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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.

GM Tricks Out Pickup, SUVS with Corvette Eight-Speed Transmission

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!

Buick Silences Enclave Cabin Noise with New Technology

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.

2015 Enclave Cabin Noise ReducedThe 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!

GM’s Toledo, Ohio Plant Receives Award for Eco-Friendly Initiative

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.

Connectivity Will Come Standard across the Entire 2015 Buick Lineup

Buick is preparing to introduce a ‘new’ kind of connectivity. The automaker has announced that each and every 2015 Buick model will come standard with Apple Siri Eyes Free and Text Message Alerts, and most 2015 Buick models will also come standard with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, powered by OnStar with 4G LTE. That’s right – your data draining family can stay connected while you can maintain safe communication with your phone.

“People have become accustomed to having their mobile devices with them wherever they go, and that includes their vehicle,” said Roger McCormack, Buick product director in a news release. “With standard technologies like Siri Eyes Free and Text Message Alerts, Buick provides drivers with a convenient and safe way to stay in touch while on the road.”

The text message alerts feature allows smartphone users with Bluetooth connectivity to listen to incoming text messages read aloud through the car’s speakers. Siri Eyes Free allows users to interact with their smartphones using voice commands. Ask Siri to call people, play music, compose text messages, get directions, check the score, and more.

The car’s IntelliLink user interface is designed to be user-friendly and highly customizable, so each user can create a system that best meets their needs. That, along with the available OnStar with 4G LTE means a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, providing a mobile hub for passengers and drivers to stay connected, even while on the go. 4G LTE will be available on the Buick LaCrosse, Verano, Regal, and Encore for the 2015 model year and will be available on the entire 2016 Buick lineup.

Stop by Warsaw Buick GMC, where the 2015 lineup is already rolling into our showroom!

New GMC Canyon Offers Ultimate Connectivity with OnStar 4G LTE Service

Sometimes good things come in small(er) packages. Such is the case for the all-new 2015 GMC Canyon. The mid-size pickup offers a host of features in its compact frame, but perhaps one of the most exciting is the available OnStar 4G LTE service with Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.

Your truck really will be the hot spot as it provides Wi-Fi for up to seven devices in and around the vehicle.

Just imagine setting up camp on the beach and streaming Netflix on your computer for an outdoor movie night. Or maybe you’ll be gearing up for the start of football season as you plan for the tailgate party of the year complete with a little Madden NFL 15 action between you and your friends, even those playing from home.

“GMC customers appreciate excellence. When they do something, they do it well,” said Rich Latek, marketing director for GMC. “With a 4G LTE data connection and the ability to connect up to seven devices, including gaming systems, smartphones, and tablets, GMC owners will draw the envy of nearby tailgaters in stadium parking lots across America.”

OnStar’s 4G LTE service keeps customers connected in new ways, maximizing the potential of the all-new Canyon as it enters the compact truck segment.

For more details on prices and which other GMC models will offer the 4G LTE service, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Warsaw Buick GMC.

GMC Terrain Starts Rollout of OnStar 4G LTE Capable Vehicles

GMC vehicles have always had a reputation for great performance, sturdiness, and sustainability, and now they’re adding another card to their stacked deck—advanced technology. Starting this summer, the brand will start trotting out a lineup of 2015 models, many of which will be equipped with OnStar 4G LTE capabilities. The GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali will be the first 4G-capable vehicles to hit the market, followed by the Sierra, Sierra HD, Yukon, Yukon XL, and even the Canyon.

2014 GMC Terrain - OnStar 4G LTE “This technology is a great feature for all of our customers,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC. “From those who use their Sierra or Yukon as a mobile office, to the families taking trips in any of our vehicles, they can enjoy the benefits of 4G LTE for work or play.”

The 4G technology allows you to set up a personal Wi-Fi spot in your car; once the Wi-Fi spot is active, you can connect up to seven different devices all at the same time. You’ll be able to download movies, send and receive email, play games, and much more, all while on the go in your comfortable, safe, and powerful GMC vehicle—so make sure to visit Warsaw Buick GMC this summer to find the perfect one for you.

Buick Technology Delivers Convenience and Safety

When cars were invented more than a century ago, they didn’t do much more than just take passengers from point A to B. While modern cars still fulfill that same core purpose, they also pack so much technology as to have become veritable mobile computers.

At Warsaw Buick GMC, we like to separate car technology into three categories: powertrain, convenience, and safety. In this article, we take a brief look at some of the convenience and safety technologies customers can find across the Buick lineup. We’ll reserve a future article for powertrain tech, as it really deserves its own.

Though every Buick has its own identity and unique quirks, customers can find much of the same technology across all models. For example, Buick IntelliLink is a convenience system that helps drivers carry out tasks with just the sound of their voice, from playing their favorite music to making hands-free calls. There’s also the Remote Vehicle Starter, which is highlighted nicely in this award-winning commercial. It’s the little things that add up to a wonderful experience.

Safety technologies are more than just the antilock brakes or traction control you’ve probably heard about. Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Parking Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are all examples of vehicle assistance designed to aid the driver in avoiding collisions. They don’t just keep you safe—they help you become a better and more aware driver.

Talk to us at Warsaw Buick GMC to learn more about everything our Buicks have to offer!