For the third consecutive year, Buick set a new global sales record on sales of more than 1.2 million vehicles.
Last year’s record was 1,170,115 total vehicles, which was surpassed in mid-December thanks to record sales in China and strong crossover performances in the United States.
In the US, crossover sales increased by 3% across the industry. A whopping 40% of all new vehicles sold in the country are crossovers. The automaker has been tapping into that expanding market with capable vehicles like the Encore and Enclave, which together accounted for 60% of the Buick’s annual sales in the US. In fact, the Encore has been setting record sales for the last 23 straight months.
Sales are expected to continue rising throughout 2016 at Crawford Buick GMC. We anticipate the arrival of the Cascada convertible and the new 2017 LaCrosse, as well as the all-new Envision compact crossover that has been all the rage in China.
Buick has one of the most recognizable brand badges in the automotive industry. The three shields that make up the Buick symbol represent the endurance and longevity of the brand. However, even the most iconic of symbols can get a facelift every once in a while.
According to a Buick press release, the Buick badge is undergoing a makeover in 2018.
The first Buick badge will retain the three shields that have become so iconic. However, it will add splashes of red and blue to the symbol, as well as streamlined wing designs.
The first Buick vehicle to follow the Buick badge makeover will be the new 2017 Buick Lacrosse. By 2018, all Buick vehicles will have the new badge stamped on the front.
“The new tri-shield insignia represents the next chapter in Buick’s storied design history and introduces a new face for the brand,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It’s a progressive, contemporary design reflective of Buick’s newest vehicles and cognitive of the brand’s heritage.”
Buick’s new badge pays respects to the company’s past while helping the brand move forward.
While we’ll admit that some in-car voice recognition systems can be downright frustrating to use, there are certainly plenty of options that actually work really well. According to a recent study by AAA Foundation for Safety and Edmunds, the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse offer the best in-car voice recognition software for model year 2015 vehicles.
The testing took into account ten different voice-recognition systems in 2015 model year cars, ranking each one by how distracting it is. The software in the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Lacrosse were ranked as the two least-distracting voice command systems.
Safety experts agree that distracting voice command systems can pose a serious problem on our streets.
“The lasting effects of mental distraction pose a hidden and pervasive danger that would likely come as a surprise to most drivers,” said Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The results indicate that motorists could miss stop signs, pedestrians, and other vehicles while the mind is readjusting to the task of driving.”
If you’re in the market for a new car that features voice recognition software which is easy to use, stop by Crawford Buick GMC!
Unfortunately, driving isn’t always a happy experience for a number of reasons, often due to outside pressures and stress.
Buick is bringing back the days of happy, stress-free drives with the 24-Hours of Happiness Test Drive. The program allows customers to test drive a Buick for 24 hours and provides advice on creating a relaxing atmosphere within the vehicle to complement the happiness that comes from driving a Buick.
At select dealers across the nation, including right here at Crawford Buick GMC, customers can schedule a test drive that will enable them not only to drive a Buick around the block, but around the whole neighborhood. You can sign up today for the chance to trade in your vehicle for a day and drive a brand new Buick to work, the pool, the kids’ day camp.
In addition to graciously loaning the vehicle, Buick also offers helpful tips on reducing stress and creating a relaxing atmosphere inside the vehicle. The automaker offers a recipe for an in-car air freshener, a yoga series to keep your body in shape even after a long car ride, and other exclusive online content to take your driving experience to the next level.
For more information on Buick’s 24-hour test drive, don’t hesitate to give us a call. This opportunity won’t last forever, so be sure to call today to reserve your 24-hour test drive.
Recently, Buick announced plans to integrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into its 2016 Buick Regal and 2016 Buick LaCrosse models, which will be available later this year. This addition will enable drivers to utilize the amenities found on a smart phone, such as navigation, safely sending and receiving messages, making calls, and listening to music, with integration through the vehicle’s 8-inch touchscreen display.
These models will also be equipped with OnStar 4G LTE for WiFi hotspot support.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
Be sure to visit us at Crawford Buick GMC to see the newest lineup of safe, convenient, and connected Buick Apple CarPlay vehicles.
Ever heard the saying “image is everything”? Well, it’s true…to an extent. Brand image certainly plays an important role in the auto industry, which is why we at Crawford Buick GMC are so excited that Buick earned the Best Value Luxury Brand award in this year’s Kelley Blue Book® Brand Image Awards.
Kelley Blue Book’s Brand Watch Study is able to ascertain the perceptions of new-car shoppers toward various brands as they research vehicles on the reputed website. From the results of the study, 13 brands in 7 categories are named award-winners.
This is the third year in a row Buick has earned the award for Best Value Luxury Brand.
The experts at KBB.com praised, “As the Buick brand becomes more luxurious and more contemporary, it’s becoming more appealing and thus a better value. Offering small sedans and SUVs starting under $25,000, Buick has retained its focus on quiet and comfort, while adding style, technology and even a bit of driving fun to its lineup.”
Stop by the Crawford Buick GMC dealership today to experience the brand lauded for its overall value as a leading luxury automaker in today’s market.
Three GMC vehicles and one Buick vehicle have been ranked among the most dependable vehicles in the 2015 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Study: the GMC Sierra 1500 in the full-size light-duty pickup segment, the Yukon in the large SUV segment, the Terrain in the compact SUV segment, and the Buick LaCrosse in the large car segment.
Every year, J.D. Power tracks vehicles in their third year of ownership to determine those with the highest level of dependability and reliability, ranking the top three in each automotive segment. This is determined based on the amount of problems reported per 100 vehicles (PP100).
The Buick and GMC brands themselves were ranked highly: the former was 2nd, the highest of any non-luxury brand, and GMC was 10th, both performing far better than the industry average PP100 of 147.
Though it analyzes 2012 model year vehicles, the 2015 Vehicle Dependability Study is still a great tool for picking out the best models and brands when it comes to reliability. You can find all of the models mentioned above at Crawford Buick GMC!
Safety and technology come together for the 2015 model year by making the rearview camera standard equipment on all Buick models. Currently rearview cameras are offered on many of Buick’s top trim levels, but we are proud to announce that they will be standard on ALL Buicks for 2015 and moving forward.
Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst for KBB says, “Rear backup cameras have become more like power windows and air conditioning. While they’re not standard on every car, yet, it’s rare to operate a new vehicle without them.” We couldn’t agree with KBB more and expect that rearview cameras will become standard throughout more and more brands because of their ability to keep drivers safe while out on the road.
The rearview camera isn’t the only new standard safety feature for 2015, all Buick models will also feature Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. It is also important to note that all GM models come with OnStar’s award-winning telecommunications system.
If you would like to learn more about the 2014 or upcoming 2015 Buick lineup, stop by our dealership in El Paso, Texas! The friendly team at Crawford Buick GMC will be happy to help you with any questions you may have!
Now is the perfect time to visit your El Paso Buick GMC store, Crawford Buick GMC! This month, step up into a GMC Sierra, upgrade to a brand new Buick, or get more fuel for your dollar in an all-new GMC Terrain.
Celebrate Presidents Day throughout the month of February here at Crawford Buick GMC and get $500 Presidents Day cash on the 2014 Terrain or 2014 Sierra. Right now you can you can get the all-new 2014 GMC Sierra regular cab with two years of scheduled maintenance for only $199 per month! Looking for a small SUV with excellent fuel economy? The 2014 GMC Terrain offers an EPA-estimated 32 mpg, making it the best in its class!
More Americans than ever are upgrading into a new Buick vehicle and experiencing all of the new innovative technologies, comfort, and luxuries Buick has to offer. Visit Crawford Buick GMC this Presidents Day and earn $500 Presidents Day cash on a 2014 LaCrosse or 2014 Verano. “If you don’t know our luxurious lineup, you don’t know Buick.”
Be sure to stop by our dealership for our Presidents Day Sales and Specials! The friendly, professional and knowledgeable sales team here at Crawford would love to help you find the perfect new Buick or GMC vehicle!
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