At-Home OnStar® Emergency Services Coming Soon to an Alexa Near You

Thanks to the Guardian™ app, OnStar® emergency services aren’t just for your car anymore. Now, GM is expanding Guardian™ to be even more useful by making it compatible with Amazon Alexa.

With the new OnStar® Guardian™ skill, subscribers can take advantage of Alexa’s voice-activated technology to summon emergency assistance at home. Uttering the words “Alexa, call for help” will connect users to trained OnStar® advisors, who are always on standby to help out if there’s a fire, medical crisis, or other emergency.

“Through our collaboration with Amazon, people can now have access to OnStar’s Emergency-Certified Advisors in a place where they spend so much of their time — their home,” said Pam Fletcher, vice president of GM Global Innovation. “This is another great example of how we’re expanding the safety and security of OnStar® beyond the vehicle to help more people, which demonstrates GM’s commitment to its growth strategy and innovating its software-enabled services.”

First, GM plans to provide the Guardian™ skill for current OnStar® subscribers, notifying those eligible with an email on how to sign up. Then, in 2022, the company will make the Guardian™ skill more widely available to anyone in the U.S. who owns a compatible Alexa voice assistant.

Whether or not you have Alexa, OnStar® Guardian™ is a great investment for your safety and peace of mind. As part of your subscription, you’ll have access to a smartphone app with mobile crash response and roadside assistance services for when you’re driving. Guardian™ also provides emergency assistance and location status services that you can use from anywhere. To learn more about OnStar® services for your smartphone or car, contact our team here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston, Louisiana.


2022 Chevrolet Silverado Boasts New ZR2 Off-Road Trim and Much More

Chevrolet recently gave us a first look at the 2022 Silverado 1500 — and it’s everything we hoped it would be, showing off refreshed design features, cutting-edge new tech, and the very first ZR2 off-road trim.

We’re especially excited about the Silverado ZR2 here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC. This mighty truck boasts a 420-horsepower V6, Multimatic DSSV™ dampers, and specially tuned suspension springs for taking on extreme terrain. It also comes with 33-inch off-road tires, a skid plate package, and a high-approach steel front bumper.

The Silverado is even more capable for 2022. The standard 2.7-liter turbo engine has boosted torque ratings and a stronger engine block. And the 3.0-liter Duramax® Turbo-Diesel can tow up to 13,300 pounds[1] — an increase of 4,000 pounds from 2021.

Expect new looks from the new Silverado, both inside and out. The interior shows off a redesigned console and dashboard to go with the available new 13.4-inch touch screen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The exterior has a new front fascia and grille, along with three new paint options: Glacier Blue Metallic, Dark Ash, and Sand Dune.

The 2022 Silverado will also be available with GM’s advanced Super Cruise™ system. This technology lets you drive hands-free on more than 200,000 miles of roads in the U.S. and Canada, even when you’re towing a trailer.

The refreshed Silverado will show up this spring here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston, Louisiana, and we can’t wait to get you behind the wheel to experience it for yourself.

[1] Requires Silverado 1500 Double Cab Standard Bed 2WD with available Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel I-6, Max Trailering Package and 20-inch wheels. Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the Trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.


2022 Buick Encore GX Arrives at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC of Ruston

Do you need a stylish, versatile, and high-value vehicle for commuting, vacationing, or everyday family travel? You’re in luck, because the 2022 Buick Encore GX has just arrived here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston, Louisiana.


The 2022 Encore GX shows off plenty of style to help you stand out on the road. All models come with 18-inch aluminum wheels, LED daytime running lamps, and a snazzy signature grille. Four new paint colors are available for 2022: Cinnabar, Sapphire, Sunset Glow, and Rosewood Metallic. Go even bolder with the Sport Touring Package, which gives you unique wheels, a red-accented grille and bumpers, and much more.


This small SUV is an incredibly versatile choice. It can either seat five people or fit more than 50 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded. There’s even a reconfigurable cargo floor and available fold-flat front passengers seat so you can fit taller or longer items. The Encore GX is just as versatile when it comes to getting around town and beyond — available AWD gives you great traction, while the fully independent suspension makes for smooth and confident handling.


You can count on lots of bang for your buck with the Encore GX. Buick Driver Confidence safety features like Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Forward Collision Alert come standard. You’ll also receive an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, and even a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Ready to experience the 2022 Encore GX for yourself? Stop in at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston and we’ll get you behind the wheel for a test drive.


General Motors, AT&T Bringing 5G to Next-Gen Vehicles

Cars, trucks, and SUVs from GM already offer outstanding on-the-go connectivity — and now they’re on the verge of getting even better. General Motors is teaming up with AT&T to bring lightning-fast 5G cellular service to millions of vehicles over the next several years.

This new 5G network will help lay a reliable foundation for GM’s future, as the company continues to roll out innovative new vehicle platforms, technologies, and mobility services.

What’s the big deal about 5G? To start with, it’s super speedy. Whether you’re downloading music and videos, getting over-the-air software updates, or taking advantage of services like navigation and voice control, 5G will make it happen so much faster. On top of that, the new 5G network from GM and AT&T should result in better coverage while you’re out on the road.

Starting with the 2024 model year, 5G connectivity will be available for a select number of Chevrolet, Buick, and GMC vehicles. That doesn’t mean older vehicles will be left behind by the new network — 2019 and newer models equipped with 4G LTE will reap the benefits of faster connectivity, too. Learn more about the current GM lineup’s connectivity options, like built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi® and OnStar® services, when you visit our showroom at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston, Louisiana.

Fall Service Tips for Your Vehicle

As we move into the autumn months and the weather begins to change in North Louisiana, it’s a great time to catch up on service for your vehicle. Here are just a few of the things we can take care of for you this fall here at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC in Ruston.

Check the headlights

As the days get shorter and the sun sets earlier, you’ll be relying more on your vehicle’s headlights and other lights. Take a few minutes to make sure all of your vehicle’s exterior lights are working properly. If any bulbs are burnt out, the Courtesy service department is here to replace them.

Monitor the battery

After a long, hot summer, it’s a good idea to make sure your battery is still in good shape. Here at Courtesy, we’ll be happy to check whether it’s still holding a charge the way it should. If necessary, we can also install a new battery for you.

Replace your windshield wipers

Have you replaced your vehicle’s windshield wipers recently? It’s a good idea to do this at least once a year, and fall is the perfect time. If your wipers are leaving streaks on the glass or starting to fall apart, it’s especially important to get new ones.

At Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC, we look forward to helping you this fall with these maintenance tasks — or anything else your vehicle needs to run smoothly and look great!