What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

dashboardThere are a lot of confusing terms when it comes to checking out new cars and reading through the specifications. While horsepower is pretty self-explanatory, torque is a widely referred to spec that not many drivers can define. Even more of a mystery is what torque actually does in a car. So, just what does a car’s torque mean? Let us DeVoe Buick GMC explain.

Putting it plain and simple, torque causes a car to accelerate. While the torque specification is a higher number than the torque on the wheels, it’s still a good indicator of how fast a car can accelerate.

There are a few things that can help a car accelerate other than torque. A lighter car and lower center-of-mass will obviously help.

We’ve defined what torque is but not how it effects the vehicle in reality. Take a truck like the GMC Sierra 1500, for example.

If you’ve ever read the specifications on a full-size pickup, odds are you noticed that the engines fall in the range of a V6 or V8 and may include a diesel option here and there. The reason for that size of an engine is simple: the larger the engine, the more torque it can produce.

An engine with high torque won’t be as effective without large wheels and tires, which is why trucks are usually so massive.

New 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 Features

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is here at last, and the new model comes with quite a new few features. From personal customization options, like paint color, to features that are commonly requested by drivers, this full-size pickup is designed to give customers more for their money. While GMC has added quite a few new features, the automaker has also removed some as well.

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 loses the Light Steel Gray Metallic, Iridium Metallic, and Mahogany Metallic colors. As a replacement, the full-size pickup sees the addition of Dark Slate Metallic and Pepperdust Metallic.

As for highly-requested GMC Sierra 1500 features, the truck sees the addition of capless fuel fill and Teen Driver mode with IntelliLink infotainment system to the list of standard features. Low Speed Mitigation Braking also makes its way onto the list. Tri-Mode Power Steps, 18-inch all-season blackwall tires, and a trailer brake controller (SLT Crew Cab Premium Plus Package) all join the list of available options.

2017 GMC Sierra 1500

2017 GMC Sierra 1500 All Terrain Package

The All Terrain Package will no longer be available on the Sierra 1500 SLE trim. Instead, the SLE receives the Elevation Edition package.

Here at DeVoe Buick GMC, we’re proud to stock the latest GMC Sierra 1500—complete with all its new features!

4 Best Back to School Cars for Your Daily Commute

August is winding down, and you know what that means: it’s time to head back to school! During this season, you’re doing to make daily trips to and from class every morning.

Whether you’re just driving your own or are part of a community carpool, here is a list of the best back to school cars.

  • Buick Encore: Has a starting MSRP around $24,000, gets 33 miles per gallon, and seats five, making it perfect for small groups.
  • Buick Enclave: Has a starting MSRP around $39,000, gets 22 miles per gallon, and seats eight, so your entire family will fit comfortably.
  • GMC Terrain: Has a starting MSRP around $24,000, gets 32 miles per gallon, and seats five, saving you money each morning.
  • GMC Yukon: Has a starting MSRP around $48,000, gets 23 miles per gallon, and seats eight, for the largest groups and families.
2016 GMC Yukon

2016 GMC Yukon at DeVoe Buick GMC

Want to learn more about any of these models? Contact us or visit us anytime at DeVoe Buick GMC!

2017 Buick Envision Tech Updates Continues the Model’s Legacy

2016 Buick Envision

2017 Buick Envision – Coming Soon!

Buick raised the bar with the first-ever Buick Envision, a model that perfectly balanced powerful performance and fuel efficiency. And now, the second edition of the stunning model is on the way: the 2017 Buick Envision.

A 4G Wi-Fi Hotspot is just the beginning of the 2017 Buick Envision tech updates, with a long list of safety features plus surround vision to ensure your peace of mind behind the wheel and when parking.

Plus, the sizable model is set to be remarkably fuel-efficient despite its ability to carry the whole family and all their assorted cargo, while earning up to 29 mpg on the highway. And with a long list of available trim levels, there is sure to be a Buick Envision ideal for every driver.

The 2017 Buick Envision will be available as early as fall 2016, so if you are interested in getting behind the wheel of one of these models, contact us or visit DeVoe Buick GMC.

Discontinued Buick Verano Makes Room for More Crossovers

A market trend toward crossovers is causing Buick to reconsider its lineup and make some adjustments. With a new mid-range crossover recently introduced to the market and two others already being sold under the Buick name, the luxury brand’s three sedans are beginning to fall behind their larger siblings in sales. One of the adjustments being made due to this trend is the removal of the Verano from Buick’s US lineup. The discontinued Buick Verano is expected to last through a 2017 model year before fading from the market.

2016 Buick Verano

2016 Buick Verano

In previous years, before the crossover skyrocketed to popularity, small cars like compact sedans were viewed as attainable entries for first-time luxury buyers. However, the compact Verano was overtaken in sales by the subcompact Encore, which is now Buick’s best-selling nameplate. Buick predicts over 70 percent of their U.S. sales over the next year will come from crossovers.

The move to phase out the discontinued Buick Verano mirrors current Buick sales chief Duncan Aldred’s core philosophy to focus resources on a few hard-hitting nameplates, as opposed to having a broad, diverse lineup that strains the company budget. The Verano only sold just over 31,000 units in 2015, a number that pales in comparison to the 2016 Envision’s predicted 50,000.

Celebrate July 4th in Naples, Florida

4th of JulyIf you live in Naples, Florida and are looking for something to do the evening of Independence Day, why not come to the fireworks show at the Naples Pier at the West end of 12th Avenue? It’s an annual tradition to celebrate July 4th in Naples with fireworks displays, music, and the beautiful sight of the Florida coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.

The fireworks show is set to begin at 9:00pm after sunset, but guests are permitted to come earlier to set up any blankets, towels, or lawn chairs anywhere between Lowdermilk Park and Naples Beach. The music for the event will be broadcasted through the WAVV 101.1 FM radio station so viewers can listen while enjoying the fireworks shows choreographed to the playlist.

If you want a one-of-a-kind experience, make sure to check reservations for sightseeing boats in the area a few days ahead of time, as well. Some boat reservations are available for visitors who wish to enjoy the fireworks display on the open ocean!

Admission for the event is entirely free. Parking is first-come, first-serve, and areas marked “No Parking” will be strictly patrolled by law enforcement. Police will be present at the event to direct traffic. No personal fireworks such as sparklers are permitted, but coolers with snacks and beverages are allowed.

Hope to see you there!

Best Beaches in Naples, Florida

BeachIn the hot, muggy weather that a summer in Florida brings, you’ll want to plan a few trips to the beach. Here are some beaches in and around Naples that you’ll want to head to this summer.

Clam Pass County Park

This secluded beachfront is tucked away in mangroves, and you’ll access it by a tram that drives across a boardwalk. You’ll want to go here if you love nature, because you’ll be among marine and plant life, especially in the tidal bay area.

Lowdermilk Park

This place is great for families, especially if you’re bringing young children to the beach. It has a host of full-service facilities and lets you picnic in the gazebo. There are also two playgrounds, a duck bond, plenty of showers and bathrooms, and sand volleyball courts!

Sugden Regional Park

If you’re over salt water, then you’re in luck! Sugden is home to the only public freshwater lake in the Naples area. It’s called Avalon Lake, and not only can you swim here, but you can also rent equipment for water sports and take sailing lessons!

GMC Yukon Premium Edition to Premiere Soon

Why drive a regular GMC Yukon when you can get behind the wheel of the GMC Yukon Premium Edition? This new premium edition of the Yukon will give you even better features than the original!

This update will be available in both Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. You’ll see updates like a chrome grille that’s exclusive to just the special edition plus powerful 22-inch alloy wheels. You’ll notice the difference in the grille, which will be much shinier and more aggressive than the grille of the standard Yukon. The larger wheels come standard on the Premium Edition, and have a design unique to it.

2016 GMC Yukon Denali

2016 GMC Yukon Denali

Under the hood, all Premium Editions have a roaring 5.3-liter V8 engine, so you’ll never feel left behind when you’re driving this car.

GMC is offering the Yukon Premium Edition in hopes of reaching the class and luxury of the Denali trim levels, but with a lower price tag. It offers something nestled in between the standard trim level and the Denali, at a more affordable price.

The price of the Yukon Premium Edition hasn’t been revealed yet, but keep an eye out for its premiere!

Check Out the New Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle

2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse at CAS

Buick has many amazing vehicles in the works, and we at DeVoe Buick GMC are excited to finally see the new LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). This model debuted at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, since China is one of Buick’s largest markets.

Lary Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion System stated that, “GM’s leadership in electrification technologies, now and in the future, are coming to Buick in China.” The plan is to then introduce more than 10 new energy-efficient vehicles over the next five years. This includes plug-in hybrids, full hybrids, and extended-range electric vehicles.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse HEV has a 1.8-liter SIDI engine, a 1.5-kWh lithium battery, and an electric variable transmission. This has helped increase fuel economy to 50 mpg, which is 35% more than the current LaCrosse with eAssist technology. This won’t be a sluggish vehicle though, as it can still accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 8.9 seconds.

A sleek roofline also helps improve efficiency and create an aerodynamic appearance. In addition, there is more advanced technology such as exhaust thermal energy recycling. This was also the introduction of the new platform of more efficient green technologies with the new “Buick Blue” logo.

We are not sure if the LaCrosse HEV will be offered in the United States, but we are certainly hoping that it will be!

A Sneak Peak at the Twin of the 2018 Buick Regal

We at DeVoe Buick GMC are thrilled by the spy pictures of the upcoming 2017 Opel/Vauzhall Insignia. You may be asking why we are excited since those aren’t brands we have here in the US. Well…the Insignia is basically a twin of the 2018 Buick Regal, only differing in name and powertrain options.

Both the Insignia and Regal are based on the updated version of GM’s E2XX architecture. This means that the interior will most likely be lengthen, and the overall vehicle weight will be lessened.

The new instrument panel has two large pods at an angle, which appears modernly organized. The current panel is often thought of as overly busy, so the new design helps streamline and de-clutter the center console. There are only two rows of buttons under the touchscreen display, which proves GM’s intent to simplify and streamline.

There are also rumors of the new Insignia and Regal having a hybrid powertrain option, a possible turbocharged V6, and even a potential all-wheel drive. The rumors also point out that GM is testing a five-door liftback version and a station wagon version of the Insignia, so we’ll see which body styles make it to the Regal.

For now, we’ll try to wait patiently until more details are released. Of course, feel free to come to DeVoe Buick GMC to see the current Regal, which is still a fantastic choice.

2016 Buick Regal

2016 Buick Regal

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