Meet the 2012 Buick Verano
Buick goes even smaller -- and we like it.
Those numbers are up substantially over the figures that the same engine produces in the Chevrolet Malibu, where it musters up 169 horsepower and 160 lb-ft of torque. That means, given its relatively small size, that this should be one quick Buick. This strategy seems to follow GM’s master plan for Buick, its middle child: The company has already delivered a much smaller, sportier Regal, in a step toward building what could be loosely defined as a sport sedan. While the 2011 Regal isn’t going to be busting the BMW 3-Series’ chops any time soon, it is a vast improvement over what the company had been producing.
Odds are that General Motors is trying to position the Verano as a quasi-luxurious driving experience minus any significant fuel-economy penalty. If it can be priced competitively -- that is, if GM prices the Verano between $18,000 and $19,000 so that it competes well against the Chrysler 200, Audi A3 and Lexus HS 250h by offering high content with low price -- it may be a winning recipe.
[Source and photo: General Motors.]
I think GM figures, "Hey, why not? We have some Buick grilles lying around, slap them on!"
Unfortunately, this is what they were doing that got them into trouble in the first place.
Hmm a Buick Cruze (basically) or an A3 or Lexus HS - I wonder which I'd choose?
Hope they have plans to add either a turbo or a V6 to the option list. A diesel would be nice, but between the EPA's overregulation and the generally low demand for diesels here, it doesn't make a lot of financial sense to offer one and spend the millions it takes for EPA certification.
Plus, if the price of diesel skyrockets like it did a few years ago making it more expensive than even premium unleaded making a diesel less attractive.
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