Buick IntelliLink System Goes through Rigorous Testing

Buick IntelliLink SystemEvery week at GM’s testing facilities, the Buick IntelliLink system has its touchscreen buttons pushed more than 2 million times. This is to ensure that the system responds to drivers every time they get behind the wheel.

The IntelliLink system is able to complete multiple functions at the same time, including navigating your route, adjusting climate controls, playing your music, and even placing phone calls. With so many things happening at the same time, the computer system can sometimes get overworked, which is why GM engineers put the system through exhaustive testing.

A “state-of-the-art automated test bench” is connected to the system and runs it through tests faster than any human can. It can simulate 210 days of continuous in-car use all within one week.

“We test our systems in real vehicles, but as humans, we can only log so many hours inside a car,” said Robert Rimkus, engineering group manager for GM’s Next Generation Infotainment systems, in a statement. “These automated test stations help us push IntelliLink to its limits, ensuring customers get a system that’s consistently reliable in their own vehicles.”

The automated tests aren’t just mashing buttons; they are taking real world scenarios and working through them—an example includes the inputs a driver would make during a road trip from Detroit to Chicago. With these real world tests, engineers are able to make sure everything works the way it should.

Come check out the Buick IntelliLink system yourself in any one of the Buick models available now at Crawford Buick GMC.

Buick and GMC November Sales At Highest Since Early 2000s

Buick and GMC November SalesBlack Friday helped Buick and GMC November sales reach their highest point since 2003 and 2001, respectively.

For Buick, sales rose 13.8 percent year-over-year and 27 percent year-to-date, led by strong performances by the premium LaCrosse sedan and the compact Encore SUV. The former experienced its best November sales result since 2005 with 53 percent growth while the latter continued to bring new customers to Buick with total sales increasing by 55.7 percent.

Over at GMC, retail sales were up 31.1 percent, marking the best November sales result in 13 years and the 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. At the top of the charts was the new heavy-duty 2015 Sierra full-size pickup truck, which was up 57 percent to 22,458 sales, the model’s best November ever.

Another popular vehicle was the 2015 GMC Canyon, whose signature style and strength consistently attracts customers here at Crawford Buick GMC. Despite arriving at the dealership in late September, the 2015 Canyon has only stuck around for 12 days on average before finding an owner!

2015 Hennessey Supercharged GMC Denali Goes From 0 to 60 in 4.5 Seconds

Hennessey is at it again. The Texas-based performance engineering company known for packing insane amounts of horsepower into already-powerful cars, has created a 2015 Hennessey Supercharged GMC Denali that packs a serious punch.

Hennessey doesn’t discriminate, and has proven that even SUVs can get in on the horsepower war. Hennessey took a 2015 Yukon Denali equipped with a 6 viagra ordonnance.2-liter V8 and the HPE650 Supercharged Upgrade package, and added a 2.9-liter supercharger system. The supercharger system boosts the Denali’s already-powerful 420 horsepower engine to put out a ridiculous yet awesome 665 hp and 658 lb-ft of torque.

So what does all this power come down to? A Denali that can go from 0 to 60 in a measly 4.5 seconds, that’s what. That’s as fast as a 2014 Ford Mustang GT—an impressive feat to be sure. The Denali weighs 5,800 pounds, and isn’t exactly aerodynamic, if you know what we mean. Despite those logistics, the test driver in a video on digitaltrends.com launches the Denali from the start line and completes a quarter mile in just 13.1 seconds.

We think Digital Trends put it best when they called the supercharged Denali a 13-second quarter-mile mom-mobile. This Denali would certainly make school pick-up duty a bit more exciting.

Stop by Crawford Buick GMC to check out the powerful Denali. Though it might not be the supercharged version, we think you’ll be impressed at just how much power it packs.

What to do in El Paso this December

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays from Crawford Buick GMC!

There’s plenty to do around here in El Paso, and we at Crawford Buick GMC would love to help you discover it. Here’s a simple list of what to do in El Paso this December designed to help you spice up your month.

The entire month of December, up through January, and well into February, the La Vina Farmer’s Market will be going on at the La Vina Winery. What’s better than a nice wine and farmer’s market goods to celebrate the holidays, especially with so many people coming to your house?

December 13th brings in the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. The ceremony features service members from all branches of the military laying down wreaths as a tribute to the fallen soldiers who are buried at the cemetery.

Also on the 13th is the Wheels of Joy—a Children’s Fundraising Event, which features a car show, food vendors, a Nerf Gun Battle, as well as other physical challenges. There are mini seminars centered on anti-bullying as well as hourly prizes and raffles. This year’s beneficiaries of the donations are: The Reynolds Home, STARS (Sexual Trauma and Assault Response Services), Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church Orphanage, and Children in Chihuahua Historic Neighborhood.

Looking to entertain the kiddos this holiday season? December 14th at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, there will be a showing of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol—the first animated Christmas special, originally broadcast in 1962. Complimentary popcorn will be provided, as well as discourse with historian Jay Duncan.

Is Mom looking for a way to relax during this often-stressful season? How about Martinis, Manicures & Music at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing? This pampering will help to unwind as the holiday season is on the upswing.

Thoughts from a 2015 GMC Canyon Test Drive

Motor Trend has done a full 2015 GMC Canyon test drive and the results are in. Driving it is a “resoundingly good experience” and it’s a “really good little truck.”

Motor Trend applauded GMC in its bravery to step into a harder-to-sell segment of automotive and lauded the product of said brave step. The test truck was equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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2015 GMC Canyon

According to their test drivers, the Canyon went from 0 to 60 mph in 7.7 seconds. They reported that it brakes much like a sedan, stopping from 60 mph in only 125 feet.

Motor Trend test drivers reported being very satisfied with the power under the hood, commenting that the Canyon “feels quick enough around town and on the highway.” The steering was praised as the best some of the drivers had ever experienced in a truck. It is responsive and easy to manage, making the truck agile and lithe.

Drivers also commented that the truck rides nicely and is quieter than you would expect inside, especially for a truck.

Here at Crawford Buick GMC we only want to offer you the best, and if that doesn’t sound like a glowing recommendation, we don’t know what does.