Essay about The 2016 North American International Auto Show

952 Words Jan 13th, 2016 4 Pages
The Buick brand made quite a bit of noise just ahead of the start of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past weekend.

GM’s premium brand introduced two vehicles — a compact crossover SUV and a rear-wheel drive sport coupe. The first model is a production vehicle known as the Buick Envision. The second model is a concept coupe, dubbed the Avista. At this point, only the Envision is assured — the Avista’s place in Buick’s line up has yet to be confirmed.

Given that the Avista is currently in concept form — meaning it represents a styling idea for now — we’ll focus on the Envision. Of course, the thought of Buick receiving a a sleek sport coupe, one that shares its architecture with the Chevrolet Camaro and an engine to soon power the Cadillac CT6 sedan, has enthusiasts fired up. In the meantime, the Envision fills an important gap in Buick’s product line and certainly is worthy of closer scrutiny.

The Buick Envision is a compact premium crossover SUV and the third such model in the brand’s portfolio. It fills a gap between the subcompact Encore and medium Enclave, and is an all-wheel drive model seating five.

This SUV is not entirely new to GM. Introduced in early 2015 in China, its US arrival is set for this spring. The Buick Envision is also the first made-in-China model from GM. It follows the the Volvo S60 Inscription as another vehicle built in China.

Buick has positioned the Envision to compete with other upscale models, including the…

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