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    Buick Announces Pricing For The Verano Turbo



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    August 8, 2012

    Buick has announcing pricing for the new Verano Turbo which will be arriving at dealers in November. The Turbo will start at $29,990 (includes $885 for destination).

    For that price, you get a 2.0L turbo-four delivering 250 HP and 260 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is standard, with a six-speed manual being a no-cost option. Also included are Buick's IntelliLink system, Bose audio system, heated leather seats, a rearview camera, blind spot alert, and cross-traffic alert. Optional equipment includes a sunroof and navigation.

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    Press Release is on Page 2


    2013 Buick Verano Turbo Priced at $29,990

    DETROIT – The 2013 Buick Verano Turboluxury sedan will be priced at $29,990, including a destination charge of $885. The turbocharged Verano uses an Ecotec 2.0L four-cylinder engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to produce an SAE-certified 250 horsepower (187 kW) at 5300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm.

    When the Verano Turbo arrives at dealerships this fall, buyers will get both performance and fuel efficiency with 0-60 mph acceleration in an estimated 6.2 seconds and EPA-estimated 20/31 mpg ratings with a six-speed manual transmission available as a no-cost option. Fuel economy ratings for the standard six-speed automatic will be announced closer to production.

    Verano Turbo will offer more power and better fuel efficiency than the competition. A 2012 Lexus IS250 is rated at 204 horsepower, with fuel efficiency estimates of 19/28 mpg with a manual transmission.

    In addition to its 2.0L engine, dual exhaust, sport pedals and rear spoiler, standard equipment for the Verano Turbo includes IntelliLink connectivity, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, leather-appointed upholstery, push-button start, rear park assist and rearview camera, radar-based side blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A power sunroof and navigation are optional.

    “Buick Verano continues to build momentum in the marketplace with eight straight months of sales increases since launch,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick marketing. “The new Verano Turbo increases the performance of an already capable luxury sedan while continuing to offer customers the smart, purposeful technology they expect.”

    Verano sales began in late November, 2011 with a 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission and standard voice-activated IntelliLink. For 2013, a rearview camera is standard across all Verano models.

    With the arrival of this new model, Buick will offer three different models with turbocharged engines and optional six-speed manual transmissions, including the Regal Turbo and Regal GSluxury sport sedans. The 2013 Buick Encoreluxury crossover, on sale early next year, will feature a standard turbocharged engine.

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    Price is too darn high, unless they are quitting the Regal very soon. This car should not have been packaged with so many gadgets. It should have been equipped exactly like a top-line 2.4L Verano, with all the ninny nannies in another package above the base.

    Really nice car though.

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    I think the key here is to move the Lacrosse and Regal more upscale in their new version when they come. By then the CTS will be out and have moved up too.

    Buick is just smashed between Chevy and Cadillac. Chevy is not moving down but Cadillac will move up and in time will leave space but Buick. The real issue will be the time it will take to do this as it will not happen over night. In the mean time Buick is going to be living in a cramped space inbetween.

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    If only it looked more like a mini Regal it would be top of my list.. But I'd have to spend the extra cash on the ATS if I was in the market for a GM sedan soon.

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    Price is too darn high, unless they are quitting the Regal very soon. This car should not have been packaged with so many gadgets. It should have been equipped exactly like a top-line 2.4L Verano, with all the ninny nannies in another package above the base.

    Really nice car though.

    Ocnblu I have to disagree with you, this is properly equipped and priced and it allows Buick to take the models above it upscale just as Cadillac will take their cars up scale. GM has finally figured out how to build and sell profitable auto's that people want and the public will see this over the next couple of years as GM fills in product gaps and grows their product line.

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    This car should not have been packaged with so many gadgets. It should have been equipped exactly like a top-line 2.4L Verano, with all the ninny nannies in another package above the base.

    Really nice car though.

    'blu, it is equipped more or less exactly like the top-line 2.4L Verano. The BLIS and Cross-Traffic alert are standard on even the non-leather mid-range Convenience Model for 2013.

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    vonVee: Oh. I'm behind the times.

    Empowah: exactly.

    Maybe I'm just mad because a Delta II vehicle is now priced out of my range and I find it hard to stomach the fact. Very nice car though, make no mistake.

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    The one thing we all need to consider too is the Average Price of a car today is over $30,000 as of the 2012 model year.

    The fact is each year more and more cars become more and more out of peoples price range.

    If the economy does not improve the market is in a world of hurt and will have to pray these lower priced small cars pick up the slack. If Buick still offered a LeSabre today it would be near $50.000 based on the price of the new Impala and XTS.

    But then again Cadillacs and Buicks are not and should not be a car everyone can afford. They sell in a area where you make more money per unit and sell less units. People often want what they can't have. While GM will grow both divisions yet as they do need growth they both will not rely on volume to make a profit.

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    The one thing we all need to consider too is the Average Price of a car today is over $30,000 as of the 2012 model year.

    The fact is each year more and more cars become more and more out of peoples price range.

    If the economy does not improve the market is in a world of hurt and will have to pray these lower priced small cars pick up the slack. If Buick still offered a LeSabre today it would be near $50.000 based on the price of the new Impala and XTS.

    But then again Cadillacs and Buicks are not and should not be a car everyone can afford. They sell in a area where you make more money per unit and sell less units. People often want what they can't have. While GM will grow both divisions yet as they do need growth they both will not rely on volume to make a profit.

    One also needs to keep in mind that auto's will also always be priced based on average income. GM has looked at the average income and decided where a car will fit in. So in a city like Seattle with an average income of $51,604 dollars and a very high educated engineer worker base with an average income of $81,608 these prices tend to make sense.

    http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Location=Seattle-WA/Salary

    Check out your area and you will then see why the auto mix for where you are tends to be what it is. The auto industry takes this into account when deciding where certain cars will sell more than other places.

    Best thing one can do is upgrade your skill set to command a higher income.

    Good luck to you all, I hope you all get to have the car of your dreams some day.

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    making them all loaded means that many become used and many sit on lots till rebates kick in.

    make some base models the turbo to bring in buyers. then people who don't want to, or can't spend 30 have the option also.

    base verano turbo would suit me nicely. with stick.

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    A bit pricey I think for what it is. That is $2k more than a Turbo Malibu with the same engine. But I suppose a lot of cars are getting pricey.

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    A bit pricey I think for what it is. That is $2k more than a Turbo Malibu with the same engine. But I suppose a lot of cars are getting pricey.

    .... because the engine is the only criterion in determining the value of the car....

    Actually for me, that would make the choice rather easy. The Verano is a better car and you give up almost nothing in interior room or cargo space.

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    I'm realizing that an ILX, with its limited performance even in the manual model, is priced with this Buick. I would love to see a comparison test between the Acura ILX manual and the Buick Verano turbo manual.

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    A bit pricey I think for what it is. That is $2k more than a Turbo Malibu with the same engine. But I suppose a lot of cars are getting pricey.

    .... because the engine is the only criterion in determining the value of the car....

    Actually for me, that would make the choice rather easy. The Verano is a better car and you give up almost nothing in interior room or cargo space.

    Since the new Malibu seems not so good, you are probably right, the Verano is better. Engine isn't the only criteria, but one would think that a mid-size Malibu LTZ would be more car than a Verano, which is basically a fancy Cruze. On the flip size, the Verano trubo is only $2k less than a Regal Turbo, GM has a lot of models packed tight together at this price point. If the Verano dialed up the interior a bit I'd say it was worth the price, but the car's interior is a bit too much Cruze to justify $30k to me.

    And not that any of it matters, the Sonata Turbo Limited is $27,595 and better than any of those other cars.

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    Times have definitely changed...I still can't wrap my head around the idea of a compact FWD 4cyl car going for $30k...

    S40?

    TSX?

    New Beetle?

    A4?

    Mini-Cooper S?

    Jetta GLI?

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    Times have definitely changed...I still can't wrap my head around the idea of a compact FWD 4cyl car going for $30k...

    S40?

    TSX?

    New Beetle?

    A4?

    Mini-Cooper S?

    Jetta GLI?

    True..though those are near-lux import brands (except for VW)..just not used to seeing GM there..though they were there previously w/ SAAB.

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    I'm realizing that an ILX, with its limited performance even in the manual model, is priced with this Buick. I would love to see a comparison test between the Acura ILX manual and the Buick Verano turbo manual.

    The problem with the ILX is that the bigger engine is still seriously down on power/torque compared to the turbo. I think both cars are attractive packages (I'm actually someone that would purchase this type of vehicle), but the Buick would win it for me...by an even wider margin if it came in any of the Opel's other body styles... On another note, my parents are even considering trading my mom's Impala for a Verano...I think it reminds her of her '98 Century but with all the new tech she wants (and some she wouldn't know what to do with)

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    the Buick Verano is clearly a winner in GM's portfolio. My folksy complainin' about the Turbo's MSRP ain't gonna stop the momentum this car is gaining. And I agree with you 100% about additional bodystyles. I believe the single bodystyle will eventually hurt it, same as the Cruze, (which needs a coupe and at least a 5-door hatch, if we are destined to miss out on the beautiful looking wagon.)

    Isn't there an Astra cabrio of some sort available overseas? And the 3-door hatch is another handsome variant that would play well here, imo.

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    Isn't there an Astra cabrio of some sort available overseas? And the 3-door hatch is another handsome variant that would play well here, imo.

    Yes, a new Astra cabrio is on the way...apparently, a regular convertible and not the CC like the previous generation.

    http://www.motorauthority.com/pictures/1061302_2013-opel-astra-cabrio-spy-shots_gallery-1#100397578

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    Wow, that convertible looks amazing ,even with the camo. The slim ragtop really flatters the car, something rare in a small convertible, imo. It would make such a sweet Verano.

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      Summertime means something different for everyone. For some, it’s time to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. For others, it is the time to take that trip you have been thinking about for awhile. If you’re an automotive writer like myself, summertime means convertible season. The feeling of having the roof down and enjoying the expanded view of the sky is something quite special. This summer saw two of GM’s latest convertibles roll into the Cheers & Gears’ Detroit garage, the new Buick Cascada and recently redesigned Chevrolet Camaro SS convertible. How did these two droptops fare in the summer heat?
      Exterior:
      There is no denying the Opel/Vauxhall roots of the Buick Cascada as it is just basically the Cascada sold in Europe with Buick basing. But that isn’t a bad thing since the Cascada is handsome for the most part. The front features a new grille design and headlights with LED accents. The side profile reveals short overhangs for the front and rear. These overhangs make the side look somewhat oddly proportioned. A set 20-inch wheels come standard. Around back, a long chrome bar runs along the trunk lid into the taillights. 
      On the opposite end is the Chevrolet Camaro. If you’re looking for something quiet and doesn’t bring attention, then maybe you should pass on it. Redesigned last year, Chevrolet retained the Camaro’s basic profile with its sharp lines and rounded corners. But major work was done on the front and rear ends. The front features a narrow top grille and slim headlights. A massive grille sits underneath between a set of deep cuts into the front bumper. The back has been cleaned up with a new trunk lid design, rectangular headlights, and quad-exhaust tips. 
      One item both the Cascada and Camaro share is a fabric top. Putting the top down or up takes under 20 seconds for both vehicles. With the tops down, both vehicles look quite good. But put the tops up and the Cascada is the better looking of the two. I can’t put my finger as to why, but I think it deals with how the Cascada has a little bit more glass than the Camaro. 
      Interior:
      Unfortunately, both the Cascada and Camaro fall on their face when it comes to the interior for different reasons.
      In the case of the Cascada, it features the dash from the outgoing Verano and Encore. This reveals that the Cascada is older despite what Buick may have you think. For example, the center stack is laden with buttons and it will take you a few moments to find the specific one you’re looking for. Not helping is the Cascada using GM’s last-generation infotainment system. While the system is easy to use, the interface is looking very dated. It would have been nice if Buick could have slipped in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascade, but that would have likely introduced more problems than solutions.
      On the upside, the Cascada’s interior is well-built and features decent quality materials. A fair amount of dash and door panels feature some soft touch material. The front seats are comfortable for short and long distance trips. Power adjustments for the driver’s seat make it easy to find a position that works. One touch Buick deserves applause for is the seat belt presenter. The front seat belts are nestled away when the Cascada is turned off to make it easier to get in and out of the back seat. But when you start it up, the presenter extends for both the driver and passenger to buckle in. The back seat provides enough space for kids or small adults. Taller folks like myself will find minimal legroom. With the top up, anyone sitting back here will feel very confined. With the top down, this feeling goes away. 
      Step into the 2016 Camaro Convertible’s interior and you’ll find the same retro ideas from the previous model such as the shape of the dash and circular vents. But Chevrolet improved the overall usability of the Camaro’s interior. For example, the retro-inspired engine information gauges that were placed ahead of the shifter in the previous generation are gone. In its place are a set of air vents that also control the temperature of the climate control system. 
      Our tester featured the optional Chevrolet MyLink system with navigation. We know we’re beating a dead horse with our complaints with MyLink such as a slow response when going from various screens and recognizing devices plugged into the USB ports. But you would think that GM would maybe issue an update or something by now to fix some of these issues? Like other Chevrolet models we have driven this year, the Camaro’s MyLink system comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. We tried CarPlay and found it to be easier to use than most automaker’s infotainment systems. But, we had issues with apps crashing and the system not always recognizing our phone.
      The front bucket seats are quite comfortable and will hold you in if you decide to tackle that special road aggressively. A set of power adjustments makes it easy for anyone to find a comfortable position. The back seat is best reserved for small kids or extra storage as legroom is nonexistent. You would think that the Camaro Convertible wouldn’t feel as claustrophobic as the coupe since you can put the top down, but it isn’t. Sitting in the Camaro convertible with the top down, I felt like I was being contained in a small box. Blame the high belt line for this.
      Powertrain:
      Power for the Buick Cascada comes from a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a six-speed automatic. The figures are impressive for this engine. But drop it into the Cascada and it is quite disappointing. Performance is very lethargic as the engine has to overcome the nearly two tons of Cascada. It feels like an eternity getting up to speed and you’ll find yourself putting the pedal to the floor to get the vehicle moving at a sufficient rate. EPA figures for the Cascada stand at 20 City/27 Highway/23 Combined. My average for the week landed at 21 mpg. 
      The Camaro’s engine lineup includes a 3.6L V6, turbocharged 2.0L four, and our SS tester’s 6.2L V8. The V8 pumps out 455 horsepower and 455 pound-feet of torque. We had the optional eight-speed automatic, but you can get a six-speed manual. The V8 makes the Camaro Convertible stupidly fun. I found myself wanting to roll down the window at a stop light to tell the vehicle next to me “let me play you the song of my people” before stomping on the accelerator and having the V8 roar into life as the light turns green. The engine will pin you in your seat if you floor it and there is a never-ending stream of power throughout the rev range. A nice touch is the optional dual-mode exhaust system that only amplifies the noises of the V8. The eight-speed automatic is ofine around town and on the highway but stumbles somewhat in enthusiastic driving where it takes a moment to downshift when slowing down. Fuel economy for the Camaro SS Convertible stands at 17 City/28 Highway/20 Combined. I got about 19 mpg during my week-long test.
      Ride & Handling:
      Describing the ride and handling characteristics of the Cascada can be summed up in one word; smooth. Buick’s engineers tuned the Cascada’s suspension to deliver an almost magic carpet ride. Even with a set of twenty-inch wheels as standard equipment, the Cascada is able to deal with rough roads with no issues. Around corners, the Cascada feels planted and body roll is kept in check. But don’t plan on doing anything enthusiastic with it. The steering is a little bit too light for it. Drive it like a relaxed cruiser and you’ll enjoy it. Wind buffeting is minimal with either the windows rolled up or down.
      The Camaro Convertible is shocking as to how well it handles. Part of this comes down to optional Magnetic Ride Control (MRC) system which limits body roll. Chevrolet engineers also worked on improving the structural rigidity of the Camaro. The combination makes the convertible just as good as the coupe in corners. Direction change is fast and there is plenty of grip coming from the meaty tires. Where the Camaro Convertible falters is the ride quality. The SS comes with a set of twenty-inch wheels. While they do look sharp, it makes for a somewhat unbearable ride. Bumps of any size are clearly transmitted to those sitting inside. MRC does its best to provide a comfortable ride, but it might be worth considering going down to a smaller wheel to improve the ride. Wind buffeting is kept in check with the windows up or down.
      Price:
      The 2016 Buick Cascada starts at $33,065 for the base model. Our up-level Premium starts at $36,065 and comes to an as-tested price of $37,385 thanks to the vehicle being finished in an optional blue color. You really don’t get much in terms of additional features when compared to the base Cascada aside from some additional safety features - front and rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision alert - and automatic wipers. Also for that amount of cash, you could with the Audi A3 cabriolet which offers a slightly more premium interior. But you would lose out on the larger back seat of the Cascada. You would be better off with the base Cascada.
      If you have your heart set on a Camaro Convertible, be ready to shell out the cash. The 2016 Camaro 2SS Convertible carries a base sticker of $48,300 - $6,005 more expensive than the coupe. Add on the list of options fitted to our tester such as the eight-speed automatic, magnetic ride control, and dual-mode exhaust system and you’ll end up with an as-tested price of $54,075. I’ll give you a moment to pick yourself up from the floor due to the price shock. The Camaro is nice car all-around, but is it really worth dropping $54,000?! We’re not so sure. 
      Verdict:
      Both of vehicles have issues that don’t make them as appealing. The Cascada’s engine either needs to be kicked to the curb or head off to the gym to get a bit more power. It would nice if Buick could also figure how to put in the dash from the updated Encore into the Cascada, although that might prove to be an engineering nightmare and something that would be better suited for the next-generation model. The Camaro Convertible’s price tag will make a number of people and their bank accounts cry. Also for being a convertible, the Camaro still feels as claustrophobic as the coupe.
      But when you drop the tops in both models, you forget all about the issues. Instead, you begin to take in the sky and rush of the wind. This makes you remember why you bought a convertible, to enjoy the feeling of openness. It is only when you put the top back up that makes you wonder if you can live with the issues. In the case of the Cascada, the answer is no. The Camaro is a maybe.
       
       
      Disclaimer: General Motors Provided the Cascada and Camaro; Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2016
      Make: Buick
      Model: Cascada
      Trim: Premium
      Engine: Turbocharged 1.6L SIDI DOHC with VVT
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Six-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 5,500
      Torque @ RPM: 207 @ 1,800 - 4,500, 221 @ 2,200 - 4,000 (with overboost)
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 20/27/23
      Curb Weight: 3,979 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Gliwice, Poland
      Base Price: $36,065
      As Tested Price: $37,385 (Includes $925.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Deep Sky Metallic - $395.00
      Year: 2016
      Make: Chevrolet
      Model: Camaro Convertible
      Trim: SS
      Engine: 6.2L VVT DI V8
      Driveline: Rear-Wheel Drive, Eight-Speed Automatic
      Horsepower @ RPM: 455 @ 6,000
      Torque @ RPM: 455 @ 4,400
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 17/28/20
      Curb Weight: 3,966 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Lansing, MI
      Base Price: $48,300
      As Tested Price: $54,075 (Includes $995.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Magnetic Ride Control - $1,695.00
      Eight-Speed Automatic - $1,495.00
      Dual-Mode Exhaust - $895.00
      Chevrolet MyLink with Navigation - $495.00
      20" 5-Split Spoke Aluminum Wheels - $200.00

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