GM in the news
It’s time for another of our “in the news” wrap-ups—where we at Budds’ collect all the interesting and exciting things we find on the web about GM brands and share them with you.
If you love cars as much as we do, we hope you’ll find this digest interesting.
The most Googled vehicles in the US
What’s the best way to learn about which cars are most popular? Well, in today’s “always-on” techno-everything world, the answer is simple: look at the Google stats.
There’s some logic to this approach; most car purchases start with a Google search, so it makes sense that Google data could provide a “greatest hits” list.
Using this metric, The News Wheel reports a statistic that makes us proud: the Buick Enclave is the most Googled vehicle south of the border.
Also on the list: the Chevy Tahoe, Buick Cascada, GMC Sierra and more.
We don’t have similar stats for Canada but we wouldn’t be surprised if the data held up.
Junkyard find: Cadillac “Bustleback” Seville
We love writing about old cars people find gathering dust, so it gave us a smile when we found this story about an old Seville on The Truth About Cars.
More than a dozen pictures show that time hasn’t been kind to this particular vehicle, but it’s still a fun car to look at. Plus the post includes a vintage commercial hyping this clunky-trunky sedan as “The car for those who, like you, choose to go first class all the way.”
1975 GMC Jimmy
Speaking of rare finds, here’s a Jimmy that’s in much better condition than that Caddy above.
Newsday details owner Andrew Biondo’s relationship with the car over a quarter-century of restoration. Quite a story.
And for those of you who dream of doing something similar, here’s an encouraging piece of news: Biondo found the car advertised for sale in the paper.
What’s the greatest Buick of all time?
This may not be a question you ask yourself every day, but when you think about it, America’s oldest automaker has had its share of great cars.
We’re particularly fond of the 1970 Buick GSX, just one of the six or seven great Buicks featured in AutoBlog’s cool slideshow. Stick around until the end for the GNX—still a classic power car.
Cadillac: going electric?
Reuters reports that Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen has announced future plans for the brand— shrinking its lineup of sedans and doubling down on SUVs and hybrid and electric vehicles.
From the article:
“Cadillac will not directly replace the current XTS, CTS or ATS sedans when they end their life cycles in 2019, he said. Instead, Cadillac will use a single new car called the CT5 to appeal to consumers shopping for sedans priced between $35,000 and $45,000. New versions of the CT6 sedan will be offered to customers who want a larger car starting at $50,000.
“Cadillac will also offer more SUVs, starting with a compact model called XT4, followed by a larger SUV with three rows of seats due by 2019 to compete with vehicles such as Volvo’s current XC90 model.
Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 through the years
Here’s another great slideshow, this one from US News & World Report.
The subject? Our beloved Corvette ZR1—past, present, and future.
First introduced in 1970, the ZR-1 designation has popped up and disappeared again over the years. The most recent ZR1 showed up in 2013, sporting 638 horsepower and hitting speeds of 200 mph.
And If you’ve been pining for a new one, you’re in luck: 2018 will once again see a ZR1, this one rumoured to produce a ridiculous 750ish hp. No word yet if actual jet wings will be included.
GMC Canyon Denali review
Quick. What vehicle “provided a surprisingly quiet, comfortable ride with quick acceleration” in a recent review from MotorTrend?
Hint: this is the same truck where “Handling is nice and nimble at low and highway speeds and steering weight is just right for a truck.”
Well, if you read the title of this section, we’ve already given it away—it’s the 2017 GMC Canyon Denali. Check out the review for some gushing praise and dozens of photos taken in true MT style.
Two more quick pieces of news for you: Carbuzz reports there’s a three-row crossover Cadillac coming in ’19, and US pricing has been announced for the 2018 Traverse.
Can’t wait to get driving?
Reading about all these great cars always gets us hankering to hit the road. If you’re in the same mood, come and see us about a test drive and we’ll get you sorted. We can’t promise you’ll make the newspaper, but your new Chevy, Buick, Cadillac or GMC will certainly be the talk of the neighbourhood.