Do wagons sell in China? If so, I could maybe see it.
A Regal/Insignia wagon was recently spied testing in the US desert accompanied by some other Buicks, and wearing Buick GS wheels. Is it safe to assume Buick is thinking about adding a Regal wagon finally?
I think Buick needs to find a space for the Regal between the Verano and LaCrosse sedans, both of which have been clobbering the Regal in the sales department. Adding a wagon (and maybe eventually a coupe) could be a good way to make the Regal stand out amongst it's brothers. It might also explain why Buick has such a size gap between the large 3-row seater Enclave CUV and the tiny Encore CUV. A traditional wagon fills that gap quite nicely.
For some reason I'm liking this better than the CTS-V wagon
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What Buick really needs to do is get a RDX competitor based off of the next-generation Equinox. And before anyone suggests reworking the Saab 9-4X as a Buick, GM has already chosen instead to make that the next-generation Chevy Captiva, to replace the Saturn Vue-based model currently being built.
Originally Posted by alleghenyman
A midsize SUV would do better. Anyone know why they haven't made one already? Say based off the nox, but shaped like the X6 (w/ the sloped rear)?
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The problem Buick has is not that Regal is caught in the middle, it's that LaCrosse is too small. When the Epsilon II cars were in the design stages, Opel still had too much say in product development and they insisted on the Insignia being small-ish while GM China and US both wanted a bigger car. Thus the program was split between LaCrosse and Insignia. The backup plan was to sell the Insignia as a Saturn (China was not slated to get the Regal until very late in the development program as a way to cover the shrinking volume from Opel). As result of this compromise, LaCrosse ended up being a little smaller than Buick really wanted. The new Impala/XTS is really want Buick wanted for LaCrosse in terms of size.
For the Epsilon III program, there is no doubt that Buick will make the Regal the size of the current LaCrosse, and will make the LaCrosse in the same length/width as the Impala/XTS. Opel's opinion on the matter will probably be irrelevant for the next go around, especially since the non-premium brand C/D size car market in Europe has basically collapsed, and their replacements are all moving to full D size (e.g. Mondeo, Passat, Laguna, 407 all have or will be replaced by a bigger car).
Like you said next go around I see the Regal being LaCrosse-sized, but with a slightly sportier look than the LaCrosse but more in line with current Buick styling than the current model, priced about where it is priced now. The LaCrosse's wheelbase will stretch - addressing the issue with the XTS and Impala - and get a bigger trunk. Add in a more upscale interior and technology, and start off with a base price of $34,000.
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I love wagons, but could care less for the opel (buick) regal wagon.
And TSX wagon doesnt sell due to a variety of factors
1.too much money (relative to crossovers of similar size)
2. no advertising
3.Auto only...I assume enthusiasts usually buy wagons. Big mistake not selling it with a stick
I think a wagon could work in NA, but you need to stack all the odds in your favor (Take the golf wagon, for example)
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