RUMOR: Buick Resurrecting Grand National in Detroit?
If you were looking for at least one wild-ass auto show rumor to see you through the weekend, look no further: Bloomberg (via AutoGuide) is reporting that Buick may show “a sporty coupe concept” this weekend prior to the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Monday.
The sports car, reported to be “about the size of the Chevrolet Camaro,” is expected to debut Sunday night. AutoGuide is now speculating that model will be called — drum roll, please — Grand National!
Many speculated ( us included) that the surprise Buick model would be a redesigned Enclave crossover. That speculation makes a fair bit of sense when you consider GMC is also pipped to reveal an all-new Acadia. However, considering the lack of leaking evidence to support the Enclave hypothesis, and now a supposed inside source speaking to Bloomberg on the reveal plans, a “sporty coupe” seems to be a valid option.
(After all, General Motors needs to amortize that Alpha platform somehow, and the Cadillac ATS isn’t pulling its weight.)
The original Grand National — along with the related Turbo-T, T-Type and GNX models — were built from 1982 until the end of the second-generation Regal in 1987, skipping a year in 1983.
Buick will reveal the mystery model alongside the Chinese-built Envision crossover Sunday night.
Oh please Oh please oh please oh please! GNX! GNX! GNX! I need a back seat for tall kids and a trunk. Oh, and a twin turbo V6, for about $40k. Thanks. Check's in the mail.
Lets think about this one for a minute. According to GM Authority, GM December 2015 sales were up 5.7% over December 2014. 290,230 units. Alpha platorm cars: ATS up 40% but that's only a total of 3451 cars CTS down 7.96% - 2441 cars Camaro down 9.04 - 5,366 cars So far all I see is a loser platform. And a loser looking division that's decided to manufacture whole automobiles in China. If the loser division releases a new car on a loser platform, who cares?
Enough with the old folks comments. All I read is how millineals have no jobs or prospects and hate cars anyway...why build anything catered to such a demographic. And yes, the original Grand National didn't handle. It was the 80's, nothing handled. It was still awesome. It wasn't until the 90s that obtainable cars lime the SER, Miata, and Civic Si brought handling to the masses. Know what, id take a Grand National in a heartbeat over any of those. I have owned Miatas. Fun Cars, but the Grand National I drove was on another planet as far as making me smile.
Both GN or Riviera would be a good idea .. GM have a good platform, and they could use "detuned" ATS / CTS engines .. There's lack of nice "personal luxury cars" on the market today (sth between cheap-sporty-Camaro .. and expensive-classy-Cadillac). Not every car need to handle like M3 and be a "Nurburgring-record-beater" .. so "powerfull-cruiser" would be a very attractive concept . Challanger is a nice, big, comfortable car .. , probably closest to a modern interpretation of an traditional Personal-lux-car > but big-3 could do even better .. GM could try sth under Buick brand and Ford could bring back T-Bird or Lincoln "Mark" based on (relatively good) "Mustang equipment".. ... American cars(especially Muscle- and Personal-luxury) have fans all over the world .. and automakers will sell a lot of them, if they will(not chase germans .. but) keep their "american style/character)..