Buick unveils Velite Concept with PHEV powertrain at 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on November 22, 2016

Buick is looking forward to how everyone responds to its own take on the future of mobility after taking the wraps off its new Buick Velite Concept at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show. This new concept features a beautiful and innovative crossover body accentuated by an elegant interior. Powered by a high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, the new Buick Velite Concept displayed at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show provides a preview of Buick future electrified models that will be marketed under its Buick Blue strategy.

The concept’s name -- Velite – was first used on a roadster concept designed by Buick and built by Gruppo Bertone and unveiled at the 2004 New York International Show. If your knowledge of history is a bit rusty, Velite is a group of elite soldiers of the French Army under the direct command of Napoleon I as imperial guard. Now, Buick rehashed the moniker to name its latest creation, the Velite Concept.

Buick’s new Velite Concept was developed by the Shanghai-based Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), which is an engineering and design joint venture between General Motors and SAIC Motor Corp. Ltd. In developing the Velite Concept, PATAC leveraged GM’s global resources and took inspiration from water and traditional Chinese culture. Its aerodynamic crossover body features flowing lines as well as sculpted curves – thereby conveying Buick’s new design language. Its front end features a wing-shaped front grille flanked by sleek intelligent matrix LED headlights. Its interior, meanwhile, makes use of recycled materials and features induction ambient lighting and a panoramic sunroof.

Serving as the core of the Buick Velite Concept is a PHEV powertrain that employs GM’s new-generation modular intelligent electric drive system with a high-performance modular lithium-ion battery pack. To optimize performance and economy in any driving condition, the Velite Concept is provided with an improved electric drive unit and intelligent controls. Interestingly, the Velite Concept comes with a 360-degree intelligent traffic induction system that is supported by sensors on its body. This system allows for several important vehicle functions like high-speed adaptive cruise control and low-speed automatic driving, as well as hazard warning, lane and safety distance keep assist. Night vision is also enabled by the 360-degree intelligent traffic induction system.

Let’s just hope that when launched, the production version of the Velite Concept will not be toned down to be just a Chinese version of the Chevrolet Volt but with a Buick badge.

Displayed along with the Buick Velite Concept at the 2016 Guangzhou Motor Show are the new generations of the Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir minivans. The new GL8 Avenir is the first model under Buick’s Avenir sub-brand.

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Buick Velite Concept Makes Global Debut in China

The Buick Velite Concept made its global debut today at Auto Guangzhou 2016. The new model serves as a template for future new energy vehicles under the brand’s Buick Blue strategy.

The development of the Velite Concept was led by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), GM’s engineering and design joint venture with SAIC, leveraging GM’s global resources. The Shanghai-based team drew inspiration from water and traditional Chinese culture to create a vehicle that is efficient, intelligent and green.

The model has an innovative crossover body that combines a sporty design with practical space. Flowing lines and rippling, sculpted curves reflect Buick’s all-new design language while improving aerodynamics. Its wing-shaped front grille is matched with intelligent matrix LED headlights, giving a hint of Buick’s styling for future new energy vehicles.

Like all Buick models, the Velite Concept has an elegant interior. Its integrated design includes recycled materials, a panoramic sunroof and induction ambient lighting, again pointing to design trends for upcoming new energy vehicles.

The Velite Concept is characterized by its high-performance plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) powertrain with GM’s new-generation modular intelligent electric drive system at its core. It incorporates a high-performance modular lithium-ion battery pack.

An enhanced electric drive unit and intelligent controls help maximize performance and fuel savings under different driving conditions. The sophisticated technology will be applied in Buick’s upcoming PHEV model.

The Velite Concept serves as a mobile network. Users can enjoy an interactive human-machine experience thanks to its efficient and convenient connection with their intelligent devices as well as the application of innovative technologies such as cloud-based connection and storage, customized service and remote operation.

Another notable feature of the Velite Concept is its 360-degree intelligent traffic induction system supported by sensors on the car body, which enables multiple functions such as hazard warning, lane and safety distance keep assist, high-speed adaptive cruise control, low-speed automatic driving and night vision.

The introduction of the Velite Concept follows August’s global debut of the Buick LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) and demonstrates Buick’s effort to speed up the implementation of its Buick Blue new energy vehicle strategy.

Based on various platforms, additional products featuring HEV, PHEV, extended-range electric vehicle (EREV), and all-electric powertrains are on the way from Buick to provide diverse, intelligent solutions for green mobility.

Besides the Velite Concept, Buick is also showcasing the recently launched new-generation Buick GL8 and GL8 Avenir at Auto Guangzhou 2016. Based on its breakthroughs and innovations in terms of design, comfort, safety, quality and technology, the new-generation GL8 has set a new benchmark for large luxury MPVs. The first model under Buick’s Avenir sub-brand, the GL8 Avenir fully expresses Buick’s design aesthetics of “go beyond the classics” and the customer-oriented Buick Care customer service program.

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