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The 2015 Buick Encore, along with the LaCrosse, Regal, and Verano, will come standard with 4G LTE Connectivity. This high-speed connectivity will allow drivers to download, update, and use apps more quickly. It will also create a Wi-Fi hotspot in the vehicle that will allow several wireless devices to be connected to the high-speed data network.
Before I get into my skepticism over this new technology, let me list for you the initial apps that will be available on the app store. They are: iHeartRadio, Priceline.com, the Weather Channel, NPR, Slacker Radio, Cityseeker, Eventseeker, Glympse, and Kaliki. I won't get into what each one does, nor do I claim to know what each one does.
Here's the thing that gets me though. In order to use this Wi-Fi/4G LTE technology you are going to have to purchase a data plan for an additional charge. So you buy a data plan for your phone, and then you buy a data plan for your car so that you can use your phone to surf the internet while in your car? That just doesn't seem to be a line of reasoning that makes sense to me.
Furthermore, if you don't have a data plan for your phone, why would you get one for your car instead? Would you not want your phone to be internet capable before your car?
I'm just not convinced that people have a real demand for this. It doesn't make much sense for me. You can get most of the apps for your car on your phone which you can then plug into your car anyways.
Buick claims that this is a step forward, but I think its just a step, not sure where it's going.
General Motors announced another broad recall Monday, saying about 1.2 million of its popular crossover SUV models will need to have the wiring for its seat-mounted side airbag fixed.
The models involved are the 2008-13 Buick Enclave and the GMC Acadia, along with the 2009-13 Chevrolet Traverse and the 2008-2010 Saturn Outlook. Those vehicles have a warning light that reads "Service Air Bag." If a customer ignores the light it can eventually result in the non-deployment of the air bag and other safety features in case of a side impact collision.
Spokesman Greg Martin said the company is not aware of any injuries caused by the problem.
Separately, 64,000 Cadillac XTS full-size sedans from 2013 and 2014 are being recalled to fix a problem with overheating brakes that has been responsible for two fires.
And it is also recalling 303,000 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans to rework the material on the instrument panel to improve the safety of unbelted passengers who hit it during an accident. The full-sized vans are typically commercial vehicles not sold for passenger use.
General Motors (GM, Fortune 500) has been getting a lot of attention and criticism for its recall of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide to deal with a problems with its ignition switch. GM engineers knew at least as early as 2004 of the problem, but the company did not recall the vehicles until February of this year. At least 12 deaths have been linked to the problem with the ignition switch.
"I asked our team to redouble our efforts on our pending product reviews, bring them forward and resolve them quickly," said GM CEO Mary Barra, in the statement disclosing Monday's recall. "That is what today's GM is all about."
Edmunds recently had a chat with Cadillac's Senior Vice President, Robert Ferguson. After he talked about his goal of having a diesel engine "for all of our Cadillacs this decade," he went on to talk about how the Encore could be used as the basis for a Cadillac hatchback.
It would "be silly not to" offer a slightly lifted hatchback like the Mercedes GLA, he stated. All signs point towards this new hatchback being based on the Buick Encore.
There are some who think that the addition of an entry-level hatchback may dillute the Cadillac brand, but I don't think it would. Cadillac has long been battling out of a hole it dug for itself -- being seen as a brand for people who have seen more than 6 decades on earth. It has been a hard fought battle but Cadillac is finally shedding the image of only making beige cars with oatmeal interiors. Its competitors are coming out with more affordable models in the hopes of capturing the elusive millennial generation, like the GLA and Audi Q3. Cadillac would only be following suit with an Encore based rival.
Would you consider buying a Cadillac branded Encore at a higher price point? What more would you expect from the Cadillac to justify its higher price?
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