Meet new Buick Verano owner Kevin Buick: Yes, he’s connected to “that” Buick—David Dunbar Buick, founder of the eponymous automotive marque, was a distant relative—but no, he’d never owned one of the brand’s vehicles in his life. Until he came across the Buick Verano.
“With my name, I’ve been asked if I drive a Buick for as long as I remember,” said the attorney from Sycamore, Ill. “But the cars were never right for me. The Verano, though, is truly perfect in every way that I ask of a car. It honestly feels like it was made just for me, so it’s amusing that I get to step over my name embossed in the sill plate every time I get into my car.”
And while Kevin might be the first of David Dunbar’s descendants to buy a new Verano, he’s got plenty of company as a former non-GM owner who has made the switch. In fact, GMC Anderson pointed out that since it went on sale in December, more than half of all Verano owners are new to the automaker. For Kevin, who previously owned a Subaru Outback, the decision was an easy one.
“I need some creature comforts, but I’m not interested in a larger, more expensive car,” he said. “My Verano has a high quality level for the price. Small things like the heated steering wheel make a big difference.
”A lot of people want small, high-quality cars,” Kevin continued. “It’s a little narrow-minded to equate luxury with size. I’m pleased, and proud, to see American carmakers stepping in that direction.”
The folks at Kendall Buick reminded us that the Verano is made in America, too, at GM’s assembly plant in Orion Township, Mich.