New Buick Riviera Concept Car Lands in Shanghai for Auto Show

By Jacob Brown | April 19, 2013
In a complete surprise move to most of the automotive industry-following public, General Motors introduced a Buick Riviera concept coupe for the Shanghai Motor Show that follows up on the 2007 concept of the same name. Designed by General Motors in collaboration with the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center in Shanghai, China, Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming says the Buick Riviera concept offers "a preview of Buick’s future design language." "By seamlessly integrating advanced technologies, flexible functions and contemporary aesthetics, the new Riviera heralds the start of a new chapter for the 110-year-old Buick brand," he said in a statement.
Said to be inspired by running water, the car has both narrow and wide design elements, and its windshield is canted 14 degrees to give the car a fastback look. It has gullwing doors because, well, why not? It's a concept car.
Inside, the Buick Riviera concept features sand-blasted aluminum, lava suede, and ebony wood that gives a look reminiscent to traditional Chinese jade-inlaid wood. Powering the Riviera concept is an all-new plug-in hybrid system, which can be recharged wirelessly or through a plug-in port in the portholes.
Other technological goodness includes 4G LTE internet access, real-time navigation and traffic information, voice commands, touch and gesture recognition. More all-new Buick models have been unveiled in China in recent years, as China is the world's largest market for the luxury brand. While this car is a hybrid, likely based around a front-wheel-drive platform as the previous concept was, plenty of talk has come into play about reviving the Buick coupe, likely to share mechanicals with the Camaro and Cadillac ATS. That's likely still a few years off, but if it looks anything like this concept, it could be a hit. Source: Buick