3 Classic Trucks We Wish Would Come Back

Trucks have a long and proud history here in the United States. While there are a lot of great models available now, we still miss some of those that automakers retired. Not all hope is lost, however, as some classic trucks like the Ford Maverick, Chevy Colorado, and Ford Ranger are starting to appear on dealership lots again.

If we had our way and could tell the manufacturers what to do, these are the departed models we would ask for them to make again.

Chevrolet Avalanche

Don’t get us wrong, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is a respectable truck, but the Chevrolet Avalanche’s cabin was so comfortable while also offering unique cargo solutions. It had what owners called the “midgate”, which allowed drivers to remove the rear cabin wall, the back window, or both to allow for longer items to pass through from the bed. If the Chevy Avalanche came back, it would give trucks like the Honda Ridgeline a run for their money.

Dodge Syclone

The spelling of its name makes our heads hurt, but the Dodge Syclone truck is worth it. This was a truck with the heart of a roadster and more than ready to hit the track. When it was on the market, it shared a lot of the same parts as the Chevy Corvette, like its transmission. That alone should tell you how awesome this truck was. So what if it couldn’t tow anything?

Jeep® CJ-10

The Jeep® brand recently revived its Gladiator truck, but we really wish it would bring back the Jeep® CJ-10. As Jalopnik writer David Tracy put it, the CJ-10 was absolutely ugly, but that rough exterior (and square headlights) hid a very capable machine. If you find a used one with a truck bed, you’re extremely lucky because the military often removed them to work as plane pullers.

These trucks might not be available anymore, but there are plenty of used trucks options available to your today. Contact us at Chip Wynn Motors in Paducah for more information.

What is Magnetic Ride Control?

Magnetic Ride Control
Defined as the most advanced suspension system currently on the road, Magnetic Ride Control offers a performance-driven and country-road style ride.

Defined as the most advanced suspension system currently on the road, Magnetic Ride Control offers a performance-driven and country-road style ride that no other system can match. Now in its third-generation, Magnetic Ride Control comes standard on many General Motors vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette. Since it underpins many of the world’s most recognizable cars, what makes Magnetic Ride Control tick? Here at Chip Wynn, we have the answer.

Magnetic Ride Control is relatively simple to explain, but is incredibly complex in its operation. First, an Electronic Control Unit uses multiple sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second. As a result, the system can read every pothole, crack, and bump as it comes up. Even more impressive, the system adjusts accordingly almost instantaneously.

The system is able to react so quickly thanks to the use of a special polymer fluid filled with magnetized iron particles that fill each shock absorber. Each shock absorber is wrapped is an electromagnetic coil. When an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid changes its viscosity instantaneously.

With the capability to transition from a free-flowing liquid to dense rubber-like substance in a split second, it’s easy to see why Magnetic Ride Control is the most advanced suspension system ever created. By offering a ride perfect for the track and back-country roads, drivers get the best ride possible.

New Chevrolet Cavalier Debuts…In China

New Chevrolet Cavalier
While there aren’t many drivers pining for a new Chevrolet Cavalier, Chevrolet is still planning to reintroduce the model…in China.

The Chevrolet Cavalier was a value-oriented car for the budget-conscious buyer that was eventually replaced by the Cobalt, which was then subsequently replaced by the current Chevrolet Cruze. While there aren’t many drivers pining for the return of the Cavalier, Chevrolet is reintroducing the model…in China. You read right. The new Chevrolet Cavalier will make its debut in China this month.

There have been rumors and whispers about the introduction of the Chevrolet Cavalier to China and now it’s officially confirmed. Don’t start looking up how to import the Cavalier just yet though. It may not be as incredible as it sounds.

The new Chevrolet Cavalier sedan is basically a Chevrolet Cruze Classic with a new skin and face. The Cavalier falls under the new Chevrolet Cruze, also recently released in China. While it may not seem like a major move here in the United States, it does strengthen Chevrolet’s small car lineup in the world’s largest automotive market.

Powered by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, the Cavalier bears cues similar to the rest of the Chinese lineup. The interior boasts the dual cockpit design that many of the brand’s models wield.

Don’t expect the Cavalier to hit the United States anytime soon. The Chevrolet Spark and Sonic are both smaller than the Cruze, making the Cavalier a no-go.

Here at Chip Wynn, we’re excited for the return of the Chevrolet Cavalier even if we can’t get it here in the United States!

The Most Dependable Car Brands from J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study

Most Dependable Car Brands
In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, some of the most dependable car brands are put into the spotlight.

Buying a used car isn’t nearly as risky as it used to be just a few decades ago because vehicles are made to last longer and be more dependable. However, some brands are still a lot better than others. In the J.D. Power 2016 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, it highlights the most dependable car brands.

This study followed owners of 2013 model year vehicles and asked them to track how many problems they encountered over the past 12 months. The results are then recorded as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100).

Coming in at the top of the list is Lexus with only 95PP100. The highest-ranked non-luxury brand is Toyota, which came in fourth place with 113PP100. The industry average for this study was 152PP100. Some of the other well-performing brands include GMC, Chevrolet, Honda, Ram, Lincoln, Cadillac, and Volvo.

If you’re in the market for a used car that you can feel confident driving day-in and day-out, this study would be a great place to start. Here at Chip Wynn Motors, we frequently have many of these dependable brands in stock. Our inventory is always changing, so let us know what you’re looking for and we can give you a call when we have it.

2016 Chevy Volt Named One of Three Hybrids on ‘10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevy Volt
The fact that the 2016 Chevy Volt made the “10 Best Engines” list of 2016 is a testament to the car’s brilliant construction.

The prestigious trade journal Ward’s Auto puts out their list of “10 Best Engines” each year, commemorating the year’s very best power generators. But this year, Ward’s has passed a huge milestone—choosing three hybrid powertrains, including that of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

The 2016 Volt, which is merely the second-generation model of the car, uses a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder to provide electricity to an electric motor as well as an 18.4-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery.

Additionally, the Volt is able to run on electricity alone for up to 53 miles, unlike the other two hybrid models, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid and Toyota Prius, which can never run purely on electricity.

The fact that the 2016 Chevy Volt made the “10 Best Engines” list of 2016 is not only a testament to the car’s brilliant construction but also might just be a look into the future of automobiles.

If you have questions about the 2016 Chevy Volt or if you would like to explore any models we have available, visit us anytime at Chip Wynn Motors.

31 MPG Highway Makes Colorado Duramax the Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup Truck

Most Fuel-Efficient Pickup Truck
The EPA rated the 2016 Colorado Duramax at 22 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined, making it the most fuel-efficient pickup truck.

Following the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, all eyes were on the new 2016 Chevrolet Colorado Duramax, which underwent stricter testing by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to determine its emissions and fuel economy numbers.

And, to no one’s surprise at Chip Wynn Motors, Chevrolet isn’t Volkswagen. The results were more than just good: the EPA rated the 2016 Colorado Duramax at 22 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined for the two-wheel drive model.

That’s good enough to take the title of “most fuel-efficient pickup truck” away from the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, which only gets up to 29 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined. When you put it all together, thanks to the Colorado Duramax’s 21-gallon tank, you’ll be able to go up to 651 miles before needing to stop for gas!

“The new Duramax diesel engine gives customers another choice for handling heavier work and recreational needs—while doing it efficiently,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s the very definition of GMC’s professional grade ethos.”