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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.  

2010 Detroit Auto Show: Buick Regal GS Show Car Unveiling

Check out this video of the 2011 Buick Regal GS show car, released at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show. I didn't have a chance to make it up to Detroit but I'm told the Regal made quite the splash.

Under the hood of the Regal GS is a 255-horsepower, 2.0-litre, turbocharged Ecotec engine with  a six-speed manual transmission. The high-performance drive train is expected to enable accelerations from 0 to 60 mph in less than 6 seconds.

The exterior has additional air intakes and 20-inch wheels wrapped in performance tires.  The underbody gets a unique High Performance Strut (HiPerStrut) front suspension and Brembo brakes.

For now the Regal GS is a show car but according to GM it is very likely to hit production.  I really hope they decide to build this Buick Muscle that sounds weird!  Hopefully coming soon to Arbogast Buick the 2011 Buick Regal GS.  

Suzuki Kizashi: First Drive

I had my first chance to drive the all new 2010 Suzuki Kizashi Saturday.   My first impression was, finally a Suzuki that kicks butt!  I was awed by the bold and sporty styling inside and out but most of all I love the price.  When I first saw the car I was thinking $26k, $27k until I saw the window sticker...$22,359! The Kizashi defiantly wow's with the price, not to mention this one has the upgraded transmission and a bunch of other goodies including premium wheels, power driver's seat with 10-way adjustment and three-position memory, and a leather wrapped parking brake handle and steering wheel with cruise control. 

The base model Kizashi starts at $18,999, which includes a manual transmission. Standard features include a six-speed manual, eight airbags, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, EPS stability control, ABS, projector beam headlights, power windows, doors and mirrors, and ambient footwell lighting.

Overall I am extremely impressed with the engineering, gas mileage, looks and price.  The all new Kizashi defiantly delivers value and versatility.   I would highly suggest test driving one and adding it to your list of new car
choices.  What's it going to hurt, it's just a test drive...give the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi a crack.   Visit Arbogast Suzuki your Dayton area Suzuki Dealer or call 1-866-975-3287.         

Car of the Week: 2010 Buick Lacrosse

Ok we have had the Buick Lacrosse a while now and I've had a chance to drive one for longer than just a test drive.  Am I still as excited as before? Absolutely!  The 2010 Buick Lacrosse thumbs its nose at Buicks of old.  Its styling is unmistakable, every time my wife and I go to dinner I am swarmed by bystanders.  "What kind of car is that?" they ask.  They are amazed when I tell them it's the new sedan from Buick. 

The overwhelming majority have said it likes like the Buick's from the 50's and 60's. With the sweeping body-lines, bold styling , and high performance I would have to agree it's been awhile since a Buick has looked like this . 

The Buick brand transformation continues with the 2010 Buick Lacrosse but they are not stopping there! As seen in early posts the new 2011 Buick Regal is going to be a game changer.  I am excited for the direction Buick is going in and look forward to seeing their new designs.  Visit Arbogast Buick to test drive a new Buick Lacrosse... come and see what your missing!        

2010 Detroit Auto Show: GMC Granite Concept

Undoubtedly GM will have its spies lurking around the GMC Granite Concept's stand at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, eavesdropping on consumers and the media to find out the reaction to what will be the smallest GMC ever - if it is ever produced. GMC has long been the beefiest GM brand, with a big slate of SUVs and pickup trucks.

GMC teased the Granite last week but now has released such critical details as the vehicle's dimensions. It is 2 feet shorter than the GMC Terrain, with a 103.6-inch wheelbase. The Granite's 161.3-inch overall length is more than a foot and a half shorter than the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt sedan. The Cobalt sedan has an overall length of 180.5 inches. But the Granite is taller, with a 60.5-inch height versus a 57.1-inch height for the Cobalt.


There are also exterior cues previously unheard of on macho GMC products, such as French doors. "Granite has four doors, hinged on each side to open like a set of French doors," said GMC in a statement. The automaker is referring to the Granite as an "urban utility vehicle" that blends characteristics drawn from minivans, SUVs and crossovers...

Update: Toyota Legally Required to Stop Selling

Toyota has quite the PR nightmare on its hands. The boiling cauldron of complaints surrounding unintended acceleration issues bubbled over this month with two separate but giant recalls. The latest involves eight Toyota models that contain defective accelerator pedal mechanisms that could stick over time due to wear.

There is no fix available for the pedal mechanisms yet and dealers have continued to sell new models affected by the recall, so Toyota announced yesterday that...


Toyota is in the beginning stages of a new voluntary recall that affects 2.3 million vehicles. The recall involves accelerator pedal mechanisms that could stick due to wear and cause unintended acceleration, though it is technically not related to an earlier, larger recall to fix floor mats on certain Toyota and Lexus models that could also cause accelerator pedals to stick.

The folks over at Kicking Tires spoke with National Manager of Environmental Safety and Quality for Toyota, John Hanson, who revealed that vehicles affected by the recall are still sitting on dealer lots for customers to purchase in spite of their potentially defective accelerator pedal mechanisms. Hanson said the reason that Toyota is letting dealers still sell the vehicles even though they may have to come back in for repair is because the problem tends to appear after extended wear. However, since Toyota doesn't yet have a fix figured out, dealers can reportedly only replace the defective pedal mechanisms with new mechanisms of the same type for now. Hanson is also reportedly unsure about whether or not the vehicles affected by the recall are still being manufactured, but said he thought the lines involved were down.

While it is within the law for Toyota to keep affected vehicles on the lot given the fact that the recall is voluntary, we hope its dealers have enough scruples to inform potential customers about the issue before these vehicles are purchased.

Pontiac Vibe included in Toyota Recall

It is easy to forget that among the debris swirling in the tornado of claims against Toyota, the Pontiac Vibe is really a Toyota Matrix. Hence, the Vibe is also included in Toyota's recent recall of 2.3 million vehicles to repair accelerator pedal mechanisms that could stick and cause unintended acceleration.

The Vibe was built at the NUMMI plant in a California. The joint venture between Toyota and General Motors became a victim of last year's industry turmoil. GM pulled out of the partnership last June, and Toyota is reportedly ending production there in March.

GM doesn't yet know how many 2009 and 2010 model Vibes are included in the recall. When it receives details on numbers and the fix from Toyota, customers will be notified and they can get their hatches repaired at Buick-GMC dealerships.


For more information or to see if your 2009 or 2010 Pontiac Vibe is included in the recall, visit the Arbogast Service Department or call 1-866-975-3287.