worksafe bc covid-19 safety plan – return to work
The Dueck Auto Group is working closely with WorkSafe BC, Public Health, the Vehicle Sales Authority and the New Car Dealers Association of BC to ensure our operations remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We are taking all necessary precautions to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
In order to reduce the possible risks to our employees and customers we have implemented a number of internal protocols, including work-from-home arrangements, virtual meetings, rescheduling work of tasks, reorganizing employee work spaces and schedules, and limiting the number of employees and visitors in the workplace. We are encouraging our customers to primarily schedule by-appointment meetings and vehicle service times wherever possible. We have installed physical distancing signage and physical barriers to ensure social distancing between customers and workers.
Occupancy Requirements: WorkSafe BC states that based on the size and layout of our facility, our legal maximum occupancy rates are as follows:
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine Showroom is 200 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck on Marine Service is 200 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Richmond facility is 300 people.
- The recommended maximum occupancy for our Dueck Downtown facility is 375 people.
However, please note that we are taking even further actions to ensure customer safety by not allowing more than 50 people on the showroom floor, and no more than 20 people in our customer waiting areas at any given time.
Dueck has implemented extensive cleaning protocols at all our facilities, and are working closely with our operational partners to ensure all products used are Health Canada approved, heavy duty antibacterials. We are a Proud and Certified Participant in the National General Motors Clean Dealership Program. These are numerous hand sanitizing and disinfectant wipes stations located throughout the facility.
In our Service Department, we have implemented additional procedures to ensure both our employees and our customers are protected. It is our policy to sanitize vehicle touch points and use steering wheel and seat covers upon entry to our service department, key sanitation, and a repeat of these procedures when returning the vehicle to our customer.
As always, we encourage everyone to follow the recommended behaviours from the BC Health and Authority at all times:
- Wash your hands often using soap and warm water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
- Be alert for respiratory systems – if your feel sick, please contact your physician.
To ensure that we keep all our customers and employees safe and healthy we must refuse entry to:
- Anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headaches.
- Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.
- Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 cause must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.
All the Staff and Management of Dueck Auto Group appreciate your patronage during this unprecedented time. We want to thank you for your business and would be pleased to answer to answer any further questions you have about our COVID-19 Response Plan.
Amazon Alexa Now Arriving On New GM Vehicles
The Amazon Alexa digital assistant technology is now arriving on new GM vehicles, offering up a host of convenient voice recognition commands for new vehicle owners. GM vehicle brands offering the feature include Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The feature is built-in for many GM vehicles, and requires the respective on-board internet connection package. The in-vehicle apps capability must be included as well.
Amazon Alexa offers voice recognition for numerous infotainment capabilities. These include voice commands for audio streaming services, such as SiriusXM, Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music. What’s more, owners can use Amazon Alexxa to place an online order, or track an existing order, as well as add something to a shopping list without taking their eyes off the road. Further functions include placing phones calls, checking the weather, and finding nearby gas stations.
For those with the right set up at home, Amazon Alexa will also allow users to issue a variety of smart home commands, such as opening the garage door, turning on the lights, or adjusting the thermostat.
General Motors recently published a video documenting Amazon Alexa capabilities as equipped on the new Chevrolet Blazer. Stay tuned for that post soon.
By: Jonathan Lopez
– June 18, 2020
c8 corvette cockpit earns a wards automotive 10 best interior award
Once upon a time, car reviewers and critics would frequently criticize the Chevrolet Corvette’s interior for its sub-par build quality and abundance of hard plastics, but not anymore. The C7 Corvette was a massive step forward for the nameplate with regards to interior design and quality and the C8 Corvette took things even further with its contemporary layout and swath of high-end materials.
Now General Motors is reaping the rewards of the Corvette’s improved interior – literally. The C8 Corvette cabin was not named to Wards’ Automotive’s 10 Best Interiors list for 2020. Wards’ handed the C8 Corvette compliments for its high quality leather-wrapped instrument panel, “handsomely configured” push-button transmission and the generously used microfiber suede material that is found on the instrument panel, center console, door trim, steering wheel, headliner and pillar trim. Editors were also impressed by the mix of metal, leather and available carbon-fiber trim saying GM “achieved great harmony” with the usage of the various high-end materials.
The Corvette’s cabin doesn’t just look the part, either. One Wards’ editor said the C8 is the “comfiest Corvette yet,” and applauded the car’s comfy seats and ergonomic dash layout. They also liked the small partition that sits between the driver and passenger and houses a row of buttons, saying this design details helps to envelop the driver in a sort of cocoon and adds to the overall high quality feel when in the driver’s seat.
Lastly, editors praised Chevrolet for offering a abundance of interior upholstery colours and combinations, which include Adrenaline Red, Morello Red, and Twilight / Tension Blue, among others.
By: Sam Mceachern
– June 17, 2020
Oshawa GM Plant Begins Production of 10 Million Face Mask
Workers at Oshawa’s GM plant have begun work on producing 10 million face masks over the next year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Tuesday.
“As we speak GM employees are making these masks, they will keep people safe and help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Trudeau in his public remarks on May 26. “For the autoworkers in Oshawa, this Content will support goof, well paying jobs in an industry that’s faced tough times.”
The formal announcement from Trudeau comes after GM stated in April that a portion of its sprawling Oshawa plant would be converted to face mask production. At the time, GM officials said the company would produce a million masks per month for the Public Health Agency of Canada at cost.
In a statement on Tuesday, GM officials said the company received its medical device license to produce the mask on April 22 and the machinery has been installed, materials had been sourced and workers had been trained over the past month.
“This is one of the proudest moments in our history to be able to step-up and support all Canadians during this challenging time,” said GM Canada president and managing director Scott Bell in a statement. “With the support and collaboration of the Government of Canada, we will start production in Oshawa today and deliver 10 million face mask to the Public Heath Agency of Canada over the next year.”
Bell recently detailed safety steps at GM plants including screening, cleaning and sanitizing, wearing protective equipment and social distancing.
In April, GM Canada Vice-president of corporate affairs David Paterson said the Oshawa site was selected not only because of its capacity but because it had clean room facilities. That allow GM to source material and build a Canadian mask-making clean room with enhanced safety protocols.
GM Targets May 18th For Reopening Plants In U.S. and Canada After COVID-19 Shutdown
General Motors is targeting May 18th for reopening its U.S. and Canadian vehicle assembly plants, the automaker said in a memo sent to UAW members on Tuesday.
“GM plans to begin a limited, cadenced, and site-specific approach for a return to the workplace in many of our North American manufacturing facilities,” the memo said. “We are targeting Monday, May 18 and er are collaborating with state governments and union partners. We are confident that we have an approach that allows us to move into this next phase with safety as our guide.”
Crucially, GM has agreed to pay workers who are forced to quarantine for up to 14 days. The UAW has said the Big Three must agree to pay workers who are self quarantining after contracting COVID-19 or coming into contact with someone who had the virus, as employees may be apprehensive to report symptoms if they believed they would lose pay over it.
GM outlined the safety measures it will take to curb the spread of COVID-19 at its production plants once they come back online. These protocols will include taking employees’ temperatures when they arrive at work, setting up hand sanitizing stations and staggering work shifts to reduce the number employees that are concentrated in one area. The automaker developed the handbook using lessons learned at some of its plants in China and Korea, along with its ventilator production facility in Kokomo, Indiana.
GM is expected to make an official announcement with regard to the May 18th restart date sometime on Wednesday.
-May 6, 2020
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General motors will begin making covid-19 ventilators this week
General Motors will officially begin making ventilators at its components plant in Kokomo, Indiana this week and will ship the first 6,000 units to hospitals before June 1st.
GM is making Ventec Life Systems brand ventilators under a government contract that will see it deliver a total of 30,000 of the life-saving devices before the end of August. GM workers were already present at the Kokomo components plant last week preparing the site to produce the ventilators. Ventec has had to retain GM workers on how to make ventilators, while the automaker has also begun the necessary components necessary to put them together. In a statement, GM spokes person Dan Flores told Automotive News the company is not making the ventilators at a profit.
In addition to the ventilators, Gm is also making face masks at its Warren Transmission plant in Michigan to help address the PPE supply shortage at many U.S. hospitals. It began shipping the face masks out last week and has since doubled the production output on the masks.
GM has implemented strict safety measures at the Kokomo and Warren facilities to protect employees working there. Employees have their temperature taken with a contactless thermometer upon arriving at the plant and work at spaced out work stations. The work stations and common area are also sanitized and are wiped down every few hours.
GM is participating with Ventec Life System to help increase production of ventilators
General Motor is participating with Ventec Life Systems to help increase production of ventilators that are needed in hospitals dealing with patients who have the novel coronavirus, the companies announced Friday. In the most severe cases of COVID-19 infection, patients need the assistance of ventilators to breathe, and there are widespread concerns that the US does not have enough ventilators to meet the coming demand.
Seattle – based Ventec is one of a handful of ventilator manufactures in the US, according to NBC News, and already has ramped up its production. Ventec CEO Chris Kiple says the company is aiming to produced 1,000 machine per month (up from its usual 150 per month), in the next 90 days, and eventually, to produce 2,000 ventilators per month.
Ventec will rely on GM’s manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing to help build more ventilators more quickly. GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra said in a statement that GM would “continue to explore ways to help in this time of crisis.”
To Our Customers,
Over the past few weeks, it’s become clear that the world if facing an unprecedented challenge. Like you, we are deeply concerned and want to do what we can to help keep our communities and our families safe and healthy.
We are committed to caring for the health and well-being of our employees and customers and are taking necessary actions & precautions, in preparation for COVID-19.
What We’re Doing:
- We are introducing rigorous additional cleaning procedures, and are increasing the number of wipes, hand sanitizes, and other cleaning material available throughout the dealerships.
- We’re taking sensible steps to help protect our team of associates. This means fewer meetings, limiting travel, and making it easier for our people to take the time they need to care for themselves or their families in the event they are directly affected by COVID-19.
- We are monitoring new developments so that we can quickly adapt.
- Asking staff who show any signs of illness or feel unwell to stay home.
- Eliminating all physical contact including hand shaking.
- Disinfecting high-touch areas throughout the day, before and after every guest and staff interaction.
- Mandating staff regularly wash hands and disinfect work areas even if guest and staff interaction didn’t occur.
We recognize this is a challenging time for all, and we will remain deeply committed to the safety of our customers and community.
Our customers are the heart of our company and we look forward to welcoming and serving you.
Please take care of yourselves and each other,
-Dueck Auto Group
OnStar Saves The Day!
OnStar helped Cleveland police track down and arrest a group of thieves after they stole a second-generation Buick LaCrosse equipped with the technology.
According to Cleveland news, police spotted a 2015 Buick LaCrosse that help been reported stolen parked at a gas station in the city’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. As the car started leaving the gas station, police got in contact with OnStar, which enabled its Stolen Vehicle Assistance mode on the car, immobilizing it and allow police to close in and arrest the suspects.
This isn’t the first time Cleveland police have tapped OnStar to help them slow down a stolen vehicle. Last year they used the technology to immobilize a car that had been stolen in a carjacking and it also helped them recover two other stolen vehicles in 2017.
2022 GMC Hummer EV Pickup Coming Soon!
We’ve been speculating about the new Hummer for months, and earlier reporting indicating the Hummer electric truck would be built at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant alongside other electric GM pickups has now been confirmed by GM to be accurate. GMC further announced that the Hummer project will be fully unveiled on May 20, 2020, and that its initial availability will be in late 2021.
2.7L Turbo L3B Engine
GM is proud to announce its new 2.7L Turbo L3B Engine! This new innovated piece if machinery made its debut in the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 producing an SAE-certified 310 horsepower and 348 pound-feet of torque. This L3B is a turbocharged gasoline engine, displaces 2.7L in an inline-four cylinder configuration, the L3B is a clean-sheet design for General Motors. The engine was developed from the outset as a truck engine.
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This Is The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe has made its official debut! Let’s get the important bits out of the way first: General Motors’ 5.3L L84 V8 gasoline engine will be standard on LS, LT, Z71, RST and Premier trim models, while the 6.2L L87 V8 will be standard on the High Country. The 5.3L engine is good for 355 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, while the 6.2L engine makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
GM’s 3.0L LM2 I6 Duramax turbodiesel engine, which makes 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, will be available on all trim levels except for the off-road-focused Z71. All models will also use the GM 10-speed automatic transmission with electronic shift, ditching the column shifter for a row of buttons in the process.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe uses GM’s T1 platform and has a new independent multilink rear suspension, which GM says is the most sophisticated suspension in its class. The SUV offers GM’s existing Magnetic Ride Control system, but the vehicle is also offered with a new Air Ride Adaptive Suspension, available on the new range-topping High Country model and the Z71 off-road model. The Air Ride Adaptive Suspension has automatic load leveling and ride height adjustment, with up to four inches of adjustment available.
Also setting the new High Country model apart is a chrome dual exhaust, 22-inch wheels and chrome exterior trim. Meanwhile, the Z71 model gets standard four-wheel drive, a unique front fascia with red tow hooks, 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires and Z71 exterior badging. The RST trim has returned as well, offering buyers LT content with a sport-inspired exterior appearance and 22-inch wheels.
A total of five different display screens will be offered in the SUV, depending on the trim level chosen. These include a standard 10-inch color touchscreen, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a segment-exclusive 15-inch head-up display and two 12.6-inch LCD rear-seat displays. The 10-inch screen comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a good compliment to the OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Multiple USB charging ports are also scattered throughout the cabin, while a wireless charging pad is standard on all models except for the entry-level LS.
The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe looks to meet the towing expectations of full-size SUV buyers with a Max Trailering package, which includes a high-capacity radiator and cooling fan, an integrated trailer brake controller, Hitch Guidance with Hitch View and Chevrolet trailering app compatibility. The SUV also features up to exterior camera views to help make the towing experience less stressful, along with an in-vehicle trailering app with trailer profiles, trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring.
As far as active safety goes, Automatic Emergency Braking will be standard on all models. Some of the available safety equipment will include HD Surround Vision, Rear Pedestrian Alert, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. The vehicle’s available Side Blind Zone Alert system works with trailers, too.
GM says it will also offer nine exterior colors on the SUV including three all-new colors: Empire Beige Metallic, Cherry Bomb Tintcoat and Darkmoon Blue Metallic.
This Is The All – New 2021 Chevrolet Suburban
General Motors just pulled the sheets on the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. Celebrating its 85th anniversary next year, the Chevrolet Suburban is the longest-running nameplate in automotive history, and now enters its 12th generation.
The changes start from the ground up, and include an all-new architecture that increases the wheelbase by 4.1 inches. However, overall length was increased by just 1.3 inches.
Making the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban more nimble is a new independent rear suspension with optional Magnetic Ride Control. Chevy is also offering a first-in-class Air Ride Adaptive Suspension setup with load leveling and up to four inches of ride-height adjustment.
Behind the first row, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban offers more room and a lower cargo floor as well. Max cargo capacity is up to 144.7 cubic feet, an increase of 24 cubic feet compared to the 2020 model year. There’s also more legroom for second- and third-row passengers.
The trim level cadence now breaks down as follows: LS, LT, Z71, RST, Premier, and for the first time on Suburban, High Country. There’s an all-new interior design with a standard 10-inch infotainment screen, plus up to five display screens scattered around the cabin to keep occupants entertained.
Speaking of tech, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban also offers upwards of 30 safety and driver convenience features, such as HD Surround Vision, Rear Pedestrian Alert, and Automatic Emergency Braking.
Under the hood, the new ‘Burban now offers the 3.0L LM2 inline-six turbo-diesel Duramax engine, plus a pair of gas-fueled V8s that includes an optional 6.2L L87 and standard 5.3L L84. Power ranges up to 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque for the optional 6.2L unit. All engines mate to the standard GM 10-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift.
Scrap-It Program is back!
Starting January 6th!
This program offers incentives to scrap high polluting vehicles for an electric vehicle and other low carbon forms of transportation. This program allows you to claim $6,000 towards a new Chevrolet Bolt EV, or a newChevrolet Volt.Pre-Owned EV’s are eligible for $3,000 in Scrap-It credit. BC Scrap-It Program Society is a not for profit society. It is not a provinical or federal government program. As such, all incentives are subject to change at any time without notice as they are directly linked to available funding.
Do I Qualify?
- All applicant(s) must be the registered owner(s) of the vehicle being scrapped
- All applicants must be able to provide evidence from ICBC that they have had continuous driving insurance (not including storage) on their vehicle, as the registered owner(s), for the 6 month period from the date they apply to the program, backwards.
Learn more at Scrap-It.ca
CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY NAMED 2020 MOTORTREND CAR OF THE YEAR
Oshawa, Ont. (November 19, 2019). – The redefined Chevrolet Corvette Stingray won the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year award, earning the mid-engine masterpiece a top spot among the best vehicles the world has to offer for the third time in Corvette’s history.
The coveted honour, previously awarded to Corvette in 1984 and 1998, was presented to Tadge Juechter, Corvette executive chief engineer and Michael Simcoe, General Motors vice president of Global Design, at an event featuring industry executives and celebrity guests at MotorTrend’s headquarters in El Segundo.
“It’s an honour for the Corvette team to receive this coveted award from MotorTrend against the best the industry has to offer,” said Juechter. “Our design and engineering teams spent several years sweating the details to deliver the first mid-engine Corvette. To have a third party validate our hard work makes it all worthwhile.”
Chevrolet’s first-ever production mid-engine Corvette represents the fastest, most powerful entry-level Corvette in the vehicle’s 66-year history, reaching 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds when equipped with the Z51 Performance Package. The reimagined icon boasts exotic proportions and a modern design inspired by racing and aeronautics to deliver unprecedented levels of quality, customization, technology and craftsmanship. Powered by the next-generation 6.2L Small Block V-8 LT2 engine, the 2020 Corvette Stingray packs 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
“We have been looking forward to the arrival of the mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette for so long, that you’d think there is no way it could live up to the weight of expectations, but the all-new C8 Corvette epitomizes what it means to be MotorTrend’s 2020 Car of the Year,” said MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Edward Loh. “Corvette delivers stunning design and world-class performance, around an exotic mid-ship layout, yet it remains a truly livable grand touring sports car, all at an almost unbelievable price point. Our 2020 Car of the Year is the one that democratizes the supercar – the Chevrolet Corvette.”
Production on the Corvette will begin in February 2020 at General Motors Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Kentucky. True to its roots of attainable performance, the 2020 Corvette Stingray upholds its no-compromise value proposition, starting at $69,998 (including Destination Freight Charge of $2,000, excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment).