Turning Heads in the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali

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Denali is the highest trim available. That means you’re getting the best GMC has to offer – and let me tell you, it’s pretty amazing. The 2018 GMC Terrain has undergone an incredible transformation during its redesign and we are here for it. The Denali trim takes it to another level with available features that don’t feel like they’re trying too hard but still accomplish that feeling of luxury. And guess what, the price is something to rejoice.

The 2019 Sierra: GMC’s Meaner, Leaner, and Smarter Pickup

The 2019 Sierra

The 2019 Sierra

Guess what? Canadians love pickup trucks. So, when a major brand announces a new generation of truck, people get excited. GM finally pulled the curtain off the 2019 Sierra at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it looks great.

Meaner

Admittedly, we’ve only seen the face of the new 2019 Chevrolet Silverado. But the Silverado and Sierra usually share everything important, so it’s safe to assume we won’t be surprised.   The 2019 Sierra is going to be both longer and wider, and you’ll notice it most in the cabin with headroom and legroom. On the outside, the headlights and taillights are sharper and brighter. They blend well into some swooping, wing-like designs along the sides. Some (it’s me) have called the new front end a little “busy”, but GMCs are usually a little more understated than Chevrolet counterparts, so don’t be surprised if the Sierra’s front is cleaner.

Leaner

Despite the increased size, the 2019 Sierra has actually gotten significantly lighter.  

In fact, it’s shed 450 pounds from the previous generation. How has GM done it? Well, in spite of its recent (obnoxious) attacks against Ford for using aluminum, they’re using aluminum. They placed the flexible metal in swinging panels like doors, hoods, and tailgates. But the fixed panels (box and roof) will remain primarily steel. But even those components are lighter thanks to the use of a high-strength variant of steel.

As a side note, the new aluminum tailgate allowed GM to add automatic raising and lowering. It’s a clever touch that makes the 2019 Sierra even more indispensable for everyday work.

Smarter

Active Fuel Management (tech that reduces the number of cylinders in use at low speeds) isn’t old tech. However, Dynamic Fuel Management has already supplanted it. The technological improvement is greater than the lexical one.

Dynamic Fuel Management, which will improve fuel economy by an additional 5%, does not deactivate the same block of cylinders every time. Instead, it uses an algorithm to determine measure the cylinder load and directs which cylinders fire and which do not on an event-by-event basis. The pattern would seem chaotic if you were watching it in action. But, as a driver, the transition between partial and complete cylinder activation will be less noticeable.  

Engines

It’s been widely reported that the two V8 engines from the previous generation of Sierra will be carried over:

  • 5.3L EcoTec3 V8: 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque
  • 6.2L EcoTec3 V8: 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque

But, excitingly, GM is adding a 3.0L Duramax Turbodiesel I-6 to the mix. The decision comes at a time when many automakers are running away from diesel after the Volkswagen poisoned public opinions. Convincing customers that diesel isn’t evil may be a challenge, but informed buyers know that a diesel engine, abiding by industry regulations, is no worse for the environment than a gasoline one. Plus, it provides far better fuel economy and increased torque for towing and hauling.

If you want the high torque and fuel savings of a diesel, you may want to wait for the 2019 Sierra to hit the dealership lots. But if you’re a fan of the current powertrains, and healthy savings, you may want to pick up a 2017 or 2018 model.

 

2018 Buick Regal: Is That a Buick?

The 2018 Buick Regal

The “Is That a Buick?” advertising campaign has come and gone, along with the stodgy vehicles of the past. Now Buick is letting its vehicles speak for themselves. The LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave have all been completely redesigned under a modern and elegant aesthetic. But the 2018 Buick Regal is set to really push the envelope. Its exterior design is fluid and graceful and Buick is even offering a few performance variants.

The 2018 Buick Regal (Starting MSRP $31,945)

The Encore may be Buick’s best-selling model, and the LaCrosse may be the de facto flagship, but that should not overshadow the achievements of the 2018 Buick Regal. Just look at the thing! Instead of a sedan, Buick is calling the Regal a sportback, which means that the roof slopes downward from the mid-cabin to the rear. That architecture, combined with the sharp new headlights make the Regal look like a distant cousin of the Jaguar. Finally, with the new recessed grille and split-wing badge, drivers will be proud parking in front of the office.  

On lower trims, the interior remains conservative with a clear priority of comfort. That is by no means a bad thing. But it is safe – something you wouldn’t expect given the aggressive nature of the exterior redesign. And with Buick’s QuietTuning and available Active Noise Cancellation your cabin is supremely quiet, making it a joy on the highway. Of course, when you move to the more sport-oriented trims, you can still hear the engine growl.

Buick Regal GS (Starting MSRP $43,945)

This is where things get really exciting. Inarguably, the sports sedan market has been languishing. So, when an entry like the 2018 Buick Regal GS enters the field, people take note. When you wring out the standard 3.6L V6 and its 310 horsepower, it’s easy to get in tune with the road. The engine is confident, powerful, and even fun. Buick also includes standard Intelligent All-Wheel Drive in the 2018 Regal GS. By constantly monitoring the grip of each wheel, Intelligent AWD keeps the sportback tight and confident in the corners – in all conditions.

  • Brembo Performance Brakes
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 19” Technical Grey Aluminum Wheels

Buick Regal TourX

For 2018, the Sportback is not the only new face the Buick Regal will be wearing. Early next year, the Buick Regal TourX will be hitting showroom floors. The North American equivalent of the Opel Insignia is clearly a station wagon, but Buick would like us to all pretend that it’s a crossover, so shhhh!

Of course, Buick’s reluctance to use the words station and wagon in succession is understandable. The whole continent is SUV is crazy, and while there is no discernible performance difference between a station wagon and a small crossover, buyers have abandoned the former (cars in general, really) in favour of the latter. And while taste is subjective, it’s hard not to believe that the 2018 Regal TourX is far more handsome than the Buick Encore, for example.

Plus, its Intelligent AWD, increased cargo space, and long roofline make it an all-season warrior for weekend getaways. Pound for pound (or dollar for dollar) the Regal TourX puts high-priced competitors like the BMW 3-Series Touring wagon to shame. It’s engine has more horsepower and torque and it has an MSRP roughly $15,000 lower!

If you want to learn more about the 2018 Buick Regal and browse our inventory, hit the link below!

 

Cruise Automation: GM Steps Up Autonomous Driving Efforts

The Generation 3, designed and built by Cruise Automation.

Cruise Automation

GM and its subsidiary, Cruise Automation, have just announced the first mass production, fully-autonomous vehicle.

“Today, we’re announcing the first production design of a self-driving car that can be built at massive scale. And more importantly, these vehicles can operate without a driver,” says Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise Automation. What Vogt is acknowledging, is that competitors have created self-driving vehicles, but most are largely built by hand which is both financially and temporally exhaustive. The self-driving vehicle, called Generation 3.

That’s partly because it will share a platform of the Chevrolet Volt and Bolt (one’s a hybrid and one’s an electric vehicle, but could ever remember which). However, a full 40% of the Generation 3’s parts are entirely different from those with which GM constructs the Bolt. It’s unclear who built the steering wheel, but, apparently, Cruise has only included it as a result of current legislation restricting completely driverless cars.

These legislative hurdles, in addition to the pressure added by Tesla’s fatal failures, and the market’s fierce competitiveness, have also made Cruise reticent to hand its vehicles off to consumers just yet. Instead, the Generation 3s, fifty of which has produced already at its Orion plant in Michigan, will head straight into fleets. Specifically, the self-driving Bolt imitators Cruise Automations own Cruise Anywhere ride-sharing service.

What does it mean for consumers?

As it stands, the future seems far away – least at first glance. While the Generation 3 won’t be going to the showroom floor, that doesn’t mean autonomous technology isn’t. If you even take a look at the current crop of GM vehicles.

The 2017 GMC Terrain, for example, has available Side Blind Zone Alert & rear Cross-Traffic Alert. While some might not consider this to be self-driving tech, it automates part of driving. Plus it’s only part of the Terrain’s safety suite. You can also add Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert that use sophisticated imaging technology to keep you safe.

The Buick Lacrosse, meanwhile offers even more sophisticated autonomous technology. Available Forward Collision Alert and Pedestrian Detection work together to prevent collisions with objects the driver cannot see or predict. If the LaCrosse detects a vehicle or pedestrian in front, it visually and aurally alerts the driver. If the driver fails to react, the system can even automatically apply the brakes.

Of course, the GMC Denali lineup offers similar technology. In the Yukon Denali, for example, you’ll find Collision Avoidance Braking, Intelligent Brake Assist, and available Adaptive Cruise Control. With Adaptive Cruise Control, you can set your cruising speed like you would with regular cruise control. However, when sensors detect a slow-moving vehicle in the front, the system will automatically reduce your speed to ensure you remain a safe distance behind it. Once the vehicle leaves your path, or you leave it,

The 2017 Buick Enclave: Safe, Smart, Sophisticated

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Today, the midsize luxury crossover segment is fiercely contest. Many drivers either opt for the highest trim levels of less premium, domestic brands, or pay through the teeth to drive a base model German SUV with few standard features. But retail data shows that smart consumers have started shifting to brands like Buick that combine affordable prices with tons of premium standard features. But does the 2017 Buick Enclave deliver the same level of comfort and confidence as its higher-priced, European rivals?

The 2017 Buick Enclave

Let’s start under the hood. A 288-hp, 3.6L, V6 engine is standard. It has all the power you need to move six people or haul a load of camping equipment out to the lake. Combine it with the available all-wheel drive, and you have a machine with some rugged power and flexibility. Its toughness is a bit deceptive considering that the 2017 Enclave has some pretty refined manners. After all, this is a vehicle in which heated, leather seats; WiFi, and QuietTuning technology all come standard. But the impressive standard gear isn’t restricted to the inside of the cabin.

Safe and Smart

The 2017 Buick Enclave comes with an incredible amount of standard safety features. Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Keep in mind, these are things that almost all other manufacturers will make you pay extra for. The latter system protects you from vehicles driving where you can’t see them, whether you’re on the highway or in a tightly-packed parking lot. With all of those standard features in action, you’ll be a lot more confident on the road with your Enclave.

For Canadians, the Enclave comes in two trim levels, Leather and Premium.

Buick Enclave Leather

  • Heated Leather Seats and Steering Wheel
  • 19” Aluminum Wheels
  • Remote Starter
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Front-Wheel Drive

Buick Enclave Premium

For comfort and convenience you get a Bose 10-speaker audio system paired with Buick IntelliLink. The front seats are both heated and cooled, so you can quickly adapt to any temperature. For smart safety, you also get standard Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

  • Articulating Headlamps
  • 19” Chrome-Clad Aluminum Wheels
  • Heated, Power-Folding Mirrors
  • Buick IntelliLink With Navigation
  • All-Wheel Drive System

When you simply look at the standard features included with the 2017 Buick Enclave, you might guess that the MSRP is much higher than it is. Instead, the Enclave hits the sweet spot between the economy midsize SUVs and the ultra premium. However, Buick’s midsize roller actually delivers some standard features that those ultra premium crossovers do not. To learn more about the stellar 2017 Enclave, hit the link below.

U.S. Finalized Mandatory Rearview Cameras by 2018

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On March 31st, 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation finalized standards that require all vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have rearview cameras by May 2018. You’d think by now, this would already be a piece of standard equipment, like an airbag, but it’s not. Did you know that the average blind zone ranges from between 15 to 25 feet? The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind zone. An average 232 fatalities and 13,000 injuries occur every year in the U.S. due to Backover Accidents, mostly children. With stats like that, it would seem common sense that this feature should have been standard right from the start.

By May 2018, this will be the law in the U.S. So what does this mean for Canada? It would be the hope that we institute this law! No one has released anything yet, but since we receive a large number of vehicles from the states, I imagine this will soon be standard in Canada as well.

If you don’t have a rearview camera on your car already, consider installing one. It’s one little piece equipment that can save a life and prevent heartbreak. If you’re in the market for a new or pre-owned vehicle, check out our selection with rear view cameras. Vehicles keep getting bigger and better, but simple accessories like a rearview camera can make such a huge impact on everyone.

 

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