Buick LaCrosse

In 2005, Buick began offering the Buick LaCrosse, a mid-size car. This model has only been available as a four-door sedan and was introduced to replace the Century and Regal models of Buick's lineup. A concept car, which was at the time called the LaCrosse, was premiered in 2000. The 2005 model was released during the 2004 year as Buick hoped to replace the two older models with this one new model. Buick has stated plans to release a new LaCrosse model with a new trim option and they have said that it will debut at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. This new model will be positioned as a higher-performance model of the previously released sedan. It is slated to have a revised front end and the styling of the vehicle was allegedly influenced by the 2004 Velite concept car. The under the hood power will come from the 5.3l small-block V8 engine which is slated to feature Active Fuel Management technology. This powertrain can also be found on the Grand Prix GXP, Impala SS, and Monte Carlo SS. If all goes as planed, the model will be release as a mid year 2008 model. A second-generation LaCrosse will use General Motor's Epsilon II and will hopefully debut as a 2010 model. This is all part of GM's attempt to phase out the current W-body LaCrosse after the 2009 model year. It is hard to say if all these accomplishments will actually take place given the current state of the automotive industry. Buick is however trying to compete in the market with the growing influence of fuel efficiency. In particular, the Buick LaCrosse is one of a number of vehicles selected by Hertz Rent A Car as part of their Green Collection. All Green Collection vehicles must attain an EPA highway rating of 28 mpg or higher and can be specifically requested in advance for drivers who are looking to either save a buck or save the earth.