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2012 Buick Verano, Based on Cruze, Coming From Michigan

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2011 Buick Excelle for China and North America

2011 Buick Excelle for China and North America

The new compact sedan from Buick is expected to be built in Michigan, and General Motors is preparing to announce the vehicle tomorrow at a press conference in its home state.

The 2012 Buick Verano will be an upgraded version of the Chevrolet Cruze sedan, which is new for 2011. The Verano exists today in the form of the Buick Excelle, an almost identical version of the car U.S. dealers will see by the end of 2011.

GM is expected to announce tomorrow that the American version of the sedan will be built in Orion Township, Michigan, at the assembly plant being reconfigured for production of the 2012 Chevrolet Aveo.

The Cruze is built at a GM plant in Ohio, but GM expects that facility to be maxed out with production of Chevrolet-branded vehicles.

The 2012 Verano may share the Cruze's turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with possible plug-in hybrid versions to come in the future.

Buick also has plans to build and sell a small crossover vehicle, but no details have been confirmed.

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