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  1. American Customer Satisfaction Index results. Leftlane Article Here
  2. [quote name='hyperv6' date='Aug 7 2009, 06:08 PM' post='527556' But the wise thing to do is let them at least release a whole picture of a vehicle and the information on it before you start ripping on it. But you miss the whole point, how could they garner input to form the final product if they did not throw out these bones to stimulate critique.
  3. In a time when people are strongly questioning Buick's marketing right now, saying it is doing more harm than good, is it timely to rebadge an existing car from a defunct GM brand that did not come near the level of Buick quality. I personally think rushing a warmed over product to market with a Buick grill, just to get it to market, will be even more detrimental to Buick's reputation. As much as I am chomping at the bit to get a smaller Buick CUV, if it can't be as distinctive or as good or better than the Enclave, then wait until you can get it right. GM, and Buick for that matter, needs to show they are calculated and at the top of their game. Lexus wouldn't stick a circle L on the front of a Venza and call it a day. I'm hoping this tease is purely that, for reaction and to set the stage. I hope the clay model is the BUE and not the future Enclave, and that the folks at Buick have their game on and are just not letting the "Wildcat" out of the bag just yet.
  4. The truth of the matter is that GM saw this day coming a long time ago. Saturn's existence has been under question for some time, plenty of time for Buick to tool up for their version of the vehicle. As much as I really like the VUE, and really want a smaller Buick crossover, this solution stinks of Terraza. If GM can give the Equinox, Terrain and SRX their own sheet metal and interior, then Buick deserves no less. It will be a step backwards, when Buick is just becoming a legitimate mid-luxury division again. This is no baby Enclave, it's a rebadged VUE that shares no Buick DNA other than a tacked on waterfall grill. If the CBS clay model we saw is the new Enclave, it will make this Buick abomination look even worse. I want to have faith that GM and the folks at Buick have more respect for their burgeoning new customer base. The Antara/VUE is a great base to work off of, but it needs more than a badge to be a Buick. "Some customers who have been drawn to the Enclave were looking for something a little smaller, but they didn't want to give up craftsmanship or a quiet ride to get there," said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. Susan, show you really have a grip on your customers and do better than this. There is a reason that they have been drawn to the Enclave and this new smaller CUV has to have those same reasons to be successful. Number one on that list is style, Buick style.
  5. I know there are many of you that share this assessment of Buick's branding, thought I'd share this article from Autoblog. What might those insights and ideas be? Some of them were looked at in a piece called "New Brand Strategies for GM." The first task given is to define the brands, e.g., Chevrolet should stand for something like "Good value, variety and heritage," instead of "big, small, expensive, cheap, truck, van or sports car." Buick should "stop making cheap Buicks," and Cadillac "can never be a prestige car. The fancy imports dominate that category." Is that glimpse worth setting aside a day of GM's time?
  6. These articles make no mention of the BUE, which has been discussed in several articles and was confirmed to me by a couple Buick sales managers. I think this model will be crucial to Buick. An MPV model like the Business Concept will be a unique offering as well for this target. All of this sounds like an amalgamation of several articles that have been floating around lately, and blatantly steps into speculation at the end. Maybe an attempt to keep the momentum going for the LaX intro, but certainly good news for those of us who appreciate the brand's revival. How many times must the Buick placeholder be hashed. Chevy= Economical, everyone's cars, trucks, SUVs, CUVs Buick/GMC= Luxury cars, trucks, SUVs, CUVs Cadillac= Ultra-Luxury cars, SUVs, CUVs, and I guess still trucks since Hummer is gone. GM has filled that mid spot with four divisions in the past, really five because Saab was never ultra-luxury. Now that they have trimmed to two it would seem that Buick's place in the family would be even clearer. Buick is the founding brand for GM, seems like true GM enthusiasts would get behind it instead of dissect it and badger it when it finally gets its chance to regain the stature it deserves. GM is banking heavily on this historic brand, because it will eventually fill a lot of shoes. The old arguments about Buick don't flush anymore, Buick is putting out cars that are at Cadillac level now. Maybe we should be bitching about how Cadillac is not living up to its expectations.
  7. Looks to be much the same info as the Motor Trend article.
  8. Just checked it, it does, but thanks.
  9. Buick planning model expansion By Drew Johnson General Motors’ Buick brand has been left to wither on the vine for the past few decades, but the Detroit automaker is planning to give the 101 year old marque new life as it consolidates to just four core brands.
  10. Considering that Buick currently only has three models to market, and they are all considered to be their top end, it makes good sense for them to market them as "something for everyone" based on content. I think you will see this change when the Regal and compact entry level models come along.
  11. 1.5 hour round trip to Blowing Rock, NC provided sightings of 12 Enclaves, all with drivers under 50. Somebody's buying them and they don't do blue from the looks of it.
  12. Not at all! I'm all for energizing Buick with youthful appeal. And I love the idea of smaller CUVs, a compact sedan, a really hot compact coupe, even a slick, larger coupe based on the LaCrosse. I'd also love to see a rear-wheel drive larger sedan (Park Avenue). I'm just not certain that this clay represents the vehicle you describe. As I said in another post, I'm excited by Troy Clarke's comment to expect the unexpected from Buick. Seeing Buick go from what was basically a niche brand, back to a core brand with many new models on the way is like Christmas for me. I personally think Buick is going to be the new, hot vehicles on the market. Sales figures and acclaim are proving it, and it is fun watching the posters struggle to blast the same old rhetoric ablout Buick that has stained it for years. Luxury, in a price range that doesn't say "Man, why am I paying this much for this car, when I could have had..." Exciting designs, smooth lines and nice proportions, that are tastefully executed to appeal to a broad range of ages. My family has been a Buick family since 1967. I moved to Hondas when GM quality tanked and man am I regreting that decision after the experiences I have had with that brand over the last several years. My Aunt bought a DTS and then immediately had buyer remoarse and wanted her Park Avenue back. Buick is definitely in our blood, and I am excited that it is coming back to life, and I can't wait until I can own one again. I may be 50, but I sure as Hell don't want to drive an old man's car; these Buicks are not your father's Oldsmobile, far from it! They are youthful, well-executed and priced within my reach. I am salivating for a new LaCrosse, just wanna slip inside one and see how it fits. I wish I could remember the very old post that had a video with Buick concepts in the background. Someone captured stills and I thought they had been posted. I remember there being small coupes and CUVs, probably the first generations of this CUV. The video I have linked is full of Buick concepts. Unfortunately, the video quality is so poor that I can't make out too much in the pause. At about 1:27 in the CBS video, you will see two small models sitting behind the clay pictured. One is a hot coupe, the other is what I think may be the "Buick Agile CUV" you describe. Take the time to check it out and enjoy.
  13. I have provided a link to the Jalopnik site, where the article about the CBS report is streaming. It is well worth a watch, because there are all kinds of Buick concepts visible throughout the segment, as well as a view of the Corvette Concept and CTS Coupe. Look very closely in the background, just before viewing the CUV clay in question, at the CUV in finished small clay. Also note the person sitting behind the full-size model. This is not a small CUV by the scale of him to the clay. The previous photo did not show this person in full, only the crowd behind, making it difficult to determine scale. It is smaller than an Enclave, but is larger than the Gamma Agile. Also, look at it in comparison to the full-size LaCrosse model in the background. Jalopnik states that this is a modified Lambda platform. This platform should be capable of AWD and Hybrid tech and be quite smooth on the street, but again challenges the Delta II statement. Link to Jalopnik Article and CBS Video

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