7-Seat GL8 Van in Yunnan
The Buick GL8 is a minivan that is produced by Shanghai GM, a joint-venture between Chinese automaker SAIC Motor and American automaker General Motors. It is only sold in China. Introduced in 1999, the first generation Buick GL8 is similar to the GM-made minivans that are sold in North America which was marketed under many nameplates, such as the Chevrolet Uplander, Chevrolet Venture, Buick Terraza, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Trans Sport, Pontiac Trans Sport Montana, Pontiac Montana, Pontiac Montana SV6, and Saturn Relay. Like the North American GM minivans, it is built on GM’s U-body platform, which is also used by the Buick Rendezvous and the Pontiac Aztek crossover SUVs.
The Buick GL8 Century is a new luxury MPV for China with a progressive and streamlined design. It is the fourth generation Buick GL8 since production started in 1999 at the SAIC-GM joint venture. Interestingly, the second and third generation Buick GL8 are still in production, and will continue alongside the new GL8 Century.