Buick and GMC dealers do a makeover

Dealers of General Motors brands, Buick and GMC have made a makeover in the United States of America.

The programme includes a new exterior façade with updated signage, brigher and more confortable showrooms with a customer greeting station as well as a lounge with free WiFi, while some dealers plan to go a extra mile and add a café or salon to the mix.

The Global architecture firm, Gensler, is responsable for the styling of the dealerships, which also helps Buick and GMC dealers incorporate the changes to their existing facilities.

GM says:

The changes are important because both Buick and GMC currently attract more than 40 percent of their buyers from brands outside General Motors,

According to GM, more than 80% of eligible Buick and GMC dealers (more than 1,900 dealerships across the U.S.), have enrolled the dealership update programme, with 170 dealers already completing the makeover. GM says that the makover would be fully revitalised by the end of 2013.

One of the first to complete the makeover is Paul Masse, owner of two Buick-GMC dealers in New England.

The design group from Gensler did a great job with the colors and appearance. Masse said. It really does bring in a new type of customer.

New Hyundai Santa Fe / ix45 has been scooped

Pictures allegedly showing an undisguised prototype of the new generation of the Hyundai Santa Fe are making the internet rounds today (keep in mind the front fascia image was created by mirroring the right hand side photo).
The styling cues such as the six-point grille and exterior mirrors seem to match the camouflaged test cars we've spied over the past few months, though we're not sure if this is the South Korean market version or not.
Either way, it won't be long before we find out as the new Santa Fe, which will probably be called iX45 in select regions such as Europe and Australia, is scheduled to receive its world premiere at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April.
Along with the new skin, the Korean SUV will also benefit from a revamped and more upper scale interior as well as a new engine lineup that may include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline unit in North America and Euro6 diesels in Europe and other international markets.
Source: Carscoop

New badniks for Sonic 4 Episode 2

Every Friday, SEGA releases more concept art on Eggman's robots, which are known as badniks in the West.

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Being Friday, Sega continues what they promised last week, issuing out yet another round of concept art to hype up Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2. Doing what they did last time, we get the deluxe version of concept art for one with both the black and white and color sketches, while the Facebook exclusive image only comes in the final colored form.

The first featured is the multicolored Fullboar, who will certainly fulfill your pig-badnik needs. The other is the Facebook exclusive “Steelion,” whose name is all sorts of pun. Normally I’d go into super commentary mode, but there isn’t much to say except, hey, they are new enemies. See you next week!

[Source: SEGA Blog]

Mario and Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games (3DS) demo now on E-Shop

Just released on the Nintendo E-Shop in North America comes a demo of the upcoming release of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The demo features five events. 25MM Rapid Fire Pistol, European Football (AKA American Soccer), Trampoline, 100m Backstroke, and BMX. Your character in each event is chosen at random and will be different with every playthrough. The European demo should be out very soon, but if the other M&S games didn’t thrill you, I doubt this one will either. I will say the controls in each event are very unique to each other and help give the game variety. Also, the last event is like a fully realized 3-D Excitebike.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games will be available in North America on Valentines day, February 14th and in Europe on February 10th.

Source: http://www.sonicstadium.org/2012/01/mario-sonic-at-the-london-2012-olymp…