Eight-Speed Transmissions Optional on 2015 GMC Pickup Trucks

If you’re looking for your weekly dose of exciting GM powertrain news, you’ve come to the right place! GM recently announced that their new lineup of trucks, including 2015 GMC pickup trucks like the Sierra and Yukon, will pair its mammoth 6.2L EcoTec3 V8 engine to an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission, bringing you both more power and a smoother driving experience for the new model year.

The new transmission, called the Hydra-Matic 8L90, remains just about the same size as the six-speed automatic, so you get added performance without losing any under-the-hood space or fuel efficiency. The Hydra-Matic 8L90 is the perfect match for the big EcoTec3 engine, which, with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft. of torque, claims the title of most powerful engine in any light-duty pickup truck.

This massive powertrain also helps the 2015 Sierra and Yukon post a maximum trailer capacity of 12,000 lbs—basically, the new eight-speed transmission assures that this new line of luxurious and powerful trucks is capable of completing whatever task you set before it. It’s automatic—and so is your choice when it comes to full-size pickup trucks. Come see us at Warsaw Buick GMC today to check out these awesome new trucks.

Finding the Scenic Route: Short Isn’t Always Sweet

When it comes to travel, sometimes the path less travelled turns out to be the best. If you prefer beautiful routes to short routes, there’s very little a GPS can do to help you. Fortunately, Yahoo researchers have come up with a way to measure the “beauty” of certain routes.

An algorithm then automatically chooses a route between two locations that maximizes the beauty along it, according to technologyreview.com. “The goal of this work is to automatically suggest routes that are not only short but also emotionally pleasant,” Daniele Quercia at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona, Spain, and a couple of friends working on the project say.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder though, so it couldn’t simply be a matter of their opinion. Instead, the team created a database of images of various areas of the center of London taken from Google Street View and Geographic. They then used UrbanGems.org to solicit the general public’s opinion of the beauty of each location.

Clearly, the process for determining the most beautiful areas in every location in every city would be incredibly time consuming, so Quercia  and her team have automated the process using photos from Flickr and the data and tags attached to them. They look for numerous photos of a particular area and comments associated with positive emotions.

The idea is fascinating, and routes have proven to be just 12 percent longer on average than their shorter counterpart. Would you spend the extra time walking in order to enjoy a more appealing scenery? Keep an eye out for an app, which is the team’s next major goal.

If you’re doing way more walking than you’d like – stop by Warsaw Buick GMC and check out our selection of reliable cars!

Buick Brings You the Road Trips of the Future

Long gone are the days of trying to decipher which direction to go while pouring over a heavily-creased paper map. You can also say goodbye to trying to find a decent radio station while travelling in the middle of the wilderness.

Buick is excited to bring families the road trip of the future with its built-in OnStar 4G LTE connectivity. This technology, available on the 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Verano, Regal, and Encore will bring travelling into the modern world and will turn your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot that will allow up to seven devices to connect at once.

“Technology really has changed the way we travel today,” said David Lorenz, marketing manager, Pure Michigan, in a statement. “Travelers are looking for easy access to information and they don’t necessarily just want that in advance of travel. Applications like OnStar and other technologies allow people to make quick, last-minute changes to their itinerary.”

Now, you don’t have to scour travel guides and try to plan every step of your trip weeks in advance. With this 4G LTE connectivity, you can find something new and different while on the go.

Buick Interior Materials Get Special Treatment

Buick has shared some of the techniques it uses to find the best protective coatings for its Buick interior materials at General Motors Materials Test and Engineering.

Just as human skin benefits from protection from sunscreen or bug spray, materials in Buick interiors benefit from protective coating to shield them from sun exposure and perspiration and to keep them looking new.

To test material durability in heat and ultraviolet light, Buick’s lab engineers use artificial light—similar to that in tanning booths—for two to six weeks before analyzing results. It then exposes materials to natural sunlight in Arizona for as long as seven months in special glass boxes.

It also tests sweat resistance by applying perspiration solutions to material samples for several hours before letting them dry. Once dried, the engineers scrape the sample to determine if the material was softened or damaged, after which they expose it to artificial light to ensure it can withstand both sweat and sun.

“While it is easy to make leather resistant to chemicals or abrasion, it is very difficult to find the balance of durability while maintaining the desirable look and feel that a Buick customer expects,” said Doug Pickett, engineering group manager, Materials Test and Engineering. “The texture is an important factor, so it can’t be too hard, too slick or too sticky.”

Learn more about Buick’s efforts to build the best possible interiors at Warsaw Buick GMC!