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Nine new Buick and GMC models in next 12 months

Return of the GMC Canyon compact pickup confirmed for some time later

Published: September 23, 2012, 2:00 PM

Nine new Buick & GMC models

General Motors has told its dealers to expect the arrival of nine new or significantly revised models in their showrooms within the next 12 months.

That product surge begins with updated versions of the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia mid-size crossovers this fall.

Buick's new Encore compact luxury crossover, which made its debut at the Detroit auto show last January, will go on sale early in 2013.

Other new products in the pipeline for next year include updated Buick Regal and LaCrosse sedans and all-new GMC Sierra and Sierra HD full-size pickups, as well as GMC Yukon and Yukon XL full-size SUVs.

The Sierra is General Motors' best-selling pickup in Canada, consistently outperforming the Chevrolet Silverado and it is the sales cornerstone of most Canadian Buick-GMC dealerships.

Beyond the nine new and updated vehicles themselves, GMC will offer Denali versions of its four new entries and the Buick Verano will offer a new 2.0-litre turbocharged engine.

By the end of 2013, GM says, the oldest vehicle in the Buick/GMC showroom will be the GMC Terrain, arrived as a 2010 model.

GM also confirmed that the GMC Canyon pickup will be reinstated in the lineup, after an absence of a year or two. Production of the current Canyon and its Chevrolet Colordo twin ended earlier this year.

The introduction of a new Colorado was announced earlier but this is the first confirmation that a Canyon will join it – although no timetable has been announced for either.

Buick and GMC have grown together as distinctly different but complementary brands. Together, they have sold more than 400,000 vehicles so far this year, a pace that should allow each brand to achieve a third consecutive year of sales gains.

Overall, GM says it will have 70% all-new or significantly refreshed products across its four North-American brands in 2012-2013.