DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Will the Buick Avista become more than a concept? With the sleek, low-slung Avista coupe, General Motors’ Buick brand is reaching back to the days when it sold some serious performance cars.
The concept car has a mean-looking front grille, thin LED headlamps, 20-inch wheels and aggressive flared rear fenders. The Avista car has a 400-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Buick says it will have the next-generation of its “Quiet Tuning” suspension, advanced noise cancellation technology, air purifiers and even aroma therapy. GM says the Avista harkens back to the Buick Y-Job from 1938, which the company says is recognized as the auto industry’s first concept vehicle.
Now, GM has to decide whether to build it. WWJ Auto Reporter Jeff Gilbert asked the company’s CEO Mary Barra, but she wouldn’t promise anything. “Well I would love to, but right now it really represents the future of where we’re going, but who knows,” she said.
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