• Jul 8th 2006 at 10:12AM
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The Daewoo Lacetti has given General Motors a true World Car that is selling well all around the world. The car is currently known as the Chevrolet Lacetti in Europe, the Holden Viva in Australia, the Suzuki Forenza in the U.S. and the Buick Excelle in China.

The Chinese have a thing for Buicks, and the LaCrosse sedan is a big seller there. The Excelle subcompact is being readied for its first redesign and Autoblog Spanish found some pics of the new sedan. From a dead-on angle it's quite an attractive vehicle, the front end featuring an elegant grille flanked by large, expensive-looking headlights. A quick trip around the rest of the vehicle, however, reveals some roots shared with our own Forenza, but we still think it will be the best looking Lacetti of the bunch.

Autoblog Spanish reports that the new Excelle will be available with two engine choices upon its release, a 1.6- and 1.8-liter four-cylinder. It will likely also be available in a five-door hatch version, like most Lachetti models are, called the Excelle FRV.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      wow, that is one ugly car. the front looks way out of place on the rest of the car. That grill and head lights are bad. gag
      • 9 Years Ago
      lol @ bradt # 15.
      Only it would go more like this.
      Friend: Hello
      Me: Dude, I just got a new Buick.
      Friend: What?!
      Me: I got a Buick I'm coming to get you.
      Friend: CLICK buzzzzzz
      Me: Hello? Hello?
      • 9 Years Ago
      It actually looks pretty good. In fact it looks better than Buick's own LaCross and Lucerne. This "cheap Chinese" model even has the fuel cap with a remote release while Buick's U.S. models, there is a small "lip" for you to open manually. The exterior fit and finish also looks good compared to other Buicks.
      What's scary is that if the Chinese are able to take a crappy Korean car, and make it into an attractive Buick at a decent price, then the Big 3 (Big 2?) are in really trouble in a decade or so when the Chinese mounts a full car invasion of America.
      far jr
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cadillac would likely be more competitive with a small car added to it's lineup than Buick. Even though Buick's Lucerne has much better styling than it's predecessors, many people still consider Buick to be an old persons car. Cadillac would be suicidal to try to use the front drive Delta platform (see Cimmaron). However a small four seat coupe (think Acura RSX competition) based on the Solstice/Sky platform may be the ticket!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Get Ghosn in GM NOW! Prevent monstrosities like this from happening again...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Buick is Buick....why do they even want to build a "world car"? they should stick to what they know, big safe great riding sedans....period
      • 9 Years Ago
      That has to be one of the ugliest sedans ive ever seen.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, looks like they took a BMW 3-series and gave it a shot of fat & ugly. Plus horribly oversized headlights, Lexus-style taillights, a stupidly blinged-out grille and a completely uninspiring profile. No thank you.
      • 9 Years Ago
      looks like a clown car from the side and rear
      • 9 Years Ago
      YUCK........ A Daewoick??? Looks stubby and fat. What's with the nock-off Altima tail lamps?
      • 9 Years Ago
      The Buick Excelle IS our Forenza (and our Reno). It is also sold in Canada as the Chevrolet Optra Wagon and Optra5 (no sedan body in Canada).
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's sitting up high enough to look like an Audi All Road Quattro.

      It needs to be lowered about 1.5 inches and given a plus-one wheel and tire upgrade. It also needs a different, non-Nissan Altima tailight and deck lid treatment. The front end looks nice, though.
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