History of the GMC Denali

History of the GMC Denali Lineup | Estherville IA & Knoxville IA

The history of the GMC Denali dates back to 1999. Since then, the development of the Denali has turned it into one of the best pickup trucks and SUVs on the market. These steps throughout the past 20 years have placed the Denali at its peak:

The first instance of the Denali name can be traced back to the 1999 GMC Yukon. In an attempt to steal customers away from the Lincoln Navigator, the top trim level of the Yukon was called the Denali. The Denali trim level had improved wheels, front and rear heated seats, a Nuance leather upholstery, and a Bose® seven-speaker audio system.

The 2001 Yukon Denali redesign saw the introduction of the iconic honeycomb grille which later became synonymous with the Denali. 2002 brought the genesis of the GMC Sierra, which was the second model added to the Denali name. 2011 brought along the Acadia, the Terrain emerged in 2013, and in 2016 the Canyon was introduced.

Denali models now carry a wide range of attractive features. Noise cancellation, aluminum trim and wheels, and stitching and trim details which are unique to GMC now come standard with the Denali. 20 years of excellence have made the Denali one of the most refined and luxurious truck and SUV trims on the market.

Experience the Denali for yourself when you stop by one of our Motor Inn locations in Estherville, IA, or Knoxville, IA, to test-drive a Yukon or Sierra version of this offering.

Development of New Toyota Human-Assist Robots

Toyota Develops New Human-Assist Robots | Carroll IA

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has been working tirelessly on the development of new human-assist robots. These robots will be designed to help humans with basic daily tasks such as cleaning, folding laundry, and putting away groceries. The advancements Toyota plans on making with these new robots could revolutionize convenience and independence in humanity.

The TRI has been developing a robot specifically built for loading a dishwasher. Using stereo-cameras placed around the sink, the robot can develop a deep algorithm which enables it to identify the objects in the sink and if they must be loaded into the dishwasher.

The possibilities offered by the existence of human-assist robots are endless. Advancements like this can make things much easier on the elderly or the disabled, who can enjoy greater independence in their daily routines.

Toyota is taking painstaking measures to certify that its robots are as accurate and safe as possible. With enough progress and development, the TRI is hoping this technology can soon be applied in the field of self-driving cars.

For more information on the brand’s human-assist robots, or to find out more about the 2020 Toyota lineup, visit us here at Motor Inn of Carroll.

The GMC CarbonPro Bed Successfully Passed a Gauntlet of Tests

GMC CarbonPro Bed | Motor Inn | Estherville, IA & Knoxville, IA

For pickup drivers, long-term durability is one of the most significant indicators of overall quality. Because pickup drivers submit their vehicles to some of the most demanding driving of all, they absolutely need every component of their truck to last, even under extreme conditions. To this end, GM has introduced the all-new GMC CarbonPro bed, raising the bar for durability within the truck segment.

The CarbonPro box boasts high-strength and low-weight carbon fiber composite materials for added strength and rigidity and reduced weight. The result is the most rugged pickup box available on the market.

GM performed a number of extreme tests on the CarbonPro box during development. Researchers dropped cinder blocks onto the box from an elevation and unloaded 1,800 pounds of gravel into the bed. They even filled the box with water-filled steel drum barrels weighing 450 pounds each.

Carbon fiber is naturally corrosion-resistant, but GM tested out the corrosion-resistance of the CarbonPro bed nonetheless. Researchers exposed it to extreme temperatures and subjected it to the most drastic climates in North America.

Finally, GM tested the CarbonPro bed’s resilience by driving a snowmobile with metal studs into the bed. The result? You guessed it: the all-new CarbonPro bed took it in stride.

Experience the GMC CarbonPro bed for yourself when you stop by one of our Motor Inn locations in Estherville, IA, or Knoxville, IA.

Our Favorite Summertime Destinations in Iowa

Summertime Destinations in Iowa | Motor Inn

Summer is the perfect time to fall back in love with the open road. And if you’re in Iowa, you’re in luck, as there is certainly no shortage of incredible things to discover. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting this summer, make a point to check out new places this year. If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of our favorite summertime destinations in Iowa.


Okoboji is home to five blue water lakes featuring over 70 miles of beautiful shorelines, making it an indispensable summertime location in Iowa. Check out Arnolds Park Amusement Park, visit the Okoboji Summer Theatre, or revel in the Dickinson County Nature Center area.

Des Moines

For a trip with an urban flair, visit Iowa’s capital Des Moines. No matter what you’re into, this city has something for everyone. Stop by the beautiful Des Moines Farmer Market or stroll around the historic East Village area. You can also explore the Blank Park Zoo or the Des Moines Botanical Gardens.


For a more idyllic getaway, look no further than Winterset, home to some of the most iconic covered bridges in the country. While there you can also visit the John Wayne Birthplace Museum. You can also stroll through the city park, or just get lost driving on some incredibly gorgeous backroads.

If you need a new vehicle to transport you to and from these fun summertime destinations in Iowa, stop by Motor Inn of Spirit Lake.

Ways to Stay Cool in Your Car This Summer

Stay Cool In Your Car | Motor Inn | 5 Locations In Iowa

Now that it’s summer, the temperature is rising and so is the temperature of your car’s interior. If you are sick of being hit with a heat wave every time you open the car door, consider trying these tips to stay cool in your car.

Cover the Steering Wheel

We’ve all been there — the car is parked directly in the sun, and as a result, the steering wheel is unbearably hot to the touch. You can prevent this from happening in the future by keeping a small towel in your car and using it to cover the steering wheel when the car is parked.

Park in the Shade

Sunshine is nice, but it has a lot to do with heating up a parked car. If and when you can, park your vehicle in the shade. Even if you have to walk a little more, the shady parking spot will be worth it, as your car will be much cooler when you return.

Invest in a Sunshade

If you can’t find shade to park in, a sunshade can serve as a decent substitute. Some sunshades are designed to not only shade from sun rays but to reflect them, offering optimum shading and cooling.

Although we do have frigid winters in Iowa, we at Motor Inn of Spirit Lake know just how unbearably hot it can get in the summer. We hope these tips help keep you and your vehicle cool this summer.