Though not a golfer, nor someone who buys cars with automatic transmissions, I fulfill much of the demographics that Buick is working hard to shed, and I have a soft spot in my heart for the brand. I have been advocating a rear-wheel-drive car for Buick’s lineup ever since Sang Yup Lee’s 2004 Velite concept used General Motors’ old Zeta platform. The convertible concept was to have become a RWD sedan for 2009 but, well, you know what happened to a lot of good future product intentions back then.
So when I sat down at the 2016 North American International Auto Show with Buick/GMC chief Duncan Aldred, it was the focus of my line of questioning. The Avista, Buick’s second RWD concept in two years, was spinning on its turntable just a few yards away.
What are the chances it will go into series production?
“The capabilities are there to build it; it was brought into here as a pure concept," says Aldred. "We wanted to show off Buick design, we wanted to showcase a few of the things that you will see in Buicks over the next one, two, three years, whether it’s the lighting technology, interior design, grille treatment, etcetera. And from there, we wait and see what happens.