Hummer EV-Inspired Beast Debuts at the Extreme E Race Expo

2022 Hummer EV | Tampa, FL
2022 Hummer EV | Tampa, FL

If you’re a fan of off-road racing, you’ll want to tune in for the Extreme E Race Expo this April. Not only will it be a fun event full of fast vehicles and plenty of adrenaline, but GMC will be teaming up with Chip Ganassi Racing for a special surprise. This year’s event will see CGR take on the competition with an electric SUV inspired by the new 2022 GMC Hummer EV.

This powerful racing machine has a powertrain that can produce 550 horsepower. Its grille, bodywork, and unique graphics are a direct homage to the new Hummer EV, which is set to release later this year.

Off-road racers Sara Price and Kyle LeDuc will be behind the wheel for the high-octane event.

The 2022 Hummer EV is easily one of the most anticipated vehicle releases of the year. The world’s first all-electric supertruck will be able to achieve a mind-boggling 1,000 horsepower and 11,500 lb-ft of torque, all while producing zero emissions. Thanks to 35-inch tires, standard independent front and rear suspension, and an available CrabWalk mode, there will be no terrain the 2022 Hummer EV can’t handle.

The Extreme E Race Expo kicks off with the Desert X Prix on April 3. The 2022 Hummer EV will be hitting Rivard Buick GMC in Tampa bay, Florida, this fall.

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.

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.

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.

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.

GMC’s Brand Expansion Promises Exciting New Models

GMC’s Brand Expansion
GMC’s Brand Expansion

GMC has no trouble selling its signature SUVs and pickups—selling an impressive 700,000 vehicles each year in 12 countries—but the brand is looking to extend its popularity by introducing updated looks and luxury to their model lineup. What does GMC’s brand expansion mean for drivers, though?

If you’re already a diehard GMC enthusiast, you can expect more of the quality you love with more options than before. And if you’re on the fence about GMC, you can be sure the brand is committed to rolling out new vehicles that are perfect for drivers from all walks of life.

Already, GMC has rolled out an all-new Terrain compact SUV that features contemporary styling, real aluminum trim, advanced technology features, and an innovative new shifter design. This new SUV gives a look into GMC’s goal of distinguishing itself from the competition through bold looks and expert engineering.

For years, GMC has advertised under it’s signature “Professional Grade” slogan, but the brand hopes to demonstrate it’s interest in developing new, modern vehicles for today’s drivers with a new “Like a Pro” campaign.

Whether you’d never even dream of buying anything other than a GMC or simply curious about what GMC has going on, the idea of new models featuring entirely fresh ideas is a lot to be excited about. Stop by Rivard Buick GMC today to take a test drive and learn more about what GMC is doing to bring real innovation to real drivers.

Redesigned GMC Terrain Gets Turbo Diesel Engine

Redesigned GMC Terrain

The Terrain was added to GMC’s lineup 8 years ago, but up until this point, it had never undergone any significant redesign. Following the introduction of the next-generation Acadia, however, the Terrain underwent a similar transformation. The redesigned GMC Terrain is now lighter, smaller – and more powerful than ever. Now with a range of three different turbo engines, including a turbo-diesel option, the Terrain is set to wow buyers with its new look and capabilities.

 The more sculpted and sleek exterior design reflects the new styling cues in other members of the brand’s vehicle lineup and marks the beginning of GMC’s next era of design philosophy. But those new, contemporary looks aren’t limited to the outside. With more luxurious materials used in making the interior, as well as more innovative and versatile seating, the GMC Terrain was designed to offer both comfort and capability from the inside out.

 Of course, the fun part of the redesigned GMC Terrain lies under the hood. Two gasoline engines will be offered – a 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter option – as well as 1.6-liter turbo-diesel option. These engines will be paired with a new nine-speed automatic gearbox and are said to significantly boost fuel economy in the new Terrain. Specific numbers aren’t yet available regarding fuel ratings and horsepower, but that information will become available when the new Terrain’s launch draws near.

GMC Fleet Options Expanding to Include More Alternative Fuels

GMC and Chevrolet have both announced that they will expand their alternative fuel fleet options through partnership with Power Solutions International (PSI), a company that manufactures and distributes ecofriendly engines and power systems for the industrial and on-road sectors.

The partnership will allow GMC and Chevy to introduce heavy-duty pickups and full-size vans with compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquid petroleum gas (LPG) engines in early 2017. The announcement came shortly after the two automakers chose PSI as their preferred upfitter for CNG- and LPG-capable trucks.

GM will supply GMC and Chevy vehicles to PSI, who will fit the vehicles with the LPG or CNG fuel system and then ship the finished trucks and vans directly to dealerships. GM has been expanding its green lineup for years through vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Bolt EV as well as alternative fuel options. Now, expanding the Chevy and GMC fleet options lets them reduce fuel consumption and costs while providing a range of choices for fleet managers, who have different needs.

The US Department of Transportation also announced in December that it will designate a national network of alternative fuel corridors across 55 routes in 35 states. The network will be almost 85,000 miles long and will continue to expand as electric, hydrogen, and other fuel sources are popularized.

GMC Denali Trims: Luxury, Entertainment & More

GMC Denali Trims - Rivard Buick GMC TampaYou may have seen the term “Denali” when shopping for a new GMC model, but what does it really mean? This nameplate is reserved for top-of-the-line GMC vehicles, ranging from the Sierra to the Yukon. With exclusive features, trims, and designs, it doesn’t get much better than the GMC Denali trims.

According to PickupTrucks.com, the Denali is the epitome of luxury. Since 2015, the Denali models generally make up about 20 percent of the model lineup, offering features like leather seating, real wood and metal accents, chrome exterior trim, large alloy wheels, and the latest high-tech gadgets. Plus, Denali models always come standard with the best in safety and performance.

“In the end, the 2015 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali is a really nice truck with lots of great interior finishes combined with a powerful yet fuel-efficient powertrain,” said auto writer Mark Williams. “This truck makes traveling a lot more comfortable.”

In addition to the Sierra 1500, the Yukon Denali is also one of the most popular premium trims from GMC. The Yukon Denali comes with state-of-the-art systems like keyless entry and remote start, IntelliLink, Bose Centerpoint surround sound, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and touchscreen navigation. It also has leather trim and heated seating, wireless charging for mobile devices, HID lighting, and polished 20-inch alloy wheels.

If you want the best in luxury, check out the GMC Denali trims. You’ll be surprised by the level of sophistication you can get in one of these models.

GMC Was Named the “Most Refined Brand” By KBB

GMC YukonGMC has a host of things to be proud of, from its best-selling trucks to its powerful SUVs. And they’re being recognized! GMC was named the “Most Refined Brand” by Kelley Blue Book.

The 2016 Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards honors different vehicles based on consumer perception. This is gathered from Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch Study, an online tracking study that uses data from more than 12,000 new-vehicle shoppers.

And, for the third year in a row, GMC was named the “Most Refined Brand.” Why? Well, for many reasons. Driven by the luxurious Denali sub-brand, this award credits GMC for its interior features like its layout, comfort, and technology. It also received high ratings for its prestige and sophistication.

The Denali trim levels provide both luxury features while keeping its rugged look, working luxury into its original integrity.

“Premium quality and exterior styling and the top two reasons customers choose GMC vehicles,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC. “Unprecedented refinement and attention to detail provide our customers with a truly Professional Grade experience.”

If you want to see just how luxurious GMC vehicles are, check them out today at Rivard Buick GMC!