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In an interview with Car and Driver, Troy Clarke, president of GM's North American efforts, confirmed that Buick would be getting another model by the end of the decade. The forth vehicle to join the Buick stable will be rear-wheel drive and take cues from the Velite concept that debuted at the 2004 New York Auto Show.

Whether or not such a vehicle will be a convertible or a large sedan remains to be seen, but it will share the Zeta platform underpinning the upcoming Pontiac G8 and Chevrolet Camaro. The Velite name may not carry over.

In the same article, Clarke espoused Pontiac's goal of being a performance-oriented brand, while at the same time suggesting that all of Pontiac's products will not sport RWD. Clarke confirmed that a redesign of the FWD Vibe is in the works, and may be released as early as this year.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      I saw the Velite two years ago at the Minneapolis Auto Show. In person this car is stunning
      Ben K.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car is anything but boring. The Velite is just what Tiger Woods would be proud to be seen in. Built on the Zeta platform, the four seat convertible is just what boomers would love to rekindle those memories of cruising in the 60's. Possibly a hardtop? Buick is coming back, after a long nap. The Lucerne is a success and the Enclave will be a breath of fresh air. A sporty two door is just what the General has in mind. Stay tuned for Park Ave. and who knows maybe a Riviera is just around the corner. Product makes all the difference.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is the point of a performance Buick? All buick drivers go 10-15 under the speed limit at all times anyway. Buick is dead, and has been dead for a very long time. Their demographic is dying off, and nobody wants these boring ass cars anymore. Die buick, die! Nobody wants you! Oldsmobile was a much cooler company than you, and GM is so dumb they killed Olds instead of you!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know this is an old post but you are an ignorant ass whose comments reflect such.

        "What is the point of a performance Buick?"

        You obviously know nothing about the brand. Try doing a little research and you might actually learn a thing or two. Past performance Buicks, such as the GSX and the Grand National are some of the most well regarded, sought after muscle cars in the collectible market.

        Going beyond all that, our '04 Regal GS would run circles around whatever bland, non-descript Toyondan you probably drive.

        It's people like you that make me stop reading this site for weeks at a time. What's the point of coming to an enthusiast site with ignorant, overt bias?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am kind of embarrased to say this about a Buick, but does anybody else think that the Lucerne is one of the best looking cars on the road?
      • 8 Years Ago
      cool, great, super.
      (eventhough i doubt Troy knows what he's saying)
      just name it something else please
      (and not skylark, or Le anything)
      • 8 Years Ago
      It might make sense for Buick to have a halo car.

      Even though GM's biggest problem is too many models, too many divisions, and too many dealers, its biggest strength is also this incredible coverage.

      With GM's new divisional structure of 1) Chevy; 2) Buick-Pontiac-GMC; 3) Saturn; and 4) Cadillac the key is to make each channel distinct and highly competitive. Even though, in some cases, they may compete against each other. But then again, you could argue that Toyota has the same problem with its marques.

      The bottom line is that you either really go for it, as GM seems to be doing, or you shrink. Sometimes I am quite critical of their business practices, I wouldn't count GM out. GM has its best products that it has ever produced out there.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't change a thing. If it ends up looking like the photo and is reasonably priced then Buick will have a winner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Price that against the G35 coupe, and they've got a winner. That's a pretty car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Velite is a gorgeous American car, and if they build it I will trade in my BMW to get one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      In the present form illustrated above and with premium pricing I don't think it will sell well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Don't change a thing? Not even the blatant rip-off of those 2004-2006 Nissan Maxima headlights?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good looking automobile...believe Buick is building some good cars....build this one too but build it right the first time and continue to improve it as time and technology allows...you rarely get a second chance to make it right the "next time" because there is no next time.
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