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Employee Spotlight: John William

John WilliamThis month we’d like for you to meet John William! John is a part of our sales team and has been working with us for an impressive 49 years! He is an Albion native and still resides right here in his hometown.

When it comes to cars, his dream car is a Bugati Veyron because they look cool and intimidating. Who wouldn’t want that? John says that if he were a car, he would probably be a Chevrolet Corvette. Currently, you’ll catch John driving down the road in his GMC 1500, Pontiac G6, or Mercedes Kompressor. His favorite vehicle he’s ever owned is a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396. His favorite new vehicle on our lot is the Chevy Camaro or the Buick Regal. The worst car John says that he’s ever driven was a 1955 Ford because nothing seemed to work on it.

When not on the job, you’ll find John fishing, checking out antique cars, bowling, spending time with his grandkids or BBQ’ing. His favorite sports team is the Detroit Tigers and he really enjoys watching Law and Order and 60 Minutes.

We invite you to come say “Hello!” to John because his favorite part of working here at College Chevrolet Buick is meeting and interacting with different people. If you’re in the market for a new car, stop by and see John today!

US Government Awards 2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced the 2015 Buick Regal five-star safety rating. This Buick is currently on sale at Buick Dealerships (like yours truly, College Chevrolet Buick).

2015 Buick Regal Five-Star Safety Rating

2015 Buick Regal

Overall, the Buick sedan earned four stars for its response to the front crash test, five stars for the side crash, and four in the rollover test.

This rating is not only for the all-wheel-drive version of the Buick Regal, but also the front-wheel-drive version.

The standard safety package comes with a rearview camera, six airbags, stability control, traction control, and antilock brakes. Optional features include lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, and side blind zone alert.

The 2015 Buick Regal has proven itself to be one of the safest vehicles on the road, and the US government has given the Regal its seal of approval with the Five-Star Safety rating.

Buick’s August Sales

August Sales

2014 Buick Encore

Buick has been on a winning streak lately and we’re sure it’s because of its new diverse lineup! Buick isn’t just a brand for the older generation. The brand as a whole has reinvented itself to be younger and more fun while maintaining a bit of its classic feel. We’re happy to announce that Buick had its best sales month of 2014 and the team here at College Chevrolet Buick is proud to contribute.

The winners for the month included both the Regal and the Encore. The Regal has become a top choice for those looking for performance and sophistication while the Encore is a great choice for those who love the feel of an SUV without all of the bulkiness. The Ragal’s sales grew an astounding 35% year-over-year while the Encore experienced an 11% gain over last year. Another winner for the month of August was the Enclave, which recently became available in its 2015 edition. Families everywhere are enjoying the Enclave’s extra interior space and family-friendly features.

If you would like to see any of Buick’s August sales winners, stop by our dealership located just outside of Marshall, Michigan.

Best Luxury Brand: Buick Beats Out Established Favorites in New Consumer Reports

Here at College Chevrolet Buick, we’ve always known just how capable and elegant our Buick vehicles were. Now, thanks to a recent Consumer Reports article—and a renewed marketing campaign—the rest of the world is finally starting to catch up. In fact, CR even recommends that you forget about those more established luxury brands like BMW and Mercedes-Benz in favor of a Buick. Basically, a Buick brings you all the style and performance of those other brands without the fancy price tag.

Best Luxury Brand

2014 Buick Regal

Specifically, CR recommends the Buick Regal over basically any other luxury sedan: “Regal beat the Volvo S60 in a head-to-head road test. Ultimately, the Regal wound up finishing just one point shy of the class-leading BMW 328i and tied the Mercedes-Benz C250 for second place in the organization’s overall ratings of upscale sport sedans—while costing thousands less.”

The Buick Regal Premium runs on a 2.0L, four-cylinder turbocharged engine, sports front-wheel-drive technology, looks sexy as hell, seats five people, and even manages to get 30 mpg on top of that. If Buick keeps making vehicles this good, it will continue to climb up the luxury car ranks for many years to come. But for today, just come see us at College Chevy Buick to check out the lineup for yourself.

Buick Experienced Great June Sales

Last week, Buick reported that they experienced the best June they have had since 2006. Maybe it’s because of the brand’s fresh look? Maybe it’s because of their attention to detail? Or maybe it’s because of Buick’s commitment to customer service? Whatever it is, the team here at College Chevrolet Buick is proud to be a part of it!

The brand increased a whopping 18% compared to June of 2013. Retail sales alone increased 12% year over year making last month its best in retail sales since 2005. The Buick brand is making a new impression among drivers. The completely redesigned Regal isn’t what it used to be, it’s much better! This sedan alone experienced a 26% total year over year sales increase which marks its ninth straight month of year over year gains.

June Sales

2014 Buick Regal

The Encore recently made headlines as it ranked as one of the highest small SUVs in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study. This is the second year in a row that the Encore has been a standout in this study.

If you would like to experience the all-new Buick lineup, stop by our dealership near Battle Creek. The team here at College Chevrolet Buick would love to show you what this refreshed lineup is all about!

Rearview Camera: Standard on your New Buick

Rearview Camera

2014 Buick LaCrosse – Available at College Chevrolet Buick

As drivers, we have become accustomed to the luxuries and comforts of new vehicles. Power windows, OnStar, and air conditioning are features we have become very familiar with during the last 20 years along with countless others. For the 2015 model year, Buick is adding rearview camera to its long list of standard features!

Rear view cameras are relatively new to the auto industry, but ever since their debut they have been increasingly popular. Karl Brauer, Senior Analyst for Kelley Blue Book says “While they’re not standard on every car, yet, it’s rare to operate a new vehicle without them. The increased confidence these cameras provide make them a must-have feature.”

As you can see, Buick is committed to providing a safe driving experience. The Encore (all-wheel drive), Enclave, LaCrosse, Verano and Regal have all been awarded a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for safety by the NHTSA. Every Buick model comes standard with OnStar telematics system for 6-months.

If you would like to learn more about the Buick lineup, stop by our dealership located near Battle Creek, Michigan. The team at College Chevrolet Buick will be happy to show you all of Buick’s interior and exterior features. Give us a call at (517) 680-4284 to schedule an appointment with us today!

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Buick to Offer 4G LTE

Current Buick Encore

A few months ago, Chevrolet announced ago that they would be including 4G LTE abilities to some models for the 2015 model year. At the DENT Conference in Idaho, Buick announced that they too would be offering 4G LTE. With this new technology, drivers will be able to turn their car into a mobile hotspot allowing internet surfing and web browsing from inside the vehicle.

4G LTE will be available through OnStar and will require a subscription and data plan, although prices have not yet been determined. The hotspot will be able to allow up to seven devices to connect simultaneously giving each of your passengers internet access from their own devices. Along with internet, this new addition will offer in-dash app integration and also connect you to your vehicle diagnostics.

For the 2015 model year, the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore are said to have LTE capabilities and all 2016 Buick models will include the new feature.

What do you think about GM offering 4G LTE on their new models? Will you turn your car into a mobile hot spot? Let us know in the comment section below and be sure to stop by College Chevy when the 2015s start rolling in!

GM Executives Tease “Possible” Buick Flagship

While GM has been busy working on a Cadillac flagship sedan—most likely to be called the LTS, a name recently trademarked by GM—they might also be preparing a flagship vehicle for the Buick brand. Mark Reuss, President of GM for North America, first teased the idea in a recent interview with Forbes. Reuss discussed how GM could close gaps in their overall automobile lineup; when the idea of a Buick flagship surfaced, he hinted that it could be “a much more beautiful Panamera.”

While CEO Dan Akerson wants to be careful that a Buick flagship doesn’t step on the toes of the Cadillac brand’s resurgence, even he admitted that Buick could “probably” use a new flagship. Reuss, for his part, told Auto News that “something special for Buick, I think, is really needed for the next phase of where that brand is going.”

Regardless of if and when Buick might add a flagship to its lineup, one thing remains clear: GM continues its commitment to strengthening Buick’s status as a powerful global brand. With a strong lineup of products like the Encore and Regal in North America—and sister vehicles like the Opel Mekka in Europe—Buick is well positioned to continue its brand resurgence. Come in to College Chevrolet Buick today and test drive one of the Buicks in our inventory today.

Buick Records Best October Sales Since 2003

October marked Buick’s 18th consecutive month of increased U.S. retail sales, bringing the brand ever-closer to a two-year streak of success. Retail sales were at a 25% year-over-year gain—a record since 2003—and total sales were at a 31% gain—a record since 2004.

The Buick Regal continued its trend of increasing sales by posting a 47% total increase year-over-year, showing that the model is not only an established member of the sports luxury vehicle market but also a strong competitor among the likes of BMW and Mercedes. A refreshed version of the 2014 Regal will begin arriving this month here at College Chevrolet Buick.

The all-new Encore not only sold over 3,000 units this month but also racked up several awards, including “Highest Ranked Subcompact CUV,” in J.D. Power’s Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout Study, “Highest Ranked Subcompact CUV in Initial Quality (in a tie),” and a 2013 Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Also fresh on our lot is the redesigned 2014 LaCrosse, the Regal’s less sporty but more luxurious counterpart. With its large suite of premium features and its fourth consecutive Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy award, we are positive that like the rest of Buick’s lineup, the LaCrosse will be a hit among any and all luxury vehicle aficionados.