We are proud to announce that Coulter Motor Company has received the Mark of Excellence Award from General Motors! This award for is given to dealerships with superior sales volume and customer satisfaction. Thank you Phoenix for helping us earn this prestigious award! Featured is Coulter Motor Company Sales Manager, Jeff Dolbert, with representatives from GM!
We are less than 3 weeks away from our 4th Annual Folds of Honor Foundation Golf Tournament at beautiful McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale on April 7, 2013. We have a lot of exciting things going on this year so you don’t want to miss out. We still have sponsorships and spots available for our event but you will want to hurry because they are filling up fast. All participants in this year’s event will receive a nice Folds of Honor Foundation golf shirt and numerous other gifts totaling more than $75. In addition to all of the gifts, your entry fee includes golf, range balls, lunch, raffle, and silent auction. There will be an awards ceremony following the tournament that will feature our guest speakers Major Ed Pulido, Vice President, Director of Public Relations for the Folds of Honor Foundation and Tony Biata, PGA and Director of Patriot Day Golf. We will have numerous veterans and active military present so I encourage to come out and honor each and every one of them and thank them for their sacrifice.
We are also honored to have Mila Bordelon and her 2 children, Jacob and Johanna in attendance at our event. Mila’s husband, Army 1st Sergeant Michael Bordelon was on his 2nd tour of duty in Mosul, Iraq on April 25, 2005 when his vehicle was struck by a suicide bomber driving another vehicle. The blast set the Humvee ablaze, and even though he was seriously wounded, Sergeant Bordelon remained in the vehicle to assist those aboard in getting to safety. He was the last to leave and suffered multiple internal injuries along with 3rd degree burns over much of his body. Once he was stabilized, he was flown to Brooke Army Medical Hospital in San Antonio, Tx, where he past away from his wounds on May 10, 2005. Sergeant Bordelon was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery and received many awards including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Mila and her 2 children have carried on his legacy since then and all 3 are recipients of immediate and future use scholarships from the Folds of Honor Foundation. (see attached story)
This is what our event is all about. We are raising funds to assist those that could use the help to carry on with their lives by furthering their education. All of the money we raise at our event will stay in Arizona to help the families that have sacrificed so much. So again, I encourage you all to come out and help us raise some money and to honor the men and women of our military that have given so much so that we are able to live under the very Freedom they fight so hard to preserve. You are not able to make it to our event, you can still help out by going to our website, www.foldsofhonorgolfaz.com. Click on the Sponsorship tab and then click on the donation button to submit an amount you would like to donate. The Folds of Honor Foundation is a national 501 (c)(3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible. Click here to register now!
There are so many people that have helped us each and every year and we can not thank you enough. Last year we were the largest fundraiser in Arizona for the Folds of Honor Foundation and we hope to continue the growth needed to stay on top. With your help and generosity we can make that happen. We are also looking for volunteers to help us on tournament day. If you are interested in helping please contact Lindsey Yates at email@example.com or by phone at 602-531-4447.
Thank you for your support and we will see you on the 7th!
The Cadillac ELR unveiled at the North American International Auto Show is the most compelling car to roll out of Caddy in a generation.
The Chevrolet Volt, on which the ELR is based, is a perfectly fine car. It’s an attractive, eye-catching design partnered with an advanced powertrain that negates range anxiety even as it offers close to 40 miles of all-electric motivation. But the ELR, which is the production version of the Cadillac Converj concept is a different beast entirely. It brings sexy sophistication and a dash of luxury to the extended-range EV segment.
To begin with, it’s a svelte two-door that makes the CTS Coupe — one of our favorite modern Caddy designs — look bloated and overwrought. The front takes all the right cues of nearly a decade ago, but wraps them around a body that’s sporting a 0.305 coefficient of drag – about the same as Prius, without the look of a suppository. It’s even better out back, where the wedge shape forms a pointed hatch accentuated by taillights that wrap up and over the rear fenders, nearly touching the chrome window accents. And every single light — inside and out — is an LED, with the turn indicator on the driver’s side mirror providing a visual readout of the ELR’s battery level when plugged in.
That powertrain is a tweaked version of what you’ll find in the Volt, with a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine feeding power to a lightened, T-shaped 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that spans the center of the coupe. Nail the throttle and you’ll send 207 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque (the same as a BMW M3) to the 20-inch front wheels. Cadillac isn’t citing performance numbers, but the 4,070-pound ELR should be good for mid-seven second run to 60 mph. And judging by the collective enthusiasm of engineers we spoke with, the driving experience should be far more engaging than the Volt’s, including paddle shifters on the steering wheel that up the regenerative braking force to mimic the feel of a downshift.
But forget about performance and exterior flourishes for the moment. The ELR is an extended-range EV, meaning it’s good for an all-electric range of 35 miles (the Volt comes in at 37), before the gasoline generator kicks in to feeding juice to the battery pack and power the electric motor. Cadillac even worked with the American Federation of the Blind to equip the ELR with a driver-activated tone that alerts pedestrians at intersections. Total charge time on a 240-volt outlet is around 4.5 hours, while the 110-volt outlet next to your toaster will get the ELR’s batteries recharged in around 12 hours.
The interior is a further evolution of Caddy’s new focus on driver involvement and advanced infotainment, with the CUE system in the center stack, a configurable instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and tasteful combination of leather, aluminum and hand-stitching that provide some warmth to balance out the angular exterior. The only puzzling bit is what Cadillac is calling a “power-assisted” cup-holder cover, providing an answer to a question that no one in history has ever asked.
Regardless, sales of the ELR are set to begin early next year, and while pricing has yet to be announced, we’re told production will be limited — which suggests a price tag well north of $50,000 isn’t out the question.
The Chevrolet Volt’s legacy has added a new dimension, the Cadillac ELR.
The car rolled onto the stage at the North American International Auto Show.
Bob Ferguson, GM’s new vice president for global Cadillac, said the vehicle would be “manufactured in a limited number” and exported “only to the largest global markets, including China and Europe.”
“I believe it’s a landmark in Cadillac’s history,” Ferguson said in his first appearance on stage at a major global auto show. “It sits at the intersection of beautify and design and the best of engineered. It’s a special car that exemplifies Cadillac’s greatest achievements through history.”
Mark Adams, executive director of Cadillac global design, said the vehicle would stand out from pure electric vehicles because the car’s gasoline engine will provide assurance to drivers who would otherwise be worried about running out of electricity.
He also said the vehicle provides a framework for Cadillac’s future interior design.
“In its simplest terms, the Cadillac ELR is art and science personified,” Adams said.
Unlike Tesla’s pure-electric Model S sedan, the ELR has a gasoline engine that backs up its battery. The vehicle can travel 35 miles on a single charge of electricity before a 1.4-liter engine comes to life and keeps the coupe running.
The interior of the ELR is a destination unto itself. An open door reveals an exquisite oasis of elegance and information. Finely stitched leather accents, burled-grained wood and available carbon fiber, along with the technology of Cadillac CUE2, provide touches that may even exceed the comforts of home.
Resting on 20″ wheels, the emotionally charged sculpture is punctuated at every corner with striking LED lights that are as exquisitely etched as any jewel. Up front, a progressive take on the iconic Cadillac grille features a flush design to maximize efficiency. Even the door handles are hidden to give the wind little to hold on to.
The technological centerpiece of ELR is an advanced electric drive propulsion system that features an onboard, range-extending, gas-powered generator. It provides instant torque and the smooth, shiftless acceleration of electric drive, while keeping gas power on reserve for longer journeys. In addition, dual-side paddle controls provide regeneration on demand, putting energy back into your battery while slowing you down.
The Cadillac ELR will be arriving Winter 2013. Pre-order yours today at Coulter Tempe.
The 2013 XTS is the largest sedan in Cadillac’s lineup but it handles as smoothly as a smaller car.
The largest sedan in Cadillac’s lineup, the 2013 XTS, handles with the poise and competence of a smaller car and with a smoothness not typically found in high-end, sporty sedans.
The modern, top-notch interior design of the car – complete with front seats that can have some of the biggest thigh support extenders in the business – is the best to come from Cadillac in years.
Still, it takes practice to use the new Cue information display with touchscreen. Even reaching over to pick up something on the floor can cause the radio to change channels because the driver’s hair accidentally brushes a display screen.
The XTS exterior is pleasing, as years of Cadillac’s sharp-edge styling is smoothed for more graceful lines.
The car earned five out of five stars in government frontal, side and overall crash test ratings.
This rating didn’t take into account the fact the sedan is first with a safety alert seat that vibrates the driver’s bottom if the system senses the car may be backing into an obstacle or moving into an adjacent lane that’s already occupied.
The new-for-2013, five-passenger XTS has a starting retail price of $44,995 with front-wheel drive and $51,835 with all-wheel drive. All models come with a 304-horsepower, direct-injection V-6 and six-speed automatic transmission.
At nearly 17 feet long, the XTS is about the same length as a Cadillac Escalade sport utility vehicle. It is longer than Cadillac’s other sedans. It’s 10 inches longer than a 2013 CTS sedan and about 19 inches longer than the ATS sedan.
The back seat is roomy, with a full 40 inches of legroom.
But the front seats offer even more legroom – a full 45.8 inches. Seat travel fore and aft is long enough to accommodate lanky fellows, and thanks to a steering wheel that telescopes as well as tilts up and down, anyone can settle into the driver’s seat nicely.
The seats were eminently supportive for long drives in the test car but didn’t feel hard or overly firm. Front seats also had fans for keeping bodies cool. All versions have leather-trimmed seats
Fitted with Magnetic Ride Control suspension, this sedan responds to a driver’s inputs and handles with poise and grace without sending road bumps through to passengers harshly.
Some auto enthusiasts, accustomed to V-8 power, quibble whether a 3.6-liter, double overhead cam V-6 is enough for the XTS. But the test XTS performed so well on city streets and highways, with power coming on so smoothly, transmission shifts weren’t noticed. Neither was the lack of a V-8.
Torque doesn’t peak to 264 foot-pounds until 5,200 rpm, so low-end power isn’t like a sports car.
But the direct gasoline injection of the engine gave the test XTS a lot of energy, and 0-to-60 miles per hour is estimated at a decent 6.5 seconds.
The 4,215-pound, all-wheel drive XTS is rated by the federal government at 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while a front-wheel drive XTS is rated at 17/28 mpg.
A nice perk for the XTS owner: The car uses regular unleaded, not the more pricey premium gasoline that many luxury cars require.
The Cadillac XTS definitely is a force to be reckoned with!
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New tax limitations for 2012 continue to provide significant tax benefits to small business owners.
Now when you purchase qualifying GM vehicles for your business before 12/31/12, you could earn a tax deduction of up to $139,000. Plus you can stack other available incentives to really increase your savings.
The tax incentives are available for depreciable tangible property which is acquired by purchase for use in the active conduct of a trade or business. Additional limitation based on purchases for the 2012 tax year, the aggregate deduction of $139,000 under IRS code Section 179 is most beneficial to small businesses that place in service no more than $560,000 of Section 179 property during the year. Certain vehicles, models and restrictions apply.
For vehicles that qualify as a passenger automobile under IRS code, there is a $11,160 per vehicle depreciation deduction cap.
For vehicles that qualify as a passenger automobile under IRS code, there are trucks or vans, there is a $11,360 per vehicle depreciation deduction cap.
For vehicles that qualify as a sports utility under IRS code, there is a $25,000 per vehicle depreciation deduction cap.
Consult your tax professional for details.
|GMC VEHICLE DEDUCTION ELIGIBILITY There are some limitations to the expense deduction, including vehicle eligibility|
|Up to $11,160
Total deduction per vehicle
|Up to $11,360
Total deduction per vehicle
|Up to $25,000
Total deduction per vehicle
|Up to $139,000
(Aggregate, no per vehicle limit)
|Buick LaCrosse||GMC Canyon||Buick Enclave||GMC Savana Cargo|
|Buick Regal||Cadillac Escalade||GMC Savana Cutaway|
|Cadillac ATS||Cadillac Escalade ESV||GMC Savana Passenger 2500|
|Cadillac CTS Coupe||Cadillac Escalade EXT||GMC Savana Passenger 3500|
|Cadillac CTS Sedan||GMC Acadia||GMC Sierra (standard and long box)|
|Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon||GMC Savana Passenger 1500||GMC Sierra Chassis Cab|
|Cadillac DTS||GMC Sierra (short box)|
|Cadillac SRX Crossover||GMC Yukon|
|Cadillac XTS||GMC Yukon XL|
Today is Veteran’s Day, and General Motors is marking this year’s holiday with an expansion of its Military Discount Program. Formerly available to active duty and retired service members, reservists and spouses, but as of now any veteran can take advantage of the program up to a year after his or her discharge. The military discount can be applied to most Buick and GMC vehicles on top of other incentives.
Previously available only to active duty, reservists, retired service members and their spouses, GM has broadened the discount program – effective immediately – to include veterans within a year after discharge.
“We wanted to accommodate the large numbers of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and the impending draw down of service members from all branches,” said Linda Stouffer, GM marketing manager for vehicle purchase programs. “The GM Military Discount Program is just one way we thank the millions of servicemen and women struggling to balance the needs of their families and service to their country.”
Most Buick and GMC models are eligible for military preferred pricing, which can be combined with other incentives including GM Card points. To participate, veterans show a copy of their DD214 (discharge papers) to a participating dealer. All branches of the U.S. armed services are eligible: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard.
With nearly 5,000 military veteran employees, General Motors’ support for the United States armed forces spans generations. The GM Military Discount program offers the industry’s best discounts on most Buick and GMC vehicles for active duty, reserves, veterans (within one year of discharge date) and retirees and spouses of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard. GM also is a proud sponsor of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative aimed at finding meaningful employment for veterans transitioning to civilian life. GM’s military community can be found on Facebook.
CUE blends first-of-its-kind technology with highly intelligent design, bringing the intuitive control of smart phones and tablets safely to the road. With a clean, uncluttered design, natural voice recognition, and responsive touch screen technology, CUE creates an experience that’s as effortless as it is advanced.
Debuting in 2012 on the 2013 Cadillac XTS and ATS luxury sedans and the SRX luxury crossover, CUE is designed to be unique for each driver. For the tech-savvy, it’s everything you want it to be—a full suite of infotainment, navigation and communication tools that keeps you fully connected. But you don’t have to be a technophile to appreciate it. CUE is remarkably simple, intuitive and accessible.
The result is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
CUE doesn’t replace your smartphone or iPod®. Rather, it seamlessly integrates them with your vehicle controls. Entertainment, navigation and communication are all available in one remarkably intuitive interface. It’s so advanced, it even senses your presence and provides tactile feedback from its brilliant touch screen, allowing you to keep your eyes safely on the road.
The heart of CUE is the 8-inch LCD touch screen, seamlessly integrated into the top of the instrument panel. The vibrant LCD screen displays CUE’s home page, which resembles a smart phone screen by using large, easy-to-target icons to execute commands.
CUE is a highly advanced in-vehicle hub for all the information and entertainment in your life. CUE’s controls function to create a look that is unmistakably Cadillac—vibrant colors, a piano-black faceplate, precision milled buttons, intuitive touch screen placement and a sculpted front console. All working together to create an impressive, modern design.
To improve simplicity and connectivity for consumers, CUE will feature several auto industry firsts:
- Your screen layout has proximity sensing, so it displays only the information you want—keeping it clean and uncluttered. Icons not in use fade back, and as your hand approaches the screen, the full menu illuminates.
- CUE gives you tactile feedback on the touch screen and certain controls. Buttons pulse when pressed to affirm that the command is being carried out, allowing you to make your selection without taking your eyes off the road.
- To make your interactions with CUE simple and safe, Cadillac employed the gestures used on today’s smart phones and tablets. Tap, flick, swipe and spread through homepages and customizable information.
- The available 12.3-inch LCD gauge cluster can be customized into one of four screen layouts. They mix vehicle data, such as readouts for fuel levels and speed, with navigation, phone and entertainment information.
- CUE employs natural voice recognition so you can speak conversationally, avoiding awkward commands and complicated sequences, making your interaction with CUE easier and more responsive.