Buick 2012 Regal GS Introduced

Buick has recently introduced new submodels at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in November, including the much-anticipated Regal GS. Buick estimates a sub-7-second 0-60 mph time for the 2012 Regal GS, thanks to a new Ecotec 2.0-liter turbo four making 255 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque, with a six-speed manual gearbox. Later in the model year  a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control will be available.

The Buick car gets unique front and rear fascias, rocker panel extensions, an integrated rear spoiler, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, metal sport pedals, and 12-way front heated seats with four-way power lumbar control. The GS-specific black interior comes with satin-finish elements.The GS also includes high-performance four-wheel discs with Brembo front calipers and standard 19-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with all-season tires. Five-spoke 20-inch-polished alloys with performance tires are optional. Computer Damping Control and the Interactive Drive Control System are standard in the GS.

Posted by klick on Feb 21 2011 in Buick News

Smart Ways to Save at the Pump

Gas prices are on the rise, and with every fill up it seems as though your bank account is dwindling. But follow these simple steps and you may just end up saving a considerable amount at the pump.

  1. Fill up on weekdays – Prices rise on the weekend, so buy gas on Tuesday afternoons or Wednesday mornings.
  2. Track your mileage – Have your car checked if the average miles you get per gallon continues to decrease over time.
  3. Look for discount gas cards – and rebate programs that offer as much as 5 to 10 percent off the gas you buy!
  4. Avoid running on empty – When your car is on empty you’re actually using more gas because your vehicle is running less efficiently. Fill your gas tank when you have half a tank or a little less.
  5. Less is more – Did you know that for every 100 pounds of weight in your car, fuel economy decreases by one to two percent. Additionally, put heavy items in the trunk instead of on a roof rack, which creates drag and eats up gas.
  6. Avoid idling – Shut off the engine if you have to sit in your car for more than one minute.
  7. Check your tire pressure – Under-inflated tires require more energy to roll. More energy means more gas.
  8. Slow down – Driving at posted speed limits saves fuel and saves lives. Each 5 mph over 60 mph is like paying an additional 10 cents per gallon. Use cruise control to maintain your speed.
  9. Avoid topping off – When you top off your tank, the pump doesn’t have enough time to really activate, resulting in short bursts of fuel that may short change you from the amount of gas that you are purchasing.
  10. Maintain your car - Change your oil, spark plugs, and air filter on schedule. Always go to a repair shop if your “Check Engine” light comes on – a faulty oxygen sensor could be the cause, lowering your mileage significantly.
  11. Tighten gas cap – Tightening the gas cap on your car will prevent gas from evaporating and escaping into the air. If you’ve lost your gas cap, buy a new one as soon as possible.
  12. Choose your route wisely – Take the route with the flattest terrain and fewest stops. Try to avoid traffic jams and stop-and-go traffic.
  13. Avoid sudden stops and starts – Erratic acceleration and braking can waste up to 50 cents a gallon.
  14. Get a tune-up – A simple tune-up on your car can improve your gas mileage by an average of 4.1 percent!

Posted by klick on Feb 11 2011 in Driving Tips

Strong Buick and Chevy Sales Help GM Recover

GM posted a 31 percent increase in retail sales last month with sales of the new Buicks and Chevys leading the way. The most popular models include the European inspired Lucerne and the luxury Enclave as well as the enviornmentally friendly Chevy Volt and the reliable Silverado.

“January was a good month and signaled a solid start to the new year for each of our divisions,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations in a recent press release.  “Our results were driven by gains across the board in all segments, with our newest models leading the way.”

Chevrolet delivered 125,389 total vehicles in January, a 19-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet rose 33 percent for the month. Retail sales were propelled by improving Cruze sales, which were 129 percent higher than the compact car it replaces. Silverado and Equinox retail sales, which were up 35 and 46 percent respectively.

Buick reported 13,269 total sales, a 32-percent increase compared to a year ago. This includes a 44-percent rise in year-over-year retail sales, led by Regal (2,290 units) and Enclave, which had retail sales 37 percent higher than last year. This marks the 16th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand. 

Posted by klick on Feb 4 2011 in Buick News, Chevrolet News