Buicks are not just for upper-mid level local Communist Party bosses anymore. In 2009, Buick sold 447,001 vehicles in China. Here is the line-up (I was shocked; no wonder GM didn't want to kill this brand):
1. Enclave: Luxury crossover made in Michigan and exported to China. Take that, stubborn trade deficit.
2. GL8: It's a Pontiac Montana, without the roof rack. The marketing mavens in Shanghai were able to convince the public that this vehicle was meant to be chauffeur-driven!
3. Park Avenue: Look familiar? It's a Chinese-made Holden Statesman(!), although it's only available with a V6. This is definitely my favorite.
4. LaCrosse: It's just like the American LaCrosse, only with a different interior, exterior, and engine choices.
5. Regal: Based on the Opel Insignia.
6. Excelle GT: Based on the compact Chevy Cruze. A version of this will be introduced in America.
7. Excelle: Even the bottom of the rung looks decent, kind of.
Buick trivia: Famous Chinese owners of Buicks included Sun Yat-Sen, the father of modern China, and Pu Yi, the last emperor.