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.

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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?

Chevy Camaro Pivotal Tool in Helping U-2 Spy Plane Land

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What happens when you have a pilot in a space suit try to land a plane that has only two sets of landing gear? The result: you need a really fast car to guide the pilot down safely.

The Lockheed U-2 spy plane is one of the most unique airplanes ever created. Its mission is to gather information. To do this safely, the U-2 flies at extremely high altitudes—70,000 feet—essentially in space. In order for a plane to reach this altitude, it has to be as lightweight as possible and when Lockheed was designing the plane, it surprisingly cut out a set of landing gear to save weight.

Scott Evans from Motor Trend recently got to ride in one of the Chevrolet Camaro chase cars that help the U-2 land and shared his experience in a recent article.

To help the U-2 pilot down, the Camaro driver has to literally drive just yards behind the rapidly descending plane and tell the pilot how far off the ground he is. When the plane reaches 2 feet above the ground, the pilot can finally touch the ground and land the plane. He then has to balance the plane on the two sets of landing gear until coming to a complete stop.

Watch this video to see the amazing teamwork in action.

Chevrolet to Add Siri Eyes Free to Six Vehicles in 2014

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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!

 

National Teen Driver Safety Week: Gjovik’s Tips

In case you hadn’t heard, this week is National Teen Driver Safety Week. That means it’s time to go over the rules of the road with your teen, in order to make sure he or she is aware of safe driving practices and the dos and don’ts of manning a vehicle. If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t panic. Gjovik Auto has the basics covered, so you can use our handy guide as a starting point in opening a dialogue with your teen driver.

  • Consider a parent-teen driving contract. Go over your expectations about important things, such as refraining from texting or using a mobile phone while driving, or wearing a seatbelt at all times. As you go over the contract, you and your teen should sign each section, and review it frequently as your teen becomes a more experienced driver.
  • See if your car’s manufacturer offers in-car monitoring. All GM vehicles that offer OnStar come with a service called Family Link. For $3.99 per month, you can check on your car’s location using the Vehicle Locate feature. This allows you to keep tabs on where your teen is driving. You’ll need an OnStar subscription if you want to take advantage of Family Link.
  • Buy your teen a car that comes with excellent safety ratings. Check the IIHS and SaferCar.gov websites to see how your car rates, or to research a new or used car before purchasing.

Remember that you are the best influence on your teen’s driving habits, so taking the time to have an adult discussion about the realities of being  a driver can help shape your teen into a safe, responsible driver. Let’s make National Teen Driver Safety Week the starting point for these conversations, and keep them going throughout the year!

National Teen Driver Safety Week
Use National Teen Driver Safety Week at a starting point for a discussion with your teen.

Chevy Camaro Limo: Luxurious Yet Speedy

Ever seen a Chevy Camaro limo? Probably not, and you probably think that even the idea that one of these exists is ridiculous. After all, the Camaro is known for its speed, handling, and race track performance, whereas a limo is known for driving bachelorettes around the city slowly and awkwardly. But we’re here to tell you that such a car is in existence, and was recently listed on eBay for a cool $47,000. Intrigued? Let us tell you more.

The Chevy Camaro limo in question was a 2011 model, being sold as-is. With a laughable 33,000 miles, this Camaro was in the prime of its life, with many fun and festive miles left on its odometer. Its 3.6-liter V6 engine was reported to be in tip-top shape, although the car was not without issues. The new owner will need to address the Chevy Camaro limo’s malfunctioning air conditioning, an airbag light that refuses to go off, and some minor cosmetic dings that would need to be fixed before loading it up with high school prom-goers or 21st birthday parties.

Now we know that such a vehicle exists, we’re wondering if it would be possible to make any vehicle into a limo. Just imagine the Chevy Silverado limo, or even a limo-motorcycle. The possibilities are endless!

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Imagine this Camaro transformed into a Chevy Camaro Limo…

Celebrating 50 Years of the Chevy Malibu

Fifty years ago, nobody had heard of the Chevy Malibu. Then, one day in 1964, Chevy introduced the car as the Chevelle Malibu. This car was the top-of-the-line trim for the well-loved Chevelle. Quickly, it gained popularity, and eventually went on to completely replace the Chevelle in 1978. Since then, the Chevy Malibu has come to represent value, style, and reliability, and the 2014 Malibu is the embodiment of all that and more. This year, we’re happy to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu.

The 2014 Malibu has been given a slight makeover from its 2013 counterpart. Although it’s not a complete overhaul, there are some significant changes that make the 2014 stand out from its predecessor. A new Text-to-Voice feature allows the car’s infotainment system to read text messages over the audio system, and allows the driver to respond via MyLink, without ever taking his or her hands off the wheel. The 2014 Malibu also boasts a standard 2.5-liter EcoTec engine with stop/start technology—a first for this segment.

So whether you remember the original 1964 Malibu or not, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate 50 years of the Chevy Malibu. Stop by Gjovik and see the latest model in person!

50 Years of the Chevy Malibu
2014 marks 50 years of the Chevy Malibu

Rumor Mill: GMC to Offer Smaller Cars

When you think of GMC vehicles, what springs to mind? Probably a truck, like the Sierra; or an SUV or crossover, like the Terrain. One thing GMC lacks is a choice of smaller vehicles, but all that could change soon. Recent rumors suggest that the truck brand is getting ready to move beyond offering larger vehicles by introducing a vehicle smaller than its current smallest Terrain. When the world—and the automaker—will be ready for GMC to offer smaller cars is up for debate.

Back in 2010 at the Detroit Auto Show, GMC introduced the Granite concept, a compact van-shaped car that would compete with the likes of the Honda Fit. Although this vehicle never made it past the concept stage, it was GMC’s way of showing that it can do more than just build trucks and SUVs. Perhaps now is the time to expand on that idea, and start offering a smaller car that will appeal to urban drivers looking for a car to drive around town.

We will keep our eyes peeled at upcoming auto shows for a sign than a smaller vehicle is coming to the GMC brand. Until then, you can see GMC’s famous trucks and family-friendly SUVs at Gjovik Auto, as well as smaller vehicles available from Chevy and Buick.

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The Terrain is currently GMC’s smallest vehicle.

Chevrolet Silverado Scores Big in Consumer Reports Testing

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2014 Chevy Silverado

When Consumer Reports speaks, the industry listens. In a recent road test performed by Consumer Reports, the Chevrolet Silverado came out on top with a winning score of 81 out of 100 points. It impressed the testers with its utility, handling, and great fuel economy.

The pickup truck segment is currently one of the fastest and most competitive in the automotive market, making this recognition extremely important. The consumer advocacy magazine is one of the most popular sources of automotive information for many consumers.

Impressive features on the Chevrolet Silverado include a large bed, 2,007-pound payload capacity, and a best-in-class trailering capability of up to 11,500 pounds. The Silverado gives customers the option to customize their truck with a vast array of options, including three different engines. These include a 4.3-liter V6 with Active Fuel Management, a 5.3-liter V8 that deliver 355 horsepower, and a 6.2-liter V8 available later this fall.

Stop by Gjovik Auto and take a look at our large inventory of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks. We’re certain you’ll fall in love with this rugged pickup, which is not only Consumer Reports’ top pick, but also increasingly the top pick of drivers across the country.

Current GMC Yukon to Get Makeover in 2015

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2013 GMC Yukon

Ready for the next generation of full-size SUV? GMC certainly is, with its recent announcement of the all-new 2015 Yukon family, including the Yukon XL and Yukon Denali. The redesigned SUVs will come with advanced EcoTec3 engines to deliver what GMC estimates will be segment-leading gas mileage. Although it’ll be another year or so before the all-new 2015 Yukon family hits our streets, the pros at Gjovik are excited to share more about what’s to come!

The all-new Yukon will come with about two inches more legroom in the rear seats, meaning children won’t be the only ones riding in comfort. Each Yukon will also feature an eight-inch color touch-screen radio which comes with available navigation. For parents who like to keep a close eye on their kids, a conversation window will provide a panoramic view of the back seats without needing to turn around while driving. And keyless entry and push-button start are standard, completing the luxurious new touches of the 2015 Yukon.

Although it’s a while before we’ll see one of these beauties in person, Gjovik Auto does offer current Yukon models, plus much more. Stop by and check them out—we’d be happy to let you take one out for a spin!

2014 Chevrolet Impala: Best Full-Size Sedan

Looking for a full-size sedan for your family? The sheer number of sedans available out there can be overwhelming, making it difficult to know which one is best for your needs. Luckily, the experts at Cars.com decided to make it easier with the $38,000 Full-Size Sedan Challenge. The automotive website took seven popular full-size sedans, and pitted them against each other in an attempt to see just which one ruled the segment.

The seven cars competing for the title of best full-size sedan included the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala, 2014 Ford Taurus, 2013 Dodge Charger, 2013 Chrysler 300, 2013 Toyota Avalon, 2013 Nissan Maxima, and 2013 Hyundai Azera. Each car was tested by three experts from Cars.com, one automotive editor at USA Today, a producer from “MotorWeek,” and a coffee shop owner from Illinois who would typically purchase this type of car. Tests included a 200-mile road trip to test fuel economy, and back-to-back testing by each member of the panel to compare braking, handling, ride comfort, and more. And guess which car came out on top? The 2014 Chevrolet Impala, of course!

The panel loved the Impala’s brand spanking new looks—both inside and out. The experts also praised the Impala’s ride comfort, ease of driving, plentiful cargo space, and interior features that appeal to families and individuals alike.

Stop by Gjovik’s to see the 2014 Chevy Impala in person. We’re certain you’ll agree that it’s the best full-size sedan money can buy!

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Chevy Impala: best full-size sedan