Why in the world would they want to call it the Regal or Roadmaster? I'm glad the G8 isn't the same turd on wheels GM turned out for years with archaic technology. GM should ditch Buick and stop whoring the same old names in an attempt capture greater market share with garbage. Nothing screams old fart like Buick.
Pop quiz. Where is the number one car economy in the world?
Answer. China, which is not outselling both the United States and Japan, who hold the 2nd and 3rd spots respectively. There is no reason to believe that the United States will ever return to the number one sot.
Pop quiz. What is the number one import brand in China?
Answer. General Motors. In 2008 General Motors sold almost 900,000 vehicles in China, making it the number one import brand in China.
Pop quiz: What is the number one import name plate in China?
Answer. Buick - 35% marketshare for imports. It is number one by a land slide. Chinese customers get six Buicks to choose from (soon to be seven). They are a massive status symbol.
GM getting rid of Buick would be suicide. SOMEONE in China would buy the brand at ten cents on the dollar so fast it would make your head spin, and GM sales in China would collapse, one of the only bright spots GM has had in the last decade.
This is why Pontiac is dead, and Buick is a "core" brand. Shoot I've debadged my G8 because I was so tired of hearing, "oh, it's a Pontiac," in that tone of voice (you know the one) whenever anyone asked me what it was. Now I get to sit back and hear the guesses, far more amusing.