Buick GL8

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Buick GL8
Buick GL8 III 002 China 2017-03-30.jpg
Model years2000–present
AssemblyShanghai, China
Body and chassis
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive
PlatformGM U platform

The Buick GL8 is a minivan that is made by Shanghai GM, a joint-venture between Chinese automaker SAIC Motor and American automaker General Motors. The Buick GL8 is only sold in China.

Introduced in 1999, the first generation Buick GL8 is similar to the GM-made minivans that are sold in North America (Chevrolet Uplander, Chevrolet Venture, Buick Terraza, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Trans Sport, Pontiac Trans Sport Montana, Pontiac Montana, Pontiac Montana SV6, and Saturn RELAY), and is built on GM's U-body platform, which is also used by the GM-made minivans that are sold in North America, as well as the Buick Rendezvous and the Pontiac Aztek, which are both midsize crossover SUV that is sold in North America by General Motors, also uses GM's U-body platform.

A revamped edition was released in late 2010/early 2011, featuring 2.4 L and V6 3.0 L engines.[1] It is based on an old minivan platform from the U.S., but it would likely require costly upgrades to meet current U.S. safety and requirements. Sales amounted to 52,127 units in 2010, and it was relatively stable over past few years. The previous generation was still available as the GL8 First Land[2] until 2017.

First generation (2000–2010)[edit]

First generation
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Buick GL8 (facelift)
Also calledChevrolet Venture
(Philippines; 2001–2007)
Production1999–2010 (GL8)
2011–2017 (GL8 First Land)
Model years2000–2010 (GL8)
2011–2017 (GL8 First Land)
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
PlatformGMT200 platform (2000–2005)
GMT201 platform (2005–2017)
RelatedChevrolet Venture
Oldsmobile Silhouette
Pontiac Montana
Pontiac Trans Sport
Opel/Vauxhall Sintra
Engine2.4 L LE5 I4
2.5 L LB8 V6
3.0 L LW9 V6
Transmission4-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,845 mm (112 in) (2.5)
3,099 mm (122 in) (First Land)
Length4,757 mm (187.3 in) (2.5)
5,113 mm (201.3 in) (First Land)
Width1,847 mm (72.7 in)
Height1,712 mm (67.4 in) (2.5)
1,730 mm (68.1 in) (First Land)
Curb weight1,692 kg (3,730 lb) (2.5)
1,788 kg (3,942 lb) (First Land)

The GL8 first entered production in China in December 1999.[1]

The regular wheelbase GL8 is known as the GL8 2.5 while the extended wheelbase variant is called the GL8 First Land. There are five trim levels available, called the LT, CT1, CT2, CT3 and GT (which is only available on the Firstland). Pricing ranged between 218,000 to 318,000 yuan[3] (31,920 to 46,570 USD). Starting from October 2001, the GL8 was exported to the Philippines, where it was rebadged as the Chevrolet Venture and available in a 10-seater configuration until 2005.[4] The Venture was unsuccessful there and was discontinued in 2007. In 2005, the GL8 underwent a facelift for the 2006 model year, receiving a redesigned front end and new clear taillights.

Production ended in 2017.


  • GL8 Business Edition: LE5 2.4 L I4
  • GL8 2.5: LB8 2.5 L V6
  • GL8 First Land: LW9 3.0 L V6

Hybrid Prototype[edit]

In 2001, the Buick GL8 XEA1 or Phoenix was developed as a collaboration between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The Buick GL8 XAE1 is a hybrid vehicle that uses a 35 kW fuel cell and compressed hydrogen gas to deliver its power. The General Motors Phoenix was officially unveiled at the Pan Asia Automotive Technology Center in China in 2001.


Second generation (2010–present)[edit]

Second generation
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Buick GL8 II
Model years2011–present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
PlatformSGM258 platform
Engine2.0 L LTG I4 turbo
2.5 L LCV I4
2.4 L LE5 I4
3.0 L LFW V6
Transmission6-speed DSS automatic
Wheelbase3,088 mm (121.6 in)
Length5,256 mm (206.9 in)
Width1,878 mm (73.9 in)
Height1,800 mm (70.9 in)

Introduced in 2010 for the 2011 model year, the GL8 II has an all-new appearance inspired by the Buick Business concept car that was shown in 2009, with a drastic dip in the beltline. The wheelbase is the same as for the GL8 First Land, 3,099 mm (122 in). Developed by the Pan-Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC), another joint venture of SAIC Motors with General Motors, the vehicle is based on a vehicle architecture of over a decade old.[5]

Engines include a 2.4-liter DVVT Ecotec four-cylinder and a 3.0-liter V6, with an available six-speed automatic gearbox for the V6.[1] To differentiate the new GL8 from its predecessor which remains on sale as a "Business Edition", the new one is sold as the "Luxury Business Edition".

After the 3rd Generation GL8 on sale, to differentiate the new GL8 (3rd generation GL8) from its predecessor which remains on sale as a "Business Edition", the new one is sold as the "Luxury Business Edition". And It have a new engine called LCV, a 2.5-liter DVVT Ecotec. But the old 3.0-liter V6 was canceled.


Third generation (2017–present)[edit]

Third generation
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Buick GL8 III
Model years2017–present
Body and chassis
Body style5-door minivan
PlatformSGM258 platform
Engine2.0 L LTG I4 turbo
Transmission6-speed DSS automatic
Wheelbase3,088 mm (121.6 in)
Length5,203 mm (204.8 in)–5,256 mm (206.9 in)
Width1,878 mm (73.9 in)
Height1,776 mm (69.9 in)–1,811 mm (71.3 in)
Buick GL8 III rear
Buick GL8 Avenir

The third generation Buick GL8 ES debuted in China in late 2016. It received a complete exterior overhaul using the newly introduced winged Buick grille treatment, as well as a redesigned roofline. The entire engine lineup was replaced by a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four producing 253 horsepower. The last generation was sold as 25S with a 2.5-liter I4 in the new base model. The new version is based on an updated version of the same platform, abandoning the current torsion beam rear suspension in favor of a new independent setup. The entry-level price was lowered to RMB 229,000 for the old GL8 25S, while a luxury version, the most expensive GL8 Avenir, at RMB 449,000.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c "Shanghai GM Unveils Revamped Buick GL8 MPV". ChinaAutoWeb.com. 2010-11-28.
  2. ^ Klayman, Ben (2011-04-26). "GM minivan gone in US, but still thrives in China". Reuters.
  3. ^ "2005 Buick GL8 specs".
  4. ^ "Obscure Rebadges From Around The World: Part 6".
  5. ^ "China's Hottest Wheels for Executives: A Buick Minivan". Archived from the original on 2014-11-11. Retrieved 2014-11-11.
  6. ^ Wang, Joey (18 May 2016). "Leaked: This Is The New Buick GL8 For China". Car News China. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  7. ^ Syzmkowski, Sean (6 March 2017). "What's Old Is New Again: Buick GL8 25S Revealed". GM Authority.

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