Buick is setting new standards when it comes to automotive luxury, thanks to the new Avenir sub-brand. This refined lineup of sophisticated vehicles is designed to cater to your every need, offering premium trims, exclusive materials, ergonomic designs, and award-winning styles. You won’t want to leave the driver’s seat of any new Buick Avenir.
The Avenir lineup was created to meet the needs of Buick’s expanding customer base, especially drivers looking for top-of-the-line quality. Buick has always been synonymous with luxury, but the new Avenir brand will give drivers something extra, says Buick. Translated from French, Avenir refers to “the future.” It was first introduced on the award-winning 2015 Avista concept, and the brand hopes to bring that level of appeal to a whole new range of vehicles.
“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. “Avenir will be Buick’s signature. The highest expression of the luxury experiences we’re delivering now and in the future.”
What exactly comes with a Buick Avenir trim? Though Buick has yet to release all the details, you can be sure that the new cars will come with mesh grilles, large-diameter wheels, special finishes, ultra-modern interiors, and impeccable acoustics in the cabin. Naturally, you’ll also find exclusive woods, leathers, and brushed metals as accents. We can’t wait to see the new Avenir sub-brand in action.
The Buick Envision is a relatively new name in Buick’s lineup after being introduced to the brand for the 2016 model year. At that time, the Envision was available only in two (well-appointed) trim levels at a higher price point. Now, however, it seems the 2017 Envision updates include a broader range of trim levels, with the base model coming in at a much lower sticker price; there’s also a new engine option in the mix.
For 2016, only the Premium I and Premium II trims were offered to the public. For 2017, the Envision crossover features five models in its lineup. Base, Preferred, and Essence are the newest additions, slotting underneath the Premium trim levels to offer customers more affordable options. These three lower trim levels also come with a different option, a less powerful 2.5-liter four-cylinder that comes standard on all but the Premium I and II models.
Other 2017 Envision updates include a new Teen Driver monitoring feature that allows parents to keep an eye on their teenaged driver from afar and utilize parental controls, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other than that, however, customers will be attracted to the 2017 Envision’s new, lower sticker price and more plentiful options.
Every year, Downtown Redlands continues the holiday tradition of celebrating December and the holiday season with local business owners decorating their businesses for the Holiday Stroll. These light displays are then judged by a secret panel of judges who partake in the event and hand out prizes to the best-decorated small businesses in the area.
It’s a great way for business owners to interact with their community, so come on down and enjoy the Holiday Stroll light displays for yourself.
By this time, the light displays have already been up for a couple weeks, with People’s Choice Voting already having started on the 5th of December and ending the 12th. The judges will vote on December 10th. However, if all you’re looking for is to enjoy the stunning Christmas lights that decorate all of Downtown Redlands, don’t worry; business owners will leave their displays up until Christmas.
The Holiday Stroll itself will officially be happening the morning of December 10th, from 10am until 5pm, so make sure to mark your calendars so you can participating – and maybe even take your time to grab good food or a drink from the local businesses in Downtown Redlands. The Holiday Stroll light displays aren’t going anywhere anytime soon, but don’t let that stop you from coming down as soon as you can.
Will you be attending the event? If so, Hatfield Buick GMC hopes to see you there!
While shopping for a new car, consumers continue to look for a vehicle that is dependable. Because of this, JD Power releases an annual study that looks at vehicle dependability. This year, the Buick Verano outperformed every other model in its class in dependability, helping the Buick brand become the third-ranked dependable carmaker in the industry.
Along with the Verano coming out on top as the JD Power Most Dependable Vehicle in the compact car segment, the Buick LaCrosse was also recognized as the leader of the Large Car segment for the second consecutive year. The Encore was also ranked the highest in the Small SUV segment.
“Buick’s ranking is a demonstration of our mission to provide the best in reliability, quality, and customer service,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “As we enter an exciting year of vehicle launches, we will show both new and returning customers that quality continues to be a top priority for the brand.”
The JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study looks at the problems that have been reported by the original owners of three-year-old vehicles within the past 12 months. Those vehicles with the least amount of problems come out on top in their respective segments.
See how dependable the Buick lineup is for yourself and stop in to Hatfield Buick GMC today!
Every year in the United States, a surprising number of children die of heat stroke due to being forgotten in the back seat of a car. Busy parents can easily get distracted, forgetting that their young child is sleeping in the back. The 2017 GMC Acadia is looking to prevent this potentially deadly forgetfulness, though, with a brand-new technology—Rear Seat Reminder.
“Acadia drivers live busy lives with demanding schedules, and the Rear Seat Reminder helps protect the things we care about most,” said Tricia Morrow, GM global safety strategy engineer. “Whether it’s your lunch, laptop, pet, or most importantly, your child, it’s easier than it seems to forget what’s in the back seat when moving between life’s events. With this new feature, we are leading the charge to address this ongoing problem.”
The GMC Acadia Rear Seat Reminder is an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat as they exit the vehicle. It monitors the Acadia’s rear doors. If the rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the vehicle starts, then the Rear Seat Reminder will go off when you exit the crossover. It will also go off if the rear doors have been opened and closed while the vehicle is running.
While this safety fixture will definitely remind you that there is possible something in your back seat, it doesn’t actually detect the object. The Rear Seat Reminder safety feature will come standard on all 2017 Acadia models.
Buick continues to be one of the safest automakers in the world, consistently offering a lineup of models that score highly on the industry’s top safety exams. In fact, the 2017 Buick Encore was just named the third new Buick with a 5-Star Safety Rating from the NHTSA.
Specifically, the Buick Encore scored five stars in both the front and side impact tests, and scored four stars in the rollover test – leading to an overall score of five. The Encore joins the new Buick Cascada and Buick Regal with this prestigious score.
The standard safety features available in the new Buick Encore include antilock brakes, brake assist, a rearview camera, 10 airbags, and more, while optional features include side blind-zone alert, rear park assist, forward collision alert, and lane departure warning.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been operating its 5-Star Safety Rating Program for decades. In recent years, it has stood out among other safety scorers by offering a rollover crash rating.
For more information on the 2017 Buick Encore Safety Rating or to check out the new Buick Encore in person, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Hatfield Buick GMC, where we would love to take you on a test drive!
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been the ultimate voice in vehicle safety for decades, with their 5-Star Safety Rating Program adapting over the years to rate the effectiveness of new and ever-evolving safety technology.
The 5-Star Safety Rating Program evaluates the results from both front and side crash tests, and unlike many other institutions, the NHTSA also evaluates how the people inside of a car would fare in the event of a rollover. This serves to offer a more comprehensive look at vehicle safety that analyzes every important perspective.
It is these scores together that add up to a vehicle’s comprehensive safety score, earning it anywhere from 1 (the worst) to 5 (the best). If a vehicle earns 4 stars – or, better yet, 5 stars – you can bet that it is one of the safest models on the road.
The NHTSA also offers higher scores to vehicles with additional safety features, such as rearview cameras, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning. Ultimately, these ratings are given to improve your chances of choosing the safest car possible.
For more information on the NTHSA safety ratings, or to check out one of our many available vehicles that scored highly in their safety program, contact us or visit us anytime at Hatfield Buick GMC.
The Kimberley Crest House & Gardens, located right here in Redlands, is a magical place that features 6.5 acres of Italian Renaissance-style gardens and a Victorian Chateau. Built in 1897, the house is as old as it is stunning. From museum tours to private wedding and event reservations on the estate, the Kimberley Crest House & Gardens is a famous spot for local activities and sight-seeing. One such event coming up this fall is the October Magic Show.
The Kimberley Crest House puts on the show every year, and for 2016, it features award-winning magicians Tom Ogden and Jimmy H. Ogden has been voted Magic Castle in Hollywood’s “Parlour Magician of the Year” twice and has opened for the likes of Billy Crystal and the Osmonds. Jimmy H has established himself as one of SoCal’s most desired entertainers for family and corporate events, thrilling crowds big and small for more than 20 years.
Tickets for the October magic show are on sale now for $25 a person, with the event beginning in the morning at 10 AM and continuing for two hours until noon on Saturday, October 22nd. Be sure to wear your Halloween costume for a chance to win the Kimberley Crest House & Gardens’ Halloween costume contest. It’s sure to be a magical event, so grab your tickets before they sell out. Keep your eyes peeled for someone from our Hatfield Buick GMC Staff!
Halloween is coming up again, which means that it’s time to starting planning those DIY Halloween costumes for your kids. The more time you spend planning and preparing the better, because your kid is sure to want to have the coolest costume n the cul-de-sac. Here’s a couple neat and creative ideas that are sure to get appreciative compliments from other parents.
- Race Car Driver: You don’t need much more than a track suit and a roll of black-and-white-checkered duct tape for this one. Get creative with putting duct tape strips on the track suit and maybe throw in a trophy, too.
- Genie: A cropped bolero-type jacket, puffy pants, and a few sparkly scarves pull together this fun and exotic costume. Flying carpet optional.
- Hot Air Balloon: How do you dress up like a hot air balloon? All it takes is a regular balloon filled with helium and tied to the corners of a laundry basket. For a fun Disney-inspired twist, try using several balloons and decorating a box like a house.
- Shadows: If you can get your hands on a kid-sized version of those all-black, full-body morph suits, put some all-black clothes on over it to transform your kids into walking shadows. Just be sure to incorporate something bright and/or reflective to make them more visible to drivers for safety purposes.
Remember, when you’re making DIY Halloween costumes, the sky is the limit. You don’t have to stick to these ideas. Try using your imagination and coming up with your own fun ideas! For a spacious vehicle to drive the kids around in this season, check out the 2017 GMC Terrain!
Next time you are bored, remember that there are strange things all around us. Just look at all of the weird travel destinations in California!
# 1 – Museum of Neon Art – Glendale
This museum is exactly what it claims to be: a collection of neon signs. In addition to the signs they’ve collected from famous theaters and other establishments, the museum also holds exhibits of artists working in the medium. Definitely worth looking into if you like lighting.
# 2 – Court of Mysteries – Santa Cruz
For architecture and mysticism aficionados, the Court of Mysteries remains an alluring attraction. The structure is modeled on a Yogi temple, and it features two stone towers and a beautiful archway. The weirdest thing about the house? It was built entirely at night.
# 3 – Watts Towers – Los Angeles
Built by an Italian immigrant, the Watts Towers are located in LA. Sabato Rodia would bring home pieces of broken pottery from where he worked. He would add the pottery to broken pieces of glass, and using wire mesh, mortar, and steel pipes, he constructed the towers.
# 4 – Audium Theatre of Sound-Sculpted Space – San Francisco
There are 169 speakers in the theater. Listeners sit in concentric circles as a conductor manipulates sound, shaping its intensity, direction and speed in ways that most people have never experienced.
If you find yourself in California looking for something new to try, these four locations are where it’s at. You can also stop by and see us at Hatfield Buick GMC!