10-14-19

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.

Read More: Control Your Vehicle from Your Smartphone with the RemoteLink App

2016 GMC Sierra Android Auto ConnectivityAll 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.

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10-11-19

Buick Models Shine in Dependability Study

When you are shopping for a new vehicle, one of the top questions you should ask is “How it will perform over the next few years?” While some brands offer impressive warranty guarantees (like the Chevrolet Complete Care program that comes standard on new Chevy purchases) it’s still nice to know what is the most dependable car brand. We are pleased to say that Buick tops the charts in this regard, with three vehicles taking top honors, including the Buick Verano.

Buick Verano Most Dependable Vehicle for 2016

The J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability StudySM annually looks at how vehicles have faired over time. Have the maintenance costs been astronomical? Do the vehicles start breaking down after a couple of years? The study looks at owner-reported problems today for 3-year-old vehicles. The Buick Verano took first in the Compact Car segment, and was ranked as the industry’s most dependable vehicle. We’re excited to offer the 2016 model of this extremely dependable vehicle on our lot!

Read More: 2016 Sport Touring Models of the Buick Verano, Regal and LaCrosse

2013 Buick LaCrosse named top dependable vehicle for 2016
Top dependably CUV 2013 Buick Encore

Buick LaCrosse and Encore Take Top Dependability Honors

The Buick Verano was not the only Buick vehicle to take top honors. The Buick LaCrosse was also recognized at the top of its Large Car segment, and in the Small SUV segment of this J.D. Powers study the Buick Encore also took the lead. This is the third recognition award for the 2013 Buick Encore coming from J.D. Powers. Previously it has received awards in the Initial Quality Study and the Automotive Performance Execution and Layout Study for the Sub-Compact CUV segment.

Overall, the Buick brand took third overall for dependability, beat out only by luxury nameplates like Lexus and Porsche. The GMC and Chevrolet brands also performed favorably in this study, ranking in the top ten of all brands for overall quality. We are so proud to offer these extremely dependable vehicles here at Craig Dunn Motor City.

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Enclave debuted at New York International Auto Show

2018 Buick Enclave debuted at New York International Auto Show

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10-11-19

2018 Buick Enclave Canadian release date

The 2018 Buick Enclave is set to be released in Canada this fall, and after seeing the features and specs that will be offered, we have to say that it’ll be worth the wait. The Enclave received a slight exterior redesign for the 2018 model year. Styling improvements include a lower roofline, sharper windshield and extended wheelbase, which will improve aerodynamic efficiency.

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2018 Buick Enclave features and specs

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2018 Buick Enclave features and specs

The 2018 Buick Enclave will be powered by a standard 3.6-liter V6 engine that will generated an estimated 302 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The engine will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the powerful engine will allow the 2018 Enclave to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Standard features for all trim levels will include Push Button Start, keyless entry, a hands-free power liftgate, tri-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, six USB ports and a universal home remote.

2018 Buick Enclave technology features
2018 Buick Enclave passenger space

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Although the 2018 Buick Enclave won’t arrive until this fall, make sure to keep an eye on our blog and we’ll let you know when we welcome this impressive new SUV to Craig Dunn Motor City. In the meantime, feel free to stop in and see us at our location in Portage la Prairie. We’ll fill you in on all the features and specifications you can expect to find when the 2018 Enclave is released in Canada!

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What colours are available on the Enclave?

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10-11-19

2017 Buick LaCrosse premier at the LA Auto Show

Like visual information, technical details on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse are fairly light on the ground, but we do know that a premium quiet, comfortable, and premium Buick driving experience are going to be focuses on the new LaCrosse. Cutting-edge refined technology like a new five-link rear suspension (a feature hard to find even on other full-size luxury models) and an all-new stronger but lighter chassis are at the forefront of those changes.

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2017 Buick LaCrosse new grille

For now, the elegant new dark waterfall grille (pictured at the top of this blog) is the only feature that we’re certain about. Featuring a new multi-coloured, three-shield Buick insignia fixed on a sweeping element that spans the entire width of the grille, this new design prefigures new styling changes coming on future Buick vehicles. This grille style was inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept, and first revealed on the 2015 Avenir concept. It will be universally adapted by all Buick models by 2018.

Read More: Why Do Cars Even Need Grilles?

2015 Buick Avenir Concept vehicle

Is it possible that the 2017 Buick LaCrosse will take other design clues from the stylish and sinuous 2015 Buick Avenir concept vehicle? No one here at Craig Dunn can say for sure until the end of November and the big reveal, but given the elegant look and premium materials that were featured in that concept (pictured below), we’d be really excited for the future of the LaCrosse if that was the case.

Exterior view of the 2015 Buick Avenir concept
Interior view of the 2015 Avenir concept Buick
Interior back seat view of the 2015 Buick Avenir
View of the 2015 Buick Avenir from the rear

2017 Buick LaCrosse Canadian Debut and New Features

2017 Buick LaCrosse Canadian Debut and New Features

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

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10-11-19

2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Canadian Release Date

Scheduled to go on sale across Canada this summer, the 2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition will be available on Leather and Premium trim levels, and in White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic and Ebony Twilight Metallic exterior colours. This model will be laden with features, much like the 2016 Buick Encore Sport Touring Edition, and sport specific exterior styling accents.

The unique grille on the 2017 Enclave Sport Touring Edition is one of the vehicle’s special exterior accents. In contrast to other Buick vehicles with new tri-colored brand badging, this grille has a silver and black Buick shield and Satin Black Ice accents. This Sport Touring Edition also rides on 20-inch chrome-covered wheels with Black Satin Ice accents.

Black Satin Ice grille of the 2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition
2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition wheel design

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Mike Speranzini, brand director, Buick in Canada, in a Buick press release. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

With three-rows of generous seating, and the premium Buick QuietTuning noise dampening system, the 2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition promises to be a stylish and engaging transportation option for families that need plenty of interior space. An Enclave Bronze Edition will also be available. For more information on this model’s Canadian release date, or when we might get to see it at Craig Dunn Motor City near Winnipeg, contact a member of our sales team.

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10-11-19

Buick Regal Named Best Sports Sedan

Buick Regal Top Sports Sedan

We mentioned earlier that Buick recently made the Consumer Reports’ top 10 automotive brands, and now Buick is being recognized again. This time, Consumer Reports awarded the Buick Regal top sports sedan. This is another huge boost to the Buick brand. They are proving that they are getting better and better at making vehicles that appeal to a variety of drivers.

It is rare for an American car to win the category of beat sports sedan, but the Buick Regal has impressed drivers as well as Consumer Reports. The Buick Regal has impressive capabilities combined with innovative safety and technology features and high quality comfort and design. It comes standard with a 2.0L engine that provides 259 horsepower and available all-wheel-drive. It is responsive, agile and fuel efficient, which are all the things you want in a midsize luxury sport sedan. The Buick Regal is not only well-equipped, but it’s also affordable.

Consumer Reports evaluated a variety of aspects to reach their conclusion. They looked at safety, performance, comfort, fuel economy, reliability and more. Reliability is based on information directly from consumers. Based on 1.2 million vehicles in their latest subscriber survey they tracked how models held up by evaluating what kind of repairs were being done. There repairs ranged from engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. Based on all of these categories, the Buick Regal won best sports sedan option.

If you are interested in learning more about the Buick Regal, schedule a test drive today at Craig Dunn Motor City in Portage la Prairie. See for yourself what other drivers and Consumer Reports are already loving about the Regal. If you are looking for a midsize sedan, this might just be the car for you!

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

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10-11-19

Welcome the Buick Avista Concept Coupe

Buick Avista Concept Coupe Release Date

Many of the concept cars that make their debut at events like the North American Auto Show will never appear on the lot, yet the edge, elegant, and just plain cool features that they offer often do tranfer into new vehicles. For example, the elegant design-language of the Avenir concept last year was carried into the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. That is what makes us even more excited about the sleek, elegant, and somewhat dangerous-looking Avista Concept making its debut at NAIAS, that we can speculate on what we will see on the lot carried over from this design.

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Buick Avista Concept Coupe Release Date

Again, we have not idea when an incarnation of the 2+2 Buick Avista will actually arrive on the lot here at Craig Dunn, but you can bet that we are excited about the possibilities. The lean form of the Avista implied power precision, while the technology under the hood means that it will still maintain traditional Buick elegance and ride quality.

Wide View of the Buick Avista interior

Buick Avista grille style

The entirety of the Avista is sleek, but the grille makes us especially excited. Featuring the new Buick winged, three-shield insignia over a dark three-dimensional mesh backgrounds, this concept offers a new intriguing look.

The Buick Avista rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels with accents that match the Dark Sapphire exterior and chrome-accented front fender vents. It looks long, lean, and fast even when standing still.

Buick Avista interior design

The interior of the Buick Avista concept is maximized for passgener and driver engagement. A large touchscreen in the center consule allows easy control of the cutting edge IntelliLink system, and futuristic chair design offer comfort without compromising on edgy feel.

The seating is Mist Gray leather, with a subtle fading pattern inspired by ocean waves. Quiet Tuning, advanced noise cancellation, and Magnetic Ride Control for instantly adjusting suspension mean comfort as well as engagement.

Buick Avista grille
Buick Avista futuristic interior

Read More: How Does Magnetic Ride Control Work?

The Buick Avist concept is powered by a twin-turbocharged concept 3.0-liter V6 engine equipped with cylinder deactivation and stop-start fuel saving technology.

Buick Announces the Avenir Luxury Sub-brand

Buick Announces the Avenir Luxury Sub-brand

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10-11-19

Buick Announces the Avenir Luxury Sub-brand

Avenir Luxury Sub-Brand Release Date

We’ve heard plenty about gorgeous Buick concept cars (like the Avenir and the Avista) that have been making their debuts at car shows around the world, but now we have learned that these beautiful works of automotive engineering won’t merely be concepts that eventually add flare to other vehicles. Instead, with the Avenir luxury sub-brand release date, those already in love with premium Buick quiet driving and luxury will have an even more elite option.

Read More: Buick Avista Wins Concept Car of the Year Award 

Avenir Luxury Sub-Brand Release Date

We don’t yet have a solid release date for the Avenir luxury sub-brand but several sources have marked it as a 2018 model year vehicle. Whether that means a release date in the early- to mid-2017 year (like the 2018 Chevy Equinox), or something closer to the start of the 2018 calendar year, it’s hard to say.

This sub-brand will be the top-of-the-line option for customers looking for premium Buick quality. Like the Denali brand on GMC trucks and SUVs, the Avenir will offer customers a new level of luxury.

(Pictured Below: Images of the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept Car that inspired it all)

2015 Buick Avenir Concept vehicle
interior of the 2015 Buick Avenir Concept
2015 Buick Avenir Concept light

What Can You Expect on an Avenir Luxury Vehicle?

The Avenir sub-brand will offer unique appearance and luxury touches like a three-dimensional mesh grille, larger wheels, a sculpted elegant design and a new level of interior luxury.

“Through the first half of 2016, Buick has been the industry’s fastest-growing major international brand, and Avenir is key to future growth and delivering on the high expectations of new customers coming to our showrooms,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing, in a recent Buick press release. “Avenir will be Buick’s signature. The highest expression of the luxury experiences we’re delivering now and in the future.”

We believe that the Avenin sub-brand will be available across North America, in both Canada and the United States. For more information on whether or not Craig Dunn Motor City will offer Avenir models, please contact a member of our sales team.

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10-11-19

2016 Buick Sport Touring release date

The Buick brand has always represented refinement, safety, and comfortable driving. Now Buick has unveiled a new series of Sport Touring sedans with an additional focus on striking design. This news comes after the announcement last month that the 2016 Buick Encore SUV would also be released with a Sport Touring trim. Now the stylish touches and technological advantages of the Sport Touring style will also be available on the Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano sedans. Keep reading for more information about these modes and the 2016 Buick Sport Touring release date.

Each of these Sport Touring sedans will be outfitted with a rear spoiler and special 18-inch wheels with machined faces and distinctive black “pockets”. When it comes to smartphone integration features, Buick will also be pulling out the stops for these vehicles with Buick IntelliLink in each model. The 2016 LaCrosse, Regal and Verano Sport Touring will also be capable of producing a WiFi hotspot through the integration of OnStar 4G LTE service.

2016 Buick Verano and LaCrosse Sport Touring

2016 Buick Verano Sport Touring

This compact sedan will be even better with dual-zone climate control and eight-way adjustable driver’s seating. Matched with the new Sport Touring style accents, the 2016 Buick Verano Sport Touring is sure to deliver the same power and performance with an additional visual allure.

2016 Buick LaCrosse Sport Touring

This spry and comfortable full-size sedan will be even more appealing with the Sport Touring external additions as well as remote start, eight airbags, and leather-trimmed seats.

2016 Buick Regal Sport Touring

The Buick Regal was named the Top Sports Sedan of 2015 by Consumer Reports. The new Sports Touring model will come standard with a rear view camera and leather trimmed, heated seats. These additions promise to make this midsize sedan even more popular for 2016.

The new Buick Sport Touring sedans are scheduled to roll into dealerships this fall. Schedule your test drive today! Check this space to be kept updated on the latest on Buick and GM announcements, or come on in to Craig Dunn Motor City! We can answer all your questions on these and other great vehicles.

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10-11-19

GM Canada Discounts Available at Craig Dunn

In addition to the low sale prices and high-value financing offers often available at Craig Dunn Motor City, did you know that you can add on available special discounts from General Motors Canada? If you are a member of the Canadian Forces, a student, or a newcomer to Canada, you may qualify for extra bonus incentives on a new Chevy, Buick or GMC vehicle at our dealership! Keep reading to learn more about GM Discounts available at Craig Dunn Motor City.


GM Visa Card Options in Canada

Learn About The GM Visa Card

When looking to buy a new vehicle, there are many leasing and financing offers to choose from, but what if you want to earn a little money toward your next vehicle purchase using your everyday spending? Fortunately, using the GM Visa Card through Scotiabank, you can earn money toward your next Chevrolet, Buick, or GMC vehicle just by buying normally with your credit card.

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GM Discounts Available at Craig Dunn Motor City

GM Student Bonus

If you are a full-time student in a college, high school, or vocational program, or have graduated within the last four years, you may be eligible for the GM Student Bonus, which can save car shoppers up to $750 on the price of a new GM vehicle. That can mean more money for education and less on the cost of a car.

Canadian Forces

We are grateful for the men and women who have served our country, and the sacrifices they have made to keep Canada safe. With the GM Canadian Forces Appreciation Discount, current and former members of the Canadian Forces may be able to save up to $1,000 on the price of a new GM vehicle.

Welcome to Canada!

If you are new to Canada, we want to make you feel at home! With the GM Welcome to Canada Discount, car shoppers with a valid Permanent Resident Car or Temporary Work Permit may be able to save up to $1,000 on a vehicle. This can help make moving to a new country less stressful for everyone.

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If you think you may qualify for one of these bonus incentives on a new GM vehicle, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our Craig Dunn Motor City sales team.

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10-11-19

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

Buick made an exciting announcement earlier this month: the Buick Regal GS is back for the 2018 model year and will feature a variety of new and improved features! We couldn’t be more excited about the announcement, so you know we had to pass the information along to you. Interested in learning when the vehicle will arrive in Canada and what new features and specifications it will offer? Keep reading and we’ll fill you in on all of the important details! 

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2018 Buick Regal GS features and specifications

The 2018 Buick Regal GS is expected to arrive at Canadian dealerships beginning in February of 2018. The vehicle will feature a more refined transmission, AWD technology, heated and cooled front seats, and a five-door practical hatchback design. Additionally, the vehicle’s new 3.6-liter V6 engine will produce 310 horsepower and 282 pound-feet of torque, which is 51 extra ponies from the previous model. Standard features for the 2018 Regal GS will include:

  • Nine-speed automatic transmission with intelligent AWD
  • Massaging performance seats with adjustable seat and seat-back bolsters
  • Sport flat-bottom steering wheel and metal petals
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Performance brakes with Brembo calipers
  • Sport-tuned exhaust system
  • Second-generation Continuous Damping Control
  • Side skirts
  • Rear spoiler
2018 Buick Regal GS interior features
2018 Buick Regal GS standard features

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Although the 2018 Buick Regal GS isn’t anticpated to debut at dealerships around the country until the beginning of next year, make sure to keep an eye on our blog and we’ll let you know when we welcome the sporty sedan to Craig Dunn Motor City. In the meantime, feel free to contact our team with any questions about the upcoming vehicle!

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

Buick Regal Named Best Sports Sedan

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10-11-19

Buick Avista Awards for Stylish Innovation

We previously wrote about the Buick Avista concept car that made its debut at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), but we have even more exciting news now! In the month since that debut, the Avista has begun raking in honors for its sleek style and commanding presence. Keep reading to learn more about Buick Avista awards.

Buick Avista Wins EyesOn Design Award for Excellence

The first award that the Avista took was the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellent in the Concept Car segment at NAIAS. With its sweeping, elegant lines, futuristic interior, and powerful twin-turbocharged V6 rated for 400 horsepower, the Buick Avista is everything that we hope to see in the grand tourers of the future. And, apparently, everything that the EyesOn Design Folks were looking for as well.

Read More: 2016 Buick Sport Touring Models for LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano

This was the second time that in a row that Buick has taken home the EyesOn Design Award for a concept vehicle. The first time was for the striking Avenir, which debuted last year at NAIAS.

Awards won by the Buick Avista concept car

Buick Avista Named Best Future Concept

In addition to impressing the judges at NAIAS, the Buick Avista also impressed standard car enthusiasts. It took the Detroit News’ Reader’s Choice award for “Best Future Concept.”

In a Buick press release, Bryan Nesbitt, executive director of global Buick design, said that that this people’s choice award was especially valuable. “Because Avista represents the future essence of Buick design,” he said in a recent Buick press release, “an award decided by consumers is a great vote of confidence.”

The previous Buick Avenir concept car brought visual concepts that migrated into other cars like the 2017 Buick LaCrosse. We can’t wait to find out what parts of the Buick Avista will transfer into future Buick vehicles.

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

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10-11-19

Buick Enters Consumer Reports Top 10 Brands

Every year different ratings are released from various sources. Each year automotive companies work hard to get noticed by these influential publications. One of these lists is presented by the Consumer Reports’ Brand Report Card. This list is made up of the top 10 automotive brands on the market which means making the list is quite competitive. This year Buick enters the Consumer Reports’ Top 10 Brands at position 7.

This is the first time a domestic brand has made it into the top 10 of Consumer Reports’ annual Car Brand Report Card. It even jumped over Honda and BMW for the first time. Buick has been working hard to appeal to a younger audience of drivers, and it’s working to make Buick more popular than ever. Buick even revealed some new models in the last year such including the Buick Cascada convertible and Avenir luxury concept sedan. These new models are creating even more buzz about the Buick brand.

Consumer Reports is a highly respected publication and has been a credible source of information for decades. It has started recognizing Buick as a top 10 automotive brand thanks to everything Buick has accomplished in the past year. Buick has increased its sales significantly, especially with younger drivers. The magazine evaluated 270 vehicles as part of the Brand Report Card. They paid special attention to performance, reliability and safety.

By making this list, Buick is starting off 2015 on the right foot. There are sure to be many more exciting awards and accolades coming Buick’s way. If you are interesting to learning more about the vehicles Buick has to offer, explore our inventory at Craig Dunn Motor City in Portage la Prairie. Come see what one of the best brands, according to Consumer Reports, has to offer!

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Enclave debuted at New York International Auto Show

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10-11-19

Trim Levels and Release Date for the 2017 Buick Envision

While the 2016 Buick Envision hasn’t even arrived at our dealership yet, we already have an estimated 2017 Buick Envision release date! While this has been very quiet, we have a first idea of when we can expect this excellent midsize SUV crossover for the 2017 model year. We’ve also learned more about the Buick Envision trim levels.

2017 Buick Envision Release Date

While the 2016 model should be arriving in our new Buick inventory any day now, the 2017 Buick Envision is anticipated sometime in fall of this year. We’re not anticipating many huge changes between the two model years. The 2016 Buick Envision will be a new model in North America, and comes loaded with tons of excellent technology and safety features.

Read More: Vehicle Information on the 2016 Buick Envision

Trim Levels on the Buick Envision in North America

In North America, the luxurious Envision is starting out with just two trim levels: Premium and Premium II. Both of these models will come loaded with luxury features, quiet-cabin technology, and excellent performance.

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Interior dashboard view of the 2016 Buick Envision
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For the 2017 Buick Envision, it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more trim levels, and a lot more flexibility on price. We’re not completely sure how these trims, features, and pricing will transfer to our Canadian models yet, but it looks like we may be able to look forward to the 2017 model being available in base Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium, and Premium II levels. While those two top trims will carry over, the lower levels will offer SUV owners and busy families many of the safety and convenience features of the new Envision at a lower price.

Again, this is information for North America in general, not Canada or Manitoba specifically, but it looks like even the base trims will come with a rearview camera, Active Noise Cancellation technology, automatic climate control, heated front seats, remote start and rear parking assist, just to name a few of the top features.

For more information on the Buick Envision and its likely arrival date to Craig Dunn Motor City, contact a member of our sales team at 888-611-6021. You can also schedule a test drive online.

Safety Honor Extended to 2017 Buick Envision

Safety Honor Extended to 2017 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision Makes Its Canadian Debut with New Technology Features

2016 Buick Envision Makes Its Canadian Debut with New Technology Features

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10-11-19

Flashback Friday: Buick Early Racing Heritage

When you think of Buick, maybe the first thing that springs to mind is smooth driving, a spacious interior, and top luxury features like you would see in the upcoming 2016 Buick Envision. But did you know that Buick has a history of taking significant honors on the race track? For this Flashback Friday we’re going to take a look at the impressive Buick early racing heritage and the dedication to top performance that the brand has maintained to this day.

Founded in 1899 by David Buick, the company wasted no time developing some of the best vehicles on the road. By the time the Buick Motor Company teamed up with R. S. McLaughlin to branch the brand into Canada in 1907, they were the most-sold brand in North America.

Buick Race Cars at the Indy

1909 Buick Race Car which may have run at IndyJust a couple years later in 1909, a Buick race car won at the first race at the 2.5-mile (4 km) Indianapolis Motor Speedway, two years before the first Indianapolis 500. Driven by Bob Burnam (and averaging more than 85 kilometres per hour), that Buick raced car (pictured to the right) won the Prest-O-Lite Trophy and was one of only nine vehicles that successfully completed the race. A third of them were Buicks.

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Buick 60 Special Bug of 1910

Just few years later the art of racing had been transformed. The 1910 Buick 60 Special “Bug” (pictured at the top of this post) had a giant 10.2-litre four-cylinder engine and an aluminum body designed for optimal speed (though the blunted nosecone may have been more for style than because of any scientific principles of aerodynamic design). Two 60 Specials were built: one for Bob Burnam and a second for Louis Chevrolet, who would found the Chevrolet Motor Car Company in 1911.

In 1909 Bob Burnam won at less than 100 kilometres per hour. In 1911, he broke a speed record with the Buick 60 Special Bug averaging just shy of 150 kilometers per hour (91 miles per hour).

Today, performance optimized vehicles like the GS model of the 2016 Buick Regal can reach speeds of more than 240 kilometres per hour, and maintain a quiet, comfortable cabin with excellent handling at the same time. Interested in being a part of the Buick brand? Schedule a test drive with a Buick at Craig Dunn Motor City today.

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Regal GS Canadian release date

2018 Buick Enclave debuted at New York International Auto Show

2018 Buick Enclave debuted at New York International Auto Show

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10-11-19

Buick Avista Wins Concept Car of the Year!

The Buick Avista concept, which was released way back in January is rocking the automotive world with its unstoppable style, looks, and power possibilities. Now, this elegant vehicle has once again achieved top awards. The Buick Avista was named the 2016 Concept Car of the Year and also won the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year award from the 2016 North American Concept Vehicle Awards.

Read More: Buick Avista Wins EyesOn Design Award for Excellence 

Buick Avista 2016 Concept Car of the Year

Concept vehicles not only are an interesting way to push the envelope on automotive design, but a good way to gauge public interest for new vehicle looks and technology. Previous Buick concept vehicle designs (like the extremely stylish Avenir) have gone on to influence the design of new Buick models that will appear on the lot here at Craig Dunn Motor City. We appreciate the chance to get another look at the elegant interior and exterior of this model.

“The design process of the Avista brought the team together to unite around a future direction for the brand and the great teamwork and enthusiasm it generated,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Buick Global Design, in a recent Buick press release. “While looking to the future, we also wanted to honor the rich heritage of Buick by integrating timeless design cues in this beautifully progressive concept vehicle.”

Buick Avista wins best concept awards for 2016
Buick Avista wins Concept Car of the Year and Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year Awards 2016

The judges lauded the combined elegance and utility of the interior of the Buick Avista, as well as its elegant exterior, which features titanium and carbon-fiber accents for top attractiveness mated to durability. The interior features a massive touchscreen display and a floating center consul that reaches to the back seats.

Keep an eye on this Craig Dunn Motor City blog for the latest updates on the Buick Avista and other Buick news.

GM Canada Discounts Available at Craig Dunn

GM Canada Discounts Available at Craig Dunn

Buick Announces the Avenir Luxury Sub-brand

Buick Announces the Avenir Luxury Sub-brand

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10-11-19

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.

Read More: Control Your Vehicle from Your Smartphone with the RemoteLink App

2016 GMC Sierra Android Auto ConnectivityAll 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.

New Changes for 2020 GMC Models!

New Changes for 2020 GMC Models!

See What's Inside the new Colorado ZR2

See What's Inside the new Colorado ZR2

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10-11-19

2017 Buick LaCrosse Canadian Debut and New Features

2017 Buick LaCrosse Release Date

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse debuts this week at the Toronto Auto Show. After making its first appearance at the LA Auto Show last year, this full-size luxury sedan will be making an even bigger splash here in Canada.

2017 Buick LaCrosse Release Date

In addition to its unique new water-fall grille with tri-colored Buick badging, the new LaCrosse will be full of the latest features to make this elegant sedan one of the most comfortable and well-equipped Buicks yet. It will go on sale in North America this summer.

Dashboard interior view of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse
2017 Buick LaCrosse headlight
2017 Buick LaCrosse spacious seating

What’s New on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse?

New features on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse go far beyond the external. The 2017 model will weigh in at 136 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, thanks in part to advances in lighter sound-absorbing material and lighter-stronger steel in the frame.

In addition to acceleration and power savings thanks to that decreased weight, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse will get a new eight-speed automatic transmission matched to the second-generation 3.6-liter V6. Stop-start technology will come standard with this powertrain, and a Continuous Dampening Control active suspension will allow drivers to select Touring and Sport modes for an even more precise driving experience.

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The 2017 Buick LaCrosse will also feature multiple new safety sensing features like the technology coming on the new Envision. Some of these include lane keeping assist, lane changing alert with blind spot assistance, parking assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic forward braking, forward collision alerts, and front pedestrian braking, which can, in some situations, automatically stop the car before hitting a person walking across the street.

The sleek and award-winning Avenir concept will also be on display at the Toronto Auto Show, along with the new 2016 Buick Envision.

2017 Buick LaCrosse premier at the LA Auto Show

2017 Buick LaCrosse premier at the LA Auto Show

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Verano to have Sport Touring models for 2016

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10-11-19

2017 Buick Encore New Standard Features

2017 Buick Encore Canadian Release Date

The Buick Encore is a stylish compact SUV that seats five and delivers on luxury features generally not seen outside of a larger SUV. We have the 2017 Buick Encore Canadian release date, and a sneak peek of some of the great features that are now standard in this maneuverable and luxurious Buick crossover.

2017 Buick Encore Canadian Release Date

Going on sale this fall in Canada and across North America, the 2017 Buick Encore will initially be available in five trim levels. Each model will come standard with front-wheel drive across the board, but all-wheel drive will be available as well. Trim levels will be base Encore (1SB), Sport Touring (1SH), Convenience (1SD), Leather (1SL) and Premium (1SN).

2017 Buick Encore steering wheel and dashboard view
Black Cherry Metallic 2017 Buick Encore at the New York Auto Show
Close-up view of the 2017 Buick Encore winged grille

New Standard Features on the 2017 Encore

The 2016 Buick Encore is available with great standard features, but the 2017 model is upping the ante. An eight-inch colour touchscreen will now be standard, as well as keyless entry and ignition. Encore drivers will be able to enter their vehicle without needing to fumble with keys, as long as the keys are on their person. The ability to become a Wi-Fi hotspot should also be available in all models, and standard QuietTuning and Bose Noise Cancellation technology means less cabin noise from the road or engine.

Read More: Buick Avista – The Concept That Inspires the Modern Buick’s Look

Other exciting new features on the 2017 Buick Encore include:

The standard powertrain on the 2017 Buick Encore will be a 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. This engine offers a GM-estimated fuel consumption rating of 9.5 L/100km in city driving and 7.2 L/100km on the highway. An advanced, fuel-efficient turbo engine is also available on most trims. It should offer 8.5 L/100km city and 6.9 L/100km highway.

For information on other new or redesigned Buick models coming out this year, check out our blog posts on the 2016 Buick Envision release date, and the 2017 LaCrosse sedan.

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New Changes for 2020 GMC Models!

How spacious is the Encore?

How spacious is the Encore?

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10-11-19

The New Buick Envision is Coming to Canada!

We’ve long been in love with the luxury and standard features of our Buick SUVs like the small five-passenger Encore and the up-to-eight seat Enclave, and now we’re going to be getting a new midsize SUV to satisfy Buick lovers who have wanted a little more space without sacrificing comfort and sophistication.

2016 Buick Envision Release Date

The new 2016 Buick Envision release date in Canada is summer 2016. While a version of this vehicle has previously been release in Asia, this will make for its North American debut and we could not be more excited about the great features and luxuries that have been teased for this new mid-size SUV.

Interior of the 2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision Interior

Knowing Buicks, and getting a gander at the interior above, we can say with confidence that this SUV is going to offer top comfort with a technologically sophisticated package. The seats promise to have available heating and cooling features, as well as sliding and reclining options for optimal driver and passenger comfort. Features like a surround vision camera and ten standard airbags also promise to keep passengers safe as well as comfortable.

UPDATE: New Information on the Technology Features in the 2016 Buick Envision

2016 Buick Envision from the rear

Powertrain possibilities on the 2016 Buick Envision

We don’t know a ton yet about the powertrain and capability of this new SUV, but we do know that it will be available with all-wheel drive for greater stability in all weather and road conditions. The Asian release of the Envision was available with a turbocharged Ecotec engine rated for 256 horsepower. That powertrain also featured direct fuel injection and start-stop technology for an SUV with top fuel economy. Keep checking this spot for confirmation on what will be coming to North America.

Read More: 2017 Buick LaCrosse Premier at the L.A. Auto Show

While we have no guarantees on the engine yet, we do know that the 2016 Buick Envision will be available with the latest in driver awareness technology. We’ve already mentioned the surround view camera, but we also know that automatic parking assist will be available, as well as adaptive cruise control and collision mitigating braking.

In every way, this 2016 Buick Envision looks like it’s going to be a fantastic midsize luxury crossover SUV and we can’t wait to see even more about the great features it will have. Again, this is far from everything there is to know about the 2016 Buick Envision, but keep an eye on this blog for more information as it appears.

Safety Honor Extended to 2017 Buick Envision

Safety Honor Extended to 2017 Buick Envision

Trim Levels and Release Date for the 2017 Buick Envision

Trim Levels and Release Date for the 2017 Buick Envision

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