Buick Regal Wagon Reportedly Dead21
According to a report from Inside Line, the Buick Regal Wagon project has been abruptly halted and has therefore become another stillborn model not fit for this world, though we protest against it.
Pity. Because with the spy shots taken of a fully nude model spotted around Milford, it seems that General Motors’ engineers were incredibly close to finishing up.
Source: Inside Line
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Give the people a choice, be the GM we want you to be and not the GM of old.
They’re probably afraid that people will realize you don’t need an SUV to have good utility in a vehicle. Been a “wagon” fan for years. Love me little Saabaru 9-2X Aero.
happy happy ,now maybe they can focus on a coupe variant of the regal
From just that one picture of the tailgate, I think it would have been a very handsome car. The chrome bar style line looks right on the wagon where it looks overwrought and flashy as butt-brows (like the horrible ones on the Verano).
If GM could do the CTS Wagon (not a high volume seller, I’m just guessing), then they could “dabble” in more affordable mainstream wagons. What, maybe the dopy public might get over its unnatural station wagon-phobia and figure out that they really don’t need a CUV which is really just a pumped up wagon? Subaru has made its reputation on slightly elevated wagons and they are very popular in cold areas of the country. Add an AWD option to the Regal and you get more sales in cold states. That’s why BMW and Mercedes introduced xDrive and 4-Matic into their non-SUV cars many years ago.
If GM wants to sell a version of the Regal in Europe (as an Opel/Vauxhall), they will need a “touring” wagon as they still love wagons over there.
My guess is we will see a Verano wagon instead, I wonder if power became an issue maybe the consumer expects V6 power in a midsized wagon.
Still disapointing, especialy considering how far they got in bringing the wagon over from Opel and rebadging it.
I don’t believe it was ever close to becoming a reality here, just not enough sales potential in NA. The “clueless masses” just won’t buy wagons no matter how practical they are. GM is having a difficult time selling the sedan here, let alone a wagon.
I have said it before and will say it again, I don’t think the Regal in NA is a long term thing. When the Verano arrives ($23-28K) and the LaCrosse starts at about $30K , what’s the point? It may do well in China and very well as the Insignia in Europe, but I don’t see it here after a couple more years?
I have to disagree. The Regal will settle in nicely once the LaCrosse grows a little longer (or is replaced entirely) where it will also command a higher asking price. And the Regal not selling as bad as you think, especially when looking at growth.
Not selling well, what Ru tlkin about, might want to look at the data people are buying these.
I am looking at the data, all the data. 29332 sales ytd with heavy incentives, including dealer cash. 100+ days supply on the ground for most of the year. Trails LaCrosse and Enclave by 10,000+ units ytd? Maybe I’m wrong? I hope I’m wrong. I like the car, may have one in our garage one day? I just don’t think 40-45K sales a year is where this car needs to be?
Note: Acura reported sales of 265 TSX wagons last month.
The TSX is an Accord in Europe and Japan DM. How can one have any respect for the car and the posers that buy it in North America? It’s not a luxury vehicle!
First the Regal has less incentives on it than LaCrosse and Enclave.($1000 vs. $1500 and $2000)
Regals are everywhere here. Beautiful vehicle
2nd, they have sold 30,000 Regals this year and 40,000 LaCrosses and the Regals were mostly the higher contented CXL’s since that is all they built. Wait til the base CX (I know they are gone but there will be a baser version) comes out.
On 8/15 there was a 89 day supply of Regals. A bit high but not outrageous. LaCrosse had a more normal 60 day supply.
Is Buick selling as manyu Regals as they like? No but it surely is not a failure. Wait til the GS is available and the base vehicle.
Here we go again with the wagon.
Nobody buys them. Get over it.
If I had a choice between a Regal wagon and a Chevy Equinox I would pick the Equinox.
Easy long/large object carrying? Equinox
High positioning above the road? Equinox
There is a reason CUV’s are everywhere and wagons are a niche.
But what about handling and fuel economy? High positioning on the road doesn’t mean the car is going to get out of the way or stop any faster. At least wagons offer more maneuverability than their crossover counterparts. And are more frugal to fill up. There are few who need to pull light trailers, but that crowd has got to be more niche than the wagon segment.
My 2.0L turbo 4 cyl pulls my motorcycle trailer with absolutely no problem. I’ve also hauled a couple cord of wood, multiple sheets of drywall and plywood with that trailer/car….also not a problem. For the 0.1% of the time that I need an actual truck I can rent or borrow one, but why the hell would I want to drive a bloated, bouncing, boat that sucks gas the other 99.9% of the time?
And that’s all with the Saabaru 9-2x, right? Pretty good if you ask me!
That said, I think some really blow the towing demand out of proportion. Very few buyers truly need to tow/haul anything — and if they need to get something from point A to point B, a truck is rentable at the nearest Penske and even Home Depot.
Yep..all with the Saabaru. My younger sister pulled a loaded U-Haul single axle trailer from Texas to MI and that was with the 9-2X Linear (non turbo 2.5L 4 cyl). Trucks and SUVs are great tools for some jobs, but they’re not needed as much as people try to rationalize.
Here is a question; what is luxury in a modern car. I walked past a decked out Hyundai Sante Fe and thought wow who needs a Lexus or Acura when you can have a premium interior in a Hyundai. We can call this the Hyundai/Kia effect… What Lexus did with converting tired toyotas into luxury vehicles, Hyundai is doing with its mid sized and up cars creating a premium feel without an overly premium price. GM has caught into this phenomina and has stronger interiors finally. Anyway Hyundai has won the perception battle, many car buyers are begining to relize they were duped by both Lexus and Acura.
Thus the question what is luxury in a modern car; is it just leather seats and a refined instrument panel, whoever figures this out will win over both the average Joe market as well as the luxury market, regardless of what type of vehicle it is.
Hold up — a Santa Fe interior? That thing is nearly a 6-year-old design — and it definitely hasn’t aged well… unless you were looking at a next-gen version? 🙂
I drove a 2011 Santa-Fe two weeks ago and it wasn’t bad. But compared to an RX, MDX, SRX, X5, or any other premium midsize CUV/SUV, it was ages behind — and is simply not even in the same class.
In fact, the Santa-Fe interior is worse than the same offerred in the Equinox/Terrain. Only the newest CUV in the Hyundai family — the Tucson — has a cabin that’s on par with the cabin in the Equinox/Terrain… The same goes for the cabin of the Veracruz being on par (better in my opinion) than the cabin in the Traverse/Lambdas. But neither is in the luxury category.
However, you do bring up an interesting point: how much more can a luxury car offer over a well-designed/equipped mainstream car like a Cruze, Malibu, or even the Hyundais? Minute differences like premium paint and real materials (wood, aluminum) will be appreciated by some. And the badge will play a difference as well. But in my opinion, the difference will be in the quality of interior materials, NVH levels, and — most importantly — the driving dynamics.
Unfortunately, I think most mainstream/”regular” drivers don’t drive hard enough to really feel the difference between the two. Either that, or they simply are ignorant to the differences in general.
Sorry it was the Tucson, I was looking at interior and front, any way you got my point.
That I did. And it makes more sense now that it’s the Tucson.