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Re: Motor Authority: Buick prepping new small sedans

I'm not entirely in love with this news.

Enclave gets put on the back burner... there's a great way to sustain sales.

No talk of a new Rendezvous, which Buick needs.

No talk of any Lucerne replacement.

Riviera cancelled.
 

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Makes sense to me, Enclave won't be relevant in a year or two, Lucerne the same thing. The cars or crossovers in those categories have declining sales regarding the make, Enclave is just new guy on the block, instant hit. The trends and hype for those kinds of vehicles will be "out" unless they try to sell them as luxury models (good luck with that).

Why 2 door LaCrosse with punchy V6 should not be a new Riviera?
 

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It appears to me, all these decisions are driven by CAFE. As are the decisions regarding Cadillac, another thread. Unless CAFE is repealed two ton plus SUVs and two ton CUVs are living on borrowed time. And large BOF pickups, for the general public, are probably on life support as well!

The good news is this may finally give GM the cover (or push) it needs to rationalize its offerings in the US!
 

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My wife will still want an Enclave in a couple of years. I however will more than likely be moving onto an MKS with Ecoboost in 2012.
 

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Total bummer about no Riviera, a real stunner! But GM must keep alive its long tradition of wowing the public with gorgeous, well-received concept cars then NOT putting them in showrooms.
 

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Sooo...you'll have a small Buick (Alpha maybe?), the LaCrosse on EpII, and the Enclave, and that's it?

Jeez. Tough luck for Buick. At least bring the Statesman over to replace the Lucerne or something.
 

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This funny as I just commented on this in another thread this morning, at Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan

Buick may yet get a small car with an I4 engine. The rumored Skylark is almost assured for China, but still up in the air for North America. In light of CAFE, it could become a reality for US customers as well. But if it makes it here, that vehicle would almost assuredly be FWD based and not produced on the Alpha platform. Current rumors say it will be based on Delta II.
 

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Any idea when the new Buick Sedan goes on sale? If the new LaCrosse is a success expect more sharing from China. Sad to hear that the hit Enclave is going on the back burner. A Delta based small Buick sounds like a disaster though.
 

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Hate to bring this up but with all the news about programs being discontinued due to lack of development money, how can you argue that GM doesn't have too many divisions?

On this board right now are articles showing money issues affecting product development at Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick. Nothing yet about Pontiac, but thats because Pontiac is not developing much if anything.
 

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Re: Motor Authority: Buick prepping new small sedans

I'm not entirely in love with this news.

Enclave gets put on the back burner... there's a great way to sustain sales.

No talk of a new Rendezvous, which Buick needs.

No talk of any Lucerne replacement.

Riviera cancelled.
Good god, how much more lazy can GM get? Give Buick & Caddy 1 new model (with, in Caddy's case, 1-2 variants) and then chop em off at the knees.......

I'm going to enjoy watching Lincoln scrub the floor with em.....:rolleyes:
 

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Good news on the baby Buick, but the Lucerne dying and the Enclave being left to rot Buick seems to have lost all hope of even a partial revival.
 

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This funny as I just commented on this in another thread this morning, at Cadillac confirms RWD four-cylinder compact sedan
I would really, really like to see an Alpha replacement for G6... and soon. I will probably end up with a G8, but if an Alpha G6 was already here (based on the Holden Torana concept) I'd be all over it.
Anyway, more on topic: the Buicks should remain FWD (or AWD). Most Saturns too, for that matter.
 

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Hate to bring this up but with all the news about programs being discontinued due to lack of development money, how can you argue that GM doesn't have too many divisions?
...because they don't. Most of the time the problem with GM is that they refuse to focus the brands they have. Buick should have a compact and as long as it's done right and not a Cruze rebadge it stops Cadillac form being too diluted. Cadillac should not have a fwd Vue rebadge for a compact CUV. The 9-4 is on the money, but a Cadillac version is wrong; an alpha based BRX would have been the way to go. SRX also should stay RWD/AWD as a midsize CUV.

All the brands can have a purpose, but GM just isn't doing a good job of maintaining that purpose right now.
 

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Hate to bring this up but with all the news about programs being discontinued due to lack of development money, how can you argue that GM doesn't have too many divisions?

On this board right now are articles showing money issues affecting product development at Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick. Nothing yet about Pontiac, but thats because Pontiac is not developing much if anything.
My guess is a lack of info on Pontiac says it is a "dead man walking" so to speak.
 
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