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If something like that comes to the states with a truly luxurious interior, I will be SO happy. Hopefully they don't ruin it with plastiwood everywhere. But hot danm I would consider a lease if the power and interior is there. That's GORGEOUS. The A pillar back is VERY Impala, though, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
 

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I like the look of that wagon
 
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Re: Buick's 'coming' InsigniAE < plural in Latin :cool:

Press Release via
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• Elegant lines with class-leading aerodynamics and large coupé style
• Up to 175kg lighter than the outgoing version
• New all-wheel-drive with torque vectoring and eight-speed automatic transmission
• New technologies including next-gen IntelliLux Matrix LED headlights
• Extended OnStar service with hotel reservation

Luton – Vauxhall has released first pictures of the all-new Insignia, known as the Insignia Grand Sport, which will receive its world premiere at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March.

Following on from the previous generation, which won the European Car of the Year in 2009, and sold over 30,000 in the UK last year, the Insignia Grand Sport is based on a completely new vehicle architecture. Its revised proportions result in a more spacious interior, giving the car a more athletic appearance and an improved road stance, including class-leading aerodynamics and Cd figure of just 0.26.

Like with the Astra, efficiency was key for the engineers. Optimised packaging and the use of lightweight materials have helped cut the weight by up to 175kg, allowing high-tech features such as the ultra-modern all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and the new eight-speed automatic transmission to exploit their strengths to the full.

There is a raft of top technologies that make driving the Insignia Grand Sport safer, more relaxing and more comfortable than before. Next generation IntelliLux LED matrix lighting, Lane Keep Assist, Head-up Display and unique AGR-certified premium seats, front- and rear-seat heating and a heated windshield are just some examples.

Outstanding infotainment and connectivity are also on board thanks to the latest generation IntelliLink systems and Vauxhall OnStar, which with the launch of the Insignia Grand Sport, will offer even more functionality for customers.

It is also the first Vauxhall with an active aluminium bonnet, improving pedestrian protection considerably.

“Vauxhall is raising its game even further with the launch of the new Insignia Grand Sport,” said Rory Harvey, Vauxhall’s Chairman and Managing Director. ““It has all of the virtues of its successful smaller brother the Astra, and takes those to a higher level. The Insignia Grand Sport will set new standards for design, efficiency, technology and connectivity when it debuts next year at the Geneva Motor Show.”

DESIGN
The Monza Concept was the inspiration behind the interior and exterior design.

Despite a largely unchanged length compared to its predecessor, the new generation car has managed to shed around 60kg of weight from its body-in-white alone. In total, the new car weighs up to 175kg less than the outgoing model.

Its roof is 29mm lower and its track has increased by 11mm. The overhangs have been reduced considerably and the wheelbase enlarged by 92mm.

The prominent grille and the slim-line headlamps enhance the wide horizontal design of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises its solid stance. What Vauxhall calls a “sweepspear” feature starts in the front door and gives the impression that the Insignia Grand Sport is always ready to pounce, which is another nod to the athletic lightness of the Monza Concept.

The side window graphics feature an upper chrome strip, rather than a full-chrome treatment, and the coupé-like roofline graphically pulls the car down and emphasises its stretched appearance. The “blade” light catcher in the lower doors pulls attention rearwards. Clear and simple lines at the rear combined with the double-wing LED signature also give the car a wider appearance. The newly-designed high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the roofline. It helps to give the rear end of the Insignia Grand Sport a more high-tech look that is often found on premium brands. A further advantage of this sporty body design is that the newcomer has an exemplary drag factor of 0.26 making it one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class.

“In its proportions as well as in each detail, we wanted the new Insignia Grand Sport to deliver an upscale quality feel,” said Brit Mark Adams, Vauxhall/Opel Vice President Design Europe. “Its design combines flowing lines and subtle surfaces with crisp, precise lines to exaggerate its dramatic proportions: it looks longer, lower and wider than it actually is, and it definitely looks upscale. Every design feature conveys technical know-how and the utmost precision. The new Insignia Grand Sport is an excellent value proposition with the aura of a car from the premium, upper class.”

The attention to the smallest detail is also tangible inside the vehicle. Clean lines, pleasant surfaces and first-class craftsmanship also provide a feeling of elegance and lightness. The cockpit is fully aligned to the driver who sits 3cm lower than previously. In addition, the driver is integrated better and gets a completely new driving experience. The centre console provides additional support, the instruments face the driver and all controls can easily be reached. All this results in a position similar to the one provided in a competition touring car. The frameless touchscreen of the IntelliLink infotainment system exudes a sophisticated and technical charm. Furthermore, the system is much more intuitive to use than before. Apart from the driver, all other occupants of the Grand Sport also benefit from the new design and the reworked proportions of the car. The extended wheelbase gives passengers in the rear more space.

PROPULSION TECHNOLOGY
The Insignia Grand Sport will be available with a wide range of turbocharged engines and transmissions when it is officially launched next year. The highly efficient eight-speed automatic transmission is new to the line-up. It impresses with class-leading shift quality. The gear ratios have been extended and shifts are extremely smooth and hardly noticeable. Simultaneously the car accelerates eagerly – even at low engine speeds. The eight-speed automatic transmission, which will initially only be available in combination with all-wheel drive, is friction-optimised and improves efficiency.

New intelligent all-wheel drive
Two electrically controlled multi-plate clutches replace the rear axle differential. For the first time, it will provide an all-wheel drive Vauxhall with torque vectoring – the best way to transmit power to the road, even if it is wet, icy or snowy. The vehicle receives steering impulses via the active, controlled torque distribution to the individual wheel. For example, when cornering, additional torque is transmitted to the outside rear wheel, enabling the Insignia Grand Sport to corner more precisely. The system reacts within a split-second when the accelerator is pressed, keeping the car more stable and easier to control in every situation.

The further improved FlexRide chassis provides the basis for optimal, situation-based driving behaviour. It adapts the dampers, steering, throttle response and shift points (on automatics) independently or based on the modes ‘Standard’, ‘Sport’ or ‘Tour’, which can be selected by the driver. Depending on the selected mode, steering and throttle response are more direct and the ESP anti-skid system intervenes earlier or later. The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and settings and recognises the individual driving style.

DRIVING ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS
No other model in the segment offers such a wide range of intelligent technologies as the new edition of the Vauxhall flagship.

One of the highlights is the next generation of Vauxhall’s innovative and award-winning IntelliLux LED matrix light. It now has 32 LED segments – twice as many as in the Astra – that are all integrated in the new slimmer headlamps of the Insignia. The increased number of LED elements enables the various light patterns to adapt to the prevailing traffic situation even more precisely and the transitions between the modes are more seamless. This results in an improvement of both the quality of light distribution and light intensity. To improve visibility even further while driving through curves on full high beam, the engineers added a new function to the new Insignia’s IntelliLux LED matrix headlights. The light intensity at the inner matrix segments rises according to steering angle in order to increase the illumination of the curve. In addition, a further high-beam spotlight provides additional illumination at full high-beam for up to 400 meters.

Additional driver assistance systems include:
• Head-up-Display: Information on speed, traffic signs, set speed of speed limiter or navigation direction is projected onto the windscreen and in the driver’s direct line of sight ensuring that the eyes remain on the road.
• Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance to vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly.
• Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) to help drivers avoid accidents due to unintentionally drifting out of their lane.
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20 meters at 90 degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle.

COMFORT AND INFOTAINMENT
Vauxhall is still one of the few manufacturers to offer seats certified by “Aktion Gesunder Rücken” (Campaign for Healthy Backs). The premium ergonomic seats in the Insignia offer a unique combination of side bolster settings, massage, memory and ventilation functions in addition to the standard setting possibilities. Passenger in the rear can also look forward to more comfort with the two outside seats being available with optional seat heating. Elsewhere, the heated windscreen guarantees good visibility quickly on cold winter days. In addition, keyless “Open & Start” comes as standard on all trim levels and enables comfortable access to the vehicle.

Great entertainment and outstanding connectivity, both typical for Vauxhall, are provided by the latest Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible IntelliLink systems. And while the smartphone is seamlessly integrated into the vehicle’s infotainment it can also be charged wirelessly without the use of a cable. The ground-breaking connectivity and service assistant Vauxhall OnStar is also on board, offering services ranging from Automatic Crash Response to Stolen Vehicle Assistance. A new concierge service will be launched together with the Insignia Grand Sport, enabling its occupants to ask OnStar advisors to select a hotel and proceed to room reservation. Furthermore, up to seven devices can be connected to the Wi-Fi Hotspot.
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That interior looks better than the LaCrosse.....overall the car looks better than the LaCrosse, IMO.
 

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That interior looks better than the LaCrosse.....overall the car looks better than the LaCrosse, IMO.
If it's to become a Buick then it needs way more plastiwood
 

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been seeing comments how the grille is especially low - in this pic I really see it
& wonder how it'd look withOUT one - as a BEV...


Autoblog

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best comment I've seen:
...that looks amazing.
It's like a German Mazda6​
>:)


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re: the part of the first part, ie low grille,
was just reminded that (some think) the Mustang MCE will have a significantly lower front
SEMA via FordAuthority
 

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borrowing...
convo @ GMi said:
...interesting thing is LaCrosse sales have been down...
They are dropping shifts because the car isn't selling. We have sold MAYBE 4 or 5 of the new LaCrosse and we've had decent inventory since the middle of September. The car is too expensive for what you get and the design is nice but not groundbreaking (versus the Gen 1 to 2 upgrade which was gigantic)...
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Buick: Next LaCrosse To Actually Become A Luxury Car - April 26, 2012/Automotive.com

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a industry-wide list but... BUICK 'WON'! :yikes:

Top 10 cars stuck on dealer lots that are ripe for deals
WashingtonTimes / Associated Press
- February 15, 2017


It’s no secret that U.S. consumers prefer SUVs and trucks nowadays, and that means car sales are sliding. That’s forcing automakers to offer big discounts to sell them. Car sales fell to just 36 percent of U.S. auto sales last month, a record low for a January. Generally, discounts are bigger on cars with the highest inventory. Here are the top 10 cars with the biggest stockpiles, measured by the number of days the inventory could meet demand at the current sales rate:

Source: WardsAuto

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Yikes on the Lacrosse! Regal has been a slow seller from the beginning which is a shame it's a solid car.
 

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The New Buick LaCrosse Is Already Fading Into Obscurity. . . .
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Except On Dealer Lots

TTAC

By Timothy Cain on March 8, 2017

...cognizant of the fact that 2016 wasn’t likely to be a great year for the Buick LaCrosse, it’s still easy to declare that 2016 was an awful year for the Buick LaCrosse. Sales were 70-percent lower last year than in 2005, when U.S. LaCrosse sales peaked. Even compared with 2014, U.S. LaCrosse sales were nearly chopped in half in 2016.

And at the current pace, 2017 will be much, much, much worse...

...Across the board, previously released full-size sedans are struggling. Impala, 300, Charger, Taurus, Azera, Cadenza, Maxima, and Avalon sales are collectively down 24 percent, year-over-year, through the first one-sixth of 2017. That rate of decline is far worse than the 13-percent drop reported by the overall passenger car market.

But compared with early 2016 — not a period of particular LaCrosse health, remember — Buick LaCrosse volume is down 60 percent, a drop of more than 4,000 sales for the LaCrosse during the two weakest months of the year...
...(total Buick fleet sales are down 81 percent this year)...

...According to J.D. Power PIN data obtained by TTAC, Buick discounted the LaCrosse by an average of $4,105 per vehicle in February 2017. That may sound like heavy incentivization, but consider the fact that the segment average was $5,588, and the LaCrosse joins the Toyota Avalon at the lower end of the range...
...the level of discounting clearly hasn’t been enough for Buick dealers to rid themselves of excessive supply...

...The degree to which the failure of the new LaCrosse in America matters to the overall Buick picture remains relatively inconsequential, however. As we’ve said before, Buick is for China.

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"drop the price $10K" comments elsewhere lead me to ask, "IS THIS ELR-PART2?"
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They already cut the Verano for "slow" sales so I imagine this won't get a refresh or another gen.
 

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2018 Buick LaCrosse Gets. . .
by GM Authority Staff — Mar 13, 2017


...gets an addition to its powertrain in the form of an optional hybrid drivetrain. The hybrid system consists of three components: a new 2.5L four-cylinder engine with direct injection and variable valve timing (LHN), a 6-speed automatic transmission (MNH), and a parallel hybrid electric propulsion system rated at 20 kW (HP5). The powertrain is available exclusively on the front-drive Preferred (1SB), Essence (1SB) and Premium (1SP) trims and brings with it a 2.64 axle and brakes that are an inch smaller in the front (16″ front and rear) compared to non-hybridized models. What we don’t know is how Buick will refer to models with this powertrain, with some obvious choices being LaCrosse eAssist, which it used on the second-gen LaCrosse, or LaCrosse Hybrid, a name used in China...
... the deletion of the eight-speed automatic transmission and its 3.08 axle found in the 2017 LaCrosse. In their place are GM’s new 9-speed transmission (M3G) with a 2.90 axle...

2018my LaCrosse Ordering .Pdf

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reminded by a diff post elsewhere
*IF* the OplEXIT means Buick will rebadge Chevys,
imho they can be Fine...
*IF* they'd make all the Buicks STD-AWD + STD-Hybrid

duh!!
edit: ideally with a slight wlb stretch

AND since the brand is Not Needed in the U.S (~80% of sales in China);
GM can sell them HERE at break-even pricing!! >>gotta be lower than the current top LaX

re-duh
 
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