• Apr 14, 2007
Autoblog Chinese has the early word on Buick's Shanghai Motor Show concept, and it's got another familiar name attached to it: Riviera. Better still, it's a coupe -- no Dodge Charger-style door growth here. The Riviera is being called a "global" concept that showcases Buick's future design DNA. Penned at GM's Pan Asia Technical Center, the Shanghai show is just the first venue at which it'll be shown. According to AB Chinese's report, it will travel to other international auto shows afterward. Hopefully that schedule will include next year's North American exhibitions, where there will likely be no shortage of people interested in seeing the Riviera nameplate on a modern Buick coupe, concept or otherwise.

The Riviera features a traditional coupe profile with short front and rear overhangs and a tall nose that we sure meets pedestrian safety requirements in a number of markets. Not traditional, however, are the car's oversized gullwing doors, which allow for wide entrance into the Riviera's apparent 2+2 interior layout. We should have a lot more on this car next week as the Shanghai show gets rolling.

We're left scratching our heads as to why the US division insists on using silly names like LaCrosse and Lucerne for its cars, while China manages to see the value in leveraging the traditional American monikers with some history behind them, like Regal, Park Ave, and now Riviera.

[Source: Autoblog Chinese (Translated)]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      We should probably wait for pictures of all angles before springing to judgement and then remember this is a CONCEPT, not a final production model. I'm sure Buick will take opinions about the overall looks and detailing to heart.

      http://www.cheersandgears.com/enclaveowners
      • 7 Years Ago
      Almost all concept cars are silly teases that are never produced. Sometimes the concept's name survives on some lame POS, but that's about all.
      Show me the metal in the lot with a price sticker on it and I might get excited.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, they really are copying Lexus here. Looks like the next-gen IS350. I guess thats the way to get to the top, copy the current best.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In quality and vision the concept honors the original Riviera, still one of the most beautiful American coupes ever built.

      Maybe we should ask them to design an Electra 225. Who wouldn't want a revived Deuce and a Quarter?
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would be more exciting if they actually started producing cars that looked like this. Instead of rolling out the catastrophes known as the Lucerne and the lacrosse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      http://www.cartype.com/page.cfm?id=903&alph=All&dec=All

      same design language as Buck velite..a 2004 concept. Click above if u dont know what im talking about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Buick is HOT, HOT, HOT!! Where can I get one?!
      • 7 Years Ago
      almost all unless we're talking about companies who produce oh 75% of their concepts, like say audi.

      were gm to start doing that, i think a lot of us would be a lot happier.

      • 7 Years Ago
      definetly not copying LEXUS..u guys are on some serious crack..
      • 7 Years Ago
      In quality and vision the concept honors the original Riviera, still one of the most beautiful American coupes ever built.

      Maybe we should ask them to design an Electra 225. Who wouldn't want a revived Deuce and a Quarter?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm tired of the ill faded conecpt cars, 90% of them look like crap, and the 10% they never produce.

      http://www.burnedbytheman.com
      • 7 Years Ago
      RE: The DAN SMITH post above

      Why all caps? It's like shouting.

      Why no paragraphs? Do you realize how annoying all that text is to read without any breaks?

      Your post is more like a rant than a post. Are you the Unibomber? I thought they caught that guy;-).
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