General Motors says production of the compact Verano sedan will end this year, likely in October, a victim of low global oil prices as consumers flock to bigger, thirstier sport-utility, truck and tall-wagon models, which Buick and other GM brands intend to exploit. The Verano will live on in China, reports AutoWeek magazine, ‘where compact luxury sedans still enjoy impressive demand.’ Production wind-down at the Lake Orion, Mich., plant where they’re produced means the Verano will be built as a 2017 model-year vehicle for a brief time. The departure of the Verano was not unexpected, with the compact Encore tall wagon viewed as the vehicle in Buick’s lineup that will pick up the demand.
The Verano might be a good car, but the buying public is currently infatuated with larger vehicles, partly because of low/stable gas prices. (PHOTO: BUICK)