OnStar Offers Corry-Area Buick Owners Affordable In-Car 4G LTE Connectivity

Buick LaCrosse

In-Car Wi-Fi data plans start at $5 a month

When select 2015 Buick LaCrosse models arrive at Crotty Chevrolet Buick later this year, they’ll be some of the first BUICK models to be offered with OnStar’s affordable in-car 4G LTE connectivity.

“Consumers are increasingly purchasing tablets and other devices that rely solely upon Wi-Fi to connect with the outside world,” said Shane Crotty from Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “By offering a 4G LTE connection and a Wi-Fi hot-spot within most 2015 models, Buick and OnStar are giving customers a bridge to the World Wide Web and beyond.”

The industry’s broadest deployment of 4G LTE connectivity technology will enable owners of these vehicles to explore new features like a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot capable of pairing up to seven devices, including properly equipped laptop computers, tablets, smartphones, or video game consoles.

2015 Buick models equipped with OnStar’s 4G LTE hardware will be bundled with three months or 3 gigabytes of complimentary data usage. After that, users will be able to choose from a wide array of affordable data plans to fit both their need and budget. Plans start at $5 for 200 megabytes of data monthly, enough to stream more than 6.5 hours of music or send more than 10,000 emails without attachments. Monthly plans span up to 50 gigabytes of data, which costs $50 a month.

Additionally, OnStar allows customers to purchase one-time data packages in two different sizes, or even bundle their in-car 4G LTE subscription with an existing AT&T Mobile Share Plan.

OnStar’s 4G LTE hardware will ultimately be available on four 2015 Buick models by the end of 2014, including the 2015 Regal, the 2015 Verano and the 2015 Buick Enclave.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

Buick Turns 110: M18 Hellcat Remembered on V-E Day

‘Hot rod of World War II’ a key piece of ‘Arsenal of Democracy’

 

Buick production lines have been rolling for 110 consecutive years but for a short period during World War II, the vehicles produced looked decidedly different. In February of 1942, the last civilian car left a Buick facility before full attention was placed on engineering and producing aircraft engines, ammunition and the M18 tank destroyer, better known as the Hellcat.

The M18 originated in the design studio of Harley Earl, whose team also worked extensively on early camouflage paint. Even the Hellcat logo on the M18’s front corner and patches worn by its crew was designed by Earl’s staff. Flanked by the words “Seek, Strike, Destroy,” it depicts a wildcat biting down on crushed treads, signifying the Hellcat’s mission of targeting enemy tanks.

Bill Gross takes an M18 for a test drive. As a volunteer for the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan, Gross restored one of the 2,507 Hellcats produced by Buick in the 1940s

Bill Gross takes an M18 for a test drive. As a volunteer for the Sloan Museum in Flint, Michigan, Gross restored one of the 2,507 Hellcats produced by Buick in the 1940s

Buick engineers brought the Hellcat to life from the design team’s sketches and developed an innovative torsion bar suspension that provided a steady ride. Though it weighed about 20 tons – the same as almost nine modern day Buick Enclaves – the Hellcat was designed to be one of fastest tanks on the battlefield and was capable of traveling upwards of 60 mph. Its power came from a nine-cylinder, 450-horsepower radial-type aircraft engine paired with a three-speed Hydramatic transmission.

The M18 Hellcat was the fastest tank in World War II, thanks in part to a three-speed automatic transmission that was ahead of its time. General Motors introduced the first hydraulic fluid-operated automatic transmission in a production car just a few years prior, in 1940.

The M18 Hellcat was the fastest tank in World War II, thanks in part to a three-speed automatic transmission that was ahead of its time. General Motors introduced the first hydraulic fluid-operated automatic transmission in a production car just a few years prior, in 1940.

“The Hellcat was considered the hot rod of World War II,” said Bill Gross, a historian who restored an M18 now on display at the Sloan Museum in Flint, Mich. “To give perspective, most German tanks of the day were capable of just 20 mph and even today’s M1 Abrams tank is outpaced by the Hellcat.”

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Buick Turns 110: 11 Highlights of 11 Decades

Recounting the biggest, the fastest and most significant from Buick history 

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1938 Buick Y Job, penned by famed designer Harley Earl, is known today as the first concept car ever created.

Buick has evolved in many ways since 1903, when the first Buick was hand-built in a small barn behind David Dunbar Buick’s Detroit home. Here are 11 top highlights from Buick’s first 11 decades:

  • Through the end of 2012, Buick has sold more than 43 million vehicles. That’s the equivalent of every vehicle sold in the United States over the past three years.
  • The 1938 Buick Y-Job, credited to famed designer Harley Earl, is regarded as the first concept car ever built. Its waterfall grille is still used on Buicks today, and it featured futuristic technologies like power windows. Earl drove the car himself for more than a decade.

Buick’s 110th anniversary coincides with the 1963 Riviera’s 50th. It’s considered by many as one of the most beautiful car designs ever.

  • The 1963 Riviera, often regarded as one of history’s most beautiful cars, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. The powerful sport coupe was said to be inspired by a Rolls-Royce that Buick design boss Bill Mitchell saw through a fog in London.1939BuickRoadmasterIndyPaceCar-medium
  • Buick has a deep motorsports history, proving its performance on race tracks as early as 1908. A Buick has served as Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500 six times, and the brand also won two NASCAR Manufacturer Championships, in 1981 and 1982.1936BuickCenturySeries60-medium
  • After just over three decades of engineering progress, the first production Buick topped 100 mph. It was the appropriately named 1936 Buick Century.2013BuickRegalGSTopSpeedRecord-medium
  • The fastest production Buick in history is today’s Buick Regal GS luxury sport sedan. At the 2012 Nevada Open Road Challenge, it recorded a top speed of 162 mph.1987BuickGNX-medium
  • Buick’s quickest car was also one of the brands rarest. Car and Driver magazine recorded 0-60 mph acceleration for the 1987 Buick GNX at just 4.6 seconds. Just 547 were built.
  • Powertrain innovation is a Buick hallmark. Today, the company’s turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0L delivers 259 hp, but displacement was king in the 1960s and ‘70s. Buick’s largest engine, a 455-cubic-inch (7.5L) V-8, was introduced in 1970.1975BuickElectra225-medium
  • The Buick Electra 225 nameplate was introduced in 1959, with the “225” referencing the model’s overall length in inches. By 1975, the Electra grew to become the longest vehicle ever produced by Buick. It measured 233.7 inches from bumper to bumper.1904BuickModelB-medium
  • Buick’s first vehicle, the 1904 Model B, was also the shortest, riding on an 83-inch wheelbase. The 2013 Encore luxury small crossover isn’t quite as small, but it does have the shortest wheelbase (100.6 inches) since the 1912 Model 34 (90.7 inches.)13Enclave_025-medium
  • Buick has made many models with seating for two, four, five or six passengers. But only twice in 110 years has the brand produced vehicles with seating for up to eight: the 2008-2013 Enclave and the 1991-1996 Roadmaster Estate.

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Crotty Chevrolet Buick in Corry, PA since 1969 has been helping customers from Corry, Erie, Warren, Titusville, and Jamestown find the right new or used car at the price that works for them.  We have provided our customers with a portfolio of fuel-efficient Chevrolet and Buick vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality, and value.  All backed by our award winning service department.  Learn more about our Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, and SUVs and the Luxury of a Buick Car or Crossover by visiting our website, blog or on our facebook page.

 

GM Achieves its Best-Ever Initial Quality Score

All brands earn a segment award in J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

Each of General Motors’ four U.S. brands earned a segment award in the 2012 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality StudySM, helping GM to its best-ever company score compared to the industry average in the 26-year history of the widely watched third-party quality measure.

GM has nine vehicles either receiving a segment award or placing in the top three of their respective segments. As a company, GM outscored the industry average.

For the first time, GM occupies the top three spots in the highly competitive Large Pickup Segment with the GMC Sierra LD, and Chevrolet Silverado HD and Avalanche, finishing one-two-three respectively.

“Clearly this is very significant for General Motors and our dealership” said John Crotty owner of Crotty Chevrolet Buick. “It attests to all the hard work and improvements that GM has made recently. To have the Chevrolet Malibu ranked as the top ranked mid-size car, the Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche in the top three in the large pickup segment, and the Buick Enclave as the highest ranked midsize crossover/SUV segment is quite an accomplishment.

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