The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse was an unqualified success. It had a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA. The LaCrosse also introduced Buick’s reimagined design language. Notably, the LaCrosse eliminated the round grille and lethargic shoulders of previous versions. The interior was refined, too – from the seats down to the improved Buick IntelliLink software. And it didn’t escape recognition: the 2017 LaCrosse became the first Buick to win a win one of Ward’s Top 10 interiors. But, things are about to get even better with the introduction of the 2018 Buick LaCrosse.

Electric Performance

Surprisingly, eAssist light electrification has become the standard form of propulsion for 2018. The base model’s 2.5L, four-cylinder engine will now be bolstered by a small electric motor. The result is 194 horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque. More importantly, the light hybrid setup (Buick has actually avoided calling it a hybrid) will bring some impressive fuel savings. Specifically, Buick estimates the hybrid powertrain will deliver a remarkable 7.8L/100km of combined fuel economy (city/highway).

Drivers can still choose to upgrade to the 3.6L V6 with 310 hp. Seemingly, it’s the perfect amount of power for a mature luxury sedan still harbouring the sporty predilections of youth. Buick has paired the engine with both Auto Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy and a nine-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery. V6 power also allows you to upgrade to dual-clutch AWD.

Inside

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse’s interior is defined by new technology. Buick has made it even easier to handle music, applications, and navigation with the new frameless, 8-inch touch screen underpinned by Buick IntelliLink software. You also get a standard OnStar 4G LTE WiFi hotspot for connectivity on the go, and an 8-speaker audio system. Audiophiles can even upgrade to a Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound system for a high-fidelity, concert experience. And, combined with standard QuietTuning, you get to shut out the sounds of the road and wind.

Safety

Building on the safety acknowledgments from the previous year, Buick has added some impressive safety hardware. A rear vision camera is standard, but that’s not nearly the most exciting feature. Buick offers advanced safety technology divided into two Driver Confidence packages:

Driver Confidence Package 1

  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Lane Change Alert

Driver Confidence Package 2

  • Automatic Park Assist
  • Front Pedestrian Detection
  • Front Automatic Braking
  • Full-Speed Adaptive Cruise Control

The 2018 Buick LaCrosse will be available for purchase in fall 2017. Click here for up-to-date inventory information.

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

The 4 Best GM Vehicles You Can’t Buy in Canada

In Canada, GM vehicles belong to four brands, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick and Cadillac, all of which feel thoroughly “domestic.” So, it may surprise you to know that GM produces vehicles in 37 countries under 12 different brand names. And while many of these international products are either boring or direct clones of what you’ll find in Canada, some are surprisingly interesting. Here are four exciting GM vehicles that you can’t buy in Canada.

Buick Velite 5 – China

The 2017 Buick Velite 5

In the simplest terms, the Buick Velite 5 is a rebadged Chevrolet Volt. The Volt (not the Bolt) is Chevy’s popular hybrid car. It offers one of the best fuel economy records on the market today. It can also drive up to 85 kilometres electrically without engaging the gasoline engine. However, in 2018, it’s estimated that nearly 75% of Saskatchewan’s energy production will still come from fossil fuels. So, although you’ll save money at the pump, your drive will be far from carbon neutral.

Plus the Volt, which resembles an early model Prius, is awful to look at. Chevy has tacked on an absurdly large plastic bumper, as if it knows the Volt will be rear-ended by drivers dumbstruck at its ill visage. But the Buick Velite 5 is another thing entirely. The sharpened grille is a great improvement. Buick offers stunning options for the interior as well. But the revised rear of the Buick Velite 5 is the most important change. From the back, the Buick Velite looks quite stylish – even sporty, asking questions of Tesla and other electrified standouts.

Buick Verano GS

This yo-yo guy loves it, so it must be good.

The Buick Verano was discontinued in the North American market in 2016. Politely, in its final model year, the Verano was a mover of the aged. Which is why it may be surprising to learn that the Verano is still thriving in the Chinese market. The Verano GS is a sport-tuned hatchback in the style of the Honda Civic Type R or Ford Focus RS. As GM offers no North American “hot hatch,” the Verano GS would be very welcome.

Of course, the GS would probably look out of place amongst the rest of North America’s GM vehicles – let alone Buick’s. The North American contingent is much rounder and wider than the Eastern models. Admittedly that may start to change in the 2018 model year. Later this year, Buick will introduce the 2018 Regal GS. It will boast a 3.6L, 310-horsepower V6 and standard nine-speed transmission. Still nothing on offer in Canada will match the wild charm of China’s Verano GS.

Chevrolet SS – United States

2017 Chevrolet SS: International GM Vehicles
The Terminal 2017 Chevrolet SS

This one is a bit of an oddball on the list. It technically falls into the international GM vehicles bracket because you can’t buy it in Canada. However, it is available for purchase in the United States. Further, the Chevrolet SS is a strange choice because it looks like a standard sedan from the rental car line. But don’t be deceived; The SS is a performance machine. It offers a standard 6.2L V8 engine with 415 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine allows the SS to charge from 0-60 in 4.7 seconds. The handling is stiff and sporty. In short, the Chevy SS is thrilling. But it is currently slated for discontinuation, maybe a consequence of its lame styling. Consumers can find the same power elsewhere (Cadillac’s V lineup, for example) with aggressive design to match.

Holden Ute – Australia/Oceania

The 2017 Holden Ute in Spitfire Green

The Holden Ute is a wretched pickup-hearse hybrid available in “Son of a Gun Grey” and “Spitfire Green”. In a sense, it’s the spiritual opposite of the Buick Velite 5 that commenced our list. Its proportions are unnatural and it has a low stance like a deformed angel shark.  But you have to admit, on roads dominated by black pickup trucks and drab crossovers, a rust orange orphan descended from the Chevrolet El Camino could give some character to your commute. Don’t believe me? Close your eyes and imagine it parked next to the grease bin at your local Denny’s, or spitting out couch cushions and loose timber on the highway. But you can’t doubt its titular utility.

The Holden Ute has a 6.2-litre engine that delivers 407 horsepower! And with Brembo brakes, head-up display, and automatic parking assist, the Ute is actually surprisingly sophisticated. Plus, with the demise of the Subaru Baja, there may be room in the hearts of consumers for an eccentric, miniature pickup.  

What vehicle would you like to see imported to Canadian dealerships? My pick is the Buick Velite 5. Let us know in the comments.

 

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

Buick Enclave Avenir

The 2018 Buick Enclave Avenir

 

After launching an Avenir concept vehicle, Buick pivoted and announced that Avenir would be the new name of their luxury sub-brand. It wasn’t clear at the time what that would entail, but now Buick have released details about the Avenir brand’s first vehicle.

Avenir

The Buick Avenir concept car debuted in 2015 as a sleek sedan with Jaguar-esque contours and a low profile. Many were disappointed that Buick didn’t approve production. Nevertheless,  the Avenir inspired Buick’s gradual reinvention. Now, Buick have decided to cement the Avenir’s importance to their company by lending its name to their luxury offerings. The first vehicle to launch under the Avenir label will be the 2018 Enclave.

2018 Enclave

Arguably, the Enclave is the most stylish Buick in recent memory. It is, therefore a worthy candidate for Avenir badging. Further, Buick reports that 90% of Enclave purchases involved the vehicle in its top two trim levels. Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick and GMC, says, “It’s a beacon for the modern, attainable luxury Buick stands for and is a natural place to launch Avenir.” It doesn’t hurt that the Enclave is one of Buick’s most popular vehicles.

The Avenir concept wasn’t completely abandoned. One feature that survived was the new grille. The 3-dimensional mesh front with chrome wings sets the tone for an overwhelmingly elegant SUV. Add 20-inch, six-spoke wheels with a pearl nickel finish. Meanwhile, the interior is an Avenir signature, featuring Chestnut and Ebony with contrast stitching and embroidered headrests. The steering wheel with wood accents, sill plates, and even floor mats have all been framed in the Avenir design philosophy. All of these pieces look even better in the light afforded by the standard dual sunroof.

Additional Enclave Avenir features include:

  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Heated second-row seats
  • Navigation, wireless charging, & 8” cluster display
  • 360-degree surround vision camera system for easier parking
  • Rear camera mirror

That last feature might be of particular interest. The Enclave Avenir will be the first Buick to receive a rear camera mirror. Also, the system will expand the rear field of vision by an estimated 300 percent. When added to the rest of the available safety technology, the Enclave Avenir really shines. Common features like lane keeping and blind spot monitoring are, of course available, but you can also get advanced features like full-speed Forward Automatic Braking.

The luxury market is hotly contested one, and it could be difficult for Buick to make headway. But, if the company sticks to providing standard first-class features at fair prices, and if the rest of the 2018 lineup follows from the Enclave, Buick stands a chance.

Still Canada’s #1 GM Dealer

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac is the #1 GM Dealer in Canada.

Canada’s #1 GM Dealer

In 2017, Capital earned the title of Canada’s #1 GM dealer for the eighth straight year! We were also named DealerRater’s Dealer of the Year for GMC, Buick, and Cadillac Saskatchewan, as well as Dealer of the Year for GMC Canada! We also set the world record for most “dealers” per paragraph!

Accolades:

  • #1 GM Dealer in Canada (New & Used)
  • DealerRater Dealer of the Year – GMC Canada
    • GMC Saskatchewan 
    • Buick Saskatchewan
    • Cadillac Saskatchewan
  • Top 16 in 16 Award
  • GM President’s Award
  • #1 Certified Pre-Owned Retailer in Canada

We’re especially proud of our DealerRater awards because they’re based on the feedback of real customers. Through every step of the car-buying process, no one knows us better than you, our customer! So, there is no one whose feedback we value more. We always welcome feedback and use it to continually improve our service.

First-Class Lineup

It doesn’t hurt that we sell vehicles we believe in. GMC’s lineup has the dependability and performance to satisfy any professional-grade task. Buick and Cadillac, meanwhile, have literally hundreds of years of combined experience in the auto industry. The Buick lineup exudes sophistication, while Cadillac vehicles are the proven kings of the road. Whether you prioritize fuel economy, dependability, speed, or style (or all of the above), you’ll find the right vehicle in our inventory.

Moving forward, we’ll continue working hard to provide our customers with the best possible experience. We’re always proud of our awards, but we place greater value in serving the people of our community to the best of our ability.

Buick Safety: 5 Stars

Buick Safety: 5 stars
Comment & tell us how important safety is to you!

Buick safety is well respected. In 2017, Buick safety ratings back that up. The company’s entire lineup received 5 stars from the NHTSA. This is the third consecutive year Buick has achieved maximum safety ratings for their entire lineup.

Buick Safety

Buick was able to continue its impressive run even as they introduced four new vehicles in 2016. The company redesigned the lineup to appeal to a younger generation of drivers. With an emphasis on sleek, modern design, Buick is picking up momentum. Through September 2016, Buick had sold 1,046,746 vehicles for the year. In 113 years, that was the fastest they’d ever reached the mark. And yet, despite the brand’s renaissance, a dedication to safety and reliability has remained fundamental.

For example, Buick’s flagship sedan, the LaCrosse, became bigger and more athletic for the 2017 model year. However, the sedan has maintained its stellar safety record. According to Buick, the achievement is owed to “the use of stronger, lighter press-hardened and high-strength steels.”

What Does 5-Star Really Mean?

In determining Safety Ratings the NHTSA puts vehicles through the following:

  • Frontal Crash Test Scenario
  • Side Barrier Crash Test Scenario
  • Side Pole Crash Test Scenario
  • Rollover Resistance Test Scenario

After each test, engineers test the dummies for a variety of injuries. The NHTSA only gives 5-Star ratings to vehicles that protect drivers in the most dangerous kinds of collisions.

Ultimately, the ratings show Buick’s long-standing commitment to safety has remained intact. This is all the more impressive considering they’ve modernized their line-up’s image. Drivers would be wise to take advantage of Buick’s combination of reliability and style before others start to clue in.

Our huge inventory includes a great selection of both new and pre-owned Buick vehicles. So, click the button below to see what’s on our lot right now. Also, make sure to inquire about your test drive today!

Buick Lacrosse: The Best New Large Premium Car

 

2017 Buick Lacrosse
2017 Buick Lacrosse – Luxury 4 door sedan with AWD, 5-passenger sitting & a 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode.

The Best Large Premium Car

The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada has named the Buick LaCrosse “Best New Large Premium Car.” The winner was determined by the average score of 70 top automotive journalists in Canada. They convene in Clarington annually for a four-day test driving event. To those who’ve driven the LaCrosse, the win shouldn’t be a great surprise.

Buick’s Canadian brand director, Mike Speranzini, responded by saying, “Thanks AJAC, we’ve got our happy socks on.” The playful response maybe undercuts the real excitement Buick is feeling for the recognition. That’s because the company is in the midst of overhauling its lineup. The objective is to engage a generation of drivers who see Buick as catering to a more “mature” audience… Old people. If they continue to make vehicle’s like the 2017 LaCrosse, that won’t be a problem for long. There are many reasons the LaCrosse received its award. But, for Speranzini, the LaCrosse’s recognition comes down to “premium styling, quietness and connectivity.”

Designing Luxury

2015 Buick Avenir Concept
The 2015 Buick Avenir Concept

It’s hard to argue with the first point. After all, the LaCrosse was influenced by Buick’s stunning Avenir concept car. You can see the family resemblance in the LaCrosse’s darkened waterfall grill, metallic side accents, and hood contours.

As for quietness, the LaCrosse once again stands out. QuietTuningTM and ultra-dissipative acoustic materials dampen the engine and the roar of the road. Active Noise Cancellation monitors the sound of the engine and emits negative ways to cancel it out.

It’s Fun to Drive, Too

A standard 3.6L V6 Engine with variable valve timing and direct injection gives the LaCrosse more than enough power underfoot. At the same time, the Stabilitrak® control system smooths the rough edges of the road. When engaged, the playfully stiff “Sport Mode” increases responsiveness and the feel of the throttle.

Obviously, Buick is a huge part of the massive selection of vehicles we offer here at Capital. We invite you to check out our Buick inventory by clicking below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

Buick Inventory
Click the above button to view our Buick inventory or click here to view our all new makes & models for 2017

The Death of the Driver

Death of the Driver
The new OnStar Go will help drivers make safe and smart decisions while on the road!

Autonomous technology isn’t going away: this much you already know. Lane-keeping systems, blind spot monitoring, and parking assistance systems are becoming standard features on new vehicles. But what’s around the corner? Is autonomous technology signalling the death of the driver?

Current and Future Tech

GM, for example, has recently partnered with  IBM to combine OnStar with the Watson supercomputer (jeopardy, not chess). They’re calling the result OnStar Go, the first “cognitive mobility platform” in the automotive industry. Per GM, OnStar Go can help with things like “avoiding traffic when you’re low on fuel, then activating a fuel pump and paying from the dash; ordering a cup of coffee on the go; or getting news and in-vehicle entertainment tailored to your personality and location”. Personally, the idea of my car prescribing Michael Bublé for an angry Monday commute intrigues me. However, I can imagine some drivers want less distractions, less intrusion, and a purer driving experience. Will they be able to find it in 20 years?

Death of the Driver

Henrik Christensen, from UC San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute, has made a startling prediction. He says that “kids born today will never get to drive a car.” By the time they’re old enough, autonomous cars will have overthrown their manual ancestors. Whether or not Christensen’s prediction will hold true even in places like Saskatchewan, I can’t say. Ice, snow, extreme cold, and scattered populations will challenge  autonomous vehicles.  At the very least, by that time, things like the Forward Collision Alert, available across the 2017 GMC lineup, will have become a baseline standard. The driver will have few, if any, responsibilities. When automakers deploy vehicle-to-vehicle communication (V2V), cars will scan the streets in real time to avoid hazards and maintain safe driving distances. This, in turn, will allow roads and highways to become narrower, saving space in a congested world. Some drivers (Will Smith in I, Robot, for one) will always prioritize motoring passion over convenience. But it’s not hard to imagine “manual driving” being outlawed at some point considering autonomous cars will make fewer errors than us.

Drive While You Can

While I can’t answer that, I can say that we’re decades from complete autonomy on our roads. Until driverless vehicles can travel safely from Cupar to Regina in blowing snow, human drivers aren’t going anywhere. And, for now at least, technology is actually making life better for drivers who like to drive. Take a spin in a Cadillac CTS-V– with  Magnetic Ride Control, for example. You’ll won’t be excited for autonomous cars to take over after that kind of thrill. So, enjoy the road before the death of the driver.

Be sure to check out our inventory by clicking below… Will Smith would.

Capital GMC Buick Cadillac Regina