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Tri-County news • Fall Auto Guide • Thursday, October 27, 2016

Upgrades make LaCrosse a luxury sedan By Faye Burg If you are looking for safety, security, and reliability along with enhanced luxury features, take a test drive in a 2017 Buick LaCrosse at Vande Hey Brantmeier in Chilton. Sales Manager Dennis Kendall is thrilled with the updates Buick has done to the LaCrosse. “It positions Buick as an upper end luxury brand,” he said. “It is available in all wheel drive without spending a lot of money.” The LaCrosse is elegant and quiet, yet athletic and is the new face of Buick. Modern design along with premium features result in a beautiful, premium sedan. Designed with incredible attention to detail from the new grille, discharge venon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps to the sculptured lines of the sleek new profile, the LaCrosse is a stunning example of impeccable design. With responsive and agile handling, the performance sedan is a pleasure to drive. The available Sport mode enhances the suspension and steering and offers a quicker shift response. Also available in intelligent all wheel drive, the LaCrosse offers an active twin clutch enhanced driving experience. The integrated stop/start system allows the engine to shut down to held reduce fuel consumption in certain driving conditions and then restart automatically. Drivers and passengers of the LaCrosse enjoy a well-connected interior that is both relaxing and luxurious. An elevated center console and added storage space combine with eight way power seats with heat and massage enhance ad-

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse ditional improvements such as the heated steering wheel, climate control, power sunshade and moon roof and premium Bose audio system with Navigation. Buick Intellilink is designed with fewer buttons and controls for ease of use along with a new eight-inch color touch screen and ergonomically optimized instrument panel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility add additional options for technology functionality. A more powerful connection while traveling is provided by the available

Wi-Fi hot spot. Enhanced safety features include a suite of technology with forward collision, side blind zone, rear cross traffic, and lane change alerts as well as the all new front pedestrian detection among other advanced safety systems surround the driver and passengers. Kendall said the opportunity to get this type of vehicle that is also American made is breaking the mold of what used to be known more as a grandparents vehicle.

“Updated features attract the younger buyer and bring the Buick LaCrosse back into this century,” he said, adding an immense amount of technology has been added to the vehicle. To experience the new Buick LaCrosse, visit Vande Hey Brantmeier at 614 North Madison St., in Chilton. Kendall and other sales associates can be reached by calling 849-9331. More information can be found on their Web site by visiting www.drivevhb.com.

Not all gasoline created equally, AAA reports

Many motorists choose a gas station based on the location or price, but a recent AAA study reveals there is a difference in fuel quality depending on where you purchase your gas. One-third of retailers nationwide sell gasolines that meet Top Tier™ standards among all octane grades. Gasolines that earn the Top Tier™ designation are marketed as containing enhanced, engine-cleaning detergent additives that promote optimal vehicle performance by minimizing engine deposits. AAA’s independent laboratory testing compared gasolines that meet Top Tier™ standards with gasoline brands that do not participate in the automaker-backed program. Among brands tested, non-Top Tier™ gasolines caused 19 times more engine deposits than Top Tier™ brands after just 4,000 miles of simulated driving. Such carbon deposits are known to

reduce fuel economy, increase emissions and negatively impact vehicle performance, particularly on newer vehicles. “AAA was surprised to learn the extent to which detergent additives impact gasoline quality,” said Kevin Bakewell, senior vice president, chief public affairs officer, AAA—The Auto Club Group. “This study does not suggest that using non-Top Tier™ fuel will damage your vehicle. However, results clearly show that engines running on Top Tier™ gasoline will operate at their optimal level.” In response to increasing levels of carbon deposits in modern engine designs, the Environmental Protection Agency mandated a minimum level of detergent for all gasoline sold in the U.S. in 1996; however, some automakers believe the minimum does not go far enough to ensure optimal vehicle performance and their ability to meet increasingly-

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Nearly half (47 percent) of U.S. drivers do not regularly buy gasoline that contains an enhanced detergent additive. Men (44 percent) are more likely than women (26 percent) to regularly buy a gasoline that contains an enhanced detergent package, as are baby boomers (41 percent) compared to millennials (32 percent). “Top Tier™ gasoline is widely available and averages three cents more per gallon than what you might find at a retailer that does not sell this gasoline standard,” Bakewell said. “Fortunately, consumers can reverse some engine deposits simply by switching gasoline brands. After a few thousand miles with Top Tier™ gasoline, performance issues like rough idling or hesitation during acceleration can often be resolved.”

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