Comfort, power herald new Mercedes GLC
WITH the arrival of the new 2016 Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class crossover in Winnipeg in late December, the era of the driverless car comes closer.
As Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg sales rep Justin Livingstone points out, the GLC’s Intelligent Drive package includes cross-traffic monitoring, automatic braking, pedestrian recognition and steering assist.
“With steering assist,” Livingstone said, “you put the car on cruise control, steering assist can read lane markings and steer itself around corners.” The system is not designed to take over for the driver, Mercedes-Benz literature said.
The GLC-Class, Livingstone notes, is the successor to the GLK — with a new exterior and interior. The new model is much larger inside, he says, and the driving experience with all the new technology is incredible.
One more example of that new technology Livingstone refers to is the available air body control system that has the ability to raise up the body of the vehicle when driving on unplowed, snowy roads.
The new model is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-charged engine that produces 241 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque. There is also a new nine-speed transmission.
The GLC-Class is also almost 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor.
“The new GLC is selling quite well,” Livingstone said. (The model retails starting at a base price of $44,950, plus freight and PDI.) “People really like the new design. It is more efficient than the previous model and the vehicle is more comfortable to drive.”
Livingstone said diesel and AMG Sport versions of the new GLC-Class are due out later this year.
Gauthier stores tops in GM sales
Congratulations are due to the staff at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet and Jim Gauthier Cadillac Buick GMC. Between the two stores, they sold more General Motors products to Winnipeggers than any other GM dealer in the city.
“We sold over 1,550 new vehicles in 2015,” says Jim Gauthier Chevrolet general manager Jarrett Beyko.
“Our sales numbers at both stores were up year to date despite a general downturn in the market.”
Beyko notes trucks continue to be a big part of GM sales here. “With the decline in the price of gas,” he says, “more people are buying trucks as their primary vehicle.
“We are also advertising that the north side of Winnipeg is the place to come for the best used car deals.”
Birchwood’s year-end sale reaches new heights
The Birchwood Auto Group’s eighth-annual year-end sale once again exceeded its target and set a new sales record. The goal for the most recent year-end sales event was 1,500 new and used vehicles. The final tally was 1,951 new and used vehicles sold. The sale ran from late November until the end of December.
In the promotions, Birchwood Auto Group president Steve Chipman promised his sales teams at Birchwood’s 10 new-car stores and three Birchwood Credit Solutions locations would do whatever it took to earn customers’ business and the sales team came through in spades.