new dealership, including Dodge Ram commercial trucks. 

Construction begins this fall on a permanent facility and is expected to be completed by February. The dealership is located at 317 W. Main Street; Linn, MO 65051.

Customers can find Jim Butler Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram online at or The phone number is 573-897-2254. 



Looking to Continue Summer's Sizzle with a New SUV? Spotlight on the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


As any consumer looks over their options for SUVs right now, it's evident just how much has changed. Long cone are the days when every single SUV on the market guzzled gas, as well as the pre-concieved stereotype of the typical owner: someone who was an extreme techie perhaps, but didn't really know how to gut or glean a fish. Sleeker, bolder and still badder than ever before, brands such as Honda and Chevy began to build SUVs that consumers fell in love with right away. Alfa Romeo is making a huge leap in 2018, adding to the midsize crossover category a luxurious, yet steath contender with the Stelvio.

If you choose to opt for the Ti Sport package, you'll appreciate the agressively bolstered seats it comes with: reviewers have cited that they really feel like you are getting a bear hug as you sit down and get ready to embark on your trip. Column-mounted paddle shifters provide you easy access no matter what angle you choose to stear from, and their oversided appearance actually blends right in with the overall flow of the vehicle. We really enjoy the personal touch on the front end: as the Stelvio pulls up to its destination, everyone at the ballgame or picnic is going to glance up quickly: the same high-end Italian flair that Alfa delivers with models such as the Giulia and 4C is evident right away.

The rear exhaust chrome finishers are a super-cool feature: they are huge standouts as a whole, and really add a dose of custom character to the lower rear end. When the engine is fired up, the sound is a very satisfying hoarse tone, gleaning from the durable goods of a turbocharged 280 hp 2.0-liter contender. If you choose to wind your way through the state of Missouri in Dynamic mode, the gears are actually engaged in 150-millisecond intervals, which is faster than some dual-clutch boxes. You do not have to pay extra as you do with other SUVs for all-wheel drive, which will delight anyone in environments prone to snowfall.

The Stelvio exceeds the Giulia in size by about 1.5 inches in length, and just under 8 inches in height. Overall ride, handling and performance are not negatively affected in the least by the taller frame and the standard Brembo brakes are equipped with carbon-ceramic rotors. Most suped-up sedans and sportscars have the wheel-mounted start button, and some would think that this detail would seem out of place when used in the crossover category. But on the Stelvio, it's a satisfying and super-cool addition and evokes the sense of immediate gratification when you sit down and punch it. 

Those who have been lucky enough to test drive this upcoming beauty tell us that the driving position in the Stelvio is truly perfection. Quality of visibility, support in all the right places and posture you can achieve all feel just right, and when you engage in a tight turn you feel as if you are literally being gripped in comfort during motion. Also billed as "the most agile SUV on the market," the Stelvio ranks just as high as vehicles such as the Jaguar F-Pace and Porsche Macan while turning, and is far superior to the BMW X3 as well. Come pay us a visit and see just how your St. Louis summer can improve while waiting on the arrival of the Stelvio: first-rate construction along with the quality of ride counts for its lofty location at the absolute top of its class.

2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Earns Spot on Annual 10 Best Interiors List for WardsAuto

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


At Jim Butler Alfa Romeo, we pride ourselves on milestones of all types, and first occurances are always uniquely special. With a car that possesses as much class as the Giulia, it's no surprise that it is the first Alfa Romeo vehicle in the first year of production to be named on any prestigious list. WardsAuto is the world-leading provider of insights and analysis when it comes to cars, and they have reported on industry trends for over 90 years. Their dedicated intelligence unit offers a savvy variety of forecasts on sales and production numbers, special reports and informative quarterly conferences.

The senior editor at WardsAuto applauded numerous traits of the car including the trim on the doors, instrument panel and center console that is very stylishly laid-out. Accents that evoke a metallic vibe, build quality that is superior, and the way in which the control screen blends neatly into the instrument panel are other reasons why the Giulia makes such high marks when it comes to annual picks such as this one. At the exact center of the interior, the brand's all-new widescreen Information and Entertainment system can be utilized in 6.5" or 8.8" and offers feature buttons that are present in the Instrument panel.

Late spring and summer are our favorite seasons here for St. Louis high-end motor enthusiasts, and there are so many reasons to get excited about the extensive offerings on our showroom floor. The all-new Giulia proudly offers up 18-inch wheels, genuine wood interior accents, heated steering wheel and front seets as well as the Lusso and Sport Performance packages that offer even more additives to make your new Alfa awesome. These provide you as the new owner with the opportunity to have an extra and appealing batch of cookies to make your new purchase stand out and be personalized.

For an easy solution to completely upgrade the Giulia, come ask us about the Ti Sport package. It adds unique front and rear spoiler fascias, colored brake calipers and 12-way extended front power sport leather seas, which also include 4-way lumbar and power side bolsters. Manual thigh extenders, aluminum column-mounted paddle shifters, sport pedals and footrest and aluminum trim interior accents are a few other reasons to put this Sport upgrade on your personal luxury wish list. The Giulia is truly a one-of-a-kind automobile creation: come lay your eyes on just how fantastic it is this spring, and make plans to own a slice of immaculate Italian essence soon.

Jim Butler Launches New Maserati, Alfa Romeo Location

Tuesday March 7, 2017


As of March 1, 2017 Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati have officially moved to their new home at 3050 S. Hanley Road in Maplewood, MO!

This sleek new building in Maplewood is now home to two Italian luxury dealerships: Jim Butler Alfa Romeo and Jim Butler Maserati. The new 14,800-square foot, glass-walled structure opened in early March, offering high-performance luxury cars backed by Jim Butler's Black Tie Concierge Sales and Service.

"Our goal is to provide the best luxury experience that drivers will find in St. Louis," said Brad Sowers, CEO of Jim Butler Auto Group. "The time is right for people to discover the thrill of being behind the wheel of an Italian luxury car. There's just nothing like it." 

"The Italian flair for design and attention to detail offered by these two brands are simply unmatched among luxury cars," Sowers added. The two auto makers offer models ranging from sportscars to mid-size luxury sedans to high performance luxury SUVs.

The new location will also offer a large selection of pre-owned cars of all makes and models. The dealership will service all makes and models and will coordinate warranty work with appropriate dealerships. The building, designed by M2 Architecture Studio and built by Hensley Construction, places visual emphasis on the tall, glass showroom as the jewel case, highlighting the cars within as sparkling jewels. Interior finishes are all high-end, commensurate with the quality of the vehicles within. Full height, glass-walled sales offices, a custom customer lounge and material selection areas surround the open showroom floor. The service center features eight service bays and a retail parts department. The facility is part of Cozad's Sunnen Station Development, situated at the northeast corner of South Hanley Road and Sunnen Drive.

Sowers said that Jim Butler's staff will consist of product experts that will provide the top service that luxury car buyers deserve. Services include personnel to help facilitate the purchase or lease of new or pre-owned vehicles, courtesy transportation vehicles and service options that include pick-up and delivery. See the all-new vehicles at and

Make sure to come visit our new location: 3050 S. Hanley Road in Maplewood, MO 63143! 


About Jim Butler Auto Group:

Jim Butler Auto Group has served the St. Louis region with new and pre-owned sales and service for more than 30 years. It is comprised of seven dealerships: Jim Butler Chevrolet, St. Louis' largest Chevrolet dealer and one of the top 21 dealers nationwide; Jim Butler KIA, the fastest-growing KIA dealership in the St. Louis region; Jim Butler Maserati, Jim Butler Fiat, and Jim Butler Linn Chevrolet, all of which opened in 2015. Jim Butler Alfa Romeo opened in 2016. Jim Butler Auto Plaza is dedicated to pre-owned sales. Jim Butler Collision Center offers comprehensive auto body repair services. Combined, the Jim Butler Auto Group sells 6,500 vehicles annually, including about 2,600 new vehicles. The Jim Butler Auto Group has an A+ rating with the St. Louis Better Business Bureau. 


Friday, March 25, 2016

Missouri has many places for the best day trips you could imagine: scenic locales like Arcadia Valley and Carlyle Lake, that are now begging to be explored during the season of abundant sun. As you wind slowly away from the St. Louis metro area, you're going to immediately be happy with your choice of an Alfa Romeo vehicle: the Stelvio is first of all known for an outstanding brake-by-wire system.

It has been billed as feeling a bit more natural than what is offered up in the Giulia sedans, and still finishes without necessarily driving small. After all, it is a bit longer than the Audi Q5, the Mercedes GLC-class, and the BMW X3, but there is a nimble agility to the controls that allows you to drift closer to the sides of the road, and not feel as though you are gridlocked, or chained to an urban schematic of streetscape.

Even when put to the test in environments that seem a bit more standard, the Stelvio holds up. All of us here on the sales and service staff agree that this is one transmission that won't eagerly race to upshift when you first embark on a rising speed after a stoplight. Test drivers eager to see how the Stelvio did in various conditions were all excited about the wheels ability to roll over any ill-fated patches of road, and give the driver a true ability to experience what the finest in Italian auto craftsmanship that exists delivers.

Compact crossovers are such an item to be desired as far as consumers are concerned: they are getting so sleek, so small, and chock-full of so many features, that even the most avid two-door speed freak is bound to sit up and take notice. When you get right down to it and take measurements, the Stelvio seems that the rear-seat and cargo space areas would seem more on the cramped side then its competitors. Once you pony up and get it on the road, it does not, and the technology applications really have their own distinct feel. Special care was taken to make the technology aspects so much better than a fancified radio and new driver-assistance app bank.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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Liberty High School has been awarded $10,000 by Brad Sowers, president of Jim Butler Auto Group, for having the most pledges in the third annual STL Safe Driver online pledge contest, in which 162 area high schools participated. A total of 36,292 pledges were made and 15,478 of them were from students, parents and faculty of Liberty High School. New Athens High School, located in Illinois, won the second-place prize of $1,000.

The annual contest invites teens, parents and teachers to read and sign the Jim Butler Teen Driving Contract. This contract outlines the dangers of distracted driving and drowsy driving and helps drivers to better understand the importance of safe driving practices and vehicle safety.

Though this year's contest is over, the Jim Butler Auto Group team encourages you to help your teens understand the rules of the road by reviewing the contract together and taking the Safe Driver Pledge!

Keep them safe. Even when you're not driving.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Spider Prima Edizione

This month, Jim Butler Fiat of St. Louis will be welcoming the Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione to its lot. The Prima Edizione, translating to “First Edition”, is being manufactured in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 124 Spider. This car will be available in Azzurro Italia (blue) exterior paint, exclusive to this vehicle and saddle-colored premium leather seats. Every vehicle purchased will come with a limited edition commemorative badge and unique 124 Spider leather bag.

Equipment and features of the Prima Edizione include a 1.4L Turbo Multi-Air engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, a dual tipped chrome exhaust, and 17” aluminum Lusso wheels, painted silver. Inside, you will find a FIAT connect 7.0 touchscreen radio display and a 9-speaker Bose premium sound system, a ParkView back-up camera, heated leather trimmed seats, and more.

For more information regarding the Fiat 124 Spider Prima Edizione or to check one out for yourself, visit us at Jim Butler Fiat located in St. Louis, MO!

Friday, March 25, 2016


Jim Butler Auto Group is proud to carry such an amazing car. The new 2016 FIAT 550x is the brand’s first ever all-wheel drive vehicle. The new model offers five different and unique trim levels and 12 beautiful exterior colors, making it easy for customers to show off their personality. This car isn’t just personality though; it has a premium feel with its rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring system and rear cross-path detection. It’s no surprise that the FIAT 500x’s sales have been up 52 percent in the last month.

Along with the Autotrader Must Test Drive Award, the 500x also won Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 FIAT 500x is loaded with 70 advanced safety and security features, including seven standard air bags, Forward Collision Warning Plus, and Lane Sense Departure Warning-Plus.

The 500x is available in nine-speed automatic transmission or all-wheel drive with disconnecting rear axle for improved fuel efficiency

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Jim Butler Automotive Group grew revenue 34.8 percent in 2015 to $244.36 million thanks to a 30 percent uptick at its flagship Chevy dealership in Fenton.

Jim Butler sold around 3,000 Chevy’s last year, said Brad Sowers, Jim Butler president and co-owner. Those figures put it among the nation’s top 21 Chevy dealerships, Jim Butler officials said.

“That’s the mothership,” Sowers said. “Chevy was a huge driver for us last year.”

State data show that Jim Butler’s six Missouri dealerships sold 7,873 vehicles in 2015, up from 6,477 vehicles in 2014. The Fenton dealership sold 4,371 vehicles in 2015, up from 3,403 vehicles in 2014, a 28 percent increase.

Other large St. Louis-area dealers grew revenue last year, though not as fast as Jim Butler. Bommarito Automotive Group, the region’s largest dealer, grew revenue about 8 percent to $1.35 billion, while Jim Trenary grew revenue almost 3 percent to $160.34 million.

The Fenton dealership was recently named a Chevrolet Dealer of the Year. Just 56 of more than 3,800 GM dealers were given the recognition.

The company also sells Maseratis, Kias and Fiats at dealerships across the area. Jim Butler Fiat in South County opened in late 2015. Jim Butler Maserati opened in April 2015, and Jim Butler bought the Carrol-Rehma Motors in Linn in October 2015. Sowers said Butler plans to open an Alfa Romeo dealership later this year, with sales across the system growing another 30 percent.

“The car business, I believe, is going to have its best year ever,” he said. “Already in January, we’re up 26 percent year-over-year.”

The group is owned by Chairman Jim Butler; his brother Tom Butler; and Sowers, who is Jim Butler’s son-in-law.


Friday, March 04, 2016

The new Abarth 124 Spider just made its first appearance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. The Abarth124 Spider is based on the 2017 Fiat 124 model that is slated to be re-introduced in the fall of 2016. Powered by a 1.4 liter turbo four-cylinder, generating the same 184 pound-feet of force and a 170 horsepower, which is an increase for over the base model. Consumers still have the ability to pick between the six-speed manual and automatic transmission; both of the options come with Brembo brakes, Bilstein dampers, and a Record Monza exhaust.

The Abarth has electric steering, but has a proper mechanical slip differential, and there is a “Sport” button that allows for manual steering. The Abarth’s 0-62mph time was documented at 6.8 seconds and has a top speed at 143 mph. Although the specs that we have are currently just for the European model; if and when the Abarth Spider makes its way to the Landmark Fiat in Atlanta, the specs should be very similar.

The vehicles that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show were decked out by the technicians at Mirafiori, and they did not cut corners when it came to equipping the Abarth with visual enhancements. The Abarth has a full aero kit, larger air vents, 17-inch alloys, a black hood to cut down on glare, small-diameter steering-wheel, short gear lever, and aluminum pedals.

The Abarth 124 Rally is built to FIA R-GT regulations. The 1.4-liter engine was changed out for the 1.8-liter engine. Not only did the engine get an upgrade, but it was moved further back and is producing an extraordinary 300 horsepower. The 124 Rally also has a fixed rood, full roll cage, and a long list of many amazing spec upgrades.

Jim Butler Auto Group is excited for the Abarth 124 Spider to make its way to the States. It will make a wonderful addition to the Fiat model lineup

Friday, February 19, 2016

Jim Butler FIAT and Autoblog show you how to remove those troublesome salt stains from your vehicle

Though the weather may start warming up, the St. Louis weather is always unpredictable. Perhaps the snow has subsided for the season, or maybe St. Louis forecasts will see some early spring snow. Either way, you have or probably will have salt stains on your vehicle after it’s all said and done.

You may have some salt stains on your floor mats of you vehicle. Jim Butler FIAT and Autoblog are ready to show you how to remove salt stains from your car and its floor mats.

Standard table salt (NaCl) is soluble in water, but the salt that is used by MoDOT crews is a mixture of salt and other chemicals such as calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. This is why just just taking a wet rag to the mats won’t get the salt stains off completely.

If you’re a do-it-yourself type or like DIY projects, then you may already have some of the necessary items needed to complete this task. According to Autoblog, you will need:

—Shop vacuum
—White vinegar
—Terry towel
—Stiff bristle brush
—Empty spray bottle
—Fabric cleaner


First, mix 50 percent hot water and 50 percent white vinegar in a spray bottle. Vacuum the floor mats to remove any road salt crystals that may still be hanging around. Spray the mat with the mixture and let sit for two minutes. The vinegar-water mixture will help break down the road salt.

Then, with the terry cloth, blot out the stain from the mat or use a wetvac to remove the moisture. After this once the stain is gone, spray the area with some fabric cleaner to help get rid of the vinegar smell. Go throught the mat with a stiff bristle brush, then dab with a towel or go over the mats again with a wetvac until dry.

Autoblog recommends letting the mats air out overnight or next to a heavy-duty fan.

We hope these tips help. If you want your vehicle detailed or cleaned, bring it by Jim Butler FIAT’s service and detail department. Rubberized winter floor mats can help reduce the problem and can be ordered through our Mopar parts catalog online.

Contact Jim Butler FIAT of South County online

Monday, February 08, 2016

St. Louis dealership group joins local team effort to help end violence in St. Louis
Jim Butler Auto Group has been a part of the St. Louis community for decades. We may be the Most Trusted Automotive Family in St. Louis, but we know that sometimes even our great city could use a hand. imagine

Imagine a Better St. Louis is part of a local effort to help end violence in St. Louis, and the Jim Butler Auto Group is honored to be a part of that team. In 2016, we invite you to image a city free of violence, neighborhoods where children can play outside safely, kids and teens getting the education they need and all the communities from North County to Jefferson County feeling a renewed sense of hope.

This is the mission of Imagine a Better St. Louis. Other local pillars such as KMOV, Cardinals Care and Washington University are stepping up to the plate as well. Local businesses and media outlets are supporting this effort, and the Jim Butler Auto Group invites you to do your part.

Be on the lookout for stories on KMOV St. Louis channel 4 for stories about people, organizations and schools in the community lending a hand to help everyone Imagine a Better St. Louis. You can watch a playlist of those stories as they air and are added here.

Throughout the years, the Jim Butler Auto Group has given its time and more to local charities and causes such as breast cancer awareness, Gateway 180 and the STL Safe Driver program. Now, all of St. Louis can use our help and yours too.

To learn more about Imagine a Better St. Louis, contact the cause online.