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GMC Terrain’s New Collision Alert System

If you’re in the market for a 2012 GMC Terrain, there’s a new option you might find on your build sheet – a single camera collision avoidance system. It is the industry’s first crash avoidance system that exclusively uses a single camera to help drivers avoid front-end and unsignalled lane departure crashes.

Terrain’s new active safety system uses a high-resolution digital camera mounted on the windshield ahead of the rearview mirror that looks for shapes of vehicles and lane markings. The system uses audible warnings and a high-mounted visual display to warn the driver if he or she is following another vehicle too closely, when a collision is imminent, or when departing a lane without signaling first.

Terrain’s warning display contains green “vehicle ahead” and “lanes detected” icons, as well as flashing red “forward collision alert” and amber “lane departure warning” icons that are accompanied by warning chimes. Forward collision alert operates at speeds above 25 mph and warns a driver if they are following too closely or in imminent danger of a front-end crash. When a collision is predicted to be imminent, vehicle brakes are pre-charged to help drivers quickly reach maximum braking.

The forward collision warning software examines each frame captured by the camera – about 14 frames per second – searching for shapes characteristic of vehicles. Detected vehicles are then checked over successive frames for changes in size for calculating time-to-collision. The system also uses speed, directional change, and how the accelerator and brake pedal have been applied to determine when to alert the driver.

In order to operate in varying visibility conditions, the system combines four separate exposures to create each high-resolution image for analysis. This is particularly useful at night when short exposures are needed to get clear images of light sources while long exposures are needed to detect shapes and textures. Night time target recognition is also enhanced by looking for pairs of lights moving together that indicate taillights. The system operates as long as the camera eye is unobstructed, such as by snow or mud.

In addition to searching for other vehicles, the image processor also looks for lane markings to provide lane departure alerts. Available at speeds above 35 mph, the lane departure warning icon shines green when lane markings are detected to indicate the system is active. If the vehicle drifts out of the lane without a turn signal, the lamp switches to flashing amber and is augmented by warning beeps.

 


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.

 


Leasing vs. Buying – What’s Right For You?

Leasing is officially back for every GM model in our showroom, so with that we thought it’d be nice to give a quick refresher to all of our customers on the benefits of leasing and the benefits of purchasing to help you make the right decision on your next new vehicle.  There is no “right” answer when it comes to the question of which is better, leasing or buying. Everybody has a different situation and a different use for their vehicle, and that in turn will influence which option works best for you. First off, we’ll explain the main differences between the two.

When you buy, you pay for the entire cost of a vehicle, regardless of how many kilometers you will drive it. You pay GST (and PST/HST depending on where you live) on the total cost of the vehicle, and make a monthly payment based on an interest rate determined by the bank/lending institution. Your first monthly payment is made a month after signing the contract, and later you may decide to sell or trade the vehicle for its depreciated resale value. At the end of your finance contract, you own the vehicle outright provided you have met all of the obligations of your contract.

When you lease, you pay a stipulated portion of the vehicles cost, based on the time frame and amount of kilometers you will drive. You pay GST/PST/HST only on your monthly payments, you also pay an interest rate determined by the bank/lending institution, and your first monthly payment is made at the time you sign your contract. At the end of your stipulated lease term, typically 36 or 48 months, you have the option to simply return the vehicle (provided you have met the parameters of the lease), or you can purchase the vehicle for the pre-determined depreciated resale value.

In the short term, lease payments will almost always be slightly lower than a finance payment on the same vehicle. In the long run however, if you plan on keeping your vehicle, financing will prove to be less expensive.

TYPICAL LEASE VS BUY SCENARIO

On a 2011 GMC Terrain SLE AWD (MSRP $30,750) with $2,500 down (can include manufacturer incentives such as GM loyalty, GM Card points etc.) a 48 month lease payment works out to $474.56 with GST included. On the same vehicle with the same $2,500 down a 60 month finance payment works out to $537.48.

So which is better for you?

Lease – If you enjoy driving a new car every three or four years, want a lower monthly payment, like having a car with the latest features, drive an average number of kilometers, and don’t like trading or selling vehicles after you have used them, leasing would be a good option for you.

Buy – If you don’t mind a slightly higher monthly payment, prefer to build up equity and resale value, like having ownership of your vehicle, prefer paying off a loan and keeping a vehicle payment free for a period of time, prefer to keep your vehicles long term or like to customize your vehicles, buying would be a good option for you.


Customers will have a chance to own another Olympic souvenir…

GM has announced that they will be selling the vehicles used to transport athletes, Olympic officials and international dignitaries during the 2010 Winter Games. Dealerships outside of the Vancouver area will have a chance to bid on the vehicles at an auction, and any interested customers have been encouraged to contact their dealer to get any details. All vehicles will be specially-priced and permanently marked with a commemorative Vancouver 2010 medallion adorned with the iconic inukshuk symbol and Olympic rings. Here is the full press release from GM:

Vancouver – More than 4,600 fuel-efficient Olympic-branded vehicles have been a familiar sight on the streets of Vancouver and Whistler in recent months, as they whisked athletes, Olympic officials and international VIPs and dignitaries to and from competitions and celebrations. Once the Paralympic Winter Games conclude in late March, fans and consumers will have an opportunity to drive away with a piece of Vancouver 2010’s legacy. Possibly the best Olympic souvenir of all – a Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle that may have been the one to drive one of our incredible Canadian athletes to the performance of their lives will be available to consumers.  

“Wherever I go during the Games, everyone wants to know what will happen to the vehicles once the events have wrapped up,” said Tom Laurie, GM of Canada’s manager of Olympic partnership. “We’ve been flooded with requests from Olympic revelers wanting to take home more than just a pair of red mittens. Canadians want to take advantage of this special opportunity to own a vehicle that was part of our country’s Olympic legacy.”

GM dealerships from Squamish to Hope are already taking customer deposits on Olympic fleet vehicles, which will be ready for pick up beginning in mid-March. Dealerships outside the area will bid on the remaining vehicles in an auction, and Canadian customers across the country are encouraged to contact their local dealer for details. All fleet vehicles will be specially-priced and permanently marked with a commemorative Vancouver 2010 medallion adorned with the iconic inukshuk symbol and Olympic rings. Available models include:

  • Chevrolet Equinox, Malibu (Hybrid), Impala, Traverse, Suburban & Tahoe
  • Buick Lucerne & Enclave
  • Cadillac DTS, CTS Sport Sedan & Sport Wagon, Escalade (Hybrid) & SRX
  • GMC Acadia, Terrain, Yukon (Hybrid models available) & Yukon XL

 

As the Official Vehicle Partner of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, GM of Canada is proudly providing 1,500 vehicles for the Paralympic Winter Games. The Paralympic vehicles will be made available to Canadians in April.

“The vehicle fleet was brought to life by the thousands of Vancouver 2010 volunteers who drove them,” said Laurie. “As a ‘thank you’ to those 46,000 volunteers, GM has given them each a $1,000 credit towards the purchase of a GM vehicle.”

About General Motors of Canada

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario and employs 9,000 people nationwide.  GM of Canada manufactures vehicles and powertrains and markets the full range of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles and related services through Canada’s largest dealer network.


Next generation Ecotec engine getting $500 million of R&D support

General Motors has announced that it will be investing $494 million into the next generation Ecotec engine. There has yet to be an announcement as to what form the engines will take, but the engine is currently offered in 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L variants that come standard in many of GM’s current vehicles – inluding the new Terrain/Equinox and the Buick LaCrosse.

Most of the money – $425 million to be exact – is going to the Tonawanda, NY engine plant, and that investment will also create 470 new jobs at that plant alone. The remaining cash will be split up between GM plants in Defiance, Ohio and Bay City, Michigan – with $59 million and 80 new jobs at the Defiance plant and $10 million with 15 new jobs in Bay City.

The investment includes facility renovation, new machinery, equipment and special tooling to support this engine program at the three plants. Here’s the press release from GM:

“GM is transforming its product portfolio to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, and the next generation Ecotec engine is an integral part of that transformation,” said Denise Johnson, vice president – labor relations. “The investment in state-of-the-art four-cylinder engines is another example of GM’s commitment to replace larger-displacement engines with more compact, advanced four-cylinder engines that optimize fuel savings and performance. We look forward to working with our union partners at these three plants to make this investment a success.”

The investment in Tonawanda, supported by the investments at Defiance and Bay City, will go toward producing two next-generation Ecotec engines. The new engines will have additional capabilities to improve fuel efficiency and improve performance through advanced design and by adding technology.

The Ecotec engine family is known for its reliability, fuel efficiency and performance. GM Ecotec engines have been on the forefront of delivering leading edge technology including direct injection, variable valve timing and turbocharging. Direct fuel injection, a hallmark of many Ecotec engines since 2007, is just now becoming mainstream technology in the industry.

The current Ecotec 2.4L with direct injection and variable valve timing in the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain was recently recognized as one of Ward’s Auto World magazine’s 2010 “Ten Best Engines” for North America based on several factors, including power, fuel efficiency and new technology. The Ecotec is currently available in 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L displacements.

“This investment is important because it supports manufacturing in the United States,” said Cal Rapson, vice president and director, UAW International Union. “All three plants have a strong reputation for building quality and focusing on the needs of our customers.”

For competitive reasons, specifics about the engine capabilities as well as product applications will be shared at a later date.