Dare Greatly: 150 Daring Moment’s in Canadian History

Dare Greatly 150

In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, as part of the Dare Greatly campaign, Cadillac is counting down the 150 most daring moments in Canadian history.

Canada 150

The series is part of Cadillac’s Dare Greatly campaign, which privileges innovation, risk-taking, and independence. So, here are some of the biggest “moments from Canada’s history that paved the way for the future.”

#2

In 1867, Henry Seth Taylor of Stanstead Quebec builds Canada’s first automobile. His steam buggy was a popular exhibition at the 1867 Stanstead Fair.

#4

In 1875, the first official indoor hockey game is played in Montreal. The traditional lacrosse ball was replaced with a wooden puck to prevent injuries to the spectators.

#13

In 1912, one of the first electric cars appears at an auto show in Toronto. With a reported top speed of 25 km/h and the ability to recharge its battery by attaching to a power line, the invention came long before its time.

#21

On December 23, 1900 Canadian inventor Reginald Fessenden became the first person to send electromagnetic audio signals. Although waves had been transmitted previously, Fessenden’s feat is perhaps more significant to the history of radio.

#26

Canada entrenches its sovereignty by fighting in the First World War. Canadian soldiers also earn the respect of their allies for their bravery and importance to many key victories including Vimy Ridge.

#28

In 1916, women win the right to vote in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The precedent provokes the 1919 ruling guaranteeing women nationally the right to vote.

#47

In 1931, Canada gains its complete independence from Great Britain with the enactment of the Statute of Westminster.

#57

On D-Day, June 6, 1944, Canadians land on Juno Beach in Normandy, playing a huge role in one of the most successful, pivotal, and dangerous operations in the Second World War.

#74

In 1965 Canada’s iconic Maple Leaf flag is born, further separating the nation from the Commonwealth.

#78

In 1968, Medicare becomes a Canada-wide policy, giving universal health care to millions.

#146

In 2015-2016 Canada helps resettle more than 39,000 Syrian refugees forced from their homes by war.

 

You can check out the full list over at daregreatly.ca You can also learn more about Cadillac’s search for the 151st daring Canadian moment.

The 2017 Cadillac CT6

Obviously, Cadillac can’t hope to emulate the bravery and innovation inherent in some of those achievements. But there’s nothing wrong with setting a high bar. Clearly, Cadillac wants to cement itself among the best in the auto industry. And, in building vehicles with care and creativity, the brand seems to be doing exactly that.  

Take the 2017 Cadillac CT6 for example. The lithe sedan features perhaps the most sophisticated package of performance, safety, and entertainment technology on the market. There’s an available Bose Panaray sound system with 34 speakers, some of which are cased inside the front headrests. Perhaps more practical are features like the Rear Camera Mirror that streams live HD footage from the rear of the vehicle to expand the field of view to 300% of a traditional rear view mirror. Other standout available features include:

  • NightVision with thermal imaging technology
  • Active Rear Steering
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert  
  • Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear seats with recline, massage, heat, and cooling

The 2018 Buick Regal GS: More than a Comfortable Daily Driver

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

Natural associations with the brand “Buick” are comfort, luxury, and… maturity. But consumer beliefs and tendencies aren’t always aligned with the truth. If they were, Chevrolet wouldn’t be discontinuing the exceptional SS and Train wouldn’t be played on the radio. In the past few years, Buick has been playing a delicate balancing act. It’s building cars and crossovers that maintain a strong a link to the brand’s heritage of comfort and affordable luxury. But, at the same time, Buick is starting to deliver style, ultra-modern technology, and even performance. Look at the 2018 Buick Regal GS, for example. 

The 2018 Buick Regal GS

The 2018 Buick Regal GS is perhaps Buick’s most exciting vehicle in years. It’s a thrilling high performance vehicle disguised as commute-friendly sedan. This is what Duncan Aldred, Buick Global’s vice president, had to say about it:

This is a sport sedan designed for everyday driving, but one that makes every drive special. The new Regal GS hits the sweet spot of the market: more refined and luxurious than the mainstream, more value for the price with style and premium features on par with higher-end competitors, and with standard features like AWD with active twin clutch and a rear sportback design that will surprise customers with its usefulness.

High Performance

Naturally, the Regal GS is loaded with performance upgrades that make it almost unrecognizable from the standard Regal. Let’s start with the powerplant. The 2018 Regal GS offers a remarkable 3.6L V6 engine that cranks out 310 horsepower. But it’s not just raw power. Buick has included technology that automatically drops down to four-cylinder function when performance demands are low – ie., at low, stable speeds. This drastically increases fuel economy and brings the sport sedan in line with traditional Buick practicality.

Standard all-wheel drive gives drivers of the Regal GS a feeling of tremendous confidence. Meanwhile, the Continuous Damping Control system monitors the road and makes 500 adjustments per second to ensure appropriate wheel grip. The drive mode has GS and Sport Modes to suit conditions and demands. Buick has also included brakes by Brembo, sport-tuned exhaust, and sport steering wheel and pedals.

Low Impact

Of course, Buick has also included tons of features dedicated to comfort and convenience. There’s an available head-up display to project customizable driving data on the base of the windshield. You also get standard 4G LTE WiFi and an 8-inch customizable touch screen interface. For comfort, you’ll find only premium materials, like you’d expect in any Buick. You can choose AGR-certified performance seats with massage, heating, and cooling. They’re certified by the Campaign for Healthier Backs, so you don’t have to worry about pushing the accelerator.

Other highlights include:

  • 3.6L, 310-HP V6
  • AGR Performance Seats
  • Nine-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • Continuous Damping Control
  • Standard 19-Inch Wheels
  • Unique Fascias, Skirts, and Spoiler

The 2017 Buick Encore

The 2017 Buick Encore is the smallest SUV in the luxury brand’s stable, but it’s making a big impact with Canadian buyers.

The 2017 Buick Encore

The first thing you’ll notice about the Buick Encore is its size. At a mere 168 inches long, the Encore is small. It’s even smaller than the Verano which measures 184. Of course, the Encore is a little taller, and gives the driver a comfortable viewing position. The standard wheels are 18-inch machine-faced alloy wheels with Light Argent Metallic pockets. That translates roughly to, “they are shiny and silver.” The exterior sculpting is smooth and modern, and serves as a worthy match to the split-wing grille. All things considered, the 2017 Buick Encore is fit, stylish, and fun to drive.

Preferred (MSRP FWD: $25,995 AWD: $27,895)

Buick’s entry-level Encore is technically the 1SV, but you won’t find many of those on the road. For all intents and purposes, the introductory trim is the Preferred. Even on the base model, Buick has included premium features like QuietTuning and Active Noise Cancellation. The base engine is a 1.4L Turbo with 138 horsepower. That may sound underpowered, but it’s more than adequate for propelling the nimble body. Other highlights include:

  • 1.4L Turbo Engine
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • OnStar 4G LTE WiFi

Sport Touring (MSRP FWD: $27,995 AWD: $29,895)

If you aren’t satisfied with the features in the Buick Encore Preferred, the Sport Touring is a worthy option. You’ll get a sport spoiler and some sharp Midnight Silver wheels. You’ll also have the option of upgrading to the SIDI turbo engine and Bose sound system

  • Available 1.4L SIDI Turbo
  • Available Bose 7-Speaker Audio
  • Remote Starter & Heated Mirrors
  • 18”, Midnight Silver, Aluminum Wheels

Essence (MSRP FWD: $31,295 AWD: $33,195)

With the Essence trim you get heated, leather seating; Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert and much more.

  • Available 1.4L SIDI Turbo
  • Side Blind-Zone Alert
  • Heated Steering Wheel

Premium (AWD: $34,495)

The Premium model makes the Bose sound system standard. You also get rain-sensing wipers and an array of advanced safety technology which includes:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Front & Rear Park Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning

Of course, if you don’t climb up the trim levels when buying your Buick Encore, you won’t be terribly disappointed. As I mentioned earlier, the Buick Encore (and Buick generally) differentiates itself by offering more standard features than anyone else. OnStar 4G LTE WiFi and Active Noise Cancellation are standard. The cabin is comfortable no matter what configuration you choose. And there’s enough cargo space to justify calling it a crossover.

Learn more about the 2017 Buick Encore here.

GMC Like a Pro

GMC Like A Pro

The age of professional grade is (mostly) dead. GMC has decided to rejuvenate its primary slogan. Like A Pro carries a more conversational tone and bridges the gap between the weekend warrior and those who need a work truck to for hard work. But the ostensible justification for keeping Chevy and GMC distinct was the existence of that gap. So, it will be interesting to see if the new image encroaches upon the market space of Chevrolet with whom GMC share platforms.

Per GMC, “‘Like A Pro’ celebrates GMC vehicles and customers — people who passionately live life to a higher standard. The Like A Pro campaign illustrates the core values of ‘We Are Professional Grade’ and shows the emotional connection customers have with their GMC trucks and SUV models.” Of course, the product is at the heart of any campaign. So, let’s take a look at the range of Like A Pro vehicles. In the interest of space, we’ll have to ignore GMC’s SUV lineup for now.

Sierra

GMC’s full-sized pickup has been a staple in Canada, going up against the Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, and Ford F-150. But what does it mean to Sierra like a pro? Well, the Sierra is probably GMC’s flagship vehicle. That’s because of its power, dependability, and style. The 2017 model comes with a standard 4.3L EcoTec3 V6 engine capable of delivering 285 horsepower. GMC have also taken an industry lead by offering Active Fuel Management as a standard feature. Active Fuel Management disables half of the engine’s available cylinders when the performance demands are low. Obviously, that saves you money at the pump. More remarkable features include:

  • Available 6.2L V8 EcoTec3 With Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Standard Chrome CornerStep Bumper
  • Standard Hill Start Assist

Canyon

The GMC Sierra’s younger brother is billed as the world’s first smart-sized luxury pickup. While that might sound like a confusing amalgamation of properties, for many drivers, the Canyon ticks all the boxes. The two gasoline engines are a 2.5L 4-cylinder and a 3.6L V6. They get 200 and 308 horsepower, respectively. But, for those who want extra performance, GMC also offers the legendary Duramax V8. The 2.8L Diesel engine delivers 181 horsepower and 369 lb.-ft. of torque. Whichever engine you choose, you get a winning combination of power and flexibility. Other standout features include:

  • Standard Rear Vision Camera
  • Standard CornerStep Bumper
  • Available OnStar 4G LTE WiFi
  • Available 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel

To check out GMC’s formerly professional-grade inventory hit the link below. And, as a bonus, here’s some rich guy buying his son a matching Power Wheels Sierra. I never had a Power Wheels as a child, so I guess my father is an amateur.