What to Do If You Are In an Accident

Getting in an accident can be a very scary thing, especially if it is your very first one. Even the most careful of drivers can’t always avoid the occasional fender bender. And even if you are a really good driver there’s no guarantee that all the other drivers on the road are just as careful as you are. Even in an accident when no one gets hurt it can still be nerve wracking and many people don’t know what the first step is for getting things cleared up and moving on.

Before we address exactly what to do when the accident occurs it is important to think about what we can do ahead of time to be prepared for an accident. One way to do this is to keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Many people don’t do this because they assume they will never be in an accident since they are a good driver, but it can happen to anyone. In the accident preparedness kit drivers should be sure to have a disposable camera or other camera for taking pictures of the damage to turn in to the insurance company. They should also carry a pen and pad of paper to take notes such as taking down the other driver’s information. The other things that should be included in the preparedness kit would be vehicle information and medical information. You should always have your vehicle registration with you when you are driving your vehicle. Even if you are not going to be in an accident there is always the chance that you will be pulled over or that you will run through a license and registration check. The other important thing to have on hand is your vehicle insurance card. You will need the information on the card such as your insurance policy number when you talk to an officer or the other driver. Keeping a list of allergies and other pertinent medical information in the vehicle could also be very important. If you are in an accident and are injured, it could be very useful to the hospital staff to have this information without having to ask you for it or call around asking your family for the information.

Once you have actually been hit the first thing to do is to stay calm. Many people’s first reactions when they are involved in an accident is to panic. Sometimes you may not even realize that you’ve been hit right away. After you calm down you should signal to the other driver for both of you to move off the main road in order to allow traffic flow to continue as normal. If you cause a congestion of traffic, especially in an intersection, you could cause others who do not see you in time to have further accidents. If you or the other driver are injured and you believe it would be dangerous to move then don’t move! Hurting yourself further could result in more serious injuries. And if the vehicle is damaged so that it cannot be moved then be sure to put on your hazard lights and remain buckled inside the vehicle for your safety until help arrives. When you have determined that you either can or cannot move the vehicle or yourself, then call for help from the police and an ambulance if anyone is injured.

If there are no serious injuries and you can move your vehicle off the road then you should get out of your vehicle and speak with the other driver. It is important that you exchange information so that insurance companies can contact the other driver. You should do this while waiting for the police to arrive, although the police may have a form available for you that is specifically for exchanging information with the other driver. When you exchange information you’ll want to be sure that you include your names, addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and license plate numbers. Also it is important to write down the name of the insured if it is different from the name of the driver. A written description of each vehicle may be necessary, including make, model, year, and VIN number. Be sure to write down the location of the vehicle and your statement on the chain of events.

The next step is to document the damage. This is where the disposable camera comes in handy. It is important to take pictures as well as a written description of the damage that has occurred so that you can file a claim with yours or the other insurance company. If there were any witnesses try to get them to give their information and a statement. Their testimony can help if the other driver disputes your version of events.

Be sure you file an accident report. It depends on your location as to whether or not a police officer will be dispatched to your accident. Many states and cities do not dispatch emergency services unless there are injuries involved in the accident. Even if no officer will be dispatched, you still need to file an accident report. You can do that as your local police station or at the DMV. The police report can help your insurance company to speed up the claims process.

Finally it is time to call the insurance companies and file your claim. Sometimes people may choose not to involve the insurance company and will choose to cover the cost of damages themselves, especially if the damages are minor. This is usually a bad idea however, because it can cause someone who was not at fault to have to pay out of pocket for damages. If the other party is liable their insurance company should reimburse you for any damages to your vehicle and any costs associated with the accident such as medical bills and rental vehicles. Always file your claim as soon as possible so that the claim is on record before you call for a tow or call for a rental vehicle. This way you will be able to know what your insurance company covers and what you should be reimbursed for if the accident was your fault or no fault.

Accidents can be really nerve wracking and tend to leave people a little shaken up. That’s why its always comforting to know that you have a safe and sturdy vehicle to keep you from being damaged as much as possible in the event of an accident. GMC and Buick vehicles were all designed with safety in mind, and are all well prepared to provide the driver and all the passengers the best possible outcome in the event of an accident. OnStar is also a great tool for those involved in an accident. It can help you if you are panicking after the accident occurs so that you can get the help you need when you may not have the wherewithal to call for help. If you would like more information on how we can help you find an excellent and safe vehicle, or repair a Buick or GMC vehicle that has been involved in an accident, please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

Virtual Climate Control in New Vehicles

It’s a familiar story that many of us have heard before. Mom and dad are driving in the front seat of the car and they’re freezing and have the heat on full blast. But the kids are in the back and covered in sweat because they’ve all been hot and they want the air turned on. Sure they can turn the air on in the back seat and leave the heat on in the front, but some of that heat still makes it to the back seat and the cold is still making it to the front and no one is comfortable. That’s why General Motors has finally developed a new virtual climate control technology that can allow you to adjust the temperature for each individual seating space in a vehicle, and this new technology is being unveiled in the new 2012 Terrain!

The new technology was developed by studying the way that air flows in the car. This way researchers were able to look at exactly where specific streams of air were flowing and then tailored their flow to only surround the passenger in the individual seat! The developers used both real dummies as well as digital car dummies to find the exact places that air would travel through the vehicle. They then used that information to look at how air flows in order to direct the hot or cold air in the right directions so that the air will only blow on the individual, allowing for maximum individual comfort within the vehicle.

The researchers also created their own special dummy, which they nicknamed Monika, which is a wire mannequin that they outfitted with nickel-chromium sensors. The sensors provide researchers with specific data about the temperatures that the individual is feeling in the seats. This technology was also tested within a temperature range of negative forty all the way up to one hundred and forty degrees Fahrenheit! Monika can let the engineers know when she starts to experience these temperatures outside of the normal human comfort range.

The researchers really worked hard on this technology. They made sure to cover all of their tracks by accounting for things like perspiration and internal temperature, as well as varying sizes and shapes of passengers. Naturally they can’t tailor the vehicle to provide the most comfort for every passenger considering the wide variety of shapes and sizes that people come in, but they were able to at least optimize the airflow to provide the most comfort for the most people.

For this change in the GMC Terrain, researchers had the added challenge of adjusting the air to fit the stylistic designs of the air vents placed in the Terrain. “We had to work a lot on the directing ability of the outlets,” Jeff Bozeman, one of the head engineers for this project, said. “The first impression of the vehicle is the interior, and it’s where people spend most of their time. Our job is to make the vehicle feel as good as it looks inside.”

Bozeman and his team work with the U.S. Department of Energy, the California Energy Commission, Delphi Automotive and the University of California, Berkeley to develop these new technologies. He hopes that the technology will grow more and more sophisticated through the years. If you would like more information on purchasing some of the most comfortable vehicles on the market today please visit our contact us page or call 888-306-1908!

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!

GMC Sierra HD takesTop Honors At The Insane Heavy Duty Hurt Locker!

The South Loves  A Good Truck!

The 2012 GMC Sierra HD

The Carolinas are serious truck states. And Scott McCorkle, of Liberty Buick GMC Truck, prides himself on offering North and South Carolina a huge selection of the toughest trucks on the road — the GMC Sierra.  Scott doesn’t just think the Sierra is the best truck out there. By beating out Chrysler and Ford in one of the most grueling challenges ever—The Heavy- Duty Hurt Locker, put on by PickupTrucks.com, GMC has proven, once and for all, that it’s the best overall heavy duty truck on the road.

About The Challengers:

2012 GMC Sierra Duramax, the 2011 Ford F-350 Power Stroke, and the 2011.5 Ram 3500 High Output Cummins.

“We procured similarly equipped trucks from Ford, Ram and GMC and put them through the paces, towing up and down some of the toughest grades in the country covering a total of 2,200 miles,” said Mike Levine, editor of PickupTrucks.com. “When we analyzed the data, the GMC Sierra 3500HD simply outperformed the trucks from Ford and Ram.”

The trucks chosen for battle were the 2012 GMC Sierra Duramax, the 2011 Ford F-350 Power Stroke, and the 2011.5 Ram 3500 High Output Cummins.

About The Heavy Duty Hurt Locker:

The HD Hurt Locker punished the trucks with a trek lasting 7 days and going over 2,200 miles through 4 states and 2 mountain ranges.

Levine took part in the Hurt Locker, and recounted it as a “2,200-mile, four-state slog towing trailers that weigh almost 10 tons each and push each truck’s gross combined weight to more than 90 percent of their gross combined weight rating – levels so high that it forced those of us without one to get commercial driver licenses. The Hurt Locker includes driving up two of the nastiest mountain climbs in the U.S. – from hot summer temperatures of more than 100 degrees in the Arizona desert to the oxygen-starved peaks of the Colorado Rockies, 11,000 feet above sea level. Through it all, we measured fuel economy, acceleration, power and braking and evaluated the confidence that each truck gave its driver.”[i]

GMC Sierra HD Took It All!

The GMC Sierra HD Duomax came out on top in nearly all categories

After the whole ordeal was over, The 2012 GMC Sierra 3500 with 6.6-liter Duramax V-8 proved to be top dog. “The GMC Sierra 3500 is our choice for the Best Overall Heavy-Duty Truck in the Hurt Locker test. Its performance continues to affirm what we’ve seen from previous 2011-12 GM HD pickups. Their chassis and on-road performance should be in the crosshairs of Ram and Ford.”(Mike Levine, 2011)

“Customers choose full-size trucks for their capabilities,” said Rick Spina, GM’s vehicle line executive for full-size trucks. “For 2012, we built on the foundation we created in 2011, with engineering changes and additional validation designed to make the most capable heavy-duty pickup even better. Based on PickupTrucks.com’s test results, it looks like we got the job done.”[ii][iii]

Come see this beast of a truck for yourself!

You can see the 2011 GM Sierra HD at Scott McCorkle's Liberty Buick GMC Truck

If you live in the Charlotte metro, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Pineville, or Waxhaw areas of North or South Carolina, and are in need of a serious truck, Scott McCorkle and his great team would love to put you in one.  Stop by to see them at one of their convenient locations  9028 Independence or 1001 Tyvola Road.  Or check them out on web at http://www.clickliberty.com/HomePageBe Prepared to be impressed!

Works Cited

LaMuraglia, J. M. (2011, August 8). GM News. Retrieved September 14, 2011, from General Motors: http://media.gm.com/content/media/us/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2011/Aug/0815_sierra

Mike Levine, M. W. (2011, August 14). 2011 Heavy-Duty Hurt Locker. Retrieved September 13, 2011, from PickupTrucks.com: http://special-/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/us/en/2011/Au

 

Demo Vehicles On Sale Right Now! Hurry for Best Selection!

Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Demo Cars Available!
Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Demo Cars Available! Hurry for best selection!

Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks is offering several excellent condition “demo” cars at amazing prizes! Check out the available stock in Charlotte, Matthews & Monroe, NC at our dealership.These are excellent deals but there are not many on the lot. Each of these gently-used vehicles has had quality care and excellent maintenance through Liberty’s service department. Hurry in for best selection on these special cars! Click here for more information. You can also visit www.clickliberty.com or call us at 888-306-1908 for more information.

CCP Staff Writer – Kimberly Brouillette, 6/1/11

Chance to Win $500 for the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks’ “Dog Days of Summer” Celebration!

2011 "Dog Days of Summer" Pet Celebration
"Dog Days of Summer" Pet Celebration on June 4, 2011 from 10AM-2PM

Enter your pet in the contest to

WIN $500 CASH! It’s easy!

Register your pet in the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks “Co-Pilot Pal” Contest.

From May – September, 2011, we invite you to join Liberty Buick GMC Trucks of Charlotte, Matthews & Monroe, NC for the first “Dog Days of Summer” Celebration!

  • Simply take a photo of your pet (dog, cat, bird, hamster or other creature) in, or on, your vehicle.
  • Go to the Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s Facebook page, and share your photo on the page to enter.
  • All entries will be considered, however they must meet the criteria.

Don’t Miss the “Dog Days of Summer” Kick-off Event!

Where: Liberty Buick GMC Trucks, 9028 E Independence Blvd, Matthews, NC

When: Saturday, June 4, 2011

What Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Event Features:

  • Charlotte’s Favorite Weatherman, WBTV’s Eric Thomas from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free Pet Training Instruction
  • Dog Demonstrations by “That’ll Do Again,” a pet rescue organization from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Free Hot “Dogs” & Sodas
  • A Free Dog Harness with Test Drive
  • Pet experts will be on the lot to give you free training tips. Free pet harnesses will be given to those who bring their pet and take a test drive. No purchase is required. (See entry rules for details.) Come by and have a great time at Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s first “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration. Good luck!

    “Dog Days of Summer” Photo Entry Rules:

    1. Please do not put your pet in danger in order to take photos.

    2. The animal in your photo must be registered to your family.

    3. Any type of pet can be photographed, as long as it will fit in the vehicle. (We will accept elephants that can pull a GMC Truck.)

    4. Employees of Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks are not eligible.

    Submitting: All submissions for the “Dog Days of Summer” contest must be entered by sharing your photo on the Liberty Buick GMC Truck’s Facebook page.

    Entry Deadline: Contest entries will be accepted through the close of business 5 PM EST on September 14, 2011. On September 15, 2011, the winner will be posted at 12:00 Noon EST on the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks’ web site, www.clickliberty.com and the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks Facebook page.

    Entries: One entry per household, please.

    Prizes: One lucky “Co-Pilot Pal” will win $500 in cash from Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks at 12 Noon on September 15, 2011. The winner will also have their photo posted on the web site and Facebook page. All eligible entries will be included in a raffle. The winner will be picked by Donna Moffett Accountants, LLC.

    Publication and Display: Submission of an entry constitutes agreement to allow photographs to be reproduced, published and/or exhibited for promotional purposes by the Liberty Buick GMC Trucks and CCP Web Design Studios. Entrants grant the right to publish their name, city and state in print or other media in connection with the photo contest. By submitting any photo, contestants hereby certify that the photo is his/her original work and has never been copyrighted, or, if copyrighted, that he/she is the sole copyright owner. Contestants understand that it will be published on the Internet and in promotional materials. No photo entry will be published in any manner contrary to the purpose in which it was submitted.

    CCP Staff Writer – Kimberly Brouillette, 5/18/2011

    email: kimberly@ccpwebdesign.com

    Great Sierra Savings! Up to $10,000 Off List Price

    2011 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Truck

    Save up to $10,000 off of the list price on new GMC Sierra trucks at Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC! These impressive trucks may be found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe Liberty Buick GMC dealer locations.

    The GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck is available in 2WD and 4×4 truck. You can also choose from regular cab, extended cab, and crew cab body styles, with a variety of V8 engines on tap. The Sierra 1500 pickup truck is capable of towing up to 10,700 lbs or hauling a payload up to 1,909 lbs.*

    The GMC Sierra 2500HD pickup truck is ready to tackle almost anything! This GMC model is also offered in regular-cab, extended-cab, and crew-cab body styles, and is available as a 2WD truck or a 4×4 truck. A variety of V8 engines are available, including a remarkably powerful Duramax diesel. Sierra 2500HD pickup trucks are able to tow up to 15,800 lbs or haul a payload up to 3,924 lbs.*

    In addition, the 2011 GMC Sierra is available with the luxurious Denali package. This includes many enhancements, including a four-bar chrome grille, door/door handle chrome accents, and new polished, 18- and 20-inch, forged-aluminum wheels. Inside, the superior Bose audio system, power-adjustable pedals, 12-way power seats, and brushed aluminum trim make their own statement. Optional features are available, such as  heated steering wheel, as well as, heated/cooled seats.

    Decide what you need in order to choose the right GMC Sierra truck for you. Ask yourself what your job requires, and the GMC Sierra truck has an answer. Create your perfect GMC Sierra pickup truck, and save up to $10,000 off of list price! 

    With all of the possibilities available, it’s no wonder that families, commuters, and contractors alike all make the GMC Sierra 1500 their pickup truck of choice. For more information on the powerful 2011 GMC Sierra truck, visit www.clickliberty.com, download the 2011 GMC Sierra brochure here, or call 888-306-1908. 

    *Depends on the configuration and whether a 2WD or 4WD drivetrain is selected.

    CCP Web Design Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 4/25/11

    MotorTrend Takes Notice of 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty Truck

    MotorTrend has taken notice of and praised the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty truck. This GMC Sierra truck is the first model that offers the luxurious Denali trim on one of GMC’s toughest trucks. The combination of luxury and performance on the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty truck will continue to “wow” drivers in Charlotte, Matthew & Monroe, NC.

    According to a MotorTrend article, “GMC has always been about “Professional Grade” trucks, but the Denali trim level takes it up a notch or two — it’s the package for people who work hard but like to do it in style, too.”

    Several enhancements that are specific to the Denali package include a four-bar chrome grille, chrome accents on the doors and door handles, and new 18- and 20-inch polished forged aluminum wheels. Inside, the Denali package features a superior Bose audio system, power-adjustable pedals, 12-way power seats, and brushed aluminum trim. Optional heated steering wheel, as well as, heated/cooled seats are also available.

    GMC also spent a great deal of effort on upgrading the Sierra’s chassis and powertrain. The result is a 20,000-pound maximum towing capacity with a fifth-wheel trailer, as well as a 16,000-pound maximum towing capacity with a traditional hitch, and a 6,335-pound maximum payload capacity.

    On the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty truck, the latest version of the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V-8 makes all of this power and towing capacity possible. This V-8 engine has been re-engineered to increase both the Sierra’s strength and improve efficiency. The Duramax has been rated at 397 horsepower and an amazing 765 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. This resulted in a best-in-class figure that’s a 32 horsepower and 105 lb-ft improvement over last year’s engine.

    In addition, the automaker has reduced the engine’s NOx emissions by 63%. For those who don’t need that level of horsepower and torque, there is also the 6.0-liter Vortec gasoline V-8 (360 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque), which has a new camshaft that increased torque at low RPM.

    The latest Allison 1000 six-speed automatic transmission has been beefed-up to handle the extra torque of the upgraded diesel motor. The article continues to say that, “GMC boasts that the transmission has been specifically built to match either the gasoline or diesel engine for maximum efficiency and ideal gearing. Those sticking with gasoline will get an upgraded 6L90 six-speed automatic transmission, an upgrade from the 6L80 found on current models.”

    In addition to the other features, GMC has also upgraded its front suspension for a smoother ride and easier handling. In the rear, a new asymmetrical leaf-spring rear suspension has wider leafs, which allows for a higher payload capacity and less axle-hop. All these heavy-duty upgrades are possible due to “11 all-new, fully-boxed frames to underpin the cab and box configurations. GMC says the new frames are five times stiffer on their own while the hydro-formed front sections are 125% stiffer.”

    Whether for work or play, the serious truck driver now has an option if he/she desires a combination of luxury and performance. See the new GMC Sierra truck ad below to see some of the ways the 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty truck can perform for you.

    These impressive trucks may be found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe Liberty Buick GMC dealer locations. For more information on the powerful 2011 GMC Sierra Denali Heavy Duty truck, visit www.clickliberty.com, download the 2011 GMC Sierra brochure here, or call 888-306-1908.

    CCP Web Design Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 4/5/11