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Buick Wants To Tackle BMW And Mercedes With Its Avenir Sub-brand 18
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, GMC, Reports on 01 18th, 2018


Buick recently introduced the LaCrosse Avenir at the Los Angeles Auto Show and it appears a number of new Avenir models are on the horizon.
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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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Unsurprisingly None Of The U.S.’ Best-Selling Vehicles Of 2017 Were Cars 9
Jan
Posted by Joel V. Patel in audi, Audi Q5, Buick, Buick Envision, Ford, Ford F-150, nissan, Nissan Rogue, TOYOTA, Toyota RAV4 on 01 9th, 2018


Last year marked the end of a seven-year sales streak for the automotive industry, as sales dropped for the first time since 2010 and revealed another major trend that will scare enthusiasts – consumers are serious about choosing crossovers and SUVs over everything else.

USA Today gathered the top five best-selling new vehicles from 2017 and none of them were cars.

The Ford F-150 topped the list with the automaker selling a total of 896,764 units. That number is up 9.3 percent from last year and helped the pickup truck retain its nameplate of being the best-selling vehicle in the United States.

The Toyota RAV4 came in second place with Toyota managing to shift a total of 407,594 units of the crossover last year. Toyota managed to sell more units of the RAV4 than the Camry sedan, which was the second-best-selling sedan of 2017.

The Nissan Rogue trailed behind the RAV4 in third place. Nissan sold a total of 403,465 units of the Rogue, which represents an increase of 22.3 percent over 2016. The Rogue also outpaced the Altima (total units sold for the sedan were 254,996), proving that people just aren’t interested in sedans anymore.

The Audi Q5, which retains its title as being the most-popular vehicle in Audi’s lineup, came in fourth place with a total of 57,640 units sold. A recent redesign helped the Q5 increase its popularity with sales increasing 16.3 percent from 2016.

As the report points out, there was some question about whether consumers would purchase a vehicle with an American badge that was built in China The answer, clearly, is yes. The Buick Envision, managed to come in fifth place with 41,040 units of the SUV being sold last year. The Envision was Buick’s third best-selling vehicle for 2017.

If you haven’t done so already, say goodbye to cars, hatchbacks, wagons, and anything else that isn’t a crossover, SUV, or pickup truck, because the wildfire has spread.

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir Starts At A Very Cadillac-Like $45,795 7
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Buick, Buick LaCrosse, prices on 01 7th, 2018


In the market for upscale modes of transportation, Buick falls more in the “premium” category than full on “luxury.” But it’s delving into the upper reaches with the introduction of the LaCrosse Avenir.

Based on the brand’s flagship sedan, the Avenir version takes Buick into Cadillac territory: though official pricing has yet to be announced, Automotive News reports that it will carry a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $45,795 (including destination).

That represents a $3,700 premium over the next-best Premium model (which starts the new year at $42,095), or nearly $14k over the $32,990 price of a base 2017 LaCrosse.

Equally telling is how the LaCrosse Avenir now compares in price to its big brothers from Cadillac: that $46k will get you into the base versions of a mid-size CTS or a full-size XTS, though not into the top CT6 that starts at upwards of $54k. For all that cash, though, the LaCrosse Avenir will come pretty darn well equipped. Don’t expect many substantial options on the order sheet – aside from all-wheel drive, which boosts the price up to $47,995.

Though it’s Buick’s flagship sedan, it’s not the most expensive model the brand offers: the similar Avenir version of the big new Enclave crossover starts at $54,495 (delivered), placing it (in Cadillac terms) between the smaller XT5 ($40k+) and the truck-based Escalade (which starts just under $75k).

If these prices strike you as a little much for a Buick, the automaker itself feels otherwise – and so, apparently, do its customers. Buick says that some 90 percent of LaCrosse buyers were already going for one of the top two trim levels, and that since introducing the new Enclave, 35 percent have opted for the Avenir model.

It’s a strategy that sister-brand GMC has followed well with its Denali sub-brand, and we won’t be surprised to see Buick roll out more Avenir models in the coming years.

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Facelifted Buick Envision Revealed With Updated Styling And New 9-Speed Transmission 15
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, Buick Envision, china on 12 15th, 2017


Buick has quietly unveiled the facelifted Envision in China.

Introduced late last month, the updated model features a modestly revised front fascia with a “flying-wing” grille that echoes newer models such as the Encore, Enclave, and Lacrosse. Designers also installed a sportier front bumper and additional chrome trim.

The styling changes continue at the rear as the Envision has been equipped with new bodywork and restyled LED taillights. Buick says these changes help to give the rear end a “more three-dimensional” appearance.

Interior changes are relatively minor as the model has been equipped with an updated infotainment system that allows users to enjoy online entertainment features – such as Kaola FM internet radio and the NetEase music cloud – through an app.

Under the hood, two engines will be available. The entry-level model has a turbocharged 1.5-liter unit that produces 166 hp (124 kW) 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

Customers can also order an updated turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 256 hp (191 kW) and 295 lb-ft (400 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the additional power and a new nine-speed automatic transmission, the crossover can accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 8.2 seconds which is an improvement of 0.2 seconds.

The updates will likely find their way to the U.S. model shortly but there’s no word on specifics.

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Ford Was The Most Googled Automotive Brand In The U.S. This Year 13
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Buick, Dodge, Ford, Google, honda, Hyundai, Kia, LEXUS, Tesla, TOYOTA on 12 13th, 2017


2017 is coming to a close and Google is marking the occasion by revealing its annual Year in Search report.

According to the web giant, Ford was the most Googled automotive brand in the United States this year. The automaker saw lots of interest in its home state of Michigan as well as places such as West Virginia and the Dakotas. The most popular searches saw customers looking for more information about the F-150, Explorer, and Fusion.

Luxury brand Lexus came in second place as consumers from California, Florida, and Georgia were interested in learning about the company’s latest vehicles. Unsurprisingly, a number of people were excited about the LC and the all-new LS. Searchers were also fond of the IS and RX crossover.

Kia made a podium finish as the 2018 Stinger was a huge hit with Google users. However, the most popular searches were for the Optima, Sorento, and Soul.

Toyota came in fourth place as the company saw lots of interest in the 2018 Camry and Tacoma. Honda wasn’t far behind as it was the fifth most Googled automotive brand in the United States with fans researching the Accord, Pilot, and Civic.

Rounding out the top ten spots are Buick, Acura, Tesla, Hyundai, and Dodge. The latter company saw a huge spike in interest following the debut of the Challenger SRT Demon in April.

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GM Rolls Out Its New Marketplace App, Will Allow Drivers To Order Coffee From Their Car 5
Dec
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Videos, GM, GMC, Tech, USA, video on 12 5th, 2017


Getting your morning cup of Starbucks is about to get a lot easier if you drive a General Motors vehicle as the company has just announced it is rolling out its all-new Marketplace.

Billed as the “industry’s first commerce platform for on-demand reservations and purchases,” the Marketplace is essentially an app that resides on the infotainment system of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. The app will be rolled out to millions of existing 2017 and 2018 vehicles and doesn’t require a separate data plan.

A handful of companies have created their own Marketplace sections and these include restaurants such as Applebee’s, IHOP, TGI Fridays, and Wingstop. Other notable partners include Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, Shell, and ExxonMobil.

The services vary by company but Starbucks fans can place their order through the app, while drivers looking to hit up TGI Fridays can make reservations at a restaurant and time of their choosing. While no one really needs to order coffee from their infotainment system, the Parkopedia option is interesting as it will allow drivers to “find, reserve, and pay for parking, all at the click of a button.”

The service will be available to approximately four million drivers in the United States within the next 12 to 18 months and GM’s Vice President for Global Connected Customer Experience, Santiago Chamorro, said “The average American spends 46 minutes per day on the road driving. Leveraging connectivity and our unique data capabilities, we have an opportunity to make every trip more productive and give our customers time back.”

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First Buick GNX Heads To An Auction With No Reserve, So Think Fast 9
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in auction, Buick, Classics, Reports on 11 9th, 2017


This 1987 Buick GNX comes with the desirable #003 dash tag, making it the earliest example released to the public from Buick, as cars #001 and #002 still remain under GM’s ownership.

With the #001 car sitting at GM’s Heritage Collection with no real miles and #002 currently in the Buick/Sloan Museum in Flint, the #003 car you see in the pictures is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone out there.

When the car was new in 1987, it remained in Buick’s hands for over a year and used as a press loaner and for promotion work, with the #003 dash plate featured in many magazine articles of the era.

It was eventually sold with around 8,200 miles on the clock in 1988 by Fischer Buick in Troy, MI to a local resident who put very few miles on it before reselling it in 1989. This Buick GNX remained totally original, undamaged and unmodified but it was put in storage in 1992 for the next 20-plus years.

This long slumber required a complete mechanical service and a very extensive cosmetic reconditioning to return this significant Buick GNX back to an original and as-new condition. Power comes from a turbocharged 3.8-liter V6 that was famously underrated at 276hp and 360lb-ft of torque.

0-60mph took just 5.5 seconds while independent tests showed that the GNX dealt with the quarter mile in 12.7 seconds, which was faster that what a Ferrari F40 could do.

This piece of American car history, the earliest example of the just 547 GNXs will be auctioned at Barrett Jackson’s 2018 Scottsdale event this January, with 10,790 miles on the clock and with no reserve.

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Buick LaCrosse Avenir Gets All Luxed-Up For Its LA Premiere 8
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Buick, Buick LaCrosse, LA Auto Show on 11 8th, 2017


Buick offers the LaCrosse in four trim levels, but nine out of ten buyers go for one of the top two. The case for making an even more upscale version, then, must have practically made itself.

Enter the new LaCrosse Avenir. Like the Enclave Avenir sport-ute, the top-of-the-line version of Buick’s flagship sedan elevates it into more luxurious territory.

Set to debut at the LA Auto Show just a few weeks from now, the 2018 Buick LaCrosse Avenir is distinguished visually from the outside by 3D mesh grilles, chrome “wings,” polished 19- (or available 20-) inch wheels, and unique badging.

Inside is where it counts, though, where GM’s premium brand has given the LaCrosse Avenir chestnut-brown leather upholstery, Bose audio system, panoramic moonroof, and Avenir logos embroidered into the headrests and inscribed into the door sill plates.

Power comes from the LaCrosse’s otherwise optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, sending its 310 horsepower through a nine-speed automatic transmission to either the front wheels or all four. Buyers will also be able opt for the active suspension, black interior, and advanced safety systems when Buick’s latest Avenir model reaches dealers early in the new year.

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Buick Will Play A “Huge Part” In GM’s Electrification Push 2
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Buick, Electric Vehicles, Reports on 11 2nd, 2017


General Motors recently announced plans to launch at least 20 new electric vehicles by 2023 and Buick will play a key role in the company’s decision.

In an interview with Wards Auto, Buick and GMC Vice President Duncan Aldred said the company will play a “huge part” in GM’s initiative. The executive was tight-lipped on specifics but said “We will have multiple entries in a fairly short period of time” and they won’t all necessarily be electric vehicles. The latter statement isn’t too surprising as Buick recently introduced the 2018 LaCrosse which features an eAssist system that enables the car to return 25 mpg city and 35 mpg highway.

The publication is also reporting Buick will likely launch an electric vehicle in 2019. Previous reports have suggested the model will be based on the Chevrolet Bolt and feature crossover-inspired styling that will make the model look like a futuristic Encore. The Bolt’s powertrain is expected to carryover but it will reportedly be slower and more expensive than its corporate counterpart.

Aldred went on to say electric vehicles are a good fit for Buick as “The sense of well-being in the cabin, the serenity, is delivered ultimately by pure electric [power].” He also hinted that electrified models developed for China could eventually make their way stateside as demand for eco-friendly vehicles increases.

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GM Counting On Avenir Sub-Brand To Boost Buick Sales 30
Oct
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Buick, GM, GMC, Reports on 10 30th, 2017


According to General Motors CEO Mary Barra, the company has high hopes for the Avenir brand, due to arrive in U.S. showrooms as the flagship trim of the redesigned 2018 Enclave.
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Buick LaCrosse Avenir Poised For 2018 Launch 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Buick, Buick LaCrosse, Reports on 10 24th, 2017


It appears as though Buick will introduce a LaCrosse Avenir in 2018.
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Toyota Tops Consumers Reports Reliability Ratings, Cadillac Finishes Dead Last 20
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Acura TLX, audi, BMW, Buick, Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac, Chrysler, Consumer Reports, Dodge, GMC, GMC Acadia, Jeep, LEXUS, RAM, Subaru, subaru impreza, TOYOTA on 10 20th, 2017


Consumers Reports recently released its reliability ratings, much to the chagrin of Tesla, and the results show some surprises.
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Buick GL6 Is GM’s New Chinese MPV 17
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Buick, Buick GL6, china, new cars, prices, Reports on 10 17th, 2017


General Motors has expanded its portfolio of vehicles in China by launching yet another MPV, the Buick GL6.
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GM Announces A Selection Of Discounts For Costco Members 4
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GM, GMC, Reports on 10 4th, 2017


As the end of the year approaches, General Motors has announced a host of special deals and discounts for Costco members.
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