General Motors Emphasizes Its Commitment to Customer Safety

Customer SafetySafety is and always has been a top priority for General Motors and for us here at Gjovik Auto, whose customers are our family, friends, and neighbors. We are pleased to tell you that GM’s CEO, Mary Barra, recently appointed Jeff Boyer as the new Vice President of Global Vehicle Safety, effective immediately.

Though the position is a new one, Boyer’s long-standing reputation is not. For almost 40 years Boyer has worked in various engineering, safety, and process leadership positions within the company.

“Jeff’s appointment provides direct and ongoing access to GM leadership and the Board of Directors on critical customer safety issues,” Barra stated in a press release.

“This new role elevates and integrates our safety process under a single leader so we can set a new standard for customer safety with more rigorous accountability. If there are any obstacles in his way, Jeff has the authority to clear them. If he needs any additional resources, he will get them.”

“Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers in the vehicles they drive,” said Boyer. “Today’s GM is committed to this, and I’m ready to take on this assignment.”

We sure like this guy all right.

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.

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!

#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.