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.


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.