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Reasons to Choose Either a Hatchback or a Sedan

Hatchback or a Sedan

When it comes to choosing a subcompact vehicle, drivers usually have two body styles to choose from: hatchback or sedan. However, how do they determine which body style is right for them? Here are a few reasons to choose either a hatchback or a sedan.

Reasons to Choose a Sedan

If you want to save a little more money with your purchase, you might want to look into a sedan, as they often have less expensive asking prices. You may also want to select a sedan if you’re not a big fan of the larger rear ends featured on hatchbacks.

Reasons to Choose a Hatchback

If you have a lot of cargo to carry around with you, the hatchback is the ideal choice. There is a lot more trunk space inside of a hatchback. Also, if you want to fill up your bank account with more money when it comes time to sell your car, hatchbacks generally have a lot higher resale values.

Whether you decide to choose a sedan or a hatchback, you will find a wide variety of both at Bill Walsh GM Superstore!

Snow Driving Tips for Winter

Snow driving tips

 

Driving in the sleet and snow is a dangerous task on the best of days. As winter approaches, it might not be a bad idea to review winter driving safety tips, especially if you have a new drivers in the house. Just in case you need a starting point, here are a few snow driving tips from us here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore.

  1. Beware of Black Ice. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Black ice can be present on roads that appear clear as day. At night when the temperatures drops, the risk is even greater.
  2. Take it Slow. Slow down! Driving at normal speeds on slick snow- or ice-covered roads is a danger in itself. Taking a corner while accelerating makes the risk of sliding off the road or into other vehicles much greater. If you drive at normal speeds and need to brake unexpectedly, you could find yourself in an accident.
  3. Don’t Pass Plows. As a general rule, don’t pass snow plows or other maintenance vehicles. Obviously they’re there to clear the road ahead which means the road behind the plow is much better than the one in front. In addition, the plow extends nearly 10 feet outside the truck itself. Play it safe; don’t pass plows.

Upcoming 2017 Buick LaCrosse Design to be Based on Popular Avenir Concept

2017 Buick LaCrosse Design

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse’s design is rumored to be based on the prominent Avenir.

Buick has been keeping its lips sealed about the upcoming 2017 model year Buick LaCrosse – until now. Recently, Buick revealed that the 2017 Buick LaCrosse will be based off its Avenir Concept, which debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Plus, Buick released a sneaky teaser image of the 2017 LaCrosse, which cleverly only shows us the front fascia of the model. The rest of the vehicle is veiled in shadow. You can check out the 2017 LaCrosse teaser picture right here.

Though Buick has confirmed that the 2017 LaCrosse will be based on the Avenir Concept, the automaker hasn’t said much else in the way of fuel efficiency, horsepower, and other stats. Hopefully, that information is soon to follow.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse is scheduled to get its worldwide debut in November 2015 at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Are you looking forward to the 2017 Buick LaCrosse design? Let us know what you think in the comments, and while you wait, consider checking out our many available current Buick models here at Bill Walsh GM Superstore.

How to Make a Winter Safety Kit For Your Car

Winter Safety Kit

As the weather cools down and the conditions begin to get snowy, it’s more important than ever to be prepared with a winter safety kit in your vehicle. Here’s a short list of what to include in a safety kit to get you started:

  • Roll up a nice, warm blanket, just in case you ever get stranded in the cold.
  • Similarly, it’s a good idea to stash some warm socks, scarves, hats, gloves, and perhaps even an extra coat if you have space.
  • In the winter, you may also want to have a shovel to move snow.
  • Just like in any safety kit, include a basic first-aid kit, which should include antibiotic ointment and bandages.
  • Keep a nice supply of fresh, clean water, which can either be used for drinking or to wash out a wound.
  • Be sure to include a flashlight and extra flashlight batteries.
  • Lastly, if you can, it won’t hurt to have an extra, charged cell phone available, with a list of emergency phone numbers.

Do you have any other ideas? What do you keep in your car during the winter months? Let us know in the comments below.

Tahoe K9 Units: Chevy Police Vehicles Keep Police Dogs Safe

tahoe k9 units

Our men and women in blue can’t get enough of the new Chevy Tahoe, especially when it comes to police dogs. In fact, the Tahoe K9 Units rank among the most popular in the US, especially thanks to the model’s roomy interior and advanced climate control.

For police forces around the country, the Chevy Tahoe Police Patrol Vehicle (PPV) is a no-brainer. According to Chevy, the PPV keeps dogs nice and comfortable with advanced heating and cooling, and plenty of cargo room easily fits a large kennel.

“Our K-9s live with our deputies and their families. They are on duty with our deputies every day – responding to calls for service, training, and creating an unbreakable bond,” said Oakland County (Michigan) Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard. “The K-9 Unit is an invaluable tool that serves our community and the Tahoe PPV is an important part of our operation.”

Because heat exhaustion is the number one killer of police dogs, having a good place to relax is important. The Tahoe provides necessary shelter from bumper to bumper, whether units are doing drills or in the field. There’s no substituting for Chevy quality.

Keeping Kids Secure: Child Safety Systems

child safety systems

If you’re a parent, then you certainly understand the importance of child safety systems in your car. As recently as 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been updating regulations and urging parents to stay up-to-date on the latest systems, from LATCH to car seats.

According to Edmunds, LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This innovative system comes standard on most GM vehicles, offering a better way to secure child safety seats. Basically, seats have a hidden anchor point that’s easier, and safer, to latch onto than a regular seat belt.

Of course, weight limits are important to remember. If your child weighs more than 65 lbs, you shouldn’t use the LATCH system. Also, remember that top tethers should be used for forward-facing seats and can be used with LATCH as well.

Children under two years old should ride in rear-facing seats, always in the backseat. Children should use booster seats until they exceed the maximum weight of child seats, and are generally taller than 4 ft. No child should sit in the front seat unless they’re 13 years or older.

For more information on child safety systems, visit SafeCar.gov.

Plans for New, Short Chevy Crossover to Be Added to Brand’s Lineup

 

After the success of the Traverse, pictured above, Chevy is planning to release a new crossover SUV, rumored to hit the market next year.

After the success of the Traverse, pictured above, Chevy is planning to release a new crossover SUV, rumored to hit the market next year.

Chevrolet has some of the most popular crossover models on the market—especially the acclaimed Traverse and Equinox. However, insight from Automotive News is that the carmaker believes there’s enough space between those two CUVs to fit a brand new crossover.

In order to more closely correspond to competing models, Chevrolet’s lineup is getting a “broader range.” This will involve fitting more models into the current lineup and giving current models a redesign to allow more room. After the Traverse gets a facelift next year, Chevrolet will introduce a three-row, short-wheelbase SUV to compete with the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot. This new crossover has yet to receive an official name.

Stuffing a lineup with nearly-similar models isn’t something only Chevrolet is doing—many leading automakers are packing their lineups to the brim. The question is whether a new, short Chevy crossover will win over customers from competing models or merely usurp them from Chevrolet’s other sport utility vehicles.

New Buick Models Being Added to Brand’s Lineup in Coming Years

Buick Models

Buick is quickly becoming General Motors’ most impressive brand. Thanks to a clever marketing campaign and a strong visual redesign, Buick models have found their way into many new homes across the United States. Is the automaker ready to claim victory and casually coast through on its newfound popularity? Hardly!

Despite a staggering 1.2 million sales in 2014, Buick’s lineup only contains five models. Thus, there are plenty of gaps in the segment to be filled—starting with a sporty, three-door hatchback. Where will GM be getting the inspiration for this youth-oriented model? From Opel, of course!

After the successful introduction of the 2016 Cascada, which was also inspired by an Opel model, Buick is planning on rebadging the Opel Adam as a model it can sell stateside. However, it won’t arrive until the next generation of the hatch is released, around 2018.

Other new Buick models will include its own version of the Envision crossover from China, as well as redesigns for many of its current models. What types of models would you like to see Buick introduce? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Chevy Impala Midnight Edition Coming Soon

It was recently announced that the Chevy Impala Midnight Edition officially headed to production! The special blacked-out Impala is based off of a concept that was shown early last year at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

The special edition will include a completely blacked-out interior and exterior, 19-inch aluminum wheels with black accents, black grille, black Chevy emblem, pedals and rear spoiler.

The new Midnight package will be available on the 1LT, 2LT and LTZ trim levels of the 2016 Impala and only the 2LT of the 2015 model. The package will range in price from $995 to $1,595. It will also be available with two engine options: a standard 2.5-liter iVLC or the 3.6-liter V6 engine for slightly more power.

The Midnight Edition will soon be available this summer! If you’re interested in experiencing the new special edition Impala for yourself come visit us at Bill Walsh Chevrolet.

Teen Driver Safety Technology Helps Parents Fight the Good Fight

With Chevrolet’s latest technology, the only fear is that teenagers might start seeing their own parents as Big Brother. But really, it’s all done in the name of love.

Teen Driver Safety Technology is, at heart, an educational tool for parents. The new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu comes equipped with this new technology, which gives parents the ability to monitor their teenagers’ driving performance. Parents then have the opportunity to go over the driving report together, marking a great starting point for a conversation about safe driving habits.

In addition to being able to read a driving report, parents can activate a function that prevents the stereo from coming on until all occupants of the car have fastened their seat belts. They can also implement a speed limit, above which an alert will sound to let the teen driver know that he or she is going too fast.

Driving is an enormous responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. It’s good to see an automaker going to the trouble of helping parents with such a grave undertaking.