Modular EcoTec Engines to Help GM Lineup Gain Versatility

1.4L TurboAs GM’s lineup of small cars continues to gain popularity, a new line of modular EcoTec engines will allow drivers to select a setup that matches their daily driving needs. The new engines would be available in 11 distinct and interchangeable configurations, ranging from 1.0L to 1.5L and offering 3-cylinders, 4-cylinders, turbocharging, or natural aspiration. Output is expected to range anywhere from 75 hp at the low end of the spectrum, all the way up to 165 hp in the larger, turbocharged versions. Regardless of which engine is chosen, drivers will get a product that has been manufactured for smooth operation, efficiency, durability, and overall refinement! As an added bonus, a number of these are also being engineered to work with hybrid and alternative fuel systems for maximum efficiency.

GM will gradually introduce these engines at a rate of 2.5 million units in 2017, gradually increasing the number of vehicles they are available in from there on. The 2015 Chevy Cruze for the Chinese market is one of the first models to use these modular EcoTec engines before they are released on the rest of the global market. As the new EcoTecs are set to be released around the world, they will be built at most GM manufacturing plants globally, including the Flint, MI engine plant.

“Transportation solutions vary around the world and GM is committed to developing engines matched to the needs of the regions where they’re sold,” said Steve Kiefer, GM vice president, Global Powertrain Engineering, in a statement. “The new engine family is designed to achieve segment-leading refinement and efficiency, and will make its way into five GM brands and 27 models by the 2017 model year.”

Here at Watters GMC Buick, we are excited to see the new EcoTecs make their way into GM vehicles across our lineup. Being able to choose from up to 11 distinct engines will allow small car drivers a greater personalization in their vehicles and should provide an excellent option for everyone.

US News Names Six GM Vehicles to Best Family Cars List

2014 Buick Verano TurboIn this year’s U.S. News and World Report Best Cars for Families list, GM got some of the best rankings on the market. While most manufacturers are happy to have one or two models included on this list, GM had an incredible six models included in the finalists group. Two vehicles each from Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet were named as the top of their segment making GM the manufacturer with the most spots occupied in this list.

Buick Family Cars“At GM, everything is about providing our customers with the best overall experience in the industry,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president GM Global Customer Experience and Product Quality. “Our cars and trucks deliver on all ingredients that create a winning formula for our customers.”

This achievement is made even more impressive when you consider that each vehicle is submitted to rigorous testing and evaluation. Vehicles must earn top scores in professional auto reviews in addition to ranking well in reliability, safety, cargo volume, and many other categories. When you think about it though, it really is no surprise that the great vehicles being built by GM are receiving such great recognition and outperforming the competition in all areas.

This year, the GM vehicles that topped their segment on the list included:

Buick Enclave: Best 3-Row SUV for Families

Buick Verano: Best Upscale Small Car for Families

Chevrolet Impala: Best Large Car for Families

Chevrolet Tahoe: Best Large SUV for Families

Cadillac CTS: Best Luxury Large Car for Families

Cadillac ATS: Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families

Buick Regal GS Takes Center Court in New Commercial

2014 Buick Regal GSIn case you haven’t noticed, Buick has been doing a lot to get in touch with a wider audience these days. They’ve been putting out great new vehicles that appeal to all sorts of drivers. New vehicles like the 2014 Buick Regal GS offer not only the classic refinement, comfort and style that we all know Buick for, but also the performance, handling, and tech we all want. In fact, with its powerful (259 hp) turbocharged engine and available AWD, we like to think of the Regal GS as a descendant of the epic Buick GNX from the 80’s.

That’s why we’re glad to see the Regal GS starring in this new clip. Checking out the muscular lines and aggressive stance of the new GS, it’s hard to notice what else is going on. However, if you look really closely, you can actually see a bunch of basketball players pounding out a rhythmic beat in this one, continuous cut. It’s pretty cool. Check it out in the video below and if you like what you see, stop by Watters Buick GMC today and see this luxury sport sedan in person. (Just don’t ask us to do any trick shots!)

Buick Adds Standard OnStar 4G LTE to Many 2015 Models

4G LTELater this summer, if you purchase a 2015 Buick LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, or Encore, it will come standard with OnStar 4G LTE. This will essentially turn your car into a Wi-Fi hotspot where passengers can stay connected on the go.

The technology will allow up to seven devices to connect at once, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Passengers will be able to browse the internet, send emails, play games, and even download movies.

“Today’s Buick lineup is full of technologies that help make our owners safer and more secure than they would be without them,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing, in a statement. “With the introduction of high-speed OnStar 4G LTE, Buick owners will be better connected as well.”

The 4G technology will come standard with data packages available for additional costs. For the 2016 model year, all Buick models will have the OnStar 4G LTE hardware as standard.

Do you and your family like to stay connected while you’re out on the road? If the OnStar 4G LTE service sounds like the perfect solution for your lifestyle, give us a call at Watters Autoland and we’ll help you place your order.

Preparing your Car for a Road Trip

Preparing for a Road Trip

Spring begins this Thursday, and that means warm weather and road trips are just around the corner. After a winter this bad, you may have a bad case of cabin fever. Before you hurry off to your favorite vacation spot with your family, follow these steps to make sure your vehicle is up to the task.

Vehicle Check Up

Driving around town is one thing, but long road trips can turn small issues to big ones in a hurry. The last thing you want is to be stranded on the side of the highway with a non-functioning vehicle. We’re still offering a free multi-point inspection at Watters Autoland until May 17, 2014, so let us help you make sure your vehicle is ready.

Plan Ahead

You may have a destination in mind, but there may be some cool attractions between here and there. Get a travel guide and a map from AAA and sit down with the family to pick out some stops along the way. In fact, joining AAA gives you the benefit of roadside assistance anywhere in the US.

Using a good old fashioned map or atlas in place of today’s GPS devices can add an exciting dimension to your trip by taking back roads instead of the interstate system, which can be extremely boring.

If you’re traveling through a National Park or going through mountainous areas, keep in mind that some of these locations still have snow covered roads until late spring, so check with the park rangers to make sure your route is open.

Have Emergency Supplies

Accidents happen. Make sure your car has a good spare tire and assemble a kit with extra water, a first aid kit, nonperishable food, blankets, and a flashlight.

Fight Fatigue

If you follow step #2 and stop at attractions along the way to stretch your legs, you’ve got a great start to fighting fatigue. Take turns driving and avoid driving at night when possible.

Load Carefully

If you’re carrying lots of suitcases or heavy objects, make sure they are loaded evenly and strapped down if necessary. A shifting load can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Try to have most of the weight in front of the rear axle, or as far forward as possible in the trunk if you’re taking a car.

Dependability Study names Three GMC Vehicles

GMC YukonEvery year, J.D. Power and Associates releases a dependability study that analyzes 3 year old vehicles. They survey owners of these vehicles to find out how many mechanical issues they’ve had in the past year.

This year, three 2011 GMC vehicles ranked highest for dependability in their respective segments. These three vehicles were the Yukon, Sierra, and Sierra HD.

The Sierra HD also earned this title in last year’s study.

Searching for a truck can be a long process since each vehicles has its unique advantages. Dependability is always an important factor, however. Since the full lineup of GMC Sierra pickups have been named most dependable by this study, they prove to be a wise choice.

With the release of the all-new 2014 Sierras and 2015 Yukon, GMC will build on the momentum that these 3-year old trucks have established, continuing the GMC reputation for dependability.

Pick up one of these proven 2011 Sierras or a brand-new 2014 model at Watters Autoland.

Buick Encore Shatters Expectations for First-Year Sales

2014 Buick EncoreThe Buick Encore was a pretty unknown commodity a year ago. No one was quite sure what to expect from an all-new small crossover from a resurgent luxury brand. But not even the most optimistic experts could have predicted this—in its first full year of sales, the Encore sold 97,311 vehicles worldwide, with 37,046 of those units going to U.S. buyers alone. Now, the Encore is just hanging out center-stage, taking a bow after a great year, and prepping for a repeat performance.

“Right out of the gate, demand for the Encore was high,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. “It accounted for most of the segment’s growth last year and that’s because it offers the right safety, technology, and features in the right-sized vehicle for many customers.”

DiSalle isn’t blowing smoke, either. We’ve seen the Encore’s success first-hand here at Watters Autoland—and we’re actually not surprised by those high numbers. With top safety ratings from both the IIHS and the NHTSA, coupled with segment-best awards from Kelley Blue Book and J.D. Power, frankly we’re surprised we haven’t sold more of these beauties yet.

2015 Yukon gets 10% Better Gas Mileage

2015 GMC Yukon

Official EPA estimated gas mileage for the new GM SUV’s have been released, and the results are impressive. The 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL earn a nearly 10% increase in highway miles per gallon and 7% city miles per gallon with the standard 5.3L V8 engine. That’s 16 city / 23 highway mpg.

This EcoTec3 engine is able to achieve improved fuel economy through new technologies such as direct injection, variable valve timing, and Active Fuel Management that allows it to deactivate four of the cylinders based on load and power demand.

The Yukon is also improved aerodynamically, offering a quiet ride and increased fuel economy.

In addition to saving gas, the Yukon offers a lot of new standard safety technologies. Standard features include but are not limited to:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Change Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

GMC’s brand-new Yukon truly represents a new age of SUVs, with increased fuel economy and advanced safety technologies that not only protect occupants in a crash, but actively prevent them from happening in the first place.

We have the all-new Yukon in stock at Watters Autoland, and you’re welcome to come in to test drive one of the most advanced SUVs on the market.

Buick Regal GS: Luxury Sport Sedan

 

2014 Buick Regal GS - Chicago Auto Show

2014 Regal GS at Chicago Auto Show

The word “Regal” is defined as “suitable for a king”. In that case, the Buick Regal GS is suitable for the king of speed.

Powered by a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder, the Regal GS will let you row your own gears with the available 6 speed manual transmission. Enjoy the power of 259 horses through available all-wheel-drive. HiPer Strut front suspension and Brembo front brakes give the driver superior control over the road. Standard High Intensity Discharge projector headlamps light the way at night and daytime running lamps make sure you’re seen during the day.

The interior’s regal qualities include a premium 9-speaker Bose audio system that’s hooked up to the crown jewel of the dashboard, Buick’s 8″ touch-screen IntelliLink system. Consider this advanced system your servant on the road, with natural voice recognition and Siri/Android voice pass through that will respond to your commands to make calls, play music, and provide navigation. IntelliLink will play your favorite MP3s, AM/FM/SiriusXM radio, and Pandora internet radio through Bluetooth wireless streaming for audio and select phones.

 Buick Regal Interior Gallery

The Regal GS stands out from other Buicks with unique front and rear fascias and stainless-steel dual exhaust. Parallel parking is a breeze with front and rear parking assist combined with the rear-view camera.

You don’t have to be royalty to test drive the Buick Regal GS at Watters Autoland, but you’ll feel like a king after driving it.

KBB.com Awards Buick Verano, Encore & Enclave for Ownership Costs

Buick VeranoKelley Blue Book has named three Buick models among its 2014 5-Year Cost to Own winners, in recognition of their exceptional value over a five-year ownership period.

The models named were the Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave, after careful consideration over their lowest projected depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, state registration fees, and maintenance and repair costs.

A mention on the prestigious list is a guarantee to customers that they can expect class-leading value from their favorite Buick vehicles. Compared to other vehicles like the Acura RDX and the BMW X3, the Encore’s depreciation costs were projected to be 35.7% and 63.7% lower, respectively.

“Buick puts the customer first, not only offering a great portfolio of vehicles, but maintaining quality and dependability long after the vehicle is purchased,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing.

Come find the Verano, Encore, and Enclave at the Watters Autoland dealership!