Are Driverless Cars Safer Than Human-Controlled Cars?

If you ask Bob Lutz, former General Motors vice chairman, then the answer is absolutely, driverless cars are much safer than human-driven cars. According to Lutz, if automakers and insurance companies are smart, they’ll roll out autonomous cars sooner rather than later.

“The autonomous car doesn’t drink, doesn’t do drugs, doesn’t text while driving, doesn’t get road rage,” Lutz said in an interview with CNBC’s “Street Signs”. “Young, autonomous cars don’t want to race other autonomous cars, and they don’t go to sleep.”

Lutz anticipates that there could, and likely will, be occasional accidents but noted that the crash rate will probably be about ten percent of today’s accident rate. We’d be willing to be accidents would also be less severe.

Recently, GM announced one of its 2017 Cadillacs will feature “Super Cruise,” a semi-autonomous system for use on highways. The system uses radars and cameras to keep the car in the center of its lane, and a safe distance behind the cars in front of it. It will also be capable of managing stop-and-go traffic and be able to bring the car to a complete stop when necessary.

While other automakers offer similar systems, GM’s will be the first that is able to operate at highway speeds. Lutz comments that we aren’t far from having all the technology needed to have fully-autonomous cars. “In Cadillacs and a lot of other high-end cars, we’ve got three-quarters of the system operating today. The last thing we need are the automatic steering inputs.”

Would you consider buying a car that drives itself? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

Can’t wait for a self-driving car?  Stop by Suski Chevy, we’ll get you into a car loaded with safety technology today!

The New 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Built Out of Sand

Going to the beach as a child, what was the one thing you looked forward to the most? The answer would typically be building a sand castle or just playing in the sand. Well, what would you do if you saw someone built a truck out of sand? If you go to San Diego, CA you just might see one.

After five days and 75,000 pounds of sand, a smaller scale version of the 2015 Chevy Colorado was built over Labor Day weekend. The Colorado sand sculpture is on display at the U.S. Sand Sculpting Championships in San Diego, CA.

According to Tony Johnson, Colorado Marketing Manager this is a great marketing idea. “It’s a great fit for the Colorado to be partnered with the U.S. Sand Sculpting Championships. With Southern California being the largest mid-size truck market in the country, the Colorado is right at home here in San Diego.”

The all new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a mid-size pickup truck with superior technology that keeps you entertained while being connected inside your vehicle. The Colorado comes equipped with such features as Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, and much more. The Colorado also has an impressive EPA-Estimated 26mpg highway fuel economy and powerful 305 hp. This truck has the feel of a sedan while riding in the cabin, but we assure you it’s all truck.

We here at Suski Chevrolet Buick are very excited for the new mid-size pickup truck to come to our showroom. In the mean time, stop in today or visit us online to browse our current in stock models.

Added Convenience and Connectivity with 2015 Chevy Models

Added Convenience and Connectivity

2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban

The 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban are two of the most popular full-size SUVs available today. There are so many great features that make people love these vehicles, but Chevy is adding convenience and connectivity to both. The Suburban and Tahoe already offer incredible storage capacity and fuel-efficiency, but with the technological updates they’re sure to be even more popular.

With the added convenience and connectivity of the ’15 models including OnStar 4G LTE, a wireless phone-charging station and a power lift gate, these SUVs will have features never before seen in previous years.

“The 2015 Tahoe and Suburban have resonated with families who want maximum capability combined with comfort and efficiency,” Sandor Piszar, director of Chevrolet Marketing said in a Chevy press release. “These new technologies make Chevrolet’s class-leading full-size SUVs even more attractive as the go-to vehicles for active lifestyles.”

Chevrolet knows that active lifestyles require a degree of convenience and connectivity that comes with this new tech. Additionally Chevrolet was likely thinking about all you moms and dads who always seem to have your hands full, literally and figuratively, and how the automatic lift gate will be just what you need.

If the added convenience and connectivity of the 2015 Suburban or 2015 Tahoe seem like features you want to have in your next full-size SUV, be sure to come see us at Suski Chevrolet.

Suski Chevrolet Jingle Contest

“When You Say Suski… It Means Chevy or Buick!” Chances are if you’ve been a Birch Run, MI resident at any time during the last 33 years, you’ve heard that jingle. Well after all these years we’ve decided it is finally time to get a new Suski Chevrolet jingle.

There are many ways we could go about getting a new jingle. We could write it, we could hire someone who has done jingle writing before, or we could have our favorite people, our customers, come into the dealership for their chance to win $1,000 by coming up with a new jingle for us. Lucky you, we chose option 3 in case you didn’t watch the video above.

While you’ll need to come in and see us for full details about this contest, the Suski Chevrolet recording booth is waiting for you or your whole choir, boy band, rap posse, or whatever. Okay maybe not whatever, but you know what we mean. So get in your Chevy or Buick and drive on up to Birch Run exit of I-75, we’ll be standing by waiting to hear the new Suski Chevrolet jingle at least until Sept. 30 when the contest ends!

“Suski Chevy Buick, Right On the Price… Right on the Freeway.”

Chevrolet Comes to the Rescue at Woodward Dream Cruise

For some classic car lovers, their calendars are always counting down to the Woodward Dream Cruise. Held the third Saturday of August in Detroit, it is by far one of the largest gatherings of classic cars in the United States. Each year more than 40,000 cars descend upon Detroit with more than a million people coming to check out all the cars.

While they are numerous car shows across Detroit for the weekend, the most popular event is the cruise itself down Woodward Avenue. However, there can be some issues with the cruise as older cars are more likely to have problems—that’s where Chevrolet steps in. Once again Chevrolet will provide a team of six red Chevrolet Silverados to be the “Certified Rescue Squad.” The squad will help anybody who needs a hand, no matter the make or model.

“It’s called the ‘The Dream Cruise,’ but an overheated engine, a drained battery or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day it ends,” said Chris Brandt, Chevrolet Certified Service advertising manager, in a statement. “No one wants to break down or cause ‘The Dream Traffic Jam,’ so Chevrolet Certified Service technicians will be assisting cruisers with minor issues that can be easily remedied.”

Last year the squad helped more than 55 cars. To help drivers keep going this year, Chevrolet says to make sure you top off your gas tank, clean your battery terminals, and make sure the battery is charged.

Have you ever participated in the Woodward Dream Cruise?

Chevrolet SS and Automatic Parking Assist

Every person who has ever driven a car to anywhere populated like say a mall or grocery store even knows how frustrating finding a parking spot can be. Now we’re not trying to call people out for bad park jobs, because even the most experienced drivers will occasionally struggle to leave their car perfectly between the lines. However all this can now be avoided simply by driving a Chevy.

The 2014 Chevrolet SS and soon to be released 2015 Chevy SS offer Automatic Parking Assist. The technology works by making use of a variety of sensors on the front and rear bumpers of the car. These detect the depth of the spot, in distance to the curb/parking block/other car, both when trying to parallel park and reverse right angle park. Simply hit the button and drive until a spot is found, sorry it doesn’t help you there, and let go of the wheel.

While you still control the brake/throttle, you won’t need to be making hard cuts of the wheel or cursing at the guy behind you who is being impatient. It will be a breeze to park.

“Even some of the most experienced drivers in the world loathe parallel parking,” Scott Hollopeter, vehicle dynamics engineer for the SS said in a Chevy press release. “Automatic Parking Assist is designed to help alleviate that anxiety in situations where more experience is required to park a vehicle.”

Here at Suski Chevy, we’re just hoping Chevrolet expands Automatic Parking Assist to more and more models because if everyone had it then hopefully we’d never have issues with how people park again.

Chevy Teams Up With MBAs Across America

MBAs Across America

2014 Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet is giving 12 extended-range Volts to MBAs Across America, a program started by four first-year MBA candidates at Harvard Business School in 2013 when they decided to drive more than 8,000 miles cross-country, offering free business counseling to local entrepreneurs along the way.

After that trip, two of the four decided to expand MBAs Across America into a nonprofit organization with a presence at Babson, Columbia, Stanford, Cal Berkeley and the University of Michigan. With new members in more geographic locations and the help of the Chevy Volt, MBAs Across America plans to visit 25 cities and help nearly 50 different small businesses.

“Detroit is the spiritual birthplace of MBAs Across America, so it is fitting that our movement enters its second year thanks to the visionary support of GM — an iconic American institution that we fundamentally believe will help lead the resurgence of Detroit in the years to come,” Casey Gerald, founder and chief executive of MBAs Across America said according to a Chevy press release. “We are inspired by GM’s work in the Motor City, and thank them for their support in powering our teams’ journeys in Chevy Volts.”

Not only will MBAs Across America be making a difference in the lives of small business owners, they will be helping future generations by leaving a smaller carbon footprint thanks to the Volts – which can travel approximately 38 all-electric miles and go more than 300 additional miles between charges. Plus, with the volt being named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, the MBA candidates will be traveling in one of the safest small cars on the road in 2014.

OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi Hotspot Makes Vacation Trips Easy

Wi-Fi Hotspot

It’s hard to run out of things to do in Birch Run, Michigan. Whether you’re visiting the Wilderness Trails Zoo, the Dixie Motor Speedway, or the Alpine Mountain golf course, you’re bound to have a lot of fun.

But, sometimes, you need to get out of town. Maybe you’d like to enjoy the snow at the Mt. Holly Ski & Snowboard Resort, relax in the water at Sandusky’s Kalahari Resort, or watch Broadway performances in Chicago.

To do that, however, you need a strong, reliable car that can handle vacation trips—especially if there’s a family coming along. That’s why family cars like the Chevrolet Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban have the comfort, convenience, power, and efficiency you need to make the most of your trip.

They also all come standard with OnStar 4G LTE, which includes a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot to allow up to seven devices to connect to the internet. No need to download movies prior to the trip or buy a car with a build-in DVD player—just connect your device in the car just like you would at home and voila! The kids will love it!

Learn more about standard OnStar 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot at Suski Chevy!

Weekend Trips in the Birch Run Area

Weekend Trips in the Birch Run Area

This is the second part of our summer road trip saga. We here at Suski Automotive are all about helping you get the most out of owning a great Chevrolet or Buick car. Especially those of you who love to road trip or have an all-new Chevy offering built-in 4G LTE. What better way to do that then by driving around our great state of Michigan?

Want to get away for the weekend, but don’t know exactly where to go? Well we’ve highlighted three of our favorite weekend trips in the Birch Run area that you might want to consider checking out.

Grand Rapids, MI

We couldn’t limit this great city to just one thing. There is so much to do in Grand Rapids, from historic sites to beaches it is easy to make a weekend getaway out of traveling just a few hours. There are also many great festivals, activates and attractions that are ongoing like “Dream it, Build it: A LEGO Certified Professional Exhibit” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Personally, one of our favorite things to do that often gets overlooked thanks to all the wonderful things we’ve already listed is to check out the John Ball Zoo. If you end up staying right in Grand Rapids, consider the accommodations at one of these beautiful bed and breakfasts.

The UP

If you’re going to take a weekend getaway from Birch Run, there are few better destinations than up north. The UP is full of beautiful wildlife destinations. You could head to Huron National Forest for a weekend of hiking, camping or fishing or even further north to Alpena in order to visit the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Another great spot for outdoor activities such as kayaking is Traverse City. Pretty much anywhere you go in the UP, you’re in for a weekend of just getting away from it all. Just take you’re 4G LTE Chevy in case you don’t want to be too far.

Detroit

We know what you’re thinking; you can do Detroit with just a day trip… But you should give it more time than that. There is so much to do in this metropolis, it would be a shame to not give it the time it deserves. We love heading into the city for Tigers games and then eating at any of these fine restaurants is a must. If you’re into the art scene, the Detroit Institute of the Arts is one of the finest art museums in the country. You should also take advantage of all the amazing automotive history as well.

Day Trips in the Birch Run Area

Day Trips in the Birch Run Area

Summer is all finding things to do that take advantage of the nice weather while it lasts. It’s a time for vacations from day trips and activities to weekend getaways to vacations just within driving distance. We here at Suski Automotive want to help you out, so all month long we’re going to be blogging about our favorite places to drive to under those three categories.

If you’re looking for just a day trip, or things close enough to home that you can enjoy them all day long but not spend money on a hotel than this is post will be your favorite. Day trips in the Birch Run area!

Birch Run Premium Outlets

We all probably know the outlets better than our bank accounts may like, but as the Midwest’s largest outlet mall it’s hard not to go every chance you get! Plus with everyday savings of 25% to 60% at designer and name brand stores right here in Birch Run, what’s not to love?

Bay City Antiques

Maybe antiquing is more your style than traditional shopping offered by the outlet mall. Well just 30 minute road trip away and you could be in Bay City, home of the largest antique market in the state. In the heart of downtown Bay City you’ll be able to find plenty of restaurants for a quick bite after your done too!

Frankenmuth

We would be doing everyone a disservice if we didn’t include this German paradise on our list. Just a 10 minute drive can make you feel like you’ve flown halfway around the world. Not only can you enjoy some of the most famous food in the state at this popular tourist attraction, there are always festivals or celebrations going on.

If you’re looking for even more fun and adventure a little bit further from home, be sure to catch our next article on weekend getaways in the Birch Run area!