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Buick to launch its next generation BAS hybrid system

It's no doubt impressive when today's compact sedans -- which are loaded down with hundreds of pounds of safety gear and chassis reinforcements not found on vehicles from decades past -- top the 40 mpg mark. However, it's even more impressive when midsize sedans approach that mark as well.

You know about the compact 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2011 Hyundai Elantra which can hit 40+ mpg on the highway. Hyundai's 2011 Sonata midsize sedan can achieve 35 mpg on the highway in its base configuration. GM is now flaunting its 2012 LaCrosse which will come standard with eAssist technology (which will provide up to 37 mpg on the highway) and will be priced at roughly $30,000.

“It’s a very integrated powertrain system, with no compromises in driving performance, shift quality or ride and handling,” said Daryl Wilson, LaCrosse lead development engineer. “We believe this combination points to the future of vehicles powered primarily by an internal combustion engine.”

The LaCrosse will be powered by a traditional 2.4-liter direct injection four-cylinder engine which generates 180 hp. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. However, GM also includes its next generation "mild hybrid" system which it calls eAssist. On the LaCrosse, the eAssist electric motor provides an additional 15 hp and 79 pound-feet of torque during acceleration. Other features to improve fuel economy include an engine start/stop function and regenerative braking.

A 115V lithium-ion battery mounted in the trunk powers the electric motor, but it encroaches on cargo-hauling capabilities. Maximum cargo capacity drops from an already lackluster 13.3 cu ft to just 10.9 cu ft.

However, the benefits in fuel economy are huge. EPA ratings jump from 19/30 mpg (city/highway) to an impressive 25/37 mpg. The city rating falls short of Lincoln's MKZ Hybrid which pulls in an impressive 41 mpg, but that vehicle is priced higher at $35,180.

“The eAssist system is more than just the next-generation BAS system. The ability to integrate regenerative braking with the latest lithium-ion battery technology creates a system that delivers significant fuel-efficiency gains that customers will enjoy,” said Steve Poulos, global chief engineer of the eAssist system. “Being able to provide electric boost to the powertrain system during heavy acceleration and grade driving enables the LaCrosse transmission to operate more efficiently, while the added functionality of engine start-stop and fuel shut-off during deceleration provides added fuel savings.” 

Official pricing and availability of the Buick LaCrosse with eAssist should be available closer to its launch later next year.



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RE: But it's a GM....
By room200 on 11/15/2010 6:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
I would "keep my mouth shut" if those companies didn't receive tons of government handouts to keep businesses here only to outsource ANYWAY.

That outrageous CEO pay is then passed on YOU and myself in the form of higher costs. You wanna see how much of the CEO pay is none anyone's business? Just have one of those "well-run", too big to fail corporations starts to go belly up. They'll be the first in line to ask for a handout.


RE: But it's a GM....
By Nfarce on 11/15/2010 7:17:03 PM , Rating: 2
And you don't think those outrageous UNION costs aren't passed on to us?

Finally, the Obama administration all but forced GM into the so-called bailout, which as I stated did nothing but hand power over to Obama union cronies.

Them's the facts whether you want to admit it or not.


RE: But it's a GM....
By room200 on 11/16/2010 2:18:50 PM , Rating: 2
I have no problem whatsoever paying higher costs for the goods and services I want if it means paying people a decent, living wage, in THIS country.


RE: But it's a GM....
By Spuke on 11/15/2010 7:19:42 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
Just have one of those "well-run", too big to fail corporations starts to go belly up. They'll be the first in line to ask for a handout.
Stop voting for the status quo and there will be no hand outs. Status quo = Republitards and Democraps. When Obama was running for President, it cracked me the f#$k up when he mentioned eliminating the status quo. HE IS THE STATUS QUO!!!! LOL!


RE: But it's a GM....
By Reclaimer77 on 11/15/2010 8:04:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
That outrageous CEO pay is then passed on YOU and myself in the form of higher costs. You wanna see how much of the CEO pay is none anyone's business?


Yeah I don't think you understand how business and CEO pay works at all. Nobody has ever paid "higher costs" because a CEO was paid "too much". Sorry things don't work that way.

There's often an air of mystery surrounding the head of a company, especially in a large corporation with thousands of employees. To some, the actual duties and responsibilities of a CEO may seem elusive. The truth is that a CEO is responsible for the entire business, from operations and financing to sales and marketing. Of course, other employees take on most of the tasks involved in actually running a business. But, if anything goes wrong within a company, the CEO will always take some heat.

Truth is CEO's have done more to keep costs down than otherwise. Why take all the risk if there is no reward? And no company is going to pay a CEO more than they can afford. Certainly not to the point that they would raise prices because of ONE MANS pay. Honestly, does that make sense to you? Out of all the factors out there that DIRECTLY impact consumer pricing, you pick CEO pay??

Years ago there was NEVER this vitriol about CEO pay. It's nobody's business. Then Obama and the Dummycrats came along and needed a scapegoat to cover up their economic failings. Ah ha!! After over a century of this thriving business model, we've figured it out, the CEO's are to blame!! BURN THEM!!!

I don't know what's worse, actually using that tactic or there being people stupid enough to go along with it.


RE: But it's a GM....
By room200 on 11/16/2010 2:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But, if anything goes wrong within a company, the CEO will always take some heat.


Really? guys like you always praise the business model that's "worked for decades" talking about how this wouldn't happen in business or that wouldn't happen. Then we see all these stories of people at the top making outrageous sums of money EVEN WHEN THE COMPANY IS LOSING MONEY.

From Fortune magazine: "Executive compensation was out of control to start with, and now it's way out of control," one boss admitted.

Said another: "The problem is, we're living in a world where .220 hitters make $10 million, so look at what you have to pay when you finally find a .300 hitter."

Added a third: "It's not an excuse to say, 'Hey, the board gave it to me.' CEOs should be responsible too. That's leadership!"


By the way. That quote is from 2006, before most of you had heard of Barack Obama.


RE: But it's a GM....
By room200 on 11/16/2010 2:30:29 PM , Rating: 2
RE: But it's a GM....
By Reclaimer77 on 11/16/2010 2:56:23 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Really? guys like you always praise the business model that's "worked for decades" talking about how this wouldn't happen in business or that wouldn't happen.


And guys like you play the same class warfare games. I'm sorry there are people out there who get rich and you don't, even though they don't "deserve" it. But what's your point?

Don't you feel even a little embarrassed that you are THIS emotional about what someone else is making? How is it your business? And how would YOU feel if some CEO commented on your salary?

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By the way. That quote is from 2006


Good for him. He has the right to an opinion, the same as anyone else. But it's only his opinion. If a company losing money gave a CEO "outrageous" sums of money, it was probably because they believed he could turn the company around. Or because they signed a contract when the times were good. Or because any number of reasons that's neither here nor there.

For every public story about CEO's and doomed companies, there are ten times as many unreported stories about CEO's making solid decisions and keeping their employers above water.

Enjoy living in your fantasy world where you can remove the incentive for doing something, and yet it still gets done.


RE: But it's a GM....
By room200 on 11/16/2010 7:28:07 PM , Rating: 2
And guys like you play the same class warfare games. I'm sorry there are people out there who get rich and you don't, even though they don't "deserve" it. But what's your point?

Actually, I live quite well, and I'm not a union member (thank you very much). I have no need to be "rich".

Don't you feel even a little embarrassed that you are THIS emotional about what someone else is making? How is it your business? And how would YOU feel if some CEO commented on your salary?

People comment on my salary all the time.

Enjoy living in your fantasy world where you can remove the incentive for doing something, and yet it still gets done.

You continue to walk around with this total me, me, me, selfish attitude. Unlike you, I pay my taxes and I'm happy to do so. You don't catch me whining like a little girl about it. I realize that this is a country that i love and I happily work to help my fellow American. Your posts are proof positive that greed and selfishness have taken over.


RE: But it's a GM....
By Reclaimer77 on 11/16/2010 9:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
You're too pretentious and judgmental to even discuss this with. What are you shoveling pal? Unless you're a social worker or a missionary or something, don't hand me this "working for others crap".

I've often found the people crying wolf about "greed", are usually those who are the most greedy.

quote:
Your posts are proof positive that greed and selfishness have taken over.


Lol how?? Because I'm defending another mans right to earn a living, the best living he can achieve? Something is wrong with that now?

You're scum, you know that? Anyone who thinks it's their place to hold another man down has bad Karma coming to him.


RE: But it's a GM....
By Spuke on 11/16/2010 3:03:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Then we see all these stories of people at the top making outrageous sums of money EVEN WHEN THE COMPANY IS LOSING MONEY.
I think any company is stupid for agreeing to pay someone a bonus for not performing. The rest of us have to perform for our paychecks, why should the board ignore that when they hire a CEO? But they made that decision! Not much we can do about it except not invest in those companies or not buy their products/services. And since these are contracts, you can't break them (at least not without penalty).


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