Report Card: Design Flow — Buick Riviera Concept Vehicle Makes A Splash -

Report Card: Design Flow — Buick Riviera Concept Vehicle Makes A Splash

GM’s Buick Riviera concept vehicle, which made its global debut at Auto Shanghai 2013 in April, combines avant-garde ­aesthetics and advanced technology, including plug-in hybrid electric ­vehicle propulsion, in a single ­package.

“The new Riviera offers a preview of Buick’s future design language,” said Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming.

“By seamlessly integrating advanced technologies, flexible functions and contemporary aesthetics, the new Riviera heralds the start of a new chapter for the 110-year-old Buick brand.”

The new Riviera’s designers took inspiration from the Chinese saying: “The greatest good is like water.” The vehicle’s sweeping design, which goes from thick to thin, has the vibrant nature of a moving river embodied in its athletic shape, ­elegant ambience and deeply sculpted lines.

The concept’s silhouette with Buick’s recognizable “sweep spear” has a three-dimensional effect that resembles waves in the ocean coming to a standstill for a split second. Buick’s unique gull-wing doors exude a dynamic yet elegant ambience. The new Riviera has an ice celadon finish inspired by jade.

Up front, the concept vehicle’s updated waterfall grille and wing-shaped daytime running lights will both become key elements of Buick’s future design DNA.

The new Riviera has a low drag coefficient and a harmonious balance between style and performance thanks to its raked windshield, 14-degree fastback design and metallic fiber spoiler, which are complemented by active grille shutters and diffusers, and active pneumatic wheels.

The new Riviera has adopted BIP (Buick Intelligent Performance) technology. It is equipped with GM’s all-new, dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion ­ system.

The user can drive the car on green power in electric mode and enjoy the exhilarating handling and performance of a sports car while driving “green” in hybrid mode.

In addition, the vehicle can be charged with a traditional cable or wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis. The charging port is integrated into Buick’s iconic porthole design.

The new Riviera is also equipped with intelligent four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled ­suspension and an air spring ­package for sure handling and ­comfort in extreme conditions. 

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