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Buick GL8: From dream to reality for the Chinese

Today, the term "Think Big" is more evocative of the Chinese economic development.

The Chinese are buying "big". A proof of this are the ones who were the first to offer a version wheelbase lengthens prestigious German sedan Audi A8, BMW Series 7 and Mercedes-Benz S-Class The large sedan Panamera Porsche is selling very well in China .

They are also major consumers of large SUVs to crossover vehicles of the type and size vans. However, GM has this chapter derives from the rear facing competition. But things will soon change with the upcoming release of the Buick GL8.

A popular van

In China, the name GL8 is iconic and has been for many years a large van conceived on the basis of its American cousins ​​p'tites that were the Chevrolet Venture, Pontiac Montana and Oldsmobile Silhouette.

It is therefore a vehicle that was for the overhaul. Thus, the concept has unveiled Business Shanghai in 2009 and this model series of which we have both ad designed and developed jointly by General Motors was-and its Chinese partner, SAIC.

The GL8 is a great extremely luxurious van that has nothing to envy about what is the best with this Chapter in Japan or America. If it was to be offered in America, it would become a serious rival to immediately bulky Chrysler Town & Country, Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna.

Two complementary motors

Buick GL8 will be powered either by a direct injection 2.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine with a power of 182 horsepower or a 3.0-liter V6 255 horsepower.

There is also a version issue hybrid powertrain is offered based on the 2.4-liter engine.

At the moment, this model is strictly reserve the Chinese market.

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