Ask The Best And Brightest: Could Buick Use A Minivan?

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
ask the best and brightest could buick use a minivan

China’s going nutty over the next-generation of Buick GL8 minivans, which recently strutted its Buick Business Concept-derived styling in downtown Shanghai. We’ve heard rumors of a Buick MPV coming stateside for some time, with each successive rumor placing the “Baby Enclave” on a different platform, first Delta then Gamma. Though the latest intel seems to indicate that the US will get a Buick-badged version of the suicide-doored Opel Meriva, wouldn’t an Epsilon-based full minivan be a more natural fit for the US market? Sure, it might cannibalize the Enclave some, but that hasn’t stopped Buick from offering no fewer than three mid-sized sedans. Could Buick be the next brand to re-hip the minivan? Should it be?

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  • ThriftyTechie ThriftyTechie on Oct 28, 2010

    Yes! Of course Buick should! That way TTAC can would have subject matter for three solid blog posts: 1. Editorial on how stupid GM is for bringing back the minivan 2. Editorial o how stupid Buick is fro bringing back the minivan 3. Obligatory review of the minivan not involving kids and cargo, but focusing on the body roll when taking corners at 70% and the problematic hard-plastics in the interior. TTAC. you guys are unbelievable. When you're done beating a dead horse, you're dreaming about bringing out another one to flog.

    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Oct 28, 2010

      Actually, I agree with your 'three solid blog posts'. GM should not bring back the minivan. They abandoned the market years ago - along with Ford - because their products were bad, boring, and a poor value. It's an uphill climb to re-enter that market, and GM ought to stick with trying to make money instead of being 'me too' in a market that others own.

  • Roberto Esponja Roberto Esponja on Oct 28, 2010

    Hard to predict if it would be a good, or bad, idea...there's been cars out there that I thought would outright bomb (i.e., the clown car like Honda Element), yet they did alright. One thing it would have going for it is the huge side sliding doors, that's a plus in vehicles converted for limited mobility users.

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    • Ixim Ixim on Oct 29, 2010

      SVX, That's just my point - build a well-done 7-passenger hauler with the two SUV features lacking in minivans - high seats and extra ground clearance [as good as AWD for most conditions], and keep it short - maybe 20 inches less than those 205 inch Odysseys, et. al. Personally, I prefer real doors to sliders, unless cargo hauling is job 1.

  • Jkross22 Good for the seller selling at the right time. I don't see 7 grand here for a 30 year old 318i, but as the late John Candy said, "You don't make any calls, you don't make any sales."
  • Analoggrotto For Tesla owns the entire universe, General Motors is allowed to have part of the heavens on earth, but only true Tesla owners, the first and true followers of Elon Musk will see the purest of Elysium.
  • Probert The only extra port I see happening is a V2G outlet. I don't think the Tesla port supports this. To have both CCS and Tesla would involve masses of cabling and expense that would be absurd in a game of nickels and dimes.
  • FreedMike "So why Rampage and not Dakota?"I'd say it's because "Dakota" just doesn't provide the same measure of penile-sufficiency reassurance that "Rampage" does. In any case, like the Grand Wagoneer, I'm shocked they didn't do a midsized truck years ago.
  • VoGhost Mercedes wins!!!! Now lets compare sales.