General Motors executives have been dropping some provocative hints lately about possible plans for a future Buick flagship.
When asked last week whether Buick could use a flagship, GM CEO Dan Akerson said: "Probably."
Earlier this month, Mark Reuss, GM's North America president, said that he would like to punctuate the Buick lineup with a flagship that is "a much more beautiful Panamera," referring to Porsche's four-door grand touring sedan, Forbes magazine reported.
Reuss stoked the rumor mill in May when he told Automotive News that "something special for Buick, I think, is really needed for the next phase of where that brand is going," citing the possibility of a Riviera-like flagship.
But Buick dealers and enthusiasts should temper expectations. Akerson said GM is wary of a top-end Buick encroaching on the Cadillac brand, which has its own rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan in the works.
"We haven't made a firm yes-or-no decision, so I want to keep the door open that we might have a [Buick] flagship," Akerson said. "It all depends what we do with Cadillac over time."