RIP Buick Regal

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by sriley531, Dec 4, 2019 at 1:09 PM.

  1. sriley531

    sriley531 Getting Carried Away....

  2. 1972Mach1

    1972Mach1 Just some guy.....

    Girlfriend and I were watching TV last night and a Cadillac commercial comes on. I was expecting to see the new CT4 and CT5 (their new sedans). Nope, just the same SUVs that have been out for a while all the way through. Saw the same commercial on a different channel, then saw it again this morning. I know America doesn't "want" cars anymore, but if you don't even let them know you have them, who's fault is that? At least put the cars in the picture at the end of the commercial.
     
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  3. k.pascoe

    k.pascoe 73 Century Gran Sport 455

    Dodge is selling over 100,000 Chargers a year. So there are people who want cars, just the right one.
     
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  4. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

    Man, I was ready to drop a hammer on a 2020 Regal GS stage 3.
     
  5. lemmy-67

    lemmy-67 Gold Level Contributor

    Yep, nobody but PRC party officials get the Buick coupes/sedans these days. Everybody else in the USA can ride the bus or let their uber-boober driver crash them into a ditch.

    I still can't see the allure of the Encore model. I drove one about 5 years ago. Was okay....but looks too much like an egg. No hood.
     
  6. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    My response would be, "What percentage of full-size sedans make up the American market?"

    Dodge also offers a niche product, something Buick does not.
     
  7. pbr400

    pbr400 68GS400

  8. JoeBlog

    JoeBlog Platinum Level Contributor

    As an owner of a 2019 Regal TourX, this wasn’t unexpected. I’ve never seen any real marketing for these cars, just an aside during an SUV ad. I’ve only seen my TourX in town; I’ve yet to even catch a glimpse of another one. If you don’t try to sell something, nobody will buy it.
     
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  9. sailbrd

    sailbrd Well-Known Member

    What Joe said. Hard to sell a car no one knows about. We are asked all the time about the X. My daughter takes her X to a Chevy dealership for work and none of the mechanics knew what it was.
     
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  10. gs66

    gs66 Well-Known Member

    I think it’s a mistake too. They are all (The Big Three) handing the car business to the Japanese companies.
     
  11. Jerseysky66

    Jerseysky66 Silver Level contributor

    I see plenty of regular cars on the road. The problem is 9 out of 10 are Japanese or Korean cars. People have lost the trust to buy an American car. It would have to be a very special car to change that.
     
  12. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Hyundai and Kia have an extensive lineup of coupes sedans and are introducing new ones. Hyundai is even coming out with a mid engine performance sedan so the logic of nobody wants a car anymore is bull. Ford dropped sedans from their lineup so GM had to do the same in a blind fury. It makes no sense for a car company to not sell cars. If you make something no one else does it will sell, if you make exactly what everyone else does your trapped in sales wars and that's a tough market.

    My truck dealership is GMC, Buick and Cadillac so whenever I go for service I get to checkout their lineups. Sorry to say but everything but the trucks are crap. No wonder they're barely keeping their head above water. What chick decided for GM that all their cars should be slow and boring soccer mom cars. Now they decided that cars are impractical for soccer mom's so everyone will now drive boring bubbles. Stupid stupid stupid but then again the general doesn't have a good track record of smart business decisions. This will hurt them big time like cutting full size cars and losing the LE and taxi market in 96. The fords weren't better in fact they exploded on impact but every PD across the country were saddled with them exclusively for the next 16 years. Crossovers aren't the future they are right now and 2-3 years from now I see another government bailout due to poor business decisions.
     
  13. gstewart

    gstewart Well-Known Member

    And I just purchased a new 2109 Regal Sporthatch. I like this car. I owned a 1998 Regal GS from new & kept it until 2008. Great and fast car!!
     
  14. Buicksky

    Buicksky Silver Level contributor

    Yes another short sighted decision I bought a 2019 Impala and have been pleased so far. I have always bought "American " but with content and percentage of American content dropping, its hard to justify my thinking any longer. As stated earlier the Japanese and Korean MFG will be the benefactor of this decision.
     
  15. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    They are already the benefactors. GM is merely cutting its losses.
     
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  16. Gallagher

    Gallagher Founders Club Member

  17. finitebidder

    finitebidder Well-Known Member

    Cars will be back someday. SUV's are just a fad & will run their course, just like the mini vans did in the 80's.

    Rick
     
  18. Stage 2 iron

    Stage 2 iron Nice Chevelle LOL

     
  19. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    Will Buick survive? Yes as long as they remain the most popular car in China they will.
     
  20. 442w30

    442w30 Well-Known Member

    The only thing that's a fad is that no one wants sedans right now. SUVs are not fads, and neither were minivans.

    Think about it: We had the family chariot, a station wagon that every teen male dreaded to use (yet we wax poetic now). Minivans took the utility helm from the wagon, and then the SUV came along. And then crossovers made them more user-friendly and less truck-like. This is the reality of the market in America, if not globally.

    What's next? I don't know, but for whatever reason teen guys don't regard SUVs in the same manner as the ol' station wagon.
     
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