How important is it to have specific types of tires on your car? According to a recent study performed by GM and a few independent researchers, the type of tires you have on your car is very important.
According to their study, having an optimized tire design can increase your mpg by up to seven percent! That can be anywhere from three to five mpg on some of today’s cars, and that really adds up over time. This is exactly why GM is performing research on the tires they use, looking at aspects such as tread pattern, construction, material quality and processing techniques.
The testing and research is being performed at the National Tire Research Center, which officially opened last month.
“This facility’s equipment…can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum,” said Frank Della Pia, executive director for the tire research center. “It can test tires in the full range of the performance spectrum. This facility has no peer in the world.”
Equipping your Buick, Chevrolet or GMC vehicle with the right tires can mean all the difference when it comes to the safety and performance of your vehicle. Use our Tire Finder Tool to find the right tire for your vehicle.
Five years is like a life time when it comes to technology. Think about it: between the years 2007 and 2012, smart phones were developed, LED lighting was perfected, we gained “cloud” computing and social media hit its stride with Facebook. Who knows where technology will take cars in the next five years?
GM is taking a guess where they’ll be, and that is focusing on electric vehicles, or “EVs.” GM even says that they are prepared to have 500,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2017. That’s a bold statement. Don’t get us wrong, we love the Volt, but even those wonder cars are closer to having 20,000 units sold so far this year than 100,000.
Of course, though, GM isn’t claiming they’ll have half a million fully-electric vehicles like the Volt on the road by 2017. They’re including vehicles that have systems like eAssist as well. Even so, there are bound to be several more fully-electric vehicles on the road by 2017 (hopefully the Cadillac ELR concept car is one of them), and we’re excited to see where GM will fit into the future’s “EV world.”
Is it an SUV, or is it a truck? Think of the 2013 Chevrolet Suburban as a sort of hybrid of the two; it has the space of a Tahoe (it’s 20 inches longer, in fact), yet has the power of a Silverado.
The Suburban’s passenger space is quite nice. This comes from the fact that it is home to three very spacious rows of seating, thanks to the Suburban being one of the widest and longest SUVs on the market. Even for those without a large family, removing the second and third rows provides the driver with 137.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the first row.
The Suburban’s space is not the only substantial aspect of this large SUV. On 2500 models of the Suburban, its 6.0-liter V-6 is capable of producing 352 horsepower. Even the 1500 offers incredible strength under the hood with its 5.3-liter V-8 capable of producing 320 horsepower.
If you’re interested in taking spacious and powerful 2013 Suburban for a test drive, please call us at (866)-661-1832.
The record for the fastest vehicle towing a trailer is 141.998 mph. The only reason we know this is because the guys from Diesel Power just broke the previous record of 139.11 mph, and they did it using a souped-up GMC 2500 HD. This truck had over 1,000 horsepower and was set up with a two-stage nitrous. The main focus was on the engine and getting it up to 1,000 horsepower; little was done in the way of reducing wind resistance.
Of course, they recommend in normal circumstances never towing past the recommended speed limit, and not past 55 mph when you can help it.
Although we can’t guarantee that the 2013 GMC 2500HDs at our dealership will be capable of this feat without quite a bit of tweaking, we still recommend that you come check one of them out or take one for a test drive! We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.