Com­fort, power her­ald new Mercedes GLC

Winnipeg Free Press - Section E - - AUTOS -

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.

BRIAN HARPER / POST­MEDIA NET­WORK INC. 2016

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