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2012 Buick Regal eAssist
EAssist technology to filter down to the Buick Regal

GM is moving forward with its "tweener luxury" Buick brand and is looking to further expand its appeal with more fuel-efficient models. Late last year, Buick announced that it would bring its LaCrosse eAssist to market this year that will achieve 25/37 mpg (city/highway).

Today, Ward's Auto reports that the hybrid system will also be filtering down to the slightly smaller Buick Regal. The Regal eAssist will be powered by the same 180hp four-cylinder engine, 15hp electric motor (fed by a trunk-mounted lithium-ion battery pack), and 6-speed automatic transmission.

Ward’s reports that the Regal eAssist will also achieve the same fuel economy as the LaCrosse eAssist. However, the powertrain will not come as standard equipment as it will on its more expensive big brother. 

“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 of the eAssist system in November 2010. “We believe this combination points to the future of vehicles powered primarily by an internal combustion engine.”

The standard 2011 Buick Regal starts at $26,245 and gets an unremarkable 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway from its 182hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The eAssist model will no doubt cost at least a few thousand dollars more pushing it closer to the $30,000 price point.

For comparison, other midsize hybrids on the market like the Ford Fusion Hybrid ($28,990) and Hyundai Sonata Hybrid ($26,545) offer greater fuel economy ratings of 41/36 and 35/40 respectively.

Updated 2/8/2011

General Motors has officially unveiled the Buick Regal eAssist, and the vehicle is officially rated at 26/37 (city/highway). It will go on sale later in the fall.



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RE: Resale value?!
By mindless1 on 2/8/2011 4:00:37 PM , Rating: 2
There is a difference between resale value and inherent value. For example, nobody wants to drive a 15 year old korean car, it is trashed by then, but a 15 year old midsized or larger buick, if cared for, garage kept so it isn't rusting out, is still a nice ride for those old enough they don't pretend to be a race car driver (over 30 yo). The engine and transmission tends to outlast the life of the car so they ultimately end up in the junkyard only after a collision that totals them, or years later when everything is rusting out like the exhaust, fuel, and brake lines. Same can be said about midsized and larger pickup trucks.

Is a newer european or japanese car nicer? Yes, but it is a much worse value too to keep rebuying new cars before you need to. That doesn't make it a "bad" decision though, everyone has the freedom to buy whatever they want.


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