General Motors Announces Ultium Charge 360

Undoubtedly, the future of driving is in electric vehicles — and General Motors is leading the charge. On top of offering exciting new EVs like the 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV and GMC HUMMER EV, GM is looking to make owning, driving, and charging an electric vehicle even easier with its new Ultium Charge 360 platform.

GM Chief EV Officer Travis Hester says that customers need “a robust charging experience that makes the transition to an EV seamless and helps drive mass adoption.” And that’s exactly what General Motors hopes Ultium Charge 360 will achieve. Hester says that the platform will make charging at home and on the go easier, allowing drivers to stay on top of their EV’s needs.

Ultium Charge 360 is a holistic, all-inclusive charging experience that offers multiple key facets. That includes working with major third parties including EVgo to increase fast-charger infrastructure and access, making it easier for drivers to change the way they drive without having to change much at all.

With Ultium Charge 360, you’ll also get access to apps that give you control over the charging experience so that you can save time and money. And it will provide EV owners with charging accessories and installation services to meet their needs as best as possible.

Whether you’re ready to make the switch to electric today, tomorrow, or a few years down the line, Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac of Ruston is ready to plug you in. Contact our friendly team of experts and we’ll let you know how you can be one of the first in Ruston, Louisiana, riding the new green wave.

Cadillac V-Series Blackwing Gets Manual Thanks to 3D Printing

Fans of hands-on driving will be happy to learn that the upcoming Cadillac V-Series Blackwing will get a manual transmission — made possible by 3D printing.

The Cadillac team worked hard to incorporate functional 3D-printed parts in the upcoming V-Series Blackwing models. The 3D-printed parts include two HVAC ducts, an electrical harness bracket, and a unique medallion that will sit on the manual shifter knob. By producing the manual transmission with additive manufacturing, Cadillac was able to reduce costs and waste.

Both the 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-5 Blackwing will include a six-speed manual transmission as standard and offer a 10-speed automatic transmission as an option. Thanks to this innovative process, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will be the only sedan in its segment to offer a manual. The 3D-printed six-speed manual transmission will be quieter and more durable than previous manuals.

Manual transmissions are popular among driving enthusiasts, and knowledge about manual transmission is still prevalent. A recent Harris Poll study shows that 66 percent of American adults surveyed know how to drive a manual, and roughly 40 percent of those who do not know are interested in learning.

The 2022 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-Blackwing will be available starting summer 2021. Ask about reserving yours at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

GMC Sierra to Get Latest Version of Super Cruise

The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 Denali will make trailering even better thanks to the addition of Super Cruise technology. The latest version of Super Cruise will introduce the ability to trailer while driving hands-free. As the industry’s first hands-free driver assistance system, Super Cruise contributes to the exceptional trailering capabilities of the GMC Sierra.

With the use of real-time camera, sensors, and GPS, as well as precision LiDAR map data, the Super Cruise driver assistance system is available on more than 200,000 miles of compatible roads in the United States and Canada. When Super Cruise is in operation, a small camera on top of the steering column works with infrared lights to locate where you are looking. If the system senses you have turned your gaze away from the road for too long, it will activate the steering wheel light bar to prompt your attention back to the road.

The addition of Super Cruise makes the 2022 GMC Sierra even stronger and more capable when towing and trailering. It also improves driver confidence when connecting to a trailer, ensuring you can hit the road knowing that the 2022 GMC Sierra has the latest technology to make the trailering process better.

Super Cruise technology is one of the things that gets us excited about the future of cars. Learn more about the GMC Sierra, Super Cruise, and other cool automotive tech at Courtesy Chevy Buick GMC Cadillac.

Special Off-Road Enhancements Available for 2021 GMC Canyon AT4

If you use your pickup truck for tough jobs around Ruston, Louisiana, it’s vital that it can drive just as capable off-road as it does on paved roads. Not all pickup trucks can fulfill that need, but the GMC Canyon AT4, especially now that it offers more off-road enhancements than ever before.

New this year for the 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 is a special edition with exclusive enhancements for traversing mud, creeks, fields, and gravel. The new Off-Road Performance Edition of the latest Canyon is a must-have for hard workers in Lincoln Parish. Here’s a look at what this package provides.

The Canyon AT4 Off-Road Performance Edition is augmented from the ground up, starting with the 31-inch DuraTrac® tires connected to the 4WD system. Also underneath this Canyon are durable aluminum skid plates, bolstered rocker panels, and a sizable transfer case shield. Now you don’t have to worry about logs or rocks damaging the underside when you’re climbing rock-strewn hills.

In addition to being tough in its build, the Canyon AT4 off-road version is tough in its performance, too. Thanks to a suspension enhancement, the midsize pickup truck boasts an approach angle of about 30 degrees. Plus, the Advanced Hill Descent Control System and 3.6-liter V6 prepare you to conquer challenging terrain.

If you’re interested in purchasing the off-road-ready 2021 GMC Canyon AT4, contact us at Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC. We’ll walk you through the ordering process so you can be on the road — or off it — right away.

What Is Chevy Safety Assist?

Chevrolet has been developing and releasing an array of new technologies in recent years that make your drives safer and easier. A highlight of these innovative offerings is Chevy Safety Assist. If you don’t know what this product is, we’re happy to explain.

Chevrolet Safety Assist is actually a bundle of multiple features sold together. This package combines the six most essential driving tools that today’s drivers should have. These systems ensure you’re fully aware of your surroundings on the road and have the ability to brake and swerve to avoid accidents.

These are the driver-assist technology features included in Chevy Safety Assist:

  • Forward Collision Alert: Will sound an alarm if your vehicle is approaching a car ahead of you too quickly and a collision may occur.
  • Automatic Emergency Braking: Works with Forward Collision Alert to apply the brakes if you’re not slowing down to avoid a front-end collision.
  • Front Pedestrian Braking: Monitors for people walking in front of your car and will apply the brakes so ensure you don’t hit them.
  • Following Distance Indicator: Will let you know if you’re tailing the car in front of you too closely and don’t have enough space if they brake suddenly.
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning: Monitors your car’s position in the lane and alerts you if you drift over the line.
  • Intellibeam® Auto High Beam Assist: Helps you see better in the dark by activating the high-beam headlamps when needed, yet dimming them when an oncoming vehicle approaches.

Until now, Chevrolet had released these safety technologies as components of the Driver’s Confidence Packages I & II. Going forward, these vital tools will be more widely available through Chevy Safety Assist, especially come the 2023 model year.

You’ll find Chevy Safety Assist included as standard on the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Trailblazer, and it will soon be available on other family SUVs and sedans in Ruston, Louisiana. To test Chevy Safety Assist for yourself, come to Courtesy Chevrolet Buick GMC.