Category Archives: Buick technology

OnStar RemoteLink App Reaches User Milestone

OnStar RemoteLink AppHave you ever wished you could check your car’s tire pressure and oil level with the click of a button? Well, there’s an app for that. The OnStar RemoteLink App provides OnStar users the ability to connect to their vehicles wherever they are and now, the app has surpassed the one million active users mark, making it one popular app.

“Over the past few years, RemoteLink has become one of the more popular OnStar service offerings,” said Terry Inch, chief operating officer of OnStar. “Customers see the value in having a remote connection to their vehicle, which comes in handy during the summer and winter months, or when planning a trip.”

Some features included in the OnStar RemoteLink App include the ability to lock and unlock car doors; starting the vehicle remotely; and, providing vehicle information with Get Vehicle Info. RemoteLink is available on all major smartphone platforms—iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows—but is most commonly used on iOS devices. Now, RemoteLink even has a service called Vehicle Locate, which shows where the vehicle is located on a map.

If you are interested in seeing whether your phone is compatible with OnStar RemoteLink App, click here or contact Crawford Buick GMC today!

Buicks are Built for Road Trips

Buicks are Built for Road Trips
The Buick Regal’s Interior

Did you know that only 22% of Americans still used printed maps? Instead, many rely on a GPS or smartphone to navigate to their destination. If you are one of those people who would rather use a handheld device, a new Buick would be a great addition to your family.  Most 2015 Buick models will be equipped with 4G LTE built in wi-fi technology so you will be able to navigate more efficiently while out on the road.  The addition of 4G LTE is also great for keeping your passengers occupied during long commutes. Your family will be able to surf the web, stream movies, and download new music using 4G LTE through OnStar.

Another reason why a Buick is a perfect pick for road trippers is because of its advanced comfort and luxury. Buicks are known for their excellent legroom and personalized touch. If you would like to see why Buicks are built for road trips, stop by Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso, Texas. We’re sure once you experience an all-new Buick for yourself, you will make it your next family vehicle.

Buick’s New Standard Feature for 2015

New Standard Feature for 2015
2014 Buick Regal Available 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!

Manning Carpools in a Buick

This Sunday, February 2nd, is television’s biggest night of the year! As the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks, it is sure to be an epic game! Whether you watch the game to see some of the best athletes in the world duke it out on the football field or for the commercials and advertisements, you are sure to be entertained from start to finish.

As we watch one of the greatest nights in sports take place, eyes will undoubtedly be focused on Peyton Manning as he tries to lead the Denver Broncos to victory. The 38-year old Quarterback may be late in his career, but he consistently dominates the field –  even after several surgical procedures and time off.

What does an all-star NFL Super Bowl-bound quarterback like Manning drive to the football field week after week? None other than a Buick! That’s right: Manning is not only a spokesman for the brand, he’s also a dedicated Buick driver. In fact, Manning picks up two of his teammates, Jacob Tamme and Eric Decker, and carpools in his Buick to start each game day off right.

Buick has grown to be one of the best luxury auto brands with endless technologies and interior comfort It’s not the car your grandparents used to own…! When it comes to you, the Verano gets overprotective. Collision-avoidance technologies like Side Blind Zone Alert help you stay on course while optional Rear Parking Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert watch out for you. Plus, 10 air bags come standard. If the best thing to wear is confidence, the Verano has you covered in spades.

Check out Manning driving a Buick Verano in the video below and come in and check out the Verano for yourself at Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso, Texas!

Buick Celebrates Eleven Decades as an American Automaker

1931 Buick SedanVery few car companies have reached as many milestones as Buick has. This year the automaker celebrates its 110th birthday and highlights a legacy that spans 11 decades of constant innovation. Buick has become one of the mainstays in the General Motors brand, having survived the axe a few years ago and becoming a true survivor. Buick is currently the oldest active American automobile brand, and one of the oldest automotive brands in the world.

The Buick Motor Company was founded by David Dunbar Buick on May 17, 1903 in Detroit, Michigan. The Buick Model B, Buick’s first production vehicle, was offered to retail customers as a 1904 model. The first of the Model Bs off the assembly line was sold to Doctor Herbert H. Hills of Flint, Michigan, and ironically decades later the brand developed a reputation as a “doctor’s car”. Today Buick makes a variety of luxury cars including LaCrosse, Verano, and the very popular Enclave crossover.

“Consistency, longevity, reliability. Those are the words that come to mind when you talk about Buick,” said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum, in an interview.

In early 2013, Buick was named Best Value Luxury Brand in Kelley Blue Book’s 2013 Brand Image Awards. With elegant designs, efficient performance, and tech-savvy interiors, Buick shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Happy Birthday, Buick!

Encore Offers Big Comforts in a Smaller Package

2013 EncoreWhen it arrives early next year, the 2013 Buick Encore will have a fresh look and smaller design to distinguish it from its siblings. But don’t think that means Buick is cutting corners with this small luxury crossover. Encore will encompass all the same quiet, comfortable, and refined characteristics that define other Buick models. With advanced acoustic technology and attention to detail, the 2013 Encore takes the best luxury features found in other Buick vehicles, such as Bose Active Noise Cancellation, and tucks them nicely inside a compact crossover design.

“Our goal in developing Encore was two-fold – to design a vehicle that sets a refinement standard in the segment for customers who are new to Buick, and to deliver a vehicle that current Buick customers interested in downsizing can get in and fell at home,” said Jim Danahy, Encore chief engineer. “Active Noise Cancellation technology is a smart way to maximize luxury, space and efficiency together.”

With an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy rating of 28 mpg, the 2013 Encore will be cruising into dealerships in early 2013. Watch for its arrival at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person or online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com for more information of this distinctly Buick crossover.

Buick Encore Features ‘Active On-Demand’ AWD

2013 EncoreThe 2013 Encore, Buick’s all-new luxury small crossover, will arrive at dealerships early next year. Along with its arrival, Encore will bring new technology to make all-wheel drive lighter, smoother, and more responsive. Encore’s ‘Active On-Demand’ all-wheel drive system will use magnets to engage a clutch while the vehicle is at rest rather than engaging all four drive wheels after a slip in detected as is the case on traditional systems.

“A Buick all-wheel drive system has to deliver the best traction possible, and it has to do it in a way that’s totally imperceptible to the driver,” said Encore Chief Engineer Jim Danahy. “We engineered Encore’s lightweight, responsive and refined system to deliver on the expectations of demanding luxury buyers.”

Encore will employ an all-wheel drive system that is similar to that of the technology used on the Buick Enclave. With smaller weight and size than its big sibling, Encore benefits with better handling and fuel economy. Encore’s EPA estimated fuel economy with all-wheel drive is 23 mpg city/30 mpg highway.

“Technology is allowing us to translate Buick’s quiet, comfortable ride to smaller vehicles than we could before,” said Danahy. “This all-wheel drive system, like turbocharged engines and Buick QuietTuning technologies, allows drivers to experience that Buick DNA with unprecedented efficiency and maneuverability.”

Watch for the arrival of the new Buick Encore at Crawford Buick GMC in early 2013. Visit our El Paso dealership in person or online at www.crawfordbuickgmc.com to view our current inventory

IntelliLink System Now Standard on all 2013 Buicks

Buick IntelliLink

How great would it be to drive a futuristic vehicle? Imagine yourself in a new car that can control your media choices, navigation system, and hands-free calling features all from a voice controlled platform. Well the future is now. We have just described the Buick IntelliLink system, an innovative infotainment system that is available on all 2013 Buick models. New Buick cars featuring the IntelliLink system are now available from Crawford Buick at our El Paso dealership.

Using a smartphone, you can connect to all of these features. IntelliLink provides a safe driving experience by cutting down on distracted driving via a multitude of voice commands. These commands can control media, navigation, and call activities for a safer drive.

“As smartphones that stream and hold music grow ever more popular, we want to ensure Buick customers have connectivity that’s both intuitive and safe to use,” said IntelliLink lead engineer Tony Kraatz. “These updates make it easier to access the songs they love.”

Come visit our dealership in El Paso, Texas to take the IntelliLink connectivity for a test drive in any 2013 model year Buick. View our current 2013 Buick inventory online anytime at www.crawfordautos.com.