Monthly and annual sales figures for the Buick GL8 in China.
The third generation GL8 in China was launched in November 2016 and comes in two versions: a base ES model and a luxurious Avenir model (pictured above). The previous generation, introduced in 2010 (pictured below), continued to be sold alongside the new one as a cheap alternative. Both are built on the same platform. The third generation GL8 marks a significant shift in Buick’s positioning, as this is the first model of the brand worldwide to get the new upscale Avenir moniker. Avenir is not a sub-brand, but more like a top-of-the-line trim, a bit like Ford’s Vignale in Europe and GMC’s Denali in the US. The GL8 is a big MPV, which at first was mostly used by luxury taxi and transport companies, but is now also being embraced by families looking for a lot of passenger space.
It measures over 5,2 meters in length and has a wheelbase of over 3 meters, which makes it longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class L or a Cadillac Escalade. Exact dimensions: 5.203/1.878/1.811mm and a wheelbase of 3.088mm, and a weight of close to two tons (up to 1.880-1.960kg). The sumptuous V6 in the previous generation GL8 has been replaced by a downsized 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine with 260hp and 350Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic. Prices for the base ES start at 289.900 yuan (€ 39.900,- / US$ 41,800) and run up to 399.900 yuan, while the Avenir is priced at 449.900 yuan (€ 61.900,- / US$ 64,900), which is just under the starting price of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class in China. The GL8 Avenir offers more exterior chrome and a honeycomb grille, larger wheels and a more luxurious interior with second-row massage seats.
As usual in China, the previous generation GL8 will remain on sale alongside the new one to offer an entry-level budget alternative, mostly for fleet customers. More information about the history of the GL8 in China on chinacarhistory.com.
Car sales statistics from China only include domestic production and exclude imported models.
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