The Buick Verano is a four-door, five passenger, compact sedan manufactured at General Motor's Orion Assembly plant in Orion Township, Michigan as a 2012 model. With a front engine, front-wheel drive layout, the Verano formally debuted at the North American International Auto Show on January 10, 2011. The Verano shares General Motors' Delta II platform with the Chevrolet Cruze, was co-developed with the Chinese market Buick Excelle GT, and is the first compact marketed by Buick in the United States since the Buick Skylark was discontinued in 1997.
Class Compact car
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Delta II
Engine 2.4 L Ecotec I4 (Flex-Fuel)
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 105.7 in (2,685 mm)
Length 183.9 in (4,671 mm)
Width 71.4 in (1,814 mm)
Height 58.4 in (1,483 mm)
Curb weight 3,300 lb (1,500 kg)
The Verano shares its platform with the European market Opel/Vauxhall Astra J and the North American market Chevrolet Cruze. Jim Federico, Executive Director and Vehicle Chief Engineer for Verano, led the vehicle development team and David Lyon, Buick design director, styled the exterior. The Verano's unibody construction utilizes galvanized steel for its front fenders, hood, roof and door panels and thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) bumper covers. It incorporates acoustical laminated glass, triple door seals, a five-layer interior roof liner, sound absorbing mats, recycled denim insulation and specially manufactured 17-inch forged alloy wheels, which minimize road noise and makes it more difficult to hear approaching emergency vehicles.