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Report: Buick Velite Convertible to Join Zeta Party Fashionably Late

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If you've been wearing out the old cardigan waiting for a new convertible based on the 2004 Buick Velite concept, you'll want to hold on 'till decade's end. That's when Buick will likely get its rear-drive droptop, says one GM prez, reports Car and Driver. Underpinning the Velite is GM's Zeta rear-drive architecture, which now supports the Holden VE Commodore and will provide the bedrock for the coming Pontiac G8 and new Camaro. The Lutz-y Velite was equipped with a twin-turbo, intercooled 3.6-liter V6 producing 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. No word on what such a car would have under the hood, but we're not holding our collective breaths for a multiturbine version.

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Velite Coming for Buick [Car and Driver]

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Buick Velite Concept: Coming to a Sun-Dappled Stretch of Road Near You? [internal]

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hmmm... didn't the dealers put the kibosh on ANYTHING rear-wheel driven? Good to see GM spreading the Zeta-love around but this will be at odds with the rest of the Buick lineup. Someone needs to have a solid vision for Buick soon, or it's lights out. And what's wrong with "LeSabre", "Electra" and "Wildcat" for crissakes? Lucerne is milk from Safeway as far as I know...