2016 Buick Envision - Walk Around Videos (And Park Assist Demonstration!)

Take a detailed look at the all new 2016 Buick Envision. This is a brand new vehicle to the Buick line, fitting right in between the Encore and Enclave with room for 5 passengers, with plenty of cargo space and a 2L turbo engine. (Click "Continue Reading..." for more videos highlighting safety, performance, and interior tech features!)

 

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2017 GMC Acadia - Review and Test Drive

 

I recently got the opportunity to review and test drive the 2017 GMC Acadia Denali for an episode of First Gear. Part of the show is that I don't know what vehicle I am going to review until it is driven up to me by a sales representative here at Smail. Going into the review blind means the viewers get a chance to explore and test the features of the vehicle along with me. It also presents an opportunity to capture genuine moments and discoveries.

When I first opened the door and stuck my head inside the 2017 Acadia, I was instantly impressed with the size of the interior. It's technically classified as a "mid-sized SUV," although I think it's bigger on the inside. This model had individual captain's chair seats in the second row, which I think opened up the cabin even more. I was able to comfortably sit in the second row with plenty of leg room, and didn't have to even move the first or second rows to fit. With some adjustments, I was even able to sit in the third row. The leather was soft and comfortable, and the features were simple and intuitive.

During the test drive, I was able to experiment and demonstrate some of the safety features. The Surround Vision camera system was impressive and easy to use. I even found the courage to test the Lane Keep Assist feature, which will automatically nudge your steering wheel to keep you in between the painted lines on the road. There were so many features and functions in this Acadia that I knew I wasn't able to find and demonstrate everything with the limited time that we had available.

You can find more about the GMC Acadia at SmailGMC.com. And please watch our other videos at our First Gear playlist.

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Cadillac V-Performance Academy

Cadillac V-Performance Academy - Smail Cadillac Blog

Cadillac has announced the V-Performance Academy driving experience at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club near Las Vegas, Nevada. The two-day driver training program will be included in the purchase of any of Cadillac’s high-performance V-Series models: 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Sedan, 2017 ATS-V Coupe and 2017 Cadillac CTS-V sedan. 

Cadillac is the only luxury automotive brand offering a two-day driver training with the purchase of a high-performance vehicle. Customers will register online for the experience after taking delivery of a 2017 V-Series model. The V-Performance Academy program may also be purchased as a stand-alone experience.

The V-Performance Academy includes:

  • Two days of intensive driver training in the model of purchase for 2017 V-Series owners and the model of choice for stand-alone customers
  • Two nights’ lodging in the Spring Mountain luxury condominiums
  • Ground transportation to and from Las Vegas McCarren International Airport — customers are responsible for airfare
  • Breakfast and lunch on both training days
  • General admission access for one designated guest — add a driving guest for an additional fee
  • On-site courtesy vehicles will be provided

“The V-Series are the most-track capable Cadillac models ever, using exclusive technologies tuned by a select group of dedicated engineers,” said Brandon Vivian, Cadillac executive chief engineer. “These technologies, such as Magnetic Ride Control, Performance Traction Management software and the Performance Data Recorder, set the Cadillac ATS-V and Cadillac CTS-V apart from all other luxury cars and are the tools drivers will experience at the V-Performance Academy.”

For more information about available Cadillac vehicles at Smail, please visit SmailCadillac.com.


2017 GMC Canyon Expands to Include Denali and All Terrain X Packages

2017 GMC Canyon Denali - Smail GMC Blog

GMC announced an expanded lineup for their popular midsize pickup truck. The 2017 GMC Canyon will now also be available with Denali or All Terain X package options.

Canyon Denali

Along with the Denali-signature chrome grille, the 2017 Canyon Denail will feature specific 20-inch, ultra-bright machined aluminum wheels. The exterior features also include chrome assist steps, polished exhaust tip and spray-on bed liner.

The Jet Black interior features exclusive leather-appointed, heated and ventilated front seats, unique instrument panel and console trim, and Denali-logo sill plates and floor mats. Additional standard features include GMC IntelliLink with Navigation and an 8-inch-diagonal color touch screen, 4G WiFi hotspot, full-color driver information center, Bose premium seven-speaker audio system, and more.

All Terrain X

The All Terrain X, off-road-capable package includes Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac P255/65R17 all-terrain tires and all-weather floor liners in addition to features like off-road suspension and transfer case shield, body-color grill surround and rear step bumper, unique interior with red stitching and heated front seats, hill descent control and more.

Check out some more photos of the Denali edition after the bump. For more information on available GMC Canyons, please visit SmailGMC.com.

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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.

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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.