The next step in Buick's plan for world domination is a new small sedan based on the Opel Astra called the Buick Excelle. Following what's likely to be its debut for the Chinese market later this month at the Beijing Motor Show, Buick plans to bring the compact sedan to the United States in 2011.
Slotting beneath the Regal in Buick's lineup, the new compact sedan will be based on General Motor's Delta II architecture, the very same that will underpin the Chevrolet Cruze and Volt. From the spy photos we can clearly see the new model will sport the signature Buick waterfall grille, expressive headlights inspired by the Regal and hood-mounted portholes.
Look for the new Buick model to be produced at GM's Lordstown, Ohio facility. GM's Lordstown plant will begin production of the Cruze in June 2010, with the Buick sedan likely to follow about 12 to 18 months later. The compact Buick sedan should hit dealers by early 2012 with a price tag at or below the $20,000 mark.