The Buick LaCrosse was a midsize vehicle that General Motors began to produce in 2004. It was created as a replacement when several other lines within the General Motors company were discontinued. The vehicles it replace were the Buick Century, Buick Regal and the Oldsmobile Intrigue.
Although the car was not available for sale to the general public until 2004. The original concept car was seen originally in 2000. The name LaCrosse was used as a reference to the sport of LaCrosse and was used in an attempt to make a connection with a young demographic sales base. Unfortunately the term LaCrosse cares a negative connotation in some slang dialects in Canada so the name of the vehicle on the Canadian market was the Buick Allure.
The first 2004 Buick LaCrosse engines offered were the 3.6 Liter HFV6 V6, the 3.8Liter 3800 V6 and the 5.3 Liter LS4 V8. The same tranmission was offered with all the engine types. This was the four speed 4T65-E automatic.
Having made its debut in 2004 to replace 3 different types of vehicles with just one model, General Motors was to find that many previous Buick Regal owners were unhappy because alot of popular features were not carried over.
In 2008, General Motors decided that the LaCrosse needed a facelift. The name would change slightly as well to the Buick LaCrosse Super. The newer, updated version of the vehicle has received a lot of upgrades to its physical appearance. The changes reflect Buick’s intention for this new version to be a higher performance model. Some of the cosmetic changes include, a rear spoiler, projector beam fog lights, Magnasteer, larger brakes and standard Stabilitrak. While the outside received and overhaul the inside did as well. These changes include a special badged cluster with blue face, wood grain shift knob,and dream weave leather seating. The LaCrosse is selling well and there are no plans to discontinue it to date.