What's Wrong With This Picture: Buick To The Future Edition
April 15th, 2011 12:02 PM Share
Buick has gone back to China in order to find the way forward… and based on these renderings of the soon-to-be-launched Envision Concept, their designers have been spending some time with Mazda’s “Japanese Alfa Romeo”-focused stylists. Which is an interesting state of affairs: When Buick’s US managers lost their way, GM’s Chinese staff rediscovered the essence of the brand in designs like the Riviera and Invicta concepts. Now, it seems that Buick’s Chinese stylists may be starting to lose the plot, turning out this effort that looks like it could carry nearly any auto brand in existence. Is it time to bring Buick design back home?
Published April 15th, 2011 12:02 PM
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Nope, not gonna buy this thing, it looks like it could be just another CUV type vehicle with oversized tired and swoopy, but now cliche'd styling cues and those wind doors, get real. Those aren't technically gullwing doors, that belongs to the beloved Mercedes Benz of the same name and the doors on the Delorean.