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Updated 2014 Buick LaCrosse and Regal to debut in New York

Refreshed versions of the Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal are expected for the 2014 model year and today, General Motors confirmed that the new Buick sedans would debut in April at the 2013 New York International Auto Show.

Very little is known about the 2014 model year Buick LaCrosse or Regal but we can expect improvements throughout the interior along with a significant change to the exterior design of both sedans. According to Autoblog, the Regal will receive a facelift that will allow it to fit more closely in terms of styling with the new Buick Encore and Enclave while the 2014 LaCrosse will take on a more upscale design.

Even though the Buick Regal is only a few years old, sales of the midsized sedan have flattened after the new Regal stormed out of the gate so a refresh – even a modest one – could be what the midsized sedan needs to jump start sales. The Regal is still one of the Buick brand’s stronger sells each month but with sales gradually sloping, the 2014 Regal should have a handful of exterior changes along with vast interior refinement to allow the Regal to keep up with the competition. On the other hand, the LaCrosse in its current form is the oldest model in the Buick lineup so it is past due for a refresh. Even though the LaCrosse is one of the brand’s bestselling vehicles, interest in the range topping sedan has slumped and that is something that will almost certainly be cured by an extensive exterior refresh and a renewed luxury level interior. The current LaCrosse is an incredible car for the price and I would very much expect that the next LaCrosse will blow us away with the level of luxury and the amount of high tech gadgetry.

Once the refreshed Buick LaCrosse and Regal hit for the 2014 model year, the entire Buick brand showroom will be within their first few years with the Verano (which is actually still very new) being the oldest model in the lineup. Buick has been headed in a good direction with the changes made to the lineup over the past 10 years and a revised version of the popular LaCrosse could be exactly what they need to produce a spike not just in traffic – but also in dealership foot traffic. Having a new range topping model draws in more prospective buyers and in the event that they shy away from the price of the LaCrosse, the refreshed Regal or compact Verano offer many of the same interior amenities with a lower price. Even if a brand new vehicle doesn’t sell well right away, they have a great way of attracting new people to dealerships to see that vehicle; giving the sales staff the chance to put those tire kickers in a new car or sport utility vehicle.

The 2013 New York International Auto Show opens at Jacob Javits Center in late March. In addition to the debut of the refreshed Buick Regal and LaCrosse, we can also expect that the 2013 NYIAS will bring about the formal American auto show introduction of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible. The new Stingray droptop is set to debut next week at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and with New York opening a couple of weeks after Geneva shuts down – the logical American debut would be the Big Apple.

Source: Autoblog


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