Buick Lucerne

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Buick Lucerne
Buick Lucerne CXL .jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
Model years 2006–2011
Assembly Hamtramck, Michigan, United States
Body and chassis
Class Full-size
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout FF layout
Platform G platform
Related Cadillac DTS
Engine 3.8 L 3800 Series III V6
3.9 L High Value V6
4.6 L Northstar V8
Transmission 4-speed 4T65-E automatic (V6)
4-speed 4T80-E automatic (V8)
Wheelbase 115.6 in (2,936 mm)
Length 203.2 in (5,161 mm)
Width 73.8 in (1,875 mm)
Height 58.0 in (1,473 mm)

The Buick Lucerne was a full-size upscale sedan sold by the Buick division of General Motors. Introduced at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show, the Lucerne replaced both the Park Avenue and the LeSabre for the 2006 model year. The Lucerne served as Buick's flagship through the 2011 model year, when it was discontinued. The Lucerne was based on a revised G platform; however GM continued to refer to it as the H platform.[3] It has been replaced as the division's flagship by a premium version of the second generation Buick LaCrosse.


The Lucerne was introduced with the standard Buick 3800 V6, with a Cadillac Northstar V8 available as an option. The Lucerne was also available with the Corvette's Magnetic Ride Control, an active suspension technology. All General Motors 3.8 Liter Buick V6 powered cars become the first SULEV-compliant vehicles.

The Lucerne's base price was lower than that of the LeSabre, its predecessor, though the V8 option causes the price to reach price levels of the Park Avenue.

In keeping with Buick tradition, the Lucerne featured "Ventiports" on the front fenders corresponding to the number of cylinders in the engine — three on each side for the V6 or four on each side for the V8 Northstar.

The Buick Lucerne was built at GM's Detroit/Hamtramck Assembly Plant alongside the Cadillac DTS. The plant has won Initial Quality Awards from J.D. Power and Associates for the past three years. GM leads all other automakers in Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index (TQI) [4]

2011 Buick Lucerne CX

For 2008 the Lucerne got some mid-life updates like a lane departure warning system, and revised exterior colors. Lucerne sales remained brisk throughout much of 2007. Two new trim levels were added: CXL Special Edition (with more standard features than regular CXL) and Super.

For 2009 the Lucerne got some small upgrades, including a new base engine, the 3.9 L LZ9 V6, and Bluetooth phone connectivity, and XM NavTraffic. Buick also announced that the Lucerne is available as a flex-fuel vehicle at no additional cost.[5]

For 2010, the Lucerne added the Super's rocker panels, grille, and fog lights to the entire Lucerne lineup.

For 2011, the Lucerne was unchanged.

Lucerne Super[edit]

Introduced at the 2007 New York Auto Show, the Lucerne Super was a more powerful, upscale trim of the original Lucerne. With an enhanced 4.6 Liter Northstar V-8 engine, the Lucerne Super added 17 hp (13 kW) to the CXS model's V8. Updated styling to the front end and the addition of a spoiler to the rear aimed to create a bolder and sportier look. Production of the Lucerne Super began in 2008.


The last Lucerne was built on June 15, 2011.[6] No direct replacements have been announced, but any new full-sized Buick sedan would likely be based on the Super Epsilon platform or the Zeta platform. With the introduction of the entry-level Verano for 2012, the LaCrosse takes over the position of Buick's flagship model.[7]


Years Engine Displacement Power Torque
2006–2008[8] 3.8 L 3800 L26 V6 231 cu in (3791 cc) 197 hp (147 kW) @ 5200 rpm 233 lb·ft (316 N·m) @ 3800 rpm
2009–2011[9] 3.9 L GM 3900 V6 237 cu in (3880 cc) 227 hp (169 kW) @ 5700 rpm 237 lb·ft (321 N·m) @ 3200 rpm
2006–2008[8] 4.6 L Northstar LD8 V8 279 cu in (4565 cc) 275 hp (205 kW) @ 6000 rpm 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) @ 4400 rpm
2008–2011[8] 4.6 L Northstar L37 V8 279 cu in (4565 cc) 292 hp (218 kW) @ 6300 rpm 288 lb·ft (390 N·m) @ 4500 rpm


The Buick Lucerne earns a "Good" overall score in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) front impact test,[10] and an "Acceptable" score in the side impact test.[11] The IIHS also found that 2006-08 model year Lucerne had the highest fatality rate in the large 4-door car class.[12]

Yearly American sales[edit]

Calendar Year Total American sales
2005[13] 8,821
2006[14] 96,515
2007 82,923
2008[15] 54,930
2009[16] 31,292
2010[17] 26,459
2011[18] 20,358
2012[19] 971


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  3. ^ Frame, Phil (16 January 1995). "GM H CARS MOVE TO G PLATFORM". Automotive News. Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Strategic Vision (2006). Total Quality Index MSN Autos
  5. ^ Abuelsamid, Sam (2008-04-18). "(2008)". AutoblogGreen. Retrieved 2011-02-06. 
  6. ^ "US: GM axes Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne". just-auto.com. 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2011-06-05. 
  7. ^ http://cars.about.com/od/buick/
  8. ^ a b c 2008 specs[dead link]
  9. ^ 2009 specs[dead link]
  10. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Buick Lucerne". Iihs.org. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  11. ^ "IIHS-HLDI: Buick Lucerne". Iihs.org. 2008-11-25. Retrieved 2009-05-02. 
  12. ^ http://www.iihs.org/externaldata/srdata/docs/sr4605.pdf
  13. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2006-01-04. Retrieved 2009-05-09. [dead link]
  14. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2007-01-03. Retrieved 2009-05-09. [dead link]
  15. ^ "GM Media Online". Media.gm.com. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-05-09. [dead link]
  16. ^ http://media.gm.com/content/Pages/news/us/en/2010/Jan/0105_Dec_Sales/_jcr_content/iconrow/textfile/file.res/Deliveries%20December%2009.xls
  17. ^ http://media.gm.com/content/dam/Media/gmcom/investor/2011/DeliveriesDecember2010.pdf
  18. ^ "GM U.S. Deliveries for December 2011". media.gm.com. 
  19. ^ "GM U.S. Deliveries for December 2012". media.gm.com. 

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