If you caught the Thanksgiving Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you probably noticed the sleek trucks hauling the floats. For this year’s event over 55 GMC Canyons were used to help tow parade floats, making this the 34th year in a row GMC has helped out.
We at Warsaw Buick GMC can understand why participants want to use the new pickup model: the 2015 GMC Canyon performance is impressive, to say the least. We’re talking about an optional 3.6-liter V6 with a towing capacity of up to 7,000 lbs when properly equipped.
“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger trucks,” said Duncan Aldred, VP of Sales. “Canyon offers all the capability and confidence with the versatility and maneuverability of a smaller crossover making it the perfect complement for the holiday or any season.”
According to GMC, the Canyon also has a remarkable tuning radius of only 41 feet, another reason it was a great pick for the parade. It also includes a state-of-the-art navigation system and infotainment system, a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and OnStar, ensuring no drivers got lost during the hectic event.
The winter months are upon us, and, more likely than not, we’re going to be facing some bad weather during our commutes before things start warming up again. But even if you’ve been driving for years, you still might not know what to do if your car skids on ice. Luckily, the driving experts at Warsaw Buick GMC have three easy rules to remember just in case you lose control of your car on ice.
- Remove your foot from the accelerator: If you sense that you’ve lost traction and your car is going to skid, release the accelerator. Immediately.
- If you have to brake, do not slam on them. If you can correct the skid without braking, this is the best case scenario. If braking is required, however, be sure to pump them slowly and calmly. Never slam on the brake pedal.
- Steer in the direction of the skid. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail right, steer right. If the rear of your car begins to fishtail left, steer left. This should help straighten your car back out to correct the skid.
Ideally, skids on ice will be avoided all together. That’s why it’s important to drive slowly and carefully when the roads are bad.
Check out some video footage of people correcting (or attempting) to correct skids. As you will see, even when the correct steps are employed, a collision may still be inevitable.
As car manufacturers look for ways to improve fuel efficiency, many manufacturers are turning to lighter materials in the production of their cars. GM has begun to work with Osaka-based Teijin Ltd., who provides carbon fiber to Airbus’ A380 superjumbo, to create a lightweight carbon fiber to be used on cars.
The supplier projects that a quarter of all “eco-cars” will be made of carbon fiber by 2020, reaching 3 million units in the next six years. This means that while GM is heading up the effort, they will certainly not be the only car manufacturer to benefit from the new material.
Carbon fiber is known to be 10 times stronger and 75 percent lighter than steel. To this point, the material has only been used in sports cars and luxury vehicles. Together, GM and Teijin Ltd. will work to create the material for mass production, making it available to a number of automakers who are looking to make eco-friendly car manufacturing a priority.
“Rather than just for luxury and sports cars, we will seek to establish an overwhelming position in the general-use car market,” Takashi Yoshino, head of Teijin’s carbon fiber and composite business, said.
According to bloomberg.com, GM has recently approved Teijin’s new technology to cut molding time and costs to enable mass production for passenger vehicles, and now the supplier plans to take the lead in production and development.
Here at Warsaw Buick GMC, we look forward to a future lineup of stronger, lighter, and more fuel efficient vehicles!
When Buick set out to improve the LaCrosse for the 2015 model, they wanted to ensure that the changes and improvements would be obvious right off the bat. Therefore, the new Buick LaCrosse style definitely wears those improvements on its sleeve; both inside and out, it’s definitely a more eye-catching and elegant vehicle than ever before.
The new and improved look is just the beginning, though; it gets your attention and directs you to all the other changes and upgrades in the vehicle. The 2015 LaCrosse features a standard rearview camera, a panoramic moonroof, OnStar 4G LTE technology, improved legroom and cabin space, and more. It all added up to a highest predicted reliability award from Consumer Reports, making the new LaCrosse just as valuable as it is stylish.
If you want to turn heads out on the highway and keep people safe, comfortable, and happy inside your vehicle, then the updated LaCrosse is definitely the right choice for you. You’ll be getting a car that looks, feels, and drives like it’s more expensive than it is—and so your friends will probably think it is more expensive than it is. Come see us at Warsaw Buick GMC to get your new LaCrosse—it’ll be our little secret.
General Motors is about to take the popular Corvette eight-speed transmission into an entirely new segment—one that is extremely unexpected. The American carmaker recently announced that the much-loved transmission choice for sports car enthusiasts everywhere will be available in General Motors’ full-size trucks and SUVs. While you might think that this doesn’t make much sense, but trust us—it’s a great move on GM’s part.
By replacing the outgoing six-speed transmission with the Z71 package and combining it with the 6.2-liter Ecotec3, which is available on both the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Yukon Denali, GM has enhanced the driving experience of its big vehicles, making them smoother and quicker during acceleration. The American carmaker has also enhanced the fuel economy of the pickup and SUV, increasing the fuel rating by 1 mpg in both city and highway measurements for those models with four-by-four systems.
The Corvette eight-speed transmission will come standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, and GMC Yukon models that are equipped with the 6.2-liter V8. If you are interested in seeing this sports car transmission in a big-bodied vehicle, stop in to Warsaw Buick GMC today and give the 2015 Yukon and Sierra a test drive!
Do you remember where you were in 1980? Were you even born yet? 34 years ago, Jimmy Carter was president and General Motors was having one heck of a year. Now, in 2014, we are seeing the best General Motors third quarter sales results since then.
GM registered over 2.4 million global sales between June and September mostly thanks to strong sales in the United States and China. Leading those sales were GM’s pickups, the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado. Combined, these two trucks increased GM’s truck market share to 35.6 percent.
Another strong GM player was the Buick Encore, which continued to lead in its segment for the sixth straight month.
“GM delivered its best third quarter global sales in 34 years thanks to solid growth in the United States and China, and steady improvement in Opel’s market share,” said GM CEO Mary Barra, in a statement. “We have launches now underway, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa in Europe, and the Buick Envision and Cadillac ATS-L in China, that will keep our momentum going.”
Come celebrate GM’s success with us here at Warsaw Buick GMC. We’ll give you a great deal on a new Buick or GMC vehicle.
European cars are becoming increasingly more influential on cars in the US market. It’s not a recent trend, but it’s been picking up noticeably in the past few years. A lot of cars in the American market are picking up on cues and design ideas from their European cousins.
One of the more recent Euro-inspired developments is the Opel Monza’s future influence on Buick’s Regal concept. While a lot of the stand-out design schemes aren’t being transferred over, a number of the other ideas that make the Monza stylish will be incorporated into the Regal.
Here’s where it gets a little confusing. The chief of the Opel, Karl-Thomas Neumann, says that the next time we see the Monza it will be as the Opel Insignia, but in the states it will be known as the Buick Regal. So if you see the Insignia in European car news, you are going to be looking at what will likely be the design for the Buick Regal, save for a few potential design tweaks for the US market.
Warsaw Buick GMC is happy to see the two halves of the Western world collide to create even cooler cars for the future market. For more views into the world of Buick’s future design work, be sure to check out our future blogs!
During the month of September, Buick total sales rose 12 percent in comparison to the same period last year. It was largely a two-model show as the Buick Encore and Enclave accounted for about half of the brand’s individual and total sales.
With retail sales reporting a 38 percent increase, the Encore continued its nine-month growth streak. The small SUV has led its segment in sales for the past six months, quite a feat for such a competitive class.
The larger Buick Enclave posted its best September sales in three years. Year over year, the SUV’s sales increased by 21 percent.
“Despite the difference in size, both Encore and Enclave deliver the core attributes – style, comfort, quality and value – customers expect in a modern Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, Buick’s vice president of marketing. “Thanks to the success of our ‘Experience the New Buick’ campaign, consumers continue to discover these qualities are available in a Buick that truly fits their needs.”
Buick’s Verano and redesigned Regal also contributed to the brand’s sales growth.
September was a good month for Buick. We at Warsaw Buick GMC look forward to continued sales growth throughout the rest of the year.
You will not hear the new Enclave coming. Buick has mastered the art of a silent cabin, making a ride that is both enjoyable and, well, quiet. It offers a smooth ride that is matched with comfort, making the Enclave a crossover to swoon over.
The interior is as spacious as a minivan, making room for cargo, and allowing people to both ride contently. It is safe to say that the Enclave has seamlessly entered luxury territory.
Outside noises stay outside. This means you won’t hear that annoying guy next to you at the stop light jamming to some obscure music. Autoweek reports that “potholes and road imperfections create a dull thud somewhere in the distance rather than a jarring crash at a definable corner of the car.”
The Buick Enclave offers all of the features car buyers look for in a crossover for a premium price of $54,000. Schedule your test drive today with us at Warsaw Buick GMC! You will be glad you did!
At Warsaw Buick GMC we would like to congratulate GM on receiving an award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. GM announced its award on Sept. 16, which it received for successful efforts to reduce pollution.
GM’s Toledo, Ohio Plant was recognized for its ability to reduce its impact on the environment. According to GM, this plant specifically produces automatic transmissions for an array of GM trucks, cars, and SUVs. Astonishingly, the GM Toledo Plant was able to reduce energy concentration by 30% and wastewater discharges by 60%. The energy reduction prevented over 38,425 metric tons of CO2 from entering our atmosphere.
“This award is a celebration of various plant sustainability initiatives, from landfill-free to our ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry distinction,” said Joyce Arakelian, a senior environmental engineer at the facility. “Our Drive-to-Zero program helps conserve our resources and enables employees to see the simple and real benefits of energy reduction.”
GM’s Toledo, Ohio Plant is just one example of the many ways in which GM is trying to reduce its carbon footprint. We here at Warsaw Buick GMC think that effort deserves some recognition.