All-New 2021 GMC Yukon Sees Big Upgrade to Max Towing Capacity

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The all-new GMC Yukon is shaping up to be one of the most exciting SUVs of the year, with its massive increase in cargo space, innovative features like Hurricane Turn, and improved fuel economy. Now, we also know that it’s going to get an upgrade to max towing capacity — a big one.

Major Improvements

According to a report by The Car Connection’s Richard Duffer, max towing capacity is up by more than 20 percent in both the Yukon and the Yukon XL. The 5.3-liter V8 gasoline engine is expected to have a rear-wheel-drive rating of 7,900 pounds in the standard model, and 7,800 pounds in the XL. That marks an increase of 1,400 pounds for the former, and 1,500 pounds for the latter.

Incredibly, those figures were calculated without the Yukon’s upgraded trailering package. If you want to maximize your power, you can pull up to 8,400 pounds in both models with the 5.3-liter V8.

More Efficient Power

If you like your strength with a side of efficiency, the Yukon has you covered. According to Duffer, the 5.3-liter V8 also gives the SUV a boost of 1 mpg over the 2020 edition.

Stay tuned to the West Point Buick GMC blog for more information on the launch of the hotly-anticipated 2021 GMC Yukon. Or, if you can’t wait for a great new SUV, contact us for details on the 2020 models on our lot.

GM Makes COVID-19 Face Masks for Frontline Workers

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In late March, GM announced that it would start producing face masks for frontline workers helping curb the spread of COVID-19. According to Peter Thom, GM vice president of Global Manufacturing Engineering, it was simply the manufacturer’s way to help address the nationwide shortage of face masks. “Working around the clock, our team rallied with incredible passion and focus to come up with a plan to produce masks that will help protect the women and men on the front lines of this crisis.”

Production in Warren

Face mask production launched on March 20 at the Warren, Michigan facility. Seven days later, the first mask rolled off the assembly line. The GM team then accelerated production with a goal of delivering 20,000 masks on April 8.

Per the company’s website, it’s estimated that the Warren facility has the capacity to produce up to 50,000 masks a day. This translates to approximately 1.5 million masks made per month.

Safety is the Goal

GM’s ultimate goal is to provide as many masks to frontline workers as possible, as CNBC’s Michael Wayland confirms. “By making available GM’s production processes to our global supply base, we hope to facilitate other companies’ efforts to bring more materials, more equipment and ultimately more facemasks to the community,” said Shilpan Amin, GM vice president of Global Purchasing and Supply Chain.

For more news on how GM is doing its part in the fight against coronavirus, contact us at West Point Buick GMC. You can also inquire about what our dealership is doing to help serve you while keeping everyone safer during the quarantine.

Scenic Drives Near Houston

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Looking for a quick weekend getaway? Here’s a look at some of the most stunning scenic drives near Houston that are within 60 miles of the Space City.

Interstate 45 North to Huntsville State Park

Spring is the perfect time to explore the landscape surrounding Interstate 45. This time of year, the fields are teeming with bluebonnets and other colorful wildflowers. Plus, as you tour the rolling hills, you’ll spot Texas trademarks like a 67-foot-tall statue of Sam Houston.

Highway 288 to Brazos Bend State Park

Wildlife lovers won’t want to miss this scenic route. From deer to armadillos, you can see all of the Lone Star State’s magnificent wildlife along this freeway. This route also provides easy access to six beautiful lakes that are perfect for a fishing trip, as well as an educational nature center and the George Observatory, where you can peer into the night sky.

Highway 290 West to the Blue Bell Creamery

If you have a sweet tooth, then this is the road trip for you. This route takes you past countless family farms, rustic ranches, and fields full of wildflowers. After an idyllic tour of the Texas countryside, you’ll end up at Blue Bell Creamery, where you can enjoy a scoop of signature ice cream and even take a 45-minute tour of the facility where the sweet treats are made.

Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is ready for an adventure. Have it checked out by our team at West Point Buick GMC.

GMC Announces 1000-Horsepower Hummer EV

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Recently, GMC cause a big stir with the announcement of the all-new Hummer EV. Already legendary for its off-road capability, the all-new Hummer EV combines exceptional capability with zero emissions to offer a driving experience like no other.

A Royal Debut

Introduced in an ad starring LeBron James, the all-new Hummer EV is slated to be GMC’s first all-electric truck. And this isn’t any ordinary truck. The Hummer EV will boast zero emissions and some seriously impressive performance specs, such as 1000 horsepower, 11,500 lb-ft of torque, and a 0-60 mph acceleration time of just 3 seconds.

As LeBron James — a known Hummer enthusiast since he started driving — has said, “The truck may be quiet, but the performance numbers speak for themselves.”

The ad campaign featuring James is titled “Quiet Revolution” and highlights the all-new Hummer’s unique combination of quiet operation and zero emissions and jaw-dropping on- and off-road capability.

More Details to Come

Many additional specifics are still under wraps, though a Hummer with 1000 horsepower is plenty to be excited about for now. Luckily we won’t have to wait long to learn more, as GMC plans to reveal the all-new Hummer EV on May 20, 2020.

Make sure to stay tuned to the West Point Buick GMC blog for more news about the Hummer EV and other GMC and Buick models!

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Car Lovers Under $100

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time of year to show someone you really care, but it can sometimes be difficult to find something for car lovers. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for car lovers, all of which are under $100. From car wax to high-tech gadgets, romance doesn’t have to revolve around chocolates and flowers.

  • Car wash kit or headlight restoration kit. Any type of kit will work, really. Some companies will sell you pre-built packages, but you can also make your own by getting car washing soap, carnauba wax, a sponge, chamois cloth, and tire cleaner. Headlight restoration kits are a little trickier to put together on your own, but 3M sells an affordable set.
  • Another smart gift is a diagnostic scan tool so your partner can troubleshoot car problems on their own. A good scan tool or code reader costs about $100, but it’ll be well worth it in the long run.
  • Does your love interest have a classic car that’s always outside? Consider a car cover. This is a simple gift, but — realistically — your love just can’t protect the paint like an Aerotech car cover can.
  • Even if neither of you is a mechanic, you can still find a great car-oriented gift, such as a jump starter. Most people have jumper cables, but not everyone knows how to use them. A jump starter doesn’t have immediate payoff, but your partner will love you the next time their battery dies.

 The ultimate gift, of course, is an actual car. If you’re looking for the perfect car to give to your Valentine, head over to West Point Buick GMC, where you’ll be able to find the best ride for your significant other.

GM Adds In-Vehicle Alexa App

This year, General Motors has plans to add everyone’s favorite electronic assistant, Alexa, to the GM lineup. The in-vehicle Alexa app will be available during the first half of this year on 2018 and newer vehicle with compatible technology.

Being able to use the same voice services in your home and in your car can makes things a little bit easier. With Alexa in your car, you will have access to tens of thousands of Alexa Skills. You would be able to access your smart home devices and do some Amazon shopping.

In addition to those standard Alexa features, GM will add a few unique in-car capabilities. For example, you will be able to use Alexa to interact with your navigation system to get directions. You could also ask Alexa to play music from streaming services or call people from your phone contact list.

“Customers already love using Alexa at home, and soon they can bring her with them on the go, whether they’re looking for a new car or own a compatible [GM] vehicle already on the road,” added Ned Curic, VP of Alexa Auto at Amazon. “We’re thrilled to be working with GM to help their customers stay more connected, more entertained, and more productive.”

Visit West Point Buick GMC to learn more about how the Alexa assistant can enhance your daily commute!

Top Houston Holiday Events and Celebration

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West Point Buick GMC is proud to call Houston, Texas home, especially during the festive holiday season. Read more below about some of the most notable Houston holiday events and celebrations.

Santa Hustle: If you need to work off some extra calories after enjoying too many gingerbread men, the Santa Hustle Half Marathon in Galveston is here to help. On December 15, don your festive apparel, listen to holly jolly music, and enjoy the race. There’s even a one-mile Rudolph Run for the kids.

Gingerbread Build-Off: If you always envisioned yourself as an architect, but couldn’t get behind using boring materials like brick and concrete, you should participate in the Gingerbread Build-Off at Hermann Square on December 7. Bring the whole family to craft an edible abode and compete against other teams for awards.

ICE LAND: Get a taste of the cold right here in Houston at Moody Gardens’ ICE LAND until January 12. Enjoy taking a trip around the world — minus the expensive plane fare — as you peruse two million pounds of expertly-carved ice sculptures that depict scenery from Egypt, China, France, and a whole host of other countries. Rumor has it that Santa himself makes an appearance.

West Point Buick GMC wishes you and your family a happy holiday season.

How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston

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In just a few short weeks, we will be sharing some of our favorite foods with some of our favorite people as we celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston and throughout the rest of the country. Along with the delicious food, Thanksgiving also brings some fun activities here in the Houston area you should know about.

H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade

Start Turkey Day off right by watching the 70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade. It starts at 9 a.m. in downtown Houston, but you can also watch it on TV while you prepare your turkey. Thanksgiving falls on November 28th this year.

100th Holiday Spectacular

On Saturday, November 30th, head to downtown Houston and celebrate the start of the Christmas season with Mayor Turner. This free family event includes the annual lighting of the 65-foot Christmas tree. There will also be live musical performance.

The ICE

While Houston doesn’t get very much winter weather, you can still experience the fun of ice skating outdoors at Discovery Green in downtown Houston. This large outdoor skating arena is open November 15 through February 2. It is even open on Thanksgiving Day if you want to burn off some of your pie calories.

Zoo Lights

Come see the Houston Zoo transformed into a beautiful display of lights. More than 15 miles of lights will illuminate the zoo’s pathways and trees. The lights will be on display November 17 through January 13.

What are some of the other ways you celebrate Thanksgiving in Houston? Let us know at West Point Buick GMC! We’d be happy to hear your Thanksgiving plans and, if you are traveling out of state to visit family, to set you up with a reliable vehicle for your trip.

Best Haunted Attractions in Houston to Check Out This Halloween

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In the mood for a good scare this Halloween season? There are several haunted attractions in Houston that deliver just what the mad doctor ordered.

Houston Scream Fest

The Houston Scream Fest offers a full package of Halloween fun for just $40. The cost of admission earns you unlimited entrance to haunted houses like Sanitarium, Castle of Doom, and Casa de La Llorona as well as zombie paintball, live entertainment, and free drinks. If you want to double your pleasure, visit from Oct. 4-6 for Free Proof of Purchase Night, where you’ll get in for free if you show that you’ve visited another haunt. 

Haunted Trails

You get two for the price of one at The Haunted Trails in Houston, home to the eponymous haunt as well as Psycho Hollow. Open every Friday-Saturday in October as well as Oct. 24, 30, 31 and Nov. 1-2, the Haunted Trails is better than ever for 2019 with new scenes, new characters, and more screams per square foot.

Phobia Haunted House

If you want to get the absolute most out of your haunt experience, check out Phobia Haunted House on S Sam Houston Parkway E. Phobia houses eight terrifying haunted attractions, including Clown Mania, the Dark Institute, and Dawn of the Machines. Phobia is also the home of Exile, a triple attraction that includes Darke World, Savage Ground, and Contagion. Ticket prices vary depending on how many haunts you want to hit in one go.

If you love Halloween as much as we do, then you need to check out these haunted attractions in Houston. For deals on new luxury vehicles so good it’s scary, visit West Point Buick GMC.

What’s New with the 2020 GMC Lineup?

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GMC doesn’t earn its reputation as a purveyor of fine luxury vehicles by standing still. Each year, it strives to put forth vehicles that are better, more precise, and more in tune with the wants and needs of drivers. The 2020 GMC lineup sees key improvements across the board, making it arguably the best offering GMC has ever put to the road.

Here’s some of what you can expect to see new with the 2020 GMC lineup:

2020 GMC Terrain

  • Standard GMC Pro Safety suite
  • Optional Driver Alert Package
  • Denali Premium Package
  • New internal valves and spring isolators for Terrain Denali
  • Terrain Black Edition renamed Terrain Elevation Edition

2020 GMC Acadia

  • Completely redesigned for 2020
  • Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist standard
  • First-ever Acadia AT4 trim
  • 2.0-liter Turbo engine standard for SLT
  • Nine-speed automatic standard for 2.0-liter, 2.5-liter, and 3.6-liter engines

2020 GMC Sierra 1500

  • 3.0-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel available
  • CarbonPro™ Edition available on AT4 and Denali
  • 10-speed automatic transmission available for 5.3-liter V8
  • Elevation trim offered in Crew Cab
  • Segment-first transparent trailer view offered with available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system
  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera

2020 GMC Sierra HD

  • New Allison® 10-speed automatic transmission for 6.6-liter Duramax® turbo-diesel
  • MultiPro™ tailgate available for all trims
  • Sierra AT4 Heavy Duty available for Crew Cab (2500 and 3500 SRW configurations)
  • Available smart trailer integration
  • Available segment-first 15-inch-diagonal head up display
  • Available segment-first Rear Camera Mirror
  • Segment-first transparent trailer view offered with available Enhanced ProGrade Trailering system

2020 GMC Canyon

  • Available Carbon Black Metallic exterior
  • Standard Tire Fill Alert
  • Available remote locking tailgate
  • Driver Alert package, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning available for Canyon All Terrain

The 2020 GMC lineup — from the Terrain to the Sierra HD — offers something for every kind of driver. To experience for yourself what GMC has to offer you, stop in and visit us at West Point Buick GMC.