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!

Creatures of the Night at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Creatures of the Night - Tampa

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.