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June 18, 2008 - Shanghai General Motors (GM) will put an Opel model into production early in 2009, sources from Shanghai GM said. It is predicted that the model, possibly the Opel Insignia which will come to light in July, will be attached a Buick label as the new generation of Buick La Crosse.

Sources from Shanghai GM confirmed that Opel will be produced locally, but Shanghai GM will use Buick brand instead of Opel for the production. No detail about the model is disclosed. A foreign news agency reports Opel plans to make the global debut of the brand new Opel Insignia, the latest generation Opel Vectra at London auto show which is to be held in July 22. It is also reported that the model will be produced in the name of Buick La Crosse. The Opel Insignia is likely to be the first Opel model which is to be produced locally in China.

The European-style Insignia has both sedan and hatchback versions with seven engine options, of which four are petrol engines that generate an output ranging from 115hp to 260hp and three are direct-injection diesel engines generating a power from 110hp to 160hp. The model is also available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive.

Both sedan and hatchback Insignia will make their global debut at the upcoming London auto show.


First spyshots of new Buick:



And one artist's impression how the car might look:
 

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Shanghai GM to launch new Buick Regal this year.

August 12, 2008 - Shanghai FM is set to launch a new version of its self-developed brand the Buick Regal later this year. Along with the newly rolled-out Buick LaCross, the new Regal is expected to capture large market share in China's mid-class auto market.

The launch of the Buick Regal in 2002 is seen as a landmark event on Shanghai GM's auto-making road. As a model specially designed for the Chinese market, the elegant, comfortable, luxury Regal has been well received by Chinese customers. It has been a model of Shanghai GM to rival Accord, Passat and often topped the sales list in the mid-class car market in China.

But recently, its rival models have new-generation products on sale and this renders the Buick Regal obsolescent. In order to maintain its leadership in the market of this model, Shanghai GM has planned to make a new product of this brand, in addition to rolling out the Buick LaCrosse in mid-July this year. The Buick LaCrosse is the first mainstream eco-hybrid model for China's mid-end vehicle segment.

The Buick Regal’s new version, derived from or renamed Opel Insignia, will share the Epsilon II platform with LaCrosse, but will have slightly higher market orientation than the latter. The Opel Insignia, as a new Regal with the larger size, higher configurations, stronger power and more Chinese elements, is expected to hit the China market by the end of this year.
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New Buick Regal: Opel Insignia-Based Sedan Introduced in China.

Shanghai GM, a joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has taken the wraps off the new Chinese market Buick Regal. With the exception of a few minor styling details like the new grille, the side air-vents and the addition of turning signals on the exterior mirrors, the Regal is in essence a rebadged Opel Insignia. Even though Opels are offered in the domestic market, GM execs considered that the Insignia would sell better as a Buick since -believe it or not- the American brand is more popular among Chinese consumers.

Buick Regal ChinaScheduled to hit Buick's Chinese showrooms in late December, the new Regal sedan will be offered initially with two 4-cylinder petrol engines, a naturally aspirated 2.4-liter unit developing an output of 165HP and a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine producing 217HP. Both versions will be offered with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard with Buick announcing 0 to 100km/h (62mph) times of 9.8 and 7.8 seconds for the Regal 2.4L and 2.0T respectively.
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Shanghai GM launches new Buick Regal today

Shanghai GM launched a new model of its self-developed brand the Buick Regal today. Along with the Buick LaCross released earlier this year, the new Regal, basically a badge-engineered Opel Insignia, is expected to capture the lion’s share of China's medium-grade auto market.

The launch of the Buick Regal in 2002 is seen as a landmark event on Shanghai GM's auto-making road. As a model specially designed for the Chinese market, the elegant, comfortable, luxury Regal has been well received by Chinese customers as a best-seller of the joint venture. It has been a model of Shanghai GM to rival Accord, Passat and often topped the sales list in the medium-grade car market in China.

But in early 2008, its rival models had new-generation products on sale and this likely rendered the Buick Regal obsolescent. In order to maintain its leadership in the market of this model, Shanghai GM planned to make a new product of this brand, in addition to rolling out the Buick LaCrosse in mid-July this year. The Buick LaCrosse is the first mainstream eco-hybrid model for China's mid-grade vehicle segment.

The Buick Regal's new version, derived from or the European Opel Insignia, shares the Epsilon II platform with LaCrosse, but has slightly higher market orientation than the latter. GM simply popped out the Opel grille, got rid of the lightning logo and retrofitted Buick badging for Buick-loving Chinese.

The new Regal comes with a choice of two power-trains: a 164-hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine and 211-hp 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, both with a six-speed manual transmission. The naturally aspirated four-banger has a leisurely 0-60 time of 9.8 seconds, while the turbo motor scoots to 60 in 7.8 seconds.

As a Chinese version of the renowned Opel Insignia, the new Regal of larger build, higher configurations, stronger power and more Chinese elements will remain to be a hot-selling model in the China market. The price will be announced soon.
Source: http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/1008567/Shanghai-GM-launches-new-Buick-Regal-today.html
 
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