Buick is presenting now the new Invicta show car, a four-door midsize sedan with a coupe-like roofline that presents a bold direction for the new generation of vehicles developed by Buick in the two biggest automotive markets in the world, the US and China. The model has as base concepts like the 2004 Velite convertible and 2007 Riviera coupe, both of which received accolades for their thoroughly modern adaptation of classic Buick themes. The new Buick Invicta represents another significant design milestone in the history of Buick. Under the hood, the model hides the first direct injection turbocharged engine developed by Buick, a 4-cylinder power plant that is capable of generating 250 horsepower and 298 Nm of torque. All the output is being sent to the wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission that offers maximum fuel efficiency. It features a MacPherson strut at the front and an independent suspension at the rear. To handle the power, the engineers have offered 4-wheel anti-lock disc. To transfer the output to the road, the model uses polished aluminum 20-inch wheels with milled Buick emblem.
The sleek Buick Invicta show car revealed here in conjunction with Auto China 2008 is Buick`s strongest statement yet of its deliberately international plans. The four-door midsize sedan with a coupe-like roofline presents bold direction for Buick`s new generation of vehicles in the world`s two biggest automotive markets â€" the United States and China.
Invicta has evolved from Buick concepts such as the 2004 Velite convertible and 2007 Riviera coupe, both of which received accolades for their thoroughly modern adaptation of classic Buick themes. Invicta was designed collaboratively by GM centers of expertise in Warren, Mich. and Shanghai, China. The name, which is Latin for "invincible," returns to Buick after a 45-year hiatus in the United States.
"Buick`s global appeal created an opportunity for GM Design Centers to elevate our collaboration to new levels. Using our virtual reality centers in Warren and Shanghai, designers fused the best ideas from both cultures during the development of the Invicta," said Edward T. Welburn, vice president, General Motors Global Design. "The result will set a new design standard for Buick, and it couldn`t have been achieved by one studio working in isolation. The Invicta represents another significant design milestone in Buick`s history."
Invicta is powered by Buick`s first direct injection turbocharged engine, a four-cylinder powerplant that produces 250 horsepower (186 kW) and 220 lb-ft (298 Nm) of torque. The engine is matched with a six-speed automatic transmission for maximum fuel efficiency.
BUICK INVICTA SPECIFICATIONS
Vehicle type: four-door, five-passenger luxury show car sedan
Wheelbase (in / mm): 114.5 / 2908
Length (in / mm): 194.2 / 4932
Width (in / mm): 73.8 / 1874
Height (in / mm): 57.7 / 1466
Track (in / mm): 64.4 / 1635 front; 64.5 / 1637 rear
Engine: 2.0L DOHC, direct injection turbo
Horsepower (kW): 250 / 186
Torque (Nm): 220 / 298
Transmission: six-speed automatic
Suspension: MacPherson strut, front; independent, rear
Brakes: four-wheel anti-lock disc
Wheels: polished aluminum, 20 in. x 8.5 in. with milled Buick emblem
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