• May 19, 2010
One of the cars that we were expecting to see at the Beijing Motor Show last month was the Buick Excelle GT sedan. Unfortunately, General Motors opted not to show the car there, perhaps fearing it would get lost in the shuffle. The Excelle GT is still going on sale in China this summer and it has now been spotted out in the wild completely free of all the camouflage that has been covering it until now.

This car will be coming to Buick stores here in the United States as well, although the exact timing is still unknown. The one thing we do know is that it will not retain the Excelle nameplate. Let's just hope that Buick doesn't bring back its Skylark or Century monikers. Either way, we're expecting the U.S. version to retain the 1.6-liter turbo inline-four that will power the Chinese model.

[Source: Autohome.com.cn via China Car Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      "China model cars have large overhangs because of some type of pedesteria law. The Us and Euro version(Opel) do not hot and will not hang over like that. I really think they will be hitting the sweet spot with this car."

      The overhang arises as a result of EU pedestrian anti-impaling laws in Europe. There are unlikely to be any radical major design changes to the structure of this car in order to accommodate the US market.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about calling it Apollo?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Too bad GM didn't take the chance to rename it "Buick-Holden" and start bringing in Opels and Aussies!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It SHOULD be called Skylark or Century in the United States, both are excellent names with plenty of heritage. Unlike Excelle or silly sounding LaCrosse and Lucerne names.

      What I don't like about this car is that it looks very bland. What happened to the Astra hatch?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like (and hear) good things about Buick.

      Can someone explain the Buick line up IN CANADA (names are different here). In photo`s they look very similiar (size must be different).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope its not built like my 95 Skylark Gransport was, good engine and tranny, crappy quality interior. Hood rusted across the front, driver seat fell apart and center console components loosening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The interior is European design European material selection, so think new Volkswagen rather than old Buick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah without specs this looks almost the same size and the regal and quite generic for Buick. I gotta wonder if its smaller, is this a cruze variant? maybe. As for the name, I cant believe they keep using old names for Buick, if you really want to revitalize the brand dont use old names! Pick one that is more youthful, no skylark that name is already tainted as garbage. Skyhawk is close and much better. GM has been doing this for a while, rename the Aveo while your at it. and please please please drop the Lucerne name all together. It reminds me of the word "concern" which is not good for a car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The wheels look like they came off a Chrysler Sebring... besides that the car looks like a shrunken Lacrosse/Regal with no styling tweaks to make it stand out a little.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the wheels look very "Sebring" as well. Overall, I like the Excelle's design, but the name is a bad, bad choice for the North American market. I truly hope this car arrives here with a level of performance and refinement which set it apart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at the detail photos, if that's got an inline four shouldn't it only have 2 portholes per side instead of three? Or does adding a turbo score a bonus pair?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Without more details it appears that it would have a lot of overlap (competition) with the Regal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well I agree, the Buick nameplate means nothing except for pensioners driving at 7mph ... but even so, I fail to see the overlap between a 1.6 litre C-segment saloon car and a 2.4 litre D-segment machine. After all, does Honda have any trouble with people cross-shopping between its Civic and Accord?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "The average Buick shopper isn't going to be concerned with heritage or architecture."

        @AB Ho
        Choosing between an Excelle and a Regal is just the same as choosing between a Corolla and a Camry.

        People who like something smaller and more affordable will go for the Excelle, people who want something bigger will go for the Regal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The design is just bad. So Buick is the new 80s Cadillac?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ John H. You're what, 12?

        Where in the article did it say anything about size? I based my comments on what the article said and how big it looked.

        I just tried to steer my elderly Dad toward the Regal so I like what they're doing.

        Flame away all you little boys.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How? The Excelle is basically a three-box version of the C-segment Astra. The Regal is a rebadged D-segment Insignia.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The average Buick shopper isn't going to be concerned with heritage or architecture.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, front overhang is horrible. Overall design is very vanilla.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @OP: Clearly, for you, size matters not.

        It's clearly a Buick, which one presumes to be the entire point of the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks too similar to the Regal and Lacrosse's front ends. Also, I think for a small car, a lavish looking grille like this looks out of place, and tacky.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Way too similar in appearance to LaCrosse and Regal. It's all well and good to build brand awareness with consistent grilles, etc, but this is a lazy design effort. Some variety please!
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