Clay Sculpting in the Modern World Still Plays a Major Role in Vehicle Design

Clay Sculpting in the Modern World
Clay sculpting in the modern world is the best way to view a concept in real life, so vehicle designers still need clay sculptors.

Despite having access to the best digital and design technology in the world, vehicle designers still need clay sculptors. Why, you might ask? Because clay sculpting in the modern world is the best way to view a concept in real life. And because the material is soft clay, it can be easily changed—sharp lines can be softened, curves can be straightened.

Recently, Buick showed us how clay sculpting played an important part in bringing the beautiful Avista concept to life. The designers had created digital mock-ups of the Avista’s door, but wanted to see it in its physical form. That is where creative sculptor Mark Dybis took over.

“We are really fortunate to work with such a talented team of sculptors,” said Aaron Stich, creative designer for Buick, in a statement. “They brought the design to life in a way we never could have imagined; it was absolutely inspiring to see how they interpreted what we had done with pen and paper. This is what it’s like in the Buick studio right now, there’s so much energy, and everyone is itching to contribute. It’s fueling the creative renaissance of the brand.”

Isn’t clay sculpting a beautiful art? We hope it never loses its place in automotive design.

Take Care of Your Car during Car Care Month

Car Care Month
A neglected car can lead to bigger problems down the road, eventually costing you even more money. Because of this, April is recognized as Car Care Month.

Now that spring is here, it is time to get your car ready for any spring and summer road trips you might take. A neglected car can lead to bigger problems down the road, eventually costing you even more money. Because of this, April is recognized as Car Care Month.

In 2014, at car care events held across the country, the Car Care Council found that 84% of vehicles participating in the events were in need of some sort of service or repairs. The biggest problem was oil changes; in fact, 25% of the cars at the events needed an oil change. Other common problems included dirty air filters, worn out windshield wipers, and coolant issues.

Of course, all of these issues on their own are relatively minor. But, if you have more than one of these issues or if you just choose to ignore it, it can lead to much bigger (and more expensive) problems. That is why preventative, routine maintenance is so important.

If you want to take care of your car this month and catch up on its maintenance, schedule an appointment today with us here at Gjovik Auto.

Politeness Cause Of Traffic Jams In UK

Cause of Traffic Jams
According to Phys.org, Walker’s conclusion is that the cause of traffic jams is the accumulation of “small actions from individual drivers.”

Over across the big pond, there’s a pretty reputable educational institution referred to as Heriot-Watt’s Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. It’s there that one Dr. Guy Walker, Associate Professor in Human Factors, does research trying to figure out how to prevent traffic jams. In other words, he’s a modern hero.

Walker released findings that are interesting to say the least. They suggest that there isn’t some mechanism to traffic jams that makes us helpless to their existence. According to Phys.org, Walker’s conclusion is that the cause of traffic jams is the accumulation of “small actions from individual drivers.” In other words… IT’S YOUR FAULT!!!

More specifically, people merge too early when confronted by a lane closure. Instead of merging “at the forefront of the queue,” as Walker eloquently puts it, people move into the open lane as soon as possible. And from this, traffic begins to back up.

Here’s the thing though. Walker is analyzing British driving tendencies. What about here in the New World? Walker’s research says nothing about what goes on here but for those of us who drive on American highways everyday, the idea that drivers are too polite probably doesn’t hold water.

In any case, maybe the solution is to take the middle ground. Don’t be too polite and don’t be too aggressive. See how that works.

Buick Super Bowl Ad Shows Off New Buick Convertible

Buick Super Bowl Ad
The Buick Super Bowl ad starred the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. along with actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.

During the Super Bowl, Buick ran a spot featuring the all-new Buick Cascada. It’s a beautiful car: sleek and aerodynamic. But perhaps most importantly, it’s a convertible. Buick is so cruel… The brand has to know that making us watch a convertible speed off into the distance never looks more appealing than in February! But when you think about it, it’s just brilliant marketing.

The Buick Super Bowl ad in question starred the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski. They are attending a wedding in what looks like California’s wine country. The bride tosses the bouquet of flowers and Ratajkowski takes off, as if she’s on a fly pattern. She dives and makes the catch, prompting the other attendees to comment, “She Odell’d it!”

They then express general disbelief that Odell Beckham Jr. is in attendance but that is quickly overshadowed by their disbelief that “that convertible is a Buick.”

Watch the Buick Super Bowl ad here!

Special Edition Colorado Shows Off Truck’s Adventurous Spirit

Who says SUVs should have all the off-roading fun? That’s the question Chevrolet is asking its audience at the Chicago Auto Show right now, where a new special edition Colorado is on display. The Colorado GearOn Special Edition, as its name implies, features the GearOn accessory system, a system built to help you have tons of fun adventures.

The special edition 2015 Chevrolet Silverado will receive GearOn Accessories
The special edition 2015 Chevrolet Silverado will receive GearOn Accessories

Special Edition Colorado Gets GearOn Accessories

The GearOn system features elements like cargo tie-down rings, a bars package, a divider package, and more. Plus, the Special Edition comes with black Bowtie logos, new wheels, and a special EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, among others. All these features make it easy for you to transport gear like bikes, boats, paddles, skis—all the materials you need to get out and enjoy the raw, unfiltered natural world.

Related: Specs and Features for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

“Chevrolet Colorado answers the call for customers who have passions of all types and the GearOn accessory system enables them to bring more adventure wherever they go,” said Tony Johnson, Colorado marketing manager. “And with Colorado offering segment-leading efficiency and capabilities, it’s a combination that maximizes adventure without compromise.”

The GearOn Special Edition is another indication of how special and diversely capable the Colorado is as a truck. Come see us here at Gjovik Auto to learn more about the new truck and all its options today. You don’t have to take it into the mountains; it towers over the competition on the highway as well.

Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition Shows Pickup’s Dark Side

Truck fans, rejoice—Chevrolet is now offering the pickup truck of your dreams. The American carmaker recently announced the Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition, a special edition pickup truck that is taking the color black to the next level.

Introducing the Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition

“The Midnight special edition, like our recently announced Custom Sport Silverado, lets our dealers offer a custom look right from the factory,” said Sandor Piszar, Silverado marketing director. “Customers can get a monochrome exterior, black alloy wheels and other uplevel touches, while maintaining all of the dependability Chevy trucks are famous for along with full factory warranty coverage.”

Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition is based off the 2015 Chevy Silverado
Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition is based off the 2015 Chevy Silverado

To create the Chevrolet Silverado Midnight Edition, the American carmaker went back to black with an all-black front end and a body-colored grille, bumper, and more. The black color continues in the side moldings, 18-inch black painted alloy wheels, and a spray-in bedliner.

The Silverado Midnight Edition was first displayed at the National Automobile Dealers Association Convention & Expo in San Francisco and will make its public debut February 14 at the Chicago Auto Show. If you are interested in checking out the brand-new special edition Silverado, make sure you contact Gjovik Auto today!

2015 Buick Encore’s 5-Star Safety Rating Seals the Deal for Buick

The 2015 Buick Encore may be small in size, but it offers a lot when it comes to safety. Recently, the Encore earned a 5-Star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—the highest score awarded by the federal government.

2015 Buick Encore’s 5-Star Safety Rating
2015 Buick Encore’s 5-Star Safety Rating

Encore’s 5-Star Safety Rating

With the addition of the Encore’s 5-Star safety rating, the entire 2015 Buick lineup has now received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, including the Enclave, LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano.

“Consumers are consistently surprised to discover Encore provides the characteristics they expect in our larger offerings – style, sophistication, connectivity and comfort,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick, in a statement. “NHTSA’s evaluation affirms Encore lives up to Buick’s safety reputation.”

Making the Encore so strong is its high- and ultra-high strength steel body structure. It also comes equipped with 10 standard air bags to keep all passengers safe. Available safety features include rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert, front- and rear-park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.

To see even more of what the 2015 Buick Encore has to offer, come take it out for a test drive today at Gjovik Auto.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Teaser Possibly Revealed in Detroit

2015 Chevy Camaro - next edition 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Teaser has us interested!
2015 Chevy Camaro – next edition 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Teaser has us interested!

Turns out, Chevrolet had more than just its official displays in mind at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this month, when the brand stealthily revealed what might be the first image of the next-generation Camaro.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Teaser

Naturally, Chevrolet held a press conference at the event, where the automaker aired a slideshow with five new models to be launched this year. Among the images was a heavily silhouetted vehicle, with Camaro-reminiscent shape. Was this a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro teaser?

This model is the sixth generation of the Camaro, a muscle car that has been a staple in the Chevrolet catalog since it premiered in 1968. Hopefully a clear, official picture of the new Camaro will be released soon. Until then, all we really know about the vehicle is that it will get its debut sometime this year.

While we wait, keep in touch with us at Gjovik Auto, or visit to check out our huge selection of vehicles, from Chevrolet and your other favorite GM brands.

Buick Avenir Concept: A Peek Into The Future

The future of Buick comes in the form of the Buick Avenir concept. A deeper look at the Avenir gives the viewer the sensation that Buick engineers were having fun and pushing the limits of their current design potential. Pushing so hard in fact that they pushed a little into the future.  This could be why they named it Avenir in the first place.  It means “future” in French.

If the Avenir or anything like it made it into production, it would certainly prove to be the flagship sedan for Buick. The Avenir’s looks alone suggests that. It has a “tapered tail evocative of the old Buick Riviera sporty coupe,” says USA Today. A low-profile combined with 21 inch wheels lend the Avenir an appealingly sporty appearance.

Everything about what’s under the hood screams flagship. The Buick Avenir concept is powered by a V6 with direct-injection, coupled to a nine-speed automatic that sends thrust to all four wheels.

If the Avenir is how Buick’s future looks, the future looks very bright.  Not the state of the current Buick models is anything to sneeze at! Visit Gjovik Auto in Sandwich and see for yourself.

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.