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Two Buick SUVs Earn Spots on U.S. News’ 2019 List of Safest Small SUVs

Safest small SUVs - Richard Karr Motors - Waco, TX

Don’t be fooled by the small size of the Buick Encore and Envision — these vehicles are packed with advanced safety features and technologies. In fact, both vehicles just earned spots on U.S. News & World Report’s “20 Safest Small SUVs of 2019” list, cementing their status at the forefront of automotive safety.

Street-Smart 2019 Encore Is Smart on Safety

The 2019 Encore boasts an array of smart safety features, including a standard 10-airbag system and StabiliTrak® system. Alongside these features, the Encore offers an array of cutting-edge active safety technologies, including Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front and Rear Park Assist. Recognizing the Encore’s stellar credentials, the NHTSA awarded the vehicle with a four-star rating in the rollover tests and a five-star rating in all other crash tests.

Sophisticated Envision Offers State-of-the-Art Driver-Assist Features

The 2019 Envision is equally impressive, if not more so. Along with the features that the Encore has to offer, the Envision offers Teen Driver technology, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, a Safety Alert Seat, Lane Keep Assist, and more. In addition, the 2019 Envision earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, which included five-star ratings in the side crash tests. The Envision also impressed the IIHS, receiving a “Good” rating in the five crash tests and an “Advanced” rating in front crash prevention.

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Check Out This New GMC Sierra Ad Feature the MultiPro Tailgate

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The 2019 GMC Sierra marks a new generation for the Sierra pickup, and with it come several changes, including new engine options with new Dynamic Fuel Management. Perhaps most notably, however, the 2019 Sierra 1500 boasts the new MultiPro™ tailgate, the one and only of its kind. This unique tailgate boasts six distinct functions that make loading and unloading cargo from the bed — as well as accessing the cargo bed — much easier.

Those six functions include:

  • Primary Gate
  • Primary Gate Load Stop
  • Easy Access
  • Full-Width Step
  • Inner Gate Load Stop
  • Inner Gate with Work Surface

To celebrate this new pickup truck feature that no competitor is offering, the automaker ran a commercial during major football games. The new GMC Sierra ad, called “Anthem,” shows off the versatility of this MultiPro tailgate.

The ad, though unconventional, creatively shows off this innovative feature. The ad features drivers of competing trucks detaching their tailgates. Together, they journey to a hill, while singing Steam’s “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” At the crest of the hill, they find the GMC Sierra 1500 with its owner, showing off the six unique functions of the tailgate.

Fortunately, you don’t have to summit a mountain to check out the new MultiPro™ tailgate. Just come in to Richard Karr Buick GMC, and check out the Sierra 1500.

General Motors Files Trademark for New Buick Crossover

New Buick Crossover

General Motors recently filed an application to trademark the Enspire name. The application indicates the manufacturer may have plans to introduce a new Buick crossover to the United States market.

According to the application, General Motors plans to use the trademark on a new vehicle. This is the second time the automaker has filed an application for the Enspire name. The first application was filed back in 2015.

This news is not entirely a surprise, considering that the automaker recently unveiled an Enspire crossover concept in China. Chinese drivers applauded the sleek styling and advanced infotainment and safety technologies of the model.

We don’t know much about the potential new Enspire vehicle, but we can assume a few things based on the Chinese Enspire concept. The upcoming crossover will share the E2 platform the Buick Regal currently rides on. The model will include advanced safety systems, like Automatic Park Assist. The new Buick model will likely be the same size as the range-topping Envision. The Enspire will stand on its own as a top-tier trim with more luxurious amenities and technologies.

Current projections indicate the new Buick Enspire will arrive sometime in 2019 and 2020. While you wait for this model’s U.S. release, why not stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC to test-drive one of our other shiny new Buick models?

2019 Buick Regal Avenir Trim

Buick Regal Avenir Trim

If you’re in the market for a new sedan, make sure to check out the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir trim. The Buick Regal Avenir raises the bar for the luxury segment, while offering consumers the gratifying powertrain and advanced safety technologies they crave.

Interior

The Buick Regal Avenir trim boasts exclusive diamond quilt-stitched front seats with Avenir branding, and embroidered headrests. A Whisper Beige interior with ebony accents creates a sophisticated cabin on par with more expensive rivals.

Tech-savvy drivers will enjoy a standard eight-inch touch-screen display with the Buick infotainment system and navigation. A Bose® eight-speaker audio system increases sound clarity to elevate the listening experience.

Exterior

A unique style helps set the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir apart from other luxury sedans. 19-inch Pearl Nickel wheels lend a modern, athletic vibe often reserved for more expensive competitors. A three-dimensional mesh grille and Avenir sill plates provide a touch of sophistication. Avenir badging on the front doors lets everyone know that this Buick Regal is a step above the rest.

Performance

Like other Buick Regal Sportback models, the Avenir trim features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. This combination generates a healthy 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which should suit moderate energy needs.

Packages

Notably, the Buick Regal Avenir comes standard with the Driver Confidence Package I. This package includes wireless charging and heated exterior mirrors. LED headlights, cornering lights, and auto-leveling headlights make the Buick Regal Avenir more visible in dim driving conditions.

The Driver Confidence Package I also incorporates the latest driver assist features. Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Change Alert with Blind-Spot Monitoring join forces to help prevent an accident before it occurs.

Experience the opulence of the Avenir for yourself when you visit Richard Karr Buick GMC.

Buick Adds Yelp Reservations App to Infotainment System

Yelp Reservations App

Ever wanted the convenience of making restaurant reservations on the go? Now you can with their Buick Infotainment System. GM recently announced plans to add the Yelp Reservations app to the GM Infotainment System marketplace, allowing drivers of GM vehicles to reserve tables without having to pick up the phone.

The process is fairly simple: the app automatically searches for and detects all restaurants within a 25-mile radius. Drivers can then search by cuisine type to narrow their search. Once the driver selects a restaurant, they can view the average rating for the restaurant, place a time for the restaurant, and reserve seats (with a maximum cap of ten people). If you have any questions about this process, the app gives drivers the option of calling the restaurant to complete the reservation over the phone.

Aside from the Yelp Reservations app, the Buick Infotainment System also allows for conveniences such as ordering ahead at takeout places (or at Starbucks). You can even pay for gas from inside your vehicle, for a more secure alternative to paying at the pump. The Marketplace, including the new Yelp app, is offered on all 2017 or newer GM vehicles.

Contact us at Richard Karr Buick GMC for more information about this exciting new feature on new GM models.

GM Earns a Spot on 50 Most Engaged Workplaces List

most engaged workplaces

We all want to work somewhere where we feel connected, appreciated, and like we are making a difference. If you work for General Motors, you probably do feel this way. Achiever recently recognized GM by featuring it on its 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ list.

Like its name implies, this award recognizes exemplary employers who display innovation and leadership when it comes to creating an engaging workplace. According to Achiever, an engaged workplace demonstrates eight key elements: leadership, communication, vision and values, accountability and performance, culture, corporate social responsibility, rewards and recognition, and professional and personal growth.

Achiever also evaluates employers based on their staff. It defines an engaged employee as someone who is “inspired and often inspires others,” is “passionate and committed every day,” and is “fully involved in and enthusiastic about their work.”

With these requirements, it was easy for GM to claim this honor. Just within the past few years, the manufacturer has shown how successful it can be by expanding its emphasis on electric vehicle production, addressing customer issues, and considering and incorporating suggestions for improvement. This recognition for the brand is even more impressive because GM is the only automaker included in the list.

Celebrate GM’s latest accolade by test-driving a shiny new GMC model for yourself when you stop by Richard Karr Buick GMC.

General Motors Sedans are Here to Stay

General Motors sedans

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.

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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.

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GM Wants to Have the Detroit Auto Show in June

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.

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Detroit Auto Show in June