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Buick, GMC making OnStar Connected Services standard

Buick, GMC making OnStar Connected Services standard

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The thing about the future is that as long as you’re alive, you’ll get there regardless of whether or not you want to. The installation of full-featured Internet connections in every vehicle is made easier for automakers because over-the-air connections are practically a requirement for EV ownership and an increasingly important — and profitable — component of ICE ownership. As of June 2, all Buick and GMC models are sold with the Onstar Connected Services plan, which is valid for three years, according to a report in GM Authority. It costs $24.99 a month to subscribe to OnStar’s Connected Vehicle service, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot. That works out to less than $900 over three years. OnStar Premium, which costs $1,800 for three years, is the most expensive option. Both have OnStar Connected Services, but according to GMA, these services range in price from $905 to $1,675. There are no exclusions for the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1 at this time.

GM confirmed the rebranding to GM Authority, saying, “For a period of three years, our customers can take advantage of all of the OnStar and Connected Services, including remote key fob, Wi-Fi data, and OnStar safety services. Including this plan as standard equipment on the vehicle provides more value to the customer as well as a smoother onboarding process.”

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The GMC Sierra 1500 comes in three trims and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL in two trims at the low end, with OnStar adding $905 to the MSRP of each vehicle. A $1,500 fine is levied on nearly every other vehicle. A “$1,500 3-year subscription and $175 OnStar & GMC Connected Services Capability” for the GMC Sierra HD Pro is the only model to charge $1,675 for it. This raises the issue of price differences; we have no idea why the Sierra HD costs an additional $175 or if there is a difference in feature content between the price tiers.

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Automobile manufacturer tells GMA that the surcharge will be included in the base price. In the Sierra 1500 SLE configurator, for example, the checkbox for three years of OnStar at $1,500 is automatically checked and cannot be unchecked. We couldn’t find any mention of OnStar in the Buick configurators we used. MSRP has increased since our last look at Buick pricing in February, but we suspect that’s due to inflation. The Buick website still states that Alexa functionality “varies by vehicle [and] infotainment system,” which isn’t true for models with Connected Services.

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