For a nameplate that has been part of America’s automotive history since 1903, Buick is looking more youthful than ever. Having gone through thick and thin during its long journey, the company is celebrating its 110th anniversary with steady sales gains and an expanding customer base. Those achievements have been driven by new models like the Buick Verano and Encore, which have been designed with modern styling and technology to attract younger generations.
A reputation for refinement and solid engineering has been the hallmark of the Buick nameplate throughout its history. Currently, Buick is the longest-running U.S. auto brand still in business today, and it has sold more than 43 million vehicles since its inception. The marque’s ability to develop new technology and adapt to ever-changing circumstances have allowed it to retain its loyal customer base stateside while attracting new buyers in the rest of the world, where the brand is synonymous with prestige.
“Buick is working hard to expand its customer base in America by attracting younger customers, and that has meant meeting those buyers’ preferences for smaller vehicles with new offerings in the compact sedan and crossover segments,” said Chris Harper, general manager of Goodwin Buick, a Maine Buick dealership. “By developing entry-level luxury models like the Encore and Verano, Buick is bringing its signature quality and refinement to drivers who also value modern styling and technology at an affordable price.”
Starting at less than $25,000, the 2013 Buick Encore luxury compact crossover sports a sculpted exterior marked by a waterfall grille and chrome accents. Inside, the Encore maintains Buick’s reputation for calm cabins with standard QuietTuning technology and Buick’s first application of Bose Active Noise Cancelation. Tech-savvy buyers will be pleased that the voice-activated Buick IntelliLink infotainment system is also standard, enabling hands-free phone calls and access to smartphone apps like Pandora Internet radio.
Like the Encore, the 2013 Buick Verano compact sedan comes standard with QuietTuning and IntelliLink, and it can be had for less than $24,000. The base model’s Ecotec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine produces an impressive mix of responsiveness and fuel efficiency, producing 180 horsepower while returning up to 32 mpg on the highway. For buyers who put a priority on performance, the Verano Turbo is now available with a 250-horsepower Ecotec 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that allows the car to sprint from zero to 60 mph in an estimated 6.2 seconds, yet it still nets up to 31 mpg on the highway.
“Buick’s new models like the Encore and Verano appeal to the increased practicality of today’s buyers, but they also remind those drivers that they deserve comfort and driving fun along the way,” added Harper. “Buick has never lost its focus on delivering high-quality luxury and performance, but it also recognizes shifts in buyer habits, and that is why it remains competitive after 110 years on the market.”
We’re looking forward to having a bunch of new inventory at our Buick dealership in Maine coming soon. Over the next 12 months, Buick is planning on launching four new or significantly updated models, including the 2013 Buick Enclave and the all-new 2013 Buick Encore. In fact, by the end of 2013, the oldest Buick model will be the Buick Verano, which launched less than a year ago. And if the redesigned Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse sedans follow in the footsteps of their crossover brethren, we know you’ll be impressed.
The 2013 Enclave will be arriving this fall with an updated grille and a restyled back end, plus a revised suspension and transmission that will provide an even smoother ride. Inside, the center control stack gets larger knobs that are easier to use, and a new Cocoa leather option carries on the luxurious feeling the Enclave has always given. Safety-wise, a new front-center airbag and new side blind-zone and rear cross-traffic alert systems will help prevent unseen crashes and protect in case of an accident. The updated Enclave should be rolling onto our lot this fall, so stay tuned!
Meanwhile, the brand-new Encore will serve up the same premium amenities in a compact crossover’s body. The standard active noise-suppression system monitors road noise and emits noise-cancelling frequencies through the Encore’s speakers, ensuring a vault-like ride. The five-passenger vehicle offers plenty of legroom in the back seat, while up front, a power driver’s seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel offer the comfort you’ve come to expect from a Buick.
If you’re looking for a new luxurious crossover, try the Buick Enclave or the Buick Encore when it arrives this spring. And if you want a premium sedan, keep an eye out for the all-new LaCrosse and Regal – they’re worth a look.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a list of safe-driving tips for summertime, covering everything from a pre-trip safety checklist to what you should have in your emergency roadside kit. At our Oxford, Maine Buick dealership, we agree that safety out on the road is important. That’s why we’re excited about the advanced active safety features in two upcoming 2013 Buick models: the Verano sedan and the versatile Encore crossover.
Unlike passive safety systems – like seat belts and airbags – that are designed to protect drivers and passengers after a crash has occurred, an active safety system is created to help prevent a crash in the first place. In addition to the 2013 Verano’s standard Rear Vision Camera, the new Buick luxury compact will come with available Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, both of which rely on radar sensors in the corner of the rear bumper to help drivers avoid collisions when changing lanes or backing out of a driveway or parking spot.
The 2013 Buick Encore will offer an optional Forward Collision Alert, which uses a forward-looking camera to give drivers an audible warning when a run-in seems likely. The model will also have an available Lane Departure Alert to let drivers know when they’ve crossed a lane marker without using a turn signal. Both alert systems can be turned off or on by the driver with a push of a button.
If you’d like to see what other safety features the new Buick Verano and Buick Encore – or any model in the Buick lineup – have available, drop by our Oxford, ME Buick dealer. We’re available to answer any questions you may have or to take you on a test-drive.