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Mid-sized car: Buick LaCrosse
Roll-out: Late July
Price: $27,835
Fuel economy: Not yet announced

GM knows which side of the world Buick's bread is buttered on, so this car was partly designed in China. In this country, Buick's image has been damaged by decades of wallowing road sofas. In China, though, Buick is one of the country's top-selling brands, retaining a luster few see here.

Improved quality -- Buick topped this year's J.D. Power vehicle dependability survey - and sharp looking new models like the Enclave crossover have given Buick a brighter looking future in this country, too.

The new LaCrosse, an entirely new car that replaces "just OK" current LaCrosse, should help move Buick forward some more. The outside looks much sharper and, inside, there's cool blue ambient lighting throughout and richer looking materials and design.

Buyers can chose between more efficient or more powerful V6 engines and an optional "intelligent" all wheel drive system.

NEXT: Small crossover No. 2: GMC Terrain

Last updated July 10 2009: 11:48 AM ET
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