New from the ground up, the 2010 Buick LaCrosse luxury sedan makes its world debut at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11th The LaCrosse is all-wheel drive, a number of advanced technologies and intelligent personal safety, and a choice of two fuel-efficient V-6 engines.

“The new LaCrosse was a lot of attention to detail, craftsmanship and modern technology,” said Susan Docherty, Buick-Pontiac-GMC Vice President. “It builds on the success of the enclave, as the next step in the renaissance Buick. And as for Enclave, our goal is to create a whole new buyer for our dealer for LaCrosse.”

Sculpture Design

Buick long heritage of leading designs, such as the Y-Job Concept, the Road Master and the Cote d’Azur, helped define American automobile design over the years, according to Ed Welburn, Vice President of GM Global Design. Today, Buick design is a product of a global team and resources. Creative collaboration between designers in the United States and China, in collaboration with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) and Chassis Body and engineers in Europe, resulted in the first General Motors vehicle will be created on three continents. Click here for individual and Embed Videos
Click here to embed this player

“The new LaCrosse is to modern elegance,” said Welburn. “Throughout the design process, you will experience a balance of contrasts. Both the interior and exterior were in harmony with the spirit. The exterior balances taut, sensual sculptures accented with lines and surfaces. Inside, smoked chrome accents, warm wood, first class leather and materials are combined with cool blue ambient lighting to create a welcoming environment. ”

The exterior design is faithful to the Buick Invicta show car was introduced at the Auto Show in Beijing in 2008.  “It is immediately recognizable as a Buick, with its signature” sweep spear “body-side styling, Portholes characters in line on the bonnet, radiator grille and waterfall,” adds Welburn.

Luxurious interior experience

Inside are the two-tone interior is a flowing, without design theme that wraps around the instrument and door panels. Attention to detail is reflected throughout the body, including the analog instrument cluster with chrome accents of dark wood and the contrasting sewing thread and the French on the instrument panel display.

Buick signature Quiet Tuning – an engineering process to reduce, block and absorb interior noise – a distraction-free environment of persons. An unexpected, inviting touch is the cool blue ambient lighting throughout the cabin from the center console, dashboard and door trim.

Intelligent Personal Technologies

The contemporary atmosphere of the cabin includes digital connectivity and personal technology in the new LaCrosse. These include functions such as in-dash navigation, Bluetooth, an additional audio input and a USB port. For the rear passenger seats, a power rear window sunshade and a DVD entertainment system with two screens in the seat backs, is available.

LaCrosse Intelligent Technologies working for a 360-degree field of view behind the wheel, for a greater feeling of comfort, safety and security. It starts with the available head-up display in the windshield so the driver to monitor speed, while his or her eyes on the road. At night, the available adaptive lighting package can be connected directly to the high intensity discharge headlight beams up to 15 degrees for improved illumination of the road and its curves.

LaCrosse offers Side Blind Zone Alert reports that the driver when a vehicle in the adjacent streets is to travel in the driver’s blind spot. The LaCrosse is also equipped with a camera from behind, with the display in the navigation display.

Technology LaCrosse increased to a range of standard safety features, to meet the criteria for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 20-star safety rating. Highlights are the front, side and roof-mounted head curtain airbags, StabiliTrak stability and traction control system. The safety and security of OnStar is also available for the first year of ownership.

Responsive performance

LaCrosse stiff the building serves as the basis for accurate suspension tuning, security and a quiet ride. Buyers can choose from a family of powerful, direct-injection six-cylinder engines and a fuel-conservation of the six-speed automatic transmission with tap-up/tap-down control.

The direct injection engines in the LaCrosse more power with less fuel consumption and emissions through greater control of combustion – especially in cold-start emissions, which increased by up to 25 percent.

Text and Pictures: GM