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

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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

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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