The 2017 Acura NSX Supercar Available for Viewing Thursday in Ashland

Valued at $252,000 this ‘Belle of the Ball’ is the Only Vehicle of Its Kind in Southern Oregon

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ASHLAND, ORButler Acura received delivery of the ONLY 2017 Acura NSX to reside in Southern Oregon late last week. The public is invited to attend a special viewing of the supercar on Thursday from 4 – 6pm at Butler Acura located at 1899 Hwy 99 North in Ashland.

Recently named Road and Track Magazine’s 2017 Performance Car of the Year, the 2017 NSX, won by the widest margin in the award’s history.

“The 2017 NSX is a remarkable achievement for Honda Motor Company and the Acura Division, and its arrival at our dealership is a banner day for our Butler family,” Chuck Butler said. “A new day is dawning for Acura, and the NSX is just the beginning.”

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Butler added that he plans to keep the 2017 NSX in the Acura showroom alongside his 2003 NSX. While the two vehicles share a common lineage, their juxtaposition also highlights the rate at which performance vehicles have changed in recent years.

The 2017 NSX sports a 3.5-liter V6 engine and hybrid powertrain, which generates 573 horsepower and allows the car to accelerate from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. The 2003 NSX, which drew power from a 3.2-liter engine generating 290 horsepower, managed a 4.8 second 0-60 time. Noteworthy is the 2003 NSX Oregon license plate is “NSX” signifying the uniqueness of these vehicles in the state.

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Butler Acura’s 2017 NSX is priced at $251,914 and features optional factory performance upgrades like carbon-ceramic rotors with red NSX calipers and a carbon fiber engine cover, interior trim, and roof. In addition to its recent bow as Performance Car of the Year, the 2017 NSX has also been recognized with Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award for its advances in automotive performance technology.

Chuck and Linda Butler together with additional product specialists will be at the event to answer questions and share the excitement.

The public and media are welcome to attend.

About Butler Acura

Butler Acura is part of the Butler Automotive Group. Founded in 1976, Butler Automotive Group is comprised of four dealerships owned and operated by Chuck and Linda Butler and Managing Partner Warren Cooper. Butler Ford, Butler Acura, Butler Hyundai, Butler Kia, and the Butler collision repair shop, rental agency, and service centers employ more than 120 people at their locations in Ashland and Medford. The Butler family of dealerships supports more than 35 local community organizations, as well as nationally recognized organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

 

Chuck Butler Receives Nomination for the Prestigious TIME 2017 Dealer of the Year Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Chuck Butler
Butler Automotive Group
Phone: 541.944.7495
Email: chuckbutler@butlerman.com

ASHLAND, OR – Chuck Butler, co-founder and president of Butler Automotive Group, is one of 49 U.S. auto dealers nominated by TIME Magazine, in partnership with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with the National Automobile Dealer Association (NADA) for the prestigious 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award. The award, in its 48th year, is an annual celebration of the finest representatives in the automotive industry – auto dealers with a relentlessly charitable spirit.

 

The nominees will be honored at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Jan. 27, 2017. They will be welcomed by Meredith Long, senior vice president and general manager of news and luxury at TIME, and Tim Russi, president of auto finance at Ally.

 

According to TIMEdealeroftheyear.com website, “TIME, Ally, and NADA honor outstanding new-car dealers across America and their unyielding commitment to improving their communities.”

 

Tim Russi, president of auto finance at Ally, spoke to the caliber of this year’s nominees. “A remarkable group of dealers have been nominated for the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year award,” said Russi. “We are honored to acknowledge these dealers that ‘do it right’ in their businesses and communities every day, and we are excited to recognize their achievements at the NADA convention in January.”

 

“I am very honored by this nomination, and I especially appreciate the Oregon Automobile Dealer Association (OADA) for their recommendation to Ally Financial for this prestigious nomination,” said Chuck Butler. “I’m humbled to be among this particular group of peers who are as committed to supporting projects in their communities as we are at Butler Automotive Group.”

 

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally Financial will recognize the 2017 nominees and their community efforts by contributing $1,000 to each dealer’s 501(c)(3) charity of choice. The nominees will also be highlighted on AllyDealerHeroes.com.

 

Including the 2017 charitable grants pledged to this group of nominees, Ally will have committed nearly $480,000 as part of the TIME Dealer of the Year program. In previous years, nominee grants have supported various local community organizations, including educational programs, cultural offerings, youth athletic leagues, and local nonprofits.

Previous winners have included Kitty Van Bortel of Van Bortel Motorcars in Rochester, N.Y., Andy Crews of AutoFair Honda in Manchester, N.H., Jeff Teague of Teague Auto Group in El Dorado, Ark., Michael Alford of Marine Chevrolet in Jacksonville, N.C. and Mike Shaw of Mike Shaw Automotive Group in Denver, Colo.

Founded in 1976, Butler Automotive Group is comprised of four dealerships owned and operated by Chuck and Linda Butler and Managing Partner Warren Cooper. Butler Ford, Butler Acura, Butler Hyundai, Butler Kia, and the Butler collision repair shop, rental agency, and service centers employ over 120 people at their locations in Ashland and Medford. The Butler family of dealerships supports over 35 local community organizations, as well as nationally recognized organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

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For additional photos of Chuck Butler with community groups please contact:

Karen Fronek | Marketing Director for Butler Automotive Group
541.601.5860
KarenFronek@charter.net

Attachments Include:

  • Ally Financial Bio on Chuck Butler
  • List of 49 Nominees Nationwide

Links About TIME’s Dealer of the Year Award and History

https://www.timedealeroftheyear.com/

https://www.ally.com/learn/allydealerheroes/

https://www.ally.com/learn/allydealerheroes/nominees/

Ideal Replacement Vehicles for Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Customers

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Although the Takata air bag recall may have stolen some of its buzz, the Volkswagen Diesel scandal is still far from over. Unlike Takata, which seems ready to implode under the weight of its fines and sanctions any day now, VW is one of the largest companies in the world, and is offering U.S. owners some pretty impressive buyback options on affected vehicles. We aren’t going to forget VW’s deception any time soon, and since we imagine many of you won’t, either, we’ve come up with a list of alternatives to four of the most popular affected VW vehicles.

Recalled Vehicle: Volkswagen Jetta

Although its bland styling and responsible reputation aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, the Jetta TDI was a seriously efficient, relatively fun sedan. So what’s a former Jetta owner to do with that VW refund?

Ideal Replacement: Kia Optima Hybrid

The Kia Optima Hybrid is about as long as the Jetta, and manages to get very similar gas mileage despite having an engine that passed emissions tests without cheating the system. Being one of the best-looking non-luxury cars on the road certainly doesn’t hurt the Optima’s case here.

Recalled Vehicle: Volkswagen Golf

You don’t have to be a VW dealer to appreciate the Golf. A well-executed hatchback is a thing of beauty, and not many hatches are hotter than VW’s Golf. Looking for a hatchback that will give you the Golf’s joie de vivre without also giving you a defeat device?

Ideal Replacement: Hyundai Elantra GT

This was a tough one. While the Elantra GT isn’t able to match the Golf TDI’s fuel economy numbers, it gives you an extra 25-or-so horsepower, and the extra money it might end up costing you at the pump is offset by its lower buying price.

Recalled Vehicle: Volkswagen Beetle

VW’s most iconic vehicle is also one of its hardest to replace. It isn’t particularly powerful, zippy, or inexpensive, it’s hard to find a car with as much personality as the Beetle. Well, except maybe the…

Ideal Replacement: Kia Soul  

The Kia Soul !, pronounced Kia Soul Exclaim, has personality for days, a fuel-sipping 2-liter engine, and more car for your money than the Cheetle at a better price point. That’s a pretty good way to ease your TDI regrets.

Recalled Vehicle: Audi A3

The lone member of VW’s luxury badge to be recalled stateside, the A3 is a beautiful car that manages to balance style, fuel economy, and drivability. How do you beat that, even when accounting for the dirty diesel dilemma?

Ideal Replacement: Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

More horsepower. More torque. Better looking. More fuel efficient. Less expensive. More loaded. The only thing the Fusion doesn’t have is a luxury badge, and if that’s why you bought an A3 to begin with, logic probably isn’t going to win you over now. That said, the Fusion Hybrid in the Titanium trim package blows the A3 out of the water all day.

We know that trading in a car you liked because of a company’s deceptive business practices is not the most fun experience, but we would love to help you find the right replacement. We hope this little rundown has helped, and if it hasn’t, feel free to call us up and ask for more suggestions!

 

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Can You Dinghy? Maybe You Can

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So you’re thinking about buying a Class A motorhome. It isn’t hard to see why the idea would cross your mind: they’re more luxurious and sturdy than many houses, yet they’re constructed on super-strong, heavy-duty frames favored by big rigs and commercial buses. That’s a pretty surefire recipe for an impressive vehicle.

But when you’re out on the road, enjoying the perfect mix of highway-speed freedom and at-home comfort, what will become of the family car? After all, your rolling palace is perfect for a lot of things, but crowded streets and drive-through windows? Not so much.

Enter dinghy towing, also known as flat towing or four-on-the-road towing. If you’ve ever seen an RV towing a vehicle with all four of its tires on the road, you’ve seen someone enjoying the quintessential American experience of dinghy towing.

So what’s the big deal? Well, there was a time when practically anything with a manual transmission could be flat towed, but the rise of the automatic transmission coupled with the challenges of engineering modern cars and trucks means that fewer cars than ever can be safely dinghy towed without voiding the manufacturer’s warranty.

One of the many reasons your car’s transmission is able to do so much without experiencing serious issues is the fact that a running car is designed to keep all the parts that need lubrication running smoothly. Simply put, unless a vehicle is designed to be dinghy towed, its transmission could take a beating, and so could your warranty.

So what vehicles can be flat-towed without voiding the warranty? We’ll be back to answer that question and a few more next week!

Car Words for Car Nerds

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We use so many strange terms when talking about cars that it’s easy to not even consider where those words come from and why we use them. But at Butler Automotive, we’ve never been about doing what is easy. So without further ado, here is the first installment in a series of blogs that dive into the ‘why’ behind the car-words we take for granted.

And what better place to start than the word “car?”

It’s hard to say exactly where most words come from with complete certainty, but the case for the origin of the word “car” seems pretty ironclad. We English-speakers use words that can be traced back to languages from all over the world, but our language has a special fondness for Latin and Greek words (automobile, for example, borrows its halves from both.) So it isn’t much of a stretch to see the Latin word carrus, meaning a wheeled vehicle, and see where we get “car” from. We wonder if people a couple thousand years ago got anxious about carrus dealerships…

And what about the word we use for unusually bad cars, “lemons?”

We like the lemon fruit as much as anyone, especially when you attach “-ade” to it, so how did it come to be associated with the worst cars on the road? Simply put, because the face you make when your new, beautiful car suddenly stops moving is similar to the face you make when you bite into a lemon. In the early 20th-century, bad products were called lemons because they left a sour taste in your mouth. Volkswagen brought the term to the masses with a wildly successful ad campaign in the 1960s, and the U.S. passed “lemon laws” to protect consumers just a few years later. Just don’t tell European carmaker Citroen, whose name means “lemon” in Dutch.

Thus concludes the first run of our car etymology showcase – what car words have you always wondered about?

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Why Do We Care About 0-60 Times?

546b4a49988e1_-_pcoty_091114_1313-lgWhen you think of ways that a car’s speed and performance are measured, what’s the first statistic that comes to mind?

For many drivers, it’s the amount of time a vehicle takes to get to 60 miles-per-hour from a dead stop. 0-60 times have been the bread and butter of car enthusiasts’ arguments for decades, but why? How many drivers actually ever accelerate to 60 mph from a complete stop? And even if we accept the value of comparing cars’ acceleration times, how are those figures determined?

First, the obvious: virtually no-one actually accelerates from 0 to 60. Even stop signs leading to highway on-ramps typically require more work than simply punching the throttle, and if we accept on-ramps as the sole instance where such an acceleration might be beneficial, there’s no reason to really prefer a faster time; as long as you get up to highway speed before you merge, it doesn’t really matter how long it took you to get there.

That doesn’t mean that 0-60 times don’t have their place. You can glean good information about a car’s speed and power-to-weight ratio from 0-60 times, as long as you don’t take tenth-of-a-second differences as gospel.

Assuming the hubbub about 0-60 times is related to highway driving, the number that would best inform the average driver is a car’s 40-70 time. The only time when most drivers are truly “gunning it” is passing other drivers on the highway, and a car’s ability to get up and go from a stop tells you very little about how easily it can get past the Dodge Caravan going 20 miles under the speed limit with its blinker on.

But 0-60 is the number people care about, so that’s the number car companies test for. How do they reach that number?

Generally speaking, by doing everything they can to get the best number possible. The amount of fuel in a vehicle, the condition of the road, wind conditions, air pressure, temperature, and even the ability and weight of the driver behind the wheel can affect how quickly a car accelerates from zero. So if you were to get your car on a track and have a go at your vehicle’s advertised 0-60 time, the chances are good you would come up short of the pros.

So when shopping for a vehicle, consider leaving 0-60 numbers to the kind of folks who start fights on internet forums. The way that a car drives can’t be quantified by a cold, hard number, and a simple test-drive will be more informative than a car’s listed specifications any day.

What Rental Car Would the Rental Manager Rent?

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Chris Hansen, our Super Saver Rentals manager, is a man of many cars. Beyond the cars he’s owned personally, beyond the many cars he’s driven in his career in the car industry, Chris oversees a fleet of 99 rental cars every day. The specific vehicles that he rents out change over time – he’s recently introduced more trucks and vans, for example – but no matter how his fleet changes, his love of cars remains the same. So when we asked Chris if he had a favorite rental car of all time, we were surprised to find that not only did he have an obvious favorite, but that it is currently parked on our lot!

The Kia Cadenza may not be the vehicle that comes to mind when you think of high-end rental cars. But when someone who wants the most luxurious rental vehicle we have comes in, Chris hands them a key that says “Kia” on it.

“They usually look at me like, ‘are you kidding?’” Chris says, laughing. “But I tell them, I’ve driven all kinds of high-end cars, Mercedes, BMW, heck, a boss I had in the 90s let me drive his Ferrari around for an afternoon. And this car impressed me more than any of them, because with the Ferrari, with almost any performance car, you get in expecting a lot, and then end up getting less car than you’d hoped. With the Cadenza, I got in not expecting much, and I got a ton. It’s the most underrated car I’ve ever driven.”

Chris’ love for Kia’s high-end sedan, which he first drove two years ago, has inspired him to bring a new Cadenza into his rental fleet every year. “The options on it are unreal, because Kia has to offer more for less to get people in a car they’ve maybe never heard of,” says Chris. “I literally had the cruise control on, the person in front of me braked, and the car braked, then when he took off from the light, so did I. Without doing a thing. It was like being in a self-driving car for stop-and-go traffic, until I got on some open road and let it loose again.”

While it may be his personal favorite, Chris’ fleet has several other gems that he holds near and dear. We’ll be getting in touch with him again soon to find out what else he recommends for rental.