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59Buick Verano goes to Europe, changes name to Opel Astra

The Opel Astra notchback sedan has completed its round-the-world trip. General Motors has based its latest compact on the Delta II platform. Designed by its studios in the U.S. and Asia, it was first sold as the Chinese-market Buick Excelle GT and then in the U.S. as the Buick Verano. Now it joins the Astra five-door hatch, Astra wagon and three-door Astra GTC as the fourth member of the lineup, going on sale later this month in European markets.

46Buick Excelle GT sedan debuts in China, U.S. version expected next year

Buick Excelle GT - Click above for high-res image gallery

32Patent filing shows U.S. 2012 Buick Excelle compact sedan

2012 Buick Compact sedan – Click above for high-res image gallery

40Chinese-market Buick Excelle sedan caught without camo

Buick Excelle sedan caught in China – Click above for high-res image gallery

25Spy Shots: Buick Excelle GT spotted in China, 220 hp 2.0L turbo?

What is purported to be a new GT version of the Buick Excelle has been spotted out and about in China. The Excelle, you may recall, is a four door version of the Opel Astra. Buick has already said that the car will be coming to North America at some point, although we don't know exactly when or what badge it will wear. The current top engine in the Excelle XT is a turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four that pumps out 184 horsepower.

61Spy Shots: Baby Buick sedan caught in Germany

Buick small sedan prototype – Click above for high-res image gallery

38New Buick Excelle debuts in China, sedan coming to America soon

2011 Buick Excelle XT - Click above for high-res image gallery

49Spy Shots: Next-gen Buick Excelle for China snapped

Next-gen Buick Excelle for China – Click above for high-res image gallery

10Buick lineup to get Chinese-infusion

Judging by the positive reception the Chinese-marketed Buicks have been receiving here in the States, GM would be ill-advised to continue offering the same warmed-over products that it's been selling over the past decade. According to Automotive News, the General sees the writing on the wall and intends to go global with the new look of Buick, originally shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in the shape of the Riviera concept.

242007 Buick Excelle - would you drive this baby Buick?

The Daewoo Lacetti has given General Motors a true World Car that is selling well all around the world. The car is currently known as the Chevrolet Lacetti in Europe, the Holden Viva in Australia, the Suzuki Forenza in the U.S. and the Buick Excelle in China.

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