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Old 01-08-2009, 08:31 AM   #1
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Default Detroit Preview: 2010 Buick LaCrosse breaks cover

full article and press release: http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/08/d...-breaks-cover/

live gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2010-...lacrosse-live/

full gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2010-buick-lacrosse-1/

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If the car you see here looks somewhat familiar, it should. It appeared in concept form at last spring's Beijing Motor Show as the Buick Invicta concept. At the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, the Invicta becomes the 2010 Buick LaCrosse. Like many recent examples, the Invicta was a less a concept than a very mildly disguised version of the upcoming production car. Just before the Christmas break, General Motors gave the media a preview of the new production LaCrosse in the design dome at the company's tech center in Warren, MI.

GM North America VP for Buick-Pontiac-GMC Susan Docherty, global mid-size car vehicle line executive Jim Federico, and Buick brand character chief designer Dave Lyon provided a run-down for us on the new LaCrosse. The mid-size Buick is the first North American market application of the revised Epsilon II architecture that debuted last summer as the basis of the Euro-only Opel Insignia. Follow the jump and we'll tell you all about it.








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Old 01-08-2009, 09:02 AM   #2
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I was just gonna post about this car.

This is a VERY nice looking car. Not nice for a Buick... or nice for a GM sedan... but simply a very nice looking car. Period.

And I am impressed that it comes with an AWD option and that new damping system sounds impressive.

There are a ton of pics here:
http://jalopnik.com/5125035/2010-bui...e-hair-no-more

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The 2010 Buick LaCrosse isn't your Grandfather's Buick. Defying conventional wisdom, this Buick sedan sports slick styling, a classy interior and hardware that'll make even the most jaded buyer take a look.

This 2010 Buick LaCrosse thumbs its nose at Buick stereotypes with handsome styling and an options list a mile long. Over the last several decades, the idea of a Buick with flip-up DVD players in the rear passenger compartment would have elicited a question on whether a DVD box set of Matlock was included in the purchase price. As the second car in the Buick revolution, and the first Buick Sedan with all-wheel-drive, it has a lot to prove.

GM is positioning the LaCrosse in the "near luxury" segment. Those are cars like the Lexus ES350, Toyota Avalon, and Chrysler 300 Limited, a tough crowd to say the least. Well, except maybe the last one. But, with the average historical age for Buick customers in their 70's, Enclave buyers in their 50's with intenders in their 40's; the brand's strategy of presenting boomers with the tech they're used to in a mid-luxe environment with an affordable price may actually have a shot of working.

The LaCrosse embraces technology in ways its predecessor doesn't. The car wears every tech buzzword; Bluetooth, GPS, ambient lighting, an eight inch touch screen, heads up displays borrowed from the Corvette, timeshift radio, road-following headlights, pop-up DVD players, power rear sunshade, USB inputs, blind spot warning sensors, and a back up camera. Something of a quantum leap from the LaCrosse's current incarnation as a staid fogey-mobile.

That kind of tech is available on practically everything these days, so what sets the LaCrosse apart? Well, it's the way the systems are packaged into a platform that wears it like a comfortable coat that defines the LaCrosse. When we took our first look at the car in GM's design dome at the Warren Technical Center, the fully-loaded interior managed to feel light and airy, largely due to the sweeping curved surfaces and a huge two-piece moonroof overhead.

Airy it may be, but it targets class leading levels of fit and finish as well as noise isolation as some of its most important benchmarks. The Buick team calls it "library quiet" but we'll have to judge that for ourselves when we get a road test. We can say the materials, surface finishes, knobs and buttons are first rate, while gaps, squeaks and rattles are nowhere to be found on the hand-built version of the car we saw. It also carries over what will be Buick design elements going forward; French stitched seams, smoked chrome trim, and contrasting wood trim. Actually, we should say simulated wood trim, though it's the best fake wood trim we've ever seen, it fooled us.

The exterior of the LaCrosse strikes an unfamiliar pose for Buick; solid, crafted, actually stylish. Shockingly so. The shape reminds us of the first generation Giugiaro-penned Lexus GS300, and that's a compliment. It also retains the signature Buick waterfall grille, but the fender portholes become hood portholes, which, actually works pretty well. The side showcases what Buick is terming the "sweep spear body side," which in non-designer terms means the body line that runs from the headlights to the tail, with the kick-up in front of the rear wheels. The tail end gets all-LED lights and a trunk mounted on a yoke hinge that makes the space more useful.

On the hardware front it delivers as well. Motivation comes from one of two direct injection V6 engines. The base level is a 3.0-liter mill that makes 255 HP and 211 lb-ft torque, the optional engine is a 3.6-liter DI V6 with 280 HP and 261 lb-ft of torque. Both get hooked to a six-speed auto transmission (paddle shift option on the 3.6) but you get to choose front or all-wheel-drive. Now, as far as that all wheel drive system goes, it's something that'll make your standard Buick driver's toupee spin. It comes with an electronic limited slip differential, and a distribution system able to transfer up to 85% power to the rear wheels. That's not the only trick up the LaCrosse's sleeve. The dampers are a new system for GM, think of them as the light version of GM's magnetorheological dampers. They utilize a standard damping fluid but vary the diameter of the damping orifice in the shock, that means without using highly complex controls and extremely expensive fluids, the LaCrosse can vary the spring and damping rate at each wheel independently. If you can manage to have all four wheels on a different road surface, the LaCrosse will adjust all of them to maximize ride or comfort, depending on driving mode. Yeah. Whoa.
2010 Buick LaCrosse

There are things we can't get on board about with the new LaCrosse — primarily, the odd, Aquafresh ambient lighting color — and — well, we actually can't come up with anything else at the moment. But aside from that, the car is quite a piece of work. Which makes us wonder, with an expected price range of $26,000 to $35,000, does the Buick risk infringing on Cadillac sales? Perhaps, but Buick's marketing team feels its customers are the kind of folks buying into the near luxury market but not looking to advertise it. More of a subtle luxury without the luxo-brand badge pricing, luxury without excess, if you will. We're not entirely sure we buy that, but those are their words, not ours.
For the first time in a long time, we're actually interested in seeing what a Buick will do on the track. There's something wrong here, someone take our collective temperatures.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:10 AM   #3
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Please, for the sake of the US auto industry, PLEASE tell me the interior is as nice as it looks... if not, GM just file chap 13.
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Old 01-08-2009, 09:37 AM   #4
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This is a VERY nice looking car. Not nice for a Buick... or nice for a GM sedan... but simply a very nice looking car. Period.
+123123. looks like GM used the new CTS-V interior design in this buick. hopefully GM will do the same for all their luxury vehicles. this interior is nice enough to put even lexus and acura in shame.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:31 AM   #5
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That cant be production spec, can it? I notice the GM design plate on the back, so I would caution anyone thats thinking this is the final product. I realize what the press was told, but GM has a habit of showing almost production cars and then delivering "almost" cars once production starts.

If it is though, wow. Small pannel gaps, nice interior, great style, this is a very very nice car.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:37 AM   #6
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I have to admit that I like that Buick. I'm not extremely fond of the front end (specifically the grill) but it does work. However the sides and back are very nice and that interior is great. I even like the "Aquafresh ambient lighting color".

I would definitely consider this car if I were looking in that segment.
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Old 01-08-2009, 10:51 AM   #7
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That thing is dope.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:09 AM   #8
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the world must be ending. a BUICK that i find attractive inside and out. color me impressed.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:18 AM   #9
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The biggest problem with this car is gonna be all the people that - for some reason - won't be able to get past the name on the hood.

... well that, and the fact that the economy has the suck.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:35 AM   #10
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looks like a camry but, only 85.79 times better.



kill the heads up display
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:50 AM   #11
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Looks very nice... If it wasn't that I'm keen to getting RWD, this would be an option.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:57 AM   #12
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looks like a camry but, only 85.79 times better.



kill the heads up display
im digging the HUD.


I really like the lines of this car. its elegent and fresh. The interior looks nice.... but i can already see spots where im very curious as to the quality of the parts since it is a GM product after all. I hope i am wrong.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:29 PM   #13
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The Opel Insignia is a great, car, wish they didn't release this under the Buick badge but Chevy or something instead, and kill that Malibu.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:32 PM   #14
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Another reason GM will fail in the US

This would have made a great Cadilac BTS, I don't understand why GM insists on carrying two lux brands.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:48 PM   #15
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I like the direction Buick has made in the past few years starting with the Enclave.
I used to wonder why they continued to exist except for the nice supercharged sleepers they were making, the "style" was definately retirement home.
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Old 01-08-2009, 12:53 PM   #16
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It has a high belt line,..nice though
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Wow. AlthoughI wish they had kept a little more of the Insignia sheet metal and design flavour. They did it for the Chinese market.
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Oh, and it needs a different grill.
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Very noice, inside out, I agree that only things need to go are the badges.
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wow, that is a nice looking car. i don't really care too much about the badge and I think the market is slowly trending towards that way too, if it's reasonably priced, and well-built, reliable and has loads of features, what is stopping the people from buying? Cadillac used to be an old person's car brand too and they were quickly able to change the brand around.

Another prime example, look at the Hyundai Genesis.
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a fine effort! good job, Buick!
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Wow buick??? "Didn't know he had it in him"
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This car is honestly too good for the Buick buying crowd.
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Please, for the sake of the US auto industry, PLEASE tell me the interior is as nice as it looks... if not, GM just file chap 13.
Agreed. My friend's (technically his dad's) Chevy Suburban is not a car/truck I would ever want to own (partly because of the interior quality or lack of), but it did 0-50 pulling out into a street, full throttle, in the SNOW! Sure, it slid, but at 40+ mph the minute slide barely phased the driver, as the car straightened itself automatically. Amazing piece of machinery IMO, but I would rather have a Subaru .
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Gourgeous!
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