Pick up a convertible from Buick and you’d hopefully have no doubt that the car was absolutely waterproof. But sometimes, it’s nice to see just what kind of quality control measures an automaker might exact to ensure this was the case.
In a recent spot, Buick shows us firsthand just what the new Buick Cascada goes through to ensure that the Cascada’s soft top is watertight. It’s important because, as the host of the commercial says, “The Cascada is designed to be a year-round car, not just a summer plaything.”
When the Buick Cascada rolls off the line, it enters a water chamber where the walls and ceiling are covered in water nozzles. Each of these nozzles sprays 1.9 gallons of water per minute for ten minutes. It may seem like overkill but anything worth doing is worth doing right. Right?
We understand if you are concerned about how green a process the Buick Cascada water testing really is, in light of how much water is involved. Fret not, tree-hugger. Of the 130,000 gallons of water that is used every day, 98.5% is recycled.
We at Rivard Buick GMC have been excited about the arrival of the GMC Canyon mid-size pickup since we heard its design was in the works. Admittedly, we are a tad biased, but winning awards like the Cars.com Midsize Pickup Challenge validate our claims that GMC’s all-new truck is worth some serious consideration.
The truck was chosen by the editors of Cars.com as winner of the competition after undergoing tests in performance, ergonomics, tech and entertainment, ride quality, and a host of other categories. At the end of test day, the Canyon came out on top of its three mid-size competitors.
“The GMC Canyon scored well throughout our tests, and offered a capable and luxurious ride and feel that clearly separated the GMC from the rest of the pack,” said Mark Williams, Pickup Truck editor for Cars.com.
All-new for 2015, the Canyon offers segment best power at 200 hp and efficiency at an EPA-estimated 27 mpg highway with 2WD. Pricing begins at just $20,955.
Like we said, it is definitely worth a visit to our dealership to take a closer look at what the mid-size Canyon has to offer.
Finally, a test drive that’s more about the vehicle’s features and less about obeying traffic laws. That is what GMC is offering with their 2015 GMC Canyon pickup truck. In an interactive offering called Canyon Experience, computer users can put the truck though its paces. First, they can pinpoint their home location and through an interface with Google Maps, then users can then “see” a GMC Canyon in their home neighborhood.
From the comfort of the operator’s home, he or she can custom road-test the Canyon in every possible weather and terrain condition while the engineering behind the truck’s design is outlined on the screen.
“The Canyon Experience will appeal to the variety of lifestyles and interests of our very diverse audience,” said Kenn Bakowski, Canyon marketing manager, in a statement. “Customers can learn about the various Canyon attributes that interest them, including capability, safety, the quiet cabin, connectivity and more.”
Customers can use the GMC Canyon virtual test drive features to configure the truck’s cabin and bed to best suit their own needs, while also “loading” it up with various cargo to see the diverse hauling capabilities of the 2015 GMC Canyon. If you’d like to go beyond the virtual, and take an actual reality test-drive of a Canyon, come into Rivard Buick GMC, today.
As the latest from the Buick labs, the new Enclave Tuscan Edition is sporting several innovative features. Aside from that, the new model was completely redesigned to feature such things as a bronze-toned grill, 20-inch chrome wheels, and bronze accents.
The 2016 Enclave Tucson design is definitely one of its defining characteristics. According to Buick, the new model has a wood-trimmed steering wheel (which is heated), leather trim, Buick IntelliLink, Tri-zone climate control, a power liftgate and more.
“Buick’s quality, refinement, and style continue to attract more customers and this modern resurgence started with Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It was a pioneer for three-row luxury crossovers and remains one of the segment’s most popular. The new Tuscan Edition celebrates Enclave’s achievement and rewards owners with a higher level of distinction.”
On top of a new design, the Tuscan Edition also comes with optional AWD, powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that cranks out 288 hp. In addition to plenty of power, the new model also gets 24 highway mpg.
For the second year running, Buick was ranked highest in dealer service satisfaction in the J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI), among 19 other mass-market automotive brands. GMC came in fourth on the list.
The study measures service satisfaction among owners and lessees of one- to five-year-old vehicles in the United States by focusing on five service areas, including quality, initiation, advisor, facility, and vehicle pick-up (in order of importance).
Buick was ranked first with 836 points out of a possible 1,000 while GMC was ranked fourth with 807 points. Between them were MINI and Volkswagen. They ranked significantly higher than the mass-market brand average, and Buick even scored higher than three luxury brands.
“Superior reliability, quality and customer service is core to every model we bring to market,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Leading the market in service satisfaction demonstrates that we and our dealers continue to deliver on that commitment.”
In other words, when you visit Rivard Buick GMC, you can expect luxury dealership levels of service!