Reason`s Why You Need to Consider the 2014 Buick LaCrosse

Buick has long been associated with luxury, reliability, affordability and style. It is precisely these traits that have made Buick the oldest American brand of automobile. We have seen many models come and go throughout the years, but the LaCrosse has always proved to be a favorite.

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This year, Buick has updated the flagship LaCrosse, giving it a slightly new look and adding some luxurious features. The basic frame of the car remains the same, however, there were modifications made to the suspension.

In terms of styling, the front features a new waterfall grille and an update to the rear end. The 2014 LaCrosse also features new wheel designs that are sure to garner attention. The inside of the vehicle takes on a new look and feel with numerous revisions such as: new 8 inch reconfigurable TFT screen and restyled centre stack. Newly available is the option to purchase the New Ultra Luxury Package. The package provides you with semi-analine leather upholstered seats, arm rest and door panels. This leather is the same leather that is used in Aston Martin vehicles.

New and exciting to the 2014 LaCrosse are the Xenon High-Intensity Discharge Headlights that wrap around redesigned LEF Taillights linked with chrome moulding for added style.

When it comes to safety, the 2014 LaCrosse provides you with a number of options to keep you informed and alert no matter the situation. The available options include:

Forward Collision Alert: Senses when you are approaching a vehicle too quickly, alerting you with audio and visual warnings.
Adaptive Cruise Control System: Helps the driver to maintain a safe following distance.
Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Change Alert: This feature will alert you with a prompt, which is visible in your rear-view mirror. It also alerts you when a vehicle has entered your blind spot or is quickly approaching in the lane beside you.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: This alert shows a view of the area behind the car on the colour touch screen. It also notifies you when an object or person is about to cross the rear of the car from either side.

With all the 2014 Buick LaCrosse has to offer, it’s no wonder we’re selling so many. The luxury and affordability of this vehicle outweighs all others in its class. Come and see us at Queenston on the Mountain today and take advantage of our loyalty programs and current offers. We would be happy to schedule you a test drive in the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Visit us at www.queenstononthemountain.com or call us at 905-528-7001.

It’s Coming Soon…The Redesigned 2014 Honda Fit!

There is a lot of excitement at Image Honda as we await the arrival of the newly designed 2015 Honda Fit, coming this summer. Unveiled at the Canadian International Auto Show last month, the Fit awed everyone with its complete redesign, sporty interior and advanced technology and safety features.

The 2015 design features a new grille and redesigned headlights. Adding to the already sporty appearance, there is the addition of larger 16” tires. The reflectors, LED taillights and chrome tailgate garnish are a nice touch, giving it a bolder look. This new Fit is slightly shorter and wider, creating more passenger room and leg room.

For the first time, this 2015 will offer an available moon roof and leather-trimmed seating. Complete with the exclusive Honda Magic Seat, passengers will be given the option of multiple configurable seating positions. Also made available are: smart entry with push button start, heated side mirrors, heated front seats, LaneWatch display and a 7 inch Display Audio Touchscreen interface with HondaLink and smartphone connectivity. Enhanced features, such as Bluetooth connectivity and a multi angled rear-view camera, will give you that little bit of added comfort.

The newly debuted direct-injected 1.5-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine will produce 130 HP at 6500 rpmt 114lb-ft. of torque. “Engine output is increased by 13 horsepower and 8 lb.-ft,” when compared to the previous engine. With better fuel economy than its predecessor, the 2015 Fit will be one of the best, if not the best, in the sub-compact segment. The Fit is also expected to earn top Safety Scores from U.S. NHTSA and IIHS, including a NCAP 5 Star overall vehicle score.

As you can see, the 2015 Fit is one vehicle you’ll want to be sure to test drive. Be sure to visit www.imagehonda.com or subscribe to Hamilton Auto Blog for the latest in Honda News and to stay up-to-date on the release of the newly re-designed 2015 Honda Fit.

Honda Receives Natural Resources Canada Awards

It’s probably a fair statement to say most of us are done with winter and ready for some spring weather. That being said, there is nothing worse than having to fill up your car on a cold winter day.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a car that effectively decreased your trips to the pump?  Well, we have some exciting news to share with you!  Natural Resources Canada has recognized the 2014 Honda CR-Z and the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid as the most fuel-efficient new vehicles in their class for this year.

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David Gardner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Honda Canada, had the following to say: “Honda is determined to deliver vehicles to Canadians that are both fun to drive and have exceptional fuel economy ratings, and we continue to hit the mark.  We take great pride in Natural Resources Canada’s recognition, where our technological advancements and commitment to environmentally conscious vehicles continue to set us apart.”

Each year, Natural Resources Canada compiles a list of what they recognize to be the most fuel-efficient light duty vehicles in their class, sold in Canada.  They determine best-in-class by those vehicles that have the lowest estimated annual fuel use.  This is based on 20,000 km and combined with driving habits that reflect 55 percent city and 45 percent highway.  The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid won “best-in-class” in the mid-size group, while the CR-Z won in the two-seater category.

With fuel economy being one of the most important aspects of car buying, we encourage you to visit us at Image Honda and see what these award winning vehicles have to offer.  Our sales team will be happy answer any questions you may have.  Interested in a test drive? Click here to schedule one.

Credit: Honda Canada

The Honda Civic Celebrates its 16th Birthday!

The Honda Civic celebrates its “Sweet 16” as Canada’s best-selling car! In 2013, it outsold its competitor by almost 10,000 cars – “a true testament to the durability, quality and reliability” of the favoured Honda Civic.  The Honda Civic, in many ways is Canadian in its own right.  Almost every Civic sold in Canada, is built here by Canadians, at the Alliston, ON manufacturing facility.

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Some of the many improvements on the 2014 Civic include: better fuel efficiency, improved and added technology, improved driving capabilities and a restyled coupe exterior.  At Image Honda, we have the enhanced 2014 Civics in stock with great lease & finance rates available.  If you would like more information on the 2014 Civic, please click here to visit our website or contact us at 905-561-4100 to speak with a sales consultant and schedule your test drive.

Credit: Honda Canada

2014 North American Car & Truck Of The Year! (NACTOY Awards)

If you haven’t heard the news already, allow us to share the excitement!  Today, it was announced that the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Silverado were named 2014 North American Car and Truck of the Year!  This win marks GM’s first double win in the same year.  The last time the Silverado received this award was in 2007.  The Corvette has not received this honour since 1998.  These awards are voted on by 49 automotive journalists from Canada and the United States.  The votes are based on factors such as; design, innovation, safety and value among other things.

03-2014-chevrolet-silverado-fd-opt2014-chevrolet-corvette-stingrayGlobal Chevrolet senior vice president Alan Bately, when asked about the award, had the following to say, “Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive product transformation in the brand’s more than 100-year history.  The Corvette and Silverado truly embody the passion, commitment and focus that is driving us to deliver the most expressive designs, innovative technologies and engaging performance in every vehicle that wears the bowtie. It is a distinct honour for the entire Chevrolet team to have both the Corvette ad Silverado recognized with the prestigious North American Car and Truck of the Year Awards.”

Please take a look at our blogs for more information on the award winning 2014 Silverado and 2014 Corvette Stingray.  If you would like to speak to one of our reputable sales people or take a test drive in one of our award winning vehicles, please visit http://www.queenstonchev.com

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New Years Resolutions – For You and Your Car!

It’s a new year and a new start.  You’ve probably already made your own New Year’s resolutions, but what about when it comes to your car? This year, let’s resolve to take better care of our vehicle and be a more conscientious car owner.

I resolve to use rubber mats seasonally to protect my car

Rubber floor mats protect your interior from dirt, water, mud, and more.  At Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC and Image Honda, we sell mats that are custom fit to your vehicle.  These floor mats not only provide you with the satisfaction of having OEM quality protection, but you won’t have to worry about them slipping underneath your pedals, which can be a serious safety risk.

I resolve to invest in seasonal tires

Sliding, slipping, zero traction….the list goes on.  Winter tires are critical, especially with our Ontario winters.  Not only are they a good investment that give you added safety and peace of mind, but they save you wear and tear on your all-season tires.  Swapping them out twice a year gives you added life on your wheels!

I resolve to schedule regular maintenance appointments

Our certified technicians at Image Honda and Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC are trained to know your vehicle inside and out and are able to spot things that you might otherwise have missed.  Bringing your car in at least twice a year for regular checkups and preventative maintenance may cost you in the short term, but will save you in repair costs and increase your resale value.

I resolve to check for fluid leaks at least once a month.

This is always a good idea and one of the easiest things to check for.  We recommend taking a pizza box and placing it under your car for the night – in the morning, bring the box into the dealership and show us your art work.  We will be able to tell what is leaking based on the colour and where it dripped on the box.

I resolve to be a more fuel efficient driver

This year, don’t use the old excuse that your vehicle isn’t fuel efficient!  True, it may not be the best on gas, but there are always ways to improve your fuel efficiency.  Watching your speed, maintaining your vehicle, carpooling with people co-workers are all easy ways to save on fuel costs.

I resolve to kick my idling habit

There really is no reason to leave your car idling – it is bad for the environment, increases your gas consumption and will cost you extra money each year.

I resolve to wash and keep my car clean.

I make this resolution almost every time I clean out my car.  Not only will cleaning your car make it look better, but it will extend the life of your car, protect the paint and increase its resale value.

I resolve to be a more patient driver,

Most importantly, don’t rush!  Leave plenty of time if you need to be somewhere at a specific time.  If you are running late, evaluate the circumstance – will you really be that late if you don’t make the green light?

I resolve to learn new driving skills

No one is a perfect driver and there are certainly driving skills we can all work on.  Perhaps, you want to learn how to back into a spot or even parallel park.  Whatever it is, work on it – you’ll be glad you did.

I resolve to check my tire pressure and tread regularly

Watch our video: How to check your tire pressure

Watch our video: How to check your tire tread

Please feel free to call us anytime for all of your automotive needs or visit us at http://www.imagehonda.com or http://www.queenstonchev.com

By: Amy Cochren

How To: Changing Your Wiper Blades

There is nothing worse than getting to your car in the morning when you are late for work, only to find your windshield frozen over.  Often times, people will run their blades over the frozen windshield in order to clear it. This severely reduces the life span of your wiper blades. Wiper blades frequently get neglected on most cars and yet, they are constantly used and exposed to harsh conditions.  We recommend that you change your blades at least once a year, preferably every 6 months.

If your wipers are rattling, streaking or simply not cleaning your window, it is time to replace them.  This also goes for wipers that are cracked, torn, nicked or damaged.  Winter especially can have an effect on your blades with cold/freezing temperatures, causing them to crack and split.  If you are unsure whether or not it is time for a change, perform a simple check with your washer fluid.

Changing your wiper blade yourself, believe it or not, is one of the easiest maintenance jobs that can be performed on your vehicle.  I discovered this myself last week when I realized it was time for new blades, and had our friendly service advisors show me how.

Please watch our quick “How To” video on changing your wiper blades – you’ll be happy you did!

If you are in need of new wiper blades, please call our service centres and we will be happy to assist you! www.queenstonchev.com