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From the Kicking Tires blog of cars.com 08/01/2007:[/color]

Imagine a domestic vehicle in such short supply that there are 3,000 people on a waiting list just to get one.

And imagine that the domestic in high demand, but low supply, is a Buick — the 2008 Enclave crossover.

The only thing that would be more surprising is if the car was an Oldsmobile.

"We have 3,000 Enclaves on a waiting list nationwide,” said Buick spokesman Dave Darvitz. “Demand has been a pleasant surprise."

Darvitz said Buick will employ a third shift at its Delta Township, Mich., plant for six months to boost crossover output, with most earmarked for the Enclave. GM doesn't want to overbuild the vehicle and then get stuck offering incentives to move unsold inventory. Enclave is one of three new midsize crossovers at GM all built on the same assembly line. The others are the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia.

A waiting list is an out of the ordinary event for Buick.

"Demand is unbelievable. If you ordered an Enclave today, it would be about two months to take delivery," or sometime in September says Steven Hill, North Central regional manager for General Motors, headquartered in Naperville.

Originally, GM said it expected the crossovers to attract buyers moving out of big, low mileage full-size SUVs, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the Enclave. "We aren't seeing as many full size SUVs in trade as we are people moving out of minivans," Hill said.

Supply in inventory is only 20 days nationwide, versus the national average of 51 days. The turn rate, or time an Enclave spends on the showroom floor, averages five days from the time off-loaded from the truck to the moment the car is driven away by a consumer.

Buick said buyers are loading the crossover with high priced options, with 50 percent sold with all wheel drive and 60 percent with power sunroof, for example.

"Enclave … shows what happens when you do a new vehicle right, says John Wolkonowicz, senior analyst for Global Insight. “It also is important that it sells well because it's GM's highest priced, highest profit crossover, so that means it is making money for GM."

"Enclave is the right size, the right look, and the right vehicle that has started the turnaround at Buick just like the CTS sedan did at Cadillac. It's getting people into the showrooms who haven't been there in a long while and, I suspect, many are younger," Wolkonowicz said.

The average age of the Enclave buyer has been 53, far below the average age — 65 — of the typical Buick buyer.

"What it will take to keep the turnaround going is more new cars from Buick,” Wolkonowicz said.

He points to a replacement for the LaCrosse sedan coming for 2010 that will be called Regal, and a rear drive replacement for the Lucerne sedan coming for 2011 that probably will be called Park Avenue or Wildcat with a choice of V-6 or V-8 engines. The Enclave may just be the beginning for Buick.

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2007/08/buick-enclave-i.html
 

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"Demand is unbelieveable. If you orderd an Enclave today, it would be about 2 months to take delivery", or sometime in September says Steven Hill, North Central regional manager for GM.

I screwed up. I should have waited until August to order instead of April 23. The way it looks to me, I would get it sooner. GM continues to amaze me.
 

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I think your dealer has dropped the ball. I don't see how it could be taking this long!
 

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I'm waiting since April 9th.....

It's the size of the dealer and the model ordered that seem to be the holdup.....

If they don't want to build the lowly CX's until the last minute, it's not the dealer's fault!

There is about a $10,000 difference between the entry level CX and the fully loaded CXL's!

Want to guess what they are going to push out first?! :angryfire: :angryfire:
 

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i dont blame buick for not wanting to over stock the enclave because i am still seeing 07 acadias and saturns on the lots trying to get sold. i am also glad that they are getting that third shift to help w/the supply and demand. looks like we will all be opening our buicks for christmas :-\ ;D guess that can be both good and bad.
 

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looks like we will all be opening our buicks for christmas guess that can be both good and bad.
MsS42, you don't have your Enclave yet? I was thinking your's was delivered about the time I joined here. What are you getting? I've decided to take the attitude that I am waiting for this fantastic car and I'm going to be patient. Then celebrate like **** whenever I get it!! :love: :sunny: :hyper: :clap: :banana: :thumbsup: :wine: Ahhhhhhhhhh...
 

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Rosita2001 said:
MsS42, you don't have your Enclave yet? I was thinking your's was delivered about the time I joined here. What are you getting? I've decided to take the attitude that I am waiting for this fantastic car and I'm going to be patient. Then celebrate like **** whenever I get it!! :love: :sunny: :hyper: :clap: :banana: :thumbsup: :wine: Ahhhhhhhhhh...
I heard that sounds like a :dancing: :dancing: I am getting the dark crimson metallic cxl-awd, ebony interior, 2nd row console, assist steps, roof rack rails, towing package, ent. #4, dual sunroofs, 20's, advanced remote start, conf. pkg, lux. package.... its gonna be laid out lol.... fullyyyyyyy loaded.

hmmmmmmmm, im thinking did i miss anything ???
 

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-autoletters_tran_8-12aug12,0,2011315.story

And one more "for the road" -- this out of today's Sunday Chicago Tribune letters to Auto Columnist Jim Mateja:

Q. I ordered a 2008 Buick Enclave in May for delivery within six to eight weeks. Now the dealer can tell me only that there is no scheduled production date.

A. Steven Hill, North Central regional manager for General Motors, says the Enclave crossover is in high demand, but limited supply. So if you ordered one today, it would take at least two months for delivery. Order one without all-wheel-drive and a sunroof and the wait might be longer, since that's what everyone wants. The demand caught GM by surprise, so you have to be patient.
A third shift will be added at the plant to help boost supply but not until Sept. 4.

So, order one today -- at least 8 to 9 weeks -- and that's if you roll the roulette wheel "right" with the right dealer who has an actual allocated slot he can use in GM's VOMS order system. Why, Mr. Steven Hill, don't you all tell us the real facts? Go to another dealer and get lied to about their ability to place an order and the entire wait your customer endures is going to be blamed NOT ON THE DEALER, but on YOU -- on General Motors and the Buick Motor Division. This is really what irks me about all of this when I read these articles that quote GM people.

And, oh yes, the dealer isn't likely to tell you the order you place for a CX or a CXL FWD or an Enclave without sunroofs will take MUCH MUCH longer. How long Mr. Steven Hill does ticner58 and jean1b have to wait? How long do I have to wait after having been told one thing and now see my order move "backwards" with a downgraded priority and that much less of a possibility of being accepted any time soon -- and then, of course, when it does get accepted, it will then take that 8 to 9 weeks. :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: :banghead: Know what it feels like to do this repeatedly?
 
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