Don’t discard that dead battery…charge it!

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How important is it to keep a well maintained battery under your hood? Let’s call it your car’s Cup ‘o Joe…it provides that little boost in the morning when you turn the ignition to get the motor runnin’ (among a myriad of other tasks).

So, let’s say you accidentally left your interior lights on all night and you wake up to find that you have a dead battery, what do you do? Without a battery charger, you call into work and burn a personal day in hopes of getting a jump from a neighbor or a new battery. With a battery charger, well you get to save that personal day for a time when you really want to play hooky. Let me tell you, for around $50, it’s worth it and you’ll get a pretty decent charger to boot!

How does a charger work? Check out the video.

How easy is it to use? This easy.

Of course, there could also be other reasons why your battery is discharging faster than usual or not having enough juice to turn the starter, and that is a bigger issue. I’d advise you take your car to your mechanic if your battery issues become problematic.

GMC Announces Sierra All Terrain X

(This article originally appeared on GMC.com)

2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X. © General Motors.
2016 GMC Sierra All Terrain X. © General Motors.

GMC today announced the 2016 Sierra All Terrain X – a special edition of the All Terrain model, featuring exclusive premium content that enhances off-road capability and an aggressive, monochromatic appearance.

The All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular personalization trend among off-road enthusiasts, executed with the top-range refinement GMC has cultivated for years with models such as the Sierra Denali. Its premium package of monochromatic exterior trim and special equipment offers a customized appearance in a limited-edition model, complemented with GMC’s latest technologies.

The Sierra All Terrain package blends capability with unique style to make a statement on or off road. Highlights include:

  • 4WD with Eaton locking rear differential
  • Z71 Off-Road suspension package with Rancho monotube shocks, high-capacity air cleaner, Hill Descent Control and underbody transfer case shield
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Unique grille with body-color surround and tinted chrome accents; body-color front and rear bumpers (rear bumper with corner steps)
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • All-Terrain-logo instrument cluster
  • Inclinometer in the driver information center.

Product Details

The new Sierra All Terrain X is offered on the 2016 Sierra 1500 4WD crew cab/short box models with SLT trim. In addition to the standard All Terrain content, the “X” package includes:

  • 265/65R18SL Mud-Terrain-rated Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac MT tires, designed for off-road competence in dirt, gravel and mud, with on-road composure in dry, wet and wintry conditions
  • 18 x 8.5-inch black aluminum wheels
  • Sport side steps (black)
  • Bed-mounted sport bar (black) designed to support the accessory off-road LED lighting package
  • High-performance LED headlamps
  • Performance exhaust system, which bumps output of the 5.3L V-8 engine to 365 horsepower and adds an aggressive note
  • Body-color door handles and body-side moldings
  • Black exterior mirrors, belt moldings and B-pillars
  • Interior floor liners
  • Available colors: Onyx Black, Summit White, Stone Blue Metallic, Iridium Metallic, Crimson Red Tintcoat, Light Steel Gray Metallic.

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First-Ever Buick Super Bowl Ad Features Odell Beckham Jr. and Emily Ratajkowski

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Odell Beckham, Jr, Emily Ratajkowski, and the new Cascada convertible on the set of Buick’s first Super Bowl commercial. © General Motors.
Odell Beckham, Jr, Emily Ratajkowski, and the new Cascada convertible on the set of Buick’s first Super Bowl commercial. © General Motors.

Latest “Experience the New Buick” ad spotlights new Cascada convertible

DETROIT – Buick’s first-ever Super Bowl ad will bring the brand’s award-winning “Experience the New Buick” campaign to the biggest night in TV advertising. The campaign launched in 2014 and challenges consumers’ false perceptions of the brand.

The 30-second spot, scheduled to air during Super Bowl 50, features Buick’s all-new Cascada luxury convertible and stars New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.

The spot will be the first new Buick commercial to air in 2016, a year where the brand will launch three new products.

The Cascada, Buick’s first convertible in 25 years, arrives in dealerships in the coming weeks. It features anathletic and sculptural beauty that delivers a distinctive profile, whether the top is up or down.

Along with the perception-shifting Cascada, Buick showrooms will soon feature a redesigned LaCrosse sedan and the new Envision, a compact crossover. Both go on sale this summer.

“With sales surpassing 1.2 million vehicles globally for the first time ever in 2015, the Buick brand has never been stronger,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “Super Bowl 50 represents a perfect opportunity for us to showcase our newest vehicles in a spot that delivers a mix of light-hearted humor and star-power to a global audience of millions of consumers.”

“We wanted talent that represented attributes of the Buick brand and design philosophy,” Aldred said. “For Buick, Odell Beckham Jr. represents unique talent and commitment to excellence that mirrors Buick’s commitment to performance. Emily Ratajkowski brings style which aligns with the Cascada’s design and adventurous spirit.”

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News Wire: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s Ellie Kemper Stars in Buick Digital Ad Campaign

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Ellie Kemper introduces herself to the Buick Cascada convertible in “Meet the Talent,” a new digital advertisement. © General Motors.
Ellie Kemper introduces herself to the Buick Cascada convertible in “Meet the Talent,” a new digital advertisement. © General Motors.

Lighthearted vignettes showcase Kemper getting to know the new Cascada convertible

DETROIT – Buick today announced the launch of a digital-only campaign for the new Cascada convertible starring Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper.

The campaign is a series of ad vignettes and a YouTube film that features Kemper in a series of lighthearted, humorous scenarios.  Also, a “between the scenes” short shows Kemper attending a yoga class and sharing tips on how she stays camera- and convertible-ready.

Today’s campaign launch follows Buick’s recent confirmation that it will air its first-ever Super Bowl commercial during next month’s Super Bowl 50.

“Our Ellie Kemper series invites viewers to join her in discovering the new Cascada and today’s modern, approachable Buick brand,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. Vice President of Buick and GMC Sales, Service and Marketing.  “This innovative digital-only campaign is another example of how Buick surprises consumers and reach audiences in exciting new ways.”

The Cascada, Buick’s first convertible in 25 years, arrives in dealerships in the coming weeks. It features anathletic and sculptural beauty that delivers a distinctive profile, whether the top is up or down.

See Ellie Kemper starring alongside the Buick Cascada at www.youtube.com/buick

For more information on the Buick Cascada go to www.buick.com/cascada-luxury-convertible.

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News Wire: GMC Sierra 1500 is PickupTrucks.com Towing Champ

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GMC’s best-selling truck has great momentum, coming off its best June since 2006, and 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.  With exterior styling as its top reason for purchase, the new truck adds key design elements: LED “C-shaped” signature daytime running lights and LED headlights; new front fascia and grilles for each trim level; new LED fog lamps; new bumpers; and new “C-shaped” LED taillights. The new Sierra will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, with additional details and information on the new model released in the coming months. © General Motors.
GMC’s best-selling truck has great momentum, coming off its best June since 2006, and 12 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains. With exterior styling as its top reason for purchase, the new truck adds key design elements: LED “C-shaped” signature daytime running lights and LED headlights; new front fascia and grilles for each trim level; new LED fog lamps; new bumpers; and new “C-shaped” LED taillights. The new Sierra will be available in the fourth quarter of this year, with additional details and information on the new model released in the coming months. © General Motors.

Strong performance, efficiency pulls Sierra to front of light-duty truck segment

DETROIT – The GMC Sierra 1500 today was named the 2016 Texas Truck Showdown Towing Champion, in a head-to-head capability test conducted by editors from Cars.com, PickupTrucks.com and MrTruck.com.

They praised their Sierra 1500 SLT test truck, which was equipped with the available 6.2L V-8 engine – the segment’s most powerful gas engine – and eight-speed automatic transmission, for its effortless performance. It offered a max trailering rating of 12,000 lbs.

“This is a mild-mannered pickup that is ready to don its cape and do some heavy lifting, saving the day from a long list of work chores,” said Mark Williams, PickupTrucks.com editor. “The engine and transmission are synced up like a smooth-flying jet rocket.”

And while it had the largest, most powerful engine in the test – 420 hp and 460 lb-ft – the Sierra also ranked first in fuel economy with a trailer. The other competitors included:

  • Ford F-150 Lariat with the 3.5L V-6 EcoBoost
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ with the 5.3L V-8
  • Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn with the 5.7L V-8
  • Toyota Tundra 1794 Edition with the 5.7L V-8.

“This recognition validates everything GMC stands for: powerful truck capability uniquely coupled with premium appointments and refinement,” said Sierra Marketing Manager Stuart Pierce. “Combined with bold new styling for 2016 and its crafted interior, the Sierra handles the toughest tasks in the utmost comfort.”

A five-part series outlining the evaluation begins today at www.pickuptrucks.com. As one of their most extensive comparison tests, which was conducted over a weeklong period in the Houston area, it included 20 objective tests, as well as six additional categories.

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News Wire: GMC Canyon and Sierra Ranked Among Highest for Resale

Article original published at GMC.com

For the second consecutive year the GMC Canyon is rated among the Top 10 in the Kelley Blue Book® 2016 Official Residual Value Guide, which predicts the Canyon will retain the highest percentage of its original suggested retail price over the first five years of ownership.
For the second consecutive year the GMC Canyon is rated among the Top 10 in the Kelley Blue Book® 2016 Official Residual Value Guide, which predicts the Canyon will retain the highest percentage of its original suggested retail price over the first five years of ownership.

DETROIT – GMC Canyon and Sierra are again being recognized among the Top 10 in Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value Awards.

It’s the second consecutive year both GMC models have been ranked in the Top 10.   Kelley Blue Book® 2016 Official Residual Value Guide predicts Canyon and Sierra will retain the highest percentage of their original suggested retail prices over the first five years of ownership.

“A vehicle’s resale value is of critical importance, because a vehicle with high resale value will typically be less expensive to own over time than a similar vehicle with poorer resale value,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

Canyon sales were up more than 160 percent in November, over the same month a year ago, while Sierra sales were up more than 4 percent in the first 11 months of the year and are projected to exceed 200,000 for all of 2015.

“This recognition affirms everything this brand stands for and provides greater assurance for our customers that they’ve made a smart choice investing in GMC,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “These vehicles are designed to deliver capability with refinement and style – a combination that is winning over more and more customers.”

Earlier this year, Canyon won Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge for its segment-leading capabilities and efficiency, including the latest in safety features, cargo-hauling and trailering versatility. Autoweek named Canyon as the “Best of the Best Truck for 2015,” and WardsAuto recognized the Canyon as one of its 10 Best Interiors for 2015, based on criteria including design harmony, ergonomics, materials, driver information, safety and comfort.

For 2016, the Canyon is offered with a new diesel engine that delivers the segment’s highest EPA-rated fuel economy: 31 mpg highway (two-wheel drive).

Sierra – GMC’s best-selling truck – rolls into 2016 with a fresh appearance and offers new, advanced engineering features designed to complement its crafted interior.

Sierra 1500’s available 5.3L engine offers the highest Environmental Protection Agency-rated highway fuel economy for a V-8-powered light truck – 23 mpg for 2WD models. The available 6.2L V-8’s 420 horsepower is the highest rating in the segment.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, with innovation and engineering excellence built into all GMC vehicles. The brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover. GMC’s highest-volume vehicle, the Sierra pickup, is the most powerful light-duty pickup on the market, and the first full-size pickup to receive the highest-possible five-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration changed its New Car Assessment Program for the 2011 model year. Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at http://www.facebook.com/gmc.

News Wire: Another Award for the Buick Avista Concept – From Detroit News Readers

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The Buick Avista Concept Best Concept Car and Best Future Concept awards Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Buick) © General Motors.
The Buick Avista Concept Best Concept Car and Best Future Concept awards Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jeffrey Sauger for Buick) © General Motors.

DETROIT – The Buick Avista concept today won The Detroit News’ Reader’s Choice award for “Best Future Concept,” just days after it received the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Concept Car at the North American International Auto Show.

Bryan Nesbitt, executive director of global Buick design; Elizabeth Wetzel, director of Buick interior design; and Holt Ware, director of Buick exterior design, accepted the award from Nolan Finley, the paper’s editorial page editor. The Detroit News panel comprised about 100 readers who attended the auto show.

“This award is special because this is the Motor City and it was decided by people who reside here – alongside many of the men and women who poured their hearts and souls into this concept,” said Nesbitt. “Because Avista represents the future essence of Buick design, an award decided by consumers is a great vote of confidence.”

The ceremony, held at the Detroit Athletic Club, was part of the annual meeting of the Big Four, featuring the heads of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties; and the mayor of Detroit.

Last week, the Avista concept won the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Concept Car – the second consecutive year Buick received the award, which was bestowed on the Avenir concept in 2015.

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News Wire: Buick Avista Receives EyesOn Design Excellence Award

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The Design team poses with the Buick Avista Concept after winning the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence Ð Concept Car, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. It was the second consecutive year Buick received the award, which was bestowed on the Avenir concept in 2015. (Photo by John F. Martin for Buick)
The Design team poses with the Buick Avista Concept after winning the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence Ð Concept Car, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. It was the second consecutive year Buick received the award, which was bestowed on the Avenir concept in 2015. (Photo by John F. Martin for Buick)

DETROIT – The Buick Avista concept received the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Concept Car at a ceremony today at the North American International Auto Show.

It was the second consecutive year Buick received the award, which was bestowed on the Avenir concept in 2015. EyesOn Design – a benefit for Henry Ford Health System’s Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology – recognizes the best production and concept vehicle designs making their worldwide debut in Detroit.

“Design has always played a large role in Buick’s rich history and recent success,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Buick Global Design. “The Avista concept has been a labor of love by the team of designers, sculptors, engineers and talented craftspeople, including our UAW partners, who created this beautiful statement of Buick design. Avista represents the future essence of Buick design.”

A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels. The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting motion – resembling Buick’s design language introduced on the Avenir concept and carried into production on the 2017 LaCrosse.

Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is defined by flowing, uninterrupted lines conveying elegance through simplicity – with intense technical and surfaces details, in everything from 3D-printed door and seat trim to a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.

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News Wire: GMC Introduces All-New 2017 Acadia

2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali © General Motors.
2017 All-New GMC Acadia Denali © General Motors.
This article originally appeared on GMC.com.
  • 700-lb. lighter, more efficient crossover aimed at heart of midsize segment
  • Expanded range of available active safety features, including Front Pedestrian Braking and Surround Vision Camera
  • New powertrains include a 2.5L I-4, offering a GM-est. 28 mpg hwy, and an available est. 310-hp 3.6L V-6
  • Acadia Denali with new, exclusive Continuously Variable Ride Control
  • New Acadia All Terrain with an advanced AWD system with Active Twin Clutch
  • On sale this spring

DETROIT – GMC today introduced the all-new 2017 Acadia – a reimagined crossover aimed at the heart of the midsize segment, designed to offer great versatility and refinement, with more advanced safety technologies.

The new Acadia offers more-efficient powertrains, while continuing to offer three rows of seating on most models. The premium Acadia Denali returns, along with a new All Terrain model offering enhanced off-road capability.

“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”

The new Acadia goes on sale this spring, almost a decade after its original introduction, and coming off of its strongest sales year ever in 2015 with 96,393 deliveries.

“Typically, a vehicle’s sales can be illustrated on a bell curve during its lifecycle, but the Acadia’s success has defied convention with impressive sustainability,” said Aldred. “It’s a shining example of GMC’s momentum and we’re confident it will grow with the new Acadia.”

New size, bigger advantages
The strategic re-scoping of the 2017 Acadia offers customers a midsize crossover positioned between the compact Terrain and full-size Yukon. Depending on the model, it is available with five-, six- or seven-passenger seating, while offering greater maneuverability than the first-generation model.

“The new Acadia captures a greater feeling of refinement, in everything from the responsive feeling behind the wheel to the way passengers interact with its intuitive features,” said Rick Spina, executive chief engineer for compact and crossover SUVs at General Motors. “It’s a vehicle that offers the functionality Acadia is known for, while delivering big advantages and balance to customers’ everyday lives.”

The new Acadia is 700 pounds lighter than the current model, which pays dividends at the gas pump. A new, 2.5L engine is standard, offering an estimated 28 mpg on the highway for FWD models (EPA estimate not yet available; estimate is based on GM testing). City fuel economy offered is GM-estimated at 22 mpg (FWD) and is bolstered by GMC’s first application of Stop/Start technology, which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

A new, available 3.6L V-6 engine is more powerful and efficient than the current model, while offering 4,000 pounds estimated trailering capability (with the available towing package). It is GM-estimated at 310 horsepower (231 kW) and 25 mpg highway (FWD models – EPA estimate not available).

Both of the Acadia’s new engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing, and both are mated to six-speed automatic transmissions and an electronically controlled drive mode selector.

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News Wire: Buick Introduces Avista Concept

This article originally appeared on Buick.com.

2016 Buick Avista Concept © General Motors.
2016 Buick Avista Concept © General Motors.

Design elegance, performance heritage conveyed in turbocharged 2+2 coupe

DETROIT – Ahead of its public debut at the North American International Auto Show, Buick today revealed the Avista concept – a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots.

A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting motion – resembling Buick’s design language introduced on the Avenir concept and carried into production on the 2017 LaCrosse. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile.

“There is elegant simplicity in the Avista’s surfaces, which speak to the purity of the car’s performance, and a timeless beauty that’s a hallmark of Buick design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director Global Buick Design. “It was designed to capture the spirit of the perfect drive.”

Marking the front and rear, Buick evolves its signature wing-shaped lighting with “soft curtain” elements that create illuminated “halos” around lamps’ edges, suggesting a three-dimensional shape and sculpture. Their design forecasts the evolution of Buick’s production lighting features, while the Avista’s grille features the brand’s new winged tri-shield insignia set against a three-dimensional mesh background.

Additional exterior features include:

  • A 110.7-inch (2,811 mm) wheelbase and 63-inch (1,601 mm) front/62.9-inch (1,598 mm) rear tracks for sporty proportions and an aggressive stance
  • Twenty-inch aluminum wheels with color-toned accents match the car’s Dark Sapphire Jewel exterior
  • Front fender vents with chrome accents evolve Buick’s signature fender ports.

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