Buick More Popular in China

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Buick isn’t what it used to be in the U.S., even with one of the world’s best athletes — Tiger Woods — promoting its new cars. Sales are down 15% this year, and that’s with relatively new products like the Lacrosse and Lucerne in the lineup. News isn’t so bad in China, though. The Chinese revere Buick’s heritage, and sales in that country increased more than 27% in 2006. That’s such a large boost, that Buick will sell more cars this year in China than it does in the U.S.

As for falling U.S. sales, until more products like the Buick Enclave, shown here, make their way to market, we don’t see this trend reversing any time soon for the GM brand. 

[China Could Save a Tarnished GM Brand, MSNBC.com]

By David Thomas | December 20, 2006 | Comments (10)

Comments 

Duke

How sad that the Chinese revere Buick's heritage more than the Americans that created it. Buick is mainly at fault for that. They cut their own throats by making bland cars aimed at the older generation that will eventually die off without building anything for younger people that would start a loyalty to the brand.

Reatta was a nice sporty car for Buick (though WAY overpriced for what it was). They need more sporty cars like that. Make something that the tuners would like to play with. Make something that I would like to go for a drive in just for the sake of driving it! A drop top would be nice ('49 Roadmaster). Performance packages work too! Look at the resale on the Grand National! Make things interesting. Take a clue from Dodge.

Credit goes to Buick for including the Northstar under the hood. A huge step in the right direction. Now if only the would make a "V" equivalent.

US CITIZEN

Buick needs to shape up the lineup it offers, while the lacrosse is ok...and the lucerne is great, it needs a classy sporty sedan, following up by the convertible (was it the vellite or something) that was based off the solstice/sky. The new enclave is Great! Buick shouldn't outdo caddy, but just should be classy, not pushing the luxury envelope too far. It has potential, but GM is trying to rebuild other brands right now to equal work for the dealerships.
I do agree with the Duke's comment on the Chinese appreciating Buick's hertiage instead of eating up bland toyotas like americans are unfortanately doing.

Tom

First off, Duke, Buick would never make a "tuner" car. Ever. And even if they did no one would buy it. That whole GM display at SEMA was a joke. the Buicks were possibly the ugliest things there. And rightfully so. Also, it's a shame that "US Citizen" believes Toyota's are bland...

The only appealing Buick is the Enclave. But the Acadia and Outlook out do it by far. Buick needs niche models, not copies. That's why the only recent smart move on there part was not producing the Velite. Its looks and performance would NEVER match the Solstice or Sky. The Lacrosse and Lucerne, both ugly as hell, appeal to older people only. Duke was right on that point. Buick sucks. They're the next Oldsmobile. God help me, I think Isuzu will be around longer than Buick. Once Isuzu figures out that there is a European market with the hots for diesels they'll be in good shape.

By the way, Toyota's are not bland. Not any more at least (FJ, the NEW Tundra, even the Tacoma is the most attractive midsize pickup, next to the Raider... it's a shame they copied the p.o.s. Dakota.) And Toyota's are gods among the American automakers and the sales and reputation prove it.

Jason

Buick is a prime example of how GM is a lost cause. Loved that Grand National. Looked great sitting on the showroom floor next to the Buick Century. I heard the blue haired ladies were lined-up around the block just to test drive it. And Tiger sure has done the brand well. Nothing more makes me want to run out and buy a Buick than a person himself who is known to drive a MB 500 coupe.
I'm looking forward to the next article, 'Oldsmobile second most popular car in China.'

I don't think Buick is popular in China,people like BMW in China

Anthony

I am trying to find someone selling a buick Grand National i used to own one but sold it and now regret it. If anyone hears of one for sale please let me know, Thanks Anthony

James

First off, though I am in my early 30's, I love the buick Lucerne, and seeing pictures of the cars at the sema show, while some werent what I liked, there were a few that I really did like.
I used to like the buick regal 2 door coupe from the 90's. But I agree that buick needs to get some young buyers, and by doing that they need to have more cars. The Reatta was very cool, but too much money back then now days they would probably try and sell it for $50,000 or more.
I think they should bring back names from the past, like the skyhawk, skylark, Riveria, and of course the grand national, but not to rebadge a cobalt and call it a skyhawk, have it in a 2 & 4 door, and have it in 2 or 3 trims, a base model a sporty model and limited but not over price them, and have it go against cars like the corolla,sentra, scion TC,and focus, the skylark would be a good challenge to the sebring,base camry,accord sonata,and fusion, and the galant, and put a 160hp 4 and a over 200hp 6 in it, the grand national could be the luxury sport coupe and/or maybe a sedan too, 2 compete with the big boys of BMW,Mercedes,Lexus etc. offering power,sport and luxury for less money. The Riveria would remain a 2 door, and come in both V6 and V8, and maybe even a convertible.
The skyhawk should start around $13,800 for the base and up to $19,900 for the top model without adding extras's, the skylark should start around $18000 for a nicely equipped 4cyl and $21000 for the V6, the grand national could start around $34000 the riveria should start around $25,900 for the V6 and $29,900 for the V8 and $28,900 for the V6 convertible and $32,900 for the V8 convertible.
I dont think Buick needs to add a larger SUV nor does it need to add a car the size of the aveo, and not to bring back both the riveria and grand national, just one of them, and make sure the skylark comes in a 2 door and 4 door.

For anyone looking for a Grand National...check out www.turbobuicks.com

Another website to check out is www.turbobuick.com

SGTPEPPERVSDRPEPPER!

OK! HERE IS WHY BUICK IS FAILING!
They dont make good cars anymore
they've conformed to todays styles... whatver happened to the car that lights your fire (The Doors Ad) http://www.tocmp.com/pix/Buick/images/part2/70Buick07-or.jpg

but seriously, u cant work on their cars yourself anymore, thats basically why the whole automotive industry is going down (as is the advertising/music industries) people dont care if tiger woods drives a buick or not, they want a car they can get something out of.
If they started makin cars without computers and crap like taht that the common mechanically inclined person could work on, thatd make my day, but until then, buick is still dead

(xcuse my grammer =P)

SGTPEPPERVSDRPEPPER!

OK! HERE IS WHY BUICK IS FAILING!
They dont make good cars anymore
they've conformed to todays styles... whatver happened to the car that lights your fire (The Doors Ad) http://www.tocmp.com/pix/Buick/images/part2/70Buick07-or.jpg

but seriously, u cant work on their cars yourself anymore, thats basically why the whole automotive industry is going down (as is the advertising/music industries) people dont care if tiger woods drives a buick or not, they want a car they can get something out of.
If they started makin cars without computers and crap like taht that the common mechanically inclined person could work on, thatd make my day, but until then, buick is still dead

(xcuse my grammer =P)

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