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#788 of 2056 Lacrosse Amazing Sales Stats
Aug 29, 2010 (10:35 am)
In writing about the Lacrosse on 08/17/2010 Charles Krome wrote:
"The end result, of course, has been staggering. July sales of the LaCrosse were up 362.3 percent, driving up its year-to-date performance to a 228.3 percent increase over the first seven months of 2009.
And at this stage, the volumes for the LaCrosse are really starting to pile up. Last month sales crested the 7,000-unit mark, hitting 7,047 to be exact. The sales of its key rival, the Lexus ES, were down 10.3 percent last month, at 4,093 units. The Lincoln MKS sold a meager 969 units, a decrease of 19.6 percent.”
By comparison in November 2009 Buick sold about 3,000 Lacrosses
#789 of 2056 Re: Lacrosse Amazing Sales Stats [bwia]
Aug 30, 2010 (10:06 am)
The lacrosse sales performance for July is even more impressive when compared to the Avalon and the Acura TL. I hope the momentum carries into August.
The all-new Avalon sedan posted sales of 2,815 units, up 42.1 percent over the year-ago month. (Hmm! and this is a model that sold over 106K units in 2001)
Acura sales for the performance luxury TL sedan tallied 3,123 units, a decrease of 9.1 percent from year-ago month.
By the way, I am yet to see a Lacrosse on the road. I saw one in a hotel parking lot a few months ago and that’s it.
#790 of 2056 Re: Lacrosse Amazing Sales Stats [bwia]
Aug 30, 2010 (12:44 pm)
I have seen a number of Lacrosse's on the road and several in parking lots close to me and have talked to several of the owners. Everybody happy.
Now that I have had the updated drivers seat module replaced and the seat is working as it should - I am happy.
Since I ran over a rock (about the size of a red brick) and destroyed both the aluminum rim (a six inch gash) and the tire (19" rims) at a cost of $1000 I am very careful what I hit. However with the streets, roads and highways in such disrepair I worry about hitting a pothole. With the 15"/16" rims one never worried about damaging the rims because the wide side walls of the tires would absorb the hit - not true of the 19" rims with tires with very narrow side walls.
All in all the combination makes one's butt feel every little bump in the road and I believe the tires are more noisy. In the past (15"/16" wheels and tires) you could lower the tire pressure a little to make a more comfortable ride. Afraid to do this with this combination.
One additional find is the tires seem to lose a few pounds of pressure very quickly.
#791 of 2056 Re: Buick Lacrosse 2010 [benc3981]
Aug 30, 2010 (3:23 pm)
My contacts within GM have gotten me the following document #PI0172: Power Steering System Moan/Squawk or Metal Grind Noise When Turning Steering Wheel - (Jul 2,2010)
They need to check for any type of power steering line ground out to the the body by following PIC5235C.
Check to be sure noise is from steering gear. If this is the case do not repair as it won't do any good - maybe. They are "working on a slution" which is supposed to be released shortly.
My read is they know what it is but don't know how to fix it yet.
#792 of 2056 Is This Really a Buick?
Aug 31, 2010 (6:18 pm)
When I did my research and test drives, the LaCross won hands down over the Acura TL and Lexus ES. I remain convinced that perception still hurts buyers of Buick- its just not fashionable to purchase an American made car; thus the purchase of a Lexus or Acura is more of a status thing. Over the years I have driven a number of cars, and in a way the LaCross reminds me a lot of some Grand Prixs that I have owned. I purchased a 2011 LaCross CXL(V-6), red jewell tintcoat with tan interior, and 18" chrome wheels. The car has both class and is sporty. For a car in the mid 30's I'm not sure I could have done any better. The ride, handling, interior design and elegance are really something. Referring to some earlier posts, I understand why the LaCross is selling so well. Congratulations Buick!
#793 of 2056 Re: Is This Really a Buick? [john178]
Sep 01, 2010 (4:32 am)
I don't think American cars are unfashionable, and it is proven with sales successes like Lacrosse. It is selling several times as many as the previous Lacrosse because it meets or exceeds the competition, and is not a dowdy old thing, like many Buicks used to be.
American cars were unfashionable when comparative quality of design and build were not there. Perceptions can change fast if you have good product that is also attractive. Witness Kia and Hyundai's rise in the world by revamping their line-up. Look at the great perception Ford brand (not Lincoln) brand products have now.
#794 of 2056 Re: Is This Really a Buick? [john178]
Sep 01, 2010 (5:07 am)
Congratulations John and welcome to the growing list of happy and satisfied Lacrosse owners. Enjoy all the technology toys and the ride. By the way, did you get a one year OnStar trial subscription? If not, call customer service they may extend it to one year as they did for me.
#795 of 2056 Re: Is This Really a Buick? [bwia]
Sep 01, 2010 (5:31 am)
I had my On Star months remaining transferred to my Lacrosse ( finally got the spelling right!), along with XM radio months remaining. As per a reply to my earlier post, I hope people give the Lacrosse a close look when comparing to other choices. As far as perception and what is fashionable- the same can be said about the Chevy Malibu, which I compared to the Accord and Camry before purchasing a new 2010 Malibu last year for one of my kids. The problem is that for so many years, consumers have given up on American made cars, and perception and what is fashionable is difficult to overcome. I am very happy to see the increased sales of the Lacrosse. I have owned Buick LeSabres before and personally liked the ride and quality, even though the "experts" said it rode like a boat. If so, I was a happy customer! Long live the Buick Lacrosse!
#796 of 2056 Re:Lacrosse great choice- Is This Really a Buick? [bwia]
Sep 01, 2010 (9:28 am)
We agree with the comments on the new Lacrosse. Our 2010 is a great change from previous GM models, i.e. Cadillac Deville, 2 Pontiac Bonnevilles and 1 Grand Prix, Buick Lesabres, we have owned. The 2010 Lacrosse is more European in design with the DOHC aluminum direct injected V-6 engine, 6-speed transmission, H-arm suspension, large door access, fold down rear seats and other features.
The driveability is also much improved to us. Smooth, quiet and efficient with 29 mpg on the hiway at 75 mph. Safety, convenience and hi-tech features are at a level with any available model even near the selling price.
Only remaining factor is the long term quality that places like Consumers Reports will report on down the road. The basic components are tried and tested on previous models but the overall model will report on itself over time.
Great car so far after 2300 miles!
#797 of 2056 Re:Lacrosse great choice- Is This Really a Buick? [crankeee]
Sep 01, 2010 (11:36 am)
One of the problems I think GM has had is not getting enough of these popular models to the dealers fast enough. The LaCrosse is a prime example- I know several Buick dealers that could sell many more of these but have their hands tied because these cars are almost siphoned off to dealers. The Cadillac SRX is another example that I experienced. It seems to me that these popular models should be a priority and let dealers order as many as they can sell- not have a quota of how many they can order. I am not part of the Jet Set with getting into speed or anything but I went on a very windy road today and was impressed with how my LaCrosse handled the curves. GM hit a homerun on this model- now get more out to the dealers!