General Motors has now announced pricing for its Nissan Juke-sized small crossover that will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of 2013 starting at $24,950, which includes a $750 destination charge (*).
The Encore is offered exclusively with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine churning out 138-horsepower (140PS) and 148 lb.-ft. (200Nm) of peak torque. All-wheel drive is available on all models for $1,500.
Power for the flagship model of the Verano series comes from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine with direct injection and continuously variable valve timing that produces 250hp at 5,300 rpm and 260 lb.-ft. (353Nm) of torque at 2000 rpm.
Buick notes that more than 90 percent of the Verano Turbo’s peak torque is available between 1,700 to 5,500 rpm.
The Verano Turbo will be available with a choice of a six-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, with Buick quoting an estimated 0-60 mph sprint time of 6.2 seconds, or half a second quicker than the 270hp Buick Regal GS.
We’ll have to wait for the fuel economy numbers, though GM says the Verano Turbo is expected to be “in line with Buick’s other turbocharged models”.
Pricing for the newest addition to the Verano’s range is to be announced closer to the start of production in late 2012.
This is a 1963 Buick Riviera with every cool option it can have.
LS-1 Engine, 4l60 tranny, 20-INCH Fesler FS-903 wheels, air ride, huge Kicker sound system, Dakota Digital guages, AC, PS, PW, Alarm, Full hand built interior and much more.
The Mokka and the Encore are virtually identical twins as the only styling differences between the two are their unique grilles along with the Buick’s decorative hood ornaments and the Opel’s headlamp trims.
Like the Encore, the Mokka will be offered in both front- and all-wheel drive versions but whereas the Buick launches with a single engine option, the 140HP 1.4-liter turbocharged Ecotec unit, the Opel will be available with a greater variety of powertrains.
In addition to the 140HP 1.4L Turbo, there’s an entry level 1.6 liter naturally-aspirated gasoline engine with 115HP and a 1.7-liter turbo diesel that churns out 130HP and a healthy 300Nm (221 lb-ft) of peak torque.
Furthermore, both the 1.4 Turbo and the 1.7 CDTI can be combined either with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearboxes.
All manual transmissions are equipped with a fuel saving Start/Stop system while other standard features include the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), the Traction Control (TC) as well as the Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) systems.
The Juke-sized Opel crossover measure 4.28 meters long and provides up to 1,372 liter of loading space, as well as up to 19 storage locations. In addition, Mokka gets an available Flex-Fix bicycle carrier that functions like a drawer and can accommodate up to three bicycles at a time, and which is exclusive to the Opel model.
The Mokka will be available at Opel and Vauxhall dealerships at end of 2012.
The first-generation of Buick’s Riviera coupe series is considered by many to be a styling icon of the 1960s and one of the best creations made under the tenure of legendary GM head designer, Bill Mitchell, who had replaced Harley Earl in 1958.
General Motors launched the razor-sharp Riviera onto the market in late 1962 (as a 1963 model) to take on the wildly successful Ford Thunderbird, which it managed to compete but never surpass in sales.
As typical of the time, each year brought several design changes to the original body. This particular example found on eBay is from 1965, which was the last year for the first generation Riviera.
The most important styling changes brought over from the 1963 model include the concealed, vertically stacked headlamps with electrically operated clamshell doors, the removal of the fake side scoop trims and the new tail lamps that are incorporated into the chrome bumper, all of which manage to give the Riviera a sharper and cleaner look than the original model.