The new, highly futuristic Buick Riviera concept car that was unveiled at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show over the weekend did more than just get the “not bad” nod from the automotive media at large. It’s also attracted the attention of financial analysts, the Motley Fool in particular, and it’s gotten them looking forward — reading their tea leaves as to just what the new plug-in hybrid coupe could mean in the future.
Firstly, and perhaps the most important, the Riviera isn’t just some sort of showboating concept, as it provides serious foreshadowing as to what we can expect future Buick models to look like. Second is the whole Buick-China tie-in. Seemingly the publication couldn’t resist in stating the obvious in that the Buick was designed in China, with an eye for what the Chinese market likes in terms of design. We think it would appeal to the North American market just as well.
Third is the vehicle’s concept drivetrain. A plug-in hybrid with wireless charging ability could be the next thing that moves the plug-in market segment forward. Nikola Tesla would be proud.