We all know that using your phone while driving is dangerous. But, according to a Research Now study, 90 percent of drivers have done it at some point. This is a daunting statistic. To help curb this hazardous driving habit, Chevrolet has created the Call Me Out app.
Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet, articulated the company’s goal for the app. “With Call Me Out, we are extending our commitment beyond the technologies integrated into GM and Chevy vehicles and are making the app available for Android phone users who drive other vehicle makes and models in an effort to help people change their driving behavior and make our roads safer.”
This app, which is available to download now on Android smartphones, uses a combination of technology and peer influence to encourage drivers to leave their phones alone while driving. To app relies on the phone’s GPS and accelerometer to determine when the phone is travelling faster than 5 mph. If someone picks up the phone while driving, the app will automatically play a personalized message prerecorded by family members or friends.
The app also keeps track of your progress and awards points. The less you handle your phone, the more points you will get and the higher up the scoreboard you will go.
For more safe driving tips, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive. We can also set you up with a test drive of one of our protective vehicle models, if you’re in the market for a new ride.
The process of fueling up is such a drag. It’s inconvenient, time-consuming, and your gas tank always seems to be on the verge of empty when you just want to get home. Thankfully, Buick has come up with a way to make stopping for gas easier and faster than ever. Buick models with access to the Buick Marketplace will be able to download the ExxonMobil Speedpass app, which allows drivers to pay through the convenience of their app.
The ExxonMobil Speedpass app is compatible with over 11,000 Exxon and Mobile gas stations across the United States and lets drivers pay in their vehicle without swiping a card. Drivers can even earn points through the rewards program. In order to use the app, Buick drivers simply have to press the app icon through the interface of their vehicle’s infotainment system, allow the app to detect their location, and then select a pump and payment method. The app will be available free of charge.
The ExxonMobil Speedpass app will make everything from the daily commute to long-distance road trips easier than ever for Buick drivers. This partnership isn’t the only way Buick makes filling up more convenient, however; all recent models come standard with capless gas tanks, too, for quick and easy fueling.
Looking for more ways to increase mileage so you don’t have to stop for gas as frequently? Visit us at Bradshaw Automotive to test-drive one of our efficient new vehicles.
One of GMC’s most popular SUVs is the Acadia. The mid-size SUV is great for families with the versatility of an available third row and modern technology. For the upcoming 2019 model year, GMC has announced a series of Acadia updates that will make it even more appealing.
For starters, the exterior color options are getting adjusted. While GMC is taking away three choices (Mineral Metallic, Black Cherry Metallic, and Crimson Red Tintcoat), it is adding four new options: Red Quartz Metallic, Pepperdust Metallic, Dark Sky Metallic, and Smokey Quartz Metallic.
For those looking for a darker overall appearance, the Acadia Black Edition package will be available on the SLT trim. This special edition model comes with a black grille insert and surround, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with black accents, black roof rails, black headlamp and taillamp accents, black mirror caps, and other accents.
Standard features on all models will include Bluetooth® connectivity, a 7-inch touch screen, OnStar® with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities, Android Auto™, and Apple CarPlay™.
We can also look forward to even more changes for the 2020 model year, when the Acadia is due for a mid-cycle refresh. With that update, we can expect to see powertrain and styling changes.
With Chevrolet gearing up for the release of the next generation of the Tahoe in 2020, the 2019 Chevy Tahoe manifests only subtle changes.
The 2019 Tahoe gains a metallic gray color and loses two others, which alters some paint options in the trims and packages. The Premier trim will get new Premier badging on its tailgate, but that’s it for 2019 updates on the Chevy Tahoe.
You can expect to see much bigger changes on the 2020 model, though GM has yet to reveal details. We do know that the new Tahoe will be based on the GM T1 platform. It will also offer all-new engineering and be 300 pounds lighter than the previous generation.
The new generation of Tahoe will most likely see a full redesign of its interior and exterior, with both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options. Chevy may add its autonomous driving technology GM Super Cruise. The Tahoe is also expected to come with a next-gen infotainment system and a more convenient third row.
The 2019 Tahoe is set to hit dealerships later this year, with the new gen 2020 Tahoe most likely arriving sometime in late 2019.
Stop by Bradshaw Automotive later this year to test-drive the 2019 Chevy Tahoe. Until then, visit us to browse our current Chevy inventory.
The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is one of the best-selling Chevy vehicles. It’s efficient, affordable, stylish, and packed with thoughtful amenities. The upcoming 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will keep the momentum going with updates to its design and trim levels. Here’s what to expect from the new model year.
Changes to the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze will be apparent immediately, thanks to updates to the front fascia. The new Chevy Cruze gets a bolder look with a wider grille and refreshed, modern accents. These new details give the Cruze a more sophisticated and upscale look, while maintaining the sensible design and affordability the model is known for.
New Hatchback Trim
The 2019 Chevy Cruze will be available in a brand new hatchback trim, the Hatch LS. The current hatchback trims already account for a fifth of the Cruze sales, and this higher level trim will bring wider options to buyers looking for a five-door option.
Certain trims of the 2019 Cruze will also offer new amenities. LT and Premier models will get remote start and automatic climate control, while the brand new Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system will be available as an upgrade to in-cabin technology.
Test drive the new Cruze for yourself when it arrive on our lot here at Bradshaw Automotive.
The half-ton pickup market is a competitive segment, especially here in America. Pickup trucks offer a variety of different features, capabilities, and packages to appeal to a broad and diverse audience. GMC is staying one step ahead of competitors with expanded options for the GMC Sierra 1500. The model, due for a 2019 model year release, will offer drivers the options of a carbon fiber truck bed and an off-road trim level.
One of the most anticipated new features to debut on the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 is the MultiPro tailgate. This feature keeps cargo more secure by preventing it from shifting, as well as making loading, unloading, accessing it easier. This tailgate will be standard on the SLT and Denali trim levels, which are the models selected by 87% of GMC Sierra 1500 customers.
More tie-downs and 110-volt outlet will also be included with the Sierra 1500’s short box, and in addition to the standard high-strength steel boxes, drivers will be able to select truck beds built from alloy, which has been engineered to be 50% stronger than the Sierra 1500’s current alloy box. Later in the model year, the GMC Sierra 1500 will also offer a CarbonPro box with some panels made from carbon-fiber composite.
For more information about the GMC Sierra 1500 refresh, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive.
Customers spoke—and Buick listened. According to Elizabeth Pilibosian, the chief engineer for the Buick Envision, many of the 2019 Buick Envision updates come directly from customer suggestions.
So what can you expect from the 2019 Buick Envision? Here is just a brief preview into this luxury crossover.
More power, more efficiency: The Envision’s 2.0-liter engine has grown in terms of performance output, now generating up to 252 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. And with the engine stop/start deactivation switch, saving fuel has never been easier. Buick also offers a new nine-speed automatic transmission for the 2.0-liter engine.
Updates to technology: Buick has made many of the Envision’s technologies more effective and efficient. For example, the seat heating system now offers warmth faster while the driver can now seamlessly switch between Adaptive Cruise Control and regular cruise control. The Rear Vision Camera now offers enhanced visibility, and the hands-free microphone offers better call quality.
New technologies: Buick has incorporated an in-vehicle air ionizer for fresher cabin air and next-generation wireless charging.
Better lighting: The Buick Envision boasts upgraded lighting, including HID headlights, bi-functional LED headlamps, and LED wing signature lights.
Spring is the perfect time of year to get out and explore Greer. And why not explore it with a citywide festival? We at Bradshaw Automotive love going to the Greer Goes Global International Festival, a yearly celebration of our city and all of our cultures.
This is Greer Goes Global’s fifth year as a festival, and it’ll be more exciting than ever before. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 14th, you can check it out for yourself. The festival features booths from over 20 countries, each with its own representative from around the Greer area. You can learn about countries from Europe, South America, Africa, and more.
Aside from booths, there are also plenty of international dishes to enjoy. In the past, there have been Greek food trucks, Mexican food trucks, and food samples from other countries.
There is also plenty of entertainment. Multiple arts and crafts activities are available for kids, like crafting masks or getting henna tattoos. Dance and musical performances will give you a taste of entertainment in different countries.
If you love sports, then you’re in luck. There are multiple sports featured that you might never have heard of before, like Kubb, Hurling, and Gaelic Football.
Explore the world without ever leaving Greer at the upcoming Greer Goes Global International Festival.
Everyone wants the latest and greatest vehicle equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, and oftentimes you can get it at by choosing a vehicle a year or two older than the current model year. More likely than not, recent model years have nearly identical mechanical parts and advanced features but come at a reduced price, so your money goes further. Both the 2016 and 2017 Buick Regals are shining examples of this. These mid-size luxury sedans are just as stylish, graceful, and powerful as the current model year.
The 2017 Buick Regal boasts performance and sophistication. It comes equipped with a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that offers 182 horsepower as well as 30 mpg on the highway*. It also has a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety by NHTSA, so you can feel confident and comfortable behind the wheel of the Buick Regal.
The 2016 Buick Regal boasts that same standard engine, fuel efficiency, and many other identical mechanical components and premium features as the 2017 model. For the first time, the 2016 Regal features an advanced IntelliLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® smartphone compatibility.
Chevy has given us a first look at the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, and it’s truly something to be excited about. The formidable truck looks beastly and impossibly strong, and its tough silhouette looks intimidating and ready to take on any challenge you place before it. Get ready, Chevy truck lovers, the Silverado Class 4 and Class 5 chassis cab trucks are coming your way.
If the shadowy photograph of the 2019 Chevy Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD has you chomping at the bit, don’t worry. You don’t have much longer to wait until this all-new truck is unveiled in full. A few weeks ago, Chevrolet announced that the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD would make their debut at The Work Truck Show 2018, which will take place March 6th through 9th in Indianapolis. The U.S. vice president of GM, Ed Peper, made the following announcement: “The Silverado 4500HD/5500HD trucks are the flagship of our full-line commercial truck portfolio and we’ve designed them to be among the best in the industry in maneuverability, serviceability, visibility, quietness and comfort, diesel fuel economy, and more.” You’re not going to find stronger, more formidable ally anywhere than in the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD, as they will come with tough Duramax diesel engines alongside Allison transmissions.
We at Bradshaw Automotive are excited for what the new Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD are expected to offer. In the meantime, stay tuned for further information on this awe-inspiring truck.