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Cadillac and Spike Lee Unveil the 2021 Cadillac Escalade

2021 Cadillac Escalade Greer, SC

Working with renowned filmmaker Spike Lee, Cadillac recently debuted the 2021 Cadillac Escalade. Featured in a short film titled “Anthem,” the Escalade took front and center to showcase its high-end refinement, exceptional capabilities, and durability. This includes the industry-first curved OLED screen, which is part of the customizable touch-screen infotainment system.

Spike Lee is perhaps best known for his 1989 film Do the Right Thing, which is commonly listed among the greatest films of all time and has been since been preserved in the National Film Registry. He has also earned recognition for films such as Malcolm X, Chi-Raq, and BlacKkKlansman. In the new Cadillac “Anthem” film, you can see Lee’s signature style in action, including the use of his famous double-dolly shot in the opening sequence.

“As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee’s unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade,” said Steve Carlisle, the president of Cadillac.

Lee offers a unique take on the 2021 Escalade, illustrating the various ways the new SUV stands apart from the competition. In addition to the OLED instrument cluster and infotainment screens, you’ll find a 6.2-liter V8, an AKG 19-speaker audio system, 22-inch alloy wheels, and a suite of driver-assist technologies.

Want to know more about the 2021 Escalade? We can answer all of your questions at Bradshaw Automotive.

Chevy Trucks Earn Recognition for Efficient Gas Mileage

2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Greer, SC

The 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and Colorado recently earned top spots on U.S. News & World Report list of the 16 Trucks with the Best Gas Mileage. The turbodiesel powertrain on the Silverado 1500 scored especially high, though the turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine also earned a place. The Colorado turbodiesel and four-cylinder engines also made the list.

The 3.0-liter turbodiesel engine offered on the 2020 Silverado 1500 scored number one of the U.S. News list thanks to its impressive rating of 33 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city.1 This powertrain is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, and it generates 277 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque.

“Its huge boost in torque helps the Silverado return the best fuel economy estimates in the full-size pickup truck segment,” according to U.S. News & World Report writers Steven Loveday and Liana Madrid. “In addition, when properly equipped, the Silverado with the turbodiesel engine can tow up to 9,300 pounds.”

The 2020 Colorado also scored high marks on the U.S. News report, thanks to a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or an available 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel. The four-cylinder engine is paired with a six-speed transmission, getting 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.2 The turbodiesel has an impressive 30 mpg on the highway.3

At Bradshaw Automotive, we can help you find the perfect Chevy truck for your lifestyle.

1Silverado 1500 2WD with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6 engine EPA-estimated 23 MPG city/33 highway.

2EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/26 highway: Colorado 2WD with 2.5L 4-cylinder engine and automatic transmission.

3EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/30 highway for Colorado 2WD with available 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine. Based on segment-exclusive features. Excludes other GM models.

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!

Tips to Help You Drive Safely at Night

2016 Chevy Impala

While driving is dangerous in general, it can be truly so when night falls. Vehicles already impair our vision with their structures, creating blind spots, but these blind spots get significantly worse when you drive at night. To help make up for our lack of sight when the sun sets, here are a few tips to help your night driving:

Dim your interior lights. While it’s important to know how fast you are going and your engine temperature, it’s okay to dim your dash lights. For some reason, this never occurs to many people. The glare from the dash lights can dramatically diminish your view of the road.

Keep your windshield clean. Clean your windshield regularly clean, both inside and out! Make it part of a weekly maintenance routine.

Aim your headlights. A lot of people also don’t know that they can aim their headlights. Do your research to find the adjustment screw and park about twenty feet from a flat white surface, like a closed garage door. It takes some finesse to get them properly aimed. You’ll know if you’ve got them aimed too high because everyone will be flipping their brights at you!

See if you need glasses. Get your eyes checked! Occasionally, a person may have fine sight and only need glasses to drive at night.

In the end, if you don’t particularly like driving at night or you are not comfortable with it, try to do all of your driving during the day! At Bradshaw Automotive, we want you to be safe while driving on the road, day or night!

New GM Safety Technologies Get New Testing Ground

2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior
2015 Chevrolet Colorado Interior

Unlike consumers, automakers often don’t have instruction manuals when it comes to figuring out their new technologies. Instead, they have to rely on their own innovative thinking. When an automaker is developing advanced safety features, like General Motors, then you need plenty of room and resources to ensure everything works perfectly.

To ensure that GM safety technology is the best, the American carmaker has made a $14 million investment on a new 52-acre research facility. In this facility, they will test their new, cool safety gadgets. The new testing ground is an addition to GM’s Milford Proving Ground. This testing ground will provide plenty of space and resources to significantly change the way safety technology is tested.

An observation building is outfitted with technology allowing engineers to remotely control vehicles as they maneuver around a 16-acre testing area, allowing GM engineers to basically turn real cars into the remote-controlled toys of your childhood dreams. There is also a tunnel simulator and areas designated to test parking and pedestrian technologies.

The new GM safety technologies that will be tested at the new GM testing grounds include automated braking and pedestrian recognition. Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what you think of GM’s new investment in the testing of safety technologies below in the comments!

Why Do You Need to Change Your Oil?

Oil Change

Oil plays a key role in the life of your vehicle, affecting everything from lifespan to fuel efficiency. 50 years ago, you would have needed an oil change every 500 miles. Fortunately, that isn’t the case today but you still need to change your oil on a regular basis. Today, many automakers suggest changing the oil every 7,500 to 15,000 miles, just to ensure your car keeps running smoothly

Oil does three major things within the engine block. First, it lubricates the metal parts that are constantly grinding together to create motion. Second, it draws away some of the heat produced by friction between metal parts. Third, it carries away shavings, dirt, and grime, preventing carbon and varnishes from building up.

When oil goes unchanged, it can lose its viscosity, increasing the chances of engine damage. Because of this, not changing your oil can be costly in the long run. Carbon deposits and sludge can come out of old oil, as a result of carbon buildup around the cooler parts of the engine. When this occurs, it can only be solved through an expensive engine cleaning or replacing worn piston rings.

If you go too long without changing your oil, the pistons could seize entirely and the camshafts could take damage. That would lead to some hefty bills for replacement parts that no driver wants to pay, so make sure you change your oil on a routine basis. Let our service department help you with any of your service related needs here at Bradshaw Automotive, including getting your oil changed!

GM Announces 2016 GMC Sierra Updates

2016 GMC Sierra

It wasn’t long ago that General Motors unveiled what updates the 2016 Chevrolet Silverado would see. Now, the American automaker is unveiling updates for the Silverado’s sibling—the 2016 GMC Sierra. These GMC Sierra updates are subtle throughout the model, but come together to make yet another fantastic pickup truck.

Most of the changes subtly make the Sierra more attractive in terms of its exterior design. Small improvements to its already sleek design can increase sales even more. The most noticeable changes include redesigned bumpers, grille, and front fascia. LED daytime running lights, LED fog lamps, and LED taillights now come standard, while the Sierra SLT and Denali will pack on more chrome.

Inside, the pickup will receive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities by the end of 2015. Both systems operate through GMC’s IntelliLink infotainment system. Models with a seven-inch touchscreen will see the options first.  These technological features will make the 2016 GMC Sierra even more appealing!

The 2016 GMC Sierra is sure to make a lasting impression, thanks to these interior and exterior updates. Make sure you check back to the Bradshaw Automotive Group soon to learn more information about the newly redesigned pickup truck!  We will anxiously be awaiting its arrival!

Awesome Smartphone Driving Apps

Man texting while driving
Don’t Text and Drive!

While it is never a good idea to use your smartphone while you are driving, there are a handful of smartphone apps that can greatly improve your driving experience. Here are a few:

GasBuddy

Ever fill up at a gas station and head down the road to see another gas station offering considerably cheaper gas? Say goodbye to that horrifying experience with Gasbuddy, an app that will easily help you find the cheapest gas in your area.

Spotify

There are a lot of music streaming apps out there, such as Pandora and Google Play, but Spotify is one of the best. The free version permits shuffled streaming, while the Premium version costs $10 a month and allows you stream pretty much any music you want.

XLR8

Does your neighbor speed by your house often in his loud sports car? Why not get some revenge (in a fun, safe way)? The XLR8 app connects to your car stereo and uses the accelerometer of your vehicle. As you accelerate, you’ll hear engine sounds from your favorite sports car.

Waze

Waze is a “community-based traffic and navigation app.” Users log the site of traffic jams, allowing other users to avoid them. Users also constantly update maps, meaning that Waze offers the most up-to-date navigation.

Summer is here and these awesome smartphone driving apps can really enhance your road trip!  Tell us about some of the best apps you’ve used to help your driving here at Bradshaw Automotive!

Staying Ahead Of The Curve: Cadillac Smartphone Integration

2016 Cadillac ATS
2016 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac has always been ahead of the curve. Just last year, you could find wireless charging capability as well as 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity featured broadly across the Cadillac lineup. This was before many other luxury brands had done so. Now, Cadillac is continuing to blaze the way for new technology by improving many of the Cadillac smartphone integration systems.

This feature is growing more and more important as smartphones become absolutely integral to daily life. David Leone, Executive Chief Engineer for Cadillac reports that the automaker is “moving quickly to enhance phone integration and overall system performance.”

This means that 2016 model year vehicles from Cadillac featuring the CUE’s 8-in multi-touch screen will boast functionality in Apple CarPlay. A press release from Cadillac reports, “Android Auto is expected to be phased into 2016 production at a later date.” Not only will Cadillac vehicles connect to both iPhones and Androids, it will also be a lot easier and more intuitive to access smartphone features.

If that wasn’t enough, Cadillac is making the processor in their CUE systems much more powerful for 2016. Users will enjoy faster boot-up times and improved voice recognition. Tell us what you think of Cadillac latest technology here at Bradshaw Automotive in the comments below!

Things You Should Keep in Your Car in Summer

Driving

If your car breaks down in the summer, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar area, you’ll want to have a car that’s stocked with essentials. Here are some items you should always keep in your car.

1: Food and water! Keeping some snack bars in your glove compartment and a case of water in the trunk could save you while you’re waiting hours for a tow truck to find you, especially on a hot day.

2: A quart of oil. Most people don’t check their oil as often as they should, and if your oil starts to get low when you’re in the middle of a long drive or you start having car troubles, having a quart in the backseat can save you from a disaster.

3: A cell phone charger if your car supports it. Today a cell phone can get you out of just about any situation—you can even make emergency calls when you’re out of range. If you break down, you will want your cell phone.

That’s just a few of the things you should keep in your car during the summer. Check your fluids and drive safe, and hopefully you’ll avoid a breakdown!  Tell us at Bradshaw Automotive what other things you think we should keep in our cars as well in the comments below!