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Buick Skylark to replace Excelle in China in '09

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Future Watch: Buick Skylark for China in 2009
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SHANGHAI, China — General Motors will launch a new Buick Skylark compact in China in 2009 that could be exported to the U.S. as a 2010 model.

The Skylark will replace the Daewoo-based Excelle in China and will be assembled by the Shanghai GM joint venture, Inside Line has learned.

GM also is considering whether to add another Chinese Buick, the new Australia-sourced Park Avenue sedan, to its U.S. lineup in 2009, supplier sources told IL.

The new Skylark is based on GM's Delta 2 global small-car architecture. It will share its underpinnings with the next-generation Chevrolet Cobalt, Opel Astra and Pontiac G6. A new Saab, the 9-1, will be based on the same platform, as will the next-generation Saturn Astra.

The current Buick Excelle that's built in China is a version of the Daewoo Lacetti that's also sold in North America as the Suzuki Forenza and in other overseas markets as the Chevrolet Optra. The next-generation Lacetti also is expected to shift to the Delta 2 platform in Korea.

The new Park Avenue is based on the Holden Statesman and goes on sale shortly in China. IL has learned that Buick's U.S. dealers have asked for the car in late 2008 as an '09 model. GM has tentative plans to assemble a redesigned Park Avenue, based on its Zeta rear-drive architecture, in North America in late 2010, alongside a new rear-drive Chevrolet Impala.

What this means to you: The Skylark could be the first GM import from China.
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Where will the 2009 Park Avenue come from then? Is a G6 on the list? That is a relief because uhh, that means it is FWD or do they mean G5.

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At least one part of the article is wrong: the start date of the Chinese Buick Global Delta. It certainly won't be here as a 2010MY vehicle.

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Pontiac G6? No way...

They meant G5, but I think they're just saying that it is the same size or whatever as a G5.

Thats what I read. Maybe I am blind.

You're right, but as I said above it probably meant G5.

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See this is what happens when you name cars G1 - G10, :smilewide: Stupid, stupid names! They mean nothing and stand for even less! :yes:

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I would say, yes and yes. :thumbsup:

As gas prices rise, there will be room for another compact in GM's line-up...

Though if they are going to do that-they need to make sure it is done right, or don't even waste the time.

It needs to be full of toys, and priced around the same as the Astra. Price will be huge.

As far as the Park Ave, that is a no-brainer.... :idhitit:

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SHANGHAI, China — General Motors will launch a new Buick Skylark compact in China in 2009 that could be exported to the U.S. as a 2010 model.

The Skylark will replace the Daewoo-based Excelle in China and will be assembled by the Shanghai GM joint venture, Inside Line has learned.

GM also is considering whether to add another Chinese Buick, the new Australia-sourced Park Avenue sedan, to its U.S. lineup in 2009, supplier sources told IL.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!

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I would say, yes and yes. :thumbsup:

It needs to be full of toys, and priced around the same as the Astra. Price will be huge.

As far as the Park Ave, that is a no-brainer.... :idhitit:

Love the name! :thumbsup: I hope the Skylark makes it to the US. However, I feel it should be priced higher than the Astra (and it should be worth the extra cost too.) Yes, the Acura TSX would be a great start for developing a premium compact Buick.

The Saab 9-1 development bothers me though... I'm afraid GM will cheapen the Skylark to give the 9-1 some type of exclusivity (Think G6 vs 9-3) or tune the Skylark's suspension way too soft. Both of them need to be 'youthful' premium/luxury compacts but have different flavors. 9-1 should keep with its Scandinavian roots in style, ride, & feel while staying casual luxury... The Skylark should lean towards driver/passenger comfort, confident road manners, while taking on a slightly formal guise but without the appearance of trying too hard. We don't want an overwrought Baby Buick dressed up in mom's clothes. For looks, think more 2008 Mercedes C-Class and less 2002 Jaguar X-type.

http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2008-merced...ss/138843/full/

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You guys scared me... G6 and Cobalt? Nooo way...

Thing is though. Skylark was N-Body, so it was a midsize. Can go both ways I guess.

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You know.. we one day will thank Buick China for showing GM North America the way with Buick. Buick China understands what was Buick was and what a Buick should be. GM North America had no clue. Also notice they are impacting Cadillac too. The SLS over there is why they DTS and STS here are going to become one car. They( GM) is really trying hard to change. This is why they are making common parts, models, platforms globally. This will lead to more products, and less money being spent regionally. It is now global money. The models will differ regionally.

Now.. if some foreign country GM sells in that appreciates Oldsmobile would come into play.. LOL!

I am thankful for another thing.. Buick China sees the value in the names. Too bad GM North America did not. I think they maybe now.

I only Skylarks I have fond memories of are the ones from the 1960's and the ones from the 1980's. That one from the 1980's was so close to Riviera.

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Thats what I read. Maybe I am blind.

You're right, you are blind.

:P

The Skylark name is more memorable than the Excelle name (which sounds like a Hyundai, to be perfectly honest). Hopefully, it's not memorable for the wrong reasons.

Whatever the name is, I just hope the car is best-in-class (even if it's only-in-class).

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Waait a minute... I just caught this:

The Skylark will replace the Daewoo-based Excelle in China and will be assembled by the Shanghai GM joint venture, Inside Line has learned.

That better not mean it's gonna be made in China.

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it's way too early for anyone to make serious declarations on where the car will be built, besides those in the know, but I think like Epsilon and Zeta are being designed to be built in modular factories with platforms that share commonality all around the world, the same will be true with Delta. GM is just getting the most mileage it can out of unique designs and its platforms. The only thing I would say is a concern right now is the execution---this better be on the same page as the Buick Riviera Shanghai in dramatic design inside and out befitting of a luxury car, and with the right quality.

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The only thing I would say is a concern right now is the execution---this better be on the same page as the Buick Riviera Shanghai in dramatic design inside and out befitting of a luxury car, and with the right quality.

I'm confident GM will be able to differentiate the Delta II and Epsilon II models.
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No, the Skylarks from 1980 onward were all compact cars, not mid-size, and that includes the ugly, previous models. I prefer the name Skyhawk for this car, I was hoping Skylark would return to its 1975-79 (compact for the day) roots as a rear-drive compact, but more luxurious and heavily differentiated from its Chevy cousin.

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Damnit. I really don't like the idea of a compace Buick positioned under the current/next gen LaX coming here. An ES350 fighting LaX should be the entry point for Buick in this market. I think the premium compacts should be left to the 9-1 and Astra; the sporty compact to the G5; and the volume compact for the Cobalt. IF a Buick DID come here in compact form, I'd perfer they go all out and do everything possible to trump the TSX. Think ahead, and try trumping the next gen TSX. Though a smaller car, it's should be very luxurious. The 9-1 should be right below the Skylark on the GM's totem pole of NA compacts (IF THEY DO INDEED BRING ONE, WHICH I THINK IS A MISTAKE), period. Also, I love that they're reviving the name, no matter what market it's sold in.

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The Nova based Skylarks in the late 70's were renames of the 73-75 Apollo, and forgettable. The A bodied 'Larks from 65-72 were way better and more collectable.

Anyway, like the 2010 Camaro, I will believe it when it's for sale in dealers.

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When they start bringing into the US Chinese GM's I will no longer purchase from the General.

I can understand that, not because I'm someone who just hates anything non-American, quite the opposite actually... but America has sold its soul to China already and most things you probably buy anyway already comes from China. And I would have no problem with this if China was an environmentally conscience, pro-human-rights country. However it goes to show that both Americans and Chinese have devalued life enough so that we feed off of this system hurting both Americans but especially the poor Chinese.

General Motors, however, has always impressed me with the standards they set wherever they build and whatever they build. I don't find GM one of the big manipulating corporations in spite of their massive wealth and power.

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When they start bringing into the US Chinese GM's I will no longer purchase from the General.

It's okay for GM to import vehicles from Australia, Korea, Germany, Sweden, etc... but it's not okay for GM to import a vehicle from China? :huh:

Get your checklist out, because GM won't be the only one in a few years. I personally welcome this.

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