GM spruces up its 3 full-sized crossovers
Chris Perry: "We could do better."
DETROIT -- General Motors this week will unveil a reskinned Buick Enclave, one of three full-sized GM crossovers getting midcycle make-overs for the 2013 model year.
Last week GM revealed a reskinned Chevrolet Traverse with a restyled front end, sportier taillights, an improved interior and added safety features.
The Enclave, credited by Buick executives as the driving force behind the brand's comeback from near death during GM's 2009 restructuring, is expected to get many of the same enhancements.
The GMC Acadia's makeover includes wraparound rear glass, an improved transmission and interior enhancements.
All three crossovers are built on GM's Lambda platform, which went into production in late 2006 as the basis of the Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Sales generally have continued to rise even as the vehicles have aged.
In 2011, Acadia sales rose 16 percent to 79,288, boosted by the addition of a high-end Denali version. Buick sold 58,392 Enclaves, up 5 percent from the year before and within 100 units of the LaCrosse, the brand's volume leader. Traverse sales were virtually flat at 107,131 units.
About the Traverse, Chevrolet marketing boss Chris Perry said: "I'll be honest. We've done OK with the current vehicle. We could do better. I think this vehicle helps us do that."
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