Developed exclusively for the rapidly growing Chinese market, the new 2007 Buick Park Avenue was completely redesigned to meet special tastes and need of the local public. Fir the brand, the introduction of the car is especially important because the Chinese are well known for their almost unnatural love to General Motor’s entry-level luxury brand.
In fact, Buick is so popular there that in 2006 it even overtook Volkswagen in total number of vehicles sold to the local customers.
No wonder that GM eventually decided to make their new Buick Park Avenue mid-size sedan a Chinese-only vehicle.
The Chinese version of the resurrected Buick Park Avenue model could hardly be called ‘gorgeous’, but it easily compensates the lack of precious leather and rare wood with exterior dimensions sharing GM’s new global rear-wheel-drive platform and features impressive dimensions of 5,175 mm in length, 1,899 mm in width and 1,480 mm in height. With its 3,009-mm wheelbase, the new Park Avenue also seems to be a kind of spacious beast.
Customers, the company is reporting, will be offered with a choice of five trims and two AlloyTec V-6 engines:
the 3.6-liter Buick Park Avenue Flagship priced at RMB 498,800;
the 3.6-liter Elite priced at RMB 388,800;
the 2.8-liter Luxury priced at RMB 458,800;
the 2.8-liter Elite priced at RMB 368,800;
and the 2.8-liter Comfort, bearing a price tag of RMB 328,800.
Both engines feature at least adequate power to move the heavy vehicle. The 3.6-liter engine achieves a maximum power output of 250 hp reached at 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 340 Nm @ 3,200 rpm. It’s capable to accelerate the Park Avenue from zero to 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds. Less powerful 2.8-liter engine produces up to 201 hp @ 6,000 rpm and maximum torque of 265 Nm peaking at 3,000 rpm.
Inside, the car sports genuine leather seats with massage function and with 8-way power adjustment for the front seats. There is also a GPS navigation system with road information for more than 300 cities in China and an advanced entertainment system with LCD panels.
On the local market the Park Avenue will have to compete against the Audi A6, the new BMW 5-Series and, perhaps, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Well, there also must be an enormous number of home-bred competitors, too, but I must admit that I am not really familiar with the situation on the Chinese auto market.