• Jun 10, 2006
General Motors seems to be following through with its pledge to slim down and refocus the model lineup at some of its less successful brands, with Friday's spotlight on Buick. Automotive News quotes Buick's marketing director as saying the new Enclave crossover, which debuted at this year's Detroit Auto Show, will replace two existing Buick models, the Rendezvous and the Rainier.

The Enclave will debut next spring as a 2008 model, as the last Rainier and Rendezvous 2007 models are being sold. The Rendezvous will disappear, while the Rainier will carry on in its guise as the GMC Envoy.

[Source: Automotive News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      The engine will be the 270hp 3.6L high feature V6. Is this the new one mentioned before that will have direct injection?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great. Another Buick SUV-minivan-thing. Just what the world needs.

      If this article had just been about the discontinuation of the Rendevous (a nasty vehicle that attracts some of the worst drivers in the Chicago area) I'd be celebrating right now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe GM's finally getting it--fewer better vehicles needed here.

      Enclave looks great IMO, but is a large and probably gas-hogging vehicle.

      But for people who need that much car, it looks like a winner and I hope it succeeds.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice Work GM. Hope it comes out exactly like the concept and is a HUGE success in the marketplace.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The engine will be the 270hp 3.6L high feature V6. Is this the new one mentioned before that will have direct injection? If so great job GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Reminds me of a cross between an Infiniti FX and a Subaru Tribeca B9. And I mean that in a good way: I like the way it looks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Phoney portholes remind me of all the add-on doo-dads I used to see in the J C Whitney catalogs way back in my younger (much younger!) days.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing is beautiful! Glad they brought back the portholes. They really are a mark of excellence, so much so that Maserati stole them! I'm so sick of the bland Japanese SUVs so this will be a great addition to the highways.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. I think it looks great.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, Maserati copied the Buick portholes that were on almost every Buick during it's glory years. The fender flares give it a more sculpted look. Far more attractive then any SUV of it's size on the road today. If they keep the interior exactly the same as the concept for the production vehicle, it will sell well. Of course, it won't offer as much wood and it will probably have fold-flat seats.

      Also, not only will this replace the Rendezvous and Rainier but the Terazza as well since it offers the same utility and is mini-van based. So. Buick will be down to one SUV and two cars when this comes out. Perfect for the Pontiac/GMC/Buick dealership merger.
      Christian Helgesen
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not sure how anyone can excited about an SUV design. The only difference is what angle of slant the B pillar is and how much should the fenders bulge or not bulge.

      I've got to believe that "Harvey Earl" Buick's former master car artisan is turning in his grave to see how boring automobile designing of the 21st century has gotten.

      Here in the USA, we have dumbed down automobile concepts to ordering the large, medium or small SUV shoe design. This is so "old hat".
      • 8 Years Ago
      i like the interior and thats about it. i don't like the oversized and protruding fender flares and the maserati-esque holes in the hood
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