New Buick LaCrosse Exterior Design to Draw from Avenir

2016 Buick LaCrosse
2016 Buick LaCrosse

2016 Buick LaCrosse

Buick announced that it is taking some of the sleek and futuristic design cues for the new LaCrosse from the Avenir concept model. The exterior is getting a complete redesign, from bumper to bumper. We can’t wait to see this new model in action.

According to USA Today, the Avenir premiered at several auto shows this year, and draws from several classic Buick designs. In fact, the model steals some looks from the 1954 Wildcat II, another concept model, which will give the Buick LaCrosse’s exterior design a unique retro look.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” says Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

Although there’s no official plan yet, Buick said that this look will be use on the LaCrosse by 2017, and would spread to other models in the lineup by 2018. This is just one more reason Buick is an industry leader when it comes to things like styling.

Snow Tire Technology: Are Winter Tires Right for You?

Buick Lineup in the Snow
Buick Lineup in the Snow

Buick Lineup in the Snow

With winter on the way, it may be time to consider the snow tire technology that’s available to drivers in the Midwest. If you hate getting stuck in the wintertime or simply want to increase your vehicle’s safety, then it might be time to buy winter tires.

According to Tirerack, most people like to stick with all-season tires because they tend to work fine when it’s snowing. While this is true, it’s important that customers understand the advantages to buying snow-specific tires. Winter tires are made with special compounds to stay flexible in cold temperatures, have deep treads, and feature channels to divert water.

If you do decide to get winter tires, you should always get a set of four, and ask the store or dealer to install them for you (sometimes they’ll do it for free). You should never just get two tires because this leads to dissimilar conditions between the front and back wheels, limiting control.

Finally, one concern for many people is that they’re spending more on winter tires. However, the reality is that your summer tires won’t deteriorate if they’re not on your car, so getting winter tires actually tends to extend the overall tire life. If your tires are made for the road conditions you’re driving in, they last longer. In the long run, you could just save some money.