Buick Hints At Future

July 21, 2010

Buick hosted an online chat with Roger McCormack, Buick Product Marketing Director, today, in which McCormack took questions from consumers. He resisted revealing too many hard details that aren't already known about the 2011 Buick Regal, which was the focus of the chat, or about other Buick products. But chatters did learn a few things.

For example, GM is giving a Regal coupe "very strong consideration," and hybrid and convertible models are always being looked at it, as are other body styles. McCormack also implied that the Opel 2.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine likely isn't coming to our shores, and that further details of the upcoming Regal GS sports sedan will be unveiled prior to the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

For a rendering of a possible Regal coupe, along with a few more details, take a gander here.

Other Buick news? Well, McCormack confirmed that a small crossover SUV will join the lineup at some point (he didn't say when), and the Lucerne will continue in production for the time being. McCormack also made it clear that Buick execs don't think the Regal will cannabalize sales of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, since the two cars appeal to different buyers.

Finally, Regals will be built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, starting in the first quarter of 2011, and fans of the Invicta name from that Buick concept car will be happy to note that the company could use it on a future model.

[Buick]

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