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April 29, 2013

Buick Riviera concept generates attention

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Better mobile internet systems than today's cars. It uses 4G LTE signals from cell phone networks to offer information on traffic, weather and news, and it uses iPhone-style touch gestures to control it.

A high-tech safety system with 10 video cameras and 18 sensors that work together to project a holographic image on the windshield in front of the driver. 

My favorite part of this concept car, though, is how it ties all these futuristic elements into a car that still respects Buick's history. Even its famous name, Riviera, is pulled straight from the Buick history books.

The brand's famous waterfall grille design, for example, not only looks great on the Riviera's sleek nose, but it also uses electronic shutters that can close off the airflow at high speeds, which improves aerodynamics and fuel efficiency on the highway.

Even Buick's iconic portholes are turned into charging ports for powerup its electric drive system.

To me, this is exactly what a great concept car ought to be. It's exotic enough to make you imagine a different automotive world, but not so esoteric that it loses its link to the past.

Derek Price is an automotive consultant for CNHI News Service. Contact him at carcolumn@gmail.com.

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