SHANGHAI -- General Motors unveiled a gull wing, two-door Buick Riviera concept car today at an event here prior to the Shanghai auto show, which opens on Saturday.
"The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick's future design language," Shanghai General Motors Corp. President Ye Yongming said in a statement.
The concept's waterfall grille, which is integrated seamlessly into the vehicle's wing-shaped daytime running lights, is likely to be the signature look for Buick production models over the next five years or so.
The vehicle is powered by a plug-in hybrid electric powertrain that can be recharged by a traditional cable or by a wireless recharge panel on the chassis. The designers integrated the charging port into Buick's traditional porthole design feature.
The concept also features a forward-looking collision avoidance system that uses 10 high-resolution cameras for image monitoring and 18 sensors for distance monitoring. A computer analyzes and presents that information as a holographic image on the windshield.
GM chose to introduce its concept in Shanghai because China is Buick's largest market. Shanghai GM, a Chinese joint venture between GM and SAIC Motor Corp., has positioned Buick successfully as an upscale brand for affluent Chinese consumers.
Last year GM sold a record 700,007 Buicks in China, up 8 percent from 2011.
This is the fourth global concept vehicle developed jointly by Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, another GM joint venture in Shanghai.