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,’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.


How to React When Your Brakes Fail

Your Brakes FailThere are a dozen things that go through a driver’s mind when their brakes won’t work. Most of them are the wrong reaction: panic. Unlike many movies, a failed braking system doesn’t mean certain death or even a car accident. In fact, you can get out of the situation perfectly safe if you react correctly. We here at Watters Autoland know just what to do if your brakes fail!

  • Stay Calm In a dangerous situation, nothing is worse than panicking. Panicking stops you from thinking clearly; you’re more likely to do something that could get someone hurt. If you remain calm, you’ll be able to look at the situation clearer and react accordingly.
  • Don’t Turn Off the Car Turning off the car will cut power to the engine but it will also leave you without power steering. When you’re already having enough trouble avoiding other drivers, the last thing you want to do is make steering more difficult. Instead of turning off the car, slowly work your way out of traffic and to the side of the road. Once stopped, turn off the car and take the key out of the ignition.
  • Try the Brakes Again Most modern cars carry a dual braking system. This means that both the front and rear brakes would have to fail to completely lose braking power. Apply strong, consistent pressure to try and slow your vehicle.

General Motors’ Smartphone Connectivity Gets an Upgrade

General Motors’ Smartphone Connectivity

General Motors’ smartphone connectivity is about to reach a whole new level for the 2016 model year. With all four major nameplates signed on to carry both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, GM is set to rise to the top for smartphone users. Chevrolet and Cadillac were already confirmed to pack the new technology next year. Now Buick and GMC have joined their ranks.

Apple CarPlay will be available in the 2016 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, as well as in the GMC Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra. Android Auto will beavailable shortly after, although it will be available on some GMC Sierra models right away. The other GMC models will follow later in the year.

Android Auto will be available in 2016 Buick models via the IntelliLink system. Current plans have Android Auto going live no later than the end of the 2016 model year.

“Buick understands the importance of connectivity integration in everyday life and this new connection technology provides drivers with a smart and simple way to have all the conveniences of their mobile devices safely at their fingertips,” said Duncan Aldred, Vice President of Buick. “It’s another step in building and implementing technology that consistently puts our customers first.”

We here at Watters Autoland are ecstatic to see Buick and GMC completing the GM lineup for smartphone connectivity!

GM’s New Paint Process Nicer On The Environment, Easier On The Eyes

gm’s new paint process


Forward-looking automakers like GM are always on the search for new ways to make better products that are easier on the environment. Lately, that search has focused on the painting process for GM. The new process proves better for both the consumer and the environment.

There was a lot of room for improvement in the traditional paint process. “It typically takes up to 2.5 megawatt hours of energy to paint a vehicle,” according to FastLane. That is “enough electricity to power a U.S. home for nine weeks.”

The Orion Assembly plant, where the Buick Verano is put together, began experimenting with a paint process that “eliminated the need for a primer bake oven.”  This new process uses half the amount of energy of the old process.

Does GM’s new paint process come at a price to the consumer in terms of vehicle appearance? Not at all. The new process makes the paint job essentially shinier and more durable.

Buick’s 4G LTE Network Now Available On All Models

Buick's 4G LTE


When someone says that a Buick is “hot,” that could now have several meanings. They could be referring to attractive exterior design cues, and they wouldn’t be wrong – Buick’s entire lineup is awfully sharp. Or, perhaps, they could be referring to connectivity, as this has recently become just as pervasive as the good looks.

The automaker made 4G LTE available in the 2016 Buick Enclave. This means that every single Buick model – “the entire 2016 Buick model range, from Encore and Verano to Regal and LaCrosse,” as a press release put it – will feature 4G LTE.

So every Buick model will be a WiFi hotspot, and an extremely viable hotspot at that. The 4G LTE network is no slouch; it is “10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware.” Seven devices can connect to the hotspot simultaneously. Buick’s 4G LTE is available as a three-month free trial, but then requires subscription.

Air Filter Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Car This Summer

Air Filter Cleaning Tips

Now that the weather is finally warm, it’s time to make sure your air filters are as clean as they can get. You’re going to want nice, cool air conditioning pumping inside, and it’s best to have the cleanest air possible.

The easiest way to do this is to clean your air filter. Here are some car air filter cleaning tips to get you started:

  • Keep in mind that the average car should have its air filter cleaned about every 15,000 miles. Record a log of when you clean the filter.
  • Always consult your car’s personal owners manual, to be sure that you’re handling your specific air filter appropriately.
  • Once you’ve located and removed the filter, use a vacuum cleaner to remove as much debris as possible.
  • Consider replacing the air filter entirely, though this could be costly over time.
  • Be sure to wipe up any grit that has accumulated inside the air filter’s chamber, before you put the clean filter back inside of it.

Do you have any other tips to keep the air in your vehicle fresh? Let us know your ideas in the comments.

Mother’s Day 2015: Car Gifts for Mom

car gifts for Mom

In case you didn’t realize it, Mother’s Day is coming this Sunday, on May 10th. If you don’t have a gift for your mom or wife, now is the time to act. While most mothers appreciate a beautiful bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, perhaps one of the mothers in your life is more of a gear head. If so, here are a few ideas for car gifts for Mom.

  • Car detail. Having a pristine car is as close as you’ll get to that new car feeling. Let your mom relive that experience with a perfectly clean car. This will be especially appreciated if the car floor is constantly littered with lost Cheerios and soaked with spilled juice.
  • Satellite radio subscription. Once you experience commercial-free satellite radio, the standard radio will never be good enough. For as little as $120, you can give your mom a year of listening to whatever she wants in the car.
  • Sunglasses. Perhaps your mom or wife has been going through pair after pair of cheap sunglasses. Take her shopping and let her pick out her favorite pair of quality sunglasses.

Does the mother in your life have an affinity for cars? What car-themed gift will you be giving her?

Another GMC Utility Coming to the Lineup

another GMC utilityGMC has long been known for offering professional-grade trucks and utilities that offer both premium amenities along with power and performance. Now, we learn that another GMC utility may be coming to the lineup. Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president for Buick-GMC, recently spoke about this in an interview with WardsAuto.

Aldred said he wants to expand the GMC lineup, but not by more than one, or at most two, new additions. With one or two new offerings, this would likely expand GMC’s market share by about 5%, which is something Aldred wants to do within 10 years.

In regards to a new model, Aldred wasn’t specific, but in the interview he did say, “When you look at the portfolio, you start to think, ‘What niches are there?’ You could argue a third (CUV) between the Acadia and Terrain. But there is not much space.”

With that in mind, WardsAuto thinks that this new GMC model might not necessarily be a brand new model, but a redesigned version of the Acadia, perhaps slighter smaller and coming in as a 2017 model. If that happened, it would give the overarching Buick-GMC product line four distinct utility vehicle sizes with the Buick Enclave the largest, followed by the smaller Acadia, then the GMC Terrain, and finally the compact Buick Encore.

Do you think it would be better for GMC to add a brand new model to the lineup or just to modify an existing model to fill a gap?

New Concept for Buick Avenir Interior Wins Aesthetic Award

Buick Avenir InteriorShortly after the 2015 Buick Avenir concept was revealed at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, the innovative new model was awarded with an EyesOn Design award for “Innovative Use of Color, Graphics or Materials.”

Buick has been kind enough to share the details on the Buick’s interior and the stellar products that earned them this award, highlighting the attention to detail and the manner in which all of the products smoothly work together.

The Buick Avenir interior showcases wood accents to create a classic theme that some are comparing to antique furniture. This adds a vibe of the outdoors to the inside of the car, inviting a sense of nature and peacefulness.

According to a press release, all of the Avenir’s materials “were designed to work in harmony and provide an upscale environment that feels natural and holistic to all passengers,” surely appealing to almost anyone.

Are you looking forward to the new 2015 Buick Avenir? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.