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Buick Velite concept

Buick Velite concept

Buick Velite concept

Buick Velite concept
Make Buick
Model Velite
Concept year 2004
Production year -
Engine 3.6 litre V6

The Buick Velite concept, a four-seater elegant convertible, was the first American demonstration of GM’s Zeta global vehicle architecture, featuring a rear-wheel-drive chassis.

The Buick Velite concept was shown at the 2004 New York Auto Show. Named after an elite group of quick-moving soldiers in Napoleon’s army, the Buick Velite was designed at GM’s Advanced Studio in Warren, Michigan. It was then built by world famous coachbuilder Bertone, located in Italy.

The Velites sister car, the Opel Insignia, had debuted the Zeta platform at the Frankfurt International Auto Show the previous year.

The Velite's designers took inspiration from Buick’s design history while also identifying trends in other cultures and contemporary design. Modern furniture design and cool lounges influenced the color, mood and shape of both the Velite’s exterior and interior.

Buick design heritage is found in the Velite’s long dash-to-axle proportions, which convey power and sporting elegance – a theme enhanced by large 20" front wheels, and enormous 21" rear wheels.

Power for the Buick Velite originated from an experimental twin-turbocharged, intercooled 3.6 litre V-6 engine making 400 horsepower and 400 lb ft of torque.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a Hydra-Matic 6L80-E six-speed, automatic transmission featuring a manual tap-shift gear selection.

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