• Jan 14th 2008 at 5:42PM
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click above for more live shots of the Riviera Concept from Detroit

When the Buick Riviera concept debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show last summer, many didn't give the car a second glance because, while imminently snazzy, no one though it would have much impact on the U.S. market. We all may have been wrong, according to TheCarConnection, which is reporting that the Riviera Concept offers a sneak peek at what the next-gen Buick LaCrosse will look like. We've seen the next LaCrosse in spy shots and can maybe find a few similarities between the two, but otherwise we don't really see the resemblance. Aside from the obvious discrepancy in door count, you can see the grilles are markedly different, with the Riviera's upturned into a smile and the LaCrosse prototype's turned down in a frown. The Riviera also has three air intakes below the front bumper, while the spy shot shows only one on the prototype. Both cars exhibit a certain amount of Buickness in their look, though the Riviera definitely turns it up notch. For that alone we hope the connection between the two is real.

[Source: TheCarConnection]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks great. Hope to see it soon.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It will take cutting edge stuff like this to get the U.S. companies back in the game. Hope GM has the huevos to do it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      In a perfect world...I can't see why this Riviera and the Velite can't sit next to a Enclave and a Lucuerne (sure it's front wheeldrive but it's sexy than a m*th@f%ck!) in the Buick line-up. The photo of the Velite and the Riviera sitting next to each other is a beautiful dream of how cool Buick really can be.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Test mule was the Holden Park Ave.Riviera concept was shown in China... last year?
      so, I'm sure GM made the adjustments back then for future Buick's,Enclave was the step in between the 2 different design themes.I Hope!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ah the business-man's hotrod. Build it - more affordable rwd coupes for me :D

      Now, if the LaCrosse/Allure even captures half of the look, I'll be impressed. I like the current car, but its a little bit too bland.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they can stuff that look into their cars and keep it as bold looking as the Enclave I think Buick will once again be competitive.
      Cadillac= Art & Science (Sculpted lines)
      Buick= Riviera (Organic flowing)
      Same kind of relationship the Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice have.
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