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    Buick Envision Is Coming To The U.S. Next Summer


    • The Buick Envision Is Finally Coming to the U.S.

    The go-ahead has been given and next summer, Buick will launch the Envision crossover. According to Automotive News, Buick's chief Duncan Aldred told members of the Buick National Dealer Council yesterday and was planning to announce it to the rest of Buick's dealers today. Aldred confirmed the decision in an interview today.

     

    “Talk about a catalyst for the Buick brand and for volume growth. We’re putting in what I believe is a class-leading vehicle in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. This is massive for Buick,” said Aldred.

     

    Dealers have been wanting the Envision for quite a while now as it would fill a gap between the subcompact Encore and full-size Enclave. The vehicle will be exported from China, which will draw the ire of some.

     

    The U.S.-Spec Envision will come with a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder paired with a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. A two-wheel drive version with a different engine is being considered for the future.

     

    The Envision will be the first GM model to use a new global compact platform. This platform will also underpin the next-generation Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, which are expected to go on sale in 2017.

     

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    That works out good for us.  We'll probably trade the Encore into one of these as soon as a loaded one is available.  I had originally hoped the Envision was going to be here at the end of this summer to time with the end of our lease, but buying out the lease and keeping it an extra year isn't the worse thing in the world. 

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    So driving one of these will tell us how the next Nox and Terrain will be...hmmm....

     

    That said, I am excited to see it....think it will do well...even better is gas prices stay low for a while....

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

     

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

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    What size vehicle is this? This is like the Nox/Terrain size, right?

     

    I believe the next Nox and Terrain will be downsized a bit to more closely match the direct competition in size. At the moment, they are tweeners that sit between CRV and (old) Pilot in size, yet still smaller than the other tweener from Ford, the Edge.  This would give GM some room between the Nox and Traverse for a Blazer type vehicle. 

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    Probably a preview of the Cadillac XT3 once they can get a North American factory to start making these.  They can swap out some sheet metal and the grille, throw in CUE.  Then GM can get 4 crossovers on this platform.

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    I have a feeling, and this is just a hunch, that like the Volvo S60 Inscription that is built in China and the Regal from Germany before it, this will be a stop-gap measure for Buick. They are building it in China for now because they don't have a line ready in the US to build it on, yet they needed the model here 3 years ago and cannot afford to delay it any further.  Once the 'Nox and Terrain replacements are up and running, I'm betting that Envision production for North American consumption will be shifted to this continent.

     

    I've been told this directly by a Volvo rep. The Volvo S60 Inscription is a one and done for Chinese production selling in the US.  Once the new model comes, it will be built in South Carolina at Volvo's new U.S. plant.  So think about that for a moment... the next generation of Volvos being sold here are going to be U.S. built, and Swedish designed, by a Chinese owned company. 

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    I agree with worldwide emissions and crash standards.  I do not agree with CAFE standards because I think the customer should be given the choice of what to buy to match his needs.  I also do not agree with the globalization of the auto industry.  I believe it waters down the product if it is made to the tastes of consumers on multiple continents.  Chevrolet Colorado is a case in point... not a fan of the "global" version of my truck.  Love the U.S. version, hence I bought one.

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

     

     

     

    I had considered this.

     

    Note the next Nox  will be just a little smaller but it should have the same or nearly the same interior room with better interior packaging. I like ours but the interior has a lot of wasted space due to strut tower intrustion and a dash that is overly large and takes up a lot of space.

     

    Like I said too this is short term import as they have not gotten the Ingersoll plant changed over and if they want to get a head start with this model a small group imported will give them that start.

     

    I suspect once the Nox enters production the Buick will joint it.

     

    Note I have heard the Terrain would be built on the same line as the XT5. Now if that is true could the Terrain also be a cheaper longer wheel base? Just a though here as I have nothing concrete. This two could keep the Buick and Terrain from competing. As of yet we really have nothing on the Terrain to this point. No mules and no real clues.

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    Would make more sense if Equinox and Envision were small segment and Terrain was mid-size along with mid-size XT5.  The Equinox is like a foot longer than an Ford Escape, and the small SUV segment is really hot and were a lot of female buyers are going.  The Equinox and Envision should be the footprint of a Cruze, but at Malibu and Regal money.  Then Terrain and a possible Blazer would be mid-size vs the Highlander, Edge, Sante Fe type crossovers, and Lambdas as full size.  And if there was no Blazer at least the Terrain would be sized differently than the Equinox and Envision so there would be less overlap.

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    Buick needed this 5 years ago.  The crossover market is huge, while i dislike that this is from China, this will be Buick's biggest seller once its up and running possibly.  The aging population and people's changing preference to crossovers, Buick and GMC showrooms still won't have enough choices. Terrain and Envision can peacefully exist together for a long time.

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    Buick needed this 5 years ago.  The crossover market is huge, while i dislike that this is from China, this will be Buick's biggest seller once its up and running possibly.  The aging population and people's changing preference to crossovers, Buick and GMC showrooms still won't have enough choices. Terrain and Envision can peacefully exist together for a long time.

     

     

    GM would have liked to had this 5 years ago but just had too many other models they needed and too many other things needed down with the money they had.

     

    Also they needed to start eh move of Cadillac up to give them room to place this. Also also the new platform will prove to be a better investment. Weight and compromised interior space was a problem on the last platform.

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    My question is how GM will market this and the Terrain Denali in the same dealer.

    The Denali package and much of the GM packages are now marketed as higher end trucks and much like Buicks.

    ​This may account for the smaller numbers being imported?

    Visual differences I assume. It works for the Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave today. There is still enough "I'm too young to buy a Buick" mentality out there no matter how good Buick gets, so having GMC there to catch those people is a good thing.

     

     

     

    I had considered this.

     

    Note the next Nox  will be just a little smaller but it should have the same or nearly the same interior room with better interior packaging. I like ours but the interior has a lot of wasted space due to strut tower intrustion and a dash that is overly large and takes up a lot of space.

     

    Like I said too this is short term import as they have not gotten the Ingersoll plant changed over and if they want to get a head start with this model a small group imported will give them that start.

     

    I suspect once the Nox enters production the Buick will joint it.

     

    Note I have heard the Terrain would be built on the same line as the XT5. Now if that is true could the Terrain also be a cheaper longer wheel base? Just a though here as I have nothing concrete. This two could keep the Buick and Terrain from competing. As of yet we really have nothing on the Terrain to this point. No mules and no real clues.

     

     

    I also have heard that a yet-unnamed GMC would be built at Springhill with the XT5.  That could mean Terrain or it could mean another model is joining the GMC brand (which also wouldn't surprise me).  With Springhill being the most flex production line GM has, I don't think the other vehicles being built there have any bearing on the wheelbase of the GMC though.    It is entirely conceivable that there are short wheelbase and long wheelbase versions of the Terrain coming.

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    What size vehicle is this? This is like the Nox/Terrain size, right?

     

    I believe the next Nox and Terrain will be downsized a bit to more closely match the direct competition in size. At the moment, they are tweeners that sit between CRV and (old) Pilot in size, yet still smaller than the other tweener from Ford, the Edge.  This would give GM some room between the Nox and Traverse for a Blazer type vehicle. 

     

     Well color me a little more intrigued now.. Depending how it all pans out(and life) I could see looking into one of these in a few years once they're used and the Escape is on its way out.

     

    I actually love the Edge's size. It's larger than the Escape but it's still a 5 seater so it isn't gargantuan. Especially because I do not need more than 5 seats. Actually, I utilized all 5 in my Escape for the first time this weekend. Just a short trip bringing people home from the bar but that's one thing my Mustang never could have done.

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    It is ridiculous packing three rows of seats in anything smaller than a Burb anyway.  Unless legless passengers.

     

    I fit in the 3rd row of a Traverse and Durango just fine thanks.

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    It is ridiculous packing three rows of seats in anything smaller than a Burb anyway.  Unless legless passengers.

     

    I fit in the 3rd row of a Traverse and Durango just fine thanks.

     

    Yeah I've been in the 3rd row of an Acadia once and a new Explorer once for a 4-5 hr trip and it honestly was not bad at all.   There was quite a bit of space back there. Granted, I'm not the largest person(5'8" - 180lbs) but still a full size adult that means you could have something that size for a growing family.

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      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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    • By William Maley
      The Buick Enclave and Chevrolet Traverse are well past their sell-by-date. GM knows this and will be introducing new versions of both within the next year. We haven't seen any spy shots of either model, til today.
      Autoblog published some spy shots of the next-generation Buick Enclave undergoing some hot-weather testing in Death Valley. From the shots, it looks like Buick will be retaining the shape of the current model. Although, it looks like the roofline has changed somewhat towards the back. We can pick out the new grille that we first saw on the new LaCrosse along with a set of LED running lights.
      The Enclave is expected to use a stretched version of the Chi platform that currently underpins the new GMC Acadia.
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      “Despite tighter dealer inventories, we had a solid retail performance in August led by Chevrolet, which gained retail share in eight different segments,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our retail strength is reflected in our record ATPs in August, which were up more than $1,600 from last month and nearly $5,800 above the industry average while our incentive spending was below the industry average and well below our domestic competitors.”
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      Chevrolet
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      Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL were up 39 percent, 43 percent and 66 percent, respectively The brand had its highest monthly ATP on record at $45,000 Denali penetration reached more than 28 percent, the highest on record Sierra had its best year to date sales since 2006 Canyon had its best August ever Yukon and Yukon XL had their best August since 2007 Yukon had its 12th consecutive month of year over year growth Buick
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      GM estimates that the seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in August was approximately 17.2 million units. On a calendar year-to-date basis, GM estimates the light-vehicle SAAR was 17.3 million units
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