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.

Buick Introduces Progressive Design with New Avenir Concept

New Avenir conceptAt the 2015 North American International Auto Show, Buick premiered the new Avenir concept. The word “avenir” is French for future and boy, does this concept possess the only other French we know: je ne sais quoi.

The concept, introduced as Buick’s flagship of the future, was designed as a collective effort by Buick’s global designers. It is inspired by Buick’s history, but pushes the envelope of tradition as it reflects the direction of Buick’s future model designs.

“Avenir embodies Buick design, which centers on effortless beauty and presence without pretense,” said Ed Welburn, General Motors Global Design vice president. “It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go.”

With long, sloping lines and distinct curves, the Avenir features four personal seats, the next-generation V6 engine with Active Fuel Management, a nine-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, Buick’s next-gen IntelliLink infotainment system complemented by a 12-inch touch screen, ionic cabin air filtration, and, of course, OnStar’s 4G LTE services with Wi-Fi hotspot. These are just a few of the progressive features integrated into the concept’s design.

We at Watters Autoland aren’t yet sure of Buick’s production plans for the Avenir concept, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as details are released.

 

Buick announces 2016 Cascada Convertible

2016 Cascada ConvertibleConvertible enthusiasts have huge reason to cheer as the 2016 Cascada convertible was rolled out at the Detroit Auto Show.  Duncan Aldred, GM’s vice president of Buick, stated, “It’s a car that will delight customers with its fun spirit and help drive the momentum that’s fueling Buick’s success.”

We love this car.  From its 4-cylinder turbocharged engine to its ground-up convertible design, capable of being lowered and raised at speeds of up to 31 mph, here is a rag-top to get pumped up about.  Buick has built the Cascada around the moving top mechanism rather than retrofit another car, which provides this beauty with ample trunk space and smooth mechanics.  Base features abound and will include a 7.5 inch screen and smartphone interactivity to allow text alerts and of course music to accompany the wind in your hair.

The words practical and convertible rarely find their ways into the same sentence, but in the 2016 Cascada, you’ll find a 4-seat turbo, brimming with ethereal energy and the daily driver comforts you expect in a Buick.

As the weather starts warming up, remember to stop by Watters Autoland and learn about the no-compromise 2016 Cascada convertible as well as our whole line of Buick and GMC vehicles.

Distracted Driving Tips: Staying Safe on the Road for 2015

Distracted Driving TipsStill looking for a New Year’s resolution? How about distraction-free driving? Believe it or not, more than 80% of all car accidents are caused by driver distraction. That’s why we’ve put together a list of distracted driving tips to help you stay safe on the highway.

According to the DMV, most drivers are distracted for about 30% of the time they’re driving. We’ve all had those moments where we’re tempted to text, eat, or talk, instead of pay attention, but it’s time to put an end to all that.

Our first tip is to put the phone down. Although it’s a no brainer, few drivers silence or turn off their phones when on the road. Not only should you do that, but make sure that you put it somewhere you can’t reach it while behind the wheel.

Tip number two: stop fiddling with the radio! If you can’t stand driving in silence, try and set your radio to the perfect station and volume before you hit the highway. This could just save you from an unfortunate fender-bender.

Our third and final tip is to put down the food. Although it’s easy to drive with your knees while you scarf down a burger, avoid eating, drinking, and smoking while behind the wheel. These three things can cause plenty of distractions, and avoiding them will keep you and other drivers safe.

All of us at Watters Autoland will be working hard this year to make sure we keep distractions to a minimum while driving, so you should too!

Buick Club of America Unites Car Lovers

Buick Club of AmericaThese days, there is a fan appreciation community for everything under the sun. Thanks to the internet, people who feel passionately about anything (no matter how obscure) can find a community of like-minded fans. You might think the Buick Club of America is a similar fad, but you’d be wrong: it’s actually been around since 1966.

A non-profit organization composed of Buick owners and enthusiasts, the Buick Club of America is active online and in person, with a Facebook group, a magazine, a newsletter, and more. The Bay State Banner calls the Buick Club of America “an outstanding experience for Buick owners and admirers alike,” and reports that those who are interested “can locate upcoming national Buick events online at The Buick Club of America website… [where there’s also] contact information about each of the chapters and regions and a hearty forum that discusses matters of Buick performance.”

You don’t have to be a Buick owner to join the club… but it sure helps! To become a Buick owner, stop by Watters Autoland today.