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  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,766
    It looks a little bit like a baby BMW. Not sure I like the "eyebrows" on the taillights but not finding it offensive either. Hopefully the rest of the car looks good. If Buick can do to a smaller car what the CTS did for Caddy, then perhaps FINALLY there is some good stuff coming here!
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Rocky, what are you doing now. Obviously you are a great GM fan, and maybe a little Acura from the past. I had some great GMs years ago.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    I found the chrome accents to the taillights a good feature.
    I think that looks like a good layout.
    The name "Verano" doesn't hit me very well; I'd like Excelle better. I'd place Verano right there with Lucerne. as a name.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Buick seems to be coming around. Still have a problem with image and stodgy name of Buick. A long time GM fan from the past, but never Buick. Name sounds like a burp or something else objectionable. If I bought a Buick Lacrosse, would I have to wear a hat while driving, or a cap with flaps?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    >would I have to wear a hat while driving, or a cap with flaps

    No more than if you bought a Toyota lexus of infinity. :P
  • cooterbfdcooterbfd Posts: 2,770
    "......If I bought a Buick Lacrosse, would I have to wear a hat while driving, or a cap with flaps? "

    Don't forget to dye your hair greyish blue. ;)

    Seriously, a leather jacket and some shades do me fine :shades:
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    I like thin leather driving gloves.
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,664
    If I bought a Buick Lacrosse, would I have to wear a hat while driving, or a cap with flaps?

    No, but you have to agree to drive no faster than 15 mph under the speed limit, always drive in the left lane on he interstate, and keep your left turn signal activated at all times. A "We Are Spending Our Children's Inheritance" bumper sticker is optional, but strongly recommended. :D

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

  • fezofezo Posts: 9,383
    Well, he could go more than 15 mph but only to cut someone off who was tooling along at 40 or better. THEN go back down to 15.

    If your head is higher than the steering wheel you can only have probationary Buick status.

    Is it me or as Buick is coming out with better vehicles they're giving them worse names?
  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 6,664
    I like thin leather driving gloves.

    I got these for Christmas:

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    Hopefully an M car is next... :D :D :D

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

  • Meggy May and I are both silly happy over Saab being saved.

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    Can't ya tell?

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,766
    The name "Verano" doesn't hit me very well; I'd like Excelle better. I'd place Verano right there with Lucerne. as a name.

    While Verano is nothing great, Lucerne still reminds me of milk containers. Link that with Buick's image and it is the kiss of death in my mind.

    If this vehicle is a new premium small Buick, then also pick a great name and perhaps the reputation starts a climb upward (for other than current fans). I'd agree that while Verano is not offensive, it has no positive appeal for me either.
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    WOW!!!!!! Wonder what the front looks like??? Got any more pics, imidazol97??? :surprise:

    -Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    That is music to Rock's ears!!!! I'm very very happy to hear that!!!! Rock wants to someday be a "Saab Snob" a inside joke nickname to some of my friends who own Saabs. I want that new Saab 9-5 so damn badly!!!! MAN!!!! :shades:

    -Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    xrunner2,

    I started working for a home improvement company doing sales earlier this month. ;) I still respect Acura, but am a bigger GM fan now than ever!!! We have enough kick butt products in the GM line-up, I don't really desire anything from another car maker. If I won the Megamillions (damn it I forgot to play last night :P ) I'd maybe buy a 1994 Ferrari 512 TR or F-355 Spyder as a toy!!! The new Saab 9-5 with XWD and a stick would be my daily driver though and trust me that damn car would be taken to a tuner shop and modified to the point one would think they were on a Saab jet aircraft!!!! ;) :shades:

    -Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    They are bigger than a Saturn L-Series. The 9-3 is bigger than my Grand Prix and a Saturn L-Series isn't as big or long as my 2000 Grand Prix GTP Coupe :confuse:

    -Rocky
  • rockyleerockylee Wyoming, MichiganPosts: 13,989
    Cute pooch, iluv!!! :)

    -Rocky
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    They make driving gloves for the Wii now?
    :P
  • I agree about the new Saab 9-5 Aero! Whoo! I'm there!

    That Chow Chow likes to subdue our 20-lb. Pomeranian by neatly placing her mouth around his neck and clamping down. Meggy May's a doll!

    2011 Kia Soul Sport 5-speed

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    >. got these for Christmas:

    I know you realize there's a big difference between a set of driving gloves and a whole car as a Christmas present?
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    >while Verano is not offensive, it has no positive appeal for me either.

    I wonder if we are similar in demographic data. Over 39 (by a lot) and that is why the name Verano doesn't affect me. I wonder if they did market research on that name and found a younger demographic liked it.

    To me Verano sounds too much like Murano, a car whose styling I really dislike.

    As for my preference of the two mentioned in the article, Excelle may be similar to a Hyundai or Kia name.

    I have to admit, thought, as much as some of us Buick fans have felt good about old Buick names like Electra 225 and Park Avenue and Super and Special, there may be a need for a new name that says "WOW" to a younger set. I suspected the Lucerne name was picked because it had some connection to leSabre as a word. I don't know if that may have helped sales or hurt sales.

    Just as Honda picked Fit for their tiny car name, I would like to see a short name that carries a good value in the name: Verity might be good.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    >They make driving gloves for the Wii

    I think instead of driving a Wii, he's looking for something that will make him say "WHeeeeee" when he's driving it. :)

    I recall the Cadillac commercials for the CTS? about "Does your car turn you ON?" I think Roadrunner wants a car that turns him on instead of his turning _it_ on like a Wii. ;)
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 18,370
    These are artist concepts of what was seen in a concept car showing.
    Read and see pictures at Inside News/
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,050
    I wonder if we are similar in demographic data. Over 39 (by a lot) and that is why the name Verano doesn't affect me. I wonder if they did market research on that name and found a younger demographic liked it.

    To me, the name "Verano" sounds like a gigolo character out of "The Real Housewives of the Joisey Shore" or something like that! I never did like "Lucerne" either...to me it conjures up images of that diet ice milk crap my grandmother used to buy in the 1970's when she was trying to lose weight.

    I'm glad they brought back the name "Regal", and the car it's being used on seems to be pretty good. Regal was probably the least-tarnished of Buick names in more recent years, as it tended to be the most youthful of Buick's sedans. My Dad bought his used '03 Regal when he was 57, and at the time that was the average age of a Regal owner. At the time, the average buyer age was more like 70 for the Century, Park Ave, and LeSabre! I think Buick also did a better job at keeping the Regal out of rental fleets than they did with the Century and LeSabre (although Dad's is a former rental car)

    I wonder what the average buyer age is for the LaCrosse and the Lucerne?
  • fezofezo Posts: 9,383
    rock - that should be Saab Snaab.

    I think some old Buick names would work well. Wildcat is one but it would have to be on the right car. Electra could still be a go - put it on a hybrid!
  • lemkolemko Posts: 15,196
    I'm a fan of the classic Buick names - Special, Century, Super, Roadmaster, and Limited. However, I do love the name Park Avenue though it really goes back to only about 1977 or so as a luxury package for the Electra.
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 4,766
    I wonder if we are similar in demographic data. Over 39 (by a lot) and that is why the name Verano doesn't affect me. I wonder if they did market research on that name and found a younger demographic liked it.

    I'm in my early 50's and agree with you on the name situation.

    I also like Verity better than Lucerne or Verano.

    But of course the most important thing is the car looking that good everywhere else, and driving that well also. It does seem that GM now understands what they need to do, the issue is execution.
  • xrunner2xrunner2 Posts: 3,062
    Name "Buick" still does not sound right for "new age" and bringing in younger, young buyers. Need to modify that name, keep "B" for first letter, and make name more younger sounding, nice sounding.
  • nwngnwng Posts: 664
    that is so bad, literally and figuratively
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,252
    Hmmm, xRunner has a nice ring to it.

    You can wait until the second generation comes out so you can drive around in an xRunner2. :shades:

    Not sure how well the ABC's have worked out for Scion.

    (yeah, I know Toyo Taco fans would yell).

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