• Nov 2nd 2006 at 2:09PM
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When you think aftermarket, chances are "midsize sedan" doesn't immediately spring to mind unless it has a German badge. But Chrysler has the 300 and Buick sees the Lucerne as a good alternative. SEMA has seen hundreds of different 300 variations, so not to be left out this year, Buick brought something for everyone. Everyone who likes the Lucerne, that is. Lots of Lucernes to go through, and damned if we were going to cover more than one. The Buick Lucerne CXX Luxury Liner by Rick Bottom Custom Motor Sports of Mendota, Illinois (please don't pronounce the "s") is by far the nicest.

This Lucerne CXX Luxury Liner sports a fairly understated but definitely custom two-tone paint job with White Gold Flash tri-coat on the sides and Glacier Gold Flash over the top down to the beltline. The effect really works to slim that profile a bit. The ground effects kit draws the whole shape down another notch. The 20-inch Weld EVO forged spoke wheels, coupled with a 2.25" lowering really closes the fender gap too.

A little more chrome than we prefer, but as an alternative to the 300C, this package looks pretty good, too bad it doesn't offer a HEMI. The Northstar is no slouch though, and here it gets a 20-percent power increase from revised ECU programming, and a 4-tip Corsa exhaust. The inside was pretty tasteful and had a megawatt (3,000!) stereo system by Eclipse that could have doubled as the PA system at the convention center. Nice concept for this newest Buick. More pics after the jump.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Buick actually shocked me with their cars at SEMA - I expected to see my grandpa's car with custom rims, but instead I saw cars that were customized and looked like they would not look out of place in my driveway.

      Here is a video showing some of the custom Buicks:

      • 8 Years Ago
      #1 Brandon, your sense of Buick history is off by quite a bit. Buicks slide is about 13 years long and to be honest is part of the legacy of one man, Roger Smith CEO from 1981 till 1990 . GM was damaged by his management and cookie cutter cars with badge engineering. He basically eliminated divisional autonomy in 1984. His buying binges (EDS, Hughes, cost the company about 8 Bil when the company could least afford it. He is also the push behind Saturn, a company yet to make a decent profit)

      So Buick is far from being a poor performer for 50 years.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the point is, this and the caddy dts both still come with 4 speed autos. what suckness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I drove this recently adn i got sick to my stomach as it was wobeling and it felt like I was on a ship.

      pulled over and got out cause I was going to vomit if i had driven it any longer

      what a POS
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brandon along that 50 year time line:

      1955 750,000 sales

      Sales slid to 250,00 in 1959 with the arrival of fins and softer and softer suspension that started in 1958

      1961 saw 450,000 Buicks sold

      1963, the first generation Riviera, considered a classic

      1965- 1975 GS Gran Sport

      Buick continued it’s climb out of it’s slump and in 1973 hit 821,165 units sold.

      Oil embargo even with “expensive” fuel and shortage Buick still managed to hold to 500,000 sales per year through 1975

      Before Roger Smiths plans kicked in Buick actually increased it’s market penetration as others lost.

      1 Million Buick’s were sold in 1984

      1985 Buick powered cars won the pole position at Indy

      1990 Buick powered 11 of 33 racers at Indy

      1986 Grand Nationals and GNX

      1989, Buick City assembly was No. 1 in North America and No. 2 in the world in quality rankings by J.D. Power. Same year the LeSabre was ranked as No. 1 in North America and No. 2 in the world among 154 domestic and imported models in Power's Initial Quality Survey

      1991 model year, Buick led all automakers, domestic and import, in market share improvement and sales volume improvement in the U.S. market.

      I've driven several Lucerne's and they are very underated cars, they handle pretty well even when pushed, are quiet and solid.

      • 8 Years Ago
      until i moved from california to the south, i never saw a new buick on the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So I can't say the 's' in Illinois? Not even the 'd' in "pronounced?"
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Lucerne is a mid-size sedan? Then what the heck qualifies as full-size?

      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm an old guy. Had a 98 Regal traded in on an STS.
      I like the Lucerne, but sounds like something you would eat or drink like milk or cottage cheese. I mean really. Why don't they just call it prune juice?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hmm.. Buick... Just go away. You've got 50+ years of lameness under your belt, I don't think there is anything to make that go away. I mean you come out with like 4 cars worth owning in how many years?

      For those of you who doubt wondering which 4 I'm referring to, the GNX (Plain Grand Nationals are still lame in my book), like the late 60s early 70s Skylark. And... ok I forgot the other two but I'm sure they made a couple others.

      Coming out with a new Grand National COULD brush off some of that lameness.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jackblack: "This looks better than Toyota Avalon"

      HA! LOL

      Toyota Avalon XLS is way much tighter than this Buick Lucerne with Carnival Cruise Line bumpers!

      Jack is a joke!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dear GM,
      I really do love the new Buick Lucerne's look...except I really really really wish you guys would get rid of that front end. It looks horrifyingly outdated.

      Even though this SEMA vehicle looks ok from a profile view, a head on shot still looks very dated.

      I suggest stealing the front end off the new Avalon. lol
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