Common Towing Terminology

towing terminology If you’ve never towed anything before, it might seem like a fairly simple task—hook up the trailer and drive away. Unfortunately, there’s a bit more you need to know in order to tow safety and effectively. Here is some common towing terminology to get you started.

  • Payload. For a pickup truck, payload refers the maximum weight the truck itself can carry. This includes items in the bed along with passengers. In addition, if you have a trailer attached, the payload includes the tongue weight on the hitch.
  • Maximum Towing. This number refers to the maximum weight that a truck can tow behind it. This includes the weight of the trailer and anything on it. Note that payload and towing amounts affect each other, so if you have a heavy payload, the maximum towing capability will be lower.
  • Gross Vehicle Combined Weight (GVCW). This figure refers to the maximum combined weight of everything in the truck and everything the truck is towing. Combine the curb weight, cargo weight and passenger weight to get the gross vehicle weight (GVW). Add this to the combined weight of the trailer and anything in the trailer for the GVCW.

To learn more about GMC trucks and how to properly tow with them, visit us today at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC.

GMC Military Discount Expands to Cover Over 21 Million Veterans

GMC military discountIn honor of soldiers everywhere, GMC recently expanded military discounts to support injured veterans. This will cover all 21 million US military veterans and their spouses, all in honor of National Military Appreciation Month.

According to GMC, the GMC military discount is the most extensive and comprehensive in the automotive industry. It normally covers veterans within one year of separation, active-duty personnel, reservists, retirees, and their spouses. However, in order to properly celebrate National Military Appreciation Month, GMC has expanded this to all veterans, regardless of separation date, as well as their spouses.

“These brave men and women have done so much for our country,” said Steve Hill, GM vice president of U.S. sales and service. “Making sure all veterans can take advantage of our military discount to celebrate Military Appreciation Month is one small way we can express our gratitude.”

This is available for some of the most popular models, from the Acadia to the Yukon. It can also be combined to include other incentives, resulting in savings of thousands of dollars. This is just one of many initiatives in recent years that aims to support the men and women fighting for our country.

OnStar AtYourService Gives You Free Stuff And Other Great Offers

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OnStar AtYourService gets you free, cool stuff with it’s ability to custom-tailor itself with your searches.

Marketing research firm Maritz found that Buick customers are 30% more likely to enjoy a book as a leisure activity. And it’s just this kind of data that Buick uses to custom-tailor the OnStar AtYourService offers.


The latest offer is the best kind: a free offer. From now until the end of the year, Buick customers subscribed to OnStar will be able to download two free books of their choosing from


If you’ve never experienced them, audio books are a lovely way to enhance your commute. As Ian Small, president and COO, puts it, “Streaming audiobooks are a great way for drivers to discover a new favorite book while keeping their eyes on the road ahead.”


AtYourService doesn’t just offer free books, it’s a program designed to bring all sorts of great offers to Buick customers, such as offers on hotel rooms through and location-based offers from retailers and restaurants.


As Duncan Aldred, global VP of Buick Sales, Service and Marketing says, AtYourService is just another part of how Buick makes “every drive more productive or entertaining.”

Cadillac Introduces Distinctive Cadillac Crystal White Frost Edition for V-Series

If its high-performance V-series models weren’t attractive enough already, Cadillac has unveiled a new Crystal White Frost Edition to make them so distinctive and appealing that we imagine they’ll have the same head-turning effect as the Woman in the Red Dress in the original Matrix movie.

The new Crystal White Frost Edition models feature unique matte-finish white paint and special wheels. They’ll be available on the CTS-V sedan, ATS-V sedan, and ATS-V coupe, which will come standard with the Carbon Fiber and Luxury packages. Also available will be extra performance and luxury options like Recaro bucket seats and microfiber-trimmed control surfaces.

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The Cadillac Crystal White Frost Edition will be featured on the high performing V-series cars like the ATS-V.

The catch? It’s unlikely we’ll ever even see one at Linus Buick Cadillac GMC. Cadillac will only produce 99 examples of these stunning vehicles: 29 CTS-V sedans, 31 ATS-V sedans, and 3 ATS-V coupes. Needless to say, they’ll be in short supply, and we expect demand to be quite high.

Cadillac ATS and CTS Upgrades Include New Engines and Technology

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The 2016 Cadillac ATS and CTS upgrades promise to bring both tech and performance increases.

For the upcoming 2016 model year, Cadillac has unveiled that both the ATS and CTS sedan will receive several powertrain and equipment updates. The ATS and CTS upgrades will include additions to the engine range, better smartphone connectivity, and more safety features.

Both sedans still come with a 3.6-liter direct injection V6 engine, but the engine has been improved to deliver 333 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque. When compared to the same engine on the previous models, that’s a 12 hp and 7 lb-ft difference, respectively. This also comes with Active Fuel Management, making the ATS and CTS more fuel efficient than ever. In addition, there is another engine option – the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which has been given Stop/Start technology to improve fuel economy even more.

As for the technology, the CUE infotainment system is gaining both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, attracting a wider variety of smartphone users. Safety technology includes both passive and active systems such as driver alerts and a 360-degree camera for the CTS.

The ATS and CTS upgrades were done to make both sedans more advanced, refined, and efficient, without sacrificing power. Other updates, such as the addition of three new colors to the palettes for each vehicle, focus more on appearances. Either way, Cadillac is showing a commitment to improvement and here at Linus Cadillac Buick GMC, we’re excited about it.

Durant-Dort Factory One to Become Archive and Research Center

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GM is converting the Durant-Dort Factory One into an Archive and Research center

The historic Durant-Dort Carriage Co. “Factory One” building in Flint, Michigan, is considered by many to be the birthplace of General Motors. GM has recently announced that it will invest millions into renovating the historic building, transforming it into a GM archive and research center.

Originally part of the Flint Cotton & Woolen Mills company, the building was later rented by William Crapo Durant and Josiah Dallas Dort. At this time, the two were running the Flint Road Cart Company, but Durant later took over Buick Motor Co, and shortly after, GM was founded in 1908.

GM purchased the Durant-Dort Factory One building in 2013, and has since spent $3 million on exterior repairs, new windows, and doors, and new fencing. GM plans to relocate an automotive collection from nearby Kettering University to the first floor of the building’s east wing. The second floor will be reserved for GM meeting areas, which can also be used for community and educational groups’ classes, meetings, and research.

“Factory One truly is the epicenter of the automotive industry and, as such, it makes sense to create a world-class archive where anybody can learn how carriage builders in Flint launched the global auto industry,” Mark Reuss, GM’s head of global product development, purchasing and supply chain operations, said in a statement.

Here at Linus Buick Cadillac GMC, we are thrilled that GM is creating a space where the history of the brand will live on. We look forward to seeing how the historic building will transform in the coming years!