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Buick Avenir Concept Has a Really Fancy Lighting System

Buick has revealed details about the advanced lighting system on the Buick Avenir concept, which shows the direction of Buick’s intended designs for future headlights and taillamps.

New LED technology has allowed the Avenir’s designers to truly hone the look of lighting elements and the light they emit while saving energy.

Buick Avenir conceptThe Avenir’s fancy headlamps include trios of jewel-like LEDs, arranged in a “wave” shape meant to match the forms inside the cabin. Along with the taillamps, they also feature diffused light elements that form wings across the top of the lamp assembly, each of which incorporates the signature Buick tri-shield logo and continues the layered pattern found on the decorative trim and seating surfaces.

“Signature lighting is often the first design element people notice on a vehicle,” said Martin Davis, design manager for exterior lighting. “A distinctive illuminated graphic is incredibly important—it is an opportunity to visually communicate the design aesthetic of the brand. The wing signature lighting is a Buick design hallmark that will help you identify a Buick product on the road.”

We look forward to seeing these new designs make their way to our lineup at Warsaw Buick GMC!

Buick Bests Industry Average by 34% in Vehicle Dependability Study

When you shop for a new vehicle, you want to find one on which you can rely. It makes sense then, that your research would lead you to information like that released in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study in which you’ll find that Buick ranks as the second most dependable brand on the market.

Buick climbed the rankings three spots from last year to reach second place overall. Impressively, the brand is 34% more reliable than the industry’s average.

The study evaluates vehicles in their third year of ownership, meaning this year’s results are based on 2012 models. The LaCrosse won as most dependable model among large cars, and the Enclave earned second place in the Midsize SUV segment.

“Buick’s ranking is a testament to the fact that [we’re] on the leading edge of reliability, quality and customer service,” said Duncan Aldred, Buick’s vice president. “More and more customers are visiting the Buick showroom because we put these values at the core of every model we bring to the market.”

Vehicle Dependability Study
2014 Buick Encore

In addition to Buick’s reliability, J.D. Power also recently recognized the 2014 Encore as the highest ranking Sub-Compact SUV in the organization’s Initial Quality StudiesSM for 2013 and 2014 and Buick as the No. 1 mass-market brand for customer satisfaction with dealer service based on the 2014 U.S. Customer Service Index StudySM.

For us at Warsaw Buick GMC, it is our privilege to deliver a comprehensive package of quality products with a reputation for reliability and award-winning service to our valued customers.

New GMC Conversation Mirror Gives Parents a New Perspective, Literally

Ever wish you had eyes in the back of your head? Well, GMC has developed a close second for parents to use while in the front seat. The GMC Conversation Mirror is a secondary rear-view camera developed by the Yukon design team to help parents keep an eye on kids in the back.

2015 GMC Yukon - GMC Conversation Mirror
2015 GMC Yukon equipped with the GMC Conversation Mirror

According to GMC, the new Conversation Mirror was initially designed for the Yukon because 30% of its owners are parents with kids under the age of 16. The new mirror pops out of the overhead console’s sunglass holder, which enables you to see behind without turning around. By keeping family-oriented features like this in mind, GMC is catering to customers’ needs.

“As a mom, when it came time to design the next-generation Yukon and Yukon XL, I wanted to give our customers a better way of keeping tabs on their kids without forcing them to turn around and take their eyes off the road,” said Kay Jarboe, product manager for the 2015 Yukon and Yukon XL.

While some drivers may just use their rearview mirror or aftermarket conversation mirrors, GMC wanted to create a well-integrated, not to mention safe, feature. There’s no need to mess with extra parts or your rearview mirror – just tap the overhead console and you’ll have a bird’s-eye view.

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.

2015 GMC Canyon’ Performance Was Ideal for Towing on Thanksgiving

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.2015 GMC Canyon Performance

“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.

What to Do if Your Car Skids on Ice: An Auto How-To

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

GM Approves Carbon-Fiber Material for Use in Future Eco-Friendly Car Manufacturing

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!

New Buick LaCrosse Style Wears its Improvement on its Sleeve

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.

Safest Back to School Cars

Families all across the United States are gearing up for back to school season. For many of those families, this will include car shopping. If you are the parent of a new driver or soon-to-be college freshman, you are probably wondering which cars are the safest back to school cars.

While new cars may offer the top-of-the-line in both safety and technology, most families can’t fit a new car payment into their budgets and opt for used. With that in mind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has put together a list of not only budget-friendly cars, but cars that will still keep your teen driver safe.

While the list covers many different makes and models, there are quite a few Buick and GMC models listed. If you’re looking for a midsize car, the IIHS recommends the Buick Verano, model year 2012 and later. Another great choice for those who want something with more capabilities is the GMC Terrain, model year 2010 and later.

For large vehicles, both full size sedans and large SUVs, the IIHS suggests the Buick LaCrosse (2010 and later), Buick Enclave (2011 and later), and GMC Acadia (2011 and later).

Here at Warsaw Buick GMC we have many of these recommended pre-owned Buick and GMC vehicles available today. Stop by and we’ll help you find a back to school car that will fit in your budget and keep your student safe.

Buick Offers Rearview Camera as Standard for 2015 Model Year

Here’s just one way Buick is making sure our customers stay safe before they even hit the road: Every 2015 Buick model will be equipped with a rearview camera as a standard feature.

As technologies advance, Buick recognizes the increasing importance of the rearview camera for many consumers.

“We know our customers are very safety conscious,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president for Buick and GMC. “The current Buick lineup holds many safety accolades, but we are always pushing to be at the forefront with our vehicles being among the safest available.”

In addition to the standard rearview camera, 2015 models will also be available with Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

Of course, a free six-month subscription for the OnStar Automatic Crash Response service will also be included for all new 2015 models.

With all the safety features provided for the 2015 model year vehicles, there’s never been a better time buy a Buick. Stop by Warsaw Buick GMC today to check out our current inventory of 2015 models.