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Its Time for Winter Tires

Even though we are still bare & dry here in Medicine Hat (how long will this hold up???!!) we figure it is getting to be that time a year again when the roads start becoming a little bit more slippery. One of the most important (and most overlooked) aspects of your cars ability to perform in winter is the proper tires. Did you know that below 7 degrees Celsius, all-season tires see a measurable loss in traction and control? That’s right, at 7 degrees! Most people (myself included) think winter tires are only useful whens its really cold and really icy, but thats not the case. Winter tires have a special compound in the rubber that hardens when the temperature reaches 7 degrees, creating more optimal conditions for your driving.

Featuring a combination of specialized tread designs and compounds to provide effective traction in cold, snowy conditions, winter tires are the safest tires for Canadian winters. Marked with the pictograph of a peaked mountain with a snowflake, this symbol means your tires will meet the specific snow traction performance requirements – designed specifically for cold, snowy, icy and slippery driving. These tires are also designed for improved traction on cold, dry road surfaces.

You can spot an all-season tire by the M+S (Mud + Snow) marking on the sidewall . All-season tires do provide safe all-weather performance. But remember, in severe winter snow conditions, they are not the safest choice.

Good Advice for Canadian Winter Drivers:

  • Install Four Winter Tires.
  • Do not mix tires: differenttread patterns, size, construction can compromise vehicle performance and safety.
  • Check your tires: worn treads have less traction on all surfaces, especially on ice and snow.
  • Monitor tire pressure: in colder weather, the pressure in your tires drops. This affects safety and fuel consumption, so check your tires often.

The performance of your vehicle’s tires is directly related to the temperature outside. As the temperature drops, even the best summer tires will fail to respond road conditions. All-season tires , while designed for all types of weather, will not perform as well in ice and cold.

As a rule, whenever the average outdoor temperature falls below or climbs above 7 degrees Celsius (19.4 degrees F), your tires will be affected. As the temperature drops, non-winter tires loose elasticity and the grip they have on the road. That’s why the best tires to have when the temperature drops are winter tires. Conversely, winter tires will deteriorate faster in hotter temperatures.

If you’re interested in finding what winter tires would work best for you, or if you’d like to just learn a bit more, stop by or drop us a line and one of our tire professionals would be happy to help you find what works best for your specific driving conditions. You can also visit our handy online Tire Store here: http://www.davisgmctrucks.ca/PartsandAccessories/TireStore/tabid/21382/Default.aspx


Our SmartPhone app is ready!!

How would you like to easily connect with us from the palm of your hand? Now you can! You can download our smartphone app and get to ability to book a service appointment, browse our new & used vehicle inventory, call GM roadside assistance, check out local gas prices, get directions to our dealership, or get in touch with any department at the dealership! Search “Davis GMC” in the App Store, or follow the links below for your preferred mobile device:

iPhone: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/davis-gmc-buick-dealerapp/id452725803?mt=8

Blackberry: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/52346?lang=en

Android: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.davisgmcbuick.dealerapp&feature=search_result   


Getting to Know the GMC Terrain

 

The GMC Terrain began life in 2010 as a cross-over SUV designed to replace the outgoing Pontiac Torrent. The Terrain shares its Theta architecture with is sibling, the Chevrolet Equinox, but the two have drastically different styling in a move to differentiate the two brands more than they have in the past.

Power is provided by your choice of a 2.4L 4 cylinder, or 3.0L DOHC direct injected V6, with both engines mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L comes with 182 hp and 172 lb. ft. of torque, compared with the V6’s capabilities at 264 hp and 222 lb. ft. of torque – fuel mileage is spectacular on both engines, with a combined rating of 36 mpg from the 2.4L and 27 mpg from its big brother the 3.0L. You also have the option of FWD and AWD in each sub model, consiting of SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, and the range topping SLT-2. Every model comes standard with a rear backup camera, Stabilitrak electronic stability control, GM oil life monitor, 4 wheel disc brakes, 6 airbags, and ambient interior lighting. There are also some very popular options available including a Pioneer 8-speaker stereo, sunroof, programmable power liftgate, and dual rear DVD screens. One of the most popular features, which comes standard on every Terrain, is the Multi-Flex rear seat. This gives the rear 60/40 split bench seat the ability to slide nearly 8 inches front and back, as well as a 3-position recline.

As with every GM vehicle, the Terrain comes standard with OnStar, and you receive a free 6-month trial of the OnStar Directions and Connections package with Turn-by-Turn Navigation when you purchase a Terrain.

Not only does the Terrain have excellent performance, efficiency, and a ton of fun features to choose from – it is also extremely affordable. The starting price for a basic Terrain SLE-1 FWD is just south of $28,000, but even better yet are the financing options, with 0%, 0.9%, 1.9% and 2.9% options available depending how long you choose to finance.

Come in today and enjoy the Terrain for yourself – you need to get behind the wheel to really experience all it has to offer.

 


2012 Buick Regal GS

As winter finally (hopefully) winds to a close and spring is upon us, we have started looking forward to the next sports car that will be gracing our showroom. The 2012 Buick Regal GS is an all-new trim level of the recently released model that comes with a few tweaks to an already solid car. The GS will get a turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine delivering 255 horsepower and 295 lb. ft. of torque, which Buick claims will get the car from 0-60 in under 7 seconds. Other equipment will include four-wheel disc brakes with Brembo front calipers, and 19-inch alloy wheels (20 inch wheels with performance tires will be optional.) The GS will also have unique front and rear fascias with a GS specific grille and additional air intake, as well as rocker panel extensions and an intergrated rear spoiler. Interior wise, the car will have 12-way power leather front seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, metal pedals and satin-finished accents throughout the cabin. One of the more interesting features is the Interactive Driving Control, which will enable drivers to select from three suspension/steering settings: Standard, Sport, and GS.

As the last of the this snow finally melts, we are left to salivate over the arrival of the latest Buick, looks like we’ll have to wait until mid-summer for the GS to hit our lot and it can’t come fast enough. For now, enjoy some pics!


Diesel Exhaust Fluid and the 2011 Duramax Diesel

THE MOST POWERFUL DURAMAX DIESEL EVER NOW RUNS CLEANER TOO!

The enhanced, legendary Duramax 6.6L Turbo Diesel is the most powerful Duramax ever built – generating more horsepower and torque than ever before. This proven powerplant gets the job done while being friendlier to the environment.

The improved Duramax uses the latest emission control technology, reducing Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions by a whopping 63% when compared to the 2010 model. GM engineers determined the best way to accomplish this remarkable reduction of diesel emissions was to employ a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system that uses Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)

The SCR system is an after-treatment system, since it treats the vehicle’s exhaust after combustion. Here’s how it works:

  1. A fine mist of DEF is injected into the exhaust while the engine is running
  2. The heat from the exhaust converts DEF into ammonia
  3. When the ammonia, mixed with exhaust gases, reaches the SCR catalyst, the NOx emissions are broken down
  4. The Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) then captures soot to incinerate it during regeneration cycles.
  5. Water vapor, nitrogen and reduced emissions exit the exhaust system.

What is DEF?

Diesel Exhaust Fluid is a non-flammable fluid comprised of 33% ammonia-based urea and 67% purified water. DEF is used with diesel engine exhaust systems to reduce the amount of emissions produced by turning Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) into nitrogen and water vapor. DEF technology has a proven track record since it has been used in Europe for years.

Driving Range Between DEF Tank Refills

The SCR system uses DEF at a rate of about 1 to 1.25% of the vehicles diesel fuel usage. A full tank of DEF provides a driving range of about 8,000 km. Since DEF is directly related to fuel consumption, range will vary depending on driving conditions

Refilling Your DEF Tank

DEF is stored in a 5.3 gallon (approx 20L) tank located under the passenger side of the cab. The DEF tank fill point is conveniently located under the hood, along with other fluids that require periodic maintenance. It’s easly identified with a blue cap. DO NOT OVER FILL THE DEF TANK

Storing DEF

DEF shelf life is typically at least one year, depending on the storage temperature. It is best stored out of direct sunlight at room temperature. Small DEF spills can be cleaned up by absorbing it with dry earth, sand, or other non-combustible material and scooping it into a container for disposal. While DEF is not listed as a hazardous waste by the federal government, please use proper disposabl methods. Do not empty into drains; dispose of this material and its container in accordance with all applicable local and national regulations.

Electronic Onboard Warning System

There is no guessing involved when it comes to maintaining a correct DEF level with this system. An electronica onboard warning system provides you with numerous warnings in the Driver Information Center to help you maintain adequate DEF levels, alert you if the DEF quality is poor or if there are concerns with the system. See your Duramax owner’s manual supplement for a complete description of the electronic onboard warning system and its warning messages.

Maintaining DEF Fluid Levels

The electronic onboard warning system will provide a message alerting the driver when the DEF level is around 1,500 km remaining range. Additional messages that must be acknowledged alert the driver at the 500 km, LOW, and 0 km fluid ranges as the DEF tank gadually empties. The fluid level in the DEF tank must be maintained for the vehicle to run correctly. If the DEF tank is allowed to run empty, the system will alert the driver. If fluid is not added at the next vehicle start, the vehicle speed will be limited to approx. 88 km/hr and ultimately to 7 km/hr in accordance with federal requirements.

Adding DEF to an Empty or Low Tank

Always add at least 4 L to release the vehicle from any speed limitation. Once the system is refilled, the system resets itself and a service visit is not required. It may take up to 30 secondsin park or several km of driving to update the DEF level warning.

Will DEF Freeze?

DEF freezes at approximately -11 degrees celsius, so the tank and DEF system are designed to freeze in cold climates. If DEF is frozen, the vehicle will still start as it always has. There is a second tank inside the DEF tank that is heated in 270-minute intervals while the engine is running, to ensure DEF fluid is thawed. This cycle was originally 90 minutes and that produced some of the freezing problems with trucks located in cold climates for extended periods of time, but the new program extends the cycle to 270-minutes to ensure enough DEF is circulated to keep the truck running at optimal standards. Residual heat from this internal tank helps to heat and thaw the remaining DEF in the larger tank. Do not overfill your DEF tank, as freezing will cause the fluid to expand and in turn could damage the tank.

If you have any other questions about the DEF system in the 2011 Duramax, feel free to drop us a line or visit our website at www.davisgmctrucks.ca

 

 


GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept

 

Due to be released at the Detroit International Auto Show from GM: The GMC All-Terrain HD concept. You may be familiar with the half ton Sierra All-Terrain (different wheels, grille, interior than a standard Sierra) but the HD goes a little more off the map…. Powered by the 6.6L Duramax diesel, the truck also has an extra 3 inches of ground clearance, is 4 inches wider, and rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch offroad tires with Fox off-road shocks (same as used on the Ford Raptor.)

Inside, the concept comes with Denali-spec interior and satin metal finishes – much like it’s half ton counterpart, but also has the upcoming next generation 80 gB hard drive that we’ll be seeing across the full GM line in the next few years. Being a concept there are no plans to actually produce the truck… yet… but if it were to be produced you would likely see it come from a third party firm as opposed to rolling off the GM production line looking like that.

Will be excited to see the concept at the Detroit show, and maybe find a few more details about possible production of the truck, but for now enjoy the pictures.


GMC Granite Compact Pickup Concept

At the 10th anniversary of GM’s North Hollywood Advanced Design Center, GM unexpectedly unveiled a surprising little compact concept car based on the GMC Granite Concept unveiled last year. The vehicle is the Granite Compact Pickup – it’s identical to the Granite urban utility vehicle from the grille to the b-pillar, but adds a small truck bed behind the 2-seat cab.

“We designed the Granite to be modular,” said Robb McCann, design manager for GM’s California design studio. “Our first choice [after the compact crossover version] was to do a compact truck for Southern California because small trucks have been so popular here. The big idea is that it’s for someone who wants a pickup with a small footprint with great fuel economy and an occasional load in back.”

The wheelbase is only around 110 inches, but its 4-foot-long cargo box can be extended to 6 feet. Two side-hinged Dutch-style doors replace a conventional one-piece fold-down tailgate. When the doors are opened, a pallet that forms part of the floor of the cargo box can be pulled out to provide extra bed space. The cargo box also features small access doors down the side of the box to provide easier access to the space directly behind the cab.

Power would be provided by a 1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated with a FWD propulsion system, creating the incredible fuel economy of a small car, with some extra utility (albeit small) from the bed in the back.

The truck is not likely to be produced, at least not anytime soon, but its styling and size harkens back to the Chevrolet LUV of the 70s which found a niche market, and was popular in California.

We’ve already shown how much we like the wild styling of the original Granite urban utility vehicle, and even though this small market truck is unlikely to see the road, it’s nice to see some new and interesting ideas coming from the General!