The Buick Avista Concept

Debuting at the North American International Auto Show, Buick revealed the stunning Avista concept – a 2+2 coupe that highlights the brand’s commitment to contemporary design and draws inspiration from its historic performance roots.

Elegant and sleek, the Avista concept is a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 with rear wheel drive and an amazing, futuristic driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control.

“The Avista embodies the dynamic soul of Buick,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “It is a modern expression of the brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance.”

2016 Buick Avista Concept

2016 Buick Avista Concept

The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting fluidity and swiftness. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile.

“There is elegant simplicity in the Avista’s surfaces, which speak to the purity of the car’s performance, and a timeless beauty that’s a hallmark of Buick design,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director Global Buick Design. “It was designed to capture the spirit of the perfect drive.”

Marking the front and rear, Buick evolves its signature wing-shaped lighting with “soft curtain” elements that create illuminated “halos” around lamps’ edges, suggesting a three-dimensional shape and sculpture. Their design forecasts the evolution of Buick’s production lighting features, while the Avista’s grille features the brand’s new winged tri-shield insignia (returning to the 3-coulour design), set against a three-dimensional mesh background.

Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is elegant and streamlined.  It features 3D-printed door and seat trims and a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.

The centre console also incorporates touchscreen controls and extends to the rear seating area. Open side storage compartments built into the front of the console are enabled by the new Electronic Precision Shift, similar to the 2017 LaCrosse.

The Superior Blue exterior colour is gorgeous and is complemented with Mist Gray leather seating inserts, console trim and door trim. Exposed carbon fibre and aluminum accents throughout reinforce the precision of the performance-oriented driving experience. The fading pattern on the seats, console and doors were inspired by waves receding at a beach’s edge.

“Waves, whether from the sea or in the sand, are all about motion and flow,” said Nesbitt. “That’s exactly what this concept is all about – flowing design and the purity of the driving experience.”

Buick designers enhanced the passengers’ sensory experiences with next-generation QuietTuning and air-quality control, including advanced noise cancellation technology, ionic air purifiers and aromatherapy.

The Avista also advances Buick’s legacy of turbocharged performance, which carries forward in the 2016 Regal GS and other models. Similar to the 2017 LaCrosse, the concept twin-turbocharged 3.0L V-6 features fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and Stop/Start technology to complement its power with efficiency. The engine is backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission and Magnetic Ride Control delivers more precise body motion control.

Hopefully this Buick Avista concept will find its way into production – it’s sophisticated, sleek design would be a welcome addition to Buick’s modern and innovative lineup.  Visit us at Hamilton Auto Blog regularly for updates on the latest vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick and GMC.

 

Source: http://media.gm.ca/media/ca/en/gm/news.detail.html/content/Pages/news/ca/en/2016/Jan/0110_Buick-Avista.html

Queenston on the Mountain State-of-the-art Car Wash Now Open – Complimentary With Every Service

We have some very exciting news to share at Queenston on the Mountain!  We are happy to announce that we have completed construction on our new state-of-the-art onsite car wash!  Now, every time you service your vehicle at Queenston on the mountain, you will receive a complimentary wash of your vehicle.

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Did you know we offer detailing?

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Please call our appointment coordinators directly at 905-381-4286 or email us at service@queenstonchev.com to schedule your detailing appointment.

GM tops benchmark J.D. Power Quality Study

Exciting news!  General Motors has won 8 best vehicle awards in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey, with all GM brands ranking above the industry average this year! Topping the chart at number 2 is GMC, followed by Chevrolet, who jumped 10 spots from last year to land at number 5. Cadillac tied for 13th and Buick came in at 15.  What is even more exciting is that GMC and Chevrolet are the only two non-luxury brands to make the top 5. David Sargent, vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power and author of the study said, “GM has the best quality of any corporation in the study, the first time it’s been on top.”  To us the dealer, this is solid confirmation, based on the opinions of General Motors customers, that we are producing the highest quality vehicles out there!

JD Power Quality Survey

This annual survey, now in its 27th year, closely measures the number of problems on 2013 vehicles reported after 90 days from purchase and ran from February to May of this year.   This survey had many updates, including more consumer feedback with particular focus to newer technologies such as: lane departure warning, navigation and voice activated systems.

As Chevrolet, Buick and GMC continue to improve the quality of their 2014 models, competitors such as Ford continue to experience a slump as they struggle with the quality of their technologies.  This year, they fell to 27 in the survey from the 5th spot last year.

These are exciting times for General Motors and Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC.  We are proud of our product and thrilled about all the advancements in our award winning line-up.  If you are interested in any of our vehicles or have any questions, please visit us at http://www.queenstonchev.com.

By: Amy Cochren

Credit: GM Canada, autos.jdpower.com