Buick Encore and Envision Showing Increased Sales

Buick Encore and Envision Showing Increased Sales - Tampa, FL
Buick Encore and Envision Showing Increased Sales – Tampa, FL

As the rest of the automotive market struggles to beat an overall decrease in sales, the Buick Encore and Envision both sold significantly more in the last quarter of 2019 than in the same quarter of 2018. The Enclave was the second-highest seller for the year at 10,143 units.

SUV sales across the industry are way up while sedan sales are down, so it makes sense that the bestsellers in the Buick lineup were SUVs. In fact, 95.8 percent of Buick sales were SUVs. The 22.2 percent gain for the Encore and the 11.2 percent gain for the Envision show a market trend toward small SUVs.

Last year’s sales fall perfectly in line with the decision to discontinue the sedans in the Buick lineup. Since the automaker’s sedans have been routinely outpaced by its SUVs, it’s no surprise that Buick will soon move away from cars like the LaCrosse and Regal in order to give drivers what they want.

Soon Buick will focus entirely on premium crossovers and SUVs like the Encore and Envision, which are loaded with luxury features like Keyless Open and Start, heated front seats, and QuietTuning technologies that make your daily commute easier, whether you’re a parent, single, or in between.

No matter what you’re looking for, Buick’s upcoming all-SUV lineup has something you’ll love. To experience the automaker’s luxurious crossovers—including the best-selling Encore and Envision—for yourself, swing by Rivard Buick GMC for a test drive.

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Buick Had the Most-Viewed Car Commercial of 2019

Last year, automakers spent nearly $5 billion on television ads and amassed over 416 billion impressions, making the industry the biggest one for both spend and impressions across all TV advertising. But the big winner was Buick, who had the most-viewed car commercial of 2019.

The spot, dubbed “Mistaken Identity,” generated 5.7 million TV ad impressions with an estimated spend of $31.7 million.

“Mistaken Identity” features virtually every model in Buick’s lineup, including the popular Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal GS, and Encore Preferred. It highlights the versatility of the lineup, from its utility to its premium style.

More than anything, the ad puts the exciting, new design of modern Buick vehicles in the spotlight — and clearly, this resonated well with audiences. Getting the most-viewed car commercial of 2019, or any year, is no small feat.

It may seem like a lot that Buick spent $31.7 million to get those 5.7 million TV ad impressions, but the automaker wasn’t even the biggest spender in 2019 when it came to advertising. The most expensive car commercial of 2019 cost $60.4 million. That Buick’s spot generated so many impressions with so much less is further evidence of the strength of the ad.

If “Mistaken Identity” has you curious about Buick’s modern lineup, visit Rivard Buick GMC to get a better look!

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Buick Encore To Revive The GM Three-Cylinder Engine

Buick Encore To Revive The GM Three-Cylinder Engine - Tampa, FL
Buick Encore To Revive The GM Three-Cylinder Engine – Tampa, FL

For the first time in nearly 20 years, General Motors is adding a three-cylinder engine to its American lineup. This new engine will find its home in the all-new 2020 Buick Encore GX and will be available in either 1.2- or 1.3-liter displacements. Both options will be turbocharged.

With their turbochargers, these engines will deliver more than enough power for the Encore GX. Although GM hasn’t officially released output numbers, we can look at other GM three-cylinder engines available globally. In the Korean version of the Malibu, its 1.3-liter three-cylinder engine produces 156 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. If the new engine gets a similar rating, it will be on par with larger, four-cylinder engines.

The last time General Motors offered a three-cylinder engine was for the now-defunct Geo Metro in 2000. That engine only produced 55 horsepower, proving how far GM’s technology and engineering have come in the last two decades.

Along with its new engine, the Buick Encore GX will offer ample interior space, including 25.3 cubic feet of cargo room, making it significantly larger than the standard Encore. The Encore GX will also come standard with a variety of advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking.

We can’t wait to see you here at Rivard Buick GMC when the new Encore GX finally hits roads in 2020.

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How You’ll Know When It’s Time For New Tires

Time For New Tires | Tampa, FL
Time For New Tires | Tampa, FL

It goes without saying that your vehicle’s tires are one of its most important components. In addition to keeping you stable in good conditions, they’re your first line of defense during inclement weather. As such, it’s vital that you keep them in good shape. Thankfully, there are a few easy tricks and clues you can use to get an idea of when it’s time for new tires.

The penny test

The easiest and most well-known way to check your tires’ tread is by using everybody’s least favorite form of currency: the penny. It’s as easy as inserting the coin into several grooves across the tire with Lincoln’s head facing down. If you can see the top of his head over the tread, your tires are worn out and need to be replaced.

Take note of how often you need air

There are tons of factors that can impact how often your tires need to be topped off with air, but if you notice that you’re making trips to the pump more often than usual, it could mean that you have a small puncture or significant wear you haven’t seen yet. If it’s the former, you might be able to get it patched. If it’s the latter, it’s time for new tires.

Know your tires’ age

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend that you replace all four of your tires every six years. If you stay on top of this routine, you may be able to avoid a costly accident in the future.

If you’re ready for a fresh set of tires, or want a professional opinion, set up an appointment with the service department at Rivard Buick GMC.

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Thanksgiving Events in Tampa

Thanksgiving in Tampa
Thanksgiving in Tampa

Thanksgiving a perfect time to reconnect with the wonderful community of Tampa Bay. With the holiday only a few weeks away on November 28th, we thought it would be helpful to let you know about some of the Thanksgiving-themed events going on in the area

 

Thanksgiving Festival & Concert

This Thanksgiving festival will be held November 22nd through the 24th at the festival grounds on Gunn Highway. There will be live music, food, and fun each day. Saturday will feature a pie-eating contest, and Sunday will welcome local arts & crafts. The fun starts at 11:00 am each day and runs through 10:00 pm each night.

 

Goody Goody Turkey Trot

Before you settle in for your Thanksgiving feast, head out for a run. The 5th Annual Goody Goody Turkey Trot will be held on the morning of Thanksgiving Day at Amalie Arena in Tampa. There are a variety of races to choose from, including a 5K, 8K, and 1 mile run or walk. You can even register your dog to run with you.

 

Cookie Decorating

Sign up for this cookie decorating class at The Sweet Tooth Cakery and take home a delicious set of Thanksgiving-themed cookies. It will be held on November 24th at 10:00 am. Get your tickets early before it sells out.

 

Before you hit the road to enjoy these seasonal treats, make sure your car is up to date on all of its routine maintenance. If not, set up an appointment with the service department at Rivard Buick GMC and let us get your ride back into tip-top shape.

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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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