Buick's GL8 Luxury MPV Is Now Available in China

Buick’s GL8 is now available in China through Shanghai GM’s dealerships. The luxury MPV will be banking on the popularity of the original GL8, the first family of executive wagons available on Chinese soil. Since the model’s debut in 1999, more than 330,000 have been sold across the country.

The van will be available starting January 2011, featuring seven innovations and 27 technological breakthroughs along with improvements in design, space and safety, technology, power, features and quality.

“The new GL8 was developed by Shanghai GM in cooperation with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai with the specific needs of our customers in mind. It offers everything that consumers have come to expect from Buick, including a dynamic, smooth, quiet and comfortable ride. Like its predecessor, the new GL8 is the right product at the right time,” said Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing.

The model is based on the Buick Business hybrid concept car, shown at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show, which was developed in China by Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a GM subsidiary. It features graceful exterior design highlighted by Buick’s distinctive double sweep spear running from front to back.

The van is 5,256 mm (206 inches) long, 1,878 mm (74 inches) in width and 1,800 mm (70 inches) in height, with enough room to comfortably seat six people for long journeys. The design of the interior combines Eastern and Western styling, featuring ice-blue atmosphere lighting and a 360-degree wraparound design inspired by luxury yachts.

The new GL8 comes with a choice between 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI intelligent direct injection engine and a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with segment-leading fuel efficiency. GM’s advanced 6-speed automatic transmission comes standard, providing unrivaled power in the luxury MPV segment.

The GL8 retails for between CNY288,000 and CNY388,000 ($43,19 to $58,192). Until the new model arrives, Shanghai GM will also introduce an upgraded 2011 model of the current Buick GL8 in December 2010.
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