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Buick Riviera concept car

Buick Riviera concept car

Buick Riviera concept car

Buick Riviera concept car

Buick Riviera concept car
Make Buick
Model Riviera
Concept year 2007
Production year -
Engine Hybrid

The Buick Riviera concept was unveiled at the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show.

The designers looked in part to classic concept cars for inspiration
The gullwing Buick Riviera concept coupe was developed with global design input by the Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) in China, a design and engineering joint venture between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The Riviera concept was engineered to accommodate a new hybrid system that will go into production at Shanghai GM.

To establish their styling direction for the concept, the Riviera's designers looked in part to Buick icons such as the original Y-Job Concept of 1938, the 1960s Le Sabre, Electra 225 and the Riviera coupes of the 1960s and '70s.

The Buick Riviera concept, features carbon fibre body panels, displaying a combination of positive and negative curves, strong front and rear identities and gullwing doors.

The Buick badge, hood strip, headlamps, side mirrors and rocker covers all have 'icy green' backlighting available at night, matched by backlit logo and exhausts at the rear.

Designers have incorporated several other design signatures from the original Riviera generation into the concept. They include the "double sweep spear" line along the bodyside and the flared tail design. The 'Shell Blue' exterior color was chosen to highlight the coupe's exterior curves.

The Riviera concept sits on 21-inch 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels, combining polished and satin finishes, with low-profile tires. Taking their cue from Formula One cars, the side mirrors are sweeping yet unobtrusive.

Inside the Riviera concept, the use of rich blue and subtle creams, representing earth and water themes, are conveyed through high-quality leather bucket seats, plush carpet and a luxurious padded steering wheel. Completing the organic feel, the roof comprises two shaded glass windows offering increased headroom natural light for occupants.

The three-dimensional speedometer, inspired by past classics but utterly modern in design, compliments the touchpad styled central console loosely modeled on a computer mouse. An LCD display screen crowns the central console.

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