GMC Sierra Interior to Get Updates in 2021

GMC Sierra interior | Tampa, FL
GMC Sierra interior | Tampa, FL

The GMC Sierra 1500 was just completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. However, it is set to receive a number of exciting improvements in 2021, most significantly in the interior. The 2021 GMC Sierra’s cabin will feel more luxurious than ever before with upscale appointments and advanced technology.

Some automotive writers felt that the 2019 Sierra’s interior didn’t quite match the sophistication of the rest of the vehicle. GMC is responding to that feedback with action; promising an interior as advanced and capable as the Sierra itself.

According to some reports, the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 will come with a completely redesigned center console that will feature a larger touchscreen and a more sophisticated design.

General Motors has yet to confirm what specific updates will make an appearance in the Sierra. We hope to see features like additional storage compartments, an available panoramic sunroof, and more connectivity features like Amazon Alexa compatibility.

With the addition of updated interior features, we think the GMC Sierra 1500 will once again raise the bar for what can be expected in a pickup truck. It currently offers class-leading cargo volume, six impressive powertrain options, the segment-exclusive available MultiPro tailgate, and the always formidable Denali model. With a more modern interior, you won’t want to drive anything else.

If you’re as excited as we are to see what GMC has up their sleeve for the refreshed 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, then we can’t wait to see you here at Rivard Buick GMC when it finally makes its way out into the wild.

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3 Great Reasons to Buy a Truck

Reasons to Buy a Truck | Tampa, FL
Reasons to Buy a Truck

Pickups are more popular than ever these days, and it’s no wonder why. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, muscular hauling and towing power, confident handling, and conveniently customizable variety are just a few of the many reasons to buy a truck.

Hauling and towing power

If you need to haul a big load or pull a heavy trailer, pickups boast designs with the size, bed space, and ability to get the job done. Whether you’re helping a friend move, tackling a do-it-yourself project around the house, or pulling your boat to the bay for the weekend, a truck is your best bet for effortless transportation.

Confident handling

With their size, ground clearance, and available four-wheel-drive configurations, trucks are uniquely capable of handling adverse conditions and tough terrain. If you’re going off-road, dodging potholes, or driving in a part of the country where it snows, pickups provide the safest, most sure-footed way to travel.

Convenient variety

Are you strictly in the market for a rugged workhorse, or are you looking for an all-terrain recreational ride or a luxurious highway cruiser? Whatever your transportation needs are, there’s a truck out there for you. For example, the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 lineup offers everything from a worksite-ready base model to the off-roading AT4 to the sophisticated Denali trim. And if you want a differently-sized pickup, check out the midsize Colorado or the massive Sierra HD.

To experience the benefits of buying a truck for yourself, stop by Rivard Buick GMC and take the Canyon, Sierra 1500, or Sierra HD out for a test drive.

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4 Best Day Trips from Tampa

4 Best Day Trips from Tampa | Tampa, FL
4 Best Day Trips from Tampa | Tampa, FL

Are you looking for somewhere new to explore with your new Buick or GMC from Rivard Buick GMC? Here are some of our favorite day trips from Tampa:

  1. Pete: St. Petersburg is right outside Tampa and has plenty to fill several day trips. Spend some time on the beach, go shopping and dining downtown, or do a little of both. A visit is not complete without a trip to the Dali Museum and Sunken Gardens.
  2. Siesta Key Beach: About an hour south of Tampa, just outside Sarasota, is Siesta Key Beach, regularly considered one of the top beaches in the state. For some real fun, rent a jet ski or take a dolphin tour on the water.
  3. Myakka River State Park: If you are the outdoorsy type, consider what is one of Florida’s oldest and largest parks, with beautiful prairies and wetlands to explore on foot, by bike, or by boat. Consider fishing and camping overnight if you are feeling really adventurous.
  4. Walt Disney World: Just an hour northeast of Tampa is the happiest place on earth. You can easily spend weeks at Disney World and not see it all, but given our close location, it also makes for several great day trips, so you don’t have to pay to stay overnight.

What are your favorite day trips from Tampa?

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Updates For The 2020 GMC Sierra 1500

2020 GMC Sierra 1500 | Tampa, FL
2020 GMC Sierra 1500

The GMC Sierra 1500 was completely redesigned for the 2019 model year. However, it is already getting some equipment changes for 2020. Updates for the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 will include greater availability of powertrain options and more technology.

Late in the 2019 model year, GMC introduced the CarbonPro carbon-fiber bed and the 3.0-liter Duramax® turbodiesel engine. Both of these options will be more available across the lineup. The powerful 5.3-liter V8 engine with Dynamic Fuel Management will come with a 10-speed automatic transmission instead of an eight-speed. The 10-speed transmission will also be offered on the 3.0-liter and 6.2-liter engines.

Buyers will also be able to add the Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system that comes with 15 cameras. These cameras include the innovative “invisible” trailer effect that lets you see what’s coming up behind your trailer. Adaptive cruise control will also be a new option, available on the SLT, AT4, and Denali trim levels and will be able to bring the truck to a complete stop.

GMC will also be expanding its package options. The Elevation trim package will be available on Crew Cab models. Before it was restricted to just Double Cab models. In addition, the AT4 package will come with black exhaust tips and a black chrome grille surround.

Come to Rivard Buick GMC to see our full lineup of Buick and GMC models, like the 2019 Sierra 1500.

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4 Summer Events in Tampa You Won’t Want to Miss

Summer events in Tampa FL
Summer events in Tampa

Summer brings warmer weather to Florida’s Gulf Coast, welcoming families to venture outside and experience something new together. These four fun summer events in Tampa add an exciting activity to your calendar.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights

Busch Gardens is fun at all times, but it’s especially true during Summer Nights, running through Aug. 11. Summer Nights includes three themed locations in the park with awesome dance parties.

Toddler Tuesdays at Lowry Park Zoo

If you are a member of the Lowry Park zoo, bring your little ones out for a day with animals. There is also story time, sing-a-longs, games, and arts and crafts. Mark down Jul. 9 and Aug. 9 for the next Toddler Tuesday events.

Summer of Making at Glazer Children’s Museum

Don’t allow summer to rust your kids’ brains. The Summer of Making at Tampa’s Glazer Children’s Museum from June 1 to Jul. 24 allows kids to find solutions for problems in the real world through play and building innovations.

The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson at the Straz Center

Go on a journey with Percy Jackson to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to stop a war of the gods. Nominated for Best Musical by Drama Desk Awards, this live musical production runs from Jul. 9-14.

Get your car ready for summer, and schedule a service appointment at Rivard Buick GMC.

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Buick Sales Top 1.4 Million for Second Year in a Row

Buick Lineup

Buick Lineup

Thanks to the successful launch of several new luxury vehicles, Buick sales topped 1.4 million vehicles in 2017, making it the second year in a row the brand has performed this well. So far in 2018, the brand’s success shows no signs of slowing down.

2017 was a huge year for the Buick brand, with the successful launch of many new luxury vehicles. These included the Enclave and Enclave Avenir, the three Regal models (Sportback, TourX, and GS), the GL6, Velite 5, Excellle GX, and LaCrosse Avenir. Buick’s heavy investment in new luxury cars paid off, seeing a 15.1% growth in Canada and an impressive 1.6% growth here in the United States.

One of the biggest developments for Buick as 2018 gets underway is the expansion of the top-of-the-line Avenir sub-brand. The highest expression of Buick luxury, the Avenir trim already accounts for more than 30% of all Enclave sales. The introduction of a new LaCrosse Avenir model likewise promises to become a quick favorite amongst luxury car drivers.

Buick has a long-standing reputation for its luxury vehicles, from introducing the first-ever concept car in 1938 to its dedication to innovation in the 21st century. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to check out the latest Buick models, including the new Avenir models.

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Five Reasons Why Your Car Needs an Oil Change

car needs an oil changeWe all know that maintenance is an important part of car ownership. Unfortunately, many of us neglect it—often because we don’t realize how important such maintenance is. To shed some light, here are five reasons why your car needs an oil change.

  1. Clean

    . One job the oil does is help keep your engine clean. It will collect any dirt and debris that gathers there. However, over time, this causes your oil to break down and turn into sludge. Regular oil changes prevent this from happening.

  2. Cool

    . All the moving parts in your engine create a lot of heat. The oil helps maintain a safe operating temperature by drawing out some of the heat.

  3. Lubricate

    . As the metal pieces in the engine move, they create friction. To prevent them from seizing up, they need to be lubricated with oil.

  4. Improve Engine Health.

    By following the recommended oil change schedule in your owner’s manual, you can help ensure a long life for your car. Whenever you go too long between oil changes, it can rob your car of some of its potential life.

  5. Maintain Efficiency.

    A dirty engine has to work harder, which causes it to run inefficiently.

If you have fallen behind on your car’s maintenance, schedule an appointment here at Rivard Buick GMC to get caught up.

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Late Winter Events in Tampa, Florida

winter events in TampaThis time of year is fantastic in Tampa. We get to enjoy ideal temperatures without the snow that much of the country gets (something we appreciate very much here at Rivard Buick GMC). If you are looking for some late winter events in Tampa to enjoy, add a few of these to your calendar.

  • Renaissance Festival

    . Take a step back in time to the 16th century and visit the Bay Area Renaissance Festival. It is open every weekend now through March 25th. Each weekend includes more than 100 merchants, fun themes, live entertainment, and more.

  • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

    . This annual festival will be held February 17th this year at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park. There are more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons, and tons of barbecue for you to try.

  • Gasparilla: A Tampa Tradition

    . In late January, Tampa celebrates with its favorite festival, Gasparilla. Now, you can learn even more about this tradition at a new exhibit at the Henry B. Plant Museum. It will run through March 4th.

  • Phantom of the Opera

    . Take in a spectacular performance of this beloved musical, but with a new production. It will be performed at the Carol Morsani Hall February 14th through February 25th.

It’s not too late to start your new year off with a new car from Rivard Buick GMC. Give us a call and see what we can do for you!

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Neil Young’s Buick Sells for $400,000

Neil Young is perhaps one of the greatest singer-songwriters from the 1970s and is known for hits like “Cinnamon Girl,” “Old Man,” and “Ohio.” He also worked extensively with the bands Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Buffalo Springfield.

In addition to his musical endeavors, he also has an impressive collection of classic cars. Recently, Neil Young’s Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible from 1953 was sold at Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles for $400,000. This beautiful red convertible included a steering wheel hub that says, “Customized for Neil Young,” and was in impeccable, restored condition.

Along with this classic car, more than 230 of Young’s model trains were put up for auction. Altogether, the Lionel trains fetched almost $300,000. Young has said that he started collecting model trains to help connect with his son Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. A portion of the proceeds from this auction will go towards the Bridge School in California, which was co-founded by Young’s ex-wife Pegi Young in 1986 for severely disabled children.

Neil Young’s BuickWe at Rivard Buick GMC would love to take a drive in that beautiful red Buick Roadmaster Skylark. If you are looking for your own Buick convertible, come test drive the sophisticated Buick Cascada, available now at Rivard Buick GMC.

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January Events in Tampa

Just because the holiday season is over, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything left to celebrate. There is still plenty of fun to be had, especially here in Florida. Here are some January events in Tampa you should add to your calendar.

  • Rock the Park. On January 4th at Curtis Hixon Park, get ready to rock with a free concert from 6:30-9:30pm.
  • Three Kings Celebration. If you aren’t quite ready to give up on the holidays yet, head to the Three Kings Celebration at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. It runs from January 1st through the 6th.
  • Dali & Schiaparelli. Catch a glimpse of some fantastic haute couture inspired by the relationship and artistic endeavors of Salvador Dali and Elsa Schiaparelli. The showcase will run at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg through January 14th.
  • Gateways to the Caribbean. This exhibit explores the connection between Florida and Cuba that has existed for over 500 years. It will be open through January 28th at the Tampa Bay History Center.January events in Tampa

Which of these January events in Tampa are you most excited to attend? If you need a new ride for 2018, come pay us a visit at Rivard Buick GMC.

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