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    August 18, 2016
    By Zach Gale



    A super-luxurious version of the 2017 Buick LaCrosse existsójust not in the U.S. The automaker's popularity in China helps justify market-specific changes, as luxury car buyers there have different priorities. After driving the new LaCrosse recently, I learned about how the Chinese model differs from the U.S. car.


    Keep reading for more on the Chinese-spec 2017 Buick LaCrosse, and ask yourself: How many of these features would you be willing to pay for?

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    Re: 8 Things You Didnít Know About the Chinese-Spec 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    Some of that stuff might be a benefit in the USA, such as the suede headliner as an options. While nice, I doubt the rear seat luxuries will make much of an impact to sales in the USA, doubt many people will care.

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    Re: 8 Things You Didnít Know About the Chinese-Spec 2017 Buick LaCrosse

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    Some of that stuff might be a benefit in the USA, such as the suede headliner as an options. While nice, I doubt the rear seat luxuries will make much of an impact to sales in the USA, doubt many people will care.
    Would still be awesome, though. Not sure why they wouldn't bring all these goodies to the US and the requisite y no Cadillac, yada yada.

    Buick could be an interesting luxury brand if GM really tried, particularly on unique products like LaX. I'd be okay if Buick focused on creating really "flagship" quality mainstream cars at the top of their lineup like LaCrosse and Enclave in lieu of low volume flagships.

    Think Volvo and their Excellence cars.

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    Re: 8 Things You Didnít Know About the Chinese-Spec 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    #1. I didn't know it existed.

    Nice car. I definitely like the saddle leather. Christ, I am so damn sick of black, light black, dark black, medium black, dark grey, grey gray, etc. interiors. WTF is wrong with almost everybody?

    And a nice, non-black non-grey interior should be available on other than just the top models.

    Now, if one of youse guys will volunteer to drive me around in this for a couple of years, I'd be willing to be a test subject.
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    Buick needs to continue to offer that bang for your buck luxury. Staying in the 30-45k range is a must. For sedans that's the sweet spot in the way of sales.
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    Things I'd like to see would be the massaging rear seats and other rear seat amenities plus more color for the interior as well as the exterior. Like Neanderthal says black more black and gray and more gray have really become old in a hurry. The suede would be nice too. Judas Priest man.

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    Re: 8 Things You Didnít Know About the Chinese-Spec 2017 Buick LaCrosse

    Quote Originally Posted by Neanderthal View Post
    #1. I didn't know it existed.

    Nice car. I definitely like the saddle leather. Christ, I am so damn sick of black, light black, dark black, medium black, dark grey, grey gray, etc. interiors. WTF is wrong with almost everybody?

    And a nice, non-black non-grey interior should be available on other than just the top models.

    Now, if one of youse guys will volunteer to drive me around in this for a couple of years, I'd be willing to be a test subject.
    Remember the mid-70s when GM offered around TEN interior colors?

    Tan, brown, wine, red, light blue, dark blue, light green dark green, light gray, dark gray, black, white...

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    Buick needs to continue to offer that bang for your buck luxury. Staying in the 30-45k range is a must. For sedans that's the sweet spot in the way of sales.
    You could easily stay under $60k and offer all of those amenities in a cheaper, less obvious package than a CT6. What are you really adding that you don't already have? Heated and cooled, massaging and reclining rear seats with a console, a suede headliner, and a couple new interior colors?

    The headliner is $3k for an Audi, and you can get at least reclining seats in the S-Class for $1,500 with a packaging bumping it up to $2,500 or so where everything you touch is heated.

    So, for two options you already offer elsewhere totaling no more than $5,500, you can seriously boost the US LaCrosse out of the cold expanse of old man territory and into the warm, loving embrace of favorable press and bigger margins.

    Call it $56,000 and you're selling a fully loaded LaX for the starting price of a CT6 with the same three basic interior schemes.

    I'd say undercutting CT6 by $30,000 is still pretty good bang for your buck. I highly doubt there'd be a lot of cross-shopping in the first place, and from that I think you'd be doing more to boost Buick for Buick lovers and lifting Buick and Buick prices up with more of a Lincoln or even GMC-type model that favors your higher end, more heavily-equipped models.

    Now here's an even crazier idea: toss the seat package into ALL trims (maybe coupled with a leather package in leatherette trims). Under $40k and you still get the heavy-hitting passenger amenities of a car twice the price.

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    Gah I still can't stand the shape of this car. The interior looks great, but outside still looks like a deboned catfish. I do like the colour of the interior though and would like to see some colour. A nice blue or green would go a long way if it compliemented an exterior colour other than white, beige or silver.

    [edit] I just went to their website and the changling colour render looks awful. WTH? http://www.buick.com/sedans/lacrosse...ury-sedan.html [/edit]
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    Quote Originally Posted by t-rexx View Post
    Remember the mid-70s when GM offered around TEN interior colors?

    Tan, brown, wine, red, light blue, dark blue, light green dark green, light gray, dark gray, black, white...
    That was a bolder, and pardon the expression but less hide-bound GM, by a long shot. The mo seems to have gone from their mojo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfbreh View Post
    You could easily stay under $60k and offer all of those amenities in a cheaper, less obvious package than a CT6. What are you really adding that you don't already have? Heated and cooled, massaging and reclining rear seats with a console, a suede headliner, and a couple new interior colors?

    The headliner is $3k for an Audi, and you can get at least reclining seats in the S-Class for $1,500 with a packaging bumping it up to $2,500 or so where everything you touch is heated.

    So, for two options you already offer elsewhere totaling no more than $5,500, you can seriously boost the US LaCrosse out of the cold expanse of old man territory and into the warm, loving embrace of favorable press and bigger margins.

    Call it $56,000 and you're selling a fully loaded LaX for the starting price of a CT6 with the same three basic interior schemes.

    I'd say undercutting CT6 by $30,000 is still pretty good bang for your buck. I highly doubt there'd be a lot of cross-shopping in the first place, and from that I think you'd be doing more to boost Buick for Buick lovers and lifting Buick and Buick prices up with more of a Lincoln or even GMC-type model that favors your higher end, more heavily-equipped models.

    Now here's an even crazier idea: toss the seat package into ALL trims (maybe coupled with a leather package in leatherette trims). Under $40k and you still get the heavy-hitting passenger amenities of a car twice the price.
    Keep talking like that and you'll be sent to SoHo to do 30 days hard time in a coffee shop.

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    Gah I still can't stand the shape of this car. The interior looks great, but outside still looks like a deboned catfish. I do like the colour of the interior though and would like to see some colour. A nice blue or green would go a long way if it compliemented an exterior colour other than white, beige or silver.

    [edit] I just went to their website and the changling colour render looks awful. WTH? http://www.buick.com/sedans/lacrosse...ury-sedan.html [/edit]
    I like the shape. I'd monkey with the grille and some front end details, and the wheels, but at first glance it has the air of the 2 gen LH Chryslers which I think are as good as US-America styling gets. Well, other than Caddys circa 1949-64.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t-rexx View Post
    Remember the mid-70s when GM offered around TEN interior colors?

    Tan, brown, wine, red, light blue, dark blue, light green dark green, light gray, dark gray, black, white...
    Remember what home interiors looked like in the mid-1970s? My parents had a family room with blood red carpeting, red wallpaper, red furniture. A living room with light blue carpeting and blue-patterned furniture. A kitchen with avocado green appliances. etcetera. Beige and tan are what's in now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5200SuperSystem View Post
    Remember what home interiors looked like in the mid-1970s? My parents had a family room with blood red carpeting, red wallpaper, red furniture. A living room with light blue carpeting and blue-patterned furniture. A kitchen with avocado green appliances. etcetera. Beige and tan are what's in now.
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