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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    Time to update the brand?

    "General Motors will explore freshening Buick's famous tri-shield logo, a top executive said.

    Redesigning a brand logo is an extremely sensitive process that can send enthusiasts and longtime customers into a frenzy. But Buick has been repositioning itself as an attractive choice for younger affluent consumers."

    GM considers revamping Buick logo (Detroit Free Press)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,688
    >General Motors will explore freshening Buick's famous tri-shield logo,

    This will be interesting.

    Is there anything actually wrong with the trishield now used? It has evolved to an all chrome insignia now. Would a different insignia keep me from buying a car? I was behind a Mercedes today with no insignia, no model marque on the trunk. The trunk was held down by two straps symetrically spaced from the top edge down under the rollunder of the bumper. It was odd to see NOTHING on the vehicle trunk. Maybe that's what Buick needs--an extreme minimum.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,887
    The current version dates back to the 80s maybe? It looks like it to me anyway. The shield logo only goes back to the late 50s, right? Maybe something different is in order. I wonder what Buick used in the 20s and 30s when the brand was something really upmarket.

    I don't know if a car with a trunk held down by straps would be a good example for Buick. In Europe, I would say a huge amount if not a majority of MB and BMW cars are debadged - they have the maker badge, but no model badge. Might not fly in NA where ostentation is more of a cultural norm.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,688
    The trunk lid might have been repainted and no lock in it? Car might have been a C280, C320 type. It was odd because there was NO chrome brand or label, not because of the straps.

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I've toyed with taking all the chrome except the logo off the back of my Solara. There's just too much of it. You can't much take the badge off - the sheet metal is shaped for it. It would look like something is missing.

    I kinda like the Buick tri-shield. They'd need to have a really nice design to replace it. If not, leave it as it is.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    I'm a fan of the three engine vents, er, portholes, even if they are fake. Reminds me of my Dad's '53. The current logo could be better. Just cutting it back to Buick in block letters could be an improvement.
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    I'm a porthole fan as well. Goes back to my grandfather's 49. Loved that car. I think it was a Sedanette - fastback with a Rocket straight 8. The hood opened from the sides.
  • cooterbfdcooterbfd Posts: 2,770
    "..... fastback with a Rocket straight 8."

    Point of order. Rocket was the Olds V-8, Fireball was Buicks inline 8. I know, I bought a '49 Super Sedan for my son this year!!!! ;)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited November 2012
    "Buick is bringing back the Grand National, the GNX and the T-Type, three legendary performance nameplates from the brand's high times of the 1980s. All three cars will be sedans and they'll use GM's new rear-wheel-drive Alpha platform first introduced in the Cadillac ATS sedan.

    That's the plan anyway, according to a reliable source who spoke to Edmunds.

    Grand National, GNX and T-Type Are Returning to Buick (Inside Line)

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  • eliaselias Posts: 1,828
    This is great news! Wow...
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,067
    edited November 2012
    Wow, that car looks like a tiger ready to pounce! However, the car has two too many doors!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    "Critics like to knock the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid for everything from stingy battery-powered range to its cramped cabin and high sticker price. But it has the most loving owners of any regular production car in the U.S., according to a new survey.

    The rating stems from what Consumer Reports officially calls its owner-satisfaction survey, which asks its subscribers a single question: Would you get the same vehicle if you had to do it all over again? Researchers said 92% of Volt owners said they would."

    Most-Loved Car? Chevrolet Volt Tops Owner Survey (WSJ)
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    Doh! You are, of course, correct. Fireball.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited December 2012
    Came across the Chevy Tahoe LTZ and started thinking about trim lines.

    Do you think they really named that one after Maximum Bob?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,011
    ...to get a $50 Macy's gift card. While FWD mid-size family sedans are far from my cup of tea, it had a very nice interior, felt solid, and drove quite well. I would say that potential buyers in that segment should give it a hard look.

    2009 328i / 2004 X3 2.5/ 1995 318ti Club Sport/ 1975 2002A/ 2007 Mazdaspeed 3/ 1999 Wrangler/ 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited December 2012
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    "U.S. sales of the Volt for 2012 will top 23,000 for the year, said Michelle Malcho, a spokeswoman for GM. The Detroit automaker will report final December sales on Thursday."

    GM: Volt sales tripled in 2012 (Detroit News)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,914
    edited January 2013
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,688
    edited January 2013
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