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GM @ Beijing '08: 2009 Buick Excelle Preview

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GM @ Beijing '08: 2009 Buick Excelle Preview
New Interior, Freshened Exterior Design
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Link to original Article @ CarScoop


Buick’s Chinese arm has refreshed its Excelle subcompact sedan for the 2009 MY. On the outside, the 2009 Excelle’s appearance is partially inspired by Buick’s flagship model in China; the Holden Statesman based Park Avenue. The facelifted Excelle, which by-the-way is based on the Chevrolet / Daewoo Lacetti, also features a redesigned interior. Buick’s new Chinese subcompact sedan will make its public debut later this month at the 2008 Beijing Auto Show.


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interior looks good, mostly.

looks bland on the outside though... :( other than a very good family resemblance to... mostly the lucerne (front)

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Other than the steering wheel, which looks extremely cheap to me, I kinda like it. Not enough to wish it here, but it looks well-executed for its intended segment.

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I find this hard to believe with Delta II about to debut.

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Similar interior pics have been floating around for a year or so. The pics muct be of a current facelift prior to the Delta II-based Excelle replacement. I just find it too hard to believe otherwise.

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Isn't the Delta II Excelle replacement suppose to be a 2010 model? So does this mean the Chinese will get the Taiwan facelifted Excelle for 1 year (2009) before the Delta II Excelle replacement (Skylark?) arrives?

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I forgot to add something to my post that went: "Slowly, little by little, the Excelle is becoming a full member of the Buick family." :AH-HA_wink:

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I forgot to add something to my post that went: "Slowly, little by little, the Excelle becomes a full member of the Buick family." :AH-HA_wink:

By being Korean? :huh:

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I know this is SUCH a little detail, but why isn't the insignia chrome on the steering wheel?

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My :twocents:

Remember development money is tight, with the decrease in US volume and a possible longer and/or deeper contraction in the US economy GM will be burning cash quicker. So maybe (and just maybe) programming a refresh of the Excelle means the Delta II Chevrolet and Opel (and Saab?) are being pushed forward, with the Buick waiting a little longer. Product development and lauche dates have to be juggled between brands.

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I know this is SUCH a little detail, but why isn't the insignia chrome on the steering wheel?

GOD is in the details... though this IS just a 3rd world econobox...

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Absolutely heretical.
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Isn't the Delta II Excelle replacement suppose to be a 2010 model? So does this mean the Chinese will get the Taiwan facelifted Excelle for 1 year (2009) before the Delta II Excelle replacement (Skylark?) arrives?

that makes some sense. we all know the delta II model arrives next year or very soon after. the excelle is in the chinese top 10....so maybe they were working on an update when delta II got fasttracked....that is after all why we didn't receive an MCE for Cobalt, since Delta II is coming next year.

with this the car the chinese yet again display a discipline for categorically meeting the market and driving Buick to the right position. With the Lacrosse and the Excelle, it is clear the Chinese priorities are in the right places, and we should be thankful American Buick hooked onto the bandwagon and will benefit from smart design choices. This is merely an update of an outdated small car, nonetheless it's realistically as upscale as it can get, whilst maintaining preset hardpoints.

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The interior looks pretty nice for a :censored: Daewoo:. The Chinese Buick designers really know to make silk purses out of sows ears. That said, while I'm not opposed to a compact Buick, I don't want this thing on our soil.

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Not everyone gets Delta II the same year. You can expect the Delta II Buick to be delayed at least 6 months behind the Cobalt, so probably 2010 CY, not MY as it's considered in the US.

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Not everyone gets Delta II the same year. You can expect the Delta II Buick to be delayed at least 6 months behind the Cobalt, so probably 2010 CY, not MY as it's considered in the US.

Whew! Thank you Griffon! So this will be around for about two years, then the compact under consideration for both the US & Chinese markets will debut. I can live with that. :yes:

I admit the 2009 Excelle has upscale characteristics with the facelift: rear parking censors, LED tail lamps, possible Xenon headlamps, attractive (for a mainstream compact) interior. The Delta II needs to aspire higher than the mainstream compact market though. It needs to be comparable to a Volvo S40 or Acura TSX. It looks like that's the direction their headed with the facelift. I'm looking forward the what they come up with. :thumbsup:

So, based on Griffon's timeline, the Delta II Buick Skylark compact will arrive in time for the Lucerne to go out of production... by 2011, Buick's US line-up could be:

near-luxury Skylark compact sedan

luxury Invicta midsize sedan

luxury Enclave CUV sedan

- with the potential of an alpha-based Regal sedan and/or a Riviera coupe (Delta II or EPII based).

I say Riviera could be Delta II because the Volt will use Delta II. I believe a "Riviera coupe" would be perfect as Buick's luxury Hybrid version of the Volt.

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Yikes! This car looks better after the facelift, but it is still not deserving of the Buick name. Next!

Now let's see that Invicta Concept!

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I like the refreshed interior, but as far as the exterior goes, the old one looks better, even though it looks just like the Optra. The rear doesn't look right, especially on the rear quarter view.

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Since when was it a subcompact? Its always been a compact, and most of the cars in the class have been since at least 2001...looks more upscale, but still not my ideal Skyhawk, and an aging and unexciting car nonetheless (ditto Lucerne).

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