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2015 Buick Avenir Concept 

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 2015 Buick Avenir Concept 2015 Buick Avenir Concept  DETROIT – Buick introduced the Avenir concept today in advance of the North American International Auto Show – a flagship sedan exploring progressive design with new levels of passenger well-being and technology integration.

The Avenir – French for future – is distinguished by its premium sports proportions and all-new interpretations of traditional Buick cues. It is the creation of a global team of Buick designers and sculptors who were inspired by historic Buick concepts, which pushed traditional boundaries, shaped future Buick models and influenced the entire auto industry.

“Avenir embodies Buick design, which centers on effortless beauty and presence without pretense,” said Ed Welburn, vice president of General Motors Global Design. “It demonstrates the growing international reach of Buick and offers an exciting vision of where it can go.”

The Avenir’s sculptural surfacing, expressive proportion and Buick’s signature sweep-spear bodyside visually cue an exceptional driving experience that awaits inside.

“The interior is designed with the driver and passengers’ comfort and well-being in mind,” said Welburn. “Technology is seamlessly integrated and builds on the features that have become hallmarks for today’s production models – helping drive a new generation of customers to Buick.”

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Additional vehicle highlights:

  • Personal seating for four
  • Full light-emitting diode (LED) exterior lighting
  • Twenty-one-inch wheels
  • Next-generation direct-injected V-6 engine with fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and stop/start technology
  • Nine-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission
  • Driver-selectable suspension damping
  • Twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system
  • Next-generation Buick IntelliLink infotainment with large, 12-inch-diagonal color touch screen
  • Driver-recognition features that automatically sync infotainment preferences
  • Ionic cabin air filtration
  • Mobile device wireless charging
  • OnStar 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot.

A new design direction with a nod to the past
A long hood, wheels-at-the-corners stance and a sloping, rear deck that pays homage to historical models, such as the Riviera, distinguish the Avenir’s proportion.

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“Simply put, Avenir is a beautiful piece of sculpture, delivered on a premium proportion that acknowledges the Buick design heritage in a very progressive way,” said Michael Simcoe, vice president of design, GM International Operations. “The vehicle remains unmistakably Buick with a modern take on the traditional Buick cues such as the sweep spear and boattail. The result is a piece of artistry that is precise in its character, beautifully proportioned. It really takes your breath away.”

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The most striking departure from contemporary Buick models is a new grille design that puts a new face on the brand. It features a large opening accented by a return to the three-color – red, silver and blue – Buick tri-shield insignia, accented by wing-shaped elements. The grille is flanked by bold headlamps featuring full LED lighting.

“The new grille is a modern interpretation of a design introduced on the landmark 1954 Wildcat II concept, which shattered expectations of what a Buick was supposed to be,” said Simcoe. “On the Avenir, it represents a break from convention and progressiveness in technology.”

Sculptural surfaces, taught lines, short overhangs and a broad-shouldered stance stretches 204.5 inches (5,195 mm) in length and 76 inches (1,931 mm) in width. Its reimagined sweep-spear element complements the long body lines and conveys a sense of motion, as does tapered rear-end styling.

Avenir’s sophisticated color palette, including a Crystalline exterior color and strained use of bright work accent the Avenir’s body lines and sets up the interior for a combination that takes Buick’s contemporary style to a higher level.

“It’s a sculpted design with a lot of snap in the character lines – with a classic long, low proportion,” said Simcoe. “Its length enables exceptional spaciousness inside, but just as importantly, a presence that speaks to luxury and the importance of style. In short, it’s the befitting proportion for a Buick flagship.”

A soothing environment with unprecedented integration
The Avenir’s four-place interior rewards the senses, makes managing technologies easier and enhances the feelings of personal space and well-being.

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“A flowing, sculptural quality in the interior forms, deco trim, premium leather and ambient lighting, create an environment that is inviting and comfortable,” said Liz Wetzel, Buick interior design director.

Interior surfaces – inspired by nature and sea waves receding on a beach – flow seamlessly through the cabin. It is a motif featured on the seats and carried through in other trim components – even the carpet. In fact, a patterned insert for the carpet carries the motif in silk and bamboo.  

“There’s an almost-three-dimensional or bas-relief effect to the design motif that adds depth and heightens the sense of place,” said Wetzel. “Layered and floating elements such as the center console enhance the perception of lightness, efficiency and dynamism.”

A color palette of light and natural tones blended with oiled and buffed wood trim, and Galvano satin-chrome accents, enhance the Avenir’s ambience.

“They’re rich, premium materials and warm colors innovatively executed to enhance the soothing effect of the interior environment,” said Wetzel.

Functionality is manifested in the Avenir’s device-integration technologies, which are designed to lift the user’s mood and make the details associated with daily life a little easier. It starts the moment the vehicle is started, synchronizing information and devices within seconds. The Avenir instantly configures gauge cluster and infotainment screen displays based on prior customization while also recognizing the user’s music preferences, calendar schedule and recently visited locations from a cellphone’s GPS. It can even pick up a podcast the user was listening to at the moment it was interrupted.

Buick’s user experience designers are also pushing the Avenir’s technologies for home integration, which would allow accessing home security cameras or the capability of turning on outside lights and closing a garage door that was inadvertently left open.

“The Avenir’s integration features build on the technologies already available or coming soon in smartphones and streamline them in a system that makes accessing and interacting with them easier,” said Wetzel.

Personal connectivity extends to rear-seat passengers, where USB ports and video screens allow occupants to plug in to their favorite media and slip into complete relaxation, arriving at their destination refreshed and rejuvenated.

“The use of color, material, form and amenities can affect a person’s mood and feeling,” said Wetzel. “The Avenir is a showcase of thoughtful and modern design with the capacity to anticipate and facilitate the personal needs of its occupants. It’s absolutely its own getaway destination.” 


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GM Australia Designers scoop Top Award in Detroit

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  • Buick Avenir awarded two design trophies at the North American International Auto Show
  • Australian-designed and built Avenir heralded  ‘Best Concept Vehicle 2015’
  • Australian-developed and built, Chevrolet Bolt is ‘Best Concept Vehicle 2015’ finalist

GDesigned in collaboration with GM North America, and built at GM Australia’s advanced design studio in Port Melbourne, the Buick Avenir  gaycarboys (2)M Australia’s design team has added another two trophies to its cabinet as the Buick Avenir takes out “Best Concept Vehicle 2015” and “Best Innovative Use of Colour, Graphics and Materials” as the car continues to wow at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The Australian-developed and built Chevrolet Bolt is also recognised as it is placed as one of two runners up the “Best Concept Vehicle 2015” in what turned out to be a special day for Holden Design.

EyesOn Design, the officially-sanctioned design awards for NAIAS, honour the most significant automotive designs revealed at NAIAS as determined by automotive design leaders and is described as ‘validation of great automobile design from the industry’s leaders’.

Vice President of GM International Design, Michael Simcoe said the awards were fantastic recognition forDesign Award detroit GAYCARBOYS the incredibly talented design team and an acknowledgment of all the hard work that has gone into these programs.

“Avenir and Bolt EV are clear illustrations of the creativity and capability we have in the global design studio in Australia,” Mr Simcoe said.

“To have these vehicles recognised on the world stage and to receive not one, but two, awards from our peers is a fantastic achievement and one in which everyone should be immensely proud.”

Holden’s Lead Exterior Designer, Warrack Leach said to be recognised by an esteemed and well respected judging panel like that of EyesOn Design was particularly gratifying.

“We are all very proud of what we have created so to receive these two awards from EyesOn Design is a great compliment and caps what has been a very exciting project,” Mr Leach said.

Designed in collaboration with GM North America and built at GM Australia’s advanced studio, Avenir – French for “future” – leverages Buick’s unique styling legacy to explore a vision for a modern flagship sedan.

The Chevrolet Bolt EV concept is an affordable long-range all-electric vehicle that originated in GM Korea’s advanced design studio before GM Australia Design developed the concept and was responsible for the construction of the functional show car.

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For more information on EyesOn Design please visit – EyesOnDesign.

Holden pitches in to keep bushfire victims on the road

 

Holden has taken to social media to offer a number of loan cars to people who have lost their vehicle in the devastating bushfires that have swept across the Adelaide Hills.

The local carmaker asked affected people to make contact through Facebook or Twitter if they were without a car following the significant property loss that occurred in the Sampson Flat fire.

Holden’s Corporate Affairs Manager for South Australia, Sophie Milic, said that Holden felt strongly about wanting to help those who had lost so much in recent days.

“Our Elizabeth factory isn’t far from the fire grounds and several of our employees live in the affected areas, so we’re connected to this community and we want to do what we can,” Ms Milic said.

“Particularly for those who have also lost houses, being without a car means they will have difficulty independently travelling between temporary accommodation and their property to begin clean-up efforts, and frankly that’s one more worry they don’t need at this time.

“Offering a loan car is just one small thing we can do to assist people to start getting their lives back in order.”

There is a limited number of cars available for up to 30 days and anyone interested should contact Holden through Facebook: facebook.com/HoldenAustralia or Twitter: @HoldenNews

‘Uber’ ‘Sandman’ a star of Shannons Sydney Late Spring Sale

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‘Uber’ ‘Sandman’ a star of Shannons Sydney Late Spring Sale

• One owner Holden Overlander Panel Van with books
• First time offered for sale since original purchase
• Rare opportunity to acquire an iconic Aussie 4WD

A very rare one owner 1976 Holden Overlander ‘Sandman’ Panel Van offered for sale for the first time in 35 years has created Australia-wide interest ahead of its sale in Shannons Late Spring Classic Auction in Sydney on November 17.

The high-riding and comfortably appointed Overlander was the brainchild of Tasmanian Arthur Hayward in the 1970s, at a time before the term ‘SUV’ existed when most 4WDs were basic, utilitarian devices devoid of any creature comforts.

His attention-grabbing ‘Uber’ Holden four-wheel drive vehicles were inspired by the Chevrolet Blazer of the era and based on Holden’s HJ panel vans, utes and station wagons, with each completed to the customer’s own specification.

The combination of Holden’s powerful 308-cid V8 engine and Turbo 400 transmission was perfectly suited to the task of bush bashing and the Overlander effectively set the stage for Holden’s own 4WD Adventra introduced nearly 30 years later in 2003.

Sadly, delays in ADR certification, combined with import duties on the major driveline components from the USA, frustrated Hayward’s efforts to increase production and Holden’s decision to switch to the Commodore was the final nail in the coffin. Production ran from late 1976 until 1980 and it is believed that a total of 80 were made, consisting of 20 utes, six One-Tonners, 24 wagons and 30 panel vans, with a mixture of HJ/HX/HZ versions.

This Overlander being auctioned by Shannons is build number five of the 30 Overlander Panel Vans and was bought new as a demonstrator from Keith Leach Holden Motors of Stone Corner, Brisbane by the current owners in early 1977.

Always kept registered and on the road, this Overlander has circumnavigated Australia a couple of times, including re-visiting its ‘birthplace’ in Tasmania, and otherwise been a loyal workhorse on the family property near Inverell.

Mechanically unaltered from its original specification, the HJ still runs the correct 308-cid V8 and Turbo 400 transmission and has a few useful modifications, including dual batteries, an oil cooler and twin 75-litre long-range fuel tanks.

Complete with its original books and other documents, Shannons believe this 1976 Overlander represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire an Aussie icon, one that could either be kept in unrestored condition or make a straightforward restoration project.

Holden Cruze Stars In Stunning Tasmanian New Short Film

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The Holden Cruze Z-Series has starred in a new short film shot in beautiful Tasmania by award winning photographer, Nathan Kaso and award winning writer and director, Timothy Melville.

The talented duo set out from Holden’s Port Melbourne headquarters with a pair of Red Hot Cruze Z-Series Cruze Tasmania gaycarboys holden (1)to explore the island state and its stunning landscape for a two week period of filming. 

The excursion put the new Cruze Z-Series through its paces on various road surfaces, from lake shores to mountain summits, with the car playing the lead role in the film. 

The short film features the new Cruze Z-Series exploring Tasmania using unique time-lapse footage similar to that for which Kaso received his previous accolades, Miniature Melbourne. 

After two weeks of intense filming, both Kaso and Melville were pleased with the resulting footage in which the Cruze Z-Series performs exceptionally.

“We wanted to make something unique that would appeal to a wide audience.” Kaso said.

“Incorporating cars into the time-lapse process was an exciting challenge and something that has not Cruze Tasmania gaycarboys holden (2)been attempted before. 

“It was an ambitious project to undertake, but we were really fortunate with the conditions and came away with some beautiful footage.”

Holden’s Director of Marketing Bill Mott added “This sort of project is exciting for Holden.  We don’t get the opportunity to showcase a car in this way too often and I think the Cruze really shines throughout the film”

“To be able to perform so well on challenging surfaces and conditions is testament to the quality and performance that the car provides.”

The film is available to view on the Holden YouTube channel and Facebook page.  To follow Cruze and stay up to date with Holden news, connect with Holden:

Holden Concepts Takes Centre Stage At Motorex

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Three of Holden’s most historically significant concept cars, EFIJY, Hurricane and Coupe 60, will take centre stage this weekend at Meguiar’s MotorEx Melbourne 2014.

The three show stoppers celebrate Holden’s design excellence and rich 66-year history in producing iconic Australian vehicles.

Richard Ferlazzo, Holden’s Design Director, said it was great to see such iconic vehicles on display together. 

“We’re incredibly proud of these vehicles as they truly represent the incredible talent we have within Holden,” Mr Ferlazzo said.

“Each of these vehicles have their own unique story and perfectly illustrate why Holden is recognised globally within General Motors as a centre of excellence for concept vehicle and show car development.

“Concept cars give designers a unique opportunity to showcase their creative abilities and I can’t think of three more perfect examples that these.”

EFIJY

In 2005, Holden took the covers off the Holden EFIJY, a wild 21st Century hot rod reincarnating Australia’s 2005 EFIJY conceptmost famous car, the FJ Holden.

A radical pillarless custom coupe boasting V8 Supercar power under the bonnet, EFIJY utilises a Chevrolet Corvette underbody and state-of-the-art automotive technology throughout.

The ‘Soprano Purple’ paintwork highlights its curvaceous 5.2-metre body, reinterpreting the classic design cues of the iconic 1953 FJ Holden.  It delivers retro, mumbo and gizmos in one glorious package.

Never intended for production, EFIJY was a passionate side project for some Holden Design team members and a long-term dream for Holden’s Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo who said the car was all about fun, emotion and imagination. 

Coupe 60

Unveiled in 2008 to celebrate Holden’s 60th anniversary, the Coupe 60 is a stunning two-door performance Holden Coupe 60thoroughbred which exemplifies sporting luxury.

A sophisticated pillarless concept car, Coupe 60 combines racing looks and technology into a road going sports car experience.

Featuring racing-derived enhancements including a V8 supercar inspired cockpit layout, side-exiting chambered exhaust system with billet alloy tips, a full flat under body, rear underbody air diffuser and functional rear deck-lid spoiler with unique designed LED tail lamps.

The interior also has several unique feature including a one piece carbon fibre bucket seats, featuring leather and suede pad design, and a sports-inspired flat bottomed steering wheel with integrated shift light display and LCD sports instrument cluster.

Under the bonnet Coupe 60 boasts a 6.0 litre V8 engine incorporating the technologies such as active fuel management and calibrated for E85 ethanol fuel.

Even the paint is a one-off. Called ‘Diamond Silver’ by Holden designers, it gives a liquid aluminium finish that almost slides off the bodywork.

Holden’s Design Director, Richard Ferlazzo said at the reveal that the Coupe 60 was Holden’s 60th anniversary gift to its fans worldwide.

Hurricane

Holden went back to the future when it restored Holden’s very first concept car – the 1969 Holden Hurricane.

The futuristic research vehicle, once described as an experiment “to study design trend, propulsion Holden Hurricanesystems and other long range developments”, was restored to its former glory in 2011 as a labour of love by a dedicated group of Holden designers and engineers.

Code named RD 001; the Hurricane is a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-seater sports car which incorporates a remarkable array of innovative features and technology, much of it way ahead of its time.

Features such as electronic digital instrument displays, station-seeking radio, automatic temperature control air conditioning, rear vision camera and an automated route finder were all showcased in this ground-breaking vehicle 42 years ago.  Many of these technologies have only recently made their way into mass production, demonstrating Holden’s remarkable foresight into both design and engineering technology.

The Hurricane stole headlines and dropped jaws nationwide when it debuted at the 1969 Melbourne Motor Show and it continues to impress and build Holden’s global reputation for envisioning and executing world-class concept vehicles.

Now in its 14th year, Meguiar’s MotorEx is heralded as the largest and most prestigious motoring enthusiast event of its kind in Australia.  The event, which is held on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July at Melbourne Showgrounds, will feature over 400 vehicles including custom, performance and collectable vehicles.

Aussie Classics at Shannons.

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Aussie Classics Share Spotlight At Shannons Melbourne Winter Auction

• Time-warp Holden EK Special to excite collectors

• ‘Muscle Car’ ZD K-Code Fairlane

• Affordable XT Falcon 302 GT Manual

Australian-built cars from the 1960s and 1970s could steal the spotlight from the more exotic European and American vehicles in Shannons Melbourne Winter Auction on Monday (July 21).

Standout Aussies include a time warp two-owner from new 1961 Holden EK Special Station Sedan that 1962 Valiant S-Type shannons gaycarboyshas just emerged from long-term storage. Off the road since 1985 and flitted with a wide range of sought-after period NASCO options, the Holden is being offer in unrestored condition and is expected to attract plenty of interest from collectors in the $28,000-$34,000 range.

Shannons also have two locally-built Ford Fairlanes in Monday’s sale – a 1968 ZB top-of-the-range V8 ‘500’ model coming from long-term family ownership that is being offered with ‘No Reserve’ (guiding range $7,000-$10,000) and a rare 1971 matching-numbers K-Code 351- cid ZD with the rare factory LSD option for true Muscle Car performance that is expected to sell in the $18,000-$26,000 range.

1971 matching-numbers K-Code 351-cid ZD Fairlane shannons gaycarboysOther great Aussie classics in the auction include a 1968 Falcon XT GT 302 V8 four-speed manual in trademark GT Gold that represents a great entry into Australian Muscle Car ownership at it’s expected selling range of $40,000-$48,000 and a lovingly-preserved 1962 Valiant S-Type that has come from single-family ownership that would be perfect for a Chrysler collector at it’s expected selling range of $15,000-$20,000.

These and the other 35 Classic vehicle and 26 memorabilia lots – including 13 black and white Victorian Heritage number pates from ‘83’ upwards – in Monday’s 7pm auction can be viewed at Shannons Cheltenham showroom, 321 Warrigal Road, from 9am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday.

To register for Online Bidding at Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction on July 21, visit www.shannons.com.au and follow the current auction links.

For specific auction information contact: Christophe Boribon on (03) 8588 0809, or 13 4646 (Option 5).