Improvements to the 2015 Buick Encore are reaping big rewards for the popular compact crossover. Where a previous one scored a Poor result in the small overlap crash test from the IIHS, the latest model improved that to Good. Both the Encore and Chevrolet Trax now have Top Safety Pick ratings.
GM is following up its Lambda-platform CUV stop-sale for possible cracks in their 18-inch Goodyear Fortera HL tires with a recall covering 5,876 examples of the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave. Goodyear already recalled about 48,512 of the tires.
General Motors is launching new entry-level trims for four of its popular models that slash prices by removing some content but mostly seriously cut into dealer margins. The changes let the brands advertise segment-leading prices to attract potential buyers into showrooms.
The beautifully curvaceous Buick Blackhawk concept was made in the early 2000s, and the one-off was largely constructed from vintage components from the brand. Once part of the General Motors Heritage Fleet, the Blackhawk was sold off in 2009. Now, the car is crossing the auction block again with no reserve as part of RM Auctions sale of the Andrews Collection on May 2, 2015.
By going after niches in the market that competitors aren't, Buick is forging its own path and finding success. A product like the Encore shows that there's value in taking a gamble on a segment early, and the brand is trying that again with the Cascada.
The Ford GT was absolutely the start of the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, and it has proved that once again by taking the honor for Best Designed Production Vehicle in the annual EyesOn Design Awards. The Buick Avenir and Audi Q7 also received accolades.