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    Buick and GMC Announce Nine New Models For The Next 12 Months



    William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    September 18, 2012

    Buick and GMC have announced to their dealers today that the two brands will collectively launch nine new or revised products over the next 12 months.

    Some of the products have already been shown. Those products include,

    • Buick Enclave
    • Buick Encore
    • GMC Acadia

    Others have either been talked about and/or been caught in spy shots. Those vehicles are,

    • 2014 Buick LaCrosse
    • 2014 Buick Regal
    • 2014 GMC Sierra
    • 2014 GMC Sierra HD
    • 2014 GMC Yukon
    • 2014 GMC Yukon XL

    Dealers were also told that GMC Canyon would be returning. When the Canyon would be arriving wasn't talked about.

    “While we continue to make strong progress in fuel economy gains on our full-size trucks, we know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup. We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing.

    Source: GM

    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


    Nine New Models in Next 12 Months for Buick and GMC

    Product surge comes amid third year of consecutive retail sales gains for both brands

    2012-09-20

    DETROIT – Buick and GMC told dealers today that it will introduce nine new or significantly updated models in the next 12 months, starting with the new Buick Enclaveluxury crossover SUV and GMC Acadiacrossover SUV this fall.

    The new Buick Encoresmall luxury crossover, which will be priced at $24,950 including a $750 destination charge, arrives in early 2013. A Buick Regalluxury sport sedan, Buick LaCrosseluxury sedan, GMC Sierra and Sierra HD full-size pickups, as well as GMC Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs will arrive next year.

    In addition to these nine models, GMC will offer luxury-appointed Denali versions of its four upcoming vehicles and a new 2.0L turbocharged powertrain will be available in the Buick Verano this year.

    By the end of 2013, the oldest non-commercial models in a Buick/GMC showroom will be the Buick Veranoluxury sedan and GMC Terrainsmall SUV. Verano has been in dealer showrooms for less than a year and has gained sales volume every month since launch. Terrain arrived as a 2010 model and is on pace for its best sales year ever in 2012. A new Denali luxury trim level recently was added.

    GMC also announced the return of the GMC Canyon midsize pickup as an all-new model to be built in Wentzville, Mo. Arrival timing will be announced later.

    “While we continue to make strong progress in fuel economy gains on our full-size trucks, we know that there is a group of customers who want the functionality of a truck but may not need full-size pickup,” said Tony DiSalle, vice president of Buick and GMC Marketing. “We believe that introducing a new, agile and efficient mid-size Canyon will meet the needs of many pickup buyers.”

    Buick and GMC have grown together as distinctly different but complementary brands. Together, they have sold more than 400,000 vehicles so far this year, a pace that should allow each brand to achieve a third consecutive year of sales gains.

    “We’re not only selling more vehicles, we’re bringing new customers to the Buick and GMC showroom,” said Brian Sweeney, vice president of Buick and GMC Sales and Service. “Both brands report more than 40 percent conquest sales. Buick was the only automotive brand in the United States to reduce the average age of its buyer during the past five years, and GMC continues to attract more female buyers and – with Denali vehicles – more import and luxury owners.

    Overall, General Motors will have 70 percent all-new or significantly refreshed products across its four U.S. brands in 2012-2013.

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    By the end of 2013, the oldest non-commercial models in a Buick/GMC showroom will be the Buick Verano luxury sedan and GMC Terrain small SUV.

    I know it states non-commercial, but the GMC Savana is offered in a passenger version too... so technically that statement is not correct. Nitpicking, I know, but still.

    And here's a larger version of the press release picture, though you really can't tell anything in the shaded out models:

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    Wow. Remember when Buicks especially stayed as they were for five and six years? Not anymore. As for GMC, the trucks are still doing well and they keep the Buick dealerships around.

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    By the end of 2013, the oldest non-commercial models in a Buick/GMC showroom will be the Buick Verano luxury sedan and GMC Terrain small SUV.

    I know it states non-commercial, but the GMC Savana is offered in a passenger version too... so technically that statement is not correct. Nitpicking, I know, but still.

    I was wondering that as well. I'm wondering if GM has anything in the pipeline for a replacement

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    The Terrrain was set to go to the Delta II with the Nox in 2014 has that changed?

    Could the Savana not be offered in the passenger anymore? I do not see many of them in this version anymore. They may leave the passenger version to Chevy and focus GMC on other things to set them appart?

    With the loss of the Ford Econoline vans the Amish might have to find a new Yoder toter.

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    The Encalve and Acadia are hardly new, they are the same car with some slight cosmetic changes. It will be interesting what they do with the LaCrosse and Regal, if they just get a slight refresh like the Enclave or if they do more, such as move the LaCrosse up market a little, to say $35k base to make room for the Impala.

    GM needs a compact pickup that is fuel efficient and doesn't suck. That is a big void in their lineup right now, I am curious what they do with the Canyon to fix it.

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    The Encalve and Acadia are hardly new, they are the same car with some slight cosmetic changes. It will be interesting what they do with the LaCrosse and Regal, if they just get a slight refresh like the Enclave or if they do more, such as move the LaCrosse up market a little, to say $35k base to make room for the Impala.

    GM needs a compact pickup that is fuel efficient and doesn't suck. That is a big void in their lineup right now, I am curious what they do with the Canyon to fix it.

    The Regal will be getting a mild-update, if the spy shots of the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia are anything to go by.

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    The Encalve and Acadia are hardly new, they are the same car with some slight cosmetic changes.

    There is more than just cosmetic changes - the shell of the Acadia was changed to the former Saturn Outlook, I'm sure electrical issues the '07-'12's had were addressed with an updated/upgraded system, the dash in the Acadia is new (not sure about the Enclave, as I'm not as interested in that), and there are new features that the Gen1's don't have. This isn't just a grille and wheel swap here.

    As for the Canyon, I'm expecting it to look very different from the Colorado. While many are hoping that the Colorado gets a different "face" for the North American markets, I feel that the different face will be the Canyon. I'm expecting the Canyon/Colorado to be like the Terrain/Equinox - two different flavors for different buyers.

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    The Canyon will have the new GMC face that started with the Terrain. Also I would not be suprised if they move to change the bodys more with new lines.

    I agree the changes between the GMC and Chevy will be much like the Terrain and Nox. That means a different look but not a lot of changes under the skin.

    You would be suprised at how most Nox and Terrain owners are not fooled by the different styling of the two vehicles. They know they are the same vehicle but the styling gives them an option to choose what they like. The Chevy has more appeal to the car buyers and the GMC has more of a truck look. What better way to reach a wider group of buyers.

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    Is it me or does the image of the arcadia look worse than when they first introduced the auto? The picture above makes it look like it was in a fight and has a black eye. Not a fan of the head lights with that black ring around it.

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    As always, don't go by GM pictures.

    There is also something else brewing... there have been spy shots of a small Buick convertible running around the South West.

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      The second-generation Insignia is 2.1 inches longer and rides on a wheelbase that has been stretched 3.6 inches. This should help one of the key issues of the current Insignia and its brethren, a tight back seat. The new Insignia has also been lowered by 1.1 inches to give it a sportier stance.
      Motor1 reports that Opel and Vauxhall will reveal the next-generation Insignia later this month online, followed by a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The Sports Tourer expected a few months later. 
      Source: Motor1.com

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