Chevrolet: Cruze Owners Warm Up Thanks to RemoteLink App

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Photo Credit: General Motors

With subzero temperatures and almost constant snow accumulation, this winter has been rough on everyone – and our cars. The Polar Vortex made January a particularly tough month for car owners nationwide. According to a recent press release from General Motors, though, Chevy Cruze drivers with OnStar’s RemoteLink app were able to beat the cold by checking their vehicle’s diagnostics, and even warming up the car’s interior, remotely from their smartphone. The press release also states that in January the innovative smartphone application was utilized by Chevy Cruze drivers more than owners of any other GM vehicle.

In a constantly evolving digital landscape, the editors of Up To Speed find it refreshing to see applications that have nothing to do with cats, pictures of food, or bird-themed videogames. We find it especially refreshing to see more auto manufacturers integrating apps with their products that can help maintain integrity, functionality, and safety. Our cars may not fly yet, but they’re definitely becoming smarter. Continue reading

Buick: 2014 Regal Offers All-Weather All-Wheel Drive

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Photo Credit: Buick

A recent press release from General Motors brings news that Buick drivers all over the ice-encrusted US are going to find it easier to gain traction. According to the release, the newly redesigned Buick Regal will now be equipped with all-wheel-drive capability. This is an especially welcome announcement, considering we’ve been experiencing one of the most intense winters in recent memory.

GM is quick to announce, however, that the all-wheel-drive capabilities of the Regal aren’t intended only for snowy driving conditions. This advanced system allows for ultimate drivability in wet and dry environments alike. What the editors of Up To Speed want to know, though, is whether or not you would like to see this functionality in more cars like the Regal. With increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, people in traditionally dry or more temperate climes like the South might want to reconsider purchasing all-wheel-drive vehicles that are usually associated with drivers in the North. What do you think? Continue reading

Cadillac: ELRs Now Making Their Way to Dealerships

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Photo Credit: Cadillac

According to a recent press release from General Motors, the auto manufacturer’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant has begun shipping the 2014 Cadillac ELR electric luxury vehicle to dealerships throughout the country. This marks a momentous occasion for the plant, which hasn’t produced a Cadillac vehicle since building the DTS from 2006 to 2011.

Since its inception as the ‘Cadillac Converj’ in 2009 at the North American International Auto Show, the ELR has been a highly anticipated release. With classic Cadillac styling and an impressive battery-powered driving range, the 2014 ELR could help evolve the current face of electric vehicles. The editors of Up To Speed are not only pleased for electric cars becoming more stylish and accessible, but to see more and more manufacturing jobs resurfacing here in the United States. What do you think? Continue reading

General Motors: Chevrolet Cruze Launched GM’s Global Sales Success

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Photo Credit: Chevrolet

The small car trend is in full-swing, and the Chevy Cruze is amongst the top competitors in this growing segment. It appears to be the best of both worlds, combining the amenities of a larger vehicle with the efficiency of a compact car. There is even a Cruze Clean Turbo Diesel model on the market that travels over 700 miles on one tank of diesel fuel. While this model is a bit more expensive, you won’t have to be stopping at the fuel station nearly as often as with gasoline models, which will end up saving you money and time in the long run. With six models on the market, you can find the Chevy Cruze that best suits your needs. Continue reading