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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.

The Effects of Running on Empty: More Than Just Getting Stranded

Effects of Running on Empty

All drivers are guilty of “driving on empty” at least once, whether or not they like to admit it. Sometimes, you just aren’t paying attention, and before you know it, the light comes on. You are almost out of gas, with no gas station in sight.

Of course, your car will not stop moving mere moments after the indicator light comes on. Most vehicles can drive for a significant amount of time afterwards, giving the time needed to make it to a station.

However, the effects of running on empty include more than the stress of thinking you may run out at any moment. During this time, dirt and other contaminants can become suspended in your fuel, blocking up the filter. The fuel pump can even overheat or affect both the power steering and brakes.

Always fuel up before a long trip, and try to familiarize yourself with gas stations in new areas – if not for your peace mind, then for your car’s longevity. For more tips, visit us anytime at Warsaw Buick GMC.

What Makes a Car a Hybrid?

What Makes a Car a Hybrid
2015 LaCrosse Hybrid Buick with eAssist technology

What Makes a Car a Hybrid?

Hybrid vehicles are all the rage these days with every automaker creating plug-in models of popular cars. The Toyota Prius gave birth to the movement with a hybrid powertrain that is now found in the Porsche Cayenne, Chevrolet Volt, and many, many more. Still, many drivers aren’t sure what makes a car a hybrid. Well, wonder no more! We here at Warsaw Buick GMC will fill you in.

A hybrid vehicle is defined as a vehicle that uses more than one form of onboard energy to achieve propulsion. More often than not, a hybrid will use both an engine and fuel tank as well as an electric motor and battery pack.

Hybrid vs Electric

Hybrid cars are often confused with electric vehicles. The difference is that while hybrids still use gasoline, electric cars run are powered by electricity alone. If a hybrid has enough electric capacity, however, it is possible to drive on electricity alone. A hybrid’s range on electricity alone is very limited and largely depends on the weight of the vehicle, among other variables.

Thanks to the use of both gasoline engines and electric motors with battery packs, hybrid vehicles are more fuel efficient than standard cars. While diesel-electric hybrids would be even more efficient than the current gasoline-electric model, the price associated with them makes the combination incredibly expensive.

Four Great DIY Jeep Mods

Let’s face it. Jeeps are awesome as-is. But sometimes, a tweak here and there can take their awesomeness to new heights. Check out these awesome DIY Jeep mods

 

The Hammock Mod

The seats in a Jeep are certainly comfortable enough to take a nap in. But if you really want to relax, do what one owner did—attach a hammock to the roof bars! It works great when you are at the drive-in movie theater.

 

The Bottle Opener Mod

If your Jeep has large bolts on the A-pillar, you can install a wall-mounted bottle opener. It’s perfect for picnics! (Just remember to be responsible if using it to open anything besides soda.)

 

The ‘Squeeter Mod

There’s nothing like driving your Jeep deep into the wilderness where civilization seems like a distant dream. The only problem? That’s where mosquitoes thrive. But sleeping with the top on kills your access to fresh air. Try cutting a piece of mosquito netting and using clips to clip it to your roof bars.

 

The Smartphone Mod

If you have an accessory phone charger, the kind where your phone sits upright almost like the old cordless house phones, you can easily do the awesome Jeep DIY smartphone mod. Just place the charger on the grille vent on your dash, attach with zip ties and your phone is secure and upright for navigation!

With these DIY Jeep mods, you are not only making your Jeep more functional, you are making it your own.

 

The Best Music Streaming Apps Out There

 

best music streaming apps

Technology is great. But it can be so overwhelming sorting through the flotsam to pick out the good stuff. This is especially the case when it comes how you access music. To help you decide what is best for you, we’ve thrown together a list of the best music streaming apps out there!

Spotify

The outstanding advantages of Spotify come in the form of a gargantuan library and a very easy to use interface. Do you like creating your own playlists? Spotify makes it very easy to make them on the fly. Downside: Spotify’s radio algorithms are not as good.

Apple Music

The only tangible difference between Spotify and Apple Music is that the latter will naturally appeal to iTunes users. Syncing your iTunes library with your music streaming app is a dream come true for a lot of interested parties. Apple Music lets you do this.

Pandora

Unlike Spotify, Pandora’s specialty is radio. Their algorithms seem at times magical for their ability to continuously play songs that are right up your alley! In this, Pandora is probably the best app if you are one of those people that constantly like to find new artists.

The bottom line is that there are many good music streaming apps out there. And probably more than one would suit you. But bear in mind your particular tastes as you explore! Speaking of exploring, why not explore our Warsaw Buick GMC and Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealerships?

2017 Canyon Denali Brings a New Level of Luxury to the Mid-Size Segment

 

2017 Canyon Denali

When you want a mid-size truck, but also crave something with luxury features and a refined nature, the 2017 Canyon Denali from GMC is the truck you’ve been waiting for.

“Canyon is the segment’s first and only premium midsize truck, offering unparalleled capability and efficiency matched with maneuverability and refinement,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing, in a statement. “The all-new Canyon Denali builds on that award-winning combination with the distinctive styling, luxurious interior and elevated content that has defined the Denali nameplate since its introduction nearly 17 years ago.”

Just the like rest of the Denali lineup, the Canyon Denali will come with a unique chrome grille and unique wheels. Other unique exterior details include chrome fog lamp bezels, five-inch-diameter rectangular chrome assist steps, a standard spray-in bed liner, and a polished exhaust tip.

Inside, the Canyon Denali will have sophisticated details like leather-appointed seating, heated and ventilated front seats, unique trim, and standard safety technology, including Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning.

The 2017 GMC Canyon Denali will arrive at Warsaw Buick GMC late next year.

2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit Technology Updated for Police Use

2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit Technology

The new 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit technology will be compatible with law enforcement computer system software. The easy-to-use, award-winning Uconnect system is being modified for police use with fully-integrated, exclusive mobile command capabilities that will allow officers to access their computer systems on a simple, centrally-located monitor without dragging along their laptops.

In comparison to the standard Charger Pursuit’s 5-inch display, the 2016 Charger Pursuit will feature a 12.1-inch touchscreen that can toggle either to the traditional and familiar 8.4-inch Uconnect interface or to the officer’s own personal computer with the touch of a button. The touchscreen will work even when the user is wearing gloves, and has been tested in extreme temperatures. There is even an option for officers to plug in and store their mobile laptop in the trunk and connect it to the Uconnect system via Ethernet.

The change to the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit technology was definitely developed with law enforcement in mind, and makes their jobs easier, safer, and more comfortable. The instruments they need to keep their communities safe will all be right in front of them, visible, and accessible.

Keep the Summer Going with Mopar Accessories

Mopar Accessories
Pictured is a roof -mounted water sports carrier. Just another advantage of Mopar accessories!

If they haven’t already, your kids are probably heading back to school soon. With this, you might feel like the summer is over, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some great Mopar accessories to make sure your summer fun isn’t over yet.

  • Mopar Carbon Fiber Cap. Give your eyes a break from the summer sun with this carbon fiber-look cap and show everyone where your heart lies. It features UV-treated, moisture-wicking fabric with an embroidered Mopar logo on the front and the Mopar name on the back.
  • Mopar Scat Pack 2 Performance Kit. For Dodge Challenger or Charger owners, this performance package will give you an edge on the track with a Mopar Performance camshaft, valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods, and all the gaskets. This will give you a boost of 56 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque while preserving your factory warranty.
  • Hitch Mounted Bike Carrier. Bring along your other favorite set of wheels with this convenient bike carrier. It attaches to the rear hitch on nearly all Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles and swings away when you need access to the rear cargo area.
  • Jeep Tent. This tent is perfect for a night out under the stars. It even attaches to the rear of your Jeep providing extra cargo space or can stand alone.

These are just a few of the seemingly countless Mopar accessories available for your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or Ram. You can buy these online, or stop by Warsaw Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and see our selection of Mopar accessories available right in the dealership.

Celebrate National Radio Day with Chrysler Premium Sound Systems

You may not realize it, but your favorite feature in your car just might be your radio. Imagine trying to go on a road trip without it or having to sit through a traffic jam in silence.

August 20th is recognized as National Radio Day, and the easiest way to show appreciation for your radio is to turn it up. But, if you feel like your car and its sound system are severely lacking, check out these Chrysler premium sound systems and consider upgrading to a new vehicle.

  • Beats Audio. This sound system was created by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine because of their undeniable love of music. This system includes five 3.5-inch Beats Audio mid-range speakers, four 6×9-inch Beats audio woofers, two 8-inch Beats Audio subwoofers, and a 12-channel Beats Audio amplifier.
  • Alpine. The premium Alpine sound system works directly with the Uconnect system to enhance your vehicle’s acoustics. It is a 7.1 sound system with nine speakers and a 12-channel amplifer.
  • Harman Kardon. If you crave the ultimate sound purity in your vehicle, the Harmon Kardon system is what you need. It is available in select Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge models and features advanced DSP functions and sound processing.

If you want to hear any of these premium sound systems in action, stop by Warsaw Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and we’ll play you some tunes.