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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GMC – One Of The Longest Lasting Brands

GMC | Tampa, FL
GMC | Tampa, FL

Each year, iSeeCars ranks auto brands according to their durability. After evaluating over 15.8 million cars sold in 2019 to see which ones lasted the longest, iSeeCars announced its top most long-lasting brands. GMC secured third place on this list.

Per iSeeCars, 1.4 percent of all GMC models reached 200,000 miles or more. Many of the brands on the list had a rating of 0.6 percent or lower. It’s not surprising that GMC made the list, since the majority of longest-lasting SUVs and pickups that ranked high for endurance were American vehicles, as iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly commented.  

In particular, iSeeCars praised the GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Canyon, and GMC Yukon XL for their long shelf life. The Sierra 1500 and Canyon earned recognition in the light-duty pickup truck segment. The organization also lauded the Yukon XL as one of the SUVs most likely to surpass the 200,000-mile mark. Some Yukon XL models achieve 300,000 miles, which is an impressive feat for the category. 

If you’re looking for a brand with a reputation for longevity, go with GMC. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC to take the Sierra 1500, Canyon, and Yukon XL models for test drives. We’ll help match you with the right GMC vehicle to suit your lifestyle and needs.

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GMC Tested the CarbonPro® Bed Against Hurricane-Force Winds

GMC CarbonPro Edition Sierra 1500 | Tampa, FL
GMC CarbonPro Edition Sierra 1500 | Tampa, FL

Are you tired of unsightly dents and scratches in your truck bed? Then you might want to think about getting a truck with the industry-first available GMC CarbonPro® truck bed. It’s so tough that GMC tested it against hurricane-force winds. 

The GMC CarbonPro® comes standard on all 2019 and 2020 Sierra 1500 Denali CarbonPro® Editions and the Sierra 1500 AT4 CarbonPro® Edition models. Instead of using the standard truck bed model, which consists of steel for the panels and floor, this innovative bed is made from a rugged carbon-fiber composite. 

The CarbonPro® was designed to ensure long-term durability in a truck bed that provides best-in-class dent and scratch resistance. In order to ensure its ruggedness and functionality, GMC subjected it to a number of rigorous tests, not the least of which being Category 1 hurricane-force projectiles, one of the strongest forces in nature. After proving to be unphased by things like extreme temperatures, corrosion, and 1,800-pound loads of gravel, the CarbonPro showed that it had no issue taking on hurricane winds either. 

Beds made without the carbon-fiber composite did not fare quite as well in the hurricane test, thanks to its higher rebound efficiency. That allows items to bounce right off rather than absorbing the impact.

To learn more about the revolutionary CarbonPro® bed and the Sierra trucks it’s equipped on, give us a call at Rivard Buick GMC.

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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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