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Mbukukanyau
11-03-2008, 12:00 PM
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Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has taken the wraps off the new Chinese market Buick Regal. With the exception of a few minor styling details like the new grille, the side air-vents and the addition of turning signals on the exterior mirrors, the Regal is in essence a rebadged Opel Insignia. Even though Opels are offered in the domestic market, GM execs considered that the Insignia would sell better as a Buick since -believe it or not- the American brand is more popular among Chinese consumers.

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Scheduled to hit Buick's Chinese showrooms in late December, the new Regal sedan will be offered initially with two 4-cylinder petrol engines, a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter unit developing an output of 165HP and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 217HP. Both versions will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with Buick announcing 0 to 100km/h (62mph) times of 9.8 and 7.8 seconds for the Regal 2.4L and 2.0T respectively.



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SobeSVT
11-03-2008, 12:25 PM
Legal? Are you making fun of the chinese accent?

MERCURYSABLE08
11-03-2008, 12:26 PM
WOW! That's a great lookin' Buick. Certainly one I wouldn't mind seeing here in the U.S. The only thing is that the interior is not as classy and elegant as what I would expect from a Buick and what I mean by that is there is no wood accents on the dash.

Tahoe
11-03-2008, 01:38 PM
I would love to see this in the US. I would like them to add authentic Buick portholes, and that would be about it.
There is no reason why GM should not be selling this vehicle in the USA as of now.
There just is somethying off between GM management and their view of North America. How is it that they give no priority for their largest market for their latest products? This makes no sense.

2b2
11-03-2008, 01:40 PM
imho...
time for a new CUTLASS (http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/GM.htm)
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/nonFomoco/Cutlass.jpg
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
available at your local Buick, Pontiac, OR Saturn dealer (http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/GM.htm)

Tahoe
11-03-2008, 01:53 PM
imho...
time for a new CUTLASS (http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/GM.htm)
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y286/2b2/nonFomoco/Cutlass.jpg
^^^^^^^^^^^^^
available at your local Buick, Pontiac, OR Saturn dealer (http://home.surfree.com/~pauld/GM.htm)
2b2, you are always so insightful.


I think the reason GM was selling this Opel as a Buick is motivation as to the reason they want to change details of the North American upcoming Aura

Mbukukanyau
11-03-2008, 07:55 PM
Legal? Are you making fun of the chinese accent?
My bad, Should have checked spelling