Rendezvous enters 2006 with new levels of performance, quietness, security and safety - all as traditional equipment - to make Buick's luxury crossover car one of the most comprehensively equipped cars in its segment.
Highly ranked by consumer groups, all Buick Rendezvous models for 2006 except the CXL Plus are equipped with Gm's 201 horsepower (150 kw) 3500 3. 5L V-6 motor in place of the 3400 3. 4L V-6.
The CXL Plus, which succeeds the Ultra as the top-of-the-line Buick Rendezvous for 2006, is powered by Gm's 3. 6 V-6 VVT (variable valve timing) motor. Rated at 242 horsepower (181 kw), this state-of-the-art powerplant provides 90 percent of its peak torque where it is most useful - between 1500 and 6000 rpm - while returning impressive fuel economy.
Rendezvous, like all Buicks, now features Gm's Onstar security and safety system as traditional equipment in all versions for 2006. Onstar uses a new sixth-generation hardware with digital and analog coverage. Onstar's Gen 6 hardware also contains updated hands-free voice recognition features including more intuitive continuous digit dialing and enhanced voice recognition accuracy. Onstar is the leading provider of in-vehicle security, safety and data services in the US and Canada. Using the GPS satellite network and over-the-air technology, Onstar features core security services and Onstar Personal Calling, which allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls using a comprehensive three-watt digital/analog system and external antenna for greater reception.
The Pontiac Aztek, presented late in the 2001 model year (launch alongside rivals the Hyundai Santa Fe and Toyota Highlander) and manufactured via the 2005 model year, was a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by the Basic Motors marque Pontiac. The car is most noteworthy for its polarizing look look-and-feel which is a source of extensive ridicule from both the public and the press.
Given the fact that the vast majority of Suvs were rarely taken off-pavement by their owners, much less driven under serious off-road conditions, a new type of car-based "crossover" SUV was marketed that was hoped would offer all the components that buyers actually wanted from their Suvs such as trunk carrying capacity, elevated seats height and the suggestion of an active outdoor lifestyle with less of the negative attributes typically associated with conventional Suvs such as poor gas mileage, uncomfortable ride, high step-in height, propensity to roll over, etc. The formula of a car-based "soft-road" SUV had proved marketable by the highly successful Lexus RX300 and Toyota Highlander and was thought to be a promising new sphere niche within the highly profitable and increasingly well-known SUV category.
First shown to the public in 1999, the Pontiac Aztek concept vehicle was fairly well received. It featured "xtreme" fantastic look-and-feel and promised maximum versatility in support of a young and active lifestyle for its tailored Generation 'X' shopper demographic.
The production edition of the Pontiac Aztek was launched with the tagline: "quite possibly the most versatile car on the planet. " in conjunction with Cbs's hit game show, Survivor in 2001.