Buick and Crotty Chevrolet Buick Celebrate Four Decades of Regal

The addition of the Regal nameplate to the Buick family goes back more than 40 years, but even today, the Regal’s heritage as a sporty, mid-size luxury vehicle is strong as ever in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

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Introduced in 1973, the Century Regal, as it was originally called, served as an upmarket model in the Century line and one of GM’s first “personal luxury” cars. Designed with sporty suspension characteristics and luxuries aimed primarily at the driver, the ‘73 Regal coupe sold   91,557 units helping Buick surpass its 1955 all-time sales record.

Launched with a standard 350 cu. in. V-8 engine, the Regal would soon carve a niche as a powertrain innovator. Among one of the first to react to the initial Arab oil embargo, the 1975 Buick Regal was the only mid-size vehicle in the United States to forego a standard V-8 engine in favor of a V-6.

“For the past 40 years, the Regal has been a huge part of the American culture,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Corry, Erie and Warren-area drivers are going to love the 2014 model, which delivers Buick’s signature quiet and well-crafted luxury in a new and unexpected package.”

Just a few years later, beginning with the 1978 Regal, Buick would lead a vanguard on turbocharging for better fuel economy. This expertise would later be used in creating Regals that would be recognized as some of the most powerful and significant cars of the 1980s.

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2014 Buick Lineup Offers Active Safety Suite

Advanced safety technologies available on all five Buick models

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Every 2014 Buick model – Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave – will be offered with a suite of available active safety systems that watch the front, side and rear of the vehicle to help prevent crashes.

Buick will be the only brand in the industry to offer Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Warning, and a Rear Vision Camera on every vehicle.

Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning are a pair of technologies that use a single forward-looking camera to read traffic and lane markers on the road ahead. Visual warnings and audible tones alert the driver to unsignaled lane changes or a slowed vehicle.

Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Warning use radar to watch spots the driver may not see – and provide visible and audible warnings to help prevent collisions.

When the vehicle is in reverse and the Rear Vision Camera is active, Rear Cross Traffic Alert will flash a red icon and directional arrow if another vehicle is approaching from either side, which is especially useful backing out of a tight driveway or parking space in a busy lot.

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Chevrolet and Buick Models Get Two Years of Included Maintenance at Crotty Chevrolet Buick

New coverage included for all lessees and purchasers of 2014 model year vehicles

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Every 2014 Chevrolet and Buick model offered by Crotty Chevrolet Buick will be covered by a new maintenance program that includes certain scheduled maintenance services for two years or 24,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

For most 2014 vehicles, Crotty Chevrolet Buick will complete an oil and filter change, four-wheel tire rotation, and conduct a 27-point vehicle inspection for owners under this program in accordance with their vehicle Owner’s Manual maintenance schedule and oil life monitoring system.

“We have award-winning products filling our showroom and top-rated customer service,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “Adding two years of scheduled maintenance for every vehicle shows we are dedicated to the best ownership experience possible.”

Some alternative-fuel vehicles do not include oil changes, and some performance vehicles and certain trucks do not include tire rotations when that service is not recommended. The program covers up to four service visits in the 24-month period, and is fully transferrable to subsequent owners.

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2013 Encore Receives IIHS, NHTSA Safety Accolades

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All five models in luxury brand’s showroom now share IIHS Top Safety Pick designation

The 2013 Encore luxury small crossover brings a smaller footprint and high efficiency to the Buick showroom, but the brand’s newest model maintains the commitment to safety, joining all other current Buicks as an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety 2013 Top Safety Pick. The Encore with all-wheel drive also received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score for safety from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

With every model sharing the IIHS designation, Buick is one of just a few brands with a full line of 2013 Top Safety Picks. The Verano, Regal, LaCrosse and Enclave all have a NHTSA 5-star overall rating.

The IIHS tests vehicles to determine occupant protection in front, side, and rollover crashes, and specifically tests seats and head restraints for neck protection in rear impact crashes. To earn a 2013 Top Safety Pick designation, a vehicle must be rated “good” in all four tests.

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Four in 10 Buick Enclave Owners Returning for New Model

New and returning customers opting for more luxury amenities

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 The redesigned 2013 Buick Enclave luxury crossover is the brand’s best-selling model through the first quarter with retail sales up almost 40 percent. And it is a second-time-around choice for nearly four in 10 owners trading in a first-generation Enclave.

As it builds Buick brand loyalty, the Enclave also continues to pull in first-time Buick buyers as it has since being introduced in 2007.

“The new Enclave is the first model in the second generation of the modern, rejuvenated Buick brand,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick Marketing. “In previous years we’ve talked about the new, younger, luxury-minded buyers coming to Buick for the first time. With the redesigned Enclave, we’re still seeing those new buyers, but we’re now also seeing the buyers who gave us a try with the first Enclave stay with us.”

“The Enclave award-winning design, craftsmanship and technology has reintroduced Buick to a new generation of customers,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “With the redesign of the 2013 Enclave, we are seeing many of our current Enlcave customers upgrade to the new model while also selling to first time Enclave buyers.” [Read more…]

2014 Buick Regal Infused with New Technology

  • Exterior design with signature wing-shape LED lighting; revised interior designed around next-gen IntelliLink infotainment and new advanced safety features
  • More efficient and more refined  2.0L turbo engine delivers 18 percent  more power in Regal Turbo
  • New all-wheel-drive system incorporates electronic limited-slip differential to help optimize traction in all driving conditions

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Buick revealed the new 2014 Regal today, designed to be a sportier and smarter evolution of the brand’s dynamic midsize sedan. New purposeful technologies enhance safety and the driving experience with a more refined turbo engine – along with the introduction of all-wheel drive.

The new Regal also introduces new radar- and camera-based safety features – including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Change Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert and Collision Mitigation Braking – for surround protection. In-vehicle connectivity is enhanced with next-generation IntelliLink, featuring simpler, more intuitive controls and natural speech recognition.

Adaptive Cruise Control is also offered. It senses traffic in front of the Regal to adjust vehicle speed, including stopping the vehicle in heavy traffic and accelerating again.

“The new 2014 Regal is more expressive, more connected and more technologically advanced,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. “Nearly half of new Regal buyers are conquests who are new to Buick and they represent the youngest median age among the brand’s lineup.

“The new Regal gives those discerning buyers more of the technologically advanced features they want in a modern luxury sedan, all with the style and refinement they expect from Buick.” Said John Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA.

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Buick Introduces the New 2014 LaCrosse

  • Elegant sedan featuring refreshed exterior with wing-shape LED lighting
  • New interior design with new seats and available Ultra Luxury Interior Package
  • New advanced technologies: next-gen IntelliLink, standard eight-inch color display instrument panel,  camera- and radar-based safety features that work with General Motors-patented Safety Alert Seat

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Buick today introduced the new 2014 LaCrosse, the evolution of the landmark luxury sedan that established the brand’s modern sedan lineup with design leadership and technological innovation.

The full-size LaCrosse offers new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity. New front and rear styling, featuring signature wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps, complements its sculpted exterior design. The interior is more contemporary, with new seats, enhanced materials, redesigned central instrument panel and console – and an all-new, available Ultra Luxury Interior Package. The cabin also incorporates Buick’s next-generation IntelliLink infotainment system, with intuitive controls and natural voice recognition.

“Our customers are looking for state-of-the-art safety when buying a vehicle,” said Robert Crotty, VP for Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The 2014 Buick LaCrosse unmatched combination of safety systems, we’re confident that the Lacrosse Luxury Sedan we offer will exceed the high expectations of the luxury and safety needs of Northwestern Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York area drivers.”

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Front Center Air Bag Helps Enclave Achieve Five-Star Safety

Buick’s luxury crossover SUV is also IIHS 2013 Top Safety Pick

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The 2013 Buick Enclave, equipped with a standard front center air bag, has received the highest possible five-star overall vehicle score for safety as part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s New Car Assessment Program.

Previously, the luxury crossover SUV was also named a 2013 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

“Our customers are looking for state-of-the-art safety when buying a vehicle,” said Robert Crotty, VP for Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “With Enclave’s unmatched combination of safety systems, we’re confident it will not only meet but exceed the needs of Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown, NY drivers.”

“Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and particularly when it comes to family-oriented luxury vehicles,” said Gay Kent, GM general director of Vehicle Safety and Crashworthiness. “The Enclave is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and goes one step further by offering a front center air bag – an industry first in crash protection.”

The front center air bag is an inflatable restraint designed to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes where the affected occupant is on the opposite, non-struck side of the vehicle. When a severe impact occurs, the air bag deploys in milliseconds from the inboard side of the driver’s seat and inflates between the driver and front passenger, providing added protection for both front occupants.

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Quiet Cabin Makes Buick LaCrosse a Better Listener

Speech engine picks up accents and dialects from IntelliLink voice commands
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When General Motors speech recognition engineer Robert Sims worked to develop one of the industry’s first in-car hands-free calling systems years ago, his goal was to make the call quality clear enough that his wife wouldn’t hang up on him.

Today, Buick’s IntelliLink system can do far more than place a call, and QuietTuning technologies like those in the LaCrosse luxury sedan make using voice controls easier for owners regardless of marital or relationship status.

QuietTuning is Buick’s comprehensive engineering process to reduce, block and absorb interior noise. For LaCrosse, that means features like laminated window glass, triple door seals and liquid applied sound deadening.

“There’s definitely an advantage when we’re developing voice controls in a quieter cabin,” said Sims. “The system’s ability to hear a command relies on SNR, or signal-to-noise ratio. If noise is extremely low like it is in the LaCrosse, the user’s voice, or signal, can be lower. In other words, a LaCrosse driver can easily speak to the IntelliLink system at a normal, conversational volume.”

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QuietTuning Meets Exhaust Tuning with Buick Verano Turbo

Turbocharged engine sings sweeter for Corry, Warren and Erie PA drivers, without background noise 

The Buick Verano has an exhaust note befitting a car capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 6.2 seconds. The proper amount of growl works because of QuietTuning inside the car.

The Buick Verano has an exhaust note befitting a car capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 6.2 seconds. The proper amount of growl works because of QuietTuning inside the car.

When the 250-hp Buick Verano Turbo luxury sedan was introduced at Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA late last year, engineers knew an aggressive exhaust note was essential for a car capable of 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 6.2 seconds.

Yet that had to be balanced with delivering a quiet, comfortable driving experience for Corry, Erie, Warren and Jamestown area drivers – a core objective in the development of every new Buick model.

“Our local area Verano customers chose the Turbo, because they want to drive a vehicle with power,” said Robert Crotty of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “The new exhaust note creates a sound to complement that.”

It may seem like a cabin tuned for quietness is a difficult environment for sound waves to thrive, but the Verano actually made the job easier for GM vehicle performance engineers.

Without wind and road noise being prevalent, engineers could tune the Verano’s exhaust to have a sporty note without it being too loud.

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