Compact luxury crossover segment offers opportunity for GM's Buick brand
Chris Asadian | AnnArbor.com
Hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles generally tend to hog the spotlight at the Detroit auto show.
But the North American International Auto Show is also a platform for automakers to show how they're poised to seize a portion of emerging markets for new segments of vehicles.
The Encore, which will arrive in showrooms in the first quarter of 2013, will be the first small crossover under the Buick brand.
Mary Barra, GM's senior vice president of global product development, said the company is projecting that industry sales of small SUVs and crossovers will grow by 500,000 by 2015 while compact luxury SUV sales double.
"That's why we developed this new global vehicle," she said.
Ed Welburn, GM's vice president of global design, said the new Buick Encore shows that GM is "on the cutting edge of a new emerging automotive trend."
The car comes with 10 airbags, a 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission. GM also boasted about the car's seven-inch touch screen LCD display and its ability to keep out noise.
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