Spy Shot: Return Of The Buick Electra? Not Quite Yet...

May 21, 2009

The spy photo you're looking at is a camouflaged 2011 Buick Excelle. The undisguised photo below, is of the current Excelle, a car Buick currently sells in China. In its present 2009-model form, the Excelle is a badge-engineered Daewoo Lacetti. I've never driven the Lacetti (also sold a Chevy in some markets), but the name of the Excelle reminds me of the Oldsmobile Achieva ... ripe for dissing: I always referenced the Olds as the UnderAchieva). Beyond this, memories of the Daewoo/Pontiac Le Mans are making me queazy...

2009 Buick Excelle as sold in China

2009 Buick Excelle as sold in China

So what's up with this camo-Excelle? The photo shows a compact sedan that is known to be based on the 2011 Chevy Cruze. Early reports on the Cruze are coming in from Europe where a version is already on sale. Journalist there are  reporting that it's more than competitive. So apparently the next Excelle could be off to a good start.

With the new CAFE standards in place,  it is conceivable that GM would elect to bring the Excelle here in the future. Talk on the web has crystal ball watchers wondering if the new small Buick would be another candidate for the Chevy Volt's Voltage powertrain. Time will tell, but it's way to early to know. If the Excelle comes here in 2011-12, we expect that a four-cylinder gasoline engine is a more probable powertrain choice.

When we know more, you'll know more...

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