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Luxury Avenir Trim Coming to the 2019 Buick Regal

Luxury Avenir Trim

Buick customers are going wild over the luxury Avenir trim, and the automaker is looking to meet their demands. The Avenir trim is currently only available on the Buick Enclave and LaCrosse trims. According to a recent GM fleet order guide, the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback will be the next model to receive the Avenir treatment.

The midsize Buick Regal Sportback sedan will expand the Avenir offering to drivers who don’t want a crossover or full-size sedan. Notably, the Buick Regal TourX wagon won’t receive an Avenir trim this coming model year.

The 2019 Regal Avenir will feature a nine-speed automatic transmission that optimizes performance output and efficiency. Leather upholstery and an eight-speaker Bose® premium audio system lend a sophisticated vibe to the cabin. 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels and distinctive badging make the Avenir trim stand out on the road.

The Buick’s Driver Confidence I package comes standard on the Regal Avenir trim. That package includes Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Rear Park Assist. It also incorporates heated outside mirrors, as well as four-way lumbar adjustment for the driver’s seat

The Driver Confidence II package elaborates on the previous package, but also includes Forward Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Lane Keep Assist. Another perk of the Buick Regal Sportback Avenir is that it will cost less than the sport-inspired Regal GS.

For more information about the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback Avenir trim, contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Buick Offers In-Dash Fuel Payment with ExxonMobile

in-dash fuel payment

Unless you drive an electric car, getting gas is a frequent activity for any driver. Buick and ExxonMobile are making this activity even easier by offering in-dash fuel payment and savings options on eligible Buick vehicles.

This is a new update to the Marketplace system available on many new Buick infotainment system. It will allow drivers to pay for fuel without swiping a credit card or using a smartphone. When properly set up, the system will automatically connect to the driver’s ExxonMobile Speedpass™ account letting them accumulate rewards.

“Our goal with Marketplace is to help make everyday tasks as easy as possible for our customers so they can focus on enjoying time spent in their vehicles,” said Rick Ruskin, Marketplace Line of Business leader, Buick.

This service is available now at more than 11,000 Exxon or Mobil gas stations across the country. If you don’t already have an ExxonMobil Speedpass account, you can enroll for free through the Marketplace. From there, you can also find the nearest Exxon or Mobil gas station and set up your payment options.

When you arrive at the gas station, select the ExxonMobil icon within Marketplace. Then, select the pump number and confirm your payment method. The pump will then activate and you can start filling up your Buick.

Contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC for more news from Buick.

myBuick App Upgrade Monitors Driving Habits for Insurance Discounts

It’s common knowledge that responsible drivers with safe driving habits are often eligible for insurance discounts. However, sometimes monitoring your driving habits for insurance purposes can be a hassle. The myBuick app upgrade is changing that. Not only will the app monitor driving habits and provide drivers with available insurance discounts, but it will also alert you about specific poor driving habits and offer tips for improving your driving tendencies.

Buick’s web-based Smart Driver service launched back in 2016, which used OnStar diagnostics to give drivers insight into their driving. It also allows users of the Smart Driver service to sign up for insurance discounts while keeping their information private. The Smart Driver services have now been integrated into the myBuick app to provide users with even more convenience and accessibility.

Regular reports from the myBuick app will inform drivers of their gas mileage, how often they make hard brakes or accelerate quickly, the frequency of high-speed or nighttime drives, and total miles they’ve driven. In addition to a Smart Driver score that rates safe driving habits, it will also provide tips for improving that score. As more drivers get access to the myBuick app upgrade, Buick expects the current number of Insurance Discounts Eligibility program members (approximately 100,000) to increase.

Besides pursuing safe driving habits, you can also choose a safe vehicle to enhance your protection on the road. Stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC to take one of our reliable models for a test drive.

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The First-Ever Concept Car: 1938 Buick Y Job Makes an Appearance in Jay Leno’s Garage

Jay Leno’s Garage, hosted by Jay Leno, routinely reviews and features classic cars and motorcycles. This past February, fans of GM and the brand’s glorious past got a treat: a historic GM vehicle—the 1938 Buick Y Job—made an appearance on the show, rolling up and looking classic and sleek alongside General Motors’ president of Global Design, Michael Simcoe.

The 1938 Buick Y Job was the first-ever concept car. Concept cars differ from production vehicles, as they are never intended for production for public use. Rather, they typically debut innovative, state-of-the-art technology and design, providing a sneak peek into what’s to come from the automaker. There are only seven Buick Y Job models, and that’s why it’s so remarkable that one was featured on Jay Leno’s Garage.  As Leno said on the show, “[This is] probably the most famous car in the history of General Motors.” No one quite knows how the concept car got its name, but some speculate that it has to do with “Y” meaning prototype within the aerospace industry, or that it indicates a step beyond traditional “Project X” products.

The Buick Y Job makes quite an impression, featuring a low and long body that looks properly sophisticated. It featured innovative technology for its time, including power windows, a power-retractable roof, and an automatic transmission in place of the clutch pedal.

Celebrate Buick’s progress by test driving one of the 2018 models for yourself, when you stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Buick Named Winner of J.D. Power Total Ownership Experience Award

When it comes to customer satisfaction, we here at Richard Karr Buick GMC can attest that few brands do it better than Buick – and J.D. Power seems to agree. The automotive experts at J.D. Power recently named Buick the first-ever mass-market auto manufacturer brand to receive its new Total Ownership Experience award.

To earn this award, automotive brands must offer customers an excellent experience through all stages of the vehicle buying and ownership process. The winners of the award are decided after being reviewed in five categories: sales, appearance, service, long-term reliability, and initial quality.

According to Doug Betts, senior vice president of global automotive at J.D. Power, “We continue to examine every aspect of customers’ opinions on vehicle sales, quality, and dependability, as well as dealership customer service. Addressing these areas effectively creates repeat buyers and brand advocates, so it’s important for manufacturers and dealers to listen, learn, and continue to evolve with the times.”

The Total Ownership Experience award only goes to brands that do well in five other studies from J.D. Power: Execution and Layout (APEAL), Automotive Performance, Customer Service Index (CSI), Initial Quality Study (IQS), Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI), and Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS).

Buick managed to come out on top in last year’s J.D. Power Sales Satisfaction Index and Customer Service Index as well.

To experience the incredible lineup from award-winning Buick, stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

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2018 Buick Envision Named “Top Safety Pick” Among Mid-Size Luxury SUVs

Buick vehicles are no strangers to automotive awards, and this year, the brand has added yet another trophy to the rack. For 2018, the 2018 Buick Envision was named “Top Safety Pick” by IIHS, beating out some very stiff competition and coming out on top of the Mid-size luxury SUV category, despite recently bolstered requirements by the IIHS.

The award shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, though, as the Buick Envision achieved a 5-star Overall Safety rating in both 2017 and 2016. The innovative SUV also gained “Top Safety Pick Plus” status for both of those years. So, the 2018 award simply continues a legacy of continued excellence in safety performance for the Buick Envision.

The Envision’s lasting success is partially thanks to an advanced suite of safety technologies that includes available features such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, and Lane Departure Warning technology. These features rely on a sophisticated system of cameras and sensors to keep those inside and outside the vehicle one step ahead of potential hazards and safely, securely on their way.

Come in to Richard Karr Buick GMC and go for a test drive to learn more about the innovative technology behind the 2018 Buick Envision.

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Buick’s Smart Driving Secret

When you get behind the wheel of a Buick, you’ll have tons of smart technology on your hands. That’s because starting with the 2015 model year, Buick vehicles are available with an OnStar subscription plan that helps you with smart driving.

Part of OnStar’s subscription plan includes a Smart Driver system that makes you and Buick quite the intelligent team. While you drive, OnStar will track your driving habits so that you can see how your drive on the road. It’s hard to monitor yourself while you’re driving, which is why OnStar does it for you! Some of the information that OnStar smart driving gives you are the total number of hard braking/hard acceleration occurrences, your average mpg, high-speed driving percentage, and more.

Not only will be safer with these features from OnStar, but you’ll also save money. When you have OnStar Smart Driver and access to your OnStar Smart Driver Score, you can get discounts off of your car insurance, up to 30% off of your regular rate. Basically, you’re losing nothing! You have a chance to improve your driving skills all while getting lower rates on your insurance.

Are you ready to get behind the wheel and get smart? Come down to Richard Karr Motors today and ask about Buick’s Smart Driving system.

2018 Buick Regal Spy Shots Hint at Pure Luxury, Available Wagon Body

It’s no secret that the American-market Buick Regal is a renamed version of the European Opel Insignia. This is why when GM released images of the 2018 Opel Insignia, the American market got a good look at what the 2018 Buick Regal will look like—and we’re in love.

The Buick Regal spy shots, which are actually pictures of the Insignia, give us a look at the next-generation Buick. These pictures show us a number of crisp, clean lines that give the Regal a modern silhouette, adding a touch of athleticism for those consumers that want a sporty sedan—but that’s not all.

In Europe, the Insignia is available as a sedan, hatchback, or wagon. Now, it looks like the United States is going to receive the option of having a wagon, too. In the past year, Buick has filed a trademark for the name “Regal TourX,” which hints at the US Regal wagon being a crossover-inspired wagon that is similar to the Subaru Outback. With Buick’s luxury trimmings, it would come as no surprise if the Regal wagon managed to outsell the Outback if it does hit markets soon.

There’s no official word yet as to when the 2018 Buick Regal will make its debut, but many experts believe it will happen sometime mid-2017. Until then, make sure you stop in to Richard Karr Motors to learn more about the current Regal model.

The New Buick Encore Safety Ratings Declare It One of the Road’s Safest

Buick has always been known for their focus on providing the safest driving experience possible, a fact that has just been reinforced with the new, top-notch safety ratings for the 2017 Buick Encore, a model that has become the third Buick vehicle to earn a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA’s 5-Star Safety Program has represented the gold standard in automotive safety for decades, evaluating a vehicle’s ability to keep its driver and passengers safe in the event of a front crash, a side crash, and even a rollover.

the 2017 Buick Encore Safety RatingsThe new Buick Encore scored as highly as possible on the NHTSA’s scale, thanks to its performance in these rigorous tests, as well as the long list of standard safety features that the model has to offer.

Optional safety features in the new Buick Encore also include rear cross-traffic alert, side blind-zone alert, rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning – all of which are considered “driver assist” technologies.

Want to learn more about the 2017 Buick Encore safety ratings, or maybe even take the vehicle out on a test drive? Contact us or visit us anytime, here at Richard Karr Motors.

Official 2016 Buick Envision Pricing Announced Before Summer Reveal

The upcoming 2016 Buick Envision is set to change the game when it comes to crossovers, combining powerful performance with astonishing fuel efficiency, as well as the latest tech. And though we still don’t know just how fuel-efficient the model will be, we do know about the 2016 Buick Envision pricing.

New reports indicate that the luxurious Buick Envision will carry a starting MSRP of $42,995* – a reasonable price for a premium vehicle – and that there will be more, future variants of the Envision that will be even less pricey.

2016 Buick Envision PricingAs for the vehicle’s features, we know that the standard trim level of the 2016 Buick Envision will come with all the luxury basics, such as leather trim, heated seats, and remote start – as well as the latest safety features, such as lane-keep assist.

According to Buick’s website, the 2016 Buick Envision should be available this summer, while the 2017 Buick Envision will follow it up as quickly as this fall. Until then, visit us anytime at Richard Karr Motors for more information.

*The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price includes destination freight charge. Tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment.