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What Does The 2012 Buick Verano Mean For GM? [Review]

By Peter Dushenski @carenvy

What does this compact car mean for Buick, a company renowned for staid near-luxury and burdened by associations to bailouts? It means that Buick has succeeded.

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From Einsteinian Relativity To GM Luxury [Comparison Test]

By Peter Dushenski

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT’S relativity.

Einstein’s famous quote is perhaps more familiar than his scientific theories. It’s certainly more digestible. His contributions to physics, and by extension philosophy, are so out there that they’re tough to swallow even today, a century on. Time dilation has to be the mother of them all. It states that time and therefore reality are relative to the observer.

It also turns out that whether reality is being experienced at speeds approaching that of light or just in terms of the very earthly notion of luxury, the theory holds true. It’s all relative. If you’re reading this on your MacBook Air at the hippest new Third Wave coffee shop, then your idea of luxury is very different from the 585 million Sub-Saharan Africans without electricity. See? Relevant and gratitude-inducing.

So if we agree that luxuries are relative, it seems natural to wonder how three of GM’s most notable luxury brands compare, relatively speaking. Not only to each other, but to their notable competition. So let’s take a look at two of the newest, most prominent, and successful offerings from The General: the 2012 Buick Regal eAssist and the 2012 Cadillac SRX Premium Collection AWD, to see how they match up with an odd Swedo-luxury wagon of yesteryear: the 2008 Saab 9-5 2.3t Wagon.

This is far from a “fair” comparison – as if the world were ever fair – the spread in price, utility, and features is significant if not silly, but it’ll still be interesting to see how a car made in Sweden, a car made in Canada (but previously in Germany), and a car made in Michigan compare in terms of luxury, particularly since they all come from the same parent company.

Disclaimer: This is a very CarEnvy-esque test.

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2011 GMC Sierra Denali 2500 HD – Road Trip To Winnipeg Avoids Poker Tables

It started off tongue-in-cheek.

It was a joke between Dave and I. “We should go on a trip”, he demurely proposed at one of the High Holidays this past fall. It sounded like a reasonable enough idea; Dave and I, once bosom pals, hadn’t seen much of each other since he moved to Saskatoon for a job 9 months earlier.

His pitch: Fly to Vegas. “Uhhh, I’m not convinced…” I replied. I figured that Vegas was the last place in the world that two former poker addicts, who supported each others’ habits for a destructive number of years, should travel. It would be like giving Charlie Sheen a pound of fluffy Colombian snow and telling him to use it responsibly.

Plan B: I would drive 600 km from Edmonton to Saskatoon, sleep on Dave’s couch, we’d drive 800 km to Winnipeg the next day, sleep on his friend Jess’ couch for 3 nights, then back to Saskatoon for a visit with Dave’s couch, before heading back to Edmonton the following morning. This pie-in-the-sky idea was supposedly a way for us to relive our glory days, minus the poker.

And then it actually happened.

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Cadillac: Regal and XTS On The Way

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It’s been a while since we’ve done any Cadillac-related news on CarEnvy.ca – probably not since news of GM’s bankruptcy broke. So here’s some good news, for once, from the be-wreathed brand.

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PSA: Bankrupt General Motors Still Makes Good Cars

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I figure that it’s about time for a little Public Service Annoucement, CarEnvy.ca-style. Your usual PSA tell you things like “don’t fly to Mexico” or “wash your hands”, but those have nothing to do with cars. This does.

So now that GM is finally, officially set to file for Chapter 11 bankrputcy protection in the US today, you’re probably wondering if your local dealership will still be open and if your warranty will be any good. Well I’m here to tell you that your warranty is still good and your dealership will still be open. Well, there’s only a 58% chance that your nearest Canadian GM dealer will still be open by the end of 2010, but today, it’s more like 95%.

Anyway, all those “facts” were about as interesting as Stephen Harper’s haircut, so let’s get back to the cars.

There are great deals to be had on GM products right now, so find your wallet and crack it open. After the jump is a list of the 5 best cars that GM makes today:

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GM: Pontiac Is Gone, Canadian Dealers And Workers Are Next

 

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Fritzilla says: “RAWWWWR!”

The Globe and Mail is reporting that 42% of Canadian GM dealerships will be closed by the end of the year. What they don’t mention is what percentage of those will be rural dealers and what percentage will be metro dealers. From what I understand, it looks like most of the rural dealers are done for and there may also be some lesser trimming of metro ones.

Oh, but there’s more. Fritzilla never sleeps.

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How Hard Can It Be? 1930 GMC Flatbed Truck

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Max Grabowski created the market for commercial trucks in 1901 when he established the Rapid Motor Vehicle Company. Eight years on, the company was absorbed by General Motors and renamed the  General Motors Truck Company, which later became GMC Truck. When they became rebadged Chevrolets is anyone’s guess.

This 1930 GMC flatbed truck was hewn from raw dung specially coachbuilt for hauling torpedoes during World War 2. There is a prescient intelligence there that is baffling, as World War 2 didn’t start until September, 1939. Indeed, if GM today had that level of foresight we wouldn’t need multi-billion dollar bailouts. We would either all be driving hybrids and diesels or Firebirds and Fieros.

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Canadian Government Follows US Lead, Rejects GM/Chrysler Viability Plan

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Follow the Leader, according to Wikipedia, is a children’s game that has everyone line up behind the Leader and mimic his or her actions. This is basically like Simon Says except without the talking. People who fail to follow the Leader’s actions are “out” until there is only one person left; that person then becomes the Leader for the next round.

This may seem like just another kid’s game, but unlike Duck-Duck-Goose, it teaches kids an important lesson in assimilation and acceptance. Although they most certainly don’t realize it at the time, children who play Follow the Leader learn to mimic one another – a useful skill in adult social situations but a dangerous one for nurturing independent thought.

Why am I going off on a tangent about games that kids play? Because our Prime Minister Stephen Harper evidently excelled at these games as a boy and we are now observing the consequences. In this auto industry bailout “game”, US President Barack Obama is the Leader and Stephen Harper is one of the Followers. I have no doubt that Mr. Harper will outlast the other followers of Mr. Obama; Harper wants is that badly. But so what? What are the consequences of having a Prime Minister whose CV consists of children’s games?

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