Buick Excelle

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Buick Excelle is a compact sedan built by the joint venture of SAIC (Shanghai Auto) and General Motors (GM). A best seller in China, it is essentially a re-badged first-gen Daewoo Lacetti (J200). Since its first release on April 21, 2003, over 1.8 million units had been sold by the end of 2012. In the past ten years, the Excelle has received upgrades several times– in both styling and powertrain–without being re-designed, retaining the 2600mm wheelbase.

There had been two variants of the Excelle: the hatchback version, called Excelle HRV and introduced in 2003, and the wagon, launched in late 2005. Shanghai-GM stopped making both in 2009.

Based on the platform of Buick Excelle another GM venture in China, the SGMW, has manufactured the Baojun 630 in Liuzhou, Guangxi.

It should be noted that the Excelle is not related to the Buick Excelle XT hatchback and GT sedan built also by Shanghai GM. The latter two are derived from the fourth-gen Opel Astra (Buick Verano).

In 2013, with 296,183 sales, the Excelle was the third most popular passenger cars in China, following Volkswagen Lavida and Wuling Hongguang. In 2014, 293,098 deliveries were recorded. Due strong sales, Shanghai-GM dropped its original plan to terminate the production of Excelle around 2012.

2013 Buick Excelle (Kaiyue) from Shanghai-GM 1.5 MT Classical 1.5 MT Premium 1.5 AT Classical 1.5 AT Premium
MSRP (Chinese Yuan) 96,900 108,900 101,900 118,900
Date of Market Launch
Second quarter of 2013
Powertrain  
Engine
S-Tech L2B 1.5L (1485cc) 4C 16V DOHC DVVT
Peak Power (kW/rpm)
83/6000
Max. Torque (Nm/rpm)
141/4000
Transmission
5MT
6AT
Suspension Front
MacPherson independent
Suspension Rear
Two-link independent
Drivetrain
Front engine, front-wheel drive
Brakes (front/rear)
14" vented disc/solid disc
Top Speed (km/h)
177
175
0-100km/h Time (seconds)
12.7
13.5
Steering
Fuel & Emissions
Combined Fuel Economy (L/100km)
6.6
7.6
Fuel Economy at a Contant Speed of 90km/h (L/100km)
5.0
5.4
Tank Capacity (L)
60
Emission Level
China/Euro V
Dimensions
Overall Length (mm)
4515
Overall Width (mm)
1725
Overall Height (mm)
1445
Wheelbase (mm)
2600
Track (front/rear)
1475/1475
Curb Weight (kg)
1210
1230
1210
1230
Cargo Volume (L)
405
  1.5 MT Classical 1.5 MT Premium 1.5 AT Classical 1.5 AT Premium
Exterior  
Tires 185/65 R14 195/55 R15 185/65 R14 195/55 R15
Front and Rear Fog Lamps S S S S
Foldable Power Exterior Mirrors S S S S
Alloy Wheels N S N S
One-touch Power Sunroof S S N S
Rear Window Defroster S S S S
Interior  
Power Windows (Driver’s one-touch down) S S S S
Power Door Locks S S S S
Tilt Steering Column S S S S
Leather Seats N S N S
Driver’s Lumbar Support N S N S
Radio/USB/AUX-In/MP3 S S S S
VoiceLink Infotainment System N N O O
Number of Speakers 6 6 6 6
Eco-drive Reminder S S S S
Manual Air Conditioner S S S S
Cooler Box        
  1.5 MT Classical 1.5 MT Premium 1.5 AT Classical 1.5 AT Premium
Safety  
Dual Front Airbags S S S S
ABS+EBD S S S S
Front Pretensioners S S S S
Seatbelt Reminders S S S S
Anti-theft Engine Immobilizer N S S S
Speed-sensing Door Locks S S S S
Remote Key S S S S
Backup Radar N S N S

S=Standard, O=Optional, N=Not available

  • For pictures and specifications of 2010 Buick Excelle from Shanghai-GM, please click here.