Buick gives the buyers what they want with all-utility lineup | Chicago Auto Show

Much like the 1928 Y-Job, designed by Harley Earl and considered the auto industry’s first concept car, the Buick Avenir and Avista concept sedans are test beds and not intended for production. Buick Envision offers a 2-liter turbo 4 that boosts performance to 252 hp and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The first Buick was manufactured in Detroit in 1903. It also was the first brand for General Motors, formed in 1908, and it took a backseat in reputation only to Cadillac, which GM acquired in 2009. Rumored to be on its way out, Buick has made a stunning comeback the last 10 years. To keep the momentum going, Buick has eliminated production of sedan, to focus on the more popular utility vehicles. At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, visitors will see its newest — the Encore GX. “Our strategy is a direct result of listening to both our current customer base and our potential base,” explained Stuart Fowle, communications manager for Buick. “Drivers want SUVs, not sedans. Last model year, our sedan sales were only 10% of our total sales in the USA. The decision was really made for us, and we were responsive to the wants and needs of our customers.” Buick currently markets the Encore, Envision, and...

Hyundai will make its Santa Cruz pickup trucks at its Alabama plant in 2021

After an unexpectedly long delay, Hyundai has given the go to build a new compact pickup truck, a version of the Santa Cruz concept from the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, at its Montgomery, Alabama assembly plant. Finding a place to build Santa Cruz was one of the biggest challenges delaying the project, according to a senior Hyundai official. The automaker will spend $410 million to expand the Montgomery plant which, in recent years, has struggled to keep up with demand for Hyundai products like the newly redesigned Santa Fe SUV. Adding Santa Cruz will create 200 direct jobs at the plant and another 1,000 for regional suppliers, the Korean carmaker said Wednesday. If Santa Cruz were built today, it would become the smallest pickup on the market. With it, several Hyundai officials have said, they hope to recreate at least some of the success classic compact trucks, like the 1970s-era Chevrolet Luv, had attracting first-time baby boom buyers. Pickups, on the whole, make up a massive segment of the U.S. automotive market with three full-size models: the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 topping the sales charts year after year. Midsize models like the Toyota Tacoma, had been...