What GMC Vehicle Would Santa Use to Haul Toys?

We asked Santa which GMC Vehicle he might select if his sleigh were in the shop on Christmas Eve. His Response: “The Sierra Denali – It’s big enough to fit my bag of goodies and at 403 horsepower at 5700 RPM the Sierra can really fly!”

With Christmas coming soon Santa is probably working right now to gear up his sleigh for the trip. The elves will be checking the landing gear to make sure the ride will be safe and pleasant for Santa and they’ll be fueling up the reindeer and getting them in tip top shape. But what would Santa do if the sleigh broke down? He may have Rudolph there to light the way but that won’t do him much good if the problem isn’t in the lights! How could he possibly make all of his deliveries in one night if he couldn’t drive his sleigh?

Well of course he would rely on some of the sturdiest hauling vehicles in the business to make sure his deliveries go as smooth as possible! But of all the excellent GMC vehicles available which one would make the best temporary sleigh? All the GMC SUVs, trucks and vans have excellent hauling capacity but which one would be the best solution for Santa’s giant bag of holding?             For that we need to look at the carrying qualities of many excellent GMC vehicles.

The first thought Santa might have is to go for a van. Vans are designed for hauling things around right? For that Santa might want to check out the Savana Cargo van. The Savana was made for hauling large objects like Santa’s bag and would protect all the fragile presents inside from the cold winter’s night. The standard 1500 Savana also boasts a max payload of 2,329 pounds! And if Santa’s bag gets to be especially overstuffed, the Savana also comes with 270 cubic feet of space!

But that’s not the only vehicle Santa has available to him. He wouldn’t want to leave all the reindeer sitting out in the cold while he makes all of his stops! The GMC SUVs have spacious seating for a large family as well as room in the back for the big bag. The Acadia, Yukon, and Terrain vehicles all offer great features for Santa. These vehicles have spacious seating for all the reindeer. The Acadia comes with 116 square feet of volume in the back, the Yukon with 108.9, and the Terrain with 63.9.

But Santa might also consider using a truck if something unfortunate should happen to his sleigh. For that he would want to look into the Canyon or the Sierra truck. With these vehicles the payload is through the roof, letting Santa haul around a few reindeer in the back while his bag sits up front in the spacious cabin areas. The max payload on the most spacious canyon is 1408 pounds. But the Sierra Denali is even better, carrying a max of a whopping 1623 pounds! There’s no way Santa wouldn’t be able to fit all his presents in that cab!

So which of these vehicles would Santa choose to replace his sleigh? We called him up and asked what he thought and were met with overwhelming excitement over the Sierra Denali! “The Savana Cargo Van may hold more, but the magic of my bag makes it lightweight enough that I don’t have to have the extra payload! The Sierra Denali has everything I need to make sure that I can make all my rounds. It will hold enough to fit my big bag of goodies and at 403 horsepower at 5700 RPM the Sierra can really fly!”

Here at Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC we want Santa to know that if he’s ever in a pickle he can count on us to get him where he needs to go. We’ll hook him up with a Sierra Denali so he can fly to all the good girls and boys this year!

If you are interested in getting a Sierra Denali just like Santa, then please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

New Technology in Carbon Fibers May Soon be Ready for Cars

GM has been working hard to develop new technologies in the automotive industry. Recently GM has developed new technologies in brakes, powertrain, Z-link suspension, and they are even working on developing the next generation in the small block engine. And now the most recent new development in GM engineering comes from a partnership with Teijin Limited which is a company that is making strides in the carbon fiber and composites industry. Together GM and Teijin will work to create a new carbon fiber composite technology that can be mass marketed for use in high volume GM vehicles.

Teijin has developed a very advanced technology in the world of carbon fibers which has led to this co-development pact. Teijin developed what is known as CFRTP, carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic technology. This technology is a quick and efficient way of developing carbon fibers which means it may now be able to be used in the development of mainstream vehicles.

Teijin currently works with very specialized and custom automotives, designing carbon fiber systems for these vehicles. But working only with custom made vehicles is limiting for the company, and this new pact may allow them to spread out their portfolio to develop something much more useful on a widespread scale.

“Our relationship with Teijin provides the opportunity to revolutionize the way carbon fiber is used in the automotive industry,” said GM Vice Chairman Steve Girsky. “This technology holds the potential to be an industry game changer and demonstrates GM’s long-standing commitment to innovation.”

Part of the development of this new technology for widespread use involves Teijin building new facilities near GM’s facilities which will bring new jobs in the automotive industry to America. Teijin plans to build a new facility in the northern U.S. early next year, which it will call the Teijin Composites Application Center.

The reason that this is such a great new development in the world of automotives is because of the fact that carbon fiber is ten times stronger than regular grade steel and is actually only one fourth of the same weight as steel. This means the development of light weight and still sturdy and hefty vehicles. This can bring about vast benefits to American consumers by providing them with the strength and durability that comes with high weight vehicles without the cars actually being very heavy. The lighter weight the vehicle actually is then the better fuel economy for the driver

Not only does the new carbon fiber technology produce this amazing material, but the main reason it may be able to be utilized in the manufacturing of cars is because of the fact that the material can be produced in under a minute using Teijin’s patented technology. All other methods currently available for the manufacture of carbon fiber vehicles take much more time to create.

The use of this new technology can also help GM to meet standards of fuel economy and environmental protection that are growing stricter and stricter as more and more awareness about the environment is being developed.

“Teijin’s innovative CFRTP technology, which promises to realize revolutionarily lighter automotive body structures, will play an important role in GM’s initiative to bring carbon fiber components into mainstream vehicles,” said Norio Kamei, senior managing director of Teijin. “We believe our visionary relationship with GM will lead the way in increased usage of green composites in the automotive industry.”

Hopefully this new technology can be brought to the market sooner rather than later, but we’ll just have to see. GM and Teijin have said that they will announce the release of the new technology when they are closer to having it ready. In the meantime, if you would like more information on how we can help you with a new vehicle, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908 for more information!

Jessica Harmon, Staff Writer, CCP Web Design

GM Develops New High Tech Brakes

GM has endeavored to create a new chemical makeup for the components of their brakes in order to hopefully fix the problems associated with rusty brake rotors. These problems should soon be a thing of the past with this new technology that is set to perhaps double the life of the typical brake rotor, in effect saving customers a lot of money over the course of the life of their vehicles.

The new technology in question was developed by GM engineers in recent years and has helped with the process that corrodes brakes, something which normally requires the replacement of the vehicle’s rotors. This new technology is actually a process by which the brakes can be made corrosion proof by super heating the rotors. The oven that the rotors are placed in is made large and filled with nitrogen which causes the atoms of nitrogen to attach themselves to the rotors which hardens and strengthens them.

GM engineers have named this new technology Ferritic Nitro-Carburizing which they abbreviated with the letters FNC. This new process will soon be used as a standard treatment for parts of the vehicle’s powertrain, and has already been used on many powertrain parts on the market today.

GM has been studying the effectiveness of this process since 2008. In the cars that were tested, warranty claims on the brakes went down by seventy percent! Recently GM also asked consumers what bothers them most about their cars. Forty percent of vehicle owners in the study listed corrosion as one of their top three problems. Brake parts were also listed as one of the top concerns for many vehicle owners.

The technical expert on this project, Jim Webster, saw that oxidation that was caused by environmental factors used to be a huge problem for many vehicle owners, which is why he and his team decided to work on this project. GM discovered that the majority of vehicles in the U.S. are regularly exposed to many oxidizing elements like acid rain, intense sunlight, snow, ice, and salt.

FNC also does not affect the braking performance of the vehicles that it is placed in. In fact, FNC actually improves the performance of most vehicles’ brakes because it makes sure there is no rust built up on the brakes which lessens the friction on the brakes. FNC rotors also allow less brake dust to build up in the rotors.

GM expects FNC to be a key component to the majority of its vehicles by the 2016 model year. Right now it is available in both the Buick LaCrosse and the Buick Regal.

“Rotors aren’t a cheap thing to replace,” said Jim Webster. “So doubling the average life expectancy of the brake rotors from 40,000 to 80,000 miles is something we think our customers will appreciate.”

GM is the leader of the new FNC technology. It is the only automaker right now that has engineered the proper way to use FNC on brake rotors and has several patents on the process in the works. This is just one more technology on the growing list that marks GM as the leader in automotive innovations according to the U.S. Patent Board.

“GM engineers are pushing forward with innovative technologies that meet the demanding needs of our customers,” said John Calabrese, vice president of Global Vehicle Engineering.

If you would like more information about getting a new FNC treated vehicle please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!