2016 GMC Canyon: Cars.com's Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016

GMC Canyon - Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016 - Smail Blog

After a head-to-head comparison in 18 objective categories, the 2016 GMC Canyon has been named the Best Midsize Pickup Truck of 2016 by Cars.com. 

Cars.com put the current lineup of midsize pickup trucks to the test in its Midsize Pickup Truck Challenge to determine the overall best option for buyers, and included the following vehicles:  2016 GMC Canyon, 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, 2017 Honda Ridgeline, 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2016 Nissan Frontier.

“Establishing a benchmark for a premium midsize pickup was our goal with the Canyon, and PickupTruck.com’s insights affirm our instincts,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The Canyon’s quiet cabin, premium design and materials make it a maneuverable solution for customers who want the capability of a pickup with the modern amenities customers expect from GMC.”

“The Canyon is an all-around great truck,” said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “It is well-balanced and confident both on paved streets and off-road. It’s a well-appointed truck on the interior and has some serious ability when it comes to payload and towing as well as overall engine performance.”

For full results of this challenge, including detailed scoring from each of the 18 test categories, click here and visit SmailGMC.com for information about available GMC Canyons.


Introducing the Cadillac Escala Concept

Cadillac Escala Concept - Smail Cadillac Blog

Cadillac's newest concept car, the Escala, was unveiled at Monterey Car Week and showcased this weekend at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Escala Concept previews the future direction of Cadillac design, combining the craftsmanship and technology.

“Escala is a concept with two clear objectives,” said Johan de Nysschen, president of Global Cadillac. “First, Escala is a statement of intent for the next iteration of the Cadillac design language, and also technical concepts in development for future Cadillac models. Secondly, Escala builds Cadillac’s aspirational character, signaling the brand’s return to the pinnacle of premium.”

The Escala is a concept for "a larger, more elite and expressive companion to the recently launched 2016 Cadillac CT6," and its interior designed around two distinct themes: technology and relaxation. The front of the interior is designed around technological advances like three curved OLED screens and a central control module with voice and gesture control technology. The rear of the interior is focused on the relaxation of the passengers, the interior is assembled using hand cut-and-sewn techniques, using hand-tailored fabric on the door trim and seating areas.

Cadillac Escala Concept unveiling - Smail Cadillac Blog

“This concept shares how Cadillac will bring forward a new experience that is uniquely American, and unmistakably Cadillac,” says Andrew Smith, executive director of Cadillac Global Design. “Escala is an expressive symbol of reward and an exhilarating driving experience. On the interior, we pushed further. It’s about precision and ingenuity in craftsmanship, and the artistic integration of technology.”

Visit our website at SmailCadillac.com for more information about available Cadillac vehicles in Greensburg, PA.

 


Special Edition 2017 Buick Cascada ST Convertible Makes Debut at Scenic Road Rally

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring - Smail Buick GMC Cadillac - Greensburg PA

I'd have to imagine that one of the best places to debut a special edition convertible would be a scenic, 1,000-mile road rally through the forests and lakefronts of the Great Lakes. It's obvious that Buick feels the same way, because that's exactly what they did this past weekend with the all-new 2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring at the fifth annual Mille Mitten rally in Michigan. 

This Cascada ST makes a stylish statement with a unique paint color, new wheel design, and other custom content. The convertible comes in only the "True Blue Metallic" paint color, a color not available in other Cascada models, with a black cloth top that includes three layers of fabric structure for signature Buick quietness and insulation. The five-spoke, 20-inch wheels are new for the Cascada ST, as are Black Magic interior trim components, sport pedals and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel.

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring - Smail Buick GMC Cadillac - Greensburg PA

The Cascada was designed with road rally-like adventures and road trips in mind, and its convertible top retracts in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour so customers can breathe in every second of sunshine and scenery. “The Mille Mitten celebrates the unique combination of features Michigan has to offer, from the deep blue of the Great Lakes to stunning star-filled nights deep in the forest,” said Ben Bator, Mille Mitten founder. “The Cascada is the perfect companion for this memorable experience, and the new Sport Touring builds off the same color palette that makes nature so inspiring.”

2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring - Smail Buick GMC Cadillac - Greensburg PA

The 2017 Buick Cascada begins to arrive at dealerships this fall, so keep an eye on our blog and at SmailBuickGMCCadillac.com for more details.


Windshield Kit Special $29.95 - Includes Rain Repellent Application

 

ACDelco - Windshield Kit Special $29.95 - Includes Rain Repellent

Take advantage of this ACDelco Windshield Package special right now at Smail. You'll get the kit and included application of the rain repellent for $29.95. (Windshield wipers not included.)

ACDelco Rain Repellent Treatment make glass surfaces water resistant while significantly improving driver visibility.

Glass Cleaner is specially formulated for cleaning windows on automobiles, airplanes and boats. It is a foamy, non-streaking cleaner that can eliminate the toughest contaminants from glass surfaces.

Optikleen Winshield Washer Solvent is a unique formulation designed for all-season use in vehicle window washer systems.

VEHICLE BENEFITS

  • All-season performance formula repels rain, sleet and makes it easier to remove ice, snow, bugs and dirt, to help provide clear visibility day and night, even in inclement weather.
  • Effectively removes dirt, grime, cigarette smoke, fingerprints and other contaminants from glass surfaces.
  • Removes bug matter and road film without smearing or streaking.

For more information, please visit our service department at SmailBuickGMCCadillac.com.


GMC Yukon Ranks in US News & World Report 2016 Best Cars for Families in Large SUV Category

2016 GMC Yukon - US News & World Report 2016 Best Cars for Families - Smail Auto Blog

 

With its competitive gas mileage, a muscular engine, and plenty of space for the family, the 2016 GMC Yukon has been named to the US News & World Report list of 2016 Best Cars for Families in the Large SUV Category. 

"A big family hauler needs to have the power to move a full load of people and gear," says their report, "and the Yukon’s 355-horsepower V8 engine delivers." But despite it's power and size, the Yukon is easy to drive. "Some large SUVs suffer from clumsy steering, cumbersome handling, or a rough ride, but not the Yukon. It drives like a smaller vehicle, navigating corners with poise and delivering a smooth and comfortable ride."

The interior of the Yukon is quite spacious, and your options between the different trims gives you options for seating up to 7, 8 or 9 people. "Eight people can fit in the base Yukon, which comes standard with two captain’s chairs in front and a bench seat in the second row. An optional front-row bench seat increases seating capacity to nine, while available second-row captain’s chairs reduce seating to seven."

2016 GMC Yukon second and third row seating - Smail GMC Blog

Available driver-assistance technologies with the Yukon include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, automatic braking, safety alert seat, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, and blind spot monitoring, while a rearview camera is standard.

For more information about the 2016 GMC Yukon, please visit us at SmailGMC.com.


Buick Avista Named Concept Car of the Year and Most Significant Concept of 2016

Buick Avista: Concept Car of the Year and Most Significant Concept of 2016

The Buick Avista took home two prestigious awards at the 2016 North American Concept Vehicle Awards this weekend at the Concours d'Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan. The Avista was named the Concept Car of the Year, and also received the award for Most Significant Concept of 2016.

Judges praise intuitive design and futuristic interior

The awards recognize the vehicle that makes the strongest impact in terms of automotive design, engineering and market responsiveness. The Avista’s cabin is defined by gliding, seamless lines melded with leather and aluminum details. The latest connected technology is accessible through touchscreens on the instrument panel and the floating center console, which extends between the rear seats. The exterior also boasts titanium and carbon-fiber accents that make for optimal durability. The sleek design reinforces the balance of beauty and precision during the driving experience. 

Buick Avista: Concept Car of the Year and Most Significant Concept of 2016

“The design process of the Avista brought the team together to unite around a future direction for the brand and the great teamwork and enthusiasm it generated,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Buick Global Design. “While looking to the future, we also wanted to honor the rich heritage of Buick by integrating timeless design cues in this beautifully progressive concept vehicle.”

Following its introduction at the 2016 North American International Auto Show, the Avista also received the EyesOn Design Excellence Award and was named “Best Future Concept” by Detroit News readers.

For more information about the Avista and other Buick vehicles available in your area, please visit: SmailBuickGMCCadillac.com


Smail Ride Along - 2016 GMC Sierra Test Drive and Review

Hop into a 2016 GMC Sierra and take a test drive with Smail sales consultant John Abrozic in this latest edition of Smail Ride Along.

 

[Before the ride, you'll get a bonus look at a Sierra All Terrain X! This vehicle has some more features than just a regular All Terrain, you'll see X specific accessories such as the roll bar in the bed, 18-inch aluminum wheels, running boards, and performance exhaust.]

John pulls off the lot here, driving a Sierra Denali around the highways and side roads of Greensburg. He'll tell you about some of the options of the different trims the Sierra, features like engine performance, heated seats, forward collision and lane keep assist, driver awareness seats, electronic power assist steering, and more information about the LCD driver information screen.

"It's a very smooth ride," John says. "You would never know you were riding in a pickup truck. Nice and quiet, nice and smooth. Handles the road great."

John will also tell you about the dual climate control, phone charging capabilities, rear wheel drive vs. all wheel drive, tow package, steering wheel and dashboard buttons, forward and rear park assist, and adjustable seats.

For more information, please visit SmailGMC.com

 


Fashion, Art, Design: the Cadillac House Offers Place of Inspiration in Heart of NYC

Cadillac House - NYC, Smail Blog

Located in the vibrant SOHO neighborhood of New York City, the Cadillac House is "an opportunity to share the brand's singular perspective on subjects beyond automotive design." This space on ground floor of Cadillac's global headquarters serves as a multi-function area for art, fashion and design.

Open to the public seven days a week, there is gallery for cutting-edge art, retail pop-up showcasing designers, coffeehouse and meeting places built to be flexible enough to host parties, business meetings or just casual meet-ups. It, of course, also features a Cadillac vehicle exhibition, on display as works of art themselves. This showroom is open to the public as well, with anyone having the ability to sit behind the wheel and experience the vehicles.

Cadillac House Foyer - NYC, Smail Blog

There is a dedication to fashion through a partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Together Cadillac and the CFDA run the Retail Lab in the Cadillac House, where one designer will have their work on display and for sale for three months. “Retail Lab will give designers a space in the heart of Cadillac’s headquarters, along with the tools, training and inspiration to take their business to the next level," said Melody Lee, Director, Brand Strategy & Planning at Cadillac.

The Cadillac House is also an event location, playing host to a wide variety of arts and culture. Just earlier this month the Cadillac House was turned into an official runway venue for the New York Fashion Week: Men's, (NYFW: Men's) with a diverse selection of fashion shows. It was also the home of the Opening Night Party for NYFW: Men's with a performance by Common.  

Cadillac House Gallery Lounge - NYC, Smail Blog

The week after the fashion shows featured a City Harvest Summer Dinner Series where each night a different chef prepared a one-of-a-kind, multi-course dinner with wine pairings. All proceeds benefited City Harvest and supported their anti-hunger programs.

“Cadillac is redefining what it means to be a ‘patron of the arts,’ and our partnership with the CFDA has emphasized that commitment in fashion,” said Melody Lee, Cadillac director of Brand Marketing. “Cadillac House is meant to be a place that our community and partners can make their own dynamic experiences within."

For more information please visit Cadillac House and Smail Cadillac


Brand New 2016 Buick Envision - Ride Along and Auto Park Assist Demonstration

Get a firsthand look inside the highly anticipated, all-new 2016 Buick Envision as Smail sales consultant John Ambrozic takes it out for a test drive around the streets of Greensburg, PA.

 

Along the way, John demonstrates safety features like lane keep assist with lane departure warning. You can see the slight wheel nudge direct him as he approaches the lines on the road. He also explains the driver alert seat that will vibrate if the lane keep assist gets overridden. 

He also explains features like auto start/stop technology when the engine automatically shuts down during extended brakes, the FWD to AWD technology, and the Heads Up Display feature in the Premium 2 package which will project the speed and other dashboard features right onto the windshield so that you don't have to take your eyes off the road to look down at the dash.

In this next extremely helpful video, John gives a demonstration of the Park Assist feature. It really couldn't be any simpler, you need to check it out.

 

Be sure to check out all of our 2016 Buick Envision videos on our YouTube channel for performance and safety features, interior tech, and available trim options.

For more information about the Buick Envision, visit www.smailbuickgmccadillac.com.