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With Help from Dismissed Candidate, Martha Stewart Gives Daytime Audience Member a New Buick Lucerne - Lori Quinlan from Monroe, New York unexpectedly takes home new Buick

DETROIT – As part of a full launch campaign for the 2006 Buick Lucerne that includes a new tagline (Beyond Precision), new television commercials, new print/on-line advertising, and eventually Tiger Woods, Buick teamed with Martha Stewart’s daytime show to give a surprised audience member one of the newest, most luxurious Buicks today.

During Wednesday night’s prime-time “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” on NBC, teams competed to design an in-dealership launch showroom display for the all-new Buick Lucerne. During her daytime “Martha Stewart Living” Thursday, Dec. 1, Stewart and Buick teamed up to give away a Lucerne live to an audience member.

Following an interview with Leslie -- who was released from Team Matchstick on Wednesday night’s show-- Stewart invited audience members to look under their seats for the key to a Lucerne.

Lori Quinlan of Monroe, New York, was lucky enough to find the key under her seat.

“This was a great surprise for one member of our terrific audience,” said Stewart. “It’s been great to work with Buick on this challenge and continue the good feelings here today.”

The influence of the winning team’s creation, selected by Buick executives, will be experienced by prospective customers on December 13, when participating dealerships host a Lucerne V.I.P. Premiere Night. Viewers can RSVP for an invitation to a Lucerne V.I.P. Premiere Night party in their area via an online registration process at

In addition to the car giveaway, elements of the Lucerne V.I.P. Premiere Night party were featured on Martha Stewart’s daytime show on December 1, 2005. Here, the party-planning diva showcased her influence on the upcoming Lucerne VIP Premiere Nights, from flowers and napkins to punch and hors d’ oeuvres, and will create a scene right out of the “Perfect Party Handbook”– a 20-page guide to entertaining brought to you by Buick and Martha Stewart Living.

“Buick’s partnership with Martha Stewart to introduce the luxurious Lucerne reaches those consumers interested in upscale brands who might otherwise be unaware of the Lucerne ’s potential,” said Margaret Brooks, Buick marketing director. “By joining these two powerful brands it gives us a new opportunity to reach this ever-changing customer whose interests and tastes are as diverse as the people who view her programs.”

About Lucerne

Built “Beyond Precision,” the Lucerne is Buick’s third new vehicle in just over a year, following the LaCrosse midsize sedan and Terraza crossover sport-van.

Lucerne offers an array of options, including a V-8 or V-6 power, three trim levels – the well-equipped CX, elegantly appointed CXL or the luxurious, performance-oriented CXS model. Standard on every Lucerne are OnStar, Quiet Tuning – Buick’s exclusive process to eliminate unwanted cabin noise – and a four-year/50,000 mile warranty. The sedan has a base manufacturer’s suggest retail price (MSRPs) ranging from $26,990 to$35,990.

Lucerne is engineered to meet a wide variety of customer preferences and compete across a wide range of domestic and import entries in the premium midsize and luxury segments.

About GM

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 325,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries . In 2004, GM sold nearly 9 million cars and trucks globally, up 4 percent and the second-highest total in the company’s history. GM’s global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit .

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