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Buick Bengal

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A concept car produced by Buick for the 2001 auto show season.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Buick Bengal page on 24 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Buick Bengal was a concept roadster designed and built by Buick. It was first shown to the public at the 2001 North American International Auto in Detroit, Michigan.

The Bengal was an attempt to rejuvenate the Buick line, and make it seem more appealing to younger people. It was powered by a supercharged 3.4L 250 hp (190 kW) V6, which was mated to a six speed manual transmission. The transmission was mounted ahead of the engine, to allow a more forward placement of the front wheels to improve handling.

Though a 2-seater roadster in general design, the rear decklid can be lifted to reveal two extra seats. One of the most desirable features of the Bengal is its voice activated controls. The car is able to distinguish over 100 commands given to it by voice, which can operate various things from the headlights, windshield wipers, and convertible top, to the heater, navigation system, seat adjustments, and cruise control. The system was named Quiet Servant and it was developed by Visteon Corporation. The dashboard is free of traditional gauges, everything instead is displayed on demand on a single flat panel screen.

In 2001 Buick claimed they wanted to put the Bengal into production, but plans were shelved until 2004 when they revealed the Velite concept, which is a more realistic roadster design.


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Buick Bengal Concept Car 2002 Concept
Photo by Heidi Walczak
2002 Chicago Auto Show
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Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast x5 - kidconnection 15279-1601GM ConceptSmall scale, light blue 2001 Buick Bengal Concept, blue 2000 Chevrolet SSR Concept, yellow 2001 Pontiac Rev Concept, pewter 2001 Cadillac Vizon Concept, light blue 2001 GMC Terracross Concept


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