Rate It: The Third-Generation Buick Park Avenue Was a Rebadged Caprice Sold Only in China

Perhaps surprising to some, Buicks are very popular over in China—so much so, that they got a third generation of the Park Avenue from 2007-12. This Park Avenue is actually a rebadged Holden Caprice.

As cool as that sounds, you won’t find a big V8 hiding behind that Buick badge. Instead, there will be one of three V6 engine options, with the most powerful being a 3.6-liter unit rated at around 251 horsepower and 251 lb.-ft. of torque. (A smaller 3.0-liter V6 was offered later with the same amount of horsepower, though with only about 218 lb.-ft. of torque.)

Inside in the car is pretty much standard fare for a period Buick product: leather, wood and an analog clock in the dash.

Is this Chinese market-only Park Avenue an attractive oddity, or is it better that this V6-powered Caprice stays in China?

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Datsun310Guy
Datsun310Guy MegaDork
11/23/20 8:40 a.m.

I like the car - I sort of need a truck for my job but I would consider a car in the future and my wife can drive the SUV/Crossover thing she loves.  I like the RWD idea but not sure about enough power with the V6?  I imagine it's probably okay. 

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars otherwise they are crap - uncomfortable, handles awful, no room inside.  

Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter)
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/23/20 9:21 a.m.
Datsun310Guy said:

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars...

Sounds like a good description of a racecar to me. 

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
11/23/20 9:34 a.m.

In that vein of seeing GTOs here in the US re-baged and re-grilled as Holdens, can we expect to see former police car Caprices rebadged as Buick Park Aves?  

You hear of the Cannonballers wanting to run in cars made to be nondescript...  nothing says nondescript quite like a Buick Park Ave.  Although, also nothing is quite as nondesctript as a Chevy SS with the SS badges removed.  

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/23/20 10:13 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars...

Sounds like a good description of a racecar to me. 

+1

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/23/20 10:44 a.m.
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars...

Sounds like a good description of a racecar to me. 

Uncomfortable,  handles like crap. That's a decent description of most police cars .

Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter)
Gearheadotaku (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
11/23/20 10:54 a.m.

It's surprising how dull and dated it looks, and it's only a few years old. Not that it was exciting then. (Still better than ugly and trendy) At least they got the drivetrain right. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
11/23/20 11:27 a.m.
Appleseed said:
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars...

Sounds like a good description of a racecar to me. 

Uncomfortable,  handles like crap. That's a decent description of most police cars .

Maybe modern. My old 9C1's were none of that. Handled great and tons of room. 

californiamilleghia
californiamilleghia SuperDork
11/23/20 11:30 a.m.

many of the larger cars in China have extended back seat area for legroom , because many of the rich people have a driver , so the owners spend a long time in the back  and want to have the room to work in traffic......

Somehow I do not see a boatload coming over here for cop cars !

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan UberDork
11/23/20 11:44 a.m.

PG County cops used to say No RoomInA Lumina. Must be a thing.

old_
old_ HalfDork
11/23/20 12:44 p.m.

The headlights look like cheap ebay aftermarket. 

John Welsh (Moderate Supporter)
John Welsh (Moderate Supporter) Mod Squad
11/23/20 12:59 p.m.
old_ said:

The headlights look like cheap ebay aftermarket. 

When sold in China does "looking like Chinese parts" become a desirable attribute?  

mtn (Forum Supporter)
mtn (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
11/23/20 1:34 p.m.

TIL that what I thought was the first generation Park Avenue was actually the last generation Electra.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
11/23/20 9:18 p.m.
bobzilla said:
Appleseed said:
Pete Gossett (Forum Supporter) said:
Datsun310Guy said:

I was just talking to an Illinois State Police officer and he said the V8 Caprices do nothing great except out accelerate all the other cop cars...

Sounds like a good description of a racecar to me. 

Uncomfortable,  handles like crap. That's a decent description of most police cars .

Maybe modern. My old 9C1's were none of that. Handled great and tons of room. 

So have I. And a updated suspension  P71. I stand by my statement. laugh

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