How to undo winter’s worst and ready your car, truck, or SUV for the summer months ahead…
Spring-cleaning isn’t just for homes. Now that winter has relinquished its grip and temperatures are warming, it is the perfect time to clean and prepare your vehicle for the summer months ahead. Here are some quick spring car cleaning tips from Saundra Massingille of the GM Service Learning Center.
Clean Salt Off Your Underbody
Washing your car is essential, but this spring, consider washing more than just its exterior body panels, especially if you drive in areas that salt snowy roads. Salt spray can accumulate on the underside of a vehicle and, if left untouched, can promote or accelerate rust. We recommend using plain water to flush the underbody of these deposits at least once a year.
Clean Salt Off Your Carpeting
Salt doesn’t just accumulate underneath your vehicle – if you traipsed through snow or a slushy parking lot before hopping inside, it may build up on your carpeting and floormats, leaving an unsightly white residue. Fortunately, this is fairly easy to remove. Mix a solution with equal parts hot water and distilled white vinegar, apply the mixture to the stained area, and scrub with a stiff brush. If the stain persists, consider using a concentrated cleaner, like the heavy-duty carpet and stain remover available at Hosick Motors.
Lubricate Your Hinges
A squeaky wheel gets the grease, but a squeaky hinge? Well, consider lubricating your door hinges, hood hinges, fuel door hinges, trunk hinges, door strikers, hood releases, and other non-plastic components with a multi-purpose lubricant, like GM’s SuperLube to prevent rust and eliminate squeaks.
Lubricate Your Door Seals And Weatherstripping
They may not be mechanical components, but your car’s door seals and weatherstripping also needs to be lubricated. These rubber moldings and gaskets act as seals, and help keep wind, water, and other elements out of your vehicle. They work best when they’re soft and pliable, so regularly wiping them down with either a dielectric lithium grease or a specialized cleaner like GM’s own weatherstrip lubricant ensures they seal properly.
Change Your Wiper Blades
April showers might bring May flowers, but if nothing else, they’ll force you to use your wipers more frequently. Generally speaking, it’s good to replace your wiper blades once every six months, but be proactive and ensure your blades are in good shape. If you’ve noticed them streaking or skipping while wiping, you might be due for new blades, but consider a replacement if you notice cracks in the rubber squeegee insert, or if the insert doesn’t easily flex and conform to your windshield.
Check Your Tires
Tire pressures change with ambient temperatures. If you found yourself adding air to your tires in the cold of winter, you may need to reduce pressure once temperatures rise again. Overinflating a tire not only worsens ride quality, but also reduces the tire’s contact patch with the ground, potentially reducing grip. Refer to the tire pressure label placed within the driver’s doorjamb for your vehicle’s proper pressures. While you’re at it, visually inspect your tires for dry rot, sidewall bulges, and ensure tread depth is still at an acceptable level.
GMC revealed the 2015 Canyon Monday (1/12), an all-new midsize truck that redefines the segment and raises the bar for everything from horsepower and efficiency to quietness and refinement.
When it goes on sale this year, the all-new Canyon will give GMC one of the only three-truck lineups in the industry. It is expected to deliver class-leading capabilities with the brand’s signature refinement – all in an efficiently sized, maneuverable package for customers who want the cargo-hauling and trailering versatility of a truck without the size of a full-size pickup.
“The all-new 2015 Canyon completes GMC’s three-truck family, which started with the redesigned 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of GMC Marketing. “It rounds out a lineup that offers the broadest range of capabilities in the industry, giving truck customers more choices to find the vehicle that meets their professional, personal and lifestyle needs.”
Based on a proven global architecture and engineered for the unique demands and driving conditions of North American drivers, the new Canyon is expected to deliver:
- The segment’s best horsepower – an estimated 193 horsepower (146 kW) from a standard 2.5L I-4 and an estimated 302 horsepower (224 kW) from an available 3.6L V-6
- The segment’s best payload of at least 1,450 pounds (657 kg)
- The segment’s best maximum trailering rating (when properly equipped) of at least 6,700 pounds (3,039 kg)
- Even greater capability with a powerful and efficient Duramax 2.8L turbodiesel engine coming in 2016 model year
“Not everyone needs full-size capability, but they still deserve strength and true-truck attributes that come in larger models. The Canyon will offer all the capability with confidence – and GMC’s signature refinement that complements active lifestyles,” said DiSalle. “It also delivers the technology customers want with more standard features.”
Canyon’s customer-focused technologies include available OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot and expected segment-first available driver alert features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning and a standard rear-vision camera.
Additionally, RemoteLink Key Fob Services allow owners to lock and unlock their vehicle, flash the lights and honk the horn, and, on equipped models, even remotely start the engine using the RemoteLink smartphone app. The service is free for five years. Additional OnStar services and data plans will be available with a paid subscription.
GMC’s ProGrade protection program for two years/24,000 miles – whichever comes first – of scheduled maintenance, is standard and covers four oil changes, tire rotations and 27-point inspections. It complements the three-year/36,000-mile – whichever comes first – bumper-to-bumper limited vehicle warranty and five-year/100,000-mile – whichever comes first – powertrain limited warranty.
Designed for capability, comfort and refinement
Inside and out, the 2015 Canyon is pure GMC, with a quiet, refined interior distinguished by premium materials and a commanding exterior presence that emulates the technology-infused design aesthetic introduced on the 2014 Sierra 1500 and 2015 Sierra HD models.
Bold front-end styling incorporates the segment’s only standard projector beam headlamps and GMC’s signature C-shaped LED daytime running lamps on all models. Three body configurations are offered: An extended cab model with a six-foot bed, a crew cab with a five-foot bed and a crew cab with a six-foot bed. With the tailgate down, the six-foot bed allows eight-foot-long items to be hauled within the vehicle.
Canyon is offered in base, SLE and SLT models, in 2WD and 4WD models, and with an aggressively styled All-Terrain package offered on SLE models. It includes 17-inch painted aluminum wheels covered by all-terrain tires, a body-color grille surround with horizontal chrome bars and specific suspension tuning.
From a refinement standpoint, the Canyon features triple-sealed doors inlaid in the body sides, like the 2014 Sierra, for improved aerodynamic performance and a quieter interior. And to help keep overall mass down and improve the front-to-rear weight balance, the Canyon features an all-new aluminum hood.
It also features the segment’s only active aero grille shutters, which close at certain highway speeds to enhance efficiency through improved aerodynamics.
Additional exterior features include:
- Segment-first CornerStep rear bumper design, pioneered on the 2014 Sierra, is standard
- Available segment-first EZ Lift-and-Lower locking tailgate that uses an internal torsion bar to make raising the tailgate easier with one hand, and a damper for more-controlled lowering
- Standard two-tier loading that allows a platform to effectively split the bed into upper and lower sections, making it easier to haul, store and conceal items such as tools
- Thirteen reconfigurable and four stationary tie-down locations throughout the bed for use with available, removable cargo tie-down rings
- Standard bed rail and tailgate protectors
- Available factory-installed spray-in bed liner
- Range of 16-, 17- and 18-inch aluminum wheels
A diverse collection of work- and lifestyle-supporting accessories will be offered including everything from a bed liner and innovative cargo management system to a custom tonneau cover, removable cargo rings, tool box and more.
Comfortable and connected cabin
The interior of the 2015 Canyon is designed to be comfortable, heavily equipped and well connected. A bold, upright instrument panel with large instruments and a central driver information center is similar to Sierra. A center console-mounted shifter is similar to those found in midsize cars and crossovers.
The Canyon’s cabin boasts exceptional attention to detail and premium appointments, including a sculpted headliner that enhances headroom, halo lighting on key controls for easier viewing and an open area at the front of the center console for easier phone charging.
Additional interior details include:
- Sculpted door panels that make it easier to enter and exit the vehicle
- Upper-instrument panel storage bin – when not equipped with the uplevel audio system – and large glove box volume
- Standard center console with room to store a tablet
- Rear under-seat storage
Canyon’s seats are designed for long-haul comfort and wear, too. They use dual-firmness foam for greater comfort on long drives and high-wear, stain-resistant cloth seating trim. A power-adjustable driver’s seat is standard, and heated leather seats are standard on SLT. The All-Terrain package features exclusive color and trim details, including embossed seatbacks and unique contrast stitching.
Comfort is enhanced with technologies, connectivity and other features that support owners’ daily and recreational lives including a standard 4.2-inch-diagonal color driver information screen in the instrument cluster
- Eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen and multiple USB ports
- OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hot spot
- Next-generation OnStar and IntelliLink enhancements with gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
- Siri Eyes Free Mode for iPhone users
- Teen Driver feature
- GMC AppShop
Teen Driver is a new, configurable IntelliLink feature that allows parents to set a radio volume limit, establish a speed warning set between 40 and 70 mph, and set a speed limiter. It also automatically mutes the radio when the driver or front passenger safety belt is not fastened and a “report card” that records mileage, wide-open throttle events, ABS events, maximum speed and other data. The custom features are locked by a PIN, which is set by the parent.
Canyon models with an eight-inch IntelliLink screen will also feature a new in-car app marketplace: GMC AppShop. It allows customers to download apps directly to their IntelliLink system and organize, update or delete them throughout the life of the vehicle. Available apps will connect drivers to music, news, weather, travel information, vehicle data and more.
Segment-best power and efficiency
GMC expects Canyon to be the most powerful and efficient truck in the segment, allowing owners to haul and tow more while being efficient. A 2.5L I-4 is standard, and a 3.6L V-6 is available. They are based on award-winning engine families and tuned to deliver the low-rpm torque customers depend on for hauling and towing.
The 2.5L four is estimated at 193 horsepower (146 kW) and 184 lb-ft of torque (253 Nm), with approximately 90 percent of the peak torque available from 2,000 rpm to 6,200 rpm. The 3.6L engine is estimated at 302 horsepower (224 kW) and 270 lb-ft of torque (366 Nm). SAE certification of the power ratings is pending.
Both engines feature direct injection and variable valve timing to make the most of power and efficiency. An aluminum block, forged-steel crankshaft, dual-overhead camshafts and jet-spray piston cooling are featured on both engines. The 2.5L incorporates a two-stage variable-displacement oil pump, for greater efficiency, as well as a balance shaft located in the oil pan, for greater refinement.
All models are matched with a six-speed automatic transmission that complements the truck-tuned engines with features that make hauling and trailering easier and more comfortable, including auto grade braking and a tow/haul mode. A six-speed manual transmission is also available with the 2.5L engine in base extended cab/2WD models.
Class-leading capabilities and superior ride quality
The Canyon delivers the capability expected of a GMC truck, including expected segment-leading payload and trailering. Like the full-size Sierra, Canyon is built on a fully boxed perimeter frame, which provides the strength to support its capabilities, and a ride expected to be smooth and quiet.
A coil-over-type front suspension features aluminum knuckles that are low in mass and high in strength contributing to a more responsive, immediate feel to driver inputs, as well as efficiency. The 2015 Canyon also features the segment’s first application of electric power steering, which enhances efficiency because it is not driven by the engine.
Additionally, the Canyon has a tight turning radius of only about 41 feet (12.6 meters), making it easier to maneuver when parking or backing into tight spots, such as garages or campsites.
Four-wheel disc brakes, with four-piston front calipers, are standard and feature segment-exclusive Duralife™ brake rotors – also pioneered on the 2014 Sierra. They can offer up to double the service life, which can help lower ownership costs.
Canyon is available with an automatic locking rear differential known by its G80 option code. Introduced by General Motors more than 40 years ago, it gives drivers a traction advantage when needed and everyday comfort when it’s not. It is available on SLE and SLT, and standard with the All-Terrain package.
AutoTrac automatic four-wheel drive is also a segment-first feature, which employs an electronically controlled transfer case that allows the driver to shift from 2WD to 4WD. The driver can select four modes, 2WD, Auto, 4WD HI, or 4WD Lo. By selecting ‘Auto’ mode, the transfer case will operate in 2WD and will automatically apply traction to the front wheels (4WD) when the vehicle senses wheel slippage.
With 360 degrees of available active and passive safety technologies, Canyon is designed to help keep occupants safe on the road, with standard features including:
- Six air bags, including head curtain side air bags that can also reduce the risk of occupant ejection
- Large rearview mirrors and rear-vision camera system for greater visibility
- StabiliTrak stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, trailer sway control, hill start assist and hill descent control (All Terrain).
Available safety features include:
- Segment-first forward collision alert
- Segment-first lane departure warning
The Canyon will be assembled at GM’s Wentzville, Mo., assembly plant. GMC will continue to work on and develop the Canyon until the start of production in fall 2014. The content of this release is based on current GM testing and is subject to change.
Later this year, the first GM vehicles equipped with 4G LTE connected by OnStar will begin to show up on showroom floors, marking the first step toward what we expect to be the broadest deployment of 4G LTE in the automotive industry to date.
This built-in, OnStar 4G LTE connection will enable advances in a wide range of in-vehicle communications and entertainment capabilities, including in-vehicle Wi-Fi hot spots, streaming video, real-time updates and faster application downloads.
Let’s reflect on past news made by General Motors’ OnStar on its path to add more connected services to vehicles.
At the Chicago Auto Show in 1996, Rick Wagoner announced the launch of OnStar. The first generation of OnStar hardware was a dealer installed system that included a tethered handset and an analog cellular connection. A true innovation of its time, the airbag deployment notification helped OnStar win the coveted Computerworld/Smithsonian Award for technology innovation in transportation and Popular Science’s “Best of What’s New” award. This first emergency response service helped to propel the OnStar brand and remains the core of its safety and security premise.
In 1999, OnStar became a factory installed feature and introduced hands-free calling. Allowing subscribers to make safer calls on the road, voice recognition technology enabled drivers to make and receive calls at the touch of a button. The following year, OnStar began providing real-time traffic information across the United States and reached the 1 million subscriber mark. This year also marked the introduction of remote door unlock – if a subscriber was locked out of their vehicle, they could call an OnStar advisor, provide their PIN and account number and the advisor sent a signal to remotely unlock the doors.
In 2005, OnStar launched the simplest and smartest navigation system on the market at the time with its Turn-by-Turn navigation service. Subscribers could call OnStar to receive simple audio-based directions. eNav, a collaboration with MapQuest, was introduced in 2007 allowing subscribers to download a destination to their embedded navigation screen. Stolen Vehicle Slowdown was launched to enhance the Stolen Vehicle Assistance service in 2007 as well. Once OnStar had provided authorities with the exact location of a stolen vehicle, an OnStar advisor could remotely send a signal to gradually show down the vehicle to further help authorities recover it.
At the 2010 CES, OnStar unveiled a mobile app for GM vehicles allowing drivers to communicate with their vehicle through their smartphones. It used a real-time data connection to monitor diagnostics and perform tasks such as setting a charge time to unlocking the doors. This also marked the first time that certified Emergency Advisors could provide important medical instructions to subscribers while awaiting the arrival of first responders. The recognized “Live On” ad campaign was introduced. Hardware improvements included flexible speech recognition and Bluetooth phonebook.
At CES 2011, GM displayed its first phase of 4G LTE research in a Buick LaCrosse demonstration vehicle.
GM showed what future in-vehicle entertainment, communications and safety might look like, demonstrating how vehicle monitoring, impact detection, video chatting, traffic views, home monitoring and more could be integrated into the vehicle using a high-speed 4G LTE connection.
At CES 2013, General Motors unveiled a second-generation research vehicle to demonstrate connected services and features. This research vehicle has a more comprehensive in-vehicle experience that showcased how all passengers might access the vehicle’s 4G LTE features.
New services demonstrated in this research vehicle, included access to streaming content via YouTube or another streaming channel, and access to cached content in the vehicle or from the cloud, including music, videos, games and news. These features could be accessed through a brought-in device such as a tablet or mobile phone by using the vehicle’s Wi-Fi hotspot.
At Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, General Motors announced a broad global strategy to deliver a new generation of connected cars and trucks with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband starting with model year 2015 in the U.S. and Canada, marking the largest commitment to 4G LTE deployment in the automotive industry to date.
To highlight this, GM showcased new, closer to production 4G LTE services in two prototype demonstration vehicles, a Cadillac ATS and Chevrolet Malibu. Features included a Wi-Fi hotspot for multiple brought-in devices allowing easy access to streaming content for passengers and vehicle push notifications from the vehicle to a smartphone informing drivers of current vehicle health or activity around the immediate perimeter of the vehicle.
On January 5, GM announced that the it will kick off its 4G LTE deployment with Chevrolet naming the 2015 Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt as the first General Motors vehicles to come equipped with OnStar 4G LTE. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV. In the Canadian market, OnStar with 4G LTE will be introduced on the Chevrolet Trax as well. The majority of the 2015 Chevrolet lineup in the U.S and Canada will have a 4G LTE connection built-in at vehicle launch. More models will be announced later this year from Chevrolet and other GM brands. This will mark the widest deployment of 4G LTE connected vehicles in the industry to date.
OnStar 4G LTE connectivity will offer a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot allowing passengers to connect multiple personal devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) to high-speed wireless internet. The vehicle will also act as a mobile hub, giving customers easier access to apps and services that require a high speed cellular or data connection.
Reviewers say the 2014 GMC Acadia has an upscale interior and a refined ride.
The GMC Acadia is powered by a V6 engine that reviewers say provides adequate power. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, and most test drivers agree that it shifts smoothly. The Acadia achieves up to an EPA-estimated 17/24 mpg city/highway, which isn’t bad for the class. Reviewers say the Acadia has a comfortable, refined ride, and that there’s little body roll through turns. Test drivers note that the Acadia’s brakes have plenty of stopping power, and that the steering is neither too heavy nor too light.
Reviewers like the Acadia’s well-designed interior, which they say is built with high-quality materials. Most also note that the Acadia has very generous cargo space for the class. Test drivers report that the Acadia’s front seats are comfortable, with adequate head- and legroom. One reviewer says that the second row is comfortable and spacious. The Acadia’s standard features include a backup camera, six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth and a USB port. Optional features include a 10-speaker Bose stereo, GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system, a dual-pane sunroof and a rear-seat entertainment system.
Details: 2014 GMC Acadia
The 2014 GMC Acadia seats up to eight and comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. A 3.6-liter V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on all trims. The Acadia comes in five trims: SLE-1, SLE-2, SLT-1, SLT-2 and Denali. The Acadia received some updates last year, and this year, it gains new safety options such as lane departure warning, forward collision alert and blind spot warning systems.
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has released its annual list of the greenest vehicles available on the market in 2014. To make the “Greener Choices” list, the models must be widely available within each vehicle class.
The Encore’s 33-mpg highway estimate beats out such competitors as the Mini Countryman and Volkswagen Tiguan. Its combined fuel economy also beats the combined EPA fuel economy of Ford’s most efficient version of the Escape crossover.
The overall list is provided to show that consumers have green options out there, regardless of their vehicle needs.
The environmental rating methodology for ACEEE’s Green Book® is based on principles of life cycle assessment and environmental economics. The approach combines the impacts of regulated criteria pollutants with those of greenhouse gas emissions, covering the vehicle life cycle, emissions, and manufacturing and disposal impacts.
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