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  • Why does Columbia love GMC Sierra?
    By now, you're probably like many Columbia drivers that have seen the ads on television proclaiming the 2011 GMC Sierra to be the best Sierra ever.  When GMC says it, they aren't kidding--Columbia hasn't seen a Sierra with this level of capability, efficiency, refinement, and convenience ever before!

    With everyone concerned about the recent spike in gas prices, GMC Sierra owners have less to worry about.  The available XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy) Sierra 1500 makes a few barely-noticeable changes to Sierra's professional-grade changes to boost highway fuel economy to 22 miles per gallon.  The soft tonneau cover and lower front air dam improve Sierra's aerodynamics, while aluminum lower control arms wheels (spare included) help reduce mass.  Motivated by the popular 5.3L V8 flex-fuel engine, Sierra XFE can travel up to 551 miles on a tank of gas--enough to travel from Columbia to Sarasota, Florida without filling up.

    For Columbia drivers that drive through town often, a popular choice is the GMC Sierra Hybrid.  The only two-mode hybrid pickup truck design on the market today, Sierra Hybrid uses a battery pack underneath the rear seat to drive the truck at low speeds around town and allow the 6.0L Vortec V8 to come to a stop when you're at a red light.  Combined with Active Fuel Management that allows Sierra Hybrid to run on four of its eight cylinders under lighter loads, the net result is an impressive 20 miles per gallon in the city according to EPA estimates--a 53% improvement over the city fuel economy of a Sierra 1500 with the available 6.2L V8.  Outside of a couple of badges though, it's all GMC Sierra with 332 horsepower available from the engine, over 1,500 pounds of payload capacity, and up to 6100 pounds of trailering capacity.   When faced with these impressive feats, it's no suprise that Columbia truck owners love GMC Sierra.

    Of course, Columbia truck shoppers love GMC Sierra for more than just great fuel economy.  Sierra's new Power Tech Package offers the most popular options on the mid-range SLE model with a total package savings of $1,495.  Columbia shoppers love dual-zone climate control, allowing the driver and front passenger to dial in their own preferred temperatures and let the system adjust the fans accordingly.  They're also pretty big fans of the 5.3L V8, easily the most popular engine choice for Sierra owners, the automatic locking rear differential, and the 17" 6-lug aluminum wheels that give Sierra Power Tech just the right amount of styling.  Inside, the 6-speaker sound system offers your choice of XM Satellite Radio, AM/FM terrestrial radio, compact discs, an aux-in jack, and a USB port for playing MP3s from your flash drive or MP3 player.

    Great offers are available for the GMC Sierra, including attractive lease options, from Columbia SC GMC dealer Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina.  Jim Hudson has been serving GMC drivers for nearly 30 years with a focus on complete cutsomer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale.  Voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row by readers of The State, Jim Hudson is the most trusted name in the midlands of South Carolina, from Newberry all the way to Sumter.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson GMC at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia or call toll-free (888) 377-4971.
  • GMC Terrain in Columbia SC Loves Eco-Friendly Materials
    These days, it's not just enough for automobile manufacturers to put out a fuel-efficient car or SUV.  Many drivers in the Columbia, South Carolina area are looking for vehicles that also make use of recycled materials in order to reduce their vehicles' environmental footprints even further.

    The 2011 GMC Terrain delivers professional grade performance in a responsible package by making use of recycled materials in places where they meet the same stringent requirements as non-recycled, or "virgin" materials.  Using these recycled materials is often more energy efficient to manufacture, and can often be lighter as well.  Obviously, a lighter vehicle requires less fuel to move, meaning improved fuel economy and emissions.

    For example, the material between the steel roof of the GMC Terrain and the fabric headliner uses kenaf fiber for reinforcement.  Kenaf is a fast-growing plant that is easy to cultivate sustainably in its native south Asia.  Kenaf is hollow like bamboo, making it very adept at dampening sounds while remaining lighter and requiring less energy to manufacture compared to parts that incorporate glass fibers.  Use of recycled fibers allows GMC to keep Terrain's interior quiet enough to allow conversations in a normal tone of voice even at highway speeds while keeping the weight down.

    Another example involves the plastic grille frame that sits behind the chrome grille you see on the Terrain.  Soda and water bottles are recycled to make this frame, reducing the amount of virgin petroleum-based plastic that is required to produce the new five-passenger SUV.  GMC engineers tested the frame thoroughly before putting it into production, ensuring it meets all of their requirements for handling impacts and loads placed on it to make sure the professional-grade durability expected from a GMC crossover is not compromised.

    Recycling materials doesn't stop at the assembly line, though.  Some of the scrap created in making the sound absorbing material in the doors of a Terrain are combined with used tires to create air baffles for Terrain's bigger brothers, the GMC Sierra pickup truck and GMC Yukon full-size SUVs.

    As you'd imagine, the material used the most in a GMC vehicle is steel.  Terrain uses plenty of it to achieve a safe, strong structure, and a significant amount of it comes from recycling old automobiles.  One-third of all iron and steel in the US comes from automotive recyclers, and using it over newly-produced ore means air and water pollution during vehicle manufacturing is cut by more than half.  The EPA estimates that over 95% of cars at the end of their useful lives are processed for recycling, and GMC estimates that at least 85% of Terrain's weight is recyclable whenever it reaches that point.

    The 2011 GMC Terrain is available from Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in the state of South Carolina.  A ten-time winner of The State's "Readers' Choice" award for Best New Car Dealership, Jim Hudson carries a great selection of 32-MPG GMC Terrain models.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110 or at their GMC Terrain Columbia SC website.
  • Columbia Loves a GMC, and GMC Loves the Troops!
    As close as we are to Fort Jackson, all of us at Jim Hudson GMC have a lot of love for our nation's military.  We're not alone either, as GMC donated 400 tickets to active-duty members of the military and their families to attend the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu last night.

    “It’s a great honor for GMC to welcome members of our nation’s military and their families to an event that celebrates individual excellence in the ultimate team sport,” said Craig Bierley, director, GMC Advertising and Sales Promotion. “As the official vehicle of the NFL, we appreciate that the ‘Never Say Never’ attitude that drives NFL champions is shared by the great service men and women who sacrifice so much on our nation’s behalf.”

    In attendance was Sgt. Gregory Bowling who presented the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP trophy to DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins at the end of the game. The Pro Bowl cornerback also received a new 2011 GMC Yukon Denali.

    Bowling, who manages and maintains mission critical computer networks that serve United States Pacific Command Headquarters and other strategic operations, was selected for the task based on activities above and beyond the call of duty.  Beyond his military duties, Bowling volunteers for the Hawaii Partners in Development Foundation, which helps provide a safe haven for children and helps their birth families and foster families. Bowling attended the game with his wife and children.

    Jim Hudson is proud to offer the GM Military Discount in Columbia SC on all Buick and GMC models, providing all active-duty and reserve military members and their spouses preferred pricing on every new 2010 and 2011 model.  If you're interested in taking advantage of this special offer, visit your Columbia SC GMC dealer website for all the details.
  • Columbia Loves GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept--How Can You Not?
    Last night, GMC took the covers off the GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD concept pickup truck.  Based off the platform of the all-new GMC Sierra 2500HD for sale in Columbia, the All-Terrain HD concept skips the longer bed of the production truck for a 5'8" short bed, about the size of the bed on a GMC Sierra 1500 crew cab. Power is from the new 2500's Duramax 6.6L diesel engine making 397 horsepower and a stunning 765 pound-feet of torque.  (For comparison, a Cadillac CTS-V's supercharged V8 makes a paltry 551 horsepower.)  This engine is about 11% more fuel efficient than the outgoing 2010 Duramax--while it still won't be besting the mileage of the upcoming 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, a LaCrosse also can't tow up to 13,000 pounds.

    Power goes to the ground through all four wheels, of course, with each of the 20-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch BFGoodrich tires.  A composite underbody protection system keeps the driveline, fuel tank, and other components underneath safe.  The required center high-mounted stop lamp in the rear, as well as clearance lamps in the front, are hidden in the top edges of the window glass for a smooth look, while power deployable assist steps provide easy access to both the cab and to the bed, which features a 110V power outlet and air compressor in compartments protected by a circuit board-styled composite bed liner.

    Inside, the All-Terrain HD features the premium interior you expect from a GMC, including two-tone dark gray leather seats, stainless steel mesh and satin-metal accents, and a new navigation radio packing an 80-gigabyte hard drive--no more nav discs!  (This radio is a preview of next-generation navigation systems you'll see in GMC trucks and SUVs in the future.)

    What do you think, Columbia?  Will enough people love the Sierra All-Terrain HD concept to see a production version arrive at your Columbia GMC dealer?
  • Columbia Loves GMC Acadia's Five-Star Safety Rating
    2011 GMC Acadia for sale in Columbia, South Carolina
    If you're a fan of the 2011 GMC Acadia in Columbia, SC, you know of the secure feeling the Acadia provides on Columbia's roads.  If you aren't, here's something to consider: the federal National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the GMC Acadia a five-star crash test safety rating!

    Acadia was tested under their new rating system, which was implemented this year for the 2011 model year. The new rating system is based on more rigorous frontal and side crash tests in addition to rollover resistance testing. These three test conditions are combined mathematically under the new system into an “Overall Vehicle Score.”   Under this methodology, the Acadia achieved an overall vehicle score of five stars – the highest rating possible – even though several individual tests resulted in four-star ratings.

    “Earning five stars under the new rating system is an impressive feat – one that clearly demonstrates the strength of Acadia’s advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of its state-of-the-art safety technologies,” said Jeff Boyer, General Motors executive director of vehicle safety.

    Many safety systems on the GMC Acadia help protect passengers before, during and after a crash. Standard safety-enhancing features include StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with rollover mitigation technology, six air bags and OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response system that can help get emergency responders to a crash scene quickly even if the driver is incapacitated.

    A strong and well-designed vehicle structure is foundational for crashworthiness, while a wide stance and low center of gravity helps reduce the likelihood of a rollover. High strength steel reinforces Acadia's body, while six air bags inside include dual-stage front air bags for the driver and front passenger; two seat-mounted side-impact air bags in the front row; and two head curtain side-impact air bags that cover all three seating rows. The head curtain side air bags are among the longest air bags in any production vehicle in Columbia.

    If you're looking for a new GMC Acadia for yourself, your Columbia GMC dealer can help you out with attractive lease and purchase options available this holiday season to qualified buyers and lessees.
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  • Columbia SC Will Love Buick Verano Starting at $23,470
    Die-hard Buick fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the 2012 Buick Verano luxury compact sedan.  Buick has announced pricing for the new model, and Columbia SC drivers will be able to bring a 2012 Verano home starting at $23,470 for the base model.  The top-tier Leather Group rings in at $26,850, which makes for an exceptional value compared to competitors like the Acura TSX or Lexus IS 250.

    Verano comes standard with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and standard 18-inch alloy wheels.  EPA fuel economy tests are still ongoing, but Verano is expected to return well north of 30 highway miles per gallon.  Verano comes standard with premium amenities like dual-zone automatic climate control, Buick's new IntelliLink touchscreen system for playing music through your smartphone or MP3 player (including Stitcher and Pandora internet radio), USB connectivity, Bluetooth, remote start, tire pressure monitoring, fog lights, StabiliTrak stability control system with traction control, and the protection of ten airbags to ensure that both you and the ones you love are kept safe on the road.

    With so much standard equipment, Buick is able to keep the options list short on the 2012 Buick Verano. This is good news for Columbia drivers, since it increases the chances you'll find the Buick you love on the lot without having to special-order a new Verano.  (Of course, your South Carolina Buick Dealer is more than happy to do it when it's necessary!)  Available options include a Bose 9-speaker premium sound system, pushbutton start with E-Z Key Passive Entry, six-way power driver's seat, heated front seats that automatically activate with remote start below 45 degrees, a heated steering wheel, ultrasonic rear parking assist, touchscreen navigation, and premium 18-inch alloy wheels with Manoogian Silver finish.

    The 2012 Verano comes standard with seats finished in premium cloth with leatherette bolsters, available in your choice of Cashmere and Medium Titanium.  Upgrading to the Leather group gives you seats finished in the same premium leather found in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse for sale in Columbia SC, and is available in Cashmere, Ebony, and Choccachino. Five exterior colors will be available at launch, including Quicksilver Metallic, Summit White, Black Onyx, Crystal Red Tintcoat, and White Diamond Tricoat, with Mocha Bronze Metallic anticipated to enter production in March of 2012.

    Production of the 2012 Buick Verano is slated to start late this year, and will be available from Jim Hudson Buick, South Carolina's #1 Buick dealer.  Columbia drivers love Jim Hudson for its focus on complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale, and have rewarded Jim Hudson by voting them Best New Car Dealership in The State's annual Readers' Choice poll for eleven years in a row and counting.  Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached at (888) 377-4971.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson's Buick inventory in Columbia SC.
  • Who Doesn't Love Buick LaCrosse's More Powerful V6 for 2012?
    The 2012 Buick LaCrosse's available V6 engine offers more power and less weight. (GM Media)
    If you've been shopping for a new Buick LaCrosse here in Columbia, South Carolina, odds are you've fallen in love with the powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine available as an option on the 2011 LaCrosse.  For 2012, Buick is making it even more potent by installing the next generation of the engine under the hood of the Buick LaCrosse!

    LaCrosse's new engine, code named LFX, puts out 303 horsepower--a 23-horsepower jump from the 2011 model.  By using new designs with lighter components, Buick's engineers also removed over 20 pounds from the total weight of the engine.  This not only means that LaCrosse's handling is improved (as tends to happen when they "add lightness"), but fuel economy numbers will be unchanged from the current model--17 MPG city, 27 MPG highway.

    Another welcome change for buyers of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC is the fact that the optional V6 will be available for no additional cost on all but the base model.  The standard engine in the 2012 Buick LaCrosse is the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine with eAssist fuel-saving technologies.  eAssist uses a 15-horsepower electric motor and advanced aerodynamics to provide a 25-percent improvement in fuel economy.  This means an estimated 37 highway miles per gallon, while the instantaneous torque of the electric motor should make for improved acceleration from a stop.  (This same technology, standard on the LaCrosse, will be available as an option on the 2012 Buick Regal as well.)

    Production of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse gets underway in just a few weeks, and will be available soon from Jim Hudson Buick.  Jim Hudson Buick is the #1 Buick dealer in South Carolina and serves customers with a focus on complete customer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale.  Customers have voted Jim Hudson the Best New Car Dealership in Columbia ten years in a row and counting in The State newspaper's annual Readers' Choice poll.  For more information on the Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC, call Jim Hudson Buick toll-free at (888) 377-4971 or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia.
  • Columbia Loves Five-Star Crash Test Rated Buick LaCrosse
    Today, Buick announced that the 2011 Buick LaCrosse has received a five-star safety rating from the federal government's crash testing regimen. The NHTSA's New Car Assessment Program has become more stringent starting with 2011 models, incorporating more information on technologies that help avoid accidents and the performance of safety features. With a five-star overall rating in both Overall Front Crash and Overall Side Crash, Buick LaCrosse is one of the safest options among luxury midsize sedans.

    Beyond LaCrosse's body-frame integral structure uses high-strength steel in strategic places to protect all passengers in the event of an accident. In addition, six airbags come as standard equipment: the standard front airbags for the driver and front passenger, two side airbags in the driver and front passenger seat that deploy in a side impact to protect the torso, and two side curtain airbags that protect the heads of passengers in the outboard seats on both rows. For additional protection, side torso airbags are available for rear-seat passengers as well.

    In addition, the Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC features a host of other safety features designed to reduce the chances of getting into an accident in the first place. An available heads-up display projects critical instruments onto the windshield, allowing you to see them without taking your eyes off the road. In addition, LaCrosse's side blind zone alert system uses radar to alert you to drivers that may be in your blind spot for an additional degree of reassurance beyond your mirrors and checking over your shoulder. This combination of safety features isn't available on the Acura TL in Columbia SC.

    Should you find yourself in an accident, know that the Buick LaCrosse is there to help you using OnStar's Automatic Crash Response system. When the system detects you've been in an accident, either because the airbags deployed or because of violent movements of the car, it will attempt to send an alert to OnStar to connect you with a specially-trained OnStar advisor that can summon local emergency services and relay critical information about the nature of the accident to them. OnStar service with turn-by-turn navigation comes standard on every new Buick LaCrosse for six months.

    Of course, many Columbia drivers love Buick because it's never one to rest on its laurels. LaCrosse gets even better for 2012 with the introduction of the eAssist system on the four-cylinder model. LaCrosse with eAssist combines the efficient 2.4L four-cylinder engine with a 15-horsepower electric motor to improve acceleration and fuel efficiency. With estimated highway fuel economy of 37 miles per gallon, this LaCrosse with mild hybrid technology is sure to be a hit among Columbia drivers when it arrives later this year.

    The 2011 Buick LaCrosse is available now from Jim Hudson Buick in Columbia, South Carolina, South Carolina's #1 Buick dealership. Jim Hudson has over 30 years of experience serving the midlands of South Carolina including Newberry, Sumter, Orangeburg, and Lugoff with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction. Voted Best New Car Dealership ten years and counting by readers of The State, Jim Hudson is the most trusted name in cars in Columbia. For more information on the 2011 Buick LaCrosse, call Jim Hudson Buick toll-free at (888) 377-4971 or visit them at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • Car and Driver Loves Buick LaCrosse with eAssist!
    2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist (GM Media)
    Car and Driver magazine recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a development version of the 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist, which is designed to offer increased fuel economy of up to 25 percent without sacrificing the ride quality and quiet interior Columbia drivers have come to love in the new Buick LaCrosse.  Indeed, Buick's own benchmark for ride quality on the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist was a standard 2011 Buick LaCrosse that has been immensely popular among South Carolina's Buick drivers.

    Buick estimates that the mild hybrid LaCrosse will achieve EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 city MPG and 37 MPG highway, fuel economy estimates that would have been impressive for compact cars of just a few years ago in a much roomier package.  The four-cylinder Ecotec engine makes 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque, aided by a new electric motor that makes an additional 15 horsepower and 79 pound-feet of torque.  As electric motors make maximum torque right as they begin acceleration, this will provide a significant boost in acceleration from a stop.  Indeed, C&D was told to expect an improvement in 0-60 times of about 0.2 seconds compared to a four-cylinder LaCrosse of today.

    There are additional tricks underneath the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist that improve fuel economy further, including active air shutters that close for improved aerodynamics when the additional cooling capacity is not required by the engine, additional underbody panels that smooth airflow underneath the car, and special low-rolling-resistance tires that maintain the current LaCrosse's lateral grip all combine to maximize the energy drawn into the regenerative braking system.

    The 2012 Buick LaCrosse with eAssist goes on sale this summer. Exact pricing has not been announced, but Buick has indicated that pricing will start around $30,000, and that pricing will match the popular V6 option featuring the same standard equipment.  When looking for a Buick LaCrosse in Columbia SC, we encourage you to visit Jim Hudson Buick, the #1 Buick dealership in the state of South Carolina.  Jim Hudson Buick is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110.
  • You've Got To Love Buick's Fuel-Efficient Offerings
    Gas has shot up over the past couple of weeks, rapidly leaving the $3-a-gallon mark in the dust.  Ever since the first trip into holy-cow-that's-expensive-gas territory in 2008, Buick has brought a host of models that achieve an estimated 30 highway miles per gallon or better--and the list will grow even longer by the end of the year!

    Ever since its second generation launched, the Buick LaCrosse has seen exceptional demand in Columbia.  2011 saw the widespread availability of the 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine option, which is standard on CX and CXL models.  The 182-horsepower engine delivers an EPA-estimated 30 highway miles per gallon, no small feat for a car of its size.  For 2012, LaCrosse models equipped with the four-cylinder engine will receive the eAssist suite of gas-saving technologies including a 15-horsepower electric motor to help acceleration from a stop (which uses the most gas), regenerative braking, and subtle aerodynamic tweaks--The net result is a GM-estimated 37 highway miles per gallon, and it comes as standard equipment.  Whether you want to wait until summer for the eAssist system or want to enjoy 30 MPG right away, it's hard to go wrong with the Buick LaCrosse.

    The all-new 2011 Buick Regal CXL benefits from the same great 2.4L engine as the LaCrosse, netting it the same 30 MPG rating in a sportier package than its bigger sibling.  In addition, the Buick Regal CXL Turbo is FlexFuel capable, allowing it to run on blends of ethanol and gasoline up to an 85%/15% split.  If the news about the eAssist platform as you torn between the Regal and LaCrosse, fret not; the eAssist package of technologies will be available on the Regal as an option.  Production on the 2012 Buick Regal with eAssist should begin in the fall of this year.

    If you're looking for Buick luxury in a smaller package, consider the 2012 Buick Verano, which will arrive in the fall.  Verano offers many of the features you've come to love in a modern Buick, such as pushbutton start, leather-appointed seating, plenty of connectivity options (including Pandora online radio), and your choice of 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, all while achieving a GM-estimated 31 highway miles per gallon.  Verano may the new entry-level Buick when it goes on sale late this year, but it is still a Buick through and through.

    Of course, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the Buick Enclave luxury crossover SUV.  Although its 24 highway miles per gallon is short of the magical 30, it still provides exceptional fuel economy for an eight-passenger crossover--better, for the record, than the seven-seater Acura MDX or Lincoln MKT.  Columbia Buick owners have fallen in love with the Enclave's mix of style, capability, and efficiency, and we think you will as well!

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