GM Military Discount Program Extended to Include 21 Million Veterans

GM Military Discount Program
General Motors is honoring veterans and active members of the military by extending its GM military discount program for the month of May.

General Motors is honoring veterans and active members of the military by extending its military discount program for the month of May.

Just about anyone in or previously in the military can benefit, including active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, and retirees and their spouses of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Just counting the veterans, that’s an estimated 21 million people who can benefit from the program.

The discounts will apply to most of the vehicles in our lineup at Gjovik Auto, excluding only Cadillac models and the Corvette Z06 as well as the base-level trims for certain models. Discounts will vary per model, from $1,500 off the price of a 2015 Camaro SS to $3,000 off the Silverado All Star.

In any case, active and retired members of the military are bound to find something to their liking, especially since the GM military discount program can be combined with any other GM incentive!

GM Engineer Discovers Diapers Can Help Warm Your Car Faster

If you ever heard Mom say, “Waste not; want not,” the chances you rolled your eyes or had a similar response are pretty large. However, General Motors’ Vehicle Thermal Systems engineer, Nicholas Jahn, must have taken the saying to heart because, the next thing we know, diapers are helping to warm your car faster, and all thanks to Jahn.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado Plowing Snow
2015 Chevrolet Silverado

Snow, when it gets packed into the inlet at the bottom of the windshield, can block the flow of air to and from the vehicle. This makes heating the cabin less efficient and leaves you in the cold for longer than necessary.

In order to combat snow’s effects and improve the efficiency of the car’s heater, Jahn needed to conduct tests. He wanted a substance that would behave like snow in order to make testing more feasible – otherwise he would have to wait for it to actually snow or find an open time slot to conduct tests in GM’s climatic wind tunnels.

So, Jahn decided not to waste the observations he made as his daughter swam in her diapers.

When wet, her diapers expanded. Not exactly a shocking revelation, but upon further research, Jahn found the diapers were partially made of a substance called sodium polyacrylate that behaves like snow when saturated. Conveniently, the sodium polyacrylate can be used in testing at any location and is reusable.

2015 Chevy Cruze: GM Engineer Discovers Diapers Can Help Warm Your Car Faster
2015 Chevy Cruze

Now that Jahn and his team have been able to improve testing procedures, they’ve also been able to develop a more efficient heating system in vehicles like the Chevy Cruze.

“The last thing anyone wants to do when it’s freezing cold out is scrape their windshield,” Jahn said. “The testing we perform on the Chevrolet Cruze with the diaper material allows us to maximize the car’s heating capabilities.”

So yes, waste not; want not; and stay warm. We at Gjovik Auto guess Mom was right after all.

GM Third Quarter Global Sales Best Since 1980

GM Third Quarter Global SalesThis past quarter, GM third quarter global sales were the best since back in 1980. That’s right—the best July to September sales in 34 years, just as big hair, leg warmers, and blue eye shadow were becoming all the rage.

The company’s various brands performed well in their designated markets with the U.S. and China – the two largest markets – reporting sales growth of 8 and 12 percent, respectively.

“GM delivered its best third quarter global sales in 34 years thanks to solid growth in the United States and China, and steady improvement in Opel’s market share,” said Mary Barra, General Motors CEO. “We have launches now underway, including the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon in North America, the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa in Europe, and the Buick Envision and Cadillac ATS-L in China, that will keep our momentum going.”

During the third quarter, nearly 2.5 million vehicles were sold around the world, bringing the year-to-date total up to 7,371,743 units.

As GM continues the trend of record-breaking sales, we at Gjovik Auto can’t wait to see what the final sales total will be for the year. At this rate, it will be close to 10 million vehicles. Wow!

Is one of those 10 million your new vehicle?

GM Awarded Most Initial Quality Awards

In the car industry, there is a constant battle to see who is the best of the best. This year, it looks like General Motors takes the cake after coming out on top in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. The American carmaker continued its winning streak this year after receiving more Initial Quality Awards than any other carmaker in the industry, while also having the most models ranked in the top three in the respective segments.

“We are committed to providing customers with the highest levels of safety, quality, and an exceptional ownership experience,” said Alicia Boler-Davis, senior vice president GM Global Quality and Customer Experience. “Having the most award recipients of any automaker shows that we are on the right track by putting the customer front and center in everything we do.”

The Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon both swept the Large SUV segment, along with the Chevrolet Tahoe, while the Chevrolet Silverado HD and Buick Encore topped their respective segments. In the Midsize Car segment, the Chevy Malibu also came out as the leader, showing that each of GM’s branches is a top performer.

Not only were GM’s vehicles awarded with quality awards, but the company’s plant in Ingersoll, Canada, where the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain are built, was also awarded a Silver Plant Assembly Line Quality Award.

To see what makes General Motors a top-ranking carmaker, stop by Gjovik Auto today!

General Motors Expands Military Discount Program

Military Discount

To show appreciation to those who dedicate their lives to protecting the rest of us, General Motors has expanded its military discount to all U.S. military veterans. This includes those who are currently active duty, in the reserves, retired, and military veterans, no matter the separation date. Spouses are also eligible for the military discount.

“It’s a small token of gratitude from GMC for those that serve this country,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of Buick and GMC, in a statement. “We’re very proud of the brand’s history with the U.S. military, but even more so of the men and women that sacrifice for this country, every day.”

Service men and women have until June 30 to take advantage of this special discount. To save even more, it can be combined with most current incentives. The first step to receive the discount is to request an authorization number. This can be done online. Once you have your number, simply take it to your preferred GM dealer and you’re all set.

Visit us at Gjovik Auto and we’ll be happy to serve those who serve us.

General Motors Emphasizes Its Commitment to Customer Safety

Customer SafetySafety is and always has been a top priority for General Motors and for us here at Gjovik Auto, whose customers are our family, friends, and neighbors. We are pleased to tell you that GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, recently appointed Jeff Boyer as the new Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately.

Though the position is a new one, Boyer’s long-standing reputation is not. For almost 40 years Boyer has worked in various engineering, safety, and process leadership positions within the company.

“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” Barra stated in a press release.

“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers in the vehicles they drive,” said Boyer. “Today’s GM is committed to this, and I’m ready to take on this assignment.”

We sure like this guy all right.

Buick Plans Beautiful New Flagship Sedan

In a recent interview with Forbes, General Motors’ President, Mark Reuss, discussed the future of Buick. One thing that he hinted at was a new flagship sedan, which he described as “a much more beautiful [Porsche] Panamera.” Since the production version of GM’s new Cadillac concept, the Elmiraj, is set to arrive in 2015, we suspect this may be when the Buick version arrives as well.

New Flagship Sedan
The GM President hinted at some big changes, including a new flagship sedan and a Chevrolet Cruze hatchback.

In the same interview, Reuss also talked about a future hatchback version of the popular Chevrolet Cruze. He called its current absence, a “pre-bankruptcy planning mistake.” We would love to see a hatchback version of the Cruze and think it would be extremely popular.

Other new models for GM include one that will effectively fill a “black hole” in the truck lineup with a middle-of-the-road truck between a heavy-duty pickup and a medium-duty commercial truck. This would be a great addition to the wonderful Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.

Which new GM model are you most excited for?

Chevrolet to Add Siri Eyes Free to Six Vehicles in 2014

Siri Eyes Free
Siri Eyes Free is coming to six additional Chevy models

Chevy has announced that six of its 2014 model-year vehicles will feature Siri Eyes Free integration, bringing everyone’s favorite pocket-sized personal assistant with drivers onto the road as part of Apple’s continued rollout.

Chevrolet’s 2014 versions of the Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt will all feature Siri Eyes Free as part of the MyLink infotainment system.  Siri Eyes Free mode connects to MyLink through Bluetooth , allowing for those using iOS6 or iOS7 Apple devices to interact with the voice activation button found on the vehicle’s steering wheel.

This interaction allows drivers to access their calendars, playlists, contacts, and messages without ever having to take their eyes off of the road.  Drivers can also make calls, hear the content of texts read back to them in Siri’s dulcet tones, and compose messages of their own.  Siri Eyes Free was previously, and successfully, integrated into Chevrolet’s Spark and Sonic vehicles.

“The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable,” said Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. Marketing, in a statement. “Easy, reliable and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities to help deliver an incredible driving experience, so we’re excited to expand this to even more customers.”

Of course, this also means you can now amuse your friends on the road by asking Siri silly questions and chuckling as she casually offers to tell you where the best places to hide a body.  For more information on Siri Eyes Free and Chevrolet’s 2014 lineup, come see us at Gjovik today!

 

#Heatstroke is No Joke: GM Donates $200,000 to Heatstroke Awareness

Heatstroke awareness
GM is dedicated to raising heatstroke awareness.

If you’re a sensible human being, you probably know that leaving a child or pet in your car on a scorching summer day is a no-no. Yet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 37 children have lost their lives on average every year since 1998 after being left unattended in a hot vehicle. With temperatures inside a car much higher than outside, leaving your kid—two- or four-legged—in your vehicle when it’s hot out can become deadly in a matter of minutes.

Just how deadly is pretty clear. On a nice, comfortable, 75-degree day, your car can reach 100 degrees in just 20 minutes. Imagine how much worse that gets as the outside temperature rises. As we move through the summer months, organizations across the country are attempting to raise heatstroke awareness in order to save lives and really make people think. To help with this effort, GM is donating $200,000 to Safe Kids Worldwide to support the Never Leave Your Child in a Car campaign.

With GM’s donation and cooperation, Safe Kids Worldwide was able to spread its message across social media channels on National Heatstroke Prevention Day, July 31st. GM fans were encouraged to use the hashtag #heatstroke to help keep the conversation going. And even though National Heatstroke Prevention Day is over, Gjovik Auto encourages its readers to spread the word, either online or in person. Let’s aim for a 2014 where no such preventable deaths occur.