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Introducing the 2014 Buick Regal: turbo-charged luxury performance comes standard.

September 14th, 2013 in Buick, News

2014 Buick Regal

It may look a lot like the 2013 Regal, with only a few minor tweaks to the exterior in the front and rear fascias, but the 2014 Buick Regal boasts big changes in places you won’t necessarily see–but in places you’ll certainly feel. The standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is an impressive 18% increase over last year’s Regal Turbo model at 259 horsepower. A reshaped engine torque curve is designed to deliver maximum engine torque as low as 1,700 rpm, resulting in snappy acceleration sometimes missing in turbocharged vehicles. And for those of you who prefer fuel economy, the eAssist system replaces the turbocharged engine with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder and achieves 25/36 mpg.

2014 Buick Regal

Also new to the 2014 Regal is an available all-wheel-drive system that improves traction in poor conditions and performance during spirited drives. Paired with an electronic limited slip differential, the AWD system sends more power to the wheels with more grip, maximizing your control behind the wheel.

For the ultimate Regal driving experience, the GS model includes various performance enhancements throughout the vehicle. Choose between Sport and GS mode with a touch of a button, and the suspension tightens for a flatter, stiffer ride that increases body control. The large four-piston Brembo brakes are as powerful as they look, capable of hard use without fading. The 2014 Regal GS comes out faster, smoother, and more responsive than its impressively quick standard little brother.

2014 Buick Regal

Inside the cabin, the redesigned dashboard features touch-sensitive controls, a color touch display screen, and intuitively placed buttons. The gauge cluster is clean and sophisticated, with premium materials throughout. In the GS trim, standard leather sport seats showcase the comfort and style that is unmistakably Buick. Also included is the most advanced IntelliLink system to date, displayed on an 8-inch screen with hands free voice operation and Bluetooth connectivity.

2014 Buick Regal

When it comes to safety, Buick sets the standard. The 2014 Regal offers a host of safety technologies to keep you out of harm’s way. Forward Collision Alert monitors what’s ahead, sending audio and visual alerts when approaching danger. Adaptive cruise control automatically adjusts speed to maintain a driver-selected distance between your Regal and that terrible driver yet to figure out left lanes are for passing. Through a camera mounted near the license plate, Rear Cross Traffic Alert shows what’s behind your vehicle while backing up and alerts you when vehicles approach from either direction–up to 65 feet away. Finally, Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert offers a virtual radar that helps prevent collisions at speed. If someone is approaching too fast from behind, you’ll know 230 feet in advance.

The 2014 Buick Regal starts at $29,690 MSRP, and the turbo is standard. What are you waiting for?

The 2014 GMC Acadia places professional grade versatility in your hands.

September 14th, 2013 in GMC, News

2014 GMC Acadia

Seating for up to eight passengers and class leading cargo space are easily customizable through GM’s exclusive Smart Slide seating technology. With a single pull of a lever, the second-row seat cushions flip up while the seatbacks slide forward, maximizing the space available. Or slide the entire second row forward or backward to accommodate taller passengers with increased legroom. Cargo space behind the third row measures in at an impressive 24.1 cubic feet, or you can maximize cargo space to access the Acadia’s 116.1 cubic feet. No matter the configuration, you’re getting the best in its class.

2014 GMC Acadia

The open feel in the Acadia’s interior starts at the dashboard, with its “low-and-away” instrument panel. Soft-touch materials with French stitching adds a custom tailored look, and red ambient light illuminates the dashboard and aluminum accents. Touch activated climate control and four-way adjustable headrests ensure comfort for the driver and passenger in eight-way adjustable seats. New to 2014 are two USB ports on the back of the center console, easily accessible for second-row passengers.

When it comes to the Acadia’s distinctive exterior styling, it’s all about the details. The new three-bar grille and signature LED daytime running lamps provide form and function, and finer touches like the standard chrome door handles prove no detail was ignored. Wrap-around glass on the rear fascia is topped with a small spoiler, streamlining the body into a sleek and confident stance. That leaves you with the choice of bold 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, or up to 20-inch with the Denali trim package.

2014 GMC Acadia

The 2014 Acadia is available in SLE (with SLE-1 and SLE-2 trims), the SLT (with SLT-1 and SLT-2 trims) and the Denali models. The 3.6L V-6 VVT engine, utilizing direct injection technology, optimizes performance and fuel economy. It’s paired with Acadia’s fuel-saving six-speed automatic transmission to help give FWD models an EPA-estimated 24 mpg on the highway. For those in more precarious driving conditions, an All-wheel drive system is available. And if all that cargo space simply isn’t enough, the Acadia can pull up to 5,200 pounds in tow.

2014 GMC Acadia

New safety features in the 2014 Acadia build on its already stellar track record in safety ratings. Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning make use of a windshield-mounted high definition camera to send audio and visual cues when another vehicle approaches too quickly, or when unintentionally changing lanes. The camera technology was recently named a “Top Ten Tech Breakthrough of 2012” by Popular Mechanics. When combined with Side Blind Zone Alert and Cross Traffic Alert, the Acadia essentially creates a protective radar that keeps you and your passengers safe from every angle.

If you need a professional grade vehicle that can confidently handle any situation, look no further than the 2014 GMC Acadia.

Time to Replace Your Brake Pads?

June 20th, 2013 in News

Brake Pads Service

While it’s obvious that brakes are a critical component in your vehicles’ safety, sometimes it’s easy to forget that your brakes aren’t performing as well as they used to. Over time, drivers compensate for weaker brakes with stronger braking action, but this comes at the expense of safety. Unless you’re driving a 500 bhp+ supercar, the power generated through using your brakes far exceeds the engine itself. This kind of stopping power creates operating temperatures averaging 660 degrees Fahrenheit, creating extreme conditions that demand quality brakes free from excessive wear in order to keep you and your passengers safe.

It’s easy to determine whether or not your brakes need replacing. Most disc brakes have a wear indicator, a small piece of metal that contacts the brake rotor when the pad has worn too low. This grinding contact creates a squealing noise when you apply the brakes—telling you it’s time to get your brakes checked for repair or replacement. Other things to look out for are scores, which are circular-shaped marks or grooves like the ones on vinyl. If caught early, these light scores can be machined smooth. On the other hand, a lack of brake maintenance leads to deeper scoring, and a more expensive repair when replacing the brake disc itself. You can also check for cracks and holes in the brake line, which could result in a loss of pressure in a dangerous braking situation. Any brake fluid you see also warrants extra attention, since the system is intended to be completely sealed.

Of course, you can always bring your vehicle to the experts at Carl Black if you have any questions about your brakes. As such a critical component in your vehicle’s safety, confidence in your brakes’ ability to perform when they’re needed most is something every driver should have.

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2013 Buick Encore

June 20th, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Encore

As the newest member to the Buick family, the 2013 Encore had hefty standards to meet for its first production year, as every current Buick is an Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick.

Well, the IIHS has spoken, and the Encore joins the ranks. Buick is one of the few brands with a full line of Top Safety Picks, bringing excellence in safety to a brand known for its luxury. The IIHS tests vehicles to determine occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes, and specifically tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. To earn a 2013 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must be rated “good” in all four tests.

2013 Buick Encore

The 2013 Encore with all-wheel drive also received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. NHTSA tests for its 5-star safety ratings program include front, side and rollover testing, along with a side pole test simulating a 20-mph side-impact crash into a 10-inch-diameter pole or tree at a 75-degree angle just behind the A-pillar on the driver’s side.

2013 Buick Encore

The unmatched safety of the 2013 Buick Encore comes from its combination of 10 standard air bags, a standard Rear Vision Camera, and the security of OnStar. Try finding that in the competition—you might be looking for a while. Encore’s advanced body structure is comprised of more than 60 percent high-strength steel, providing a protective safety cage around occupants. Other safety measures include standard four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, panic brake override, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, and a collapsible pedal system that reduces the risk of leg injury. In a rollover crash, sensors in the vehicle deploy standard head curtain air bags prior to impact and leave them inflated for an extended period.

2013 Buick Encore

Available active safety features for the 2013 Encore include Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning, a pair of technologies that use a single forward-looking camera to read traffic patterns and lane markers on the road ahead. Visual warnings and audible tones alert the driver when drifting from the lane or slowing down unexpectedly.

“Safety is a top priority in Buick’s product renaissance, as evidenced by receiving these latest safety accolades for Encore,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Our customers can have confidence in the safety performance of every Buick for sale today.”

When it comes to the best of the best in both safety and luxury, it’s all about Buick. Welcome to the family, Encore.

2014 GMC Sierra Comparison

June 20th, 2013 in News

2014 GMC Sierra Towing

When it comes to trailering, it’s pretty clear who’s in front. In the full-size pickup department, that would be the 2014 GMC Sierra. The honor belongs to the 6.2L V-8 Sierra Denali, boasting a massive 12,000-pound towing capacity, 420 horsepower, and 450 pound-feet of torque.

2014 GMC Sierra Towing

Even without stepping up to the 6.2L engine, the smaller 5.3L V-8 engine still outclasses the competition. The Sierra 5.3L EcoTec V-8 has a max trailering rating of 11,500 pounds, with an SAE certified 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than all of the competitors’ most powerful trucks, while using less fuel in the process. Ford’s largest truck, the 6.2L V-8, is rated at 11,300 pounds, The Ram 5.7L Hemi V8 at 10,450 pounds, and the Toyota Tundra 5.7L V-8 comes in at 10,400. But let’s compare apples to apples—Ford’s 5.0L V-8 is rated at 10,000 pounds, and the Ram 4.7L V-8 only 7,700 pounds. The GMC Sierra is professional grade, a step above the competition.

2014 GMC Sierra Towing

Our engineers worked hard to increase stability to give you the confidence you need for high level trailering. Hook up an empty trailer or boat, and you’ll barely notice it’s there. New wheels and higher specification tires with stiffer sidewalls reduce wobble under load, and a bevy of assistive technologies that aid everything from acceleration, safety, and braking. Hill Start Assist automatically engages the Sierra’s brakes for 1.5 seconds or until the gas pedal is pressed. By simply pressing a button on the shift lever, the driver can active Tow/Haul Mode, which modifies the standard six-speed transmission. In this mode, shift points are higher under acceleration for additional power, while engine braking is engaged earlier during downshifts. Trailer Grade Braking efficiently slows the vehicle by downshifting the engine automatically when the brakes are applied lightly. As a result, disc brake rotor temperatures are reduced by as much as 100 degrees Celsius during a braking event. Advanced drivers who want full control during trailering can utilize TapShift (which deactivates Trailer Grade Braking).

Boats, horses, Airstreams, get ready. Just remember the 55 mph speed limit for trailering vehicles.

2014 GMC Sierra Towing

2013 Buick Regal

May 24th, 2013 in News

2013 Buick Regal

The power to choose. The freedom to drive.

Say hello to the 2013 Buick Regal, the luxury sports sedan brimming with versatility—even on the showroom floor. Whether you’re looking for intuitive efficiency, raw power, or something in between, the Regal has got you covered. Each comes loaded with personal technologies and safety features. The combination of performance, luxury, and efficiency is completely up to you. And yes, you can certainly have all three.

2013 Buick Regal

No matter the engine, the 2013 Regal takes on a coupe-like stance, stunning and sporty. The tight wheel-to-body ratio hints at the performance inside, and the sculpted body-side details and integrated spoiler provides an aerodynamic profile that cuts through wind like a hot knife through butter. Combined with four-wheel independent suspension, this is sports luxury you can feel. Heated front seats with three temperature settings and a leather-wrapped steering wheel come standard. And the Driver Information Center (DIC) provides crucial vehicle info, a compass, trip computer, and displays Turn-by-Turn Navigation prompts provided by OnStar.

2013 Buick Regal

In addition to these standard features, the ECOTEC 2.4L with eAssist delivers an impressive 25 city/36 highway mpg at 182 horsepower. Cutting edge fuel saving technology allows excellent fuel economy without sacrificing performance. eAssist uses an electric motor-generator to convert the forward momentum of the vehicle into usable energy, storing it in the 115V lithium-ion battery. This improves fuel economy by up to 25% while providing up to 15 additional horsepower at highway speeds. Variable Valve Timing (VVT) optimizes engine breathing by adjusting valve timing at lower rpm for improved engine response and greater torque delivery. When coming to a stop, Regenerative Braking captures energy otherwise lost, and powers the radio, climate control, and other accessories while the engine operates in Auto Stop mode.

2013 Buick Regal

For a bit of extra oomph, the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder brings the horsepower up to 220 and still delivers 20 city/32 highway mpg in manual transmission. The engine’s turbocharging technology creates up to 20 psi of boost with peak torque at just 2000 rpm. This kind of acceleration and efficiency together is, in a word, unexpected. The VVT is carried over from its fuel-saving little brother, and adds Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI), which creates more power from less fuel. By directly injecting fuel into the combustion chamber, the resulting higher compression ratio increases efficiency, horsepower, and reduces cold-start emissions by up to 25%.

2013 Buick Regal

For those of you that want maximum power in a luxury sport sedan, look towards the high-output 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. Available in the GS model, the most powerful Regal ever offers exhilarating handling and racing-inspired appointments. The ASIN Warner 6-speed transmission is available in automatic or manual, and the HiPer Strut front suspension provides superior handling at speed. Here is a luxury sedan that doesn’t shy from the spotlight—large Brembo front brakes and up to 20” wheels are anything but subtle.

For fuel efficiency, pure power, or something in between, the 2013 Buick Regal has you covered.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

May 24th, 2013 in News

2013 GMC Terrain Denali

Two premium upgrade options are new to the 2013 GMC Terrain: the Denali trim package and a 3.6L V-6 rated at 301 horsepower. Well, make that three options—you could get both.
There isn’t much subtlety to the Denali trim. The signature chrome grill is anything but shy, and exclusive 19” wheels accurately reflect the longing stares and dropped jaws of onlookers. Inside the cabin, contrast stitched leather with the embossed Denali logo and wood trim accents create a premium look and feel. Soft touch materials run throughout the dash and doors, with accent lighting showing off the meticulous details. Innovative safety features Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, and Side Blind Zone Alert use small visual and audible cues to let you know where potential dangers are, giving you the time to react accordingly and keep the chrome unscathed. And Rear Cross Traffic Alert will let you know when a gaping onlooker creeps up for a closer look.

2013 GMC Terrain Denali
For an extra kick in engine power, The 3.6L V-6 is rated at 301 horsepower and manages 24 mpg on the highway. With 14 percent more horsepower and 22 percent more torque, noticeable gains in acceleration clearly set it apart from its 3.0L predecessor. The upgraded engine makes the Terrain Denali is capable of 6.7 second zero to sixty times. It’s equipped with Variable Valve Timing (VVT), perfect for high-power, low-speed situations like trailering or steep inclines. The Direct Injection system injects fuel at over 2000 psi, ensuring an even mixture in the compression chamber.
The GMC Terrain Denali the rugged crossover full of big ideas. The longest wheelbase in its class allows for the head room and leg room of a full size SUV, without the extra weight. MultiFlex seating slides 8 inches back for best-in-class rear passenger leg room, or all the way up for 31.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Folded down, the cargo space shoots up to 64 cubic feet, plenty of space for big boxes or bulky furniture.
While the Terrain comes nicely equipped from the factory (the sunroof is standard), there’s a certain beauty to adding premium features to professional grade. The 2013 GMC Terrain Denali has everything—power, capability, and luxury all in one.

Clean Cars and Clear Sinuses, be Warned. Pollen Season is Coming.

April 9th, 2013 in News

Cabin Air Filter

While there’s little you can do about pollen on the outside of your vehicle, there’s one easy way to take care of things inside. A clean cabin air filter stops pollen, dust, and mold spores from circulating through your vehicle’s HVAC system and your lungs. A dirty cabin air filter smells terrible and is unhealthy for you and any passengers. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies, which are also the sixth leading cause of chronic disease. Changing your old cabin air filter for a new one is an inexpensive maintenance tip that quickly pays for itself.

Cabin Air Filter
Many owners aren’t aware that their vehicle has a cabin air filter, or mistake it for the air filter in the engine bay. Different vehicles recommend different replacement schedules, ranging from every other oil change to once a year. A new air filter breathes fresh air into the cabin, and even improves fuel economy by allowing air to flow without restriction. If you’re having trouble finding your cabin air filter, or need help swapping it out for a new one, ask the experts at Carl Black Automotive.

Cabin Air Filter

Introducing the 2014 Buick LaCrosse

April 9th, 2013 in News

2014 Buick LaCrosse

The 2014 Buick LaCrosse is sculpted luxury, artistry flowing through every sloping curve and fascia. Signature chrome accents and the waterfall grill are distinctly Buick, but the 2014 LaCrosse brings unprecedented levels of luxury and refinement to the brand.
The available Ultra Luxury Interior Package is offered in four interior color and trim combinations, such as cashmere and cocoa. Real ash wood and semi-aniline leather seats provide superior aesthetics and durability at once. Over contoured edges, the cool blue ambient lighting meets the warm wood tones in the console and doors. The rear seating boasts the same luxury standard, and offers more leg room than the Lexus ES350, Acura TL, and Infiniti G37 sedans.

2014 Buick LaCrosse
By utilizing advanced eAssist technology, the 2014 LaCrosse is capable of 36 mpg on the highway, which makes it the most fuel-efficient sedan in its class. eAssist automatically switches seamlessly between gas and battery power while driving, and converts forward momentum into energy while braking. A power flow display shows exactly which systems are engaged when, but the thing you’ll likely notice most is how much less time you’re wasting at the pump.

2014 Buick LaCrosse
The redesigned central instrument panel is more concise and features the next-generation IntelliLink system. With an eight-inch color touch screen that allows swipe navigation, it can be customized exactly how you see fit. Store up to 60 favorites, which could be anything from radio stations, phone contacts, vehicle information, or navigation destinations. Bluetooth connectivity and voice commands keep your eyes on the road.

2014 Buick LaCrosse
Standard safety technology from front bumper to rear keeps you and your passengers safe in dangerous conditions. HID headlamps are subtle in appearance but powerful in use, increasing visibility at night and during inclement weather. The blind zone alert system uses radar to detect oncoming vehicles, and displays an indicator in your side view mirror so you know they’re coming. StabiliTrak and full-time traction control helps you make sure the vehicle stays in the steered path, even when the road is a less than ideal one. The safety cage has high strength steel for increased crash protection and advanced airbag technology throughout the cabin. The 2013 LaCrosse was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the 2014 is even safer.

The Strongest Truck on the Block also Takes the Least Fuel.

April 9th, 2013 in News

2014 GMC Sierra

The 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 not only provides best-in-class durability and capability, it’s also the clear leader in fuel economy. The EcoTec engine has experience gained from millions of trucks and billions of real-world customer miles. In the GMC Sierra 1500, the 5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 engine (preferred by 3 out of 4 GMC owners) achieves 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. That’s 2 mpg higher than a 2013 Ford V8, 3 mpg higher than a Ram V8, and even bests the Ford F-150 EcoBoost V-6.

Direct injection (as opposed to port injection) sprays fuel directly into the combustion chamber, allowing for a higher compression ratio and improving power, efficiency, and reducing emissions all at once. Continuously variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation control how and how many cylinders are used, depending on the load. These fuel saving technologies are seamlessly integrated with the capable powerhouse in the engine bay. With 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque at 4100 rpm, the 5.3L V-8 offers class-leading towing capacity of 11,500 pounds, even besting Ford’s biggest 6.2L. That’s like towing a trailer with a pair of rhinos, just because you can. Also available are a 4.3L V-6 and 6.2L V-8 for those seeking a more efficiency or power, respectively.

2014 GMC Sierra Fuel Economy

Other improvements from the 2013 edition include DuraLife brake rotors, unique for its Ferritic Nitro-carburizing technology, which significantly reduces rust build up. This technology has been used on GM motors for years, and it’s finally made its way to safe external application. Brakes rotors stay shiny and new, even through their extended lifespan without corrosion. A CornerStep rear bumper allows easy truck bed access, and a 4.2 inch radio display displays artist names and song titles and audio settings. MSRP for the standard GMC Sierra 1500 4.3L model starts at $25,085, with the 5.3L V-8 as an option for $895. Each includes Pro Grade Protection, five-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and three-year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. Oh, and the first two years (or 24,000 miles) of scheduled maintenance is on us. GMC is confident in its craftsmanship—you simply won’t find this kind of coverage in the competition.

2014 GMC Sierra Fuel Economy
On paper, the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500 can’t be beat. Come see for yourself what it takes to be called professional grade.

EPA fuel economy estimates, light-duty pickups with V-8 and turbocharged V-6 engines.

2014 GMC Sierra Fuel Economy

Maximum available towing ratings, light-duty pickups with V-8 and turbocharged V-6 engines

2014 GMC Sierra Fuel Economy

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