Updated Buick Riviera Concept Bows at 2013 Shanghai Auto Show


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    Buick Riviera Concept Picture

    The revised Buick Riviera concept debuted at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show. | April 19, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • A new take on the Buick Riviera concept vehicle made its global debut on Friday at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
  • The new version, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has a lower, sleeker waterfall grille, gullwing doors and narrower headlights, along with a charging port integrated into the portholes.
  • The first Buick Riviera concept debuted at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show.

SHANGHAI, China — A new take on the Buick Riviera concept vehicle made its global debut on Friday at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

The new version, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has a lower, sleeker waterfall grille, gullwing doors, and narrower headlights, along with a charging port integrated into the portholes. It retains many of the original exterior lines of the 2007 Buick Riviera concept, however.

The first Buick Riviera concept debuted at the 2007 Shanghai Auto Show. The revised Riviera concept could signal that GM is considering reviving the Riviera nameplate.

The new grille design is said to be influenced by the feathers of a swan and may make its way into future Buicks.

"The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick's future design language," said Ye Yongming, Shanghai GM president, in a statement.

The new concept has wireless charging capabilities, according to GM. The vehicle can be charged with a traditional cable or wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car's chassis. The charging port is integrated into Buick's porthole design.

GM did not offer any technical specifications on the concept, including how far it could travel on electric power alone. The concept is also equipped with intelligent four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled suspension and an air spring package.

The cabin gets front "floating" seats and a noise-absorbing head restraint system.

Edmunds says: The Buick Riviera name dates back to 1949 and many have long thought reviving it makes a lot of sense. You can be sure the reaction to the updated concept will be watched closely in China and the U.S.

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