Bestselling Buick Encore Sales Up 22 Percent

Buick Encore - Memphis, TN

The Buick Encore has long been a customer favorite among Sunrise Buick’s clientele because of the subcompact SUV’s flexibility to appeal to new drivers, retirees, and young families alike. According to recently-released fourth-quarter sales data, it looks like the rest of the United States is hip to the Encore’s charms as well.

According to General Motors, the Buick Encore experienced a 22 percent growth in sales during the fourth quarter of 2019, catapulting the versatile crossover to become one of the country’s top five bestselling subcompact SUVs. The Encore sold a whopping 28,497 units in quarter four of 2019, significantly outpacing its prior-year total of 23,326. Over the entirety of 2019, the Encore sold a total of 102,402 units, accounting for a 10 percent year-over-year growth in sales.

One reason for the Encore’s recent popularity is growth in the subcompact crossover segment as a whole. From quarter three to quarter four, there was a 9.4 percent growth in the class the Encore belongs to. However, the sales associates at Sunrise Buick at Wolfchase know the spunky SUV’s popularity is a credit to its combination of affordability, sophistication, and convenience.

If you want the chance to test drive one of the fastest-selling crossovers in the country, visit Sunrise Buick at Wolfchase today. Act quickly, because the few Encores we have on our lot are selling fast.

GMC Updates 2021 Canyon’s Trim Levels

2021 GMC Canyon - Memphis, TN

The 2021 model year will bring some significant changes to the trim levels of the GMC Canyon, a small pickup truck. Just like its cousin, the Chevy Colorado, the Canyon will go on without its base trim, along with a few other key changes.

 

New Trims

 

The 2020 GMC Canyon used to come in six trim levels: SL, Base Canyon, SLE, SLT, All Terrain, and Denali. The 2021 model will cut that down to four: The Elevation Standard, Elevation, AT4, and Denali. While the model is losing some potential combinations of cab size and bed lengths, there will still be 14 different combinations so you can build your ideal truck.

 

AT4

 

The first-ever Canyon AT4 is an off-road specialist that will come standard with a V6 engine capable of generating 308 horsepower. 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac tires, Advanced Hill Descent Control, four-wheel drive with Rear Automatic Locking Differential, and a two-speed AutoTrac transfer case will make it a peerless beast both on and off the road.

 

If you want more torque, opt for the 2.8L Duramax® Turbo Diesel Engine and take advantage of its 369 pound-feet of twist. Luxury doesn’t take a backseat to the rugged capabilities of the 2021 Canyon AT4; heated front seats and a heated steering wheel will keep you comfortable on any road, in any temperature.

 

While we don’t know many more specific details about the upcoming 2021 Canyon, we hope to see you here at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase when it hits lots later this year.

GMC Vehicles Among Longest-Lasting On the Road

GMC Yukon - Memphis, TN

The vehicle purchasing and research website iSeeCars.com recently named GMC vehicles among the market’s longest-lasting after analyzing over 15.8 million units to determine which brands most often hit the 200,000-mile mark.

An impressive 1.4 percent of GMC vehicles reached the 200,000-mile milestone, placing it among the top of the longest-lasting brands and significantly exceeding the 1.0 percent average among all automakers. GMC ranked above other recognizable American brands such as Chevrolet and Ford.

The GMC Yukon XL surpassed even more checkpoints than the rest of GMC’s lineup. iSeeCars placed the full-size SUV in the top five vehicles most likely to reach 300,000 miles. The Yukon XL’s rate of models with over 200,000 miles is more than six times that of the national average.

GMC’s dominance shines through in the SUV and truck categories, with two of the automaker’s models making the top 10 in each group. The Sierra 1500 and the Canyon made the truck list, and the Yukon XL and Yukon were near the top of the SUV segment.

Several components come together in GMC vehicles to make them dependable enough to earn a spot near the top of a heavily-researched list of the longest-lasting vehicles. Ample forward-thinking, standard safety features help you prevent collisions, keep your ride intact, and give you the peace of mind you need on the road.

To get behind the wheel of some of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road today, swing by Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase and head out for a few test drives.

Say Hello to the GMC Hummer EV

GMC Hummer EV - Memphis, TN

If you’re anticipating the GMC Hummer EV, you’re not alone. Considering that revival rumors started circulating back in 2014, the suspense has been building for a while. While we don’t know everything about the model, we do have some details.

Performance specs

The GMC Hummer EV will have the capacity to go from 0-60 mph in about three seconds while yielding more than 1,000 horsepower and an estimated 11,500 lb-ft of axle torque. You can also expect it to have off-road capability, so you can transition from smooth roads to rougher ones when an adventurous mood strikes.

GMC has yet to reveal info about the battery range, charging time, or motors. But Motor1.com’s Jeff Perez predicts that the Hummer EV will have at least two electric motors as well as an all-wheel-drive system.

Exterior features

The Hummer EV’s appearance remains mostly a mystery. Though, a teaser image that the brand recently released gave us a glimpse of the model’s front end. The Hummer EV will incorporate a six-slat grille featuring each letter of the word “HUMMER.” Squared LED headlights and illumination add a touch of contemporary style. 

For more details about the GMC Hummer EV, call us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase. Or stop by in person to distract yourself from the anticipation by taking one of our current GMC models for a test-drive.

Buick Had the Most-Seen Car Commercial of 2019

Buick Commercial - Memphis, TN

Automotive brands spent nearly $5 billion across the board on TV ads in 2019, which helped to spread the word about the latest cars on the market. WardsAuto ranks these ads every year, and, not surprisingly, Buick had the most seen car commercial in terms of views for 2019. The “Mistaken Identity” spot made a massive impression among a variety of groups.

“Mistaken Identity” revolves around the line, “Buick’s new lineup is full of surprises,” and it shows several cases of mistaken identity as Buick vehicles are confused for traditional, uninspired models.  Often left scratching their heads, individuals realize they’ve been looking at the wrong car the whole time after being informed that the vibrant, exciting ride in front of them is one of Buick’s refreshed models.

Many car shoppers may not recognize the new, eye-catching Buicks, one reason the ad had a strong impact on viewers. The “Mistaken Identity” ad alone generated 5.7 billion TV ad impressions, and it cost $31.7 million to make and market — about half as much as some of the ads released by other automakers.

If you want to get up close and personal with some of the thrilling new vehicles showcased in the commercial “Mistaken Identity,” swing by Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase and see what all the fuss is about.

All-new Encore GX to feature a three-cylinder engine

2020 Buick Encore GX - Memphis, TN

All-New Encore GX to Feature Three-Cylinder Engine

It was recently revealed that the upcoming 2020 Buick Encore GX is expected to feature an all-new three-cylinder engine, marking the return of one of GM’s innovative engines.

Three-Cylinder Engine: General Motors announced that the new 2020 Buick Encore GX would utilize a three-cylinder 1.3L engine. Though three-cylinder Buicks have recently been produced for other markets, this marks the first time in nearly 20 years that GM has offered a vehicle with a three-cylinder engine in North America. New technological innovations, including updated waste gates and water pumps, mean these engines will be peppier and more fuel-efficient than past iterations.

All-New Encore GX: The all-new Encore GX’s three-cylinder engine isn’t the only thing the small SUV has going for it. The Encore GX, which aims to fill the gap between the compact Encore and the small Envision, will come with standard safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Keep Assist. Other available features include a Rear Camera Mirror and HD Surround Vision Camera. Additionally, the Encore GX is expected to offer five more cubic feet of cargo space than the Encore.

The all-new 2020 Buick Encore GX is expected to arrive on dealership lots in early 2020. Call a team member at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase today so you can be the first to know when the SUV arrives.

Holiday Events in Memphis, TN

Holiday Events - Memphis, TN

This holiday season in Memphis should be full of fun for the whole family, and these events are sure to contribute to the beginning of a great holiday for you and your loved ones.

Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend 2019

There is no place more magical than Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and thankfully this popular location has a special weekend of music and activities scheduled. On December 13 and 14, you can enjoy special Elvis holiday concerts, tours of Graceland Mansion, a holiday brunch, and more.

2019 Memphis Holiday Parade

One of the best holiday events in Memphis is going down on Saturday, December 14. A day of fun is set to overtake one of America’s most iconic streets, with a special holiday parade. You can help ring in the holiday season with marching bands, steppers, twirlers, and of course, floats.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden

The Memphis Botanic Garden will be hosting Holiday Wonders at the Garden once again on select nights for the month of December. It’s easy for your family to enjoy with no hassle, as you will be able to take advantage of free parking, easy access, no line waiting, and economical, family-friendly pricing. Once you and your family or friends are in, you’ll be set to enjoy Snowy Nights – a family-oriented children’s garden with crafts and games – and a light show synchronized to holiday music on the trees.

All of us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase want to wish you a very happy, safe holiday season. If your car is due for any maintenance, let our qualified service professionals get your ride road-ready before you head out to enjoy these awesome events.

Fun Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in Memphis

Thanksgiving - Memphis, TN

If you plan on spending Thanksgiving in Memphis this year, there is a lot more to do than eat dinner with your family. Whether you live in Memphis or are just visiting, here are some fun activities you can do around to celebrate the holiday in style.

 

Haunted Pub Crawl

If you are still going through Halloween withdrawal, get the spooky thrills you crave with a Haunted Pub Crawl. It will be held the Friday before Thanksgiving on November 22nd. This event will take you to a variety of Downtown Memphis restaurants and bars as you enjoy some ghost stories along the way. It starts at 7:30 pm, and tickets cost $25 each.

 

Memphis Christmas Parade in Whitehaven

If you want to get your Christmas season started early, Memphis kicks it off the weekend before Thanksgiving with the Memphis Christmas Parade. This annual celebration will be held on November 23rd at 10:00 am and will travel down Elvis Presley Blvd.

 

Turkey Trot

Burn off some calories before you stuff with turkey and stuffing by running in the Memphis Turkey Trot. Choose between a four-mile run and a relay with a partner. You can also walk the course if you want. The race will be held Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, at the Memphis Botanical Gardens at 9:00 am.

 

All of us here at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington wat you to enjoy these Thanksgiving events in safety, so make sure your vehicle is up to date on its routine maintenance. If not, set up an appointment with our service department and let us give your car a tune-up.

GMC Truck Updates for 2020

GMC truck - Memphis, TN

GMC trucks have long been known for their strong capabilities, sophisticated designs, and advanced features. The GMC lineup is getting even better with a variety of GMC truck updates for 2020. Here is what you can expect to see in the upcoming models.

Sierra 1500

The 2020 Sierra 1500 is getting a new Duramax® 3.0-liter turbo-diesel engine. It is also expanding the availability of the ten-speed automatic transmission and carbon fiber bed across the selection of trim levels. You will be able to choose the CarbonPro bed on the AT4 and Denali. The ProGrade Trailering System also receives an update this year; offering up to 15 camera views.

Sierra HD

For the 2020 model year, the GMC Sierra HD lineup is all-new. It delivers stronger capabilities than ever before with a class-leading maximum towing capacity of up to 35,500 pounds. The Sierra HD will also be available with the enhanced ProGrade Trailering system. Available Smart Trailer Integration lets you control certain trailer functions through the myGMC mobile app.

Canyon

Tire Fill Alert is now a standard feature on the 2020 GMC Canyon. This system will give you both audible and visual alerts when the tires have reached the appropriate air pressure. The All Terrain trim will also come with the Driver Alert package, which includes Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert.

Whether you’re already a fan of GMC’s lineup of trucks or someone whose been interested from a distance, these 2020 models are the most driver-focused, capable, and efficient pickups in the brand’s history. Get behind the wheel of a GMC truck today at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase.

Memphis Fall Festivals

three fall festivals worth attending - Memphis, TN

Known as the birthplace of rock-n-roll and the home of the blues, Memphis is the perfect place to celebrate autumn’s bounty of local music, art, and brews. Here are three fall festivals worth attending this season.

Olive Branch Oktoberfest – Oct. 5

Olive Branch City Park is hosting the 42nd annual Olive Branch Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 5. Admission is free to the public, so you’ll have a bit more cash to splurge on food and beverages. Crafts and games help round out the festivities for a family-friendly day of fun.

Pink Palace Crafts Fair – Oct. 11-13

Celebrate the plethora of homemade crafts in the Memphis area when you participate in the Pink Palace Crafts Fair the weekend of Oct. 11-13. Now in its 47th year, this festival spotlights the work of more than 100 local crafters in a variety of mediums, including pottery, glasswork, wood-working, woven goods, jewelry, and more. Child-friendly attractions like the petting zoo and train rides will help young ones stay engaged. Live music and a spectrum of food and drink offerings make this fair the complete package.  

Agricenter Harvest Festival – Oct. 19

Set on the scenic banks of the Mississippi River, the River Arts Fest is an extravaganza for the visual and aural arts. It attracts more than 180 musicians and artisans from the Memphis area and beyond, making it one of the largest outdoor juried artist market and urban street festivals in the Mid-South, according to Memphis Travel. Hands-on art activities and artist demonstrations offer interactive fun for attendees of all ages.

We here at Sunrise Buick GMC at Wolfchase hope to see you at one or more of these popular fall festivals. If your vehicle is in need of seasonal maintenance, contact us to schedule a service appointment. We’re here to ensure that your autumnal outings are as safe as they are pleasant.