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Buick Verano Model Information

Production Numbers, Horsepower ratings and Torque figures for the Buick Verano

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The Buick Verano is a front wheel drive, four door, five passenger compact luxury sedan first introduced at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 10, 2011 during a preview of Buick's then upcoming 2012 model. Buick hasn't sold a compact car in the United States since the Skylark back in 1993.

The Verano is all about luxury and technology including a next generation stereo system with OnStar connectivity which enables seamless communication between the car and the driver's smart phone device, 10 standard air bags and an available heated steering wheel.

An Ecotec 2.4 liter four cylinder engine and six speed automatic transmission is standard and delivers an estimated 180 horsepower and 171 foot pounds of torque at 4,900 rpm. The Verano reaches 60 miles per hour in 8 seconds flat and still gets an estimated 32 miles per gallon on the highway. The Ecotec engine is flex-fuel capable so it cam use either gasoline, E85 (ethanol), or any combination of the two.

The Verano Turbo uses a 2.0 liter turbocharged version of the Ecotec engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing which produces 250 horsepower at 5300 rpm and 260 foot pounds of torque at 2000 rpm. Over 90 percent of peak torque is available between 1700 to 5500 rpm. It takes 6.2 seconds to reach 60 miles per hours which is on par with the Buick Regal GS. The turbocharged Ecotec engine was named one of WardsAuto World's 2012 Ten Best Engines for North America, who's editor-in-chief, Drew Winter, said it "delivers a level of power and sophistication that redefines Buick." You can have this car with either a six speed manual or six speed automatic transmission.

The Verano has a unibody construction and uses galvanized steel for its front fenders, roof, hood and door panels and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) for front and rear bumper covers. Various technologies are used to minimize road noise such as acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals, sound absorbing mats, a five-layer interior roof liner, recycled denim insulation and specially manufactured 18 inch forged alloy wheels. Buick's traditional VentiPorts, a styling feature unique to Buick dating back to 1949, reappeared at the Verano's introduction.

The Verano's character can be defined in five specific ways... Sculpted design, which is pretty much a sporty profile which blends signature cues specific to Buick like a black chrome waterfall grille, the afforementioned traditional portholes, chrome accents and blue translucent projector beam headlamps. A luxurious interior, which means premium seat comfort - which is unusual for a compact sedan - matched with upscale, premium leather and soft-touch materials throughout - along with high tech features like ambient lighting and an excellent infotainment system. Quiet tuning, which makes the Verano the quietest compact sedan available - and even quieter than many midsize and fullsize cars. Quiet tuning means things like acoustical laminated glass, refined chassis dynamics, triple door seals and even special forged alloy wheels. Refined and response performance with the powerful but fuel sipping 2.4 liter Ecotec engine, responsive suspension including a sophisticated Watts Z-Link rear suspension and four wheel disc brakes, traction control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. And of course, technology - which means various convenience and safety features which enhance your driving experience. Things like ten standard air bags, touch screen navigation, advanced connectivity by OnStar and next-generation radio are rare for cars in this segment. The next-generation radio includes a navigation system, along with USB and auxiliary input jacks, Bluetooth with streaming audio, speech recognition, SMS texting and more. Additional connectivity features include text-to-speech conversion of SMS texts, smart phone app integration (Pandora, for example) and Gracenote music organization for external devices (USB drives, etc.), including Playlist Plus and Album Art features.

Sculpted design
The Buick Verano takes design cues the Enclave, LaCrosse and Regal - which include traditional portholes, a black chrome waterfall grille, blue translucent projector beam headlamps, premium wheels and chrome accents. From it's arching roofline that connects to a steeply raked windshield and fast sloping rear pillars, the Verano has a sporty profile that's complemented by standard 17 inch multi-spoke forged alloy sterling silver-finish wheels. 18 inch wheels are available as an option. Available exterior colors include Black, Olympic White, Cyber Gray Metallic, Claret Red Tintcoat, White Diamond Tricoat, Switchblade Silver Metallic and Mocha Bronze Metallic.

Luxurious interior
The Verano's premium-accented exterior is matched with an interior marked by exceptional seat comfort and support and premium soft-touch materials. You'll notice the ambient lighting from the LaCrosse made it's way into the Verano as well. Between the lighting and the metallic and wood trims the cabin is a very inviting environment. Seating surfaces are available in both leatherette/fabric and leather. Neutral and medium titanian colors are options for leatherette/fabric and cashmere, ebony and Choccachino are options for leather. The leather available in the Verano is the same high quality leather as Buick's flagship LaCrosse...

Everybody is crazy about gap tolerances these days. Right? You've probably never even heard of gap tolerances but since this is important to some people, let's cover it real quick. Flush mounted components within the center stack have a gap tolerance of under one millimeter and the instrument panel to door panel gaps are under 5 millimeters - which are best in class. The instrument panel blends smoothly with the integrated center stack which houses the infotainment display, radio controls and climate controls. The headliner cover is made of a material that helps keep things quiet inside. In other words, it's not just any headliner - it was specifically chosen for interior serenity.

Inside you have a few more features to make your driving experience a pleasant one: front and rear reading lamps, heated steering wheel with integrated radio controls, push button start, heated leather seats, sliding console armrest that locks, express up and down front windows (express down for rear), dual zone climate control and electronic parking brake. The remote start feature can warm up your seats and steering wheel for extra warmth before you get in when it's cold outside.

If you're concerned about safety inside the Buick Verano, you're protected by a strong, unitized body structure which uses 60% high-strength steel in key locations to increase strength and crash protection. This is used to help prevent intrusion into the passenger compartment. There are ten standard airbags including frontal, head curtain side air bags, front and outboard rear seat side impact air bags and knee air bags as well. The head curtain airbags only deploy during a rollover. A collapsible pedal system allows the pedals to detach during a crash to reduce the possibility of leg and/or ankle injuries. OnStar has an automatic crash response system as well.

Quiet tuning
Buicks have become known for their library quiet driving experience and the Verano is no exception. Quiet-tuning is built into every facet of the Verano's architecture and is designed to block or absorb all noise, harsness and vibration. For example, hydraulic ride bushings and an isolated engine cradle greatly reduce vibrations that would normally enter the cabin. Two damping mats are sandwiched between the steel front of dash panel. Nylon baffles with sound deadening foam are used in various empty spots in the body structure to soak up exterior noise. The special headliner previously mentioned keeps sound from entering the cabin from up top. All doors are triple sealed with fiberglass blankets for noice reduction and all close with a sound of authority. The 5.4 millimeter thick windshield and 4.85 millimeter side glass are laminated. The brake and fuel lines are isolated to prevent vibrations. The engine's intake and exhaust are tuned specificially for quite performance and even the tires and wheels, as already mentioned, contribute to the Verano's quiet driving experience.

Sales in the United States

2011 - 265
2012 - 41,042
2013 - 45,527
2014 - 43,743

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