What is Buick Torque Vectoring?

Buick Torque Vectoring - 2017 Buick Envision
Buick Torque Vectoring can be found on the new 2017 Buick Envision crossover.

There’s good news for drivers who frequently have to navigate their way through poor weather conditions. Buick’s new Active Twin Clutch all-wheel-drive system makes it easy to do so. Rather than praying for the best, with this new system drivers can make their way through snow, ice, sleet, or rain with confidence—maybe even with grace.

The new all-wheel drive system, which can be found on the new Buick Envision crossover, is made possible by Buick torque vectoring. This is an intelligent feature that has been under continuous development for 20 years. In short, torque vectoring takes power (torque) and delivers it to a specific point (vectoring). In this case, the torque is being sent to the wheels that need it the most.

Buick’s torque-vectoring technology uses electronically controlled clutches that are capable of sending all of the power to the front wheels, the rear wheels, or dividing as needed. Not only does this intelligent feature make it easier to drive in wet or icy conditions, but it also improves handling on dry, paved roads. It’s yet another reason why we at Warsaw Buick GMC are proud to support the Buick lineup each and every day. Call us to learn more about torque vectoring, or to set up a test drive and experience it.

2018 Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck Spy Shots

It’s finally happening: the Jeep Wrangler is undergoing an all-new redesign for the first time in ten years. Nothing quite says “all-American vehicle” as well as the Jeep Wrangler—after all, the Wrangler helped win World War II—but even the classicists know that it’s the modern twist that Jeep puts on the Wrangler time and time again that makes it unique in today’s market. That is why it’s so exciting to hear that the all new version of this timeless SUV will also come with an all-new model: the Jeep Wrangler Pickup truck.

Jeep Wrangler Pickup Truck
Keep reading for info on the Wrangler pick up!

Unfortunately for curious onlookers—including us here at Warsaw CDJR—the new 2018 Jeep Wrangler has plans to stay out of the limelight for now. It won’t be revealed to dealerships and the press until late fall 2017.

Fortunately for us, we got a tiny sample of what the new Wrangler pickup will offer thanks to some recent spy shots. The shots were only of a prototype, but it was still clear to see that the new Wrangler will keep some of the traditional Jeep details, like the seven-slot grille and the round headlamps. We’re hoping—and expecting—that this indicates that the new 2018 Wrangler will have the perfect balance between trademark details and modern innovation.

How to Throw a Last Minute St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day Party

St. Patrick’s Day may just be a few days away, but that doesn’t mean there’s not still time to throw a festive celebration. At Warsaw Buick GMC, we’ll use any excuse to get together with friends. If you’re the same way, use these two tips to throw a St. Patrick’s Day party this weekend for a last-minute themed get-together.

Opt for a Potluck

Since the party is so soon, not only will you not have time to send out invitations, but you’ll also be hard-pressed to plan an entire menu. Instead of stressing over food, figure out which of your friends are coming and turn this fiesta into a potluck. Have guests bring Irish dishes like Guinness Stew, Irish Soda Bread, or Corned Beef and Cabbage. You can supply the dishes, the cutlery, and the green beer.

Choose Ambiance Wisely

There’s no need to rush to the store in search of four-leaf clover garlands. Instead, focus your energy on finding the perfect soundtrack to your party. Nothing says “Irish Pub” more than live music. Ask around and see if you can find someone who’s willing to play music during your party to give it a special, memorable kick. If not, create a playlist ahead of time filled with Irish bands and traditional Celtic music. Encourage guests to come dressed for dance, and don’t forget to say “Sláinte!”

History of the Barbee Hotel

If you’ve spent time in Warsaw, Indiana, you’ve seen or heard of the Barbee Hotel. This classic Warsaw landmark has a long history and is allegedly a prime location to experience real hauntings. It’s been through a lot, and every little experience seems to have added to this hotel’s character.

The history of the Barbee Hotel begins in 1897, when it was built as the Hotel Ormond. The Vanhoosen family owned the hotel then, and liked to host extravagant guests.

History of the Barbee Hotel In 1922 the hotel—now named the Barbee Hotel after the nearby lake—burnt down unexpectedly. Just a year later, Barbee Hotel was rebuilt. In the years to follow, ownership changed hands several times.

But perhaps the most interesting piece of history, as is the case with most hotels, lies in the long list of famous guests. Clark Gable and Carole Lombard both stayed there. But this particular hotel was less a Hollywood hotspot and more of a gangster’s paradise as criminals like Al Capone, John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson all stayed here, too. Some say they conducted important business here. Others say you can still see Al Capone’s cigar smoke lingering in the hallways. In the end, you’ll just have to visit to see for yourself.

Wards 10 Best Engines List for 2017 Includes 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 Hybrid

2017 Chrysler Pacifica | Warsaw CDJR | Warsaw, IN

The Comparison begins

Every year the WardsAuto’s editors go through and choose the top 10  powertrain systems in the automotive industry. This year, the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 hybrid propulsion system was found in the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica. Thus, earning a spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines List for 2017 for the Pacifica.

WardsAuto Senior Content Director Drew Winter was quoted saying “We were wowed by the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid’s seamless operation,” and “The eFlite transmission shifts between pure electric mode and a combination of electric and gasoline engine propulsion without a hiccup.”

Inside the list maker

With this available hybrid powertrain, the Pacifica is the most fuel-efficient minivan ever. Drivers will get up to 33 miles of pure electric driving and a total range of 566 miles. In addition, it gets an EPA-estimated 84 MPGe combined. The 3.6-liter V6 is paired with an eFlite electrically variable transmission, allowing for a smooth transition between electric driving and the gasoline engine.

Achieving Recognition

This is the seventh year in a row that FCA US has been recognized in this prestigious list. In total, the FCA has achieved this recognition 17 times. The innovative plug-in hybrid powertrain on the 2017 Pacifica is the first of its kind in the minivan segment.

Are you as excited by a hybrid option in a minivan as we are here at Warsaw Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram?

Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues
Oh The Weather Outside Is Frightful

Winter can be a real drag for some. The days are shorter, the weather is colder and it all adds up to the desire to stay under the blankets longer each morning. If you’re having trouble beating the winter blues, try some of these tips that are proven to help improve your mood.

Let in the Light

One of the reasons people can get down in the winter is the lack of sunlight. Make a point of opening the blinds and sitting near the window when the sun is up. Or, force yourself to bundle up and take a walk outside each day for 15 to 20 minutes to get a good dosage of vitamin D.

Exercise

Not only does exercising release endorphins (which help cheer you up) but it’s an excuse to get up and get out of the house. Getting your body moving will help you feel better physically and, ultimately, emotionally.

Stay Upbeat

For an extra boost, listen to some upbeat music while you exercise. Research has shown that happier music improves moods in the moment and in the long run.

Keep Dreaming

If you feel like winter will never end, remind yourself that it will by planning a sunny vacation. Focusing on the warmer season that’s only months away has been proven to improve moods, promising, as always, that the sun will come out tomorrow.

Do you think this is good advice? Let all of us at Warsaw Buick GMC in Warsaw, IN know in the comments below!

Buick Introduces New Envision Trims for 2017

For 2016, the Buick Envision only got a couple trim levels for its introduction to the market with the Premium I and II models. These two models, while powerful and well-equipped, were less affordable than some of Buick’s other offerings. However, for 2017, the new Envision trims will slot in underneath the Premium trim levels and offer features like a separate engine option in order to give budget-conscious buyers a less expensive way to purchase the all-new crossover in Buick’s lineup.

The new trim levels are called the Base, Preferred, and Essence models and as mentioned above, rank below the Premium I and II trims. Their sticker price, however, reflects this, as they are significantly more affordable to a wider market of consumers. Additionally, the new trim levels will come standard with a new 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that’s less powerful than the engines on the Premium models.

The new Envision trims open up the Buick Envision’s lineup to provide customers with more affordable options for the powertrain, interior, and more. As a result, the 2017 model will be able to reach more people. Buick hopes teasing the public with the Premium trims for 2016 will attract more curious eyes to the nameplate and to the brand.

Live Reindeer Visit in Milford on December 15th

We associate a lot of things with the holiday season—snow, Christmas lights, pine trees, mistletoe, and Santa Claus. One of the most beloved symbols associated with Christmas is reindeer, and if you love reindeer or animals in general, then you’re in luck! This December, Milford is welcoming reindeer to the Milford Community Building for a Live Reindeer Visit on the 15th. Bring the whole family to meet the graceful creatures known for pulling Santa’s sleigh.

The visit will be totally open to the public and free, but make sure you mark your calendars—the event only lasts an hour, from 6:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, December 15th. The reindeer will be accompanied by an attendant dressed as one of Santa’s elves, and there may be other animals there native to the North Pole so your little ones can meet and interact with all kinds of fun and interesting creatures.

If you want to keep a memory of the Live Reindeer Visit, you and your family can even get a photo with the reindeer after the event is over. Make sure to visit Milford for this rare opportunity to see a real life reindeer and friends at the local public library for education and fun.

Travel Tips

The holidays are right around the corner so now is the time to make the proper travel arrangements. Outside of making arrangements, there are quite a few steps you can take to ensure a happy holiday. We here at Warsaw CDJR have some helpful Thanksgiving travel tips to make your holiday a relaxing one!

  • Pack Light – Taking the time to pack light can save you some major hassle when packing the car or heading through airport security. It can also save you a good chunk of change on extra baggage fees. Take only what you need and ship things that aren’t necessary, like extra clothes, to your destination through the mail.
  • Technology – Use technology to your advantage this holiday season. Flyers can access their flight information and other pertinent details through apps on their smartphone. Some apps even show users maps of the airport. Drivers can use navigation systems that provide real-time directions to avoid accidents and find the fastest route.
  • Call Ahead – It’s understandable that you simply want to get to your destination as fast as possible but don’t forget to call ahead. Giving your hosts a 15-minute notice of your arrival will give them time to finish what they’re doing and reduce their stress as well as your own this holiday season.

Buick’s 2016 Sales Trend Upward

Buick’s sales are trending upward fast and the brand officially passed the one million sales mark back in September. That’s the earliest in history that the brand has ever surpassed a million sales. Buick’s 2016 sales are largely thanks to a single market and it isn’t the United States. China became the largest automotive market within the past few years and with Buick’s most recent sales numbers, it easy to see why.

China makes up a whopping 82% of Buick’s sales. That’s more than five times what the United States makes up. In all, more than 860,000 Buicks were sold by the end of September in China alone.

The Buick Envision reached the United States market back in July and about 6,100 have been sold since. By comparison, Chinese drivers have bought nearly 140,000. There’s little doubt the luxury crossover is popular in China.

American drivers have opted for the smaller Buick Encore, making it the best-selling model in the United States. In all, the entry-level luxury brand has six vehicles available in the United States. One model, the Verano, will leave the United States within the next few years but will continue to be sold in China.

We here at Warsaw Buick GMC hope some innovative vehicles make their way to our shores!