Why You Need the GMC Sierra HD

On the market for a truck that works as hard as you do? Here’s why the 2017 GMC Sierra HD ought to be on your radar when you head out to test drive trucks at SouthTowne Motors.

A Host of Features

The 2016 GMC Sierra 2500HD features a quiet cabin with triple door seals to block outside noise, hydraulic body and engine mounts to reduce vibration and aerodynamic mirrors that reduce wind noise. The interior also features leather-appointed seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum trim accents on the center console, steering wheel and instrument panel and soft-touch instrument panel and door trim.

Additional features include dual-density foam seats, a huge center console that holds laptops and hanging file folders, 12-volt charging outlets, USB ports, locking storage under the seat on the SLE and SLT models, an 8-inch diagonal color touch radio, IntelliLink, Bluetooth, smart phone integration and HD radio.

Unbeatable Power

With HD in the name, you’re going to expect that the Sierra can pull its weight around. With its new 6.6-liter Duramax turbo diesel V8, 445 horsepower, and 910 lb-ft of torque, it certainly can. The 2500 can tow 3/4 of a ton in its bed and the 3500 can handle a full ton.

Great Value

The GMC Sierra HD is priced more competitively than its rivals: the Sierra HD four door 4WD diesel starts out at $47,476, which is thousands of dollars cheaper than offerings from Chevy, Ford, or Toyota.

The GMC Sierra 2500 also gets its excellent gas mileage thanks to the transmission, which is designed to handle all of the torque the engine puts out; and helps with an exhaust braking system. Additionally, the direct injection technology provides fast starts in cold weather, maximum efficiency, low emissions and lots of power.

Visit SouthTowne Motors

Come test drive the new 2017 GMC Sierra HD right here at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan, Georgia. Learn more about its features and ask any questions you may have. While you’re here, schedule some service with our service department to make sure that your car, truck, or SUV is ready for those summer road trips.

Latest GMC News

2015 GMC Terrain All Terrain HD

Sometimes it’s hard keeping up with the new trends and great vehicles coming out. Just when you think you’re on top of the news, there’s more to be read. The same is true for GMC’s news. There is always something constantly coming out that is bigger or better or smarter that has been designed. Let your friendly Newnan car dealer help keep you up to date.

The newest truck being redesigned for 2015 is the Sierra 2500 and 3500 HD. Both have been prepared for the summer by including the All Terrain package on this heavy-duty truck. This beast will blend the best technology, toughness and style to bring you the best truck possible. Underneath is also an off-road package. These trucks offer four-wheel drive as a way of handling off-road driving which comes standard. The inside also comes standard with a rearview camera and the IntelliLink infotainment system with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Both the 2500 and 3500 HD will be available this summer for your joyriding pleasure.

In other news, the rise of individuals with electric cars such as the Chevrolet Volt is steadily progressing. More and more people are realizing how easy it is to charge both at home and at work with the addition of charging stations across the country. GM has just added its 401st EV charging station. They have been steadily increasing the numbers of these stations to help the public and GM employees. A large majority of GM employees have demanded more of these to help charge their vehicles while at work. They have obliged and have even converted solar energy using canopies into power for them. GM is part of the Workplace Charging Challenge and is urging more companies to participate.

GM has always produced safe and reliable vehicles. However, four of their recent cars have been given the IIHS’s top safety rating. The top four industry leaders for front crash prevention are the Cadillac CTS and XTS, the Buick Regal and the Chevrolet Impala. These vehicles hold the top spot when purchases with the available Front Automatic Braking System. As GM continues to strive for the best services and products, we will continue to bring you their news. Stop by SouthTowne Motors today to see these magnificent products for yourself.

GMC News

GMC has recently made news on a few interesting topics. One of the more intriguing pieces of news is the new trailering application designed for users of the iOS system. This app is designed to give customers all the knowledge needed to develop a better understanding of the trailering/towing techniques and capabilities of GMC vehicles. This easy-to-use app helps pair the appropriate model vehicle for specific desired needs.

It takes the right tool for the job and this app will help get the most out of your GMC. This magnificent app includes trailering tips, information from the trailering segment from gmc.com and even the maximum trailer weight listed by model. When the app opens, you can select what you are looking for based on your needs or by a specific model. Other useful sections of the app include Trailering 101, a pre-trailering checklist, hitches and equipment, safe trailering techniques, power and performance information and even how GMC trailering technology works.

As a bonus, there is a glossary of commonly used words and phrases and also a small section completely devoted to dinghy towing. So whether you are an expert tower or just starting out, this app has all you need to know about trailering. At the price of free, what do you have to lose?

There is another app for the iOS system called the RemoteLink Mobile App. This application is said to be good for at least five years. But what does it do? Imagine on a cold winter day that you can just push a button on the app and your car cranks for you. It will also lock and unlock your doors if you may have forgotten to do so. There are other features as well such as the horn and lights function that will sound the alarm if you spy someone too close to your vehicle.

This app is designed to work with over thirty 2014 model year GM vehicles which have the OnStar feature. You do not have to be subscribed to other services to use this handy function. The app works through cellphone waves so you can use this feature anywhere you have access to a connection. Download these new and free apps for your car today or visit SouthTowne Motors for more information.

2014 Silverado and Sierra Deliver

Everyone knows that GMC and Chevrolet deliver the best trucks for heavy duty work and towing. However, there are current reports that they have achieved an even higher standard for their own trucks. Both the GMC Sierra and Sierra Denali 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and High County have been equipped with a 6.2L V8 engine. This option allows these trucks to receive an SAE-certified 420 horsepower with 460 pounds of torque. Unbelievable! This is the most power any light pickup truck has ever seen.

The Silverado LTZ and High Country also have an outstanding ability to tow up to 12,000 pounds when they are equipped properly. The same holds true for the Sierra SLT and Denali models. There is also an optional Max Trailering Package available for certain models. This package includes enhanced cooling, automatic locking rear differential, increased-capacity rear leaf springs, revised shock tuning for increased control and an integrated trailer brake controller.

There will also be two other different engine options available for the Silverado 1500 and Sierra 1500; the 4.3L V6 and the 5.3L V8. The 4.3L engine will produce 285 horsepower and 305 pounds of torque while the 5.3L will put out slightly more at 355 horsepower and 383 pounds of torque. The smaller of the engines, the 4.3L, will be able to haul up to 7,600 pounds which is still the highest in the division. The larger of the two mentioned options will be able to tow up to 11,500 pounds when correctly fortified.

All three of the above engines feature the direct fuel injection system along with Active Fuel Management and a continuously variable valve timing. All of these things together have not been found in any competitors trucks. There are also energy saving components such as aluminum blocks and cylinder heads. All three engines also switch effortlessly back into four cylinder mode when not towing a large load. The 5.3L engine actually has an estimated fuel economy of 23 mpg highway which is better than even the Ford EcoBoost V6.

When you’re ready to test drive these fabulous trucks, stop on in at your local Newnan car dealer. At SouthTowne Motors, we have everything and more that you are looking for.

September Features

There is always a deal at SouthTowne Motors in Newnan. Every day we have several featured vehicles to choose from. Whether you are looking for something new or used, car or truck, we have it all. Take a look at these exciting vehicles we have right now on our specials lot.

Looking for a classic? Right now, we have a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS on special for only $64,900. This beauty is in great shape and has under 50,000 miles on it. It features an 8 cylinder 396CI engine coupled with a manual 4-speed transmission. This highly sought-after coupe boasts a leather interior, manual windows and loads of other features. This will go fast, so hurry in today to take a look or even take it for a spin.

There is also a 2013 Buick Regal hybrid on our sales lot which is a great eco-friendly family car with plenty of style and class. It’s driven by a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine with an electric motor coupled to an automatic 6-speed transmission. It receives 25 mpg city and an impressive 36 mpg highway. This fabulous car has loads of convenience features such as one-touch power windows, heated mirrors, heated driver and passenger seat, leather interior and privacy glass. Roll out in style for only $27,803.

If you have ever dreamed of owning a real luxury vehicle, check out the 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 we have on our lot for just $24,995. This extravagant sedan comes with a 3.0L V6 engine and has only 37,000 miles on it. The list of features on this beauty include power heated mirrors, a sunroof, speed-proportional power steering, heated windshield washer jets, signal mirrors and more.

Are you a thrill seeker? We also have other types of motorized vehicles ready for purchase, such as a 2009 Yamaha motorcycle on our sales lot for just $11,995. It has an automatic 6-speed transmission and only 6,384 miles on it. It has two comfortable seats for you and a friend and side storage bags. This bike is in excellent condition for its year. Come in today to see it for yourself.

Here at SouthTowne, we have cars, trucks and SUVs for every need. Come on down and check us out. We are just south of Atlanta.

Looking to the Future: Air-Powered Cars

At Southtowne Motors, we’re always considering the future and what new inventions can change the way we drive. Recently, an exciting release about an air-powered car caught our attention, so we’d like to pass on information about this new style of vehicle to you. There are also talks about air fuel synthesis, which is a new and interesting way to create fuel out of, literally, thin air. Although this could take years, it’s always interesting to see what could become common in our lifetimes.

Hybrids have become popular over the recent years, but Peugeot-Citroen, a primarily UK/European manufacturer has suggested that it will be working on a hybrid car that runs on gasoline and air. According to translators, the car would be able to run up to 43 miles per hour and would use hydraulics to keep itself powered up.

It’s no secret that companies have been looking for the newest ways to fuel vehicles, from water-powered styles to those that run on corn oils. Fuel alternatives may seem strange now, but they are likely to be more common in the near future. According to Peugeot-Citroen, they’d like to have this car up and running for sale by 2016.

Peugeot isn’t the only company looking into alternatives, though, and another British company is working on Air Fuel Synthesis. With this process, the fuel we need to drive would literally be made out of air. It is made with a combination technique of electricity and air, and it’s already been used to power a Lotus.

It could take up to 15 years before air fuel takes hold, but it may be the way of the future. As we look for new ways to power vehicles, reduce greenhouse gasses, and take better care of our finite resources, we may be seeing more examples of alternative fuel sources cropping up.

Luckily, with science catch up to the needs of our society, you’re likely to avoid seeing this any time in the future.

Atlanta Cars, How Do You Know If You Have A Busted Muffler?

It’s no secret, especially when they pass you, some people love loud cars and go to great lengths to modify their exhaust systems to sound just right. Now this post isn’t about exhaust mods, but if you are into that sort of thing then we suggest you check out the Southtowne GM Superstore for some great aftermarket modification including modifying your exhaust system.

Now, if loud cars aren’t your thing and you didn’t modify your exhaust system, but it sounds like you did, then you may have a muffler problem.  It wasn’t too long ago that this very thing happened to a friend of mine. His car was extremely loud!  It was like it was when he was 18 when he purposefully put holes in his muffler to achieve a louder car sound. I don’t recommend this at all as your muffler is a key part of your car’s exhaust system. Not only does it reduce noise, but it also prevents exhaust fumes from entering into the passenger compartment of a car. If exhaust is entering  your vehicle then you may be faced with even more problems than just a broken muffler. Carbon monoxide from your car can be deadly.  If you suspect you have a broken muffler, here are some things to check out:

  1. Turn your car on and listen for low pitched rhythmic sounds or a rumbling. If you do have a broken muffler it will create a loud exhaust noise.
  2. Inspect your muffler for holes or rust. Rust usually happens from the inside out, and is an indicator that holes are developing.
  3. Look for unusual exhaust smoke. This may be a big cloud when you hit the gas or even a very subtle one.
  4. If you vehicle starts to slowly overheat, this may also be an indication of broken muffler. The exhaust system can affect engine performance.
  5. Check to see if there are any water leaks near the back of the car. This too is an indicator of a hole in the muffler.

If have done the above suggested checks on your vehicle but still are unsure, please schedule an appointment with the service department at the Southtowne GM Superstore to get this taken care of right away. Of course, if you’re are liking the new sound your car is making, first get your muffler fixed first and then let’s talk about what Southtowne can do for a proper exhaust system modification.

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Get a New Car, Even if You Have the Bad Credit Blues

So you need a car but have bad credit? Don’t worry; bad credit car loans are highly prevalent in today’s world, so you are not the only person in this boat. Nearly 25% of Americans have issues with their credit. As long as you prepare yourself and follow the right course of action, the Southtowne GM Superstore should be able to purchase the car you want as well as receive a bad credit car loan.

As I just mentioned, preparation is the key. Your first course of action should be to review your credit history so that you can ensure that there are no errors. There are many free credit websites out there you can use to help you.

The next important step to obtaining a bad credit car loan is to determine how much you can truly afford to pay for your car. It is absolutely essential that you be honest with yourself about how much you can afford and don’t let your eyes get bigger than your wallet. You should have a number in mind for how much you can afford for both a down payment and monthly payments.

Now that you have taken care of the preparation, you must be prepared to provide proof of employment and income so that the lender can have all of the information in front of them, which will facilitate your bad credit car loan. The lender may not always ask for these documents, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when applying for a bad credit car loan.

Once you have followed the aforementioned steps, you must take extra steps in the future to ensure a clean credit history. You must make it a priority to make on-time payments for your bad credit car loan so that there are no bad marks on your credit history. You will also want to avoid car title loans (or any other type of loan for that matter) in the event that you need cash. It is much more logical to consider a refinance car loan.

If you still have questions about bad credit car loans, you can find answers and other great information here at Southtowne and through other mediums, such as forums and reviews of companies. You can also get a lot of help through loan companies. Although your credit may be a little worse than you would prefer, these companies still want to be able to make loans work since that is how they make money so they will certainly be willing to discuss bad credit car loans with you.

So take a deep breath and don’t worry! You can still get a car.

The Dangers Of Atlanta Railroad Crossings

You may not have ever considered it, but many drivers in Atlanta have, and that’s tempting fate by crossing train tracks as a train is barreling down the tracks. Your Atlanta GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore wants to remind you that crossing barriers to avoid waiting for a train to pass is dumb and illegal. You not only put yourself in the path of extreme danger, but you are endangering those who are actually abiding by the law and waiting for the train to pass as well as the engineer of the train.

You might be thinking, “do people really go around railroad barriers”? The simple answer is absolutely they do. In fact, I’m surprised that we don’t have more incidents involving fatal interactions between car and train.

Of course, not all railroad crossings are clearly marked with guard gates or lights, there are some in rural areas that are simply marked with the standard railroad “X”. As you’ll see in the video below, even when driving in a familiar area and crossing a well known railroad intersection can still be extremely dangerous.

The following statistics were provided by car-accidents.com:

According to the US Department of Transportation there are about 5,800 vehicle train crashes each year in the United States-usually at Railroad crossings. These accidents kill 600 people and injure about 2,300. More than 50% of all railroad fatal accidents occur at crossings with passive, or inadequate safety devices (often none at all!). During daylight about 75% of car train collisions involve the train hitting the car, while at night about 50% of the time the car runs into the train!

The bottom line is that you should never, ever cross railroad tracks when the guard arms have been lowered. Even further, you should always expect the unexpected when crossing at any train intersection.

As always, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore just wants you to use your head when you are on the road. Don’t take any chances with your life and try to beat any on-coming train. It’s just common sense, folks.

 

Atlanta GM Dealer: Cool Your Car, Use A Windshield Shade

At your Atlanta are GM dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore we know the benefits Sure you are thinking, “Man, those things are a pain to put up and even more of a pain to store”. At least that’s what I thought until last Saturday after a round of golf. I’m not kidding, my Atlanta Cadillac was 10,000* and my seats were twice as hot. As I instantly start dehydrating, waiting for what seemed like an eternity, I remembered seeing my windshield shade in my trunk when I was putting in my clubs. Boy, a lot of good it does me there.

So the question isn’t, “Do windshield shades work”? We all know the do. It’s “How well do they work”? As in, “how much heat can they cut down inside my car”? So, I did a little research and this is what I found…get ready for the science!

So you see, not only does a sunshade keep your car cool, but it helps maintain the integrity and good looks of your dashboard and seats as well. There are some sunshades out there that can reflect up to 97% of the Sun’s damaging rays. Of course that doesn’t mean that stepping into your car will be like taking a seat in your refrigerator, but it will certainly keep it much cool than if you didn’t use one.

At your Atlanta car dealer, the Southtowne General Motors Superstore, out parts department had a decent selection of sunshades designed to it your Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC…Swing by and take a look, before it gets really hot out there.