GMC Sierra Was One of the Only Trucks to Gain Market Share in 2020

GMC Sierra Truck | Tampa, FL
GMC Sierra Truck | Tampa, FL

Competition among the many pickup truck options available in the United States is more cutthroat than ever, and the tumult of 2020 had a significant impact on many manufacturers. In spite of the losses many competitors suffered, the GMC Sierra experienced growth in 2020 thanks to its high-quality construction and understandably loyal customer base.

According to the Vice President of General Motors, Steve Hill, GM was the only truck manufacturer to experience market share growth during 2020. The growth in market share experienced by General Motors allowed it to overtake its fiercest competitor and claim the crown for being the best-selling truck manufacturer in the US.

The GMC Sierra experienced an 8.91 percent uptick in sales from 2019, increasing its total units sold from 232,323 to 253,016. This massive growth correlated to a 2 percent increase in overall market share from 9 percent in 2019 to 11 percent in 2020. The Sierra’s sales increases are especially impressive given that every non-GM full-size truck sold in the US experienced a sales decline of at least 2 percent, with some manufacturers seeing sales lulls of over 16 percent.

The sales growth of GMC’s flagship truck is a testament to its hearty performance and in-demand productivity features. If you want to see for yourself why the Sierra is more popular than ever, schedule a test drive at Rivard Buick GMC today.

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2022 GMC Sierra Denali to Feature Super Cruise

GMC Sierra Denali | Tampa, FL
GMC Sierra Denali | Tampa, FL

While we’re not living in a future with flying cars quite yet, some futuristic technology you might have only dreamed about a few years ago is making its way to the 2022 GMC lineup. The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali will be the first vehicle in the GMC roster to receive the cutting-edge Super Cruise technology.

Super Cruise, which is already on a handful of exclusive General Motors vehicles, is a semi-autonomous technology that lets you relax with your hands off the wheel on select highways. While Super Cruise isn’t a fully self-driving car system, it is a very impressive advancement in modern automotive history.

The 2022 GMC Sierra Denali’s Super Cruise System will utilize a robust network of LiDAR maps, cameras, sensors, and GPS data to monitor traffic and keep you safe on the road. Additionally, the system will steer, adjust your speed, and brake for you as needed as it monitors traffic patterns.

For contractors or other professionals that work long, irregular hours, the 2022 GMC Sierra Denali’s Super Cruise system is a great way to help you avoid drowsiness and fatigue while traveling between job sites. The system has built-in safety measures to ensure you’re paying attention to the road, though, so don’t get too comfortable.

Keep following Rivard Buick GMC for more news about the 2022 GMC Sierra.

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GM Reveals OnStar Insurance

GM Reveals OnStar Insurance | Tampa, FL
GM Reveals OnStar Insurance | Tampa, FL

Dealing with car insurance just became easier thanks to a recent update from General Motors. A simplified digital insurance service — which emphasizes your good driving record and habits — is the latest update to the automaker’s OnStar® offerings after a new smartphone app and additional fleet management solutions.

Online accessibility

OnStar Insurance from GM is facilitated by its newest agency, OnStar Insurance Services. Its digital platform allows you to shop for OnStar Insurance at your convenience, with representatives available to answer your queries.

Rewarded for good behavior

OnStar Insurance from GM focuses on consistent driving habits, allowing for an unbiased shopping experience. Through OnStar Insurance, you will receive tips on how to be a better, safer driver. Discounts on insurance are possible if you demonstrate safer habits behind the wheel.

Emergency help

In the event of an accident, you will have access to help via the Automatic Crash Response system, activated when you push the OnStar button in your vehicle. An OnStar Emergency-certified Advisor will be contacted, who can direct first responders your way. You will need both OnStar Insurance and the OnStar Safety & Security plan to benefit from collision assistance.

Originally offered to GM employees in Arizona last year, OnStar Insurance from GM is now available to the public. To learn more about the plan, contact Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida.

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Your First Look at the 2022 GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer | Tampa, FL
GMC Hummer | Tampa, FL

The original Hummer was a legend in the 2000s, but the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV is setting a new standard for the nameplate. With incredible specs and a slew of highly advanced technology, the Hummer EV is unlike any other electric vehicle or pickup truck. And now, we can finally behold its gorgeous and rugged design since GM released photos of the impressive, high-end Edition 1 trim.

One of the most exciting elements of the new 2022 Hummer EV is not apparent at first glance, and that’s the three-motor setup, which delivers an estimated 1,000 horsepower. Driver-selectable modes can adjust output to bring the Hummer EV from 0 to 60 in only 3 seconds. All of that power comes with admirable EV qualities, like over 350 miles of all-electric driving range from the Ultium battery system,* and DC fast charger compatibility for roughly 100 miles of range after just 10 minutes of charging.**

The Hummer EV is equipped with a number of off-road features, including an innovative 4 Wheel Steer with CrabWalk that lets you travel diagonally over rugged terrain. There’s also an adaptive air suspension, 35-inch all-terrain tires, and underbody armor.

The ride is further enhanced with a metric ton of advanced technology. Hummer EV comes equipped with Super Cruise, a hands-free driver-assist feature that works on over 200,000 miles of mapped highway. The cabin also has a 13.4-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch driver information display, and access to 18 different camera views via the UltraVision system.

While the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 sold out within hours of becoming available, you can still reserve your Hummer EV right here at Rivard Buick GMC.

 

*GM estimate applies to Edition 1 and available on EV3X based on a full charge. EPA estimates not yet available. Your actual range may vary based on several factors, including temperature, terrain, battery age, and how you use and maintain your vehicle.

**GM estimate applies to Edition 1 and available on EV3X. Actual charge times will vary based on battery condition, output of charger, vehicle settings and outside temperature. Requires use of public 800-volt DC fast chargers.

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2021 GMC Yukon Denali Gets New Diesel Engine Option

2021 Yukon Denali | Tampa, FL
2021 Yukon Denali | Tampa, FL

The all-new 2021 Yukon Denali is one of GMC’s most luxurious vehicles, but it comes with a new diesel engine option that’s sure to save you money.

If you opt for a Yukon Denali equipped with the new 3.0-liter inline-six Duramax® turbodiesel engine, you could save about $1,500 compared to the standard version with a 6.2-liter V8. 

The Duramax® turbodiesel is also likely to cost you less at the pump. Fuel-efficiency specs for this engine haven’t been released yet, but they’ll be similar to the turbodiesel that’s already offered for the GMC Sierra 1500 Denali pickup truck. That engine gets an EPA-estimated 22 city mpg and 26 highway mpg.*

The Yukon’s Duramax® turbodiesel is also expected to deliver 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. Like the V8, it comes paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

No matter which version of the 2021 Yukon Denali you choose, you’ll be getting a full-size SUV that handles smoothly and provides loads of space for passengers and cargo. It’s also loaded with premium materials, eye-catching design features, and advanced technologies.

The Yukon Denali is already available here at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa, Florida. And if you’re interested in the diesel version, we’re expecting it to arrive at our dealership before the end of the year.

*Requires 3.0L Duramax® Turbo-Diesel engine. EPA est. 22 city/12 hwy mpg.

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Buick and Amazon Join In New Series of Ads

Buick and Amazon Join In New Series of Ads | Tampa, FL
Buick and Amazon Join In New Series of Ads | Tampa, FL

Buick and Amazon have partnered up in a new ad campaign that highlights the Amazon Alexa feature now available in four different Buick vehicles. When drivers get behind the wheel of a model equipped with Amazon Alexa, they can take advantage of the virtual assistant’s many benefits through the built-in infotainment system. This includes getting weather and traffic updates, turning on music, and even ordering a Prime package to be delivered right to eligible vehicles.

The extensive promotional campaign began in August, with ads running on a number of different platforms. In addition to the commercials, the campaign advertises another unique, collaborative effort. Buick now has its own special “utterance” that can be used to make a request of Amazon Alexa. Users can now say, “Alexa, tell me about Buick SUVs,” and receive information on the current lineup. This custom utterance is the first in the industry.

Although the advertisements obviously play up the Amazon Alexa feature available in select Buick models, they’re also meant to speak to the brand overall. Buick is a well-established nameplate, but the automaker has so much more to offer than many people seem to know. According to a spokesperson from the company, the spots are meant to provide a fresh angle of the Buick brand, showing that it’s a lineup ready for fun and action.

If you want to learn more about Amazon Alexa functionality within Buick vehicles, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Rivard Buick GMC.

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GMC Earns High Marks in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study

GMC Earns High Marks in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study | Dixon, IL
GMC Earns High Marks in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study | Dixon, IL

GMC recently scored high marks in J.D. Power’s Automotive, Performance, Execution, and Layout (APEAL) Study. Evaluating automakers on driver satisfaction, the evaluation showed that the GMC brand surpassed several other manufacturers, including Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Honda, Subaru, and Toyota.

In order to compile the list, J.D. Power uses something called the Tech Experience Index (TXI) to determine how attached owners feel to their vehicles. This rates 37 different attributes, including aspects often overlooked in similar studies, such as comfort, a sense of luxury, and the thrill of the drive as you accelerate. GMC models scored third in the industry, which means its vehicles aren’t only reliable, but also enjoyable.

Dave Sargent, vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power, stated the company’s vision behind the ranking: “The APEAL Study measures an owner’s emotional attachment to their new vehicle and in what areas that vehicle may not be delivering on all of the positive experiences that were hoped for.”

The Sierra HD was one of the highest-scoring its segment, and comes in two variants: the 2500HD or 3500HD. This model can tow up to 35,500 pounds when properly equipped, carry a payload of up to 7,442 pounds, and also comes with an array of features and trim levels designed to make driving more enjoyable.

To see what all of the fuss is about, check out our online inventory of GMC vehicles at Rivard Buick GMC.

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Buick Pulls the Curtain Back on the 2021 Envision’s Interior

2021 Buick Envision | Tampa, FL
2021 Buick Envision | Tampa, FL

If you follow Buick news as closely as we do here at Rivard Buick GMC, you’re probably aware that the Envision is expected to receive a complete makeover for the 2021 model year. For the past few months, Buick lovers have only been able to fawn over the all-new crossover’s glossy exterior photos while awaiting more details.

The wait for more information is officially over thanks to a Chinese General Motors affiliate that recently released a number of gorgeous images depicting the upcoming Envision’s interior. Though the photos from SAIC depict how the Chinese variant of the restyled 2021 Envision will look, it’s safe to assume that the American version of the SUV will have a relatively similar design story.

Based on the pictures released by SAIC, the 2021 Envision’s cabin is extremely bright and airy thanks to wide windshields, passenger windows, and a magnificent dual-panel moonroof that bathes the interior in natural light. Other prominent features include a 10-inch touchscreen console seamlessly integrated into the dash, over 20 storage spaces, and piano lacquer accents. The luxurious Avenir trim comes with sophisticated quilted seats and a classy high-contrast black and cream colorway.

If you can’t wait a second longer to become the proud owner of a new Buick Envision, give the experts at Rivard Buick GMC a call to schedule your test drive of a 2020 model.

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Buick Reveals the Redesigned 2021 Buick Envision

2021 Buick Envision | Tampa, FL
2021 Buick Envision | Tampa, FL

If you’ve been ruminating about trading in your older Buick SUV for a newer one, you should turn your gaze to the 2021 Buick Envision. It promises some pleasing modifications, from a revamped façade to a new infotainment system and a bounty of driver-assist tools.

“The 2021 Envision will be lower and wider, with premium proportions and striking styling designed to combine the expressiveness of a car with the practicality of an SUV,” said Helen Emsley, executive director, Global Buick and GMC Design. She also expressed confidence that the model would do well in the premium SUV market.

Autoblog’s Zac Palmer also loved the upcoming Envision’s European profile, especially the muscular contours and sharp edges. Buick continues the refresh with a new 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system. Amazon Alexa, Spotify, Apple CarPlay®, and Android Auto™ enhance the cabin’s connectivity features.

And no matter which trim level you go with, you’ll have the confidence of knowing that your Envision has eight standard safety systems to shield you and passengers from harm. These include the following technologies: Automatic Emergency Braking, a Safety Alert Seat, Front Pedestrian Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Rear Park Assist, an HD Rear Vision Camera, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning

According to The News Wheel, the 2021 Envision is expected to arrive at dealerships early next year. In the meantime, stop by Rivard Buick GMC to take a 2020 Envision for a whirl. Browse our Envision inventory online from the comfort of your couch even!

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GM Sees an Increase in Buick Encore Sales

2020 Buick Encore | Tampa, FL
2020 Buick Encore | Tampa, FL

If you are interested in driving a family-friendly vehicle with no shortage of luxuries, the 2020 Buick Encore is a great choice. Many drivers already recognize the Buick Encore as an ideal family vehicle, which is why this subcompact crossover had an impressive 22 percent increase in sales during the fourth quarter of 2019.

In the United States, 28,497 Buick Encore deliveries were made during the final three months of 2019 alone. Within that same period of time in 2018, 23,326 units were sold. Accordingly, the crossover saw a significant increase in popularity over the course of just one year.

Currently, the Encore is one of the top four best-selling subcompact crossovers in the United States. This segment had a 9.4 percent sales increase overall during the fourth quarter of 2019, though the sales increase of the Encore far surpassed that of the average crossover.

The Encore is a stylish and well-equipped family hauler with comfortable seating for up to five occupants. Its interior is surprisingly spacious with 48.4 cubic feet of maximum cargo room. With QuietTuning™ technology, the crossover ensures your rides are more quiet and relaxing.

We at Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa Bay, Florida, proudly offer the 2020 Buick Encore. View our online inventory to check out the models we have in stock today before we sell out.

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