At the forthcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Buick will reveal publicly its third new model in the past two years and first in the compact luxury segment, the 2012 Buick Verano.

Scheduled for market launch in the fourth quarter of 2011, the all-new Verano compact luxury sedan is fully packed with the latest hi-tech developments, including 10 standard air bags, heated steering wheel and a next-generation radio system with OnStar-powered connectivity that enables seamless communication between the Verano and the driver's smart phone.

In the power compartment, the 2012 Buick Verano will be offered with a 2.4-liters Ecotec unit producing 177 horsepower (132 kW) and 170 lb.-ft. torque (230 Nm)mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to its plant, the Verano will be able to sprint from zero to 60 mph in 8.0 seconds flat, and to estimate 31 mpg on the highway.

John Schwegman, vice president of Buick marketing stated: "Verano expands our lineup, continues Buick's momentum and gives us a great opportunity to attract a new generation of customers with a product that delivers on their expectations for design, performance and technology. It is a smart choice that delivers unexpected luxury in a compact sedan – and it will compete head-to-head with competitors from Audi and Lexus."