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2017 Buick Enclave Avenir

2017 Buick Enclave Avenir

Debuts the company’s new luxury sub-brand

Launched in 2008 as a replacement for both the Rainier and Terraza, the Enclave helped Buick achieve record sales globally by becoming very popular in North America and China. After nearly ten years on the market, Buick redesigned the crossover from a clean sheet and gave it GM’s fresh 1XX platform and a brand-new V-6 engine. In addition to an array of new technology and features, the Enclave also became the first production Buick to wear the Avenir badge, which stands for the company’s new luxury sub-brand.

Introduced at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the Enclave Avenir is more of a trim rather than a stand-alone model, being offered with exclusive features and additional standard equipment. In all, it’s a fancier version of the regular Enclave that competes with range-topping versions of the Acura MDX and Lincoln MKX, and maybe even more affordable variants of the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

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2018 Buick Enclave

2018 Buick Enclave

GM’s popular premium SUV enters a new era

Introduced in 2008 as a more upscale version of the Chevrolet Traverse and a replacement for both the Rainier and Terraza, the Enclave quickly became one of Buick’s most popular modern nameplates in the U.S. and a big hit in China. After nearly ten years on the market, the first-generation Enclave was retired to make way for a brand-new model. Not only redesigned from a clean sheet inside and out, the new Enclave also rides GM’s fresh 1XX platform and uses the company’s latest V-6 engine. It also packs an array of new tech and safety features, as well as premium materials inside the cabin.

Introduced at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the new Enclave draws its styling cues from the recently unveiled Avenir and Avista concept. What’s more, it was used to introduce Buick’s new luxury sub-brand. Released under the Avenir name, it will be offered as a range-topping trim with higher quality materials and exclusive features. On paper, the new Enclave has what it takes to move Buick higher in the premium class. Find out how it stacks up against the competition in the comprehensive review below.

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2018 Buick Regal TourX

2018 Buick Regal TourX

Buick launches first wagon in two decades!

Launched in 1973, the Buick Regal became a big hit in the 1980s, during the Grand National and GNX era. The nameplate soldiered on for two more generations until it was discontinued in 2004. Upon its return to the U.S. market in 2010, the Regal had become a re-engineered Opel Insignia. Although the "transplant" was received with some criticism by purists, the Regal once again became a big hit, especially in China. For 2018, Buick launched the sixth-generation Regal, a rebadged version of the brand-new Opel Insignia.

Although rebadged vehicles are rarely a case to get excited about, the new Regal is a big deal for Buick. With Opel having upped the ante in just about every department, creating a sportier, premium looking car with an upmarket interior, the Regal has also moved up the luxury ladder in a move that should have happened years ago. What’s more, Buick decided to also import the wagon version of the Insignia as the Regal TourX. Not only that, but the TourX also sports crossover-specific features and a raised ride height, which makes it a perfect, and much-needed competitor for the likes of the Subaru Outback, Volvo V60 Cross Country, and Audi A4 Allroad.

After two years of rumors and a highly debated trademark for the TourX name, Buick is finally offering a wagon after nearly two decades. Let’s find out more about it in the review below.

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Buick Builds Itself A New Top Shelf With Avenir Sub-Brand In New York

Buick Builds Itself A New Top Shelf With Avenir Sub-Brand In New York

Say hello to Buick’s future

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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The New Enclave is Here and Puts the Competition to Shame

The New Enclave is Here and Puts the Competition to Shame

That interior, though.....

The Enclave is said to be what the Buick brand stands for, which according to Duncan Aldred – the VP of Global Buick and GMC – is “smart, stylish luxury.” Be that as it may, the Enclave is no spring chicken and has been on the market since 2008, being updated just once in 2014. The second generation is finally here, and Buick looks to take on models like the Acura MDX, Audi Q7, and Infiniti QX60, among others. Offering seating for seven, the new Enclave is also lower and slimmer than before but sees an improvement in passenger space inside. There are a lot of new design cues to talk about, and some significant features that could really give the Enclave a fighting chance in this ever-evolving segment.

The new Enclave gets some serious updates to the exterior that includes a redesigned and shorter grille, new headlights and taillights, revised fascias, and some new body lines. To be more specific, the grille looks more modern while the headlights are finally on par with the rest of the market. The body lines of the new Enclave are similar to the outgoing model, but stands out by being sharper and more curved in all the right places. The rear quarter glass has changed dramatically and makes for a taller rear quarter. The taillights are sporty and upscale, while the rear fascia is upright and prominent. I’m pretty sure this thing has been doing squats, but we’ll save that for another conversation.

But, it’s not the exterior where the Enclave really stands out among the competition. No; it’s the interior where things have been dramatically redesigned. So much so, in fact, that you have to see it for yourself. Keep reading to learn more about it.

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Buick Prepares To Enter the Station Wagon Game Yet Again

Buick Prepares To Enter the Station Wagon Game Yet Again

But, with the Regal? Really?

TV killed the radio star, and now, SUVs are killing the car. Want proof? Buick, yes I said Buick, is going to drop the Regal sedan altogether and replace it with a sedan-styled, five-door that’s more like an SUV or wagon than the sedan that we’ve all known for so many years. It’s not surprising, considering the sale of midsize sedans have dropped for two years in a row, while crossovers have accounted for roughly two-thirds of Buicks sales in 2016 alone. We also saw this coming after Buick showed off the Cadillac Escala concept not that long ago.

So, what kind of design is Buick actually going with? Well, don’t hold your breath for anything special because GM is all about badge-engineering these days and the 2018 Regal is going to be no exception. Need a hint? How about the name Opel? Need another hint? How about Insignia? That’s right; the next-gen Regal is likely to be nearly identical to the Opel Insignia Grand Sport hatchback and the Insignia Sports Tourer wagon that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show just this month.

There has been no comment from Buick about this development, however, rumor has it that the new Regal will be built in Opel’s Ruesselsheim factory in Germany and imported into the U.S. On the plus side, if the Buick really is going the five-door route with the Regal, it will be the brand’s first official wagon since the Buick Century and Buick Roadmaster of the 1990s. And, on another note, it could be the last produced by Opel now that the brand (and Vauxhall, for that matter) are being sold to PSA Group.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Worst In Show

Five debuts better left on the truck

Meeting the high standards of a major international auto show is not easy. It takes creativity, an appropriately sized budget, and no small measure of polish. When it all comes together, the result is a beautiful thing to behold. A single model can shed light on an entire brand, sparking passion and lust in every corner of the automotive universe. We’ll cover those drool-makers in an upcoming Best In Show piece, but this article hits the other side of the spectrum – the monotonous, the poorly conceived, and the yawn-worthy.

This time around, our list of Worst In Show has a theme – special editions that aren’t that special. The 2016 New York International Auto Show was chock full of ‘em this year, so we collected some of the worst offenders for a little collective disdain.

Enjoy!

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2017 Buick Encore

2017 Buick Encore

Buick’s smash hit gets a mid-cycle refresh

Buick is giving its smallest crossover a mid-cycle refresh only four years after its initial debut. The 2017 Buick Encore now sports a new face, an updated interior, and some new in-dash technology. The changes aren’t drastic, but should help keep the compact crossover in the spotlight for shoppers.

The Encore has been a big hit for General Motors, selling 67,500 examples in 2015. That’s up from 48,900 units in 2014 and 32,000 units in 2013. Buick says the Encore accounts for a third of its total vehicle sales, so the 2016 model year will likely be another record-breaking year, as well.

“The Buick Encore created the premium small SUV segment and remains the top choice for customers seeking premium features and dependability coupled with timeless design,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick Sales, Service and Marketing. “In a rapidly evolving segment, the Encore continues to lead with smart, purposeful updates and a new level of technology-infused elegance and refinement.

While it’s highly debatable if the Encore created the premium small crossover segment, the Encore offers consumers the high-riding feel of larger crossovers and SUVs without the bulky size. Still, the Encore offers room for five and with a decent amount of cargo room. Folding the rear seats down results in even more room.

Like its Chevrolet Trax counterpart, the Encore’s 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and available AWD offer the right amount of power for the 3,300-pound vehicle. These mechanicals aren’t changing for the 2017 refresh, but there’s plenty to talk about. Keep reading for the full run-down of Buick’s updates.

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2016 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

2016 Buick Enclave Sport Touring Edition

Ice Ice Baby: The Enclave’s latest special edition brings the bling

Wait, what? A Sport Touring edition? Aren’t those mutually exclusive styles of handling? That’s like Chevrolet throwing an SS badge on a Silverado 3500 HD. “The HD SS, the pentacle of high-performance trailer-towing upsets lap records at Nürburgring and Laguna Seca,” the press release would read. While that would be bad enough, it’d be worse if the badges didn’t mean anything. Well that’s apparently the case with Buick’s latest appearance package for its largest SUV, the three-row Enclave.

This special edition Enclave is neither sportier nor cushier, but rather more “blinged out” with a color Buick calls Satin Black Ice. The color can be found on the grille and within the spokes of the 20-inch chrome wheels. The ice blue color is found inside as well, emanating from the dash via LED bulbs. There’s only three body colors offered as well, which include White Frost Tricoat, Crimson Red Metallic, and Ebony Twilight Metallic. What’s more, the Enclave isn’t the only Buick getting the icy treatment. It can be ordered on the LaCrosse, Regal, Verano, and Encore.

Buick says the Sport Touring Edition is a reward for its loyal customer base, citing that 33.4 percent of Enclave sales in 2015 came from returning customers. Though the automaker only has two SUV models, they accounted for 61 percent of Buick sales last year. That percentage will certainly grow with the 2016 Envision crossover hitting the market this summer.

“The industry doesn’t have many success stories better than the Buick Enclave,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Global Buick. “It has created a new generation of Buick customers and delivered on their expectations again and again. The Sport Touring Edition is a great update for our flagship crossover SUV as the Buick family continues to grow this year.”

We don’t know who that “new generation” of customer is, but they’ll be able to purchase the Enclave Sport Touring Edition this summer for a slight premium over the 1SL and 1SN trim packages.

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2015 Buick Announces New Enclave Tuscan Edition For 2015 NY Auto Show

2015 Buick Announces New Enclave Tuscan Edition For 2015 NY Auto Show

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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2014 Buick LaCrosse

2014 Buick LaCrosse

As everyone expected, one of the five models to be displayed by General Motors at the 2013 New York Auto Show will be a redesigned version of the Buick LaCrosse sedan. The 2014 model year receives new interior and exterior design cues, advanced safety technologies, enhanced in-vehicle connectivity and a new Ultra Luxury interior package.

Updated on the exterior include new, wing-shape LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound taillights. On the inside, the sedan gets new seats, enhanced materials, and a redesigned central instrument panel and console. The new Ultra Luxury package adds semi-aniline leather seats and Shadow Tamo Ash wood decor.

For the 2014 model year, the LaCrosse receives new safety systems, like Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Change Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Automatic Collision Preparation.

Updated 06/18/2013: Buick announced today prices for the 2014 LaCrosse which will be put on sale later this year. Click past the jump to see how much the luxury sedan costs.

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2013 Buick Enclave

2013 Buick Enclave

Initially announced in 2007, the Buick Enclave soon became the industry’s best-selling three-row luxury crossover. Now, for the 2013 model year, the Enclave has been updated with new styling, new safety technologies, in-vehicle connectivity, and a more refined driving experience. The new model will go on sale in Fall 2012.

The new Enclave will be immediately recognized as a Buick due to its sculpted styling design language brought out five years ago, but this design language has been updated with the addition of a more prominent grille, LED headlights and LED daytime running lights, a new hood, a modified rear bumper, and restyled 19- and 20-inch alloy wheels. The interior has been updated with higher quality materials, chrome insertions, and a new center stack.

Under the hood, Buick has placed a 3.6 liter V-6 engine with an output of 288 HP and an updated six-speed automatic transmission that contribute to a more refined driving experience.

UPDATE 04/03/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the 2013 Buick Enclave.

UPDATE 04/06/2012: Today we have added a series of new images from the car’s official debut in New York. Check the picture gallery to see them.

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2008 Buick Invincta Preview

2008 Buick Invincta Preview

Buick will unveil at the New York Auto Show the 2008 Invincta - Latin word for “invincible”. The Invincta evolves Buick’s global design direction from the Riviera concept introduced last year in Shanghai. The Invicta show car was co-developed by GM design centers in North America and China to meet customers’ expectations equally in the world’s two largest automotive markets.

Invicta draws inspiration from the Riviera concept with a modern and graceful exterior design matched by a sumptuous interior. Invicta pays homage to Buicks of the 1940s through the 1970s with its nostalgic sweepspear design cue, a curved line running the length of the car. The exterior also features Buick’s signature vertical chrome waterfall grille and a new look to its portholes. The Invicta interior will share Riviera’s ambient lighting feature and lavish design.

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 GM at 2007 New York Auto Show

GM at 2007 New York Auto Show

GM’s global product development efforts will converge in one city as the new 2008 Cadillac STS; two Buick performance models and a refreshed Buick LaCrosse sedan; more powerful versions of the HUMMER H2 and H3; and a first-ever Saab E100 bioethanol concept come to the New York International Auto Show, April 6-15 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center .
The introductions continue GM’s ongoing product blitz that began the auto show season last November in Los Angeles . Here’s a preview of what (...)

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2008 Buick LaCrosse Super

2008 Buick LaCrosse Super

Exclusive Buick Models Elevate Design, Power and Performance
Buick has rekindled a name from its storied 20th-century past to mark the beginning of a new level of refinement: Super. The badge is designated exclusively for Buick’s most premium, powerful models and returns to Buick vehicles after 50 years. It will debut on the 2008 model year LaCrosse and Lucerne sedans.
“We’re bringing back the Super badge to represent our most premium models,” said Steve Shannon, Buick general manager. “Our (...)

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2008 Buick Lucerne Super

2008 Buick Lucerne Super

Buick has rekindled a name from its storied 20th-century past to mark the beginning of a new level of refinement: Super. The badge is designated exclusively for Buick’s most premium, powerful models and returns to Buick vehicles after 50 years. It will debut on the 2008 model year Lucerne sedans.

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2008 Buick LaCrosse

2008 Buick LaCrosse

Buick will freshen its 2008 LaCrosse line with the new face of Buick – a front-end design inspired by the Velite convertible concept – and an elevated list of standard equipment across all LaCrosse models.

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2008 Buick LaCrosse to debut at NYIAS

2008 Buick LaCrosse to debut at NYIAS

Buick is trying all its best to revive itself in North America, where sales have fallen more than 40 percent since 2002. In order to refresh its line-up Buick will soup up its two sedans and launch a much-anticipated crossover sport utility vehicle. Also, at New York Auto Show, the 2008 LaCrosse will be launched.
Plans for the coming months include reviving the Super car designation used on high-performance models of the 1950s, Shannon announced on Tuesday. Beefed-up models of the Lucerne (...)

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