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J.D. Power Names 2020 Cadillac CT5 Highest Initial Quality in Segment

2020 Cadillac CT5, Greer, SC

Though it might be tempting to look at Cadillac’s newest entry as another pretty face, the high-performance Cadillac CT5 far more than just a gorgeous design with a sumptuous interior. According to industry juggernaut J.D. Power, the all-new 2020 CT5 is amongst the top automotive models in terms of initial performance. In order to gather the information needed for the Initial Quality Study, J.D. Power surveys new vehicle owners about any problems they encountered during the first 90 days of ownership. Results are compiled by individual vehicles and organized into segments. Vehicles with the most problems receive a lower ranking on the chart.

Based on the data gathered by J.D. Power from new owners, the 2020 Cadillac CT5 ranked as the best-performing premium midsize sedan in terms of initial quality. The XT5’s performance during its first year of availability is notable, as it is typical for brand-new models to experience more quality issues than older models.

The XT5 wasn’t the only Cadillac vehicle that demonstrated superior initial quality compared to its luxury peers. The Cadillac Escalade, CT6, and XT4 also topped the Initial Quality Study for their respective segments.

Given that few updates are expected for the 2021 CT5, we expect similar performance from the luxury sedan next year.

Want to get behind the wheel of a luxurious, reliable vehicle? Choose a model from Bradshaw Cadillac in Greer, SC.

Chevrolet Silverado Hailed Among Easiest Vehicles to Repair

2020 Chevrolet Silverado - Greer, SC

With a fervent fan base of loyal owners, a reputation for top-tier reliability, and best-in-class V8 power, the Chevrolet Silverado is one of the most popular pickup trucks in America. As if the beloved truck needed any more resume padding, the Silverado family of vehicles recently received major kudos for its ease of maintainability.

Per U.S. News & World Report, the Chevrolet Silverado is among the top 10 Easiest Cars to Maintain and Repair. Easy maintainability is a big plus for truck owners, as having an easy-to-repair vehicle means you won’t experience long waits and expensive bills for parts due to slow supply chains or hard-to-find parts.

According to John M. Vincent and James MacPherson, writers for U.S. News & World Report, the length of the Silverado’s generations contribute to ease of maintenance. “The models aren’t fully redesigned as often as many vehicles, so there tends to be plenty of repair parts available,” the experts stated. They also credited the truck’s passionate, knowledgeable fan base, which makes it easy to get advice on caring for your truck. Other contributing factors to the Silverado’s high reliability include a spacious, uncomplicated engine compartment and common parts with other popular Chevy vehicles, such as the Tahoe and Suburban.

The Bradshaw Automotive service department in Greer, SC, boasts a staff of factory-trained technicians. Our experts will help your truck go the distance.  Shop with Bradshaw Automotive today to get behind the wheel of the easy-to-maintain Chevy Silverado.

A Wealth of Updates Coming to the 2021 Cadillac XT6

2020 Cadillac XT6 Greer, SC

The 2021 Cadillac XT6 is rolling into the latest model year with fresh color options, a new trim level, and upgraded power.

 

A new Luxury trim joins the Premium Luxury and Sport models from 2020. The 2021 XT6 Luxury acts as the new base trim, and boasts generous standard features including an 8-inch touch screen, tri-zone climate control, heated front seats, and Jet Black leatherette seating.

 

This trim also comes with a number of intelligent driver-assist safety features, like Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, and Forward Collision Alert. Front and Rear Park Assist are also included, and will make it easier for you to slide in and out of spaces.

 

With updates under the hood, the 2021 Cadillac promises a thrilling, fun performance. A new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine brings 237 horsepower to the Luxury model. That engine gets paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Drivers who want extra pep and capability can go for the available 3.6-liter LGX V6 engine, which boasts 310 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque.

 

The Cadillac XT6 already turns heads with its bold and sophisticated design, but the latest model year gives you even more options. Now you can customize your 2021 model with one of three new exterior colors — Wilder, Dark Moon Blue Metallic, and Infrared Tintcoat.

 

If you’re ready to upgrade, you can find the latest Cadillac XT6 models at Bradshaw Cadillac in Greer, SC.

Exciting Updates Coming to the 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Greer SC

The new 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD is coming soon to Bradshaw Automotive, and bringing lots of exciting updates with it. Expect everything from additional standard features to new packages in this heavy-duty pickup.

 

A new split bench seat is coming to the Work Truck, Custom, and LT trims. This front seat replaces the plain 40/20/40-split bench seat, and will add a covered armrest storage unit.

 

The 2021 Silverado 2500HD Work Truck and Custom trims will also become a little more passenger friendly by adding a second standard USB port to the front of the cabin. That’s not the only tech update — GM is also adding its new wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ connectivity to the cabin, so passengers can sync their phones without a power cable. This feature is available in the LT trim and  standard on the LTZ and High Country trims.

 

Work Truck, Custom, and LT trims offer a new available auto-dimming rearview mirror that shows a limited video display of the truck’s cargo bed. This view comes from the Bed View Camera which is mounted on the high brake light. Other models will include this view on their center display. There’s even one update under the hood of the Silverado 2500HD. The regular cab Work Truck will be offered with E85 FlexFuel capability for the 6.6-liter V8 engine. Plus, six new packages offer options for unique styling and improved performance.

 

Want a tough, capable truck? Shop our Chevy truck inventory at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC.

 

Three New Packages Announced for the 2021 Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Greer, SC

The 2021 Chevrolet Colorado has some exciting changes for the new model year, including new trims and exterior designs. There are also three new packages that allow you to personalize your truck like never before, including a Custom Special Edition, Chrome Appearance, and WT Appearance Package. Test-drive the new Colorado in Greer, SC today to learn more about what’s new on the 2021 model.

There are two packages offered on the base Work Truck trim. The first is a WT Appearance Package, which comes with either a 4×2 or 4×4 powertrain. Offered for businesses buying fleets and special orders, this new package has body-colored door handles, mirrors, and more. Along with the bold new exterior, with a wide grille and contoured lines, the Work Truck is bound to stand apart on the road.

You can also opt for a Custom Special Edition with more features. This package adds Dark Argent Metallic wheels and all-season tires — perfect for your everyday drive. You’ll also find body-colored mirrors and door handles, as well as a body-colored rear bumper and grille.

Finally, the Chrome Appearance Package is offered on the LT model. As the name implies, this comes with chrome trim on the front grille, door handles, beltline molding, rear bumper, and the mirror caps. You’ll also find heated, power-folding mirrors in this package. It’s available for both 4×2 and 4×4 variants.

You can get your very own Chevrolet Colorado at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC.

2020 GMC Canyon and 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 Named Among Best Trucks for Towing

2020 GMC Canyon Greer, SC

The 2020 GMC Canyon and GMC Sierra were recently named among the top trucks on the market in terms of towing and hauling. According to U.S. News & World Report, both pickups are on their list of the 13 Best Trucks for Towing. Perfect for your next outdoor adventure near Greer, SC, or for hard work around town, the Canyon and Sierra 1500 are bound to impress any driver.

The 2020 Canyon has an available 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, which has 181 horsepower and an impressive 369 lb-ft of torque. This turbo-diesel engine not only saves on fuel, but it has a class-leading 7,700 pounds in maximum towing capacity when equipped with a Trailering Package.

You’ll also find a tow/haul mode when you select the automatic transmission, which helps to improve driving when towing a heavy load. This feature was particularly appealing to the judges at U.S. News, as Nick Kurczewski writes that “this raises or lowers shift points, depending on how much you’re hauling, and uses engine compression to assist with braking.”

The Sierra 1500 is among the top full-size trucks on the market, with 12,100 pounds in towing capacity. You’ll find an available 6.2-liter V8 engine, a Max Trailering Package, and four-wheel drive to improve performance. Other features improve functionality as well, such as the optional ProGrade Trailering System and a state-of-the-art six-function GMC MultiPro Tailgate.

The GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Canyon are available for purchase at Bradshaw Automotive.

2020 Chevy Blazer Named Best New Midsize SUV by Good Housekeeping

We all want what is best for our families. If you are shopping for a new midsize SUV, you should consider the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer. It was recently named the Best New Midsize SUV by Good Housekeeping Institute and Car and Driver magazine.

2020 Chevrolet Blazer Greer, SC

“A stylish exterior and an appealing aesthetic wraps this practical, fun-to-drive crossover,” writes Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping Institute Chief Technologist and Head Engineer. “You’ll enjoy a confident, responsive drive that stands out on city streets and highways alike.”

To determine the winners for the Best New Family Car Awards, testers took each vehicle through 5,000 miles of tests, this included highways, city driving, and test tracks. Each vehicle was evaluated for its design, technology, handling, safety, and overall value.

Another important consideration was convenience features like cargo space. The Blazer boasts a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet with the second row of seats folded. With the seats in place, you can use up to 30.5 cubic feet for your cargo needs.

If your family loves to take a boat or trailer out for some outdoor fun, the Blazer has a maximum towing capacity of up to 4,500 pounds. You can also choose from among three engine options so you can get the right amount of performance to meet your family’s needs.

Want a better family vehicle? You can find the 2020 Chevy Blazer at Bradshaw Automotive in Greer, SC.

GM Pitches in to Create Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Heroes

GM PPE for Healthcare Heroes | Greer, SC

During this global pandemic, many companies are stepping up to help our essential healthcare workers. Earlier in the year, General Motors started producing face masks and ventilators. Now, it is expanding its work even further by producing a variety of personal protective equipment (PPE) like aerosol boxes, protective gowns, and face shields.

Initially, volunteer employees put their manufacturing skills to good use and made handmade samples of face masks. They took these samples to a local hospital for evaluation and adjusted their design based on feedback. Now, GM makes 50,000 masks each week.

Steve Hart, GM director of design fabrication operations, said, “The dedication, abilities, and spirit of collaboration from our skilled tradespeople has been humbling. They are working longer hours than ever on a voluntary basis to fulfill urgent requests from doctors, nurses, and other professionals on the front lines.”

GM’s fabrication team is now working to assemble protective gowns and aerosol boxes. They will distribute these necessary items to hospitals in the area including the Henry Ford Health System. For the face shields, GM is using its 3D printing technology and a collaboration with Summit Polymers to produce 50,000 shields a week.

All materials are being produced using medical guidelines and feedback to make sure they work the way doctors and nurses need them to.

At Bradshaw Automotive we’re proud of the essential workers and healthcare heroes in our community of Greer, SC.

The 2021 Cadillac Escalade Gets a Diesel Engine

2021 Cadillac Escalade Greer, SC

The completely redesigned fifth generation of the Cadillac Escalade will make its debut later this year for the 2021 model year. Along with a sophisticated design, a more spacious interior, and stunning advanced technology, the Escalade will offer a new diesel engine for the first time.

The available diesel engine will be a Duramax® 3.0-liter inline-six that is rated at 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. This engine will give people new options in the luxury SUV segment, especially for those concerned about their fuel economy. Official EPA estimates for the new diesel engine have yet to be released.

Dave Schiavone, Escalade Marketing Manager, said, “If you love Escalade, you love Escalade. But for those people that also love fuel efficiency, they can get it in the diesel. We’re expecting some pretty good improvements in fuel economy on the diesel over the V8 gasoline.”

Along with its expected jump in fuel economy, Schiavone says the diesel engine will give the Escalade good acceleration thanks to its wide availability of torque.

If you still want the traditional V8, it will still be the standard engine on the 2021 Escalade. Like previous years, it will produce 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

For the latest Cadillac news, contact us at Bradshaw Automotive.

Trim Level Updates Coming to the Chevy Colorado

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Greer, SCThe 2021 Chevrolet Colorado is getting some significant updates that will make this midsize truck even more exciting. All trim levels will receive new styling on the front and back ends and Chevrolet is paring down the trim level offerings.

In 2021, the base trim level on the Colorado will be the Work Truck model, which means you will get more standard features right from the start. Chevrolet says that with the new front-end design, each trim level will have a more distinct look. On the back end of the Colorado, the rear bowtie on the tailgate has been replaced with the word “Chevrolet” embossed into the metal.

Another addition to the Colorado’s looks will be a new available Sand Dune Metallic exterior color. This will be an option on the Colorado Z71 and ZR2. The off-road-oriented ZR2 model will also feature a wide grille design with an open “Chevrolet” badge across the front. This model will come standard with stylish red row hooks.

Like previous model years, the 2021 Colorado will offer three impressive engine options. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 lb-ft of torque. Next up is a 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel that delivers 181 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. Finally, a 3.6-liter V6 offers 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

You can learn more about the smart, capable Chevrolet Colorado by contacting us at Bradshaw Automotive.