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Future Buicks: small cars, front-drivers, and four-cylinders ahead

 
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With GM sailing off into the future minus a handful of brands--Saturn, HUMMER, Saab and Pontiac among them--Buick counts itself as one of the lucky nameplates in the new GM.

What's next? A compact Buick lineup of four or five vehicles, with more compact dimensions and smaller engines than fans of the classic Buick V-8s might expect, according to Motor Trend.

Buick's future centers around a trio of core products already in its showroom, and one or two more to come. Today's lineup counts the 2010 Buick LaCrosse as its mainstream sedan; the Enclave as its big crossover; and the Lucerne as its traditional full-size sedan.

In two years, the lineup will be slightly bigger, with a few additions. Motor Trend speculates that a few new vehicles are headed to the lineup:

2012 Buick Lucerne: a replacement for this full-size front-drive sedan is on the way. The most likely scenario is for a new four-door with all-wheel drive, built off a common platform with a new Cadillac sedan and a new Chevrolet Impala. There will be no 2011 Lucerne. The new car will be developed as an extension of the current "Epsilon" platform that underpins the new LaCrosse. An assembly-plant home in Ontario is likely, too.

2013 Buick Enclave: a revamped version of this new vehicle has been spotted on CBS News of all places, in clay prototype form. The new version will carry on largely in its current format, but with even more expressive styling.

Buick LaCrosse: Newly introduced, the front-drive competitor for the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus will carry the brand through its transition into the new GM. A four-cylinder edition is planned, which puts this new four-door closer than ever to the Chevrolet Malibu, which shares its running gear and assembly plant.

2012 Buick Regal: Motor Trend suggests two more sedans could become Buicks. The first would be a version of the Opel Insignia, which may be a part of the GM empire for only a short time as the company sells its majority interest to Canadian supplier Magna. Buick could receive a rebadged Insignia to slot beneath the LaCrosse.

2012 Buick Century sedan and MPV: Far more likely, Motor Authority predicts, is the addition of a compact Buick based on the new Chevrolet Cruze/Volt architecture. A four-cylinder sedan with more room than the Civic or Corolla, the new Buick could be dubbed Century and could later receive a version of GM's Voltec hybrid drivetrain that's being developed for the 2011 Chevy Volt. The MPV version would share running gear with the Chevrolet Orlando that's been confirmed for production in Detroit and for U.S. sale in 2011.

[Motor Trend]

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  1. What and alienate their 60+ yr. old demographic that likes their large cars?
     
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  2. What and alienate their 60+ yr. old demographic that likes their large cars?

    Exactly. This is where the goverment's hand gets in the way. Forcing electric cars and fuel efficiency will hinder the sales of carmakers. When your target customer wants a boat on wheels and you're only offering Yaris sized vehicles, they'll do without.
     
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  3. You soon can walk in a Buick dealer and come out with a vehicle that fits your needs and likely at a lower price then before. Chevy however will offer the same vehicle for a few g's less. That's as it should be! Insignia is a nice vehicle and Opel will be missed!
     
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  4. There goes my future car for when I am old, I wanted a yacht sized Buick.
     
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  5. NoNameDenton--

    Did you bother to read the article?
    Lucerne (the big Buick) will be available again for the 2012 model year - and there will undoubtedly be quite a few 2010's left over for sale during 2011 (since it was such a big hit...)
     
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  6. NoNameDenton--

    Did you bother to read the article?
    Lucerne (the big Buick) will be available again for the 2012 model year - and there will undoubtedly be quite a few 2010's left over for sale during 2011 (since it was such a big hit...)

    For now, but they there is also talk of making the LaCrosse the largest model eventually.
     
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  7. Do they need a car bigger than the LaCrosse? The LaCrosse competes with the Avalon and Taurus. The Taurus has as much interior and luggage room as a Crown Victoria! The Taurus is a huge car as is the LaCrosse.
     
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  8. @ Denton and brum08 - have you been paying attention to what GM is saying about the new Buick? Despite Buick's old(er) demographic that traditional desire a very cushy ride, the brand is now supposed to fill Pontiac's (and to a lesser extent, Saturn's) niche as well. The new Lacrosse was tuned in germany, making it a whole different animal from what we are probably expecting from the brand. Without a doubt I am expecting a somewhat sportier driving experience from Buick's new compact (ala VW Jetta), and if this Motortrend article is correct, a relatively sporty Regal (front-drive GS?), with a less sporty Lacrosse and floating boat-ride from the 2013 Lucerne. I feel like Buick's newer cars are going to blow away existing perceptions about the brand.
     
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  9. @ Denton and brum08 - have you been paying attention to what GM is saying about the new Buick? Despite Buick's old(er) demographic that traditional desire a very cushy ride, the brand is now supposed to fill Pontiac's (and to a lesser extent, Saturn's) niche as well. The new Lacrosse was tuned in germany, making it a whole different animal from what we are probably expecting from the brand. Without a doubt I am expecting a somewhat sportier driving experience from Buick's new compact (ala VW Jetta), and if this Motortrend article is correct, a relatively sporty Regal (front-drive GS?), with a less sporty Lacrosse and floating boat-ride from the 2013 Lucerne. I feel like Buick's newer cars are going to blow away existing perceptions about the brand.

    Funny that your quoting GM since their ability to follow through is not backed up by history. I doubt Buick will blow anyone away any time in the near future. Buick is stigmatized as a brand for older people who want big cars.
     
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  10. @ Denton and brum08 - have you been paying attention to what GM is saying about the new Buick? Despite Buick's old(er) demographic that traditional desire a very cushy ride, the brand is now supposed to fill Pontiac's (and to a lesser extent, Saturn's) niche as well. The new Lacrosse was tuned in germany, making it a whole different animal from what we are probably expecting from the brand. Without a doubt I am expecting a somewhat sportier driving experience from Buick's new compact (ala VW Jetta), and if this Motortrend article is correct, a relatively sporty Regal (front-drive GS?), with a less sporty Lacrosse and floating boat-ride from the 2013 Lucerne. I feel like Buick's newer cars are going to blow away existing perceptions about the brand.

    Funny that your quoting GM since their ability to follow through is not backed up by history. I doubt Buick will blow anyone away any time in the near future. Buick is stigmatized as a brand for older people who want big cars.
     
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  11. Oopps - my bad.

    Funny how Fords used to be "Fix Or Repair Daily". Odd how companies are able to rectify their past mistakes when their livelihoods are dependent on future products. I have faith in GM, especially when they have a $60B promise to the gov't to make good products.
     
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  12. Oopps - my bad.

    Funny how Fords used to be "Fix Or Repair Daily". Odd how companies are able to rectify their past mistakes when their livelihoods are dependent on future products. I have faith in GM, especially when they have a $60B promise to the gov't to make good products.

    GM did not rectify anything while facing bankruptcy and did not fix themselves like Ford did and I doubt the government run version will do much better.
     
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  13. Naming idea for the Buick Hybrid(s)

    "Electra"
     
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  14. Just like Hyundai is, Buick is headed for an identity crisis! Originally, it was said that the new Lacrosse was going after the lexus es, so now why is it now saying that it is going after the Toyota Avalon and Ford Taurus? The other contradictory problem is that with lacrosse competing with those two, both being full-size vehicles, what will the full-size lucerne compete with? I guess they kinda forgot that the Lacrosse is a MID-SIZE sedan! Anyway, let me clarify everything
    Lacrosse - Avalon/Taurus
    Regal - ???
    Chevy Cruze/Cruze-based Buick - Civic/Corolla?
    Also, everything will be fwd! Buick is screwed!
     
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  15. As an oldster...the new LaCrosse is too small. I saw a 2010 at the dealer and the trunk is smaller than the camry , accord, 626 trunks. It's nice looking, but I need more interior space and a large trunk, as it's difficult to pack for 2 of us and with all the accessories we need something like the Taurus has, 20 cf of trunk space. I like the Lucerne, but what's with no option for an interior in cloth other than white? I'd like a nice middle level color like gray, but even their titanium interior is so light it'll show every stain and piece of dirt that gets on the seats.
     
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