Friday, April 24, 2009

Buick Business Concept (w/ Gallery)

GM's Buick division is big in China, where it's a desirable luxury brand, and the six-seat Business Concept is intended as a high-class executive shuttle and alternative to the aged GL8 MPV (formerly known as Vauxhall/Opel Sintra) currently on offer. It's a coherent follow-up to the Buick Riviera concept shown in Shanghai in 2007.

Most hardware for the Concept comes from the Chevrolet Orlando, with the addition of a next-generation GM hybrid powertrain, but the Concept, like the Riviera, has been specifically designed and developed at the GM-SAIC PATAC Pan-Asia R&D center for the Chinese market.

The usual Buick design cues, including trademark 'waterfall' grille, have been applied to distinguish this purple-painted MPV from the workaday Chevy, and the burgundy/cream interior suitably spiffed-up with six multi-adjustable, armchair-like seats and suede carpeting; it incorporates traditional Chinese patterns in its trim, and Chinese crystal sculptures are evoked in its headlight design, says GM.