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All Wheel Drive All the Way

shutterstock_63141385Growing up in the 80’s and 90’s we had front wheel drive, rear wheel drive, and four wheel drive. Most people in my family had front  or rear wheel drive Buick cars or 4×4 trucks.  I hadn’t even heard of all wheel drive until I was in college and my boyfriend drove an AWD German make. I had to repeatedly remind him, that while yes it was AWD, it did not have the ground clearance of your standard SUV.  I can remember when we bought our first four wheel drive SUV.  I was so stoked because now all of us could ride together comfortably.  Plus I couldn’t wait to take all my friends off roading.

Fast forward a couple of years and technology and the car world collide to create a new form of all four wheels working together as one.  All Wheel Drive or AWD, according to Wikipedia is “a drive train system that includes a differential between the front and rear drive shafts. This is normally coupled with some sort of anti-slip technology that will allow differentials to spin at different speeds, but still maintain the ability to transfer torque from one wheel in case of loss of traction at that wheel.” In other words, it keeps all four tires on the road for ultimate traction and control.

With the Buick cars line up today, you have many more choices with AWD.  You can find the option available on most Buick SUV’s and many of the new model Buick cars including the Enclave, Encore,Regal, and Lacrosse .  Living in a place like Thunder Bay, makes owning an AWD car or SUV a must have.  With balance and traction unmatched in AWD Buick car you can’t go wrong.  Stop by today to see your local Thunder Bay new, certified pre-owned dealer.

Get Out and Play in the GMC Sierra

shutterstock_73655116Now that winter is almost officially here, bring on the winter out door activities.  I am talking skiing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing,  dog sledding, snow boarding, winter camping, ice racing, and my favorite snowmobiling.  One thing that is great about living in the Thunder Bay area is the access to amazing parks and just nature in general.  How you get to some of these awesome parks and scenic landscapes is very important.   This is north west Ontario, and the weather this time of year is always interesting.  You need a vehicle that is going to be able to get you there, and that vehicle is the GMC truck Sierra series.

Obviously I am talking about the four wheel drive model with a crew cab.  The crew cab is more family (or multiple passenger) friendly; plus it allows for the most amount of storage space.  Ultimately thought of as the best work truck available on the rode, the Sierra has come a long way over the past few years to improve its interior design.

Standard features now include Intellelink which lets you remotely start your truck from virtually anywhere you have internet service for your smart phone or tablet.  The interior has been updated in the new 2014 model to bring both comfort and convenience. GMC has been striving lately to open their market up to families rather than just farmers and construction companies.  The truck is no longer just a work horse.  It’s now the family vehicle.

With several models to choose from, this GMC truck is perfect for many different price points.  Whether you are looking for a base model with no frills or the Denali series with all the bells an whistles, the Sierra is right truck for you.  We here in northern Ontario like to get out in nastiest weather and play.  Get the truck that let you.  Your GMC trucks sales dealer in Thunder Bay can’t wait to see you.



Hockey Season = Cargo Space Needed

shutterstock_126481292Attention all you hockey moms and dads out there.  Ever feel like yours and your kids hockey equipment is taking all the room in car? Well maybe its time for a new car with space.  The Buick Enclave offers the desired space with style and comfort of a luxury SUV.

With 23.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, the Buick Enclave is perfect for hauling all of your equipment to and from games, practices, or friends houses. Need more space?  The seats fold down to accommodate up to a maximum of  115.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Want to take the whole team to a game?  With the seven passenger Buick Enclave, you can.  It is the largest in stylish Buick cars line up. Seating up to eight is also available. Plenty of leg room for all, and still room in the back for storage. The three rows of first-class seating offer no room for complaining from anyone about lack of personal space.  The front and passenger seats also offer 8 way power adjuster with lumbar control.  So mom and dad can sit back and enjoy the ride.

Safety is not an issue with AWD available and FWD standard. This Buick car was rated top in safety in IIHS Frontal Offset Crash Test and NHTSA Frontal Crash Test.  Rear park assist and rear cameras are also available on all new models. OnStar is also available.  On all new models the remote start is included for the first three years.

The ride home after a win just became more fun with Bose performance 10 speaker system.  Jam out to Queen’s “We are the Champions” on your Ipod connected to Buick Intellilink informant system.  Or just listen to your favorite SiriusXM station.  Your subscription is free for the first 3 months.

What’s awesome about the Buick Enclave is that it’s available in model years 2008-2014.  So if you don’t think a new one is for you, a certified pre-owned may be just right for you.  Your local certified pre-owned dealership in Thunder Bay sales team will be able to help you find the right one for you.