Upgrading your Luxury Sedan

Since near the genesis of the automobile, the sedan has been a staple on the streets. This style of vehicle is familiar across all social and geographical demographics worldwide, with an instantly-recognizable design and style. Its versatility, utility, and cost means that it has varied little for a long time, other than increasing in size and luxury.

This 1928 Cadillac 341 A Imperial sedan was one of the early luxury models actually referred to as a sedan.
This 1928 Cadillac 341 A Imperial sedan was one of the early luxury models actually referred to as a sedan.

Companies in the livery world long relied on the Lincoln Town Car sedan for moving VIP clients around the United States. Large, comfortable, and standardized, passengers knew exactly what to expect. While it didn’t have all of the features in the world, the Town Car was a reliable, classy vehicle with plenty of space to stretch out. But after 30 years, Lincoln’s parent company, Ford, put the platform out to pasture, leaving the market without a standard for livery service. While companies in Utah didn’t use the Town Car as much due to the terrain and winter driving conditions, we still recognized it as the standard.

It may no longer be in production, but the Lincoln Town Car sedan is instantly recognizable as a livery classic. For that matter, it still looks good.
It may no longer be in production, but the Lincoln Town Car sedan is instantly recognizable as a livery classic. For that matter, it still looks good.

These days, the sedan has gained more of a rarified air, but without a lot of gains in value. Lincoln more or less replaced the Town Car with the MKT, but this was nearly a decade ago and it has not changed much since. The Chrysler 300C is very traditional, but doesn’t quite have the headroom or interior ambiance for livery duty. Then there’s the Cadillac XTS, which is used frequently by our affiliates as well as by us. It’s large and luxurious, but we feel it could still be better, especially for the money. The vehicle to be seen in nowadays has a back window with a wiper and a large hatch for luggage, and we at VIP Limousine have therefore taken a different approach to our sedan service.

This is VIP Limousine's very own GMC Acadia AWD. Stately and stylish, it is our new sedan standard.
This is VIP Limousine’s very own GMC Acadia AWD. Stately and stylish, it is our new sedan standard.

Enter the GMC Acadia SUV crossover. In the same vein as the MKT, this crossover is spacious and practical, but we chose it because it is a superior vehicle. The style is classy and doesn’t shout, but is simultaneously not an anonymous design, with sparkling black paint, LED lighting, chrome trim, and clean lines.

Once one of our chauffeurs opens the door to the cabin, passengers are greeted with more LED lighting, soft black leather with contrast stitching, dark real wood trim, and real metal accents. The seats are heated captains chairs which have an adjustable backrest and lower cushion for increased recline and legroom, which is not something you typically find in a sedan. Because it’s a taller vehicle, it also has more headroom and a more natural step-in position.

Within easy reach of the passengers are USB charging ports, a 110V outlet, the heated seat switches, and automatic climate controls. Overhead is a retractable shade over the rear sunroof for additional light, and tinted windows ensure privacy. Behind the captains chairs are two additional seats if they are needed in a quick pinch, which most of the time serves as the commodious cargo area.

Our Acadia has a few other notable features. The hushed interior also has active noise-canceling microphones hidden in the ceiling to further tone down any ambient noise. Power comes from a strong V6 engine that bests the power output from the MKT and the Town Car, great for passing others on the road, cruising at speed, or climbing the canyons around Salt Lake City. It also has all-wheel-drive for all types of road conditions, helpful during Utah’s snowy winters.

It is not a typical livery choice by industry standards, however the GMC Acadia is more than capable of meeting the needs of the discerning executive or other client visiting or living in Utah. Stylish, modern, and luxurious, we look forward to using it in the years to come. Client feedback has been extremely positive, as they love the room, features, and look of the vehicle; so do we! Take a ride and experience the VIP treatment in the fantastic GMC Acadia. Special thanks to our friends at Salt Lake Valley Buick and GMC for finding us a wonderful vehicle.

American Fork, Utah: Our Home, Part 29

Much of the work and play in Utah County centers on the larger cities. Some of these are not as big as their Salt Lake County counterparts, however they are no less significant to the economy and the culture of the area and are outgrowing the “bedroom community” status. Central to much of the Utah County population is the city of American Fork, and as the name says, it’s at a crossroads for a lot of local residents.

Like many of the neighboring cities and towns up and down the Wasatch, American Fork was settled by the Pioneers around the 1850s; the current name was not utilized until 1860. Starting very small with a protective fort, the population of American Fork was relatively stagnant until the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21 century, now approaching 30,000 residents.

The stunning Mount Timpanogos Temple, with the namesake mountain in the background. Photo credit: ldsliving.com
The stunning Mount Timpanogos Temple, with the namesake mountain in the background. Photo credit: ldsliving.com

The citizens of this centralized suburb get to enjoy a great deal of natural, as well as some man-made, beauty. American Fork is home to the Mount Timpanogos Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one of the most popular temples in Utah for its design and location. In the backdrop is the stunning view of Mount Timpanogos itself, one of the most popular hiking destinations in north-central Utah which is worth setting aside a day. The Sundance ski resort sits on the base of the other side. American Fork also has a canyon bearing its name, which stretches up towards the back of Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort.

American Fork is also home to some historically-important individuals in Utah. Congresswoman Mia Love, professional dancer Witney Carson, current Governor Gary Herbert, and author Brandon Sanderson are all from there, and play major roles in governance and entertainment. James LeVoy Sorenson, once the wealthiest man in Utah who donated his entire fortune upon his death, was also an American Fork resident, and he is credited with a litany of inventions in the field of medicine, with 5 dozen patents to his name.

With a thriving population, American Fork is also home to quite a few impactful businesses. DOMO, Henry Schein, Myler Disability, Fidelity Investments, and Young Living all have offices or headquarters within the city limits.

Getting to American Fork to visit its beauty, people, and businesses is very simple. The city straddles I-15 as it runs between Idaho and Arizona/Nevada. It also has a dedicated stop on the Utah Transit Authority’s FrontRunner commuter train, providing easy access on its route between Ogden and Provo.