Buick Avenir Concept Exemplifies Brand’s Global Reach

Buick Avenir ConceptBuick has looked into the crystal ball to its future, and the brand’s future looks a lot like the Buick Avenir Concept.

Introduced earlier this month at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Avenir concept brings a whole new level of passenger well-being and technology to the industry, along with a progressive design that will impress even the pickiest car buyers.

“Avenir embodies Buick design, which centers on effortless beauty and presence without pretense,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of General Motors Global Design. “It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go.”

With a body that reflects premium sports proportions, while representing the typical Buick design cues, the Avenir makes a lasting impression. The concept car features personal seating for four, a next-generation direct-injection V6 engine, driver-recognition features that automatically sync infotainment preferences, and Buick’s popular OnStar 4G LTE with WiFi hotspot.

This combination of stunning style and sophisticated features has created a terrific car that we can only hope will enter production. Make sure you check back to DeVoe Buick GMC to see if the Buick brand decides to include the Avenir in its lineup.

Buick Cascada Debut Happening in Detroit

Buick Cascada debutWe’ve long been hearing rumors about a new convertible, possibly called the Cascada, coming to the Buick lineup. Now, word is the Buick Cascada debut is happening at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week.

Besides the fact that the new convertible has been on its way, we haven’t known much about it, even its official name. Cascada is what the car is called in Europe under the Opel name, but Buick could very well have given it a new name for its US sales. It is expected to maintain much of the same styling of its European cousin—and  we at DeVoe Buick GMC won’t mind that at all.

If you’re making the trek to Detroit for the show, keep in mind the Buick display will be in a new location this year. Instead of sticking with its General Motors counterparts, Buick is cozying up to its luxury rivals like Infiniti and Acura. If you see the new convertible, tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

What do you hope to see or learn from the highly-anticipated Buick Cascada debut?

Unearthing Incredible Acceleration: Vintage 1991 GMC Syclone Performance

1991 GMC Syclone PerformanceBelieve it or not, a 1991 GMC Syclone, the exotic car of pickups, was recently discovered and is set to go up for bidding. The Syclone is quite a throwback for us here at DeVoe Buick GMC, a tribute to quality GMC engineering and performance.

So what makes this old pickup truck so great? The 1991 GMC Syclone performance capability is truly incredible, even by today’s standards. Its 4.3-liter V6 was capable of 280 hp, and it can do zero-to-60 in four seconds. According to GM Authority, there were only 3000 ever produced, few of which have been unearthed.

“Oh, and about the best acceleration attainable from a vintage 90s-mobile outside of an exotic Italian or German import. Granted, sure, the GMC Syclone might not tow your boat to the lake. But it’s a super truck; ditch the boat, go driving instead,” said Aaron Birch, automotive writer and filmmaker.

This particular model is all-original with only 7,400 miles, AWD, and a console-shift automatic transmission. This relic is just one example of the performance which GMC is constantly striving for.

Buick IntelliLink Testing Pushes Your Buttons

Buick IntelliLink TestingToday’s world is all about computers—you have a computer in your phone, a computer on your desk, a computer in many of your household appliances, and even a computer in your car. All of this technology can, at the same time, make our lives both easier and more complicated.

If you drive a new Buick, then you most likely use the Buick IntelliLink system daily. This system allows you to plan your route, make phone calls, adjust the climate controls, listen to music, and more. To make sure it works every time you get behind the wheel, General Motors engineers have a special process for Buick IntelliLink testing.

Each week, an “automated test bench” presses the touchscreen buttons more than 2 million times and simulates 210 days of continuous in-car use. It even goes through real-world scenarios, such as a road trip from Detroit to Chicago, simulating the changes a driver would make along the way.

“We test our systems in real vehicles, but as humans, we can only log so many hours inside a car,” said Robert Rimkus, engineering group manager for GM’s Next Generation Infotainment systems, in a statement. “These automated test stations help us push IntelliLink to its limits, ensuring customers get a system that’s consistently reliable in their own vehicles.”

Want to test the Buick IntelliLink system for yourself? Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC today and take a look at our large lineup of Buick models.

Best Buick and GMC November Sales Since Early 2000s

Buick and GMC enjoyed their best November performances since the early 2000s, with Buick sales rising 13.8 percent and GMC sales rising 31.1 percent, marking the latter’s 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

While numerous vehicles helped Buick achieve its best November in more than ten years, it was one standout vehicle that made it happen for GMC—the new, heavy-duty 2015 Sierra.

With sales of 22,458, the Sierra was up 57 percent for the month, marking its best November ever and helping GMC sell a total of 43,854 trucks.

Over at Buick, customers were drawn to the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano, with sales increasing 53 percent, 32 percent, and 22.5 percent, respectively. The vehicle that made the biggest impact was the Encore SUV, which continued to bring new customers to Buick and enjoyed a 55.7 percent rise in sales.

Buick and GMC November Sales

2015 Buick Verano – A November Sales Winner for Buick

Come to DeVoe Buick GMC to find out for yourself just why Buick and GMC November sales are at their best since the early 2000s!

GM Foundation Contributes $2.875 Million to Higher Education

GM FoundationThe GM Foundation has announced that it will provide grants totaling $2.875 million in support of 29 universities and organizations across the country through its University/Organization Partner Program. The program works to provide funds to advance education curriculum in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), along with other fields important to the automotive industry.

“The STEM workforce is and will continue to be a vital component in building communities and transforming our nation’s future,” said GM Foundation President Vivian Pickard in a statement. “By strengthening higher education programs and encouraging students to pursue STEM careers, we’re ensuring that the next generations of leaders and innovators will have the skills and education they’ll need to succeed and compete globally.”

These funds, which have totaled more than $13.7 million in grants through the University/Organization Partner Program since 2011, help provide resources to assist more students in graduating with STEM-related degrees. In addition, these funds help support design and manufacturing degree programs, diversity initiatives, student organizations, and career development resources.

Here at Devoe Buick GMC, we are proud to be part of an organization that puts a heavy emphasis on higher education.

2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating Awarded by Federal Government

Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

2015 Buick Regal

The 2015 Buick Regal sedan has been praised by the government for its safety. In fact, the Buick Regal five-star safety rating was recently announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—the arm of the government concerned with vehicle safety.

This rating is based on three different tests: a frontal crash test, in which the Regal scored four stars; a side crash test, which awarded the Regal five stars; and a rollover crash test, which gained another four stars for the Regal.

This rating is for both the front-wheel and all-wheel-drive models of the Buick Regal.

The 2015 Buick Regal comes standard with a rearview camera, six airbags, stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. Optional features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and side blind zone alert.

The 2015 Buick Regal is already on dealer lots, and we are very excited at DeVoe Buick GMC to be able to offer you a top five-star safety rated vehicle.

GMC Vehicles Power the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Everyone loves watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The floats, balloons, and performances are enough to dazzle, and the nostalgia is palpable. This year’s 88th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was hauled down the streets of New York City by GMC vehicles, as it has been for 34 years.

This year the 2015 Canyon joined the fleet of 55 GMC automobiles. This brand-new midsize truck is proving its mettle by pulling the enormous floats. The Canyon has the capability to haul up to 7,000 lbs, leading its segment. It also takes its segment in horsepower (coming in at 200 hp or 305hp with different engine options) and EPA-estimated fuel economy (27 mpg or 26 with the options).

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to see the 2015 GMC Canyon!

Speaking of engine options, the Canyon comes equipped with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V6 drivetrain under the hood. The Canyon starts at $21,880.

Here at DeVoe Buick GMC we are proud of our brand’s participation of such a beloved piece of American history and believe that GMC and its vehicles make this event possible.

New Buick LaCrosse Receives Reliability Award

Buick LaCrosse reliability award

2015 Buick LaCrosse

If you’ve been watching TV for the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a shift in Buick’s marketing strategies. The brand has vastly improved its lineup, and people—both in those commercials and in real life—are definitely taking notice. It looks like the experts are taking notice now, too, as the new Buick LaCrosse recently won a well-deserved award for highest predicted reliability in its full-size sedan segment from Consumer Reports.

Allow us to list some of the great features that led to the Buick LaCrosse reliability award. First off, it has powertrain options—from the four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower and eAssist technology to the V6 version with 304 horsepower. The LaCrosse also comes with OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, all-wheel drive, and the exclusive Buick Hi-Per Strut suspension system.

Obviously, the LaCrosse outclasses the competition easily, so come see us here at DeVoe Buick GMC to see it in person. Our friendly staff is waiting to help you find the perfect Buick, so you can impress everyone in your new neighborhood with your brand new car—and surprise them when you tell them it’s actually a Buick!

The Future of Buick and GMC is Looking Bright

future of Buick and GMCBuick-GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred was the spotlight in a recent episode of Autoline This Week for a long interview. He talked about the success of both brands this past year, as well as the future of Buick and GMC.

Aldred just took on this position earlier this year, and is in a great place to continue the acceleration of both brands. When talking about GMC, Aldred said that lower fuel prices have helped the brand’s sales this past year, and he expects that momentum to continue into the 2016. Next year, GM will also launch a new ad campaign that will “tell the GMC story,” Aldred said, and “position it very much as a premium brand.”

As for Buick, Aldred said there are no plans to expand the five-car lineup much. He indicated that if it gets too big, it could “cannibalize itself, and everyone gets too confused.” With a relatively small lineup, this allows the brand to really focus on specific marketing and getting to know each individual vehicle.

For even more details about the future of both of these brands, check out the full 26-minute interview below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc35IlKkabs#t=734

What do you hope to see in the future of Buick and GMC?