NHTSA Awards 2014 Buick LaCrosse Five-Star Safety Rating

NHTSA Awards 2014 Buick LaCrosse Five-Star Safety Rating

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has earned an overall five-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This rating includes both the front- and all-wheel-drive versions. The LaCrosse earned five-star ratings for both front and side-impact crashes and a four-star rating in the rollover tests, which gave it an overall five-star rating.

Buick incorporated a wide range of safety features into the LaCrosse. In addition to a strong frame, these include Forward Collision Alert technology and Adaptive Cruise Control. Forward Collision Alert uses both audio and visual warnings to alert you when you are too close to the car in front of you.

Also keeping you safe are the available Side Blind Zone Alert and Change Alert. These technologies use radar to let you know when a car is in your blind spot so you don’t change lanes and cause an accident. An available rear camera uses Rear Cross Traffic Alert to help you park with confidence.

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is available now at Gjovik Auto. Come see how luxury and safety combine to create the perfect sedan for you.

2014 Buick Encore: Small SUV for a Big City

2014 Buick Encore

While Sandwich, Illinois, isn’t the biggest of cities, being an hour away from Chicago, you may frequently find yourself driving in one. Anyone who’s ever had to drive in a big city like Chicago or New York can tell you how stressful it can be—and parking in a big city can often be worse than driving.

One thing that will be a big help in city driving is a small car or crossover, and the 2014 Buick Encore is a prime example. It will not only help you feel more comfortable while waiting in traffic and save you on fuel costs despite the stop-and-go traffic, but it will also help you squeeze into those tight, hard-to-find parking spaces.

From a distance, the Encore’s small size isn’t apparent. It looks like a large crossover, but when you get closer you realize it’s actually quite petite. In fact, it is a foot shorter than a Honda Civic. However, it isn’t lacking in space on the inside. It has seating for five and offers up to 48.4 cubic feet of space with the rear seat folded.

Will you be spending any time in the windy city of Chicago? Perhaps the 2014 Buick Encore is the small city car for you. Come visit us at Gjovik Auto and take it out for a spin.

Buick Bug to Be Featured on “Jay Leno’s Garage”

Buick Bug

In addition to hosting the Tonight Show, Jay Leno is famous for his vast collection and love of cars. Combining these two gives us the web series “Jay Leno’s Garage.” On the show, Leno talks about cars both old and new. A future episode will be featuring the 1910 Buick Bug borrowed from the Sloan Museum in Flint, MI.

The Buick Bug is a racing car that got its name from its pill-shaped bug-like appearance. Jeremy Dimick, Curator of Collections for the museum, called the Bug “the jewel of our collection,” in an interview with MLive.

Dimick will also get to be on the show with Leno to talk about the car. “I just want to make sure I tell him everything about the history (of the car). I already sent him some stuff to read,” he said. “It’s exciting. We get to talk about the car to a whole new audience. … I just want to make sure everybody else sees how cool this car is.”

This car is one of the earliest examples of racing cars and was quite dangerous to drive. One of the drivers, “Wild” Bob Burmanm, died in a race while driving the Buick Bug. And another driver, Louis Chevrolet, flipped the car during a practice lap in Indianapolis.

Stay tuned for this future episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” to see the Buick Bug in action. Leno is lucky enough to drive all the cars featured on his show, including this one.

Chevrolet to Produce Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible

Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible
Chevrolet to Produce Premiere Edition Stingray Convertible

If you drive a Corvette, you’re sure to stand out from the crowd. If you drive a Corvette Convertible, you’ll turn even more heads; but, if you’re driving a 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Premiere Edition Convertible, you’ll be one of only 550.

Chevrolet recently announced this limited edition run of the Stingray Convertible. What makes this stand out from the crowd will be its unique paint job—a dark green called Lime Rock Green. It also has an exclusive Brownstone suede interior and sporty carbon fiber accents.

Giving the Premiere Edition some extra punch is a Z51 Performance Package, Magnetic Selective Ride Control, and a variable tuned performance exhaust system. Under the hood, the engine is the same as the rest of the Corvette lineup; however, in the trunk you’ll find a set of Corvette branded luggage from Thule.

This limited edition Corvette will arrive early next year. Want to get yourself behind the wheel of a Premiere Edition? Come visit us at Gjovik Auto and we’ll let you know how to get one.

1964 Chevrolet CERV II Auctioned

On November 21, RM Auctions held its Art of the Automobile auction in New York. There were some truly some incredibly beautiful cars that crossed the block that day, including the 1964 Chevrolet CERV II.

According to the auction listing, the CERV II, which stands for Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle II, is the “first known operating example of torque-vectoring, all-wheel drive.” It was used a test vehicle for future Corvette ideas, including tires, aerodynamics, and top speeds.

This amazing one-of-a-kind vehicle was sold for $1.1 million. Even with that astounding amount of money, it wasn’t the top seller. That was another 1964 vehicle, a Ferrari 250 LM by Carrozzeria Scaglietti, which sold for $14.3 million!

There were two other General Motors cars included in the auction. One was a 1941 Cadillac Custom Limousine named “The Duchess.” This beautiful car received a high bid of $415,000, but its reserve was not met so it wasn’t sold. The other GM car was a 1958 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight Convertible. Just look at that chrome! This fetched a respectable $258,500.

Which of these amazing GM cars would you love to have parked in your garage? Here at Gjovik Auto, we’re falling in love with the red and white design of the Oldsmobile.