Buick Drive For Your Students Program Helps Schools Raise Funds

Buick Drive For Your Students

Recently, schools have seen an increase in the expense of after-school and extracurricular activities. To help combat the higher prices of activities, such as drama club and newspaper, Buick has created the Drive for Your Students program. Through this program, which is a test-drive initiative, 100 communities across the country have found a new way to raise funds for public high schools.

 

“This program further demonstrates Buick’s commitment to community and education, as well as the local investment that dealers are making in their home towns,” said Molly Peck, director of Marketing for Buick.

 

Drive for Your Students allows dealers and schools to partner together, creating an easy way to raise money. On a specified day, the dealer encourages people to test drive a variety of vehicles. For each test drive taken, Buick donates money, totaling up to $10,000 per event to be shared among participating schools. The benefits for schools don’t end there though—the students themselves gain business experience by helping the dealers plan, coordinate, and execute the event.

 

To raise funds for your public high school, consider having a Drive for Your Students event with Watters Autoland today!

2015 GMC Canyon Already Leads Midsize Truck Segment in Efficiency

2015 GMC Canyon

The GMC Canyon, the brand’s new midsize truck, had one very obvious purpose: establish itself as a new option in the truck segment to open the pickup market to many more customers and niches. The way it was to accomplish this was to become a more fuel efficient vehicle, and it has done that in spades. In fact, the Canyon is already ranked at the top of the segment in fuel efficiency.

The Canyon’s efficiency tops over other trucks by up to 5 mpg, a huge difference in the truck segment. “The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon adds segment-leading fuel economy to its winning resume,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager. “Innovations such as available active grille shutters combine with an aerodynamic design in a smaller, more maneuverable package to set a new standard for fuel economy in midsize trucks.”

So, if you’ve been in the market for a new truck but haven’t felt like you could afford one, you can put that fear to rest thanks to the all-new Canyon. Come see us at Watters Autoland today to find out how great this truck is; Let us take you for a test drive in the Canyon ASAP.

New Buick Envision Launches In China

Buick has unveiled a brand new midsize crossover, the Buick Envision, at the Chengdu Motor Show in China. If you didn’t already know, Buick is a very popular brand in China, where other crossovers like the Encore and Enclave are sold as well as Buick sedans.

The Envision will be offered in four trim levels, all with all-wheel drive: Elite, Luxury, Versatile Flagship, and Versatile Sporty Flagship.

It will initially be offered in five colors: Glacier Silver, Pearl Black, Topaz Brown, Snowy White, and Sky Purple.

The latest generation of 2.0 turbocharged direct injection four cylinder engines will power the Envision and was rated one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines for 2013 with its impressive combination of power and efficiency. Power will go to all four wheels through the Buick Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system that automatically distributes torque to each wheel as needed depending on driving conditions.

It’s also the first vehicle in its segment in China to come with Active Noise Cancellation, a feature seen on American GM vehicles like the GMC Sierra and other Buicks.

Although the Buick Envision is definitely going on sale in China in the near future, you may see it at Watters Autoland if Buick plans to sell it in the US as well. We’ll keep you posted!

2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Impresses with Heavy Duty Challenge Victory

2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD

If you’re looking for a new heavy duty truck to help you conquer the roads as well as any and all projects, whether work or personal, you’ve got on tap, but you just can’t decide, no worries. We’ll help you decide here at Watters Autoland by telling you that the 2015 GMC Sierra 3500 HD recently won the Heavy Duty Challenge judged by Cars.com, PickupTrucks.com, and MrTruck.com. That’s a whole lot of validation, and it’s enough for us to hang our hat on and claim that this Sierra is the best HD truck out there.

“We’ve always believed we’ve had the best heavy duty truck on the market,” said Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce. “This validation from PickupTrucks.com, a leader in covering the pickup industry, is gratifying for the entire team that designed, engineered, and now sells this capable and refined truck. We look forward to building on this accomplishment as we move forward.”

With an optional 6.6L Duramax Diesel engine, awe-inspiring style and design, and excellent all-around features, it’s no wonder the Sierra HD took home the prize. As a full-size truck, however, it’s one of those vehicles that simply must be seen to believed, so come see us at Watters to check out it in the flesh (or the steel) very soon.

3 Labor Day Travel Tips

Labor Day Travel Tips

Pack an emergency kit

If you’re driving long distances, especially through rural areas, it’s important to be prepared. Pack a few things that will help you out should you become stranded. Your emergency kit should include the following:

  • Non-perishable food and water for each passenger
  • Blankets
  • Flashlight
  • Jumper cables
  • Tools
  • Books and games

The list is not limited to these items, you know your vehicle and family best so give yourself some time to think about what you would want in the vehicle if you were stuck on the side of the road for a while.

Give your car a check-up

Making sure your car is in good enough condition to handle a long road trip can prevent a lot of bad things from happening. Make sure your tires have tread on them and that your spare tire is ready and properly inflated. Verify that you can jack the car up, take off the wheel, and replace it by yourself (practice helps and can save time in an emergency).

Bring it in to your local dealership’s service department, where they will often give your vehicle a thorough inspection for free to make sure the battery is good, brakes are fine, and there are no leaks.

Drive in shifts

Driving for more than a few hours at a time can be dangerous for one person. If you’re traveling with your spouse or friends, keep them safe by letting them drive for a while. If you’re driving overnight, fatigue can impair your judgment in similar ways that alcohol can. You wouldn’t drive drunk would you? Then driving fatigued is also an unsafe decision.

If you’re driving by yourself and start to feel tired, use one of the rest areas to park your car and sleep for the night. Truck drivers are required to rest after a certain amount of driving, so hold yourself to the same standard.

Refined Luxury: The 2015 Buick Enclave

2015 Buick Enclave

The popular Buick Enclave is back for 2015 with all the features you loved from the previous model plus a few more.

Advanced tech like the Buick IntelliLink system allows the driver and passengers to connect to their smartphone contacts hands-free. Standard on the Enclave is the Rear Park Assist feature, which automatically displays the rear view camera on the IntelliLink display. Sensors on the rear bumper help you know how close you are to the objects behind you.

Also standard is the remote vehicle starter system, which will let you warm up your Enclave form the comfort of your home during those harsh Iowa winters!

Optional safety technologies like the Side Blind Zone Alert with Rear Cross Traffic Alert actively monitor the road around the Enclave to help give you an extra set of eyes in places that are hard to see from the driver’s seat.

The Enclave is great for vacations as well with three rows of seats and trailering capacity of 2,000 pounds with an optional package available that raises towing to 4,500 pounds.

We’re excited to offer the newest Enclave at Watters Autoland. Come test drive one soon!

2015 GMC Canyon: Delivering Big Fun in a Small(er) Size

2015 GMC Canyon

If trucks wore shirts, the “I’m not short. I’m fun size.” shirt would be a good choice for the 2015 GMC Canyon. The vehicle has the capability of a pickup and the maneuverability not available on a full-size truck making it more fun to handle. Many truck owners are discovering it is the perfect size.

“An increasing number of customers don’t need the full capability of a full-size pickup, yet desire the functionality a pickup offers,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Sales and Marketing for GMC. “These customers appreciate the smaller size of mid-sized pickups, with their ability to easily fit in a garage, travel downtown areas of big cities, and navigate crowded parking lots. The all-new 2015 GMC Canyon represents the best of both worlds in this sense.”

Though the Canyon short-bed crew cab is 17 inches shorter and 5 inches narrower than its comparative Sierra 1500 sibling, it still has the ability to handle the heavy lifting.

“With its smaller size and associated nimble nature, Canyon provides pickup capability and exceptional comfort in an efficient and more manageable package,” Aldred added.

Don’t miss out on the fun. We’re expecting the all-new Canyon to arrive here Watters Autoland at this fall.

2015 GMC Sierra Denali Promises a Smoother Ride for Tough Tasks

2015 GMC Sierra Denali

The 2015 GMC Sierra Denali is engineered to handle the tough tasks while all you feel is a silky smooth ride. For the first time ever on a full-size truck, magnetic ride control is available to make that luxurious driving experience a reality.

“With magnetic ride control, the 2015 Sierra Denali delivers a smoother, more confident driving experience without sacrificing the capabilities customers expect from a GMC truck,” said GMC’s executive chief engineer, Jeff Luke. “The responsiveness of the system makes this full-size truck feel and drive like a luxury vehicle – and one that’s more comfortable on long trips, especially when trailering.”

Even with the advanced technology to smooth out your ride, the truck maintains its maximum payload of 1,940 pounds and trailering capacity of 9,400 pounds.

The electronically controlled damping feature comes standard on all 2015 Sierra Denali models, regardless of engine.

If you value your rear-end and don’t want to sacrifice your towing capabilities, we at Watters Autoland highly suggest you make plans to purchase the 2015 Sierra Denali.

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Gives $2.5 Million to 100 Students

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

College just became much more affordable for 100 high school seniors and college undergraduates. Thanks to the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, these students will be able to pursue higher education in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

By the time the Buick Achievers receive their degrees, the General Motors Foundation will have awarded $2.5 million in scholarship monies through the program. Students receive $25,000 each year for up to four years as they pursue careers in the STEM fields. For those in qualifying engineering programs, the scholarship can be renewed for a fifth year.

Many of the worthy scholarship recipients will be first-generation college students; and women make up 61 percent of this year’s award winners.

“Our Buick Achievers are evolving the face of STEM in that half are the first in their family to attend college, more than half are female and minorities make up the majority,” said Vivian Pickard, president of the GM Foundation. “These milestones are a positive indication that we’re making great strides to pave the way for our industry’s future leaders and innovators.”

With the number of bright minds that will soon be entering careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, we at Watters Autoland are excited to see the new ideas they will contribute to the automotive industry.

New Buick Regal Planned for 2017 Model Year

2014 Buick Regal GS - Chicago Auto Show

2014 Regal GS at Chicago Auto Show

The stylish Buick Regal is already our favorite luxury sports sedan here at Watters Autoland, and it’s even better than ever as a 2015 model. It’s got an engine with 259 horsepower, features advanced technology like the Intellilink infotainment system and 4G LTE capability, and even offers all-wheel-drive capability. All that—and it’s got an extremely elegant exterior and interior design as well.

However, the folks at Buick are already looking toward the future—they’re already planning a next-generation Regal for 2017. Rumor has it, that next-gen Regal will be an import to America, though—coming our way from the company’s Russelheim factory in Germany. A cagey press release from Buick hinted at this way back in March: “The Russelheim plant has been chosen for the assembly of a future model which will be sold in the US under the Buick brand name in the second half of the decade.”

We’ll have to wait a couple years to see what kind of improvements Buick will make to the next-generation Regal, but we know it will be pretty tough to top the current model. So come see us at Watters to check out the Regal—or any of the other great cars in our lineup—today.