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Why Buick is the Brand to Watch




Two years ago you could have told me that Buick would be one of the star brands of General Motors and I would have laughed hysterically. Despite my status as an industry and GM follower, Buick has always been the GM brand that I looked at and said, "Oh, they still sell those?" My how things can change. Today it is becoming clearer every day that Buick is the brand to be watching at New GM.


I think a lot of people took notice of Buick back when the Enclave launched, but many people (myself included), assumed that it was going to be a one-hit wonder for the brand. After all, GM's previous brand "renaissance" consisted of a one hit wonder as well: the Cadillac CTS. Needless to say, it was easy to make the assumption that Buick's renaissance was not going to be anything worth writing home about, despite GM management clamoring over the brand's bright future.

Then late 2008 rolls around and the Buick Enclave is announced by JD Power as the fastest selling product in the United States, staying on dealership lots an average of six days or less. Most of the mainstream press failed to report that fact and rightfully so considering how long Buick has been irrelevant in North America. Reflecting back on that report today I realize that should probably go down in the books as the initial sign that Buick has some life left in it after all...

Ask A Technician: How Many Tires do I Need?




Since tires affect the personality and performance of your vehicle, all four tires should be as identical as possible or handling problems may arise. If your tires don't match, it is possible that one end of your vehicle won't respond as quickly or completely as the other, making it more difficult to control.


Consider the following:


JUST ONE TIRE?


If your tires have a lot of remaining tread depth, but you need to replace just one that has been damaged by an accident, road hazard or a vandal, you should replace it with a tire that exactly matches the others. Select a replacement tire of the same brand, line, size and speed rating. While there may be a less expensive tire available, it wouldn't be a bargain this time because it would be different than the other three tires on your vehicle...


Not only does the new Suzuki Kizashi look good but also is extremely safe. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi with five-star ratings in frontal and side-impact crash tests, the highest possible rating given. 

The all-new Kizashi includes a class-leading list of standard safety equipment, including class-exclusive standard eight airbags and a tire pressure monitoring system. Additionally, the 2010 Kizashi already meets some of the crash standards put in place for the year 2014, including rigorous side pole crash and side barrier crash standards. Better illumination is achieved in the Kizashi with standard projector beam headlights and supplemental side-mounted signal lights.

There is no better time to visit your Dayton Area Suzuki Dealer, Dave Arbogast to test-drive the new Suzuki Kizashi.

TV Drawing Winner: George Wooten




Dave Arbogast would like to congratulate our 50" TV drawing winner George Wooten.  Mr. Wooten purchased a brand new 2010 Buick Lucerne from Dan Everett.  This is Mr. Wooten's third purchase from our dealership and we appreciate his patronage.


The TV drawing was extremely successful and we thank everyone that participated.   Arbogast plans to give away another TV soon so check back for details!

Buick Regal Wagon?



A couple days a group of new Buick Regal sedans at a General Motors testing facility in Michigan. It is believed that the sedans are part of the certified test fleet for the Regal, which is the last phase of development a vehicle undergoes before it launches for public consumption. The interesting part is that parked alongside the sedans were Opel Insignia wagons, approximately ten of them. Why would Insignia wagons be part of the Regal test fleet? Well, GMI was told why today.

According to sources familiar with GM's product decisions, the GM Executive Committee recently approved the sale of the Opel Insignia wagon as the Buick Regal Wagon both in North America and China. GMI sources state that the wagon will come to the North American market sometime in the first quarter of 2011, with production taking place alongside the sedan in GM's Oshawa, Ontario assembly complex. Production will also take place in China for that respective market...

Gas Saving Ideas from Dave Arbogast





One very common question asked in our service drive is how to save at the pump.  Our Dave Arbogast Buick GMC Suzuki Technicians put together 10 gas saving tips to ease the strain on your wallet.  Check out our list, and feel free to send us some of your ideas.


1. Go the speed limit. Use cruise control.
Speed limits are calculated for maximum safety - they'll also reward you with maximum gas mileage. You can get up to 20 percent more mileage traveling 55 mph than 70 mph. Using cruise control provides additional gas savings.

2. Drive evenly. Avoid hard stops.

Quick starts burn gas while hard stops also cost you. Take your foot off the accelerator and coast a bit before stopping for a traffic light or a stop sign.

3. Avoid idling and rush hour traffic.

You're burning fuel while idling - up to a gallon every hour. So, avoid rush hour traffic when possible...

A Buick Convertible?

 



I came across this Buick Concept Vehicle on AutoBlog yesterday.  What an amazing looking car, defiantly not the Buick I'm used to it.  With so many new and exciting Buick models on the way I'm left wondering what they will think of next!  Its defiantly an exciting time to be a Buick Dealer in Dayton!  Check out this article:  

The Buick lineup was all but dead just a couple years ago, but the past year has been a bit of a boon for the struggling marquee. In the second half of 2009, General Motors added the LaCrosse to the Buick lineup, and the returns have been extremely positive. The Buick lineup gets even more interesting in the next couple months as the 2011 Regal enters the product mix. There are also reportedly plans for a crossover that slots under the Enclave and a Cruze-sized sedan in the next 12 months as well. But what's missing? John Cafaro, director of design for Buick and Chevrolet, thinks the Tri-Shield could use some more products to signify the brands new youthful image, and a coupe may be just what the doctor ordered.

In an interview with Automotive News, Cafaro reportedly described his role in the recreation of Buick as "being a zealot for getting Buick more youthful, more spirited and probing ideas for coupes, more expressive vehicles." Cafaro also insists that Buick needs more products to be competitive, even with the upcoming small sedan and crossover.

We're wondering from where Buick could get a coupe in the General's current product portfolio, and we have come up with a good option: a rear-wheel-drive drive coupe based off of the Chevrolet Camaro platform. Probably wishful thinking, right? But at the very least adding another vehicle to the Zeta platform would likely go a long way toward paying for tooling and keeping the line in Oshawa busy. Hopefully we'll find out in the next 12 to 18 months.

GM Donates 30 GMC Sierra Trucks & Cash to Haiti




While the rest of us mail checks, the General Motors Foundation is doing a lot more to help the earthquake victims of Haiti. It i donating 30 GMC Sierra Trucks to the relief effort.

Two of the trucks arrived in Miami yesterday, site of this year's Super Bowl, and became props for the NFL Little Haiti Outreach Event held at the Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center.

Besides the trucks, the GM Foundation is giving cash:
It's contribution for Haitian Relief is $100,000.  An additional $250,000 was raised on Jan. 23, by the auction of a limited-edition Chevrolet Corvette at the 39th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction.  Additional donations are being collected at U.S. auto shows.  All monies for Haiti relief efforts will be presented to the American Red Cross.

"Everyone in America has been affected in some way by this tragedy," said Susan Docherty, GM's vice president for sales and a foundation Board member. "That includes GM employees, families and friends.  GMC and the NFL are visiting the heart of the Haitian community in South Florida to show our support."

GM says the Sierra pickups arrived with supplies such as tarps and tents donated from Florida GMC dealers and their communities.  The pickups will arrive in Haiti in a couple of weeks as part of a coordinated effort of the GM Foundation and the William J. Clinton Foundation. There is a dire need for trucks to transport supplies to survivors. The William J. Clinton Foundation is covering delivery costs of shipping the vehicles to Haiti. Former President Clinton currently serves as U.N. Special Envoy for Haiti.

[USA Today]





The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi continues to gather praise from consumers and enthusiasts alike.  The vehicles latest review comes way of Time Magazines Most Exciting Cars of 2010.  The magazine released this statement about the all new Kizashi:  
 
Known for small cars and SUVs, Suzuki makes its first foray into the heart of the U.S. market with the midsize Kizashi sedan. The exterior styling is fresh, and the interior packs cool features such as sporty seats and a nifty instrument cluster that give the car character. The Kizashi's key asset could be its power train, which includes a new 4-cylinder aluminum engine that can be matched up to either a six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable automatic transmission. Kizashi won't go on sale until late fall, and the price is expected to be in the low-$20,000 range. Toyota and Honda better look over their shoulders, because the Kizashi makes clear that Suzuki intends to claim a share of the midsize market in the U.S.  [Time]

It is extremely exciting for Arbogast Suzuki to start seeing the new Kizashi hit the lot.  The first Kizashi already came and went, no we are waiting for the next shipment.  Like any new model they trickle in slowly, but soon we should have a large inventory of the exciting new sedan. Call or email are Suzuki sales department if you are interested in test driving the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi.  

2010 Buick Lacrosse and Enclave Named Best Buys



The 2010 Buick Lacrosse and 2010 Buick Enclave were named "best buys" by Consumer Guide.  The Best Buy and Recommended Consumer Guide annual awards are chosen by Consumer Guide's staff of ten full-time automotive editors.  They evaluated the vehicles on factors including performance, handling, reliability, ease of use, comfort, ability to meet everyday needs and value for the dollar. 

The Lacrosse and Enclave excelled in every facet of the testing, and proved that Buick will lead General Motors into the future of luxury vehicles.  Brian Sweeney, GM's manager of Buick and GMC said, "These awards are great recognition for the LaCrosse and Enclave.  Our goal with these vehicles has been to bring new buyers to Buick, and customers are getting that message, because the Enclave and new LaCrosse are selling quickly off dealer lots. This award is proof that our efforts are paying off."

Brian Sweeney hit the mark with his statement, Arbogast Buick in Dayton can barely keep the Lacrosse and Enclave on the lot.  Customers are raving over the styling and performance of both vehicles.  It is exciting to see Buick leading the pack, and getting recognized for its hard work.