• Aug 19, 2009
Surprising news comes by way of General Motors today as the automaker has already canceled its recently announced Buick crossover, which in reality was little more than an ex-Saturn Vue emblazoned with Buick's trademark chrome waterfall grille. And therein lies the rub. As confirmed to Autoblog by Michelle Bunker, Manager of Buick Communications, initial feedback from the media, employees and dealerships regarding the upcoming vehicle was almost universally negative, as the product just didn't seem to fit with the direction the automaker said it was taking the Buick brand. As a result, GM has apparently canceled the program.

Thankfully, though, the Vue's plug-in hybrid powertrain, which we sampled in 2-mode hybrid prototype, will reportedly be transferred to another vehicle and will hit the market with no delay from the previously announced 2011 sale date. While some might say (and with good reason) that GM should have known the Vue didn't belong in Buick showrooms in the first place, the automaker cites this quick action as evidence that things really are changing at New GM, and it's hard to argue with that assessment – there's little doubt it would have taken countless meetings leading to numerous delays to make such a decision just a few months back.

In any case, GM promises to discuss the replacement for the PHEV in the very near future. Watch this space for more.



[Source: General Motors]


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      Paul
      • 5 Years Ago
      I luv how they call these new plug in cars Green Cars.. You plug it in and you are useing the energy that they tell you that your little floresent light is to save!! lol Now your useing electricity to charge the car!! This green thing is such a farce!!
      danastory
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is this what we can expect from OBAMA Motors?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good move, GM. Now, about that ad campaign...
      Dave
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to add that GM is shutting down two very old, well-established and well-liked dealerships in my home town, which will cost many jobs and eliminate a great source of tax revenue. Way to go, GM, thanks for nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      WHAT'S A (BUICK)!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Glad someone else here saw through this little publicity stunt too. GM never intended to produce this vehicle, but they gain a lot of favorable press by announcing its "cancellation". Please. Now the public thinks GM is a nimble company and able to react quickly to customer opinion.
      danno
      • 5 Years Ago
      NO..no no. g.m..you must give the grill the appearance of any asian made grill,then and onlty then will you sell a few...At most this will cause a few of our diehard asian car lover's to maybe consider it...that is your ony hope..you know a chrome h or t...or n..might sway one or two buyer's..
      mdphins72
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's my understanding that Buick is still alive because Buicks are quite popular in China. Otherwise it seems to make little sense these days why the Buick nameplate carries on, & for that matter, the same could be said about the Mercury brand (which I don't believe has any presence outside the Americas at all).

      I also don't see why we need GMC versions of Chevy trucks. The GMC brand, for the most part, seems to exist only to give non-Chevy dealers a truck line to sell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is outstanding news. Great decision!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmmm, and why would anybody expect GM to get anything right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that didn't take long. (Kinda ofa downer.)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Smart move. So far, New GM seems to be going back to the Old GM Playbook with all these variants of the same basic vehicle.

        Sure they look different but they are all the same bones. That's the problem when you still have too many divisions to feed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is good news - GM is avoiding badge-reengineering the Vue/Equinox/SRX (perfectly nice vehicles), and thus getting away from moves the "old" GM did way too often.

        With the Equinox and SRX, we don't need a Buick version anyway... now if only we could do something about the Traverse/Acadia/Outlook/Enclave pair - the Outlook is (kind've) going away, but come on with the Acadia already!
      • 5 Years Ago
      the Vue to Buick was not a bad Idea, the Keeping the Vue looking like a Vue with a Buick grille was the bad Idea lol....
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