• Apr 10, 2007
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GM announced today that the Buick Park Avenue is making a return to the marketplace as a RWD, Zeta-based vehicle. Unfortunately for us, that marketplace is China.

The Park Avenue, like the GM Daewoo L4X introduced last week in Seoul, is a rebadged Holden WM Caprice/Statesman, and as such, it shares the big Aussie sedan's 3,009 mm wheelbase. As we've seen in other upscale GM China products, the new Park Avenue is equipped for maximum luxury, with seat massagers installed for all four passengers, a navigation system, in-car entertainment pumped to LCD displays, and available Bluetooth integration. The only image available at post time is the one you see above, which shows the familiar Holden profile. We expect to see the car's full-tilt introduction take place next week at the Shanghai Motor Show.

Power for the top-of-the-line Park Avenue comes from GM's 250-horsepower 3.6L V6. Complete information can be found in the press release after the jump.

UPDATE
: High-res photo gallery now added.

[Source: GM China]


PRESS RELEASE:
Buick Drives on Park Avenue in China

Shanghai, China – Shanghai General Motors (Shanghai GM) has introduced the newest member of its Buick lineup, the Park Avenue luxury sedan.

Like the affluent New York City boulevard of the same name, Buick's Park Avenue is trendy and luxurious. With its range of advanced technologies and high-grade amenities, not to mention a stylish design that conveys a sense of power and passion, it is representative of traditional American luxury sedans.

"The Park Avenue is the perfect blend of tranquility and power," said Shanghai GM President Ding Lei. "It shows Buick's ability to move with the times while continuing to leverage GM's global resources and our local knowledge. Designed especially for business leaders and other elites, it is a component of our effort to maintain our leadership position in China by addressing the needs of all of our customers."

The Park Avenue is based on GM's new global rear-wheel-drive architecture to ensure a premium driving experience. At 5,175 mm in length, 1,899 mm in width and 1,480 mm in height, and with an impressive 3,009-mm wheelbase, the Park Avenue also offers a highly spacious ride.

The Park Avenue 's genuine leather seats are designed to accommodate people of varying sizes with 8-way power adjustment for the front seats. All seats incorporate a massage function. A high-quality entertainment system with LCD panels and an advanced heating, ventilation and air conditioning system offer the relaxation and comfort that one would expect of a luxury sedan. The Park Avenue 's GPS navigation system contains road information for more than 300 cities in China . The Bluetooth mobile phone system is also available.

Like all Buick products, the Park Avenue offers a high level of safety and peace of mind. It is equipped with the GM Local Area Network (GM-LAN) high-speed communication system, which is based on the top-of-the-line 32-bit 500 kb/second engine control system. W ith a signal transmission speed approaching real-time, information flow from various sensors is instantaneous, enhancing efficiency and safety. Further enhancing safety are six intelligent air bags for the driver and passengers.

The Park Avenue is powered by GM's smooth yet powerful AlloyTec V-6 engine, which accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. The engine control unit features the latest Bosch E77 32-bit ECM processor. With the Remote Engine Start (RES) function, the driver can start the engine up to 20 minutes in advance within 60 meters distance. The RES function also can adjust the temperature inside the car.

Customers have a choice of two engine displacements. The Park Avenue 's 3.6-liter engine generates maximum output of 187kW (250 hp) @ 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 340 Nm @ 3,200 rpm. Its 2.8-liter engine offers maximum output of 150 kW (201 hp) @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 265 Nm @ 3,000 rpm.

Shanghai GM is offering five Park Avenue variants: the 3.6-liter Flagship, which is priced at RMB 498,800; the 3.6-liter Elite, which is priced at RMB 388,800; the 2.8-liter Luxury, which is priced at RMB 458,800; the 2.8-liter Elite, which is priced at RMB 368,800; and the 2.8-liter Comfort, which is priced at RMB 328,800.


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  • 12 Comments
      • 7 Years Ago
      In china ancestors are revered, hopefully the cars of the ancestors equally so.
      • 7 Years Ago
      hmm a GM RWD sedan released in china where CAFE standards are HIGHER. Who thinks Bob Lutz is full of shit now? The graphic begs the question does Tiger get one? kinda odd that you can't drive a new park ave down park ave
      • 7 Years Ago
      YEAH right. It is plain, ugly and no match for the charger let alone the 300c
      • 7 Years Ago
      Badge Engineering is when basically the same vehicle is sold in the same market under two diffent names. Currenty the Equinox/Torrent is one of the most blantant examples.

      Selling basically the same vehicle in different markets under different names is called marketing. Various names are going to resonate differently in different cultures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Plain socialist crap pure and simple

      A.Bunker
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just can't understand why GM can't offer a Buick like this in the U.S. This car is beautiful. I was in a new Lucerne the other day and this Park Avenue just blows it away.

      I bet if Bob Lutz bought a plane ticket and took a ride in it we'd see this car here as a 2009 model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      git the 300c would have no chance against this, mabey in a straight line but thats where this car isnt made for. think of bmw 7 series or s-class size and luxury. btw the 300c is a toy, it looks OK but everything else sucks about it. the holden commodore line up gives it shame, even to the srt version.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Statesman is a beautiful car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey i have an idea lets take one ugly car and badge engineer it into 9 different cars that all look the same.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I find it exceedingly ironic that this post comes right below Lutz's announcement that RWD cars in the US are being put on hold.

      I find it even more ironic that GM is introducing a new RWD sedan in a communist country, yet is putting RWD sedans on hold in the US due to the US government's socialist policies.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a WM Statesman from Australia, usually powered by the L98 V8 or LS2 in the HSV Grange model, not the Alloytec like it is here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jit, thats because this is the larger car coming from Australia. The smaller one, what you will get as a G8, will wallop the Charger and the 300C, especailly when it comes to handling.
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