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Its Official: The 2012 Buick Verano

Along with the GMC All-Terrain HD from the last post, GM has another exciting addition to the 2011 Detroit Auto Show – The 2012 Buick Verano. The Verano is built on the same Delta II platform as the Chevy Cruze, but takes its styling cues from its big brothers the Regal and Lacrosse.

The on-sale date for the Verano (In the US anyway) is slated to be the end of 2011, but GM has released some specs of the baby Buick. Like the Regal, the Verano will be a front-wheel drive sedan, and will also share the 2.4L direct injection engine which produces 177 horsepower and 170 lb.-ft. of torque. GM has also hinted that a 2.0L turbo will be available in the future, and although no specs were released on that engine, you’d be safe to guess it will be the same turbo coming in the Regal.

Although closer in size to the Regal, the Verano seems to take its front fascia design from the larger Lacrosse sedan, with its side body styling staying closer to the Regal. The rear end is completely new, with downward sloping taillamps adorned with chrome trim above. 17 inch wheels will come standard on the car, with 18 inch wheels also available on the higher models.

Interior wise, the car is all that you would expect from a Buick. It has the size and usefulness of the Cruze, with the higher end materials and fit and finish of the other members of the Buick family. Although the car is almost 9 inches shorter than the Regal, it is only 2 inches narrower and nearly the same height as its big brother, so the Verano will have the capacity (and easy room for 4 adults) of the Cruze. OnStar will be standard on the Verano, as with all new GM vehicles, and optional luxuries will include push button start, dual zone climate control, heated seats, and the ever useful heated steering wheel.

Canadian pricing hasn’t been announced, but according to sources in the US it looks like American units will start around $21,000 and top out just over $26,000 for a top of the line model with all the bells and whistles. We’ll wait to see and hear more about this one at the NAIAS next week.

**Thanks to AutoBlog for the pictures


Win an iPad at Davis Buick GMC!

That’s right folks – we’re giving away an Apple iPad this week here at Davis! We are having our Super Sale at the Cypress Centre this week, and one of our lucky customers will be walking away with an iPad. All customers who purchase a new or used vehicle at the Super Sale will be entered into a draw, and a winning name will be pulled at the end of the week. So if you’re in the market for a new or used car, SUV, van or truck come down to the Cypress Centre and check out the great deals – you could come away with an iPad!


Buick is BACK

The last time Buick had graced the cover of Motor Trend magazine was way back in August of 1982, with the release of the Century T-Type. We couldn’t be happier to see that Buick is now getting the recognition is properly deserves while it transforms itself from “grandpa’s car” into a modern, premium brand. That revolution started with the release of the Enclave a couple years back, and continued with the release of the LaCrosse luxury sedan last year, and now with the release of the Regal sport sedan this year.

I’ll be the first to admit that before the transformation, Buick was stale – I, being in my early twenties, would never have considered buying a Buick. The last model that appealed to me would have been the late-80’s GNX, of which you’ll find about 400 examples nation wide, and was more of an anomaly for Buick than a stepping stone. The cars of the 90’s and into the 2000’s were made and marketed for the older generation, with no regard for young buyers in mind. The Enclave was really the first step Buick took to become proactive in looking for customers in a new demographic – sure it’s still got the luxury and ride to appeal to the older generation, but take one look at it and you can’t tell me it wouldn’t fit right in in the garage of a young family.

The LaCrosse came next, and that really got everyone thinking about the new direction this brand was heading in – like the Enclave it still had all the amenities you would want out of the Buick, but in a much, much more appealing (for me, anyway) package. Not to mention the slew of technological options inside – ie stereo, navigation, flip up rear DVD screens – that could be had.

 Lastly, and finally, came the Regal this year. After generating buzz at auto shows with its new styling and flair, dealers started getting their first shipments of the new sport sedan in spring of this year. In his review of the 2011 Regal, Motor Trend Editor-in-Chief Angus Mackenzie says the Regal “is the first Buick in history with internationally chic sheetmetal and sophisticated road manners to match,” and that it “is truly likely to appeal to young, affluent, trend-setting import buyers.” I couldn’t agree with him more – I’ve never looked at a Buick the way I look at the Regal, and a couple years ago when we were selling Centurys and Park Avenues (great cars in their own right, just not my style) I would have never imagined a Buick being compared to a Lexus or Audi the way the Regal and LaCrosse have been. This coming year we are expecting to see the Regal GS – although it hasn’t been officially announced by GM – and I can’t wait to see the buzz around that car. A Buick AWD sport sedan with a turbo and 6-speed stick you say? Sign me up. The latest word we’ve got has been hinting at a small premium car, as well as a small cross-over in the coming years – I say if they keep up the work they’ve done with their last few models, keep ’em coming!


Changes For The 2011 Buick LaCrosse

GM recently announced that the 2011 Buick LaCrosse will incur an engine change, as the 3.0L V6 currently offered will be replaced by an Ecotec 2.4L I4 as the base engine for the car. The Ecotec 2.4 with direct injection puts out a respectable 182 horsepower and 172 lb.-ft. of torque with EPA ratings of 19 mpg in the cityand 30 mpg on the highway, and Buick expects approximately 25% of LaCrosse buyers to opt for the 2.4L.

Additionally – 2011 LaCrosse’s with the 3.6L V6 will have the option of adding all-wheel drive. During the 2010 model year, AWD was only available on cars equipped with the 3.0L V6. The 3.6 required a few modifications to be mated to the AWD system, and it looks like GM has listened to consumers and made the necessary changes.

On a side note, US sales figures were just released (still haven’t seen anything from this side of the border) and Buick and GMC dealers reported sales 54% higher than March of last year. Susan Docherty, GM vice president of marketing had this to say

“Our March results show continued progress toward our growth plan. By investing in our brands and remaining disciplined in our approach to the U.S. market, we posted solid results. Our new vehicles, like the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain, and Cadillac SRX, are being well-received by customers for many good reasons, including quality, safety, excellent fuel economy, and higher resale values.”

 

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