Buick GL8
Shanghai-GM Buick GL8 Firstland
Manufacturer General Motors
Production 2000–present
Class Minivan
Body style(s) 4-door van
Layout FF layout/All wheel drive
Platform U-body
Transmission(s) 4-speed automatic
First generation
Production 2000–2005
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Engine(s) 3.4 L LA1 V6
Wheelbase 112 in (2845 mm) (2.5)
120 in (3048 mm) (Firstland)
Length 187.3 in (4757 mm) (2.5)
201.3 in (5113 mm) (Fir.)
Width 72.7 in (1847 mm)
Height 67.4 in (1712 mm) (2.5)
68.1 in (1730 mm) (Fir.)
Curb weight 3,730 lb (1,692 kg) (2.5)
3,942 lb (1,788 kg) (Fir.)
Related Chevrolet Venture
Oldsmobile Silhouette
Pontiac Montana
Opel Sintra
Vauxhall Sintra
Pontiac Trans Sport
Second generation
Production 2005–present
Body style(s) 4-door minivan
Related Chevrolet Uplander
Buick Terraza
Saturn Relay
Pontiac Montana SV6

The Buick GL8 is a minivan sold by General Motors' Buick division in China. Introduced in 2000, the GL8 is similar to the Pontiac Montana. Unlike other GM minivans, a roof rack was never offered. It was redesigned for 2005; however, it has a more aerodynamic and futuristic look than its American and Canadian counterparts, the Buick Terraza, the Chevrolet Uplander, the Pontiac Montana, and the Saturn Relay.

A revamped edition was released in late 2010, featuring 2.4L and V6 3.0L engines. [1]


The regular wheelbase GL8 is known as the GL8 2.5 while the extended wheelbase variant is called the GL8 Firstland. There are four trim levels available, called the LT, CT1, CT2, and GT (which is only available on the Firstland). In October 2001, the first bunch of Buick GL10s (10 passenger versions of the 1st-generation GL8) were exported to the Philippines.



In 2001, the Buick GL8 XEA1 or Phoenix was developed as a collaboration between General Motors and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). The Buick GL8 XAE1 is a hybrid vehicle that uses a 35 kW fuel cell and compressed hydrogen gas to deliver its power. The General Motors Phoenix was officially unveiled at the Pan Asia Automotive Technology Center in China in the year 2001.


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