Buick Envision Crossover Coming to America Summer 2016

Buick LogoFollowing its success as a China-exclusive model, the Buick Envision crossover will be debuting in the United States this upcoming summer as a 2016 model year. Buick’s crossover sales current make up 65% of the brand’s sales overall, making the decision to import the Envision–which will fill a niche between the Enclave and the Encore–a smart one.

The 2016 Encore is designed and engineered in America, but assembled at Buick’s plant in Shanghai. Featuring GM’s new global architecture for compact vehicles, an upscale look, and seating for five passengers, the new crossover is a luxurious and innovative but family-friendly addition to the company’s lineup. Other features include the standard turbocharged 252-hp Ecotec engine and Buick’s Active Twin Clutch AWD system.

The Buick Envision crossover is said to take some design cues from the rest of the Buick lineup, but with a contemporary edge as the company seeks to target a younger and more modern demographic–the demographic that made the crossover segment in general so wildly successful. With crossover sales dominating Buick’s numbers, the company has good reason to import this new addition to the family. We can’t wait to see it.

GMC Subcompact Crossover Could Join Brand’s Lineup

The crossover segment has become wildly popular in the past year and is now considered the fastest-growing vehicle class in the automotive industry. With so much clamor surrounding one segment, just about every manufacturer has gotten in on the fun–except for General Motors’ truck sub-brand GMC.

Now, the brand’s president Duncan Aldred is reportedly pushing for a GMC subcompact crossover to help the company dip its feet into the segment.

“That segment has grown so fast,” Aldred said in an interview with Automotive News. “I keep telling everyone, ‘How can General Motors’ truck brand not be in the fastest-growing segment in the industry, an SUV segment?’”

The success of the crossover can be seen in another GM brand–Buick. The Buick Encore lead the brand to a 53% sales increase in just 2014 alone, attesting to the segment’s incredible popularity among car buyers. Duncan Aldred happens to also be in charge at Buick, so his experience in working with crossovers and the success they bring is firsthand.

2015 Buick Encore

Buick Encore – Available at DeVoe Buick GMC

A GMC subcompact crossover has not been confirmed to be in production, but with the president pushing for such a vehicle to join GMC’s lineup, consumers shouldn’t be surprised if one is on the way very soon.

Buick and Audiobooks.com Make Audio Books More Accessible Than Ever

Every 2016 Buick model comes with standard 4G LTE connectivity, making it easy to stay connected, whether that be access to music, social media, navigation, or now, audio books. Buick and Audiobooks.com have announced that Buick owners who are subscribed to the OnStar service will qualify for two free audiobook downloads through the end of next year.

The two free audio books will be available through OnStar’s AtYourService concierge service, which also provides location-based offers and the ability to book hotel rooms through Priceline.com. For 2016 Buick Regal or LaCrosse owners, the service will be provided through the integration of Apple CarPlay.

2016 Buick Regal

2016 Buick Regal – Available now at DeVoe!

“Whether you are a morning commuter listening to the latest business book, a family listening to a book while driving on vacation, or a couple listening to a best seller on a weekend getaway, streaming audiobooks are a great way for drivers to discover a new favorite book while keeping their eyes on the road ahead,” said Ian Small, Audiobooks.com president and COO in a statement. “Now Buick owners can enjoy fresh entertainment content in their vehicles and the first two books are on us.”

Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to learn more about our exciting 2016 lineup, and get access to your two free books!

More GMC Vehicles Getting Android Auto

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

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?

Manual Versus Automatic

manual transmissionWhen 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.

2015 GMC Canyon SLT Interior Chosen as One of Year’s Best

2015 GMC Canyon

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.

Rain Is No Match for the All-New Buick Cascada

2015 Buick Cascada

Buick Cascada

The thought of a convertible and rain together doesn’t sound to appealing, does it? We would say “no,” but we’re here to talk about the all-new Buick Cascada and although it is a convertible, rain is no match for it at all.

In fact, the Cascada undergoes quite the process to ensure the inclement weather will not affect it. Special water testing booths are set up along the assembly line of the Cascada and 124 individual water nozzles begin to replicate a downpour, making sure all the seals are tight and no leaks are possible.

In a recent press release, John Dolch, program quality manager for the Cascasda said, “Convertibles are best enjoyed when it’s warm and sunny but Cascada has been designed and engineered to be used year-round, regardless of the weather.”

The all-new Buick Cascada will be available early next year, so be sure to visit DeVoe Buick GMC to check it out!

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!

2015 Buick Encore Safety Rating Top in Government Crash Testing

2015 Buick Encore

The 2015 Buick Encore Recently Received a 5-Star Rating from the NHTSA

It looks like its vehicles’ appearances aren’t the only things Buick is revamping this year—the American carmaker is also revamping each vehicle’s safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently awarded the 2015 Buick Encore its top 5-Star Overall Safety Rating. With this award, Buick now has one of the safest lineups in the industry, with each vehicle—the Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Enclave, and Encore—earning a 5-Star Overall score.

“Consumers are consistently surprised to discover Encore provides the characteristics they expect in our larger offerings–style, sophistication, connectivity and comfort,” commented Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “NHTSA’s evaluation affirms Encore lives up to Buick’s safety reputation.”

The 2015 Buick Encore safety rating was earned after undergoing a rigorous crash test gauntlet, including front, side, and rollover tests. It also underwent a side pole impact test, which is the NHTSA’s newest assessment.

To see how safe Buick’s lineup truly is, make sure you visit DeVoe Buick GMC and give one of our models a test drive.

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