• Dec 16, 2007
click above image for more high-res pics of the Buick Riviera Concept

One of the stylistic highlights of the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show was the Buick Riviera concept. The gullwing coupe was developed by GM's Chinese design team, who did a bang-up job. The Riviera reportedly gives a pretty good preview of the design direction for future Buicks, especially ones sold in China. If so, Buicks will finally have some real character besides those fender portholes. The Riv would make an attractive variant of the Zeta platform, although those gull-wing doors are unlikely to go any further than the concept. North American audiences will finally get a firsthand look at the new Buick when it kicks off its tour on this continent at the Detroit Auto Show.

[Source: Kicking Tires]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      I bought a new Buick Le Sabre in 2004. I am over 50 and I have no need for a walker. It rides well and gets 32 mpg with a 3800 engine in it. There is no plan to replace it any time soon.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It would make a good Volt,prolly the same architect
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Lexus and Caddy had a baby this would be it. Someone at GM needs to learn to stop copying what works for the other divisions. You don't add a minivan when everyone else at GM is selling the very same minivan. You don't add a hideous suv when everyone else sells the same suv but less ugly. You don't copy Caddie's Science Design just cuz' it is working. Each division needs own styling cues. the Enclave was a great first step. Don't blow it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The difference between Hyundai and Buick is that Buick doesn't have the balls to release this as a production car. By the time it's done it will look like another geriatric family car. I don't understand when companies create such nice designs and never incorporate any elements into final production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its funny GM makes some of the best cars in the world yet people here keep bashing GM.

      Its your own country people. I was over in Germany and people there think American people are nuts for bashing there own products.

      Good for GM and I fully support all there efforts to maintain there #1 position.

      People might Bash GM here but they are still number 1, kind like not routing for the winning team?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh my God build it and sell it in America. Build it hard, Buick. Buick needs to take back some of its performance heritage, and a Zeta car is the best way to do it. Paint it jet black, turbocharge it and call it a Grand National.
      • 7 Years Ago
      First of all, it is really sad to see that whenever some awful news about Chinese automotive or anything pops up, so many complaints and biased comments flourish; however, no credits to the GM china design team and at times, some douchebags like bryan always show up on autoblog and make some racist comments to deny any accomplishments from the major power in the east.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, when Lutz said Buick competes with Lexus, I didn't know it meant they'd be copying them.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't know that it looks like a "Riviera," but it is definitely a looker. I think GM needs to get some input from their foreign designers for their domestic offerings.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for the Cadillac 16, hell I'd be happy with a Northstar V-8 in the 16 or the supercharged version that they're putting in the V spec Cadillac's. Knowing GM, I'll probably have to wait for the 2047 Barrett-Jackson auction to buy the Cadillac V16 as a experimental car GM never would build.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i must be alone on this (since it seems like i'm the first to mention it), but it reminds me a lot of mazda's recent concepts
      • 7 Years Ago
      Out of Big 3 I always liked Chrysler, thinking that Ford and GM are utterly inept to make anything decent.

      That was true about Ford. However, Chrysler and GM switched places. Aside from Magnum and 300 there was absolutely nothing good coming from Chrysler in many years. GM, on the other hand, is picking up speed.
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