Buick Terraza

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Buick Terraza
Buick Terraza -- 09-26-2009.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerGeneral Motors
Production2004–June 21, 2007
Model years2005–2007
AssemblyDoraville, Georgia, U.S.
Body and chassis
ClassMinivan
Body style4-door minivan
LayoutTransverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
PlatformGM U platform/GMT201
RelatedBuick GL8
Chevrolet Uplander
Pontiac Montana SV6
Saturn Relay
Powertrain
Engine3.5 L LX9 V6
3.9 L LZ9 V6
3.9 L LGD V6
Transmission4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase121.1 in (3,076 mm)
Length205.0 in (5,207 mm)
Width72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height72.1 in (1,831 mm)
Curb weight4,426 lb (2,008 kg)
Chronology
PredecessorOldsmobile Silhouette
SuccessorBuick Enclave

The Buick Terraza is a luxury minivan that was marketed by Buick from 2005 through 2007 model years. The Terraza was a badge engineered variant of the Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Saturn minivans sharing the U platform; (Uplander, Montana SV6, and Relay respectively) in Doraville, Georgia.

The Terraza retailed at US$28,110 in 2005. The Buick debuted with one engine, a 3.5 L High Value V6 that generates 200 hp (149 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m) of torque, going from 0-60 mph in the 9-second range. For 2006, a 3.9 L LZ9 V6, with 240 hp (179 kW) and 240 lb·ft (332 Nm) torque. It offered leather seats, and a wood trim on the panels and also offered on the steering wheel and gear shift knob.

For 2007, the 3.5 L V6 was dropped, leaving the 3.9 L as the base engine. Consequently, the optional AWD system was also dropped, since it could not handle the torque of the 3.9 L engine. A flex-fuel version of the 3.9 L V6 also became available for the Terraza's third season. The 2007 Terraza equipped with side airbags scored a "good" in the frontal offset and an "acceptable" in the side impact Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests.[1]

Year-by-year changes[edit]

  • 2005 • Buick introduces the Terraza, its first minivan for the North-American market. The Terraza was available in two trim lines: entry-level CX (FWD or AWD) and top-of-the-line CXL (FWD or AWD).
  • 2006 • The 3.5 L V6 could now be upgraded to a 3.9 (in FWD only) LZ9 V6 engine. Second row seat-mounted side airbags were now an option.
  • 2007 • The Terraza's last year, and all-wheel drive models were dropped. For 2007, the 3.9 L V6 was the only engine offered, however it was available with a flex-fuel option. More standard features were offered on the new CX Plus model, which slotted between the CX and CXL. The Terraza was removed from Buick's website in early fall 2007.

Discontinuation[edit]

The Terraza was discontinued after the 2007 model year,[2] and GM's Doraville plant closed on 26 September 2008.

The Terraza and related Rendezvous crossover SUV and the truck-based Rainier SUV were succeeded by the 8-passenger Buick Enclave crossover for 2008.

The last Terraza rolled off the assembly line on June 21, 2007.[citation needed]

Sales[edit]

Calendar year U.S. sales
2004 2,137[3]
2005 20,288
2006 11,948
2007 5,569
2008 544

See also[edit]

  • Buick GL8 - A Chinese-exclusive minivan, whose first generation was based on the Terraza.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Buick Terraza IIHS Crash Tests". Retrieved March 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "Velite Coming for Buick - Velite Name Could Stand". Car & Driver. Archived from the original on 2007-06-02. Retrieved 2007-05-31.
  3. ^ http://www.autointell.com/nao_companies/general_motors/gm-sales/GM-US-data-book-2005.xls

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