GMC Gives a Glimpse of the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD

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GMC hints at 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD appearance.

As anyone with an interest in the automotive market knows, teaser images are all a part of the game. This time around, GMC is giving us a glimpse of the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD. While details are still lacking, a picture is worth a thousand words but we’ll try to keep it closer to 200.

To start things off, the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD is still a luxurious heavy-duty pickup truck that works hard in style. The hood features a new chrome-trimmed scoop that seems entirely functional. The grille isn’t much to go on but it does indicate it could house something big. Those two features give way to confirming one of the biggest rumors surrounding General Motors.

Rumor has it that General Motors is looking to create a larger, more powerful diesel engine for the 2017 model year. If the whispers are true, that engine could offer as much as 900 lb-ft of torque. If that sounds far-fetched, think again. The Ford F-250 Super Duty is looking to offer 860 lb-ft of torque, paving the way for GM to offer some clear, heavy-duty competition.

We here at Paul Sur Buick GMC can’t wait for the arrival of the 2017 Sierra Denali 2500HD!

Recording-Breaking Buick Goes to Auction

Record Breaking Buick Goes to Auction

Buick isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when one thinks of a record-breaking land speed holder. As it turns out a Buick did set the land speed record in 2013, but that’s not what’s most impressive. The model that set the record was a 1952 Buick Super Riviera.

Record-Breaking Buick Goes to Auction

The 1952 Buick Super Riviera is a six-time class champion and set the land speed record of 165.735 mph in 2013, more than 60 years after it rolled off the line. Now, a Super Riviera is heading to auction with a whole new look.

Racer Jeff Brock found the old Buick in an abandoned sawmill in 2008. A sculptor by trade, he created a bare metal racer that was both aggressive and fast. Christened “Bombshell Betty,” the Buick boasts a unique look that maintains its time-period details. Getting your hands on this speed demon won’t be easy. It currently has an asking price of $195,000.

To put interest over the top, the listing also features the car’s 2012 record run. The very next year, the Buick outdid itself and set a new record.

It’s not too often this crazy of a car pops up on the radar and with a limited number of 1952 Buick Super Rivieras left, enthusiasts are sure to be all over it.

Here at Paul Sur Buick GMC, we’re more than impressed that such an old car is setting records today!

Chicago’s Spice of Life Tour

Chicago Spice of Life Tour

Chicago Spice of Life Tour

No one can deny the fact that Chicago has some of the best food in the nation. Chicago may be known for its “Chicago-style” pizza, popcorn, and hot dogs, but there is more to our great city than the typical “Chicago” food. Chicago is a city of great diversity, which produces a wonderful variety of foods.

Whether you are visiting Chicago or are a local, we at Paul Sur Buick GMC highly recommend trying a “Spice of Life Tour.” This tour opportunity was created to allow people to experience a variety of foods and cultures in Chicago. There are different tour options where people can try different cultures and foods, each tour consisting of several venues within Chicago neighborhoods.

Discover genuine food establishments and learn about the unique history, culture, and architecture of each neighborhood. Tour options include a “Little India Tour,” a “Chow Chow Chinatown Tour,” and a “Little Arabia Tour.” You can also schedule a private tour and customize your discovery of cultures and foods.

Experience a new side of Chicago, with new tastes, and educational information from your tour guide. Learn more about the “Spice of Life Tour” and explore this wonderful opportunity next time you are looking for a unique food experience!

Summer Events at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo

We at Paul Sur Buick GMC love serving the fabulous city of Chicago, Illinois. Spring and summer are beautiful around the city and we like to believe that Chicago is in bloom. One of our favorite places to visit during this time is the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The Lincoln Park Zoo is free, which is only part of the reason it is a great place to visit. It is located along the lakefront in Chicago’s North Side Lincoln Park neighborhood and is gorgeous this time of year. In addition to the natural beauty, the zoo has several unique events on the calendar during this time.

There are several guided garden tours during this season where the Lincoln Park Zoo’s Horticultural Department will showcase its flowers. Another way to enjoy the peaceful area is to take part in Adult Yoga at the Zoo. This takes place on the zoo’s Nature Boardwalk and is geared toward beginner and intermediate yoga practitioners. There is also parent and toddler yoga on Thursdays!

On some evenings this summer, there will be adult-focused evenings at the zoo. These Adult Night Outs will allow those 18 and older to experience a quieter evening at the zoo.

These are just a few of the available options at the Lincoln Zoo this summer. Be sure to check out the zoo’s website for a complete listing and for registration options of different events!

What to Keep in a Summer Car Emergency Kit

summer car emergency kit

summer car emergency kit

Your emergency kit is one of the most important things you can keep in your car, and it needs to be updated a couple times a year as the seasons change. In warmer weather, you want a completely different set of items than you keep in winter, so follow these tips on putting together your summer car emergency kit.

First, make sure you have snacks that won’t go bad in the heat and a few bottles of water. Unsalted nuts and dried fruit are a great healthy option for this. Bring an extra phone charger and even a throwaway cell phone with a few minutes on it just in case you don’t have a way to charge your normal cell phone.

A flashlight and hazard triangles are both important things to have if you break down at night. Even if you aren’t handy with tools, have a few basic ones in your car so you can change a flat tire or jumpstart your car. It’s a good idea to have a towel you can lay on the ground and gloves in case you need to do some maintenance on the fly.

Improving Fuel Economy on Road Trips

Improving Fuel Economy on Road Trips

Improving Fuel Economy on Road Trips

Gas prices seem to be plateauing just in time for road trip season to start, but that’s no reason to get complacent. The best way to save money and enjoy our summer drives is to stop less at the gas pump, so follow these quick tips for improving fuel economy on road trips.

First of all, drive smart. Obey the speed limit, coast to a stop instead of hitting the brakes at the last minute, and speed up gradually instead of putting your pedal to the metal. Reasonable driving saves a surprising amount of fuel.

It’s also best to avoid driving in high-traffic areas at busy times like rush hour if you can help it. Idling is a big waste of gas, and so is stop and go traffic. Related to this, use your cruise control on the freeway! Cruise control reduces fluctuation in your speed, which means less fuel used.

Remember to turn on the air conditioner on the freeway and roll the windows down in town!

Do you have any tips on how to increase fuel efficiency during a road trips? We’d love it if you shared your own tips in the comment section below.

Free Things to Do in Chicago

Free things to do in chicago

Free things to do in chicago

We at Paul Sur Buick GMC love the Windy City. One of the things we treasure about Chicago is the variety of things to do and see. Even if you are on a budget, Chicago is a perfect place to explore. Here are some of our favorite things to do and see for free. Yes, you heard us correctly… free things to do in Chicago!

Promontory Point – There are many wonderful parks in the city, but one of our favorites is Promontory Point. This park offers an amazing view of downtown over the lake and is usually not as touristy as other parks.

Chicago Cultural Center – This stunningly beautiful venue hosts plenty of free events. Some of these may include music, dance, theater, lectures, and art exhibits. Just the building itself is worth a visit with its magnificent stained-glass domes.

Lincoln Park Zoo – This is one of the last free zoos in the United States. Founded in 1868, it is also one of the oldest zoos. With many fascinating animals, this is a place the whole family will enjoy visiting.

Garfield Park Conservatory – One of the nation’s premier conservatories! Tour the multi-faceted greenhouses and exhibition halls. There is a suggested donation, but it is not required.

This list represents a small portion of the free things to do around Chicago. We hope it encourages you to get out there and explore all that the Windy City has to offer!

Clay Creating The Buick Avista

clay creating the Buick Avista

Many car enthusiasts are disappointed that Buick’s Avista concept will not be going into production. Interestingly enough, there is a new video showing how buick was clay creating the Buick Avista. Although we at Paul Sur Buick GMC are also saddened the Avista won’t be coming to life as a production model, we are highly intrigued by the newly released video of how the clay version of the car was created.

Buick actually had clay sculptors turn the 2D paper concept into a 3D model. In the video, Buick designers discuss the challenges of creating the clay car. Perhaps the most difficult challenge was creating the door, as it was designed to be longer than normal. The sculptors rose to the challenge and succeeded using design influences from the Greek Parthenon to stretch the door’s lines.

Buick creative designer, Aaron Stich stated that, “Concept cars stretch the imagination and inspire the direction our production portfolio is heading. This door is just one example of how everyone in the Buick design studio is jumping at the chance to create designs that will stand the test of time and be more beautiful than the last.”

The Avista concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show and created quite a bit of buzz, even winning the award of Reader’s Choice for Best Future Concept. We are saddened that this car will not be going into production, but we encourage everyone to watch the video showing clay sculptors creating the Buick Avista.

Tips for Driving in Strong Winds

Driving in Strong Winds
Driving in Strong Winds

Chicago is dubbed the windy city for a reason!

Here in Chicago, famously called the Windy City, we have to deal with driving in windy weather, but that isn’t just an important skill here—no matter where you live, you can be blown off course by a quick gust of wind, especially if you drive a lightweight car. Memorize these tips for driving in strong winds to save a life!

The best advice is to be alert and keep both hands firmly on the wheel so you can correct your course at a moment’s notice. When you go under a bridge or through a tunnel and you’re briefly protected from the wind, be ready to put yourself back on track when you get out.

The other thing about wind is that it doesn’t just affect your car—it can blow objects, branches, sand, dirt, or other debris into the road. Stay alert and be watchful of objects in the road so you can drive around them.

Driving in high winds is like driving in any other bad weather, so remember to go slower, maintain bigger distances from other cars, and pull over until it dies down if you feel unsafe.

2017 GMC Acadia Pricing and Information Revealed

2017 GMC Acadia pricing
2017 GMC Acadia pricing

2016 GMC Acadia Pictured

The GMC Acadia has remained mostly the same since its initial release in 2007, with only minor updates year to year. Now, for the 2017 model year, GMC has finally introduced the second-generation of Acadia, and it has some major upgrades.

After debuting it at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the company recently announced the 2017 GMC Acadia pricing and information for its spring release. With an MSRP of $29,995, the base model of the new Acadia is almost $2,000 less than the base model of the 2016 model, which can be attributed to the more efficient, lightweight design, despite the base trim’s added standard features.

Thanks to a lighter base engine, a more compact design, and lighter materials, the GMC Acadia is more than 700 pounds lighter than the previous generation, making it more fuel-efficient and easier to maneuver.

Some new features include an IntelliLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as more active safety features like front pedestrian braking, a surround vision camera system, and safety alert seat.

With five trim levels, two drivetrain options, and improved towing capability, the GMC Acadia is better than ever.