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Founded in 1903 by David Dunbar Buick, the inventor of the overhead valve engine, Buick was soon managed by William C. Durant, who built the company up via acquisitions and formed General Motors. Durant positioned GM as a luxury brand behind Cadillac, where it has stayed since. Prior to World War II, Buick was considered one of GM’s most stylish brands, and it was at that division that chief designer Harley Earl conceived the futuristic Y-Job of 1938, with styling cues that included flush door handles and concealed headlamps.

In China, Buick became one of the most popular brands—before Communism, one in three cars were Buicks. Today, it remains one of the most respected in Red China—even having models unique to all of China—while in the US, GM has been consolidating some of the Buick range.


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