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GMC Announces 2016 Sierra Trailering Enhancements

Forget the trailering of the 2016 Sierra’s predecessors. The 2016 GMC Sierra is here with trailering enhancements that will have you at your top towing game.

Newly available features on the Sierra’s trailering system include a gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package and a trailering camera system with built-in technologies.

You’ll have the gooseneck/fifth-wheel trailering prep package on the Sierra Heavy Duty models. This fifth-wheel package strengthens towing capabilities and allows you to tow even larger trailers than before.

2016 GMC Sierra 1500
2016 GMC Sierra 1500

You can get the trailering camera system for the Sierra 1500 and all HD models. This system was developed by Echomaster and reduces blind spots when you’re driving on the highway or reversing with a trailer.

“GMC’s reputation was forged on the ability to perform heavy work with a premium touch, and these new options do more to make that work comfortable and confident,” said Stuart Pierce, Sierra Marketing  Manager.

Having these technologies not only makes the 2016 Sierra stronger than ever, but more capable, too. With these updates, you’ll be able to tow anything easier and with more peace of mind. Ask Crawford Buick GMC about these features when you pay us a visit!

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
2015 Buick LaCrosse – Check it out at Crawford Buick GMC!

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!

Beat the Heat: Tips for Remembering Kids and Pets in the Car

car seatWe’ve all probably seen it on the news–a frenzied parent out of his/her routine who accidentally leaves a child in a hot vehicle.

Recently, one Boston dad left his one-year-old daughter in the car at the train station. “The baby had fallen asleep in the child seat and I went into auto pilot. I had what I thought was a safe-guard procedure against this in place…” said the dad. Thankfully, the father remembered while on the train and the baby was safely retrieved.

However, according to USA Today, an average of 38 infants die in hot cars each year. So, to help any out-of-routine parents out there, we’ve compiled a list of tips for remembering kids, and even pets, in a hot car.

  1. dog in mirrorUtilize technology. Smartphone apps such as Precious Cargo ask if you have kids, pets, or even perishable groceries when you start your car. When you turn your car off, the app then sends you an alert.
  2. Put a cell phone, wallet, or purse in the rear seats with your child to increase your chances of checking the backseat before you leave.
  3. Put something in the front seat, like a stuffed animal, to remind you to check the backseat. You can also put a Post It note on your steering wheel or somewhere on your dash reminding you to check the back.

Life happens, so be sure to have a safeguard plan in place for any situation involving young children. Be sure to also come visit us at Crawford Buick GMC for our newest lineup of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs.

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 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.

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!

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!

Quick Response (QR) Codes: What They Are and How to Use Them

QR ScannerYou’ve probably seen these funky little bar codes floating around on everything from sports posters to restaurant flyers, but do you know what they are? These quick response (QR) codes connect offline customers with online content, such as special offers and coupons, product information, promotional efforts, video clips, surveys, and so much more.

Soon you’ll be seeing QR codes on our window stickers and other areas throughout the Crawford dealership. So how do you access the information contained in a QR code? To start, you must have a camera-equipped smartphone (iPhone, Android, etc). You’ll also need to make sure you have an app that reads QR codes. There are tons to choose from in the App Store, including several free versions that work just as well as the paid versions. Select one and download it to your smartphone.

From here you’re ready to find a QR code and start scanning. Open the app and point your phone’s camera at the QR code. For most apps, you shouldn’t need to physically take a picture; simply center the QR code between the bars and the app should be able to “read” the encrypted message. Next you’ll get some sort of prompt to take you to the information concealed in the code. For example, if the code was being used to provide product information, you may get a pop up on your phone asking to open the URL to the website that is linked to this product. And it’s as simple as that!

The next time you visit Crawford Buick GMC, be sure to pull out your smartphone and scan our QR codes to learn more about your next Buick or GMC vehicle!