-- General Motors introduced
the 2012 Buick Verano during a press conference at
the 2011 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).
The 4-door compact sedan is equipped with a 2.4-liter
Ecotec inline-4 engine. It will be produced at the
Orion Township, Mich. assembly plant. The Verano shares
design cues from the LaCrosse, Regal and Enclave.
It is expected to produce 177 hp and 170 lb.-ft. of
torque. The Verano should get 22 mpg in the city and
31 mpg on the highway.
Verano offers attainable luxury in a compact sedan,"
said Jace Stokes, Buick Product Manager. "We
expect it to have segment leading features, things
that one would not expect in a compact car like dual-zone
climate control, electronic park brake, express down
windows with a express up capability, six-speed automatic
transmission. A variety of features not found on a
Verano replaces the Pontiac Vibe and the Chevrolet
Cobalt's sister vehicle, the Pontiac G5, which was
last sold in Canada after the 2010 model year.
positioned between two segments, it's at the upper
end of the compact segment and the lower end of the
compact luxury segment," Stokes added. "I
think everyone is familiar with the success the LaCrosse
has had positioning themselves against the Lexus ES350
for thousands less. Certainly, we believe the same
holds true for Verano against the Lexus IS250 and
other premium luxury brands from Acura and Audi. Again,
it's attainable for thousands less."
2.4-liter Ecotec engine model can go from 0 to 60
mph in about eight seconds. A more fuel efficient
2.0-liter turbo engine producing about 250 hp is expected
in future Verano model years. That model will go from
0 to 60 mph in about six and a half seconds.
Motors has just announced other mild hybrid capabilities,
electrificiations, E-Assist on the LaCrosse, for example,"
the Buick Product Manager explained. "The possibilities
are endless. We really don't talk about volume. Whatever
the retail marketplace needs, we'll be able to produce
for Verano. It has a very luxurious interior. That's
probably one of the key characteristics of the car.
Incredibly comfortable seats that are going to redefine
what comfort means in a compact car. Most importantly,
a totally quiet cabin. Quite possibly, the quietest
compact car ever built."
has not been announced yet. However, it is expected
to be slightly above $20,000. The Verano will be in
dealer showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year.
can't wait for all of the viewers to give Verano a
test drive when it's available in your area,"
he said. "The Verano speaks for itself, it's
the next chapter in Buick The best news, though, is
that there are more chapters yet to come. The Buick
story is not yet complete."
think the Buick Verano is a pretty cool car. It seems
like a nice vehicle for a college graduate after they
find their first career job. It may be too expensive
of a car to give to a 16-year-old.