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By Drew Johnson

General Motors may have abandoned the minivan segment in the United States, but the Detroit automaker is keeping the MPV alive in China. GM’s Buick division just unveiled its China-spec GL8 Luxury MPV.

Set to hit the Chinese market in January, the all-new GL8 Luxury MPV builds on the success of the original GL8 launched in 1999. To date, Buick has sold 330,000 units of the GL8 MPV.

The new GL8 Luxury MPV features classic Buick styling, including the brand’s signature waterfall grille and chrome portholes. The GL8 Luxury MPV also features a distinctive “double sweep spear running from front to back.”

The interior of the GL8 Luxury MPV was inspired by yachts, with its wraparound design intended to give the feel of a cockpit. Overall, GM describes the GL8’s interior as a merger of “Eastern and Western aesthetics.”

Befitting of its luxury tag, the GL8 is available with two-tone leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, an electric sliding door, 10-speaker Bose stereo, 7-inch touch screen and OnStar. Engine choices include a 3.0L direct-injection V6 and a 2.4L four-cylinder. Both engines are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission.

Prices for the 2011 Buick GL8 Luxury MPV will start at $43,200, with a fully loaded example going for $58,200. For those not willing to spend quite so much for a people mover, a standard version of the GL8 will hit dealerships next month.



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Officially Official: Buick GL8 is an executive express for China

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Nov 29th 2010 at 1:01PM


Buick has released an all-new version of its popular GL8 in China. Developed by Shanghai GM, the executive people-mover wears a freshly redesigned exterior with sculpted body lines and a new front fascia. Inside, GM has thrown the luxury book at the van with tricks like blue ambient lighting, a 10-speaker sound system and two-tone leather seats. An attractive seven-inch touch dominates the dash, though it looks like Buick has managed to hold on to the excessive amount of buttons on the center stack that have become the brand's trademark as of late. Rear passengers, meanwhile, get the benefit of a 10.2-inch HD display for movies and the like.

Under the hood, GM has fitted a 3.0-liter V6 as the GX8 flagship mill, though a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is also available for the fuel-conscious buyers of the People's Republic. A six-speed automatic gearbox takes care of cog-swapping duties. Hit the jump for the full press release after checking out the gallery below.

Gallery:Buick GL8 Van

[source: General Motors]

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All-New Buick GL8 Luxury MPV Now Available

330,000 GL8s Sold Across China Since Model's Debut


Shanghai – The all-new Buick GL8 from Shanghai GM is now available. The luxury MPV builds on the heritage of the original GL8, China's first family of executive wagons. Since the model's debut in 1999, more than 330,000 have been sold across China.

The new model, which will reach the market in January 2011, features seven innovations and 27 technological breakthroughs along with improvements in design, space and safety, technology, power, features and quality. The result is an unprecedented luxury MPV experience that is unmistakably Buick.

"The new GL8 was developed by Shanghai GM in cooperation with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai with the specific needs of our customers in mind," said Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "It offers everything that consumers have come to expect from Buick, including a dynamic, smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. Like its predecessor, the new GL8 is the right product at the right time."

The new GL8 has a graceful exterior design highlighted by Buick's distinctive double sweep spear running from front to back. Decorative metal bands add a sense of smooth, modern elegance. Its classic waterfall grille and chrome portholes further underscore the new GL8's Buick heritage.

With a length of 5,256 mm, a width of 1,878 mm, a height of 1,800 mm and a wheelbase of 3,088 mm, the new GL8 provides a spacious ride for all occupants. The dignified interior merges Eastern and Western aesthetics. It features ice-blue atmosphere lighting and a 360-degree wraparound design inspired by luxury yachts.

Among the other amenities available are two-tone ergonomic genuine leather seats; a two-piece panorama sunroof; an electric anti-pinch sliding door and one-touch electric lift rear door; a 10-speaker, 5.1-channel Bose sound system; a 7-inch touch screen up front and 10.2-inch WVGA HD display in back; and the OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and communication service.

An enhanced suspension with independent front-and-back sub-frames ensures a smooth, steady ride. Buick's signature QuietTuning reduces, blocks and absorbs interior noise, for a distraction-free environment that is comparable to that of a luxury sedan.

The new GL8 comes with a choice of a 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI intelligent direct injection engine or a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with segment-leading fuel efficiency. GM's advanced 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard, providing unrivaled power in the luxury MPV segment.

In the area of safety, the new GL8 has a super-solid body frame. The Bosch 8.1 ESP system delivers premium handling. It is complemented by large-size tires and disc brakes, with six air bags available on selected models. For maximum visibility, the new GL8 incorporates multi-dimensional blue ray Bi-Xenon HID headlights and crystal-like chrome LED taillights.

The new GL8 luxury MPV has a retail price of between RMB 288,000 and RMB 388,000. Shanghai GM is also introducing an upgraded 2011 model of the current Buick GL8 in December 2010, targeting the upper-medium MPV segment. It includes a new 2.4-liter Ecotec engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This "dual-vehicle strategy" will enable Shanghai GM to more fully address the MPV market, from the upper-medium to luxury segments.



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exterior is nice. slightly dowdy. a little tall, fat, and chunky, but certainly nicer than say, the new Quest.

it's the interior that is an epic fail and completely atrocious. its suitable for an 80's Japanese luxury car or something like Hyundai 10 years ago.

If Buick had it here they would absolutely need a clean sheet interior. The thing would get laughed at by anyone who sees it now, and it would regress the whole of the progress the brand has made to this point.

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that is not contemporary. it's upright / boxy. and korean looking. you're going to put out fantastic driver centered interiors like the regal and astra sedan and then chase it down with this? You see this and it screams 'geriatric'! You'll kill any momentum Buick has.

i could dig out an old picture of my 77 Electra interior, photochop in a NAV screen in the ceter part, move the shifter off the column and this is pretty much what you'd get!

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I don't understand what your beef with the interior is. Looks fine... more old school brass and wood luxury than new tech apple store.


i think that looks like a real luxury car, not just a sedan with expensive plastic and alot of electronics, maybe too nice looking for a minivan

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It's a minivan intended on shuttling executives... not a sport sedan. It's Buick's answer to the Lincoln MKT-Livery.

Geez, what's next, complaining it can't beat the HYUNDAI SONATA TURBO around the Nürburgring?


families are.

it's a pretty simple interior fix. something like this is pretty simple to do.....WHY FIGHT THE STANDARD


A buick regal version of that odyssey interior, plus drop the height of the van 2-4 inches, make it look wider (wider is better) and not so tall and lumpy, and then maybe its Fit for US family consumption.


executives get shuttled in Mercedes S classes here.

chevy should have a minivan.

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What year is that gray on gray on black dash? I see nothing SPECTACULAR! SPECTACULAR! About it. Just a sea of Honda gray. What makes one dash better than the other for "families"?

What kills the Gl8 for me is the U-body platform.

that Buick van dash is possibly the most outdated, upright and horizontal, creepy, geriatric dash design i have seen in years. it's totally reeking of old style asian luxury, its not driver centric, the center stack is illogical and badly placed, and the sheet of plywood approach to buick dashes died in like 1983 or something.

it's terrible. part of the problem is having to make up for a high firewall. it's like driving a bus.

the Sienna's atrocious dash looks like a breath of fresh air in comparison.

the Honda dash has flow, sporty shapes, is decently organized, driver oriented as much as a van can be. i don't like the gray plastic either, but even with it its 10x the interior this 'wow, you are 80 years old' GL8 dash.

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Ok, I'm not declaring my undying love for the GL8 or anything, but I don't see ANY of the advantages you see in the Honda, and the GL8 looks like a warmer place to sit. It's a Minivan, it's going to be upright and not very driver oriented.....

and since when is driver oriented (which the Honda doesn't look to have any more than the Buick) the mark of a superior design?

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