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GL8 Minivan is First Buick to Get Fancy Avenir Treatment

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The Buick GL8 minivan is the first vehicle in the automaker’s lineup to be offered with an Avenir badge

How will the Chinese market react to the new Buick GL8 Avenir?
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Buick didn’t bring any special-edition vehicles to SEMA, but the American automaker has made headlines across the globe with its recent announcement that an Avenir version of the Buick GL8 minivan will be released on November 5th in China.

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Inspired by the Avenir concept that debuted at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the new Buick GL8 is the first model that’s received the Avenir sub-brand’s special touch.

Every Buick GL8 Avenir comes standard with the Earl Purple exterior color option and 18-inch alloy wheels. In addition, the new GL8 pays tribute to the original Avenir by wearing the same winged crest on its grille as the concept vehicle.

More luxury equipment can be found inside the cabin of the Buick GL8 Avenir. Some the notable items featured inside the GL8 include multiple Avenir badges, quilted leather upholstery, and a suede headliner, as well as 18 atmospheric colored lighting options.

Buick has yet to release information about which engine will be used in the GL8 Avenir, but the company did announce a new-generation of the GL8 will be release in China by the end of 2017. In addition, there have been rumors the third-generation GL8 will be offered with a turbocharged four-cylinder motor that could produce more than 250 horsepower.

The GL8 was Buick’s best-selling vehicle last year in China with 76,607 units moved and it’s also one of the reasons why Buick has sold more than one million vehicles worldwide so far in 2016.

The new Avenir version of the Buick GL8 minivan will not be available in the United States, but it does give us a taste of what the new Avenir sub-brand has in store for future models.

Buick has not offered a minivan in the US since the Terraza was discontinued after the 2007 model year.

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After four years in The Marine Corp, Rod formed a career at Hatfield Buick GMC that has spanned more than 25 years. He is married to Lori, has one daughter, Staci, and two grandkids, Kimberlyn and Kaden. He’s an avid golfer and past president and active member of the Redlands Optimist Club.