Michigan GMC Dealers Delivering Comfortable New 2013 GMC Acadia Crossover to Shoppers
DETROIT – Michigan GMC dealers are already offering the powerful and very comfortable 2013 GMC Acadia. Customers may be looking for something large enough to carry families from one place to another without sacrificing style. Some enjoy an SUV over a minivan, and the GMC Acadia brings together its many designers and engineers to create one of the top rated SUV crossovers.
One of the most seemingly simple pieces to a vehicle is the many different arm rests and other resting places within a car.General Motors has engineers that are specifically working on how to make those specific and multiple resting places as comfortable as possible for the driver and the passengers no matter where they sit.
“The process begins with benchmarking,” said Joan Hertely, global human factors engineer for General Motors, who has 12 years of armrest engineering experience. “We look at what works, what doesn’t, and start compiling criteria for width, length, angle, height, adjustment options, comfort, reach and overall design. And those factors consider door handles, cupholders and switch locations.”
Because there are so many different armrests, it can take months and months of planning for a vehicle that seats up to eight passengers. The following are examples of the different design and planning that is needed:
- driver’s armrest had controls that need to be added to the design
- four rear armrests need to be designed with cupholders
- captain’s chairs in the second row can be removed, so they need to be adjustable
With so many options that are involved, Michigan GMC dealers know that shoppers will appreciate the care put into the car once they sit in the vehicle and experience the comfort for themselves.
“Once a layout is in place after having been evaluated and optimized over a hundred hours in a stationary buck, further testing continues out on the road,” said Hertely. “We took countless drives with Acadias, paying close attention to how each armrest feels on both elbows and forearms, because people rest their arms differently. And the cupholder integration was new, so we had to ensure a level of comfort with the holders in use.”
Michigan GMC dealers are bringing the best they have to offer their new and returning customers. Shoppers are welcome to come and try the model for themselves.
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