Buick For 2001
By Carey Russ
There are special editions of all 2001 models from Buick available. New safety and convenience features are found on the midsize Regal, flagship Park Avenue Ultra, and full-size LeSabre. Expect major changes in late Spring, 2001, with the introduction of the Rendezvous, Buick's first sport-utility vehicle.
Buick hasn't made a truck since 1923. As the entry-luxury division of General Motors, Buick competes in a market segment that has an increasing number of sport-utility vehicles, so it gets its own SUV with the debut of the Rendezvous this Spring.
The Rendezvous is a truck in technical category only. It's built on a car-like unit-construction platform, with fully-independent suspension for the smooth, quiet ride Buick customers expect, and features a well-appointed, versatile interior and room for up to seven people.
The limited-production Regal Olympic Edition commemorates Buick's support for the U.S. Olympic Team. It offers special equipment and appearance, and is available on both the Regal and Regal GS models. It was inspired by fashion designer Joseph Abboud, and further Abboud-styled Regals are planned.
A limited-production version of the biggest Buick, the Park Avenue Ultra, is planned for mid-2001. Optionally available on it, and all other Park Avenue models, is a new ultrasonic parking assistance system.
The LeSabre has been the best-selling full-size sedan in the U.S. for the past eight years. Completely redesigned for the 2000 model year, it has dual-stage deployment air bags and a number of minor trim and equipment revisions for 2001.
Buick celebrated the year 2000 with a "Century 2000" Century last year, and it proved so popular that a similar version of the most popular Buick is available again this year.
Buick Specifications 2001 Rendezvous ENGINE 3.4-liter V6 Peak horsepower: 185 @ 5200 Peak torque, lb-ft: 210 @ 4000 DRIVE TRAIN Front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive 4 - speed automatic CHASSIS & SUSPENSION Unit construction Front suspension: independent strut Rear suspension: independent multilink BRAKES 4-wheel antilock disc EPA ESTIMATED FUEL ECONOMY City / Highway: N/A Fuel tank: 18.5 gallons