Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is one of the most well-respected names in the automotive industry. It is one of consumers’ most relied on sources when it comes to making a decision during the buying process. Every year, KBB does a Brand Image study utilizing information from over 12,000 vehicle shoppers. This deals with their perceptions of auto brands and factors that go into choosing which nameplate to purchase. The winner of their “Most Refined Brand Award” for the fourth consecutive year in a row is GMC.
KBB’s executive editorial director Jack Nerad commented on the decision, stating the decision behind the blue book’s choice factored in GMC’s “Professional Grade” ideology.
“The extra attention to design and detail found across GMC’s lineup has clearly resonated with American consumers,” said Nerad.
In the past, KBB has cited GMC’s premium Denali trim as part of their reasoning behind choosing the brand as the recipient of the award. The luxurious trim level accounts for over 25 percent of GMC’s vehicle sales. The brand sold its one millionth Denali trim at the beginning of 2017, starting the year off on a successful note.
We at Wiesner of Huntsville are proud to contribute to GMC’s ongoing success by serving our community and providing the bold, capable, and sophisticated vehicles the brand is known for producing. If you want to check out KBB’s “Most Refined Brand,” stop by our dealership today.
What goes into the best family cars? Some will tell you that size is the key. Others will mention comfort, and others still might bring up entertainment to keep the kids distracted.
At Wiesner of Huntsville, we think the key to a great family vehicle is reliability and safety. What good is a big, comfortable, entertaining vehicle you’re not sure if it’ll get you and your family from point A to B safely every time you get into it?
That’s why we recommend the Chevrolet Tahoe, Impala, and Suburban to everyone who asks us for a family car. The former two were named among KBB.com’s 15 Best Family Cars of 2015 and the latter two among U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for Families, thanks to their great family features and reliability and safety.
For example, the Impala comes with available Front Automatic Braking, which can apply the brakes when the forward-sensing radar system sees a crash coming before the driver does; and the Tahoe and Suburban both offer the GM Safety Alert Seat, which alerts drivers about potential crashes via directional vibrations in the seat.
“Chevrolet puts families first, with cars, trucks and SUVs that provide the latest safety technologies and crash protection at a value,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet and president, GM North America. “It’s why Chevrolet was the most-awarded car company in 2014 and is driving toward another year of strong recognition.”
Three different Buick vehicles recently earned 5-Year Cost to Own awards from KBB.com. The awards mean that these vehicles will cost their owners the least amount of money over the first five years of their vehicle’s lives, and the Buick Enclave, Encore, and Verano all won their segments as 2015 models. The Enclave, specifically, won as the best Luxury Full-Size SUV/Crossover in its segment.
Customers must have been taking notice of the Buick brand’s excellence as well, though, since the Enclave just posted its second straight year of record sales. In 2014, they sold over 63,000 Enclave units, good for a 39 percent increase over 2013. “Few vehicles in any segment of the industry enjoy such a legacy of increasing popularly,” said Buick vice president Duncan Aldred. “In fact, many customers are enjoying their second or third Enclave. The Enclave has also been a cornerstone of Buick’s product renaissance.”
The Buick Enclave, as a 2015 model, starts at just over $39,000, gets up to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, and comes in five different model trims as well. To learn more about the Enclave, what makes it the best vehicle in the full-size SUV segment, and why so many customers love it, come see us here at Wiesner of Huntsville today.