Thursday, September 02, 2010

China's Buick line-up

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.


F1Outsider said...

That LaCrosse is pretty decent looking. I wonder what the fit and finish is like on these cars compared to American GM.

Maxichamp said...

@F1O: I would venture to guess that it's on par with American Buicks. It seems the upper middle class is buying them (mostly in all cash transactions) so they probably won't accept a crappy car. There are tons of crappier, cheaper Chinese brands out there living up to the poor quality stereotype. Just a guess.