GM Issues Stop Sale on Three 2015 Three-Row Crossovers


A pending tire recall has prompted GM to issue a stop-sale mandate to dealers for three model-year 2015 SUVs. Approximately 6,000 versions of the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclaves are affected. The vehicles use Goodyear tires that could crack.

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According to the Detroit News, the tire recall will include about 48,500 Fortera HL tires that were made from Nov. 30, 2014, through Jan. 10, 2015. Click here for the full story from the Detroit News. photo by Kelsey Mays

By Jennifer Geiger | January 22, 2015 | Comments (1)

2016 Buick Cascada Video

When you introduce your first convertible in 25 years to the public, you better hope it makes an impression.'s Kelsey Mays finds the European import to be rather unique in terms of where it fits in the U.S. market. In this video, he shows how the top retracts and how easy it is to get larger cargo in the trunk, even with the top down. But, yes … this Buick still has a lot of buttons for drivers to deal with.

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By David Thomas | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

More 2016 Buick Cascada Details and Photos


Remember the Buick Reatta? That was the last convertible Buick offered in the U.S. This new Cascada arrives 25 years since the two-seat Reatta was discontinued, but what a return to open air motoring it is.

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From tip to tail, the Cascada oozes style.

In person, it's not quite as large as it appears in photos, a trick of the oversized wheels and tires, I suspect. It is extremely low and swoopy, and it's one of those rare convertibles that looks just as good with the top up or down.

By Aaron Bragman | January 12, 2015 | Comments (4)

Buick Avenir Concept Photo Gallery (26 Photos)


Buick's new concept surprised for its stunning styling. The Avenir, French for future, is a full-size, all-wheel-drive sedan with a giant face, upswept LED headlights, 21-inch wheels and a sculpted body.

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Check out the gallery below; photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (9)

Buick Avenir Concept: First Look


Looks like: Buick acquired some French style along with its new concept's French name.

Defining characteristics: The all-wheel-drive, four-passenger full-size sedan has a bold face, broad shoulders and chiseled lines.

Ridiculous features: It's gorgeous … and it's a Buick.

Chance of being mass-produced: It's doubtful that it will see the showroom in a version even remotely close to the concept: "It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go," the automaker said in a statement.

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Buick is bringing some European flair to this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit; on the heels of announcing its new Opel-based convertible, the Cascada, GM's upscale brand also took the wraps off the Avenir concept, which is French for future.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 11, 2015 | Comments (6)

2016 Buick Cascada: First Look


Competes with: Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro

Looks like: The spiritual successor to the old Chrysler 200 convertible

Drivetrain: 200-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder; six-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Early 2016

Convertibles in the U.S. seem to come in only two flavors these days: muscle cars or expensive luxury models. The days of inexpensive convertibles for the common buyer are gone with the demise of the Chrysler 200 (nee Sebring) and Toyota Solara. If you want a four-seat convertible, you can have a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Camaro or Ford Mustang, or an expensive German, British or Italian luxury car. But now there's a new arrival from Europe that may give shoppers a stylish option.

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Based on the Opel of the same name, the new 2016 Buick Cascada is set to arrive in about a year, providing a unique offering in showrooms that really has no direct competition in the U.S. Under the skin, the Cascada is essentially a Buick Verano turbo with two fewer doors and a folding roof, while its bodywork looks like the latest Opel Astra. It's a product of GM's new global initiative with Buick in which a number of U.S.-market vehicles are sourced from Europe's Opel division with a little rebadging and slightly different sheet metal.

By Aaron Bragman | January 11, 2015 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs


Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Buick LaCrosse: Car Seat Check


The Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan returns for the 2015 model year with some well-executed tweaks worthy of what reviewer Mike Hanley referred to as the brand's "product renaissance." A quiet cabin, upscale interior, simple dashboard layout and commensurately simple-to-use multimedia system are noteworthy improvements. But the LaCrosse didn't need much improvement in terms of child-safety-seat installation. We gave the 2014 LaCrosse high marks in nearly all areas, with the only drawbacks being floppy seat-belt buckles and fixed head restraints. Can the 2015 model measure up to that standard? Read the Car Seat Check below and find out.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Matt Schmitz | September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Buick LaCrosse Video reviewer Mike Hanley said the 2015 Buick LaCrosse full-size sedan fits right in with the brand's ongoing renaissance. "It's comfortable, it's quiet, it's well-crafted, but there's room for improvement in a few areas." Watch the video above for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | September 23, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Buick Regal, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro and Impala


Vehicles Affected: More than 100 model-year 2014 Buick Regal sedans and Cadillac XTS cars, and Chevrolet Camaro sports cars and Impala sedans

The Problem: Improperly torqued fasteners may cause the steering intermediate shaft and steering gear, or lower control arm and the lower ball joint, to separate; this could cause a steering loss, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: GM began notifying owners on June 27, and dealers will inspect fasteners for correct torque, correcting them as necessary, for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006 and Chevrolet at 800-222-1020. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Association's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to for more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

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