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Buick Cars of the Future

futureDid you know that within the Buick Car lineup there is an upcoming possibility of a Thunder Bay Buick Car in the Verano series that can’t run on electricity alone but instead gets a boost when needed under acceleration or on inclines, while the motor/generator recovers energy that’s normally lost? According to the supplier graphic, the hybridized Verano will get its gas power from a 2.5-liter four cylinder engine and we are anxious to see what these Buick Cars in Canada actually look like under the hood, as well as how they feel behind the wheel.

Buick mentioned a 2.0 liter engine before and has actually promised that in the turbo engine category.  This is another thing Buick Car followers will be on the edge of their seats over.  “As for the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbo engine that Buick had promised, we have confirmation that it will appear next fall, although our sources were mum on the specifics. It’s not clear which tune of the engine the Verano will get, although the Regal Turbo’s 220-hp version seems likely. It’s also unknown whether the model will in fact be called Verano GS.”

Also up for discussion, according to our inside information found on behalf of your Thunder Bay Buick Car Sales and Service, is a possible “Buick-badged Volt spin-off”.  A car in this realm would be the Chevy Volt to the Buick Car Cruze, except they would be offering a different package for the Voltec range-extended electric system. Sources say, “GM could charge more for it than it does for the $40K Volt, but not as much as for Cadillac’s upcoming range extender, the ELR, which will likely cost more than $60K when it arrives sometime mid-decade.”

Hacker Progress and GMC Trucks

hackerWe have recently been intrigued by the ability of others to hack into your car, truck or SUV.  Today, on behalf of your Canada GMC Truck Dealership in Thunder Bay, we are looking a little deeper into this subject.  There is a SyScan that takes place once a year in Singapore and during these discussions, some very interesting points were made. The SyScan talk “goes into detail on how to get into car hacking even without a car,” Miller says. “If we have enough smart people looking at it, we can find problems and have discussions” about how to improve automotive computer security.  This is the point, according to our research on behalf of your Thunder Bay Truck Dealership in ON, of the Singapore SyScan talk.

Miller and Valasek are at the center of this entire subject and are working to find security flaws.  These flaws in new and used car and other vehicles, such as your GMC Trucks in Thunder Bay will hopefully be addressed in the next design, though the process can take years by the time the issues are identified, confirmed and adjusted for, it is better than ignoring the issues altogether.

This time consumption described above, however, would make the immediate threats a real concern if not handled other ways such as the following, found in our research on behalf of your GMC Truck Dealer in Canada, “For the near term, the researchers have created a prototype plug-in automotive firewall to identify and stop potentially malicious network traffic entering and traveling between a car’s computers. The firewall connects to a car via its on-board diagnostic system (OBD–II) port, but Miller says the device could potentially be wired into the car elsewhere or built directly into an ECU.”

 

The Buick Cars Low Down

latest newsWe are brushing on the subject of Buick Cars in Thunder Bay and want to take a little time to move our sights under the hood of these new Buick cars in Canada and peer inside.  Some of the reviews and critics offer good information that we want to share with you, the Buick Car consumer, “We got our first look at Buick’s Chevy Cruze–based Verano back at the Detroit auto show in January, where it was shown with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The production Verano will arrive later this year with something more vanilla, however: GM’s direct-injected 2.4-liter four-pot producing 177 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque and mated to a six-speed automatic. In testing that Verano, we found the engine to be quiet and competent, but not quick. Fortunately, the turbo and some more powertrains are on the way.”

The above statement just goes to say that the Buick Cars have more to offer in additional powertrains that will be made available in the near future.  A graphic culled from supplier information and published in Automotive News lets us know that this ‘more to come’ will be the 2.4 that will hang around only through the car’s first major refresh, which was already done in 2015.

After that, the Verano’s base motor became a 2.5-liter four, which we know to be similar to the one found in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, where it will make roughly 190 hp and 180 lb-ft of twist.  Either way, the cars in the Buick lineup are an amazing force to be reckoned with to say the least.  The refresh that really put these Thunder Bay Buick Cars over the edge was the midcycle one that year which also brought the hybrid consideration to the new car table.  It was forecast as follows, “The midcycle refresh will reportedly also bring a hybrid version of the Verano—likely using a mild-hybrid system like that in the upcoming Chevy Malibu Eco, and eAssist versions of the Buick’s LaCrosse and Regal. Those cars use a 2.4-liter four-cylinder fitted with an electric motor/generator in place of the alternator and hooked to a small battery pack.”  Swing by your Thunder Bay ON Buick Cars Dealer and check it all out today.