2012 Buick Verano First Test
Posted 18 October 2011 - 07:42 PM
Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:48 PM
Posted 18 October 2011 - 10:06 PM
When did the Ecotec line have a NVH problem? Did it just develop for the 2012 MY?
It's just typical MotorTrend... the 2.4 SIDI has been on Ward's 10 Best Engines so it's not like I buy that. Also contrary to what the review says, the 2.4L engine in fact has TWO balance shafts, not zero. Note that with the isolated oil pump the production models will have their complaint wasn't there, so why bother even writing about it?
Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:45 PM
I am starting to believe based on what I know of the Cruze and what I have driven this will be a well recieved car and will help Buicks image. While it is not a car for all I see many older people on limited incomes and younger people with kids and large house payments to find a car they can have real luxury in and not have to go over the average price of a car.
In the 90's with a booming economy this car would have sat on the dealer lots but today in tight economic times everyone but the goverment is watching their money today. Many are down sizing to smaller and more efficent cars. The real problem there were few what I would call real Luxury cars this size and under $30K anymore.
While this is not the kind of car Buick want to end up being it is a step into the direction they want to be seen in. I expect future products will be a little more diverse as they start with a clean sheet of paper and not just have to rehash an older Opel. I suspect this car may be replaced in 4-5 years with a more updated car that will move even farther away from the LTZ Cruze.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 04:48 AM
2015 is the supposed refresh date on the Verano, so just a 4 year run.
That sounds about right. Gm seems to be bring the things they had worked out before the BK up till 2014 and 2014 and on look to be the new things they started after the BK.
I get the feeling the new C7 Vette will be the leader of a whole new wave of vehicles GM has said little about. This is where we will really see what their plans are.
Edited by hyperv6, 20 October 2011 - 04:50 AM.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:52 PM
I saw a dark blue Lacross the other day that would look real good on this car. I love the new blue. Very elegant.
I like the midnight blue metallic more or less. I LOVED the Majestic Blue Metallic they had on the 2011 Regal that they got rid of. Loved the Slatestone Metallic that was on the last LaX. Would like to see some other colors offered on the Buicks.
Posted 20 October 2011 - 08:34 PM
I would want mine in that same Brown Exterior/Tan interior combo from the show car.
Yeah, that "Choccachino" color scheme is very rich looking. Like something you'd find for 2,500 calories on a Starbucks menu.
Yeah and make the exterior that brown color as well, it's a really rich colour, moreso than the brown they use on the LaCrosse.
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