2015 Chevrolet Cruze

by Glen Woodcock


Since its introduction in 2008, the compact Cruze has become Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicle. It has been freshened for 2015 with a new front fascia inspired by Impala and Malibu and lots of additional technology.

While nowhere close to matching the production numbers of rivals Toyota Corolla or Ford Focus – yet – Cruze nonetheless has sold more than 3 million units worldwide and is assembled in 11 countries.

Although hatchback and wagon versions are offered elsewhere, Cruze is available in Canada only as a 4-door sedan and comes in six trim levels, including a 2.0L turbo diesel that delivers an estimated 5.1L/100 km on the highway – the best of any non-hybrid passenger car sold here.

The top-of-the-line model is the LTZ, which is powered by a 1.4L DOHC turbocharged gasoline engine with variable valve timing. Carried over from 2014, the 4-cylinder Ecotec engine generates 138 hp at 6300 rpm and 125 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,800 rpm. Base transmission is a 6-speed stick, but LTZ gets a 6-speed automatic with overdrive.

The interior – which is quite comfortable for two good-size adults up front, but still a little tight in the back seat – gets a few tweaks including door lock switches that have been taken off the centre console and placed where they belong – on the front doors. The trunk release switch has been relocated to the centre console. But the most welcome change for me is an improvement in front cupholder design which, Chevy claims, will make it easier to get cups in and out without spilling.

GM says Cruze has the most standard safety features of any car in its class. There are 10 standard airbags, including side impact and knee airbags for front occupants. Rear cross traffic alert, blind spot warning, rear park assist and a backup camera are available.

But the big news for 2015 is the host of new technological features – some of which may help reduce driver distraction.

For instance, there’s now a text message alert for smartphones with Bluetooth that will read incoming texts through the audio system’s speakers. And some iPhones now get voice-controlled connectivity through a program called Siri Eyes Free.

The latest generation of OnStar, with available Wi-Fi hotspot, is state of the art and the fastest mobile data network. It’s on whenever the vehicle is running and allows high-speed wireless access to the Internet for up to seven smartphones, laptops or tablets at the same time.

The 2015 Chevy Cruze arrives at dealerships this fall.

GM’s Chevrolet Wins 4 Vehicle Satisfaction Awards


General Motors Co. ‘s ( GM ) largest car brand Chevrolet won top honors in the 2014 AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards. This award reflects customer satisfaction in 50 categories.

4 of the Chevrolet vehicles were the leaders in their respective product segments. These include Chevrolet Impala in the large car segment, Chevrolet Sonic in the economy car segment, Chevrolet Corvette in the sports car segment and Chevrolet Camaro in sporty car segment.

As a result, General Motors’ Chevrolet brand has improved by five positions in relative ranking among other manufacturers from last year.

General Motors’ Chevrolet brand offers excellent design, performance, technology and safety and its cars are developed considering consumers’ needs and requirements. The company focuses on offering the best possible experience for its consumer. These four AutoPacific Vehicle Satisfaction Awards prove that the company is delivering accordingly.

The Vehicle Satisfaction Awards focus on reliability and quality of the vehicles and the satisfaction level of the vehicle owners with their new cars or light trucks. The study is based on the opinion of 92,000 vehicle owners nationwide.

AutoPacific is an automotive market research firm which analyses satisfaction level of the owners of the vehicles from their vehicle’s operation, comfort, safety and overall experience.

Other than the Chevrolet brand, General Motors’ GMC brand was recognized as the highest satisfaction popular brand for 2014. Other automakers including Ford Motor Co. ( F ) and Daimler AG ( DDAIF ) were also recognized in this award. Ford’s Lincoln won in the category of 2014′s highest satisfaction premium brand, while Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz S-Class was recognized as 2014′s top overall vehicle.

Recently, General Motors’s vehicles won the maximum number of initial quality awards for the second consecutive year in the Initial Quality Study of 32 brands by J.D. Power & Associates. The study is based on the number of complaints by 86,000 purchasers and lessees of 2014 model-year cars, trucks and SUVs in the first 90 days of purchasing or leasing the vehicle.

Chevrolet Equinox Continues To Bring In Strong Sales Despite Age



Despite being around since 2010, the second-generation Chevrolet Equinox is showing no signs of slowing down in the sales race.

Equinox sales have risen nearly every year since we introduced the original in 2006,” said Chevrolet marketing director Steve Majoros. Though sales are down 4.4 percent year-to-date compared to last year, the Equinox has still cracked 120,000 sales midway through 2014, and continues to entice shoppers because of its fuel efficiency, size and safety in a segment with a bevy of newer or more revised products in the U.S. market.

“[The Equinox] fits my family’s needs perfectly, from traveling to our summer cottage, to flipping down the seats to haul cargo and supplies from the garden shop, to my daily commute to work,” said Equinox owner Gail Haffey in a statement from Chevrolet.

Capable of up to 32 mpg on the highway with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, the Equinox received top safety ratings for 2014 by the IIHS.

But Chevy isn’t simply resting on its laurels, as the company is introducing OnStar 4G LTE to the 2015 Equinox. The system allows passengers to wirelessly connect to the internet inside or, up to 50 feet, outside of a properly equipped Equinox.

With Autotrader.com reporting that crossovers and small SUVs are currently outpacing the growth of the popular compact and midsize sedan segments, it’s clear that more people will find their way into Chevy dealerships to check out the Equinox. And because of Chevrolet’s constant improvement to the Equinox, along with its baked in safety and fuel efficiency, it seems likely that the Equinox will continue to see its sales rise.

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GMC Introduces 2015 Sierra All Terrain HD

Oshawa, Ontario (Thursday, May 22, 2014) – GMC today introduced the 2015 Sierra All Terrain HD, a refined, off-road-inspired execution of the brand’s capability that blends exclusive design features with the versatility of 4WD. It goes on sale this summer.

“The new 2015 GMC Sierra HD lineup is designed to deliver class-leading capability with enhanced comfort and purposeful technologies, and the new All Terrain HD executes with greater styling enhancements,” said Michael MacPhee, marketing manager for GMC in Canada. “As a seamless extension of our customers’ office space, GMC HD trucks are equally comfortable whether on a remote job site or a night on the town.”

The new Sierra All Terrain HD is available on 2500HD and 3500HD double cab and crew cab models, and is offered with SLE or SLT trims – all with 4WD, of course, including an electronically controlled transfer case. Also included is the Z71 Off Road package, with Rancho twin-tube shocks, hill descent control and a skid plate.

Sierra HD’s 6.0L gas engine is standard and the Duramax turbo-diesel is available.

The All Terrain’s exclusive design features include a chrome surround on the grille, exterior graphics, aluminum underbody shields and unique 18-inch six-spoke chrome cast-aluminum wheels. Twenty-inch chrome aluminum wheels are available on 2500HD, while 3500HD models also include adjustable outside camper mirrors with a chrome cap.

Additional exterior content includes light-emitting diode signature headlamps, body-colour bumpers (chrome bumpers available), chrome mirrors covers and body side mouldings and chrome front-lower bumper plate. Inside, a carbon fibre-inspired theme distinguishes the All Terrain from other models and includes the ALL TERRAIN logo on the instrument cluster. A rearview camera system is also standard.

The new All Terrain HD also includes the latest connectivity technology, including IntelliLink and new OnStar with 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. Enhanced features for IntelliLink include Text Messaging Alerts for smartphone users with Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle’s speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience.

New OnStar with 4G LTE connection provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

Additional new and enhanced features introduced on the 2015 Sierra HD lineup include:

  • CornerStep rear bumper, EZ Lift and Lower tailgate, standard locking tailgate, standard upper tie-downs and other features that make cargo handling easier
  • Standard StabiliTrak with Trailer Sway Control on all models
  • Integrated cruise control, auto grade braking and diesel exhaust braking, for greater driving control and reduced brake wear on grades
  • Enhanced cooling airflow, which enables the Duramax turbo diesel and 6.0L gas engine to better maintain full power, even under heavy loads and high ambient temperatures
  • New Duralife™ disc brake rotors that offer up to double the service life (late availability).

New, heated, power-adjustable trailering mirrors are offered on SLE and SLT – including All Terrain – and Denali (late availability), including segment-first back-up lamps. The large mirrors feature 330 cm2(51 square inches) of flat mirror surface positioned over a 158 cm2 (24.5-square-inch) non-heated or power-adjustable convex mirror surface. A new auxiliary back-up lamp is integrated in each mirror to enhance trailer visibility when backing up, as well as an amber auxiliary clearance lamp. The SLE trailering mirror is black and can be extended and folded manually. The SLT/Denali mirror has a chrome cap and adds a power-folding feature.

The 2015 Sierra HD also offers segment-exclusive safety features such as forward collision alert, lane departure warning with an active safety seat, and front and rear park assist. Head-curtain and seat-mounted side airbags are standard on 2500HD and available on 3500HD models.

All models are backed by GMC Pro Grade Protection, with two years of scheduled maintenance, a three-year/60,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/160,000 km powertrain warranty.


The 2015 Sierra, available at Williamson Uxbridge. We are a full service dealer offering new and used vehicles, service and financing.

Chevrolet’s Performance Car Line Expands in 2015



Oshawa, Ontario (Tuesday, April 15, 2014) – With the introduction of the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible, Chevrolet offers enthusiasts 12 distinct performance-car models – with eight Camaro and four Corvette models. Output ranges from 323 (241KW) to an estimated 625 (466KW) horsepower.

“For 2015, Chevrolet will have the best range in our history, offering a performance car for virtually every enthusiast, from the 7.9 L/100km Camaro LS to the 625-horsepower Corvette Z06 Convertible supercar, said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development.”

The 2015 Chevrolet lineup of performance cars includes:


The all-new Corvette Stingray was the most awarded vehicle of 2013. Built on a new aluminum chassis and featuring a new 6.2L V-8 rated at 455 horsepower (339KW), it backs its performance capability with the greatest efficiency of any sports car with at least 450 horsepower (336KW): an estimated 13.7 L/100km (Based on new Government of Canada approved test methods) city driving and 8.2 L/100km on the highway with its seven-speed manual transmission. A new eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission will be offered in 2015.

The new Z06 Coupe and Convertible join the lineup for 2015. The new Z06 delivers supercar levels of performance and technology, including at least 625 horsepower (466KW) and 635 lb-ft (861 Nm) of torque from an all-new supercharged engine, and true aerodynamic downforce for high-speed stability. The Z06 Coupe is the most capable Corvette in the brand’s history, recording the fastest lap of any production car ever tested at GM’s Milford Road Course test track. The Z06 Convertible will be one of the most capable convertibles on the market – matching the coupe model – with 0-96 km/h acceleration in less than 3.5 seconds.


The Camaro lineup starts with the 323-horsepower (241KW) V-6-powered coupe and convertible, which match performance with efficiency – including as low as estimated 7.9 L/100 km on the highway for the 2LS coupe model – and a suggested starting price of $28,495, plus a $1600 destination charge.

The SS coupe and convertible come with Chevy’s legendary small-block V-8, featuring a 6.2L engine delivering up to 426 horsepower (318KW), and 0-96 km/h acceleration in 4.5 seconds.

The Camaro 1LE is the most affordable, track-capable Camaro in the lineup, starting at $42,465. Offered only on SS coupes with a manual transmission and optimized for the track with unique gearing, suspension tuning and tires that make it capable of more than 1 g in cornering grip.

The Camaro ZL1 (coupe and convertible) is equally at home on the race track, the drag strip or daily commuting. It features a supercharged 6.2L V-8 with 580 horsepower (433KW) and 556 lb-ft (754 Nm) of torque – making the ZL1 the most powerful Camaro ever from Chevrolet. It is also the most technologically advanced, with standard Magnetic Ride Control and, on coupe models, Performance Traction Management.

Finally, the all-new Camaro Z/28 returns the iconic model to its road-racing roots. It features exterior elements designed like a race car to produce downforce that presses the car against the track for greater grip – up to 1.08 g in cornering acceleration – and faster lap times. Camaro Z/28 logged a 7:37 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring track, which was faster than published times for Porsche 911 Carrera S and Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

Buick Encore Wraps Up Successful First Year Of Sales


In its first year of sales, the 2014 Buick Encore CUV contributed greatly to one of Buick’s most successful years ever, which saw the luxury automaker move a record 1,032,056 vehicles worldwide.

The Encore is one of the first luxury crossover vehicles of its size, filling a void in a segment which grew 52 percent in 2013 from 2012. Encore’s U.S. sales reached 31,046 units last year, while global sales reached 97,311 vehicles.

“Right out of the gate, demand for the Encore was high,” Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing, said in a statement. “It accounted for most of the segment’s growth last year and that’s because it offers the right safety, technology, and features in the right-sized vehicle for many customers.”

General Motors says the Encore’s early arrival to the compact luxury SUV segment is crucial, as the segment is expected to double in size by 2018.

“The small SUV segment looks like the next hot spot in the new-car market,” said Karl Brauer, senior analyst for Kelley Blue Book. “The combination of functionality and fuel efficiency offered by models like the Buick Encore makes them a compelling value equation for consumers.  We’re seeing rising research activity in these models from users of KBB.com, and we expect sales to grow in the coming months and years.”

Encore customers cite the CUV’s fuel economy, quality and exterior design as their top reasons for purchase. The vehicle has also attracted more conquest customers for GM, with one in two Encore buyers coming from a non GM-brand.


The 2014 Buick Encore, available at Williamson Uxbridge.We are a full service dealer, with both new and all makes and models of used vehicles. Let our highly trained, friendly staff help you with your automotive needs today!

Car Financing

Many people do not want to deplete their savings account to purchase a vehicle, which is why car financing is such a great option. It gives you the ability to take a car home and make smaller, monthly payments over a set period of time instead of forking over thousands of dollars all at once. But how does it work?


One of the best ways to get your car financed is to do so right at the dealership. This provides you a very convenient method, as you can usually drive your car home the same day you find it. Not only that, but dealers usually allow you to trade in a vehicle to use as a form of down payment on the car you are purchasing.


Once you decide to finance your car through Williamson Uxbridge, the sales staff will ask you for certain information so they can check your credit history. This will determine if you are a good candidate for the loan and what kind of interest rate you will get. Typically, lenders are looking for the three Cs: collateral, capability and character. So long as you are able to make the payments and have a solid credit history, you should quality for a good loan.


There are other factors that will determine your monthly payment, such as the term of your loan. The shorter the loan is, the lower your interest rate will be, though you will still pay a higher monthly rate than if you do a longer-term loan.


Typically, you will work with us  until you settle on a monthly payment that works for you. We want to help get you into a car you can afford, and doing things like trading in a vehicle can help get you a good loan. Car financing is a great option, and knowing a little bit about what to expect can help you prepare to make a deal.

Chevrolet to Introduce 2015 Corvette Z06 at Detroit Show

DETROIT (Friday, December 6, 2013)– Chevrolet will introduce the 2015 Corvette Z06 next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will be the most track-capable Corvette ever, designed to deliver supercar levels of performance through unique powertrain, chassis and aerodynamic features.
The Corvette Z06 will complete Chevrolet’s performance car lineup, which will also see the addition of the Corvette Stingray Convertible and the Camaro Z/28.
“Chevrolet is North America’s favorite performance car brand, and for 2014 we are going to offer enthusiasts more choices than ever before,” said Alan Batey, senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “No other manufacturer will be able to match the breadth of performance cars from Chevrolet.”
Three new performance cars for 2014
The momentum at Chevrolet is expected to accelerate as the brand adds three new performance cars to the lineup, including:
First full year of sales of the 2014 Corvette Stingray Convertible: The Stingray Convertible, which goes on sale this month, shares identical chassis tuning and performance technologies with the coupe, with structural changes limited to accommodations for the folding top and repositioned safety belt mounts. As such, the Stingray Convertible requires no sacrifices for a drop-top driving experience, offering up to 460 horsepower /465 lb-ft with the available performance exhaust system; capable of more than 1 g in cornering; and sprinting from 0-96 km/h in under 4 seconds.
Arrival of the 2014 Camaro Z/28: The Camaro Z/28, which arrives in dealerships in the second quarter of 2014, will be the most track-capable Camaro ever. Recently, the Z/28 logged a 7:37.40 lap on Germany’s legendary Nürburgring road course, a time comparable with some of the world’s most prestigious sports cars – and the Z/28 lap was completed in the rain.
Debut of the 2015 Corvette Z06: The all-new Corvette Z06 will make its public debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Production is expected to begin in late 2014.