If you didn't know how big a role the auto market in China has in giving hope to carmakers in this current economic environment then you have been hiding under a rock. In fact, the top-selling brand in China is the Buick.
Certainly, the market in China would help in General Motors Co.'s quest to get back its status of being a top global player once again. Very recently, Shanghai GM, General Motors' China arm, launched the Excelle XT at the Guangzhou Auto Show that runs from Nov. 24-30.
The Excelle XT, a five-door hatchback based on the Opel Astra, will serve as Buick's entry-level model in its Chinese market lineup.
Buick Excelle XT is offered with a choice of three petrol/gasoline engines. A 1.6 liter turbocharged four-cylinder is considered to be the most powerful, with the capacity to produce 180 hp (135kW) and 235 Nm of torque.
A superboost function brings that torque figure up to 266 Nm. Then there is the 1.8 liter gasoline/petrol engine that provides an output of 138 hp (103kW) and 175 Nm of torque. Lastly, there is the naturally aspirated 1.6 liter with 116 hp (85kW) and 155 Nm of torque. All engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
According to General Motors (GM) China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale, the Buick Excelle XT is China's first coupé-like sedan based on the all-new front-wheel-drive compact vehicle architecture.
The vehicle was specifically made by GM's Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) automotive engineering and design facility in Shanghai as part of a global collaborative effort for the domestic market. GM Shanghai Vice President (VP) Terry Johnsson said that the new Excelle XT shares the "same self-confident air" with the notable Buick New Regal sedan.
Buick Excelle XT takes pride in its stance and proportions. Moreover, its interior is perfectly made with detailed craftsmanship. Johnsson believes that drivers will instantly develop a new appreciation for responsiveness and handling as soon as they get behind the wheels.