• May 4, 2010
2012 Buick Compact sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery

What you see here is probably the next new product to join the Buick lineup after the Regal sedan. These design patent drawings depict a compact sedan based on the same Delta global platform as the Chevrolet Cruze and Opel Astra. The five-door hatchback version of this car is already available in China badged as the Buick Excelle.

Speaking with Buick advertising and sales manager Craig Bierley during our recent trip to China, we learned that the Excelle name won't be coming to North America next year when this car launches. Bierley wasn't ready to reveal the U.S. badge (assuming it's even been determined) except to say that it would be new. What, no Skylark?

The four door sedan will go on sale in China this summer and arrive here about a year from now. We're guessing that the same 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-four that is optional in the Cruze will be standard in the Buick with the 1.6-liter 180 horsepower turbo motor now available in the Excelle as an option.



[Source: Carscoop, Buick]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Skylark or Apollo would be the perfect name for this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Excel" (sp?) is the name of the power company in Minneapolis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK now put the1.6-liter in the Cruze.

      Cruze SS anyone?
      • 4 Years Ago
      30" of ground clearance! take that golf 4x4s
      • 4 Years Ago
      I didn't think a Buick-badged Astra was such a hot idea for the US, but a Buick flavor of the Cruze? Now this is the bad old rebadging GM is known for.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a Buick badged Astra, albeit one in sedan form.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Aside from being yet another funhouse mirror car, I notice that these drawings don't show cutlines where the bumpers meet the fenders. These GM patent drawings have always seemed to highlight the crazy cutlines they use, and this set clearly shows where the hood, doors, and trunk body panel edges are, but it sure looks like they use a single body panel to cover both front fenders and the front bumper, and one more large panel for the rear fenders and bumper.

      I really dislike most current GM designs' transitions between fenders and bumper panels, but this is jumping WAY to the other side.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the hell... is that the Allroad Edition?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing. Thought it was some form of a CUV at first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait... there are spy shots of the sedan version of the Excelle floating around the net. Why do we need to see patent drawings when we can look at the car in the flesh?
      • 4 Years Ago
      " we learned that the Excelle name won't be coming to North America next year when this car launches."

      Probably another reason not use the name is the association/confusion with the old Hyundai Excel... and who would want to be associated with THAT?
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM is slowly going back to their old ways I see....
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is based off of the Opel Astra, a car that is very different from the Cruze, despite being on the same platform. All GM is doing is utilizing out the VW model: managing multiple brands off of a small number of platforms in a way that prevents the buyer from noticing similarities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      news News and NEWS ...

      New drawing , product coming , Product canceled , Will appear in another brand , again canceled, redeveloping ....

      Where is products ???

      Truth is GM doesn't have a 30k sell able Midsize/compact sedan or CUV/SUV/Crossover.


        • 4 Years Ago
        Forgot to add: and GM doesn't have a car in top 10 sellers ( only sivlvarado ) and even Hyundai managed to get 8th position with sonata still GM can't.

        Bottom line: products matters not product news.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Quote: ""Forgot to add: and GM doesn't have a car in top 10 sellers ( only sivlvarado ) and even Hyundai managed to get 8th position with sonata still GM can't.
        Bottom line: products matters not product news.""


        B.S.

        GM has the Malibu in the top 10 year to date. And the Silverado as well.

        Hyundai has no vehicles at all in the top ten, and only ONE in the top twenty.

        GM has FIVE vehicles in the top twenty.

        Yes, product does matter and Hyundai is a loser on that score.


        Year to Date sales:

        1. Ford F Series 143,985
        2. Chevrolet Silverado 102,098
        3. Honda Accord 94,890
        4. Toyota Camry 96,509
        5. Toyota Corolla 91,672
        6. Honda Civic 78,669
        7. Nissan Altima 74,245
        8. Ford Fusion 70,382
        9. Chevrolet Malibu 65,875
        10. Ford Escape 64,237
        11. Ford Focus 57,704
        12. Toyota RAV4 55,325
        13. Chevrolet Impala 54,417
        14. Honda CR-V 53,009
        15. Dodge Ram 51,707
        16. Chevrolet Cobalt 51,080
        17. Hyundai Sonata 50,283
        18. Chevrolet Equinox 42,366
        19. Toyota Prius 40,793
        20. Chrysler T&C 37,947

        Source: Autodata
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am expecting this to have a really short shelf life thats for sure, GM has shown they dont have a clue on how to build a compact luxury car. Caddy Catera anyone? Going bankrupt once didnt change them so I guess they are content with sucking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Comparing the GM 13 years ago to the GM of today is one hell of a false equivalency.

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