Automotive Fleet

SEP 2013

Magazine for the car and truck fleet and leasing industry

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 49 of 77

FEATURE Forward collision alert is seen through the front windshield with high intensity discharge lighting technology. fast-approaching vehicles in the next lane, up to 230 feet behind the car. Rear cross trafc alert and side blind zone alert use radar to watch blind spots and provide visible and audible warnings. When the vehicle is in reverse and the rear vision camera is active, rear cross trafc alert will fash a red icon and directional arrow if another vehicle is approaching from either side, which is especially useful backing out of a tight driveway or parking space in a busy lot. Side blind zone alert detects other vehicles in a Buick's blind spot and alerts the driver with a yellow icon on side view mirrors. If a turn signal is engaged while a vehicle is detected in the next lane, the icon fashes to discourage merging. Adaptive cruise control senses the surrounding trafc in front of the LaCrosse to adjust vehicle speed accordingly. Automatic collision preparation and collision mitigation braking systems automatically trigger emergency braking if the driver fails to respond to a previous alert. An 8-inch touch screen equipped with IntelliLink sofware uses intuitive controls and swipe recognition for easier navigation. IntelliLink also features voice recognition, which allows customers to safely place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music, and control other functions while keeping the driver's eyes on the road. Making Fuel Economy the New Standard Te vehicles improved aerodynamics and lower GVW, from 3,835 pounds to 46 AUTOMOTIVE FLEET I SEPTEMBER 2013 The Safety Alert Seat vibrates on the driver's left or right thigh when the vehicle runs along a lane divider without the intent to change lanes. 3,765 pounds for the 2.4L four-cylinder model and 4,045 pounds to 3,906 pounds for the 3.6L V-6 model, increases the fuel economy, and consequently reduces the CO2 emissions of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse. Highway fuel economy in the 2014 Buick LaCrosse increased by 1 mpg for both available engines and 1 mpg city for FWD, compared to the previous model. Te EPA estimates 18 mpg city and 28 mpg highway for the 2014 FWD models and 17 mpg city and 26 mpg highway for the 2014 AWD models. Te LaCrosse is equipped with two diferent engine options, both mated to 6-speed automatic transmissions: ● Te standard 2.4L four-cylinder engine (FWD only), rated at 182 hp. ● Te optional 3.6L V-6 engine (FWD and AWD), rated at 304 hp. All standard models come with GM's eAssist, which uses a lithium-ion battery system and electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking capability. Instead of providing all-electric propulsion, the system provides power assistance to the internal combustion engine. Te eAssist system also allows the engine to shut down fuel delivery in certain deceleration situations, or while the vehicle is at a stop. Tis system saves fuel, and the electric power steering also saves fuel by drawing energy only when the wheels are turned. To ease vehicle maintenance costs, every 2014 LaCrosse comes with two years or 24,000 miles of included regular maintenance and fve years of OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services. Regular maintenance includes oil and flter changes, tire rotations, and multipoint inspections. OnStar RemoteLink Key Fob services allow owners of appropriately equipped models to lock and unlock the vehicle's doors or activate the remote start using a smartphone app. Making an Impression with Fleets Buick's commercial feet sales have increased over the past year from 9.1 percent in 2012 to 11.5 percent in 2013, according to Buick. Globally, LaCrosse sales have exceeded 500,000 since its 2009 introduction and U.S. sales topped 57,000 in 2012, according to the automaker. For West Bend Mutual Insurance (WBMI) Company Fleet Manager Tom Krause, his company added the Buick LaCrosse to its feet based on the vehicle's residual value. According to Krause, the LaCrosse doesn't look like a typical salesperson's car, making it easier to remarket. "It's difcult to remarket mainstream vehicles," he said. And, according to Allergan Fleet Administrator Stephanie Rogers, the health care company was impressed with the LaCrosse's quiet tuning. Whether she was on the freeway or driving through the city, she said she couldn't hear anything outside the cabin's interior. "It seemed solid, more so than the other vehicles we tested," she said. Te LaCrosse is expected to reach dealerships nationwide by the end of the 2013 summer with a suggested retail price of $34,060 including a $925 destination charge. AF

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of Automotive Fleet - SEP 2013