Buick is poised to accept Verano behind the barn as well as vacate the small car market in North America, according to sources familiar with the automaker’utes plans.
The Verano’s dwindling sales share and the popularity of the automaker’s crossovers and SUVs is actually behind the decision to stage out the entry-level luxury small, Automotive News reviews.
While North America will lose the Verano, which shares the platform with the Chevy Cruze, the model will live on in Buick-hungry China. A second-generation version bowed for the reason that country last year, including a sporty “GS” model.
The resources said Buick will likely keep the current Verano around for the 2017 model year before dropping the blade.
Introduced for the 2012 model year, the Verano’utes high water mark for U.Utes. sales came in The year 2013, with a significant decrease recorded last year. Interestingly, the model’s strongest sales month in Canada was last month.
In the past, Buick’s global main Duncan Aldred said the brand’utes future holds a smaller number of high-volume vehicles, with no room for low-volume niche products.
As buyers more and more move towards crossovers and SUVs, Buick – once strictly a purveyor associated with plush sedans and coupes – has pivoted it’s lineup to meet need. The China-built Envision cross-over lands on North American shores next month, and changes are on the way for that diminutive Encore and range-topping Enclave.
If the actual Verano does get the guitar, it means the manual transmission?- offered as an option with the Two.0-liter turbo four?– leaves the brand entirely, though few are likely to mourn its passing.