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General Motors may be a long ways from getting back on its feet in the US, but in another country, the Detroit-based manufacturer is standing tall.

Despite a tenuous hold on the US auto market, GM can take comfort in the fact that they’re Chinese consumer base has more than picked up the slack, accounting for a whopping 814,442 vehicles in sales in the first six months of 2009.

It doesn’t come as the least bit surprising to us to see China establish themselves as the world’s leading auto market. After all, the country still comprises about 1/6th of the entire world’s population so naturally, that many people would entail a lot of customers too. GM also benefited through a number of stimulus policies the Chinese government has implemented, allowing foreign brands to import their products easier.

Source: Edmunds

Buick added a new engine to the LaCrosse line-up: a new fuel-efficient, direct injected Ecotec 2.4L four-cylinder engine that delivers 182 hp and a peak torque of 172 lb-ft. The engine has a fuel economy of 30 mpg highway and 20 mpg city.

Every engine in the LaCrosse lineup is direct injected and matched with a fuel-saving six speed automatic transmission. Along with the Ecotec 2.4L, a new, direct injected 3.0L V-6 is offered and a larger-displacement, more powerful 3.6L V-6 is standard on the LaCrosse CXS model.

Press release after the jump.

China is the most important market to Buick. It not only sells more cars in the Orient than here, but the unloved by the U.S. Terraza minivan was also a real hit over there. So at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show it revealed a special car with Chinese influence called the Buick Business Concept.

Buick Business Concept

So why is a MPV shown as a business car? Unlike in the U.S. where minivans are the shame of the soccer field, their size is seen as something of prestige in China. As far as design goes, this is a relatively good looking for a minivan. The flowing lines are reminiscent of the Mazda Biante .

For all those minivan fans out there, this may be as close as most of you will get to this Buick. Although production plans and distribution areas have not yet been announced, it’s likely that this will not be a world car for GM.

More pics and info in the press release after the jump

After being revealed at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2010 LaCrosse will go on sale at a price starting at at $27,835 for the CX model; the CXL FWD is priced at $30,395; the CXL AWD at $32,570 and the CXS at $33,765.

2010 Buick LaCrosse pricing announced

The CX and CXL are 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 CXS is equipped with a 3.6L direct injection V-6 that delivers 280 hp and 261 lb.-ft. of torque.

Press release after the jump.

The Cadillac CTS coupe and the new Buick LaCrosse were both supposed to premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November, but now that’s been scrapped. This means that a cost-savings plans will now delay two significant cars that are significant to the future of General Motors.

The 2010 Buick LaCrosse will now be shown at the Detroit Auto Show in January. The new LaCrosse is supposed to be a car that will rejuvenate the Buick’s family car in a similar was to Chevrolet did with the latest Malibu .

There has been no announcement when CTS coupe has been rescheduled to make its debut. The CTS coupe is an angular design that will help Cadillac better take on the BMW 3-Series.

These two cars seems to be the victims of the latest in a series of actions GM has taken to cut costs in recent weeks. GM said on Thursday it would cut some benefit payments and would be forced to dismiss salaried staff because of the steep downturn in auto sales.

Source: Reuters

GM today provided today the first glimpse of Buick’s upcoming 2010 LaCrosse, which reveals an exterior design strongly influenced by the Buick Invicta that debuted at this year’s Beijing Auto Show.

The new LaCrosse is expected to give a little more sporty feeling than its predecessor. It seems Buick might be on the right track considering the new LaCrosse will share the same platform as the upcoming Opel Insignia and the Saab 9-5 replacement. Buick officials announced that the all-new LaCrosse will make its world debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

For 2009, Buick LaCrosse receives some minor upgrades and new additional features. This should be the last year before Buick redesigns the car for the 2010 model year.

Buick LaCrosse

A V6 and a V8 are the powertrains used for the 2009 Buick LaCrosse lineup. LaCrosse CX and CXL models are propelled by the 3.8L V-6. This proven industry stalwart is rated at 200 hp and 230 lb.-ft of torque. The 3.8L features electronic throttle control to improve engine response and optimize fuel efficiency. Recent upgrades to the 3.8L also result in quiet operation.

Buick LaCrosse

LaCrosse Super models are powered by the robust 5.3L V-8 small-block. Rated at 300 hp and 323-lb.ft of torque, it enables LaCrosse Super to reach 60 mph from a dead stop in just 5.9 seconds. The 5.3L small-block V-8 uses GM’s Active Fuel Management, an engine technology that seamlessly switches between four and eight cylinders to save fuel.

Press release after the jump.

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In China, Buick’s heritage makes it a new and hip brand. In North America, its heritage makes it the brand for those who need a new hip. In fact, China accounted for about 34 percent of Buick’s total sales last year. So to help put the cars where the people want them the most, General Motors has now announced that Buick will now export its Enclave SUV to China. Buick is one of most popular brands in the country, but these are not the exact cars available in the U.S. The Buicks in China right now mostly are mostly original cars or designs borrowed from other GM brands such as Daewoo, Opel and Holden.

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