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General Motors Europe has debuted the Opel Cascada, a luxurious four passenger convertible. Cascada is Spanish for 'waterfall'.

Should the Cascada catch on, GM may see its Opel 'Waterfall' ' produce a 'windfall,' meaning we could see the unit in the states in the future.


Analysts have been quick to speculate that this new European convertible may be a precursor to a long-awaited Buick convertible in the United States. Some point to a history of Opels transforming into Buicks. Others see a Buick convertible as a logical next...

Spyshots: New GMC Canyon

Production of the previous generation of the GMC Canyon ended in July when the last one rolled off the line at GM's Shreveport, LA plant, which is now closed. Tony DiSalle, the VP of Marketing for Buick/GMC, has confirmed that rumors of a next-gen Canyon are well-based.

Now, spy shots taken in Michigan provide an early glimpse at a possible 2014 GMC Canyon with a beefed-up look for the American market.

GMC Crossovers Set Records


The ascendancy of the GMC crossover continues. In September, the GMC Acadia and GMC Terrain combined to post company's best total and retail crossover sales ever. Individual customers purchased 13 percent more Terrains year-over-year, while sales to individual customers of the three-row Acadia went up 22 percent over the same period.

As recently as the 2006 model year, GMC was strictly a line of trucks, SUVs, and vans. Then, in 2007, the brand entered...

Cleaning Your Car Like A Pro

A car is one of the largest investments anyone will ever make in their life, so they want to choose one that is right for them. In addition, most vehicle owners like to keep their car looking like new, but they might not know how to do so without paying for a professional detailing service.

Fortunately, anyone can make their car look like it was freshly detailed if they are willing to put in a little effort. Having the right tools and cleaners will make the job much easier.

Interior

When someone drives a car off the dealership's lot, the interior is practically spotless, but this look does not usually last too long. The new-car smell also tends to be replaced with a musty smell fairly quickly, but this problem can be fixed by having the right equipment. To begin with, people choose a cleaning product to polish up their dash and instrument panel. From there, they can use an air compressor to loosen up dirt and dust buried in the floor mats and vents. A vacuum with a hose attachment can be used to get in between the center consoles and seats. Finally, shampooing the mats and seats will remove invisible substances that can lead to horrible smells.

Intellilink: The Future of Infotainment



General Motors innovative IntelliLink system offers in-vehicle smartphone connectivity and much more. It is now standard on all Buick models and it is an available option on the GMC Terrain and Acadia.
 
Safety and Convenience

IntelliLink converts the vehicle's seven inch infotainment screen into a mobile command center. Android, IOS, and Blackberry devices all work with the system. Icons on the touch screen can be custom-configured to align with driver preference.

Motorists can keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel thanks to voice-controlled phone and audio functions. Phone calls can be placed via voice command. Likewise, favorite songs and/or artists can be summoned by voice only....

AutoTrader.com Trade-In Marketplace Is Here!

AutoTrader.com is now offering a great and relatively new service to those who are looking to trade their car in or sell their car, the ability to get a guaranteed trade in offer before you even walk onto a car lot or into a dealership.

The AutoTrader.com Trade In MarketPlace is a great way for people to simply type in some general information about their car and get a quote on a GUARANTEED...
Car owners don't necessarily have to be certified mechanics to know when something is wrong with a vehicle. Cars make a variety of noises, including thumps, squeals and hisses, that let drivers know when something is wrong.

Staying tuned in to vehicle noise is important for drivers who want to keep their cars in good shape. Essentially, owners can listen to the sounds made by their cars and possibly invest in early care to avoid total breakdown and more costly vehicle repairs down the road.

Most drivers know the types of noises made by their vehicles during normal operation. If and when these noises change, drivers should be careful to note any oddities in the new sounds, which could be signs that problems are developing. Many noises represent specific issues in a vehicle's operation, such as high-pitched squealing that stops when the driver hits the brakes; this is often a sign that brake inspection is due. When grinding sounds are heard each time the brakes are applied, it might mean that brake pads are worn and in need of replacement...

GMC Canyon Replacement Confirmed

The Canyon's future re-emergence was confirmed during a recent conference call with the Vice-President of Marketing for Buick/GMC, Tony DiSalle. He stated,  "While we continue to make strong progress in fuel economy gains on our full-size trucks, we know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup. We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the…

Tire Rotations - A Necessity?

People make it a point get their oil changed regularly and maintain proper fluid levels, but oddly enough one of the most used parts of the car is also the most neglected. Tires are one of the least thought about aspects of car maintenance. Rotating your tires every 5,000 miles should be an important part of everyone's maintenance scheduled. But why is it so important?

Tires are expensive! Make them last! This pictures show the difference between rear wheel and front wheel drive vehicles. It's important to rotate your tires from front to back and from side to side. You can also check your owner's manual or call the Arbogast Service Department for the best patter rotation for your specific vehicle. 

On front wheel drive vehicles the rear tires last much longer. The front tires are responsible for the steering, braking and carry the bulk of the car's weight. Because of this, they experience more wear and tear. Rotating the tires helps to evenly distribute the effects of driving on the tires. Failure to have the tires rotated causes the front tires to wear out quickly and means spending money on tires much sooner than necessary.

Front tires lean during a turn and the outside edges can feather or scallop. When the tire's treads begin to scallop the structure becomes compromised. A compromised tire structure can cause flat tires and other forms of tire failure. While there are other factors to consider when the tires begin to scallop, the majority of cases are the result of not rotating the tires...

Synthetic vs. Conventional Oil - What's the Difference?

Go into any service center for an oil change and ask the attendant what the difference is between synthetic oil and conventional oil. Chances are he will tell you that synthetic oil is more expensive. While this is true, it is not the whole story. You had better think twice before basing your purchase decision solely on price. Here is some information to help you decide which type of oil is best for your car and the type of driving you do.

Conventional Oil


Conventional oil is the most common form of automotive oil you will find. It is a natural petroleum-based product that is made up carbon and hydrogen atoms arranged in both short and long chains. The extreme heat of a running engine can cause the short chain molecules to break down. When they do, the oil becomes much less efficient at lubrication than when it was new. Even when it is fresh, conventional oil has the tendency to become more viscous at cold temperature and less viscous at high temperature. The high viscosity of cold oil makes it flow much slower to critical engine parts that need lubrication. High-viscosity oil forces the engine to run without the lubrication it needs to reduce friction and wear until it warms enough to flow. Hot oil tends to have low viscosity. Because it is too thin, it has reduced friction fighting abilities and subjects engine parts to wear.


Synthetic Oil


Synthetic oil is a relatively new creation, but can be found in many automotive centers and stores. It is a laboratory creation that consists of a base stock call polyalphaolefin, a hydrocarbon compound that consists of a 30 molecule chain...