Jim Hudson GMC Shares Gas Mileage Tips and Memorial Day Sale Offers

GMC Terrain Columbia SC

Smart driving and proper maintenance allows you to maximize fuel economy. The GMC Terrain achieves an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon.

With gas still well above $3 per gallon, many Columbia drivers are looking for ways to save on gas as they make Memorial Day road trips.  Some simple tips, both in preparing your vehicle and yourself, can yield as much as a 40% difference in fuel economy and savings of over $1,000 per year.

Some of the easiest changes to make are to your own routines.  Idling for fifteen minutes burns through a quarter of a gallon of gas on average–at $4.00 per gallon, that’s $1 added onto your bill when you go through a busy drive-thru instead of shutting the engine off and going inside.  Smooth acceleration from a stoplight will make you use the brakes less, both prolonging their life and increasing your fuel economy by as much as 20 percent. (Even hybrid cars don’t get a pass there.  Regenerative braking systems can help capture some of the energy lost to friction and heat, but it’s not 100% efficient.)  Additional gains can be made by maintaining a steady speed with cruise control, keeping it to 70 on the highway instead of 80, which helps cut down how hard your engine has to work to maintain speed.  Lastly, bundling trips can help you save at the pump–aside from driving less, an engine warmed up to its operating temperature is up to 50% more efficient than a cold one.

Beyond smart driving, a few tweaks to your vehicle can make big changes in your gas mileage.  Among the most important things you can do are:

  • Low tire pressure – Having tires 5 PSI below their rated pressure (found on your driver door jamb) won’t significantly affect how the vehicle drives, but it will make your engine work harder.  Going 10 PSI below the specified pressure, aside from increasing the chances the tire will blow out, will cut your gas mileage by more than three percent.
  • Roof ornaments – As much as you want to show your school spirit, flags, banners, and things on your roof rack all contribute to wind resistance–which accounts for 33% of your fuel consumption at speed. Even minor changes will result in big gains here.
  • Extra weight – The EPA estimates every additional 100 pounds your vehicle carries reduces gas mileage by 2 percent. There’s nothing wrong with buying that 50-pound bag of water softener, but be sure to take it out when you get home!
  • Use the air conditioner – This might sound counterintuitive, but at highway speeds you’re better rolling up your windows and running the air conditioner.  Much like big things on your roof, rolling down your windows at high speeds increases the air pressure in the car and makes it act like a big drag chute, making the engine work harder and burn more gas than if you used the air conditioner to begin with.

Jim Hudson GMC Offers Efficient Trucks & SUVs

Jim Hudson GMC is proud to offer a host of fuel-efficient trucks, SUVs, and crossovers that get great gas mileage. GMC Terrain offers seating for 5 and an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon, while GMC Acadia features seating for up to 8 and better fuel economy than the Honda Pilot.  GMC Sierra offers a two-mode hybrid model, while the XFE model offers 5.3L V8 power and 22 highway miles per gallon.  For more information, and to see Jim Hudson’s Columbia SC Memorial Day sale weekend offers, we encourage you to visit our South Carolina GMC Dealer website or call us toll-free at (888) 377-4971.

2012 GMC Lineup Highlighted in Real-World Community Projects

2012 GMC Terrain in Columbia SC

GMC loaned a 2012 GMC Terrain to a quadriplegic rugby team as part of producing its 2012 catalog. (GM Media)

Jim Hudson GMC, the #1 GMC dealership in the state of South Carolina, looks forward to the 2012 GMC lineup of trucks, vans, SUVs, and crossovers that will be arriving later this year.  When Columbia customers open the 2012 GMC catalog, which will arrive this summer, they will see the brand’s professional grade lineup doing real work in real-world settings.

GMC’s Sierra, Yukon, Acadia, Terrain, Canyon and Savana will be seen in a great variety of real-life community service projects such as towing a rainwater cistern on a farm in Florida, hauling historic yacht construction supplies and a 12-foot-wide metal sculpture in New York, transporting quadriplegic athletes to team workouts in Texas, and towing a livestock chute at a wild horse sanctuary in California.

“GMC vehicles help organizations and individuals across the country get work done every day, on projects that rarely get the attention they deserve,” said John Schwegman, U.S. vice president, GMC Marketing. “That is why GMC is providing vehicles to five projects that are making a positive impact in their communities.”

GMC provided short-term loans of:

  • Three Sierras and a Canyon to Geraldson Community Farm in Bradenton, Fla., for the delivery and installation of an innovative water conservation system;
  • Three Sierras and two Acadias to haul supplies for The Onrust Project in Schenectady, N.Y. The Onrust, five years in the making, is a replica of the first Dutch yacht built in America using authentic 17th century Dutch building techniques. When finished The Onrust will be a floating museum and classroom for teaching the early European history of the Northeastern United States;
  • Three Sierras, a Yukon and a Terrain to transport raw material and three metal-worked sculptures for public exhibit made along the Appalachian Trail at Harmony Ridge in Branchville, N.J., by renowned artist Robert Lobe. The 12-foot-wide tree sculptures were moved from Lobe’s studio space in Newark to Prospect Park in Brooklyn;
  • A group of GMC vehicles, including Savanas to Terrains, helped transport a U.S. quadriplegic rugby team, the Texas Stampede, and its equipment to and from workouts and scrimmages in Texas;
  • Sierras, Canyons and Yukons to help conservationists maintain the  American Wild Horse Sanctuary at Return to Freedom Ranch in Santa Barbara, Calif., by supporting daily ranch activities, as well as transporting materials.

“Hauling materials to build a 30-ton 17th century historic yacht is not for the lightweights. GMC vehicles are heavy duty, but handle like a Sunday drive in the park,” said Don Rittner, president of The Onrust Project. “When we had to move a ton of 400-year-old wood from the boat shed to the warehouse, the GMC Sierra made it seem like we were hauling toothpicks.”

The new GMC catalog also is the first to have digital interactive and social media components. There are embedded quick-response codes that allow smartphone users to access a custom mobile site with exclusive video about the vehicles and these community projects, and link to the GMC Facebook Community Projects tab enabling fans to learn more.

“GMC vehicles are helping us connect people to high-quality local food, increase market access for small farmers, and promote cost-effective water conservation measures in agriculture,” said Jacob Leech, acting executive director, Geraldson Community Farm.

GMC Dealers in South Carolina

Jim Hudson GMC is the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina for sales in 2010, serving the midlands of South Carolina including Columbia, Sumter, Orangeburg, and Newberry.  Jim Hudson has served the area for more than three decades with a focus on complete customer satisfaction, a focus underscored by being named Best New Car Dealership in Columbia ten years in a row and counting.  Located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, Jim Hudson GMC carries a wide selection of GMC trucks, SUVs, and crossovers to choose from.  Jim Hudson GMC can be reached at (888) 377-4971 or by visiting their South Carolina GMC Dealers website.

GMC Declared Best Truck Value in America by Vincentric

GMC Sierra Denali HD Columbia SC

The GMC Sierra Denali HD joins the GMC Sierra lineup for the first time in 2011.

Jim Hudson GMC, a leading GMC Dealer in SC, is thrilled to announce that the entire GMC truck lineup has been selected as the Best Truck Brand Value in America by Vincentric, a firm that compiles and analyzes automotive cost data for a variety of industries, selected GMC as the winner based on calculations regarding total cost of ownership–things like fuel, depreciation, insurance, and repairs– relative to price.

“To be named winner of Vincentric’s Best Truck Value in America, a brand must show strength in all segments, including compact pickups and full-size pickups in the ½ ton, ¾ ton, and 1 ton size classes. In addition, value must be shown in both 2WD and 4WD, and in a variety of cab, bed, and engine configurations,” Vincentric’s website proclaims. “GMC earned top honors due to its across-the-board strength in each of these areas. If we had to point to one item that helped seal the deal for GMC, it was their claim to the lowest depreciation rate of any full-line truck brand.”

GMC Canyon offers 300-HP V8 in Columbia, SC

GMC’s compact pickup, the GMC Canyon in Columbia, SC, offers big-truck capabilities in a small package.  Available in Columbia shoppers’ choice of regular, extended, and crew cabs, the GMC Canyon offers an available 5.3-liter V8 engine making 300 horsepower. GMC Canyon is available from entry-level work truck trim (including an available manual transmission) all the way up to the fully-loaded SLT trim with conveniences including leather-appointed seating, XM Satellite Radio, and an integrated bedliner.  For Columbia drivers seeking off-road prowess, the Z71 Off-Road Suspension Package offers increased capabilities with larger tires and a slightly raised suspension, and is available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive options.  For fans of the street truck movement, Jim Hudson GMC offers the ZQ8 sport suspension option, which pairs with the V8 engine and unique wheels to provide a look and ride unlike anything else in Columbia.

GMC Sierra 1500 Introduces Power Tech Package for 2011

The GMC Sierra 1500 is GMC’s full-size pickup truck, which introduces the Power Tech Package for the first time in 2011.  Available on mid-level SLE models, the GMC Sierra Power Tech Edition offers Columbia GMC truck shoppers many of the most popular options on the Sierra’s long options list at a $1,495 discount.  From the 5.3-liter Vortec V8 engine to the 17-inch aluminum wheels, the GMC Sierra Power Tech features all the professional grade capabilities Columbia drivers expect from a GMC truck.  Other features include an EZ-Lift locking tailgate, USB connections to the audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, heavy-duty trailering, and an auto-locking rear differential. For more information, visit the GMC Sierra Columbia SC page on Jim Hudson GMC’s website.

GMC Sierra Heavy Duty Raises the Bar in Columbia

GMC Sierra HD heavy duty pickups, available in both 2500 and 3500 levels, have been completely revamped for 2011.  The new Duramax diesel engine offers more power while reducing emissions and fuel consumption, while a reinforced frame that’s 92% stronger than the 2010 Sierra HD allows easier installation of fifth-wheel hitches and up to 6,635 pounds of payload capacity. Properly equipped, this means the 2011 GMC Sierra HD in Columbia SC can tow up to 21,700 pounds.  Also new for 2011 is the Sierra Denali HD, which brings luxury amenities expected of the Denali name to the heavy-duty Sierra pickup trucks for the first time.  It is, without a doubt, the best Sierra that GMC has ever produced.

GMC Dealers in Columbia, South Carolina

Jim Hudson GMC has been a GMC dealer for nearly 30 years, serving the midlands of South Carolina including Columbia, Newberry, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Lugoff with a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership an unmatched ten years in a row by readers of The State, and intends to continue providing exceptional customer service for decades to come.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached by phone at (803) 783-0110.

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New Additions to GMC’s Denali Lineup in Columbia, SC Raise Its Profile

GMC Acadia Denali and GMC Sierra Denali HD

Mark Sundberg stands beside his GMC Acadia Denali and GMC Sierra Denali HD. (GM Media)

Columbia GMC dealer Jim Hudson GMC welcomes two new additions to GMC’s prestigious Denali lineup in 2011: the GMC Acadia Denali and GMC Sierra Denali HD. Acadia represents the first crossover vehicle to wear the Denali name, while the Sierra Denali HD expands on the light-duty version of the Sierra Denali pickup truck that has been available in Columbia for a number of years.

When Mark Sundberg of Seattle, Wash., made the winning bid for a 2011 GMC Acadia Denali at a charitable auction last year, he had a good idea of what to expect when he took delivery. Sundberg already owned a 2008 Yukon XL Denali.

“Everything about the Denali vehicles are done well,” said Sundberg, who traded in his Ford for a GMC in 2004. “They’re beautiful, nice to drive, quiet and luxurious, but not gaudy. I like the way they’re laid out on the inside and they have the amenities I want. They’re everything I want in a car.”

Sundberg isn’t alone. This past December, car buyers attracted to Denali’s distinctive blend of refined luxury and rugged capability helped GMC achieve its 15th consecutive month of retail sales increases, with sales up 30 percent in 2010. Denali accounted for 13 percent of GMC sales last year, an improvement of 20 percent over 2009, thanks in part to the addition of Sierra Denali HD and Acadia Denali.

“We love our Denali,” said Heather Skelly of Thousand Oaks, Calif., who recently bought a Yukon XL. “I was amazed by how easy it is to drive, considering its size, and I love OnStar and the heated seats and steering wheel.”

Skelly and her husband Mike decided the Yukon XL Denali had “the right amount of nice” for their young family in terms of luxury and amenities. Almost half of all Yukon/XL customers choose Denali. Skelly said she’s also impressed by how well insulated the vehicle is, an important factor in the cold weather Columbia faces annually.

Why does Denali resonate with today’s luxury vehicle buyer? Consider its namesake: Denali is the native name for Alaska’s Mount McKinley, the highest mountain peak in North America. It means “The Pinnacle.”

“The people who have been coming into our dealership to shop Denali are getting out of Lexus and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. They’ve achieved great success and can drive anything they want,” said Omar Rodriguez, general manager, Carl Black Buick GMC, in Orlando. “To these customers, Denali represents the top of the mountain, the top of the line, but it’s also a great value choice for uncertain times. They can have the luxury they’re accustomed to for thousands of dollars less than the imports.”

Acadia – which recently earned the 2011 Best Resale Value Award from Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com – is the latest GMC model to join the Denali line. Acadia Denali distinguishes itself from other crossovers with unique cues, including a chrome honeycomb grille, monochromatic exterior and 20-inch two-tone chrome-clad wheels.

Among GMC’s host of best-selling models, Acadia commands the highest conquest rate, with half of its purchasers coming from non-GM brands. After only three months on the market, the high-end Denali model accounts for 20 percent of all Acadia sales.

When auction winner Sundberg arrived to pick up his new Acadia Denali, he also purchased a 2011 GMC Sierra Denali HD 2500, the first offering of the exclusive Denali line on a heavy-duty GMC pickup. As an avid rider of ATVs and snowmobiles, Sundberg uses the Sierra Denali HD both for work and play while his father enjoys driving his Acadia Denali.

Sierra Denali HD, which went on sale in early summer of 2010, offers the power of the newly-revised Duramax 6.6L turbo diesel, rated at 397 hp and 765 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the most powerful Duramax ever built. With all-new, more rigid frames and strong suspensions, Sierra Denali HD’s capability includes a segment-best conventional trailer tow rating of 17,000 lbs. and a fifth-wheel trailer rating up to 21,300 lbs.

”I think you could pull just about anything with the Sierra HD,” Sundberg said. “It’s the best vehicle GMC has built yet. The only time it goes to the shop is for oil changes.”

In addition to its distinctive grille and brushed metal accents, Sierra Denali HD’s interior includes standard equipment Columbia drivers expect from a true Denali including power-adjustable pedals, a Bose premium surround audio system and 12-way power seats. Heated steering wheel and heated and cooled leather-appointed seating are available.

Since its launch in March, the Denali version of GMC’s heavy duty pickup has grown to 33 percent of all Sierra 2500HD crew cab sales, more than tripling the expected penetration within the market. In addition, Sierra customer loyalty improved in 2010 by 16 percent.

“The customers who buy Denali value high quality and premium features, but don’t want to be ostentatious about it,” said Brad Brotherton, the Seattle-area GMC dealer where Sundberg purchased his Denalis. “They can drive their Denali to a construction site, to the ballet, and to a mountain lodge to go skiing – and it’s perfectly suited for all of those activities.”

GMC Denali Trucks and SUVs Available at Jim Hudson GMC in Columbia, SC

Jim Hudson GMC is the oldest GMC dealer in Columbia SC, with nearly 30 years of experience serving the midlands of South Carolina including Newberry, Sumter, and Orangeburg.  Jim Hudson added GMC to its budding Oldsmobile franchise all the way back in 1982 and has been delivering professional grade trucks, vans, and SUVs ever since.  Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership by readers of The State an unmatched ten years in a row, a testament to Jim Hudson’s commitment to complete customer satisfaction.  For more information, visit Jim Hudson at 7201 Garners Ferry Road or call them at (803) 783-0110.

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