With an available manual transmission, the Regal will have more to offer enthusiasts than any Buick in recent memory. But there's more on the way. Due in 2012, the Regal GS, previewed as a concept in Detroit, shares its styling and some components with the Opel Insignia OPC, but there will be several key differences. First off, whereas the top-of-the-line Insignia employs a 321-hp, 2.8-liter V-6, the GS will run with a lighter, more efficient, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for about 255 hp. Also, the OPC's all-wheel drive might not make it here, because Buick is worried about pricing the car out of its segment.
Poor man's Audi S4? GM says the Insignia is stealing sales from pricier Audis and BMWs in Europe. Here, the GS would compete more with the likes of the Acura TSX V-6 and the Volkswagen CC VR6.
What: A compact sedan, courtesy of Europe's Opel Astra.
Learing From Mistakes: Unlike the ill-fated Saturn Astra, the Buick gets upgraded powertrains, easier-to-decipher controls, and a revised suspension.
What: A five-seat crossover, effectively a baby Enclave.
Is This Necessary? It's hard to see why Buick needs a small crossover when the same dealers already sell the GMC Terrain.
3-series in the crosshairs: With the CTS aiming at the BMW 5-series, the ATS won't pull any punches in its quest to take on the segment's standard-bearer.
Our exclusive spy illustration reveals for the first time the likely styling for the Cadillac ATS, an ambitious new rear-wheel-drive small car aimed squarely at the likes of the BMW 3-series and the Infiniti G37 that's expected to arrive in 2013. At the heart of the project is a new small platform known internally as Alpha. Power will come from small-displacement, high-output engines, with at least one turbocharged powerplant. The ATS sedan will be the volume seller, but there will also be coupe and convertible versions, as well as a V-series model.
What: Volt-based concept that was previewed at the 2009 Detroit show to rave reviews.
When: Probably Never. Too bad.
Not Happening? GM decided that it could not make a business case for the Converj, and in any event, the company feels confident that the Chevrolet Volt and the Opel Ampera will take up all available production capacity for its electric-vehicle platform in the next few years.
What: Large sedan introduced at the 2010 Detroit auto show.
Dream On: Although the XTS will be Cadillac's biggest, most premium sedan, Cadillac insiders still pine for an even more exclusive high-performance sedan -- in the vein of the 2003 Sixteen concept -- that would serve as the ultimate expression of the brand.