Adding another couple of awards to the Avista’s trophy closet does nothing to help with the frustration that Buick won’t produce this lovely coupe.
The Buick Avista received two awards at the recent Concours d’Elegance of America in Plymouth, Michigan: the 2016 Concept Car of the Year, and the Most Significant Concept Vehicle of the Year.
The “Significant Concept” award is a bittersweet one, as Buick isn’t making the Avista. Blame it on China, as that market’s embrace of Buick favors sedans over coupes. Automotive News reported that a four-door Avista was considered, but according to Buick global brand chief Duncan Aldred, a four-door Avista “is not a massive opportunity in China.”
The Avista would have brought some loveliness to our reality, and here’s hoping that the interior’s flowing lines and shapes will find their way into the Buicks that better fit the marketplace.
The Avista’s feline shape could have given Bentley and Jaguar a run for their aesthetic money. A streamlined front, thick haunches – the general proportions are right out of the current upscale-coupe playlist.
As with most concept cars, the details are delicious, and easter eggs have been laid here and there, like the Buick logo here in the tail light lens.
The Avista’s awards reinforce the loss of this beautiful coupe being denied production. Cheers to Buick, but we still wish the company would reconsider.
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