On the 2015 Detroit motor present General Motors Worldwide boss Stefan Jacoby confirmed that Holden would have a brand new “sports automobile” after 2017.
Fast forward to the 2016 Detroit motor present and GM model Buick has pulled covers off Avista concept, a modern looking two door rear wheel drive coupe.
Officially Holden is stressing that Avista is a concept and no any production plans have been locked in.
However, it’s understood that Avista sits on same rear wheel drive underpinnings as the brand new Chevrolet Camaro and Cadillac ATS. Known as an Alpha platform the rear-wheel-drive architecture is believed to have been developed to accept right-hand drive variants.
The Buick brand is focused on the Chinese and American markets but shares numerous models with European focused Opel. Holden has been forging closer links with Opel, confirming that up to 30% of its future product range will come from German-based GM operation.
That leaves the open possibility that if Avista concept is given production go forward, it could be sold as a Buick in the United State, potentially a Holden in Australia and an Opel in Europe.
Avista concept is reportedly powered by 300kW twin turbo V6 engine, just like the one found in the present high-performance Cadillac ATS-V. However, the brand new Camaro is equipped with V8 which fits with Jacoby’s feedback that the Holden sports automobile would “most likely” be powered by bent eight.
Finally, the looks of Avista concept only increases mystery surrounding the Holden sports coupe. Since Jacoby’s feedback in Detroit neither Holden, GM Worldwide or GM’s global product boss Mark Reuss has made any official comment on the car.
Both the next technology Chevrolet Corvette and The new Camaro remain possibilities too, as both fit Jacoby’s standards of a V8-powered, rear-wheel-drive coupe. Check History of Buick “Buick logo History, Evolution and Top Latest Models “
As for Avista itself, Buick says a car is a “vision of the contemporary grand tourer” with the 2+2 format and styled based mostly on the Australian penned Avenir idea from 2015.
“Avista embodies a dynamic soul of Buick,” defined Duncan Aldred, vice chairman of world Buick sales, service, marketing and advertising. “It’s modern expression of brand’s heritage of sophisticated performance communicated with the beautiful elegance.”