It’s no surprise that only General Motors insiders have confirmed the just-released, Australian-designed Buick Avenir concept is underpinned by the company’s brand new Omega platform set for application in the 2016 Cadillac CT6 – or the American luxury division’s new S-Class and 7 Series rival.
The Avenir, then, is not just an important project for the Holden design team, but a crucial first step to sharing a rear-wheel-drive platform beyond a single brand within GM.
While officially the Avenir is just a concept, GM Australia design director Richard Ferlazzo (below) made no bones about this leading to a production vehicle.
“Concept cars can be just for promoting a brand, but not in this case,” begins Ferlazzo.
“These things [like Avenir] are about exploring real opportunities, then you find something that fits under it.”
Asked directly whether he would like to see the Avenir go into production, Ferlazzo replied, “For sure, that’s why we do these.”