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Buick Reveals New Riviera in China

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The Buick Riviera nameplate is back, if only in concept form, previews the brand's new styling direction and packed with high-tech goodies.

The last time Buick had a car named Riviera was back in 1999. Things were very different then: Buick was bland and didn't even come close to competing with the likes of Lexus and Acura. But times have changed and Buick is back building some products worth considering. This new Riviera Concept is a clear preview of what's to come in the near future. With an exterior design inspired by the Chinese saying, "The greatest good is like water", the concept's overall lines are sleek, flowing, and above all, elegant.

Shanghai GM President Ye Yongming confirmed that "the new Riviera offers a preview of Buick's future design language" and we like what we're seeing. Along with these new styling elements, the gullwing doors are also a nice touch - but would never make production. Technologically speaking, the Riviera Concept is packed with bits of technology such as GM's all-new, dual-mode wireless plug-in hybrid electric propulsion system (called W-PHEV), which allows the car to be charged wirelessly via a "sensory recharge panel" that's placed underneath the car. It can also be charged with a traditional cable.

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The car is also equipped with four-wheel steering and an electromagnetic-controlled suspension. Other high-tech bits include holographic windshield projections that come from 10 high-res cameras and 18 micro high-precision sensors as well as 4G wireless connectivity.