Buick Riviera Concept

Written by tonks on April 25, 2007

Buick Riviera ConceptMany unique vehicles were being shown off at the Shanghai Motor Show. One of the best concepts that was unvieled was Buick’s Riviera concept. The Riviera is a coupe that is being called a “global” concept that showcases Buick’s future design DNA. Penned at GM’s Pan Asia Technical Center, the Shanghai show is just the first venue at which it will be shown.

It will travel to other international auto shows afterward. Hopefully that schedule will include next year’s North American exhibitions, where there will likely be no shortage of people interested in seeing the Riviera nameplate on a modern Buick coupe. The Riviera features a traditional coupe profile with short front and rear overhangs and a tall nose that we sure meets pedestrian safety requirements in a number of markets.

Not traditional, however, are the car’s oversized gullwing doors, which allow for wide entrance into the Riviera’s apparent 2+2 interior layout. Of course this leaves us wondering why the US division insists on using silly names like LaCrosse and Lucerne for its cars, while China manages to see the value in leveraging the traditional American monikers with some history behind them, like Regal, Park Ave, and now Riviera.


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