GMC Earns Most Refined Brand Award by KBB.com

2016 GMC Lineup

For the third-consecutive year, GMC earned the Most Refined Brand Award from Kelley Blue Book.

This prestigious award was presented to the GMC brand at the 2016 New York International Auto Show. The reason why the award is important is because it recognizes an automaker’s ability to create and maintain products that create excitement amongst prospective car buyers.

In order to determine each award winner, data from more than 12,000 KBB.com users was analyzed in the Kelley Blue Book Strategic Insights’ Brand Watch study. This study focuses on what factors are important to consumers when purchasing a new vehicle, as well as the buyer’s familiarity and loyalty towards a particular brand.

GMC’s Denali sub-brand was credited by KBB.com as being a huge reason why GMC was honored as the Most Refined Brand. Denali models are known for their enhanced style and superior luxury features. In fact, Denali vehicles accounted for 23% of all GMC retail sales last year, which outsold Porsche’s full line of products.

If you are looking for an award winning brand like GMC, stop in to Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, South Carolina today to find out more about these GMC models and the Denali lineup as well!

Buick Announces New Enclave Sport Touring Edition

2016 Buick Enclave

Already available on the Encore, LaCrosse, Verano, and Regal models, Buick has recently announced that a special Enclave Sport Touring Edition will be offered for the 2017 model year, and we can’t wait to see it at Bradshaw Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac in Greer, SC.

The 2017 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition will come equipped with distinctive 20-inch wheels and a Satin Black Ice grille. Exterior color options for this new model include Ebony Twilight Metallic, White Frost Tricoat, and Crimson Red Metallic. Furthermore, the Enclave Sport Touring Edition will offer 4G LTE connectivity with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, tri-zone climate control, and a heated steering wheel, as well as other luxury amenities.

Underneath its hood, the Buick Enclave comes with a 3.6-liter V6 engine rated 288 horsepower. That motor is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission and consumers can pick between front-wheel and all-wheel drive.

According to a Buick press release, 33% of all Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers, which was the highest loyalty rate among all current Buick models. If you are looking for the new 2016 Buick Enclave or the 2017 Buick Enclave when it becomes available, stop by Bradshaw Automotive and we will find you the perfect one!

3 Reasons to Drive to Your Summer Getaway Instead of Fly

2015 Chevrolet Malibu

If you’re planning on traveling this summer, it’s likely you’re considering catching a plane to your warm-weather destination of choice. But why not drive instead? Driving to a summer getaway has just as many benefits as flying, if not more! Here are a few reasons why you should drive instead of fly.

Scenery

Staring out of the window of a commercial airliner can be gratifying, but it can’t make you feel as if you’re part of the scene. It’s like the difference between seeing something in person and seeing something on TV. Driving allows you to experience your surroundings in a visceral way. Plus, if you see something pretty, you can stop and gawk all you want.

Time

Commercial airliners fly at around 500 mph. Even if you’re a lead foot, your top speeds in a car are significantly less than 1/5 of that. Flying saves time, right? Well, when you add safety screenings and everything else that comes with flying—like parking a half-mile away, waiting for the shuttle, taking the shuttle, waiting for the shuttle to pick others, etc.—flying is awfully time-consuming. And stressful!

Despite all of that, flying will still probably beat driving when it comes to the quantity of time. What about the quality of time? Flying just really can’t compete with driving when it comes to fun.

Claustrophobia

Even if you’re not a particularly claustrophobic person, sitting for hours inside of an airliner can really rob you of any sense of space. Not to mention, airline seats are actually getting smaller. According to the USA Today, seats on some carriers have shrunk as much as three inches! With this decrease in personal space, driving in a car is just that much more appealing.

If you prefer to drive instead of fly, stop by Bradshaw Automotive today to pick out the perfect car to travel in!

Chevrolet Creates #DayItForward Campaign to Celebrate Charity and Kindness

Chevrolet is using this Leap Year as an excuse to do some seriously cool charitable work. Under the banner of their #DayItForward campaign, Chevrolet helped make a difference in all sorts of different ways.

“Time is such a precious commodity and having an extra day this year presents an amazing opportunity for all of us to do something impactful,” said Paul Edwards, Chevrolet Vice President of Marketing. Edwards further states, “The Chevy team is going to take those extra hours and put them towards doing unexpected acts of kindness for people—something that we hope others will embrace and repeat.”

Here are just a few way’s the Chevrolet Day It Forward campaign helped out across the country.

  • Chevy teamed up with The Ellen Show for Ellen’s “Trunk of Dreams” event. The show gave away a Chevy Malibu to a hardworking college student.
  • In cahoots with the Jimmy Kimmel Live! Show, Chevrolet helped provide teachers at Whaley Middle School in Los Angeles with much-needed school supplies.
  • Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey and the Kevin Spacey Foundation and Chevrolet gave Diontae Simpson, an aspiring actor, a grant so that he can study at a prestigious drama school.

How did you spend your Leap Day? Hopefully, it was as rewarding for you as it was for Chevy’s Day If Forward recipients! Tell us about it at Bradshaw Automotive today!

See below for our favorite video from Chevy’s #DayItForward:

Buick Avista Concept Wins EyesOn Design Award

Buick

At the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month, Buick unveiled its beautiful Avista concept. This futuristic car won the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence – Concept Car at the show.

This was the second year in a row that Buick won this award. It won it last year for its Avenir concept. This award recognized the best production and concept vehicle designs to make their debut at the show.

“Design has always played a large role in Buick’s rich history and recent success,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director, Buick Global Design, in a statement. He goes on to state that, “The Avista concept has been a labor of love by the team of designers, sculptors, engineers and talented craftspeople, including our UAW partners, who created this beautiful statement of Buick design. Avista represents the future essence of Buick design.”

The Avista has a sleek, powerful shape that pays tribute to Buick’s racing heritage. Its performance-oriented driving experience is further emphasized by carbon fiber and aluminum accents throughout the design.

What do you think about the Avista design? Would you like to see some elements incorporated into future production models?  We at Bradshaw Automotive can’t wait to see what the Avista concept may bring to the actual Buick lineup!

What Is the Significance of Presidents’ Day?

President's Day

Presidents’ Day is always celebrated on the third Monday in February, which means it falls on February 15th this year. This day is recognized as a federal holiday with many schools giving students the day off. But, have you ever wondered what the significance of Presidents’ Day is?  What could be so important about this day that students get to be out of school?

Presidents’ Day was originally established in 1885 to recognize President George Washington’s birthday, which falls on February 22nd. In fact, the federal government still officially calls this day “Washington’s Birthday.”  However, after the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971, it was moved to the third Monday.

Part of the move was also to recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, which falls on February 12th. However, because of the way the calendar falls, Presidents’ Day will never be on either Washington’s or Lincoln’s actual birthday.  But the importance of when President’s Day falls is not as important as remembering two of our nations’ most influential and historically important presidents’.

Today, Presidents’ Day is recognized as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, with many schools and organizations holding patriotic and historical events.

Do you get the day off of work for Presidents’ Day? How will you be celebrating?  We will be open for President’s day so if you do have the day off, take some time to stop and see us at Bradshaw Automotive!

2016 Chevy Volt Makes This Year’s ’10 Best Engines’ List

2016 Chevrolet Volt

The Ward’s Auto “10 Best Engines” list tends to celebrate traditional engines each year, listing the most innovative, powerful engines that have been created for the past year’s line-up.  However, this year there seems to be a different trend.

This year, Ward’s stretched the definition of engine by adding three hybrid models to their list, honoring the powertrains within: the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid, and the 2016 Toyota Prius.

Of these three, the 2016 Chevy Volt is by far the most impressive, with the ability to run on electricity alone when charged. In fact, the current Chevy Volt can travel up to 53 miles on pure electricity.  That completely unheard of in the electric market!

It’s worth noting that by including these three models on their list, Ward’s is truly recognizing the power of hybrid powertrains. They may not be traditional engines, but they can still be remarkably powerful.  This may also show that perhaps hybrid engines are becoming increasingly popular.

If you’re interested in checking out an award-winning 2016 Chevy Volt model, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Bradshaw Automotive.  We are just as excited as you for the new 2016 Chevrolet Volt!

Could Keeping Gym Essentials in Your Car Work For You?

Working Out

If one of your New Year’s resolutions this year is to hit the gym this year, we have one big recommendation for you: keep your gym essentials in your car. Many active, gym-goers find that getting ready to go is half the problem.

When your belongings are already stashed in the vehicle and ready to go, there’s almost no excuse not to get up and leave. And if you have enough equipment prepared – you can conduct an impromptu visit to the gym!

There’s no need to keep an entire separate gym bag in your car, but if you can keep as much as a change of clothes and sneakers in your vehicle, you can be ready at a moment’s notice.

Plus – shouldn’t you have a water bottle, a clean towel or two, and some healthy snacks ready in your in case of emergencies anyway?  So whether you head to the gym or you end up on the side of the road, you are prepared!

Whatever you do, don’t forget to take your smelly gym laundry out of the car when you get back home! Hopefully this helpful trick will help you to reach you New Year’s Resolution this year!  For more tips and tricks, visit us at Bradshaw Automotive.

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Engine Option Offers Superior Fuel Efficiency

2016 GMC Canyon

The 2016 GMC Canyon is back and better than ever! The 2015 model won award after award for its first year back on the lineup. Now, to further increase the options to consumers, General Motors is offering a diesel engine on both the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado. The new engine has received a “certificate of conformity” from the Environmental Protection Agency, certifying it for public sale.

The 2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Engine offers up to 22 city/31 hwy mpg on two-wheel-drive models. That puts it at the top of any pickup truck, gasoline or diesel, for highway mileage. Four-wheel-drive versions are rated at slightly less, 20 city/29 hwy mpg.

For comparison, the closest competitor is the 2016 Ram 1500’s 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that reaches 29 hwy mpg.  For a truck, the 2016 Canyon definitely gets great fuel efficiency.

The new 2.8-liter turbo diesel engine is a powerhouse, offering up to 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a 21 gallon tank, owners can expect around 650 miles on a tank of gas in two wheel drive models.

The diesel engine is available on SLE and SLT crew cab models. The GMC Canyon is priced at just over $3,700 more than a comparable 3.6-liter V6 model. Check out the brand new 2016 GMC Canyon at Bradshaw Automotive today!

Christmas Travel Tips

Airport

Many people absolutely loathe holiday travels and while you may be one of them, traveling doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of things you can do now to make your trip easier. Travel smarter this time around with these Christmas travel tips:

Plan Ahead. Pack a week in advance so you have time to remember anything you would otherwise forget. Book your flight weeks, if not a month, in advance to get the flight you want and maybe even save some money. Know the TSA’s rules on liquids and packaging so you aren’t stopped at security for something minor.  This will help you get through the preloading process quicker.

Avoid Crowds. Avoiding the traveling masses is easier said than done. A lot of the avoidance is a result at what time you choose to fly. Flying in the early morning or late at night will result in fewer crowds, allowing you to get to your gate faster. Early flights are also less likely to experience delays, due to them being the first flights of the day.

Ship via Mail. Send the luggage you don’t need for the flight to your destination via snail mail. Things like extra clothes and Christmas presents will slow you down and could result in baggage fees.

Tell us about some things you do to help better prepare for traveling during the holidays at Bradshaw Automotive!