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.

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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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Buick Launches Avenir Sub-Brand

Buick Avenir Sub-brand

After catching a glimpse of the Buick Avenir concept car at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2015, we have to say we became incredibly excited about the potential future of Buick. And while not all concept cars come to fruition, it seems that Buick is taking a step in the right direction with their announcement of a sub-brand with the Avenir name.

What this Avenir sub-brand means is that Buick will possibly take specific details and finishes from the concept car of the same name (along with the Avista concept, introduced at the 2016 NAIAS) and apply them to pre-existing Buick models, similar to what GMC has done with their Denali trims. What Buick has learned in recent years is that their audience has been evolving and that they expect higher quality and performance in the vehicles from the classic brand, so the adjusted sub-brand will hopefully cater to those expectations.

The projected release date for Avenir (French word for “future”) will be during the 2018 model year. More details of the sub-brand should be announced in the next year and we will be sure to keep our eyes and ears open. Visit us at Rivard Buick GMC if you have any questions or would like to test drive any vehicles we have available!

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Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

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The Tampa Lowry Park Zoo is featuring an event this year to celebrate Halloween with the family and some favorite furry animals. The Creatures of the Night attraction allows visitors to view the animals at night in their habitats and is open on Fridays and Saturdays of this month until the 29th. New this year is the inclusion of Asia, Africa, and Primate World during the night viewing.

Along with watching the illuminated animal areas, there will also be special scare zones for moderate frights (for all ages) throughout the zoo and family-friendly activities over at Wallaroo Station’s “Pumpkin Palooza.” The kids, 11 and under, can come dressed up as their favorite characters but be sure to leave any toy weapons at home, as they are not permitted.

Access to Creatures of the Night is included with all-day admission and if you arrive after 4pm, you’ll get tickets at a discounted price of $19.95. Zoo members get into the night attraction for free and dining plans are also available for purchase online if you plan on having dinner while at the zoo.

The Creatures of the Night attraction at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is open until 10pm and if you’d like more information, visit their website: http://www.lowryparkzoo.org/creatures.

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Tampa Events and Activities: Explore the Big Guava Today

Tampa events and activitiesLooking for the latest Tampa events and activities? Check out this list of places to visit in the area. The Tampa region is known for its nightlife, its rich history, and diverse culture. There’s bound to be something for everyone in the area. Plus, if you get a new GMC model it’ll be easier than ever to see what’s happening in Tampa.

According to TripAdvisor, one of the top places to visit is the Busch Gardens. Winner of the 2016 Travelers Choice Award from TripAdvisor, this theme park is operated by SeaWorld Entertainment. There are 335 acres and more than 2,700 animals in the park, and there are also a range of unforgettable roller coasters and rides to explore. Perfect for the whole family, Busch Gardens is a must-see destination.

You should also explore the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Architecture buffs will love this engineering marvel, though everyone can enjoy the beauty and symmetry of this exquisite bridge. Take your GMC over this bridge, which was designed by Figg & Muller Engineering in the 1950s. Ranked among one of the top engineering sights in the world by the Travel Channel, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is truly memorable.

Finally, stop by the Tampa Electric Manatee Viewing Center. You can see these majestic beasts swim in the open water, a perfect activity for kids. These noble creatures are only found in certain parts of the world, making this center a true Tampa activity. These are just some of the many fun things to do in the area. Explore your community today.

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2017 Sierra 1500 Capabilities: An Unstoppable Force

2017 Sierra 1500 capabilities at Rivard Buick GMC

The 2017 GMC Sierra 1500 is back and better than ever. The brand has added some unique upgrades that make this model truly impressive, offering unparalleled capabilities. If you want a truck that won’t quit, check out the new Sierra 1500.

The 2017 Sierra 1500 capabilities depend on the choice of engine you select, according to GMC. Options include the EcoTec3 5.3-liter V8 engine with best-in-class fuel economy, as well as the 6.2-liter engine with up to 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, this model has a maximum trailering capacity of up to 12,500 pounds. You heard right.

Other great features on this model include innovative technologies like available Hill Descent Control to give you added handling when driving on tricky terrain. Plus, with an optional Eaton automatic rear locking differential, there is less slippage especially when hauling heavy loads.

You can also find trailering and hauling technologies on the new Sierra 1500. This includes trailer sway control to keep you safe as you haul, and a Tow/Haul mode selector works to optimize gear ratios. A trailer brake controller giver you added control at the touch of a button, while the Max Trailering Package is perfect for those looking to make this pickup a true workhorse.

These are just some of the many great features that make the Sierra 1500 unstoppable. Stop by for a test drive today.

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