Buick traditionally dates its beginnings to 1903 – the year David Dunbar Buick (a gasoline-engine builder) and Walker L. Marr (the engineer who built the first automatic that was called a Buick) incorporated the Buick Motor Division and moved from Detroit to Flint. There are countless Buick-made milestones throughout the years, including some noteworthy ones that inspired other automotive manufacturers.
- The company introduced the overhead valve engine developed by David Dunbar Buick.
- In 1911, Buick introduced its first closed-body car.
- By 1914, the company introduced the 5-passenger touring.
- In the 20s, the Roadster was designed.
- By 1929, the company launched the famous Marquette brand.
- In 1931, the company designed the synchromesh transmission and was the first company to ever introduce turn signals!
- In 1936, the Century became the model name used by Buick to a line of upscale performance cars capable of reaching 100 mph. “Doing the century” is what the British referred to as going 100 mph; when a Buick executive learned about this phrase during a trip to Britain, he thought it was the perfect name for Buick’s high-performance cars!
- In 1940, the company introduced the Estate line of luxury station wagons developed by the General Motors Corporation.
- In 1942, Buick contributed to the war efforts by introducing the M18 Hellcat army tank, and nearly 2500 units were built!
- By 1948, the first Dynaflow automatic transmission was introduced.
- In 1951, the LeSabre was introduced with its aircraft-inspired design elements like the wrap-around windshield and tail fins.
- By 1953, the company introduced the famous V8 Engine and Roadmaster Skylark.
- In the 60s, Buick added Invicta, the Skylark, the Riviera, and the GSX into the industry’s muscle car lineup.
- In 1973, the Buick Regal was introduced; it was re-introduced in 2011 as an upscale sports sedan. Also in the 70s, Buick introduced or re-introduced the Centurion, the Apollo, the Skyhawk, the Century, and the Riviera S-Type ~ the vehicle that won Motor Trend Car of the Year Award in 1979.
- In the 80s, the first-ever Riviera Convertible was unveiled, and in 1983 Riviera became the official pace car of the Indianapolis 500 mile race.
- In 1985, the famous Somerset was launched.
- In the 90s, the Park Avenue was introduced.
- In 2000, Buick redesigned LeSabre ~ best-selling U.S. full-size car for eight straight years.
- In 2001, the first Buick SUV was introduced.
- In 2003, the Buick Centieme crossover concept car celebrated Buick Motor Division's 100th anniversary.
- By 2005, GM consolidated Buick with GMC and former Pontiac dealerships to create the Buick-GMC network.
- In the 2009 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, Buick tied with Jaguar as the most dependable brand in the United States!
- In 2010, Buick not only became the fastest growing automotive brand and attracted a younger customer demographic, but also launched the return of the classic Buick nameplate – the Regal.
- In 2012, the high-performance Regal GS was unveiled and became the first Buick in nearly two decades to be offered with a manual transmission and a turbocharger.
- In 2018, Buick replaced the Regal sedan with an all-new model offering hatchback and station wagon body styles. This new Regal is the first hatchback from Buick for the North American market since the 1987 Skyhawk and the first station wagon since the 1996 Roadmaster.
Today, Buick is positioned to compete Lexus, Volvo, and Infiniti. To truly appreciate Buick’s contributions to the automotive industry, take the time to visit Kutztown and test drive the 2018 Regal Tourx AWD
, a 2010 Lucerne (the vehicle that replaced the LaSabre in 2005), or the 2019 LaCrosse
(the vehicle that replace the Century in 2005).