Buick’s Future: Production Riviera cancelled, 2010 LaCrosse next year
Yesterday GM showed us a sneak preview of the 2010 Buick LaCrosse – which is said to be basically the Invicta Concept that we saw at Auto Show China 2008. The car will be built on GM’s new global mid-sized front-wheel-drive architecture.
As for the Lucerne, a redesigned 2011 rear-wheel-drive model was recently cancelled due to serious fuel-economy issues. According to a GM insider, the Lucerne will continue with minor upgrades. The car currently sells in China under the Park Avenue badge and is built on a rear-wheel-drive platform.
Sadly, insiders say that a production version of the Riviera Concept has also been axed from production plans since GM can no longer afford to produce the car.
The Enclave will remained unchanged besides a minor facelift due in the 2011 model year. According to Automotive News all GM’s Lambda-based crossovers are candidates for a Two Mode hybrid.
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