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GM unveils plug-in hybrid Buick Riviera Concept in Shanghai

GM unveiled a new Buick Riviera concept vehicle in Shanghai on the eve of Auto Shanghai 2013. The plug-in hybrid electric vehicle is the fourth global concept vehicle jointly developed by GM’s Shanghai GM and Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center (PATAC) joint ventures in Shanghai.

The new Riviera has adopted BIP (Buick Intelligent Performance) technology. It is equipped with GM’s new dual-mode W-PHEV (wireless plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) propulsion system. The vehicle can be charged with a traditional cable or wirelessly via a sensory recharge panel on the car’s chassis. The charging port is integrated into Buick’s porthole design.

New Riviera concept. Click to enlarge.

The new Riviera is also equipped with intelligent four-wheel steering, an electromagnetic-controlled suspension and an air spring package.

The mobile Internet system adopted in the new Riviera supports high-speed 4G LTE network use. The concept vehicle offers real-time traffic information, weather updates, and news and entertainment while communicating with other vehicles. The vehicle’s voice commands and controls along with touch and gesture recognition activate a range of vehicle systems and enable seamless interaction between driver and vehicle.

The new Riviera employs a forward-looking active safety system that collects traffic information through 10 high-resolution cameras (for image monitoring) and 18 micro high-precision sensors (for distance monitoring). The information is integrated and presented in a holographic image onto the windshield.



A beautiful smart PHEV. Will it be available in North America?


Cadilac ELR missing wireless charging. I really do not know why.


Not sure when GM China will allowed to export to USA, EU and Canada?


It wont be available anywhere.. its a concept, probably uses a 200w motor to slowly move the wheels :)

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