Shanghai GM’s dealerships have started to offer Buick’s GL8, a luxury MPV. GM is hoping to cash in on the popularity of the original GL8, the first lineup of executive wagons offered in China. Over 330,000 units have been sold across the country ever since it debuted in 1999. To be made available starting January 2011, this van features seven innovations and 27 technological breakthroughs.
It also boasts improvements in design, space and safety, technology, power, features and quality. Terry Johnsson, Shanghai GM Vice President of Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing, said that Shanghai GM developed the new GL8 in cooperation with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in Shanghai “with the specific needs of [its] customers in mind.”
He said that the GL8 provides what customers expect from Buick, including a dynamic, smooth, quiet and comfortable ride.
He described the new GL8 to be “the right product at the right time.” The Buick Business hybrid concept car displayed at last year’s Shanghai Auto Show was the inspiration for the new GL8. Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), a GM subsidiary, developed this concept car.
The new GL8’s exterior design features Buick’s distinctive double sweep spear running from front to back. Measuring 5,256 mm (206 inches) long, 1,878 mm (74 inches) in width and 1,800 mm (70 inches) in height, the van certainly has sufficient room to comfortably seat six people.
The interior is a combination of Eastern and Western styling, featuring ice-blue atmosphere lighting and a 360-degree wraparound design inspired by luxury yachts.
The new GL8 is available in either a 3.0-liter V-6 SIDI intelligent direct injection engine or a 2.4-liter Ecotec engine with segment-leading fuel efficiency. GM offers its advanced 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, resulting in unequaled power in the luxury MPV segment. The GL8 is priced between CNY288,000 and CNY388,000 ($43,19 to $58,192). In December 2010, Shanghai GM will introduce an upgraded 2011 model of the current Buick GL8.