Fun Weekly Events in Naples

beachIf you haven’t heard, Naples has a lot going on! The following are some fun weekly events and get-togethers provided by Naples News that take place in our beautiful beachside community. We at DeVoe Buick GMC suggest you check one out this week!

Pub Poker @ The Naples English Pub – Every Wednesday from 9 to 11pm

Join host Rita as she leads a fun-filled night of no-limit poker.

Live Music @ Shane’s Cabana Bar – Every Sunday from 5:30 to 9:30pm

Enjoy a drink from the full bar as Pyrate Voodoo provides the quality music entertainment. Oh, and don’t forget to under-dress!

Free Clam Pass Walks – Every Thursday from 9 to 11am

A guide from the Conservancy of Southwest Florida will lead a group along the beach for a delightful jaunt, all the while sharing fascinating details of the local flora and fauna. Meet at the gazebo near parking lot tram stop.

Naples Writers’ Workshop @ Neapolitan Underground – Every Wednesday starting at 7pm

A free workshop for all ages and experience, this is a place where you can share story ideas and receive constructive criticism from other writers.

Take GMC’s All-New Mid-Size Truck for the Virtual Canyon Experience

2015 GMC Canyon

2015 GMC Canyon Interior

The all-new Canyon was introduced about a year ago. In case you haven’t yet gotten a chance to stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to check it out, GMC is providing consumers with the virtual Canyon Experience.

The program is an interactive test drive that uses the technology of Google Maps and Google Street View to place the Canyon in virtual drivers’ neighborhoods or anywhere in the world. They can choose the city, shore, mountains, and rural scenery as their settings, making it easy to picture the Canyon on the road or even just outside of their own homes.

“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” said Ken Bakowski, marketing manager for the Canyon. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.”

You can join the experience by heading to the designated website to check out how cool the all-new Canyon looks on the road. Be sure to hide the address and take a picture of how the Canyon looks sitting by your driveway.

Buick Avenir Lighting Feat of Illuminating Ingenuity

Not only are light emitting diodes (also known as LEDs) an energy-efficient way to radiate light energy, they are a statement—which is more than apparent in the form and function headlights found in the Buick Avenir concept and also, perhaps, future Buick offerings.

Buick Avenir

Buick Avenir Concept

The LED headlights featured on the Avenir concept are composed of a triad of jewel-like LED assemblies formed to imitate the wave-like pattern located inside the concept’s cabin. When the turn signal is on, the LEDs in the headlights and taillights brighten successively giving the “impression of waves upon a shoreline.”

“Technology will always be a major contributing factor to future Buick lighting designs as it allows for more flexibility with the aesthetics and performance of the light,” said Martin Davis, design manager for the brand’s exterior lighting. “Thanks to LEDs, we are now at the point where designers can break free of many of the constrictions previously placed on lighting design.”

We at Devoe Buick GMC can’t wait to see forthcoming illumination technologies that Buick is sure to imbue in its future lineup, especially if it emulates that of the Buick Avenir lighting!

Gas Mileage Tips You Might Not Have Known: Pinching-Pennies Can Add Up

green drivingAlthough gas prices have been low recently, it seems as though they might be on the rise again. That’s why we’ve put together a list of gas mileage tips–saving money has never been this easy.

According to Fuel Economy.gov, there are multiple methods of saving money. Among the easiest is changing your driving habits. By driving the speed limit, removing excess weight, avoiding idling, and using cruise control, you’ll save big in the long run.

Car maintenance is also important. Not only will regular upkeep increase resale value, but it’ll also make your car more efficient. The three major things to stay on top of are tire pressure, oil changes, and air filters. Correct tire pressure reduces unnecessary friction, changing the oil regularly keeps your engine running smoothly, and new air filters optimize air flow, essential for combustion.

Planning and combing trips is also a great way to optimize fuel economy. Carpooling is an obvious tip, but it’s also important to plan out your day to avoid stops. Nothing is worse than unnecessary driving.

Last but not least, consider fuel economy when you’re buying a car. We at DeVoe Buick GMC offer customers the latest in fuel efficient systems in our models. Both brands offer unique engine configurations (like fuel-saving Eco-mode), lightweight materials (carbon fiber and aluminum alloys), and aerodynamic design. When you buy Buick or GMC, you get performance and efficiency.

Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave Win 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

2015 Buick Verano

2015 Buick Verano Available at DeVoe Buick GMC

The Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave have each won Kelley Blue Book’s 2015 5-Year Cost to Own awards in their respective segments.

This is the second consecutive year that three Buick models are named in the annual awards, which are based on Kelley Blue Book’s data for initial five-year ownership period.

The data includes lowest projected depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state registration fees. All-in-all, it’s a pretty comprehensive compilation of data that should give customers a good idea about how much money they’ll be spending on their vehicle over the course of the first five years of ownership.

Kelley Blue Book predicts that owning a Buick Verano can save you about $9,236 over that time compared to an average entry-level luxury car, while the Encore can save you about $14,370 compared to the average luxury compact SUV/crossover, and the Enclave can save you $17,509 compared to the average luxury full-size SUV/crossover.

Start saving today with any of these models from DeVoe Buick GMC!

GMC “Precision” Ad Campaign Showcases the Entire Lineup of Premium Trucks, SUVs, and Crossovers

GMCGMC has released the first of three commercials that are part of the brand’s new “Precision” ad campaign. The series focuses on the necessity of attention to detail across all successful professions and businesses, which is considered a core value for GMC.

“For discerning GMC customers, Professional Grade has evolved to mean exacting attention to detail and fine craftsmanship in everything they do and purchase,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, in a statement. “Precision is a core attribute of the brand and is reflected in GMC’s continued momentum. GMC’s year-over-year sales gains are a strong indicator that premium GMC attributes resonate with customers who seek more from their vehicles.”

The first commercial, “Fastball,” debuted during an episode of ABC’s murder mystery series Secrets and Lies. Two additional commercials, called “Swish” and “Sharp,” will premier sometime during the year, accompanied by corresponding social media and print content.

This GMC “Precision” ad campaign is the first since the brand’s launch in 2000 to feature the entire GMC lineup. The three commercials point out that attention to detail, precision, and consistency are skills that transcend industries, important to GMC engineers and baseball players alike.

Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to judge the craftsmanship of each of our vehicles for yourself!

Buick Named One of J.D. Power’s Most Dependable Brands, Three GMCs Rank Also

2015 Buick LaCrosse

2015 Buick LaCrosse

The latest J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study ranked Buick as one of the most dependable brands and also ranked three GMC models highest in their segments. Buick jumped up three spots—placing 2nd overall—and GMC was ranked as the 10th most dependable brand.

The GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, and Terrain ranked highest in their respective segments, bringing about more positive attention for the brand.

Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, said, “The momentum continues at GMC with this recognition. We expect all of our vehicles to perform at the highest level every time a customer gets behind the wheel and this achievement validates our commitment to dependability and reliability.”

In addition to the GMCs, the Buick LaCrosse and Enclave were also ranked highest in their segment. All of this recognition from J.D. Power is a true testament to Buick’s and GMC’s focus on creating vehicles that wow at every level. To experience two of J.D. Power’s most dependable brands, visit us at DeVoe Buick GMC.

 

Craig Glidden Takes GM General Counsel Position

general motorsGeneral Motors named a new General Counsel and he has big shoes to fill. Last October, the current General Counsel Michael Millikin announced he would be retiring this coming July. This left a giant gap in the legal department and it seems Craig Glidden is ready to fill it.

“Craig Glidden has had a distinguished career managing complex legal issues around the world, and his broad legal and senior management expertise fits perfectly with our strategic priorities and plans for global growth,” Mary Barra said in a statement.

Glidden, 57, won’t have much time to get settled in. His first day was March 1st and his agenda is already full overseeing legal teams in over 30 countries. Ongoing litigation surrounding recalls puts him front and center. Millikin had been running the show in the legal department with GM since 2009. Although Glidden never worked under him, the new General Counsel has the background to get the job done.

Glidden was hired from plastics, chemicals, and refining company LyondellBassell Industries, where he served as the executive vice president and chief legal officer. Before taking care of the company’s global legal, communications, and government affairs, he worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical Corporation. Before that, he worked in a private practice.

Buick Encore Sales Prompt Brand to Add More Engine Options

The Buick Encore has only been on the market for a couple years, but it’s already dominating its small crossover segment. Recently, it was one of the three 2015 Buick vehicles that won a 5-Year Cost to Own Award from KBB.com, and its continued success has the brand thinking big. In fact, the Buick Encore sales have the folks at Buick planning to add more engine options to the vehicle’s lineup very soon.

2015 Buick Encore

2015 Buick Encore

Currently, it only has one engine—a capable 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 138 horsepower. But that will likely be changing soon. “I’d be lying if I said we’re not evaluating that,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick and GMC in the US. Aldred didn’t give us any details on what to expect, but we can always speculate on our own.

And speculate we shall! We’d expect to see Buick add a couple new engine options, including things like a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and a 1.6-liter turbodiesel as well. Both of those engines are already used in various ways in the GM lineup, so they would be easily to implement in the new Encore lineup. Come see us at DeVoe Buick GMC to learn more of our thoughts.

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition Pricing Announced, Elevates Standards

2015 GMC Sierra

2015 GMC Sierra Available now at DeVoe!

It looks like GMC is elevating its Sierra pickup truck to entirely new standards. The American carmaker recently announced the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition pricing, showing that truck lovers don’t have to sacrifice capabilities, sleek looks, and connectivity for a low price.

“The Sierra Elevation Edition is all about expressive style and technology,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Its customized appearance makes it a standout for style-conscious customers, while its technologies help keep them plugged into their connected lifestyles.”

Pricing for the Elevation Edition model stars at $34,865 for a two-wheel-drive model equipped with the standard 4.3-liter V6. The four-wheel-drive model with the same engine goes for $38,795, while an available 5.3-liter V8 engine ups the 4WD price to $39,890 and the 2WD price to $35,960. With these prices, the Sierra Elevation Edition offers body-color exterior appointments, 20-inch black-painted wheels, and projector-beam headlamps with LED signature lighting. It also includes standard connectivity features, such as the OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and GMC IntelliLink.

For more information on the 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition, stop in to DeVoe Buick.

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