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NZ Autocar - - Fyi -

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.

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