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March 28, 2014

Opel to Build Buicks in Germany, Leaves China in 2015

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Opel has announced that it will start building a Buick for the U.S. in the second half of the decade at its plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany. Opel is going to invest 245 million euros to build the unnamed Buick at its plant.

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March 19, 2014

GM Unveils a New Generation of Ecotec Small Engines

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General Motors has revealed its new family of Ecotec small engines, which will range in size from 1.0L to 1.5L. GM says that the new engines will power many of its small cars and compact crossovers, including the all-new 2015 Chevy Cruze.

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January 6, 2014

Opel Registers Cascada and Calibra Names in the U.S. More Buick Models on the Way?

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Opel has reportedly registered the "Cascada" and "Calibra" nameplates in the U.S. What does that mean? Well the Opel brand is not offered in the U.S., but many of its models are sold here as Buicks.

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November 15, 2013

2014 Buick Regal Comes Standard with a 2.0L Turbo

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Buick has announced that the updated 2014 Buick Regal now comes standard with a new 2.0L turbocharged four-cyl engine with 259-hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque. The new 2.0L turbo is more powerful than the turbo in the 2013 Regal and is also more fuel-efficient with a 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway rating with the six-speed automatic.

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October 24, 2013

GM Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the Buick Regal

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Buick Regal, which was introduced in 1973 as the Century Regal. Back in 1973 the Century Regal served as an upmarket model in the Century line and one of GM's first "personal luxury" cars.

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October 21, 2013

Buick May Soon Offer a Diesel, Encore to Get More Power

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Buick is reportedly going to soon offer a diesel powered model in its lineup, according to a source that spoke with Edmunds. It wasn't revealed which model would be the first to get a diesel engine, but it's expected that it would be the Verano, since GM recently started offering a four-cylinder diesel engine in the Chevy Cruze, the Verano's twin.

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September 11, 2013

GM Could Sell the Opel Adam in the U.S. as a Buick

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GM continues to expand the Buick lineup in the U.S. with models that are sold in Europe under the Opel brand. GM is now considering offering the Opel Adam minicar in the U.S. with a Buick badge, according to Opel Chairman Karl-Thomas Neumann.

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September 9, 2013

Refreshed 2014 Buick Regal Starts at $30,615

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The 2014 Buick Regal arrives this fall with freshened styling, more power and new technology. When it arrives in showrooms it will start at $30,615.

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July 3, 2013

Opel Insignia Country Tourer Would Make a Great Buick Wagon

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Opel has unveiled the newest member of the Insignia family, the Opel Insignia Country Tourer, which is going to debut this September in Frankfurt. While the Insignia Sports Tourer is a sportier more "elegant" wagon, the new Insignia Country Tourer is designed for buyers that want a bit more adventure with its higher ground clearance and extra protective body cladding.

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June 28, 2013

Buick Anthem: Buick is Getting Another Crossover

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Buick is reportedly working on another crossover for its lineup that will slot in between the Encore and Enclave crossovers. According to GMI the new crossover will be built on GM's Delta platform and will be sold in North America and China when it debuts sometime in mid-2014.

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June 19, 2013

GM Tops Everyone in the Latest Initial Quality Study

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J.D. Power and Associates has released the latest results of its Initial Quality Study in which General Motors managed to grab eight segment awards, which is more than any other automaker. GMC ranked second overall in initial quality, climbing 10 spots, and was the top-ranked non-premium brand. Chevrolet also jumped 10 spots and ranked fifth overall and second among non-premium brands. Together with Buick and Cadillac, all GM brands performed better than the industry average of 113 problems per 100 vehicles.

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June 18, 2013

Refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse Starts at $34,060

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GM has announced the pricing for the refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse will start at $34,060. The new LaCrosse gets front and rear styling updates and the interior gets updated with upgraded materials and new center console. The 2014 LaCrosse comes standard with next-generation IntelliLink connectivity, an eight-inch reconfigurable color cluster display, and an eAssist powertrain that gets up to 36 highway mpg.

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June 17, 2013

Expect More Buick Badged Opels in the Future

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Buick's lineup has gone through a major reformation in the past few years. The transition from a stodgy brand that was geared more towards the retired generation to today's more stylish models is largely thanks to GM's European brand, Opel. The Buick Verano, Regal and Encore models are all re-badged Opel models that have brought a bit more excitement to the brand. Opel fans in the U.S. will be glad to hear that the relationship between the two brands will continue in the future.

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June 7, 2013

GM Offers Two Years Free Maintenance on its 2014 Models

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GM has announced that 2014 Chevy, Buick and GMC models will now come with a new two year/ 24k mile maintenance program that includes free scheduled service. For most 2014 vehicles, Chevy, Buick and GMC dealers will complete an oil and filter change, four-wheel tire rotation, and conduct a 27-point vehicle inspection based on what's called for in the vehicle owner's manual maintenance schedule and oil life monitoring system.

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June 6, 2013

GM Adds Door Unlock and Remote Start Standard to its Mobile App

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Being able to remotely unlock your doors and remote start your GM vehicle is now one of the standard services that GM is adding to its OnStar RemoteLink Mobile App. GM announced the new RemoteLink Key Fob Services program on Wednesday for OnStar-equipped 2014 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models - even if the owner declines to pay for other OnStar services.

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April 19, 2013

New Buick Riviera Concept Debuts in Shanghai

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GM has taken the wraps off the new New Buick Riviera concept in Shanghai, which is a follow up to the last Riviera concept we saw in 2007. The lastest Riviera concept previews Buick's future design direction and is powered by a plug-in hybrid system.

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March 26, 2013

2014 Buick Regal Gets a Few Updates

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Buick has unveiled the updates to the 2014 Buick Regal. For the 2014 model year the Buick Regal gets updated styling, more power and new tech features.

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March 25, 2013

2014 Buick LaCrosse Gets a Facelift

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Buick has unveiled the refreshed 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan. The new LaCrosse gets updates to the exterior and interior, new safety technologies and enhanced in-vehicle connectivity. On the outside the 2014 LaCrosse gets new new front and rear styling with LED daytime running lamps and LED wraparound tail lamps.

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March 6, 2013

GM to Unveil Five New Models at the New York Auto Show

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The Geneva Motor Show may be all the news this week, but at the end of this month the 2013 New York Auto Show kicks off. GM has confirmed plans to unveil five new models in "The Big Apple." On the menu this year will be the 2014 Chevy SS, a refreshed 2014 Camaro, the all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS and the new Buick Regal and LaCrosse.

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February 25, 2013

GM Announces 4G LTE Connectivity For Its 2015 Models

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General Motors has announced a plan to deliver a new generation of connected cars and trucks with embedded 4G LTE mobile broadband. The first GM models to get 4G LTE will be most 2015 Chevy, Buick, GMC and Cadillac models available in 2014 through AT&T.

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January 3, 2013

General Motors Says That It's the First US Automaker to Sell 1 Million 30 MPG-Plus Vehicles In the US

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This morning General Motors is stating that it is the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in its home market in a single year that have an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway rating. "Our investments in advanced powertrains are clearly paying off, and our smaller vehicles are resonating with customers," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "In 2013, we'll introduce new diesel, eAssist and plug-in vehicles in the United States and expand the availability of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. This will give us the most technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient cars and crossovers in the industry."

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December 19, 2012

General Motors Buys Back 200 Million Shares From the U.S. Treasury Department

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GM has announced that it will purchase 200 million shares of GM common stock held by the U.S. Department of the Treasury for $5.5 billion, or $27.50 per share. The share buyback is part of the Treasury's plan, also announced today, to fully exit its entire holdings of GM stock within 12 to 15 months. Treasury intends to begin its disposition of its remaining shares as soon as January 2013, consistent with a pre-arranged written trading plan.

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September 20, 2012

Buick and GMC to Release Nine New Models in Next 12 Months

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GM has just announced that the Buick and GMC brands will introduce nine new or significantly updated models in the next 12 months, starting with the new Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia this fall.

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2013 Buick Encore Starts at $24,950

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Buick has just announced the pricing for the 2013 Buick Encore small crossover, which starts at $24,950. The 2013 Encore will arrive in dealerships at the beginning of next year with standard features like QuietTuning with Bose Active Noise Cancellation, 18-inch wheels, a rearview camera and a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display radio with IntelliLink connectivity.

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September 13, 2012

2013 Buick Enclave Starts at $39,270

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Buick has released the pricing for the new 2013 Buick Enclave, which starts at $39,270. The 2013 Enclave gets refreshed for the new model year with new styling and more standard equipment.

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August 28, 2012

2013 Buick Encore Gets 28 MPG Combined Rating

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Buick has announced that the 2013 Buick Encore crossover gets an EPA-estimated 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway and a combined 28 mpg fuel economy with a standard six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

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August 8, 2012

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Starts at $29,990

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GM has announced that the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo will be priced at $29,990. The turbocharged Verano is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. The Verano Turbo reaches 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and is rated at 20/31 mpg with a six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can also choose a six-speed automatic transmission.

The Verano Turbo also gets a dual exhaust, sport pedals and rear spoiler, IntelliLink connectivity, a Bose 9-speaker audio system, leather seats, push-button start, rear park assist and rearview camera, blind zone alert and rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel.

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July 30, 2012

IntelliLink In-Car Connectivity is Now Standard on All 2013 Buicks

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All 2013 Buick models will now come standard with IntelliLink in-car connectivity, which allows drivers to use voice commands to control smartphone apps like Pandora, MP3 players.

Using the Pandora Internet radio app interface when paired with a smartphone, owners of 2013 models can tune to a favorite station solely by voice command. Likewise, saying "More like this" while an iPod or other USB media device is playing generates a random music playlist based on the current song.

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July 17, 2012

RelayRides and GM's OnStar Team Up to Make it Easier for Owners to Rent Their Cars

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GM has announced that its OnStar subscribers can now rent out their vehicles through the RelayRides marketplace. RelayRides' renters can unlock reserved OnStar-enabled cars simply by using their smart phones. RelayRides is the first third-party developer to integrate with GM OnStar's proprietary application program interface that will be available to other developers later this summer.

"General Motors, through OnStar, and RelayRides have joined forces to create an entirely new mobility solution for U.S. drivers interested in more affordable, sustainable and collaborative automobile options," said Nick Pudar vice president OnStar Strategy and New Business Development. "Our exclusive relationship with RelayRides provides an exciting new choice: the first automobiles to run on collaborative consumption."

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June 12, 2012

2013 Buick Verano Turbo Gets a 250-hp 2.0L Turbo

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GM has unveiled the 2013 Buick Verano Turbo that is powered by a 2.0L turbocharged engine with direct injection that generates 250 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. According to GM, the Verano Turbo will reach 0-60 mph is 6.2 seconds.

"The 2.0L turbo engine was designed for refinement, higher output capabilities and reduced noise," said Amy Joss, Ecotec 2.0L assistant chief engineer. "The way it sounds, the power delivery and the refined character are all fitting of a luxury sedan with a fun side."

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May 10, 2012

GM Trademarks the Riviera Name, Will it be Used for a Future Buick?

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GM has reportedly filed for the trademark of the Riviera name, which has fueled more speculation that GM could apply the name to a future Buick model. The Riviera name is obviously not new, but the last time that we saw it used was for the 2007 Buick Riviera concept that debuted in China.

It's not known if GM is simply just filed for the trademark, but doesn't have any plans to actually use it. Many automakers will trademark many names, but not actually use them, like Ford who trademarked a series of "MK" names for the Lincoln brand.

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April 3, 2012

2013 Buick Enclave Gets a Facelift

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Buick has officially unveiled the revised 2013 Enclave, which will debut in New York this week. The 2013 Enclave gets styling updates, new safety technologies, in-vehicle connectivity and a more refined driving experience.

The Enclave's exterior has been updated with a new front fascia with LED daytime running lights, new headlights, and a revised hood and grille. The rear of the 2013 Enclave gets updated LED taillights and revised fascia with integrated exhaust outlets. The 2013 Enclave also rides on new 19-inch and 20-inch wheels.

The 2013 Enclave also gets updates to the interior like new ice blue LED ambient lighting, a new center stack and updated materials. The 2013 Enclave is also going to offer the industry's first front center airbag, which is standard on all Enclave models. The front center airbag was created to help protect drivers and front passengers in far-side impact crashes. It deploys from the inboard side of the driver's seat and positions itself between the driver and front passenger.

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February 29, 2012

2013 Buick Enclave Teased Ahead of NYC Debut... Barely

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GM has released this teaser photo of the interior of the new 2013 Buick Enclave that will debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show in April. According to GM, the photo "previews the changes to come, which include industry-exclusive safety technology and modern design updates."

That's all we've got for now. The 2013 Buick Enclave crossover will debut on April 4th.

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February 7, 2012

2013 Buick Regal Gets the eAssist Hybrid System Standard

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Buick has announced the changes to the 2013 Buick Regal, which was recently named the "Best Upscale Midsize Car for Families" by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2013 Buick Regal GS is will be available with a six-speed automatic with Driver Shift Control. The automatic is a no-cost option if buyers do not want the standard six-speed manual. The Regal GS is powered by a 270-hp turbocharged 2.0L Ecotec engine. It will reach 0-60 mph in 6.7 seconds with either transmission.

The non-turbo Regal models will now get eAssist standard for the 2013 model year, which signals the discontinuation of the 2.4L base model. The eAssist system uses a small lithium-ion battery pack and a small electric motor that adds 15 more horsepower to the 2.4L engine. The Regal with eAssist gets up to 36 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in the city.

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January 10, 2012

2013 Buick Encore Adds a Small Crossover to Buick's Lineup

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Buick has unveiled the newest addition to its lineup, the 2013 Encore small crossover.

"Buick Encore is a great-looking, smart choice for those who want luxury crossover amenities in a more maneuverable and agile vehicle," said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing. "It represents a luxury alternative for a new audience of Buick customers, and delivers features and flexibility not typically found in vehicles of its size today."

The small Encore seats up to five and is powered by a turbocharged 1.4L Ecotec four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 1.4L puts out 140 horsepower and 148 lb-ft. of torque. Buyers will be able to choose between front or all-wheel-drive.

At just over 168 inches long, the Encore is a small crossover. GM compares it to the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, two small luxury crossovers that aren't currently sold in the U.S. In terms of styling the Encore adopts many of the same design themes as the other Buick models, like its waterfall grille, chrome accents and surrounds and portholes on the hood.

"The Encore brings Buick's timeless, sculptural design to the crossover segment in a way that blends elegance, efficiency and utility," said David Lyon, executive director of design. "There's confidence in its athletic stance and elemental beauty in its rich details."

To keep the interior of the Encore quiet, Buick applied its "QuietTuning" process including Buick's first application of active noise cancellation.

The 2013 Buick Encore will arrive in the first quarter of 2013.

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December 28, 2011

Buick Reveals More of the 2013 Encore on Facebook

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The 2013 Buick Encore crossover is set to debut on January 10th at the Detroit Auto Show, but Buick has been giving Facebook fans a sneak peak.

The official photo is divided into four panels, with this photo now revealing two of them. GM hasn't released any new details about the Encore. In a previous statement, GM stated that the "Encore will offer contemporary styling, signature QuietTuning technology, and a host of features and amenities customers expect from Buicks today."

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December 14, 2011

2013 Buick Encore Teaser Released Ahead of Detroit Debut

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As we get closer and closer to the Detroit Auto Show, automakers are giving us more details about what we can expect at the show. GM has just released a teaser photo of its new 2013 Buick Encore five-passenger crossover that is going to be unveiled next month.

According to GM the "Encore will offer contemporary styling, signature QuietTuning technology, and a host of features and amenities customers expect from Buicks today."

A new Encore tab on www.facebook.com/buick will feature a covered photograph of the vehicle. Each week leading up to the reveal, Buick will uncover a section of the photo. The final image will be revealed the same morning Encore takes the stage at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

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November 10, 2011

Buick LaCrosse GL Concept Shows off the Essence of Buick

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GM's designers have set out to capture the "essence of Buick luxury" with the Buick LaCrosse GL concept that is going to be on display at the LA Auto Show next week.

GM's designers took inspiration from the burnished metal of antique jewelry, ombré patina on vintage guitars and flocked lining of keepsake boxes to create the LaCrosse GL concept.

"The LaCrosse GL concept expresses Buick's distinctly human kind of luxury - one that is as warmly inviting as it is elegant and refined," said David Lyon, executive director of design. "The design cues that already distinguish the production LaCrosse - such as the premium leather-upholstered seats, ice blue ambient lighting and soft touch surfaces - are amplified in the GL and serve as inspiration for future Buick models."

"Every surface in the interior of the LaCrosse GL has been crafted with the knowledge that Buick customers enjoy the finer things in life, but don't need to flaunt it," Magdalena Kokoszynska, creative designer on LaCrosse GL said.

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October 20, 2011

Hybrid Buick Verano Coming in 2015, Turbo Set for 2013

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The 2012 Buick Verano has yet to reach showrooms, but thanks to a recent document from the Automotive News, we now know that GM is planning a hybrid version of the small sedan in 2015.

Automotive News has posted a document that shows the suppliers for the Buick Verano and it also shows future powertrains for the Verano. In 2015 the Verano is going to get a 2.5L hybrid powertrain, which will be used until 2020.

The document also reveals that the Verano will get a turbocharged 2.0L unit next year. The 2.0L engine could put out anywhere around 250 horsepower.

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October 19, 2011

GM Designs the 2012 Buick Verano's Seats for Ponytails

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We all love a comfy seat either in front of the TV or in our cars. Automakers spend countless hours perfecting the seats in their models and in the case of GM, the automaker spent at least 1,000 hours developing the seats in the 2012 Buick Verano.

What did GM's engineers do exactly for 1,000 hours? According to GM, the engineers worked hard to prevent "hot spots" from happening on long drives and to design the headrests in such a way to prevent them from messing up your hair. Yup the Verano's seats will cuddle your bum and at the same time not mess up your ponytail.

"When we set out to design a comfortable interior for Verano our goal was for customers to feel like vacation begins as soon as they get in the car, and not when they reach their destination," said Brian Schell, Verano program engineering manager. "By making comfort our first priority, we were able to create seats that will make customers feel more at ease and connected to the car for a more-satisfying ride experience."

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