GMC Adds Apple CarPlay to 2016 Canyon, Yukon and Sierra

Phone integration tech also includes Android Auto offered on some Sierra models

DETROIT – 06.23.2015 – GMC adds Apple CarPlay capability to the 2016 Canyon, Yukon and Sierra, taking the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and putting them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner with the brand’s IntelliLink system.

Android Auto capability will also be offered on some Sierra models at the beginning of the model year and all Sierra, Canyon and Yukon models later in the year.

The features allow customers to use select smartphone apps through the touchscreen interface of GMC’s IntelliLink system. Many features can be controlled via voice commands through a button on the steering wheel, helping drivers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.

GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it’s technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it.”

GMC’s latest infotainment systems include an eight-inch-diagonal screen version offered on Canyon, Yukon and Sierra, which will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. A seven-inch-diagonal screen radio is offered on Sierra base models and will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability at the beginning of the model year. Android Auto capability is expected to be available on the eight-inch system later in the 2016 model year.

Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and puts them on the vehicle’s display in a smart, simple manner. This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and third-party audio apps. A full list of those apps can be found at Apple.com/ios/carplay. Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.

Android Auto is built around Google Maps, Google Now and the ability to talk to Google, as well as a growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. A full list of supported apps is available at g.co/androidauto. Android Auto requires a phone running an Android Lollipop 5.0 operating system or above.

Using either application is simple. A “Projection” icon on the IntelliLink screen is visible when a phone is not connected, then changes to indicate CarPlay or Android Auto when a compatible phone is connected via USB.

Compatible apps need to be downloaded to a phone before using. Apple and Google’s privacy statements and terms of use apply. Data plan rates may also apply.

Complementing OnStar 4G LTE connectivity

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability complement the OnStar 4G LTE connectivity with Wi-Fi hotspot offered in all 2016 GMC models, including Acadia and Terrain.

The state-of-the-art technology provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected wherever and whenever they like with up to seven personal devices. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes with a three-month/three gigabyte data trial, after which there is an option to purchase additional data.

GMC U.S. Deliveries Up 12 Percent: Best May Since 2004

Acadia’s best month ever; total Terrain sales up 11 percent, Sierra up 4 percent

DETROIT – 06.02.2015 – GMC’s sales momentum in the U.S. far outpaced the industry in May on the strength of its crossovers and the brand’s reputation for precision design, execution, technology and capability. Sierra, Canyon, Terrain and Acadia all saw growth as more customers discover the premium attributes that define GMC.

GMC sold 50,657 trucks, sport-utility vehicles and vans in the U.S. in May – up 12 percent from a year ago and its best month of the year. Retail sales of 43,151 represented an 11-percent year-over-year increase, for GMC’s best retail May since 2004. The strong increases in May give GMC 16 consecutive months of year-over-year retail growth.

Total sales of the GMC Sierra were up 3.6 percent over a very successful May 2014, for its best May since 2007. Total Canyon sales were up 19 percent – its best month of the year – compared to April as production of the new midsize pickup continues to ramp up to meet customer demand. Sierra and Canyon have the highest average transaction prices in their respective segments, according to J.D. Power PIN data, and more than half of Canyon buyers (55 percent) are new to the brand.

For the year, total GMC sales are up 15 percent, its best sales performance since 2005.

“Our continued growth reflects customers’ appreciation for the precision that distinguishes the GMC brand,” said Duncan Aldred, U.S. vice president of GMC marketing. “Buyers also are responding enthusiastically to the Canyon as it continues to redefine the midsize pickup segment and bring new buyers into GMC showrooms.”

Acadia retail and total sales jumped 75 percent and 67 percent, respectively for its best month ever. Total sales of the Terrain small SUV rose 11 percent for its best May ever.

Yukon total sales were up 9 percent from April but down 21 percent year over year. Last May, previous-generation Yukon models were being sold down in preparation for the introduction of current generation Yukon and Yukon XL models.

Customers continue to cite exterior styling, overall quality, ample seating capacity, premium amenities and positive previous GMC ownership experiences as their reasons for purchasing a GMC.

Retail sales of the Denali luxury trim level make up 21 percent of the brand’s overall sales, nearly half of Sierra HD sales, 53 percent of Yukon sales and more than 60 percent of Yukon XL sales.

GMC Applauds Precision in Design with ‘Sharp’

Third installment in Precision campaign features leading American designer Michael Bastian

DETROIT – 06.01.2015 – The parallels between the GMC Yukon Denali and the world of impeccable dressing, from apparel to accessory and grooming, is the focus of “Sharp”, the third installment in the brand’s Precision advertising campaign launching today.

The Precision campaign is part of a major advertising investment this year that showcases GMC’s full line of premium trucks, SUVs and crossovers, including its popular Denali sub-brand. The two previous spots in the series, “Fastball” and “Swish”, focused on how precision influences athletic performance.

In “Sharp,” GMC collaborates with leading fashion designer Michael Bastian, who makes a cameo appearance in a new TV ad. The “Sharp” ad sparks the beginning of a creative dialogue between the designer and the GMC brand around what it means to be professional grade, juxtaposing the details of an impeccably dressed man, right down to the designer stitching in his suit compared to the precise features in a Yukon Denali.

The Yukon Denali is the ultimate expression of professional grade, blending unique design elements with upscale amenities, including premium interior materials.

To complement the TV spot, GMC created a short film exploring precision in fashion, photography and music, entitled “The Sharp American.” Directed by acclaimed storyteller Arnaud Boutin, the film features perspectives from Bastian, photographer Michael Avedon and musician Twin Shadow on how precision shapes their respective crafts. The piece celebrates sharp Americans who stand out from the crowd through their commitment to creating at a professional grade. The feature-length film will be screened during the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s, which is taking place July 13-16 in New York City.

“Attention to detail, precision and craftsmanship are at the core of the GMC brand and there are obvious similarities between the design of our vehicles and the precision and craft which go into other aspects of premium design,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. ”We enjoyed exploring these parallels with Michael Bastian and in the film, ‘The Sharp American’.”

Said Bastian: “I was excited when GMC approached me with this opportunity to explore this concept of ‘sharpness’ and the design parallels between our two worlds. As a luxury brand, we understand the necessity for attention to detail and craft in everything we do, much like GMC. As we put the finishing touches on our upcoming Spring ’16 runway show at the first dedicated New York Men’s Week, GMC gave us an invaluable perspective on how a premium brand outside of fashion explores cut, detail, and precision.”