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Buick's "Baby Enclave  (Source: Autoblog)

Saturn Vue
GM to rebadge the Saturn Vue in order to give Buick a smaller crossover

General Motors is still trying to get back on its feet after emerging from bankruptcy, but that isn't stopping the company from developing new fuel efficient vehicles. With only the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC brands left, GM is looking to bolster its vehicle lineup.

Although GM's Fritz Henderson said that he is "not a fan of rebadging", it looks like his company is doing just that with a "new" crossover for Buick. GM announced today that Buick will get a smaller crossover vehicle which will slot in under the larger Enclave. The vehicle will be based on the Saturn Vue and from the looks of the teaser picture released by GM, rebadging is alive and well.

"Some customers who have been drawn to the Enclave were looking for something a little smaller, but they didn't want to give up craftsmanship or a quiet ride to get there," said Susan Docherty, general manager of Buick-Pontiac-GMC. "We believe this new Buick will excite those customers, and will continue to broaden the appeal of the brand."

Buick's unnamed new crossover will be available with the same engines as the the Vue and will also be available in a plug-in hybrid version. The 2-mode hybrid version of the crossover will use a 3.6-liter V6 engine, dual electric motors, and a lithium-ion battery pack manufactured by Compact Power which will be mounted under the cargo floor. The vehicle's battery pack can be recharged by the internal combustion engine or via a household outlet (like the more advanced Chevrolet Volt).

GM says that the lithium-ion battery pack can be fully charged in four to five hours. According to GM, the plug-in variant will be able to travel 10 miles on battery power alone.

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RE: Rebadging
By Keeir on 8/6/2009 7:53:12 PM , Rating: 2
Nope. Although the CTS is longer than a 3 series sedan, head room, leg room, and shoulder room are nearly identical.

Thats exactly what I am talking about.

The CTS volume indicator score is higher than a M3, US classifys the CTS as a Midsize, and the BMW a compact.

The 2004 CTS (depends slightly on the source) is around 114. The 1999 M3, I can't find any data for, but the recent model ones are around 108. I assumed for the 10% number it was around 100 (as the 1999 M3 is smaller than current models, was a coupe and is actually EPA classified as a "Subcompact" meaning should be 99).

BMW acchieves the better scoring by better placement of cabin and travel of seats etc. (Believe it or not, the differnece is only slightly smaller than Corolla-->Camry for current years and should be larger than Corolla-->Camry for the 1999-2004 he is comparing). Better interior design.

RE: Rebadging
By Spuke on 8/7/2009 2:36:17 PM , Rating: 1
Thats exactly what I am talking about.
I see your point now I think. And find it retarded that the BMW is classified as a compact when there's nothing compact about it, if you go by interior space.

RE: Rebadging
By Keeir on 8/7/2009 7:34:31 PM , Rating: 2
And find it retarded that the BMW is classified as a compact when there's nothing compact about it, if you go by interior space.

Spuke. The classifications are based on measurements and a formula. They are the reality so to speak. Interior measurement differences of ~1 inch are what seperates subcompact, compact, midsize, and full size. Also remember, we are dealing with Volume, the cube of the Length. A difference of 1.03 time on each measurement, leads to a volume change of 1.09.

For example, check out the Honda Fit --> Honda Civic

FH: 40.4 --> 39.4
FS: 52.7 --> 53.7
FHip: 51.5 --> 51.6
FL: 41.3 --> 42.2

Pretty close, total difference between the two is only 1 inch on all 4. Yet I think most would consider the Civic a bigger car than the Fit. Significantly bigger.

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