2014 Sierra is First in Full-Size Pickup Segment to Offer Some Advanced Safety Features

2014 GMC SierraBy now you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz around the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra. When this full-size pickup arrives this summer, it will boast a fresh look, new engine options, and an array of innovative features. Something you may not notice at first glance is the addition of available safety features never offered to full-size pickup owners previously.

GMC’s optional Safety Alert Seat coordinates with such features as the Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure warning and uses vibrations to alert the driver of a possible concern on the road. Vibrations in the driver’s seat bottom on triggered on either the left or right side with the correlating side of the road the potential danger is on.

“It’s akin to someone tapping on your should in a crowd to get your attention,” said General Motors Active Safety Technical Fellow Raymond Kiefer. “Using the tactile sense to communicate crash threat direction provides an effective and intuitive way to cut through the clutter of visual and auditory sensory information that drivers routinely experience.”

Other active safety features offered on the 2014 Sierra include Front and Rear Park Assist, Rear Vision Camera, and Trailer Sway Control. Watch for the arrival of this safe and innovative new Sierra in just a few short months at Crawford Buick GMC!

GM and Ford Partner to Develop Advanced Technology Transmissions

General Motors and Ford recently signed an agreement in which both domestic automakers will share in the development of an all-new generation of advanced automatic transmissions. Wait..did you just read that correctly? Yes, you did. For the third time in the past decade, the two auto giants will combine collaborative efforts to help them both deliver durable transmissions to customers around the world.

“Engineering teams from GM and Ford have already started initial design work on these new transmissions,” said Jim Lanzon, GM vice president of global transmission engineering. “We expect these new transmissions to raise the standard of technology, performance and quality for our customers while helping drive fuel economy improvements into both companies’ future product portfolios. This agreement provides tremendous benefits for both companies.”

This new joint agreement will be to develop 9- and 10-speed automatic transmissions for cars, trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. The new transmissions will be installed in some of Ford’s most popular vehicles and in a variety of GM’s award-winning models.

GM - Ford Joint Transmission

The Times Have Changed – Literally

GMC Acadia Denali InteriorIf you’ve ever taken driver’s ed or attended a driving school, you immediately know what is meant when you hear “hands at 10 and 2”. For years, auto industry experts, driving instructors, and auto safety administrations have advised drivers to image their steering wheel as the face of a clock and hold it at the 10 and 2 positions for proper control. And as times are changing, so are the times at which you are recommended to hold your hands on that steering wheel clock.

Trusted automotive resources are now suggesting the 10 and 2 positions are a downright dangerous place to hold your hands in the event that your air bag deploys. Many driving guidelines, including those issued by AAA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, now recommend that drivers lightly grip the wheel at the 9 and 3 o’clock positions.

As safety features on vehicles have changes over the years, so have their steering wheels and associated mechanisms. Air bags are designed to deploy upward to protect your head and chest in the event of a collision. The higher up your hands are on the steering wheel, the more likely they are to be hovered directly over the plastic cover that encompasses the air bag, thus causing significant damage when it inflates at a rate of 150 to 250 mph. The air bags also have the potential to slam your hands into your head upon deployment, causing concussions or broken noses.

Keep up with the changing times. Remember that 10 and 2 and out and 9 and 3 are now the preferred hand positions on your steering wheel. For more information on the safety features of our vehicles, visit us online or stop by our El Paso dealership to speak with a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.

Buick Encore Ranked Among the Top Ten Most Fuel Efficient SUVs of 2013

2013 EncoreIn the past, the SUV segment was filled with gas guzzling monsters that were great for hauling around passengers and gear, but couldn’t get you very far on a single tank of gas. Fast forward to 2013 and we are now offered an abundance of great SUV choices that combine versatility and good gas mileage. New to the Buick family this year, the 2013 Buick Encore is already making a name for itself as a capable and fuel efficient compact crossover. The 2013 Encore has landed a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s recently published list of the 10 Most Fuel-Efficient SUVs of 2013.

The 2013 Buick Encore arrived at our dealership back in February. It offers signature Buick characteristics like an attractive upscale interior and numerous luxurious features all packaged together in a compact, yet comfortable, crossover. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard and EPA estimated mileage ratings are up to 25 mpg city/33 mpg highway. Even the base model is well equipped with privacy glass, power windows, a rearview camera, steering wheel controls, satellite radio, and Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system, all standard.

“Fans of basic Buick panache will find plenty to favor in the new Encore, thanks to its combination of refinement and comfort complemented by a bounty of standard/available features, solid value orientation and outstanding fuel economy,” wrote KBB.com Editor Bob Nagy in a review of the 2013 Encore.

Get ready for your spring travels in a new Encore from Crawford Buick GMC! Visit our El Paso area dealership in person for a test drive today. Learn more about the 2013 Encore and our current inventory online anytime.