Saturday, April 23, 2011

Why does Columbia love GMC Sierra?

By now, you're probably like many Columbia drivers that have seen the ads on television proclaiming the 2011 GMC Sierra to be the best Sierra ever.  When GMC says it, they aren't kidding--Columbia hasn't seen a Sierra with this level of capability, efficiency, refinement, and convenience ever before!

With everyone concerned about the recent spike in gas prices, GMC Sierra owners have less to worry about.  The available XFE (Xtra Fuel Economy) Sierra 1500 makes a few barely-noticeable changes to Sierra's professional-grade changes to boost highway fuel economy to 22 miles per gallon.  The soft tonneau cover and lower front air dam improve Sierra's aerodynamics, while aluminum lower control arms wheels (spare included) help reduce mass.  Motivated by the popular 5.3L V8 flex-fuel engine, Sierra XFE can travel up to 551 miles on a tank of gas--enough to travel from Columbia to Sarasota, Florida without filling up.

For Columbia drivers that drive through town often, a popular choice is the GMC Sierra Hybrid.  The only two-mode hybrid pickup truck design on the market today, Sierra Hybrid uses a battery pack underneath the rear seat to drive the truck at low speeds around town and allow the 6.0L Vortec V8 to come to a stop when you're at a red light.  Combined with Active Fuel Management that allows Sierra Hybrid to run on four of its eight cylinders under lighter loads, the net result is an impressive 20 miles per gallon in the city according to EPA estimates--a 53% improvement over the city fuel economy of a Sierra 1500 with the available 6.2L V8.  Outside of a couple of badges though, it's all GMC Sierra with 332 horsepower available from the engine, over 1,500 pounds of payload capacity, and up to 6100 pounds of trailering capacity.   When faced with these impressive feats, it's no suprise that Columbia truck owners love GMC Sierra.

Of course, Columbia truck shoppers love GMC Sierra for more than just great fuel economy.  Sierra's new Power Tech Package offers the most popular options on the mid-range SLE model with a total package savings of $1,495.  Columbia shoppers love dual-zone climate control, allowing the driver and front passenger to dial in their own preferred temperatures and let the system adjust the fans accordingly.  They're also pretty big fans of the 5.3L V8, easily the most popular engine choice for Sierra owners, the automatic locking rear differential, and the 17" 6-lug aluminum wheels that give Sierra Power Tech just the right amount of styling.  Inside, the 6-speaker sound system offers your choice of XM Satellite Radio, AM/FM terrestrial radio, compact discs, an aux-in jack, and a USB port for playing MP3s from your flash drive or MP3 player.

Great offers are available for the GMC Sierra, including attractive lease options, from Columbia SC GMC dealer Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina.  Jim Hudson has been serving GMC drivers for nearly 30 years with a focus on complete cutsomer satisfaction before, during, and after the sale.  Voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row by readers of The State, Jim Hudson is the most trusted name in the midlands of South Carolina, from Newberry all the way to Sumter.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson GMC at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia or call toll-free (888) 377-4971.

Monday, March 14, 2011

GMC Terrain in Columbia SC Loves Eco-Friendly Materials

These days, it's not just enough for automobile manufacturers to put out a fuel-efficient car or SUV.  Many drivers in the Columbia, South Carolina area are looking for vehicles that also make use of recycled materials in order to reduce their vehicles' environmental footprints even further.

The 2011 GMC Terrain delivers professional grade performance in a responsible package by making use of recycled materials in places where they meet the same stringent requirements as non-recycled, or "virgin" materials.  Using these recycled materials is often more energy efficient to manufacture, and can often be lighter as well.  Obviously, a lighter vehicle requires less fuel to move, meaning improved fuel economy and emissions.

For example, the material between the steel roof of the GMC Terrain and the fabric headliner uses kenaf fiber for reinforcement.  Kenaf is a fast-growing plant that is easy to cultivate sustainably in its native south Asia.  Kenaf is hollow like bamboo, making it very adept at dampening sounds while remaining lighter and requiring less energy to manufacture compared to parts that incorporate glass fibers.  Use of recycled fibers allows GMC to keep Terrain's interior quiet enough to allow conversations in a normal tone of voice even at highway speeds while keeping the weight down.

Another example involves the plastic grille frame that sits behind the chrome grille you see on the Terrain.  Soda and water bottles are recycled to make this frame, reducing the amount of virgin petroleum-based plastic that is required to produce the new five-passenger SUV.  GMC engineers tested the frame thoroughly before putting it into production, ensuring it meets all of their requirements for handling impacts and loads placed on it to make sure the professional-grade durability expected from a GMC crossover is not compromised.

Recycling materials doesn't stop at the assembly line, though.  Some of the scrap created in making the sound absorbing material in the doors of a Terrain are combined with used tires to create air baffles for Terrain's bigger brothers, the GMC Sierra pickup truck and GMC Yukon full-size SUVs.

As you'd imagine, the material used the most in a GMC vehicle is steel.  Terrain uses plenty of it to achieve a safe, strong structure, and a significant amount of it comes from recycling old automobiles.  One-third of all iron and steel in the US comes from automotive recyclers, and using it over newly-produced ore means air and water pollution during vehicle manufacturing is cut by more than half.  The EPA estimates that over 95% of cars at the end of their useful lives are processed for recycling, and GMC estimates that at least 85% of Terrain's weight is recyclable whenever it reaches that point.

The 2011 GMC Terrain is available from Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealer in the state of South Carolina.  A ten-time winner of The State's "Readers' Choice" award for Best New Car Dealership, Jim Hudson carries a great selection of 32-MPG GMC Terrain models.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110 or at their GMC Terrain Columbia SC website.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Columbia Loves a GMC, and GMC Loves the Troops!

As close as we are to Fort Jackson, all of us at Jim Hudson GMC have a lot of love for our nation's military.  We're not alone either, as GMC donated 400 tickets to active-duty members of the military and their families to attend the 2011 Pro Bowl in Honolulu last night.

“It’s a great honor for GMC to welcome members of our nation’s military and their families to an event that celebrates individual excellence in the ultimate team sport,” said Craig Bierley, director, GMC Advertising and Sales Promotion. “As the official vehicle of the NFL, we appreciate that the ‘Never Say Never’ attitude that drives NFL champions is shared by the great service men and women who sacrifice so much on our nation’s behalf.”

In attendance was Sgt. Gregory Bowling who presented the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP trophy to DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins at the end of the game. The Pro Bowl cornerback also received a new 2011 GMC Yukon Denali.

Bowling, who manages and maintains mission critical computer networks that serve United States Pacific Command Headquarters and other strategic operations, was selected for the task based on activities above and beyond the call of duty.  Beyond his military duties, Bowling volunteers for the Hawaii Partners in Development Foundation, which helps provide a safe haven for children and helps their birth families and foster families. Bowling attended the game with his wife and children.

Jim Hudson is proud to offer the GM Military Discount in Columbia SC on all Buick and GMC models, providing all active-duty and reserve military members and their spouses preferred pricing on every new 2010 and 2011 model.  If you're interested in taking advantage of this special offer, visit your Columbia SC GMC dealer website for all the details.