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The risks when taking your vehicle to a non GM dealer body shop

October 18th, 2012 in News

Air Bag Dangers

All companies try to cut costs. At GM, we do so to pass the savings on to you. However, less credible companies will cut costs at your expense. More frighteningly so, they will do so at the expense of your safety. On October 10th, 2012, the Obama administration issued a warning about air bags that have been replaced in the last three years. There have been a number of counterfeit airbags, which fail to inflate completely or at all, installed during this time, and we feel it is our obligation to get the word out.

While the number of affected vehicles is low (0.1 percent of the U.S. vehicle fleet), the risk for those affected is high. The National Highway Safety Traffic Administration suggests that you check www.safecar.gov to find out whether or not your vehicle is one that may have had a counterfeit airbag installed. If it is, and you’ve had your vehicle’s air bag replaced at a body shop other than the dealership, you should have your airbag checked for authenticity.

The counterfeit airbags are stamped with manufacturer logos and are made to look like their authentic counterparts. Non-authorized body shops see a low price tag and jump at the opportunity, oftentimes without considering the loss in quality that comes along with that decision. On the other hand, auto dealerships like GM buy parts directly from automakers. This eliminates the risk of counterfeit parts ever being installed on your vehicle. When your safety is on the line, there can be no compromises.

Whether it’s an airbag, brakes, or anything else that needs servicing in your vehicle, be sure to utilize the services offered at your authorized dealership. You can always trust in our genuine parts and honest labor.

Tips From the Service Lane - Fuel Savings

August 17th, 2012 in News

Fuel Savings

With gas prices as unpredictable as they’ve been lately, it’s good to have some fuel-saving tips you can rely on. In addition to driving sensibly and efficiently, here are two easy ways to improve your fuel economy.

Check your tires to ensure they are properly inflated. Every 1 psi that your vehicle’s tires are short can reduce gas mileage by 0.3 percent. When multiple tires are not inflated properly, these extra costs can really add up, especially over your weekend vacation to the lake house or daily commutes to work. By inflating your tires to your vehicle’s specifications, you can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3 percent—that’s roughly 10 cents per gallon. In addition, properly inflated tires wear evenly, last longer, and are safer to drive on. This simple step saves you money and makes for a more enjoyable ride. When inflating, many drivers make the mistake of using the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall. Instead, look for a sticker on your vehicle’s door jamb or consult the owner’s manual to determine the correct pressure for your tires. Our technicians at Carl Black are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Keep your engine properly tuned. Tune ups ensure that the engine’s various components are in good shape and are working together correctly. On average, fixing an out of tune vehicle or one that has failed an emissions test can improve gas mileage by 4 percent, or approximately 14 cents per gallon. Typically, the more serious the problem, the larger the fuel economy gain will be. Fixing serious maintenance problems, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can increase gas mileage by as much as 40 percent! Regular tune ups ensure that small, inexpensive problems don’t become large financial burdens. Simply bring your vehicle to Carl Black for a tune up, and benefit from the savings in gas mileage and peace of mind that your engine is running smoothly. Our technicians know your vehicle inside and out—we use factory parts to ensure that your vehicle’s engine is running with optimal fuel efficiency.

To help you save even more money, we’re offering $20.00 off our Tune-Up Special or Injector Clean for a limited time. Enjoy all the benefits a properly tuned vehicle has to offer today!

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GMC Pickups 101: What’s in a Name?

August 17th, 2012 in News

GMC Pickup Names

When three truck builders – Randolph, Reliance and Rapid – merged to become GMC in 1912, the brand’s range of gasoline- and electric-powered trucks used model numbers between 1 and 12, each denoting payload in thousands of pounds, or how much weight could be loaded on the rear.

Today, the labels “½-ton”, “¾-ton” and “1-ton” are still used industry wide for fullsize pickup truck classes despite their having little connection to the trucks’ capabilities. For 2013, a GMC Sierra 1500 “½-ton” has a payload capacity that ranges from 1,550-1,940 pounds – considerably more than the 1,000 pounds once implied.  A “1-ton” Sierra 3500HD can haul up to 7,215 pounds; almost four times the 2,000 pounds its moniker suggests.

GMC Pickup Names

“The payload-based naming convention for pickups existed right from the beginning,” said General Motors Heritage Center Manager Greg Wallace. “The ½-ton, ¾-ton, and 1-ton models became most popular with retail customers over a few decades, not just for GMC but all manufacturers. While payload capacities have grown since, those three names stuck.”

As with payload classifications, GMC helped pioneer other naming conventions for pickups. In 1967, GMC was the first company to use 1500, 2500 and 3500 to designate its three truck models, numbers that were based off the first segment of vehicle identification numbers, or VINs, and denoted hauling capability. Those numbers remain an integral part of the GMC naming strategy and every current fullsize truck sold by an American automaker uses numbers starting with 15, 25 and 35 to denote the three classifications.

The Sierra name became standard for all GMC fullsize pickups in 1989 after being used for various upscale trim packages through the ‘70s and ‘80s. The 2013 Sierra 1500 represents the core of GMC’s truck business, while the purpose-built Sierra 2500HD and 3500HD models are some of the most-capable pickups ever produced, with class-leading maximum payload.

Sierra 1500 Ranks Highest in Segment in Initial Quality

August 17th, 2012 in News

The GMC Sierra 1500 ranks highest in the large pickup segment of the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM, based on results announced today.

2012 GMC Sierra

“GMC Sierra customers demand not only exceptional capability and performance, but also top quality,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “The fact that Sierra ranked highest in the large pickup segment in this study demonstrates that the brand is following through on its commitment to customer satisfaction.”

In May 2012, total Sierra fullsize pickup sales, including 1500 as well as ¾-ton, and 1-ton HD models, were up 23 percent year over year.

GMC Yukon was also among the leaders in the large crossovers/SUV segment. All GMC models eligible for the study improved their scores and, for the second year in a row, GMC scored above the industry average.

The 2012 IQS is based on responses from more than 74,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2012 model year vehicles surveyed at 90 days of ownership. The study includes a 228-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information they can use to quickly identify problems and drive improvement.

Benefits of a Vehicle Detail

July 19th, 2012 in News
Vehicle Detail
After investing your money in a vehicle, you’d probably like to keep it looking like new for as long as possible. People usually don’t bat an eye about having routine maintenance performed on their vehicles, but they often consider vehicle detailing to be purely optional. Taking great care of the mechanical features of your car is wise, but it’s smart to take care of the appearance of its interior and exterior too. Periodic vehicle detail service will keep your car looking great for a long time to come, and Carl Black Buick GMC of Roswell is happy to provide this service to our valued customers.

Go Beyond Routine Car Washes

Like most car owners, you probably make a point of washing your car on a regular basis. The roads in Georgia can get mighty dusty during the hot, dry summers, and it doesn’t take long for a car to get coated in grime. As for the interior, periodically vacuuming it out and wiping it down is smart too. However, there’s only so much that a routine car wash and occasional vacuuming can do for your car. To take its care to a whole other level, you should invest in car detailing services by Carl Black Buick GMC of Roswell.

How often should You Detail Your Car?

Our customers often ask us how often they should have their GMCs and Buicks detailed. At the absolute minimum, you should have your car detailed at least once every six months. If you can’t park your car in a garage, or if it is subjected to more extreme conditions, you should have it detailed more frequently. It’s easy to dismiss the importance of having your vehicle detailed, but you’re sure to be blown away by how phenomenal it looks after you have the work done for the first time.

Vehicle Detail
Protect Your Investment

Did you know that a vehicle detail can help to protect your car’s paint job? The work that is done helps to protect a car’s paint from the elements. Day after day of being out in the beating Georgia sun can do a real number on even the finest paint job, and dust, grime and debris can affect it too. Your car will be given the royal treatment when you bring it to Carl Black Buick GMC of Roswell for a full detail, and its paint will continue to look glossy and new for a long time to come.

Save Money

Having your car detailed regularly is a very wise investment. It can actually save you money over the long run. Without regular detail services, your car could accumulate a lot of grime, dust, dirt and debris. Those things can slowly but surely chip away at the appearance and quality of your vehicle. Down the road, when you want to sell it or trade it in, you’ll get more money if it still looks shiny and new. Besides, the small amount you’ll pay to have it detailed will be worth it when you get to drive around in a gorgeous car all the time.

Take Advantage of this Great Maintenance Special

If you’re ready to have your vehicle detailed, you’re in luck. Carl Black Buick GMC of Roswell is currently offering a great maintenance special: $40 off a full vehicle detail. Just print out this offer or mention it when you make your appointment. We look forward to giving your car the royal treatment!

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Verizon Amphitheatre July and August Events

July 19th, 2012 in Events

Celebrating their fifth year of live music, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park has proudly watched world class performers take the stage including the Eagles, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Dave Matthews Band, Kenny Chesney, Van Morrison and Phish to name a few. Set on 45 acres of beautifully-landscaped wooded land in Alpharetta, GA, the 12,000-seat Amphitheatre provides a unique setting for both music lovers and first-time concertgoers. The beautiful park-like atmosphere allows concertgoers to enjoy music surrounded by a number of large heritage trees, plants, and flowers all native to the park.

The Summer is just getting started, and the Carl Black VIP Club is burning on all four cylinders with a wide selection of food and beverages. It also provides a peaceful escape from the heat for those who wish to visit the club during the show. For those who find that the Carl Black VIP Club is the perfect place to experience the shows in their entirety, flat screen TV’s and Audio coverage of the concerts are broadcasted all around the Club. If you haven’t experienced the Carl Black VIP Club, please come by the dealership and ask how you can get your hand on a Carl Black VIP Club pass!

The Summer is just getting started! Take a look at the upcoming events:

Verizon Amphitheatre

New Camera-Based Collision Alert

July 19th, 2012 in News

GMC Terrain

The 2012 GMC Terrain smaller SUV features the industry’s first crash avoidance system that exclusively uses a single camera to help drivers avoid front-end and unsignalled lane departure crashes.

Terrain’s new active safety system uses a high-resolution digital camera mounted on the windshield ahead of the rearview mirror that looks for shapes of vehicles and lane markings. The system uses audible warnings and a high-mounted visual display to warn the driver if he or she is following another vehicle too closely, when a collision is imminent, or when departing a lane without signaling first.

According to National Automotive Sampling System estimates, rear-end crashes account for approximately 28 percent of the nearly 6 million police-reported incidents that occur annually. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains that the majority of rear-end collisions involve driver inattention, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says forward collision warning systems have the potential to help prevent such crashes.

“Digital image sensors are used in just about everything from cameras to mobile phones to computers and this is making them a more-affordable alternative for use in vehicles,” said Raymond Kiefer, General Motors Technical Fellow for crash avoidance systems. “By combining a digital camera with state-of-the-art image processing algorithms, we’re able to estimate when a crash may be imminent.”

Terrain’s warning display contains green “vehicle ahead” and “lanes detected” icons, as well as flashing red “forward collision alert” and amber “lane departure warning” icons that are accompanied by warning chimes. Forward collision alert operates at speeds above 25 mph and warns a driver if they are following too closely or in imminent danger of a front-end crash.  When a collision is predicted to be imminent, vehicle brakes are pre-charged to help drivers quickly reach maximum braking.

The forward collision warning software examines each frame captured by the camera – about 14 frames per second – searching for shapes characteristic of vehicles. Detected vehicles are then checked over successive frames for changes in size for calculating time-to-collision. The system also uses speed, directional change, and how the accelerator and brake pedal have been applied to determine when to alert the driver.

In order to operate in varying visibility conditions, the system combines four separate exposures to create each high-resolution image for analysis. This is particularly useful at night when short exposures are needed to get clear images of light sources while long exposures are needed to detect shapes and textures. Night time target recognition is also enhanced by looking for pairs of lights moving together that indicate taillights. The system operates as long as the camera eye is unobstructed, such as by snow or mud.

GMC Terrain

In addition to searching for other vehicles, the image processor also looks for lane markings to provide lane departure alerts. Available at speeds above 35 mph, the lane departure warning icon shines green when lane markings are detected to indicate the system is active. If the vehicle drifts out of the lane without a turn signal, the lamp switches to flashing amber and is augmented by warning beeps.

The GM camera-based forward collision alert system is listed at the Safercar.gov website as a result of passing three track tests required by the NHTSA’s New Car Assessment Program.

“GM is committed to providing protection before, during and after a crash, but the best scenario is to avoid a collision in the first place, and this technology is designed to assist drivers for that purpose,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness.

This dual-benefit crash avoidance system is available for $295.

About GMC

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry’s healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain smaller SUV and Acadia crossover.  GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and theSierra pickup. The new Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market.  Details on all GMC models are available at www.gmc.com, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or athttp://www.facebook.com/gmc.

Top 10 Reasons Terrain is Designed for Summer Road Trips

July 19th, 2012 in News

GMC Terrain

With the summer travel season in full swing, owners of the GMC Terrain small SUV are prepared for low-stress road trips thanks to smart engineering and purposeful technology. Here are the top 10 reasons to consider the Terrain for your next adventure.

  • Power: Terrain’s optional V-6 towing capacity of 3,500 pounds is unsurpassed in its class, and enough for many power boats, jet skis or small campers.
  • Efficiency: With front-wheel drive and a standard 2.4L engine, Terrain’s estimated 32 highway mpg and 18.8-gallon fuel tank can cut down on fuel stops.
  • Technology: A standard seven-inch Color Touch Radio offers quick music browsing and colorful album art. The screen also displays video from a standard Rear Vision Camera.
  • Entertainment: Terrain’s available Rear Seat Entertainment uses dual seatback-mounted LCD screens that can each play a unique video, reducing sibling rivalry.
  • Directions: Color Touch Navigation with traffic and weather brings an end to “Are we there yet?” and at $795, it’s half the price of similar systems from some competitors.
  • Flexibility: Terrain’s MultiFlex rear seat slides up and back eight inches. Young children can be kept close, while teenagers can get the personal space they desire.
  • Serenity: Triple door seals, laminated windshield and front side window glass, and available Active Noise Cancellation help keep Terrain quiet on highways.
  • Safety: Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning keep an active eye on the road ahead but dollars in the customer’s pocket, since the system is just a $295 option.
  • Adaptability: An available roof rack and power adjustable liftgate make loading gear in and onto the Terrain easy. The liftgate can be easily programmed to stop at any height.
  • Security: Every Terrain comes standard with six months of OnStar’s Directions and Connections plan, including Automatic Crash Response and roadside assistance.

GMC has manufactured trucks since 1902, and is one of the industry’s healthiest brands. Innovation and engineering excellence is built into all GMC vehicles and the brand is evolving to offer more fuel-efficient trucks and crossovers, including the Terrain small SUV and Acadia crossover.  GMC is the only manufacturer to offer three full-size hybrid trucks with the Yukon, Yukon Denali SUVs and theSierra pickup. The Sierra Heavy Duty pickups are the most capable and powerful trucks in the market.  Details on all GMC models are available at http://www.gmc.com/, on Twitter at @thisisgmc or athttp://www.facebook.com/gmc.

2012 Buick Verano

February 28th, 2012 in News

Buick Verano delivers key luxury features and characteristics found in the Buick LaCrosse, in an efficiently packaged, right-sized vehicle for the compact luxury market. It is the brand’s third all-new model in the past two years and the first in the compact luxury segment.

Verano is the latest model in a Buick product renaissance that began with the Enclave and continued with the LaCrosse and Regal. Like them, Verano is distinguished by luxury and technology, including 10 standard air bags, an available heated steering wheel and a Buick IntelliLink radio system with Bose Premium Audio and OnStar-powered connectivity that enables seamless communication between the Verano and the driver’s smartphone.

The all-new Buick IntelliLink system uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smartphone to a seven-inch, LED high-resolution, full-color touch screen display radio. IntelliLink expands on Buick’s current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smartphone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services like PANDORA®Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®.

Most importantly, Buick IntelliLink enables seamless integration of stowed portable devices with each vehicle’s infotainment system, allowing drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

Verano is designed to be the quietest compact sedan on the road, while delivering a responsive driving experience. An Ecotec 2.4L direct injected with six-speed automatic powertrain combination is standard and delivers 180 horsepower (134 kW), enabling 0-60 mph performance of 8.6 seconds and an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway. A 2.0L turbo engine will be offered in the future.

Verano design

Verano carries the modern Buick design cues introduced on the Enclave and carried through on the LaCrosse and Regal. Elements include:

  • An arching roofline connects a steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars to give the car a beautiful and elegant appearance.
  • Calligraphy-like strokes of chrome accent the Buick Verano, including signature features such as the black chrome waterfall grille and portholes.
  • Blue translucent projector beam headlamps.
  • Standard 18-inch multi-spoke, forged alloy, polished machine face, sterling silver-finish wheels in the United States, with a premium 18-inch split spoke wheel design available on the 1SL model. Eighteen-inch wheels are available in Canada.
  • Premium exterior colors include: Crystal Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Black Onyx, Summit White, Quicksilver Metallic and Mocha Bronze Metallic (later availability).

Verano interior

Verano’s interior is marked by exceptional seat comfort and support, design and craftsmanship, as well as premium soft-touch materials, including ice blue ambient lighting inspired by the LaCrosse. Rich leathers, warm woods, metallic accents and soft ambient lighting make the cabin an inviting environment.

  • Neutral and medium titanium colors are offered on interiors with leatherette/fabric seating surfaces.
  • Ebony, Cashmere and Choccachino are offered on the available leather-trimmed interiors.
  • The instrument panel blends with an integrated center stack that houses the infotainment display, climate controls and radio controls.
  • Flush-mounted components within the center stack have a gap tolerance of less than 1 mm, while the instrument panel-to-door panel gaps are less than 5 mm.
  • Verano’s headliner cover is made of a knit material that is one of five layers of an acoustically designed headliner to help quiet the passenger compartment. Recycled cardboard is one ingredient.
  • The interior pillar and other moldings are color- and grain-matched to the headliner.
  • The A-pillars are fabric-wrapped.
  • Push-button engine start is available (standard on uplevel leather-equipped model).
  • Automatic climate control is standard.
  • Available heated steering wheel and heated leather-appointed seating.
  • Electronic parking brake.
  • Console armrest that slides to suit the driver’s seating position and locks.
  • Power windows with express up/down on the front driver and express down on the front and rear passengers. (Leather model adds front passenger, express up.)
  • Steering wheel radio controls are standard.
  • Uplevel front and rear reading lamps are standard.
  • Remote starter system is standard.

Verano’s heating and cooling, rear defogger and heated outside mirrors and seats on the leather model are linked with the remote start feature. In temperatures below 45 F (7 C), the seat heaters automatically activate, along with rear defogger on all models and heated outside mirrors.

Verano Quiet Tuning features

Quiet-tuning systems, processes and components are built into every facet of the Verano’s architecture. All are designed to block or absorb sound and dampen or eliminate vibrations.

  • The steel front-of-dash panel is sandwiched between two damping mats.
  • Nylon baffles are used in various hollow portions of the body structure and filled with sound-absorbing foam that expands when the body enters the paint oven.
  • The headliner comprises five layers of thermal fiber acoustic material, including a premium woven fabric on the visible outer layer.
  • Liquid applied sound deadener is robotically applied throughout the body structure to both deaden and dampen unwanted noises and vibrations.
  • Sound insulation material between rear-body structural components is made from recycled denim.
  • Triple-sealed doors that feature fiberglass “blankets” serve as water, airflow and noise barriers. The doors are also beta-braced, meaning they close with a solid, precise sound and no resonance.
  • Optimized windshield and side glass for quietness, with 5.4-mm-thick acoustic laminated windshield and 4.85-mm acoustic laminated side glass.
  • The engine’s intake and exhaust systems are tuned for quiet performance
  • Isolated brake and fuel lines prevent vibrations.

Verano powertrain

  • Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder, with dual-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing and E85 capability is standard and is rated at 180 horsepower (134 kW) and 171 lb.-ft. of torque (232 Nm).
  • Each piston has its own directed jet that sprays oil toward its skirt, coating its underside and the cylinder wall with an additional layer of lubricant. The extra lubrication cools the pistons, reducing friction and operational noise, while also bolstering the engine’s durability.
  • Direct injection technology helps the engine produce more power with less fuel and lower emissions – including up to 25-percent reduced hydrocarbon emissions when compared with a multi-point fuel injection engine.
  • E85 is a clean-burning, domestically produced alternative fuel, composed of 85 percent ethanol alcohol and 15 percent gasoline. Ethanol is renewable, biodegradable and produces fewer greenhouse gases in the combustion process.
  • Standard six-speed automatic transmission helps the Verano deliver an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway.
  • Electric power steering eliminates the conventional hydraulic engine-driven steering system, which helps save fuel and improves reliability.

Verano chassis and suspension

  • The front suspension uses decoupled MacPherson struts for better isolation, providing greater separation of extreme road conditions – large potholes, for example – from everyday driving conditions.
  • The rear suspension features a Watts Z-link design that helps center the rear axle during cornering, which helps keep the Verano’s handling responses symmetrical on both left-hand and right-hand turns.
  • The Z-link design is lighter and requires less space than a typical fully independent rear suspension, enhancing fuel economy and enabling more trunk space.
  • Steering inputs are handled by an electric power steering system, featuring a dual-pinion rack. Electric powering steering helps save fuel because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories.
  • The steering system has a ratio of 15.5:1 and requires only slightly more than two turns, lock to lock.
  • Stopping power is handled by a four-wheel disc brake system with standard anti-lock and electronic brake force distribution, as well as StabiliTrak electronic stability control with traction control.

Verano safety and crash avoidance features

The Verano is designed to help drivers avoid crashes, while protecting the occupants in the event a crash occurs.

  • Ten standard air bags, including frontal, head curtain side air bags, front and outboard rear-seat side-impact air bags and new knee air bags. The head-curtain side air bags deploy in a rollover crash
  • Collapsible pedal system, which allows the pedals to detach during a crash to reduce the risk of leg or ankle injuries.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system helps reduce the risk of rollover crashes by keeping the vehicle in the driver’s intended path by applying throttle, braking or a combination of both.
  • Power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes are standard.
  • Four-channel anti-lock braking is standard and incorporates electronic brake force distribution, which balances braking performance based on such factors as road conditions and the weight of passengers and/or cargo.
  • Pretensioners minimize forward movement during a collision, and are standard on the front safety belts. Load-limiting retractors cinch the belt more tightly.
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child seat attachment system, which is included in all second-row seating positions.
  • Tire pressure monitoring system is standard on all models.
  • Strong body structure to absorb crash energy and provide a protective “safety cage” around occupants. More than 60 percent of the body structure is composed of advanced steels.
  • Front and rear passenger headrests: The front headrests are adjustable, the two outboard rear-seat headrests are adjustable and the center-rear headrest is integrated in the seat.

OnStar details

OnStar is standard on all Verano models. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar subscribers also can use the service to be Good Samaritans by sending help to other motorists, and to call for help in other non-crash emergencies.

  • OnStar is the leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services in the United States and Canada.
  • Six months of complimentary OnStar Directions and Connections service with Turn-by-Turn Navigation for easier route guidance on all Verano models. The feature is easy to use because all directions are sent to the car by an advisor, without the need to stop. Turn-by-Turn can be cost-effective, since map updates and aftermarket navigation systems are not needed.
  • The Advanced Crash Response System uses vehicle sensors, GPS and digital cellular phone technology to summon emergency responders to a crash scene even when the vehicle’s occupants are unable to do so.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location capability helps law enforcement officials find subscribers’ vehicle in the event they are stolen.
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology allows an OnStar advisor to remotely cut off power to the vehicle in the event of a police chase.
  • OnStar 9.0 technology offers improved voice recognition capabilities for regional phrases and dialects.

2012 Buick Regal GS

February 28th, 2012 in News

The all-new, 2012 Regal GS blends a 270-horsepower (201 kW) high-output Ecotec 2.0L turbo engine, six-speed manual transmission, responsive Interactive Drive Control System suspension technology with exclusive GS-mode, Brembo front calipers and other features into one of Buick’s most balanced performance sedans ever.

The torque from Regal GS’s exclusive Ecotec 2.0L high-output turbocharged engine provides more launch force than the Acura TSX V-6, Audi A4 Sport, Lexus IS 250 and 350, Infiniti G25 and G37, and Volvo S60. It also delivers the highest specific output of any production engine GM has ever offered, and at 135 horsepower per liter, is the most power-dense engine ever certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Buick’s exclusive Interactive Drive Control System is standard on the Regal GS, and allows drivers to choose from three operating modes – Standard, Sport and GS Mode – that change the suspension settings and steering sensitivity according to driver preferences. Regal GS also features a four-wheel independent suspension with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design that reduces torque steer and improves grip and cornering power.

A lower ride height, 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with summer-rated performance tires are available) and four-piston Brembo front calipers also contribute to the GS’ performance persona.

Regal GS design

  • Unique body-color front and rear fascias, with the front fascia incorporating prominent, vertical air intake slots accented in a satin-metallic finish.
  • Rear fascia has a pair of integrated, satin-metallic trapezoidal exhaust outlets.
  • Rocker panel extensions and a rear spoiler.
  • Slightly lower ride height than other Regal models for a sportier stance.
  • Aggressive-looking, 19-inch, 5-Twin Spoke alloy wheels and all-season tires (20-inch, 5-Twin Spoke polished alloy wheels with summer-rated performance tires are optional).
  • GS-specific ebony interior.
  • Satin-finish elements on the instrument panel, steering wheel and console.
  • Instrument panel glows white when the driver engages the GS Mode of the Interactive Drive Control System (IDCS).

Regal GS interior – standard and available features

Standard features:

  • Passive keyless entry with push-button start.
  • Standard XM Satellite Radio with three-month trial service.
  • harman/kardon premium 336-watt, 5.1 Matrix Surround Sound system with nine speakers.
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity.
  • Leather-wrapped, flat-bottom sport steering wheel with audio controls and metal sport pedals.
  • Leather-appointed sport seating.
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats, with 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seats – including four-way lumbar adjustment.
  • 120-volt accessory power outlet.
  • Power windows with express up/down feature in the front and express down in the rear.
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking assist.
  • Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with flash-to-pass feature, auto on/off, auto delay, warning buzzer.
  • Buick IntelliLink (later availability) uses Bluetooth or USB to connect the driver’s smart phone to a new high-resolution, full-color seven-inch touch screen display radio. IntelliLink expands on Buick’s current Bluetooth and USB capabilities to allow smart phone control via voice activation and steering wheel-mounted controls. It also enables streaming stereo audio from the phone through services such as PANDORA® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®.
  • IntelliLink complements the safety, security and connectivity services of OnStar, also standard on all Regal models. With a simple button touch, voice command or via a downloadable smartphone app, Regal owners can access popular OnStar services such as Turn-by-Turn navigation and Destination Download, hands-free calling, remote door unlock, vehicle diagnostics, emergency assistance and much more.

Other available features:

  • Power tilt-sliding sunroof with sunshade.
  • Audio system with seven-inch color touch screen display, SD card reader in center console, GPS navigation, multi-function controller, iPod support. Available only when sunroof is ordered.

Chassis and suspension

The Regal GS rides on a wheelbase of 107.8 inches (2738 mm) that delivers refined, well-balanced vehicle dynamics. It also features a four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique High Performance Strut (HiPer Strut) front suspension design.

Drivers may choose more aggressive, performance-oriented damping characteristics through the standard Interactive Drive Control System.

  • Four-wheel-independent suspension, with a unique HiPer Strut front suspension design.
  • Ride height lowered 10 mm, and spring and stabilizer bar rates raised by 20 percent for more responsive handling.
  • HiPer Strut system helps reduce torque steer, improve grip and maintain negative camber during cornering.
  • Four-link independent rear suspension is designed to minimize unwanted toe and camber effects.
  • Both front and rear dampers incorporate active Computer Damping Control (CDC), continuously changing damper characteristics’ to maintain optimal vehicle ride control over varying road surfaces and profiles.
  • Four-wheel disc brake system with Brembo four-piston front calipers, larger ventilated front discs and high performance linings.
  • Electronic parking brake actuated via a center console-mounted control.
  • Standard StabiliTrak stability control system with integrated, full-function traction control.

Interactive Drive Control System

The Regal GS is equipped with the Interactive Drive Control System, which adapts damping and other driving functions to drivers’ preferences. While the Regal Turbo offers Interactive Drive Control with the choice of a standard adaptive setting, a more comfortable Tour mode and a Sport mode, the system in the Regal GS is deliberately tuned for those who enjoy a higher level of performance:

  • Standard: Delivers ideal all-round performance, while maintaining comfort characteristics for everyday driving.
  • Sport: Features a firmer level of suspension damping and reduces body roll for more agility.
  • GS: Readies the car for dynamic, enthusiast-level driving. Increased steering efforts provide more direct feedback to the driver, while increased damping levels ensure ultimate wheel control and reduced body roll for ultimate agility. Only the GS mode will alter the shift feel on an automatic transmission.

Efficient, proven powertrain

  • High-output Ecotec 2.0L turbocharged DOHC VVT engine with direct-injection technology provides acceleration of a V-6 with the fuel efficiency of a four-cylinder. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 27 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed manual.
  • Output rated at 270 horsepower (201 kW) and 295 lb.-ft. of torque (400 Nm). Peak torque is achieved at a relatively low 2400 rpm; 95 percent of peak torque is available between 2,300 and 4,900 rpm.
  • Highest specific output of any GM production engine, and at 135 horsepower per liter, the most power-dense engine certified by SAE.
  • Three-inch-diameter exhaust system provides reduced back pressure for higher engine power.
  • Standard six-speed manual transmission.
  • Available six-speed Aisin Warner automatic with Driver Shift Control (mid-model year availability).

Safety and crash-avoidance features

Regal GS offers standard and available safety features designed to protect occupants before, during and after a crash. Safety-enhancing features include:

  • Eight standard air bags including dual-stage frontal and side-impact air bags, rear-seat thorax side-impact air bags and head curtain side-impact air bags.
  • Three-point safety belts in all seating positions and air bag passenger sensing system to detect the presence of a small adult or child in the front passenger seat.
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control to help drivers maintain vehicle control in certain driving situations, and help mitigate rollover crashes.
  • Four-wheel anti-lock brakes with brake assist and traction control.
  • Daytime running lamps for improved visibility to other vehicles as well as pedestrians.
  • LATCH system for safe and secure attachment of child safety seats.
  • Standard ultrasonic front and rear parking assist with audible warning.
  • Standard tire pressure monitoring system.

OnStar details

Regal GS is equipped with segment-exclusive OnStar technology, which includes the Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance, remote vehicle diagnostics, six months of the Directions and Connections plan for route guidance support and OnStar RemoteLink.

OnStar RemoteLink allows Regal owners with certain smartphones to download an app to start the vehicle remotely, as well as get information on the fuel tank’s level and range, the remaining oil life, current and recommended tire pressure, and lifetime average miles per gallon. In addition users can access the current odometer reading, vehicle ID (VIN) and OnStar account number, plus call a dedicated representative for advice or assistance.

Other OnStar services:

  • The Advanced Crash Response System uses vehicle sensors, GPS and digital cellular phone technology to summon emergency responders to a crash scene even when the vehicle’s occupants are unable to do so.
  • Stolen Vehicle Location capability helps law enforcement officials find subscribers’ vehicle in the event they are stolen.
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown technology allows an OnStar advisor to remotely cut off power to the vehicle in the event of a police chase.
  • OnStar 9.0 technology offers improved voice recognition capabilities for regional phrases and dialects.

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