Tuesday, February 08, 2011

2012 Buick Regal eAssist Hybrid




Using the same engine as the one in the new base Lacrosse.

The main advantage will be the 26/37 MPG rating versus 19/30 for the regular Regal.

Wheels are now smaller and lighter. And the trunk is a bit smaller.

This engine is standard on the 2012 Lacrosse, we'll see how much they charge for it in the Regal. And if it is worth it or not....

14 comments:

Crash said...

Any word on if this will be rolled out to the Equinox?

If it was, that will be my next car!

Something the size of an Equinox getting 26/37MPG???? Hell yes!

Anonymous said...

I've seen a total of three Regals on the road. In comparison, I've seen three Rolls Royce Ghosts in the same timeframe. The Regal is a really good looking car, so I have assume that people aren't lining up to buy it because of the lackluster 0-60.

I believe that they need to fix this before adding any other gimmick. Hopefully the addition of an electric motor will help performance!

Anonymous said...

Is it me or does this Buick look dated already?

Anonymous said...

It does seem to look a bit dated.
Compared to the rest of the GM line up. A bit too bloated possibly

Anonymous said...

Hybrids are for idiots who can't do math.

Pay extra up front (and interest on it if you financed--like most do) and you'll find that "break-even" is 80,000 to 100.000 miles away. How many years is that BEFORE you're back to where you would have been if you bought the gas version? THEN YOU NEED A NEW $5000- $8000 BATTERY!. So a decade of your life (or more) is spend before you see a single penny of the savings.

Ironically the people who don't understand the math are the LEAST able to afford the extra cost of a Hybrid. Mabey the fact that those unstable toxic batteries are more likely to kill the occupants in a crash (than the impace itself) is poetic justice.

I wouldn't buy a Hybrid even if it were a reliable high-quality BUICK. Just doesn't make sense on ANY level!

Carl said...

As a TSX owner, this car is really sharp and pleasing to look at..

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous w/ the hate towards Hybrids.

Your arguement would be much more effective is you learned to spell.

As well, there are many instances where Hybrids DO offer enhanced value versus their ICE cousins.

If the USA had the same fuel prices as most of the rest of the world (ie, well north of $4 per gallon) - then they might perform a bit better there. I happen to drive about 50,000km's per year -so saving money on fuel happens to be important to me.

No Lt. Dan Fan said...

For the money there are better hybrid options out there that outperform its mpg's....Camry,Optima,Sonata and Fusion. GM needs to get their tech on par with the competition.

Anonymous said...

So even with hybrid technology it barely beats out the standard Sonata? I'd rather have a regular Sonata or the Sonata Hybrid and have a much better car and save a LOT of money.

"Carl said...
As a TSX owner, this car is really sharp and pleasing to look at..

February 8, 2011 6:50 PM"

Since you are a TSX owner, you should be happy that your vehicle is infinitely more engaging to drive, has a smoother powertrain, nicer interior materials, and will be MUCH more reliable.

Consumer Reports German "partner" publication rates the Insignia below average for reliability already, and its been on the market for about two years now.

Anonymous said...

So even with hybrid technology it barely beats out the standard Sonata? I'd rather have a regular Sonata or the Sonata Hybrid and have a much better car and save a LOT of money.

I'd say that isn't a fair comparison. Buick and Hyundai are two different categories of cars. Sonata and Malibu? Fair. Sonata and Fusion? Fair. Sonata and Jetta? Fair.

The Regal has been (appropriately) compared to the CC and TSX.

As for reliability - who knows. Regardless on the german ratings - this thing will be built in Canada at GM's best production fascility (according to them) for quality and productivity. It also involves a relatively new (for them) technology. Lets wait to see what the outcome is in 6 months.

Anonymous said...

"Hate" toward Hybrids occurs when one studies math and science but the lazy-minded/emotional twits will never understand.

Anonymous said...

"Hate" toward Hybrids occurs when one studies math and science but the lazy-minded/emotional twits will never understand.

I've actually done a fair amount of research on the differences between the ICE and Hybrid. Most of the negative stuff you hear has many, many holes in the logic - and tend to be written from a biased stand point.

Regardless of your POV, some people just want to use less gas - period. Hybrids (ie, the Prius) offers the best fuel economy on the road - and the math / science is pretty hard to debate on that.

Anonymous said...

If we burn less gas than the plants will starve. It's a science thing and not emotive/PC thing.

Anonymous said...

""Hate" toward Hybrids occurs when one studies math and science but the lazy-minded/emotional twits will never understand."

I see hate towards the Toyota Prius. But I don't see the same sort of venom towards other hybrids. Toyota just brings that out in people.

Truth be told, hybrids are not very green. By virtue of the fact that they are carrying two powertrains and lots of extra toxic materials that require lots of steps to manufacture and dispose of, we need to stop pretending that butterflies and daisies endorse these vehicles.

But as someone who drives a sports sedan that barely gets 10mpg average because of my urban commuting, I would love to have a car like a Volt or a hybrid that would help me avoid the twice weekly stops at the gas station. Financially, it's expensive. But I knew that when I bought it. But what I didn't expect is how much of a pain in the a$$ it is to stop when I'm in gridlock traffic. So I'm willing to pay a small premium for that.