LaCrosse: GM is hoping the redesigned 2010 LaCrosse sedan will do for Buick what the Malibu has done for Chevrolet: raise transaction prices and sales volume. LaCrosse sales begin this month. The LaCrosse was developed on GM's new global mid-sized fwd platform.
GM sees this car as a key to Buick's renaissance. Prices start at $27,835, including transportation, and top out over $40,000. The LaCrosse will be Buick's flagship sedan when the Lucerne is discontinued.
Lucerne: The Lucerne will be discontinued in the next year or two because of poor sales.
Small crossover: GM will offer Buick a small crossover developed on its next-generation global Gamma platform. That platform will be shared by the redesigned Chevrolet Aveo and other vehicles. The crossover is expected to appear in the 2012 model year.
Compact crossover: General Motors has done an about-face and cancelled plans for a compact crossover. The action stems from criticism about the vehicle's styling from dealers, journalists, analysts and consumer groups who saw the vehicle Aug. 10 and 11.
GM Vice Chairman Tom Stephens had announced a week earlier that a compact crossover would be added to the Buick line. The 2011 vehicle was essentially the Saturn Vue with the front-end restyled to look like a member of the Buick family. A plug-in hybrid version was scheduled for the 2012 model year.
On GM's FastLane blog, posted Aug. 19, Stephens said "the Buick crossover we showed received consistent feedback from large parts of all the audiences that it didn't fit the premium characteristics that customers have come to expect from Buick."
GM's Executive Committee met Aug 14 and canceled that crossover, he said.
Stephens said the Executive Committee "decided to take swift action to prevent a potential under performer from reaching the marketplace. And we decided that the important plug-in hybrid technology would be applied to another vehicle."
That vehicle was not identified.
Enclave: GM plans to freshen the Enclave for the 2012 model year. The Enclave is not in line to get a hybrid version because GM cannot fit the powertrain into the current model.
Rick Kranz contributed to this report