Tuesday, October 19, 2010

How-To Tuesday: GMC Sierra Integrated Trailer Brake Controller

If you find yourself towing heavy loads with any regularity, you're probably familiar with trailers featuring electric brakes.  As your Columbia GMC dealer, we at Jim Hudson GMC wanted to make sure you knew about the integrated trailer brake controller available on the new GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup trucks. (The integrated trailer brake controller is also available on the GMC Sierra 1500 and GMC Yukon).  This trailer brake controller is fully integrated into your Sierra's systems, including stability and traction control systems, providing added peace of mind on the highway as you tow your load.

Setting up the integrated trailer brake controller is a simple process, which the fine folks at GMC have condensed into a short video.  Before you load up again, learn about this great new feature and how it can make your next ride that much safer!

You'll love the GMC Savana in Columbia, SC - It's a (natural) gas!

Most people don't consider the GMC Savana to be a daily driver--it's a full-size van meant mostly for working (the occasional conversion van notwithstanding, of course).

2011 GMC Savana Cargo Van in Columbia, SC (© GM Corp)
But for those that rely on the Savana for their day-to-day operations, GMC has made it easier to make their fleet a little greener.  This week saw the first public showing this week of the industry’s only fully integrated compressed natural gas cargo van, leading General Motors’ commitment to helping commercial customers decrease the environmental impact of their fleets.

The GMC Savana CNG van, as well as all other vehicles in GM’s fuel-efficient lineup, are on display at the Green Fleet Conference in San Diego.

“Our compressed natural gas cargo vans will make it easier for fleet owners to meet their business objectives and make their transportation more sustainable,” said Mary Beth Stanek, GM’s director of federal environmental and energy regulatory affairs, and a conference keynote speaker.

 “Chevrolet and GMC are the only brands to offer a one-source CNG option on vans for fleet customers.  What’s more, these vans meet all Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board emission certification requirements.”

The fully integrated CNG fuel system option carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $15,910. The vans will be covered by GM’s three-year, 36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty and five-year, 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.

“Natural gas is an abundant and clean alternative fuel,” Stanek said. “Based on today’s CNG fuel rates and anticipated payback period, fleet investment in CNG can be quite affordable.”

While the GMC Savana isn't for every Columbia driver, it's just another example of the greener, more efficient models available from your Columbia GMC dealer today alongside such models as the GMC Terrain and the GMC Sierra Hybrid and XFE.