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Buick Taps Bruce Hornsby For Rainier Theme

DETROIT - Following the unparalleled on-line success of Tiger Trap, Buick is offering songs by quintessential American composer Bruce Hornsby on to draw attention to a brand new SUV - the 2004 Buick Rainier. The featured track is the brand new "King of the Cascades (Song H)," an original instrumental piece composed for Buick as the Official Rainier Theme.

According to Buick advertising manager Jill Cooley, Buick identified with Hornsby's personal response to the natural beauty that Mt. Rainier represents. "Bruce Hornsby's composition represents the highest level of integrity and craftsmanship," said Cooley. "This music is fresh and innovative, while remaining classic and timeless, much like the Buick Rainier."

In addition to "King of the Cascades (Song H)," three other songs -- all written and performed by Hornsby -- are available both on and the CD/DVD, including "The Chill," "Sneaking Up on Boo Radley" and "The Way It Is" (Live Version).

In addition to the current web content, which includes behind-the-scenes footage (, CD/DVDs are being mailed to customers who have asked for more information on Rainier.

Buick's direct marketing agency, MRM Partners Worldwide, coordinated the effort with Hornsby.

Since releasing his triple-platinum Grammy-winning debut album in 1986, Bruce Hornsby has continued to please fans and gain critical acclaim for both the originality and stylistic diversity of his music. Equally adept at styles ranging from pop to soul to improvisational jazz, Hornsby is a consummate musician whose graceful compositions bear the mark of an American original and true craftsman. More information is available at

New for 2004, Buick Rainier offers a level of style, ride, comfort and performance that sets it apart from other mid-size sport utility vehicles.Rainier comes standard-equipped with a Vortec 4200 inline six-cylinder engine with 275 horsepower, providing the power, capability and smoothness of a V-8 combined with the efficiency of a six-cylinder. For even more power and outstanding torque, Rainier is also available with an all-aluminum, Vortec 5300 V-8 engine, one of the most popular in GM's stable of dynamic powerplants. The available V-8 broadens Rainier's market appeal, enhancing both its performance and utility. Exclusive to Rainier on GM's short-wheel-base, mid-size SUV architecture, the Vortec 5300 V-8 SFI (sequential fuel injection) engine provides 290 horsepower.

Buick pre-launched Rainier with Tiger Trap, a hugely successful on- and off-line campaign to introduce the new nameplate. More than two million people viewed the Internet film starring Tiger Woods and the Rainier at and more than 250,000 have registered for a sweepstakes to win one more Rainier this fall.

New advertising for Rainier debuts on the Sept. 21 Emmy awards telecast on Fox.

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