Next-Generation GMC Terrain Introduces Push-Button Shifter

Next-Generation GMC Terrain
The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes.

The manual transmission versus automatic transmission debate has been ongoing since the invention of the automatic. Fans of manual transmissions like the way they have more control over their vehicle, allowing them to get better gas mileage and get the most out of the performance of their car. This has lead to various automakers attempting to recreate the gear-shifting dynamic of a manual while creating more space and being more safe and convenient. The next-generation GMC Terrain seems to have solved this dilemma.

The new 2018 GMC Terrain will feature push-button gear shifters. Called the Electronic Precision Shifter, the system consists of three buttons and two switches located below the audio system. The new shifter is the only one available on the GMC Terrain, but it is offered on all three engine options – two gasoline and one diesel. GMC representatives are eager to see how the experimental shifter functions in the real world, rather than just on the test tracks.

The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes, according to IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley.

At Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, we are thrilled to see GMC taking the lead on this project!

GMC Canyon Lineup Introduces More Models and Options

GMC Canyon Lineup
The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models.

Numbers don’t lie, and if the GMC Canyon’s sales boost of 20% over last year is anything to go by, it’s easy to see that drivers love the Canyon. As the smallest truck in GMC’s lineup, the Canyon combines the maneuverability of a light-duty truck without sacrificing power. The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models, packages, and powertrain options.

The most notable addition to the lineup is a luxurious Denali trim. Common on GMC trucks, the Denali name is usually reserved for range-topping trucks with premium features, comforts, and amenities.There’s also a special edition All-Terrain Package that gives the Canyon a bit of off-roading prowess, for drivers who are interested in that sort of thing.

The newest engine in the GMC Canyon lineup is a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 motor, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission. With a performance rating of 308 horsepower and up to 275 lb-ft of torque, the new engine is expected to provide improved fuel efficiency and better towing capacity as well. The new 2017 GMC Canyon with the new trim packages and powertrain options will go on sale sometime later this year.

More Efficient 2015 Yukon Denali with New Transmission

more efficient 2015 Yukon Denali
More Efficient 2015 Yukon Denali

Car companies are constantly working hard to make their models more efficient, while at the same time keeping the features and capabilities drivers love. General Motors was able to do this with the full-size, luxurious GMC Yukon Denali.

More Efficient 2015 Yukon Denali

With a new eight-speed transmission, we will get a more efficient 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali. Two-wheel-drive models of the Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali now have an EPA-estimated highway mileage of 22 mpg. The EPA rating for the four-wheel drive Yukon Denali rises to 15 mpg in the city.

The new Hydra-Matic 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission is paired with the 6.2-liter EcoTec3 V8. With this combination, the Yukon Denali delivers a segment-leading 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

Even with improved efficiency, the Yukon Denali doesn’t lose any of its capabilities. Tow ratings for both the Yukon Denali (8,400 pounds) and Yukon XL Denali (8,100) are unchanged.

 

The 2015 GMC Yukon Denali will be coming to Gjovik Auto soon. Give us a call and let us know if this is the full-size SUV you’ve been looking for.

GMC September Sales are Best Since 2008

GMC September Sales2014 has been especially kind to GMC. With September ending, the brand saw its seventh consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. GMC September sales were the best since 2008, with a 28 percent jump in sales when compared with September 2013.

Leading the sales were the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, which saw a combined sales increase of 76 percent year-over-year and the models’ seventh consecutive month of sales increases.

Another successful model was the GMC Sierra with a sales jump of 20 percent. The 2500HD and 3500HD models are growing in sales, with 27 percent of total Sierra sales volume in September represented by these models.

“GMC’s growth in September hinged on offering distinctive style and sophistication in a number of packages, allowing a wide array of customers to find the one that best fits their lifestyle,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC, in a statement. “Expanding our pickup portfolio, especially with the new Canyon, allows GMC to further expand its horizons and reach new customers.”

Stop by Gjovik Auto today and check out the complete lineup of long-lasting, hard-working GMC vehicles.

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition Goes Dark

2015 GMC Sierra Elevation EditionIf you want to add an element of mystery to your life, if you’re looking to go a shade darker, add a new level of sophistication and style to your world, you need the all-new 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition. The new Elevation Edition is a well-put together package offering a bold appearance and athletic appeal.

Much in the same way the Sierra Denali and Sierra HD Denali models raised the standard for premium pickup trucks, the Sierra Elevation Edition will surprise and excite customers shopping for a sport pickup,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president, Buick and GMC in a news release. “With its striking looks, sophisticated connectivity features and legendary capability, the Elevation Edition raises the standard of what a sport pickup truck can be.”

The 2015 GMC Sierra Elevation Edition enhances the base Sierra 1500 double-cab pickup with a body-colored grille surround, color-keyed door handles, mirror caps, side moldings and front and rear bumpers. In addition, Elevation models come with premium headlamps with distinctive LED lighting, fog lamps, and black 20-inch aluminum-alloy wheels.

The Elevation Edition comes jam-packed with interior features and technology, as well. Remote keyless entry, power mirrors, a 110-volt AC power outlet, LED cargo box lighting, a 4.2-inch Intellilink color touchscreen audio system, Bluetooth phone connectivity, and OnStar with 4G LTE Connectivity all come standard.

Look for the sophisticated Elevation edition to make its way into Gjovik Auto and other dealerships before the end of the year!

2015 GMC Canyon Carves its Way into Heart of Midsize Truck Segment

The GMC truck lineup is usually all about the Sierra, whether it’s the standard version or any of the upper-level Denali or heavy-duty trims. But there’s a new name in town, now—the 2015 GMC Canyon. The Canyon marks GMC’s return to the midsize truck segment, and here at Gjovik Auto, we expect this awesome new truck to quickly carve out a big space in drivers’ hearts.

“The all-new Canyon is the segment’s first premium midsize truck, delivering class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “It’s an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.”

The truck may be new, but that doesn’t make it a rookie. It’s already got segment-leading numbers in several categories, including an EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway rating. With three trims available in both two- and four-wheel-drive configurations, it’s easy to customize the Canyon to make it the perfect fit for you.

GMC Introduces 2015 Sierra Carbon Edition to Truck Lineup

The GMC Sierra is a long-standing and popular entry in the full-size truck market, offering plenty of heft, style, performance, and capability. Now, however, they’ve created an even better version of their popular truck in the new 2015 Sierra Carbon Edition. It actually comes in three different trims: the Carbon 22 Edition, Carbon 20 Edition, and the standard Carbon Edition.

All three options come with cool, stylish features like a “black painted grille, carbon fiber graphics, and body-colored trim with other Carbon Edition variants.” Here’s how Stuart Pierce, the Sierra marketing manager, summed up the appeal of the new truck: “The beauty of the new Sierra lies in its strength and sophistication,” Pierce said. “But for customers wanting to stand out and make a strong statement, the Sierra Carbon Edition models are the answer.”

The Carbon Edition isn’t just style, either. Every one comes with available 5.3-liter EcoTec3 V8 or 4.3-liter EcoTec3 V6 engines, the latter of which gets as much as 355 horsepower. So, if you’re looking to, just as Pierce said, “stand out” from the crowd of the pickup truck market, then come see us here at Gjovik Auto today to check out the Sierra in all of its editions, Carbon and otherwise.

Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain receive Top Safety Pick+ rating

Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’
Chevrolet Equinox Wrecks and IIHS calls it ‘Good’

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently wrecked a Chevrolet Equinox and really liked what happened.

14 mid-size utility vehicles were put through IIHS’s small-overlap frontal crash test.  Only the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received the highest rating of ‘Good’.  (While the Chevrolet Equinox was the only vehicle tested, it and the Terrain share the same design features.)  For the 2014 models, the front structure and door-hinge pillars were modified.

The Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain received IIHS’s highest rating of TOP SAFETY PICK+.  The TOP SAFETY PICK+ award is given if a car receives:

  • Good (or Acceptable) rating in small overlap crash test
  • Good ratings in four other occupant protection tests
  • Basic or higher rating for front crash prevention.

Of the other tested models in the small overlap test, one received an ‘Acceptable’ rating and all others received ‘Marginal’ or ‘Poor’ ratings.  That’s a little scary to us.

GMC Terrain 2014 model
The GMC Terrain is the Equinox’s twin.

A frontal crash is the most common collision resulting in fatalities so the small-overlap test is designed to be difficult to pass.  It replicates what happens when the front driver’s side of a vehicle collides with another car or with a stationary object.  Like when your teenager hits a light pole in the mall parking lot or a tree jumps out in front of them.

IIHS’s front crash test is designed to avoid the crumple zone which typically absorbs the crash impact.  Since its not absorbed by the front end crumple zone, the energy from the crash reaches the passenger cabin, resulting in injuries to the occupants.

During the small-overlap test, the car travels at 40 mph toward a five foot tall barrier. 25% of the car’s width strikes the barrier on the driver side.  A dummy sits in for the driver to replicate an average size man.  Since passengers move both forward and sideways in a crash, some airbags and seatbelts find the test challenging.

Got 9 seconds? 
See what happens during a small-overlap crash test.

Got 120 seconds?
Hear from directly from IIHS why the Equinox and Terrain got the highest rating. Includes lots more crashing!

Needless to say, Gjovik Auto does not recommend anyone perform their own crash tests. We’re just happy to know that our customers will be safer should a traffic accident happen.

But the mall’s light pole may not fare as well.

Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

Fuel Economy
Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

Full-size SUVs have their pros – seating, versatility, cargo space. Fuel economy, however, is generally not one of the features automakers highlight…until now. Both Chevrolet’s and GMC’s full-size SUV models now boast increased highway fuel efficiency by close to 10 percent for the 2015 model year.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are two-wheel drive utility vehicles equipped with a standard 5.3-liter engine that earns 23 mpg on the highway. Cruising through city streets, the SUVs get 16 miles per gallon, a seven percent increase over the previous model year.

The 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali vehicles are equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Even with the segment’s best power and handling, these vehicles deliver 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Contact us here at Gjovik Auto for more information on purchasing a 2015 Chevy or GMC full-size SUV when they become available later this year.

GMC Canyon Revealed in Detroit

GMC CanyonThe 2015 GMC Canyon is finally here. It bowed in at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit a few weeks ago.

Back in November, when General Motors revealed its sibling, the new Chevrolet Colorado, GM promised a distinct look for the Canyon and it definitely got one. There will be no mistaking one for the other, despite their shared underpinnings.

The Canyon has a much beefier look with squared-off edges and a tall, intense grille with chrome horizontal bars. The wheel arches stick out more than they do on the Colorado, giving the Canyon a solid, wide stance.

GM wants the Canyon to be the mid-size truck for the modern era. It will be more refined than its competitors and offer an 8-inch color touchscreen along with multiple USB ports and will be capable of being a WiFi hotspot.

One feature that is sure to keep families happy is the Teen Driver system. This lets parents set limits on speed and will even mute the radio until both the driver and possible front passenger have buckled up. And the Canyon will even send a “report card” home to let Mom and Dad know how their son or daughter is driving.

We can’t wait until we get the 2015 GMC Canyon on our showroom floor.