This is the Buick Envision, a mid-sized SUV that GM will build in China and then ship back to the US. GM executives were keen to point out to show goers in Detroit that it was designed and tested in the US, but it’s being built in China as that’s where most of them will be sold. It’s an all-wheel drive crossover powered by a 2.0-litre turbopetrol with 188kW and 350Nm driving through a six-speed auto. Being a Buick, the focus is on comfort with lots of luxury items fitted as standard.
Even though there is still an appetite for people movers in the US, Chrysler’s newest mini-van (as they are known over there) is adopting a new name to help improve the genre’s image. Once known as the Town and Country, Chrysler’s new people mover is now called Pacifica. It gets a 3.6 V6 and nine-speed auto, while a hybrid is on the way apparently. The new machine is lighter being built on a new platform, and is loaded with all sorts of features, even an on-board vacuum cleaner to hoover up child-related messes. There’s room for up to eight people in three rows and the sat nav features an ‘are we there yet?’ function telling passengers how much longer the journey has to run.