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

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Awards $4.2 Million to Students

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program
The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program benefits young students

Shelling out for college can leave you in a pile of debt by the time you graduate. And there are plenty of students who would love to go to college, but simply don’t have the resources and don’t want to spend the rest of their lives paying off student loans. For those students, help is at hand. With programs like the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, students across the country are able to head to college when they otherwise might not be able to.

This year, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program, which is funded by the General Motors Foundation, provided $4.2 million worth of scholarships to 1,100 students who want to work in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM). Jobs in these fields are expected to grow by 17 percent by 2018, so it’s important to have qualified applicants for these jobs. The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program places a strong emphasis on awarding students that excel in the classroom, and those who frequently give back to their communities; as well as minorities and women. Buick also recognizes military veterans, first-generation college students, and military dependents.

Since its inception in 2011, the Buick Achievers Scholarship Program has awarded almost $16.5 million in scholarships to approximately 3,300 students. Gjovik Auto commends the efforts of Buick and GM in helping educate America’s young people, and is proud to be part of such a giving company!

Diesel Power: Colorado and Canyon to Get Diesel Engines

If you’ve noticed a great deal of hype lately about diesel engines, you’re not the only one. With Chevy releasing a diesel version of its Cruze sedan, it seems that the old stigma about noisy, expensive, smelly diesel engines is a thing of the past. Today’s diesel engines are much cleaner, and offer excellent fuel economy to drivers who are continuing to demand more eco- and wallet-friendly vehicles. And GM is continuing to embrace this trend by offering diesel-powered versions of its upcoming Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks.

According to insiders, GM plans to launch the trucks with a version of either its 2.5-liter or 2.8-liter Duramax turbo diesel engine. These engines are already fitted in the current Colorado, which has taken a one-year hiatus from the U.S., and will return as a redesigned 2014 model, along with its GMC Canyon counterpart. However, the diesel engines likely won’t be available until 2015. This gives GM time to reintroduce its smaller pickup trucks to the market before launching a version offering alternative fuel.

Gjovik Auto looks forward to the return of the Colorado and Canyon. If you’re interesting in switching to a diesel-powered car, check out the diesel versions of the Chevy Cruze and Silverado, as well as the GMC Sierra, available now at our Sandwich, Illinois GM dealer.

Colorado and Canyon
GMC Canyon

Sierra and Silverado: Pickup Trucks with Five-Star Safety Ratings

Cars and minivans typically come equipped with a plethora of safety features designed to keep your family snug and secure. But we often assume trucks are built with one purpose: to get you and all your equipment to work, whether you work on a horse farm, in construction, or mowing grass. Certain trucks, though, are designed with your entire family in mind, providing the very best safety features available. The 2014 Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra are the first pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) since the organization changed its testing program back in 2010/2011.

Pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings
2014 Chevy Silverado

The Silverado and Sierra are both built using high-tensile steel, and offer fully boxed frames. As two incredible pickup trucks with five-star safety ratings, they offer features like Lane Departure Warning, Safety Alert Seat, and Forward Collision Warning. Other safety features include a rear vision camera, seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and trailer-sway control. And for the safety of you and your passengers, both trucks some with six standard airbags.

If you require the very best safety features around, and long to own a full-size pickup, there are only two choices for you. You can find both the 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra at Gjovik Auto, so stop by and see them for yourself!

Chevy Sonic RS: Power and Efficiency Combined

Chevy Sonic RS
Chevy Sonic RS

When you think of the Chevy Sonic, you probably think of a cheap and cheerful subcompact car with a low starting price and modest standard features. But the Sonic is so much more than that. If you’re the type of driver that wants a little extra oomph in your engine, but you don’t want to upsize to a larger vehicle, the 2013 Chevy Sonic RS could be the answer to your prayers.

Officially, RS stands for Rally Sport. We think it could stand for “really speedy.” That’s because the Sonic RS comes with a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that can gets an EPA estimated 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, and generates 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft of torque. That might not sound like much, but the RS trim adds an additional 23 lb.-ft of torque to the base LS trim, and since this car is so light, that’s some serious pickup. The Chevy Sonic RS is available as a hatchback, and comes with heated leatherette seats, cruise control, and Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system.

So if you’re looking for a cheap-fun-to-drive car that won’t have you paying through the nose at the pump, the Chevy Sonic RS is definitely worth a look. Stop by Gjovik Auto to check it out in person!

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

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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.

2014 Chevy Impala: So Quiet, You Can Record Music In It

If your eardrums have had enough of being blasted by an overly-noisy car, perhaps it’s time you considered switching to a vehicle with a little less engine noise, and a little more soundproofing. Enter the 2014 Chevy Impala; a car so quiet, a blues-rock band in Detroit used one as a recording studio for their latest track.

2014 Chevy Impala
2014 Chevy Impala

Thanks to the same Active Noise Cancellation technology you find in high-end headphones, the 2014 Chevy Impala’s interior remains strong and silent. It was for this reason that The Gentlemen Mutineers chose the sedan as the best place to record a song. The Impala was parked in one of the noisiest areas of Detroit—right by the Tigers stadium on a game day, with the inevitable construction that plagues the Michigan summer, and a live concert going on just down the street. Yet none of these background noises made it onto the track, which was recorded on a laptop by Mark Pastoria from Harmonie Park Studios.

Other factors that combine to make the 2014 Chevy Impala the peaceful haven it is include sound-absorbing carpet, acoustic foam, triple-sealed doors, liquid-applied sound deadener, and acoustically laminated glass. To check out the uber-quier 2014 Impala for yourself, stop by Gjovik Auto and take one out for a soundless spin!

GMC Joins Madden NFL 25

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All kinds of GMC vehicles, like the Terrain, will appear in Madden NFL 25.

As you’re probably aware, GM is famous for awarding NFL and MLB players who win MVP awards with their very own vehicles. Just last week, the American automaker awarded winning Home Run Derby hitter Yoenis Cespedes with his very own 2014 Chevy Silverado. And last year, Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco received his very own C7 Corvette Stingray. Well, now this tradition is carrying over to the virtual world, with GMC vehicles being featured in the upcoming Madden NFL 25 video game.

In order to feature its vehicles in the Madden game, GMC signed a deal with its makers, EA Sports, to be the official vehicle of the popular game’s 25th edition. This means that you’ll be seeing such GMC giants as the Yukon, Terrain, and Arcadia making cameos while you’re thrashing the opposing team. And the MVP of the Madden NFL Super Bowl will receive a handsome black 2014 GMC Sierra Denali. GMC will also feature heavily in the game with plenty of commercials, banners, and imagery.

At Gjovik Auto, we’re expecting the Sierra Denali to join our already impressive lineup of 2014 Chevy, Buick, and GMC models any time now. Stop by and check them out, and we’ll make you feel like an MVP!

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