2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

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    2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return
    25 Cars Worth Waiting For: 2014–2017
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    May 2013
    BY DON SHERMAN

    Buick wasn't always synonymous with retirement and long naps. During the dark days of the mid-1980s, Buick was GM's sunny spot for quick cars, racing prowess, and advanced technology such as in-car cell phones and touch screens. To turn fundamentally bad V-6s into viable V-8 alternatives, Buick engineers developed sequential electronic fuel injection, distributor-less ignition, and ceramic-impeller-wheel turbos.

    Feeling its oats in 1984, Buick created "We Brake for Corvettes" bumper stickers celebrating an epic intramural victory: Buick's Regal Grand National could outgun Chevy's two-seater in the quarter-mile. In 1985, Indy cars powered by turbocharged Buick V-6s qualified 1-2 at the Brickyard. To seal the deal, Buick built a run of 1987-model turbocharged and intercooled GNXs; in our May 1987 issue, one proved capable of a 4.7-second 0-to-60-mph sprint and ran the quarter-mile in 13.5 seconds at 102 mph. (C/D's test results for a 1988 Corvette: zero to 60 in 5.6 seconds, the quarter-mile in 14.3 seconds at 95 mph.)

    To put an end to the long, dull interlude that followed that era, Buick is resuscitating its two revered nameplates. The 2015 Grand National and GNX sedans will ride on GM's new rear-drive Alpha platform, which was introduced with the Cadillac ATS and is earmarked for the sixth-generation Camaro and the third-generation Cadillac CTS.

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    I'm guessing 2015 is calender year, and not model year. Or there would be some test mules out on the road by now. Along with the GMI message boards exploding.
    Last edited by EJD1984; 05-09-2013 at 12:53 PM.

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    The news is definately exciting. But I can't imgine what they will look like, let alone what the pricing will be.
    6 speed transmissions are the future

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    ... Told ya (well, sort of)

    RWD/AWD Chevrolet sport sedan based on Alpha platform!
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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    Uhh... a little dangerous, no?
    "They say Eve tempted Adam with an apple, but man I ain't goin' for that. I know it was her pink Cadillac!"

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    Would these be trim levels of some new rear-drive model? I can't see GN and GNX as stand-alone models.
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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    More sedans yippee !

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    Big Al stated in an earlier thread that the next gen Regal was going in a different direction.

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    I'm offended. No CTS on the list?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Driver Tom View Post
    Would these be trim levels of some new rear-drive model? I can't see GN and GNX as stand-alone models.
    Quote Originally Posted by kmacleod View Post
    Big Al stated in an earlier thread that the next gen Regal was going in a different direction.
    Seems to be adding up to Alpha based Regal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post
    I'm offended. No CTS on the list?
    Maybe he was avoiding a GM heavy list of vehicles, and tried to balance it with other manufactures.

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    I'll be interested in seeing Buick's take on the Alpha platform. Will it be slightly softer than the ATS?

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    I'll believe it when I see it. This seems like an Op Ed by them. If these cars came out as a 2015 we would have heard something by now. As a new 2016 I may buy the article. Buick damn sure could use these cars if they are built upon there heritage
    You can tell that GM really cared about the ATS from day one. If GM cared about all its vehicles that way they would truely be #1.

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    Re: 2015 Buick Grand National and GNX: Two Storied Nameplates Return

    On a semi-related note (actually, I think I am hijacking the thread ), I wish the car mags would stop showing that horrid Camaro/130R chop for the 6th gen Camaro: it's fugly and a near certainty that the next Camaro will look nothing like that.

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