Buick Safety Awards: All Six 2017 Models Get NHTSA Award

Buick is well known for its intelligent designs and impressive safety. In fact, all six 2017 Buick models earned a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Safety Administration—one of the most prestigious awards in the industry.  This is the third year in a row Buick has earned this significant achievement.

According to GM, Buick is only one of two brands in the industry to reach this achievement. The 2017 Cascada is also the first 2017 convertible to earn a 5-Star Rating. The LaCrosse also has some impressive safety features for the new model year, including sophisticated technologies, premium craftsmanship, and improved handling.

“We know safety is top of mind for buyers when shopping for new vehicles, and the recent ratings by NHTSA showcase our brand’s dedication to providing our customers with safe, reliable transportation,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “We’ve launched four new vehicles in 2016 and we are extremely proud to continue to offer a lineup of award-winning vehicles that have NHTSA five-star Overall Vehicle Score ratings across the board.”

Buick safety awards are well-deserved, especially considering the number to technologies the brand offers. This includes a Safety Alert Seat, Front Pedestrian Braking, and even a front-center airbag on the Enclave—the only offered in its segment. Stop by DeVoe to learn more about Buick safety systems.

Buick Avenir Sub-Brand to Debut in 2018

Buick AvenirAfter the popularity of its Avista concept, Buick has decided to launch its bold luxury sub-brand for the 2018 model year. The Buick Avenir sub-brand will be applied to existing Buick vehicles as a new luxury trim as well as future Buick cars.

Buick has spent the last few years reinventing itself, putting out cars like the convertible Cascada and the stylish Verano. With a reinvigorated brand, Buick hopes to use the Avenir lineup to attract younger customers and allow Buick to compete with other luxury brands.

According to Buick, the brand has quickly gained popularity with female customers, and half of new Buick buyers came from competitor brands, interested in Buick’s high-end luxury vehicles. Most Buick buyers are going for the top trim levels.

Avenir is the French word for “future” and will borrow from the 2015 Avista concept in design, maintaining the mesh grille. Details on the Avenir have been vague, but it will also have large-diameter wheels and interior accents like Avenir script and unique seat details. The Avenir cabin will “enhance the brand’s quiet, inviting environment,” according to a statement from Buick.

More details will be announced about the Avenir sub-brand in the coming months.

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.

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

New Buick Encore Unveiled in New York for 2017

2016 Buick Encore

2016 Buick Encore

At the York International Auto Show, Buick revealed the fourth and last model the brand will be launching in 2016: the new Buick Encore, revised and updated for the 2017 model year. Over the past year, the Encore became the United States’ most popular small SUV, and so strengthening the appeal of the 2017 Encore was part of Buick’s strategy to refresh and reinvigorate the brand’s lineup for a more youthful, trendy demographic.

One of the most significant additions to the 2017 Buick Encore’s extensive list of features is the inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. In an increasingly tech-savvy segment, connectivity features such as smartphone-compatible user interfaces are crucial to staying ahead of the competition. Also noted at the presentation was the introduction of a brand-new, next-generation IntelliLink system in the interior, paired to an 8-inch color touchscreen.

Other modern tech added to the Buick Encore unveiled in NY includes Buick’s new QuietTuning engineering, which combines both active and passive methods of sound-cancellation to provide a more relaxing, comfortable atmosphere. Push-button start and keyless entry were also included with the Buick Encore shown at the auto show.

Buick will now be offering SUVs in all three major SUV segments, with the Encore falling into the small SUV segment, the Enclave in the large SUV segment, and the new Envision coming in directly between the two. After statistics showed that over 60 percent of Buick’s sales now come from SUVs, the shift in focus was strategic for the brand.

It was announced that the new Buick Encore will be launching later this year in fall of 2016. Information on the SUV’s five different trim levels was also released, ranging from the entry-level Encore 1SB to the high-end Encore Premium 1SN. Additionally, front-wheel drive comes standard, with all-wheel drive as an option.

Enjoy the Sunshine in the All-New 2016 Buick Cascada Convertible

2016 Buick Cascada

2016 Buick Cascada

We at DeVoe Buick GMC love living in Florida. Sunshine year-round is a satisfying perk of such a beautiful place.

In Naples, Florida, the open, coastal road calls to us. There is no better way to experience the beautiful scenery and weather than behind the wheel of a convertible. Put the roof down and experience the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.

If you have been considering buying a convertible, you know that there are a lot of variables. Do you want a hard top or a fabric top? Do you want a luxury convertible or an affordable drop top? Do you want a two-seat roadster? Manual or automatic?

It is important to consider these variables as well as factors such as the price, fuel economy, safety features, technology, passenger capacity, interior space, and cargo space.

If you have been interested in purchasing a convertible but do not know where to start, Buick just created the convertible you have been waiting for.

The all new 2016 Buick Cascada is a fantastic convertible, and is the perfect blend of everything a convertible should have. It is a competitively priced vehicle, with dashing good looks, and a comfortable drive.

If you are interested in the 2016 Buick Cascada convertible or any other car, stop by DeVoe Buick GMC. We will help you find the perfect vehicle to enjoy our gorgeous Florida weather.

Buick Avista Concept Wins ‘Best Future Concept’ Award in Detroit

Buick LogoThe Buick Avista Concept model recently won the Detroit News Reader’s Choice award for the Best Future Concept due to its innovative engineering and styling. This acclaimed model also just won the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence, making the Avista one of the most anticipated models of the season.

What makes the Avista so popular? According to Buick, the Avista is a sports model with features like the new Electronic Precision Shift technology, touch-pad door handles, a 3.0-liter Twin Turbo V6, and more. Plus, this model has a sleek two-door design with sharp contours and unforgettable LED headlights.

“This award is special because this is the Motor City and it was decided by people who reside here – alongside many of the men and women who poured their hearts and souls into this concept,” said Nesbitt. “Because Avista represents the future essence of Buick design, an award decided by consumers is a great vote of confidence.”

The award was given to the Avista design team after roughly 100 judges made the final vote. Not only does the Avista represent the future of Buick styling, but this model also anticipates the future of mobility. We can’t wait to see it shake up the market once it arrives.

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.

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