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Rose Bowl or Bust

Buick Enclave takes us on a cross-country run for the ages to the centennial Pasadena game.

by on Jan.06, 2014

Our intrepid correspondent drove a 2014 Buick Enclave like this one from Detroit to Pasadena.

For more than a century, college football fans have packed their gear and headed out across the land to the “Grand Daddy of Them All,” the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

What began as a midwinter event to promote southern California tourism has grown into one of sports most heralded annual events, replete with a week’s worth of team and fan activities, a five-mile-long parade and a football showdown that makes even a non-fan’s bucket list. So when the opportunity presented itself to attend the 100th playing of said game, complete with all the pomp and pageantry, we jumped at the chance to become a rolling media stunt of our own.

Big Game!

While many of the fans attending the first college football matchup on the grounds where the Rose Bowl now stands no doubt hitched up their horse-drawn conveyances to get to the game, we stuffed and stowed our gear into a diamond white 2014 Buick Enclave for the cross-country journey to the 100th Rose Bowl between the Michigan State Spartans and the Stanford Cardinal.


First Drive: Buick Verano

GM shows it has mastered the idea of building different vehicles off the same platform.

by on Apr.17, 2012

Buick is billing its new Verano as a luxury compact. At the very least, it shows that GM is getting better at what used to be called "badge engineering."

What exactly is luxury? Is it fast? How about big? Does it have exquisite design? Can it possibly be described as compact?

Whatever you think constitutes luxury, Buick hopes one attribute you start to associate with luxury is small. With fuel prices, as well as fuel economy standards, going up, automakers everywhere are looking for ways to help buyers squeeze more miles out of every dollar.

A Compact Resource!

Enter the Buick Verano. Based on the same platform as the Chevrolet Cruze, this is no shoddy badge engineering job that used to be typical of General Motors. Look closely and you can see that the Verano’s hardpoints are pretty much the same as the Cruze, but the styling is completely different, inside and out.

But is it luxurious? Let’s find out.


First Drive: Buick Regal

This is what Buicks should have been for a long time.

by on Jan.07, 2011

The Buick Regal was supposed to be the next Saturn Aura. Instead, it becomes an Acura TSX-fighting Buick.

Isn’t this what Buick always should have been, or at least could have been? Instead General Motors was content to build a series of velour-encrusted boulevardiers, content with the 60-and-over set, never offering anything that a young professional would even consider.

Buick’s new Regal promises to single-handledly bring the marquee’s average age down by decades. It finally gives General Motors a legitimate competitor for such small near-luxury cars as Acura TSX and Audi A4.

Car News!

There’s a lot to like here. Even though this car started life as the acclaimed Opel Insignia, and GM initially planned to sell it as the second-generation Saturn Aura, it actually fits right in as a Buick. With just changes to details such as the grille and lights, the Opel gives Buick a perfect entry in what is sure to a burgeoning category in coming years. (more…)

First Look: 2012 Buick Verano

GM division takes aim at Audi and Lexus.

by on Jan.06, 2011

The 2012 Buick Verano will be the brand's third new sedan in three years.

When General Motors emerged from bankruptcy last year, after agreeing to eliminate half of its eight North American brands many observers were surprised to see Pontiac and Saturn, rather than Buick, on the list.  The once popular brand had steadily declined, over the decades, and seemed to have little chance for a turnaround.

Or so went the conventional wisdom – which, as so often happens, has again proved wrong.  The big Buick Enclave SUV was the first sign of life, with the LaCrosse sedan adding further spark to the nascent Buick revival.  The recently launched Regal has received strongly positive reviews.  But can Buick hit another one out of the park?

It’s hoping so, and will reveal what’s next at the Detroit Auto Show’s media preview day, on Monday, Jan. 7, in the form of the all-new, 2012 Buick Verano, the brand’s first-ever entry into the compact luxury segment – and it’s third all-new sedan in three years.

“It’s really about product-driven momentum,” said Roger McCormack, the long-struggling brand’s product marketing director.