Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 1:49 PM EDT May 29, 2019 Continuing its transformation as an SUV brand, Buick on Wednesday announced its fourth crossover, the Encore GX. The GX will slot between the subcompact Encore and the compact Envision in the premium brand’s lineup. The three-row, Lansing-made Enclave is the biggest, priciest Buick offering. Larger and more luxurious than the Encore, the GX shares its sibling’s name and cute proportions, but will be built on GM's new small-SUV VSS platform. The smaller Encore is built on GM’s older Gamma architecture. Both vehicles will be imported from South Korea. The Envision is built in China. In addition to the platform change, the GX gets significant exterior and interior upgrades. The GX’s face receives a bigger grille and more elaborate gills. Rear taillights are also more elaborate, echoing the LaCrosse sedan's horizontal flourish. The luxury upgrades continue across the body … [Read more...] about That’s a Buick? Encore GX adds another SUV to its lineup
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Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 It wouldn't be spring in Michigan without at least one trip to a tire shop after nailing a pothole. Our road craters, some the size of small canyons, are so bad that the state is considered to have the worst potholes in the nation. Michigan has ranked last in the nation in investing in its road system on a per-capita basis, according to the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Michigan. So until we fix the damn roads, we must tolerate a bumpy ride and pricey repairs. Much of the time, our vehicle survives impact with a pothole, but there's still the noise. I never gave that much thought — after all, who can hear anything over your teeth clattering followed by a string of curse words? Well, turns out, the engineers at Buick have given it a lot of thought, starting nearly a decade ago with the brand's QuietTuning … [Read more...] about Buick QuietTuning claims to ease pothole impact. We tested it out.
G. Chambers Williams III Fort Worth Star-Telegram Published 9:41 AM EDT Apr 11, 2019 Since arriving in the Buick lineup for 2013, the Encore small crossover, with a 2019 base price of just $23,200 (plus $995 freight), quickly became Buick’s top-selling vehicle. A major freshening of the five-passenger Encore made it even better for year 2017. That brought a new, sculpted front end and streamlined design that included new front and rear fascias, a winged grille with a new Buick tri-color insignia, new headlights and taillights with LED signature lighting, a new hood and front fenders, and redesigned 18-inch alloy wheels. The interior got its share of changes as well, with a new instrument layout, eight-inch touch-screen audio system, 4.2-inch driver-information screen, chrome accents , contrast stitching on upholstery, and premium materials. The 2017 Encore also debuted such new features as pushbutton start, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, keyless lock/unlock … [Read more...] about Encore helping lead Buick youth movement
By John McCormick Special to The Detroit News Published 9:22 AM EDT Mar 21, 2019 America’s premium automotive companies are struggling to find their footing in today’s crowded luxury market, hemmed in by the dominant German makes and the relatively new and aggressive Asian brands. Against this backdrop, one of Detroit’s longest-lived nameplates, Buick, is remaking itself with a new effort based largely on a fresh design theme. Buick survived the drastic culling of brands at GM brought on by the 2008 recession and the parent company’s bankruptcy, mainly because of its popularity in the booming Chinese market. Buick’s success in China has continued but now the venerable marque wants to raise its profile in the U.S. as well, with a major, design-led wave of new products. During a rare behind-the-scenes tour of Buick’s design studios in Warren, I cast eyes on a slew of sketches of potential newcomers to the brand’s lineup, plus a fairly … [Read more...] about Led by a new design theme, Buick seeks to remake its image
Tom Krisher, Ap Auto Writer Updated 10:10 am PDT, Wednesday, October 24, 2018 FILE - In this April 22, 2014, file photo, a worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before an event to deliver the first set of cars to customers in Beijing. U.S. auto companies such as General Motors, Tesla and Ford faltered this year in Consumer Reports' reliability rankings as readers reported more mechanical trouble and fewer problems with infotainment systems. less FILE - In this April 22, 2014, file photo, a worker cleans a Tesla Model S sedan before an event to deliver the first set of cars to customers in Beijing. U.S. auto companies such as General Motors, Tesla and ... more Photo: Ng Han Guan, AP FILE- This Feb. 15, 2018, photo shows a Ford logo on a 2018 Expedition 4x4 on display at the Pittsburgh Auto Show. U.S. auto companies such as General Motors, Tesla and Ford faltered this year in Consumer Reports' reliability … [Read more...] about US brands falter in Consumer Reports auto reliability survey