Fun Fall Activities in Merced, California

fun fall activitiesLooking for fun activities in your local community? Here’s a list of some of the great attractions in Merced from TheCrazyTourist.com:

Merced Fruit Barn: This rural landmark features all sorts of barnyard animals plus a place to shop for fresh local produce. Additionally, there’s an onsite deli that makes fresh sandwiches.

Vista Ranch and Cellars: The grounds of the ranch are known for their beauty, and when ablaze with the colors of autumn, it’s a stunning experience. Plus, you can stop inside to sample a variety of white, red, and rose wines.

Castle Science and Technology Centre: This is a great place to take young kids with curious minds, featuring plenty of hands-on exhibits and fascinating displays to educate while you have fun.

Lake Yosemite: While actually a manmade reservoir, Lake Yosemite is nestled in the Sierra Foothills, making it a picturesque spot to wander and enjoy the views.

Merced National Wildlife Refuge: More than 10,000 acres, several different ecosystems, and a variety of indigenous wildlife are available for you to see and explore in this incredible wildlife refuge.

Check out other fun activities in Merced, California. They’re a great way to sample local goods and enjoy the beauty of autumn in our city. And remember, if you need a car to get you to all these great attractions, visit Ron Smith Buick GMC.

2018 GMC Terrain Preview – Top 5 Features That Should Have You Excited

2018 GMC Terrain

The 2018 GMC Terrain has been completely redesigned, and we couldn’t be more excited. From its powertrain, to its sporty, handsome exterior, this small SUV is raising the bar for crossovers. Here are five of our favorite things about the new 2018 GMC Terrain.

  1. Three Engines
    When it comes to engines, you can take your pick from three efficient turbocharged engines, including an exciting new 1.6-liter diesel option.
  2. Versatile Cargo Space
    The 2018 Terrain has a front-to-back flat load cabin that offers flexible space for passengers and cargo. The rear seat and the passenger seat both fold flat, and an available hands-free liftgate makes loading even easier.
  3. The Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
    This SUV sets a new standard for luxuries, starting with the leather wrapped steering wheel that you’ll find standard in all 2018 GMC Terrains.
  4. GMC Infotainment System
    The standard 7-inch screen can be updated to an 8-inch screen, but every single infotainment system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy smartphone compatibility.
  5. The Denali Trim
    If you want to take an already-sophisticated SUV and further heighten its luxury, you should opt for the Denali trim of the 2018 GMC Terrain.

Has our top five list caught your attention? Visit us soon for a special unveiling of the new 2018 GMC Terrain at Ron Smith Buick GMC. We’ll see you there!

Fall Events in Merced County

Fall Events in Merced County

Finding the perfect fall event can help fill a weekend and introduce you to new things. Here are a few fall events in Merced County that you won’t want to miss!

California Republic Comic Con

Merced County’s official comic con returns for its second year in a row. The California Republic Comic Con event brings together celebrities, comics, and video game fans alike. The event takes places on Saturday, Sept.16 starting at 10 a.m. This year’s list of celebrity attendees includes Sean Kenney (Star Trek), Matt Haley (DC Comics), Chris Marrinan (Marvel), and many more.

Girl Scout All About

The Girl Scout All About takes place on Sept.16 and features interactive booths. The event sets the stage for a year of fun-filled activities only found in the Girl Scouts.

2017 Installation and Awards Dinner

The 2017 Installation and Awards Dinner kicks off on Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. The event features a silent auction, photo booth, and music. Awards will be presented to the Man and Woman of the Year.

COVE Vision Fair

The COVE Vision Fair takes place on Oct. 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fair brings resources and technology to those who need it most. The event is open to the public and offers a free vision screening.

Marine Corps 242nd Anniversary 6th Annual Event

Marines, Corpsman, military veterans, and spouses are welcome to attend the Marine Corps 242nd Anniversary 6th Annual Event. The event will honor those who have served or are currently serving the United States. The gathering takes place on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m.

We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC hope to see you at some county events this fall!

Summer Grilling Tips

Summer Grilling Tips

If you’re looking to host your own cookout this summer, check out these grilling tips first. You’ll be surprised at how a little preparation and awareness can take your cookout from lukewarm to sizzling.

Get the Tools

Before the grill heats up, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the task. Tongs, a long metal spatula, and a grill brush will allow you to make expert moves and help you to prevent food from falling apart or cooking unevenly.

Be Prepared

Grilling over hot charcoals is totally different than cooking in the kitchen. It’s important to have everything prepared ahead of time. Get the veggies chopped, the burgers formed, and the meats marinated and lay it all out neatly in a work station so that you can focus on the grilling and not the preparation.

Keep the Lid Closed

Every time you peek at your food while it’s cooking, you allow some of the heat to escape. That can cause your food to become drier and to lose some of its flavor. Avoid the temptation and trust your grill to do the work.

Get the Timing Down

You should pull your meats off of the grill just before they’re done cooking, since they’ll continue to cook a little while longer even off of the heat. Use a meat thermometer to determine how far along your food is. When you pull it off, let it sit and marinate in its own flavor. And remember, if you want an expert opinion on your finished product, you can always bring a taste over to Ron Smith Buick GMC!

Summer Grilling Tips: The Basics of BBQ

grilling tips

If you’re looking to host your own cookout this summer, check out these grilling tips first. You’ll be surprised at how a little preparation and awareness can take your cookout from lukewarm to sizzling.

Get the Tools

Before the grill heats up, you need to make sure you have the right tools for the task. Tongs, a long metal spatula, and a grill brush will allow you to make expert moves and help you to prevent food from falling apart or cooking unevenly.

Be Prepared

Grilling over hot charcoals is totally different than cooking in the kitchen. It’s important to have everything prepared ahead of time. Get the veggies chopped, the burgers formed, and the meats marinated and lay it all out neatly in a work station so that you can focus on the grilling and not the preparation.

Keep the Lid Closed

Every time you peek at your food while it’s cooking, you allow some of the heat to escape. That can cause your food to become drier and to lose some of its flavor. Avoid the temptation and trust your grill to do the work.

Get the Timing Down

You should pull your meats off of the grill just before they’re done cooking, since they’ll continue to cook a little while longer even off of the heat. Use a meat thermometer to determine how far along your food is. When you pull it off, let it sit and marinate in its own flavor. And remember, if you want an expert opinion on your finished product, you can always bring a taste over to Ron Smith Buick GMC!

2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Overview

2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid

While the 2017 model comes stocked with just one engine, a gas-powered V6 that delivers optimal efficiency and performance, the 2018 Buick Lacrosse Hybrid will change that as the entry-level luxury brand aims to become more than your average automaker. The 2018 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid takes over as the base model for the upcoming model year.

The 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor and battery. That combination delivers respectable performance and fuel economy. The new LaCrosse Hybrid also marks the return of eAssist technology.

The new hybrid powertrain replaces the existing V-6 engine, resulting in better fuel economy and performance. General Motors (GM) estimates that the hybrid powertrain will deliver an impressive 194 horsepower and 187 lb-ft of torque. While that isn’t as much power as the V-6 engine’s 310 horsepower, the hybrid powertrain will earn a GM-estimated 25/35 MPG City/Highway*.

Full-size sedans like the LaCrosse tend to struggle when it comes to fuel economy, making the 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid stand out from the crowd. But if you prefer the previous engine system, don’t fret. The V-6 engine and all-wheel drive system are still available options on the 2018 model.

We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC can’t wait for the new 2018 LaCrosse Hybrid to finally hit roadways!

*Use for comparison only. EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary.

Three California Day Trips You Don’t Want to Miss

California Day Trips

Ah, spring time in California. It’s not too hot and the many roads and natural wonders in the state are just begging to be explored. Pack up your vehicle and get ready to head out on one of these amazing California day trips for a break from the normal.

Muir Woods

It’s always fun to take a trip to the culturally rich San Francisco, but have you ever traveled further north to visit Muir Woods? This protected National Monument is home to some of the most majestic coastal Redwoods on the planet – a breathtaking sight that everyone should see at some point.

Yosemite National Park

Further inland you will find this iconic park, which has been protected since before the end of the Civil War. It’s easy to spend more than a day in this beautiful natural landscape, so camping for a night or two might be tempting. Take the time to explore its many offerings like waterfalls, meadows, deep valleys, and stunning landscapes all around.

Joshua Tree National Park

Head further south (and east of Los Angeles) for a totally new, yet equally out-of-this-world scene at Joshua Tree National Park. The curious and gorgeous Joshua Trees are just some of the many interesting plants and animals to be seen in this southern California desert.

If you need to get your car tuned up before heading on any of these adventures, don’t hesitate to stop by and see us at Ron Smith Buick GMC.

2018 Buick Regal

Sporty and Bold: The 2018 Regal TourX is Truly Adventurous

The new 2018 Regal TourX is perfect for your next adventure. This model comes with a bold exterior design, spacious seating, and added cargo room. Plus, with the innovative all-wheel drive system, the new TourX is making the Regal more than just a luxury sedan. Read on to learn more about the Regal TourX.2018 Buick Regal

According to Buick, this new model comes with a few notable features. This includes a taller ride height to ensure ground clearance, standard roof rails for added cargo space, and standard intelligent AWD. You’ll also find an active-twin clutch system to optimize performance on rugged terrain, while the long back-end provides a signature look you just can’t find elsewhere.

“Regal TourX is a crossover in the truest sense of the word, with the drive dynamics of a car and the versatility of an SUV,” said Duncan Aldred, VP of Buick. “TourX enters a vibrant segment with passion and youthful energy where drivers are able to experience the new Buick.”

Other highlights include the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, offering up to 250 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque without sacrificing fuel economy. An eight-speed transmission is smooth shifting, while upper-level trims get special logo lamps and a hands-free power liftgate. Stop by Ron Smith Buick GMC to check out the Buick Regal today.

Dodge Ads Promote Upcoming Fate of the Furious Film

Dodge adsA series of Dodge ads will be released in partnership with Universal Studios to promote the upcoming Fate of the Furious film, opening on April 14 and starring Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, and Dwayne Johnson. Dodge and Universal will also co-produce social media posts and other digital content, as well as licensed products.

The Fast & Furious franchise heavily features Dodge performance cars, including the Dodge Charger and Challenger, particularly the SRT. The ad spots feature actors from the film walking into a garage filled with Dodge performance cars and calling it heaven, then taking them for a spin on a high-speed chase, while the voiceover proclaims Dodge “Fast and Furious tested and approved.” Check out the commercial here on Dodge’s website.

Chief Marketing Officer of FCA Global Olivier Francois says the Fast & Furious franchise “provides a natural extension” to showcase Dodge’s performance vehicles to car-loving moviegoers and went on to say, “The best co-branded promotional spots are those in which the world of the Fast & Furious films and our world merge” to create unique, creative content.

Don’t miss The Fate of the Furious on April 14, and get more info about Dodge’s performance lineup, right here at Ron Smith Buick GMC!

 

Buick’s New Ad: “Not So Pee Wee Football”

The ads during the big game are the primary reason many viewers tune in every year. The creative, and usually expensive, ads offer a look into movies, messages, and products that aren’t usually put on such a display at any other point throughout the year. Buick’s ad put the Cascada convertible and Encore crossover on display.

Buick’s new ad starred football player Cam Newton and super model Miranda Kerr both on the sidelines and on the field of a pee wee football game. Rumors had suggested the two stars would take the spotlight alongside two Buick vehicles prior to the ad’s release on YouTube, before to the game.

The ad kicks off with a game of Pee Wee football only for two dads to catch sight of a gorgeous red Buick Cascada. After a bit of banter, one of the players becomes Cam Newton, who throws an incredible touchdown pass. Then, the stylish Encore pulls up, causing the coach to say, “If that’s a Buick, then I’m a supermodel.” Sure, enough, Miranda Kerr took his place.

While the Atlanta Falcons took an early lead in the final game of the season, the New England Patriots swung a 21-point deficit to win 34 to 28. Tom Brady took home his fifth championship win and what a win it was!

We here at Ron Smith Buick GMC offer our congratulations to the Patriots as well as the Buick Cascada and Encore for taking the spotlight during one of the most-watched programs of the year.