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Buick Avenir Concept: The Gorgeous RWD Buick We've Been Waiting For

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What is the point of Buick? Why does it exist? Just to sell re-badged Opels to the Chinese? Buick must be able to do more than that, and General Motors apparently thinks it can. That's the idea behind this, the Buick Avenir Concept unveiled on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show tonight.

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Calling it now: this is the best-looking Buick that I've seen not only in the last few years, but probably in my entire lifetime.

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GM says the concept explores Buick's future as a brand. It's got a direct-injection V6 engine, seating for four, a nine-speed paddle shift gearbox, and wait for it... wait for it.. rear-wheel drive. GM's product chief Mark Reuss said it's on the Omega platform that will underpin the Cadillac CT6 flagship sedan.

The rear-wheel drive Buick may be making a comeback. Get excited.

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carcrasher88
carcrasher88

I'm gonna call it now.

This is gonna be the start of a large RWD rebirth from GM.

First, the Avenir (great name, in my opinion) goes into production, using the Avenir name in the US/Canada/Mexico and Roadmaster in China.

Then, it goes to Germany to become a new Opel Omega/Vauxhall Carlton (for the UK).

Then, a slightly larger and more powerful Cadillac CT6 on the same platform.

Next, the Avenir/Roadmaster goes to Australia to be the next Holden Statesman, while a short wheelbase model becomes the next Holden Commodore, along with a new Caprice (standard and police) and SS (performance) for Chevrolet in North America, and a new Park Avenue for China.

Performance versions of the Omega/Carlton and Commodore, along with the SS, get Corvette Z06 engines, police Caprices get standard Stingray engines.