• Mar 3, 2006
Consumers apparently were not waiting for the latest Consumer Report on what vehicles to purchase. According to Don Hammonds of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the new full-sized Buick Lucerne, which replaces the LeSabre and the Park Avenue; and Ford's new mid-sized Fusion, one of two replacements for the Taurus (the other being the Five Hundred), are proving to be strong sellers for their respective automakers.
Sales of the Lucerne, for example, went from a paltry 285 in October to 2,724 in November and over 6,000 in January and 7,327 last month. And the Fusion had over 5% market share among the mid-sized sedans last month, as well.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Justin, Toyota and Honda each have only one car in the midsize "mass" segment, the Camry and the Accord. GM uses a different strategy with several cars under multiple brands competing in the same segment. There are pluses and minuses to this strategy, but that's another matter.

      Comparing sales of a single GM model to the Camry is not a particularly useful exercise. You should compare instead the sales of the Camry to the combined sales of the competing GM models from Chevy, Pontiac and Buick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope the Camary support enjoys supporting a country that was helped put back on its feet by Americans. They have perfected our technology and sell it to us at a premium.
      When the toyota breaks, we hide our embarrassment and pay the outrageous prices for parts and service. Toyota is now manufacturing in the USA, though their headquarters is back in Japan. They may adopted a new country, though home is always across the Pacific. In regards to the new Camary, I'm sure it will be nice. I'm sure a handful of Americans will appreciate your patronage, a few more Japanese will continue to enjoy continued low interest rates with a government controlled currency rate. Does anyone realize that the YEN is kept artificially low against the lower? The japanese have a better social and medical system. How do you like your health care system?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Camry outsells the lucerne 5 to 1. That sucks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm a mechanic at a buick dealer and i gotta tell ya..they're just as nice to drive than look at! I prefer the 3800 V-6 to the Northstar but that's personal choice. And they don't even feel that big or handle like they're big. I am really glad that people are getting past the buick image and checking them out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why is it every time that something good is said about the domestics someone gets on here and starts the bashing? These are beautiful cars. As far as quality goes it depends on who you talk to. All I have to say is get past your prejudices and check out the Lucerne..you might be surprised....
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Most of the ones I see around here have bar codes on their windows indicating that they're rental cars."

      Dude, you know that some toll booths use bar codes too right ?!?
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's funny about the Lucerne-dairy thought.

      There is of course anothe Lucerne, it's in Switzerland and it's beautiful. In fact it's so beautiful I rtrun every few years and I have a 7 foot long framed photograph I took on a trip there in my office.

      But I digress, the Luceren is actually a very nice car and yes it is nicer in person than in pictures.

      #5 says it well, the one I've driven (a friends) does not feel like a large car and it handles pretty well even when pushed, soft but not bad at all.

      I agree also with #6's take

      I don't think the new ugly Camry will have much effect on this, two very different cars and markets.

      Good for Buick

      • 8 Years Ago
      The Fusion looks very promising... It's well styled, build on a top-notch chassis (The Mazda6's CD3), and powered by two very good engines (both DOHC VVT engines). When the bored-out 3.5 arrives (also a DOHC VVT engine, and one that still manages to class as ULEV-II with 250 hp) its fortunes should be even better.

      So lets see...

      - good styling
      - proven chassis
      - Japanese engineering for the trendy coasts
      - Ford oval for the midwestern bumpkins
      - ULEV II for California
      - 250 hp for the boy racers
      - 6 speed manuals for enthusiasts
      - 5 speed automatic (basically expected these days)
      - AWD for the snowbelt

      I'm looking for the weak spot, but I'm not seeing it. It's nice to see an American automaker that "gets it" for a change.

      No plasticy GM rubbermaid interior (like the Malibu)
      No wheezing Taurus engine
      No pushrod relics mated to 1980's style 3 speed + automatic trannys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good for the Fusion and Lucerne.. but moreover, does anyone else think the booty of the Lucerne looks a whole lot like that of the $85,000 VW Phaeton?
      http://www.autogaleria.pl/tapety/img/buick/buick_lucerne_cxs_2005_01_m.jpg
      vs..
      http://www.autobytel.com/images/carPics/TestDrv/Lyons/500/Phaeton_rear1F.jpg
      I'm just sayin.. gotta be the first time Buick has tried to look like a VW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      LockerPepster,

      Looks like I hit a nerve..... Grandma....See you at Bingo....
      David in PA
      • 8 Years Ago
      I liked the Lucerne when I saw it recently. While I'm not a GM fan, I have always thought that Buicks were very attractive cars for the most part. I'm glad to see the sales are there. GM needs the good news.

      If I have to complain, it's only to wonder why the LaCrosse and Lucerne are so close in size and style, appealing to the same demographic basically. Neither car is very distinctive from the other to most casual observers. I personally would have advised Buick to build cars that wouldn't compete with each other. And why did they feel the need to price it so low? I mean, the price is great if the quality is there, but cars that compete in this class are typically in the $30,000 plus range, even to start, so did Buick cut corners to get the price so low, are they losing money on each one they sell, or did they figure out some magic formula to produce a quality, near luxury vehicle for $5k less than everyone else?? If they did, when does the fomula make into other GM models? Makes me wonder, that's all. Other than that, looks like a very nice car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      WHEN I TRADED IN MY 2000 MERCEDIES EVERYONE THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY TO GIVE UP A FINE AUTO FOR A FORD.

      WELL MY 2005 FORD FIVE HUNDRED HAS LIVED UP TO AND SURPASSED ALL MY DREAMS. BIG, GREAT RIDE, GREAT MILLAGE, AND GREAT HANDELING.

      UNTIL YOU DRIVE ONE YOU CANNOT COMPAIR IT TO ANY OTHER AUTO ON THE ROAD. IN MY BOOK FORD HAS SHOWN ME LIFE IN DRIVE! AND I DRIVE OVER 75000 MILES PER YEAR MOSTLY OPEN ROAD!!!!!
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