New GM Lithium Partnership Helps Secure Future of EVS

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General Motors is well on the way to going all-electric with exciting new vehicles like the upcoming GMC HUMMER Pickup and HUMMER EV. To ensure that it stays the course, GM reached a new partnership with Controlled Thermal Resources that secures lithium for Ultium battery packs to come.

CTR announced the news in July, saying that it will supply GM with lithium sourced from its Hell’s Kitchen Lithium and Power development at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field in California. The first deliveries of the product should begin in 2024, right as the HUMMER EV2 SUV and Pickup are scheduled to arrive at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike.

“We are very pleased to establish this strategic relationship with GM moving forward,” said Controlled Thermal Resources CEO Rod Colwell. “GM has shown great initiative and a real forward-thinking strategy by securing and localizing a lithium supply chain while also considering the most effective methods to minimize environmental impacts.”

CTR is also committed to sustainability with a near-zero carbon footprint and minimal physical footprint. This ensures that the sourcing of lithium is ethical and doesn’t affect vital ecosystems.

The all-new GMC HUMMER EV Pickup and SUV are just part of what GM has in store in its push for full electrification. Stay tuned for more details on another electric GMC truck that should be coming to Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike very soon.

GM Delays Sierra Refresh, Produces Limited Models

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The 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 was set to release this fall with a nice refresh. However, GM is delaying the release of this revamped truck and will now only offer it as a Limited model for the 2022 model year. Take a look at what we know so far.

The 2022 Sierra Limited lineup will likely have the same features and trims as the 2021 Sierra 1500. GM will begin producing the 2022 Sierra Limited in September, which is originally when it was going to produce the refreshed Sierra.

You can still expect the Sierra to get a refresh, but it may not happen until late in the 2022 model year or even in the 2023 model year. The automaker hasn’t yet given a reason for the delay, but it’s likely due to the chip shortage and other issues manufacturers have had to face during the coronavirus pandemic.

The upcoming Sierra 1500 should gain a variety of exciting updates, which GM will announce in detail at a later date. As of now, the automaker has revealed that the truck will gain the innovative Super Cruise™ hands-free driving-assistance feature.

While we wait for the Sierra refresh, be sure to check out the other GMC trucks we have at Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee, and take one out for a test drive.

How the 2021 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 Are Different

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Both the 2021 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 deliver powerful, responsive rides, ample cargo and cabin space, and impressive towing capacities. But which one is better suited for your needs?

If you want to spend less money but still have a truck to handle your routine towing needs and support your outdoor activities, check out the 2021 GMC Canyon. If you can stretch your budget because you need more power, towing capability, and high-end features, then the 2021 GMC Sierra is a better match.

The full-size 2021 Sierra 1500 has a larger footprint than the 2021 Canyon. It is longer, wider, and taller and offers a choice of three cargo boxes, which outpace the size of the two cargo boxes available in the Canyon. The larger exterior dimensions of the Sierra 1500 also translate to more head- and legroom for your second-row passengers. But, the Canyon is easier to manage on narrow streets, in parking spaces, and over challenging terrains thanks to its smaller silhouette.

A bigger truck needs a bigger engine, and the 2021 Sierra delivers with several options, with horsepower ratings of 285, 310, 355, and 420. The Canyon offers you three engines that net horsepower ratings of 200, 181, and 308.

When properly equipped, the 2021 Sierra 1500 can tow a maximum weight of 11,800 pounds. The 2021 GMC Canyon tows a maximum 7,700 pounds when properly equipped.

Get a closer look at the 2021 GMC Canyon and 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 when you visit Sunrise Buick GMC Covington Pike in Memphis, Tennessee.

Awesome Updates Coming to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500

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GMC is great at making sure its family of trucks is freshly updated each year with new technology and capabilities. The automaker has added a number of awesome new features to the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, and the truck lovers at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike have compiled a few of our favorites below.

More Affordable: It’s unusual for a vehicle to get a price decrease as time goes on, but GMC has improved the price of its diesel Sierra 1500. The 3.0-liter turbodiesel Duramax variant of the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500 is now priced $1,500 less than last year.

Improved Hauling: In addition to having a more attractive price, the diesel edition of the Sierra 1500 is now able to tow up to 9,300 pounds of gear for your next weekend trip to the lake. The 2.7-liter Turbo powertrain also gains over a ton of hauling capacity.

New Trailer Camera Options: If you frequently travel with a camper or a boat, you’re going to love the five new camera views in the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500. Plus, a Jack-Knife Alert lets you know when your trailer is too close to the corners of your truck bed, while the Cargo Bed Hitch Guidance view makes it easier than ever to hook up your camper.

If you want to test out the 2021 GMC Sierra 1500’s new features for yourself, call Sunrise GMC at Covington Pike to schedule a consultation.

GMC Hummer EV Features a Clever Easter Egg

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The GMC Hummer EV has many attractive qualities, from CrabWalk mode to an 18-camera-view UltraVision system to an estimated 350-mile electric range. This supertruck has one subtle feature that’s easy to overlook, however. Per The News Wheel, the automaker has hidden an Easter egg in the cabin.

To find the Easter egg, locate the 14 speakers of the Bose® audio system that automatically comes on the Hummer EV Edition 1. You’ll notice an intricate pattern etched on the speakers’ grille that’s actually a topographical map of the Sea of Tranquility, one of the moon’s lunar mares. This geographical feature is also the site where Apollo 11 landed back in 1969 when Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. 

It’s not surprising that GMC chose a moon-themed Easter egg for the Hummer EV’s interior. The model comes with a Lunar Horizon standard color scheme that blends white, gray, and black elements throughout the cabin. And the model’s exterior has a futuristic, space-like vibe, from its vertical grille bars and low-turret roof profile to its Infinity Roof with modular Sky Panels that opens the cabin to the starry sky at night.

Contact us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike for more questions about the Hummer EV’s design. Or stop by to take one of the brand’s other rugged models for a test drive.

GMC Ranks Highly in the J.D. Power APEAL Study

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The J.D. Power APEAL (Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout) Study evaluates the level of joy a new vehicle brings to its new owner. For 2020, GMC ranked third among all the models studied, highlighting the drivability and likability of GMC models such as the Terrain, Sierra, and Acadia.

 

GMC had no problem passing popular automakers like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Toyota, and Nissan in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL Study. That means J.D. Power found that customers form a strong attachment to their new GMCs faster than they do for many other brands.

 

J.D. Power ranked the 2020 GMC Sierra highly in its segment, affirming the truck’s trusted strength, reliability, and innovative features. It’s hard not to love the GMC Sierra 3500HD, which offers up to 35,500 pounds of towing power to go along with a payload rating of 7,442 pounds.

 

GMC’s placement in the 2020 J.D. Power APEAL study proves that the company knows how to build vehicles that you will love to love. By making strong, dependable, and smart trucks and SUVs, GMC has created a lineup that brings joy and satisfaction.

 

To learn more about your next favorite car, check out our online inventory of GMC vehicles at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

Two GMC Trucks Named In Best Trucks For Towing List

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Every year, U.S. News and World Report releases a list of the best available trucks for towing. This year, two GMC vehicles earned spots: the 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500.

The small GMC Canyon and the full-size GMC Sierra both offer impressive towing capacity for their segments. In fact, the Canyon tied with the Chevrolet Colorado for the highest towing capacity in its class, with a rating of 7,700 pounds when equipped with the available turbodiesel engine.

The 2020 Sierra 1500, meanwhile, can pull an impressive 12,100 pounds max with its 6.2-liter V8 option. Plus, you can get amazing luxury or off-roading prowess with the Canyon Denali or all Terrain trims, and max towing still comes out to 7,600 lbs.

GMC has also loaded these trucks with smart towing technologies and equipment. The Canyon offers a Tow/Haul mode that you can switch off for lighter, sportier performance when you’re not pulling cargo.

Then there’s the Max Trailering package on the Sierra, which adds an automatic locking rear differential and heavy-duty rear springs, giving the Sierra better control and a more comfortable ride when towing a heavy load.

To learn more about two of U.S. News’ best trucks for towing, check out the 2020 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500 on Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike’s website.

GMC Named One of the Longest-Lasting Automotive Brands by iSeeCars

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When it comes to vehicles, the longer they run, the better. After all, cars are a huge investment. Recently, the website iSeeCars collected data from more than 15.8 million vehicles to determine which automotive brands lasted the longest out on the road. Their data found that GMC was right at the top, ranking third overall.

Once all of the data was sorted out, iSeeCars found that approximately 1.4 percent of GMC vehicles passed the 200,000-mile mark over the course of their lifetimes. For comparison, the average percentage of cars that hit this same milestone was 1.0 percent overall.

Still, even among the many vehicles that the GMC brand has to offer, one model stood out in terms of longevity: the GMC Yukon XL. While several GMCs made it past the 200,000-mile mark, the GMC Yukon XL was one of the only vehicles to pass 300,000 miles.

Of course, the Yukon XL isn’t simply renowned for its longevity out on the road. It’s also famous throughout the automotive world for the interior space that it provides drivers and their passengers, surpassing even the considerable amount of space that the standard Yukon can supply.

So, if you want a vehicle that will last you for years to come, explore your GMC options here at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike.

GMC Tested CarbonPro™ Truck Beds Against Hurricane-Force Winds

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Automakers keep finding new and innovative ways to use carbon fiber. Tough, lightweight, and resistant to corrosion, it seems like the perfect material for a more durable ride. For GMC, designing CarbonPro™ truck beds was a no-brainer. To prove its mettle against extreme conditions, the brand recently put the Sierra 1500 Denali CarbonPro™ Edition and the Sierra 1500 AT4 CarbonPro™ Edition up against some rigorous testing – projectiles thrown by hurricane-force winds.

 

Using the strength of a Category 1 hurricane, GMC first threw objects at a competitors’ truck. The objects were things like planks of wood, rocks, and bricks. This truck bed failed the test when one of the objects speared completely through the structure.

 

Then came time to test the GMC Sierra 1500’s CarbonPro™ truck bed. The same objects were thrown at it, and none of them left a dent. The engineering team then had some fun by throwing other things at the bed, including a watermelon, garden gnomes, and even a couch. Again, the CarbonPro™ came out unscathed.

 

The carbon-fiber composite used for GMC CarbonPro™ truck beds was created with “greater rebound efficiency” than beds made with other materials. This means objects are much more likely to bounce off than to cause damage.

 

While we can’t assail our inventory of CarbonPro™-equipped GMC Sierra 1500s with hurricane-force projectiles, all of us at Sunrise Buick GMC at Covington Pike would be happy to demonstrate its numerous other benefits.