Interesting Facts about Iowa

Facts about IowaIowa is considered by many to be a fly-over state. However, this would be a grievous mistake for them to make. There are plenty of interesting facts about Iowa, many of which most people do not know about.

  1. Iowa draws its name from the Iowa River, which in turn is named after a tribe of American Indians.
  2. There are four times as many pigs in Iowa as there are humans.
  3. There is an Iowa law which discourages men with mustaches from kissing women in public (Guess they should shave face to save face).
  4. Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa is the most crooked street in the entire world.
  5. In Iowa, you can vote in an election at the age of 16 ½.
  6. Winnebago motorhomes were first manufactured in the city of Winnebago, Iowa.
  7. Iowa has more per capita golf courses than any other state in the country.
  8. Red Delicious Apples were first developed in Iowa’s Madison County.

GMC Reveals the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali

2017 GMC Canyon Denali

 

When it comes to luxury, nobody does it better than GMC with their Denali lineup of vehicles. The Denali trim adds features that are sure to impress any driver. GMC recently announced that the Denali lineup is growing even larger in 2017.

According to a GMC press release, GMC has revealed the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali.

The GMC Canyon is recognized far and wide as being one of the best trucks you can purchase. By adding a Denali trim to the Canyon, GMC is making the best even better.

The 2017 GMC Denali Canyon will come with a long list of signature Denali amenities. This includes ventilated and heated seats that are surrounded on all sides by luxurious Mulan leather.

“Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.”

For a seamless blending of raw power and refinement, keep your eyes peeled for the GMC Canyon Denali truck in 2017.

Alternatives to a Thanksgiving Turkey

Alternatives to a Thanksgiving Turkey

Thanksgiving is just about a week away. Of course, the feast traditionally includes a big, perfectly roasted turkey. But, if your family is vegetarian or you just don’t like turkey, you need something else to cook that will make a big impact. Here are some delicious alternatives to a Thanksgiving turkey.

  • Pork Crown Roast. For a true showstopper, put together this pork roast that is almost too beautiful to eat.
  • Cornish Game Hens. If you still want poultry, Cornish game hens are a great alternative. They have a rich flavor and their small size make them perfect for smaller families. You can cook one hen for every one to two people. And, because they are so small, they cook up quickly.
  • Wild Mushroom Lasagna. If you have vegetarian guests coming for Thanksgiving, this extraordinary lasagna will have them coming back for more. It uses fresh lasagna sheets and wild mushrooms for a rich, autumn flavor.
  • Duck. For a poultry of a completely different sort, try a roast duck. This recipe uses a cranberry sauce for a perfect Thanksgiving dish.

What is your preferred main dish for Thanksgiving?

GMC Supports Veterans through Building for America’s Bravest Program

GMC supports veteransJust in time for Veterans Day, which was on November 11th, GMC announced a new partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and its Building for America’s Bravest program. This program wants to build custom, specially adapted homes for America’s most severely injured veterans.

GMC supports veterans through this project by launching its own #enlistme campaign. GMC also wants to raise awareness for the approximately 16% of post 9/11 veterans who have come home from war with serious physical injuries.

To help raise awareness, GMC is challenging its employees, dealers, fans, and followers to upload an image of themselves making the American Sign Language symbol for “house” on social media using the hashtag #enlistme. Supporters are then challenged to make a donation to the Building for America’s Bravest project.

“Too many severely injured servicemen and women are returning to homes that just don’t meet the needs of their individual conditions,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC Sales, Service and Marketing, in a statement. “With the #enlistme campaign, GMC invites everyone to honor these brave veterans by showing their support on social media and making a donation.”

There are at least 200 injured veterans waiting for smart homes. These home cost more than $600,000 to build because they are designed to be automated, easily accessible, energy efficiency, and use “adaptive technology” to help the veterans live more independently.

Will you help out with the #enlistme project?

Upcoming 2017 Buick LaCrosse Borrows From Avenir Concept

upcoming 2017 Buick LaCrosseThe upcoming 2017 Buick LaCrosse will feature design elements borrowed from the beautiful Buick Avenir Concept that was unveiled earlier this year at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

The Avenir Concept won the Eyes on Design award for Best Designed Concept Vehicle and Innovative Use of Color, Graphics, and Materials. According to Buick vice president Duncan Alfred, it “shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same.”

For now, all we’ve seen of the 2017 LaCrosse is a teaser image of its new grille. In the center is a three-color version of the Tri-Shield badge. Chrome wings meet at the logo and vertical chrome bars lead the eyes toward and over the body. The overall effect is exquisitely elegant and sophisticated.

By 2018, every Buick in our lineup at Watters Autoland should sport similar design elements as the 2017 LaCrosse and Avenir Concept. We can’t wait!

New 2016 Buick Cascada Pricing Announced!

new 2016 Buick Cascada pricing

We’ve been waiting a long time for this. The new 2016 Buick Cascada pricing has finally been announced! It will go on sale early next year at Watters Autoland starting at $33,990.

The Cascada is directly borrowed from the European Opel-branded car, considered to be one of the most elegant droptops on the other side of the big pond.

It’ll be the first convertible that Buick has offered in the United States in 25 years. Buick compares it to the Audi A3, which costs nearly $4,000 more and has 30 fewer horsepower.

Unlike the A3, the Cascada will come standard with navigation and heated front seats, eight-way power seats, 20-inch wheels, and a heated steering wheel. The Premium trim—still cheaper than the A3—will add forward collision alert and lane departure warning, auto headlights, rain-sensing wipers, two air deflectors, and park assist technology.

All we need to find out now is whether the Buick Cascada’s suspension lends itself to a good driving feel—because if it does, it could very well become one of the most popular entry-level luxury convertibles around!

The Best Travel Destinations Of The Great Plains

best travel destinations of the great plainsThe Great Plains are home to some of the country’s most spectacular and beautiful attractions. Planning a road trip anytime soon? We’ve compiled some of the best travel destinations of the Great Plains!

Black Hills

The Black Hills are located in a hotbed of natural beauty. Both the Badlands and Wind Cave National Park are nearby. They’re called hills but they are technically mountains. Among the “hills,” you’ll find Harney Peak, the tallest mountain west of the Rockies. Compared to the average mountain hike, Harney Peak is relatively easy. Also located in the Black Hills is the monumental Mount Rushmore.

Nebraska Sandhills

The Sandhills region of Nebraska covers quite an area. They represent the largest sand dune formation in the Western Hemisphere. You can find dunes exceeding 300 feet in the area.

Wisconsin Dells

If you are a waterpark aficionado, then the Wisconsin Dells are for you. They don’t call it the Waterpark Capital of the World for nothing! There are 18 outdoor water parks and three indoor parks in case you get the urge in the winter months. Of course, wave pools aren’t the only attraction. There’s also “golf courses, go-kart tracks, mini-golf, horseback riding and camping,” according to USA Today.

 

Wherever you decide to go, remember that it’s the journey as much as the destination!

Don’t Worry, Be Happy: The Buick 24 Hours of Happiness Campaign

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness campaignCan making your own scents make you a happy person? Maybe not, but maybe developing greater independence and trying new things is part of the puzzle. That’s what the Buick 24 Hours of Happiness campaign is all about: the little things, because they add up.

The Buick Body Shop is a short film released as part of the campaign. In the film, a man named Dennis, the “touring yoga instructor to Maroon 5 and One Direction,” explains how to do a little yoga inside and around your Buick vehicle—car yoga, essentially. Meanwhile, we see Israeli model Bar Refaeli bending and twisting out the man’s instructions.

The Buick Atmosphere features a chef actually named Bacon who doesn’t cook, but rather cooks up an in-car scent. The scent was “inspired by Buick’s calm and comfortable interiors.” Pleasant sensations are definitely part of the happiness pie!

“The Buick Meditation Map” is a guided meditation film/podcast created by Kober. He recommends you do the meditation before or after a drive. Maybe before is better, since Kober explains that the film can get you into what he calls the “drive zone.”

Know what else makes people happy? The ability to spend 24 hours with a vehicle they are interested in buying. In addition to these wonderful videos, Buick is also launching the 24 Test Drive as part of their 24 Hours of Happiness campaign.

Two GMCs Awarded in 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study

2015 J.D. Power APEAL StudyThe 2015 J.D. Power APEAL Study results have recently been released, and two GMCs were honored in their individual categories. The Sierra HD led the Large Heavy Duty Pickup segment and the Terrain placed second in the Compact SUV segment.

Duncan Aldred, U.S. Vice President of GMC, said, “These and similar awards affirm that our customers recognize and appreciate the precision engineering, design and technology that go into every GMC.”

J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study measures new vehicle driving and ownership satisfaction using customer surveys. Surveyed owners are asked to evaluate their vehicles based on 77 different aspects. The study then scores brands based on a 1,000 point scale.

Awards based on customer opinion are always the most meaningful! The Sierra HD and Terrain are two of the most popular vehicles in the lineup and offer superior performance at every level. If you’re interested in experiencing either of the award winning vehicles for yourself, visit us at Watters Autoland.

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive

Buick 24 Hours of Happiness Test DriveIf you haven’t heard about Buick’s new campaign, we’re here to tell you the good news! The Buick 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive is officially underway, and it’s putting a new spin on the traditional test driving rules.

Test driving is the most important aspect when deciding whether to purchase a vehicle. In fact, AutoTrader.com’s “Car Buyer of the Future” study recently found that 88 percent of consumers said they wouldn’t actually buy a car without test-driving it first.

Here’s where the new 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive comes in! Instead of only a few minutes of test driving, Buick is encouraging drivers to take out their vehicles for a full day. This is in hopes to alleviate any stress caused during traditional test-drives, hence the 24 Hours of Happiness title.

To promote the campaign, Buick has gathered experts from numerous industries that encourage happiness and well-being. The experts include the following:

Shawn Achor, author, happiness researcher and CEO of GoodThink Inc.

Chad Dennis, celebrity yoga instructor

Bar Refaeli, Israeli supermodel and yogi

Jeff Kober, actor and meditation coach

Dr. Dot, celebrity masseuse

Amanda Chantal Bacon, wellness guru and Moon Juice founder

Irene Neuwirth, jewelry designer and Council of Fashion Designers of America award winner

To learn more about the Buick 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive or to take part in it, visit us here at Waters Autoland. Also, be sure to check out the new campaign now on TV, social media, and podcasts.