• Jul 31st 2009 at 9:00AM
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2011 Buick GL8 - Click above for gallery of spy shots

General Motors is apparently well into the development of the next-gen Buick GL8 MPV for the Chinese market, as this series of spy photos clearly shows. Previewed by the Business MPV shown off at the Shanghai Motor Show a few months back, this revised vehicle will be targeted at upwardly mobile business types and – though based on the same platform – is a far cry from the GM minivans we've seen Stateside like the unloved Buick Terraza.

Judging from the heavily camouflaged prototypes, many of the concept's most distinctive features have made it through to the production model intact, such as the shoulder-level bodyside dips, prominent chrome waterfall grille and exaggerated wraparound headlights. Unfortunately, we don't get a glimpse of the interior, which in the concept featured dual sliding and swiveling second-row captain's chairs with a power sliding center console.

It's also not clear if the concept's 2.4-liter mild-hybrid engine and six-speed automatic will make it into the production MPV when it arrives in 2011, but China Car Times reports a series of V6 powerplants ranging from 2.5 to 3.0-liters are likely, some with direct injection.

[Source: China Car Times | Spy Images: goche.sohu.com]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Good looking people mover, which is rare, but will someone redesign the toothy Buick grille and update the logo that looks like it was taken from a Medieeval Arms souvenir?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow they couldn't find a less smoggy day to take the pics on. =(
      Pretty bad when the sky lights up bright pink at night from the smog. Hopefully this GL8 is good on the emissions then.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How could GM take our tax $$ and build ..... yada, yada, yada.

      There I said it for you. Now critique the car or shut up. Retards.

      Buick really is moving into Lexus' neighborhood. Nicely executed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM isn't using your tax dollars. It's using its Chinese subsidiary's working capital - the same retained profits that GM itself drew a dividend from last year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Aznato: A Prius styled Hybrid? Why? Here's why not,

        1). The Prius is UGLY. Yes the new one too.
        2). The technology is old, past its zenith. Time to move on.

        I drive 3 miles to the train station & 3 miles back home. I could go years in a Volt and NEVER buy a drop of gasoline.

        p.s. I get my electricity from the SUN, even sell back to the electric company. Yep!! I get my STIMULUS check every month.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "How could GM take our tax $$ and build ..... yada, yada, yada."

        It isn't. It's using its Chinese subsidiary's working capital - the same reserves GM used to draw a dividend from last year.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The concept was like a luxury version of the NIssan Quest Minivan
        And I think as far as minivans go that is the best lookingone, at least it has some character adn is not all bland and boring ala Sienna, etc

        Even the interior is almost an exact copy of the Quest, again not a bad thing.

        let's hope they bring this over to compete here in the US with that nice looking interior adn exterior design.

        those spy shots make it look like they screwed it up though
      • 6 Years Ago
      This Buick has a third row that I'd actually WANT to sit in.. Very nice, if you ask me.. I wonder if any characteristics of this design will carry over into the Enclave redesign...

      Sal Collaziano
        • 6 Years Ago
        They say you learn something new every day.. Thanks...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like this a lot just as I liked the concept a lot. Well done Buick!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Buick in China is helping save the brand in the US and may help expand Buick to other markets. Nice van.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think a minivan for Buick would sell quite well in the U.S. Now I understand that will not happen; it's too expensive to have Buick sell the only van but I'm just thinking of all the over 60 year olds I see in Siennas and Town and Country vans.

      In the time I spent in Shanghai I was driven around in a Buick van quite a bit. It's the way to go for business people since obtaining a license is so difficult in Shanghai and license plates are even harder to get unless your rich. So you buy your van, hire someone with a license and pay them $10-$20 per day and have them drive you where ever for 6 days out of the week. It's not going to change either because the Shanghai municiple government won't release new plates so vans are very, very attractive over there and will become more attractive. Especially if the governement relaxes it's "one child" policy.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When I was driven around in Shanghai it was in a Terraza, and it wasn't the only one showing up at the Four Seasons in the morning. There were a ton of GL8s around though, but I never was in one.

        I did know license plates were tough to get, I didn't know the reason no foreigners were driving was because they couldn't get on the allocations.

        There's no way there haven't been new plates released in a while. I'm sure the growth is controlled, but the traffic didn't get that way, and that far out, by not releasing new plates for 10 years. I mean, Pudong was very undeveloped just 20 years ago and 10 years ago the Jin Mao Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower almost stood alone. They have to at least doubled the number of plates in the last 10 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. And the fact that the vast majority of foreigners don't drive is why the GL8 is THE car for people working in China on business. Because the driver necessarily takes one seating position in the car, if you have more than one kid you are basically forced to go to something with a third row. I tried to fight it by picking up a Chevy Captiva with the tiny flip up third row, but with the arrival of my second child I had to move to the GL8 because I needed a real third row. Now I'm suffering with 13.5 MPG in the GL8, so hopefully fuel economy is something that get's addressed with the new MPV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they are able to keep that silver stripe down the side to exaggerate the curves this van will really stand out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It looks like the shape of the production model is no where near as curvy... the shoulder line even looks flat...

        I can still hope it looks good but doesn't look as good as the concept as of now
      • 6 Years Ago
      There goes Cheap Gas.
      One billion people driving around V6's.
      Do the math, we're in for a big hurt in gas prices.
      It's funny the Chinese government isn't seeing this coming. There just as blind as Tillerson.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Chinese government stopped subsidizing gasoline this year, raising the price of it in China about 30%.

        They do see this coming, you're just projecting your own lack of knowledge onto others.
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