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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 Spuke on 11/15/2010 7:13:30 PM , Rating: 1
Also, in those other countries they actually tax their rich people, those employers then in turn, invest in their employees. I can't name other countries where the more money you make, the percentage you pay in taxes actually goes down.

We don't tax rich people in the US? Also, since when do rich people pay less taxes? And who do they pay less than? Since the IRS keeps statistics on this, I'll be expecting a link from them supporting this assertion.

Unions are an American institution and guarantees YOUR right to organize if you wish. It's part of the constitution so many of you claim to believe in.
Which part of the US Constitution mentions unions?

I'm different with regard to labor. I guess I could never make it in business because though I know the goal is to make much is enough? How much wealth does one person need to accumulate before it's enough that others cannot compete with him/her?
Publicly traded companies must make an earnest effort to turn a profit by law. Reason? They're using "our" money (investors). Privately owned companies can do as they wish. You can start a private business and do as you wish. If you want to just make enough to make ends meet, you are free to do so. That's your decision. Just don't ask for public investors, ever. That will subject you to a whole different set of rules. And, quite frankly, I agree with those rules.

RE: But it's a GM....
By Spuke on 11/16/2010 2:55:04 PM , Rating: 2
By Spuke on 11/15/2010 7:13:30 PM , Rating: 1
Looks like I have a secret fan that goes and rates me down regardless of whether I'm wrong or right. How about you post why I'm wrong? There's people in here that do just that and I respect them for it. But I have no respect for the cowards. Continue your rate downs coward, I will simply repost what I said.

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