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Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is proud to be the Illinois dealership of choice for customers in Pekin and beyond. Velde GM has been an active part of the community for almost 28 years – and counting!

Velde Cadillac Buick GMC enjoys serving customers from across Illinois. It is this genuine enjoyment that makes our Cadillac, Buick, GMC dealership so comfortable and family-friendly. We are dedicated to your complete satisfaction, and we will work hard to ensure you enjoy your time spent with us.

In addition to a family friendly atmosphere, we also provide our customers with excellent new and used inventory. Whether you’re looking for a new, used or Certified Pre-Owned car, truck, SUV or crossover, we have exactly what you want! Our Velde Cadillac Buick GMC inventory is vast and available for you to peruse online.

We guarantee that you’ll find a car or truck you’ll love at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC – whether it’s on our lot, or we find it for you. We are committed to helping you select a vehicle you’ll love for years to come!

For the highest-quality new Cadillac, new Buick, new GMC, used, and Certified Pre-Owned vehicles, stop by Velde Cadillac Buick GMC today!

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At Velde Cadillac Buick GMC, we are changing the Cadillac, Buick, GMC leasing experience and making it more enjoyable and beneficial to our customers. We offer unparalleled customer service, great leasing deals, and knowledgeable Velde GM representatives that are on hand to walk you through the entire leasing process.

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Auto Service and Routine Maintenance in Pekin, IL at the Velde Cadillac Buick GMC Service Center

At Velde Cadillac Buick GMC, we are dedicated to being your Service Center of choice. That’s why our team works hard to give you a superb experience at a reasonable price.

Each one of our team members is factory-trained, giving our Service Center unparalleled expertise. Our certified technicians are trained in repairing all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. We welcome the opportunity to take care of all your automotive needs regardless of the service or repair your car, truck, SUV or crossover requires.

We are a family business that would love to get to know you and your family. That’s why you’ll see our motto ‘We Treat You Like Family’ as soon as you step inside Velde Cadillac Buick GMC in Pekin, IL!

Although we are a Cadillac, Buick, GMC dealership located in Pekin, IL, we are proud to serve the automotive needs of Peoria, Tremont, Morton, Bartonville, Washington, Peoria Heights, East Peoria, Bellevue, Marquette Heights, Creve Coeur, and Canton.

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Healthy Dinner Recipes For Spring - 04/30/2015

PEKIN, Illi. – Spring has finally arrived! While we're excited about the nicer weather, it has also sent us into a panic knowing that summer is around the corner, and therefore bathing suit season will be here before we know it. (Insert nightmares.) BUT, the good news is that thanks to our Pinterest obsession, we have tons of healthy dinner recipes for spring at our finger tips!

Below we have gathered up a few of our favorite recipes that taste like spring and will help us slim down for summer without sacrificing taste! Try them out! After a few weeks of tasty dinners and a few good workouts, we bet you'll be running to the beach!

Healthy Dinner Recipes For Spring













If your vehicle needs help getting in shape for summer too, let us take care of it for you! The service centers at our Buick Dealership and Ford Dealership are equipped to handle any of your auto needs and we're more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Windshield Wiper Blades Tips & Tricks - 04/29/2015

Windshield Wiper Blades Tips & Tricks

PEKIN, Illi. – Are your windshield wiper blades cracked, streaking, or squeaking? It's the worst when you need to clear your windshield and your wipers do a less desirable job. But it's more than just annoying. It's also unsafe. Your windshield wipers are crucial to your visibility when you're behind the wheel and if they aren't performing like they should, odds are they need to be replaced!

Over time your windshield wiper blades wear out. The sun can cause them to dry out and crack while ice can tear the blades. So no matter what season it is, it's always important to know that your wiper blades are ready to perform. Press play to find out what you need to know about your windshield wiper blades!


If your vehicle needs new wiper blades or routine maintenance, schedule an appointment at our Ford Dealership Serving Peoria, IL! We can take care of all your automotive needs!

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2015 GMC Canyon Has One of The 10 Best Interiors - 04/23/2015

2015 GMC Canyon Has One of The 10 Best Interiors

PEKIN, Illi. – We sure hope the 2015 GMC Canyon isn't camera shy, because it's been the center of attention since its big debut! Already the recipient of numerous honors such as the Inaugural Midsize Truck Award and the Best of the Best Truck Award, the pickup now has another gold star to add to its growing list – the 2015 GMC Canyon has one of the 10 Best Interiors according to Ward's Auto!

When it came down to selecting the 10 Best Vehicle Interiors of the year out of the 42 eligible models, materials, design aesthetics, fit-and-finish, ergonomics, safety, comfort, value, and driver information were all taken into consideration. Ward's named the 2015 GMC Canyon one of the 10 Best Interiors of the year for the truck's ability to revive the stale midsize pickup segment. The Ward's team was particularly impressed by the extensive feature content which makes you feel like you're inside a well-equipped SUV, shedding the stereotypical "compact work truck" expectation. You can enjoy a Bose audio system, plush leather, user-friendly touchscreen, and advanced safety features, without having to upgrade to a full-size truck!

From our perspective, we can say the 2015 GMC Canyon has been extremely popular among consumers as well. We can barely keep them on the lot! Stop by our Peoria Area GMC Dealership to learn more about this title-holder! We have tons of New GMC Trucks to serve your pickup needs!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Things To Do In Peoria, IL - 04/22/2015

Things To Do In Peoria, IL

PEORIA, Illi. – Don't you just love when you discover a new place to visit or a new area to explore right near your hometown? We love supporting our surrounding communities and staying local when we can, so we're making it our mission to never stop exploring our great state of Illinois!

Peoria, Illinois is less than 20 minutes from Pekin and is a overflowing with tons of exciting activities. We've compiled a list of endless ideas of things to do in Peoria, IL to help get your adventure started! Take a look –

Things To Do In Peoria, IL

-Peoria Zoo
-Boat Tours
-Riverfront Museum
-Dozer Park
-Peoria Civic Center
-Forest Park
-Giant Oak Park
-Luthy Botanical Garden
-Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences
-Caterpillar Visitors Center

While these 10 popular Peoria activities will definitely keep you busy during your visit, EnjoyIllinois.com and the Peoria Area Convention & Visitors Bureau are both great resources for your Peoria adventure if you're looking for something more!

Like we said, Peoria is less than 20 minutes from Pekin, so if you're searching for a Cadillac Dealership, Buick Dealership, GMC Dealership, or Ford Dealership, we're here to help! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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11-Speed Transmission Patented By Ford - 04/15/2015

11-Speed Transmission Patented By Ford

PEKIN, Illi. – The concept isn't foreign to the automotive industry – it's always about the latest and greatest. Every automotive manufacturer is constantly in a race against one another for the next best thing and Ford Motor Company just took 1st place by patenting an 11-speed automatic transmission!

Basically Ford said what's so great about an 8-speed, 9-speed, or 10-speed transmission when you can have an 11-speed automatic transmission? While it's still uber mysterious, news that Ford has patented an 11-speed automatic transmission has us dreaming infinite gears and ultimate engine efficiency. Back in real life, Ford's patent application suggests the use of planetary gearsets, and since they are not used with dual-clutch configurations, it seems the 11-speed transmission will be a conventional, torque-converter automatic.

Back when Ford decided to go for the 10-speed, the automaker actually partnered with GM to develop the transmission. But this time around, it looks like Ford's doing it alone! So, stay tuned for more information on Ford's 11-speed automatic transmission as more details become available! Or, check out the New Ford Cars and New Ford Trucks that feature the automaker's already impressive technology.

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition - 04/14/2015

2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition

PEKIN, Illi. – Did you know that it was the Buick Enclave that fueled the brand's rebirth as a notable luxury vehicle brand? Well eight years later, the crossover's momentum is still going strong and to celebrate, the automaker is introducing the 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition!

Building on record sales from 2014, the 2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan Edition takes a more distinctive approach to the three-row crossover with a sleek bronze-tone grille and bronze accented 20-inch chrome-clad wheels. The Enclave has achieved notablepopularity in it's segment and the Tuscan edition confirms it's not going anywhere. AND, it won't be long before you can get your hands on one because the 2016 Enclave Tuscan Edition goes on sale this summer!

Take your pick from one of three exterior colors: White Frost Tricoat, Dark Chocolate Metallic and Ebony Twilight Metallic, then enjoy the rest of the features available on this distinctive edition crossover:
  • Wood-trimmed, heated steering wheel
  • Ice-blue LED ambient lighting around the instrument panel
  • 8-way power driver and passenger seats with power recline, lumbar support and driver memory
  • Heated front seats on Leather models and heated/cooled seats on Premium models
  • Power-tilting/telescoping steering column on Premium models
  • Buick IntelliLink with color touchscreen radio
  • OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • High-intensity discharge headlamps
  • Power liftgate
  • Rear park assist and rear-vision camera system with dynamic guidelines

2016 Buick Enclave Tuscan EditionThe Buick Enclave is the perfect vehicle for you no matter where you're at in your life! It offers three-rows of seating with easy access to the back row thanks to the SmartSlide system, which means there's tons of room for your family, friends, or cargo! Stop by our Peoria Area Buick Dealership to check out our inventory of New Buick Cars!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Rainy Day Activity Ideas - 04/09/2015

Pekin, Illi. – They say April showers bring May flowers, and we're definitely not short on rain this week! If you're anything like us, the first thing you want to do on a rainy day is curl up on the couch and watch a movie, but if we're being real here we all know you can't watch a movie every single day of spring. So, if you're looking for a few fun ideas to cure the rainy day blues, check out these rainy day activity ideas!

Rainy Day Activity Ideas for Kids

Indoor Treasure Hunt
Host your very own indoor treasure hunt! All you have to do is create a set of clues, with each clue leading to the next and eventually to the treasure. Label the clues (5/10 or five of ten) to help the hunters keep track and before you know it they'll be lost in another world!

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

Build a Fort Indoors
Is there anything cooler as a child than building a fort inside and being able to sneak away to what seems like an alternate universe? Probably not.

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

Indoor Paddle Ball
Just because the rain is keeping you inside doesn't mean you can't get active. Try this indoor version of paddle ball – and no expensive vases or lamps will get broken.

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

Get Scientific
Play Bill Nye and watch your little ones oooh and ahhh over this science experiment that makes these worms come alive right before your eyes!

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

Cardboard Creativity
There's just something about a cardboard box that sparks creativity. The options are endless and will keep your little ones occupied all day!

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

Rainy Day Activity Ideas

If you do brave the rain and head to town on a spring rainy day, make sure to exercise additional caution on the roads since they can become slick with rainfall. As the weather changes, it's always best to be extra careful to ensure safety for you and your passengers.

If you're sick of the rain and can't wait to drop the top on a brand new convertible, stop by our Ford Dealership serving Peoria, IL to check out the new Mustang or visit our Peoria area GMC Dealership for a vehicle that is ready for any type of adventure!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Aluminum Ford F-150's 700 Lb Weight Loss - 04/08/2015

Aluminum Ford F-150's 700 Lb Weight Loss

PEKIN, Illi. – It's no secret Ford's F-150 was hard at work on its beach bod before it made its debut. By now you have probably heard that the new aluminum Ford F-150 dropped a whopping 700 lbs, much of which comes from the extensive use of aluminum throughout the truck. However, it also slimmed down in a few other areas and Ford just released the inside scoop on just how the F-150 lost so much weight!

Of the aluminum Ford F-150's total 700 pound weight loss, 450 pounds can be attributed to the aluminum body and frame, but the remaining 250 pounds came from all over, interior and exterior – every pound counted. Inside, Ford lightened up by getting rid of any unnecessary weight particularly in the front seat system, rear seat, and dashboard underpinnings. On the outside, additional weight was dropped in the front bumper structure, steering knuckles, magnesium four wheel drive exterior transfer case, mechanical parking break, and in the rear differential. Plus, in areas where the F-150 kept its steel make up, Ford utilized high-strength steel which means they were able to use less of it while maintaining safety, quality, and performance.

It goes without saying that the new aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 is a sight for sore eyes, but what's even better is how the drastic weight loss allows the truck to offer the fuel efficiency you crave. It's the hottest truck on the streets right now, so don't waste any time getting yours. Stop by our Peoria Area Ford Dealership to check out our New Ford Trucks!

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali Introduced at New York International Auto Show - 04/01/2015

2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali Introduced at New York International Auto Show
PEKIN, Illi. - One of the strongest models in the compact SUV segment just became even more irresistible. This week the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali were introduced at the New York International Auto Show and proved to be the ultimate choice for customers seeking versatility, technology, and style.

With the compact SUV market growing at a rapid pace, GMC knew it was time to amp up one of their most popular models. GMC's 2016 Terrain and Terrain Denali have completely reshaped front-end appearances with new grille designs, power dome hoods, and LED daytime running lamps. GMC will also be offering Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert for the first time on the SLE and SLT models. 

GMC's continued focus on precision and attention to detail are quite evident on the updated Terrain models. Both Terrains not only feature a modernized appearance, but several other new revisions including new front and rear fascias with a C-shaped lower chrome trim, an upgraded instrument panel "center stack" with a new storage shelf and control graphics, and two new premium exterior colors (White Frost Tricoat and Crimson Red).  

Now that the 2016 GMC Terrain and Terrain Denali have been officially introduced at the New York International Auto Show, all there is left to do is sit and patiently wait for them to go on sale this fall. In the mean time, you can still test drive the latest Terrain model at your Pekin Area GMC DealerAt Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps - 03/31/2015

PEKIN, Illi. - As one of Easter's most infamous candies, Peeps really should serve as a multipurpose item; don't you think? In order to make your Easter as peep-alicious as possible, we thought we would present you with six things you can do with Easter Peeps! From homemade centerpieces to a delicious dessert, you won't have an excuse to leave any extra Peeps sitting around the house.

Whether you are in search of a recipe to make for Easter brunch or a fun craft for the kids to do during your celebration, you can find dozens of great ideas on our Pinterest page!


Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Topiary Craft
Why keep Peeps tucked away inside of the Easter basket when you can make them the center of attention? Here are the instructions on how to make this colorful masterpiece.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

A moist, chewy sugar cookie with a sweet marshmallow Peep in the middle. Need we say more?
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Easter Peeps Centerpiece 
You can keep this centerpiece out all season long! All you need is a large vase, a drinking glass, jelly beans, and your favorite flowers. Read the step by step instructions here.

We would consider these bars to be little slices of Easter candy heaven! 
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

How would you like to HANG out with your Peeps on Easter? (See what we did there?) This Peeps Easter Wreath is easier to make than you would think! Here are the instructions
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps

Peeps Fruit Kabobs
Pair your Peeps with a few pieces of juicy fruit on a wooden skewer and you've got a great grab-and-go treat for the kids.
Six Things You Can Do with Easter Peeps


Do you use Peeps for a special Easter project? We want to hear about it! Share your ideas with us in the comments box below!

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Spring Lease Specials at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! - 03/25/2015

Spring Lease Specials at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!
PEKIN, Illi. - Changes in the Illinois sales tax laws have made leasing a vehicle more affordable than ever! At Velde Cadillac Buick GMC we want to help our customers save even MORE on their monthly lease payments, which is why we are sweetening the deal with these awesome Spring Lease Specials!

Have you been contemplating the idea of leasing a new Cadillac, Buick, or GMC vehicle? Well, with the Spring Lease Specials at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC there has never been a more perfect time to lease. Not only will you pay less sales tax thanks to new leasing laws, but you will also save BIG on your monthly lease payments with help from Velde Cadillac Buick GMC!

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of a new 2015 Buick Encore2015 Buick Verano2015 GMC Terrain SLE-1, or 2015 Cadillac SRX? Don't waste another minute! Take advantage of the Spring Lease Specials at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! 

Your local Pekin Area Cadillac Dealership is ready to give you an incredible deal on a NEW vehicle! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford and Microsoft Team Up to Launch New Connectivity Services - 03/24/2015

Ford and Microsoft Team Up to Launch New Connectivity Services
PEKIN, Illi. - There has been a lot of chatter going on from the automobile and technology markets. Word on the street is that Ford Motor Company and Microsoft are teaming up to launch new connectivity services for future Ford vehicles. After some technical complications with the previous Microsoft system on Ford vehicles, the automaker decided to take action and will work hand in hand with the technology giant to create an incredible connectivity experience for their customers!

Ford and Microsoft are teaming up to launch a new connectivity system to support SYNC 3; Ford's latest infotainment system. This upgraded version of SYNC will run on a cloud-based Azure platform from Microsoft and will help Ford effectively notice how owners of the vehicle use the system and will also them to recognize owner's driving habits. An up and coming feature on SYNC 3 will allow data to be collected wirelessly and processed to detect any mechanical or technical issues within the vehicle. If the system does happen to detect a problem, the software will then notify the driver about any maintenance required for the car. 

With this re-established relationship, Ford will be able to provide their customers with a broader set of connectivity services. SYNC 3 will still use Blackberry's QNX on-board operating system to provide users with a simpler layout, larger fonts, and a touchscreen that can swipe up, down, or across. By the end of 2016, all Ford vehicles in the United States will have switched to SYNC 3 and  all vehicles around the globe will have the new system by 2018. Reports say that SYNC 3 could start appearing on some of Ford Motor Company's 2016 models this year. 

At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Buick Creates Their Own "Sweet Sixteen" Bracket for March Madness - 03/19/2015

Buick Creates Their Own "Sweet Sixteen" Bracket for March Madness
PEKIN, Illi. - Once again, Buick is the main sponsor of one of March's most anticipated events, the NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Tournament. This year Buick has decided to try something different and will be partaking in the bracket craze.  Buick has created their own "Sweet Sixteen" bracket for March Madness, which will feature some of the craziest trick-shots to ever grace the internet.

You won't be seeing any college basketball teams on Buick's "Sweet Sixteen" bracket for March Madness, but instead you will meet 16 skilled trick-shot artists competing in a head-to-head showdown. Starting Monday, the tournament will begin online via Buick's website and social media platforms. It is there that the public will be able to view the videos and cast a vote for their favorite trick-shot artist.  

Now you're probably wondering, who are the talents participating in this "Sweet Sixteen" competition? None other than dunk-champions Team Flight Brothers, the trampoline-assisted Dunking Devils, and Titus, a four-year-old YouTube sensation. Buick vehicles will serve as props for the trick-shot videos, while these 16 skilled artists use feats of coordination and physics to win your vote! 

Below is one of the videos from the bracket, featuring four-year-old Titus –––




Check out some of the vehicles in Buick's "Sweet Sixteen" lineup at your local Buick Dealer serving Pekin, IL! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Ford Celebrates Production of 5-Millionth EcoBoost-Equipped Vehicle - 03/17/2015

Ford Celebrates Production of 5-Millionth EcoBoost-Equipped Vehicle
PEKIN, Illi. - Ford Motor Company's fuel-efficient EcoBoost® engine technology has officially hit a production milestone! Ford celebrates the production of the 50-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle, a major accomplishment considering that it was less than three years ago that the 500,000th EcoBoost-equipped vehicle was produced. 

Ford employees sure know how to get the job done! Ford is celebrating the production of the 5-millionth EcoBoost®-equipped vehicle, which means that the automaker has been rolling out more than 200,000 EcoBoost engines per month worldwide. The production of the 5-millionth EcoBoost-equipped vehicle corresponds with this being the first full year that customers were able to choose EcoBoost-equipped engines on 100 percent of Ford's passenger vehicles sold within the United States. Now this fuel-saving engine is available in every region that Ford serves!

This achievement means much more for Ford than hitting a production milestone. This takes the One Ford plan one step closer to increasing innovation across the automaker's global product portfolio and hones in on Ford's dedication to their Blueprint for Sustainability.

Interested in learning more about the fuel-saving EcoBoost engine? Pay us a visit at Velde Ford! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes - 03/12/2015

PEKIN, Illi. - Top o' the mornin' to ya! Are you ready to get your green on next week? If you are in search of a small and subtle way to celebrate the luck of the Irish, we suggest taking it to the kitchen and trying one of these Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes! Our list ranges from traditional Irish dishes to green-colored sweets, so we are sure that you will find the perfect recipe for your St. Patrick's Day celebration! 

As always, you will find these Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes on our Pinterest page alongside of dozens of other delicious holiday eats! Have a happy and safe St. Patrick's Day!

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Downton Abbey and Irish Stew
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Irish Soda Bread
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Pesto Croutons
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

St. Patrick's Day Muddy Buddies
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

Lime Sherbet Floats 
Lucky St. Patrick's Day Recipes

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Velde Cadillac Buick GMC's Vehicle of the Month! - 03/12/2015

Velde Cadillac Buick GMC's Vehicle of the Month!
Velde Cadillac Buick GMC's Vehicle of the Month!
PEKIN, Illi. - Luxury? Check. Performance? Check. Safety features? Check. Velde Cadillac Buick GMC's Vehicle of the Month offers everything a driver could want in one stunning and affordable package. Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on the gorgeous 2015 Buick Encore 1SB!

The 2015 Buick Encore 1SB can be yours for ONLY $199 per month when you visit us at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC. Not only is the 2015 Encore equipped with exceptional safety features including Rear-Cross Traffic Alert and Side Blind Zone Alert, but it also houses an incredibly fuel-efficeint 1.4L turbocharged engine under the hood. With the 2015 Buick Encore 1SB, it is all about the driver. This tech savvy ride takes convenience to another level with the available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability and the Buick IntelliLink system. 

Velde Cadillac Buick GMC's Vehicle of the Month is the total package. It's stylish, spacious, and it can be yours for $199 per month with only $1,999 down! Ready to take one for a test drive? Stop by your Pekin Area Buick Dealership today! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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GMC Launches New "Precision" Multimedia Ad Campaign - 03/05/2015

GMC Launches New "Precision" Multimedia Ad Campaign
PEKIN, Illi. - For the first time since the launch of the 2000 "Professional Grade" tagline, GMC decided to use their marketing efforts to highlight the quality of the brand's entire lineup. This week GMC launched their new "Precision" multimedia ad campaign which hones in on their relentless attention to detail and represents a modern interpretation of the well-established GMC brand.

GMC's line of premium trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, including the ever popular Denali sub-brand, will be showcased throughout the campaign. The "Professional Grade" tagline was developed to demonstrate GMC's exact attention to detail and the fine craftsmanship behind everything they create. Now "Precision" will serve as a core attribute of the brand as they continue to build momentum.

GMC's new "Precision" multimedia ad campaign will include three TV ads that demonstrate the precision and accuracy practiced by professional athletes and how that can be compared to the hard-working GMC engineers and designers. The ultimate message here is that dozens of MLB pitchers can strike out a batter and dozens of automakers can produce a vehicle. However, it is the precision of the pitcher's throw and the precision of the vehicle that will set it apart from competitors. You can watch GMC's latest "Fastball" ad below –––


You can see the precision and exceptional quality that GMC offers when you visit your Pekin Area GMC Dealer! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Why Ford is the No. 1 Brand that Generation Z Considers - 03/03/2015

Why Ford is the No. 1 Brand that Generation Z Considers
PEKIN, Illi. - MartizCX, a customer experience software and research company based in Salt Lake City, recently released reports about the automotive market and which vehicle brand tends to draw in young people when they start car shopping. After surveying almost 1,100 people between the ages of 16-21, results showed that Ford is the number 1 brand that "Generation Z" considers when looking for a new vehicle.  

When Generation Z sets out to purchase a new vehicle, three "must have" elements sit at the top of their list: fuel economy, vehicle design, and vehicle value. At the end of the day, Gen Z wants a vehicle that looks good and that can take them far on one take of gas. Once this study was released, it was very understandable why young drivers gravitate towards Ford vehicles, especially since the brand has recently started to build more and more vehicles prioritized around these attributes

Another contributor to Ford being the number 1 brand that Generation Z considers is the automaker's exceptional lineup of small and midsize vehicles. The MartizCX study showed that a majority of Gen Z buyers preferred compact cars like the Ford Focus, midsize sedans like the Fusion, and subcompact cars like the Fiesta, over utility vehicles and trucks. With Generation Z having more financial limitations than older buyers, the car segment offers several more cost effective options than the utility or truck segments. 

Are you a Gen Z buyer in search of a great deal on a new Ford vehicle? Look no further than Velde FordAt Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant - 02/25/2015

Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant
PEKIN, Illi. - The all-new F-150 certainly started off the first month of the new year with a bang! As the 2015 F-150 flew off of dealership lots in the matter of days, Ford Motor Company realized it was crucial that they hire more employees to meet the demand for this best-in-class, quality pickup. Without a moment of hesitation, Ford Motor Company announced at the start of February that they would be adding 1,550 new jobs to help support the production of the all-new 2015 F-150.

With no time to waste, training for the 2015 F-150 production has begun at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. Ford has developed a production training program to support the innovative method behind the all-new F-150's production. Since it's debut, the 2015 F-150 has been known as the smartest, toughest, most capable F-150 of its kind and in order to effectively produce it, employees must understand the latest in advanced materials and technologies. These skilled trades will spend more than 400 hours participating in in-class and hands-on courses that cover everything from the installation of new equipment to the truck's advanced electrical control system. 


Training for 2015 F-150 Production Begins at Kansas City Assembly Plant

As employees work to complete their training for the 2015 F-150 production, they will undergo a special element of the program known as the "train the trainer" model. Here workers will be expected to be subject matter experts on the all of the new F-150 equipment, allowing them to train the crew they work with on a daily basis. Production of the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 will begin at the Kansas City Assembly Plant at the end of the first quarter of 2015. As soon as the newest Ford employees begin to get their stride, Kansas City Assembly Plant and the Dearborn Truck Plant will be able to produce at least 700,000 F-150s per year to be distributed throughout 90 markets globally. 

GREAT NEWS! The wait is finally over and you can get behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Ford F-150 with help from Velde Ford. At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.


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Cadillac Gives Oscar Viewers a Sneak Peek of All-New CT6 - 02/24/2015

Cadillac Gives Oscar Viewers a Sneak Peek of All-New CT6
PEKIN, Illi. - You may have had to do a double take or even rewind the DVR, but Cadillac did in fact give viewers a sneak peek of the all-new CT6 during the broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards this past Sunday. The spot entitled "The Daring: No Regrets" was one of three all-new Cadillac advertisements that premiered during the Oscars ceremony. The automaker slowly built up the anticipation in the start of the commercial, waiting until almost the very end of the spot to give us all a crystal clear shot of the upcoming CT6 flagship sedan.

Roughly a month before its expected debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, Cadillac gave Oscar viewers a sneak peek of the all-new CT6. It was subtle and sleek, you almost didn't realize that it was the LED lights on the Cadillac CT6 that were surfacing from the fog. Right when your mind starts to race with curiosity, it hits you....BAM! The Cadillac CT6 sedan - featuring what appears to be a modernly enhanced body structure - slowly emerges and drives past the camera while Cadillac's "only those who dare drive the world forward" slogan graces the screen.

As quickly as we realized it was happening, the CT6 was gone, now forcing us all to wait patiently for the great unveiling on March 31st. Cadillac said that the sedan uses advanced mixed-material manufacturing techniques and will have an available plug-in electric option that is expected to deliver an industry-leading fuel economy of at least 70 mpg. Customers will be able to enjoy the Cadillac CT6's state-of-the-art technology, efficiency, and performance when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Did you miss Cadillac's sneak peek of the all-new CT6? Watch the commercial below ––



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Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards - 02/18/2015

Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards
PEKIN, Illi. - Nicely done, Buick! For the second year running, the automaker came out on top of the annual Kelley Blue Book (KBB) awards for long term vehicle savings and had three Buick vehicles receive KBB "Five-Year Cost to Own" awards. The Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave each earned an award in the best entry-level luxury vehicle, luxury compact SUV/crossover, and luxury full-size SUV/crossover categories.  


Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards

Buick has certainly developed a knack for creating attractive luxury vehicles and for providing consumers with a vehicle that serves as a great long-term investment. Three Buick vehicles received KBB "Five-Year Cost to Own" awards because of their ability to offer customers the lowest projected depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state registration fees. 

To obtain these results, Kelley Blue Book calculated total ownership costs using a specific algorithm with third-party data from owners and consumers. Once the scores came in, it was clear to see that the Buick Verano, Encore, and Enclave were able to save owners significantly more money in the long run over their competitors.

Three Buick Vehicles Receive KBB Five Year Cost to Own Awards

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Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN! - 02/16/2015

Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN!
PEKIN, Illi. - Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, we are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN! This top-of-the-line car wash is the cherry on top of all of the awesome services that we offer our customers and will completely round out your entire experience with us here at Velde Ford.

After many months of planning and hard work, the Velde Ford Car Wash is NOW OPEN and is sure to be the perfect "finishing touch" to your experience with us. At Velde Ford, we strive to provide our customers and employees with an enjoyable and comfortable atmosphere. As a family owned and operated business, we treat our customers like members of the family and our employees will always give you their undivided attention because they genuinely care for you and your vehicle. As our customer, you can also always count on our factory-trained and certified technicians to give you the best possible price for their service. 

Go ahead and schedule your next service appointment with us online, then keep your vehicle so fresh 'n so clean with Velde Ford's BRAND NEW car wash! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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2015 Ford Mustang Earns Five-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA - 02/11/2015

2015 Ford Mustang Earns Five-Star Vehicle Safety Rating from NHTSA
PEKIN, Illi. - It was just over a year ago that Ford Motor Company unveiled the "creme de la creme" of Mustangs. It was built from the ground up with a redefined structure to provide Ford drivers with even more power and capability. Now naturally when it came to safety features, Ford wouldn't dare to equip the most advanced Mustang of all time with anything but the very best!

The 2015 Ford Mustang earned a five-star vehicle safety rating from the NHTSA in the New Car Assessment Program testing. Ford's all-new Mustang was put through an intense evaluation program to test its performance against different safety threats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration quickly learned that this pony car was no joke as it earned five-star scores in the front, side, and rollover crash tests! 

The 2015 Mustang actually contains more airbags, peripheral crash sensors, and pretensioning safety belt technology compared to previous models, making it one of the safest vehicles out on the road. There are some additional driver-assist features that contribute to the 2015 Ford Mustang earning a five-star vehicle safety rating from NHTSA. Along with the myriad of standard safety features already available on Ford Mustangs, this particular pony car offers some new innovative technologies like Adaptive Cruise Control, BLIS® Cross-Traffic Alert, and SYNC 911 Assist to provide drivers and occupants with even more protection while out on the road. 

You can easily get behind of the wheel of your very own 2015 Ford Mustang with help from Velde Ford, just stop by the dealership for a test drive today! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User Experience - 02/10/2015

OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User Experience
PEKIN, Illi. - The 1.3 million OnStar customers using the RemoteLink mobile application have spoken and OnStar was certainly listening. Years of customer feedback helped OnStar optimize their RemoteLink application and offer customers a more intuitive, simpler user experience. 

OnStar RemoteLink Offers Customers New User ExperienceIf you are familiar with the OnStar RemoteLink application, you know first hand that it offers a variety of great features. As usage of the app began to grow throughout 2014 with nearly 7 million total requests, OnStar quickly started to develop enhancements that would improve functionality for their customers. Now after a year of diligent work, OnStar RemoteLink will offer customers a new user experience that allows them to easily navigate and access all of the application's most useful features.

While the updated app still offers remote access to information like vehicle diagnostics, it has additional convenience components including remote start, unlocking/locking of vehicle doors, and a vehicle locate feature that allows drivers to pinpoint the location of their car on a map. There are also several practical additions to the app that OnStar users didn't even realize they needed! Now OnStar RemoteLink can provide users with access to OnStar account details that previously could only be retrieved by phone or OnStar.com, it offers users easy management of data consumption, and it even has the ability to turn WiFi hotspot settings on or off.

Currently OnStar RemoteLink is only offering iPhone and Android customers a new user experience, but it will soon be available for download for Windows Phone and Blackberry users within the next few weeks.  

To learn more about all that OnStar has to offer their customers, visit us at Velde Cadillac Buick GMC! At Velde Automotive Group, we are committed to providing our customers with an unbeatable level of service and a great car buying experience. Feel free to visit either of our dealerships, Velde Ford  at 2200 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554 or Velde Cadillac Buick GMC is located at 2220 North 8th Street, Pekin, IL 61554.

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Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids! - 02/04/2015

PEKIN, Illi. - Say goodbye to traditional paper valentines and try something new this Valentine's Day! We are helping you and your child kick things up a notch this year by offering you some fun and creative ways to spice up valentines at an affordable price! With these Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids, you and your little one can spend some quality time together creating personalized treats for their friends and classmates

1. "I Dig You!"
Fill a clear plastic bag with your child's favorite Valentine's Day candy, then insert a small plastic shovel. Seal it with an "I Dig You" tag and your child's name! 
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

2. "Just Popping in to say, Happy Valentine's Day"
Valentines do not always have to include candy! Bubbles are not only inexpensive for you, but they're also a blast for the kids!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

3. Flower Tootsie Pops
Are you feeling extra "crafty" today? With a few muffin cups and some tape, you can make these adorable Flower Tootsie Pops in just a matter of minutes! You will find the complete tutorial here.
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

4. Valentine S'mores in a Jar
If you choose to do this project for a large group, we suggest using a festive bag as opposed to a mason jar for each valentine. You can easily find all of the contents for a "Valentine S'mores in a Jar" - Valentine's Day marshmallows, chocolate, and graham crackers - at your local grocery store!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

5. "Valentine, You RULE!"
Rulers are a great valentine alternative. This is a gift that your child's classmates can store in their desks and use for the rest of the school year!
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

 6. "Sip, sip HOORAY! It's Valentine's Day!"
This is a healthier Valentine's Day treat. Attach a festive Valentine's Day straw to a juice box or bottle of water with a packet of flavoring! 
Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids!

If you liked these Easy DIY Valentine Ideas for Kids, then you are going to love all of the other Valentine's Day fun that we have waiting for you on our Pinterest page! 

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