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GM Puts E-commerce Shopping In Car Dashboards

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Though for starters, the only restaurant reservation you can make is at TGI Fridays.

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GM puts e-commerce shopping in car dashboards originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Top-of-the-line 2018 Buick Regal TourX costs $43,795

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It’s cheaper than competitors like the Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi A4 Allroad.

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Buick has unveiled an online configurator for the 2018 Regal TourX wagon, and it shows that picking the full suite of premium options puts the sport wagon at $43,795. That prices it under its Regal GS Sportback sibling and competitors like the Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi A4 Allroad.

The luxury hatchback starts at $29,995 and is available in three trim options: TourX 1SV, Preferred ($33,575) and Essence ($35,945). All are powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that puts out 250 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque and drives an eight-speed automatic transmission. Intelligent all-wheel-drive with active twin-clutch, start-stop technology and 18-inch painted aluminum wheels are also standard.

There are eight exterior color options, including Sport Red and Summit White for no extra charge, and two options for the interior at no extra charge. Driver Confidence package options come with things like LED headlamps, 4-way lumbar seat adjuster and rear park assist for $1,725, and various driver-assist technologies including adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert for an additional $1,190. A panoramic moonroof will set you back $1,200.

At 73.5 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down, Buick says the TourX boasts more overall cargo space than the Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country, Audi A4 Allroad and BMW 3-series Sport Wagon. The rear hatch area offers 32.7 cubic feet with the seats up.

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GMC Goes All Out with the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

GMC Goes All Out with the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition

2017-11-29

DETROIT — GMC today unveiled the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition, an exciting new package featuring the very best in premium GMC styling and attributes. The Ultimate Black Edition offers all the options available on the Yukon Denali, with a striking exterior look that includes:

  • New black-painted 22-inch wheels with chrome inserts
  • Polished exhaust tip
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Premium carpeted floormats
  • Available exclusively with Onyx Black exterior paint

Available on 2WD or 4WD models, the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition includes the Open Road Package, which consists of a nine-month trial of Sirius XM and NavTraffic; power sunroof and rear-seat entertainment system; Power-Retractable Assist Steps; the Enhanced Security Package including door and liftgate lock shields, glass breakage sensors, interior motion detectors, self-powered horn and vertical movement sensors; and Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Automatic Braking.

“The Yukon Denali has always made a bold and powerful statement, and the Ultimate Black Edition takes that expression to a new level,” said Stu Pierce, senior marketing manager for GMC Trucks and Full-Size SUVs. “The Ultimate Black Edition provides our customers seeking the ultimate in performance and refinement with an opportunity to express themselves with a new and unique style.”

Earlier in 2017, GMC unveiled the latest 2018 Yukon Denali lineup with refreshed styling and trim enhancements, as well as a new advanced 10-speed automatic transmission. A new sculpted grille design distinguishes the Yukon Denali, while Mastique Ash real wood trim adds depth and richness to the interior. The 10-speed transmission — paired with Yukon Denali’s 6.2L V-8 engine — enhances refinement with world-class shift smoothness, responsiveness and quietness. These updates will carry into the Yukon Denali Ultimate Black Edition.

In 2017, GMC has seen its strongest year ever of Denali sales. Yukon and Yukon XL lead the portfolio with Denali sales of 50.7 percent and 61.2 percent respectively October CYTD. These achievements were led earlier this year with the one millionth Denali sold since the premium-luxe trim launched with the GMC Yukon in 1999.

To celebrate the debut of the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black edition, GMC has partnered with Little Damage, a unique soft-serve ice cream shop in L.A. Throughout the duration of the L.A. Auto Show, consumers can enjoy an all-new Ultimate Black flavor topped with Denali chrome chocolate chips served in Little Damage’s signature black activated charcoal cones.

About GMC

With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc

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GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept Conquers Uncharted Territory at Vail Mountain

GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept Conquers Uncharted Territory at Vail Mountain

2017-11-21

VAIL, Colo. — The 2018 GMC Sierra 2500HD All Mountain concept, a one-of-a-kind snow-climbing machine, will debut this week at Vail Mountain. The Sierra All Mountain concept takes GMC’s signature bold design and engineering excellence to new heights, adding tank-like tracks that help it navigate rugged, snow-covered terrain.

Built on a GMC Sierra 2500HD Denali 4WD Crew Cab platform, the epitome of GMC’s strength and design, the All Mountain concept stands ready to tackle steep slopes and extreme weather conditions. It combines the power of the 6.6L turbo-diesel V-8 engine and first-class interior appointments of the Sierra 2500HD Denali and adds enhanced capability and features through concept Mattracks® technology and GMC Accessories.

“With GMC’s focus on premium capability and design, we wanted to ensure that this concept took these signature attributes to an entirely new level,” said Carl Zipfel, GMC exterior designer. “The Sierra All Mountain concept Mattracks® technology enables the truck to conquer uncharted territory while highlighting premium interior features such as Bose speakers and upscale leather treatments.”

Sierra All Mountain Concept Features:

  • Mattracks® 150 Series Tracks with GMC Red finish  
  • Bodyside graphics
  • Wheel well and underbody LED lights
  • Snowboard Racks, associated accessories by Thule®
  • Amplifier and Dual Pod Speaker Kit, associated accessories by KICKER®
  • RIGID E-Series 30-Inch Light Bar
  • Soft roll-up tonneau cover by Advantage
  • Duramax® 6.6L Turbo Diesel engine with 445 horsepower and 910 lb-ft of torque
  • Allison® 1000 six-speed automatic transmission

The GMC Sierra All Mountain will remain on display at Vail for the winter season as part of an exclusive partnership announced earlier this year with Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN), the leading global mountain resort company. In addition to the main partnership with Vail Resorts, Inc., GMC has extended its presence by also collaborating with the Vail Valley Foundation and the Town of Vail. GMC will have a large presence in the Town of Vail through vehicle displays, courtesy vehicles, signage and special events.

“The Sierra All Mountain concept is perfectly suited for the outdoor activities offered at Vail properties,” said Rich Latek, director of GMC Marketing. “This unique concept truck is a fun way to attract attention to GMC and highlight our partnership with Vail Resorts.”  

A similar Sierra All Mountain concept, built on a Sierra 2500HD All Terrain X platform, will be on display at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.

About GMC

With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc.

About the Vail Valley Foundation

The Vail Valley Foundation is a nonprofit with the mission to enhance and sustain the quality of life in the Vail Valley by providing leadership in arts, education and athletics. The organization has hosted premiere events, operated two world-class performing arts venues, and provided education enrichment to Eagle County residents since 1981.

About Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN)

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the leading global mountain resort operator. Vail Resorts’ subsidiaries operate 11 world-class mountain resorts and three urban ski areas, including Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood in the Lake Tahoe area of California and Nevada; Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Canada; Perisher in Australia; Stowe in Vermont; Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; Afton Alps in Minnesota and Mt. Brighton in Michigan. Vail Resorts owns and/or manages a collection of casually elegant hotels under the RockResorts brand, as well as the Grand Teton Lodge Company in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Vail Resorts Development Company is the real estate planning and development subsidiary of Vail Resorts, Inc. Vail Resorts is a publicly held company traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: MTN). The Vail Resorts company website is www.vailresorts.com and consumer website is www.snow.com.

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GMC Reunites Veteran with Hero Who Saved His Life

GMC Reunites Veteran with Hero Who Saved His Life

Building for America’s Bravest ad will air Veterans Day weekend during Broncos/Patriots game

2017-11-09

 

DENVER — In support of its proud partnership with the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the foundation’s Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB) program, GMC united U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Eric Myers and U.S. Army Medic Steven Rooker for the first time since a life-changing day five years ago.

In 2012, Myers, from Linden, North Carolina, was serving his third deployment in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division when he stepped on an IED. He sustained serious injuries and lost both legs above the knee. He was rescued by fellow platoon member Rooker, who sprang into action to stabilize Myers until he could be airlifted out for more advanced medical treatment.

Rooker and Myers had not seen each other since that fateful day until GMC recently brought the two veterans back together. GMC filmed the reunion and used the footage to create several advertisements featuring both men. The ads debuted Nov. 8 on GMC’s various social channels and are currently featured on GMC Life. A BFAB ad will be shown on TV during the Denver Broncos’ Salute to Service game versus the New England Patriots on Nov. 12.

Here is a preview of their inspiring story:

As a proud primary sponsor of the Building for America’s Bravest program, GMC has pledged more than $2 million in 2017 toward building smart homes for catastrophically injured service members. GMC also regularly supports the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, the parent foundation for Building for America’s Bravest, to raise awareness for the injured veterans.

Since the partnership launched, GMC has provided more than $4 million and contributed to building 66 smart homes, but there’s a long way to go to reach the goal of 200 smart homes nationwide. GMC is working to raise an additional $1 million through the end of 2017 to build more smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members.

To celebrate Veterans Day by adding your donation to ours to support BFAB, please text “donate” to 52182 or visit ourbravest.org/enlistme.

About GMC

With a strong foundation of manufacturing trucks since 1902 and now selling in a dozen countries across the world, GMC offers purpose-built vehicles designed and engineered to the highest standard. From the all-new compact SUV Terrain to the Sierra HD, our trucks and crossovers deliver GMC’s signature combination of intuitive technologies and premium execution, with the popular Denali sub-brand representing the pinnacle of GMC design, performance and amenities. Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or at www.facebook.com/gmc

How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash

 

 

I’m a big fan of Car Talk. I thought this was a really great question and wanted to share it.

-Ozzie

Dear Car Talk:

I have a 2017 Buick LaCrosse that has the gas-saving feature of shutting off the engine at stops and then restarting when the brake is released. It also has an unfortunate feature of putting the transmission into park whenever the start/stop button is pushed to stop the engine; the only way to leave the car in neutral is to leave the engine running.

So, how do I manage to get the car through a commercial car wash? Are they familiar with this peculiarity? I asked a salesman at my Buick dealer this question. His response was that the car-wash tracks are wet and, therefore, slippery: “Just leave it in park and let the wheels slide.” That is about the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Is there a way to run the car through a car wash without sliding the tires? The only way I can think of is to leave the engine running, and then the transmission can be put into neutral. However, I don’t think the car-wash people would like that. — Newton

The salesman’s an idiot, Newton. I mean, I’m an idiot, too, but since this is my column, I’ll call him out first.

Putting the car in neutral is exactly what you should do. If your car wash is the most common type, where the driver stays in the car, then you can leave it running, use the foot brake when you come out the other end, then put it back in drive and go. If it’s a car wash that requires you to exit the vehicle, you may have to open the driver’s door first, before putting the car in neutral, to prevent it from shifting into park automatically when you open the door.

Actually, lots of cars are having trouble getting through automatic car washes these days. Car washes haven’t had this much publicity since “The Bikini Carwash Company II” came out in 1993. It turns out a lot of the new “autonomous driving” safety equipment is not playing well with these car- cleaning tunnels. For instance, a lot of new cars have a wonderful feature called “automatic emergency braking.” If the car senses an object in front of you — like a stopped car or a human dressed as a tuna fish sandwich — and you don’t brake in time, it assumes you’re distracted and it automatically stops itself for you. Now, what do you think it does when it sees a giant spinning buffer heading toward your grille (unless the system disengages itself when the car is put in neutral)?

Other cars automatically apply the parking brake if the car is stopped for more than a few seconds. This also is a great safety improvement. It’s prevented people from stepping out of the car without putting the transmission in park first and running over themselves. Hey, it happens!

So for people like you, with newer cars, you’ll have to check your owner’s manual. More and more of them now have instructions for going through an automatic car wash. It’s more complicated than in the old days, when all you had to do was decline the muffler polish, give the guy your eight bucks and remember to close the window. Now you often have to disable a bunch of safety features, lest you find yourself at the front of the line, unable to go forward through the car wash, with 16 people behind you getting furious while you scan the index of your owner’s manual.

I’m not intimately familiar with the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, but if it’ll stay in neutral with the car running, and it doesn’t have those safety features engaged, you should be fine. Hope you can clean yourself up, Newton.

Dear Car Talk How to Get a Newfangled Car through the Car Wash

Author:
Ray Magliozzi

Tuesday, October 31, 2017