Posted: 04/06/07 11:37 AM
POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Here's a cool thing: For the next two months, drivers in eight major U.S. cities will be treated to free valet parking as they pull into their favorite shopping centers, thanks to GMC and its first-of-its-kind national marketing push. Starting immediately, automaker GMC is footing the bill for valet parking as part of the launch of its new Acadia crossover vehicle. The promotion, which continues through April, is the first time that an automaker has provided "free parking" on a national level.
More than 100,000 drivers nationwide will be provided the free valet parking during the program's two-month run.
While they are not specifically marketing the program to women, I don't know who better fits the plan: "GMC wanted to find a way to introduce Acadia to busy families. We recognize how difficult running errands can be with small children, and thought we could help make their shopping trips a little easier by picking up the tab for the valet," said Mary Kubitskey, GMC National Advertising Manager.
In case you didn't know, the all-new Acadia is GMC's first crossover SUV, offering seating for up to eight and combining the capability of an SUV with a car-like driving experience. Acadia features a skirt-friendly 18.9-inch step-in height along with the generous interior space of larger SUVs. Inside, the safety system includes six standard air bags, standard electronic stability control system, and rollover mitigation technology, which can preemptively activate the side-impact air bags if sensors determine a rollover is imminent. In the event of a rollover, the air bags stay inflated longer to provide increased occupant containment.
Acadia also comes standard with OnStar Generation 7 (with a one-year Safe and Sound plan), which features the Advanced Automatic Crash Notification system. If the crash activates an air bag, the OnStar system automatically notifies an OnStar advisor, who immediately calls the vehicle and/or summons emergency help. Manufacturer's suggested retail price begins at $29,495. You can get more information on the Acadia the manufacturer's official website.
You can park for free at the following locations:
Los Angeles: The Block at Orange, California Pavilion Shopping Center, South Bay Galleria, and the Pike at Rainbow Harbor
Phoenix: Chandler Fashion Center
Sacramento: Arden Fair Mall and Loftworks
San Francisco: Stoneridge Mills
San Diego: Fashion Valley Mall
Miami/Ft. Lauderdale: Sawgrass Mills
Orlando: The Florida Mall