Automotive Fleet

SEP 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

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BUICK FOCUSES ON SAFETY IN 2014 LaCROSSE The 2014 Buick LaCrosse was redesigned with a waterfall grille, chrome accents, and LED wraparound taillamps. The 2014 Buick LaCrosse alerts drivers to road hazards through vibrations in the seat, chimes in the speakers, and warning symbols on the side mirrors and windshield. BY ATHENA MEKIS AT A GLANCE The top three changes for the 2014 modelyear Buick LaCrosse are: ● Enhanced safety technology. ● Higher fuel economy. ● Interior/exterior style changes. 44 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I SEPTEMBER 2013 PHOTOS: GENERAL MOTORS CO. The instrument panel features an 8-inch-diagonal, reconfgurable driver information and cluster display; the center stack button count is down from 17 to seven. B uick's signature design has been evolving since 1899. With the 2014 model-year LaCrosse, the evolution has branched in a slightly new direction to a safety-conscious design, which features a number of new improvements. Automotive journalists recently had the opportunity to test these cutting-edge safety features during ride-and-drive events held throughout the country. Exploring Buick's Safety Technology Options Te following safety technology on the 2014 Buick LaCrosse is used to help pre- vent vehicular car collisions: A patented Safety Alert Seat directs the driver's attention to potential road hazards using lef, right, and simultaneous seat vibrations that are felt by the outer thighs. Te Safety Alert Seat uses radar sensors in the front and rear bumpers to measure the distance of nearby vehicles. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning use a single forward-looking camera to read trafc and lane markers on the road ahead. Visual warnings and audible tones alert the driver to unsignaled lane changes or a slowed vehicle. Lane change alert warns the driver of

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