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New 2017 Enclave Design Stands Out Among Competitors

The 2017 Enclave design is driving the critics wild. With its sleek contours, a comfortable interior, and sophisticated styling, it’s easy to see why so many have fallen in love with this model. The new 2017 model year also comes with some great new tech upgrades to make driving more enjoyable than ever before.

According to Car and Driver, the new Enclave is one of the best in its segment. This SUV can hold up to eight people comfortably, making it perfect for large families. All-wheel drive is excellent for improved handling, while a redesigned body gives you a more engaged driving experience. In addition to its sleek styling, the Enclave is simply fun to drive.

New features on the 2017 model include things like a Sport Touring package. This comes with black accents, including 20-inch alloy wheels and a sporty new grille. Other great features include a redesigned exterior that is both athletic and refined, with aerodynamic contours to help increase gas mileage. A tall ride height adds visibility while also making it easy to get in and out.

The third-row seating has been made more comfortable thanks to added space, making it ideal for both adults and children to ride in the back. Ample storage space makes it easy to haul gear, and it also creates a comfortable atmosphere for long trips. Other available features include leather trim, as well as integrated connectivity to improve infotainment.

These are just some of the many great features on the new Enclave. Stop by to test drive this impressive new model.

2017 Buick Encore Debuts with Newfound Pizzazz

2016 Buick Encore
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We at Crawford Buick GMC are huge fans of the Buick Encore. In fact, everyone seems to be a fan of it, as it is one of our most sought-after vehicles. It debuted in 2013 and has been a popular choice ever since.

This year is an exciting time for the Encore, as it has finally gotten a makeover! Featuring Buick’s new tricolor insignia, the new Encore has a more refined look than the previous model. It now has a new front grille, altered headlights, and an updated infotainment system.

The new 8-inch infotainment system now offers options such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are also better navigation systems and connectivity to more safely use your phone while driving.

The new 2017 Buick Encore debuted at the New York International Auto Show and was an instant success. The Encore will go on sale later this year, and is one of three subcompact crossovers offered by Buick. There is also the Enclave and the brand new Envision compact crossover.

For information about the new Encore or any of the Buick compact crossover vehicles, stop by Crawford Buick GMC.

GM Apple CarPlay Compatibility Sells More Cars

smartphoneMore and more vehicles on the market are becoming connected. With touchscreens becoming standard in the average model and some cars even offering a mobile wi-fi hotspot, the future is upon us. General Motors was one of the first companies to include smartphone connectivity in the lineups of the company’s various brands—Buick and GMC included. GM Apple CarPlay compatibility is reportedly contributing to the company’s incredible success this past year.

The Apple feature was implemented in a number of General Motors vehicles long before competing carmakers even though of it; now GM is reaping the benefits of foresight. Independent dealerships claim that consumers come onto the lot because they have heard about the Apple CarPlay feature and are interested, <a href="http://www viagra efficace ou pas.techtimes.com/articles/116327/20151215/apple-carplay-helps-general-motors-dealers-sell-more.htm”>drawing more and more potential buyers into the dealership. The popularity of the feature is also due to the fact that it mirrors to look and feel of the Apple iOS on users’ iPhones.

GM Apple CarPlay connectivity is no joke, judging by the fact that a total of 27 vehicles in GM’s lineup–more than any other manufacturer–come standard with the Apple feature. Other brands are beginning to follow in the company’s footsteps, but GM already has the upper hand.

Chevy and Buick Earn Recognition for Best In-Car Voice Recognition Software

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.

2015 Buick LaCrosse
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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!

Buick Announces Pricing for the 2016 Cascada

Here at Crawford Buick GMC, we can’t wait to get our hands on the all-new 2016 Buick Cascada. This beautiful convertible will be coming to our showroom early next year. Buick has announced pricing for the 2016 Cascada and it will start at $33,990.

2016 Buick Cascada
2016 Buick Cascada – Coming Soon!

That is a great price. In fact, it is $3,535 less than the 2016 Audi A3 Cabriolet. And, even with that price difference, you’ll get a standard, more powerful engine, standard heated front seats, and a standard heated steering wheel. Just imagine what you could buy with an extra $3,000 in your pocket.

“Cascada expands Buick’s lineup with a uniquely fun and personal driving experience,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick, in a statement. “With a lower price than key competitors, it also promises to shake up the segment – and look good doing it.”

Some of the Cascada’s other great standard features include an insulated electro-hydraulic power roof that lowers in just 17 seconds, even while driving at speeds up to 31 mph. You’ll also get remote start, a Rear Vision camera, Rear Park Assist, dual-zone climate control, and so much more.

Are you ready to experience Buick’s first convertible in 25 years?

Buick Apple CarPlay Vehicles to Offer iPhone Integration

phoneWish there was an easier way to use your iPhone or smart device in your vehicle that is both safer and convenient? Well, you are in luck!

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.

Buick Verano’s Paint Job Is More Efficient Than You Think

2015 Buick Verano
2015 Buick Verano

Did you know that process of painting a vehicle takes as much energy as it does to power a normal US home for nine weeks? It’s ok if you answered “no”; most people outside of the auto industry wouldn’t know either. Saving energy is a prime goal of major companies like GM, so in order to make the painting process more energy-efficient, the Orion Assembly plant, home to the Verano, created a new way to do it.

After implementing the new paint process called “three-wet,” the Buick Verano’s paint job is now more efficient than ever. The new process layers three continuous coats of paint on top of one another. Before, there was a baking process needed in between the first and second layer, which wasted energy. The original process used 2.5 megawatt hours of energy, whereas the new process only uses 1.

Innovative strategies like the “three-wet” painting process are always being developed by GM employees and that’s how the brand continues to be an industry leader—especially in reducing environmental impact.

If you want more information on the Buick Verano, its paint job, or other Buick models, visit Crawford Buick GMC.

Buick Wins Third Consecutive Best Value Luxury Brand Award

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.

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Buick Wins Best Value Luxury Brand Award

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.

Encore Crossover Leads Buick September Sales

Buick September Sales
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It’s no mystery that Americans love crossovers. Ever since the segment was introduced, it has essentially taken over the automotive industry. One of the newest entries into the compact crossover world is the Buick Encore, which has led the segment in sales for the past six months.

Now, the Buick Encore leads Buick’s September sales results with a 38% jump in sales over last year. And, combined with the larger Buick Enclave, the two crossovers account for nearly half of all Buick sales this past month. Individually, the Enclave saw a sales increase of 21% year-over-year—its best September in three years.

“Despite the difference in size, both Encore and Enclave deliver the core attributes – style, comfort, quality and value – customers expect in a modern Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of marketing for Buick, in a statement. “Thanks to the success of our ‘Experience the New Buick’ campaign, consumers continue to discover these qualities are available in a Buick that truly fits their needs.”

Find the perfect Buick to fit your lifestyle today at Crawford Buick GMC.