Often labeled as America's Oldest Car Company, Buick has always promoted itself as a premium brand offering vehicles with sculpted designs and responsive performance. Comfort, reliability, and luxury have always been core elements associated with the name Buick. With more than twelve decades of auto-making experience, Buick continues to deliver on those same founding principles with a heavy focus on longevity, safety, and innovation.
Buick was formed in 1899 by founder David Dunbar Buick and Chief Engineer Walter L. Marr. The two first began offering marine and farm engines as part of the Buick Auto-Vim and Power Company. Their first automobile was built around the same time. In 1904, the newly named Buick Motor Company offered their first production car the Model B, sporting the cleverly designed overhead valve engine, a concept still used in many engines today. The company's early success created the financing needed to launch The General Motors Company. Buick has a rich, well-documented history of turning out some of the most notable cars of all time, marketed mainly as premium and near-luxury models such as the Century, Regal, and Park Avenue.
When the muscle car era hit during the 60s and mid-70s, Buick didn’t miss the chance to show their expertise, mixing luxury and performance in models like the Riviera and the Skylark GS. Jump forward a decade and once again, Buick proved they wouldn't be outdone in the performance market with the release of the Grand National. The 1986 Buick Grand National GNX held the title of the fastest American car in America. The most notable model of course is the legionary Buick LeSabre. Spanning eight generations, the LeSabre was the bestselling car in America.
Today Buick has changed its focus to SUVs and crossover vehicles in their North American markets. The company has almost completely stepped away from its sedans with only a few models still being produced in China. The 2022 line of SUVs and crossovers includes models such as the Enclave, Encore, Envision, and the GL8. In an attempt to sway younger drivers, Buick offers a standard package with a “Less Smooth Ride” To make the driving experience a bit more active and exciting. If you are still looking for a premium driving experience, all vehicles come with a full Luxury option -The Avenir.
In the ever-evolving field of hybrid vehicles, Buick offers the Velite6 which is powered by a 1.6 liter normally aspirated engine mated to two electric motors and an electrically controlled transmission capable of going about 430 miles. The GL8 minivan is in its third generation with a 48volt mild hybrid power train.
The Velite 5,6, and 7 is a series available by Buick as a family of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. Currently available in China, the Velite5 is one of the few remaining sedans offered by Buick as is the LaCrosse, which also offers a hybrid as well as an all-electric version.
Buick’s future includes bringing its line of electric and hybrid SUVs and crossovers currently on the market in Asia to American soil. Buick has also been teasing a new concept car available by 2025 suspected to be fully electric and carrying the Electra badge. Stanley S.A.F.E. can help you get financing for the latest Buick models if you live around Dallas, Andrews, and Gilmer. Check out our inventory at one of our Stanley dealerships.