A caller on the national Car Pro Show Saturday asked about the return of the Buick Grand National. Apparently, the answer is that it is NOT coming back to production.
Putting an end to a long-standing rumor, Buick has categorically shot down reports that the Grand National and the GNX are poised to make a long-awaited comeback after a nearly 30-year absence.
“We love the idea of the Buick Regal GNX coming back to our showroom but for now, it’s only a concept. Bottom-line, the article was incorrect. Facts were not checked and we sincerely regret releasing the information,” explained Scott McCorkle, the owner of Liberty Buick GMC and the man who originated the most recent speculation.
Rumors of new high-performance Buick coupes have been circulating around the auto industry on and off for a couple of years. They began to intensify earlier this week when McCorkle’s dealership announced that it had started a waiting list of customers who are interested in test-driving both models.
Falsely claimed to hit showrooms by the end of 2015, the 21st century Grand National was reported to ride on the rear-wheel drive Alpha platform that also underpins Cadillac’s ATS and CTS as well as the upcoming sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro. In its initial statement, the dealership promised that the new Grand National and GNX would boast the same performance credentials as their predecessors, but offer an additional touch of luxury.
Nick Richards, the communications manager at Buick, explained that a PR agency hired by the dealer was misled by speculative stories published online.