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Old 11-07-2008, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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2009 Opel Insignia First Drive
Judging by the styling, technology, and fantastic interior I believe they could rebadge this as a Buick instead of Saturn. Vehicles like this would put Buick at Acura, Infinity, and Lexus level. The going price for this is a bit above what some customers are willing to pay for a Saturn with their plastic body reputation. This thing is fantastic.
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Old 11-07-2008, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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2009 Opel Insignia First Drive
Judging by the styling, technology, and fantastic interior I believe they could rebadge this as a Buick instead of Saturn. Vehicles like this would put Buick at Acura, Infinity, and Lexus level. The going price for this is a bit above what some customers are willing to pay for a Saturn with their plastic body reputation. This thing is fantastic.
Again, I agree with you. It sure has Buick lines!
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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But what would they name it? Skylark? Lesabre? NOT PARK AVENUE! Don't get me wrong, the Park Avenue was not a bad car at all, especially with 3.8L supercharged engine but that thing was a boat. They could rebadge the Astra as a Buick Skyhawk (they once had a turbo model that got close to 6second 0-60 mph) and this car as a Skylark. The european Astra has a turbo model.
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Old 11-07-2008, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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But what would they name it? Skylark? Lesabre? NOT PARK AVENUE! Don't get me wrong, the Park Avenue was not a bad car at all, especially with 3.8L supercharged engine but that thing was a boat. They could rebadge the Astra as a Buick Skyhawk (they once had a turbo model that got close to 6second 0-60 mph) and this car as a Skylark. The european Astra has a turbo model.
I think the rebadged Astra could easily be named Skyhawk. Not sure what they would call the rebadged Insignia. Maybe Regal?
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Old 11-07-2008, 07:38 PM
 
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But what would they name it? Skylark? Lesabre? NOT PARK AVENUE! Don't get me wrong, the Park Avenue was not a bad car at all, especially with 3.8L supercharged engine but that thing was a boat. They could rebadge the Astra as a Buick Skyhawk (they once had a turbo model that got close to 6second 0-60 mph) and this car as a Skylark. The european Astra has a turbo model.
Aside from Grand National, i don't think there any names from the past that they would want to resurrect. The names Riviera,Century, Skylark, Skyhawk, etc. don't engender positive vibes, IMHO.
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Old 11-08-2008, 10:05 AM
 
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I read an article that said that Insignia will be brought to the states as a LaCrosse replacement. No word on the name, but I'd love to see Wildcat or Skylark or even Insignia. Buick Insignia. That sounds nice.

So, if that's what you wanted, then you are getting a Lexus ES at your local Buick dealer very soon. Now they need to do something about the Lucerne.

Unfortunately, the new Hyundai Genesis is better than the Lucerne in every way. China gets all the nice Buicks...and there's a Genesis beater running around in the far east and Buick refuses to sell it in North America!
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Old 11-08-2008, 03:03 PM
 
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Aside from Grand National, i don't think there any names from the past that they would want to resurrect. The names Riviera,Century, Skylark, Skyhawk, etc. don't engender positive vibes, IMHO.
I personally think Riviera's a great name, and were some pretty awesome cars in their heyday. I think Wildcat's worth consideration too, as is (was, since they've used it on a concept recently) Invicta.
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