Think about the concept for a moment: A family car that promises – and delivers – the sounds of silence.
Now think about the typical stresses and noise that go along with everyday family life. Wouldn't it be nice to get in a family car that gives you that precious quiet time?
The engineers at Buick are hard at work to provide just that in the 2012 Buick Verano compact luxury sedan due out later this year. In fact, they’re borrowing considerably from the playbook that’s already proven successful in the Buick LaCrosse, Regal and Enclave, and ratcheting up engineering efforts from there.
2012 Buick Verano
In short, there’s nothing underneath, outside or inside the all-new Verano family sedan that hasn't undergone scrutiny in the obsessive pursuit of golden silence. How’s that for driven to perfection?
How are they doing it? On just the body structure alone, Buick engineers have utilized a dozen specific sound-eliminating or reducing efforts in the 2012 Verano, everything from five layers of sound-deadening insulation in the headliner to triple-sealed doors to specifically tuned air intake and exhaust systems for a “pleasing engine sound” without sacrificing quietness.
But there’s more. The work included hundreds of tests on body structure, tires, chassis, powertrain and interior under all kinds of conditions, plus road-noise tests, wind tunnel tests, even road-shaker testing.
Without going into too much detail, suffice to say that the proof will be in the result. For now, Buick’s VP of marketing Tony DiSalle promises, “We’re confident that luxury car shoppers will be hard pressed to find a quieter car at any price point on the market today.”
That includes target competitors such as the Lexus IS 250 and Acura TSX.
See another take on Buick’s quest for silence in the 2012 Verano at our sister publication MotorAuthority.