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GM's eAssist technology looks dated next to its competitiors

General Motors is taking its efforts to increase fuel economy across the board seriously with its "near luxury" Buick brand. Last year, GM made the 2.4-liter four-cylinder eAssist engine standard on the Buick Lacrosse and made the more powerful (and thirstier) 3.6-liter V6 engine a no-cost option.
That same approach is now being applied to the slightly smaller Buick Regal. The traditional 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is being replaced with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder eAssist. GM hasn't announced pricing yet for the 2013 Regals, so we're not sure how much will be added to the vehicle's base price to account for the more expensive hybrid components.

Buick Regal eAssist
With that being said, GM's mild hybrid offering is hardly competitive in today's market and it only matches the fuel economy of traditional midsize sedans with regular gasoline engines. For comparison:
2013 Buick Regal eAssist: 25/36 (city/highway)
2013 Ford Fusion: 26/37
2012 Toyota Camry: 25/35
2012 Hyundai Sonata: 24/35
When it comes to true hybrid competitors, the eAssist smackdown is even more apparent:
2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid: 47/44 (city/highway)
2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid: 43/39
2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: 35/40
It remains to be seen how long it will take GM to start offering a true hybrid powertrain that can hold its head up high when compared with the rest of the competition.

Source: General Motors

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RE: um...
By jthistle on 2/7/2012 9:53:30 AM , Rating: 0
And we all know what a flaming success the volt has been.

RE: um...
By gamerk2 on 2/7/2012 11:22:45 AM , Rating: 1
To be fiar, that entire thing was overblown. They ran another crash test after the battery was already punctured, so of COURSE it went up in flames. Same thing would happen if, say, the gas tank had simmilar damage.

Its a political witch hunt to try and cast the auto bailouts in a bad light. Nothing more.

RE: um...
By HrilL on 2/7/2012 12:39:54 PM , Rating: 2
They were a bad idea from the start and still are a failure. Just about everything Obama has touched has been a failure.

Ford never got bailed out and they're innovating like crazy. They keep coming out with new engines that blow the socks off the competition.

It would be better for the market as a whole if we never had any bailouts period. Short term suffering while the market restructures. And long term gains afterward.

The government is not the solution it is the problem.

RE: um...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2012 1:01:43 PM , Rating: 1
Its a political witch hunt to try and cast the auto bailouts in a bad light.

That's such an absurd partisan statement I don't know where to start. It's not a "witch hunt" to say our Government should not be owning large shares of and having controlling interests in private corporations.

Obama and Democrats are trying to paint anyone against the bailout as partisan game-masters. But we remember that Bush couldn't even get enough support from his own party, Republicans, and rammed the original bailout into law without Congressional approval. Bailouts are bad no matter who's in the White House, for several reasons. Which we don't need to get into because you don't even care.

RE: um...
By Keeir on 2/7/2012 1:09:13 PM , Rating: 2

The essentially endless attacks on the Volt are little more than a political witch hunt. Its the truth. Now is it unjustified? Not entirely no. Volt has unfortunately been used politically both in "positive" and "negative" ways. So its not entirely fair to just look at the negative political press.

RE: um...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: um...
By Keeir on 2/7/2012 6:04:33 PM , Rating: 5
Exactly. These people crying foul now had no problems with partisan left-wing media giving the Volt a rock-star treatment in the press.

Careful there.

I have a significant problem with the left-wing media giving the Volt a "rock-star" treatment.

But I have a question Reclaimer.

GM, one of the top 3 car manufactures for decades and the most successful US automaker is going to debut a radical new product with an attempt to make it accessible to the everyman. They claim they want it to be a flagship/halo product and feature it in their press releases and autoshows. Why wouldn't US media give it the Rockstar treatment?!?!

Did Obama and certain liberal politicians try to exploit the Volt? Yes, but the Volt was planned before Obama even declared his intention to run for President.

The NHTSA essentially created this controversy by sitting on the Volt fire report for five months before Bloomburg, not them, broke the story.

Sigh. No. The NHTSA treated the Volt fires similar to any other emergent safety work and investigation. Apparently the NHTSA is staffed with Engineers and Non-Partisian government employees who didn't understand the Volt needs to be treated -special- and -different-. The Volt fires are not a safety issue, were never a safety issue, and required significant thought and retesting before conclusions could be reached.

I am sorry Reclaimer, if you consider the NHTSA handling of the Volt situation to be a "cover-up", I doubt there are products that you use every day that don't have their same cover-up issues. These products don't have Congressional hearings... otherwise Congress would do little else.

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