Next-Generation GMC Terrain Introduces Push-Button Shifter

Next-Generation GMC Terrain
The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes.

The manual transmission versus automatic transmission debate has been ongoing since the invention of the automatic. Fans of manual transmissions like the way they have more control over their vehicle, allowing them to get better gas mileage and get the most out of the performance of their car. This has lead to various automakers attempting to recreate the gear-shifting dynamic of a manual while creating more space and being more safe and convenient. The next-generation GMC Terrain seems to have solved this dilemma.

The new 2018 GMC Terrain will feature push-button gear shifters. Called the Electronic Precision Shifter, the system consists of three buttons and two switches located below the audio system. The new shifter is the only one available on the GMC Terrain, but it is offered on all three engine options – two gasoline and one diesel. GMC representatives are eager to see how the experimental shifter functions in the real world, rather than just on the test tracks.

The push-button gear shifter in the next-generation GMC Terrain is said to be “intuitive,” with “infrequent and minor” mistakes, according to IHS Markit senior analyst Stephanie Brinley.

At Gjovik Chevy Buick GMC, we are thrilled to see GMC taking the lead on this project!

GMC Canyon Lineup Introduces More Models and Options

GMC Canyon Lineup
The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models.

Numbers don’t lie, and if the GMC Canyon’s sales boost of 20% over last year is anything to go by, it’s easy to see that drivers love the Canyon. As the smallest truck in GMC’s lineup, the Canyon combines the maneuverability of a light-duty truck without sacrificing power. The newest additions to the GMC Canyon lineup prove that GMC is invested in keeping up the good work by adding new models, packages, and powertrain options.

The most notable addition to the lineup is a luxurious Denali trim. Common on GMC trucks, the Denali name is usually reserved for range-topping trucks with premium features, comforts, and amenities.There’s also a special edition All-Terrain Package that gives the Canyon a bit of off-roading prowess, for drivers who are interested in that sort of thing.

The newest engine in the GMC Canyon lineup is a powerful and efficient 3.6-liter V6 motor, which is mated to an eight-speed transmission. With a performance rating of 308 horsepower and up to 275 lb-ft of torque, the new engine is expected to provide improved fuel efficiency and better towing capacity as well. The new 2017 GMC Canyon with the new trim packages and powertrain options will go on sale sometime later this year.

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.

Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

Fuel Economy
Chevrolet and GMC Offer Increased Fuel Economy for Full-Size SUVs

Full-size SUVs have their pros – seating, versatility, cargo space. Fuel economy, however, is generally not one of the features automakers highlight…until now. Both Chevrolet’s and GMC’s full-size SUV models now boast increased highway fuel efficiency by close to 10 percent for the 2015 model year.

The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL are two-wheel drive utility vehicles equipped with a standard 5.3-liter engine that earns 23 mpg on the highway. Cruising through city streets, the SUVs get 16 miles per gallon, a seven percent increase over the previous model year.

The 2015 Yukon Denali and Yukon XL Denali vehicles are equipped with a 6.2-liter V8 engine. Even with the segment’s best power and handling, these vehicles deliver 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.

Contact us here at Gjovik Auto for more information on purchasing a 2015 Chevy or GMC full-size SUV when they become available later this year.

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.

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.

GMC to offer smaller cars
The Terrain is currently GMC’s smallest vehicle.

Current GMC Yukon to Get Makeover in 2015

GMC Yukon family
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!

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!

GMC Joins Madden NFL 25

Maddden NFL 25 GMC Terrain
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!