All-New Buick GL8 Century Flagship MPV Revealed In China27
Two weeks after first announcing the all-new Buick GL8 Century in China, GM unveiled the most luxurious version of the next-generation full-size Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) during the 2022 Buick Brand Day celebrated in the Asian country.
The Buick GL8 Century is the new flagship MPV that will compete in China’s growing minivan market and reintroduces one of the most iconic nameplates of the Tri-Shield brand as a new, more luxurious trim level that will place it at the top of the range.
“As Buick embarks on a global transformation to become a brand on the cutting edge of technology, we have the same unwavering commitment to continuously developing in China for China,” said Global Vice President of Buick, Duncan Aldred since Detroit at a virtual live streamed event in China.
In addition to officially introducing the fourth generation of the nameplate, the all-new Buick GL8 Century is the first production model to embrace the new global Pure Design philosophy that we will see in Buick´s next-generation vehicles. The new signature front end features a large trapezoidal grille, shark-nose-like styling, and dual-direction headlights with a redesigned light signature.
The interior offers a luxurious and personalized experience with clever innovations, such as the enormous screen that separates the first and the second row of seats. According to the brand, this solution creates an elegant and silent “private space” for the occupants of the second row, which includes first-class-like seats with Bose speaker-integrated headrests, and a headliner that simulates a starry nightfall sky.
The all-new Buick GL8 Century will officially launch later this year in China, where it will cement its leadership in the minivan segment launched in 1999 with the first GL8. As GM Authority reported, the GL8 Century is based on the Avenir trim, but with an even more upscale finish. This model will be joined by the current third-generation GL8 and GL8 Classic.
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“… Developing in China for China…”
Not exactly what was promised when the U.S. TAXPAYERS bailed them out.
Steve the money from this is paying the bills. GM at least is bringing in money from China unlike many companies just sending it to China.
Might note the Chinese market is the only one really growing at a good rate as most other auto markets remain stagnate.
If we can sell them over priced mini vans and make money the better of the deficit.
🙄 Buick has always been far more popular in China than in the US.
Also it’s a global industry, auto manufactures will develop vehicles for each market.
The auto market in China is far bigger there than in the US and to not participate in that market is foolish for a companies survival in the world.
Besides GM has paid back all that was owed to the taxpayers 5 years ago now and has strong offerings in each segment with many popular vehicles here in the US.
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as your north-american GM explored me in Brasil paying only R$ 1300 or some US$ CAD Project Engineer … after 5 years of good school and not let me to Style Design , take it what you got ,,, haha, now your turn to be explored… Viva China …. Viva Packard … Detroit is too cold anyway brrrrrrrrrr
You are silly! GM is a global company. Should Ford give up European division to be more “American”? Should GM, when they owned it, shifted Opel design to Detroit or dumped Brazilian operations?
GM earns a lot of money in North America but also profits from foriegn sales. Chinese consumers look for unique features, use hired drivers, need a screen to segregate passengers. Americans wouldn’t want it. Also, we gave different safety laws.
Just wondering why?
Why such a large grill copied from Lexus when one will not be needed when the vehicle goes electric. Could have come up with a much better looking front end for such a fancy vehicle.
Do these still have any relation to the old U-body vans or is it a new platform now?
That thing is sooooo UGLY it could be a Lexus !!!!!
Great MPV this new look goes right along with the Electra & Wildcat. All 3 will revive Buick showroom traffic and make Buick a luxury division once again and not just extension of trucks for the GMC line.
… loved really loved… all what guys want from GM Buick, not for me but good competition for the beautiness Toyota Alphard
so you guys in USA suck the fingers to not even coming the Wild Cat, neither this to you … hahaha pós-pandemic globalization
[[Irony off]] hahaha, it would be better GM today History of Wiki and Books like
” General Motors was a company born in USA to explore the World, however due their huge debts with government, fraud was done and could have been surviving in China ”
This thing is hideous and ungainly and is totally unrecognizable as being a Buick. Now that the much ballyhooed relaunched “brand identity” is in full swing, consider this a taste of bastardized Buicks to come.
So the two-tone paint job helps make it less ugly, but by any stretch of the imagination it’s just but ugly. Interior looks interesting and I like the two-tone paint. That’s it.
Dan B please give us your daily Japan rant I haven’t seen it today I always like reading the rants you do on here. Thanks.
Peter: Why? Are you Japanese?
Oh , I beg too differ, some people just don’t notice quality when they see it,. This is going too be very well worth it,,, Expect my purchase, by the way what is the MOD for this vehicle, I’m IN…
Some people may hate the design and think it looks like a Toyota or Lexus but I like the looks of this. Very attractive and the interior is very nice as well. The second row seats should be something put in the Escalade for as executive rear seats are concerned. Don’t know what I think of the large screen where it hides the front row driver and passenger because you can’t see where the driver is going.
Looks like Chevy Chases’ next vacation-mobile
As a former Sportwagon and E-wagon owner, the GL8 Century looks interesting. Too bad the U.S. got stuck in the SUV mode. Guess I’ll be driving my American built ’08 Sienna a while longer.