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Sneak Peek: Baby Buick

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Sneak Peek: Baby Buick

Buick's smallest sedan, known as the Excelle in China, has shown up in the states.

Under the hood, powertrain options are expected to mirror those of the Chevy Cruze. And in a nod to the green movement, GM could also slot a version of the Chevy Volt's powertrain into the baby Buick -- which would be a logical step considering that the Cruze was the primary testing vehicle for the production Volt.

The model could also be sold in Europe. Should the new entry-level Buick go into production in Europe, we can expect the Cruze's 2.0-liter diesel engines to make their way under the hood.

The main focus for the new Buick, however, will be the Chinese market, and, sources are saying, the United States.

Production of the U.S. version is expected to be at GM's Orion plant and will be in the 60,000 unit range.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20100513/AUTO03/5130384/1148/auto01/Sneak-Peek--Baby-Buick#ixzz0noWm1Cbe

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regfootball    252

a- MAJOR MISTAKE if the powerplant on this thing is the same as the Cruze. The Buick needs at least 180hp. Maybe a base model with the 1.4 turbo. like 10% of the product mix. this car at a minimum needs the 1.8 turbo with about 180hp.

b- no way they sell 60,000 as a Buick no matter what they do.

where's the wagon, where's the hatch, 3 and 5 door.

GM being stupid as a horses a55 again if they don't get the engine right on this thing.

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ocnblu    776

I agree with reg on the powertrain. A Premium sedan, even a compact one, must offer a powertrain above that of its more plebian sister cars. The 1.8L turbo should be standard... and where's the wagon? The 2-door coupe? The hardtop convertible?

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daves87rs    351

a- MAJOR MISTAKE if the powerplant on this thing is the same as the Cruze. The Buick needs at least 180hp. Maybe a base model with the 1.4 turbo. like 10% of the product mix. this car at a minimum needs the 1.8 turbo with about 180hp.

b- no way they sell 60,000 as a Buick no matter what they do.

where's the wagon, where's the hatch, 3 and 5 door.

GM being stupid as a horses a55 again if they don't get the engine right on this thing.

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First of all, you might want to read from where this report is coming from.......not the greatest source of info.

Some will be Cruze, some not.

As far as the wagon and such, they are waiting to see how the baby buick will do first....

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daves87rs    351

I agree with reg on the powertrain. A Premium sedan, even a compact one, must offer a powertrain above that of its more plebian sister cars. The 1.8L turbo should be standard... and where's the wagon? The 2-door coupe? The hardtop convertible?

WHAT? ALL I CAN HEAR IS thesound of gas prices.......

While I'm sure there will be a crowd pleaser in there somewhere, most are going to want point A to B in style......

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ocnblu    776

A range of bodystyles for each nameplate, now that there has been a dramatic reduction in the overall size of GM CO LLC, would only serve to re-broaden their customer base, and could be done inexpensively. Just put the whole family of models in the ads together, like they used to do back in the day. Picture a print ad with the sedan, coupe and/or convertible and wagon together, parked in a scenic location, with copy that extols the virtues of the family of models. After the family of models is successfully intro-d, then you can put each of the bodystyles in their own individual ads in targeted publications, websites, etc.

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Reality is it will likely be a 4dr w/ 99% automatic. It will be Buick's competitor for the Mercury Tracer and maybe the Jetta. I bit more upscale than a Cruze, but still just a FWD compact appliance.

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Drew Dowdell    5,169

The nice thing about turbos is that you can dial up the boost fairly easily. GM could put the same basic engine in the Cruze and Baby Buick and just tune the turbos differently

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daves87rs    351

The nice thing about turbos is that you can dial up the boost fairly easily. GM could put the same basic engine in the Cruze and Baby Buick and just tune the turbos differently

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ZL-1    160
The nice thing about turbos is that you can dial up the boost fairly easily. GM could put the same basic engine in the Cruze and Baby Buick and just tune the turbos differently

I read something about a 210hp tune of the 1.6L

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