Valparaiso isn’t far from Lake Michigan, so every winter our town gets hammered with cold temperatures and heavy, wet lake-effect snow. It’s enough to dampen your love of the entire season.
But this year, we at Paul Sur Buick GMC have vowed not to let the winter blues get us down. There’s plenty to do during winter in the area, so we recommend checking out these memorable winter activities in Valparaiso.
The best place go sledding or tobogganing is the Forest Park Golf Course, which invites visitors to its hills when the snow falls. Rogers-Lakewood Park does the same thing. Sledding is an excellent way for the family to spend time outside together.
Forest Park Golf Course also offers cross-country skiing trails, as do Sunset Hill Farm and the Indiana Dunes State Park. If you’ve never tried cross-country skiing, the Valparaiso area is the perfect place to try it due to the heavy snow.
Our personal favorite way to spend an afternoon is ice skating at Tower Park or Deep River Waterpark. These local hot-spots transform into winter wonderlands where you can challenge your balance and glide on the ice.
No matter how you spend this winter, we wish you a very merry holiday season!
The revolutionary Buick Cascada has already garnered plenty of buzz, even before it was released. The premium convertible changed the way many people thought about Buick.
The automaker has realized something recently, though: you can’t offer a convertible without the color red.
So, after already launching the 2017 Cascada Sport Touring edition earlier this year in True Blue, Buick has listened to its fans and added a stunning, vibrant Sport Red color option.
The Buick Cascada in Sport Red is a wonder to behold: edgy and athletic while still maintaining the confident, upscale class Buick is known for.
“We’ve heard it from customers all year: ‘What a beautiful car. Can I get it in red?’ Well yes, now you can,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service, and Marketing. “This new addition to the Cascada portfolio offers a modern style statement with blacked-out exterior trim and red interior stitching.”
A new Dark Effects package is also part of the mix, adding gloss-black finish for the grille, mirror caps, and 20-inch wheels, along with special body color trim and contrast stitching.
If you’ve been considering buying a Cascada, but were waiting for some sportier color options, now is your chance. The Sport Red color option and Dark Effects package will be available for a limited time and in limited quantities.
Fall means moderate temperatures, colorful leaves, kids in costumes, scary movies, and all sorts of fun stuff. Of course, that also means that people are celebrating the season in a number of ways. Here in Valparaiso, we have the Fall Harvest Festival. Coming up in mid-October, the festival is a family-friendly, free event with activities ranging from hayrides to a dog costume contest, if you’re the type to dress up your furry friend for Halloween.
In previous years the Fall Harvest Festival has only been a day long, but the event has become so popular it now spans two days of fall-themed activities. On Friday, October 14th from 4 to 6pm, as well as Saturday, October 15th from 11am until 2 pm, Downtown Valparaiso will be alive with fun activities. On Friday, dress up in your favorite costume and go around local restaurants and shops for a tasty treat and a hayride in Central Park Plaza. On Saturday, experience live music, a corn maze, face painting, and more, including the Pooh Parade.
The Fall Harvest Festival only comes around once a year and is a great way to interact with the community or just find something fun to do on the weekend. Whether you’re in costume or not, the festival is fun and entertaining for all. So let us know what you thought of the wonderful event!
Wards Auto has always compiled lists of the ‘10 Best’ vehicles in any particular category, such as the 10 Best Interiors. A newer category, 10 Best User Experience, has sprung up as a subcategory of interiors as a way for the experts behind Wards Auto to further analyze the user-friendliness and design of vehicle systems such as touchscreens, infotainment, and navigation. This year, the GMC Acadia made the cut.
The category was globally varied. Including the Acadia, three American vehicles made the cut, while the rest of the list was made up of three Japanese and three German vehicles, as well as a Korean car, which demonstrated no particular country has a hold on the category.
The GMC Acadia was selected for the intuitiveness of its interface, making it easy to use for buyers new to the systems, as well as the simple elegance of its features. Navigating the touchscreen menu is a cinch to understand and functions smoothly and easily. Users can toggle between different options and even use voice commands without a hassle.
The GMC Acadia made the 10 Best User Experience list alongside big names like Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Audi, and Infiniti – a big leap for a family hauler from GMC. However, the new 2017 Acadia was redesigned from the ground-up for modern amenities, and it seems the change has paid off.
It was announced in mid-August that there will be a new trim level available with the Buick Cascada convertible, which just debuted for the 2016 model year. The 2017 Buick Cascada Sport Touring Edition, or Cascada ST, includes a custom paint color, new wheel design, and more.
The ST is only offered in True Blue Metallic paint, which isn’t available on other Cascada models. The ST also has a black cloth top designed to create a quiet cabin, five-spoke 20-inch wheels, and Black Magic interior components. The Cascada ST’s sporty aspects are amped up in the ST, with sport pedals and a flat-bottom sport steering wheel.
The ST was first shown at the fifth annual Mille Mitten rally in Detroit, a 1,000-mile road trip through northern Michigan. The ST’s convertible top retracts in 17 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour, one of many factors that make it a great road trip car. The Cascada and especially the ST were designed for road rally type adventures, so the Mille Mitten rally was the perfect place to debut the ST.
The Cascada ST is due to arrive in dealerships this fall and will be priced initially at $37,885. It will include all features and amenities offered on other Cascada models plus the Sport Touring features.
GMC may be adding a new rugged SUV. The brand is designing a vehicle based on a body-on-frame platform, sharing components with the Colorado and Canyon. Although nothing official has been released yet, this new SUV could be a sporty off-road crossover to rival rally cars.
According to Motor Authority, Chevy actually offers a similar model overseas called the Chevrolet Trailblazer—a discontinued vehicle in the US. The GMC body-on-frame SUV could be a next-generation design that combines sporty appeal with practical space and styling. In the past few years, there has been a significant surge in demand for SUVs and pickups in the US, making this new body-on-frame SUV particularly exciting news for cars shoppers and auto enthusiasts alike.
“Any new body-on-frame SUV for GMC will likely be a next-generation design, as product planners are said to only be at an early stage of the development,” said Viknesh Vijayenthiran, who writes for Motor Authority.
Head of GMC Duncan Aldred recently hinted that new products for GMC are part of a growth strategy set to arrive in 2020. In addition to building brand awareness and the premium Denali trims, Aldred said new vehicles may be on the horizon. The new SUV will likely have a 6.2-liter V8 and available all-wheel drive. No word yet on alternative-fuel and hybrid designs. We can’t wait to see what GMC develops next.
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!
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.
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!
Taylor was arrested in Chicago
An escaped killer caught by Chicago police is heading back to prison and his aunt is facing charges for helping him escape. Kamron Taylor, 23, was arrested around 9 p.m. on April 3rd. Police were responding to a call about a suspicious person in the area.
Taylor had a loaded .38 caliber handgun on his person when he was apprehended by two officers. Shortly after, police arrested Tonya Grant, 50, Taylor’s aunt. A former guard at the jail, she’s suspected of giving Taylor information that aided his escape. Grant’s bond was set at $150,000 and is charged with obstructing justice and aiding in escape.
Taylor was awaiting sentencing for a 2013 murder. He escaped Jerome Combs Detention Center April 1st and had been running until his apprehension. After failing to return to his cell during lockdown, he beat a corrections officer and stole the guard’s uniform.
“I hope that he is permanently removed from the streets, that he is put into the Illinois Department of Corrections,” said Tim Bukowski, Kankakee County Sheriff.
Taylor has no chance of receiving bail. He’s also charged with possessing a loaded revolver upon capture. There hasn’t been any word on the guard’s condition.
Roads clear of snow and ice are ideal for the safety of Chicago drivers, but many say the city has gone overboard with the recent ban on street parking. In the wee hours of December 1st, a city-wide ban on overnight street parking went into effect, causing hundreds of residents to scramble outside in an effort to avoid the disappearance of their cars.
Vehicles left out on the street past 3am were eligible to be towed away by the city. In all, nearly 240 cars were towed the first night that the ban went into effect. Parking tickets were also issued to violators and, coupled with towing fees, drivers could pay more than $210 to get squared away with the city.
The winter overnight parking ban was put into place so snow plows will be able to effectively clear the city streets of ice and snow. The ban affects priority arterial routes within the city.
However, many Chicago drivers are calling foul, as there was no snow or ice in sight—not even a predicted storm—when their cars were towed.
“It’s pretty stupid. Especially like, I get it sometimes. In the snow, they need to clear the roads. But there’s no snow,” a Chicago native, Jean Kalisky, told ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Some residents even believed their cars to be stolen, only to find out that the city had carried them off to make way for snow plows that weren’t coming.
Here at Paul Sur Buick GMC, we hope that you stay safe on the roads this winter. What do you think of the Chicago winter overnight parking ban? To avoid getting a ticket and a tow this winter, check out this handy map of all of the streets where the ban with remain in effect until March 31st.