Buick Sales Top 1.4 Million for Second Year in a Row

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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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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Is the Second Buick to Feature Luxury Trim

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir will be the second vehicle in the Buick lineup to offer the Avenir trim, after the Enclave, which Buick announced would carry the Avenir trim earlier this year. Originally described as a new luxury sub-brand for Buick, the Avenir name has transformed into a luxury trim that will slowly be rolled out across the Buick lineup.

The LaCrosse Avenir has the same shape and largely the same styling as lower LaCrosse trim levels, but its Avenir-exclusive upper and lower front grilles set it apart, as well as standard 19-inch wheels or available 20-inch wheels and Avenir badging.

Inside, the Avenir offers brown or black leather seating, standard Navigation, a panoramic moonroof, and more. All-wheel drive is available, as are driver assist features, and variable dampers for a softer ride.

These features are in addition to all the features that come on lower trims of the LaCrosse, like convenient wireless charging, heated front seats, Quiet Tuning™, and more.

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir will be available early next year. Pricing has not yet been announced. To hear more about the LaCrosse Avenir or the Enclave Avenir when they arrive, give us a call today at Rivard Buick GMC.

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You Have to Visit These Christmas Events in Tampa, Florida

Christmas Events in Tampa

Christmas Events in Tampa

Because it’s such a hot tourist spot, there’s always plenty to do here in Tampa, Florida—especially during the holidays! If you’re looking for a curated list of events to do this holiday season, you’re in luck! Here are some of the Christmas events in Tampa we’re looking forward to the most.

If you’re a fan of the arts, you’ll definitely want to check out Art on the House, where you can find tons of dazzling art exhibits every Friday from 4pm to 8pm until December 29th. You might also like a trip to Stageworks Theater to see the Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, but make it quick—the last performance is on December 22nd!

For something more Christmas-themed, take a Christmas Lights Limo Tour around the city from now until December 29th. You can even customize the tour with particular destinations you’re interested in. Or, stroll through Christmas Town in Busch Gardens, which will be up through December 31st.

One unique event taking place on December 30th is Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets in Concert, a showing of the film that will feature the Florida Orchestra playing the gorgeous soundtrack by John Williams along with the film. If you’re a fan of music, Harry Potter, or both, this shouldn’t be missed.

There will be plenty of New Years celebrations going on around Tampa, so check out this list for more. From the staff at Rivard Buick GMC, we’re wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

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Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane and Cut Down on Stress When Weather Gets Ugly

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

When a hurricane is approaching the area where you live, it’s extremely important to prepare for unpredictable conditions and potential hazards. While taking steps to protect your home, though, don’t neglect your vehicle. In the event of an emergency, follow these tips from Rivard Buick GMC and prepare your car for a hurricane.

Fill gas tank and charge battery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, things like fuel and batteries can be extremely scarce. Before the weather turns ugly, fill you gas tank completely and make sure you’re battery is fully charged. A road ready car can be a major help if you need to evacuate.

Check oil, wipers, and tires

The last thing you want if help is temporarily unavailable is to break down and get stranded. If a major storm is approaching, check your oil, windshield wipers, and tires and make sure everything is in working order.

Pack emergency supplies

During hurricane season, keep a bag of essentials stowed in your car in case you need to unexpectedly evacuate. Be sure to pack water, food, clothes, flashlights, and a cellphone charger.

 

An approaching hurricane can cause serious stress and danger, but you’ll be more prepared if you take the time and ready your car with these simple tips from Rivard Buick GMC.

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GMC’s Brand Expansion Promises Exciting New Models

GMC’s Brand Expansion

GMC’s Brand Expansion

GMC has no trouble selling its signature SUVs and pickups—selling an impressive 700,000 vehicles each year in 12 countries—but the brand is looking to extend its popularity by introducing updated looks and luxury to their model lineup. What does GMC’s brand expansion mean for drivers, though?

If you’re already a diehard GMC enthusiast, you can expect more of the quality you love with more options than before. And if you’re on the fence about GMC, you can be sure the brand is committed to rolling out new vehicles that are perfect for drivers from all walks of life.

Already, GMC has rolled out an all-new Terrain compact SUV that features contemporary styling, real aluminum trim, advanced technology features, and an innovative new shifter design. This new SUV gives a look into GMC’s goal of distinguishing itself from the competition through bold looks and expert engineering.

For years, GMC has advertised under it’s signature “Professional Grade” slogan, but the brand hopes to demonstrate it’s interest in developing new, modern vehicles for today’s drivers with a new “Like a Pro” campaign.

Whether you’d never even dream of buying anything other than a GMC or simply curious about what GMC has going on, the idea of new models featuring entirely fresh ideas is a lot to be excited about. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC today to take a test drive and learn more about what GMC is doing to bring real innovation to real drivers.

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The All-New 2018 Buick Regal GS Breathes Life into the Sedan Segment

2018 Buick Regal GS

2018 Buick Regal GS

If the words “Buick sedan” conjure up an image up a hulking four-door with bench seating and outdated styling, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to what Buick has been doing.

The release of the all-new 2018 Buick Regal GS will forever change your notion of what a Buick is. With an updated and strikingly elegant exterior, luxurious and sporty interior, and plenty of raw power under the hood, the 2018 Buick Regal GS is a game-changer in the sedan category.

At the heart of the 2018 Buick Regal GS is an impressive 3.6-liter, naturally aspirated V6 engine generating 310 hp and 282 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine you’ll find under the hood of the unapologetically muscular Chevrolet Camaro. Pair this with a nine-speed transmission and an active twin-clutch AWD system, and the idea behind the all-new Regal GS is clear: to make a luxury sedan that is an absolute thrill to drive.

Inside and out, the 2018 Buick Regal GS exudes luxury and refinement. A restyled front end make for a sleeker, more angular and sporty look than previous models while premium appointments such as heated, ventilated, and bolstered sport seats offer an exhilarating driving experience.

With a price tag considerably lower than luxury offerings from competing automakers, the 2018 Buick Regal GS is a standout vehicle. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to learn more or take a test drive of any of our models.

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