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!
Lately, General Motors has been churning out model after model of special- and limited-edition versions of the vehicles in its brands’ lineups. The latest to join the fray is the blacked-out GMC Terrain Nightfall Edition, which had its debuted at the recent New York International Auto Show. The compact SUV enjoys its fair share of popularity, and GMC sales officials are confident that the special edition will give buyers a new, unique option that helps the Terrain stand out in its segment.
The statement came from GMC Sales and Marketing vice president Duncan Aldred, who said, “The new Terrain Nightfall Edition adds another great-looking and well-equipped choice for this popular SUV—one that will stand out in a crowd.”
Current Terrain Available at Devoe!
Differences between the standard GMC Terrain and the Nightfall Edition include the addition of a gloss-black paint job and accents, such as a charcoal front grille with gloss-black surround, front and rear fascia accents, and outside mirrors—plus luggage rails painted to match. Additionally, the 18-inch aluminum wheels come with gloss-black spokes. The result is a compact SUV that’s been given an edgy, all-black makeover.
The announcement at the Terrain Nightfall Edition debut in NY stated that the package will only be available as an option on two trim levels, the Terrain SLE-2 and SLT models. No details regarding the pricing have yet been unveiled, but as of right now, the standard SLE-2 starts at $30,000, while the SLT is $32,000.
Pricing will be announced closer to the Terrain Nightfall Edition’s release this fall, when it joins the ranks of other special editions such as the Canyon Nightfall and Sierra All Terrain X. Last year, the Terrain enjoyed record sales, becoming GMC’s second-highest-selling vehicle behind the Sierra pickup truck.
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 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?
General 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.
Today’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.
The 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.
Buicks aren’t for old people anymore. The brand’s new marketing campaign has been launched, which pokes a bit of fun at the “old fogey” reputation Buick once carried. Today, the automaker boasts an attractive lineup of modern cars and crossovers that are attracting younger buyers who once ignored the Buick brand altogether.
2014 Buick Encore
Beginning earlier this year, General Motors began a complete re-launch of its brand with a new message: “Sure doesn’t look like a Buick!” There is no doubt that this campaign is working in the automaker’s favor. The commercials each feature people who can’t wrap their heads around the fact that the car in front of them is a Buick. Nielsen measurements rate one of the current spots as Buick’s top-rated commercial in several years.
This year, Buick continues its role as an NCAA sponsor, and appropriately, is releasing five new commercials over the course of the season. The Buick ads were created by Leo Burnett, and each one continues the theme of people failing to recognize a Buick when they see one.
Buick is GM’s fastest growing brand, with sales up 12 percent through July, compared to only 5 percent for the industry as a whole. Brand-new vehicles featuring modern designs, cutting edge technology, and premium materials combined with fun, fresh marketing efforts are contributing to Buick’s impressive success.
Check the commercials out here.
Are you ready to change the way you think about Buick? Stop by DeVoe Buick GMC to see what all the hype is about.