Late last month, General Motors announced that a few more GMC vehicles will get Android Auto starting in March 2016. The 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon models equipped with the eight-inch IntelliLink system will be able to get this upgrade at any GMC dealer, including here at DeVoe Buick GMC.
2016 GMC Sierra 1500 Interior
With Android Auto on the IntelliLink system, drivers will be able to access everything they love on their smartphones right on the vehicle’s touchscreen, including great apps like Google Maps, Google Now, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and so much more.
Apple users, don’t worry; Apple CarPlay was announced earlier this year and is available in the same GMC lineup.
“Providing Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility ushers in a new era of staying connected in a convenient manner,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC, in a statement.
Many of the Android Auto features can be access through voice commands, letting you keep your hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road.
Going hand-in-hand with this in-car technology is the available of OnStar 4G LTE connectivity that turns your GMC into a Wi-Fi hotspot that allows up to seven devices to connect at once.
Are you ready to stay connected with a GMC vehicle getting Android Auto?
When it comes to manual versus automatic transmissions, both have their pros and cons, and it’s important to understand the differences when you go to make a decision on what car to buy.
If you have the resources and patience to learn to how to drive manual, it could save you a lot of money. Cars with manual transmissions tend to have lower sticker prices and use less gas than automatics.
Manual transmissions are also preferred by auto enthusiasts and sports car drivers. Acceleration is greatly improved with manual transmissions, and driving lovers prefer the better performance and extra control the stick shift provides.
Then again, with automatic transmissions being the more common choice, fewer and fewer people know how to drive manual cars. So if you want to learn, it could be difficult to find a teacher or even someone who owns a manual car. Plus, automatic cars don’t require learned skills to be able to get them up a steep hill. If you’re not an enthusiast and you prefer easy to exciting, automatic is probably right for you.
If you’re looking for something to do in Fort Myers this weekend, head down to the Bell Tower Shops for the Fort Myers Craft Beer and Music Festival. Taking place on Saturday September 12th from 3pm to 8pm, the festival gives attendees the opportunity to sample craft beers while enjoying music by local artists.
For a $30 general admission ticket, you get a tasting glass, a “tasting passport,” and a handy guide to the different beers being offered at the Craft Beer and Music Festival. A VIP ticket gets you unlimited beer samplings as well as VIP seating and restrooms.
The Craft Beer and Music Festival is ideally located near many shops and restaurants in the Bell Tower Shops parking lot, so food is easily accessible to festival-goers. The event even offers a cheaper ticket for designated drivers and attendees under 21 years old who won’t be drinking so they can still enjoy the concert.
Proceeds from the festival benefit the Rotary Club of Southwest Florida.
2015 GMC Sierra HD
We aren’t the only ones saying the 2015 GMC Sierra HD is a good option for anyone looking for a large heavy duty pickup. Owners of the model agreed, placing the pickup at the top of its class in the 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study.
The J.D. Power U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study scores many vehicles based on feedback from consumers after 90 days of ownership. Models are evaluated on a thorough survey examining 77 attributes and given a score of one to 1,000. The GMC Sierra HD earned the APEAL Study award for the Large Heavy Duty Pickup category.
“These and similar awards affirm that our customers recognize and appreciate the precision engineering, design and technology that go into every GMC,” said Duncan Aldred, US vice president for GMC. “Sierra HD trucks are engineered without compromise to deliver the capability, refinement and technology that inspire confidence with every task.”
The Sierra HD wasn’t the only standout vehicle in the study. The 2015 GMC Terrain earned runner up in the competitive class of compact SUVs.
For more information on what makes these vehicles so appealing to owners, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC.
We’ve heard the story before. You came to DeVoe Buick GMC for your scheduled test drive of that Buick you’ve had your eye on for the past few months.
Unfortunately, it’s been one of those days: you were late to pick up the kids from summer camp, which also meant you were late to her doctor’s appointment and his swim practice. Of course, that made you 20 minutes late for your test drive appointment and your mind is everywhere but focused on the luxurious vehicle you now get to drive for only 40 minutes before you have to retrace your steps and pick up the kids.
It’s a good thing Buick is offering the 24-Hours of Happiness Test Drive program.
While it doesn’t take long to fall in love with a Buick, the automaker recognizes that it helps to be able to spend more time with the vehicle, especially when that time is relatively free of stress and you can enjoy driving. That’s why the 24-hour test drive program not only allows you to drive through your everyday routine during that 24 hours; it also provides participants with advice on reducing stress and experiencing the happiness that comes from driving a Buick.
Exclusive online content is available to promote a happy driving experience, including a recipe for a custom in-car fragrance, basic yoga exercises for a relaxing ride, and more.
Go ahead. Forget about your almost-missed test drive and add the Buick 24-Hours of Happiness Test Drive to your schedule as soon as possible.
Take your favorite Buick on a 24-Hour Test Drive!
Do you ever wish that your smart phone could be integrated into your car?
2016 Buick LaCrosse – Coming Soon to DeVoe Buick GMC!
Well, great news! Using the touchscreen display, you can now safely answer phone calls, send and receive text messages, listen to music, and utilize the navigation apps found on your phone—all thanks to the integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These two programs have been integrated in Buick’s 2016 Regal and LaCrosse as well as GMC’s Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon, which will be available later this year.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential. Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how (GM) continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors.
Apple CarPlay-supported vehicles will also offer OnStar 4G LTE capabilities for WiFi hotspot support.
Come visit us at DeVoe Buick GMC for more information on how to integrate the connected Apple CarPlay for Buick and GMC vehicles into your driving routine.
With the celebration of our nation’s founding just around the corner, you may be looking for something fun to do for the Fourth of July in Naples. Here is a brief list that we’ve compiled just for you.
Independence Day Kick-Off Party – Start the holiday weekend with this free event at Mercado shops that offers fun for the entire family. Starting at 6pm, there will be live music, lawn games, and an outdoor bar. Kids can enjoy the bounce house, face painting, and a water balloon toss.
Bonita Springs Farmers’ Market – Located at the Southwest Florida Performing Arts Center and opening at 7:30am, peruse an assortment of fresh vegetables, fruits, baked goods, flowers, and fresh seafood from local vendors where you can find the perfect items for a beach picnic!
Fourth of July parade – Come bring some lawn chairs or beach blankets and get into the celebratory spirit while watching some festive pageantry! The parade starts at 10am along Fifth Avenue South.
Fireworks at Naples Pier – Starting at 9pm, come see the best fireworks around from the historic Naples Pier!
Be sure to come visit us at DeVoe Buick GMC to see our selection of new and used cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs. We also wish all of our readers and patrons a very happy Fourth of July weekend!
Current Buick Regal Available at DeVoe Buick GMC!
It has recently come to our attention that Buick filed applications to add a Sport Touring trademark on the Regal and LaCrosse models. We’re excited to see what’s about to happen with the new models; two new options sound great to us!
GM Inside News first broke the information and reported that both trademarks were dated April 27th. They were filed specifically for the Regal and LaCrosse, giving us hope that we’ll soon see a new trim or special edition.
The current Buick Regal is available in four trim levels and the LaCrosse in five. The Regal GS is one of the most powerful vehicles in the lineup. If a Sport Touring edition makes its way into the lineup, it has the potential to take Regal and LaCrosse to the next level of power and performance.
If you’re interested in learning more about the current Buick lineup, or the potential of the Sport Touring, come visit DeVoe Buick GMC.
The new 2016 Buick Enclave will be equipped with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi so you can officially connect from anywhere inside the vehicle! The built-in Wi-Fi hotspot will effectively connect up to seven devices within the Enclave.
4G LTE connectivity is 10-times faster than 3G and it’s 100-times faster than the OnStar technology previously offered. The Wi-Fi signal is also much stronger than other phones that are connected to the same network.
Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick, said, “Customers’ daily lives are so entwined with personal devices, so the addition of OnStar 4G LTE and its integral Wi-Fi hotspot is a feature they will rely on. It allows busy people to stay connected throughout the day and provides another outlet for passenger entertainment on long trips.”
The new technology will now be standard across the entire Buick lineup, including the new Enclave, Verano, and Regal. Visit DeVoe Buick GMC for more information on the upcoming, Wi-Fi-enabled 2016 Buick Enclave.
2015 GMC Canyon
Each year, Ward’s Auto chooses ten new and redesigned vehicles for its “10 Best Interiors” list, which honors the models with most innovative and impressive interiors based on a variety of criteria.
Ward’s Auto recently announced its choices for 2015, including the GMC Canyon SLT on the list. Additionally, the Canyon SLT was one of only two pick-up trucks that made the cut, right next to Ford’s latest F-150.
To be eligible for the list, a vehicle’s interior has to be entirely new, meaning there were about 40 vehicles available to choose from for this year’s list. The judges spent a careful 10 days with the cars, in order to make the right decision.
James M. Amend of Ward’s Auto cited “a good dose of technology and styling that strikes a unique balance between sophistication and good old-fashioned pickup ruggedness” as reasons for the Canyon’s selection, as well as its brand attributes.
Have you been able to check out the 2015 GMC Canyon SLT interior? Let us know what you think of it in the comments.