• Sep 18th 2006 at 6:54PM
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GM's Chairman/CEO Rick Wagoner will join PGA superstar Tiger Woods to unveil the new-for-'08 Buick Enclave at this year's second L.A. Auto Show. Apparently moving the show to a new time slot in December to avoid the January competition with Detroit is already paying off for the L.A. organizers. Bringing Tiger out for this event shows how eager Buick is to get maximum exposure for this all-important new model. We're sure Tiger's going to be happy they didn't wait for the North American International Auto Show to debut it. L.A. in December or Detroit in January? Tough choice.

The Enclave should look a lot like the concept shown in Detroit last January, but will mark the debut of GM's new Lambda platform. The Lambdas will eventually replace the U-Body minivans with their front- or all-wheel-drive platform and 2+2+2 seating. Initially a 270-hp V-6 mated to a 6-speed automatic will be offered, but a V-8 should arrive somewhere down the road as well. That V-8 will undoubtedly be identified by the four (or is that fore?) ventiport styling touch Buick is becoming known for.

The Enclave should also feature a more upscale interior befitting Buick's position in the GM lineup. The first Lambda full-size CUV to be unveiled was the Saturn Outlook at the 2006 New York Auto Show, and it will beat the Enclave into showrooms when it goes on sale next Spring, followed by the Enclave and GMC's Acadia. The Enclave will replace the awkward looking and slow-moving Rendezvous.

[Source: GM]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      "The Enclave will replace the awkward looking and slow-moving Rendezvous."

      Kinda makes you wonder why Rendezvous sales have hovered at around 60,000 unites a year...
      • 9 Years Ago
      That's a nice ride, for a Buick. Nice job GM.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Just what the world needs, another SUV.

      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a nice looking CUV for Buick. Let's hope that keep it updated and freshly styled. GM will introduce a car and forget about it. While the competition have moved on to updating and refining their models. I just hope that the Lambda vehicles are not disposible in a few years. Think Rendezvous and how they never went out of their way to improve that pitiful confused mess. Great job! Maybe I could talk my mother into purchasing one.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Finally, a Buick you can almost imagine Tiger would drive. Almost.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Frack, that car looks good. I walked past an old Buick Reatta the other day...and I realized how sweet it would be if Buick built a small coupe, and if needed a convertible (i'm from michigan...winters just dont work with droptops), on a slightly stretched Kappa platform. Drop the turbo Ecotec 2.0 in there, or maybe build a 5 cylinder N/A Ecotec that could also be used in Saabs. Anyways, back to dreams or sweet looking old man cars.
      • 9 Years Ago
      They still make the Rendezvous? I haven't seen one of those in years where I live (California).

      It does look great, just as the CX-7 is. Although I typically don't like GM products due to terrible experiences with them, I wish them luck. Bold vehicles are what they need to succeed in a competitive market.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Why doesn't GM get a celebrity who matches the current Buick-buyer demographic?

      You know: 60 years-old, always drives wearing a hat, slow in any lane.

      Nothing at all against Tiger, he's awsome, I just don't see how he draws as much marketing power to Buick as might someone like A. Palmer.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Another SUV... where are the CARS??? Does it seem like GM is just stalling as long as they can in the hopes that gas will remain under $2 per gallon and people will return to low mileage vehicles?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Good looking car, but it really looks like a Mazda to me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      the rendezvouz sold so well because it was utterly beautiful (when you put it back to back with its twin, the ass-tek).

      this cross over wagon van whatever floatsyour boat thing is a good looking vehicle, without the comparison to an ugly sibling.

      (GM has a 270 hp v6 to be used in FWD/AWD apps? why isnt it in the malibu/maxx SS etc?)
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hey look it's another bad publicity stunt by Buick.
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