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Summer Car Gazing Grab Bag – Meatpacking District, NYC

June 26th, 2012 by Stu

Summer in the city…nothing better. And of all the neighborhoods for prime car spotting subjects, the Meatpacking district is definitely one of them. On my way to dinner at Dos Caminos last Saturday night, I ran into an amazingly beautiful gen 2 Riviera, a tangerine C3 on steroids, a bright yellow Lotus Elise and a hulking Vantage V12 parked prominently in front of the Soho House. Looks like it’s going to be a great summer.

Sights and sounds after the jump…

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Buick Skylark Custom – SE 49th and SE Division, Portland, OR

June 21st, 2010 by Emir

This classic Buick Skylark Custom was so insanely perfect in every way that I was almost afraid to breathe when stepping up to snap a few photos on this dreary Portland afternoon. The chrome, trim pieces and killer mag wheels all looked better than new. And while I’m usually a violent opponent of vinyl roofs, this one looks pretty damn good transposed against the Bahama Blue paint’s subtle sheen.


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Under the hood: David Lyon

April 16th, 2010 by Austin

Pictured: GM Executive Director of Interior Design David Lyon inside the 2011 Buick Regal

GM gave us an advance preview of their new Buick Regal before it hits dealerships this May. We weren’t able to drive this particular pre-production unit for fear of the wheels rolling off into Park Avenue traffic, but the sporty-looking sedan definitely has some curb appeal – taught surfaces, an athletic stance, upscale styling cues and a level of interior refinement that goes beyond hard plastic and faux chrome accents. Overall, the aura (no pun intended to Saturn may they R.I.P) is decidedly European, which makes sense considering the Regal started life in Germany as an Opel Insignia [GM’s German subsidiary]. The Insignia has been on sale in Europe for about a year, where it sold more than 140,000 units and nabbed European Car of the Year honors. GM tells us it is often cross-shopped with the Audi A4…not too shabby for a brand that was selling rolling barcaloungers not too long ago. The Regal is also sold in China where Buick has achieved unprecedented sales success and possesses an almost Rolls Royce-like status in terms of prestige.

GM is down to its core brands after laying Pontiac, Saturn, Hummer and Oldsmobile to rest and selling off Saab to the Dutch. So it seems Buick is more important than ever for the GM brand portfolio. But as any auto marketer will tell you, there is no greater challenge than bringing a once great brand like Buick back to life. If Cadillac stands for luxury and Chevy for mass market quality and affordability, that leaves Buick square in the near-luxury segment currently occupied by the likes of Acura, Lexus and Infiniti. Fresh product and contemporary design seen in Buick Lacrosse and Enclave certainly aren’t hurting their chances based on the younger wave of buyers flocking to Buick dealerships. We caught up with 20-year GM vet David Lyon to get his take on things. Dave currently oversees interior design across all of GM’s brands and was formerly Executive Director of GM Asia Pacific Design where, among other projects, he oversaw the design of the utterly gorgeous Buick Riviera concept. More pictures and a Q&A after the jump.

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1964 Buick LeSabre – Grand Street, NYC

December 10th, 2009 by Ian

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Buick spokesman Tiger Woods should have been driving one of these 2-ton land yachts when – fleeing from his wife – he crashed into a hydrant and a tree on his own property. The abundance of vintage Detroit steel would have easily deflected countless golf club-swinging Swedish supermodels.

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