Todd Wenzel Automotive Celebrates 10 Years in West Michigan

Wow! Today we are celebrating 10 years as West Michigan’s premier General Motors dealer! When Todd Wenzel set his sights on moving back to Michigan in September of 2001, he purchased Todd Wenzel Pontiac GMC (formerly known as Orson E. Coe) on 28th Street.

This photo takes us back…do you remember when?

Three years later, in June 2004, Todd Wenzel purchased Todd Wenzel Chevrolet, in Hudsonville, from previous owner Serra Chevrolet.

We updated our Pontiac GMC facility in Novermber 2005, building a new customer lounge in the Service Department. And due to tremendous growth, we had the opportunity to add our Buick franchise in December of that year, which changed the store name to Todd Wenzel Buick Pontiac GMC.
In 2007 we expanded our Chevrolet store – adding a new Used Vehicle building and new state-of-the-art body shop. In June 2009, both Todd Wenzel Chevrolet and Todd Wenzel Buick GMC were selected as preferred dealers to represent the New GM. Also, in June 2009, came the announcement of the loss of Pontiac.

Finally, in 2010 we remodeled both of our dealerships to reflect the new GM, and provide you, our valued customers, with a environment that makes the purchase and maintenance of vehicles a more comfortable experience. This is how we look today…
We’ve come a long way in ten years, and are looking forward to the next ten. It has definitely been exciting and rewarding, and we owe it all to our talented staff and our wonderful customers! 

New 2012 Buick LaCrosse V-6 arriving soon!

The 2012 Buick LaCrosse is on its way to Todd Wenzel and is now available with a new, more powerful and fuel-efficient version of its direct-injected 3.6L V-6 engine! And, this engine is a no-additional-cost alternative to the standard 2.4L four-cylinder on select trim levels with eAssist.

The 3.6L V-6 with variable valve timing delivers a SAE-certified 303 horsepower (223 kW) on the front-wheel-drive LaCrosse – an increase of 23 hp (17 kW) – and 264 lb.-ft. (358 Nm) of torque.

The change engineers made were simply refinements to an already amazing vehicle. They used lighter-weight components and made enhancements to improve the luxury sedan’s performance with no loss in fuel efficiency (17 mpg city / 27 highway).

Are you a LaCrosse owner? If so, tell us why you love your LaCrosse. And if you haven’t driven one yet, visit us to experience the performance and luxury enhancements for yourself!

GMC’s Residual Value Performance Outpaces the Competition

Great news out of Detroit! The overall residual value of GMC vehicles – what a vehicle is worth after three years on the road – is outpacing the competition and reducing the total cost of ownership for GMC owners.

According to General Motors’ Residual Value Management’s performance report based on ALG’s 36-month data for July/August, the forecasted depreciation for GMC vehicles is lower than its competitors and lower than the same time a year ago.

The importance of the resale value of our GMC vehicles is crucial, as it can save you thousands of dollars over the life of your vehicle.  Vehicles like the Acadia, Terrain and Yukon offer great residual value.

2012 GMC Acadia SLT

GMC’s 2011 model year residual values beat its competitive set by 0.6 points and improved by 0.5 points over the brand’s 2010 average. The improvement is due in part to a strong performance by GMC’s smaller SUV and crossover models, Terrain and Acadia.

Acadia earned a 3.2-point improvement compared to the average of its competitors, including Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Ford Flex. Terrain earned a 1.2-point lead over the average residuals for its competitive set, including Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe and Ford Edge.

2012 GMC Terrain SLT

GMC’s improved residual value performance has been acknowledged externally as well. Kelley Blue Book named the Acadia the best resale value in the full-size utility vehicle category for 2011.

In addition, GMC earned the top truck brand honor in Vincentric’s seventh annual “Best Value in America” awards, based on calculations of total cost of ownership relative to price within industry segments. Vincentric also recognized Sierra 2500HD as the top heavy duty three-quarter-ton pickup, beating such models as Ford Super Duty F-250 and Dodge Ram 2500.

In February, Yukon earned IntelliChoice’s “best value” pick among full-size SUVs, based on its analysis of ownership costs, including depreciation, maintenance, repairs, fuel, fees, financing and insurance.

If you’re driving a GMC product, tell us why you love your vehicle!

Storm Chasers Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick partner with Todd Wenzel GMC

We are excited to announce our partnership with Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick, of Discovery Channel’s popular series, Storm Chasers and founders of TornadoVideos.net, as the research team’s official vehicle sponsor.

Todd Wenzel GMC provided the TVN team with a 2011 Yukon XL, which will soon become the “Dominator 2″ tornado-chasing and storm research vehicle. Timmer currently drives a modified 2008 Chevy Tahoe, best known as “The Dominator”.

Reed Timmer, Chris Chittick and the TVN team at Todd Wenzel GMC with their new 2011 Yukon XL

“We felt this partnership was a natural fit,” Todd Wenzel said. “Reed and Chris are from Grand Rapids, and they have had great success chasing extreme storms in a GM product. We are excited to be a local partner and keep them in another solid, dependable vehicle.”

Timmer and Chittick, together with their vehicle modification team, picked up the Yukon XL on February 3 at our Buick GMC facility in Grand Rapids.

Reed Timmer and Chris Chittick

Modifications to the vehicle are already underway, and include a state-of-the art armored shell to protect it, and passengers, from 100+ MPH winds and flying debris. In addition, they will attach various radars and probes to help them collect important data and insight into the destructive twisters they eagerly drive into.

The original "Dominator" is a 2008 Chevy Tahoe

We have special events planned throughout the year with the TVN team, including the unveiling of the new Dominator 2, so check back often for updates!

Networking Event at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC

We are hosting a Local First Networking Event tonight from 5-7 p.m. at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC on 28th Street. Join us for a tour of the beautifully remodeled facility and learn more about one of West Michigan’s most successful, locally owned dealerships. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and appetizers as you network with Local First members.

WHAT: Networking Event at Todd Wenzel Buick GMC

WHEN: Thursday, January 20, 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: Todd Wenzel Buick GMC | 2727 28th St. SE

This event is FREE and open to current and prospective Local First members. To RSVP, please contact Meghan Disselkoen at meghan@localfirst.com

Luxury buyers choose Buick Regal over imports

We can’t say enough good things about this vehicle! It is loaded with luxury features, but without the luxury price, (starts around $26,000).

2011 Buick Regal

Modern, aerodynamic lines

It’s definitely catching the eyes of our customers, as it is currently one of our best selling vehicles! Is it any wonder why?

Buick Regal Interior

Available Harman/Kardon premium sound system with standard USB port

The list of standard features goes on and on. From heated leather seating, bluetooth, rear park assist, not to mention all of the performance and safety features. In fact, it’s a top safety pick from Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Customers tell us the Regal “drives like a European sports car” and rave about it’s responsive handling. “Wow! I can’t believe this is a Buick!”, is what we hear most often. So we invite you to visit us (our Buick store is at 2727 28th Street) to test drive one and see for yourself! When you do, be sure to ask us about our exclusive Buick Platinum Program…

New facilities make car buying, and servicing more enjoyable

Our renovations to both our Buick GMC and Chevy facilities are complete!

Our Chevrolet facility in Hudsonville

Our Buick GMC facility in Grand Rapids

The four month project, completed by Wolverine Construction of Grand Rapids, resulted not only in updated exteriors, but also updated interiors for both facilities. Our hope is that our customers will enjoy an automotive experience unlike any offered from other local dealers. Take a look at some more shots from a recent photo shoot…

Showroom at Buick GMC

Showroom at the Chevy facility

Our customers will now enjoy premium lounge areas with all the amenities; including large screen televisions, refreshments, snacks, workspaces with free internet, and children’s playrooms stocked with DVD’s and a Nintendo Wii.

Service lounge in our Chevy showroom

Kids lounge at TW Chevy, with Nintendo Wii

Lounge area at Chevy

New, modern furnishings, and even a customer concierge at the Grand Rapids location, ensure you are comfortable, cared for, and feel at home.

Lounge area in our Buick GMC showroom

A second lounge area at Buick GMC, this is in service

From a service standpoint, the new facilities offer additional service lanes and additional oil change bays to help reduce or eliminate wait time. Plus, a comprehensive parts and body shop – with the equipment and expert technicians on-hand to create custom interiors and unique exterior paint treatments.

Service consultants on hand to greet you upon entering our service area

Two new quick lube oil change bays at Chevrolet

Our body shop experts can help you create a custom look for your vehicle!

Additionally, customers will now be able to comfortably collect and learn about their new vehicle purchase from the indoor vehicle delivery areas!

Indoor new vehicle delivery areas at both locations

The enhancements aren’t over yet though…we’ll reveal a few more unique service offerings in early 2011! In the meantime, we invite you to stop in for a tour!

Buick. Redefined.

The new 2010 Buick vehicles have been getting a lot of love in the press lately. The Detroit News talks about how the new LaCrosse has led the way, thanks to improved styling and quality. While the April issue of Motor Trend declares “Buick is back!”, with a head to head comparison of the LaCrosse CSX and the Lexus ES 350.

   

   

What do you think of the new look and performance?

Check out the links below for the latest articles of the 2010 Buick vehicles

Detroit News Article

MotorTrend

GM Media

5 Stars for the 2010 GMC Terrain!

Ward’s Dealer Business – Oct 1, 2009 12:00 PM

In a recent article from Dealer Business magazine, an early demand for the new GMC Terrain cross/utility vehicle is outstripping supply by a wide margin, and Buick GMC General Manager Susan Docherty is looking to keep it that way by taking market share away from foreign rivals.

“We have orders for three times more vehicles than we can build,” Docherty tells the Chicago-based Midwest Automotive Media Assn. “We’ll probably get 10,000 units in this calendar year.”

The Terrain, sharing its architecture, powertrains and plant with the ’10 Chevrolet Equinox but sporting exclusive sheet metal, is aimed at SUV owners “who don’t want pain at the pump,” she says. The Terrain is priced $6,000 below the old Envoy, and about $1,000 to $1,800 above an Equinox. Docherty expects the Terrain’s bolder, more truck-like styling to draw different buyers than the Equinox.

Terrain
GMC owners tend to have higher incomes, and add about $2,000 more in equipment to a vehicle than Chevy owners do, she says. And while the Equinox is forecast to skew 65% toward female buyers, the Terrain is expected to appeal equally to both men and women, most in the 30-55 age range.
Meanwhile, Docherty says some payback is expected in overall demand due to the end of the “Cash for Clunkers” program that dramatically boosted industry sales in the U.S. the last couple of months. But GMC won’t dramatically pump up incentives to soften the blow.

“You won’t see us screaming deal, deal, deal as we move out of the Clunkers program and it becomes harder to sell,” she says. “Incentives will still play a role, but we’ve relied too heavily on selling the deal and selling $199 a month and not our quality and value and how we stack up against the competition.”

Stop in to Todd Wenzel Buick GMC to experience the 2010 GMC Terrain and to see our large selection in all trim levels and colors. Todd Wenzel Buick GMC has the most knowledgeable staff, competitive prices and amazing rates in the industry! Come see what makes us your number one Buick, GMC dealership in West Michigan.

Call us at (616)-949-7700 to request your test drive.
Located at 2727 28th Street, Kentwood, MI 49512  Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 9pm, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm.
Also visit us online at www.toddwenzel.com