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General Motors cancels plans for Buick compact crossover

Wed, 19 Aug 2009

General Motors has canceled plans for a compact crossover for Buick, vice chairman Tom Stephens said Wednesday in a posting on the company's blog.

The five-passenger crossover was just announced earlier this month at an event in Northern Michigan. But GM reversed plans after negative feedback about the vehicle said that it didn't fit the premium characteristics associated with the brand.

The crossover was to have had a plug-in hybrid version--and was the successor to the ill-fated Saturn Vue plug-in. Now that technology will go to yet another vehicle.

GM brass officially made the decision on Aug. 14, after playing host to members of the media and the general public earlier in the week to review its future products. Stephens said that the Buick crossover was the brunt of much criticism.

He said another crossover, dubbed a “baby Enclave,” remains in GM's plans.

“We were all struck by the consistency of the criticism of the compact crossover,” he said.

By Greg Migliore