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Buick has released an all-new version of its popular GL8 in China. Developed by Shanghai GM, the executive people-mover wears a freshly redesigned exterior with sculpted body lines and a new front fascia. Inside, GM has thrown the luxury book at the van with tricks like blue ambient lighting, a 10-speaker sound system and two-tone leather seats. An attractive seven-inch touch dominates the dash, though it looks like Buick has managed to hold on to the excessive amount of buttons on the center stack that have become the brand's trademark as of late. Rear passengers, meanwhile, get the benefit of a 10.2-inch HD display for movies and the like.

Under the hood, GM has fitted a 3.0-liter V6 as the GX8 flagship mill, though a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is also available for the fuel-conscious buyers of the People's Republic. A six-speed automatic gearbox takes care of cog-swapping duties. Hit the jump for the full press release after checking out the gallery below.

  • Buick GL8 Van front
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All-New Buick GL8 Luxury MPV Now Available

330,000 GL8s Sold Across China Since Model's Debut


Shanghai – The all-new Buick GL8 from Shanghai GM is now available. The luxury MPV builds on the heritage of the original GL8, China's first family of executive wagons. Since the model's debut in 1999, more than 330,000 have been sold across China.

The new model, which will reach the market in January 2011, features seven innovations and 27 technological breakthroughs along with improvements in design, space and safety, technology, power, features and quality. The result is an unprecedented luxury MPV experience that is unmistakably Buick.

"The new GL8 was developed by Shanghai GM in cooperation with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai with the specific needs of our customers in mind," said Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "It offers everything that consumers have come to expect from Buick, including a dynamic, smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. Like its predecessor, the new GL8 is the right product at the right time."

The new GL8 has a graceful exterior design highlighted by Buick's distinctive double sweep spear running from front to back. Decorative metal bands add a sense of smooth, modern elegance. Its classic waterfall grille and chrome portholes further underscore the new GL8's Buick heritage.

With a length of 5,256 mm, a width of 1,878 mm, a height of 1,800 mm and a wheelbase of 3,088 mm, the new GL8 provides a spacious ride for all occupants. The dignified interior merges Eastern and Western aesthetics. It features ice-blue atmosphere lighting and a 360-degree wraparound design inspired by luxury yachts.

Among the other amenities available are two-tone ergonomic genuine leather seats; a two-piece panorama sunroof; an electric anti-pinch sliding door and one-touch electric lift rear door; a 10-speaker, 5.1-channel Bose sound system; a 7-inch touch screen up front and 10.2-inch WVGA HD display in back; and the OnStar in-vehicle safety, security and communication service.

An enhanced suspension with independent front-and-back sub-frames ensures a smooth, steady ride. Buick's signature QuietTuning reduces, blocks and absorbs interior noise, for a distraction-free environment that is comparable to that of a luxury sedan.

The new GL8 comes with a choice of a 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI intelligent direct injection engine or a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with segment-leading fuel efficiency. GM's advanced 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard, providing unrivaled power in the luxury MPV segment.

In the area of safety, the new GL8 has a super-solid body frame. The Bosch 8.1 ESP system delivers premium handling. It is complemented by large-size tires and disc brakes, with six air bags available on selected models. For maximum visibility, the new GL8 incorporates multi-dimensional blue ray Bi-Xenon HID headlights and crystal-like chrome LED taillights.

The new GL8 luxury MPV has a retail price of between RMB 288,000 and RMB 388,000. Shanghai GM is also introducing an upgraded 2011 model of the current Buick GL8 in December 2010, targeting the upper-medium MPV segment. It includes a new 2.4-liter Ecotec engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. This "dual-vehicle strategy" will enable Shanghai GM to more fully address the MPV market, from the upper-medium to luxury segments.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a freaking mini van. This is what Buick has come to? YUCK!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice try...but it's still a Buick and I'm not 70 yet. And it's US made. Wouldn't touch it with a stick even though all us taxpayers own GM. Government Motors. Such a slimy bunch. Recently bought a BMW X3. I wanted an X5 but my wife insisted upon the smaller one. Terrific. And it's not made by American schmucks. Bad enough GM is a modern day WPA, I don't have to buy one of their products. Ford maybe. Chrysler remains a joke punch line. So my spouse has the X3 and I have a Mercedes. My utility vehicle is a 95 Bronco I bought in '00. I'm done for another decade.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to cruise to China and put that baby on the ship and sail it back to the US. I need a new Mini Van and would love to buy American. Don't like the boxy lookiing Dodge or Chrysler. C'mon GM, WAKE UP. Let me know when it's arriving here and I will postpone buying until that time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM still doesn't get it!!!!!!!!! This is a copy of the new Honda Odessey. U'all should go to www.honda.com and check them out. About the only change is the grill work. The wheels, profile, etc are Honda. The interior is damn close, including the 10.7" DVD, etc., etc., etc. They can probably get away with it in China since they, China, always is "Copy and Steal" most everything. I do beleive that Honda Motors with be having a discussion with Detroit on this one. If everyone thinks it is great, it will probably fall apart within 10K miles. Oh, if you are concerned about "Domestic Content" in the manufacture of the Honda Odessey; there is a greater % of US content than most domectic marquies. The real Odessey is manufactured in the US and has over 80% US content. So the jobs (Wages) are paid to US workers and the profit and taxes, etc. are through Honda North America; they stay state side. You get a great car, I have owned 3 and presently own 2 Odessey's and NEVER the slightest issue with any of them; can't say that about many US auto's. So, if you think it looks great, etc. go by the real thing at Honda. Ford is also doing an excellent job of producing outstanding, good looking, cost effective auto's in this country. Actually I am concerned that GM and Chrysler will make it through this decade without more help from Good OL Uncle Sam and our generous Republician Congress.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new Buick Fugly. Just when they start to put out some good-looking cars again they come out with this hideous lump!
      No wonder people aren't buying American as long as Detroit continues to put out garbage like this. It'll sell big in China as more than likely, its drivetrain is already made there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dig it. I would guess this would sell in the US, but only if there is no Chevy version to cannibalize it.

      And yes there are a lot of buttons on that center stack, but they seem to be placed in a very understandable layout. I can't imagine it being too confusing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the odyssey better.

      My neighbors have one a smokin beast indeed.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i'm surprised you guys like the looks of this thing...personally I think it is hideous.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it just me or has Buick just made the Minivan sexy again? Seriously though, they did the belt line kink a whole lot better than the contrived looking Odyssey. Way to go on a cohesive design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sexy? Well, maybe. For a minivan.

        But that chunk of chrome on the window edge has to be the most elegant piece of brightwork on the market today. Nice.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Well, no. But in all seriousness the last time GM attempted minivans (Uplander, etc) it failed so miserably. This vehicle actually has some style and even a little class thrown in. I hate minivans for the most part but they are rather useful if you need that kind of space and people hauling capability. I say if they brought this state side and threw a bowtie on it with a bar right where that Buick symbol is it would rock (figuratively).

        My main point here is that the current new gen Odyssey is ugly and contrived and this does a much better job of taking that car and making it look good and less ill proportioned.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The minivan never was and never will be sexy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The minivan was sexy at some point ever?
        • 4 Years Ago
        With flexible seats and blacked out windows, you'd be surprised by the things you can do and the places you can do them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear GM,

      I know me and many others ripped on the Terraza like crazy from the day it was revealed, but this new van is awesome. I hope you can forgive all of us and bring this GL8 to N/A.

      Thank you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When I would go China the company we worked with would ferry us around in a Terraza. It was considered to be if not the height of luxury, it was at least high luxury. But in reality the van sucked, it was identical to the US model except for the engine and the (somewhat improved) center stack.

        This looks quite a bit better than the Terraza.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So Honda, please tell me again why you chose not to hide the sliding door track below the dark window glass? This van does that and the result is a much cleaner take on the many design features that the two share. (Seriously - is this just coincidence or what? The dropped side window and rear of the two are cut from the same cloth.)

      The inch or so of lost interior width that results from the track being up higher is an acceptable tradeoff for not having a giant black stripe in the middle of your design.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Haha I know! I love the side on this but I dislike the front and the back, which is like the opposite of what I feel about the new Odyssey.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone know if this is based on any current GM model, or is this a China exclusive?
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