Top Tampa Attractions: Things to Do this Summer

Top Tampa Attractions
Looking for something fun to do this summer? Visit one of the many top Tampa attractions. You can find something for everyone in the area, whether you’re looking for relaxing beaches or new thrills. At Rivard Buick GMC, we’re put together a list of some of our favorite places to go.

According to Vacation Idea, one of the most popular destinations is Busch Gardens Tampa. For those who love roller coasters, this world-renowned amusement part has rides, kids’ attractions, live entertainment and more. SeaWorld runs this location, so you can also see animal attractions, making Busch Gardens a one-stop destination that’s bound to make everyone happy.

Next, stop by the Tampa Museum of Art. You can find incredible exhibits and displays, and the museum is also home to educational programs, workshops, and more. The permanent collection includes Greek and Roman antiques, modern lithography and screen printing, and classic realist painting. You can also see local artwork.

Finally, the Tampa Riverwalk is idea for date night as well as a family adventure. This pathway extends along the Hillsborough River and leads to the downtown area. You can see the Florida Aquarium, visit the WWII American Victory Ship, see Brooke Park, and more.

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Buick Encore Features: What’s New for 2017?

2017 Buick Encore Features
The new 2017 Buick Encore is a new take on a classic SUV design. The Encore is built to be compact yet roomy, sporty and efficient, and truly high-tech. There are some new features for the 2017 model year, offering improved design and performance, among other things. Read on to see new Buick Encore features listed below.

According to Car and Driver, the new Encore comes with up to 26/31 mpg city/highway * and up to 153 horsepower. This allows the new SUV to go from 0 to 60 in just 8.4 seconds, with a top speed over 120 mph. When equipped with all-wheel drive, you can also get improved capabilities on off-road trails and slippery pavement.

“In the burgeoning field of subcompact crossovers, the Buick Encore stands out for a couple of important reasons. For one, compared with its many competitors, it has an upscale aura, particularly inside . . . Two, the Encore coddles occupants with a surprisingly supple ride given its short wheelbase as well as exceptionally low interior noise levels and upscale interior appointments,” reads the review by Car and Driver editors.

What else is new for the 2017 model year? This model has improved quietness thanks to the use of different materials, as well as available leather and a tuned suspension. You get a firm ride that’s also comfortable, ensure control without sacrificing comfort. Other features include an updated Buick IntelliLink system and an auto-stop-start function on the engine to conserve fuel. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to learn more about the new Buick Encore.

 

*EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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Tampa World War II Veterans Celebrate Final Reunion

Tampa World War II veterans

Over 70 years ago, members of the 451st bomber squadron were taking bombing runs across Europe—flying 296 missions in their B-26 Marauders. Just one year after World War II ended in 1945, Squadron 451 came back together for a reunion in Chicago. The location may have changed, but this tradition continued every year with the last two remaining members getting together here in Florida.

In 1969, the group took a bottle of cognac and sealed it into a box. Each member signed his name on the wrapping. As the years passed and the men passed away, their names were crossed off. This year, Colonel Sanford Graves and Lieutenant Marshall Clark were the last two surviving members of the group.

They had the honor of dusting off the package and opening the almost 50-year-old bottle. They poured glasses and made toasts to each other before reading off the names of all the other squadron members. Other family members were there and joined in a toast to the 451st squadron.

These Tampa World War II veterans hope to continue the tradition of their reunion, which was nicknamed the “Alligator Wrestle.”

Here at Rivard Buick GMC, we would like to thank these honored veterans for their service.

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2018 Buick Regal TourX Adds Adventure to the Buick Lineup

2018 Buick Regal TourX

When you think about the Buick brand, you might think about models like compact Encore crossover, sophisticated Cascada convertible, or athletic Regal sedan. Now, the 2018 Buick Regal TourX is bringing adventure to the Buick lineup with a purpose-built design.

The Regal TourX combines the best features of both worlds with the drivability of a car and capabilities of an SUV. It starts with the standard Regal sedan, but adds a versatile hatchback opening, rides higher off the ground, comes with standard roof rails, standard intelligent all-wheel drive, and an extra dose of rugged style.

In true versatile form, the Regal TourX offers up to 73.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the front seats. This is more than some of the popular competition, including the Subaru Outback, Audi A4 Allroad, and Volvo V60 Cross Country.

With the standard all-wheel drive and active twin-clutch, the Regal TourX will deliver superior vehicle control in a variety of driving conditions. Powering the wheels is a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2018 Buick Regal TourX will be coming to Rivard Buick GMC late this year. What adventures would you like to take behind the wheel of this capable, sophisticated machine?

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Tampa International Airport Ranked Among the Best

Tampa International Airport

The 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards saw Tampa International Airport finish in a tie for second with El Paso and Ottawa.

Safety and customer service are two driving factors when it comes to flying from an airport. Two Florida airports ranked among the best in North America, including one in our own backyard. While Jacksonville International Airport tied for first place, Tampa International Airport tied for second.

More than 600,000 travelers from around the world were surveyed to determine the top airports in North America. In total, the Airports Council International conducted the survey in more than 40 languages and 80 countries. Respondents rated airports based on indicators such as accessibility, restaurants, security, and restrooms.

The 2016 Airport Service Quality Awards saw Tampa International Airport tied for second with El Paso and Ottawa. Tampa International Airport also ranked as the best facility to serve between 15 million to 25 million passengers per year.

The Airports Council International was founded in 1991 in an effort to encourage cooperation among airports. The Airport Service Quality Awards is now in its 10th year. This is the second year in a row that Tampa International Airport has tied for second place.

Delivering exceptional customer service is the name of the game in all of Tampa.

We here at Rivard Buick GMC are pumped that our local airport ranked as one of the best in North America!

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2017 GMC Acadia Safety

2017 GMC Acadia

Finding the perfect mid-size SUV that’s safe enough for your family isn’t easy, but the new GMC Acadia offers plenty of new technologies to close the gap. The luxury mid-size SUV segment is incredibly competitive, especially when it comes to safety, so here’s a brief look at the innovative safety technologies available in the 2017 GMC Acadia.

Teen Driver

Keeping track of your teenager can be hard, especially once they get their license and get behind the wheel. Fortunately, GMC’s Teen Driver mode enables parents to keep track of their teen and set limitations. Parents can check out their child’s driving habits via the Report Card feature and help encourage safe driving habits.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert

A standard Rear Vision Camera is helpful, but it can’t prevent every accident. Available Rear Cross-Traffic Alert makes use of radar sensors to detect cross traffic when reversing. The innovative technology will alert the driver if there’s a problem.

Side Blind Zone Alert

Vehicles in your blind spot can be a problem and a major safety hazard, especially if they linger there. Fortunately, available Side Blind Zone Alert will alert drivers to a vehicle in their blind spot as soon as the turn signal is activated.

Get behind the wheel of the new GMC Acadia here at Rivard Buick GMC today!

 

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How to Spring Clean Your Car

How to Spring Clean Your Car

 

 

 

You’ve heard of spring cleaning your house, but it’s also a good idea to spring clean your car. Here are some expert tips for making your ride look and feel brand-new from the inside out.

Take Your Time With a Thorough Wash: Don’t just head to the local car wash this time. Find a warm day to bring out the soapy water bucket (make sure you use something specially-formulated for auto care and not household dish soap) and get scrubbing. Make sure to check the undercarriage for winter gunk like road salt.

Don’t Underestimate a Coat of Wax: Most people wash their car and forget the most important step – a protective layer of wax coating. Make your car shine like new, and prevent the paint from stripping off or fading.

Vacuum and Scrub the Interior: Toss out the trash, bring in everything you need out of the trunk, and dedicate some time to getting all the dirt, debris, and stains out of the interior.

Check Your Tires: Make sure your tires are properly inflated, and check to make sure that they’re not too worn. Insufficient tread depth is illegal and could put your life in danger.

Replace Wiper Blades: The snowy and soggy winter months can do a number on your windshield wipers, so make sure to treat your car to a brand new set.

When you spring clean your car, you’ll feel way better and find yourself in a calmer and more relaxed state of mind. It’s like having a clean slate – which is what the beginning of spring is all about.

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Redesigned GMC Terrain Gets Turbo Diesel Engine

Redesigned GMC Terrain

The Terrain was added to GMC’s lineup 8 years ago, but up until this point, it had never undergone any significant redesign. Following the introduction of the next-generation Acadia, however, the Terrain underwent a similar transformation. The redesigned GMC Terrain is now lighter, smaller – and more powerful than ever. Now with a range of three different turbo engines, including a turbo-diesel option, the Terrain is set to wow buyers with its new look and capabilities.

 The more sculpted and sleek exterior design reflects the new styling cues in other members of the brand’s vehicle lineup and marks the beginning of GMC’s next era of design philosophy. But those new, contemporary looks aren’t limited to the outside. With more luxurious materials used in making the interior, as well as more innovative and versatile seating, the GMC Terrain was designed to offer both comfort and capability from the inside out.

 Of course, the fun part of the redesigned GMC Terrain lies under the hood. Two gasoline engines will be offered – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter option – as well as 1.6-liter turbo-diesel option. These engines will be paired with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox and are said to significantly boost fuel economy in the new Terrain. Specific numbers aren’t yet available regarding fuel ratings and horsepower, but that information will become available when the new Terrain’s launch draws near.

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GMC Fleet Options Expanding to Include More Alternative Fuels

GMC and Chevrolet have both announced that they will expand their alternative fuel fleet options through partnership with Power Solutions International (PSI), a company that manufactures and distributes ecofriendly engines and power systems for the industrial and on-road sectors.

The partnership will allow GMC and Chevy to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) engines in early 2017. The announcement came shortly after the two automakers chose PSI as their preferred upfitter for CNG- and LPG-capable trucks.

GM will supply GMC and Chevy vehicles to PSI, who will fit the vehicles with the LPG or CNG fuel system and then ship the finished trucks and vans directly to dealerships. GM has been expanding its green lineup for years through vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV as well as alternative fuel options. Now, expanding the Chevy and GMC fleet options lets them reduce fuel consumption and costs while providing a range of choices for fleet managers, who have different needs.

The US Department of Transportation also announced in December that it will designate a national network of alternative fuel corridors across 55 routes in 35 states. The network will be almost 85,000 miles long and will continue to expand as electric, hydrogen, and other fuel sources are popularized.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Forward Valtteri Filppula Signs Autographs for Toy Donations

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula signed autographs at the AMALIE Arena in late December in exchange for toy donations, which were donated to Metropolitan Ministries to give toys to children in need.

Each fan who brought a new, unwrapped toy to the arena was able to take a picture with Filppula or get his autograph. Metropolitan Ministries runs an annual toy drive and had an “urgent need” in December, and Filppula’s help garnered a huge swell of extra support right before Christmas.

Metropolitan Ministries is a faith-based nonprofit in the Tampa area that has served poor and homeless Tampa Bay families since 1972. The organization provides resources including food, housing, and childcare, as well as offering life skills classes and other resources, helping hundreds of people every day.

In 2013 the Ministries gave toys to more than 19,000 children and provided assistance to 22,000 families. They also host food drives, providing meals to more than 1.5 million people, and they’ll even do the shopping for you if you donate a gift card.

Filppula, a Finnish player for Tampa Bay’s hockey team, joined the Lightning in 2013, before which he played for the Detroit Red Wings for eight years and helped the team win a Stanley Cup in 2008. This season Filppula has totaled 24 points, including 6 goals and 18 assists, across 34 games.

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