The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 13, 1996 · Page 77
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 77

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, October 13, 1996
Page 77
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Charting the Changes Each October, the editors of Car and Driver bring readers an overview of the new domestic vehicles. They do so with their own brand of insight and expertise combined with irreverence and pointed commentary. The result is a look at what's new and what's good, written by persons who know what they're writing about. 1996; however, they'll go on sale this fall. The Park Avenue gets a raised roof so front passengers—all three of them—get more room. The new Buick flagship is based on a super-stretched version of the Riviera and Olds Aurora platform, renowned for its rigidity. Engines are the much-refined 3.8-liter normally aspirated or supercharged V- 6s, carried over from last year's models. REGAL—No big changes. RIVIERA—The '97 two-door is said to run more quietly, and the transaxle has been reprogrammed for smoother shifts. The suspension gets more travel and the steering is recalibrated for more feel. CADILLAC CATERA—This small addition to the Cadillac lineup is based on the Omega luxury car made by Opel in Germany. It's powered by an uncharacteristic twin-cam V-6 from Opel that belts out 200 hp through the rear wheels. Prices start at about $30,000. The Cadillac version is longer and heavier than the Opel, by about five inches and 200 pounds. Seat- mounted side airbags, however, will be a Cadillac exclusive on this car when it goes on sale this fall. DE VILLE/CONCOURS—The de Ville and the sportier Concours get new sheetmetal and structural enhance- AM GENERAL HUMMER—For '97, the short-cab, two-door pickup is no longer available. We'll have to make do with the extended-cab, two-door model. The 5.7-liter V-8 option is also dropped, since GM no longer builds the Hummer's version of the engine. The turbo-diesel gets an increase in power of about 10 horsepower. All models get electrically heated windshields. BUICK SKYLARK—A bunch of optional amenities become standard in the wan- ing years of the little Buick. CENTURY—The ancient A-body front-driver will be replaced next spring by a new, larger Century, which is more akin to the Regal in size and market position. The new Century is a cousin to the new Pontiac Grand Prix and Oldsmobile Intrigue. LESABRE—No, you're not telepathic—the '97 LeSabre was actually introduced in January 1996, so you've probably seen it before. Nonetheless, a thorough refining of the sheetmetal makes it smoother-looking. PARK AVENUE—Like the LeSabre, the bigger Park Avenue and its Ultra upscale version first appeared early in

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