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Defining Vehicle Body Styles: Hatches, Coupes, Sedans, and More

defining vehicle body styles
Explaining The Hatchback

Defining vehicle body styles is not as difficult as it may seem. Although different terminology is used for various models, including hatchbacks, coupes, wagons, and more, there are relatively simple distinctions between the various styles. Understanding the various vehicle types will allow you to shop better, and it will help you to understand the jargon of the industry.

According to Edmunds, some automakers actually make it difficult to categorize their vehicles on purpose, making the models “stand out” on the market. However, many still use roughly the same criteria. Various body styles include: hatchbacks (or a “hatch”), coupe, convertible/cabriolet, sedan, crossover, SUV. These are just some of the most popular

  • Hatchback – with two or four doors, a hatch has a sloped back and a hinged cargo hatch (a trunk liftgate) that opens upwards. These European-inspired designs are usually fuel-efficient space savers.
  • Coupe – most coupes have two doors and a conventional trunk, as well as a sloped roof. Small sports cars are often referred to as coupes. Technically, the name is designated for cars with less than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume; however, not all manufacturers are so technical.
  • Convertible – drop the top and feel the wind through your hair. Also called a “cabriolet” in Europe, convertibles come with both soft- and hard-top designs.
  • Sedan – this is your standard four-door design. Technically, sedans have more than 33 cu ft of rear interior volume, so it is possible to have a two-door sedan. Again, most manufacturers are less technical. Sedans tend to be large and spacious.
  • Crossover – a blend between a sedan and an SUV, crossovers are usually smaller than their SUV counterparts, and crossovers have sloped roofs. They also have a unibody design, which means the body is attached to the frame.
  • SUV – these are all-American designs with separate bodies and frames. Built to be large and to have great off-road capabilities, SUVs are iconic. Usually the size gives it away.

These are the most common body styles you will encounter on the road. For more information, stop by Ewing Buick GMC in Plano, TX today.

GMC Plans Future Jeep Wrangler Rival

Jeep Wrangler RivalOver the past decade, many carmakers have tried to create a vehicle that can go head-to-head with the popular Jeep Wrangler, and their attempt have been without success. SUVs like the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the entire Hummer lineup have been left behind for the Wrangler’s rugged appearance, causing the SUV to have somewhat of a cult following. Now, GMC has decided to give creating a Jeep Wrangler rival a try. Already known for its rugged SUVs, the American carmaker is the one challenger that just might succeed.

During a recent discussion with Edmunds.com, Buick-GMC vice president Duncan Aldred commented that, while plans for a lineup expansion aren’t currently in the works, in the future they definitely will expand because “there is plenty of room everywhere in the hierarchy.”

Along with the possible Jeep Wrangler rival, this means a luxury SUV, positioned over the Yukon Denali, might be in works as well.

To see what types of SUVS GMC has to offer you now, make sure you stop in to Ewing Buick GMC today and give our vehicles a test drive!

2014-2015 GMC Yukon Helps Fuel GM’s 3rd Quarter Profit

For the first time since the recession, SUVs are regaining some of the momentum it lost to its crossover brethren and finding newfound popularity in the car market. If you’re talking about a resurgence in the full-size SUV segment, you must first look at the offerings of General Motors, whose 2015 model year lineup includes new and improved iterations of the Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac Escalade.

2014-2015 GMC Yukon
2015 GMC Yukon

GM announced that it pulled in a third-quarter net income of $1.4 billion, thanks in large part to the success of its SUVs and pickup trucks.

“The new trucks and SUVs are more profitable than the ones they replaced. That certainly helps from a profit perspective,” said GM Chief Financial Officer Chuck Stevens.

The 2014-2015 GMC Yukon has been a big part of GM’s success through the first nine months of 2014: to date, GMC has delivered 52,612 models between the Yukon and the Yukon XL. This amounts to a year-to-date increase of 62.3% in the United States.

Want to see why the Yukon and Yukon XL have been such boons for General Motors? Schedule your test drive at Ewing Buick GMC today!

Buick’s New Small SUV Headed to America in 2015

Buick's New Small SUV
The Envision will be smaller than the Enclave pictured above!

We’ve been hearing about Buick’s new small SUV, the Envision, for quite a while now. Now that it has had its big debut over in China, we’ve finally gotten a good look at it as well—and we definitely weren’t disappointed. We’re already anxious to get it over from the Chinese market to ours. The good news? Buick seems to be cooperating, as sources told Autoblog Buick dealers can expect the new Buick SUV sometime during the fall of 2015.

“We can’t confirm anything, but clearly it is a very nicely designed and executed product that is very much a Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, Buick sales chief in America said. That sounds like a winking “yes” if we’ve ever heard one.

The Envision will bolster an already-strong Buick SUV lineup that currently includes the Encore and Enclave. The Envision will be slotted right between those vehicles. Come in to Ewing Buick GMC to check them out today and decide which Buick SUV is right for you!

New Buick Envision Joining Crossover Lineup

new Buick Envision
2014 Buick Encore

Following the recent success of the Encore and Enclave, Buick plans to expand its reach into the crossover SUV market with the new Buick Envision.

Just this week, Buick unveiled new photos detailing the luxurious look and feel of the new Envision, and we here at Ewing Buick GMC can’t wait to see it hit our showroom floor.

But just when will that be? It looks like the 2016 model will be the first Envision to come to America. Buick has already successfully launched the Envision on the Chinese auto market.

As far as size, the Envision falls somewhere between the Encore and Enclave. However, the Envision distinguishes itself from those two SUVs and all other Buick vehicles with its capabilities. The Envision is the first ever Buick to sport an Off-Road driving mode. The Envision is able to do this with the four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.

With all of this, the Envision also promises class-leading fuel economy at 27 mpg. Check out the Envision when it arrives at Ewing Buick GMC.