50th anniversary Camaro set to sizzle

BY Myron Love. Sep 16 04:00 am

General Motors’ 50th anniversary edition of the Camaro arrived in dealer showroom in early summer. Birchwood GM sales consultant Dave Peterson says the 2017 edition “has a sleeker look and you really experience that muscle-car rumble.”

Inside, you will find tailored stitching, premium materials, a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel that allows more knee room and rotating air conditioning/heating dials replacing buttons. The Camaro can also be outfitted with Apple CarPlay and Android architecture that serves as a display and controller for your iPhone — allowing you to send and receive text messages.

The 2017 model is available in a choice of four trims — the 1 and 2LTs and 1 and 2SS models. The LT models are powered by a two-litre, turbo four-cylinder SIDI engine, while the SS options have 6.2L V-8 engines under the hood.

Peterson reports there is a 50th anniversary package available with special paint, striping and embroidery.

The base price for a 1LT coupe, Peterson says, is $29,200 (plus freight and pdi). The convertibles were the first models to arrive, he reports. The coupes are on order.

Peterson is also excited about the all-new 2017 Acadia crossover SUV.

“We received our first Acadia at the beginning of July,” he says. “It’s a total redesign.”

Inside, you will find French-stitching, softer materials and real aluminum trim. The Acadia is available with six or seven seats and is also Apple CarPlay and Android compatible. The Acadia is powered by either a four-cylinder engine and a six-speed transmission with advanced stop/start technology or the optional 3.6L V-6 engine with Active Fuel Management and 310 horsepower. The Acadia is available in a choice of four trim levels — the SLE-1, SLe-2, SLT-1 or SLT-2.

“The Acadia is one of the first vehicles to offer a 360-degree surround camera which provides you with an overhead view of your surroundings when backing up or parking,” Peterson says.

The base price for the 2017 Acadia with FWD is $34,995 (plus freight and pdi).

New sales manager at Gauthier’s

Ian Petersen is the new new car sales manager at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet. He assumed his position on May 1.

Petersen has been in the auto industry, largely in management roles with GM dealers for the past 15 years. For the last three, he had served as regional sales manager — covering Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Northwestern Ontario — for Trader Corporation.

“I missed being part of an auto dealership team,” he says. “I love being at Jim Gauthier Chevrolet. This is a great store with a well-seasoned staff.”

Changes at Focus Hyundai

Pat Guenette and Dale Magee are heading up the new management team in place at Focus Hyundai in the aftermath of the change in ownership at Manitoba’s oldest Hyundai dealership. Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg president Brian Lowes and his partners bought the Nairn Avenue dealership as of Aug.1 from Tom and John Carey, who founded the store in 1991 with their father, James Carey.

Both Magee, now Focus Hyundai’s fixed operations manager, and Guenette, the general manager, served in management positions with another Hyundai dealer in the city. Rounding out the new management team is new car sales manager Jamie Wilson, a six-year veteran of auto sales, most recently as part of the Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg sales team. Dave Fjeldsted continues in his role as general sales manager.

“I’m excited about our management team at Focus Hyundai. I believe that they are going to be fantastic leaders. John and Tom did a great job building this business. The dealership has a lot of loyal customers. We look forward to building on their legacy.”

Lowes says the new Focus Hyundai leadership team will be focusing on providing a better customer experience.

To that end, the current nine-year-old structure’s nine-car showroom and customer lounge has been spruced up and the sales, service and parts department are all being streamlined to improve customer convenience

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