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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 Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2012 10:29:19 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah but.. Buick!? People still buy those??

GM's offering isn't even competitive.

The Volt or the Cruze? I think the Cruze is pretty competitive with those brands. Isn't it?

RE: um...
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2012 10:50:46 AM , Rating: 3
Dude, what is it with you and the Cruze? ;)

The Cruze is competitive in its segment, yes. But the redesigned Malibu showed up to a gunfight with a baseball bat when it comes to the midsize market.

RE: um...
By Reclaimer77 on 2/7/2012 10:52:21 AM , Rating: 2
Dude, what is it with you and the Cruze? ;)

You're right, I'm sorry. I forgot I was Reclaimer


Ahhhh, better.

RE: um...
By lagomorpha on 2/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: um...
By cokbun on 2/8/2012 3:00:55 AM , Rating: 2
i wish my car goes BONG BONG BONG BONG

RE: um...
By cknobman on 2/7/2012 12:55:01 PM , Rating: 1
Best post youve ever made :)

RE: um...
By rich876 on 2/7/12, Rating: 0
RE: um...
By FITCamaro on 2/7/2012 11:12:50 AM , Rating: 2
The Regal GS with the 6 speed and 2.0L Turbo is quite nice.

RE: um...
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2012 11:38:58 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, it's a nice vehicle... but it needs more than 220hp given how heavy it is....

Gimme the new ATS 2.0t with a 6-speed. That WILL be my next car.

RE: um...
By Spuke on 2/7/2012 11:58:18 AM , Rating: 2
A $200 ECU flash will take care of the power issue. :)

RE: um...
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2012 12:18:45 PM , Rating: 3
Somehow, flashing a Buick just seems... dirty ;)

RE: um...
By Spuke on 2/7/2012 2:52:23 PM , Rating: 2
Somehow, flashing a Buick just seems... dirty ;)

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