38 Facts About Buick


Buick, or formally the Buick Motor Division of General Motors, is a division of the American automobile manufacturer General Motors .

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The first Buick V8 was introduced in 1953, then in 1962, the Buick V6 was introduced for the compact Special model.

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Buick is one of the oldest automobile brands in the world and currently the oldest in the United States.

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Buick had been financed by a friend and fellow automobile enthusiast, Benjamin Briscoe, who in September 1903 sold control of the business to James H Whiting, of Flint Wagon Works, in Flint, Michigan.

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David Buick stayed on as a manager and re-hired Walter Marr as chief engineer.

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The engine Buick and Marr developed for this automobile was a two-cylinder valve-in-head engine of 159 cubic inches, with each cylinder horizontal and opposed to the other by 180 degrees.

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David Buick sold his stock upon departure in 1906, making him a wealthy man, but he died in modest circumstances 25 years later.

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Early success of Buick is attributed mainly to what it called the valve-in-head engine, now known as the overhead valve, engine patented by Eugene Richard and developed by Richard, Buick, and Marr.

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Buick wanted each General Motors division to target one class of buyers.

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At first, Buick followed the likes of Napier in automobile racing, winning the first-ever race held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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In 1910, Buick introduced the Model 10 with an OHV four-cylinder engine followed in 1911, with their first closed-body car, the Buick Six, that followed the same bodystyle that first appeared at Cadillac, and four years ahead of Ford.

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Buick debuted two major achievements for the 1931 model year, the OHV Buick Straight-8 engine and a synchromesh transmission in all models but the Series 50.

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Buick scored another first in 1939 when it became the first company to introduce turn signals, which did not appear on other car brands until almost a decade later.

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The Buick Special was named Motor Trend Car of the Year in 1962.

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For 1976, Buick began selling rebadged Isuzu Geminis as Opels to replace the Opel Kadett models it had previously marketed.

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Buick-powered cars won pole and second position in qualifying for Indianapolis 500.

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In 1991, Buick led the industry in improvement in sales and market share.

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In 2000, Buick headed into the new millennium with a redesigned LeSabre and a more powerful Century.

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In 2004, Buick added the Rainier mid-size SUV and the new Terraza minivan was added a year later.

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In January 2009, Buick unveiled the new 2010 LaCrosse sedan, an all-new styling direction that included traditional Buick cues.

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In 2010, Buick became the fastest-growing automotive brand in America and attracted a younger customer demographic.

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Buick confirmed that the Envision compact crossover would be sold in North America starting summer 2016.

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Aldrerd pointed out that most Buick dealers sold other GM products, so accepting the buyout would not necessarily result in a dealership closing.

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Buick has a long history of creating intriguing concept cars dating back to the Y-Job, the industry's first concept car, of 1938.

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Buick Trishield is rooted in the ancestral coat of arms of the automaker's founder, David Dunbar Buick.

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Traditional Buick styling cue dating to 1949 is a series of three or four 'vents' on the front fenders behind the front wheels.

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Buick was not entirely consistent with how they applied the styling feature, so theories that their count was tied to engine or body shell size is not factually consistent.

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Buick temporarily dropped the VentiPorts for model years 1958 and 1959.

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In 1961, Buick introduced the first V6 engine installed in an American passenger car, called the Fireball V6 in the Buick Special, and three VentiPorts appeared on the side.

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Also during this era, Buick used what the '67 Buick GS brochure called "vertical VentiPorts" to describe trim details seen on the lower half of front fenders on the Skylarks and Wildcat lines.

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At one time, a letter from Buick surfaced that was a response to an inquiry regarding the name of the ports.

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Current Buick Models have a new take on the classic styling with their Chromed "Waterfall Grilles".

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Buick is one of China's most popular, best selling automobiles.

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Buick shared the dealership floor with Pontiac and GMC until the Pontiac brand faded away in the summer of 2010.

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The Buick name was revived helicopter for the New Zealand market.

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Many years, Buick was a substitute for Chevrolet in automobile racing.

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Buick was a major powerplant in the IndyCar Series and IMSA GT Series for several years.

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Buick Club of America, founded in 1966, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of automobiles built by the Buick Motor Division of General Motors Corporation.

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