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Back in 2008, there was a buzz in the air about Buick bringing a small car to the U.S. side of the pond. Now, about two years later, the buzz has been spotted and it comes in the form of China’s Buick Excelle. This small sedan, expected to be even smaller than the Regal , is reported to be produced at GM Orion plant which is expected to produce about 60,000 of these puppies. There are plans for the Buick to be sold in Europe, but sources say the main markets will be that of China and the U.S.

The Baby Buick may feature engine options from under the hood of the Chevy Cruze which means we may expect to see a four-cylinder, 1.6, and 1.8-liter gasoline engine and a 2.0-liter turbo diesel. A lithium-ion battery may also be in the running if Buick is seriously considering attracting more buyers. A hybrid or electric vehicle seems to be a good investment to make if auto brands want to take their auto making futures seriously.

Buick has not been able to revive its brand successfully and the move for a smaller sedan over to the states and the elimination of trim-level badging may be just what they need to increase their market share.

Source: DetNews
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The entry-level luxury brand, Buick, is gaining sales momentum and using it to expand its lineup. Following the success of the 2010 LaCrosse (sales up an astonishing 214%) and the Enclave (sales this year have jumped 30%), Buick has revealed at the Buick Immersion Program at the Tech Center a plan to come out with a compact car and small crossover which would round out their lineup. As of right now, Buick models stand at the Regal entry-level luxury/sports sedan, the LaCrosse mid-size luxury sedan, Lucerne full-size luxury sedan, and Enclave full-size luxury crossover. Before we see smaller Buicks driving around, we will get to feast our eyes on the all-new midsize Regal due to come in the next few months. Brian Sweeney, U.S. Sales and Service Vice President for Buick GMC says the new models from Buick will allow them to utilize 47% of the market.

"We are starting to gain some traction in sales," said John Schwegman Buick’s U.S. marketing vice president, Buick-GMC, "but we’re not declaring victory yet."

Hit the jump for the full story.

Source: DetNews

Announced at its official launch, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse CX will be offered with a new Ecotec 2.4 liter engine. The LaCrosse CX equipped with the new 2.4 liter Ecotec engine is priced at $26,995.

Featuring a direct injection engine, the Ecotec engine delivers a total of 182 hp and 172 lb-ft. of torque. The engine is rated at 30 mpg on the highway and 19 mpg in the city.

For the 2011 model year, Buick will drop the 3.0L V-6 engine and will only offer the Ecotec 2.4L and 3.6L V-6 with variable valve timing. AWD will also be offered with the 3.6L-equipped models.

Press release after the jump.

In Europe it is known as the Opel Insignia, but for the North American market General Motors decided to revive a name first used back in 1973: Regal. Sales of the new Buick Regal Buick Regal sport sedan will begin in the second quarter of 2010, and its main competitors will be the Japanese Acura TSX and Swedish Volvo Volvo S60. The new Regal will be offered in two different trim levels: CXL and CXL Turbo, with prices starting at $26,995 and $29,495 respectively. In 2012 it will get two new versions.

The 2011 Regal will be offered only in the CXL trim (additional ones will be added for the 2012 model year). The Regal CXL will be offered standard with a 2.4 Liter Ecotec direct injected four cylinder engine that delivers a maximum output of 182 HP, however a 2.0 Liter direct gasoline injected turbocharged Ecotec cranking out 220 HP will be offered as an option. Both engines will come mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with driver-shift control.

There is nothing much to say about the new Regal’s design, anyone can recognize the Insignia underneath the Buick badge. With its aggressive styling and tailored applications of Buick Buick ’s signature design cues, such as the waterfall grill, select use of chrome trim and superior fit and finish of the exterior panels. While the interior consists of all the latest technologies to keep it up to date in the 21st century: navigation, Harmon Kardon sound system, internal flash drive (1GB), hard drive with 10GB for music and USB port.

UPDATE 09/03/2010: Check out our review of the Buick Regal by clicking here !

Full details in the press release after the jump.

At the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, Buick unveiled the Regal GS Concept - a US version for the European Insignia OPC. Now GM has confirmed that the company will build a high-performance version of the Buick Regal sports sedan. The production version will resemble the concept version and will most likely will feature the same 255HP, turbocharged 2-liter engine.

"That is the kind of excitement Buick needs to get a new cadre of buyers into their store," said autos analyst Joe Phillippi of AutoTrends Consulting in Short Hills, N.J. "Maybe Buick won’t be a four-letter word anymore."

With the new Regal GS, Buick intends to attract to younger customers, pushing the average age even lower and reversing perceptions that Buick is the brand of choice for senior citizens: "Buick kind of lost its way. We built big, floaty, quiet cars — what our customers wanted at the time. The GS would be the next step, more performance-based," Buick spokeswoman Dayna Hart said.

The Buick Regal GS will join the future compact car and small crossover the brand plans to build within the next few years. All of these new models build upon the new, younger image Buick is attempting to create.

Source: Det News

General Motors announced that the Buick line-up will be expanded with a new coupe model in the next few years. The future coupe will be a "statement, all the design cues and everything would drive themselves down into all Buicks."

"Buick definitely needs more product in the pipeline. My role is really being a zealot for getting Buick more youthful, more spirited and probing ideas [for] coupes, more expressive vehicles. That is really my job," said John Cafaro, director of design for Buick and Chevrolet.

"Buick is kind of going through what Cadillac went through" when it reinvented itself, he said. "Cadillac said: ’What we are doing is not working. Our customers are dying off. We have to carve a new image.’ That is where Buick is right now."

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse comes in three trim level- CX, CXL and CXS and with a choice of two V6 engines. prices will range from $27,085 to $33,015. The CX is powered by a a new 3.0L direct injection V-6 that delivers 255 hp and and 211 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CXL gets the same engine as the CX, but adds leather-appointed heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, fog lamps, outside rearview mirror with LED turn indicators and puddle lamps, and 18-inch wheels. Intelligent AWD is available.

The CXS is equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6 that delivers 280 hp and 261 lb.-ft. of torque; the engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The CXS gets a real-time active-dampening suspension; perforated, leather-appointed, heated and cooled seats, and chrome-plated 18-inch wheels (19-inch optional).

Starting in the first quarter of 2010, Buick will offer a third engine choice for the LaCrosse CX model: a new direct injected Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder with prices starting at $26,995.

The Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine delivers a total of 182 hp) and 172 lb-ft. of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the new powertrain combination is expected to deliver fuel economy of 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city.

Press release after the jump.

While the European market has the Opel Insignia , we here in the U.S. have the Buick Regal . And just like they have the in house high performance version known as the OPC , we will be seeing something very similar with the Buick Regal GS concept that will debut next week at the Detroit Auto Show. The last Regal worth noting was the Regal T type, a toned down version of the Grand National with a turbocharged six cylinder under the hood. The lat time that Buick built a GS it was powered by a 3.8 Liter supercharged V6 in the late ’90s.

Buick Regal GS Concept

However the times they are a changing and consumers are asking for fuel economy along with their performance. The Regal GS Concept is powered by a 2.0 Liter Ecotec turbo four with direct injection technology delivering a total of 255 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, quite a bit more then before, mated to a six speed manual transmission sending power to an adaptive all wheel drive system. This means that the Regal GS is a sport sedan that can sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in under 6 seconds. All capped off with a set of exotic Brembo brake calipers. All together the Buick Regal GS is a perfect example of the American automaker’s commitment to high performance.

Updated 12/01/10: Two new video added: Detroit unveiling and Buick GS presentation video. Check them out!

Press release after the jump.

With a gathering of automotive media from all over the world hanging on every word they were saying, Buick took advantage of the opportunity to tease the gathered media a teaser sketch of what is expected to be their latest vehicle – a luxury compact sedan – to be added to their already robust fleet of cars. Apart from showing the sketch, Buick’s product marketing director Craig Bierly withheld any more information, but those in-the-know of the supposed new vehicle have said that the car will be based on the new Opel Astra .

Is this the future Buick Compact Sedan?

Ironically, Bierly showed the teaser sketch at the same time the 2011 Regal saloon – a car that was based on the Opel Insignia - was unveiled. As far as the new compact sedan is concerned, rumors are already burning up that the car will most likely come with the Astra’s 1.6 Liter 180 HP turbocharged unit.

We’re pretty sure that this won’t be the last time we’re going to hear about this new compact sedan in the near future and knowing how Buick likes to give teasers in small doses, we wouldn’t be surprised if a new one pops up anytime soon.

Stay tuned for more details!

Source: WCF
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We recently received one of General Motors other premium brand’s full size vehicles into the Top Speed test fleet, the 2010 Buick Lacrosse CXS. At first our fully loaded Quicksilver Metallic appeared to be the typical American made land yacht, but after climbing inside we were pleasantly surprised by the Buick’s eye pleasing interior and spacious cabin. It looks like after many years of Japanese automakers reverse engineering American and German automobiles, GM is trying to be more like Lexus Lexus by offering a well priced and well appointed luxury sedan without any of the traditional cheap American drawbacks.

Initial thoughts: 2010 Buick Lacrosse CXS

Everything about the Lacrosse ’s exterior is big, from the sculpted lines and oversized 19 inch nine spoke rims to the wide grill that almost wraps around the entire front end of the Buick, making it a genuine full sized sedan. We can thank Buick for starting the trend of gluing faux vents to the sides of their cars, however in this car’s case the American automaker saw fit to include the classic Buick ventiports on the hood. Like almost every other GM vehicle our Lacrosse had a sort of shark fin antennae at the back of the roof that only reaffirmed our car’s nautical theme. We also managed to find a few design cues that could have been lifted from other full size luxury sedans, like a set of BMW 5 Series inspired taillights and doorframes that look like they could have come straight off of a Lexus LS .

Initial thoughts: 2010 Buick Lacrosse CXS

The Dark Titanium/Light Titanium interior of our Buick Lacrosse is just as high class as any other premium vehicle, made up of high quality materials that are pleasing to the eye and soft to the touch. The seats and center armrest are wrapped in plush leather and the dash and door panels are covered with a soft material that is worlds ahead of lesser car’s hard plastic units. The instrumentation is eye catching and the controls are well laid out. We are a bit partial to the Buick’s in dash nav system that also functions as the AM/FM/XM/CD entertainment unit with built in back up camera. The Lacrosse features green accent lighting similar to that found in the Camaro with a long thin strip stretching across the top of the dash, an illuminated horseshoe around the controls and even more accent lighting throughout. I also features one of the most spacious back seats on the market. The car’s sunroof opens up the interior, making the back seat seem even more spacious then it already is, combine this with the retractable rear sunshade and the Buick Lacrosse becomes the perfect car for long road trips.

Continued after the jump.

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