• Nov 26, 2006


The North American-market Buick LaCrosse is pretty lame. Sporting Jaguar and/or last-gen Lexus GS styling cues in front and Ford Taurus-esque taillamps in back, the car just doesn't get one's heart racing. It's trying much too hard to be something it's not -- or in this case, up to three things it's not. GM can send fleets of Buicks to SEMA and rattle on about how they're trying to get the brand to appeal to a younger demo, but come on. The LaCrosse, like the Regal and Century it replaced, is still pretty much a retiree's car.

What to do? For starters, GM can facelift it to look like the Chinese version (TV spot above), which is a lot better-looking than its American counterpart. The Chinese car gets a Lucerne-style front fascia (a good thing) and clear taillamp assemblies that look like the ones you find on the Altima. So, while the rear is still a pretty clear ripoff of something else, at least it's lifting cues from a car that's currently on the market -- better still, one that non-AARP members are actually interested in.

The delicious irony here is that the US-market LaCrosse looks like a Chinese car, while the Chinese one looks more American. Go figure. Follow the jump to see some side-by-side photos of both sedans and let us know which one you think is the better of the two.

LaCrosse vs. LaCrosse








Chinese Buick LaCrosse - Detail



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      mediapusher
      • 8 Years Ago
      In reponse to Doug who posted blog no. 27. I hate to burst your bubble, but GM and Ford dug their own financial cesspool. They should have been trying to effectively compete in the mid 1970's when the U.S.A. asian car market started to explode. Even now they can't effectively compete, too many defects, dumb designs, poor quality with too much of their product line. When their cars are proven defective they just wait on the lawsuits to subside, cause that's easier and cheaper than fixing the mechanical problems.

      Quite frankly, I'll be glad to see the U.S.A. domestic origin car market dry up in the U.S.A. (which is where it's headed) I'm tired of these corporations embarrassing the U.S.A. public
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chinese one looks far too much like a Sable in the front and a Nissan in the rear (as others said).

      Still beats ours...though I'd have to see the interior. I sort of like the new Buicks but I feel like Oldsmobile had this all down years ago. Maybe if they hadn't axed Olds and killed Buick instead we'd be seeing some competition-quality stuff by now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A--YES, SABLE OR 500 GRILLE, ALTIMA TAILLIGHTS
      B- YES, BETTER LOOKING, but somewhat less Buick in theme, more masculine that the "Aunt Jane in lace" Lacrosse.
      C- NO, NOT A GOOD 2008 BUICK, but would have been a better 2004 than what we got (diff taillights tho)
      D--BUICK USED TO ATTRACT PEOPLE IN THEIR 30s-- and no one seems to get that some large percentage of 55+ people want to be seen in cars that express their personality or help them feel young. Elderly people bought 59 Buicks and Cadillacs, but lunkheaded GM wants to now give them cars that will not attract attention in the FUNERAL HOME parking lot.
      E-- THERE ARE PLENTY OF GREAT HERITAGE STYLING CUES IN THE BUICK ARCHIVES-- updated versions of those should be used, just as the Chrysler 300 brilliantly took from the 55 and 56 models and made a new look.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Chinese LaCrosse is much bigger than the one sold here in the U.S. It's about the same size as a Town Car or DTS and very nicely trimmed on the inside with a massive rear seat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Guess I'm the only one that likes the tail-end of the American. I was hopeful that the chinese rear would be a knock-off of the acura to go with the "wedgie" front end *sigh* Isn't it sad that there arent enough employed Americans left to keep our union employees busy?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm with Phil here. The Chinese Buick may still be derivative and whatelse. But at least it doesn't look like a big piece of plastic. At least it doesn't looking like a freaking 1988 FORD TAURUS!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry but I prefer the U.S. model! The Chinese version is too bulky and derivative for my taste...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Who the hell are these people responding on this blog?
      That is one DUMB LOOKING UNORIGINAL HUNK OF JUNK!!!

      Our LaCrosse need to be reinvented on a wider, longer rear overhang Epsilon platform, and given the beauty treatment seen on the Enclave.

      Had that headline not been there, but instead "New '08 LaCrosse Unveiled!" you idiots would have showered this blog with negative comments about how GM is copycatting it's competition and making you yawn yet again. You're a bunch of dumb, impressionable LOSERS!
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's pretty obvious that GM (and a little less so, Ford) brass and accountants are looking at China and salivating. The downfall of US domestic manufacturing is now being planned by them, in order to kill off labor union involvement and costs. And then outsource their entire car production overseas. Only sports cars and large commercial grade trucks will likely remain in North America.

      GM and Ford management view domestic products like appliances...cheap, functional, built in obsolescence.
      And you wonder why they can't compete against European and Asian makes. There is no passion for cars in Detroit.
      This doesn't mean we can't do it, ie. Corvette, Ford GT, etc. But once the executives and accountants get involved, they give us trash that's priced the same as imports, and expects the public to accept it.
      I for one, look forward to GM's demise in the US market. They've become bloated and inefficient. Like a forest that's overgrown, a fire is needed to burn off the choking undergrowth. This company has done more harm than good over the years to this country.
      mediapusher
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is what makes me so mad about North American Origin automakers that manufacture and distribute cars in the U.S.A. Obviously they think U.S.A. citizens are only worthy of defective engineering, grandpa car styling, "Fisher-price" level electrical systems, poor interior fit and finish, interior plastics that aren't up to par with foreign competition and so on. For instance, the Buick Roadmaster should have never rolled off the assembly line.

      What in the hell would make them think the design of the U.S.A. Buick Lacrosse would appeal to younger buyers with money, or any buyer for that matter. With that stupid humped curve on each side, it looks like someone that has child-bearing hips that shouldn't. Oh, but the Chinese version gets to look much better. Why do they get a better version than U.S.A. citizens do? I know people that are 20 years my senior that think the U.S.A. Buick Lacrosse is butt ugly. So age has nothing to do with it.

      Perhaps if they'd stop using us as guinea pigs to test their cars (e.g. Cadillac Catera) they might do better financially
      • 7 Years Ago
      Stupid Americans, stop complaining why GM is making shittier cars for Americans. Ask your fucking labour unions and protectionist politicians. One of the many reasons why GM is able to produce, better looking cars with more luxurious interiors because they don't have fucking labor unions in China complaining about low wages or protectionist govts trying to prevent free trade. You fucking Americans need to fucking make up your damn minds, if u want to complain about outsourcing, depressing wages and such.. then be fucking prepared to pay a higher price for shittier products. That's the simple fact of economics. There is scarcity in this damn world, u can't have every fucking thing u want..!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Chinese version looks better in person than in the pictures. It has a high belt line and fastback. The tailights really set it off. I seen one in Xiamen with different wheels and dark tinted windows, it looked awesome. It made me want one. It really shows well against Japanese cars in that segment such as the Toyota Reiz.
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