3 Updates to Note in the 2017 GMC Sierra

GMC is going all out with the 2017 GMC Sierra. There are plenty of updates on the table for this model year. These are all things you’ll want to take note of before you make a purchase decision. You just may be swayed by some of the new offerings and find yourself holding the keys to a brand new Sierra of your own. So, let’s take a look at three of the top updates you should consider.


  1. Exterior Changes


GMC now offers a capless fuel fill system, along with a foot activate running side board and rearward articulating power steps. There are also a couple new color choices: pepperdust metallic and dark slate metallic. However, light steel gray, iridium and mahogany metallic color options are all gone.


  1. Enhanced Driver Alert


The enhanced driver alert system is part of the technology available for this truck. For 2017, you can choose to add this system to your vehicle. It offers lane departure warnings, forward collision warning, automatic collision-mitigation braking, automatic high/low headlight beams and a safety=alert driver’s seat. This technology no doubt helps the Sierra with its top rankings for safety.


  1. Safety


While the enhanced driver alert system helps increase safety for this model year, it isn’t the only thing being added to keep you safe on the road. The Sierra will now come with OnStar, an antitheft alarm controlled by remote, turn signals on the side mirrors, a teen driver system and audio limiting feature.


At Fairway Auto Mall, we want you to completely understand any vehicle you buy. Only through learning more about the features and options of a vehicle can you really make the right decision. These three updates for the 2017 model year of the GMC Sierra are all great reasons to give this truck a deeper look, so you can learn more about why it could be the perfect choice for you.

What You Need to Know About the 2017 Buick Regal

Whenever you are trying to decide on what vehicle to buy, you have to get informed. You have to research the models you are considering and take a look at what features it has to offer. At Fairway Auto Mall, we want to help make that process a little easier for you. Let’s take a look at the 2017 Buick Regal, including main features and what the reviewers are saying.


General Overview


The Regal has been described as a hybrid of family and luxury. It has an enhanced degree of comfort and style, which speaks to luxury, while offering function and costs that fit with the family category. This model year experienced little change from previous years, so it has a tried and true design that is expected from a Buick.


Pros and Cons


Taking a look at the specifics, the Regal comes with many standard features, which means you don’t have to upgrade to get the comfort and performance that you want. It offers a quiet ride with an interior that is hinting at European influence. Some models actually give you a sporty style that goes nicely with the strong acceleration that is available on all models. The vehicle also has all-wheel drive, making it ideal on wet or slippery roadways, which is a great safety boost.


On the other hand, concerns about the model are not too bad and likely something you can live with to get all the perks the model has to offer. Some have noted there is not much headroom for rear passengers, but if you are driving with young kids, this won’t even be an issue. Another thing to consider is the fuel economy. While it won’t guzzle like a truck, it doesn’t quite match up with other sedans of the same size.


Bottom Line


Because the 2017 Regal is not straying from older models, you get a lot of reliability with this vehicle. It’s fair to say you can expect fewer issues to pop up and can expect a solid car for your money. If you like something reliable and comfortable with proven performance, then this could make the ideal car for you.

The Most Important Aspects of Car Buying

My favorite aspect of car buying is test driving all the models I’m considering. Doing so gives me a great idea of which cars may be a better value, or provide the components which are tops on my list. But before I begin my trial runs, there are three main components I consider when I’m deciding on a car.


Once I’ve narrowed down which vehicle class I’m considering, the most important aspect is my family’s safety. I’m always looking for a car with a five star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of the cars at Scherer GM check this very important box. I’m never willing to sacrifice safety. Once I’m confident that my choices are some of the safest on the road, I’m ready to consider my second most important factor.


The cost of a vehicle includes much more than the sticker price. I always do my research and determine the best available price for the vehicle in my area. After that, I consider the car’s fuel efficiency and cost of maintenance. Then I’ll contact local dealers to find out special offers may be available for the vehicle.


The final factor I consider is where to buy the car. I’m always looking for a dealership that provides excellent financing options, which makes my buying experience so much easier. Finally, I want to find a dealership that can provide service for my 2017 Chevrolet Cruze for years to come. I trust Scherer GM with my service needs because their technicians are manufacturer trained and they only use manufacturer parts. This ensures that my new car will remain in tip-top shape for years to come. The dealership usually has a much more spacious waiting room which allows me to get some work done while I wait. Some dealerships may even clean my car as well.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 officially rated at 650 HP

Source: Driving.ca

As if we needed more proof we lived in a golden age for horsepower and performance, GM has dished details on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 1LE.

Due to go on-sale later this year, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will pump out a whopping 650 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-litre V8 engine. Though not as powerful as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the optional 10-speed automatic transmission lets the ZL1 sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and complete a quarter-mile run in 11.4 seconds at about 204 km/h.

No matter how you slice it, the Camaro ZL1 is fast on the dragstrip. But it’s not just a straight-line missile; Chevrolet says the ZL1 comes to a complete stop from 100 km/h in 32 metres and GM’s Magnetic Ride Control system helps pull 1.02 lateral G in cornering. Oh, and the new ZL1 is lighter than the old one by about 100 not-so-insignificant kilograms.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE and SS 1LE

2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE and SS 1LE
Handout, Chevrolet

The Camaro 1LE models, on the other hand, promise to be just as capable. Camaro SS 1LEs run from rest-to-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and pull as much lateral G and stop as quickly as the ZL1, while being about 104 kilograms lighter than the old SS 1LE.

The V6-powered Camaro 1LE, on the other hand, reaches 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, comes to a complete stop from 100 km/h in 34 metres and pulls 0.97 lateral G when cornering. Not bad at all.

In the U.S., the 1LE package on V6 and V8 Camaros will retail for $4,500 and $6,500 respectively, while the 2017 Camaro ZL1 will start at $62,135. Canadian pricing and availability details have yet to be announced.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric Car to Enter Production in October

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car to enter production in October (Video)

Source: Canada Journal

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV cometh. Forbes not only reported the Bolt EV was spied hanging out in a residential Michigan neighborhood, but also provides some insight for final testing procedure in regards to Tesla.

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt has moved from auto show concept to a realized production vehicle. Promising more than 200 miles of all-electric range and a starting price around $30,000, the Bolt could be a real electric solution for people with long commutes, not just short city drives.

Looking like a Honda Fit and sized roughly like a Buick Encore, the Bolt is a five-passenger, four-door hatchback. It’s more than a foot shorter than its more well-known hybrid counterpart, the Volt, but actually offers more cargo space at 16.9 cubic feet.

What’s Under the Hood?

The Bolt will be propelled by an electric motor and direct-drive transmission, powered by a 60kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The motor can produce up to 200 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, numbers that should deliver respectable performance for the nearly 3,600-pound hatchback. Chevy says the Bolt will max out at 91 mph and be able to cover zero to 60 mph in less than 7 seconds.

Selectable drive modes will tailor accelerator response and suspension settings for conditions like commuting slogs or open-road cruising.

The Bolt’s battery system comes with a 7.2 kW onboard charger. Connected to a 240-volt outlet, it can replenish the Bolt’s battery with 50 miles of charge in less than two hours. An optional fast-charging connector can add 90 miles of range in a half-hour.

What Features Will It Have?

A floating center dash design houses a 10-inch color touchscreen display, the main interface for the Bolt’s navigation, audio and technology functions. Chevy says the Bolt can plot EV-specific navigation routes for maximum range and provide the locations of nearby charging stations. It will also eventually be able to issue accurate range projections based on time of day, topography, weather and an owner’s driving habits.

A low-energy type of Bluetooth connection minimizes energy draw and connects to a smartphone as an owner approaches the car, and there’s also OnStar 4G LTE connectivity, which turns the car into a WiFi hotspot.

Dual smartphone slots in the center console are another neat touch (no more repurposing cupholders to hold your phone). as is a traditional rearview mirror that can display a wide-angle image from the rearview camera. A 360-degree camera view is also available and viewable on the central display.

How Much, When Is It Available and What Else Is Out There?

The Bolt goes into production in Michigan in late 2016 and, if delivered quickly, can fill an open EV niche.

Starting at $37,500 before tax credits, the Bolt is far cheaper (and has longer range) than a BMW i3. The Tesla Model S 60 offers loads of room and also around 200 miles of range, but costs twice as much. The Nissan Leaf is the bargain of the segment, starting in the low $20Ks. But with 80 miles of range, it’s better suited to shorter commutes and frequent charging.

GM Canada Supports The Alberta Fire Relief

Source: GMAuthority

GM Canada has donated $100,000 CAD to the Canadian Red Cross in an effort to support communities affected by the Alberta fires. GM Canada employees, dealers, distributors and GM Financial employees are also providing individual support for the Red Cross.

“On behalf of all of the extended GM Canada family, we admire and support the resiliency and determination of those individuals and families affected by the devastating fires in Alberta,” said Steve Carlisle, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada.  “We commend the efforts of everyone who have come to their aid and demonstrated overwhelming compassion to those in need.”

In addition to the monetary donation, OnStar Crisis Assist was made available for all OnStar customers in the Fort McMurray area; it was designed to assist customers in sever weather conditions or a crisis by providing OnStar emergency services to those in impacted areas.

Canadians wishing to help are encouraged to make a financial donation to the Alberta Fires Appeal online, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by contacting their local Canadian Red Cross office.

All-New 2016 Chevrolet Cruze, Sophisticated Sophomore


DETROIT – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new, 2016 Cruze – a larger and lighter, more efficient and more sophisticated evolution of the brand’s best-selling global car.

Packed with new technologies such as available Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and new active safety features, as well as a more spacious interior and an athletic, aerodynamically optimized design, the 2016 Cruze elevates the compact car segment – from San Francisco to Shanghai and from Boston to Buenos Aeries.

It will be offered in more than 75 countries and goes on sale first in North America in early 2016, where a new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine with direct injection and an SAE-certified 153 horsepower (113 kW) will contribute to an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway with the available six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology contributes to the Cruze’s efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new turbo engine and a leaner architecture that contributes up to a 250-pound (113 kg) overall weight reduction also contribute to the new Cruze offering stronger performance, with expected 0-60 mph acceleration of 7.7 seconds.

“The 2016 Cruze builds on a very successful program that introduced Chevrolet to new customers the world over,” said Alan Batey, president, General Motors North America. “We retained all the attributes that made the original Cruze a hit around the globe and built on them to make this car more sophisticated, more fun and more Chevrolet.”


Vehicle highlights include:

  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, including a standard 7-inch-diagonal screen and available 8-inch-diagonal screen
  • New 1.4L turbo engine with direct injection matched with a standard six-speed manual or available six-speed automatic transmission (North America)
  • Maximum highway range of 570 miles per tank
  • All-new, stronger and lighter body structure enhances agility, efficiency and safety – with approximately 250-pound (113 kg) lower curb weight
  • Class-leading 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase enhances roominess, contributing to greater rear-seat legroom and more rear knee room
  • Projector headlamps with light-emitting diode (LED) signature lighting – and LED daytime running lamps on uplevel models
  • More standard features than most competitors such as 10 air bags, four-wheel disc brakes, rearview camera and available OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot
  • New available features including wireless phone charging, heated rear leather seats and heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Available advanced safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert
  • New model range for North America including L, LS, LT and Premier – and a more expressive RS package


“The new Cruze is truly one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles,” said Batey. “With content variations dictated mostly by local market demands, customers in every corner of the globe will enjoy the same fundamental dynamics that are making Chevrolet one of the fastest-growing brands around the world.”

In early 2017, Chevrolet will introduce a new diesel model for U.S. customers that builds on the success of the previous Cruze diesel model.

Wind tunnel-optimized design
The 2016 Cruze’s expressive design is derived from a balance struck between the designers’ inspiration and the efficiency-optimizing input of wind tunnel testing –leveraging the aero experience of vehicles including the Volt. The result is one of the sleekest-looking cars in the class, with a 0.28 coefficient of drag – an attribute that contributes directly to an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway.

Proportionally, the new Cruze is 2.7 inches (68 mm) longer and nearly an inch (25 mm) shorter in height than the current model, giving it a longer and leaner appearance. A faster windshield rake and a faster-sloping rear profile lend a sportier look to the design, while the rear profile culminates in a standard integral rear spoiler that contributes to the car’s aero efficiency.

The sleek profile is complemented by detailed, layered line work in the hood and body-side panels, contributing to an overall impression of muscularity – with an athletic stance enhanced by a longer wheelbase.

“With styling influenced by the acclaimed 2014 Impala and all new Malibu, the 2016 Cruze brings Chevrolet’s new, expressive global design language to the small car segment,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Chevrolet Design. “The Cruze’s approach to proportion and premium details adds to Chevrolet’s elevation of craftsmanship, content, quality, and a fresh interpretation on an identity that is unmistakably Chevrolet in every market around the world.”


The headlamps sweep back into the front fenders and an expressive, stacked dual-port grille design offers upscale attention to detail. LT and Premier models feature premium forward lighting systems, including projector-beam headlamps and LED signature daytime running lamps.

Additional design details include:

  • The center-rear stop lamp is mounted at the top of the roof line for a more refined appearance
  • Seamless rocker panels convey upscale attention to detail and contribute to aerodynamic performance
  • Polished aluminum, piano black and bright-finished accents provide a more contemporary, upscale aura to the design
  • The RS package includes unique grilles, front and rear fascias, fog lamps, front splitter, rocker panels, rear spoiler and 18-inch wheels on the Premier model.

Roomier, more-connected passenger space
With greater spaciousness and technology, the 2016 Cruze’s interior is designed to be more comfortable and a better connected environment for the driver and passengers.

The greater spaciousness includes more rear legroom (36.1 inches / 917 mm) and two inches (51 mm) more rear knee room – more than Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra. Beyond the quantifiable, there’s greater perceptual spaciousness in the new Cruze, driven by flowing line work in the instrument panel, which blends almost seamlessly with the front door panels.


Like the exterior, the Cruze’s interior – and the instrument panel in particular – features lean, muscular and layered surfaces built around the Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit theme. It’s a thoroughly modern design that emphasizes human-technology interaction through the prominent, standard MyLink screen in the “center stack” and details such as compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and wireless phone charging.

A mixture of accents, from piano black and matte black finishes to bright trim, along with more premium features such as available heated rear leather seats and wireless phone charging, complement the cabin with an upscale ambience generally reserved for midsize sedans – but one that is becoming increasingly important to customers around the globe who want premium amenities in smaller vehicles.

Additional interior features and amenities include:

  • Unique center console design for North America with specific user interface details such as a repositioned shifter, more intuitive positioning of the cup holders and enhanced storage
  • More soft-touch surfaces and animal-grained, micro-etched surfacing that enhances the premium look and feel of the interior, as well as premium fabrics with French stitching, distinctive for its contrasting stitch colors Premium leather is available
  • 4.2-inch-diagonal high-resolution driver information center in the gauge cluster
  • Premium features offered, including heated front cloth seats, heated rear leather-trimmed seats, and heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel

Through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, Cruze’s all-new Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system provides simple and intuitive use of smartphones in the vehicle. It integrates certain phone functions onto the Cruze’s 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen, allowing them to call up music, navigation apps and more via compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and more. An uplevel MyLink radio with and 8-inch display and navigation is available and also incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Each system builds off select features smartphone users rely on most, with many controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel. That helps drivers spend more time with eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

Using either application is simple. A “Projection” icon on the MyLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected and changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via a USB. Android Auto requires a phone running the Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above, while Apple CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or later.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

Complementing MyLink to enhance Cruze’s connectivity is available OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot.

Larger, lighter and more dynamic
An all-new, more rigid and lighter architecture is the 2016 Cruze’s foundation for driving dynamism, while also playing significant roles in safety and efficiency. It is constructed of about 8-percent hot-stamped/high-strength steels, which contributes to an approximately 27-percent stiffer body structure that is also 53 pounds (24 kg) lighter than the previous Cruze.

The lighter structure is also larger than the previous model, with the new Cruze’s 106.3-inch (2,700 mm) wheelbase stretching nearly an inch longer, while supporting front and rear suspensions with wide tracks (60.8-inch front/61.3-inch rear). Aluminum is used strategically in the suspension systems to optimize weight and handling characteristics.

“The Cruze’s chassis system is perhaps the most mass-efficient in the segment,” said Ron Arnesen, executive chief engineer. “It is at the core of the car’s dynamic driving character, which is designed to deliver fun with an enhanced feeling of connectivity.”


Additionally, the new, more rigid architecture is the primary enabler for exceptional chassis tuning, enabling more nimble and direct steering and handling attributes that foster driving confidence through precision. The longer wheelbase and wide front and rear tracks further contribute to a lower, wide “footprint,” which enhances agility and the feeling of control. Additional features include:

  • A proven MacPherson strut front suspension design with specially tuned bushings and geometry intended to balance handling with comfort
  • A torsion beam rear axle on L, LS and LT models; and an enhanced Z-link design on Premier. It helps deliver a more balanced driving experience, as the rear suspension better follows the lead of the front suspension
  • Rack-mounted electric power steering is standard on all models. It enhances efficiency because it removes the conventional power steering pump from the engine’s driven accessories
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Duralife rotors are standard on all models
  • StabiliTrak electronic stability control, with traction control, rollover mitigation and anti-lock brakes, is standard
  • Wheel size range from 15 to 18 inches

Power-dense, efficient turbocharged powertrain
In North America, the 2016 Cruze is driven by an all-new, standard 1.4L turbocharged engine derived from GM’s new family of small gas engines. It features direct injection and is matched with a standard six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. Stop/start technology is paired with the automatic transmission and contributes to efficiency in stop-and-go driving.

The new 1.4L turbo is SAE-certified at 153 horsepower (113 kW) and 177 lb-ft of torque (240 Nm). With more torque than the current Cruze’s 1.4L turbo and a lighter architecture, the new turbocharged engine is expected to deliver segment-best 0-60 performance of 7.7 seconds. That makes the new Cruze quicker than most competitors, while also beating most of them at the gas pump, with an EPA-estimated 42 mpg on the highway with automatic transmission.

The 1.4L turbo features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the Cruze’s overall mass to enhance performance and efficiency. Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump.

The start/stop feature automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake.

Advanced safety features
The 2016 Cruze’s safety story begins with the new, stronger body structure that incorporates high-strength steel in key areas to enhance strength and crash protection by helping to prevent intrusion into passenger compartment.

Cruze also returns with a segment-leading 10 standard air bags, including frontal driver and passenger air bags, roof rail-mounted head curtain side air bags that help protect the front and outboard rear seating positions; seat-mounted side-impact air bags (front and rear); and front knee air bags.

Available safety features include an expanded range of adaptive crash-avoidance technologies, including Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert with Following Distance Indicator.

Additional safety features include:

  • Front passenger seat occupant sensing system and rollover sensing and protection system
  • Collapsible pedal assembly to help protect against lower-extremity injuries
  • Three-point safety belts in all five seating positions, safety belt retractor pretensioners and lap pretensioners in the driver and front-passenger positions, and safety belt load limiters (with pretensioners) in the front safety belt retractors
  • LATCH child seat latching system in the rear seat
  • Tire pressure monitoring system, daytime running lamps
  • Automatic headlamps

For the United States, the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze will be built at GM’s Lordstown, Ohio assembly plant, with locally and globally sourced components. The plant received a $50-million investment in tooling and other facility enhancements to support the new Cruze’s production.


  • Cruze is Chevrolet’s best-selling car around the world, with 3.5 million sold since it went on sale in 2008
  • 53 percent of U.S. Cruze customers are new to Chevrolet
  • In the U.S., Cruze is the segment’s second-best seller to customers under 25
  • Cruze is the most connected car in its class

Is Leasing Right For You?

Leasing is an option that allows you to pay for the portion of the vehicle’s value you expect to use over a period of time, plus a borrowing charge and applicable taxes.

The benefits of leasing

  • Lease terms are shorter than most finance terms so you can drive a new car more often
  • No trade-in obligations
  • You can drive a more luxurious model or get more features than if you financed
  • You pay taxes only on your monthly payments
  • You are only paying for the portion of the vehicle’s value that you intend to use

How leasing works

When you buy a vehicle using traditional financing, monthly payments are based on the whole value of the vehicle plus interest.

When you lease a vehicle, your payments are based on the portion of the vehicle you expect to use (plus interest) over the lease term, which can range from 24 to 60 months.

Leasing details

Up Front Costs:

May include first month’s payment, an administration fee, a down payment and other miscellaneous fees.

Monthly Payments:

You are only paying for the depreciation of the vehicle over the lease term, along with the other charges (i.e., monthly tax and borrowing charges).

Annual Kilometers:

24,000 km for a typical lease (see your dealer for low kilometre lease options). You may buy more kilometres up front or pay per kilometre over the limit at lease end.

Excess Wear and Tear:

Usually assessed at lease-end. Ask your dealer for further details, including products for excess wear protection coverage. Maintenance and repairs are your responsibility.


Required for the amount of coverage specified by your lease.