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scford58
10-20-2011, 09:33 AM
http://www.autoevolution.com/news/buick-verano-will-get-hybrid-version-major-refresh-in-2015-39711.html

2012 Buick Verano

People are just getting to know the characteristics of the new Buick Verano, which was revealed at this year’s Detroit Auto Show and pack GM’s usual 2.4-liter 177 hp engine mated to six-speed automatic box. The 2.0-liter turbo also brings plenty of refinement and economy, but the automaker also has its eyes fixed on the future.

A very interesting piece of documentation has been posted by Automotive News, showing the usual parts supplyers and bringing a vision of what’s to come. According to the list, there’s something big coming in 2015, which apparently also disrupts the production cycle of the car, since the only 10,000 are expected to be produced in Orion Township, Michiban.

Apparently, the Verano will be an the market for almost nine years, which is a huge, but it will also get a major refresh in April 2015.

That’s when the current 2.4-liter normally aspirated unit built in Tennessee will be removed from production. Filling the gap will be a new 2.5-liter gasoline engine built in Tonawanda, New York.

The same NY plant will also mate electric motors to the 2.5L to create the first Buick Regal Hybrid.

We can’t say for sure right now if this is a full hybrid or just another eAssist system that shuts the engine when you come to a full stop. However, four years from now automakers will face much more strict economy standards, so this might be a full hybrid.

Buick to get Chevy Sonic-based small crossover for 2013

http://www.leftlanenews.com/buick-to-get-chevy-sonic-based-small-crossover.html#

By Nat Shirley Wednesday, Oct 19th, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

American consumers really like crossovers. Despite an already crowded marketplace, automakers from Audi to Subaru are scrambling to develop new models to satisfy demand, with Buick being the latest company to add a new crossover to its lineup.

A report from Automotive News suggests that Buick is developing a new small crossover based off the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic’s Gamma II platform. Details on the vehicle are scarce at this point, but we do know that the vehicle is slated to go on sale sometime next year.

It’s a safe bet it will feature a Buick’s flowing global design language in combination with obligatory crossover touches like slightly raised ground clearance. No word on what engines could be offered, but the 1.4-liter turbo four from the Sonic is a possibility, as are the Chevy Malibu’s upcoming 2.5-liter four and the eAssist mild-hybrid powertrain from the Lacrosse.

Automotive News also reported that GM is considering offering a Chevrolet-badged variant of the crossover, but fears that the it could cannibalize Sonic sales might prevent that vehicle from ever seeing the light of day.

Buick (Opel) Astra GTC Caught Testing In Michigan?

By Nelson Ireson October 19, 2011

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1067535_buick-opel-astra-gtc-caught-testing-in-michigan

Talk of a Buick version of the Opel Astra GTC turbo hatchback has largely died down since reaching a peak earlier this year, but these images shot on I-96 in Michigan just moments ago may revive the idea of the sporty Buick hatchback.

The Opel Astra GTC, as sold in Europe, is powered by a 180-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Given GM's line of turbo engines in the U.S., including the 2.0-liter turbo in the Regal GS, there's a chance the GTC could be even more potent here, with up to 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The Opel Astra GTC uses the familiar-to-Buick HiPerStrut front suspension and a Watt's link rear axle for a combo that's both affordable and capable. It's also a pretty dashing little hatch.

Although the images are somewhat grainy, it's easy to spot a few differences from the Euro Astra GTC. First, there are the bulging tail lights, which indicate some changes are in order for U.S. sale, though we expect the large protruding cylinders to be refined before reaching production.

Also of note are the exposed, clearly experimental tail pipes/mufflers with cutaway rear bumper. The GTC uses a similar dual-exhaust system, but tweaks may be in order to liven up the sound for American tastes, which could explain the easy-access, exposed layout.

Recent UAW negotiations with GM also revealed that an unnamed new compact car is soon to be built in the U.S. and sold as a Buick, further lending credibility to the idea that the Astra could be headed here.

If the Opel Astra GTC does come to the U.S. as a Buick, it's not entirely obvious whether it would position itself as a more-premium competitor to the likes of the Ford Focus, or a less-expensive alternative to the Audi A3. Either way, it's likely to slot somewhere between those two on pricing, performance, and features.
A convertible version of the Astra is also in the works, and could follow its hardtop sibling to the U.S.

scford58
10-20-2011, 09:39 AM
Another reason Lincoln needs to come in with a strong small car/crossover. IMHO many Buick shoppers will have visited Lincoln showrooms/websites prior to making a final decision.

2b2
10-20-2011, 02:58 PM
...If the Opel Astra GTC does come to the U.S. as a Buick, it's not entirely obvious whether it would position itself as a more-premium competitor to the likes of the Ford Focus, or a less-expensive alternative to the Audi A3. Either way, it's likely to slot somewhere between those two on pricing, performance, and features...
Another reason Lincoln needs to come in with a strong small car/crossover. IMHO many Buick shoppers will have visited Lincoln showrooms/websites prior to making a final decision.
I've always believed that there didn't need to be a significant price-gap between Fords & Lincolns...
altho I did & DO believe there's a philosophical/DNA alternative Premium niche
that NEITHER Ford NOR Lincoln can fill (while remaining 'true' to themselves).

IF Buick-Opel would:
- get their act together
- bend just a bit to my preferences
I'd be:
- worried (or even)
- converted
but
GM doesn't let me feel confident about that ever happening.