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 |  Apr 10 2014, 12:15 PM

It's an Automotive Vanity Extravaganza


KBB Brand Award Winners

The folks at Kelley Blue Book have released their annual Brand Image Awards. The study, now in its seventh year, honors automakers for excelling in certain areas. Categories include things like best performance brand, most refined brand and most trusted brand. Overall there are 13 winners and the results may surprise or even appall you. You’ll need to read on to find out.

But first, according to KBB this isn’t some shady survey conducted by annoying telephone marketers; awards are actually the result of “extensive research gathered throughout the year.” Shoppers using the company’s website contribute to the results; in fact more than 12,000 of them participated, and here’s what the people have to say.

 |  Apr 09 2014, 2:40 PM

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Two American automakers have topped the J.D. Power U.S. Customer Service Index (CSI) Study for the first time.

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 |  Mar 28 2014, 9:28 AM

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Buick will soon be able to market itself, at least in part, as a company with “German car quality.”

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 |  Mar 24 2014, 11:37 AM

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The internet is moving into our cars, with many automakers are fitting mobile hotspots to allow owners easy wireless connectivity anywhere they go. 

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 |  Mar 02 2014, 11:44 AM

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After a full year on the market, the Buick Encore has turned in impressive sales numbers with 97,311 units moved worldwide.

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 |  Feb 26 2014, 1:02 PM

Buick's Resurgence

Buick is one of GM’s four remaining brands in North America. Following the company’s bankruptcy filing in the middle of 2009 divisions including Pontiac, Hummer, Saturn and Saab were jettisoned like Thanksgiving leftovers at Easter time. Ostensibly this cull allowed the firm to concentrate on its best brands, but why did Buick make the cut and has it been pulling its own weight?

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 |  Feb 25 2014, 6:04 PM

2014 Consumer Reports Brand Report Card

Consumer Reports’ 2014 Car Brand Report Card has been published and not surprisingly luxury automakers dominate the top of this list.

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 |  Jan 27 2014, 9:45 AM

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Buick will continue offering a 24-month promotional lease program that it began in March, 2012, to boost its business. 

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 |  Jan 08 2014, 8:03 AM

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Riding on strong demand in China, Buick broke its global sales record for the first time since 1984.

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 |  Jan 06 2014, 7:32 AM

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General Motors has registered the Cascada and Calibra names with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, hinting that the Buick lineup is about to get new additions.

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 |  Dec 17 2013, 4:45 PM

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The 2014 Buick LaCrosse has earned a five-star safety score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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 |  Nov 26 2013, 3:01 PM

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There might be a new crop of “GS” badge wearing Buick vehicles waiting in the wings.

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 |  Oct 21 2013, 12:02 PM

2013 Buick Encore

When it launched, Buick wasn’t entirely certain where the Encore would fit in the market and that turned out not to matter.

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 |  Oct 18 2013, 7:32 PM

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Buick’s Verano compact sedan might soon follow the Chevrolet Cruze in offering a diesel engine.

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 |  Oct 16 2013, 2:02 PM

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If Capital One’s confrontational Viking commercials weren’t enough, maybe the potential for thousands in new car purchase discounts will sell you on signing up. 

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 |  Oct 09 2013, 3:02 PM

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Rather than borrowing from Opel for yet another product, Buick might be gearing up to share with Cadillac.

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 |  Sep 13 2013, 8:02 AM

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General Motors CEO Dan Akerson has made his desire to bring the Opel Cascada stateside very clear, and it appears that it, “could happen soon.”

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 |  Sep 10 2013, 5:01 PM

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The MINI Cooper and Fiat 500 may soon have a rival in the U.S., but it won’t be a from another European automaker… or will it?

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 |  Sep 09 2013, 1:05 PM

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The 2014 Buick Regal will go on sale later this year with a starting price of $30,615 including a $925 destination fee.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 1:25 PM

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GM’s August sales were the best they’ve been in the better part of a decade and this strong showroom performance seems to indicate an economic recovery is in fact underway.

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 |  Sep 04 2013, 12:37 PM

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Could the devastating “Great Recession” finally be fading in the rear-view mirror? GM’s August sales performance seems to indicate yes.

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 |  Aug 21 2013, 11:15 AM

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The future is full of technology for General Motors subsidiaries Opel and Vauxhall.

Images and technical details surrounding a concept car slated for the Frankfurt Motor Show were released today, previewing what the brand’s designers and engineers are developing for future products.

Opel seems to be putting a strong emphasis on connected car technology in the future. Current iterations of that system that several automakers are developing would allow cars to share information both with other vehicles and information waypoints. Traffic data, upcoming hazards and other relevant safety information will be relayed in Opel-Monza-Concept-06split seconds, assuming manufacturers can agree on which system to use. Contention between charging heads for electric cars probably offers accurate foreshadowing.

If the auto industry avoids its usual Mexican standoff, the Monza’s information sharing system could offer interesting capability. It uses three modes: “me,” “us” and “all.”

In “me” mode, the infotainment system mostly disconnects from smartphones and focuses on relevant driving information. Switch to “us,” and preselected people will be able to communicate with the car to play music, share pictures and information. “All” mode opens the car to share information with anyone. Drivers will be able to share their planned route with people who have a smartphone or tablet so they can “catch a ride.”

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The infotainment system, itself, is also something of a tech wonder. Rather than a conventional touch screen, it uses 18 LED projectors to cast a display onto the dashboard. The display will be customizable according to driver preference as well.

The sculpted-looking sheet metal is an evolution of the current Insignia design, which is the basis for the North American Buick Regal. Buick relies heavily on Opel for its product line, and if that remains the case for future products, this could have tie-ins to coming Buicks too. From an aesthetic standpoint, this design isn’t terribly different from the Buick Riviera concept shown in Shanghai earlier this year.

SEE ALSO: New Buick Riviera Concept Previews Brand’s Future Design Language

The style cues and wheels all bear similarities, but it’s the cabin and powertrain that really offer an important peek into what might be coming.

The Monza suggests that range extenders won’t be exiting the General Motors portfolio any time soon. It uses an electric powertrain supplemented by a range extending engine similar to the Chevrolet Volt, which uses gasoline. This doesn’t. Instead, it burns compressed natural gas (CNG) with the company’s new 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which will debut simultaneously in Frankfurt.

GALLERY: Opel Monza Concept

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 |  Jul 24 2013, 9:02 AM

Which Crossovers and SUVs are the Most Reliable?


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The crossover and SUV segment is one of industry’s fastest growing, and if you’re in the market for one, chances are you’ll want to know which ones are the most reliable out there. J.D. Power has compiled data collected from surveying thousands of vehicle owners to determine this year’s list of most reliable new crossovers and SUVs not in the luxury segment. Here they are listed in alphabetical order.

 |  Jul 12 2013, 10:01 AM

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God blessed Texas with His own hand

Brought down angles from the Promised Land

Gave ‘em a place where they could dance

If you want to see heaven, brother, here’s your chance…

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