While most of the auto industry is turning to SUVs, satisfying the small-car market with subcompact crossovers, many drivers are wondering what will happen to the sedans. Unlike many of its competitors, General Motors plans to keep its sedan segments alive and well.
This news from GM came on the heels of Ford’s announcement that it plans to stop producing sedans for the next few years. GM isn’t worried — in fact, the company is glad for the reduced competition. Though GM, particularly Chevy, will invest less into sedans in the coming years, General Motors Sedans aren’t going anywhere in the long term.
According to Steve Majoros, the marketing director for cars and crossovers at Chevy, sedans are “a pretty big opportunity for [the company]” now that their drop in popularity is causing a drop in production by other automakers. Chevy is happy to be the brand buyers turn to for sedans.
GM sees sedans as entry-level cars: small, affordable, and great for young adults, as well as singles just out of college. To add appeal to its sedan lineup, Chevy will add the premium RS trim to the latest version of the Malibu, which will help it compete with popular sporty sedans in the segment.
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.
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.
Auto shows are a big part of the automotive industry. They give automakers a chance to show off their latest models along with concepts that spawn ideas for future vehicles. One of the biggest shows here in the U.S. has long been the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) held in Detroit.
For years, NAIAS, or the Detroit Auto Show, has been held in January. Recently, however, General Motors has been pushing to hold the Detroit Auto Show in June.
One reason GM wants to push the show to June is so that it aligns with two other auto-themed events, the Belle Isle and Detroit Grand Prix. With the change, it would be part of what Tony Cervone, GM’s senior vice president of global communications, calls a “massive festival of automotive.”
By coinciding with the other events, it could potentially draw in more spectators who came for the Grand Prix but want to catch the auto show while they are in the city. It could also help boost participation from other automakers, especially since some big brands have already disengaged from the show for 2019.
There are, however, some downsides to moving the show. The first could be a nightmarish parking situation with all the traffic from all of the automotive events. The second would be the potentially higher cost of hosting the show in June because of air conditioning costs for the large expo center.
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.
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.
There’s little doubt that technology has influenced every sect of the world, and the automotive industry is no exception. According to Popular Mechanics Writer Ben Stewart, here are a few automotive technology milestones every enthusiast should know.
Modern vehicles are simple to start: simply enter the vehicle and turn the key (or push a button). Prior to 1911 and the invention of the electric starter, this wasn’t the case. Vehicles came equipped with a hand crank startup process. In 1912, the first Cadillac models rolled off the line with the convenient electric starter. Invented by Charles Kettering and Henry M. Leland, the electric starter revolutionized the automotive industry.
Tire Pressure Monitoring
The first tire pressuring technology appeared on the Porsche 959 in the 1980s. The year 2000 marked the turn of the century and passing of the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability, and Documentation Act. The act ensured that all passenger vehicles would come standard by the 2008 model year.
While the rearview camera is a fairly common piece of technology in modern cars, the technology is only around 15 years old. In 2002, Infiniti brought the first rearview backup camera to the industry. All passenger vehicles will come equipped with a standard rearview camera by the end of 2018.
Roadside assistance comes complimentary on most new cars, but odds are you can be back on the road quicker with the right skills. Changing a tire doesn’t take a long time to do and is fairly straightforward. Here’s a quick guide on how to change a tire from us here at Richard Karr Buick GMC.
Pull off to the shoulder. Avoid hills and curves, otherwise drivers may not see you until it’s too late. Set the parking brake and exit the vehicle. If you have wheel wedges, place them either behind the rear tires or in front of the front tires.
Remove the hubcap to expose the lug nuts. It’s easier to remove the hubcap prior to raising the vehicle. Prying the hubcap off with a lug wrench will work on most vehicles. Consult your owner’s manual for more information for your specific make and model.
Loosen the lug nuts until you can turn them by hand. Don’t remove them entirely just yet.
Consult your owner’s manual for proper jack placement. Raise the car around one foot off the ground.
Finish unscrewing the lug nuts and remove the flat tire by pulling straight out. Place the spare tire on the lug bolts and push it all the way in. Begin tightening the lug nuts by hand.
Lower the vehicle until it’s slightly off the ground and finish tightening the lug nuts with the wrench.
Lower the vehicle onto the ground and replace the hubcap.
The better shape your car is in when you trade it in for a different model, the more money you’ll get out of it. So it’s important to do what you can to get it cleaned up and working great before you take it to the dealer to be inspected. Here are some tips on getting your car ready to trade in.
First, do a deep, thorough clean. Vacuum out all the crumbs from the carpet and the seats, scrub the dashboard, clean off pet hair. You also want to remove all your personal items from it—the less work they have to do themselves, the more money you’ll get from it. Wash the car and give it a wax to make it look as shiny and new as possible.
If there are little problems you can fix yourself, like dings, scratches, headlights that are out, or low fluid levels, take care of them. These are all easy maintenance tasks that take minutes and that you can look up how to do online. Don’t bother fixing major mechanical issues, though—whether you lose money fixing them or lose money on the trade-in because of them, you’re still losing money.
Make sure you have any extra parts, like spare keys and special badging, to get the full value of your car applied to your trade-in. For more information on how to get your trade-in ready, call us today at Richard Karr Buick GMC!
Getting out and having fun in the summer weather may start in June, but the fun keeps on rolling until later August. That’s a lot of time to fill which means you might run short on fun activities for friends and family. Fortunately, you’re not alone in your summer adventures. We here at Richard Karr Motors know of some fun summer activities to take part in this season!
Take a Road Trip
Packing up your truck or SUV and hitting the open road opens up the potential for a fantastic memory-making road trip. Even singles can hit the road and experience something new that they may have never seen or heard of before. There are plenty of interesting places around the United States that are best explored in an off-road-capable truck, like the GMC Canyon. Best of all, a truck can double as a bed with just a few accessories!
Have a Picnic
Whether you’re alone or with friends and family, having a picnic at a local park is a great way to spend a summer day. Pack a basket with your favorite foods, like sandwiches and cookies, grab a blanket, and set out for a wonderful day under the summer sun.
Most people are fully aware of just how hot it can get under the summer sun. Sometimes it can feel too hot to engage in any activity. Fortunately, just sitting around outside is a great way to enjoy the day until the temperature drops in the evening.