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The Buick Verano is a front engine, front-wheel drive layout, four-door, five passenger, entry-level luxury[2] compact car manufactured by General Motors for its Buick brand at the Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan, and in China by GM's Joint Venture with SAIC Motor, SAIC-GM (also called Shanghai GM). The Verano debuted at the North American International Auto Show on January 10, 2011, during a preview of Buick's then upcoming 2012 model.[3][4][5][6] It is the first compact marketed by Buick in the United States since the 1998 Buick Skylark. Verano is Spanish for summer.[7]

Buick Verano
Buick Verano II sedan 01 China 2016-04-16.jpg
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
ProductionJune 2010 – present (China)
2011–2016 (United States)
Model years2010–present (China)
2012–2017 (United States)
AssemblyUnited States: Lake Orion, Michigan
China: Shanghai
Body and chassis
ClassEntry-level luxury[1]Compact car
PredecessorBuick Skylark
Pontiac G5
Pontiac Vibe
Saturn Astra

The Verano—along with the Buick Excelle GT,[8] which was developed for the Chinese market and produced in China and the Opel Astra/Vauxhall Astra sedan, which was presented at the 2012 Moscow International Automobile Salon—shares General Motors' Delta II platform with the Chevrolet Cruze and the corresponding MPV models, Chevrolet Orlando and Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Tourer.

First generation (2012–2017)Edit

First generation
Also calledBuick Excelle GT (China)
Opel Astra/Vauxhall Astra/Holden Astra
Production2010–2015 (China)
2011–2016 (United States)
Model years2012–2017
AssemblyUnited States: Orion Township, Michigan (Orion Assembly)
China: Shanghai (as Excelle GT)
DesignerDavid Lyon
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformDelta II platform
RelatedBuick Excelle XT
Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Orlando
Opel Astra
Vauxhall Astra
Holden Astra
Wheelbase105.7 in (2,685 mm)
Length183.9 in (4,671 mm)
Width71.4 in (1,814 mm)
Height58.4 in (1,483 mm)
Curb weight3,300 lb (1,500 kg)

Jim Federico, Executive Director and Vehicle Chief Engineer for Verano, led the vehicle development team and David Lyon, Buick design director, styled the exterior.[9][10]

The Verano is essentially a North American-market version of the Chinese-market compact Buick Excelle GT. The Verano's unibody construction uses galvanized steel for its front fenders, hood, roof and door panels and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper covers.[3] It incorporates acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals, a five-layer interior roof liner, sound absorbing mats, recycled denim insulation and specially manufactured 18-inch forged alloy wheels, which minimize road noise.[3] Buick's VentiPorts reappeared at the Verano's introduction, a styling feature unique to Buick dating back to 1949.

Rear view
Buick Excelle GT (China)

The standard powertrain is a 2.4 L Ecotec direct-injected DOHC I4 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 L engine is rated 180 horsepower (130 kW) at 6,700 rpm and 171 ft⋅lb (232 N⋅m) of torque at 4,900 rpm. The engine is flex-fuel capable, meaning it can use either gasoline, or E85 ethanol (2012-13)[11] • 2.4L, or any combination of the two fuels. EPA fuel economy estimates are 21 miles per US gallon (11 l/100 km) city and 32 miles per US gallon (7.4 l/100 km) highway for gasoline.[12][3] A 2012 on-road mixed highway-city review by the website MPGOMATIC showed an average 26.5 MPG on E85, and 29 for gasoline.

A 2.0 L turbocharged version became available in late 2012, for the 2013 model year, as did a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2.0 L turbo engine is rated at 250 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. GM estimated acceleration from 0-60 mph is 6.2 seconds, matching the number posted by the Buick Regal GS.[13]

For 2016, the Verano added a new Sport Touring Edition which included unique 18″ aluminum black pocket wheels and a rear lip spoiler.

The Verano was phased out from the US market after the 2017 model year. The second generation Verano is sold exclusively in China,[14] leaving Buick without an entry-level sedan in the US market.


Petrol engine
Engine Displacement Power Torque Transmission Model Years
2.4 L Ecotec I4 (Flex-Fuel) 2384 cc 180 DIN at 6700 rpm 171 ft⋅lb (232 N⋅m) at 4900 rpm 6-speed automatic 2012-
2.0 L Ecotec t/c I4 1998 cc 250 DIN at 5300 rpm 260 ft⋅lb (353 N⋅m) at 2000 rpm 6-speed automatic
6-speed manual (optional)
1.6 L Family 1 t/c I4 1598 cc 184 DIN at 5800 rpm 173 ft⋅lb (235 N⋅m) at 2200 - 5600 rpm 6-speed automatic 2010-

Second generation for China (2016–present)Edit

Second generation
Model years2016–present
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive
PlatformD2XX platform
RelatedBuick Envision
Chevrolet Cruze
Opel Astra
Vauxhall Astra
Holden Astra
Buick Excelle GT (Second generation)
Buick Excelle GX
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106 in)
Length4,718 mm (186 in)
Width1,802 mm (71 in)
Height1,466 mm (58 in)
Curb weight1,260–1,295 kg (2,778–2,855 lb)

The second generation Verano was introduced on 27 July 2015 in the Chinese market.[16][17] This Verano is longer but significantly lighter, more fuel efficient and has more interior space than its predecessor. It is sold in both sedan and hatchback body styles.[15]

Verano GSEdit

Buick Verano GS hatchback

A high-performance GS variant based on the upcoming Opel Astra OPC made its introduction at the 2015 Guangzhou Auto Show on November 20, 2015, and went on sale in China at the end of the year. Available in hatchback form, the Verano GS is powered by a turbocharged 1.5 liter inline-4 rated at 167 horsepower[18] mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox exclusive to the model. Unique aesthetic features include red accents and black chrome wheels.[19]

2018 faceliftEdit

In late 2017, Buick announced a facelift update for the 2018 model year that adds the new Buick grilles with the spreading wings to the Verano and Excelle products. The update applies to the Buick Verano sedan, Buick Verano hatchback, Buick Excelle GT sedan, and added a Buick Excelle GX station wagon as an additional new body style.


Calendar year Sales (United States)
2011* 265[20]
2012 41,042[21]
2013 45,527[22]
2014 43,743[22]
2015 31,886[23]
2016 30,277[24]
2017 4,277[25]

* Sales in the US began in November 2011.


Buick Revealed its new Compact Sedan Buick Verano 2016 at Guangzhou AutoShow 2015 in China

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  • Jacquot, Josh (2011-01-06). "2012 Buick Verano - 2011 Detroit Auto Show". Edmunds, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Buick's latest offering, the 2012 Verano, which was revealed at the 2011 Detroit Auto Show, is the smallest car in the company's lineup.
  • Kranz, Rick (2011-01-06). "Buick banks on Verano compact to grab more import buyers". Crain Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. The Verano was co-developed with GM's operations in China. The Chinese version, the Excelle GT, has been on sale in that country for about six months.
  • Kranz, Rick; Federico, James (2011-01-07). Buick Verano Compact Sedan: Regal's Little Brother (Web video). Crain Communications, Inc. Archived from the original (Shockwave flash) on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. All the key Buick cues are with the car. It has the waterfall grille, the ventiports, the key styling that's very taught around the vehicle. Probably not a sharp edge around the car. It's the way Buick flowing design is, even up to the Enclave. So it fits the family quite well.
  • Lassa, Todd (2011-01-06). "First Look: 2012 Buick Verano". MotorTrend Magazine, Source Interlink Media. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. It "has the kind of proportions not unlike the LaCrosse," notes Buick design director David Lyon, with its long cabin and sleek aero.
  • Lienert, Paul (2010-10-07). "2012 Buick Verano Confirmed for U.S." Edmunds, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-30. LAKE ORION, Michigan — As reported by Inside Line back in June, General Motors today confirmed that its new premium compact sedan will be called the 2012 Buick Verano.
  • Lienert, Paul (2010-12-06). "2012 Buick Verano Price Range: $21,000-$26,000". Edmunds, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. The compact Verano was officially confirmed for production in early October.
  • Loveday, Eric (2010-06-10). "Buick Excelle GT sedan debuts in China, U.S. version expected next year". AOL Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Later this month, the all-new 2011 Buick Excelle GT sedan will hit dealer lots over in China.
  • Migliore, Greg (2011-05-20). "Name game: Why the Buick will be called Verano". Crain Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. But the idea behind the latest Buick was to snare an upscale-sounding name to lure to new customers to the brand.
  • Peterson, Andrew (2011-01-07). "AUTO SHOWS: First Look: 2012 Buick Verano". Automobile Magazine, Source Interlink Media. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Buick’s push to find a younger customer base may have started with the Enclave crossover and continued with the 2011 Regal, but the quest continues with the launch of the 2012 Verano....“Verano expands our lineup, continues our momentum, and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers...
  • Schwegman, John; Federico, Jim (2011-01-10). "Remarks by John Schwegman (US Marketing Vice President for Buick/GM) - 2011 NAIAS Buick Press Conference". 2011 NAIAS Media Press Kit. General Motors Company. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Here's the Executive Director and Vehicle Chief Engineer for the Verano...Jim Federico.
  • Smith, Rachel (2011-01-06). "2012 Buick Verano Unveiled". U.S. News Rankings & Reviews. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. The Detroit Auto Show begins next week, but Buick decided to reveal the Verano – the automaker's new compact – a little early.
  • Treece, James B. (2011-01-17). "Buick Verano: Do Americans get it?". Crain Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. This is about GM trying to wring some extra sales out of a vehicle whose engineering was already done...Buick (read GM) needed this vehicle in China, and so they built it.
  • Ulrich, Lawrence (2011-01-06). "Buick Seeks Younger Buyer With Verano Compact Sedan". The New York Times Company. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-05-30. If the Verano’s price estimates are accurate, they would be roughly $3,000 to $4,000 more than the Chevrolet Cruze sedan on which the Verano is based.... Both models share G.M.’s global small-car platform and first went on sale in China, with the Verano badged there as the Excelle GT.
  • "Buick Introduces The All-New 2012 Verano" (Press release). General Motors Company. 2011-01-06. Archived from the original on 2011-05-30. Retrieved 2011-05-30. Models: 2012 Buick Verano Body style/driveline: four-door, 5-passenger front engine transaxle; front-wheel-drive compact car
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