Verano Guards Peyton Manning's Blindside in New TV Spot Star quarterback returns to Buick to promote safety features.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
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"I like the way they do business, not much haggling. Got my payment lowered and all the bells and whistles I was looking for."
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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1938 Buick Y Job, penned by famed designer Harley Earl, is known today as the first concept car ever created.
And although the once Flint-based company has changed a bit since David Dunbar Buick founded it as an automotive company, it has managed to survive and be recognized as one of the oldest brands in the world.
Buick's current lineup includes the full-size LaCrosse, midsize Regal/Regal GS, Verano compact and Encore and Enclave crossovers.
GM sold about 180,400 Buick models in 2012, a 1.6 percent increase from the previous year. Through March 2013, sales are up 27.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2012.
In recognition of the Scottish-born inventor founding Buick in 1903, GM on Wednesday released 11 highlights of the brand during its 110-year history.
*Through the end of 2012, Buick has sold more than 43 million vehicles. That’s the equivalent of every vehicle sold in the United States over the past three years.
*The 1938 Buick Y-Job, credited to famed designer Harley Earl, is regarded as the first concept car ever built. Its waterfall grille is still used on Buicks today, and it featured futuristic technologies like power windows. Earl drove the car himself for more than a decade.
*The 1963 Riviera, often regarded as one of history’s most beautiful cars, celebrates its 50thanniversary this year. The powerful sport coupe was said to be inspired by a Rolls-Royce that Buick design boss Bill Mitchell saw through a fog in London.
*Buick has a deep motorsports history, proving its performance on race tracks as early as 1908. A Buick has served as Official Pace Car of the Indianapolis 500 six times, and the brand also won two NASCAR Manufacturer Championships, in 1981 and 1982.
*After just over three decades of engineering progress, the first production Buick topped 100 mph. It was the appropriately named 1936 Buick Century.
*The fastest production Buick in history is today’s Buick Regal GS luxury sport sedan. At the 2012 Nevada Open Road Challenge, it recorded a top speed of 162 mph.
*Buick’s quickest car was also one of the brands rarest. Car and Driver magazine recorded 0-60 mph acceleration for the 1987 Buick GNX at just 4.6 seconds. Just 547 were built.
*Powertrain innovation is a Buick hallmark. Today, the company’s turbocharged, direct-injected 2.0L delivers 259 hp, but displacement was king in the 1960s and ‘70s. Buick’s largest engine, a 455-cubic-inch (7.5L) V-8, was introduced in 1970.
*The Buick Electra 225 nameplate was introduced in 1959, with the “225” referencing the model’s overall length in inches. By 1975, the Electra grew to become the longest vehicle ever produced by Buick. It measured 233.7 inches from bumper to bumper.
*Buick’s first vehicle, the 1904 Model B, was also the shortest, riding on an 83-inch wheelbase. The2013 Encore luxury small crossover isn’t quite as small, but it does have the shortest wheelbase (100.6 inches) since the 1912 Model 34 (90.7 inches.)
*Buick has made many models with seating for two, four, five or six passengers. But only twice in 110 years has the brand produced vehicles with seating for up to eight: the 2008-2013 Enclave and the 1991-1996 Roadmaster Estate.
Today's powerful Buick engines use technology like turbocharging to combine power and efficiency, but displacement was once king. The brand's largest engine, a 455 cubic inch V-8, was produced from 1970-75.
The first production Buick was also the shortest. The 1904 Model B rode on a wheelbase of 83 inches, more than 17 inches less than a 2013 Buick Encore.
Buick has produced two vehicles able to hold up to 8 passengers. The 1991-1996 Roadmaster Estate and the 2013 Enclave shown here.
In 2013, two Buick engineers set a new top speed record for the brand when they took a 2013 Regal GS to 162 mph in a closed-course road rally.
The legendary 1987 Buick GNX was the quickest car the brand has produced, with 0-60 mph acceleration in just 4.6 seconds.
Buick’s longest car, the 1975 Buick Electra sedan, measured 233.7 inches from bumper to bumper.
Buick’s 110th anniversary coincides with the 1963 Riviera’s 50th. It’s considered by many as one of the most beautiful car designs ever.
Buick’s motorsports history includes two NASCAR titles and six Indy 500 pace cars, including the 1939 Roadmaster shown here.
The first Buick to reach 100 mph was the appropriately named Century, in 1936.
To date, Buick has produced more than 43 million vehicles. The first million took two decades, with the milestone touring sedan shown here rolling off the line in 1923
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Thursday, April 18, 2013
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Enthusiasts are all talk. The best-selling cars are rarely the ones that set our hearts aflutter, and that's because while we're ogling glossy pictures of lust-worthy automobiles, Mr. and Mrs. Average American Family are ponying up the money to actually park a new rig in the driveway. For these family-focused buyers, the wants and needs are different than the set of requirements you start listing when you want to go weekend autocrossing.
With that in mind, U.S. News and World Report has set about naming the best family vehicle across 19 categories for 2013. "With such a broad range of award winners," says Jamie Page Deaton, Managing Editor of U.S. News Best Cars, "any family can find the best car for their lifestyle."
The rankings result in a strong showing for General Motors, and the winners are nearly split right down the middle between foreign and domestic nameplates. Even given the workaday mission of family vehicles, there are still some winners we'd gladly pilot as the kids trash the interior. Check out our gallery of winners, and keep reading to see the press release.
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Following the introduction of the updated 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal, the oldest vehicle in Buick's lineup will be the Verano, which was just introduced last year. Having such a fresh product mix bodes well for Buick as it tries to create a new image in the US, and after checking out the amount of luxury being stuffed into the new LaCrosse for 2014, GM's awkwardly positioned brand may finally have the ability to stand out.
Granted, the model unveiled was the all-new, top-of-the-line Ultra Luxury Interior Package, but this package brings top-notch leather and soft suede covering everything above the beltline as well as real ash wood accent trim throughout the cabin. While there was no mention of price, we don't expect this model to come cheap in terms of what we expect from Buick, although it will likely be competitively priced with similarly equipped rivals like the Acura TL or Lexus ES. Adding even more to the LaCrosse's interior, dual eight-inch displays make up the gauge cluster and center stack, and the number of buttons on the center stack have been greatly reduced, creating a cleaner look for the instrument panel.
Another big change is the next-generation of Buick's IntelliLink infotainment system that brings with it all of the recent enhancements of the Cadillac CUE and Chevrolet MyLink systems. Differentiating itself from other GM infotainment systems, the new Buick IntelliLink stands out by allowing users to customize the apps they can add and not just being limited to what GM sees fit.
When the 2014 LaCrosse goes on sale this summer, it will have a fresh, new look that builds on its 2009 redesign with the bulk of the attention focused on the lights and fascias at the front and rear of the car. Speaking of the car's rear, we couldn't help but notice similarities between this Buick and the Hyundai Equus.
Courtesy of Auto Blog
Monday, April 8, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Although the current Buick Regal hasn't even been on the market for very long, General Motors is using the New York Auto Show to unveil an updated version of the sedan in a similar fashion to what we saw yesterday with the 2014 LaCrosse. Like the LaCrosse, all 2014 Regal models will be getting a new look both for the exterior and interior design, but the big news takes place under the sedan's skin.
Except for the base Regal eAssist, the Regal Turbo and Regal GS will both be adding the benefit of all-wheel drive, but there is no word as to how much weight this system will add to each car's curb weight. The Regal Turbo's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has received a decent bump in output from 220 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque to 259 hp and 295 lb-ft; unfortunately, these same figures are carried over to the Regal GS, which means that car drops from 270 hp. Both turbocharged models (Regal Turbo and Regal GS) will now be offered with all-wheel drive and the ability of sending more than 90 percent of the engine's torque to the rear wheels.
In terms of styling, the 2014 Regal gets similar styling changes found on the updated Enclave and LaCrosse, including reworked fascias, scalloped headlights and a full-width chrome strip spanning between the new LED taillights. Inside, key changes were made to the Regal's cabin technology, such as the instrument gauge cluster and infotainment system. On the Regal and Regal Turbo, a new 4.2-inch color display is available for drivers to see information for the vehicle, navigation and audio systems, but the Regal GS' cabin is slightly different with an eight-inch configurable gauge display. One of the best changes may be the overall reduction in buttons on the center stack, creating a cleaner-looking and easier-to-use cabin.
Like the 2014 LaCrosse, the 2014 Regal will also get updated safety and infotainment technology. The next-generation IntelliLink system improves connectivity with better voice recognition and higher levels of customization that include a customizable, five-button top menu and a lower menu that can store up to 60 favorites for the audio, phone and even navigation systems. As for safety, the Regal gets two new optional packages that add forward collision alert, land change alert, rear cross traffic alert and an adaptive cruise control system.
Courtesy of Auto Blog
Monday, April 1, 2013
Ramp metering, or the use of traffic signals at freeway on-ramps to regulate flow, forces a small time penalty on drivers at the beginning of their commutes, but it pays off. "Requiring vehicles to wait 20 or 30 seconds can save drivers 5 to 10 minutes on their trip," says David Schrank, Ph.D., of the Texas Transportation Institute.