• Apr 18, 2007
click above image to view more shots of the Buick Riviera Concept

Our colleagues over at Autoblog Chinese have just shown us a bevy of new pics revealing more angles of the Buick Riviera Concept set to debut soon at the Shanghai Auto Show. As we reported earlier, the Buick Riviera Concept was penned at GM's Pan Asia Technical Center, which makes the concept a coming out of sorts for that region's development team. The car is a proper coupe that reportedly shows off Buick's future design DNA, and while it's being referred to as a "global" concept, we can't say for sure whether or not the styling elements will make their way around the world to our own North American market. The prospects, however, seem good, as the Riviera Concept is set to go on an international tour of the auto show circuit after the Shanghai show comes to a close. So we leave the judgment up to you readers, is this the styling direction in which the Buick brand should head?

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I think you guys need to wake up and smell the coffee. China is getting the new Buick hybrid, the RWD V8 Buicks, plus they are designing, and building Buicks we will never even get a chance to buy. We (U.S.) are being cut out of the Buick cycle. When the U.S. is cut out of the Buick cycle, that's a sure sign we are toast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Gary,
      When I am in China I am proud of every Buick LaCrosse & Royuam I see.

      The Chinese are getting a fresh view of Buick and will judge them for what they are, not what they were. If they can keep the high styling & quality standards while offering value, they will do well.


      • 7 Years Ago
      Not being offensive, but the design seems more attuned to Asian markets than being a design for a world market. Hopefully, the Enclave is a better indicator of the future of Buick.

      Just like Mercedes, Buick needs an Enclave K like the forthcoming GLK to help further fill out their product matrix.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As mentioned... a bit too tall, and not quite wide enough. The front end looks like it has a lot of frontal area. The windows are high above the wheel wells.

      Aspects of the design are nice though. The coke-bottle curves and the gracefull but not soft lines. The proportions are just off a bit. The rear glass doesn't come down to the horizontal trunk line, either, which is a bit odd.

      I LOVE the gullwing wide door idea, though. With modern technology, it is a wonder why more niche cars don't come with things like that... it may not be for everybody or every car, but it would be cool in special applications.

      Personally, I don't care if it is a Buick. Personally, I would have designed a similar gull wing car to this, as a better looking Subaru. Lower, with wider proportions, and styled differently in the details to be actually attractive, and have a Subaru chassis and boxer AWD drivetrain, and an appropriately low hoodline.

      Stupid pedestrian crash standards (as if government mandates for making cars out of marshmallow will help if pedestrians walk out in front of traffic...) Seem to be making a lot of cars overly blocky on the front, to allow for open space under the crushable hood.

      That seems at odds with aerodynamics, and drag, which effects fuel efficiency. This Riviera concept looks like it has one of those tall front ends, and then they just designed the car to be tall from the grille back. Seems like that is happening more and more.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont Know why GM has put the Riviera name over this concept car. Is it because chinese are aware of the old names that mean something to us, north americans, or just to make us jealous that we cant have them anymore (great meaningful names on Buicks) while the booming asian market does? One way or the other, good looking concept car for that part of the world, bad name choice!
      • 7 Years Ago
      While it appears to be a little over the top, the over all styling of the Riviera concept is beautiful. The flowing lines take it way beyond any styling which presently exists in today's Buicks. My Dad had Rivieras from 63 through 92, he would be waiting in line right now for one of these.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One day the Chinese will wake up and realize that Buick, TGIF and McDonalds are not premium brands. I live in China and when you see GM's rebadged 10 year old technology driving around with a Buick nameplates....well, I'm not sure if it's laughable or just a continuation of the longest running sob story in corporate history.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, a Buick that I don't think sucks, and yet we'll never see it here in the states. Go figure.
      • 7 Years Ago
      One day the Chinese wake up and realize that Buick, TGIF and McDonalds are not premium brands. I live in China and when you see GM's rebadged 10 year old technology driving around with a Buick nameplates....well, I'm not sure if it's laughable or just a continuation of the longest running sob story in corporate history.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hate the new concept, i guess i'm partial to how ford is moving along and with classic style,

      http://www.burnedbytheman.com/
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice car,but that is not a Riviera. I always thought of my 1996 Buick Riviera as a poor mans CL500.There are both abouth the same size. This concept is to small to be a full-size personal luxury coupe.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's tall and narrow.
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