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Buick Encore Small Crossover Sales Surpass Expectations

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The pint-size Buick Encore has been a surprising sales success for General Motors, so much so that the company is having a hard time keeping up with demand.

According to (AN), many GM dealers have reported that supplies have dwindled after the small crossover’s successful launch, undermining its sales momentum.

The Encore, like the equally successfully, Europe-exclusive Opel/Vauxhal Mokka, is built in South Korea and imported. Fortunately, the supply issue is being addressed.

“We increased production, so there have been a lot more landing within the last month,” Buick spokesman Nick Richards told AN. “Most of the dealers who didn’t have as many or didn’t have the right mix should be on their way to getting plenty.”

Analysts initially bet against the Encore, with some predicting sales of less than 14,000 units for all of 2013. However, sales have far eclipsed their pessimistic forecasts — through the first seven months alone, the Encore has sold 15,428 units.

The Buick Encore is currently the only premium subcompact crossover in a North American segment it essentially created; with Lexus, Audi, Lincoln and even Cadillac all building competing products, the market will certainly heat up in the coming few years.

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12 Second-Tier Classic Muscle Cars To Consider For Your Collection, Part 1

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AMC Rebel Machine rear

They lurked and even prospered in the shadows of the Mustangs and Corvettes of the world.

During the automotive halcyon days of the late 1960s, there were all sorts of muscle cars being optioned with powerful big-block engines and performance accessories. Not all cars coming out of Detroit were quite so outrageous, though.

There were many smaller-engined cars — typically with small-block V-8s — that were sold by the thousands. Today, they make for great collector cars and you can get one for a fraction of what the big boys go for.

1967 Torino GT Muscle Car

Ford Torino GT

Produced between 1968 and 1976, the Ford Torino was most popular as a 4-door and 2-door hardtop. The high-performance version was made with the enthusiast crowd in mind and could be ordered with engines such as the 428 CID and 429 cu “Cobra-Jet.” The GT was also available as a 2-door “SportsRoof” and convertible.

1971 Dodge Demon Classic Car

Dodge Demon

The Demon was introduced in two versions. The first was an econo-car with a 198 CID slant-six and the second was a performance version packing a 340 cubic inch V8. In addition to having more power, the V8 Demon featured special paints and cartoon devil and trident decals.

According to , the one everyone wanted was the 340. It was equipped with a synchronized floor-shifted 3-speed manual transmission, all-wheel drum brakes, a Sure-Grip differential and dual exhaust. This particular Demon is still highly sought-after model today.

1966 Ford Mercury Comet Cyclone GT

Mercury Cyclone

In 1964, Ford released a performance version of the Comet called the Mercury Comet Cyclone. That name was used until 1967, when the “Comet” part of the name was dropped and wildly-popular options such as GT, Spoiler and Cobra Jet were added. In 1971, the Cyclone lost its unique identity when it was integrated into the Montego line

Red Buick Wildcat 425ci, front angle view

Buick Wildcat

The full-size Buick Wildcat was produced from 1962 to 1970 and took its name from a fiberglass-bodied 1953 concept car. It had a high-performance 325 hp version of the 401 cu in Nailhead V-8 motor — the “Wildcat 445”, as it was known — and produced 445 lb-ft of torque.

1970 Chrysler 300 Hurst Edition

Chrysler 300 Hurst

In 1970, Chrysler built the “300 Hurst” with input from the uber-popular aftermarket parts manufacturer Hurst Performance. Only 501 units are believed to have been built. Today, genuine 300 Hurst models are worth in the low six-figures.

AMC Rebel Machine

AMC Rebel Machine

In 1957, American Motors Corporation (AMC) introduced a beefy version of the Rambler called the “Rebel.” Powered by a big V-8, the was the first factory-produced lightweight muscle car. The Rebel name was eventually used on all performance versions of AMC car, and in 1967, the company’s entire intermediate line took the Rebel name.

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GM Trademark Hints At New Buick Enspire SUV

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There might be something fresh and possibly delicious cooking at Buick.

General Motors has , the second time it has done so. Although automakers don’t always use their trademarks, there’s a good chance the company actually has something planned for it.

Previewed by the stylish Buick Enspire Concept can (pictured) that bowed at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, the production Enspire could take the form of a small crossover roughly the size of the Buick Envision and likely sharing a platform with the Cadillac XT4.

Buick Enspire All Electric SUV Concept, rear

Expect it to be more stylish and premium than the Envision, likely featuring a more radical design inspired by the concept, better material quality and more tech.

The new Buick Enspire could be unveiled sometime between 2019 and 2020. What are you hoping to see?

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GM Kills Chevy Volt, Impala, Cadillac CT6 In North America

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The American automaker is cutting back on its sedan lineup with the closure five factories in North America.

General Motors has announced that it will discontinue production of several of cars as it shifts its focus to trucks and crossovers.

The company plans to idle its Oshawa Assembly in Ontario, Canada, Lordstown Plant in Ohio and the Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan by the end of 2019. The slow-selling Chevy Volt, Impala, and Cruze, as well as the Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac CT6 and XTS will all be casualties of the plant closures.

Production of the Chevy Cruze and Volt are expected to cease in by March 2019, while the Impala will live on until the end of 2019. Buick LaCrosse will say adieu in March 2019, followed by the Cadillac CT6 in June 2019 and the Cadillac XTS in Q4 2019.

The decision coincides with an industry-wide preparation for lower sales and continued shift away from sedans as buyers increasingly gravitate towards high-riding models. Earlier in 2018, Ford announced that it would stop making cars except for the Mustang in order to focus exclusively on trucks utility vehicles.

GM intends to prioritize future vehicle investments in next-generation battery-electric architectures and consolidate 75 percent of its global sales volume onto just five vehicle architectures by 2030.

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