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!

FREE 3-Month SiriusXM Subscription on Pre-Owned Vehicles Bought from GM Dealerships!

2011 GMC 2500 HD Sierra Truck
2011 GMC 2500 HD Sierra Truck

SiriusXM LogoFor the first time, GM customers will receive a 3-month Sirius XM Radio subscription FREE automatically when they purchase a pre-owned vehicle factory installed with satellite radio. On June 20, 2011, Sirius XM Radio made an announcement, and it is effective regardless of the manufacturer.  The main catch is that the vehicles must be purchased from one of over 1000 participating GM dealerships across the United States. This is great news for drivers in Charlotte, Matthews & Monroe, NC!

2012 GMC Terrain Stereo-Nav Control Panel
2012 GMC Terrain Stereo-Nav Control Panel

For the first time, participating GM dealers will provide this opportunity to customers purchasing non-GM pre-owned vehicles, and not just GM vehicles. Customers purchasing pre-owned vehicles equipped with Sirius or XM satellite radio will have access to commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, comedy and a selection of premium programming. General Motors will continue to offer customers a 3-month subscription to SiriusXM with the purchase of new and Certified Pre-Owned Cadillac/Chevrolet/Buick/GMC vehicles that are factory equipped with SiriusXM.

2011 Sierra Truck
2011 Sierra Truck

“Providing our pre-owned vehicle customers the very best value and buying experience is something we strive for everyday,” said Jason Brickl, CEO, Ballweg Family of Dealerships, and Co-Chair, General Motors National Dealer Council. “My dealerships have enrolled in the SiriusXM program and I encourage all GM dealers to sign up and take advantage of this opportunity to add value to their inventories and pass along this 3-month introductory subscription of satellite radio to their customers.”

“For the first time ever, participating GM dealers are able to give their pre-owned vehicle customers a 3-month subscription to SiriusXM regardless of vehicle brand,” said Joe Verbrugge, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive Remarketing Division, SiriusXM. “GM dealers across the country are responding enthusiastically to this opportunity to give SiriusXM to their customers who won’t need to sacrifice innovative technologies or entertainment when buying a pre-owned vehicle.”

Sirius XM Radio is America’s satellite radio company and broadcasts more than 135 satellite radio channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to 20.6 million subscribers. SiriusXM offers an array of content from many of the biggest names in entertainment, as well as from professional sports leagues, major colleges, and national news and talk providers.

This programming is available on more than 800 devices, including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. For more information on SiriusXM, please visit www.siriusxm.com.

According to a recent article by Automotive News, “Earlier this year, Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin attributed the company’s ongoing financial rebound from its near-bankruptcy experience in 2009 to the auto industry. As of March 31, Sirius XM reported 20.6 million total subscribers, up 9 percent from the same period a year earlier. During the first quarter, the company added 373,064 new subscribers, a 118 percent increase over the same quarter last year.”

Many impressive new and used vehicles can found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe, Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks locations. For more information, visit www.clickliberty.com, or call us at 888-306-1908.

Source: SiriusXM Press Release (See press release dated June 20, 2011.)

Don’t forget to Post Your Pet’s Photo on our Facebook Page for a Chance at $500 Cash! Click Here to Enter!

CCP Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 6/24/11


Check Out Our “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration Day Pictures!

Dog Days of Summer Pet Celebration
Dog Days of Summer Pet Celebration on June 4th Was Fun!
Customers Enjoyed the Pet Celebration with Their Dog
Customers Enjoyed the Pet Celebration with Their Dog

We had a great time at the “Dog Days of Summer” Pet Celebration Day on Saturday, June 4! The event ran from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks in Matthews, NC. Customers who registered at our event will receive a free custom-sized harness for their dog, on behalf of Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks. Thank you to those who came to the celebration kick-off event!

WBTV Weatherman, Eric Thomas, with Kim McCorkle, and Officers Capotosta & Brown
WBTV Weatherman, Eric Thomas, with Kim McCorkle, and Officers Capotosta & Brown
Many people showed up and met Eric Thomas, the popular Meteorologist for WBTV in Charlotte, NC. Don’t miss out on the video link below from the WBTV News on that day. Eric gave us a great show. It’s hilarious!

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Kristen Stone From K-9 HangOut
Kristen Stone From K-9 HangOut Giving Training Tips to a Customer and Their Pet

Customers also got free tips and giveaways from our dog trainers Doris Anderson of K-9 Bootcamp, Kristen Stone of K-9 Hangout & John Holland of Dogmatic Training. Special “pooch guests” gave a great performance on the agility course.

Kristen Stone with K-9 Hangout & John Holland with Dogmatic Training
Kristen Stone with K-9 Hangout & John Holland with Dogmatic Training

Officer Darrell Brown with Liberty, the Police Bomb Dog
Officer Darrell Brown with Liberty, the Police Bomb Dog

Officers Peter Capotosta and Darrell Brown were also there to talk about their special Police dogs. They have worked together on with the Police dogs for about 20 years on the force, and even went to the Police Academy together. A few years ago, Scott McCorkle sponsored their current bomb dog. They named the dog Liberty in his company’s honor, and she is a very impressive German Shepherd, indeed. I know I wouldn’t want to get on her bad side!

Doris Anderson from K-9 Bootcamp
Doris Anderson from K-9 Bootcamp Showing Off "Yukon's" Tricks

Pet owners also need to restrain pets with safety harnesses to keep them from being harmed as easily. Sudden stops and especially vehicle accidents can kill your pet too. Harnesses can be used to restrain them but not make them uncomfortable. Make sure that you find a pet safety harness that is approved for vehicle use. You don’t want your special pal to be hurt or killed. Please take this advice!

Many impressive vehicles can found at any of the Charlotte, Matthews or Monroe, Scott McCorkle’s Liberty Buick GMC Trucks locations. For more information, visit www.clickliberty.com, or call us at 888-306-1908.

Don’t forget to Post Your Pet’s Photo on our Facebook Page for a Chance at $500 Cash! Click Here to Enter!

CCP Staff Writer: Kimberly Brouillette, 6/14/11


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

    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