Previewed: The All-New 2017 Buick LaCrosse

Expressive, Avenir-inspired design cues introduce the new face of Buick

DETROIT – 09.22.2015 – Buick today confirmed the all-new 2017 LaCrosse, with a preview of its Avenir concept-inspired design cues.

A striking evolution from current Buick models, LaCrosse features a grille design that puts a new face on the brand, including a new, three-color tri-shield insignia set on a wing-shaped element. Contrasting with darkened waterfall grille bars and spanning the width of the opening, it connects the grille and headlamps, and emphasizes LaCrosse’s new sculptural surfacing.

The design was introduced on the Avenir concept and was inspired by the 1954 Wildcat II concept. It’s a face all Buick models will adopt by 2018.

“The Avenir concept shattered expectations of what a Buick could be and the 2017 LaCrosse promises to do the same,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “Its expressive design represents a break from convention and highlights the progressiveness in all new Buick models.”

The next-generation LaCrosse’s design is framed on an all-new chassis that is stronger yet lighter than the current model and serves as the foundation for a more dynamic driving experience. New technologies such as a five-link rear suspension contribute to a more responsive ride, while taking Buick’s signature quietness to a new threshold – and it’s a premium feature not found on many other full-size luxury models, including the Lexus ES.

The 2017 Buick LaCrosse debuts in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

FAST FACT: Buick’s tri-shield logo is rooted in company founder David Dunbar Buick’s Scottish family crest.

Storm Watch: Buick Makes Getting Around Bearable

DETROIT – 08.28.2015 – As Tropical Storm Erika makes its way toward the Southeast, residents of Florida and the Carolinas are preparing for the storm to make landfall. While vehicle technologies can neither prevent flooding nor restore electricity, Buick confidently forecasts they’ll help make getting around more bearable:

All-wheel drive (AWD): Vehicle control is everything in wet conditions. The beauty of all-wheel drive – available on the Buick Regal, LaCrosse, Encore and Enclave – is it automatically senses when there is a loss of traction and sends power to the wheels that need it. The driver does nothing.

However, as smart as AWD is, it’s no substitute for common sense and adhering to local emergency laws. This includes avoiding standing water. According to the National Weather Service, two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUVs and pick-ups.

StabiliTrak: Electronic stability control has been proven to be one of the most effective safety innovations since safety belts and air bags. Buick’s standard StabiliTrak system helps drivers control their vehicle on wet pavement and uneven road surfaces.

StabiliTrak works by recognizing when the vehicle is in an understeer (fishtail) or oversteer (plow) mode. Sensors detect the difference between the direction the driver is actually turning and the vehicle’s response by “reading” the steering wheel position, the amount of sideways force, vehicle speed and how the vehicle is turning.

If necessary, the system automatically applies precise amounts of brake pressure at individual wheels and reduces engine torque to help safely put the vehicle on its intended path.

IntelliLink and available OnStar 4G LTE: The only thing worse than a hurricane is being isolated in one. Buick’s IntelliLink infotainment system pairs with owners’ mobile phones to provide safe, voice-activated connectivity. That means they can keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel in the event of trouble.

IntelliLink builds on the safety and security of OnStar, which enables subscribers to access emergency services through the push of a button. OnStar advisors are emergency trained and have access to up-to-date information that can help guide drivers to safety or get help to stranded customers. If you’re caught on the road during a flash flood watch or warning, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends drivers stop and seek higher ground immediately.

Available OnStar 4G LTE in the 2015 LaCrosse, Regal, Verano and Encore provides additional connectivity, including a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot that can be used as a mobile hub to keep in touch with friends and family during a power outage. OnStar 4G LTE can connect up to seven devices through a simple, seamless high-speed connection with a powerful antenna.

White Frost Tricoat Buick Enclave is milestone large crossover

GM Lansing Delta Township Plant Builds 2 Millionth Vehicle

LANSING, Mich. – 08.16.2015 – A 2016 Buick Enclave, painted in White Frost Tricoat, rolled off the production line at General Motors’ Lansing Delta Township Assembly Plant today, the 2 millionth vehicle produced at the automaker’s newest assembly plant in North America.

“This milestone directly reflects the dedication and hard work that our employees put into these crossovers every day,” said Mike Trevorrow, Lansing regional plant manager. “This team has established a strong foundation since opening to enable us to produce our 2 millionth vehicle in nine years, which is quite an accomplishment.”

Opened in 2006, Lansing Delta Township Assembly blends best practices and the newest technology in one facility. It was the first automotive manufacturing facility in the world to be a Gold Certified Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Since starting production, Lansing Delta Township has manufactured the Saturn Outlook, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Acadia Denali and Buick Enclave. A white Outlook was the first vehicle produced on May 24, 2006.

The plant currently employs approximately 3,200 employees on three shifts.

GM has announced more than $580 million in investments for Lansing Delta Township facility over the last two years, including $63 million in 2014 to expand the plant by nearly 263,000 square feet and $520 million earlier this year for tooling and equipment associated with future new vehicle programs.

“Producing the 2 millionth vehicle would not be possible without the great people we have here,” said UAW Local 602 President Bill Reed.

While most vehicles follow somewhat of a bell curve for sales during their lifecycle, the Enclave has continued an upward trajectory after more than seven years. Minor dips in 2009 and 2012 reflected overall trends in the recovering auto industry, but record-setting 2014 sales represented a 39-percent increase over the Enclave’s first full year of production. As of June 2015, more than 500,000 Enclave models had been sold worldwide.

“The Enclave led Buick’s product renaissance, redefining what consumers should expect from a full-size luxury crossover,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of Buick. “It is fitting that an Enclave is the 2 millionth vehicle to roll off the line in Lansing, demonstrating continued consumer demand.”

This milestone for Lansing Delta Township is part of GM’s celebration of 500 million vehicles built globally, more than any other automaker.