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GM expanding Buick line-up?

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Buick's high customer satisfaction rankings and its recent jump to tie Lexus at the top of J.D. Power and Associates' 2007 Vehicle Dependability Study has General Motors executives considering more vehicles for Buick.

"We think we've got room for expansion in the Buick lineup, and we see Buick over time hitting that space in the market where today Acura is, Volvo is - that's its historic position, where it's a cut above Dodge, Chrysler and Ford," said Mark LaNeve, GM's vice president of vehicle sales, service and marketing in an interview with Automotive News. "It was always a near-luxury premium car."

LaNeve said GM is considering molding the future Buick lineup to resemble Buick China's offering: "By leveraging some of the products that we're going to be introducing in China over a period of years, we can augment the Buick lineup to really slot it in a very sophisticated place in the market above the mainstream."

But Buick apparently will not get a large rear-wheel-drive car like Pontiac's G8 sedan, due early next year. Buick dealers this year rejected the model because it would overlap with the Lucerne.

Pontiac, meanwhile, will get a V-8 version of the G8 priced close to $40,000 and a V-6 version priced "well below" $40,000, LaNeve said. The mix will be skewed toward the V-6, he added.

It's built off a new rwd platform by Holden, GM's Australian unit. LaNeve says the car is aimed for the Dodge Charger, Honda Accord or Nissan Altima buyer, "who pays a little more but wants a lot more performance and a different image."

"It won't be a tremendously high-volume product," LaNeve said, "but it's going to be significant to the Pontiac brand and a real continued image boost like Solstice was for Pontiac."

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Then drop the Lucerne and call a Buick Zeta the roadmaster!

Buick NEEDS a large RWD sedan.
When people think "Buick" they think "Wow, that's a large rear wheel drive sedan!"



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I agree why not drop the Lucerne?

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Return of the Roadmaster. I'd take the Riviera concept as well.
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To be honest, I'm not that big of a fan of the Lucerne. V8 FWD sedan.....mmmk..woopie. I'm more of a fan of the Lacrosse.
The Lucerne just looks kinda bland tbh.
I believe most potential Buick drivers would prefer a large RWD sedan over the Lucerne, personally.



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I wonder how well the Lucerne would fair if it stuck around AND the large RWD car came too.

FWIW, the large RWD sedan will come eventually.
Word on the street is that the name will be Park Avenue, as it shoud be.

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I wonder how well the Lucerne would fair if it stuck around AND the large RWD car came too.

FWIW, the large RWD sedan will come eventually.
Word on the street is that the name will be Park Avenue, as it shoud be.

I figured it would come sooner or later, it's inevitable. I'm just a "sooner rather than later" kinda guy.


As far as lucerne vs a large RWD car is concerned. It would be kind of like a RWD Impala while having a FWD monte carlo. Not exactly, but a pretty good comparison.

I'll miss the MC.

As a random note, I much would rather have a RWD MC in the same styling it is now(maybe updated just a tad) with a L76(and a 6spd auto) in it rather than a Zeta Impala in 09.



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Buick needs names the people know..the funny thing is the survey was on cars that Buick does not even build anymore..

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Lucerne




2008 Chinese Park Avenue (Zeta)



Statesman interior should be close to the park avenue but I can't find any interior pics of the pa.

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