This is Why You Will Simply Fall In Love With The New Luxurious Buick Regal Avenir
Buick wants to do with its Avenir trim much the same what GMC did with its Denali. It is a pseudo-luxury sub-brand created to move usually mediocre cars into the world of utmost luxury.
Up until this point, Buick did just that with the Enclave Avenir, the LaCrosse Avenir, and the GL8 Avenir (only available in China,) but they’ve just revealed that the Avenir luxury trim will land on the Buick Regal Sportback.
In an expected turn of events, the Avenir trim line garnished the 2019 Buick Regal Sportback with serious luxurious gear differentiating it from the current top of the line trim called the Preferred II.
“Avenir sales have exceeded our expectations,” said Phil Brook, Vice President, Buick and GMC Marketing. “Buick customers value the exclusive styling, premium features and convenient experience Avenir provides, and we are excited to extend that successful formula to Regal.”
For now, the 2019 Buick Regal Avenir is available only in the Sportback guise with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine developing 250 horsepower, with a front wheel drive, and advanced nine-speed automatic transmission.
Buick Builds Itself A New Top Shelf With Avenir Sub-Brand In New York
The 2017 New York International Auto Show is now in full swing, and Buick isn’t wasting any time in introducing a new premium sub-brand it’s calling Avenir. If the name sounds familiar, you’re probably remembering the full-size luxury four-door concept car Buick brought to the 2015 North American International Auto Show. At the time, we liked it, praising its classy good looks and well-executed interior, and hoped dearly that Buick would see fit in bringing it to production. And while we have yet to see the potential new flagship sedan get the green light, the Avenir name just got tagged on the new 2018 Enclave, ushering in a new premium sub-brand for Buick in the process.
Fittingly, the word Avenir is French for “future,” so it stands to reason the Enclave Avenir is just the first of many more top-quality offerings to come. All in all, the Enclave Avenir looks promising, bearing many of the same qualities as the concept sedan we enjoyed so much, albeit with a glaze of production-friendly tweaks laid on top.
So what kind of goodies can we expect from future Avenir products? Read on for our take, as well as the new Enclave Avenir’s various standout features.
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Buick Will Attend Super Bowl For The First Time
Buick’s plan to become a bigger player in the US market is about to get a big jolt in the mainstream after the company announced that, for the first time in its history, Buick will roll out a commercial during the Super Bowl. The American automaker will present a 30-second ad centered on its “Experience the New Buick” campaign and featuring the Buick Cascada. True to its recent form of having famous athletes and celebrities serve as pitchmen for the brand, the Buick commercial will feature New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and actress/model Emily Ratajkowski.
Like with most Super Bowl ads, we’re not going to get a good look at the commercial until at least a few days before the big game on February 7, 2016. But, rest assured, the mere presence of Buick during the Super Bowl is big enough to garner some attention for the Cascada. That’s normally the case when you have a commercial in the world’s biggest sporting event, which is expected to be watched by over 115 million people in the U.S. alone.
The new ad is also considered the beginning of a very aggressive year for the company, one that will be highlighted by the release of three new models, including the Cascada, Buick’s first convertible model in 25 years. Later in the year, the American automaker has also scheduled the release of the redesigned LaCrosse and the Envision compact crossover.
But, before all three models are launched, Buick will be present at the big game for the first time in its long and storied history with a 30-second spot that reportedly costs $5 million. It’s never been in this position before so the fact that the company is willing to spend all that money for a commercial is proof that it wants to start the year off on a high note and ride that wave of momentum throughout the year.
With the Cascada, LaCrosse, and Envision all due this year, there’s no better time and place for Buick to showcase to the global community that it’s back and is well on its way to become the automotive force it once was.
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According to a report, Buick has filed a few intriguing trademarks recently, including the Avenir, the Regal Sport Touring, and the LaCrosse Sport Touring.
With Buick managing to survive GM’s purge back in the 2000s, it was clear that there was a future for the brand. In more recent years, the Buick brand has migrated away from the granddad’s-car image to a brand tuned more toward sub-luxury buyers. In addition to adding more luxury, it has also added a touch of youthfulness with models like the Verano and Regal Turbo, and the Cascada convertible. Because of its recent movement, seeing these new trademarks is really no surprise.
The Avenir name is the most interesting of the trademarks, as it could potentially signal the brand’s intentions to move forward with its super-luxurious 2015 Avenir Concept. A model like the Avenir would not necessarily sell well, but it would give the brand the level of prestige it needs for more buyers to consider buying a Buick instead of stretching for the Bimmer.
As for the Sport Touring models, there are a few scenarios. The most likely of these is that they are simply new trim levels that give the two models more sportiness and luxury. The other scenario requires a look across the Atlantic at the Opel Insignia Sports Tourer, which is essentially a station wagon version of the Regal. This points toward the possibility that Buick could be looking to release a pair of wagons based on the two sedans here in the U.S., but that is highly unlikely.
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Mostly known for turning classic SUVs and trucks such as the Toyota FJ, the Ford Bronco, and the Chevrolet 3100 into modern off-roaders or hot rods, ICON also spends time building rat rod-like vehicles as part of its Derelicts line. The Los Angeles shop buys "as found" vintage car bodies and mounts them on modern chassis and drivetrains, while adding various creature comforts. The latest tarnished jewel to join ICON’s Derelicts lineup is a 1948 Buick Super Convertible, and the final product, a rusty sleeper that can smoke most modern-day BMWs and Porsches, just arrived in Jay Leno’s famous garage for a full review.
ICON used a new Art Morrison chassis complete with an independent front suspension and a four-link rear suspension, as well as JRI shocks and a 20-to-1 rack and pinion power steering system. But the most spectacular feature of this Derelict is under its hood, where ICON dropped a Corvette ZR1-sourced, supercharged, 6.2-liter LS9 V-8 engine. The mill cranks out 638 horsepower and 604 pound-feet of torque through a Supermatic 4L85E automatic and a set of Z-rated, BF Goodrich G-Force tires. No wonder this massive convertible can do burnouts now. Check it out in detail in Leno’s 18-minute review above.
Having unveiled a rebadged version of the Opel Cascada and the Avenir concept at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Buick has announced plans to unveil something new at the New York Auto Show as well. However, this time we won’t be getting a new nameplate or a concept previewing a future product, but a new equipment package for the Enclave. Set to go on sale this summer on the Leather and Premium trims, the package goes by the name Tuscan Edition and adds a number of standard luxury features to the full-size SUV, as well as two new exterior colors, White Frost Tricoat and Ebony Twilight Metallic.
Specifically, in addition to the standard equipment on the Leather trim, the Tuscan Edition gets a heated, wood-trimmed steering wheel, Ice-Blue LED ambient lighting around the instrument panel, heated, eight-way power front seats with power recline, lumbar support and driver memory, OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, and tri-zone automatic climate control. HID headlamps, a power liftgate, rear park assist, and rear-vision camera system are also included.
The Premium trim comes with all of the above plus heated/cooled seats and a power-tilting/telescoping steering column. Both models are powered by the 3.6-liter V-6 generating 288 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, while all-wheel-drive remains an option. There’s no word on pricing for the Tuscan Edition package, but we should find out more at the 2015 New York Auto Show scheduled to begin on April 3rd. Stay tuned!
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The world of restomodding is something like walking a tightrope. There have been a lot of advances in automotive technology over the years, but trying to incorporate them into an older car without wrecking the aesthetic can be difficult. But some people have worked out the right formula for these kinds of things, and the folks at Icon are absolutely obsessive about it. It gets especially interesting with the Derelict series of cars, in which the exterior gives the appearance of not having been restored at all, but nearly everything else about the car has been changed and modernized.
The car started life as a 1948 Buick Super Convertible. It was found in barn in Pennsylvania and hadn’t been registered since the ’70s. The Super had been a thoroughly mainstream car for Buick in its day, a full-sized but not excessively expensive car that sold in huge numbers. So even today it isn’t especially rare, and when Icon CEO Jonathan Ward found the car while actually searching for a different Buick, he bought it right away, despite not having a buyer lined up yet. The modifications have been extensive, to say the very least, but the car still looks every bit like a barn find.
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As the largest sedan that Buick sells as of 2014, the LaCrosse has a very important role to fill. Buick has long been a brand associated with affordable luxury and refinement. If the biggest and best sedan it makes can’t make par, there is very little hope for the brand as a whole. When 2014 rolled around, Buick revealed a full-model refresh that had a more modern exterior design and improved interior ergonomics. Now for 2015, Buick looks to build on that platform by enhancing the list of available standard technology and features.
Is the new exterior design and equipment enough to help this Buick stay competitive? Has America finally produced a car that is good enough to go toe-to-toe with the best that Japan has to offer and win? With powerful V-6 engines abd optional AWD, Buick is swinging for the fences with this car.
I took delivery of a top-level 2015 Buick LaCrosse to give it a full run for its money. I think you may be surprised to find out what I thought.
Read on to learn more about the 2015 Buick LaCrosse
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.
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.
For all of us car buffs born in the 1980s and later, we mostly think of Buicks as being granddad’s car. You know, a big, cushiony jalopy that can barely get out of its own way. The last real Buick that we know of being even remotely high-performance was the Grand National and the Regal T-Type from 1978 through 1987. Since the Grand National’s deletion, there has been little life in Buick’s lineup and performance car buyers went away from the brand.
In recent years, GM has been reshaping all of its lineups to not only be more economical, but also to be more performance oriented, including Buick. The thing with Buick is that it has to retain its now strong customer base – the retired American – but offer the performance to draw in younger buyers. Well, when Buick released the Verano, it knew it had a car that was compact and stylish enough to draw in younger buyers without alienating its primary buyers. Once GM started mentioning a turbocharged model, a la the Cobalt SS, our ears perked up a little.
While the details are still a little scarce on the complete model, we felt it was time to get a full review together, so you can see what’s going on.
We will preview this review by letting you know that this is not your granddad’s Buick…
Click past the jump to read more on the Buick Verano Turbo.
Take a pick among General Motors’ line-up of auto brands when it comes to overall popularity and chances are you’d take a while before picking Buick among them. It’s not the most popular brand by any stretch of the imagination, but thanks to a rejuvenation, Buick is looking like it’s going to be a major player in the mid-size luxury sedan with the 2012 Buick LaCrosse.
Taking the reins from the previous LaCrosse model, the 2012 model looks to take the company to the next level with an all new eAssist system that Buick is proclaiming to improve fuel economy by 25 percent. What’s most impressive about the new LaCrosse is that despite the state-of-the-art system that’s been given to the vehicle, Buick is not giving it an added impetus – separate cost from the vehicle – but rather, is putting the eAssist system as a standard feature in all 2012 models of the LaCrosse.
That, in itself, says a lot about Buick and it’s latest mid-size luxury sedan.
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As you have seen by now, we have a tendency to rank cars differently than other car sites. While we love practicality as much as the next site, at TopSpeed, we put speed, performance, and that certain sparkle above the size of the trunk and the back seat.
With entry-level luxury cars, finding the gems between the boring sales rep vehicles can be a pretty hard task. We have so many terribly dull sedans that are only good for taking you down the motorway to work and that’s about it. We aren’t looking for that. We don’t care about sales, we don’t care about popularity, we care about how these cars drive on the track and in the real world. We are aware that a point to point car is what most people will like, but we want an entry-level sedan that provides excitement on that everyday journey. Something that can make you smile and enjoy the drive home. A car that will make you take the back roads.
Over the course of this series we have jumped price by $10,000 each time, starting from $20,000 with the small cars and then $30,000 with the midsize. For this test, we are jumping by $15,000, to make the price cap at $45,000.
Hit the jump to see what our top ten entry-level luxury vehicles are.
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."
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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 by offering a well priced and well appointed luxury sedan without any of the traditional cheap American drawbacks.
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.
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.
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Buick today announced the pricing for the 2008 Lucerne Super. Buick’s most premium and powerful full-size sedan will start at a price of $39,395 including a $765 destination freight charge. It will be available for sale in dealer showrooms beginning in April.
The Lucerne Super is powered by a 4.6 liter V8 engine that delivers 292 hp and 288 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine’s added power improves launch-acceleration and vehicle-passing capabilities. New premium steering components give the Lucerne Super improved steering precision and responsiveness.
It will be available in three different trims: Super, CX (MSRP of $27,520) and CXL (MSRP of $30,165).
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General Motors of Canada announced today that pricing for the all-new 2008 Buick Enclave will begin at $40,895 for front-wheel drive CX models and $43,895 for all-wheel-drive CX models. The front-wheel-drive CXL begins at $48,295, while the all-wheel-drive version starts at $51,295.
Available this summer, the all-new 2008 Buick Enclave luxury crossover will come equipped with a comprehensive list of standard and optional equipment, a suite of owner services and a price unmatched in the (...)
When the all-new 2008 Buick Enclave luxury crossover sport utility vehicle arrives in dealerships early this summer, it will come equipped with a long list of standard equipment, a suite of owner services and a price unmatched in the segment.
The front-wheel-drive Enclave CX starts at $32,790, while the all-wheel-drive model starts at $34,790. The front-wheel-drive Enclave CXL begins at $34,990, while the all-wheel-drive version starts at $36,990. Prices include a $735 destination charge. (...)