GMC’s New Hummer EV Lets You Crabwalk

Have you ever felt alienated by the automotive industry’s stubborn refusal to stray from the traditional linear forward and reverse modes of transportation we’ve come to expect from our vehicles for over a century? If so, you might want to sit down and prepare yourself, because General Motors has some exciting news for you: the all-new GMC Hummer is set to rattle the market to its very core with an all-new crabwalk mode.

Before you get too excited, don’t expect that the all-electric Hummer’s crabwalk mode will let you use the super-SUV as an amphibious vehicle, or that it has extendable pincers for dealing with jerks who cut you off in traffic. The Hummer’s crabwalk mode offers four-wheel steering that allows the driver to control both the front and the rear wheels.

Traditional steering columns only control the front wheels, while the rear wheels simply trail behind. With GMC’s innovative new crabwalk mode, both sets of wheels turn, which allows the new Hummer to travel diagonally. This feature will be especially useful when traveling through tricky terrain on the trail or when you’re looking to spice up your commute by striking awe in onlookers.

Even though the new Hummer hasn’t made it to the lot of Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck just yet, you can crabwalk your way over to one of our sales associates to reserve yours today.

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Buick Vehicles Get Custom Amazon Alexa Phrase

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Four Buick models already boast a built-in Amazon Alexa™ feature, allowing drivers to access information, ask questions, and get directions on the go. This innovative collaboration between Buick and Amazon was on full display in a recent promotional campaign.

The late August to mid-September promotion ran across several platforms and in a virtual showroom on Amazon, where the phrase, “Alexa™, tell me about Buick SUVs” was said for the first time. Buick is the only automaker to have a custom utterance from the interface.

The campaign served dual purposes — to highlight the collaboration between the retail giant and Buick and inspire people to see Buick in a new light.

“Getting people to think differently about Buick is a motivation behind everything we do. We are a brand that’s not afraid to take risks and have some fun,” said Buick Advertising/Media Operations manager Kate Hrabovsky.

The campaign was aptly timed to showcase the all-new 2021 Buick Envision, an SUV overflowing with cutting-edge tech, comfort amenities, and athletic design. It’s also the latest model to deliver the convenience of Amazon Alexa™ to drivers. The 2020 Buick Encore GX and 2020 Enclave also feature the connectivity tech, as do the 2018 LaCrosse and 2018 Regal.

According to Hrabovsky, this is not the last time Buick and Amazon will team up; more initiatives and projects are in the works.

See why Buick and Amazon Alexa™ are a perfect match with a test drive of the 2020 Buick Encore GX or 2020 Enclave at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck in Clinton Township, Michigan.

GMC Rules in 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Awards

The auto industry is full of major studies and awards that evaluate a vehicle’s power, popularity, or overall quality. But only one evaluates automakers and vehicles on how much joy they bring their owners, and that’s the J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout, or APEAL, awards.

The vice president of automotive quality at J.D. Power has said that the goal of automakers should be delighting customers and meeting their needs. Some of them are better at that than others. And that’s what the APEAL Study measures.

GMC received third place among the mass-market brands surveyed. Ranking third sounds like less of a win, but look at the results. GMC was higher than Chevrolet and Buick, both General Motors brands, and well surpassed other competitors like Ford, Toyota, Honda, and Nissan.

The J.D. Power study also found that the GMC Sierra HD was one of the highest-ranked models in its segment. It’s easy to see why. The 2020 GMC Sierra HD has impressive power numbers, with 18,510 pounds of towing on the 2500HD and a massive 35,500 pounds on the 3500HD. In addition to this, the Sierra HD now has the off-road technology of the AT4 trim.

GMC Sierra HD - 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Awards - Clinton Twp, MI

You can experience the satisfaction of the Sierra and other GMC vehicles for yourself by scheduling a test drive at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck today.

The Interior of the 2021 Buick Envision Is Finally Revealed

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The 2021 Buick Envision is a stylish new daily driver that is set to arrive at dealerships early in 2021. Amid growing anticipation for the model, Buick unveiled the luxury SUV’s interior, which proves to be as elegant as its exterior.  

The cockpit of the 2021 Envision is well designed with identical door handles and an evenly split center armrest/storage console. The center console is aimed towards the driver’s seat so you can more easily view the infotainment system during the drive. As such, staying connected to loved ones with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ is noticeably easier.

On the dashboard, the instrument panel and touch screen are in the top hemisphere, while controls for the vehicle and climate settings are underneath. Not only is this division convenient, but it also has a refined design with graceful curves and striking lines.

Available Jazz Black and Ivory White color options give the SUV a more sophisticated look. Furthermore, the 2021 Envision also features a large dual-pane moonroof, which lets additional sunlight into the cabin and provides excellent views of your surroundings.

At Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck, we look forward to adding the 2021 Buick Envision to our inventory. Give us a call if you’d like to be informed when this new luxury SUV will make its way to Clinton Township, Michigan.

2021 Buick Encore Scores NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

The ever-popular Buick Encore remains the anchor of an SUV and crossover lineup that now includes its larger sibling, the Encore GX, and all-new 2021 Envision. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the 2021 Encore remains a bedrock when it comes to safety as well, earning its 5-Star Safety Rating in its New Car Assessment Program.  

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NHTSA determines a vehicle’s safety score based on how it performs in several crash tests, including frontal, side, and rollover testing. For the Encore, it was five stars across the board in the former two categories. The 2021 Buick Encore earned perfect marks in the front driver-side, front passenger-side, front and rear side barrier, and side pole crash tests. In rollover testing, the Encore earned a solid four-start score with a low risk for rollover.

Better still, the 2021 Buick Encore is available with two of NHTSA’s recommended safety technologies: forward collision warning and lane departure warning. The Encore is available with driver-assistive technologies like Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, making it an all-the-more sound and safe choice for families.

The 2021 Buick Encore is coming very soon to Jim Causley Buick GMC in Clinton Township, Michigan, where it will join the all-new 2021 Envision and the first-ever Encore GX. If you’re ready to step up your game with a new vehicle, contact our dedicated sales staff and we’ll put you on the path to excitement. 

Virtual Tours of Michigan’s Treasures

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If you’re looking for ways to keep your kids busy at home this summer, check out the Pure Michigan website. It has a variety of virtual tours so you and your family can see and experience some of what our beautiful state has to offer from the comfort of your couch.

Learn more about America’s automotive history when you virtually tour the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Make sure to check out the museum’s digital archives, as well.

Increase your knowledge of glass blowing when you explore Dearborn’s Glass Academy. This working modern glass studio has been posting live demonstrations on their Facebook page.

Help your children foster a passion for science when you take a virtual tour of the Michigan Science Center. Head to the museum’s website for educational entertainment that spotlights the planetarium, the health and wellness gallery, and more.

Go on a nature hike with Manistee County’s 3-hour-long “Natural Wonders Self-Guided Tour.” You’ll see nine attractions — including the Arcadia Dunes, Lake Michigan’s coast, and Magoon Creek Nature Preserve — as you take in 40 miles’ worth of Michigan landscape.

Interact with the animal residents of the Detroit Zoo via live video feeds and educational videos on the zoo’s website. And check out the zoo’s YouTube channel to enhance your indoor fun.

Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck wishes you and yours a safe and healthy summer. Remember to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle this season.

Picking The Right Car Seat For Your GMC SUV

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Whether you’ve got children or you’re expecting, it’s vitally important to make sure you have a car seat to keep them as safe as you are in your GMC SUV. However, the buying process can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. So, we put together a quick list of tips for picking the right car seat for your GMC.

 

Pick the right size

No matter their age, kids grow like weeds, and their size and age make a big difference in which car seat is right for them. For instance, infants and very young children’s car seats should be rear-facing, whereas toddlers’ seats should be front-facing. Additionally, as your young one gets bigger, they may outgrow their car seat, so make sure they fit comfortably before making a final decision.

 

Make sure the seat fits

Car seats aren’t all the same, so it’s important to make sure that any one you’re thinking about buying will actually fit in your vehicle. If you can’t get it to sit firmly on the actual seat or you have trouble securing it, look for another option.

 

Practice installation

Actually getting a car seat into place can be deceptively challenging, so give installing it a few test runs before you finalize the purchase.

 

GMC SUVs like the Acadia are safe enough to earn a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but a car seat is essential for children, even in the safest of vehicles. For more tips on how to keep your kids safe on the road or for help installing a car seat, give us a call at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.

Preparing Your Truck for Off-Roading

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There are plenty of amazing places to take your GMC truck off-roading in Michigan, but you won’t get far if your truck isn’t properly outfitted for hitting the trails. From your friends at Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck, here’s a list of essential upgrades for preparing your truck for off-roading near Clinton Township.

Off-road tires

Installing all-terrain tires is necessary for safe driving off-road. All-terrain tires are designed to grip onto looser surfaces like dirt and sand better than standard tires can, letting you navigate forest trails, deserts, and other off-road surfaces more easily.

Skid plate

When you’re driving on rocky, loose, or wet terrain, you need a skid plate to protect the underside of your truck. The skid plate acts as a barrier between debris from the road and the important parts housed under your vehicle, including the radiator and drivetrain.

Lift kit

A lift kit raises your truck further off the ground, giving you more ground clearance for driving over steep hills and other obstacles without scraping the underside of your truck. Body and suspension lift kits exist, but only suspension lift kits give you more ground clearance.

Emergency equipment

You should never go off-roading without equipment that can help you recover from emergencies like getting stuck in mud or sand, tire punctures, and running out of fuel. And don’t forget to pack plenty of food, water, spare clothing, and sleeping bags in case you get stuck somewhere overnight.

With these upgrades, you’ll be all set for your next off-road adventure. To order and install these parts on your truck or find a pre-modified off-road truck to purchase, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck today.

Meet the New GMC AT4 Lineup

The 2021 GMC lineup will introduce the off-road AT4 trim to several new vehicles, including the Terrain small SUV, the Canyon small truck, and the Yukon large SUV. The AT4 trim will continue to be available on the mid-size Acadia SUV and the Sierra full-size truck line.

The decision to add the AT4 trim to more GMC vehicles was an easy one, thanks to year-over-year increases in AT4 sales. Off-road capability is one of the most sought-after qualities in SUVs and trucks today, and the AT4 adds a wide range of smart off-roading features.

Across the lineup, the AT4 trim adds a suspension lift for higher ground clearance, making uneven terrain safer and easier to navigate. AT4 vehicles also come with special skid plates, shocks, and all-terrain tires.

In addition to off-road parts, the AT4 makes some available features standard, like the MultiPro™ Tailgate on the Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD pickup truck, which can open in various configurations, and up to 15 camera views that provide better visibility for tricky terrain.

The AT4 trim is also distinguished by its rugged design upgrades. With highlights like a black chrome grille, light surrounds, appliques, and unique interior fabric colors, you can customize your AT4 to your preferences.

For more information on the new GMC AT4 lineup, visit Jim Causley Buick GMC Truck.

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A History of General Motors Innovations Throughout the Years

You take a lot of the basic features in your car for granted. But at some point in history, that feature didn’t exist, and someone invented it. Many of these essential vehicle features came from General Motors. These are some of the General Motors innovations that changed the industry forever.

Automatic transmission

The first automatic transmission, called the Hydra-Matic, made its debut on the 1940 Oldsmobile. Today, nearly every car sold is equipped with an automatic transmission.

Air bags

General Motors was the first company to use air bags commercially in the 1970s (under the name “air cushion restraint system”) in the Buick and Oldsmobile brands. Today, air bags in cars are as necessary as steering wheels, and have saved countless lives.

Catalytic converter

A catalytic converter helps control the amount of toxic gases emitted by your car. General Motors started developing the converter in the 1960s and implemented the first units for the 1975 model year.

OnStar®

The now-beloved OnStar® system made its first appearance in 1996. It was the first type of in-car communication system and was used to offer drivers’ assistance long before cell phones became massively popular. More than 7 million drivers continue to use OnStar® today for help with emergency services, diagnostics, and even Wi-Fi.

While the industry continues to see new technology created on a regular basis, the early innovations of General Motors reminds us that sometimes, the best things never change. Visit Jim Causley GMC today for a look at the latest innovations from GM.