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Buick Regal and Regal GS Debut in China

BuickBuick—continuing its push to create a more global impact for the brand—has now released the all-new 2014 Regal and Regal GS in China. The Regal, a sleek, savvy sedan, already sells well across China, and Shanghai GM expects this success only to continue with the introduction of the 2014 Regal and Regal GS models.

Shanghai GM President Wang Xiaoqiu expressed optimism about future sales of the Buick in China. “The Buick Regal family is a popular trendsetter in China,” he said. “More than 400,000 Regals have been sold since 2008. With their progressive designs and premium technologies, the new Regal and Regal GS will strengthen Buick’s established position in the high-end upper-medium passenger car segment.”

One of those premium technologies Xiaoqiu mentioned is Intellilink–an infotainment system that allows drivers to use Pandora radio, OnStar, your smartphone, SiriusXM radio, navigational systems, and more all from a beautiful touchscreen console.

Obviously, there’s no reason for you to fly to China to see the 2014 Buick Regal. Just come to Crawford Buick GMC in El Paso, Texas, and experience the Regal’s 259 horsepower engine for yourself.

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

Buying vs. Leasing: Which route is right for you?

Car Buying and LeasingWhen you arrive at a car dealership, one of the first questions you’ll ask yourself is whether you intend to buy or lease your next vehicle. This decision and the reasoning behind it can be unique for each individual stepping onto the lot. Perhaps you always love driving new cars. Then leasing would be a clear choice for you. Maybe you get satisfaction out of seeing your payments fall to nothing. If so, buying a car would eventually lead you to this achievement of owning it outright. We have gathered together a mini comparison of buying vs. leasing to help you choose the best option for you.

  • Monthly Payment.  Monthly payments on a leased vehicle are typically lower than financing payments. This is because when you purchase a vehicle, your payments include the entire purchase price whereas lease payments are only on the vehicle’s depreciation.
  • Frequency of Changing Vehicles. If you are someone who loves that genuine new car smell, you’d probably be a fan of leasing. The average lease lasts 2-3 years, meaning every 24-36 months you’d be driving a new vehicle. If you like changing vehicles that often and driving a new vehicle is a priority for you, leasing is your ideal choice.  
  • Warranties. When you lease a new vehicle for 36 months or less, all manufacturer warranties will cover the full lease term. Buying a car and financing it for 48 months or more means your warranty will expire before your finance term does. This could have you facing unknown repairs and costs for your vehicle.
  • Mileage. After purchasing your vehicle you have the freedom to drive it as many miles as you want. However, lease payments are based on predetermined mileage and most leases only allow you to drive 12,000-15,000 miles per year. Going beyond this mileage limit could have you paying some pretty hefty fees for each mile you exceed. If road trips are your thing, leasing is probably not the best option for you.
  • Vehicle Return. At the end of a lease you can return you vehicle and walk away. If you purchased your vehicle you would have to sell it or trade it in when you decide you want a different one.

Still can’t decide which route is best for you? Take our convenient online questionnaire to see what category your habits best fall under. Visit our El Paso dealership for any additional questions you may have. Our team will be happy to help!

Verano Recognized with a KBB 2013 Cost to Own Award

2013 VeranoYour car is an investment. On average, most people keep a vehicle for approximately 5 years before contemplating their next vehicle purchase. So it would only stand that reason that not only should you be looking for a great purchase price on your next vehicle, but also consider the cost of owing that car over a 5-year span. Insurance, fuel, and financing are just a few of the monthly costs you’ll have to endure every month.

Annually, Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Awards honor vehicles in different market segments that have been determined to provide you with the best bang for your buck while owing the car. KBB considers a vehicle’s Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price, projected depreciation, insurance costs, financing costs, scheduled maintenance, repairs, and estimated total cost of fuel when evaluating potential winners of their 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. We are proud to announce the stylish 2013 Buick Verano is this year’s Entry-Level Luxury Car Winner.

The upscale 2013 Verano is a small car that’s big on comfort and features. A standard rearview camera and Buick IntelliLink infotainment system deliver top-notch technology. New for 2013 is a Turbo model, which has a four-cylinder turbocharged engine that makes an impressive 250-horsepower. Verano’s quiet cabin and attractive design offers the refinement you have come to expect from a vehicle that wears the Buick moniker.

The 2013 Buick Verano is waiting for you now at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso dealership in person for a test drive today! Find more information on Verano and other great Buick vehicles on our website, www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.

2013 Buick LaCrosse Ranked Number One Affordable Large Car

2013 LaCrosseEach year, U.S. News and World Report publishes a list of the best new cars with rankings for each segment. The rankings are determined by the consensus opinion of the automotive press and are based upon expert reviews. Taking first place in the Affordable Large Cars category is the stylish and sophisticated 2013 Buick LaCrosse.

U.S. News classifies the Affordable Large Cars segment as “the best large cars, generally priced below $35,000.” The 2013 LaCrosse was ranked number one out of eight cars in this category. Boasting a luxurious interior, great fuel economy ratings, and a smooth ride, reviews concluded that the 2013 LaCrosse is “a smart buy for those seeking a comfortable and efficient large car.”  LaCrosse’s base trim is powered by a 2.4-liter four cylinder engine producing 182 horsepower and achieves EPA estimated mileage ratings of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Standard features include a rear spoiler, remote engine start, navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, climate control, and satellite radio. The 2013 LaCrosse is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick, meaning it received the highest rating possible in all safety tests the IIHS performed on it.

The innovative, yet classic 2013 Buick LaCrosse can now be found at Crawford Buick GMC. Visit our El Paso, TX dealership for a test drive today. Find more information on LaCrosse and other great Buick and GMC models by visiting our website, www.crawfordbuickgmc.com.