Teenager’s “Hot Seat” Invention Aims to Save Lives during Hot Summer Months

"Hot Seat" inventionWhile most of us equate summertime with beautiful beaches, afternoons and evenings at the ballpark, and enjoying some fun in the sun with our family and friends, it’s important to remember that summer can be a dangerous time of year as well. In fact, just this year, 18 people have died just from being trapped inside a hot car for too long. Even more tragic, almost all such deaths are infant deaths—babies mistakenly left in hot, parked vehicles can’t survive long in such extreme conditions.

However, Alissa Chavez, a 17-year-old girl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, believes she has a solution to this sobering problem. Her “Hot Seat” invention, an alarm system that warns parents when they wander away from a child still in its car seat in a parked car, won her science fair three years ago, and she’s been tinkering with her invention ever since. Currently, she’s trying to raise enough money to build an actual prototype of the Hot Seat.

If you’d like to help Alissa Chavez make her Hot Seat system a reality, check out the invention’s indiegogo page to help fund this awesome, life-saving new safety feature. And if you’re looking for vehicles that already have excellent safety technologies, come see us here at Ewing Buick GMC to check out our top-rated and award-winning vehicles today.

Buick Regal’s Luxury Sets the Bar in Consumer Reports Test

Buick Regal's Luxury
2014 Buick Regal

When it comes to consumer advocacy, Consumer Reports is one of the most trusted organizations. In its recent round of testing, it found the 2014 Buick Regal’s luxury was on par with the likes of the BMW 328i and the Mercedes-Benz C250.

In the final results, the Regal finished one point behind the BMW and tied for second with the Mercedes-Benz. Imagine having all that luxury and performance for thousands of dollars less.

“The Regal is a thoroughly developed and satisfying mid-sized sports sedan that’s more reminiscent of a German sports car than the softly sprung luxo-barges that Buick was once known for,” Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports’ director of automotive testing, said in the report.

Helping the Regal score well with the judges was its turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that makes it more fuel-efficient and quicker, without requiring premium fuel. It also shifts smoothly and accelerates quickly.

For the best premium sedan that offers luxury, performance, and a good value, come check out the 2014 Buick Regal available now at Ewing Buick GMC.

The Fresh Buick Lineup

the fresh Buick lineup
2014 Buick Regal GS

A few years ago it was unclear about the future of the Buick brand. Known for its 65+ age demographic, Buick seemed like a choice for only the older generation. If you had asked back in 2009 what the future looked like for Buick, many would have said it would be extinct by 2010. Buick took 2009’s harsh reality and decided to change and refresh the dying Buick brand.

In the last few years, Buick has completely redesigned their lineup giving the younger generation something to be excited about! Buick is no longer and old timer’s brand, you will now see that it is a top choice for young families. With the introduction of the Regal GS, the brand has been able to capture younger drivers by offering style and sport. Mark Reuss, former President of GM North America calls the overhaul “refined luxury.”

In recent months, GM has undergone some serious recalls with its other brands, but Buick has held strong! Officials over at Buick say that they have big plans for the future, but like to keep everything low-key. What do you think of the fresh Buick lineup? Let us know in the comment section below!

The 2014 Sierra 1500 is ready to haul

2014 Sierra 1500 is ready to haul
2014 GMC Sierra

Recently, new protocols were put into play industry-wide to test the maximum tow capacity in real-world driving conditions. The tests were aimed to keep the playing field consistent among all auto manufacturers and to give consumers a clear definition of what they can really expect from their truck. Many manufacturers saw their tow capacity decrease while implementing SAE J2807. The Sierra 1500, however, did not see a decrease after implementation of the new tests. The 2WD double cab Sierra equipped with the 6.2-liter V8 engine maintains its 12,000-lb. max trailering configuration.

How was the Sierra able to keep its rating, while other trucks fell? The Sierra 1500 is equipped with the most powerful engine in its segment. It makes an outstanding 420-horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque. It is also available with a 9.76-inch rear axle and heavy-duty rear springs to help with hauling.

As you can see, the 2014 Sierra 1500 is ready to work! With other features like a CornerStep bumper and a center console big enough for work files, the Sierra 1500 can be the perfect mobile office. If you would like to know more about the 2014 Sierra, stop by Ewing Buick GMC!

GMC’s June Sales

June Sales
2014 GMC Terrain Denali

GMC posted its best June since 2006 and Ewing Buick GMC is proud to contribute! The brand experienced an 11% total increase year-over-year increase and a 5% increase in retail sales. Leading the way for June was the Yukon SUV. GMC’s favorite large SUV experienced an 83% retail growth in year-over-year sales. Another top-seller for June was the GMC Terrain posting a 9% growth in year-over-year in retail sales.

GMC hopes to continue the positive momentum by releasing the 2015 Terrain with all-new 4G LTE capabilities. As we mentioned in a previous article, passengers will be able to stay connected in the new crossover because it will act as its own Wi-Fi hotspot. It is also important to note that the Terrain received a 2014 Top Safety Pick+ distinction from IIHS. With all of its available features, it’s easy to see why the Terrain is a top pick among families.

Along with the Yukon and Terrain, the Sierra truck segment has also been doing exceptionally well. It has posted its best start to a year since 2007. The all-new Sierra and Sierra HD are perfect choices for those looking for something both work-durable and family-oriented.

If you would like to see any of these sales leaders in-person, stop by Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, Texas!