• Jun 10, 2010
Buick Excelle GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

Later this month, the all-new 2011 Buick Excelle GT sedan will hit dealer lots over in China. Ramping up for the release, Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and China's SAIC Motor Corp., released these pics for us. We had some spy shots for you before and even brought you those daring pics of a naked Excelle GT on the loose, but now we have the official pics.

Over in China, the Buick Excelle GT will be offered with the choice of either a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated engine that churns out 145 horsepower or a more potent 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder mill pumping out 181 hp. The Excelle GT is built on the same platform that underpins the Chevrolet Cruze, Opel Astra and two-door Excelle XT. More importantly, the Excelle GT sedan provides us with a good idea of what to expect when Buick releases their U.S. version sometime late next year. Reports suggest that a name change will occur before the Buick debuts here, and Verano appears to be the front-runner right now.



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      John
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see. The taxpayers in this country bail ourt G.M, They go to China and build a car which will be "debuted" in the US sometime next year. Are they going to export it to the U.S.? Ha, we bail them out and they build 3 factories in China that employs 8000 people. I believe I'll buy the Taurus, thank you!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Don't know why, but that car looks out of whack in that picture. Can't figure out whether it's the small wheels, or the front end is too high...or the headlights too small for the design. It's off-putting.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the proportions just look squashed since it's such a small car, so it ends up looking squashed like a Corolla does. It looks more bizarre than on a cheaper small car because, well, it's ostensibly meant to be a somewhat high end car but we're used to seeing more elegant proportions in that segment. For that reason the hatchback looks a lot more natural too, probably because we're used to seeing these kinds of proportions in a hatchback format.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why would we want a Buick badged Cruze.
      Whatever happened to "4 distinct core bands" ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the Cruze does not compete with the entry level offerings from Volvo, BMW, Acura, Audi, MB, etc, etc.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Call it the INVICTA. That`s a great historic name of buick`s past. It doesn`t come with the baggage of poor quality 1970s & 1980s turdmobiles. My dad had a `62 Invicta custom convertible. Super rare these days. Please no silly names of italian towns that nobody`s heard of. INVICTA!!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        This car is too small to deserve the Invicta name. Really, the LaCrosse should have been named Invicta.

        But if we're really going back, Somerset would be a great name to resurrect for this small car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What about the 5 door hatch back? IMO the Opel Astra 5 Door is much better looking than the Excelle Sedan. http://www.opel.de/microsite/astra/index.html
        • 4 Years Ago
        They might bring the hatch, but its very much a niche market in north america. For the most part, we consider them to be pretty ugly.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. Keep the sportiness of the Opel and throw a Buick grill on it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about Buick Special? Save the Invicta name for a lucerne succesor or a new coupe. Call a US market volt clone the Buick Sail. No, not the electra. I had a `73 Electra many years ago, which had previously been used as a fishing car. And it had the raunchiest smell. If I farted, it was like air freshener.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Electra

      Somerset

      Skyhawk

      Skylark

      Apollo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Missed "Century" ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks nice, but that is it, nice. Too American looking. Meaning it looks like all American cars for the last few decades that have settled on being good enough, not great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks much better in the photos of the red one from autoguide.com than this silver "official" photo. Also for a name, I like Skylark, but another good historic Buick name that doesn't have a recent association for it would be Invicta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Astra hatch still looks nicer, I can't agree with the way the 3/4 panel looks.
      Robert Hunt
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just like GM or any other American based company let something come out first in a foreign land before letting the people who bailed you out get the first crack at it. Not surprised what-so-ever.


      RKH
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