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    Regal Discontinued After 2020

      ...Buick will be an all SUV lineup after 2020...

    Kid_Icarus_Reaper.pngWell the inevitable finally happened, Buick has confirmed that the Regal will not be returning to the U.S. after the 2020 model year. After that, Buick will be an all-SUV brand.  The move comes as light-truck sales take 70% of the U.S. market and 90% of all Buick sales.  While the Regal retreats from these shores, it will still continue to be sold in China where demand remains strong. 

    As of the end of Q3 this year, Buick moved only 8,849 units of Regal year to date. That's down 19.6% from the year prior. Regal's demise was hinted at during the Los Angeles Auto Show where no Regals were on display.

    The Buick Lacrosse sedan and Buick Cascada convertible were canceled earlier this year.

    Starting next year, the Buick Encore GX will join the lineup, a slightly larger iteration of the Buick Encore, but on a new platform and using a new 3-cylinder engine. 


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    Not surprising given current trends but still disappointing. The Tour X looks better than every CUV they sell IMO. Should at least keep that but I know that won’t happen either because Americans hate that naughty little word “wagon”. 

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    Sad to see the demise of a long running brand name....so Buick is going to be the rounded generic CUVs and GMC the squared generic CUVs at the same dealer....yawn.  Nothing remotely interesting left of the Buick brand in NA. 

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    32 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Figured that was coming especially with GM not having Opel anymore.  

    Opel has little to nothing to do with CUV demand in the US. Besides, those sedans will continue in China where they sell very well, without Opel.

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    Was going to happen sooner or later, not like Buick would be getting the next gen Insignia to rebadge again.   I guess with Opel doing a midcycle refresh for 2020 was a good a time as any to pull the plug.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    2 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    With 1.3 twin turbo!

    Might as well make it a 1.3 Triple Turbo motor, that way each cylinder does not feel neglected. :P 

    Triple the turbo lag. :D 

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    1 minute ago, regfootball said:

    Maybe FCAPSA will sell this in Chrysler showrooms 🧐

    ”CHRYSLER LHS wagon”

    A version w/ woodgrain side trim and white walls would be a nice 'Town & Country' wagon...

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    17 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Mary Barra is NOT the problem.  Neither are federal regulations.  The issue is simple: most people are simply NOT buying new cars (with a few exceptions) ANYMORE.  The Market is saturated with CUVs, SUVs, and pickup trucks because that is what the market wants.  Period End of Story.  Buick as a CUV-only brand almost guarantees its survival in the USA.  GMC as a SUV/CUV brand (pickups too) guarantees its survival.  The only thing that would make NEW CAR buyers switch back to sedans is $5 a gallon of gas happens again and that it last for at least two years (CA: $6.50 and up!)  Everyone who is shedding a tear for the lack of sedans should ask themselves one question:  What is your new next sedan purchase within the next eighteen months?

    Remember: Money talks.  You know the rest.

    I know for a fact that for my family, it WILL NOT be a sedan.

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    17 hours ago, riviera74 said:

      Everyone who is shedding a tear for the lack of sedans should ask themselves one question:  What is your new next sedan purchase within the next eighteen months?

    Remember: Money talks.  You know the rest.

    I'm not likely to purchase anything within the next 3-5 years, since my Jeep has less than 50k miles--- but hypothetically if I were to get a new sedan about the only domestic ones I'd consider would be the Chrysler 300 or Charger....or maybe lease a sports sedan like a Giulia, 3 series,  Q50, or G70...one of those would be nice...have thought about doing something like that.

    I'd rather go CPO than new, though, an off-lease CT5 or CT6 with low miles could be a good buy...

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    5 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

    I'm not likely to purchase anything within the next 3-5 years, since my Jeep has less than 50k miles--- but hypothetically if I were to get a new sedan about the only domestic ones I'd consider would be the Chrysler 300 or Charger....or maybe lease a sports sedan like a Giulia, 3 series,  Q50, or G70...one of those would be nice...have thought about doing something like that.

    I'd rather go CPO than new, though, an off-lease CT5 or CT6 with low miles could be a good buy...

    CT6 Blackwing would be a good CPO. Too bad short sighted planning by GM is killing all the good stuff.

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    1 minute ago, dfelt said:

    CT6 Blackwing would be a good CPO. Too bad short sighted planning by GM is killing all the good stuff.

    Yeah, but those will probably stay high in price...aren't they only building like 1000 of them? 

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    19 hours ago, riviera74 said:

    Mary Barra is NOT the problem.  Neither are federal regulations.  The issue is simple: most people are simply NOT buying new cars (with a few exceptions) ANYMORE.  The Market is saturated with CUVs, SUVs, and pickup trucks because that is what the market wants.  Period End of Story.  Buick as a CUV-only brand almost guarantees its survival in the USA.  GMC as a SUV/CUV brand (pickups too) guarantees its survival.  The only thing that would make NEW CAR buyers switch back to sedans is $5 a gallon of gas happens again and that it last for at least two years (CA: $6.50 and up!)  Everyone who is shedding a tear for the lack of sedans should ask themselves one question:  What is your new next sedan purchase within the next eighteen months?

    Remember: Money talks.  You know the rest.

    no she is the problem if all that is being offered to the market is 1.3 litre subcompact crossovers.

    i have no problem with the market switch from sedans to crossovers, my beef is the regulations and side agendas that force the auto industry to offer smaller and smaller vehicles with tiny buzz bomb engines as the norm, and if you don't buy that, you get killed with a huge upcharge, just if you want a v6, good acceleration, and some elbow room.

    cadillac is a great example.  absolutely cadillac took a sales hit on their sedans because of their size.  I can't tell you how many times i heard people at auto shows looking at cadillacs say (regarding the CTS and ATS) too small, not big enough, uncomfortable. etc.  Part of luxury is ample accommodations.  Of course you are going to pick an XT5 if you are dropping 50-60k when the ATS is unlivable for a lot of people and the CTS is even cramped for many.  

    One reason I love our Pacifica van is there is no shortage of space, and it was not overpriced as such with all the room and a v6.  

    I also did have a Malibu, 2016 nice car.  Saw a new Altima AWD on the road today.  A relative just got a Sonata.  Some folks will still buy sedans but they need to have better powertrain options at a reasonable cost than just the EPA compliance special.  I would have looked at another Malibu but you can only get the 2.0 with the Premier, which ends up being 10 grand more for a turbo four.  That turbo four should be an alacarte 1500 dollar option.  Let me decide if i want the fuel economy of the base motor.

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