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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Buick News That You Should Care About

Over the last couple of years, Buick has transformed its image more than any other automaker around. As the automaker continues to sell more and more cars, it’s important for drivers and investors everywhere to pay attention. The latest news about Buick is that its 2016 sales recently passed one million at record pace. Here’s what you need to know.

As of September, Buick’s sales had reached a total of 1,046,746 for 2016. In over 113 years of production, Buick has never reached this mark so fast. For perspective, this is approximately, 200,000 more units sold at this point than at the same time in 2015.

“Demand worldwide continues to grow for attainable Buick luxury and the beautiful, quiet and comfortable cars and SUVs we offer,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing.

Buick currently ranks as the second-largest passenger-car brand in China, which is a massive market. They are also currently outselling other luxury brands like Acura, Audi, Infiniti, and Lincoln in North America. Their sales in North America are the highest that they have been in the last 11 years.

Whether you’re a buyer or an investor, you would be crazy to not take this Buick news serious.

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Tampa Bay Holiday Events

Tampa Bay is one of the fastest growing cities in the country right now, and there’s plenty of reasons why. One of those reasons is that there’s always something to do. Here are just a few of the most fun things to do in the Tampa Bay area this holiday season.

Tampa Bay Holiday Events - Santa little boy Christmas tree

Ice!

Looking to experience what a winter actually feels like? Head on over to this resort that has 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures created by Chinese artists. There is also 40 tons of snow, and it’s only 9 degrees inside.

Victorian Christmas Stroll

If you’re looking for a holiday-themed holiday walk, look no further than the Victorian Christmas Stroll. There are massive Christmas trees that go up to 14 feet in height, 40,000 lights, hundreds of feet of garland, and plenty of awesome decorations.

Santa’s Workshop

This one is great for the kids. MOSI transformed their Idea Zone into a Minecraft themed winter wonderland. There are plenty of activities for children of all ages.

Ice Skating at Tampa’s Winter Village

Was it really the holiday season if you didn’t even ice skate? Go out to the Winter Village to participate in one of the most iconic holiday activities around.

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GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X Set to Tackle the Outdoors

Sierra HD All Terrain XThe new 2017 GMC Sierra HD All Terrain X combines heavy-duty capabilities with incredible off-road performance.  Buyers will love its trail-ready abilities matched with the Sierra’s ever-present sophistication.

This is the third model in GMC’s All Terrain X series and joins the Canyon and Sierra 1500 models that are already available.

“The new Sierra HD All Terrain X’s powerful attitude reflects a popular trend in very capable off-road trucks, executed with a range-topping level of refinement — a combination of attributes GMC has cultivated for years,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing.

Powered by an all-new, next-generation Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo-diesel and with standard four-wheel drive, the Sierra HD All Terrain X won’t let anything stand in its way. It delivers 445 horsepower and an incredible 910 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to its incredible power, this special truck comes with 18-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, Goodyear Duratrac MT-rated off-road tires, 4-inch black sport side steps, black sport bar, a unique body-color grille surround, body-color door handles and side moldings, a spray-on bedliner, and more. Buyers can choose between Black Onyx and Summit White exterior colors.

This incredible truck will be available this fall and will be ready to tackle whatever adventures come your way.

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Things to Do in Tampa around Thanksgiving Weekend

in Tampa around ThanksgivingIf you are planning to be in Tampa around Thanksgiving, there will be plenty of things to do, besides spend the day with your family. Here are some excellent family-friendly events you should consider going to.

  • Busch Gardens Christmastown. Opening the day after Thanksgiving (November 25th), visitors can experience a winter wonderland right here in Florida. You can meet Rudolph and Santa and experience the joy of more than two million twinkling lights.
  • Arabian Horse Thanksgiving Show. If you’re a horse lover, plan on catching this spectacular horse show that features the beautiful Arabian breed. There will be exhibitors from all across the country. It will run November 24th through the 26th at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
  • Turkey Trot. If you want to burn off some Thanksgiving calories before they even get in your belly, sign up to run in the Tamp Bay Turkey Trot. There are numerous races to choose from starting as early as 7am.
  • ThanksVegan Dinner. For those of us who prefer to eat animals, or if you just want to experience something new, attend the 11th annual Tampa ThanksVegan Dinner on November 24th at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa at 1:30pm.

Which Thanksgiving events are you planning to attend in Tampa this year?

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