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Left without a proper compact after discontinuing the Skylark in 1997, Buick made a comeback to the segment by launching the Verano sedan in 2011. The vehicle quickly joined the Encore and Enclave crossovers in helping Buick’s growth in both the United States and China. In 2013, the Verano accounted for 20 percent of Buick sales in the U.S.

Although the current Verano is only three years old, Buick is already working on a brand-new model. The redesigned vehicle sits atop the same Delta II platform underpinning the upcoming Chevrolet Cruze and the Euro-exclusive Opel Astra . Naturally, the new Verano shares many of its internals with the latter.

What the Verano doesn’t share with the Astra, however, is its styling. Slightly longer and wider than its Opel -badged brother, the Verano benefits from Buick’s trademark front grille — now wider for a more aggressive grin — and borrows a few cues from the larger LaCrosse model. The spy shots that arrived in our inbox straight from Germany suggest the sedan is keeping its sleek profile, while gaining a prettier rear end, with the taillights biting more into the fenders.

Things are changing under the hood as well, where an all-new, turbocharged, 1.5-liter four-pot replaces the old 2.4-liter Ecotec unit. Word has it General Motors is also looking to share the Chevrolet Cruze’s 2.0-liter turbodiesel mill with Buick. The latter delivers 151 horsepower and 264 pound-feet of torque, while returning up to 46 mpg on the highway.

We expect the new Verano to break cover in late 2015 and go on sale for the 2016 model year.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 Buick Verano.

The current-generation Buick LaCrosse just received a facelift for the 2014 model year, but the GM-owned brand is now rolling out a new interior package that’s set to move the sedan up the luxury ladder. Available as the Ultra Luxury Interior Package, the bundle adds extra richness to the cabin and can be fitted on all LaCrosse models powered by the 3.6-liter V-6 engine, save for the base trim.

The first thing that changes when the package is selected is the leather that wraps the front and rear seats, which gain a deep Sangria hue and white stitching. Also present on the console and the door panels, the soft, semi-aniline leather is complemented by the Ebony-painted headliner and door pillars.

Moving over to wood trims, which are mandatory in a vehicle that wants to compete in the luxury segment, the LaCrosse sedan equipped with this special package comes with Shadow Tamo Ash inserts on its dashboard, center console and door panels. What’s fancy about this high-grade species is that it’s usually used to create musical instruments, especially drums, by renowned companies. What’s more, the shade selected by Buick matches beautifully with the Sangria leather.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Buick LaCrosse.

2013 was an exceptional year for Buick . GM’s mid-level luxury brand sold a little over one million vehicles, posting a 15-percent increase over the previous year and its best annual figures yet (the previous record goes back to 1984). It’s true that about 80 percent of deliveries reached the Chinese market — only 222,138 units were sold to North American customers — but Buick’s uptrend is a reality that even the most fiery naysayers can’t deny.

With only five nameplates on the table, the brand’s performance is even more impressive. The key ingredients to Buick’s successful recipe for 2013 were its crossovers, the Encore and the Enclave . The ever-growing compact SUV segment and China’s appetite for foreign luxury helped pave the way for both vehicles, but especially for the Encore.

The Opel Mokka-based crossover’s sales surpassed all prediction in its first full year on the market, with nearly 100,000 examples making their way into people’s driveways. Sure, it’s nowhere near the BMW X1 ’s 150,000+ figure, but the Encore is proof enough that Buick’s struggle has finally come to an end.

Having been shipped to showrooms beginning the first quarter of 2013, the subcompact SUV is as fresh as it gets. Naturally, Buick’s updates for 2014 aren’t abundant, but the Encore continues into a new year with a few new safety and convenience features.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Buick Encore.

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How do you think a 100-plus-year-old car behaves on the road? Its pretty hard to imagine something like this is even possible, right? Well, in the latest episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the Jay took a look at a 1910 Buick Bug. The car was delivered by Jeremy Dimick of Flint’s Sloan Museum and the test drive is pretty interesting.

The 1910 Buick Bug was built as a race car and drew its power from an overhead-valve, four-cylinder engine that delivered a total of 57 horsepower. Though that power is low by today’s standards, it was actually pretty good back in its day, and it helped get the 2,600-pound racer to a top speed of about 105 mph.

During the video, make sure that you pay close attention to the its four exhaust pipes, as the spit fire like today’s supercars when the Bug is idling.

Check out the video to see what Leno thinks of the 1910 Buick Bug.

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The Buick LaCrosse is fresh for 2014 with a variety of improvements in almost every area, but with pricing that holds the base line at $34,000.

The outside is sharper than before with LED and bi-xenon lighting up front, while new LED styles for the brake lights come in out back.

Inside, everything takes a step toward classier finishes and surfaces, while tech integration for the touchscreen infotainment and active safety is now one of the best from any luxury brand.

Larger wheels all around are a LaCrosse feature for 2014 as well, but the most notable improvements to this smooth full-size sedan really come from its manners on the road.

A far stiffer chassis than ever before is married to the traditional Buick attributes of smooth, quiet and safe cruising. The increased rigidity for the platform brings only benefits, including a ride that is just as cozy as before in standard settings, but with a firmer ride selectable electronically, as well, for windy mountain roads.

During its stay here at the TopSpeed Garage, the LaCrosse’s benefits were clear from the moment we sat in its huge leather chairs.

Our tester was the 304-horsepower, V-6 model, but almost all of the new tech and other updates also apply across the new-for-2014 eAssist hybrid model at the base side of the price range.

For this much roominess and comfort, the only other contenders in the Buick ’s $35,000 to $45,000 segment are the revised Lincoln MKZ or the smaller Audi A6 .

How does the flagship Buick define itself in a segment filled with other classy limousine options?

Click past the jump for the full TopSpeed Driven review of the 2014 Buick LaCrosse for all the details.

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When Buick recently decided to name 11 "greatest hits" from its back catalog, it wanted one vehicle to define each decade the company has been making luxury cars. The most current model on the list and the one representing the modern Buick brand? The Enclave.

This full-size crossover seats up to eight people in a giant interior that could also double as a moving van. Its luxury styling elements, quiet cabin and optional AWD have earned the V-6-powered Enclave not only prestige within Buick ’s history, but also a breakout sales success rank that few expected when the model was launched as a 2008 model.

The name is pronounced “On Clave” and loosely means "to surround and protect." The name matches the mission of this family friendly wagon: offer almost all of the normal minivan space and safety benefits in a more fashionable SUV shell - with optional AWD and 4,500-pound towing capability.

The latest 2014 Buick Enclave packs a few updates to its interior amenities, new safety tech and a light exterior refresh that includes LED lights front and rear. How does it fare versus its primary competition in the $45,000 luxury crossover segment: the Infiniti JX35 and the new Acura MDX ? Does it have enough luxury to justify the extra spend over the latest seven-passenger Hyundai Santa Fe ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Buick Enclave with mega photo gallery of the revised exterior and interior.

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Buick ’s 162-mph performance flagship is back for 2014 with a new AWD option and a revised engine design for quicker turbo boost. The 2014 Regal GS keeps all the styling elements that make it such a showstopper: the polished 20-inch alloy wheels and satin metallic intake/exhaust breathers.

There are new headlights and taillights to mark out the latest model but it will take a real spotter to differentiate the two from most angles. Up front, the projector ball is now toward the outside edge of the headlight assembly and a new LED design brings a much brighter corner graphic. Out back, the chrome trunk bar now runs the full width of the car and a wrap-around LED design brings wider tail lamps.

The GS now shares its engine with the 2014 Regal Turbo but stands alone when it comes to exterior presence, dynamic performance and interior materials. The AWD option is a welcome addition to the GS package but is only offered with the automatic transmission. Relax, the 2014 Regal GS is still available with a manual on the front-drive cars.

This hot midsize sport sedan is clearly a huge visual upgrade over the base Regal but is actually priced with a minimal $2000 jump above the loaded Regal Turbo .

Do the enhanced performance, sophisticated drivetrain and massively upgraded interior make it worthwhile? And how does it stack up versus the Audi A4 and the Cadillac ATS ?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Buick Regal GS with extra information on the extensive engine update and AWD option.

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Buick’s midsize sedan benefits from a variety of mechanical, style and tech updates for 2014. The base Regal Turbo is now just as powerful as the GS and can be equipped with AWD for the first time.

It also marks the first time a base model Buick sedan can reach 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds.

The base Turbo and eAssist receive the most noticeable exterior update via new front and rear styling details, but the refinements are still very subtle. All Regals now have new LED running lights up front, a reshaped fascia and new LED taillights out back.

One surprise about the Regal is that it is not very cheap. There are no stripped-out versions and the prices start at $29,000 for this European-designed sports sedan. The Regal competes with other near-luxury sedans, like the Acura TSX and Lincoln MKZ .

This is no Buick LeSabre when it comes to styling but even more so in terms of handling and performance. The old ‘Dynaride’ days live on with the smaller Verano and larger Buick LaCrosse. The Regal takes a far sportier path with firm seating and a well-balanced ride/handling compromise closer to the Cadillac ATS than any previous Buick .

Can the strongest and most-competitive Buick Regal in decades compete successfully versus all these competitors? Is the compact, but premium, cabin a problem versus some jumbo midsize cars, like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord ?

Updated 11/14/2013: GM has just announced that the Buick Regal will come standard with the once-optional 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It also turns in even more power than before and better fuel economy.

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Buick Regal Turbo and eAssist sedans with highlights on the updates ahead of the car’s arrival in dealers this fall.

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Buick Encore

In the past few weeks, a strange-looking Buick crossover was caught out testing. At that point, no one had any idea on what model this could be, but it now looks like the strange crossover will, in fact, be a new addition to Buick’s lineup.

Recent reports suggest that the new crossover will be named "Anthem" and will most likely be reserved for North American and Chinese markets. Buick will place it between the current Encore and Enclave models, and it will be put into production in mid-2014 as a 2015 model.

The Anthem will be built on GM’s global compact architecture, also known as "Delta." As for the engine lineup, the Anthem will carry different engines for each market. For the American market, the most obvious choice of powerplants will be GM’s well-known 2.5- and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

While it may sound strange to you, Buick’s decision to add a third crossover to its lineup shouldn’t be a surprise, especially when you consider that crossover sales improved by 14 percent this year.

Click past the jump to read more about the upcoming Buick Anthem.

Note: Buick Encore pictured here.

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Buick unveiled the first Riviera Concept at the 2007 Auto Shanghai. Now, six years later, the company is using the same show to unveil a second version of the concept that, according to the company, "offers a preview of Buick’s future design language."

While it’s pretty obvious the concept’s exterior design won’t make it to production in its entirety, the second version of the Riviera Concept features a low, sporty and futuristic look. The concept offers an updated version of Buick’s waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights - both elements are said to be used in future Buick models.

The concept unveiled in Shanghai is coated in an ice celadon finish that is inspired by jade and features unique gull-wing doors.

The most important part of the concept is that is powered by an all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system that allows the vehicle to be charged wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis.

Updated 04/22/2013: Buick has unveiled a new set of images for the second Riviera concept, which made its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show. Check the picture gallery to see all the images.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Buick Riviera Concept.


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