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GMC Canyon Midsize Truck is a Great Family Vehicle

The crossover segment has been blowing up as of late, and for good reason. It offers great options for families who want the versatility of a pickup truck but the maneuverability and efficiency of a car.

But sometimes that compromise goes too far: what if you want more versatility? Well, you don’t have to go for the full-size pickup—instead; you can get something like the 2015 GMC Canyon midsize truck at Warsaw Buick GMC.2015 Canyon - great family vehicle

It’s got all the luxuries and upgrades you’ll find in a crossover, the manageable size and technology that makes for a great family vehicle, and the unadulterated utility of a vehicle with a bed in the back.

Heated front seats, a touchscreen OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, 27 highway mpg, up to 7,000 pounds of trailering capability, and the safety that only a truck can offer are but a portion of everything the 2015 Canyon puts at your disposal. You just have to take it.

Is A More Powerful Buick Encore on the Horizon?

Buick’s small crossover, the Encore, will soon be upstaged by rivals when it comes to power. Currently, the Encore comes with the sole option of a turbocharged 1.4-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 138 horsepower – which is less than what the upcoming Mazda CX-3 and Jeep Renegade will offer. The automaker is not only aware of the issue, but prepared to do something about it.

2015 Buick Encore - a more powerful Buick EncoreAccording to Buick-GMC’s U.S. vice president, Duncan Aldred, a more powerful Buick Encore could be on the way. The Encore was the brand’s third-best-selling vehicle in 2014 – momentum the automaker hopes to maintain. In an effort to further expand the crossover’s sales, Duncan acknowledges that more power may be necessary.

“I’m looking to grow volumes, and we’re always looking at customer feedback for what changes we need to make,” Aldred said to Automotive News. “But there’s always a trade-off between cost and benefit.”

Aldred does mention that the Encore’s power is not generally a complaint among consumers, but rather journalists who test drive the vehicle. Now that competitors will offer more powerful engines though, it might be time for Buick to offer a more powerful engine option.

Here at Warsaw Buick GMC, we think the current Encore can certainly hold its own, but look forward to the possibility of a more powerful engine option, too. Tell us in the comments: would you opt for a more powerful engine in your Encore?

OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App

The OnStar RemoteLink Mobile app will soon receive a much needed (demanded) update. The new interface and capabilities are modeled after years of customer feedback and streamlines access to information and application commands.

“The new version of the app is designed to be more intuitive for customers, with a simpler, cleaner design,” said Dan Kinney, director of User Experience, Global Connected Customer Experience at General Motors. “This new user experience should allow our customers to easily find and access all the features RemoteLink has to offer.”

About 1.3 million users regularly use the app and December 2014 set a record, marking nearly 7 million requests. Usage has only grown in 2015 with over 450,000 requests on several days in January.

OnStar RemoteLink is a General Motors development and is available on all makes (Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac). In the second half of 2014, drivers could pinpoint their vehicle’s location on a map and it quickly became the third most-used feature.

“RemoteLink use has been steadily increasing over the past year, as our customers realize the advantages of a remote connection to their vehicle,” said Kinney. “Whether they’re warming their car up, cooling it down or checking vehicle information, the app has many practical uses.”

The app’s remote features include remote start/stop, locking and unlocking, and activating the horn and lights. The app is currently available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. While iOS and Android already have the update, Windows and Blackberry will see it in the coming weeks.

Buick Avenir Concept is the Best at Detroit Auto Show

In the past, the Buick brand was not necessarily synonymous with the word luxury. But that’s all been changing over the last couple years—and if the Detroit Auto Show is any indication, that brand direction will continue for a long time. At the show, Buick revealed the Buick Avenir Concept, which gives us a big glimpse into what’s to come for the brand.Buick Avenir Concept

You see, the word “Avenir” is actually French for future—and just one look at the beautiful, low-slung, modern exterior aesthetic shows you why. “Avenir embodies Buick design, which centers on effortless beauty and presence without pretense,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of General Motors Global Design. “It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go.”

There are ergonomic and luxury improvements on the interior as well, though, so you’ll be completely comfortable and content in the cabin as well. While the Avenir is simply a concept vehicle and is not headed to production, it definitely shows an exciting future for the Buick brand in terms of both design and performance. Come see us at Warsaw Buick GMC to learn more today.

GM Introduces New Buick Cascada Convertible in Detroit

Buick has finally decided to let its hair down a bit. The American carmaker recently introduced the new Buick Cascada convertible, a stylish convertible that combines an innovative powertrain and chassis technologies to create the perfect, fun-to-drive experience.

“The new, 2016 Buick Cascada is a beautiful, engaging convertible that represents the very best of the brand’s global development practices,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.”

The Cascada will be the first convertible Buick has offered in the United States market in 25 years. It features a 2+2 configuration, which makes the interior comfortable for all passengers, even tall adults. The 1.6-liter turbocharged engine churns out 200 horsepower, which combines with the carmaker’s sophisticated HiPer Strut front suspension to create a smooth, powerful ride. In the cabin lies a seven-inch color touchscreen and GM’s OnStar 4G LTE with a built-in WiFi hotspot, creating the perfect atmosphere for fun.

Buick will put the Cascada in dealership showrooms across the country in early 2016. Make sure you check back to Warsaw Buick GMC for updates on the newest addition to Buick’s lineup!

New Fuel Saving Technology May Come to GM Vehicles Soon

Back in 2012, General Motors’ venture capital arm, General Motors Ventures, invested in a startup company in San Jose, California called Tula Technology. That company has been working on something that it calls Dynamic Skip Fire (DSF) that may find its way into GM vehicles in the near future.

DSF is a new way of using cylinder deactivation and uses advanced digital processing to determine the best and most efficient way to deactivate cylinders in a variety of driving conditions. This fuel saving technology can boost fuel efficiency by as much as 15% in four, six, and eight-cylinder vehicles.

“This technology holds the potential to improve fuel economy on select GM vehicles without degrading power capability when it’s required,” said Jon Lauckner, GM chief technology officer, vice president of Global R&D and president of GM Ventures, in a statement. “This joint effort combines software expertise from Silicon Valley with powertrain expertise from General Motors.”

GM hasn’t released any details about when this technology would be put into production or on which models, but we’re guessing since they’re telling us about it, it should be coming within the next couple of years. For more updates on the new fuel saving technology, stay tuned to the blog here at Warsaw Buick.

Affordable 2015 Buick Encore Gets Online Praise

One of 2015’s hottest new models is the 2015 Buick Encore, a well-priced, stylish, and comfortable crossover with cargo space to boot. With all the latest app and safety technology, the 2015 Encore might be the car for you this year.

The Encore starts at a suggested retail price of $25,565, and contains ten airbags for its two rows of seating. That means you can comfortably fit a family in the affordable 2015 Buick Encore, safely, for a competitive price. In fact, the 2015 Encore was ranked at number 6 in U.S. News Best Cars’ Affordable Compact SUVs.

Online reviewers are praising the cabin in the Encore for its classic styling and lux materials, saying that the front seats are a pleasure to drive in, with a great view of the road. Meanwhile, passengers in the back report ideal head- and legroom, during a peacefully quiet drive.

For more information on the 2015 Buick Encore or to check out our available Buick models, visit us at Warsaw Buick GMC.

“That’s Not A Buick” Ad Proves Scientifically Effective

Have you noticed your own level of “engagement trace” during the latest Buick commercial campaign? These are the commercials where invariably someone proclaims “That’s not a Buick” when he or she is confronted with a new Buick.  The message therein: adjust your expectations; Buick isn’t what it used to be.

As for this mysterious “engagement trace,” that’s what scientists use to measure moment-by-moment focus on some media. Innerscope, a consumer neuroscience firm, measured the engagement trace in 50 volunteers, in addition to heart rate and breathing patterns, while they watched a Buick spot.

The result was “one of the highest overall levels of emotional engagement” Innerscope had ever seen, according to GM Authority. Engagement trace is measured on a 100-point scale. Sixty-five implies a baseline level of engagement. The volunteers who were watching the “That’s not a Buick” spot scored in the 80s.

At Warsaw Buick GMC, we’ve found that driving a Buick is highly engaging as well. Visit us today and find out!

2015 GMC Canyon Wins Best Of The Best At Autoweek

2015 Canyon - Best Of The Best Autoweek takes their Best of the Best award very seriously. First of all, they select eight finalists in both the car and truck category, selections based on evaluations in the areas of “performance, design, build quality, value and significance,” according to GM News. Then comes the fun part. The editors rent out the Michigan International Speedway and spend three days testing the finalists.

This year after the smoke cleared, the 2015 GMC Canyon emerged as the Best of the Best truck. In a statement about the winner, Autoweek said, “It’s truly a truck in the most honest sense…but refuses to forego the requirements a modern buyer has in a vehicle: refinement, modern conveniences and amenities, high-quality build, practicality and style.”

Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, responded by saying, “Autoweek’s recognition affirms our instincts.” It’s those good instincts that inspired GM to offer AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive, G80 locking rear differential and OnStar with 4G LTE–the very features that certainly helped them take the title, the same features that we love to show our customers here at Warsaw Buick GMC.

GMC November Retail Sales Report Gives Reason to Celebrate

It’s been thirteen years since GMC has been able to report November sales as impressive as those recorded this year. With a total of 43,853 vehicles sold last month, the automaker boasts a 31.1% increase over last year’s GMC November retail sales and the best November since 2001.GMC November retail sales

The brand’s trucks, especially the Sierra, played a large part in that success. The full-size Sierra sold 22,458 units—over half of the brand’s total sales and 57% more than last year during the same period. That number also happens to be the truck’s new record for November sales.

“As evidenced by our November sales results, customers continue to turn to the Sierra for a pickup truck that’s both strong and stylish,” said Duncan Aldred, GMC’s US vice president for sales and marketing.

“Between the Sierra and Sierra HD, along with distinctive model lines like the All-Terrain and Sierra Denali, we offer a truck that not only fits the task at hand, but also reflects the unique style, personality and preferences of the customer.”

GMC’s Terrain and Yukon models also recorded double-digit gains in comparison to last year’s November sales.

As the brand celebrates its 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, we at Warsaw Buick GMC look forward to setting new records during December.