The Buick Lucerne was a full-size sedan sold by the luxury division of General Motors Buick. Introduced at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the Buick Lucerne replaced both the Park Avenue and the Buick LeSabre for the 2006 model year Buick Lucerne served as the flagship Buick with the 2011 model year, when it was discontinued. The Buick Lucerne is based on a revised platform G; But GM continued to refer to it as the platform H. Was replaced as the flagship of the division by a second-generation Buick LaCrosse upscaled.
Buick Lucerne Features
The available V8 Buick Lucerne was introduced with the standard Buick 3800 V6, with a Cadillac Northstar as an option. The Lucerne was also available with Magnetic Ride Control Corvette, active suspension technology. All Cars from General Motors 3.8-liter Buick V6 powered become the first SULEV compliant vehicles. The Lucerne’s base price was lower than Buick LeSabre, its predecessor, though the V8 option causes the price to reach price levels of Park Avenue. Following the tradition of Buick, the Lucerne offered “Ventiports” on the front fenders corresponding to the number of engine cylinders – three on each side for the V6 or four on each side for the Northstar V8.
The Buick Lucerne was built in Detroit / Hamtramck Assembly Plant alongside the Cadillac DTS GM. The plant has won Initial Quality Awards from JD Power and Associates for the past three years. GM leads all other automakers in the Index of Strategic Vision Total Quality (TQI). For 2008, the Lucerne has some updates midlife as a warning system and lane change revised exterior colors. Lucerne sales remained brisk for much of 2007 Two new trim levels were added: CXL Special Edition (with more standard features than CXL regular) and Super.
For 2009, the Buick Lucerne got some small improvements, including a new base engine, the 3.9 L V6 LZ9 and Bluetooth phone connectivity, and XM NavTraffic. Also announced that the Buick Lucerne is available as a Flexible Fuel Vehicle at no extra cost. For 2010, the Buick Lucerne added rocker panels Super, grille and fog lights with the entire line of Buick Lucerne. For 2011, the Lucerne was unchanged.
Buick Lucerne Super
Introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show, the Buick Lucerne Super was a more powerful, upscale setting of the original Buick Lucerne. With an improved 4.6-liter Northstar V-8 engine, the Lucerne Super added 17 hp (13 kW) V8 CXS model. Updated design to the front and the addition of a rear spoiler aimed to create a bold and sporty look. Production of Buick Lucerne Super began in 2008.
Buick Lucerne Safety
The Buick Lucerne earns a “Good” overall rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) frontal impact test, and a score of “Acceptable” in the side impact test. The IIHS also found that the model year 2006-08 Buick Lucerne had the highest mortality rate of the large class of 4-door car.
Buick Lucerne Discontinuation
The last Buick Lucerne was built on 15 June 2011, there are no direct replacements have been announced, but any new full-size sedan Buick is probably based on the Super Epsilon platform or Zeta platform. With the introduction of entry-level Summer 2012, the Buick LaCrosse takes over the position of the flagship model Buick.