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First Buick Enclave Rolls Off Assembly Line

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It's all systems go for the Buick Enclave. The very first models available for public sale are rolling off GM's Delta Township assembly line. The wait is over. After months of tweaking and testing, the Enclave is ready to roll.

A state-of-the-art assembly line brings forth a state-of-the-art crossover SUV. The Enclave is the much-anticipated final piece in the Delta Township vehicle lineup.

Harry Clay, Team Leader, GM Delta Twp. Assembly: "It's full-steam ahead now. We had the launch of the Outlook and the Acadia, now we have the Enclave, so it's full production all day every day."

GM officials say they will ease the Enclave into production, even though demand from dealerships is high. Here's how those production numbers break down- right now there are 6,000 enclaves ordered. Delta Township will begin producing 50 of these vehicles per day, but that is sure to increase by the end of the week. The launch manager of the Enclave says the models are the results of 6 months of extensive tests. He says the results are good.

Lou Balogh, Launch Mgr., Buick Enclave: "They're to the point that they're absolutely ready to go. They're continually improving with every car we build."

And as production ramps up, he describes an effort which everyone at the plant can be proud of, and an effort the public will likely appreciate very soon as well.

Lou Balogh: "You're working on something you know the customer absolutely wants, you know all the auto publications are really looking at this thing of high value and giving us a lot of praise, it makes it a lot of fun."

Source: http://www.wlns.com/Global/story.asp?S=6355253
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DELTA TWP. - The first Buick Enclave came off the line this morning at General Motors Corp.'s new assembly plant here.

The crossover vehicle - a sort of mix between a traditional car and a sports utility vehicle - joins the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia in production at the Lansing Delta Township plant.

Workers will be ramping up production to about 100 of the new Buicks a week by next week, GM spokeswoman Heidi Magyar said. That will put production at the plant at about 750 vehicles a week. The production output was previously reported incorrectly.

Hopes are high among dealers and GM officials for the Enclave. Sales of Outlook and Acadia are exceeding expectations, officials have said.

"A lot of young people are exicted about this Buick," said Jerry Metts, an hourly worker in the plant's quality area.

That could bode well for the Buick line, which traditionally hasn't been popular among people in their 20s and 30s.
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