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.

Jim Hudson GMC is #1 Volume GMC Dealer in South Carolina

Jim Hudson GMC is the #1 GMC Dealer in South Carolina

Keith Hudson, President of Jim Hudson GMC, receives the award for being the top GMC dealer in the state from Elizabeth Johnson from GMC.

For almost 30 years, Jim Hudson GMC has been the premier GMC dealership in the city of Columbia, South Carolina.  From the days of old C/K-series pickups to the new heavy-duty Sierra pickup trucks, GMC has always stood for professional grade engineering that truck, van, and SUV shoppers have driven for miles around to put in their driveways and garages.  Now, Jim Hudson has been announced as the #1 GMC dealer in the state of South Carolina.

GMC was third only to Buick and Cadillac in increased sales nationwide for 2010, thanks to a combination of a recovering economy and a series of new models that attracted the interest of Columbia’s truck and SUV owners including the GMC Terrain, GMC Acadia Denali, and GMC Sierra HD.

The GMC Terrain was introduced for 2010 as the smaller of GMC’s unibody SUVs, the second one in the brand’s history after the GMC Acadia’s arrival in Columbia SC for 2007.  Riding on the global Theta platform, GMC Terrain offers South Carolina drivers the choice of four-cylinder power making an EPA-estimated 32 highway miles per gallon or a powerful V6 engine with the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.  Combined with standard equipment including a rearview camera, USB port input to the audio system, power heated mirrors, tinted rear windows, and an auto-dimming rear mirror, Terrain has been in short supply in the state of South Carolina thanks to tremendous demand even in spite of production increases at its plant in Ontario, Canada.

Released as a 2011 model, the GMC Acadia Denali brings luxury equipment to a crossover vehicle for the first time.  The GMC Acadia Denali available in Columbia SC features a unique front and rear fascia featuring the signature Denali grille along with exclusive two-tone 20-inch chrome wheels.  With standard trailering equipment (and the heavy-duty cooling system that comes with it), heads-up display, dual skyscape sunroof, and power rear liftgate, the GMC Acadia Denali lives up to the functionality-meets-luxury design of the Denali name.

Though only mildly restyled outside and looking very similar inside, the GMC Sierra Heavy Duty pickup trucks that were introduced in 2010 as 2011 models have raised the bar significantly for three-quarter-ton and one-ton pickup trucks.  Beneath the skin, Sierra HD rides on a completely new frame that is 92% stronger than the outgoing 2010 model and features massive 14-inch brake rotors to reduce brake fade when moving heavy loads.  A redesigned section in the rear makes installing most popular fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitches easier than ever, which allows South Carolina truck owners to take advantage of Sierra HD’s available 21,700-pound maximum trailer weight rating.

Customer Service Makes Jim Hudson GMC Best in South Carolina

Of course, none of this matters if the service received at the dealership is no good.  Ever since opening the doors in 1980, Jim Hudson’s first and primary goal has been a completely satisfied customer.  The commitment to customer service Jim Hudson GMC demonstrates has been noted in the Columbia area, as Jim Hudson has been voted Best New Car Dealership in Columbia an unmatched ten years and counting by readers of The State newspaper.  As the #1 GMC dealer in South Carolina, Jim Hudson is excited to be able to serve even more GMC customers in 2011 and encourages all truck and SUV shoppers in South Carolina to come see why people love GMC’s exceptional lineup.  Jim Hudson GMC is located at 7201 Garners Ferry Road in Columbia, and can be reached at (803) 783-0110.  For more information, visit their South Carolina GMC Dealer website.