By on April 19, 2016

 Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV)

The Beijing Motor Show begins next week, but Buick couldn’t wait a minute longer.

At yesterday’s 2016 Buick Day event in Shanghai (was there a parade?), the automaker rolled out its LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV), a model tailor-made for the Chinese market.

China loves Buicks, and Buick loves them right back, so much so that the U.S. will get a Chinese-made model this fall. The LaCrosse HEV is part of General Motors’ plan to foist as many vehicles on China as possible.

“…over the next five years, we will roll out more than 10 new energy vehicles in China, including several models for Buick,” said Larry Nitz, GM executive director of Global Propulsion Systems, at the event. “That includes full hybrids, plug-in hybrids and extended-range electric vehicles.”

Large American sedans are a big deal with China’s middle class and executive set, but the country’s ungodly air pollution means that driving a gas-guzzler could be seen as uncouth. While the 2017 LaCrosse will come with a standard 3.6-liter V6 in the U.S., the HEV version makes do with a 1.8-liter four cylinder mated to a 1.5 kilowatt-hour battery and electric variable transmission.

Thankfully for engineers, the new LaCrosse is 300 pounds lighter than its predecessor, meaning there’s less mass to motivate. Buick says the LaCrosse HEV achieves a combined fuel consumption figure of 50 miles per gallon.

Pushing the “we’re greener than you” branding even further, the automaker chose yesterday to introduce a “Buick Blue” logo for use on its Chinese market hybrid vehicles.

[Cropped image: General Motors]

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48 Comments on “Green Giant: Buick LaCrosse Hybrid has Smoggy China in its Sights...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Looks nice, sort of like a Hyundai Azera or Toyota Avalon.

    Buick’s US market is basically irrelevant since the vast majority of its sales are in China at this point.

    • 0 avatar

      Buick has outsold Acura in recent years, is Acura irrelevant?

      Bucik is 4th in near-luxury/luxury sell near $30,000 cars and trucks behind Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes.

      • 0 avatar

        Acura is not only irrelevant but ridiculously overpriced.

        Because China makes up the bulk of buick sales and they want MURICAN rather than ugly, soul-less Japanese econoboxes – the market has spoken.

      • 0 avatar
        SCE to AUX


        I meant to say “Buick’s US market is basically irrelevant to Buick…”

        Buick is certainly still a meaningful player in the US, but when you sell 200k cars in the US, and 1 million cars in China, that’s where your attention will go.

    • 0 avatar

      Looks a whole lot like a first-gen Azera. Fine by me, since I was one of the 734 people in America who thought that car was quite handsome.

    • 0 avatar

      It looks ever more like the Lucerne, which is a good thing – a nice, big, plain Buick.

    • 0 avatar
      Brett Woods

      Really? I was just thinking how vaccuous the design brain must be. Just sitting there on those stools and got…..nothing. Doodling those ovals. F’it. Just copy moms old Dodge Intrepid.

  • avatar

    China set its sights on cleaning up the air quality. They will move towards more nuclear, more renewables and ultimately PHEV and EV.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, they’re basically left with no choice, because otherwise people will start getting sick from it, and in China, a billion sick people are going to create a s**t storm the likes of which we can’t even fathom here.

      • 0 avatar

        I lived in China.
        I still have an apartment at 288 Guo Ding Road, near Fu Dan University.

        The pollution was so bad that everytime I get off the plane I get sick immediately and take days to adjust. Soar throat and the smell of sulfur in my nose.

        When I washed my rented VW Santana, within 3 hours a film of dust covered it again.

        The only way to see Pudong from my apartment was when it rained – getting the dust out of the air for a few moments.

        There were plenty of noticeable birth defects.

        Yes- you are right…”billions of people”.

        The pollution will claim the lives of hundreds of millions.

        A Limiting factor.

      • 0 avatar

        I think you’re underestimating the callousness towards human life in China. A huge population reduction would probably be considered a good thing by the CCP. There’s probably a reason all the men over there smoke like chimneys, and the government certainly isn’t doing anything to dissuade them.

        Remember, this is a country where the response to hitting a pedestrian with your car is to put it in reverse and hit them again, just to make sure they’re dead and you won’t have to cover their hospital bills for life.

  • avatar

    As a unified country under totalitarian rule, they will achieve whatever they want to achieve in a period of time so short Charles Darwin himself would be astonished.

    MEANWHILE – America battles over increases on minimum wage and taxes while Asia enjoys the jobs that we used to have for our low-end, low-skilled workforce.

    This country DROWNS in WELFARE.

    I will be VOTING for TRUMP in NYC later today.

    I need someone strong enough, angry enough and loud enough to make America Great Again.

    The future of my country is more important the feelings of those that undermine it.

    Globalists can put their lips over my HELLCAT’s exhaust pipe.

    • 0 avatar

      My cat’s breath smells like catfood.

    • 0 avatar

      “I will be VOTING for TRUMP in NYC later today.”

      Hell, yes! The best man since Andrew Jackson. Trump ain’t got the General’s guts but he do got him a lot more money. And PA systems!

      • 0 avatar

        I respect him for calling attention to real issues – controlling the narrative and effectively TROLLING THE ENTIRE PLANET.

        His name resonates intercontinentally.

        They FEAR him.

        They know he will bring the “change” that our puppet president didn’t.


        And yes I’m sure that some “economist” will try to bring up points in history where protectionism didn’t work.

        Difference was:

        #1 America back then wasn’t up against 3 Billion slave laborers
        #2 NAFTA didn’t exist
        #3 America was so HIGHLY SKILLED we were UNCHALLENGED.

        NASA for example was doing things only Americans had the know how to do. Our jobs couldn’t be outsourced because no one else could do them.

        I don’t care about the naysayers.

        It’s time to Make America Great Again.

    • 0 avatar

      You are aware that America slashed welfare nearly 20 years ago and never brought it back, right? And that we’re now slashing food stamps to the point where moms can’t buy baby’s diapers and a lot of recipients will have to pee in a bottle in order to eat, right?

      Your strongman who’ll fix all this has gone bankrupt 3 times, has screwed everyone he’s dealt with from real estate investors to college students, and is an organizational leader so incompetent that he’s parlaying electoral victories into delegate defeats in state after state.

      Remember never to wear blue shoes with your brown shirts. No one of your stature should endure the indignity of appearing both ignorant and poorly dressed.

      • 0 avatar

        #1 Welfare roles have ONLY INCREASED (your assertion is bogus).


        #3 I work in real estate: screwing people is a day’s work.

        #4 I can wear anything and make it work.

        No one can argue with me because I’m young and wealthy – not because of inheritance – but because I’m a business owner.

        I could make a Big Bird suit look good.

        BIG BIRD in a HELLCAT.

        I am just waiting for Hillary to get handed the nomination so the Democratic party can tear itself apart.

        • 0 avatar

          Your strongman never filed personal bankruptcy because, in 1990, when he was on the verge of being forced to do just that, he was bailed out by a group of banks that allowed him to defer debt and placed second and third mortgages on almost all (personal and corporate) properties.

        • 0 avatar

          “#2 My strongman NEVER FILED PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY.”

          A distinction without a difference. It was his incompetence that led to BK of his projects. The only reason that the man is wealthy is that he ‘won’ in the reorg. The lenders should have put him on the welfare “roles.”

          Of course, his business “success” is not the most humorous thing about his campaign… it’s the “family values” and evangelical “Christian” Republicans who are eating this serial adulterer’s stuff up with a spoon. They’re the real punch line here.

          Luckily for Trump, we ‘Murcans love somebody who shouts and we’re not really into fact-checking.

        • 0 avatar

          Ugh! New money! Thinks he knows everything. Ever see the movie “Titanic”? You are Molly Brown, and nobody in FIRST CLASS really cares to hear from you. Democratic Party included.
          So, all I can say is….here comes that VULGAR Brown woman. Hurry let’s leave before she starts talking to us again!

      • 0 avatar

        Welfare may have been cut, but many of the previous welfare recipients are now on disability.

      • 0 avatar

        Trump has declared bankruptcy 4 times, not just 3.

        Does he have a chance? To paraphrase George Carlin: “Think of how stupid the average person is. Now remember, half of them are even stupider than that!”
        If the lower 50% all vote for Trump, he would win in a landslide… if those idiots can find their way to the polling places.

        • 0 avatar

          Trump won’t be the next POTUS. Hillary will be because of the overwhelming female vote.

          The GOP is in disarray and will stop at nothing to keep Trump from getting the nomination.

          Lots of individuals and businesses declare bankruptcy every year. It affords an individual or business protection from creditors.

          Some even restructure and come back better than ever – financially reborn and emerged from debt.

          Prudent business move, bankruptcy – utilize all legal avenues to minimize financial losses.

          Hey, it worked for GM and Chrysler, didn’t it?

          • 0 avatar

            Once or even twice is comprehensible… four times in unconscionable!

          • 0 avatar

            God help this country! I pray you’re wrong!

            If by some magic, Trump doesn’t get 1,238, I have a feeling he’ll pull a Perot.

          • 0 avatar

            “Trump won’t be the next POTUS. Hillary will be…”

            I just wish I knew if she’ll go gonzo on the misogynist mooslems or show up in a hijab. I’m guessing the latter.

          • 0 avatar

            sgeffe, I called Ob*m*’s elections both times. I didn’t vote for the guy but I could see the writing on the sh!thouse wall.

            A lot people prayed I was wrong then too.

            And even if Trump pulls a Perot, the ‘crats still outnumber both the Cruz fans and Trumpers, combined.

            Remember that ALL women in America, even Republican women, want to see that first woman POTUS. So who knows what vote is cast in that closed booth?

          • 0 avatar
            Buff Monkee

            Yeeesh. Are women dumb enough to vote for the wife of an unconvicted sex offender?

            I disagree!

        • 0 avatar
          Brett Woods

          As Howard Stern said, “Don’t underestimate the Moron vote.”

    • 0 avatar

      We had the Governator here for a few years promising to “tear up the credit card” a slash waste. Had strong Republican representation in both Assembly and Senate and a 2/3 majority needed to raise taxes. The big blow hard left California in a bigger financial mess than he found it plus a Republican Party descending into an irrelevance from which it has not recovered. You can blame this on Democrats and liberals all you want but when the GOP under Schwarzenegger had the controls they pissed the opportunity away. The rest of you are so busy dissing California and fail to perceive how much starts here and is repeated elsewhere. Trump is nothing more than Schwarenegger redux, get used to it.

    • 0 avatar

      Trump? LOL

      Same applies to Cruz.

  • avatar

    “but the country’s ungodly air pollution means that driving a gas-guzzler could be seen as uncouth”

    This is the nation of killing a pedestrian rather than maiming them with your car, to save legal fees.

    It is a nation of zero safety regulations on escalators, so children are mauled to death.

    It is the nation where red and gold embroidered throw pillows go in your gold plated Rolls-Royce.

    They won’t care about pollution produced by a Buick.

  • avatar

    The outgoing Buick LaCrosse hybrid had three problems (1) Its 4-cylinder engine was marginal for a car that size; (2) the fuel economy was just okay; and (3) the trunk was too small for a Buick.

    What gets me is that GM knew it was going to make the hybrid the standard engine in the LaCrosse. They should have at least made it longer to improve the trunk room. The hybrid version of the Buick has 10.6 cu.ft. of trunk space. In comparison, the Toyota Avalon hybrid, with a larger battery and more powerful motor has 14.0 cu.ft.

    • 0 avatar

      C&D recently got only 30 mpg mostly freeway on a Avalon Hybrid. I see 26 mpg with no highway with speeds 25-45 mph and stoplights in my Mom’s 2011 LaCrosse 2.4 non-hybrid. Large hybrids suck if your not hitting stoplights/stop signs.

  • avatar

    Trump’s grandfather was a brothel keeper in the Yukon, he apparently made his money from the hard rock miners

  • avatar

    How in the Hell did this thread from the B&B devolve into a political free-for-all.

    Jesus tap dancing Christ in a birch bark canoe.

    * Chrysler was bailed out by the government
    * GM was bailed out by the government
    * The Italians bought Chrysler, created FCA, broke our RAM as it’s own brand, are starving Chrysler and Dodge of new products, can’t sell Fiats, and have way over invested in Alfa
    * FCA is in a worse position from a product mix stand point then they were 10 years ago. No hybrid, no electric beyond the limited market Fiat e500, and giving up on cars
    * GM bet big on China, which became the largest car economy in the world
    * Despite scandal, ignition switches, killing 4 brands, and general public hatred, a decade later GM is stronger than they were in probably 20 years
    * George W. Bush bailed out the auto industry. It was part of the overall bailout package given. The Obama Administration executed the Bush plan
    * GM has taken better advantage of the opportunity given
    * FCA is darn close to a dead brand walking with Jeep as a life raft
    * Chrysler was bailed out TWICE by the government – look it up

  • avatar

    GM claims the new Buick Lacrosse HEV will get 50 miles per gallon.


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