• Apr 20, 2009
Buick "Business" MPV concept - Click above for a hi-res gallery

General Motors has unveiled its new Buick "Business" MPV concept in Shanghai, and while details remain scarce as we try to practice our Chinese, we can tell you that while the idea of another Buick minivan may be hard for U.S. audiences to swallow (after the poor sales and driving experience of the Terraza), Buick MPVs do a very solid trade in China as executive transports. Thus, instead of prioritizing sippy cup storage, this is clearly more of a high-roofed luxury limousine.

Our compatriots over at Autoblog Chinese (who bring you these images) tell us that this vehicle is the result of a joint-venture between General Motors China and the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center, as was the 2007 Rivera concept before it. If our Google translator is to be believed, this vehicle is still based on the Buick GL8 (read: Terraza), and the "land-based business class" concept is designed to point the way toward future visions of Buick luxury for customers in the land of the Great Wall. We'll have more details for you as they become available. For now, take a look at the gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 IceBin/ Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Autoblog Chinese]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Nissan Quest and Mazda 5 got busy. Not bad at all till you get to the face - ouch!

      I'd like a family hauler with these lines and less weight than the enclave.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's apparent to me now that the headlines for these stories are written before the pictures are even viewed. For some reason, it's just assumed that any Chinese Buick is a work of art, sight unseen. Sure it's handsome - until you look at it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this should come in as a compliment rather than replacement for the GL8 minivan (think generation previous to the SUV-like minivan disaster in the US). The GL8 is vanilla as can be and literally is available in 3 colors: blue, silver, gold. It is a cash cow for GM as it requires very little refresh dollars, the tooling is all paid for, and the configurations are limited and it still sells in massive quantities in China at a premium price. It is pretty much the standard car for all leasing companies that transport visiting and resident businessmen. So I don't think it wise to replace the GL8, but expanding the lineup with this more modern looking exec mover would be a good move to better compete with the Toyota Previa's of the world that offer a little better styling than the GL8.

      All of these new models will crowd the Buick sales floor here. From small to large, they have the Excel HRV hatch, Excel sedan, Regal, Lacrosse, Park Avenue, Enclave, and GL8 already.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the love child of a Mercedes R-Class and Buick Enclave.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And that's not a good thing. Handsome Autoblog? Really?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So a bit of googling has revealed the Buick GL8 to be the basic GM van before it got the monstrous faux-SUV treatment that added the giant c-pillar and lemon-sucking grille of the Terazza. A new, sleeker nose makes it not such a bad package all around.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see the Chinese aren't up on that old car display rule of always having the wheel-hub logos appear right-side up. Kind of refreshing, actually.

      I'll defend Auto blog on calling this handsome. Sure the grill is too large, but that could be just a concept exaggeration and is an easy fix before production. I like the way the tail light detailing echoes the dip in the greenhouse. I agree that Buick has no real placed in the US that can't be filled by Chevy and Caddy, but these Sino-Buicks are very workable for this market.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like a minivan version of the new LaCrosse beside it. That's not to say it looks bad; it looks really nice! Way to go GM China! This is why GM won't kill Buick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least the colorful logo is made right, not like the North America's Enclave, the Buick logo is just a chromed piece.

      I have hard time to find how the rear hatch door opens, are the rear lights go with the door or they'll stay with the body? because the lights seem one piece.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Aztec design team + Ritalin = Buick MPV
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1

        Keep it in Asia!

        ...its like the long lost step brother to the Aztec except its mother was a balleen faced whale
      • 5 Years Ago
      The side wave is a copy paste from a Citroën C4 Picasso five seats!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Except for the odd, droopy beltline, the exterior looks as unoriginal and boring as a hundred other vehicles of the same type.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a Mazda5 with a massive grill slapped on.
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