Buick Rendezvous (2001-2004)
The Buick Rendezvous is a crossover SUV of the U.S. car manufacturer Buick. It was offered from 2001 to 2007 exclusively in North America and Taiwan.
The Rendezvous was designed to combine the properties of Vans (with up to seven seats and a large cargo capacity ) with the comfort and drivability of luxury vehicles and the design and an available all-wheel drive SUVs in a vehicle. He was created along with the Pontiac Aztek in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico.
The rendezvous was equipped with a fully automatic, permanent all-wheel drive, by whom he had good traction on wet and snow and was able to deal beyond easy terrain. Buick took as the chassis design in terms of comfort and handling on Park Avenue, which is why all Rendezvous models were equipped with rear independent suspension.
Base engine was initially a 3.4 L V6 with 138 kW, from the 2006 model year, a 3.5 L V6 with 150 kW. Optionally, a 3.6 L V6 with 183 kW was available. The transmission was a 4- speed automatic. 2004 saw a minor facelift.
The Rendezvous was a success for Buick, which was badly needed due to an aged clientele. With the visit of the traditional brand was supplied to a younger, as well as wealthy clientele.
The success was substantially justified in the price; so the cost of a Buick Rendezvous U.S. $ 8,000 less than a comparable Lexus RX. The sales figures far exceeded the expectations of initially targeted 30,000 to 40,000 copies. Except in the last year of production 60000-70000 pieces were made annually. Overall rolled during the five -year production period around 305,000 copies by the band.
Mid-2007, the Buick Enclave was introduced, which replaced the Rendezvous.