Sometime the unexpected happens and you find yourself in need of some help. Don't worry - GM Roadside Assistance is included for the duration of all GM New Vehicle Powertrain warranty for new vehicles purchased through Craig Dunn Motor City in Portage la Prairie.
Emergency Fuel Delivery
Emergency Tow from a Public Road or Highway
Flat Tire Change
Battery Jump Start
Trip Interruption Benefits and Assistance
Emergency Fuel Delivery: Delivery of enough fuel for the vehicle to get to the nearest service station. Lock-Out Service: Service to unlock the vehicle if you are locked out. A remote unlock may be available if you have OnStar. For security reasons, the driver must present identification before this service is given. Emergency Tow from a Public Road or Highway: Tow to the nearest Chevrolet dealer for warranty service, or if the vehicle was in a crash and cannot be driven. Assistance is not given when the vehicle is stuck in the sand, mud, or snow. Flat Tire Change: Service to change a flat tire with the spare tire. The spare tire, if equipped, must be in good condition and properly inflated. It is the owner's responsibility for the repair or replacement of the tire if it is not covered by the warranty. Battery Jump Start: Service to jump start a dead battery. Trip Interruption Benefits and Assistance: If your trip is interrupted due to a warranty event, incidental expenses may be reimbursed within the Powertrain warranty period. Items considered are reasonable and customary hotel, meals, rental car, or a vehicle being delivered back to the customer, up to 500 miles. Must be over 150 km from where your trip was started to qualify. Pre-authorization, original detailed receipts, and a copy of the repair orders are required. Once authorization has been received, the Roadside Assistance advisor will help to make arrangements and explain how to receive payment. Fuel Delivery: Reimbursement is up to 7 liters. If available, diesel fuel delivery may be restricted. Propane and other fuels are not provided through this service. Lock-Out Service: Vehicle registration is required. Alternative Service: If assistance cannot be provided right away, the Roadside Assistance advisor may give permission to get local emergency road service. You will receive payment, up to $100, after sending the original receipt to Roadside Assistance. Mechanical failures may be covered, however any cost for parts and labor for repairs not covered by the warranty are the owner responsibility.
If you need assistance and have an active OnStar subscription, just push your blue OnStar button to get connected with an advisor.
Calling for Assistance
When calling Roadside Assistance, have the following information ready: . Your name, home address, and home telephone number . Telephone number of your location . Location of the vehicle . Model, year, color, and license plate number of the vehicle . Odometer reading, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and delivery date of the vehicle . Description of the problem
Service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
For more than 100 years, Buick has built some of the finest automobiles in the world. The last decade saw the automaker throw its hat into the highly competitive crossover SUV marketplace, using the same commitment to technology and luxury that was used in sedans. Craig Dunn Motor City customers interested in the changes and upgrades for the with it2020 Buck Enclave will want to continue reading. When the 2020 Enclave arrives at our showroom, it will be available in a new bold, monochromatic accessory package that also offers several premium features on its own. What has not changed, is the vehicle’s very spacious interior, powerful engine and long list of standard technology. Let’s take a look at what you can expect to see.
“Buyers are choosing the Buick Enclave
because it is everything they want in a premium crossover with its distinct
styling, quality and driving dynamics,” Phil Brook, Vice President of Buick and
GMC marketing. “For the 2020 model year, we’re upping the comfort with available
massaging seats, bringing in a new and different look for customers with Sport
Touring and enhancing our in-vehicle technology to provide more of what these
Sport Touring Enclave
The Sport Touring package will feature that
aforementioned bold and monochromatic aesthetic that is also outfitted with a
unique sport-themed grille and several body-color-matching accessories. Owners
who have chosen the 2020 Buick Enclave Sport Touring will ride on 20-inch
bright machined wheels that have contrasting Satin Graphite pockets. Buyers
will need to start with the Enclave Essence trim to have the Sport Touring
Buick has continued to use the same
powerful and efficient powertrain that it has used in previous models of the
Enclave. The 2020 version will employ 3.6-liter, V-6 engine which will produce
310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.
Customers can start the pre-ordering
process for the 2020 Buick Enclave today when they schedule an appointment with
one of our product experts.
Enjoy an exclusive Costco member-only offer on the purchase or lease of select, new 2020 SUVs and crossovers from Chevrolet, Buick and GMC.*
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Eligible Costco Members receive:
Costco Member Pricing
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Terms and Conditions
*To qualify for the Costco Member Pricing, the customer must be a
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since January 2, 2020, or earlier and must: (1) Register with Costco to receive
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Blazer (excl. 2.5L), Tahoe, Suburban; Buick: Envision, Encore, Enclave; GMC:
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Android Auto Now Available for 2016 GM Vehicles in Canada
Android Auto Update for Chevy Buick GMC Vehicles
When you want to easily control vehicle functions (or just enjoy hands-free connectivity while driving), it’s nice to have easy-to-use and ready-made apps like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. General Motors already has one of the largest selections of vehicles that come equipped with these apps, and now there are even more new availability options! Keep reading to find out more about the new Android Auto Update for Chevy Buick GMC vehicles.
All of these upgrade options are free from your local Chevy, Buick, or GMC dealer. Contact our Craig Dunn Motor City service department at 888-611-6021 or schedule an appointment online to update your vehicle in the Winnipeg MB area.
Chevy Vehicles with an Available Android Auto Update
Most Chevy vehicles of the 2016 model year that came with the eight-inch MyLink system will be able to update to Android Auto. Vehicles with the seven-inch screen were already equipped with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. New 2016 model year vehicles arriving at Craig Dunn in the coming months will come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay already installed.
Android Auto Availability on Buick
Current Canadian owners of a 2016 Buick Regal or 2016 Buick LaCrosse with an eight-inch IntelliLink system should qualify for the Android Auto update. Select 2015 models may also be eligible. If your vehicle can be updated, you will be contacted with that information, and can have the update done at a certified Buick dealer. New 2017 models like the 2017 LaCrosse will come equipped with compatibility to both systems.
GMC Android Auto Updates
The 2016 GMC Canyon, Sierra, and Yukon equipped with the eight-inch touchscreen may be updated in Canada to be compatible with Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay. This update should take about 30 minutes at an official GMC dealer. The new 2017 GMC Acadia will come with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay pre-installed in models with IntelliLink.
The 2019 Chevy Traverse is the latest edition of this exciting SUV. This model has the strength and comfort that SUV drivers love in a new vehicle. There are so many aspects of a vehicle to focus on, but we will show you the 2019 Chevy Traverse colour options to give you an idea of what this SUV can look like.
New Turbocharged Power Helps 2018 Equinox Go Farther on Less
There are plenty of great new features and advantages that are going to be available when the 2018 Chevy Equinox is released sometime next year, but new engine and transmission enhancements on this great compact crossover SUV are some of the most exciting features. Keep reading to learn more about the new 2018 Chevy Equinox powertrain options.
2017 GMC Acadia Powertrain and Fuel Economy
The new GMC Acadia will be available with two powertrains: a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine equipped with stop-start technology will be standard, while an updated 3.6-litre V6 engine offering an estimated 310 horsepower will also be available on most models.
The 2018 Chevy Equinox will see several powertrain improvements compared to the 2017 Equinox model. These include a new base engine, an upgraded optional engine, and the first (and currently only) compact SUV in North America to be available with a diesel option. All of these powertrain options are turbocharged. Check below for more details on these models.
1.5-litre Gas Turbo
The new base engine on the 2018 Chevy Equinox will be a refined 1.5 turbo. Optimized for fuel-efficiency (thanks to features like direct injection) this engine should be able to deliver a fuel-consumption rating as low as 7.6 L/100km on the highway with front-wheel drive. This engine will offer a GM-estimated 170 horsepower.
2.0-litre Gas Turbo
This four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre promises to deliver the capability of the previous year’s V6 engine, with increased fuel-efficiency. This engine will be rated for 252 horsepower and be able to trailer up to 1,585 pounds (which is a match for the 2017 Equinox with the V6). This engine will also be able to offer 8.4 L/100km on the highway.
The all-new 1.6-litre turbo-diesel on the 2018 Equinox combines the fuel-efficiency of diesel power with premium torque, power, and technology like stop-start. This engine has an estimated output of 136 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, and has a GM-estimated fuel-consumption rating of just 5.9 L/100km on the highway.
Crossover SUVs are all the rage right now, but if conventional crossovers just seem too large, we highly recommend taking a look at the 2017 Buick Encore. The 2017 Encore’s small size makes it perfect for parking in urban areas, and it’s impressive fuel economy rating is sure to get your attention. Weary about the small crossover’s interior space? Don’t be! Keep reading and we’ll tell you all about the 2017 Buick Encore’s passenger space and cargo capacity.
The 2017 Buick Encore comes in six trim levels: Encore, Preferred, Sport Touring, Preferred II, Essence, and Premium. All six trims come with a standard seating capacity of five passengers and a maximum cargo volume of 48.4 cubic feet. But is the passenger space roomy or will the vehicle feel cramped with five passengers? Take a look at the chart below to find out!
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As shown above, the 2017 Encore’s interior is spacious enough to seat five fully-grown adults with ease. The backseat is even large enough for three adults to sit without feeling squished or getting cramped legs. To learn more about the 2017 Encore, feel free to contact our team at Craig Dunn Motor City!
Drivers interested in seeing the 2017 Buick Encore’s spacious interior up close and in person are encouraged to stop in and see us at Craig Dunn Motor City or schedule an obligation-free test drive. Have additional questions about the crossover before getting behind the wheel? If so, just give our team a call today and we’ll answer any questions you may have!
A differential, when one is talking about vehicles, is a mechanical piece of the car, truck, or SUV which allows the powered-wheels to turn at different speeds. This would be the front wheels in front-wheel-drive, the rear in rear-wheel drive, and all wheels on all-wheel drive. This is necessary because when taking turns the wheels need to go different distances, and if they both always moved at the same speed you would end up damaging your tires and possibly other mechanical parts.
While in general driving you want your wheels to be able to spin independently for comfortable turning, this can result in a loss of traction in some circumstances. If one wheel slips on ice, the differential may continue sending power to that wheel, causing it to spin, while the wheel that has not slipped may have less power.
Also if one wheel gets stuck, but the other is free (like what might happen when off-roading in mud or over rocks) then the differential might continue sending power to that wheel, making it spin wildly, while not really helping you get out of the mud.
With a locking differential (whether automatic, or activated by the driver), the powered wheels can be united. This allows drivers to have better traction, and can be extremely helpful either for getting out of mud and snow, climbing rocks on the trail, or maintaining traction in a snow storm.
While a driver shouldn’t keep their differential locked in highway driving, it can be very useful when off-roading, or in some high-performance driving situations. Some vehicles that feature locking differentials include off-road models of the GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado, and the 2017 Chevy Camaro ZL1.
2018 GMC Terrain Denali Engine Specs and Towing Capacity
The 2018 GMC Terrain is a compact luxury SUV that is ready for those long roads as well as the city streets. We will be showing you more about this vehicle by showing you a special trim. The 2018 GMC Terrain Denali is a powerful reinvention of the original model. Let’s take a look at the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali engine specs and towing capacity so you can learn more about this model.
The 2018 GMC Terrain Denali is built for style as well as power. This model’s exterior design encapsulates the ferocity of the 2.0-liter turbo engine. This fine piece of machinery delivers 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. This kind of force is what you can expect from the Terrain Denali, which is great for those who need their vehicle to pack a punch.
With this strength under the hood, the 2018 GMC Terrain Denali can tow a lot too. If you are looking for an SUV that can help you carry more, the Terrain Denali has you covered. This vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. This gives you the freedom and peace of mind when you have to tow some of your heavier belongings.
There is a lot of fun to be had this summer. There are several events to celebrate it. We have found some Labour Day 2019 events near Winnipeg MB to help you have a great time with your friends and family. Let’s take a look at these events to learn more about what the city has to offer.
The Prairie Dog Central Railway is a great way to spend time with the kids. They will have a nice, relaxing train ride to the rural community of Grosse Isle. There they have some historical sites as well as freshly prepared food and live music to enjoy. You can learn more about the Lazy Labour Day train ride by visiting their website for more information.
Oak Hammock Marsh
Date: Saturday August 31 to Monday September 2
Time: 10 AM to 4:30 PM
The Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre is having a Labour Day Weekend event to give you and your family a great experience while traversing the beautiful nature of Manitoba. There will be guided marsh walks as well as guided canoe excursions. You can also rent your own canoes for a trip around the marsh. The kids will love the games and crafts and face painting as well. You can learn more on their website by clicking here.
These Labour Day 2019 events near Winnipeg MB are going to be a lot of fun. Take your family out to celebrate the end of the summer. If you need a new vehicle to take you to any of these locations, you can check out our online inventory and schedule a test drive with us at Craig Dunn Motor City.
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Classic Silverado colors vs. Special Silverado colors
Chevy’s Silverado is one of the best-selling pickup models in the world. And we all love to look at the unique colors a model comes in. Currently, the Silverado comes in nine different paint schemes, three of which are only available at an extra charge. Read more to get brief descriptions on each paint color.
Available colors for the 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Colors available at an extra charge: Siren Red Tintcoat, Deep Ocean Blue Metallic, Iridescent Pearl Tricoat
These specialized paints offer the most unique and aesthetic schemes available, with the latter only being available on Crew Cab models. Depending on where you stand on the importance of truck color, the extra charge is certainly worthwhile.
Classic colors: Red Hot, Silver Ice Metallic, Summit White, Black
Oldies are goodies. There is nothing more classic than a red pickup truck, and the Red Hot scheme is just that—hot. Silver Ice Metallic offers a more subdued look, while Summit White and Black bring a classic, monochromatic look, enough to satisfy anyone.
Silver Ice Metallic
New in 2017: Pepperdust Metallic, Graphite Metallic
These colors were never available prior to 2017. Pepperdust Metallic doesn’t sound like much of a color, but its closet resemblance would be pewter. It is a neutral, almost Earth-toned paintjob that looks as classy as any choice. The Graphite Metallic, however, is more striking. It is similar to Black, but is more bold and clean.
Are you looking for a spacious SUV? The 2019 GMC Terrain is a great choice for all your adventures. We want to show you what this vehicle has to offer. Let’s take a look at the 2019 GMC Terrain interior volume to show you how much room you and your passengers have.
The 2019 GMC Terrain can seat up to five passengers inside its spacious cabin. This vehicle comes standard with many convenient amenities as well as room to give you a better driving experience. You and your co-pilot can stretch out in the 40.9 inches of legroom in the front row. For you passengers in the back, they can use up the 39.7 inches of legroom. That way everyone has enough room for themselves to enjoy the journey. Now that you know more about the Terrain’s passenger volume, let’s take a look at where you can put your luggage.
The 2019 GMC Terrain doesn’t just get you from point A to B. It can also help you take what you need. Behind the rear row of seats, you have up to 29.6 cubic feet of space for your gear and equipment. If you fold those seats down, you can have up to 63.3 cubic feet of space. That should give you the room you need for your belongings.
2017 GMC Canyon trim levels offer strength, durability and reliability
If you’re in the market for a new midsize truck with an impressive towing capacity, strong engine options and a smooth ride quality, you’re going to want to check out the 2017 GMC Canyon, trust us. The truck comes in a variety of trim levels and cab configurations, allowing drivers to choose a vehicle that really fits their needs and lifestyle. Ready to learn more about this great truck? Read on for a trim level comparison between the various trims within the 2017 Canyon’s lineup!
The 2017 GMC Canyon comes in five trim levels: Canyon, Canyon SLE, Canyon SLT, Canyon All Terrain and Canyon Denali. Three cab configurations are available, Crew Cab Short Box, Crew Cab Long Box and Extended Cab, though not all trim levels are available in all three cab configurations. Interested in learning about the differences between the five trims? Check out our chart below!
October is a time of changing leaves, but it’s also a great time to get out of the house and do a little trick-or-treating in the community. While many of last year’s Winnipeg Halloween trick-or-treat events will be happening again, this year we wanted to look a little close to home at some great Halloween events 2016 in Portage La Prairie MB.
Halloween Skate Spooktacular – PCU Centre – Portage Mutual Arena
Held from 2-4 p.m. at the PCU Centre on October 30, 2016, this free skate presented by the PRRA will feature candy and fun for all ages! The Halloween Skate Spooktacular is free, but participants should bring skates, helmets, and wear a skate-friendly costume.
Ghost Walk – Fort La Reine Museum
Enjoy a terrifying night of Halloween fun on Saturday, October 22 at the Fort La Reine Museum Ghost Walk. Come from 6-10 p.m. dressed up and be able to tour the Museum Village, experience the new Haunted Mansion, visit the Magical Tent and creep through the Living Dead Forbidden Forest. This event will also include crafts, free hot chocolate, and more family fun! Rain date is October 29.
Halloween Party – Family Resource Centre
On Monday October 31, 2016 families and pre-school children can enjoy games and snacks at the Family Resource Centre Halloween Party. This event will run from 1-3 p.m. Call 204-239-3986 to register.
HPC Halloween Birthday Party & Dance – Herman Prior Centre
On October 28, anyone in the community is welcome to the HBC Halloween Birthday Party and Dance! This event is free, with two spot dances and a prize for best costume. Cake and ice cream will be available for $2, or free if your birthday falls in October!
We’re sure that there are plenty of other Halloween events 2016 in Portage La Prairie MB that are worth checking out. What is going to be your number 1 stop for Halloween fun this year? Let us know in the comments!
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GMC Yukon Wins a 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Honour
Dependability is a top need for families. Not only do family haulers need the space and power to get parents and kids everywhere they need to go, but having a vehicle with minimal needs for service is important. Fortunately there is the GMC Yukon. This vehicle recently won the 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability award in the full-size SUV segment, pushing the GMC brand as a whole into fifth place overall.
The J.D. Power Dependability study looks at three-year-old vehicles and evaluates them over 12 months. They are judged how every piece of the vehicle functions by looking at repair visits and maintenance needs in multiple areas. The study looks at aspects of the whole vehicle such as features and control functions; engine, transmission and other mechanical pieces; climate controls and effectiveness; entertainment and navigation systems; and handling and driving, just to name a few.
For this study, the 2013 GMC Yukon was put through its paces and performed admirably. The GMC Yukon wins a 2016 J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability honour for having the fewest mechanical issues in its class. This full-size SUV also took above average reviews on the quality of its powertrain and the accessibility and usefulness of its features. That means that families enjoying a Yukon were able to take full advantage of interactive and user-friendly infotainment features like rear entertainment screens and a responsive infotainment system.
What Makes the GMC Yukon Great for Families?
With room for up to eight passengers and power for towing a boat or trailer besides, the 2013 GMC Yukon offers reliable, dependable power the family can take anywhere. This is the second year that the GMC Yukon has received the J.D. Power Dependability Award, and we anticipate that it will continue to hold a top pace in its class into the future. New SUV shoppers looking at the current 2016 GMC Yukon will be able to enjoy that same dependability.
Searching for a new vehicle can be stressful, but it can also be complicated deciding when to buy a new vehicle. You might be waiting until your current vehicle is no longer driveable or you’re just waiting for that perfect sales event. If you are waiting for the latter, we have a sales event you should know about! Right now, Craig Dunn Motor City is hosting a GM Sales Events in Winnipeg MB.
Craig Dunn Motor City is now offering 20% of MSRP cash credit on a variety of GMC, Buick and Chevy vehicles. This sales event is happening now until June 28, 2015. It is a great opportunity to save on a new vehicle. One of the vehicles available in this sales event is the 2015 Chevy Silverado. This pickup truck has impressive performance capabilities and can handle anything that comes your way including snowy roads, muddy paths and more. It also has a max payload of 1,030 kg, which makes it great for hauling and towing whatever you need to get the job done.
Another vehicle available in this sales event is the 2015 GMC Sierra. This is another pick up truck with powerful performance features. It has active fuel management, electronic stability control and more. It is ready for the road ahead, no matter what comes your way. These are just two of the many vehicles available with 20% MSRP cash credit. Other vehicles include the 2015 GMC Terrain, 2015 Buick Enclave, 2015 Buick Verano and more.
If you are interested in learning more about this GM sales event in Winnipeg MB, call or visit Craig Dunn Motor City today. We will be able to answer any further questions you have about these impressive vehicles and we can even help you schedule a test drive. This sales events ends June 30, 2015 so we encourage you to take advantage of these discounts while they last. Call or visit Craig Dunn Motor City today!
Now that we’ve learned about the history of GM Canada, it’s time to look at where the company is today and what’s in store for the future. It’s amazing to see how a company started by an axe hand maker has become one of the biggest car brands in Canada. It will be interesting to see where GM Canada today goes from here.
By the time GM Canada celebrated its 30th anniversary, they had produced a million vehicles. Then in 1965, Canada signed the Canada-U.S. Automotive Products Trade Agreement (Autopact) that allowed GM Canada to increase its production capacity. Today GM of Canada is able to produce more than one million units in a single year. It is the ninth largest automobile market in the world. The GM Autoplex in Oshawa is now the center of GM of Canada’s manufacturing operations. The vehicle-manufacturing complex is the largest and most modern in North America. This company just continues to grow and create impressive vehicles.
Exciting changes continue to happen at GM Canada. On December 2, 2014, it was announced that David W. Paterson will become the company’s vice president of corporate and environmental affairs. General Motors of Canada Limited employs more than 9,000 people across the country and is a recognized leader of green manufacturing.
Craig Dunn Motor City is proud to be associated with such an impressive company that is constantly expanding and produces new and exciting vehicles. Check back here often to explore everything related to Chevy, Buick or GMC in Canada. You can even check out the latest new vehicles right here on our website and you can even schedule a test drive if you want to take one of our innovative vehicles for a spin. We look forward to seeing you at Craig Dunn Motor City.
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Flashback Friday: GM Automotive Artistry and Design
Today’s Flashback Friday is something of a combination of a flashback and flash present, because we are going to look the history of GM automotive artistry and design. However, that wouldn’t be worth mentioning unless we also looked at some of the beautiful automotive architecture coming out of the General Motors design team today. If you’ve ever wondered who decides how a car looks, keep reading for a few snippets, and some great historical pictures.
Way back in the very first days of automobiles, there was a man named Harley Earl who had worked with his father first on building horse-drawn vehicles, and then with custom automobiles. From there, he became a part of a Cadillac dealership as a body designer. He eventually became the head of the Art and Color Section of General Motors in 1927. This also marked the first time an automaker like General Motors had ever invested in a specific design department focused on making gorgeous vehicles.Harley Earl was eventually promoted all the way to Vice President at GM in the design department. Under his leadership, some things that we take for granted, like changing model year vehicles, were basically invented. Earl also was the first person to encourage the production of a “concept car”, which was produced to see how the public would react to a design. Gorgeous vehicles like the concept Avenir (and, to a certain degree, all Buick vehicles that have borrowed concept clues from that vehicle) ow a debt this this first GM head of design.
The image above shows some of the earliest designers of GM vehicles. These men and women (pictured in 1947) paved new ground in how our modern vehicles were destined to look. Today, General Motors is still supporting the artistic dreams of people who want to create the latest and greatest new designs.
From the earliest days of automotive design, things like clay sculpting have been used to transform a designer’s dream into an engineer’s reality. Pictured above is a person hand-sculpting a clay-model interior of the Buick Avista Concept car. Harley Earl used this method and it is still implemented today.
Harley Earl is said to have created the idea of a concept car. In the above image he is showing off the 1951 GM Le Sabre show car to Michigan State Fair General Manager Jim Friel. With a concept car, auto manufacturers can show off a vehicle without turning immediately to mass production.
From the earliest days of the automotive industry, design has been acknowledged as one of the key reasons customers flock to a brand. While premium dependability and features will make drivers stay with a brand long-term, it is the elegant look of the 2016 Chevy Camaro, or the solid lines of the 2016 GMC Sierra truck that first attracts customers to a vehicle. If you have ever admired the lines of a vehicle, you may say thank you to Harley Earl, who revolutionized GM Automotive artistry and design.
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Flashback Friday: The History of the Chevrolet Silverado
The Chevy Silverado is an iconic, extremely dependable and capable vehicle in today’s full-size truck market, but it has a long history rooted in the history of Chevy trucks going all the way back to 1918. The Silverado is just the latest incarnation of quality. For today’s Flashback Friday, we’re going to take a look at the history of the Chevrolet Silverado.
The history of the Chevy Silverado begins slightly before the actual nameplate arrived. The C/K pickup models revolutionized the transition of pickup trucks. They changed from being strictly work vehicles to serving as the multipurpose family and work haulers that we know today. From higher-quality cabin materials to revolutionary advances in aerodynamic design, to new 4.3-litre V6 and 6.2-liter diesel V8 powertrain options, these new pickups were the beginning of the cutting edge technology that we expect in a modern truck.
Pictured: The 1988 Chevrolet C2500 Silverado Fleetside Extended Cab (right); The main blog image is the 1988 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado (left) and 1988 Chevrolet K1500 Sportside (right)
1999 Chevy Silverado Debut
For decades (1975 to 1999), “Silverado” was a trim level of other Chevy vehicles, like the C/K pickups, the Suburban, and the Tahoe. The first full-size truck to carry the Silverado name came in 1999. The Silverado arrived just in time to meet growing demand for trucks that could serve passenger and worksite needs.
Pictured Below: One of the first true Chevy Silverados from 1999
Silverado Technology Jump in 2004
Just a few years after the official Silverado debut, 2004 brought another groundbreaking idea to the full-size truck segment: the crew cab. These spacious models were able to accommodate larger families, and were often loaded with features like rear seat entertainment systems, XM radio, and advanced climate control.
Pictured Below: the 2004 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab Z71
As history has moved forward, so too the Chevy Silverado has advanced. Models in 2007 began focusing on fuel economy and refined construction. Features like cylinder deactivation, coil-over-shock front suspension, electronic stability control, and new airbag options began to make these truck even better.
Today we have options like the Chevy Silverado with an eAssist powertrain, and advanced towing technology, but we have not yet reached the end of truck perfection. Based on the steady advances of history, we know that the 2016 Chevy Silverado is great, but that future models will continue to get even better, thanks to Chevrolet’s devotion to quality every step of the way.
Family-Friendly Orchards near Portage La Prairie MB
Are you looking for some family fun this fall? There are several family-friendly orchards near Portage La Prairie MB. Let’s take a look and see what the local area has in store for you and your family.
Riverbend Orchards is a beautiful place to visit with plenty of fruits to choose from. Their season starts in June and lasts through the fall. They have all kinds of berries, pears, and delicious apples for you to choose from. You can learn more about what’s ready for the picking by visiting their website today.
Purple Berry Orchard
Purple Berry Orchard is offering Saskatoon berries throughout the year. They welcome U-pickers throughout the season and freeze them for later in the year if families are looking for fresh berries. You can visit their website for more information.
Boonstra Farms is great for the kids. They have tours in the spring and a corn maze in the fall. They also have a petting zoo that the kids will love. You can pick from several different acres for some of the finest raspberries and strawberries around. If you would like to learn more about Boonstra Farms, you can check out their website for more details.
These family-friendly orchards near Portage La Prairie MB are just some of the places you can go to have fun this fall. We have plenty of other ideas that you might like to learn about. Visit our blog to learn more about upcoming events and activities as well as our latest vehicles. If you would like to learn more about our Chevy, GMC, or Buick models, you can check out our online inventory and schedule a test drive with us at Craig Dunn Motor City today.