LaCrosse leads new Buick entries

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Buick is undergoing a rather interesting transformation. The century-old General Motors’ division is replacing four popular sedans with two new ones.
For 2005, Buick has taken its two mid-sized sedans and combined them into one vehicle. Lucerne is the merger of Buick’s two large sedans, LeSabre and Park Avenue into a single car.

Buick in the upscale minivan business with Terraza

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Acura and Lexus lack minivans in their luxury lineups. But their parent companies have very desirable vehicles in the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, which when loaded to the fenders with available options have the credentials to wear Acura and Lexus nametags.

Now Buick has entered the upper strata of the minivan segment with the introduction of the Terraza.

Buick takes a competitive leap forward with 2006 Lucerne

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

People have joked for several years that the Toyota Avalon is the best Buick sold in America.

We’ve got an update. Stop the press for a bulletin - the all-new 2006 Buick Lucerne is now the best Buick sold between the Atlantic and the Pacific. It could be argued with conviction that it’s the best Buick ever built by Buick — or anyone else.

Buick Lucerne Super – front fender ports back, a Buick to remember

By Ted Biederman and Jim Meachen

We know people who long for the good old days. Perhaps that’s because the old days always seem better than they actually were in the rearview mirror of life.

And those same people think they long for the good old days when cars were big, softy sprung, cozy and comfy, and powered by big V-8 engines.

For those who do we have something from Buick that will bring those good old days back to life, but in a modern suit of clothes and with modern technology.

Buick Enclave a CUV worthy of its size

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

General Motors saved its best for last.

That was a conclusion easily reached after a few miles behind the wheel of the 2008 Buick Enclave, a full-sized crossover sport utility vehicle.

The Enclave is the third of General Motors’ vehicles off the so-called Lambda platform to reach the showroom. The Enclave is entering the marketplace about six months after its platform mates, the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia, made their initial appearance.

Buick LaCrosse — A move to the upside

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

When we first saw one of the latest Buick LaCrosse television ads, we thought how outrageous.

As the LaCrosse comes to a stoplight on a busy city street, it draws a crowd of curious and obviously admiring onlookers as the voice over intones, “It’s not the new Lexus. It’s not the new BMW. It’s not the new Audi. What it is, is impossible to resist. It’s the new class of world class.”

General Motors, we thought, is climbing out on another of its infamous “the-goods-don’t-match-the-hype” limbs.